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Army reaches Tharparkar to fight famine
‘No one’s dying of hunger in Tharparkar’
HYDERABAD: Army soldiers load food ration and other relief items for the famine-stricken people of Tharparkar. INP
MEMON SAYS PUNJAB GOVT HAS NOT OFFERED ANY AID SO FAR THARPARKAR/KARACHI AGENCIES
AKISTAN Army troops have been sent to help Tharparkar drought affectees while distribution of wheat bags was also underway in the famine-hit areas on Saturday. Following notice taken by Prime
Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chief Justice of Pakistan Tassaduq Hussain Jillani, the Sindh government admitted to its negligence. Nawaz took serious notice of the deaths of children in Thar, Sindh. He directed the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) to get in touch with authorities in Sindh and provide all possible aid to the victims. Meanwhile, the Sindh government has announced a package of Rs 100 million rupees for the drought hit areas of Tharparkar district. The announcement was made by the chief minister after a meeting in Karachi on Friday.
Famine in Tharparkar has worsened to a dangerous level, raising the death toll of starving children to 124 during the last three months. Reportedly, a shortage of food and drought has left people of Tharparkar fighting for their lives. The famine is ongoing for the past three years in Chachru Tharparkar; and according to Mitthi hospital sources, the death toll of starving children has reached to 124. NO PUNJAB AID: Meanwhile, Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Memon said that the news about the Sindh government’s refusal to accept the Punjab
government’s aid for Tharparkar is baseless. Earlier, media had reported that Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif had offered aid for the droughthit district but the Sindh government had refused to accept the aid. Bahria Town Chairman Malik Riaz Hussain also decided to use all resources at his disposal in aid of the drought-affected people of Tharparkar. Memon said that the Punjab government had not offered any aid so news about its rejection is baseless. He thanked Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and federal government for their better steps for help.
KARACHI: PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Saturday said there was no malnutrition case in drought-hit Tharparkar District of Sindh, where 193 children were reported to have died over the past three months. Tharparkar, the desert area of Sindh, is facing a famine-like situation and as many as 32 children have died of malnutrition. Overall, 193 children have reportedly died in the desert district over the past three months. Bilawal, however, denied these reports. In his tweets, he said, “There is a 73-bed hospital at Mithi out of which 70 beds are taken. There are 21 children, 4 of them in nursery and 17 in pediatrics.” “None is a malnutrition case. But there are cases of pneumonia, meningitis and diarrhoea. General malnutrition level reduced resistance to combat disease,” he said. He said that mobile medical teams were in the field. “There is a great shortage of doctors, requested the Pakistan Medical Association to help out. The PMA has assured of its full support.” The PPP leader said that doctors and paramedics would be sent to Taluka hospitals where they were most needed. An army medical camp with supplies is being put up in the afternoon. Relief goods are also coming in from the army. The problem of sending wheat supplies has been resolved, he added. He said that 15 mobile vaccination teams were operating in the area, attending 250,000 animals per day and that he was expecting 500,000 more vaccine vials by Friday. INP
Nawaz pledges protection of women’s rights TI says Bhagwandas shouldn’t be CEC PREMIER SAYS 50PC SHARE IN LOAN SCHEME REFLECTS GOVT’S TRUST IN WOMEN ISLAMABAD/LAHORE STAFF REPORT
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday said that his government is committed to ensuring empowerment of women as their participation in all walks of life is necessary for sustainable development. “This is our national duty to protect the interests of women and provide them equal opportunities without any discrimination. I reaffirm my pledge for protection of women’s rights in the country to make them valuable citizens and productive members of the society,” said Nawaz, in his message on International Women’s Day. He expressed the pleasure that Pakistani nation also joined the international community in celebrating International Women’s Day. He said being a state party to the Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), Pakistan was committed to implementing its provisions in true spirit. The government has already taken measures to ensure women’s rights as envisaged in the CEDAW, he added. Nawaz said the government was
continuously undertaking reforms so as to enable women to participate in all walks of life. He said Pakistan had enacted effective legislation to address women’s issues with a view to safeguard their rights. “I am glad to note that the Law and Human Rights Ministry is making efforts for protection and promotion of women’s rights in collaboration with all the relevant stakeholders,” he said. Nawaz said he felt pride in stating that Pakistani women were participating in all sectors and many of them had excelled in their respective fields, not only in Pakistan, but also on the international level. He urged all concerned to sincerely undertake legislative, administrative and social sector reforms to further create an enabling environment for women.
He also praised the UN agencies and nongovernmental organisations for continuously advocating and highlighting the women’s rights and hoped that they would continue pursuing this important mission with the same zeal and vigour. Separately, talking to media at his Raiwind palace, Nawaz said allocation of 50 percent share for women in the Prime Minister’s Youth Loan Scheme reflects the government’s trust and commitment to provide them maximum opportunities. He said the PML-N government had taken marvellous steps for welfare and progress of women in society so that they could play their effective role in the prosperity of the country. He said it was our strong belief that the country could not make progress without providing equal opportunities to women which were half part of society. The PM said Pakistani women had proved their mettle in all walks of life and served the nation at par with men. “From education to armed forces, the women are serving the nation and proving that they are equally strong and able to serve the country,” he added. Nawaz said his government was working hard for the cause of women. He expressed confidence that the women would set up their businesses after availing loans from the PM Youth Scheme. The scheme would appear as a catalyst of change in lives of people specially the women, he added.
ISLAMABAD MIAN ABRAR
The Transparency International (TI) on Saturday joined dissenting voices against the would-be appointment of Justice (r) Rana Bhagwandas as the chief election commissioner (CEC). TI Chairman Sohail Muzafar termed the bid as a blatant violation of the Supreme Court’s judgement in the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) case. The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) on Friday passed a bill in the National Assembly to facilitate the appointment of Bhagwandas as the next CEC. This ‘secret alliance’ by both parties had attracted media and civil society criticism while Imran Khan-led Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has also opposed the move. In a letter to Senate Chairman Nayyar Bukhari, Muzaffar referred to the FPSC (Amendment) Bill 2014, terming it “contradictory” to the judgement in NRO case. The letter also read that the executive and legislative limbs of the state are also constitutionally obliged to apply the powers and resources at their command, in enforcing the constitution and the rule of law without discrimination or undue favour to any person or class. “Notwithstanding the integrity, credibility and the experience of Justice (r) Rana Bhagwandas, following facts are being highlighted for the immediate attention of the chairman and the Senate: after amendment in FPSC Act
2000, ban was imposed on an appointment of any member of the commission in any constitutional or government organization,” the letter read. On 9 July 2013, leader of the opposition in the National Assembly Khurshid Shah had proposed the name of Bhagwandas for the NAB chairman’s office. However, on 16 July 2013, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar informed Shah that Bhagwandas did not fulfil the mandatory criteria for holding the office as he had recently retired as the FPSC chairman. “Dar had made it clear that the government did not have any question over the credibility and professional reputation of Justice Bhagwandas, only that some legal complications were creating hurdles in considering the retired Supreme Court judge for the position. On 16th June 2013, Khurshid Shah decided to drop the name of Justice Bhagwandas for the NAB chief slot after it was realised that the head of the commission cannot hold any other government office after retirement.” The TI chief also referred to a report of Pakistan Today (November 28, 2013), saying that Dar and Shah had agreed to introduce amendments in laws of the FPSC paving a way for the appointment of Bhagwandas as the CEC. Directives had been issued to the Law Ministry for scraping of the legal impediments to facilitate appointment of new CEC. Muzafar added that finally the PPP and PML-N have got the bill passed and according to which, members of the FPSC will be eligible for joining the civil service of Pakistan after retirement.
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Gen ShArif wAnTS More Money for hiS Men ARMY CHIEF MEETS FINANCE MINISTER, SEEKS 15 TO 20 PER CENT INCREASE IN UPCOMING DEFENCE BUDGET DAR ASSURES SHARIF GOVERNMENT WILL MEET ALL OF ARMY’S DEFENCE NEEDS NAWAZ TAKES NOTICE OF KHAWAJA ASIF’S ‘OPERATION IN MARCH’ STATEMENT
Swine flu AffecTee counT reAcheS 16
N face of an imminent operation in the militancy-infested tribal areas, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif on Saturday called on Finance Minister Senator Ishaq Dar and sought an increase of up to 20 per cent in the defence budget for the coming fiscal year 2014-15. Dar and Gen Sharif discussed issues related to the defence budget for the coming fiscal year 2014-15 in view of the armed forces increasing needs to ensure the country’s security. The finance minister assured the COAS that the government would meet all the needs of the armed forces with special focus on maintaining internal security. A source said that the defence budget for 2014-15 was expected to rise by 15 to 20 percent and is likely to exceed over Rs 700 billion. The defence budget in the current fiscal year was Rs 625 billion and it is exempted from any deductions. The government had announced to deduct 30 percent of its expenditures from other ministries. PM ANNOYED AT ASIF’S STATEMENT: Meanwhile, a private TV channel reported that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had taken notice of Defence Minister Khawaja Asif’s recent statement in
which he had said that the government would launch a full-fledged operation against the Taliban if security forces or civilians continue to get targeted in terrorist attacks. According to the channel, Nawaz wanted to resolve the problem with dialogue and was considering imposing restriction on his ministers and party leaders from making statements on the standoff with the Taliban. Defence Minister Khawaja Asif on Friday had told a foreign news agency that the government would not hesitate to bomb militant hideouts or send forces into the
tribal areas if the Taliban did not abide by the ceasefire announced last weekend. “It will not take months now, we will have to march in the month of March,” Asif had said in the interview with a British news agency, describing the government’s response if insurgents persisted in their attacks despite the ceasefire. “If there is a ceasefire, it has to be complete. Without that, we just cannot afford to have talks with the Taliban,” the minister had added. ARMY TALKS: The army had quashed on Friday the talk of its involvement in peace talks with terrorists as its top brass
HYDERABAD: Famine-stricken children from Tharparkar being treated at a hospital in Hyderabad on Saturday. More than 121 children have reportedly died in the last three months because of hunger and disease. ONLINE
MULTAN: Three more patients were tested positive for the swine flu in Multan, raising the numbers of affected people to 16 while three patients died of the deadly virus so far. The virus-affected patients belong to Multan city, Shorkot, Tunsa, Khanewal and Shujabad. Meanwhile, the health department has issued a warning after several more cases of swine flu were detected in the province. Three people, including Humaira from Multan and Rubina from Taunsa Sharif, have died due to swune flu. They were taken to Multan Nishtar Hospital but could not survive. Abdur Rehman, 40, of Khanewal was brought to the hospital later he too died last Wednesday. Doctors said swine flu had first time appeared during 2009, causing panic across the world. He said that the affected person could be contagious for up to 10 days, adding that the vaccine required to protect against swine flu is available at the hospitals. Symptoms of swine flu were akin to the symptoms of common flu in addition to fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. ONLINE
india ‘seriously concerned’ about terrorism in Pakistan NEW DELHI: India on Saturday said it had serious concerns over terrorism in Pakistan and it would deal with it in the best possible manner as terrorism “cannot be responded by terrorism”. We have to deal with Pakistan in the best manner possible, given the circumstances, given the fact that we cannot respond terrorism with terrorism. We are seen as a force for moderation, reason, stability and the good sense and that is a huge asset that we should never let go, Indian Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh told women journalists at an event to mark International Women’s Day. She also talked about the “harsh realities” in Pakistan which need to be recognised. “We still have serious concerns about terrorism in Pakistan. We have serious concerns over many incidents that have happened that seemed to keep our efforts to normalise relations back,” she said. Asked if there was a a ‘disconnection’ between the political will and foreign policy implementation in the India, the secretary replied, “We are all on the same page in the government”. INP
reportedly observed that holding the dialogue was a government initiative. The 170th corps commanders’ conference — a monthly feature at the General Headquarters — took place as the government prepared for the second stage of the dialogue with militants in which it is planning to open a direct channel with the Taliban from next week. Media had speculated that the government wanted army representation in the team that would negotiate with leaders of outlawed TTP. A source privy to the corps commanders’ meeting said that during the deliberations there was no direct reference to the reported desire of the government for including a military nominee in its team, because no such proposal had been conveyed by the political leadership to the military command. But an observation by the generals who took stock of the planned phaseII of the government-military dialogue that “dialogue was a government strategy” served to convey that the army was not interested in any such role. Furthermore, the commanders are said to have “expressed deep concern” over the continuation of attacks by various militant groups despite announcement of suspension of violence for a month by their umbrella organisation – TTP.
Qari Shakil and Maulana Azam may join TTP talks team ISLAMABAD: The Tehreek-e-Taliban Paksitan (TTP) has decided to retain its dialogue committee while pondering over appointing Qari Shakil and Maulana Azam Mehsud as their representatives for direct talks with the government. “The current committee representing the TTP, led by Maulana Samiul Haq, is working finely and the Taliban Shura is thinking over handing more discretionary powers to the board of negotiators,” said Taliban sources. Regarding the statement of the Imaam-e-Kaaba calling the anti-polio drive in accordance to Islam, the sources revealed that Maulana Samiul Haq had conveyed the message to the TTP and they had responded positively to it. ONLINE
China says to work with Afghanistan to fight terrorism BEIJING AGENCIES
China said on Saturday that it will work with Afghanistan to fight terrorism, after it blamed a deadly train station attack on extremists from its western Xinjiang region, which shares a short border with the war-torn nation. Beijing has become increasingly concerned about security in restive Xinjiang, where it says Muslim extremists receive help from militants in neighboring countries. China says separatists from the region, home to a large Muslim Uighur minority, launched a terrorist attack in the southwestern city of Kunming last week, killing at least 29 people and injuring about 140. China will work with the international community for political reconciliation in Afghanistan and support reconstruction, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said at a press briefing during an annual session of China’s largely rubber-stamp parliament. “We will also work with Afghanistan and other neighbors to resolutely fight all terrorist forces,” he said. China
will host a foreign ministerial conference on Afghanistan in August to encourage “a move toward lasting peace”, Wang said. Wang last month visited Afghanistan as U.S. and allied troops prepare to draw down their forces after more than 12 years of fighting Taliban extremists. China has been stepping up its engagement with other regional players in recent months in Afghanistan, Beijing-based diplomats say, mainly out of concern that the NATO-led force’s pullout may spawn instability that could spill into Xinjiang. Many Uighurs in the energy-rich region, which borders ex-Soviet Central Asia, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India, chafe at Chinese restrictions on their culture and religion. More than 100 people there have been killed in unrest in the past year, according to Chinese state media reports. China bristles at suggestions from exiles and rights groups that the violence is driven more by unhappiness at government policies than by any serious threat from extremist groups who want to establish an independent state called East Turkestan. Experts say militant ideology does in part fuel the unrest, but the level of organization has long been disputed.
Afghans fire 25 mortars into Pakistan PESHAWAR: Up to 25 artillery shells were fired from Afghanistan on Saturday but fortunately there were no casualties. An official said that Afghan border police fired the artillery rounds from Tarkhopi Camp area which landed in a Pakistani village. The troops at the post confirmed that they too had heard the munitions landing. Tensions between the two neighbouring have simmered in the past as both accused each other for cross-border fire. ONLINE
Two key militant commanders held in Peshawar PESHAWAR: Intelligence agencies arrested two key militant commanders from Peshawar on Saturday. The militants were held near Soria Bridge of GT road in the metropolis. They belong to a banned terrorist group of Khyber Agency. The arrested men have been shifted to a secret location for interrogation. STAFF REPORT
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Shahbaz’S gift on Women’S day cm Announces regulArisAtion of lAdy heAlth workers, distribution of 0.2 million more lAptops LAHORE
HILe addressing a function held in connection with International Women’s Day at Aiwan-eIqbal in Lahore, Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif Saturday announced the regularisation of lady health workers. The chief minister announced a comprehensive package for far-reaching legal reforms for bringing women into the mainstream. He also said that the Punjab government will distribute 200,000 more laptops worth Rs 8 billion among talented students. While announcing amendments in various laws for upholding women rights, he said that Child Marriage Act, Dowry and Gift to the Bride Act, Mar-
Amendments expected in child mArriAge, dowry, guArdiAn And wArd Acts
riage Functions Act, Guardian and Ward Act, Marriage Certificate, Punjab Land Revenue Act and the law regarding distribution of assets were being amended by Punjab government. Moreover, a provincial commission on women has been set up in Punjab and its chairperson has also been appointed. The government is also introducing a comprehensive policy regarding domestic servants and registration fee on birth certificate is being abolished due to which registration of female children will be encouraged. Similarly, only women contractors would be able to operate canteens in women educational institutions, while representation of women as office-bearers will be essential for trade unions, he said. Shahbaz that the government has also decided to arrange training for the wives of workers and topics regarding equality be-
tween males and females would be included in the syllabus of schools. He said that economic empowerment of women was essential for granting them due status in the society. He said that such programmes have been included in the package which would directly benefit women. He said that government has decided to create opportunities for women in jobs and trade at a small scale. The chief minister said that various programmes would be implemented during
INDIA NAVY INVESTIGATES DEADLY SHIP ACCIDENT MUMBAI AGENCIES
The Indian navy launched an inquiry Saturday into the cause of a naval ship accident that killed an officer and injured two dock workers, officials said. A gas leak Friday on board the yet-to-be commissioned INS Kolkata killed Commander Kuntal Wadhwa after he inhaled carbon dioxide during trials, according to reports. "An inquiry has been ordered by the navy since it is a case of unnatural death. We should expect the report in few weeks time," Commander Rahul Sinha, chief defence ministry spokesman, said.
The accident occurred on the ship, called Yard 701 by its builders, the Mazagaon Dock Ltd, in Mumbai, headquarters of India's Western Naval Command. The ship was undergoing tests at the Mumbai Port Trust when its carbon dioxide unit developed a problem, causing the gas leakage and injuries, the defence ministry said. The two injured workers were briefly hospitalised and "treated for carbon dioxide inhalation", Parvez Panthanky, a spokesman for the Mazagaon Dock, said. The accident was the 11th involving a naval vessel in the past 11 months, the opposition
Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party said. The ship is set to be the first in a new class of destroyers, but the accident would delay its commissioning, the navy spokesman said. The Indian Navy has been without a chief since Admiral D.K. Joshi resigned last month after a fire on one of the country's submarines, the INS Sindhuratna, killed two officers. Indian Navy ships have been hit by a series of accidents in the past few months with the worst involving the INS Sindurakshak, a submarine which burst into flames in Mumbai harbour last August, killing 18 sailors and sinking the vessel.
power tAriff FIRST POLIO CASE likely to go DETECTED IN SWA up by rs 2.19 per unit ISLAMABAD ONLINE
Power tariff is likely to go up by Rs 2.19 per unit and this increase will be made under monthly fuel adjustment surcharge head. Sources said the Central Power Purchasing Agency (CPP) has filed application with NePRA, saying that power production cost was registered Rs 72.92 billion in January and it had to lose 35 paisa per unit on account of power theft and line losses this month. electricity costing Rs 59 billion was generated through thermal resources which led to scale up power production cost from Rs 9.58 per unit to Rs 11.77 per unit. NePRA will hear the application seeking increase in electricity tariff on March 13. If the proposed raise gets a green light from NePRA then loss of revenue caused through power fleecing and line losses will be passed on to the consumers.
PESHAWAR: First poliovirus case was surfaced in South Waziristan Agency (SWA) on Saturday. The National Institute of Health (NIH) said that a six-month-old girl, hailing from Tehsil Bairmal, was found affected with poliovirus. With this case the number of polio cases since January 1 has reached 27, of which 24 belong to FATA and three to Peshawar. Most of the polio cases have been detected in FATA where children were deprived of antipolio vaccination due to terrorism and suspicion about the vaccine. Surge in poliovirus in FATA has increased the worries of health authorities which were struggling to clear the country of the virus. INP
indian plane evacuated after rear wheel catches ﬁre in nepal KATHMANDU AGENCIES
A rear wheel of an Airbus A320 operated by an Indian budget airline caught fire after landing at Nepal's international airport in Kathmandu on Saturday, officials said. All 176 passengers and six crew on board the IndiGo flight from New Delhi were evacuated through the emergency doors and are safe, Airport General Manager Rishikesh Sharma said. There were no reported injuries. Sharma said one of the rear wheels of the plane caught fire as the aircraft was heading to the parking bay after landing. A statement by IndiGo said the fire was only noticed after parking. The cause of the fire, that was quickly doused, was not immediately clear, Sharma said refusing to say how big the fire was. Authorities are investigating the incident. The Indian carrier said it had grounded the aircraft for inspection. The incident occurred only hours after a Boeing 777-200eR, operated by Malaysia Airlines and carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew, went missing over the South China Sea. The carrier is presumed to have crashed.
UKRAINE STANDOFF INTENSIFIES; RUSSIA SAYS SANCTIONS WILL 'BOOMERANG' MOSCOW AGENCIES
In a telephone conversation with US Secretary of State John Kerry, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned against "hasty and reckless steps" that could harm Russian-American relations, the foreign ministry said on Friday. "Sanctions ... would inevitably hit the United States like a boomerang," it added. Kerry stressed the importance of resolving the situation through diplomacy and said he and Lavrov would continue to consult, the State Department said. It was the second tense, high-level exchange between the former Cold War foes in
24 hours over the pro-Russian takeover of Ukraine's Crimean peninsula. Russian President Vladimir Putin said after an hour-long call with U.S. President Barack Obama that their positions on the former Soviet republic were still far apart. Obama announced the first sanctions against Russia on Thursday. Putin, who later opened the Paralympic Games in Sochi which have been boycotted by a string of Western dignitaries, said Ukraine's new, pro-Western authorities had acted illegitimately over the eastern, southeastern and Crimea regions. "Russia cannot ignore calls for help and it acts accordingly,
in full compliance with international law," he said. Serhiy Astakhov, an aide to the Ukrainian border guards' commander, said 30,000 Russian soldiers were now in Crimea, compared with the 11,000 permanently based with the Russian Black Sea fleet in the port of Sevastopol before the crisis. The Pentagon estimated as many as 20,000 Russian troops may be in Crimea. On Friday evening armed men drove a truck into a Ukrainian missile defense post in Sevastopol, according to a reporter of a foreign news agecny at the scene. But no shots were fired and Crimea's pro-Russian premier said later the standoff was over.
the current year under educational endowment fund, Punjab education Foundation and Punjab Skills Development Programme for enhancing educational and professional abilities of women. Similarly, at least 30 percent representation of women has been made compulsory on the boards of all government corporations, institutions and companies. He said that national security was linked with economic security and active participation of women in every sector of life is
necessary for making Pakistan a strong and stable country. He said that there was a need for adopting a solid strategy to remove centuries-old discriminatory attitude and injustices against women. He said that such policy reforms have been brought forward as are supported by the law. Shahbaz said that he had returned from Turkey and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip erdogan had thanked Pakistan especially Lahorites on the warm hospitality extended to him during his visit to Lahore.
Malaysia Airlines plane goes missing, presumed crashed in South China Sea KUALA LAMPUR AGENCIES
A Malaysia Airlines flight carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew went missing over the South China Sea on Saturday, presumed crashed, as ships and planes from countries closest to its flight path scoured a large search area for any wreckage. Vietnamese state media, quoting a senior naval official, had reported that the Boeing 777-200eR flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing had crashed off south Vietnam. Malaysia's transport minister later denied any crash scene had been identified. "We are doing everything in our power to locate the plane. We are doing everything we can to ensure every possible angle has been addressed," Transport Minister Hishamuddin Hussein told reporters near the Kuala Lumpur International Airport. "We are looking for accurate information from the Malaysian military. They are waiting for information from the Vietnamese side," he said. Vietnamese Admiral Ngo Van Phat later qualified his earlier remarks about a crash site having been identified and told a foreign news agency he was
referring to a presumed location beneath the plane's flight path, using information supplied by Malaysia. A crash, if confirmed, would likely mark the U.S.built Boeing 777-200eR airliner's deadliest incident since entering service 19 years ago. The plane disappeared without giving a distress signal - a chilling echo of an Air France flight that crashed into the South Atlantic on June 1, 2009, killing all 228 people on board. It vanished for hours before wreckage was found. Search and rescue vessels from the Malaysian maritime enforcement agency reached the area where the plane last made contact at about 4.30 p.m. Singapore time (0830 GMT) but saw no immediate sign of wreckage, a Malaysian Maritime enforcement Agency told the news agency. VANISHED AFTER REACHING 35,000 FEET: Flight MH370, operating a Boeing 777-200eR aircraft, last had contact with air traffic controllers 120 nautical miles off the east coast of the Malaysian town of Kota Bharu, Malaysia Airlines chief executive Ahmad Jauhari Yahya said in a statement read to an earlier news
conference in Kuala Lumpur. There were no reports of bad weather in the area. The airline said people from 14 nationalities were among the 227 passengers - at least 152 Chinese, 38 Malaysians, seven Indonesians, six Australians, five Indians, four French and three Americans. A Chinese infant and an American infant were also on board. "The Australian government fears the worst for those aboard missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370," a spokeswoman for Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said. Flight tracking website flightaware.com showed the plane flew northeast over Malaysia after takeoff and climbed to an altitude of 35,000 feet. The flight vanished from the website's tracking records a minute later while it was still climbing. Malaysia and Vietnam were conducting a joint search and rescue operation, while China and the Philippines have sent ships to the South China Sea to help. The Philippines also dispatched a military plane to help in the search. China has also put other ships and aircraft on standby, said Transport Minister Yang Chuantang.
CHINA DRAWS RED LINE' ON NORTH KOREA, SAYS WON'T ALLOW WAR ON PENINSULA BEIJING AGENCIES
China declared a "red line" on North Korea on Saturday, saying that China will not permit chaos or war on the Korean peninsula, and that peace can only come through denuclearization. China is North Korea's most important diplomatic and economic supporter, though Beijing's patience with Pyongyang has been severely tested following three nuclear tests and numerous bouts of saber rattling, including missile launches. "The Korean peninsula is right on China's doorstep. We have a red line, that is, we will not allow war
or instability on the Korean peninsula," Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told reporters on the sidelines of China's annual largely rubberstamp parliament. Wang called upon all parties to "exercise restraint", adding that "genuine and lasting peace" on the peninsula was only possible with denuclearization. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visited China last month and said after talks in Beijing that China and the United States were discussing specific ways to press North Korea to give up its nuclear program. Western countries and independent experts have accused China of failing to
implement properly U.N. sanctions on North Korea, including punitive measures adopted after Pyongyang's third nuclear test in February last year. North Korea has forged ahead with its nuclear development after declaring the so-called six-party talks dead in 2008, overturning its commitments made under a 2005 disarmament deal aimed at rewarding it with economic incentives. Wang reiterated China's calls for a resumption of the talks between North Korea, South Korea, the United States, Japan, Russia and host China. "Confrontation can only bring tension, and war can only cause disaster," Wang said.
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In former Taliban fiefdom, Pakistan’s first female council tackles abuses
itting in a circle, covered in headto-toe chadors, women from all age groups gather in a small room here. Some are teenagers, others are in their late fifties, but all of them have one in thing in common – abuse at home. Five years ago, Swat Valley was under the Pakistani taliban’s repressive rule. the militants no longer control the area, but women still face horrific incidents of abuse, from acid attacks to honor killings, all perpetrated by men. But a group of women is pushing back and achieving results. tabassum Adnan, a full-time mother of two, launched Pakistan’s first women-only jirga last year. Last month she became the first woman to be invited to participate in the grand male jirga of Swat – one of the oldest council of elders in the locality and one that had originally dismissed her efforts as a joke. A jirga is an informal judicial council, traditionally dominated by men, that dispenses justice in most rural areas of Pakistan. tabassum started her jirga last May. Called Khwando-Jirga, or ‘sisters’ council,’ it has around 30 active female members who come from different parts of the valley. Involved In decIsIon makIng: tabassum, who recently remarried after divorcing her first husband, says her first husband did not allow her any freedom. She realized after her divorce that she wanted to help other women who found themselves in situations like hers – or even worse. “the men would never involve us with decision-making even though they were discussing issues pertaining to women. And this inequality bothered me a lot,” tabassum says in an interview with Christian Science Monitor at
her two-room office where she holds the jirga every two weeks. “i was married off without my consent at a very young age too and all this made me realize that if we don’t stand up for ourselves, the men will continue to use us as property.” Women from all walks of life come knocking at tabassum’s door. And she welcomes them all. Shaan Bibi, was one such case. now an active jirga member, a few months ago she came to tabassum after her husband physically abused her for not transferring her inherited property into his name. “the police would not listen to me because i am a woman. they don’t respect us if we don’t have a man accompanying us,” Ms. Bibi complains. tabassum accompanied Bibi to the police station and the jirga provided a lawyer who successfully filed a divorce case on Bibi’s behalf. securIty rIsks: Swat Valley was controlled by the taliban until 2009 when the Pakistan Army launched an offensive to drive them out. the taliban had enforced a strict interpretation of islam where most schools for girls were closed down; women had to stay home and leave only when accompanied by men. it was here in 2012 that the taliban shot Malala Yousafzai, a 15year-old schoolgirl, on her way to school. She now lives in self-imposed exile in Britain. With the work tabassum is involved with – especially raising awareness about the rights of women – she acknowledges that she faces similar dangers. “My brothers and husband are always discouraging me to stop doing this work,” she says. “i can be attacked by the taliban, the religious clerics, common men from our community, and even at times i am scared of those close to me, but someone has to rise above this fear.” Jirgas are not supposed to work independ-
ently from the police or the courts and any decision by the latter is binding on the former. However, since they are culturally popular in rural areas and serve as informal courts, the formal judiciary and the police do take the councils’ decisions into consideration. “[tabassum’s] jirga has great symbolic value because it sends a message that women can be part of decision making too, especially in our patriarchal society,” says Samar Minallah, a women-rights activist based in islamabad who has worked extensively in rural areas. “it’s only practical that initiatives like [tabassum’s] jirga should not only be replicated around the country but also be strengthened since it’s a culturally relevant solution to stopping women rights abuse,” she says. WorkIng WIth the male jIrga: tabassum feels some men are recognizing her achievements. the invitation last month to attend the grand male jirga of Swat was especially significant. She has started presiding over cases in the grand jirga that involve women issues. in one recent case tabassum, with the help of the male jirga, stopped a settlement where a girl was to be given off as compensation to settle a murder case. they forced the police to take action against the culprits. inam-ur-Rehman Kanju, the head of the male jirga that included tabassum, says that they need women like her “because they understand women issues better than us. But in a society like Swat, it’s hard for men to accept women as their equal, but we are trying to set a precedent.” For tabassum, the invitation by a male jirga to sit with them is just the first step. “there is a long way to go from here but women should know one thing – if i can make it till here – so can all of you out there,” she says.
Provision of speedy, cheap justice responsibility of judiciary: CJP LAHORE: Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Tassaduq Hussain Jillani on Saturday said administering speedy and inexpensive justice was the prime responsibility of judiciary. “Providing speedy and inexpensive justice is primary responsibility of judiciary. It is constitutional obligation that the judiciary should demonstrate good performance,” he said this while addressing lawyers in a meeting of the national judicial policy making committee held here under him Saturday. He stated International Judicial Conference is going to be held on April 18-19 which will benefit us enormously. He stressed that institutions related to judicial system will have to be strengthened more and an early disposal of overseas cases will enhance trust on judicial system. Overseas Pakistanis are playing a pivotal role in the social and political matters, he held. He pointed out that he had asked the government to increase the strength of judges so that the cases could be decided early but no steps have been taken on this count, he added. ONLINE
Kashmiri students turn down Pakistan’s education offer SRINAGAR: Kashmiri students, who were slapped with sedition charges by Uttar Pradesh (UP), have turned down Pakistan’s offer to study in its universities. After the BJP on Friday criticised the UP government for withdrawing sedition charges against students from Kashmir, the frightened students have also rejected the idea of going back to Meerut. On Thursday, 67 Kashmiri students were suspended and slapped with sedition charges for supporting Pakistan’s cricket team. “We are thankful to Pakistan for their statement but we don’t want to go to Pakistan,” said Musadiq Rafeeq, a second year BBA student of Meerut’s Swami Vivekanand Sub-harti University. “Our only demand is that we should be allowed to continue our study in Kashmir. Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has done so much for us by forcing the UP Police to withdraw the sedition case. He should do a bit more (and ensure migration to a state university),” he added. Meanwhile, Hurriyat Conference chief Mirwaiz Umar Farooq sought the intervention of South Asian countries and the Organisation of Islamic Countries asking them to open up their institutions for Kashmiri students to allow them to study in a “bias-free atmosphere”. ONLINE
US wants Pakistan to improve ties with neighbours
ISLAMABAD: Women rights activists hold a demonstration on Saturday calling for a probe into the alleged murders of some women allegedly killed in Kohistan by a jirga edict. The protest also marked the International Woman's Day. INP
WASHINGTON: The United States wants to promote good relations between Pakistan and its neighbouring states, particularly India and Afghanistan, says the State Department. At a briefing on the proposed budget for overseas US involvement in 2015, the State Department said that the administration would also use a special provision called Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) for promoting its interests in the Pak-Afghan region. “The OCO resources will support critical US activities such as sustaining close cooperation with Pakistan, ensuring the safety of Pakistani nuclear installations, working with Pakistan to facilitate the peace process in Afghanistan, and promoting improved relations with India,” the statement said. This will be separate from about a billion dollars earmarked for Pakistan. The 2015 budget will be the first after a planned US withdrawal from Afghanistan by the end of this year. Briefing journalists on provisions for the PakAfghan region in the budget, the State Department made it clear that the United States will continue its engagements with both Pakistan and Afghanistan whether a security pact is signed or not. This is also reflected in the Pentagon’s budget proposals, which include $79.4 billion in war funding even though most or all US troops are due to withdraw from Afghanistan by the end of the year. The proposed $496bn of defence spending that the Pentagon is seeking remains unchanged from this year’s budget total. AGENCIES
Lawmaking serious business for women legislators WOMEN LAWMAKERS SUBMITTED 20 RESOLUTIONS, 14 CALLING ATTENTION NOTICES, 1,383 QUESTIONS AND 22 MOTIONS ISLAMABAD INP
As the first parliamentary year of the incumbent 14th national Assembly is near completion, women legislators performed impressively during nine sessions asserting themselves in their lawmaking role, accord-
ing to a Free and Fair Election network report issued on international Women’s Day. Female parliamentarians played an active role in the lawmaking process by submitting 12 private member bills (six singly and six jointly with their colleagues). these bills focused of issues pertaining to governance, human rights, democracy and political development. Similarly, women parliamentarians, singly, submitted 20 resolutions, 14 calling attention notices, 1,383 questions, 22 motions under rule 259 and raised 64 points of order during the reporting period. the on the floor performance of women is based on FAFEn data (June 2013 until March 2014) gathered from direct observation of the nA proceedings). Women members occupy one-fifth of the national Assembly’s seats. Currently, there are total of 340 members – 60 on reserved seats, eight through direct elections and one on minority-reserved seat.
As many as 68 women legislators actively participated in the parliamentary proceedings either by submitting agenda on Orders of the Day or taking part in the on-floor details. Overall women tabled 12 legislations – six singly and six jointly collaborating with their male colleagues. Half of the resolutions tabled in the nine sessions (44 of total 88) were sponsored by women MnAs – 20 singly and 24 jointly. Women were active in conducting oversight of government ministries and departments by submitting 1,383 questions and 54 calling attention notices (CAns) on the agenda. to hold discussions on public issues, they submitted 25 motions (under Rule 259). During the reporting period, women parliamentarians sponsored nearly half of the resolutions tabled in the assembly – 44 of total 88 – either singly or jointly with their male and female colleagues. Similarly, they submitted 25 motions under rule 259,
of which 20 were submitted singly by female parliamentarians, two jointly with other female colleagues and three with male legislators of the assembly. in terms of executive oversight, fourteen calling attention notices were solely submitted by women parliamentarians, while 40 notices were jointly tabled with their male counterparts. Similarly, during the Question Hour, female parliamentarian’s contributed a fair share in by submitting 40% (1,383) of the total questions – 3,428, in the House. Belum Husnain (129) and nafeesa inayatullah Khan Khattak (103) asked the most number of questions. Besides their on-floor performance, women MPAs are also active in running government affairs with some ministerial portfolio assigned to women MnAs. State ministry for national health services, regulations and coordination and information technology are assigned to women MnAs. Similarly, the parliamen-
tary secretaries for interior and narcotics control and petroleum and natural resources are women MnAs while the standing committee on information; broadcasting and national heritage is also being chaired by a woman. Pakistan is ranked better in terms of women representation in prime legislative houses. According to a recent report by the inter-Parliamentary Union (iPU) on the comparison of representation of women parliamentarians in lower houses in various countries, Pakistan ranks at 66 – a higher proportion than some of its regional neighbours such as Bangladesh (ranked 71), india (ranked 108) and Sri Lanka (ranked 130). though, 18 women were directly elected in the last 13th national Assembly, it has decreased to eight for the current national Assembly. the Pakistan People’s Party and Pakistan Muslim League-nawaz have won five and three direct women seats respectively.
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The 10-year-old victim of Pakistan’s ‘forgotten war’ QUeTTa 10-year-old, Chakar Baloch, had his whole life before him when some unknown men kidnapped him near a market in Balochistan. Three days later his body was found in a stream, making him another victim of the shadowy fight in the desolate, unstable province. In Chakar’s family they no longer count the men kidnapped, detained, tortured or beaten allegedly for their part in a long-running nationalist movement in the province. Chakar’s cousin and grandfather were detained, then released in October; subsequently it was another cousin, Sanaullah, who was taken. He has not been seen since then, according to his family. Feeling threatened, the family left their home in the remote district of Panjgur to seek refuge in Turbat, a separatist stronghold around 200 kilometres south. Late in the afternoon of Jan 7, Chakar was playing in a lane when according to his family a group of men, some in uniform while others in civilian clothes, snatched him and fled on the motorbike. The family filed a complaint to the police but nothing happened. Three days later the messy-haired boy was fished out of a nearby river, his body was slightly hit with at least two bullet wounds. “He was a lovely child. He loved playing football, cricket and video games like other boys of his age,” a member of his family said, speaking on a condition of anonymity. “I believe that he was killed due to the political activity of the whole family. “They wanted to give the message to the family, ‘See what we can do to you — if we cannot catch the elders, then we will hit the children.’” Pakistani authorities insist the family is wrong and Chakar was killed by Baloch separatist militants who tried to pin the blame on security forces
when they realised they had killed a child. ‘Kill and dump’ In Pakistan, clashes in the northwest between the Taliban and the army attract passionate debate every day, unlike the fighting in Balochistan which has pitched separatists against state forces for a decade. The idea of giving greater autonomy to the province with the size of Italy but with only nine million inhabitants is highly sensitive in Pakistan. Balochistan, spread over an unforgiving landscape of mountains and deserts abutting Iran and Afghanistan, is rich in gas and mineral deposits — adding a financial dimension to the battle. In recent years, many people suspected
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of links to separatist groups have mysteriously disappeared, allegedly at the hands of the intelligence agencies, and never been seen again. “Thousands of people are missing in Balochistan, we have a list of 2,850 cases of missing persons,” Nasrullah Baloch, the chairman of the Voice of Baloch Missing Persons (VBMP) said. “Most of them are political activists and their family. When they don’t find the political activists, they pick up the relatives, the family members of these activists.” The authorities dispute the figures given by Baloch campaigners, putting the number of missing at less than 100. Sometimes they reappear after months
or years in detention. Or dead, their bodies left by a road or in a riverbed. Tahir Hussain Khan, the head of the Balochistan section of the independent Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, said 460 bodies have been found up to now; most of them are of political activists. In January, the authorities announced the discovery of a mass grave containing 13 bodies, buried just below the surface, in the village of Totak in central Balochistan. peace with the rebellion? Unusually, the authorities announced an inquiry into the grisly find, perhaps hoping to show good faith to the insurgents to get them to take part in a peace process. The
In recent years, many people suspected of links to separatist groups have mysteriously disappeared, allegedly at the hands of the intelligence agencies, and never been seen again.
rebels attack trains, gas installations, security forces and people hailing from Punjab, Pakistan’s richest and most populous province. They also threaten local media when they fail to publish their statements. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, elected in May last year, has tried in recent months to negotiate with the Pakistani Taliban to end their bloody seven-year insurgency. And with Abdul Malik Baloch in charge of Balochistan as chief minister, the federal government hopes of building bridges with the rebels. “I am trying to convince the insurgents that you should come to the table and talk,” the chief minister said, adding that past insurgencies in the province had been ended through negotiations. “I think it will be better for the Baloch and Balochistan that we should go for a dialogue bringing together insurgents and tribes, this is the only solution.” According to a government source, the preliminary contacts have been established with the disparate half dozen groups that make up the separatist movement.
A Harbinger for bright future of Pakistan Lahore Ather Ali KhAn
Youth population is the future of a nation. A well-educated, welltrained, well-mannered, disciplined and hardworking youth is the harbinger of a prosperous, progressive and bright future of a nation. It is the most precious asset of a nation which needs to be saved, protected, properly brought up, guided and efficiently utilized for changing the destiny of a nation. A far-sighted leadership gives priority to youth development and strives to make optimum use of this capital by refining its talent and potential. Pakistan is lucky to have majority of population in the youth age group. It can rightfully hope for a healthy and bright future by appropriately channelizing this talent. In Pakistan, successive governments have been taking measures for the educational and extra-curricular uplift of students but effective results of these steps could not be achieved due to inconsistency in policies. The present Punjab government, under the dedicated leadership of Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, adopted a comprehensive strategy for promoting education and encouraging co-curricular activities among the youth. It embarked on taking concrete steps for implementing this strategy during
the past five years. The impressive list of these steps included establishment of more than four thousand information technology laboratories all over the provinces, setting up of Danish Schools in the backward and far flung areas for the poor but talented students, provision of scholarships to more than fifty thousand deserving but shining students through Punjab Educational Endowment Fund, foreign visits of position holders from all over the country, prize distribution among talented students across the Pakistan and establishment of first IT university of the country etc. Side by side with these revolutionary initiatives, various steps have also been taken for supporting healthy extra-curricular activities among the youth. These steps included setting up of hundreds of new play grounds, sports facilities and gymnasiums and availability of modern equipments at these places. Holding of Punjab Youth Festival is an unprecedented land mark in the history of Pakistan which has become the introduction of Pakistan at International level. It is an effort to bring to limelight talented, extra-ordinary and outstanding players in various fields of activities. In fact it is an attempt to search the “Shaheen” of Allama Iqbal. Participation of players in various events of this festival from
across the border has brought closer the two neighbouring countries of India and Pakistan and tried to remove the misperception about Pakistan that foreign teams avoid visiting Pakistan due to the law and order situation. The series of events in connection with the Youth Festival started at union council level and then the competitions moved on to tehsil, district and divisional levels. Presently youngsters are vying with one another at province level.
During these events, the youth of Punjab has set several world records which have been registered in Guinness Book of World Records. This achievement has earned a good name for not only the Punjab province but also for the whole of Pakistan. Punjab Youth Festival is the present of Khadim-e-Punjab Shahbaz Sharif who always takes lead in national integration either by giving Punjab’s share to other provinces in National Finance
Commission Award or by patronizing the intelligent students from across the country. Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif formally inaugurated the Punjab Youth Festival on 1st March 2014 and took part in the world record of waving national flag. The ambassadors of 14 different countries participated in the inaugural ceremony. Chief Minister Punjab congratulated the whole nation and said that Youth Festival
is highlighting the soft image of Pakistan. He said that the presence of foreign ambassadors is a proof that Pakistanis has nothing to do with extremism rather they are tolerant and forbearing. The foreign ambassadors congratulated Chief Minister Punjab on organizing the magnificent ceremony of Youth Festival. They said that the move will help change the thinking of the whole world about Pakistan. It can rightfully be said that Punjab Youth Festival has become introduction of Punjab at international level. On the very first day of youth festival, 9 records were made and 8 world records were added on the very next day. Rana Mashhood was chief guest of the ceremony whereas DG Sports was also present along with team of Guinness Book of World Records. As a result of holding of this event for the second successive year, the trend of foreign investment is being encouraged. Punjab Youth Festival will help achieve soft image of Pakistan. The enthusiasmof youngsters show that the Pakistanis have the courage to touch the sky. Records set up during this festival will enhance the confidence of students in their future lives. Needless to say that Punjab Youth Festival will be a launching pad for healthy activities of Pakistani youth. Other provinces are also planning to follow the footsteps of Punjab, which is a pleasant development.
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Wattoo likes army staying away from talks
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LAHORE: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Punjab President Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo has appreciated the reported reluctance of the army in being involved in peace negotiations with TTP as a part of the government’s negotiation team. In a statement issued Saturday, he said, “How can they [Pakistan Army] sit with TTP whose hands are stained with the blood of about 50,000 Pakistanis and 5,000 brave soldiers?” He said that TTP’s demand of army’s inclusion in peace talks was based on “pernicious intentions” as it would clearly imply that the democratic government was ineffective and would not be able to implement the potential outcome of the talks. Wattoo cautioned the government that it should desist from involving army in the talks for “obvious reasons”. In case of failure of the negotiations, the government and the army would end up in blame game leading to immense tactical and strategic advantages to the TTP, he added. He said that the democratic government should be on the driving seat to steer the country out of the scourge of terrorism and extremism with confidence as all the political leadership had been supporting them to extricate the country from this quagmire. STAFF REPORT
Govt trying hard to bring prices down: minister LAHORE: Punjab Food Minister and Cabinet Price Control Committee Chairman Bilal Yasin has said the provincial government was pursuing a comprehensive policy for stabilising prices of essential items to check hoarding. Addressing a meeting of price control committee at Town Hall on Saturday, the minister said the government had set up 44 Sahulat Bazaars and quality essential items were being provided to people through these bazaars. He directed that either concerned tehsil municipal officer should remain present in these bazaars or duty should be assigned to any responsible officer. Parking system should be improved in the bazaars for the convenience of consumers and foolproof security arrangements should be made with the cooperation of local police, he added. STAFF REPORT
Man gunned down in district courts LAHORE: Unidentified men killed a man in the premises of district courts in the city on Saturday. The police said that unidentified armed assailants sprayed bullets on a man in district courts, killing him on the spot. Firing created panic among the people present in the court. The attackers managed to flee uninterrupted after committing the crime despite police presence at the courts. The deceased killed in the firing was returning after appearing in the court as witness in a murder case and it was feared the attackers could be from the opponent’s group. The body was shifted to hospital for medicolegal formalities. A case has been registered against unidentified men. STAFF REPORT
CIA seizes truck full of arms LAHORE: Central Investigation Agency (CIA) wing of Lahore Police seized a cache of arms besides arresting four men on Saturday. The CIA personnel on a tip off started snap checking of vehicles in Thokar Niaz Baig and ended up seizing a truck full of heavy and automatic weapons and arresting four drugs peddlers. The police said that the arms were being smuggled from Multan to Lahore. The detained men were shifted to an undisclosed location for further investigation. AGENCIES
LOST IN DHAKA: The ‘professor’, as seen in the television in the picture, could do little to furnish a better position for Pakistani cricket team in Asia Cup final against Sri Lanka. As for the city dwellers – they just watched. INP
Nawaz Sharif believes in homogeneous development PM BRIEFED ON RAVI ZONE DEVELOPMENT, CONSERVATION OF ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES LAHORE
RIME Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday directed the government functionaries to take the best economic decision to ensure proper use of each and
every penny from the national exchequer. He was speaking at his Raiwind residence during a briefing regarding Ravi Zone development and conservation of archaeological sites including Jahngir Tomb. Punjab Chief Secretary Naveed Akram Cheema, Planning and Develop-
ment Department Chairman Irfan Elahi, Lahore Commissioner Rashid Langrial, Lahore Development Authority (LDA) Chairman Ahad Cheema, two Singapore-based consultants engaged in conservation of Jahangir Tomb and other senior officials of the government were also present. The prime minister said experts and consultants from the private sector should be engaged in development works to ensure the maximum utilisation of available resources and achiev-
ing a goal of development in the shortest possible time. He said the public private partnership could be among the best options for reducing financial burden of big projects on the government and getting an efficient and better outcome. He said `highend areas’ should be developed in big cities, including Lahore, keeping in view models from the developed world for allowing construction of multistorey buildings. He stressed the need of adopting the best `commercial leverages’ for enhancing value of the government’s lands so that the land resources of the public sector could be used in the best interest of the masses. Talking about residents of poor localities, he directed officials of development authorities to take steps for providing the best organised living facilities to people residing in unorganised areas. “It is a social obligation to provide the best living facilities to people of unorganised areas and the government would do its best in this regard,” he said. Sharif got a detailed briefing on steps to improve water table of Lahore and directed the LDA to prepare proposals on economically viable options in this regard.
Shahbaz feels for ailing humanity PUNJAB CM GIVES 20,000 FOOD HAMPERS FOR FAMINE-AFFECTED THAR RESIDENTS, RS 50,000 TO RICKSHAW DRIVER FOR CANCER TREATMENT LAHORE STAFF REPORT
In view of a number of deaths of children owing to malnutrition in Thar Desert, Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has directed to dispatch as many as 20,000 food hampers to the residents of Thar to alleviate the sufferings of the affected families. Provincial ministers Chaudhry Shafiq and Wahid Arain would lead the caravan comprising 25 trucks laden with 20,000 food hampers from Lahore.
The chief minister has also directed the Punjab Disaster Management director general to accompany the caravan as well. Each food hamper to be dispatched contains wheat flour, rice, ghee, pulses, sugar, tea and mineral water bottles. Each food hamper is sufficient for seven-day food needs of an average family. ALL FOR CANCER TREATMENT Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has released a relief amount of Rs 50,000 for the wife of a rickshaw driver Muhammad Ittifaq for cancer treatment. Punjab Minister for Education Rana Mashhood Ahmad Khan visited the residence of the driver and presented a cheque of Rs 50,000 on behalf of Punjab chief minister. Local workers of PML-N Imran Shah, Chaudhry Muhammad Iqbal Gujjar, Karamat Ghori, Malik Nadeem and members of Muhammad Ittifaq’s family were present on the occasion. Rana Mashhood consoled with the cancer patient and her children and expressed his best wishes for his recovery.
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Railways staff losing its track! RAILWAYS PERSONNEL EXTORT MONEY FROM CITIZENS IN CONNIVANCE WITH CAR-LIFTING MEN LAHORE
DDITIONAL and Sessions Judge Tariq Mehmood Zargham on Saturday ordered the Lahore Railway Station Police Station SHO to register a criminal case against the Lahore railway station divisional superintendent, station master and car-lifting contractor of the railways no-parking area. The judge issued this order on a petition filed by petitioner Chaudhry
Remembering Dr Aafia on women’s day LAHORE: A large number of human rights activists and members of civil society staged a protest Saturday on the occasion of International Women’s Day. Aafia Movement Pakistan leader Dr Fouzia Siddiqui, speaking on the occasion, said that not only in Pakistan but also in the whole world, the basic rights of women were being usurped. She said the continued detention of Dr Aafia Siddiqui was just one of the glaring examples of violation of women rights. She said when the violation of women’s rights was accepted and tolerated at government and state level. She asked why the basic rights of Aafia as a woman were being denied with impunity. Dr Fouzia said Aafia’s family was even more saddened on women’s day as the rulers of world and United Nations celebrated this day with fanfare but failed to provide justice to Dr Aafia Siddiqui. She demanded the governments of the United States of America and Pakistan to see the issue of Dr Aafia with the perspective of human rights and the rights of women and mothers. STAFF REPORT
COURT ORDERS REGISTRATION OF CASE AGAINST RAILWAYS DS, STATION MASTER, NO-PARKING CONTRACTOR
Shoaib Saleem against the railways authorities and no-parking contractor for receiving extortion money from the petitioner. The petition was moved in the District and Sessions Court seeking registration of a criminal case against the railways authorities, no-parking contractor and two unidentified people for extorting money from the petitioner and public at large public outside the railway station. The petitioner-lawyer stated that the railways official had established a makeshift structure outside the railways station and they openly looted and
minted money from the general public. The petitioner said that an alleged mafia was working there with the connivance of railway authorities without any fear. Chaudhry Shoaib filed the petition after the above-said extortionists forcibly snatched his bike from outside the railway station and demanded Rs 200 for releasing the same. The petitioner said the mafia manhandled him and used abusive language about the legal fraternity and extorted Rs 100 from him. The petitioner pleaded the court to direct the SHO to register an FIR against the respondents.
Over 50,000 visitors throng Pakistan Auto Show LAHORE STAFF REPORT
The 10th edition of Pakistan Auto Parts Show-2014 (PAPS) attracted more than 50,000 local as well as foreign visitors from China, Japan, Singapore, UAE, UK, Sri Lanka, Oman, Korea, India and other countries at Expo Centre on Saturday. The three-day PAPS arranged by the Pakistan Association of Automotive Parts Accessories Manufacturers (PAAPAM) featured 162 national and international companies. According to computerised data, PAPS chief organizer Syed Nabeel Hshmi said that 18,400 registered trade visitors and general public attendance calculated at over 55,400. On the last day of the event on Saturday, he said extensive meetings were also held with international buyers. “These meetings turned out to be very successful where a way forward was discussed with these foreign delegates, making strategies for promotion of local exports, pros and cons of conducting business with Pakistan, export
related issues and how to improve the competitiveness of Pakistani products for international markets requirement,” he maintained. Nabeel Hashmi said the participating firms focused on showcasing their latest innovations to Pakistan automotive Industry. Sectors featured at the fair included parts and systems, accessories and tuning, tyres and batteries, repair and maintenance, it and management, cars, motorcycles, trucks, rickshaws, tractors and light commercial vehicles. Major players of Pakistan automotive industry including Toyota, Suzuki, Shell, Honda and Millat Tractors sponsored the Show. PAAPAM Chairman Usman Malik said that innovation awards in the Engineering, Art and sculpture categories were presented by students. University of Central Punjab won the first price whereas Punjab University and FAST/NU came second, and the other education institutions- National College of Arts (NCA), Beaconhouse National University (BNU), and Karachi Art also participated in the competition.
Parvez Elahi believes Sharifs are not doing enough! LAHORE STAFF REPORT Pakistan Muslim League – Quaid (PML-Q) senior central leader Chaudhry Parvez Elahi has said that PML-N had even snatched away the facilities given to the masses during PML-Q’s tenure. He was addressing a women’s convention held under the auspices of the PML Punjab Women Wing in connection with the International Women’s Day at Muslim League House on Saturday. He said that they had established women universities, training centres and welfare institutions but “enemies of education” had stopped their projects. Through the resolutions unanimously adopted by the convention, it was demanded that the facilities of Elahi’s tenure should be restored. Elahi said national progress was not possible without active participation of women. Women were given 33 percent representation in the assemblies and local bodies. He said there were five women ministers in his cabinet while today there was only one woman in the provincial cabinet.
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Pakistan's gaming industry breaks culture barriers i LAHORE
T'S a city better known for its history and culture, but a new generation of mobile game developers is bringing a slice of Silicon Valley to Lahore. With open plan offices, mixed gender teams, gourmet catering and an emphasis on a fun atmosphere, the small but growing IT industry worth an estimated $2.8 billion is being led by young entrepreneurs like Babar Ahmed. Ahmed, 33, left a career as a circuit engineer in Austin, Texas to found Mindstorm Studios in the eastern Pakistani city in 2006 with his brother Faraz. Today their studio employs 47 people thanks to hits like 2010's "Whacksy Taxi", which shot to number one on Apple's AppStore in over 25 countries; "Mafia Farm" in 2012 and "Cricket Power", the official game of the 2011 World Cup. "The idea was to put Pakistan on the gaming world," said Ahmed, explaining he was tired of "drawing room talk" among expatriates in the US about how something should be done for their homeland. Smartphone revolution: Mindstorm is one of several games development studios in Pakistan mainly based in Lahore but also in the capital Islamabad and Karachi to have prospered with the spread of the smartphone. "After the iPhone was launched, the definition of what a game is changed overnight. The definition of what a gamer is changed overnight," said Ahmed. While traditional "hardcore" games typically played on home console systems or PCs need
multi-million dollar budgets and teams of dozens of developers, games designed for smartphones need far less start-up capital. That has allowed countries in eastern Europe, Pakistan, and the Philippines to become prime destinations for software outsourcing, said Jazib Zahir, chief operations officer at Tintash, another Lahorebased studio that provided the back-office for "Fishing Frenzy", another top-ten hit. According to the government, some 24,000 people are now employed in software exports though the figure also includes more traditional areas like financial software and healthcare. "One of the advantages that Pakistan brings is we do have a critical mass of people with training and aptitude, an interest in developing software and art and combining them," adds Zahir, who is also a part-time tech journalist. Breaking BoundarieS: At We R Play, an Islamabad-based studio based in a converted ware-
house on the outskirts of the city, rows of twenty somethings busy themselves on their computers surrounded by colourful posters, plush toys and action figures. The company was founded in 2010 by Mohsin Ali Afzal and Waqar Azim, with a major emphasis placed on a modern office space. "We were sure from when we started that we didn't want cubicles and I wouldn't have a big office," said Afzal, who returned from UC Berkeley in 2010. "We wanted to make sure we're sitting with everyone. We encouraged everyone to take ownership of their spaces and gave them (money) to get stuff for their tables." Workspace and play is also seen as key at CaramelTech, a Lahore studio founded in 2011 by brothers Saad and Ammar Zaeem which is responsible for coding global 2011 mega-hit Fruit Ninja (which had over 500 million downloads) on some platforms for an Australian studio. The office has a designated
Gas import: KSEW oﬀers to construct LNG vessels, tugboats ISLAMABAD AGENCIES
Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works (KSEW), a shipbuilding company, has offered its services for constructing liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrying vessels and tugboats for the import of gas. “The ministry of defense production is going to send a summary to the prime minister for approval in this regard,” a source said quoting officials who attended a meeting of the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) last month. KSEW is the only shipyard and the oldest heavy engineering concern in Pakistan, catering to needs of shipbuilding, ship repair and general heavy engineering. According to sources, Port Qasim Authority (PQA) has sought financial assistance from the government for the purchase of tug boats and other ancillary works required for operational readiness of the port’s channel for handling LNG import. Officials told the ECC that Elengy Terminal Pakistan Limited (ETPL) had been declared successful bidder and Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) had initialed an LNG services agreement with the bidder on January 17, subject to approval of the ECC. Under the project, ETPL will handle a minimum of 200 million cubic feet of LNG per day (mmcfd) in the first year and 400 mmcfd in subsequent years for delivery to SSGC. The contract will be for 15 years starting November this year. The bidder is required to meet all national and international standards by obtaining a licence, permits authorisation and approval for safe and secure handling of LNG at the port. The ECC was told that the ministry of petroleum and natural resources had nominated the
Pakistan State Oil (PSO) as its designated entity for negotiating an LNG sale-purchase agreement with Qatar’s designated entity Qatar Liquefied Gas Company Limited (Qatargas). PSO and Qatargas have signed a confidentiality agreement and have also exchanged the draft of heads of agreement, which will form the basis for LNG supply. PSO and SSGC will enter into an agreement for LNG offtake under a commercial transaction structure. ECC members told the meeting about issuance of a letter of comfort by PSO to the effect that in case of failure to import LNG, the company would be obliged to pay capacity charges to ETPL. Some officials were shocked to know and asked how PSO would pay capacity charges when it had no firm deal for LNG import from Qatar. “The LNG terminal project will cost $200 million and will bring $2 billion in income, this is not a bad deal for the developer,” an official remarked, saying PSO would have to pay $11 million per month to the terminal operator like rental power plants (RPPs) even if the company did not get supplies. Sources familiar with the development said the terminal operator would recover the entire project cost just in one and a half years. “Keeping in view the situation, the ECC expressed concern and directed PSO to conduct due diligence as capacity charges would (eventually) be borne by the taxpayers,” the official said. The ministry of petroleum will also explore the possibility of arranging LNG supplies through international competitive bidding. It was explained that it was imperative for SSGC to enter into a services agreement with ETPL as approved by its board of directors for timely completion of the terminal for handling imports by the start of next winter.
CORPORATE CORNER auto industry confident about Pm’s commitment to resolve industry issues
play room complete with pool table, table football, and X-box. "Every day at 4pm they're forced to leave their work and go play upstairs. We want that culture where people aren't only working but also enjoy themselves," Ammar said. Also notable in the games studios is near gender-parity, a striking fact in a country where female participation in the workforce has lagged behind for decades. People are dressed in everything from Western jeans and tshirts to hijabs. For some, convincing their family they are working in a "real job" wasn't easy. "Basically my parents think I play all day and don't work," joked Saadia Zia, We R Play's 24-yearold head of quality assurance department which is tasked with teasing out bugs. In addition to gaining the trust of employees' families, the game studios have to contend with a host of issues ranging from frequent power outages to insecurity and civil unrest. "Electricity does not work. You have to come to terms with that," said Ahmed of Mindstorm, who plans to move his studio off-the-grid using solar panels. They also have to contend with faulty telephone lines, security threats and the ubiquitous corruption that dogs life in Pakistan. "Right outside our gate we had a car being gunned down. That affects you." However, the rewards outweigh the risks, he said. "It's somewhat like the Wild West. It's not for everybody. If you expect a level of service from the environment around you, that's not going to happen. If you can fend for yourself, it's great."
Political stability crucial for economic growth: senator ISLAMABAD INP
Senator Syed Zafar Ali Shah said on Saturday that political stability was crucial for economic growth and bringing people out of poverty as predictable environment attracts investment that results in poverty reduction, job creation, increased state revenues, and funds for welfare and educational projects. He said the political, social and economic system of the country was in grave danger which necessitates unity among all the stakeholders. The senator said this while talking to businessmen at FPCCI capital office where he came to congratulate FPCCI Vice President Munawar Mughal on assuming charge. FPCCI Chairman Coordination Faisal Saleem Rehman and a large number of prominent businessmen were also present on the occasion. Zafar Ali Shah said that states facing internal violence do not normally make it on to the list of high-performers, therefore, the government is trying best to ensure peace. But, he said, cooperation of masses as well as the business community was critically important in the regard so that they did not remain economically moribund. He added that economic growth leads to a rise in the visibility and power of the middle-class, a catalyst for social and political upheaval. At the occasion, Munawar Mughal informed the Senator about problems faced by the business community. He said political stability was a pre-requisite for economic growth and development of the country.
KARACHI: The Auto Industry specially the local engineering companies/vendors have shown confidence in Government’s commitment in resolving critical issues impeding the industry’s growth, the presence of Prime Minister at Pakistan Auto Show 2014 has given great hope to the auto manufacturing industry which has not been appreciated for their contributions towards economy previously. We have been following up with relevant authorities for some time however now with PM’s commitment; industry looks forward to working more closely with FBR/Finance and Commerce Ministries on solving some of these pending industry issues as soon as possible. A spokesman for Indus Motor Company said that Chairman Indus Motor Mr. Ali Habib has greatly appreciated Prime Minister’s commitment towards industrial development and in taking personal interest for resolving auto industry issues. He expressed industry’s confidence in government’s ability to solve the critical issues impeding Pakistan’s economic growth and foreign investments like security situation and energy crisis. He also explained as how local auto industry is saving billions of dollars worth of foreign exchange by making cars locally thereby strengthening the local economy. PRESS RELEASE
barclays celebrates international Women’s day KARACHI: Barclays Bank Pakistan [“BBP”] affirmed its commitment to women in the workplace by supporting International Women’s Day (IWD) at the British Deputy High Commission, Karachi. Barclays hold a conference on the theme of ‘Inspiring Women’ followed by a networking session attended by senior leaders, employees and clients, as well as distinguished external speakers. Among the panelist were John A. Tucknott (the British Deputy High Commission), Shazad Dada (BBP), Musharaf Hai (Loreal), Ameena Sayeed (Oxford Press), Dr. Sadia Rizvi (South City Hospital), and Fariyha Subhani (Unilever Foods). Shazad Dada, CEO BBP welcomed the occasion, saying: “Our business relies on how well we embrace the skills, opinions and perspectives of everyone at Barclays, and understanding the power of gender diversity enables us to unlock everyone’s talent, improve business performance and deliver a sustainable and successful future.” Addressing the audience during the event, the British Deputy High Commissioner and Director for UK Trade & Investment, Pakistan – John A. Tucknott MBE said “The UK is working hard globally to ensure gender equality and women’s empowerment. I am therefore delighted to welcome so many prominent women to the British Deputy High Commission, to celebrate the accomplishments of women in Pakistan – in politics, business, education, social affairs and family life. But there is so much more to do, including preventing violence against women and girls, and preventing sexual violence in conflict. Women also have a vital role to play in peacebuilding and reconciliation.” PRESS RELEASE
au students Week Winners’ delights
ISLAMABAD: The student week-2014 closing ceremony held here at Islamabad campus. Chief Guest, Air Cdre (r) Dr. Ijaz A. Malik, Vice Chancellor Air University chaired the ceremony. The student week started from 3rd March concluded with the prize distribution ceremony on Friday noon. During the week, students participated in several sports and cultural events. Cricket matches, Badminton, inter-departments’ athletics competitions, Poetry, Debates, quiz shows and cultural night with fun and music charmed the whole week. Students shared the cheerful moments putting aside all of their educational burdens. The Vice Chancellor appreciated the zeal and commitment of students for their energetic participation in student week events. PRESS RELEASE
Sunday, 9 March, 2014
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Communication is everything today -- so you need to choose your words with greater care. That may not come naturally to you, but that just means that you've got to slow down and take more time.
Contracts and other legal agreements need to simmer for another day or so before you're ready to sign off. That may take some delicate negotiations, but you can stall for as long as you need.
You may be a little busier than you like today -- but it still ends up being great fun! Your energy should keep up with even the briskest schedule, and you may add more events to the mix.
A project at work or home is starting to grow and change shape -- so much so that you may find it hard to keep up with. All that means is that you've got to break it up into smaller parts.
Your intellect is powerful today, so make sure that you are making the most of it. See if you can get your people to follow your lead or to join you in brainstorming -- this energy is meant to be shared!
Your mind is clicking almost perfectly today -- so make sure that you're in the thick of it when people start to make wild claims or try to fast-talk you. It should be easy to spot the falsehoods.
Today is all about novelty and new experiences, so push beyond your comfort zone and see what you can do differently. Things may start to get really interesting midday, but only if you make it so.
Something small escapes everyone's notice but your own. It's a good time to think things through and see if you can get an advantage out of this. You may just need to notify your people.
You need to think hard about some big issue that means a lot to you -- but don't expect to hit on a solution right away! Your mental energy is good, but these things take time and patience.
You rise today knowing exactly what to do -- and this clarity should last through to tonight. Take confidence from your mental energy and move forward boldly. Success is almost here!
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Sunday, 9 March, 2014
Pretty plating can improve likability of foods
HEy tested the same meals presented differently to diners in a fine restaurant, and the foods seemed to taste better to participants when arranged in a creative pattern. “I’m very happy that chefs are now looking at things like this, because people eat out more and more, so to have chefs being aware that what they do may have a long lasting effect on people’s food choices is a good thing,” lead study author Debra Zellner told a foreign news agency. Zellner is a researcher and professor in the psychology department at Montclair State University in New Jersey. In previous studies, she’s found that people were “turned on” by neatness and balance in the plating of food, but she wanted to see if stepping up the presentation to a professional level would make a d i f f e rence, s o she
contacted the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New york, to invite them to collaborate. “Chefs have all these ideas of what they should be doing and how they should be doing it - and they believe it matters to the consumer - but there’s no data,” Zellner said. “So, they were really interested in doing something.” A total of 91 diners were recruited to the Culinary Institute of America restaurant to eat a meal on one of two nights. There were 35 men and 56 women ranging in age from 20 to 74. The participants had a variety of occupations, but none worked in kitchens. “There were all sorts of people, it was really a nice sample,” Zellner said. The diners were all served the same foods each night - sauteed
chicken breast, brown rice pilaf and string beans with almonds, but the meal was plated two different ways. One night, the meals were the traditional way - with the sautéed chicken and sauce on the bottom half of the plate, rice pilaf in a mound in one upper quadrant and the green beans in the other upper quadrant. Participants who arrived on the other night were served a fancier version of the meal, with the three foods in a spiraling pattern with the sauce drizzled around the perimeter of the plate. On both nights, the participants filled out questionnaires before and after the meals, rated the foods for appearance and likeability, and were offered the chance to leave any open-ended comments. The participants who received the more attractive presentation rated their liking for the f o o d s overall as higher than those served the traditional meals, Zellner’s team reports in the journal Appetite. “We found that participants rated the two
Cosmetic fillers can cause permanent blindness when injected into the forehead, doctors warn Wrinkle-removing cosmetic procedures can lead to permanent blindness, a new study warns. Injecting fillers into people’s foreheads can, in rare cases, cause irreversible damage to the eye, the researchers say. The US scientists say that injecting fat or collagen into the skin to smooth out wrinkles is usually safe. However, they warn that the Food and Drug Administration only supports the use of fillers in the middle part of the face – such as around the mouth – reports. While these substances are not officially approved for use near the eyes, they are commonly used to remove wrinkles around the eye, Dr Michelle Carle from Retina Vitreous Associates Medical Group in Los Angeles, said. In a study published in the journal JAMA Ophthalmology, she reports that three people have been blinded by the procedure. They say this can occur if the filler accidentally seeps into blood vessels and finds its way into the eye’s artery. If this happens, they say, the blood supply to the eye can be blocked. Dr Carle told Live Science: ‘While this complication is very rare, it is very significant. A bruise will go away, but vision loss is permanent.’ As a result, she says all doctors should explain the risk to their patients before carrying out the procedure. Dr Carle and her team studied three patients who had experienced vision loss after the treatment.
One of the people, a woman in her 40s, was given a collagen injection to smooth out wrinkles in her forehead. After the procedure, she found she was unable to see out of her right eye. A man in his 30s had a similar experience after the procedure. He lost some of the sight in his left eye which medics discovered was due to the blood supply to some of his retina being compromised. The final patient the researchers studied was a woman in her 60s. She suffered severe vision loss after having filler injected near her hairline. While these procedures do not normally cause side-effects other than temporary bruising and swelling, the researchers say there are also reports of patients suffering a stroke, and even dying, after the treatment. They told Live Science: ‘We recommend that blindness or significant visual loss be added as a risk when discussing these procedures with patients, because these are devastating consequences.’ Many parents have dealt with excruciating embarrassment as a result of their children’s powers of observation. There are few who have escaped without their child pointing out a stranger’s flaws loudly in public. So, it may come as little surprise that new research shows even toddlers can form sophisticated character judgements by looking at a person’s face. Courtesy DAILy MAIL
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platings differently in attractiveness, but they didn’t rate them differently for neatness,” Zellner said. “This was crucial because of what we had found previously. The two presentations were equally neat and equally balanced.” When asked about the specific foods, the participants who were served the attractively plated meals gave higher ratings to the chicken and the brown rice, but there was no difference in rating for the green beans. The brown rice pilaf garnered the most open-ended comments, with many more positive than negative. Zellner said the results were encouraging, because the Culinary In-
stitute of America is interested in promoting healthy food. “Trying to get people to eat brown rice, as opposed to white rice, is a struggle sometimes,” she said, “So it’s encouraging that if presented in a very attractive way, you might get people to eat things they normally wouldn’t, and that are actually healthy.” Lauren Graf, a clinical dietitian at Montefiore Medical Center in New york, was not involved in the study but wasn’t surprised that the level of attractiveness and amount of care that went into food preparation influenced people’s perception of flavor. One reason the food may have been perceived as tasting better is
LONDON: Fatima Bhutto, the niece of assassinated former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, has been nominated for the Women’s Prize for Fiction, the judges announced Friday. Bhutto is among 20 women on the long list for the award, which was formerly known as the Orange prize and is open to English-language novels from anywhere in the world. She is nominated for “The Shadow of the Crescent Moon”, her first attempt at fiction following several fact-based books, including a memoir of her family’s blood-soaked history. Bhutto is a fierce critic of her charismatic aunt, who twice served as prime minister, claiming she was power hungry and “morally responsible” for the murder of her brother, Fatima’s father Murtaza Bhutto, in 1996. The winner of the prize, which will be announced at the Royal Festival Hall in central London on June 4, receives £30,000 ($50,000, 36,500 euros) and a bronze known as a “Bessie”. Other nominees for the 19th annual award include “The Luminaries” by New Zealand author Eleanor Catton, which won the 2013 Booker Prize. Australia’s Hannah Kent is nominated for “Burial Rites”, while Indian-American Jhumpa Lahiri is longlisted for “The Lowland”. AGeNCIes
because it came from a more expensive restaurant, she noted. Graf said that people can improve the appearance of foods at home, too. “you don’t need to spend a ton of money on something to get it to look or taste good at home,” she said. “Foods can look nice in an economical way and can make you feel like it’s fancier than it really is.” “Whoever is making dinner that night can take the time to plate it out, arrange the vegetables in a nice fashion and use nice plates,” she said. Parsley can be used as a garnish or fresh herbs can be added to foods to make them prettier, she added. AGeNCIes
Fatima Bhutto nominated for top UK literary prize
Toddlers DO know best: Children as young as 3 can tell by a person’s face if they’re trustworthy Researchers found that, just like adults, children as young as three tend to judge a person’s character traits - such as trustworthiness and competence - simply by looking at their face. And youngsters show remarkable consensus in the judgments they make, suggest the findings published in the journal Psychological Science. The research, led by psychological scientist Emily Cogsdill of Harvard University, shows that the predisposition to judge others based on physical features starts early in childhood and does not require years of social experience. Previous research has shown that
adults regularly use faces to make judgments about the character traits of others, even with only a brief glance. However, it was unclear whether the tendency is one that slowly builds as a result of life experiences, or is instead a more fundamental impulse that emerges early in life. Psychology PhD student Ms Cogsdill said: ‘If adult-child agreement in face-to-trait inferences emerges gradually across development, one might infer that these inferences require prolonged social experience to reach an adult-like state. If instead young children’s inferences are like those of adults, this would
indicate that face-to-trait character inferences are a fundamental social cognitive capacity that emerges early in life.’ To explore the ideas, the researchers asked 99 adults and 141 children, aged three to 10, to evaluate pairs of computer-generated faces that differed on one of three traits - trustworthiness, dominance, and competence. After being shown a pair of faces, participants might be asked, for example, to judge ‘which one of the people is very nice’. As expected, the adults showed consensus on the traits they attributed to specific faces. And so did the children. oNLINe
Sunday, 9 March, 2014
HOLLYWOOD BLOCKBUSTER ‘NOAH’ FACES BAN IN ARAB WORLD
LINDSAY CREDITS OPRAH WINFREY FOR HELPING HER GET BACK ON TRACK
Three Arab countries have banned the Hollywood film “Noah” on religious grounds even before its worldwide premiere and several others are expected to follow suit, a representative of Paramount Pictures said on Saturday. “Censors for Qatar, Bahrain and the UAE (United Arab Emirates) officially confirmed this week that the film will not release in their countries,” a representative of Paramount Pictures, which produced the $125 million film starring Oscar-winners Russell Crowe and Anthony Hopkins, said. “The official statement they offered in confirming this news is because ‘it contradicts the teachings of Islam’,” the representative said, adding the studio expected a similar ban in Egypt, Jordan and Kuwait. The film will premiere in the United States on March 28. Noah, who in the Bible’s Book of Genesis built the ark that saved his family and many pairs of animals from a great flood, is revered by Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Cairo’s Al-Azhar, the highest authority of Sunni Islam and a main center of Islamic teaching for over a millennium, issued a fatwa, or religious injunction, against the film on Thursday. “Al-Azhar ... renews its objection to any act depicting the messengers and prophets of God and the companions of the Prophet (Mohammad), peace be upon him,” it announced in a statement. They “provoke the feelings of believers ... and are forbidden in Islam and a clear violation of Islamic law,” the fatwa added.
indsay Lohan has thanked Oprah Winfrey for helping her get back on the track. in an interview on ‘The Tonight show starring Jimmy Fallon,’ Lohan said that was the past and she felt really lucky to be able to work with someone like Winfrey and create, the Mirror reported. Lohan further added that she has a strong bond with the TV host and Winfrey has become someone from whom she can learn from in life. Lohan gave an interview to Winfrey right after leaving rehab last august and has now filmed an eight-part reality show for her TV channel, OWn. Dna inDia
Mel Gibson’s 2004 film “The Passion of the Christ” on Jesus’s crucifixion was widely screened in the Arab World, despite a flurry of objections by Muslim clerics. A 2012 Arab miniseries “Omar” on the exploits of a seventh century Muslim ruler and companion of the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) also managed to defy clerics’ objections and air on a Gulf-based satellite television channel.
AAMIR KHAN REFUSES TO DO SCI-FI Aamir Khan, who was last seen playing a double role in YRF’s blockbuster hit Dhoom 3, recently refused to be a part of Excel Entertainment’s upcoming sci-fi adventure because of money issues. Reportedly, the film is a time-travel drama and Aamir, who was quite impressed with the script, was in advance talks with the makers. However, Mr. Perfectionist opted out of the film as he and the production house couldn’t agree on his remuneration and commercial terms. The film will be directed by debutant Nitya Mehra and sources claim that Khan had also had several script narrations with her. The makers are now looking for Aamir’s
replacement and Hrithik Roshan’s name is doing the rounds. Deepika Padukone was in talks to star opposite Aamir however, one wonders if she’ll still be a part of the film, now that Aamir has bid adieu to it. agencies
The name’s NOT Bond
HO wouldn’t want to be James Bond? Well it turns out there are a few in Hollywood who just weren’t that enamoured with putting on a suit and become 007. Let’s find out about those Hollywood stars who gave Bond a no and their reasons?
LIAM NEESON In 1994 Liam Neeson was approached to play James Bond, at the time the story went that he didn’t want to do action movies, coincidently he now does a lot of action movies. Instead he stuck to more serious dramas like Schindler’s List, however now Neeson has admitted the real reason for turning down the part. The actor told the Hull Daily Mail, “my wife-to-be said, ‘If you play James Bond we’re not getting married’. And I had to take that on board because I did want to marry her.”
CARY GRANT Way back in the beginning when the original Bond was being cast Cary Grant was approached for the role. Despite being one of the suavest men ever to grace the big
screen, Cary who was 58 at the time felt he was simply too old for the role. The part was of course then given to Sean Connery.
the 007 character, believing it represented ‘every despicable stereotype about England and British actors’. Surely not Christian.
Hugh Jackman and turn down the role due to typecasting concerns.
Another choice for the original Bond was Richard Burton, he was considered for the role three times, in 1959, 1961, 1968. Originally his concern was that the whole Bond concept was just too risky, but later the actor allegedly wanted more money than the producers were willing to pay.
Liam Neeson is not the only Irish actor to be asked to become 007. Colin Farrell was on the shortlist back in 2004 before Daniel Craig was cast. Colin himself wasn’t keen on the idea and didn’t feel audiences would want him as Bond.
Could you imagine Burt Reynolds playing James Bond? Well back in 1970 someone could, and Burt was offered the part. Much like Adam West though, Burt too felt that Bond must be British. He has since admitted that he is still haunted by the decision saying in 2005 ‘in the middle of the night, you hear me wake up in this cold sweat going, ‘Bond, James Bond.’
ADAM WEST You may know him as TV’s Batman but Adam West could have also added James Bond to resume in 1970. The actor was courted for the role in ‘Diamonds are Forever’ but turned it down because he believed Bond should be British. We must say Adam, we agree!
CHRISTIAN BALE Batman had another chance at becoming Bond when Christian Bale was considered for the role. His former publicist would later allege in a 2012 book that he turned down the role because of his dislike for
HUGH JACKMAN What about an Australian Bond? Another name in the running to replace Pierce Brosnan was Hugh Jackman. Jackman was reportedly offered the part but realised that the curse of Bond is that, well your always Bond. He told The Hollywood Reporter in 2011, “I thought it would box me in too much, my natural instinct is to keep as many doors open as possible.” It worked out he got to be Wolverine and sing in ‘Les Miserables’.
EWAN MCGREGOR Ewan McGregor could have followed Sean Connery’s steps as the next Scottish Bond. Instead he chose to follow
CLINT EASTWOOD Filied alongside Burt Reynolds in the really? category is ‘Dirty Harry’ actor Clint Eastwood. Eastwood was approached in 1970 for the part and turned it down. Guess why…because he thought Bond should be British.
RALPH FIENNES Ralph was considered twice for the role, 1994 when producers felt he wasn’t a big enough star yet and then in 2004 when he couldn’t commit to filming scheduling. Ralph however was able to add a Bond movie to his CV, when he played M in 2012’s ‘Skyfall’. agencies
Sunday, 9 March, 2014
lankans take home the cup s dHAkA
OMEWHErE between absolute relaxation and intense focus, Lahiru Thirimanne drew strength from a place of zen in the Asia Cup final, stroking 101 from 108 to complete a victory that snapped Sri Lanka's finals jinx. He had help from Mahela Jayawardene, who embellished his reputation as a big-match performer, but it had been a fearsome lone hand from Lasith Malinga that had given most shape to the triumph. His five wickets for 56 deservedly earned him the Man-of-the-Match award on a day when no other Sri Lanka bowler took a wicket. Those contributions proved enough to comfortably overcome Fawad Alam's maiden hundred, which had been borne of astute accumulation as he and Misbah-ulHaq launched an epic recovery, then completed in a frenzy at the death. That 260 for 5 was eventually achieved was admirable, but Sri Lanka surpassed that score with five wickets in hand and 22 balls remaining. Pakistan may conclude they had been at least 20 runs light. They may also rue errors in the field that saw both Thirimanne and Jayawardene reprieved. Thirimanne's idol Kumar Sangakkara had been cock of the Asia Cup walk for much of its duration, but in the final, his Padawan eclipsed him twice over. Thirimanne eased past Sangakkara on the tournament run-scorers' list, finishing comfortably atop the table with 279 runs. He also hit a hundred in a tournament final - a feat that has eluded Sangakkara in his 13-year career. Thirimanne would not have opened had Tillakaratne Dilshan been fit for the tournament, but he has now made a forceful case for a long-term place in the top three. Malinga had largely saved his best work for the close in this tournament, but in his first three menacing overs with the new ball, he had gutted the Pakistan top order, and intimidated the opposition into prolonged reticence. Sharjeel Khan struck him for two spiffing offside boundaries, but Malinga soon swung one in to the left-hander to have him chipping to mid-on. His away-swing to the right-handers got Ahmed Shehzad and Mohammad Hafeez nicking behind in quick succession as well. Shehzad had aimed a punch through cover,
Hafeez merely hung his bat out. Misbah and Fawad were joined at 18 for 3, but slaves to a poor situation now, neither ventured the early aggression that might have helped set up a tall score. Pakistan's run-rate was below three until the 22nd over, and increased only in modest increments until the final flourish. In contrast, Kusal Perera crashed Sri Lanka through the early overs of the chase, wailing on short balls like they owed him money while crunching sweet
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Pakistan Women 126 for 4 (Javeria 58, Maroof 39) beat Bangladesh Women 113 for 6 (Fargana 35, Asmavia 2-22) by 13 runs SportS deSk Javeria Khan's quick half-century helped set up Pakistan Women's 13-run win against Bangladesh Women at the Sheikh Kamal International Cricket Stadium. Pakistan, batting first, made 126 for 4 on the back of Javeria's 55ball 58, and her 109-run association for the third wicket with Bismah Maroof who scored 39. No other batter reached double digits for the visitors, but Bangladesh were made to rue the 19 extras they conceded, including 11 wides. Bangladesh began solidly, as the openers Shamina Sultana and Ayasha Rahman put up 30 by the sixth over, but three wickets in the space of eight deliveries hampered their progress. Fargana Hoque (35) helped the team recover from 33 for 3 to 100 for 4 by the 18th over, but they were ultimately unable to maintain the required rate and were restricted to 113 for 6 from their 20 overs. Asmavia Iqbla snared two wickets for Pakistan, while Sania Khan, Sana Mir and Anam Amin chipped in with a scalp each.
drives through the covers as well. He grew more selective with his slashes for the final, minimising some of the risks in his game, though the plays-and-misses were not altogether omitted. He made little use of a reprieve on 35, when Sharjeel Khan backpedaled unnecessarily at deep midwicket to tread on the rope, but his 42 off 37 ensured Sri Lanka would not be restrained inside the Powerplay, as Pakistan had been. Perhaps Kusal could have been more
PakiStan inningS (50 overS maximum) 8 Sharjeel khan c nLtc Perera b malinga 5 ahmed Shehzad c †Sangakkara b malinga 3 mohammad Hafeez c †Sangakkara b malinga 65 misbah-ul-Haq* c mdkJ Perera b malinga 114 Fawad alam not out 59 umar akmal† c Priyanjan b malinga 0 Shahid afridi not out 6 extraS: (lb 1, w 5) totaL: (5 wickets; 50 overs) 260 (5.20 runs per over) did not bat: mohammad talha, umar gul, Saeed ajmal, Junaid khan FaLL oF wicketS: 1-8 (Sharjeel khan, 0.6 ov), 2-17 (ahmed Shehzad, 2.6 ov), 3-18 (mohammad Hafeez, 4.3 ov),4-140 (misbah-ul-Haq, 36.4 ov), 5-255 (umar akmal, 49.4 ov) bowLing: SL malinga 10-0-56-5, raS Lakmal 10-2-41-0, SmSm Senanayake 9-0-54-0, nLtc Perera 10-1-66-0, ad mathews 7-123-0, Pc de Silva 4-0-19-0
Sri Lanka inningS (target: 261 runS From 50 overS) 42 mdkJ Perera st †umar akmal b Saeed ajmal 101 HdrL thirimanne b Saeed ajmal 0 kc Sangakkara† lbw b Saeed ajmal dPmd Jayawardene c Sharjeel khan b mohammad talha 75 13 Sma Priyanjan c †umar akmal b Junaid khan 16 ad mathews* not out 6 Pc de Silva not out 8 extraS: (b 1, lb 1, w 5, nb 1) totaL: (5 wickets; 46.2 overs) 261 (5.63 runs per over) did not bat: nLtc Perera, SmSm Senanayake, raS Lakmal, SL malinga FaLL oF wicketS: 1-56 (mdkJ Perera, 10.1 ov), 2-56 (Sangakkara, 10.2 ov), 3-212 (Jayawardene, 37.2 ov),4-233 (Priyanjan, 41.4 ov), 5-247 (thirimanne, 44.1 ov) bowLing: mohammad Hafeez 9-0-42-0, umar gul 6-0-44-0, Junaid khan 9-0-56-1, Saeed ajmal 10-2-26-3, mohammad talha 6.2-0-56-1, Shahid afridi 6-0-35-0
watchful when Saeed Ajmal arrived, but the ball to dismiss him was a stunner. Drawing Kusal out of the crease with a flighted one, delivered wide of the crease from round the wicket, Ajmal had the ball dip and grip, to beat Kusal's prod and create an easy stumping. Kumar Sangakkara barely registered the straighter one that thudded into his front pad next ball, replays showing it clipping leg stump. Jayawardene got a fizzing doosra for a hat-trick ball, which to his good fortune, would have missed the off stump. Desperate for runs after a poor tournament, Jayawardene played Ajmal's first spell desperately late, reading intently out of the hand and off the surface, thrusting bat in front of pad to prevent an lbw. He squeezed through that gauntlet, girded somewhat by the sublime late cut that brought his first four, and then began to progress more freely. When he deposited a Shahid Afridi short ball deep into the legside stands in the 18th over, the steel in his eyes had returned in force. Typically, he prospered behind square on the off side, scoring almost 40% of his 75 runs there. Thirimanne had watched Kusal's barrage, and Jayawardene's stutters from the other end, and all the while resisted both over-ambition and the shackles of bigmatch pressure. Exquisite strokes square of the wicket on either side punctuated a steady beat of singles, as he scored at around a run-a-ball through the middle overs.Umar Akmal had grassed a thick outside edge off him at 36, but the remainder of his progress was as smooth as his strokeplay. Jayawardene departed after their 156-
run partnership had set Sri Lanka in sight of the win, and Thirimanne completed his third ODI hundred in Angelo Mathews' company. Having played several vital hands throughout the tournament, Mathew was fittingly at the crease to strike the winning runs. Earlier, Misbah had taken stately, dignified singles as the collapse was arrested, while Fawad poked and pilfered them. They scored more freely off the spinners than the fast men - an oddity for this tournament - and perhaps they were glad not to face Ajantha Mendis, who had been dropped for this match, despite having been the Asia Cup's most penetrative bowler before the match. The pair looked ominous in the first over of the Powerplay, from which they plundered 13, but Misbah would fall to Malinga soon after, inspiring a brief return to caution from Fawad. Akmal blasted successive boundaries in the 41st over off Perera to set Pakistan's charge in motion once more, and this time, Fawad joined him in earnest. He was 67 from 106 before another six over long-on began the sequence that would bring him 47 off the next 28. Fawad was dropped for the second time on 92, as de Silva parried a chance over his head at cover off Malinga, and he would move to triple figures for the first time in ODIs with an aerial whip over deep midwicket in the 48th over. Akmal's 59 off 42 was the fire in Pakistan's finish, but they had given away too much ground in the opening exchanges. Malinga completed his second five-wicket haul of the tournament when Akmal topedged a slog in the final over.
De Villiers tippeD to succeeD smith SportS deSk AB de Villiers is the most likely candidate to succeed Graeme Smith as South Africa's Test captain, but if he is to assume the additional responsibility it might mean a change in team structure. Jacques Kallis, Mark Boucher and Shaun Pollock called de Villiers the "natural choice," but warned he would have to stop wicketkeeping to accept the leadership. De Villiers is presently the Test team's vicecaptain, wicketkeeper and No. 5 batsman, and Boucher does not think he can take on any more. "I don't think it's viable for him to captain, bat in the top five and keep wicket," Boucher said. "The ask is a lot. Maybe he can do it for a small period of time while South Africa look for another keeper but in the longer term, he'll need to give up one." There is recent evidence to back that argument, dating back to de Villiers' appointment as ODI captain when Smith stepped down after the 2011 World Cup. That was de Villiers' first leadership role, having not led at school or domestic level before, and his inexperience showed. With a strategy of a flexible batting line-up - which has since been scrapped - South Africa were a disorganised ODI unit for the first few months under de Villiers. He struggled to keep up with the pace of captaincy, quite literally, and was suspended for two matches against New Zealand in January 2013 for a slow over rate. That was de Villiers' fourth series in charge, by which point he had already relinquished the Twenty20 captaincy to Faf du Plessis, and was meant to hone his skills in the job. The wicketkeeping gloves were taken away from him as well and at the time de Villiers said he felt he had more time to "communicate with my bowlers and get the field right." De Villiers briefly resumed keeping, while Quinton de Kock was given time at his franchise to mature into a domestic player, but currently does not keep wicket in either T20s or ODIs. During that time he also developed into a sharper captain, particularly after the 2013 Champions Trophy, and led South Africa to an away series win over Pakistan, followed by a defeat to them at home, and a home victory over India. It was regarded as no coinci-
dence that the improvement in his tactics came after he was unburdened from a treble-role. If the same logic is applied to the Test team, it will likely be de Kock who will take over as wicketkeeper. De Kock was recently contracted by CSA and made his Test debut in Port Elizabeth. He's only 21 and has played only 21 first-class games but Pollock was not worried by his inexperience. "If they decide they want to go the de Kock route, they've got six Tests for him to settle into his role," he said. Before the 2015 World Cup, South Africa will play two Tests against Sri Lanka in July, one against Zimbabwe and three at home against West Indies. The first of those assignments is the most challenging, given that Sri Lanka was the last place South Africa lost in, so de Villiers may be retained as gloveman for that. If South Africa want an alternative for Test captain, they won't have to look much further than du Plessis. He captains T20 team, has led from school level, enjoys being in charge and has shown he has the ability. His has only played 14 Tests, but already boasts a batting average over 50 and the
temperament to bat for days. Beyond de Villiers and du Plessis, South Africa don't have many other candidates. Hashim Amla was vice-captain of the limited-overs sides but gave that up last February and said his decision was based on not wanting to take on the main role if needed. Alviro Petersen, who leads the Lions franchise, only has one hand on his spot as an opener and none of the fast bowlers have ever been considered captaincy material. Makhaya Ntini believes JP Duminy could captain in shorter formats because, "he has been playing and performing for long enough and he deserves it." But Duminy is only settling into a more all-round role and it may prove too much to expect from him. South Africa's options are limited to giving one of the shorter-format captains the Test job and Pollock thinks it could bring a breath of fresh air. "A lot of the tactics over the last 10 years have mainly been from Graeme's head," he said. "Even when he stepped down in shorter formats, the bulk of the strategies come from his thinking. It will be nice for someone to come with a new approach."
Sunday, 9 March, 2014
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F the tough get going when the going gets tough, then the Formula One season starting in Australia next week should offer Sebastian Vettel ample opportunity to roll up his sleeves and play the paddock hard man. On the evidence of pre-season testing, the quadruple champion and his Red Bull team are up against it as the sport braces for an unpredictable new hybrid turbo era in Melbourne. “Right now it is not an easy situation, but there is no reason to hang the head,” said the 26-year-old German, who is bidding to become only the second driver after compatriot Michael Schumacher to win five titles in a row, as Red Bull wrapped up a troubled final test in Bahrain. “When I listen to some media we are right in the middle of a huge disaster…but we will fight through it. Everybody in the team – including me – is ready to fight,” Vettel said. The glamour world of Grand Prix racing is in the throes of a revolution, one that will be televised around the world, and Vettel is a young king whose throne is most definitely threatened in what could be a rollercoaster year. Success-starved rivals can sense their time has come, spurred on by rare signs of weakness from the once dominant team. The technical change is the biggest most of the sport’s engineers and mechanics have ever seen thanks to the introduction of a new turbocharged V6 engine with energy recovery systems. In this brave new world, Red Bull’s preparations have been little short of shocking with neither Vettel – who won the last
nine races of 2013 and has not been beaten since July – nor his new and ever-smiling Australian team mate Daniel Ricciardo completing a race simulation. All the Renault-powered teams have struggled to log as much mileage as their Mercedes and Ferrari rivals – Cosworth having now disappeared as an engine supplier – after experiencing problems bedding in the new power unit. Reliability is a key concern for all teams, and the early races could be full of surprises with fuel economy coming to the fore and drivers playing a game of hare and tortoise to get to the finish. The big question is how quickly Red Bull will be able to overcome their problems and whether testing is an accurate reflection of what will come when the lights go out in Melbourne. Lewis Hamilton, whose Mercedes team are already the early favourites, expects Red Bull to be firing on all cylinders sooner than might be expected. “They look like they have a stunning car, and usually the more beautiful it is the faster it is so I’m sure they’ve got a pretty quick car this year,” said the Briton who won his 2008 title with McLaren. “Once they get the engine sorted, or the systems that they might be struggling with, I think they’ll – as always – be very hard to beat.” Mercedes-powered Williams – who have signed a rejuvenated Brazilian Felipe Massa from Ferrari to replace Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado – have also looked strong in testing after scoring just five points in a dismal 2013. Ferrari, reunited with 2007 champion Kimi Raikkonen in a lineup of champions with Fernando Alonso, have kept their
cards close to their chest but the engine has looked reliable. Expect sparks between those two fire and ice characters, the first champions Ferrari has paired since 1954, if the car proves to be a championship contender.
The same applies to Mercedes, where Hamilton and Nico Rosberg’s friendship could be sorely tested. Nothing, however, can be taken for granted. “We have seen cars struggle to do a race distance in pre-season but then finish
the first race on the podium. We have seen it countless times and it can happen again,” Mercedes engine chief Andy Cowell told autosport.com. “ Melbourne is a very exciting step into this new world of hybrid F1. I really don’t know how it is going to unfold.
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A first-half goal from Phil Jones was followed up with strikes from Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck as David Moyes' side piled the pressure on their relegation-threatened hosts. West Brom began the game on the front foot, but United showed menace on the counter-attack. Their much-vaunted front four of Juan Mata, Adnan Januzaj, Rooney and Robin van Persie showed more cohesion than in previous games, but it was Chris Brunt who almost put United ahead after 16 minutes. The West Brom captain inadvertently diverted Marouane Fellaini's 16th-minute header goalwards before Youssouff Mulumbu came to his rescue by clearing off the line. The hosts then had former United goalkeeper Ben Foster to thank for keeping them level just before the half-hour mark when he kept out Rafael's powerful back-post header. There was nothing Foster could do about the 33rd-minute opener, however, as Jones glanced Van Persie's free-kick past the keeper from eight yards for his first Premier League goal of the season. West Brom should have drawn level five minutes later when Claudio Yacob nodded over from three yards, before Victor Anichebe outmuscled Jones with his back to goal only to drag wide from 12 yards. Foster appeared fortunate to escape punishment just before half-time as he seemed to handle outside his area, with referee Jonathan Moss waving play on despite vehement
protests from Moyes. Mel's side came began the second period as they started the first, and created a clear opening after 52 minutes only for Zoltan Gera to shoot tamely straight at David de Gea after a neat one-two with Anichebe. Moss was again in the spotlight shortly after, as he deemed Van Persie's second wild lunge in the space of five minutes unworthy of a second booking. The referee cautioned the Dutchman for his first poor tackle on Morgan Amalfitano, and could easily have dismissed him when he went in late on Steven Reid shortly after, but opted instead for a stern warning. Moyes, perhaps mindful of his striker's fortune, substituted Van Persie for Welbeck just after the hour mark. United were struggling to contain Anichebe's physicality, and the former Everton man almost created the equaliser when he fired across goal after once again shrugging off the attentions of Jones, but Rafael was on hand to clear before Brunt could tap in to an open goal. Despite West Brom's promising start after the interval, they were undone by a moment of real quality from the visitors as Rooney doubled their advantage after 65 minutes. Slick interplay between Rooney, Mata and Rafael ended with the Brazil defender finding the unmarked England striker with a pinpoint cross, and he made no mistake with a simple back-post header. Welbeck then made sure seven minutes from time when he latched on to Rooney's perfectly weighted throughball and produced a smart finish.
Heather Watson’s run at Indian Wells ended at the second hurdle as she fell to a straight sets defeat to world number three Agnieszka Radwanska. In a match littered with service breaks, Radwanska battled into the third round with a 6-4 6-3 triumph in one hour and 24 minutes. Watson failed to capitalise on two break points in the opening game and quickly found herself 3-0 behind in the first set. And despite rallying to 4-4, she failed to build on the momentum, eventually losing the set 6-4. Both players struggled for rhythm in a second set which saw seven consecutive breaks, but it was Radwanska who prevailed to set up a clash with Elena Vesnina or Annika Beck. "I'm just very happy I could play quite well today and win in two sets," the Pole told reporters a day after her 25th birthday. "Today was very windy and we were both struggling with the serve, so I'm happy I could make it through." Unseeded American Lauren Davis secured the first big upset when she
ousted third seed Victoria Azarenka of Belarus. Davis broke serve seven times en route to 6-0 7-6(2) victory as she pounced on the 2012 champion's second serve. Azarenka, who was hampered by a foot injury, did not help her cause with 12 double faults. It is the first time 20-year-old Davis, ranked 66th in the world, has beaten an opponent inside the top 20. The top seeds received a first round
bye and most of the big names will not make their first appearances until the weekend. But some notables were in action on Friday including Dane Caroline Wozniacki, the 10th seed, who beat Bojana Jovanovski 6-1 6-3. Wozniacki broke Jovanovski five times as she preyed on her Serbian opponent's weak second serve. Top seed Li Na will start her campaign on Saturday against Chinese compatriot Zheng Jie.
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American Harris English birdied his final hole in fading light to grab the clubhouse lead at the weather hit WGC-Cadillac
Championship on Thursday with most of the field still on the course when play was suspended due to darkness. English, who returned a three-under 69 on the revamped Blue Monster course was joined at the top of a
crowded leaderboard with compatriots Hunter Mahan, Jason Dufner, Patrick Reed and Italian Francesco Molinari also on three-under, though they still have to complete their first rounds. The redesigned course was put to an early test as a violent storm swept across south Florida drenching the Doral resort causing a two hour, 24 minute weather delay that allowed only six of the 68 players to complete their rounds. English, who has four top 10 finishes in his last five PGA Tour starts, ended his day in spectacular style rolling a 47-foot birdie putt on the par-three ninth to complete an error free back nine. “We were pretty much running to the tee on nine.” English said. “Jonas (Blixt) had just birdied eight and he said he wanted to hit, and Brendon (De Jonge) and I were very happy with that.
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MERICAN Hunter Mahan eagled his penultimate hole to grab a share of the halfway lead at the WGC-Cadillac Championship on Friday as the Blue Monster showed its true colours, with more than 100 golf balls ending up in the water. On a gruelling day that some players described as a survival test, Mahan eagled the par five eighth in fading light for a second round of two-over 74 that left him tied for the lead with his compatriots Dustin Johnson (74), Patrick Reed (75) and Matt Kuchar (74) at one-under par. Northern Irishmen Rory McIlroy (74) and Graeme McDowell (71), Italian Francesco Molinari (75) and Welshman Jamie Donaldson, who posted the low round of the day with a two-under 70, were all lurking one shot further back. “I felt stressed all day because I knew every shot had a big penalty written all over it, staring at bogey or worse I thought at a well struck shot,” Mahan told reporters. “It was a really tough day. “There wasn’t an easy shot out there and you know, you’re going to have to find a way to make some putts. “One of those rounds where it could go south pretty fast so you’ve got to grind it out and find a way to get a number up there and get to the weekend.” Long regarded as one of the PGA Tour’s great layouts, the Blue Monster course underwent a massive $251 million
renovation that made it even more frightening and almost unplayable when the winds whipped across the sprawling layout on Friday. With most players arriving early to complete their rain-delayed opening rounds, exhausted golfers slumped off the course after a day of battling brutal winds and fatigue. Only three players managed to
break par during a wild second round that saw 113 balls find a watery grave while the average score was four-over 76. “It was just brutally difficult,” said McDowell. “I don’t think I’ve played in conditions this difficult in the U.S.. “It’s an Open Championship day. It’s a real Friday afternoon at St. Andrews in 2010
before they called it. “It was hard out there, really, really hard, and part of me feels ecstatic to be off the golf course right now.” Top ranking showdown: One of the intriguing sub-plots at the $9 million event was expected to be a showdown between world number one Tiger Woods and a Australian world number two Adam Scott
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for top spot in the rankings. Scott could have a chance to replace Woods as number one if he wins on Sunday but the two men have spent much of the opening two rounds slugging it out closer to the bottom of the leaderboard. Woods, who had a blazing finish to his rain-delayed first round making three successive birdies before he gave a shot back with a bogey at 18, was quickly on the charge in the afternoon. The 14-time major winner carded birdies on his opening two holes but was soon sliding back down the leaderboard with four bogeys. The highlight for the round came on the fourth when Woods rolled in a massive 92foot birdie putt which was followed by another birdie at the fifth but the fight back would end with four straight pars and a one-over 73 to sit on five-over. “That was a tough golf course today,” said Woods, who found the water three times during the second round. “I don’t think that we expected the golf course to be that hard that fast, but it kept getting quicker and quicker.” Scott, who arrived on Friday sitting one shot off the lead at two-under, finished his opening round at three-over and continued to lose ground in the afternoon with a 73 to reach the midway mark at four-over. Phil Mickelson, another former-champion, looked headed for trouble when he began his second round with a par and three consecutive double-bogeys before he scrapped his way to a 75 to join Woods on 149, six shots behind the leaders.
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The resounding thud of South Africa’s fall on home soil capped an intriguing season of Test cricket that has seen the establishment rocked and an ambitious Australia return to court with a swagger. Starched whites dispensed, the game now descends into a morass of short form matches before the World T20, but the impact of Australia’s epic win at Newlands on Wednesday may echo long after the Bangladesh carnival wraps up. Australia’s 2-1 series triumph, following their 5-0 whitewash of England at home, has seen Michael Clarke’s team leapfrog India into second place in the world Test rankings. For this, they also owe thanks to their gritty neighbours New Zealand, whose triple-century scoring captain Brendon McCullum helped them secure a 1-0 series win over poor tourists India. A wounded South Africa retain their spot at the pinnacle of Test cricket but captain Graeme Smith’s retirement has left the team rudderless and vulnerable. “If you go back to my era, before the rankings existed, we always felt if you beat the number one in their own backyard you took over their mantle,” former Australia captain Mark Taylor said in comments published by Fairfax Media on Friday. “I think using the same yardstick, Australia can certainly say they are the equal of South Africa at this stage. And now that … they have lost Smith you would probably have to say Australia (are top).” While lacking the trauma of England’s 5-0 loss to Australia, which saw spinner Graeme Swann retire and batsman Kevin Pietersen sacked, South Africa’s braintrust also face a period of soul-searching. Few other teams have been so defined by their leader, and Smith’s retirement after a decade in charge comes hot on the heels of the exit of Jacques Kallis, arguably the game’s greatest all-rounder, and coach Gary Kirsten. The net loss of decades of experience compounds South Africa’s more tangible problems of bedding down an opening batsman to replace the hard-bitten Smith and finding another bowling option to compensate for Kallis ahead of a two-test series against Sri Lanka slated for July. England, who have been dropped to fourth in Test rankings, have a chance to reel in third-ranked India when they host the team in July and August following two home Tests against Sri Lanka. Australia, however, will have to wait until a two-Test series away to fifth-ranked Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates in October to improve their ranking points. While Australia’s resurgence against England was largely down to their Mitchell Johnson-fired pace attack, their batting lineup shared the load in South Africa, with David Warner plundering 543 runs at an average of over 90 in the threematch series.
Recent episodes of vomiting suffered by Barcelona forward Lionel Messi are “not normal” but they do not affect his performance and there is no cause for alarm, coach Gerardo Martino said on Friday. Messi was sick during Argentina’s 0-0 draw with Romania on Wednesday and the four-times World Player of the Year said it was something that had occurred several times at Barca but was nothing to be concerned about. “It happens to him regularly and he has even gone to see specialists at certain times,” Martino said ahead of Barca’s La Liga game at Real Valladolid on Saturday. “They haven’t solved the problem but it isn’t a cause for concern. It doesn’t affect him at all in terms of doing his job,” he added. Barca, chasing a fifth title in six years, can pull two points clear of Real Madrid at the top with a win at Valladolid, who are battling relegation down in 18th. Real are at home to eighth-placed Levante on Sunday, while Atletico Madrid, three points off the top in third, play at Celta Vigo, who are 11th, on Saturday. Martino has Gerard Pique back after the Spain defender was declared fit. He missed the world and European champions’ 1-0 win at home to Italy on Wednesday due to a minor calf problem. Andres Iniesta withdrew from the squad on Friday “for personal reasons” and has been replaced by midfielder Ibrahim Afellay, Barca added. They did not explain the reasons.’ With an eye on Barca’s packed calendar in March, including Wednesday’s Champions League last 16, second leg against Manchester City, Martino said he had decided to rest left back Jordi Alba for the Valladolid trip. Alba was out for more than two months with a hamstring injury before Christmas and was briefly sidelined by a similar thigh problem last month. Barca lead City 2-0 from the first leg.
HE under-fire Mesut Ozil answered some of his critics early on when he put the home side ahead with his first goal of the year. His last came in December’s 1-1 Premier League draw with Everton, but the Germany international showed no signs of rustiness as he finished with aplomb inside the area. Despite the hosts enjoying much of the play from then on, Everton levelled just after the half-hour mark following a rapid breakaway. Romelu Lukaku profited after good work from Ross Barkley and Kevin Mirallas - prodding home from close range to continue his goalscoring form since returning from injury. Mikel Arteta restored the lead from the penalty spot, at the second attempt after 68 minutes, following Gareth Barry's clumsy trip on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain before Olivier Giroud struck twice late on to kill the tie off. It ended Roberto Martinez's hopes of becoming the first manager to win back-to-back FA Cups with different clubs as Everton's winless run at Arsenal in all competitions was extended to 20 matches. Amid frantic opening exchanges, Ozil opened the scoring after just six minutes - keeping his cool to sidefoot Santi Cazorla's slipped pass into the far corner of Joel's net.
That knocked the wind out of Everton's sails somewhat, but the visitors almost equalised shortly after when Bacary Sagna blocked off Steven Piennar inside the area. A nervous-looking Joel then tipped Sagna's centre onto his crossbar as the Spaniard struggled to settle after a lively opening. Going forward, Everton looked dangerous to a point but, more often than not, failed to find the killer final ball on the break. However, they eventually got their counter-attack strategy spot on as the lively Barkley scampered down the right and crossed for Mirallas at the far post. The Belgian cut the ball back for countryman Lukaku, who had time to control before tapping home. Barkley had the first chance of the second half, curling an effort over the crossbar after Thomas Vermaelen gave possession away cheaply to Lukaku. Cazorla then forced Joel into a smart save to his left before Oxlade-Chamberlain went down under the challenge of Barry soon after the hour mark following some tricky footwork from the 20-year-old. Former Everton man Arteta then put Arsenal back in front from the spot after seeing his first effort cancelled out due to encroachment from substitute Giroud. It was Giroud himself who got on the scoresheet seven minutes from time to settle any nerves before he finished off a quick break to move Arsenal within one game of the final.
SPORTS Sunday, 9 March, 2014
ElEna Baltacha diagnosEd with livEr cancEr LONDON
BarcElona suffEr shock dEfEat at valladolid MADRID: Barcelona slumped to their third defeat in seven league games as they lost away to relegation-threatened Valladolid 1-0 on Saturday. Italian Fausto Rossi scored the only goal of the game as he slammed home from close range after 17 minutes. Valladolid goalkeeper Diego Marino was forced into four saves by Lionel Messi, but it was Neymar who had the best chance to level when he ballooned over just before the hour mark. However, the Catalans couldn't find a way through and could fall four points behind La Liga leaders Real Madrid should Los Blancos beat Levante at home on Sunday. Victory for Valladolid also has significant consequences at the other end of the table as La Pucela move out of the relegation zone with just their fifth league win of the campaign. Despite the majority of his squad having been away on international duty in midweek, Barca boss Gerardo Martino named almost his strongest starting line-up with only Jordi Alba and Andres Iniesta missing out. However, after Messi had forced Marino into an early save at the end of a swift counterattack, it was Valladolid who had the upper hand in the opening half hour. Rossi opened the scoring with his first goal for Valladolid as he took advantage of a ricochet off two Barca defenders inside the area to fire past Victor Valdes. Barca reacted as the first-half drew to a close and Marino had to be alive to deny Messi twice from range before Cesc Fabregas also tested the keeper with a drive from the edge of the box. Marino made another good save just three minutes after the restart as the Argentine squeezed a shot towards goal with his weaker right foot from a narrow angle. Neymar then had a great chance to equalise when he blasted over from close range after being brilliantly played in by Fabregas. That pass was to be the former Arsenal captain's last significant involvement as he was replaced by Alexis Sanchez with just under half an hour remaining. Gerard Pique and Neymar were also withdrawn as Martino made a desperate last attempt to influence the game by introducing Sergi Roberto and Cristian Tello. AGENCIES
lena Baltacha, who until two years ago was Britain’s leading woman tennis player, has been diagnosed with liver cancer. The 30year-old from Ipswich, who retired last year after lengthy battles with illness and injury, vowed to fight the disease with all her strength. She said in a statement: “I have recently been diagnosed with cancer of the liver. I’m currently undergoing treatment and fighting this illness with everything I have.” The former world no 49 has had to cope with liver problems through most of her adult life. She was diagnosed at the age of 19 with primary sclerosing cholangitis, a chronic condition which affects the bile ducts and for which she had to take 10 pills a day. although the condition affected how hard Baltacha was able to train, it did not stop her enjoying a successful career. She won 15 titles on the International Tennis Federation circuit and reached the last 32 at three Grand Slam tournaments, twice at the australian Open and once at Wimbledon. She was a mainstay of the British Fed Cup team, playing 39 ties for her country, and competed at the 2012 Olympic Games. Baltacha was born in Ukraine but came to Britain when her father, Sergei, a former Dynamo Kiev footballer who played for the Soviet Union, signed for Ipswich Town. Her mother, Olga, is a former Russian pentathlete. The family settled in Scotland after Sergei moved from Ipswich to the Perth
club St Johnstone. Having taken up tennis at the age of 10, Baltacha quickly emerged as an exciting prospect. She played in the qualifying tournament for Wimbledon at the age of 17 and went on to play in the main draw at the all england Club 12 times, despite her liver condition and serious back problems. although not the most naturally gifted of players, Baltacha made the best of her ability through her dedication and determination. She reached her career-high world ranking of no 49 in 2010 and was the British no 1 for 132 weeks between 2009 and 2012.
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nino Severino was her coach during her most successful years and the couple married three months ago. In her statement tonight they thanked everyone for their support. Since retiring Baltacha has devoted herself to helping young tennis players in Ipswich. The elena Baltacha academy of Tennis provides opportunities for local girls of primary school age from disadvantaged backgrounds. liver cancer is relatively rare in the UK. almost 4,000 new cases are diagnosed each year, with most of those affected aged 65 or over. Judy Murray, Britain’s Fed Cup captain, said: “Obviously this is a tough time for Bally, nino and her family, but
she is such a determined, upbeat person and everyone around her is staying positive as well. I know she’ll be really grateful for all the support.” anne Keothavong, who regularly vied with Baltacha for the British no 1 position, said: “She’s one of the people I most admire for her courage and determination. You’ll fight through this.” Baltacha might derive inspiration from a fellow Briton who returned to competition this year after being diagnosed with cancer 15 months ago. Ross Hutchins, aged 29, who was treated for Hodgkin’s lymphoma, was off the tennis circuit for a year but is now back playing again.