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Islamabad — Peshawar Edition
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Nawaz to form ‘China Cell’ to execute projects Story oN page 02
prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Sunday said he would set up a 'China Cell' in his oﬃce to oversee all the development projects to be executed with Chinese cooperation in pakistan. he said the cell would be of specific nature, overseeing and pursuing the execution of such development projects to steer the country out of the present crises.
IMraN KhaN deFerS UK vISIt to atteNd NatIoNal SeCUrIty apC Story oN page 03
Pakistan, India inch closer to resuming peace dialogue Serial blasts rock Buddhist temple in India Terror struck the temple town of Bodh Gaya in northern state of Bihar, as nine serial explosions rocked the Mahabodhi Temple complex on Sunday morning. Two tourists, including a monk from Myanmar, have been injured in the blasts. The injured are being treated at the Anugrah Narain Magadh Medical College hospital. Indian home secretary Anil Goswami confirmed that the Bodh Gaya blasts were a terror attack. Bihar Police suspect the involvement of Indian Mujahideen in the temple blasts. According to Gaya Police, the blasts took place in quick succession between 5:30am and 6am in the temple complex and near the Mahabodhi tree. page 03
With pakistan appointing its special envoy for back channel diplomacy with India, all is set for the resumption of Indo-pak peace dialogue. the Nawaz Sharif-led pMl-N government has decided to discuss thorny issues like Kashmir, Siachen and Sir Creek through track-II diplomacy . Story oN page 03
Malala to address United Nations on 12th page 02
NISar INvIteS polItICal leaderS to atteNd apC Story oN page 02
Illegal immigrants in UK find support from Conservative Mp
Fauzia Kasuri to contest Na-48 by-election independently
Saner voices have emerged in the ruling conservative party to give illegal immigrants a one-off amnesty allowing them to remain in Britain. The move would improve the relations between conservatives and ethnic minorities and win over their support for the Tories in the upcoming general elections. Conservative party Member of Parliament (MP) Nadhim Zahawi has taken up the lead by putting forward the idea. Nadim Zahawi, who is himself born to Kurdish parents in Iraq and his family fled Iraq to the UK during Saddam regime, said, “We shouldn’t be afraid to think outside of our comfort zone.” page 09
Fauzia Kasuri has decided to contest the by-polls from NA-48 Islamabad as an independent candidate. She had served as the PTI Women’s Wing president, a daily reported on Sunday. The decision came after a meeting with PTI Chairman Imran Khan on Saturday night, a source privy to the development said on Sunday. “She will contest the elections from NA-48 as an independent candidate. Imran Khan has failed to address her concerns,” the source said further. The PTI chairman invited Fauzia Kasuri to a meeting on July 6 at a fundraiser for Namal College. page 03
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NiSar iNviteS politiCal leaderS to atteNd appC ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Sunday telephoned Jamaat-e-Islami chief Munawar Hasan and invited him to attend the All Parties Parliamentary Conference (APPC) to be held on July 12. The interior minister extended the invitation on behalf of PM Nawaz Sharif. The heads of political parties in parliament will consult on security policy. The minister also called opposition leader Khursheed Shah‚ Farooq Sattar and Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party Mehmood Khan Achakzai, Ch Shujaat Hussain and Sardar Akhtar Mengal and invited them in this regard. STAFF REPORT
dr baloCh viSitS deCeaSed party leader’S houSe PESHAWAR: Former National Party (NP) president Dr Abdul Hayee Baloch on Sunday visited late Idrees Kamal’s residence and prayed for the departed soul. Baloch stayed there for some time and expressed his profound grief and sorrow over the sudden demise and termed it as a great loss for the party. While consoling brother and son of Kamal, he said Kamal was a political activist who always struggled for the downtrodden people. He said the deceased sacrificed his life for others. Dr Baloch said Kamal was a committed person who never compromised on principles. He said his deeds were louder than his words. Dr Baloch said the party would not leave Kamal’s family alone in their time od need because he was a great asset not only for the party but for entire country and community. STAFF REPORT
Malala to addreSS uN oN 12th LONDON: Malala Yousafzai will mark her 16th birthday on July 12 by giving her first high-level public appearance and statement on the importance of education, at the UN. To celebrate Malala Day, the global community will come together to highlight the leading role that youth can play in enabling all children to get an education. Malala will be marking the day by giving her first public speech since the shooting dedicated to the importance of universal education at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. In this regard, Malala, accompanied by her parents, on Sunday left for New York from Birmingham. The outcome of the Youth Assembly will be a resolution urging governments, individuals and organisations to take decisive action to include every child within the fold of education. Malala became a public figure when she was shot by the Taliban while travelling to school on October 9 last year in Swat. She was targeted because of her committed campaigning for the right of all girls to an education. She was seriously injured but recovered after a prolonged treatment in the UK. MAJID KHATTAK
Nawaz to form ‘China Cell’ to execute projects Pm says Chinese visit has been extremely fruitful
Pak-China trade Corridor to usher an era of soCio-eConomiC uPlift in Pakistan
RIMe Minister Nawaz Sharif on Sunday said he would set up a 'China Cell' in his office to supervise all development projects to be executed with Chinese cooperation in Pakistan. He said the cell would be of specific nature – overseeing and pursuing the execution of such development projects to steer the country out of the present issues. Informing reporters about his visit, the prime minister said he had held very fruitful meetings with the Chinese leadership, including President Xi Liping and Premier Li Keqiang. He said they had held hours' long meetings with the Chinese corporations and companies over the energy and infrastructure issues and they too sensed that Pakistan was taking extraordinary interest in these projects. "I ask them to form a task force, we have constituted one to be headed by federal minister Ahsan Iqbal while our hosts also formed
the similar one. We want the completion of such projects at the earliest," he added. Citing the level of commitment during his previous tenure, the prime minister said that they had track record of completing the motorway while on the other hand, the GT road was yet to be completed. He also urged increasing the current trade volume of Pakistan with China which stood around 12 billion dollars. He regretted that the steps which were required during the last one decade had not been taken and reiterated that tough steps should be taken to address the issues, as Pakistan was currently facing law and order situation, energy crises and other issues. He said in order to tackle such complex issues, they would have to take tough decisions in the larger national interests. About the Pak-China trade corridor, Prime Minister Nawaz reiterated that it would bring change in the socio-economic uplift of the countrymen and the whole region. He said steps would be taken for turning the Gwadar into a trade hub and termed the upcoming coop-
eration in the energy and infrastructure between both countries as a new era of “ever expanding multifaceted ties”. He pledged to further explore the avenues of cooperation for the mutual benefits of both friendly countries. Nawaz said they would make efforts to improve the infrastructure at Gwadar port, and to bring it at part with Hong Kong, Dubai and Singapore. The prime minister said the Chinese companies willing to work in Pakistan over hydro-power projects would be facilitated as well, adding that he had also talked over the prospects of introducing mass transit systems, in Karachi and Lahore and running
Lahore bombing toLL mounts to 5 shahbaz instruCts ig to take measures to ProteCt life and ProPerty of Citizens LAHORE ONLINE
The death toll from Saturday’s bombing at Anarkali Food Street raised to five on Sunday after another victim died at a hospital. Hospital sources said as many as 10 of the injured were in a critical condition. Nearby buildings and parked vehicles were damaged as a result of the blast. Rescue and emergency teams reached the scene and security forces cordoned off the area. According to the Lahore DCO, around 0.5 kilogramme of explosives were used in the bomb. Old Anarkali is one of the most populous as well as most frequented areas of Lahore, which is famous for its variety of eateries being the oldest food street of the city. Punjab Labour and Human Resources Minister Raja Ashfaq Sarwar said that after the Anarkali bombing Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif had issued instructions to the IG from China to make it sure that life and property of citizens is fully protected. He directed that walk through gates would be installed at all important markets and metal detectors at mosques, especially during sehr and iftar. He said Punjab Police had intensified patrolling around all important locations, especially mosques, imambar-
lahore PoliCe round uP 200 foreigners, inCluding afghan nationals gahs and churches. Sarwar said all regional, city and district police officers across the province had been directed to remain highly alert and ensure foolproof security and maintain law and order in their respective areas. He directed police officers to take effective measures, especially in crowded places, to prevent incidents of terrorism and subversion and ordered deployment of plainclothesmen where necessary. Police officers have been directed to utilise all the available resources and their best professional skills to maintain vigil over the activities of suspected persons, and dubious elements. Sarwar urged the people to cooperate with the police in this regard, saying that in case they find any unclaimed object or see a suspicious person or shady activity they must immediately inform police emergency and Rescue 15 to prevent any untoward incident. Meanwhile, Gujranwala Additional IG Khuda Bukhsh Awan and Faisalabad DIG Javed Islam have directed DPOs to further strengthen and beef up security to frustrate evil designs of anti-people, anti-state and unscrupulous elements. Separately, Lahore Police rounded up over 200 foreigners, including Afghan nationals, during an operation prompted by Saturday’s bombing. No terrorist group has claim
the responsibility for the attack so far. Meanwhile, initial investigation revealed that a remote-controlled device was used in the bombing. A Bomb Disposal Squad official said the bomb weighed five to six kilogrammes which left a huge crater at the scene. The blast damaged nearby shops in the food street where families were dining. Since it was Saturday night, the food street was abuzz with diners at the time of the blast. The human loss of life was a result of exploding glass and metal nearby. The Anarkali Food Street area falls under NA-120 constituency from where Nawaz Sharif won election. The area, famous for its eateries, is one of the most thickly populated and frequented areas of Lahore. Interestingly, there were no walkthrough gates or even a metal detector installed at the entrances to this bustling food street. Police claimed they had intelligence about possible security threats since last month. They added that a new strategy would be put in place to avoid such incidents during the holy month of Ramazan. Meanwhile, Punjab Inspector General (IG) Khan Baig has warned of more terror attacks at public places and buildings in the province. According to an official communiqué, the police have been directed for surveillance and tight security at all public and private places. The statement read the next 72 hours were important as terrorists could strike at other places as well. The IG said that security has been tightened with deployment of additional cops and strict checking was being conducted at check posts installed across the city.
of high speed trains. Terming the use of alternate energy projects as an integral part of the government's policy, the prime minister said he had held successful and threadbare discussions with the Chinese leadership. He also noted that the 60 per cent of Pakistan trade was routed through Guangzhou region. Nawaz said after signing of Karach-Lahore Motorway, the implementation of the projects would take place at the earliest to benefit the people living in all parts of the country, besides Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan. He said he was fortunate that he was playing his role in promoting Pak-China relationship.
Shahbaz holdS talkS with ChiNeSe buSiNeSS headS LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, during his five-day stay in China, held meetings with the heads and representatives of more than 30 companies associated with energy, infrastructure and transport sectors. He also visited a number of factories working in energy sector. The head of the biggest solar company of China said that though Pakistan was facing the worst energy crisis but in the presence of leader like Shahbaz Sharif is not difficult to overcome this problem. Meanwhile, while speaking at an energy forum arranged by Pakistan Embassy in Beijing, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif praised his brother Shahbaz Sharif and said that it was due to his efforts that several agreements were reached between Pakistan and China. Shahbaz also kept the members of his delegation busy and they did not find time for recreation or personal engagements. STAFF REPORT
2 Nato CoNtaiNerS torChed iN bolaN BOLAN: Unidentified terrorists attacked NATO containers on Sunday. According to Levies sources, the terrorists opened fire on two NATO containers in Dhadar Town of District Bolan in Balochistan. The containers caught fire and gutted completely but no casualties were reported. Security forces rushed to the scene and cordoned off the area and started a search operation. Separately, unidentified motorcyclists hurled a grenade at a house on Kansi Road in Quetta, injuring two women. According to police sources, the grenade exploded in the porch, injuring two women. The injured were shifted to Combined Military Hospital (CMH). The police declared the incident result of an old rivalry. AGENCIES
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pakistan, india inch closer to resuming peace dialogue soft issues like PeoPleto-PeoPle interaCtion, eConomiC ties to ComPrise diPlomatiC talks
thorny issues like kashmir, siaChen and sir Creek to be taken uP in traCk-ii talks ISLAMABAD SHAIQ HUSSAIN
ITH Pakistan appointing its special envoy for back channel diplomacy with India, all is set for the resumption of Indo-Pak peace dialogue. However, the Nawaz Sharif-led PML-N government has decided to discuss thorny issues like Kashmir, Siachen and Sir Creek through track-II diplomacy and work on soft matters such as people-to-people interaction and the economic ties via formal diplomatic channels. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had
promised during his election campaign that he would move ahead with the peace process with nuclear neighbour, India. He said that it was his desire to move ahead in ties by picking up the threads from the peace process in 1999, when former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee made a historic visit to Lahore. However, the dialogue process launched for permanent peace and friendly ties between the South Asian nuclear states was scuttled as a result of Kargil war. Former military dictator General (r) Pervez Musharraf, who was blamed by Nawaz and his other party leaders for being respon-
aNother NewborN baby girl fouNd buried alive iN iNdiaN foreSt MONITORING DESk A newborn baby girl who was found horrifically buried alive in an Indian forest has died of her injuries, Mail Online has reported. The baby was just one day old when she was found wrapped in a cloth and half buried under earth and gravel last week, in Mandleshwar forest, outside the city of Indore in the central state of Madhya Pradesh. The paper said she was rushed to a local government hospital with heavy bleeding from her nose and mouth but tragically died the following day from her injuries. Police believe the baby was abandoned in yet another tragic case of the controversial female foeticide and infanticide crisis that is sweeping India. Officer B Yadav, from Indore Police, said it was suspected the girl’s family had abandoned her and left her to die. “We believe family or a close relative had left the baby girl to die. We are checking hospital records and recent births and we’re investigating the case but so far we have no leads. As it stands the apparent motive is female foeticide and we have registered the case,” he was quoted as saying by the paper. The baby girl was found on June 29, by locals Radheshyam Kevat and Jagdish Mangilal, who were working in the area and heard the baby’s cries. Jagdish Mangilal, 32, who works as a local tree planter, said, “We heard howling and we thought it was some animal but then we realised it sounded like a baby so we went to check.”
sible for the Kargil war, however, later resumed peace talks with India and it was in his tenure that back channel diplomacy was at its full swing. Musharraf government’s foreign minister Khurshid Kasuri even announced that both neighbouring states were close to the mutually agreed solution of Kashmir issue. According to the officials of Musharraf government, progress on Kashmir was made through back channel diplomacy. Pakistani Foreign Office on Friday formally announced the appointment of former senior diplomat Shehryar Khan as its point man for track-II diplomacy with India. “The prime minister has given Ambassador Shehryar Khan the responsibility of conducting track-II diplomacy in order to improve our ties with India,” said Foreign Office Spokesman Aizaz Chaudhry at his weekly media briefing. When the important announcement was made, Ambassador Khan was already in
us military chief prudent on talks with taliban WASHINGTON APP
The top US military commander on Sunday urged a cautious approach as the United States reaches out to the Taliban to try to help launch reconciliation talks in Afghanistan. "It is always difficult to think about the losses that we've suffered and the idea that at some point we would find reconciliation with the Taliban," General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, told CNN. "But I'm mindful of the fact that all wars end with some level of political reconciliation. That's just the way they eventually end." Some 3,200 US military personnel have been killed since the US-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001 ousted the Taliban leadership. Now the US and NATO-led forces are planning to withdraw all combat troops by the end of 2014, and are trying to bring about a reconciliation effort between the Afghan government led by President Hamid Karzai and the Taliban.
Dempsey acknowledged in his interview with CNN's "State of the Union" that he had some concerns about negotiating with the same militants which have engaged in an increasingly bloody insurgency in Afghanistan. "I think there's several flavors of Taliban. I think there are some who are reconcilable and undoubtedly some that are not," he said. "And so long as we can have enough precision in the way we reach out to them, then I won't have the kind of concerns you're talking about, about whether the sacrifices would somehow be undermined." He reflected on how when he was an undergraduate at the prestigious West Point military school he had been preparing to go to Vietnam, and yet recently he had hosted his Vietnamese counterpart in Washington. "I had him to my quarters for dinner. And outside, we flew their flag next to our flag. And I was almost unnerved by it," Dempsey admitted. "And you know, here we are now some years later, and they are
Blasts rock one of Buddhism’s holiest sites in India Pm singh strongly Condemns blasts, says ‘suCh attaCks on religious PlaCes will never be tolerated’ PATNA AGENCIES
A series of blasts hit three Buddhist sites in eastern India early on Sunday, injuring at least two people and drawing condemnation from the prime minister. Senior police officer SK Bhard-
India and had met Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Khan conveyed to him Pakistan’s “sincere desire” to move forward on improving relations with India. Ambassador Khan is now back in Islamabad and he would brief the prime minister about his talks with the Indian prime minister and other Indian officials this week. Diplomatic sources in Pakistani capital dubbed the appointment of Pakistan’s special envoy for track-II diplomacy a vital step on part of the PML-N government and said it would help find solution to difficult problems like Kashmir, Siachen and Sir Creek. Senior Indian diplomat, Ambassador Satinder K Lambah, would be the counterpart of Ambassador Khan from New Delhi, they said. “It is a well-thought strategy of Nawaz government to use the back channel diplomacy for the resolution of thorny issues like Kashmir, Siachen, Sir Creek and Wullar Barrage,” a source said, seeking anonymity.
waj said a gate at one of the two temples that was hit was badly damaged in Bodhgaya, a town 130 kilometers south of Patna, the capital of Bihar state. No other damage was reported to the Buddhist sites. Junior Home Minister RPN Singh said no one claimed responsibility for the explosions and that an investigation would be carried out to determine who was involved. Four blasts took place on the grounds of the Mahabodhi Temple, or the Great Awakening Temple, Bhardwaj said. Another four explosions were reported at the nearby Karma temple and at a site with a 55-meter-tall
Buddhist tower. Abhyanand, the director-general of state police, said the blasts ranged from low to high intensity. He also said police recovered two unexploded bombs, which were defused in the area. Abhyanand uses only one name. A Tibetan and a pilgrim from Myanmar received minor injuries in the blast at the Mahabodhi Temple and were taken to a hospital, Bhardwaj said, adding that a temple gate was badly damaged. “Another explosion damaged an empty tourist bus parked near the Mahabodhi Temple,” he said. The temple is a UNeSCO world
seeking to become much closer partners with us." Nascent talks between the US and Taliban were due to start last month after the Taliban opened an office in Doha, but collapsed before they even began. On the other hand, the Taliban have consistently refused to meet the High Peace Council (HPC), the official negotiators of the Afghan government, saying Karzai is a puppet of the United States. Karzai suspended talks over a separate US-Afghanistan security pact, which would allow some US troops to stay in Afghanistan after 2014, in protest at how the Taliban had opened the Doha office that appeared as if it was an embassy. Dempsey said he believed that in the coming months "we will get the Afghan security forces to a point where they will be able to provide security generally across the country. "The problem is, I can't speak with much optimism at this point about the other factors of governance, be they economic or be they political. They have to keep pace."
heritage site where Buddha is said to have attained enlightenment. “There were few people at the popular pilgrimage centres, which were targeted for the first time,” Bhardwaj said. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh strongly condemned the blasts, saying "such attacks on religious places will never be tolerated". The Dalai Lama, the Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader, also condemned the explosions. "It's very sad. It's a few individuals," he told reporters during a visit to the southern Indian state of Karnataka. The Buddhist sites attract a large number of pilgrims, especially from Japan, Thailand, Sri Lanka and Myanmar, but the main pilgrimage starts in September. Bhardwaj said there have been intelligence reports about the possibility of attacks on the sites, but he did not give any details.
He said, “The formal diplomatic channels would be used more to tackle the soft matters like people-to-people interaction and trade and economic relations between the two countries.” He said both special envoys would work for the meeting of Prime Minister Nawaz with the Indian prime minister and try that the summit level discussions were held soon so that the ‘sluggish peace process’ could be given the thrust from the top leadership level. The Indo-Pak peace process was stalled after the terrorist attacks in Mumbai back in 2008. The dialogue between Islamabad and New Delhi resumed in February 2011 and as a result a liberalised visa policy for the people of two countries was announced but later the military skirmishes on the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir once again slowed down the peace talks. Now that the PML-N government is back in power, it is expected that the peace talks between arch rival nuclear states move ahead at a good pace and there would be meaningful and result-oriented negotiations between the two sides. A Pakistani official when contacted said Pakistan was willing to resolve Kashmir and all other disputes with India through dialogue and appointment of Ambassador Khan was a clear indication of that. “We are willing to engage with India in meaningful dialogue and also expect the same seriousness from the Indian side,” he said.
fauzia kaSuri to CoNteSt by-pollS iNdepeNdeNtly MONITORING DESk Fauzia Kasuri has decided to contest the bypolls from NA-48 Islamabad as an independent candidate. She had served as the PTI Women’s Wing president, a daily reported on Sunday. The decision came after a meeting with PTI Chairman Imran Khan on Saturday night, a source privy to the development said on Sunday. “She will contest the elections from NA-48 as an independent candidate. Imran Khan has failed to address her concerns,” the source said further. The PTI chairman invited Fauzia Kasuri to a meeting on July 6 at a fundraiser for Namal College. The “mother of PTI” had parted her ways with the party some time ago but did not join a new party as Imran had vowed to address her concerns. A number of dissident leaders and workers, including Islamabad Insaf Students Federation General-Secretary Aamir Mughal, assured her of their unconditional support. Last week, in a meeting of the parliamentary board, Imran Khan decided to award the NA-48 ticket to Asad Umar. The seat was vacated by PTI President Javed Hashmi.
iMraN khaN deferS uk viSit to atteNd NatioNal SeCurity apC LAHORE INP
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan has postponed his visit to the UK in order to attend the planned All-Parties Conference on national security. According to PTI sources, Khan was to leave for the UK today (Monday). New dates of the visit would be announced later, the sources said. The APC on national security will be held on July 12 and presided over by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
reSCue 1122 iN karaChi SooN: QaiM kARACHI STAFF REPORT
In pursuance of the directive of President Asif Zardari to start the service of Rescue 1122 in the province of Sindh, Sindh Chief Minister (CM) Qaim Ali Shah, held two meetings to review the progress in this regard and will hold another meeting shortly to give approval to the project. The CM said that the new Sindh government had allocated sufficient funds to the health sector and the people would see considerable progress in delivery of health services in the province.
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mengal, imran discuss national issues ISLAMABAD INP
A four-member, delegation led by Sardar Akhter Mengal of the Balochistan National Party-Mengal called on Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman in Islamabad on Sunday. In the meeting, issues related to rigging in the general elections, law and order in Balochistan and the future strategy of both parties came under discussion. Both leaders agreed upon refinement of the electoral process in the country for “it is the only way to materialise people’s will in terms of democracy”. Both observed that ample evidence of corruption in the electoral process had been properly registered across the country on the basis of which, authorities should respond properly. expressing reservations over the conduct of the election Commission
of Pakistan and the electoral staff, the two leaders urged to purify the whole system to establish reputation of all kinds of elections in the country. The Balochistan issue was comprehensively discussed and both leaders expressed serious concerns over the deteriorating law and order in the province. To make province a healthy part of the federation, both supported peace in the province and pressed the federal and provincial governments to restore law and order immediately. They demanded authorities concerned recover missing persons and insisted the series of delivering mutilated bodies in Balochistan be dismantled. During the meeting, the joint future strategy in parliament had also been agreed upon by both leaders who vowed to continue with effective coordination between both the parties.
India in talks with afghanistan Indonesians on equipment supplies trapped up tree THE HINDU says two Countries are in disCussion on all asPeCts NEW DELHI INP
N Indian civilian and military officials’ team is in Afghanistan as the two countries discuss equipment supplies and are looking to enhance cooperation in this area, days after Afghan President Hamid Karzai raised the issue of supply of lethal weapons with the Indian prime minister. Clarifying the re-
New loCal bodieS SySteM CaN be lauNChed with CoNSeNSuS: ebad MONITORING DESk Sindh Governor Ishratul ebad Khan on Sunday said a new local bodies’ system could be formed with consensus, a private TV channel reported. The Sindh governor said President Asif Ali Zardari had ordered stern action against criminal elements regardless of their political affiliations. He said the federal interior minister had already offered help for the maintenance of peace in the provincial capital.
marks by external Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid that India has decided not to supply lethal weaponry, official sources quoted by The Hindu newspaper on Sunday said the two countries were in discussion on all aspects regarding the supplies of equipment. “As a follow up to prime minister’s discussions with President Karzai, a joint Defence Ministry and MeA (Ministry of external Affairs) delegation consisting of civilian and military officials is in Kabul to discuss all aspects regarding equipment supplies and is looking to enhance cooperation in this area,” official sources said. The clarification came two days after Khurshid said India has turned down Afghanistan’s request for supply of lethal weapons, saying it was not “either in a
Police arrest panchayat chief for harshly punishing alleged murderer RAJANPUR INP
Police arrested two people, including a panchayat chief and his brother, involved in meting out inhuman punishment to a man over murder charges besides recovering the victim here on Sunday. It should be mentioned here that the callous incident occurred in Pul Bangla Gabol area of Rajanpur where the tribal court had announced a
honour killing claims two lives in naseerabad DERA MURAD JAMALI APP
A woman and her alleged paramour were gunned down on suspicion of siakari in Balan Shakh area of Naseerabad district on Sunday. According to police, the accused namely Muhammad Ibrahim, allegedly opened fire at his sister and her alleged paramour Guftar Ahmad on
position or willing” to contribute lethal weapons right now. “We are going to help with non-lethal equipment but I don’t think we are either in the position to or willing to contribute lethal weapons right now,” Khurshid had said. During his recent visit to India, Karzai had handed a “wish list” to Indian leadership seeking greater military and civilian support in the wake of proposed withdrawal of US-led forces from Afghanistan in 2014. Khurshid, in an interview to Straits Times, said there are lots of people who have perceptions about the future of Afghanistan and “if we can help Afghanistan without creating further problems for them, I think that would be a preferred way to do it”.
the suspicion that they were involved in an illicit relation. As a result, they received multiple bullets wounds and died on the spot. The bodies were handed over to the heirs after legal formalities were completed. Meanwhile, the accused managed to escape from the crime scene while the police have registered a case and started investigation.
bizarre test for Noor Hasan, belonging to Birmani tribe, to prove his innocence against murder charges of a member of Chhang tribe namely Mukhtar. Hasan was forced to sit in a 10-feet deep crater full of water and he had to sit there alive, until a man walked 60 steps, to prove his innocence. The alleged accused could not hold his breath after 52 steps were counted outside the crater. The tribal court declared him guilty and announced that
the victim would give two women from his family in marriage to the rival party or pay Rs1 million instead. The court decree said Hasan would be murdered if he failed in implementing its orders. The police arrested the court chief Mir Hazara and his brother and recovered Noor Hasan from Hajipur area. The police lodged a first information report against six people on behalf of Noor Hasan.
11 killed as van plunges into canal in taunsa sharif DERA GHAZI kHAN ONLINE
At least 11 people riding an overloaded pickup van drowned on Sunday, when the vehicle hit an overhead bridge and strayed into the Chashma Canal at Taunsa Sharif in Dera Ghazi Khan district of south Punjab. According to details, 22 persons were on board the
ill-fated pickup. Officials said the pickup van hit a bridge and then fell into the canal. The rescue team started a search for the bodies soon after the incident took place. All the bodies have been recovered and shifted to the nearby hospital, while survivors were also shifted to a nearby hospital for treatment.
by snarling tigers BANDA ACEH AGENCIES
Five Indonesian men remained trapped up a tree on Sunday, three days after being chased into its branches by Sumatran tigers, who also mauled their friend to death, police said. Four of the snarling animals were still surrounding the base of the tree following their initial attack on Thursday, which they launched after the men accidentally killed a tiger cub. Humans and animals are increasingly coming into conflict in Indonesia -- but in most cases, it is the animals who end up the losers.
SC hearS fake-degree CaSe agaiNSt SuMera today
The men entered the Mount Leuser National Park in the north of Sumatra island on Tuesday searching for rare incense wood, district police chief Dicky Sondani said. "The wood is very expensive... but they run a risk looking for it as they have to go to more remote parts of Leuser where there are many tigers and elephants," he said. The men set up traps for deers and antelopes for food - but accidentally trapped and killed the tiger cub. The adult tigers reacted by attacking the men. They killed a 28-year-old identified only as David, but the five others took refuge up a tree,
‘seCP has nothing to do with ogra case’ statement says seCP offiCial has been grilled by nab ISLAMABAD NNI
A three-member bench of the Supreme Court, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Chaudhry, will hear the fake-degree case against PMLN lawmaker Sumera Malik today (Monday). Other members of the bench include Justice Azmat Saeed Sheikh and Justice Chaudhry ejaz Ahmed. The appeal was filed in the court by former parliamentary secretary Umar Aslam, through Hamid Khan, stating that Sumera contested 2008 elections by submitting a fake degree.
Sondani said. "Four tigers are still surrounding the men under the tree," he added. Thirty rescuers including police and soldiers set out on Saturday to rescue the men after villagers who tried to help them turned back after seeing the tigers. But the rescuers would take two to three days to reach the men, Sondani added. "If the tigers remain under the tree, we may have to shoot or sedate them to rescue the five people," he added. The Sumatran tiger is the world's smallest tiger. There are only an estimated 400 to 500 still alive in the wild.
The Securities and exchange Commission of Pakistan (SeCP) strictly rebutted the news, attributed to its report that “OGRA scam involves over Rs 100 billion”. A clarification issued said it is to clarify that the SeCP has nothing to do with the OGRA scam and the news item, published in a section of press, attributing the news to SeCP was fabricated and facetious, unfounded and baseless. It is to explain that the SeCP, as apex regulator of corporate sector, is only providing the National Account-
ability Bureau with data that was desired by the investigating agency which is investigating this case. The SeCP is a regulatory body and investigating a crime is not its mandate, therefore, any information and statement attributed to the SeCP in this regard is incorrect and false. Moreover, the statement that the SeCP officials are hampering the investigations and putting obstacles in the way to inquiry was totally baseless and without grounds. It is hereby reiterated that the SeCP has been fully cooperative with the investigators which the NAB also appreciates. It is also clarified that no SeCP official has been remained under investigation by the NAB authorities in the case and SeCP has no concern with the main case. The SeCP officials meet the investigators to furnish prerequisite data and information when required.
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top belgiuM uNiverSity to offer full fee waiver to heC SCholarS ISLAMABAD: University of Hasselt, Belgium in collaboration with Higher education Commission (HeC) have announced full fee waiver to Pakistani scholars for pursuing PhD in the fields of transportation and engineering. This was announced during a meeting held between Belgium Ambassador Peter Claes and HeC Chairperson Dr Javaid Laghari. The chairman said that HeC is encouraging research and ensuring proper utilisation of trained individuals in fields relevant to the socioeconomic development of the country. “HeC in this regard has identified and prioritised energy, water resources, environment, food security transportation and other important socio-economic issues related to Pakistan,” he added.s Appreciating the gesture of the university, Laghari admired the interest of the ambassador for offering studies to Pakistani scholars without any fee. The ambassador lauded the initiative and assured full support in issuance of study visas to the aspiring scholars, HeC and the University of Hasselt. Dialogue with other top Belgian universities to provide full tuition waiver to HeC scholars was also discussed in the meeting. Through the agreement 10 Pakistani scholars have been selected for the fall session of 2013.The agreement is valid for five years and will be extendable with mutual consent. Students will also be sent for PhD studies in the next academic year in the disciplines having relevance to the needs of the country. HeC Human Resource Development Incharge Wasim Hashmi was also present on the occasion. APP
PULSES ABLAZE: Firefighters struggling to extinguish the fire which erupted at a pulses mill at Daalgharin Bazaar in Rawalpindi. INP
Make sure rs 32b ramadan package is spent on masses, says hamza RAWALPINDI
eMBeR National Assembly (MNA) Hamza Shahbaz has urged officials to ensure that Rs 32 billion Ramadan package announced by the Punjab government reaches the consumers to provide maximum relief to the masses. He said that availability of all essential commodities of daily use including fresh vegetables and fruits be ensured in all Ramadan Bazaars. He stressed that security should be enhanced including cleanliness arrangements, provision of first aid and effective monitoring of the bazaars by the elected representatives and the office bearers in order to make it a success. He expressed these views while addressing a high level meeting held at Commissioner Office attended by Provincial Minister for Food Muhammad Bilal Yasin, Provincial Minister for Labour Ishfaq Sarwar, MNA Malik Ibrar, MPA Col (R) Shujah Khanzada, MPA Iftikhar Warsi, MPA Advocate Raja Hanif, Muhammad Ali,
Chaudhary Lal Hussain, Muhammad Shahwaiz Khan, Zafar Iqbal, Zaib un Nisa Awan, Secretary Industries Muhammad Aslam Kumboh, Secretary Food Maj (R) Azam Salman Khan, Commissioner Rawalpindi Khalid Masood, RPO Naseem uz Zaman, DCOs and DPOs of Attock, Jhelum Chakwal and Rawalpindi, CPO Rawalpindi. Other high ranking officers also attended the meeting. Addressing the meeting Hamza called upon the elected representatives to play an active role for monitoring of the bazaars and extending full cooperation to the administration for ensuring availability of quality products and directed the administration to ensure foolproof security arrangements. He said that under Ramadan Package and with the cooperation of wholesalers and traders, 10 kg flour bag would cost Rs 315
while other essential commodities will be provided at an affordable rate. Hamza also said that stern action would be taken against hoarders and profiteers. Special raiding teams will conduct raids under the supervision of price control magistrates to check the prices of items of daily use. Hamza highlighted the objectives of establishment of Ramadan Bazaars to provide basic items at cheaper rates as compared to the rates of the open market. Provincial Minister for Food Muhammad Bilal Yasin informed the meeting that 6,122 metric tonnes of wheat has been released to the flour mills for providing flour on subsidised rates to Ramadan bazaars, while 42,406 metric tones of wheat has been issued to the flour mills for open markets. He said that ‘sasti rooti’ at Rs 2 would also be provided in certain areas of the city with the cooperation of
philanthropists. He further said that there would be no hurdle in provision of wheat under Ramadan Package throughout the province. Provincial Minister for Labour Raja Ishfaq said that he would personally visit the bazaars to check prices and quality of the items. “The objective of establishing Ramadan Bazaars is to provide relief to consumers.” Cooperation of philanthropists would also be sought for Ramadan Dastarkhawans where iftar facility would be provided to the poor and deserving he added. Commissioner Rawalpindi Khalid Masood briefed the meeting about the details and arrangements made by his office and said that 41 Ramadan Bazaars, 41 Agriculture Green Channel Shops, 102 livestock fair price shops, 124 fair price shops for essential commodities and 196 Ramadan Dastarkhawans would be established in various areas of the city. RPO Rawalpindi Naseem uz Zaman also briefed the meeting about security measures to be taken during the holy month. DCOs of Rawalpindi, Jhelum, Attock and Chakwal also informed about the details of the Ramadan Bazaars in their respective districts, while MNAs and MPAs presented various proposals relating to providing relief to the citizens.
delay iN buyiNg wheat Could Create food CriSiS: pew ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan
Economy Watch (PEW) on Sunday asked the government to act immediately as the country was inching towards a severe food crisis. The Pakistani masses would have to pay a heavy price if the government continued to delay making a decision regarding wheat import and export as the local stocks were not sufficient to meet food requirements until the next crop, it said. According to PEW President Dr Murtaza Mughal, the current stock with the federal and provincial governments totaled around 7.5 million tones, which was not enough. Further, according to an independent estimate, Pakistan
produced 22.8 million tonnes of wheat in 2013 which was 2.2 million less than its target of 25 million tonnes. Mughal said that further delays in making the right decision would harm the food insecure masses and the government, while hoarders would emerge victorious as always. Dr Murtaza Mughal said that increasing smuggling, hoarding and exports have put additional strain on the country’s wheat reserves, adding that this could be controlled through a ban on exports, which have exceeded 1.5 million tonnes. On the other hand, wheat imports have become meaningless for many in the presence of a five percent wheat holding tax (WHT)
which must be abolished or reduced to avert the threat of food insecurity. Otherwise, the PEW president said, there would soon be a shortage which would benefit only the hoarders, who remain beyond the authorities’ reach. Dr Mughal said that currently, ample quantities of wheat were available in the international market at a reasonable price, but a delay by the government would jack up international prices for which the masses would have to pay. He concluded that the current situation was an important test of the new government, and it would incur a heavy political cost if it failed to procure wheat, the staple diet of Pakistanis. ONLINE
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RAMADAN AROUND THE CORNER: The prices have surely escalated as shown in the rate list displayed at a stall at Sunday Bazaar in the federal capital. SAJJAD ALI
how fatal iS your driNk? ISLAMABAD
H e supply of fake and adulterated soft drinks is on the rise in the twin cities which could lead to spread of diseases amongst the masses. Stalls selling such drinks could be found in streets, bus and railway stations, public places and in different markets. There seems to be no notice on the part of the concerned officials posing a serious health hazard to the citizens. “The mushroom growth of factories producing substandard beverages, their easy availability, low prices and unchecked sale is posing a serious danger to the health of the people,” said Dr Aftab Malik at Polyclinic. He said the food colors used in these drinks are banned being dangerous for health which could cause hepatitis, stomach diseases and typhoid, especially in children. He also appealed to the people to avoid consumption of sub standard foods items and beverages. An official of Capital Development Authority’s Directorate of Health Services (DHS) said that several raids have been conducted and samples were collected for laboratory testing. He said that DHS Inspectors will visit every market and take strict action on the spot against the people selling unhygienic drinks and foods. He asked the retailers to avoid the sale of sub-standard foods and drinks items or be ready for fines. Despite high claims, the business of these fake cold drinks is bustling in different areas including Pirwadahi, Faizabad, Bara Kahu, Khana Pul and several other public places. The citizens have appealed to the authorities concerned to take strict action against all such retailers who are playing with the health of the people.
249 vehicles seized, 48 men arrested ISLAMABAD APP
Capital Police on Sunday arrested 34 suspects from various areas of the city during a search operation. Islamabad police during general holdup also nabbed around 27 vehicles, 222 motorcycles for failing to produce documents. Tinted black papers were also removed from 67 vehicles. According to details, Senior Superintendent Police (SSP) Yaseen Farooq directed officers of different zones, SDPOs and SHOs to remain vigilant against any mischievous elements. The duty of officers has been tightened at check points with
enhanced patrolling of different areas of the city. The aim of the general holdup is to maintain law and order situation in the capital and to curb criminal activities. Inspector General Police Bani Amin Khan and the SSP
have appreciated the performance of police officers. The SSP also directed to further beef up security in their respective areas. 14 OUTLAWS ARRESTED: Police have arrested 14 outlaws including four women and three men who were allegedly involved in
‘i won’t do the measles duty!’ RAWALPINDI INP
Female teachers have refused to perform their measles vaccination duties while officials of the education Department have warned them of strict action. The female teachers, who gathered in Bagh Sardaran High School for briefing from the Health Department, were told that the duties would continue till July 18. They refused to perform their duties saying that responsibility of teachers is to educate the children. They said that teachers were being disgraced by deploying them for campaigns against measles and dengue. Meanwhile, the eDO has directed to issue warnings to the teachers saying that strict action would be taken against who refused to perform their respective duties.
heinous crimes. According to a police spokesman, police seized 440 grams of charras, 9 bottles of liquor and two pistols 30 bore with seven rounds from the accused. City police held Azhar on recovery of 5 bottles of liquor while Gujjar Khan Police netted Kamran and recovered 4 bottles of liquor from his possession. Others arrested were found carrying illegal weapons and drugs.
deMolitioN of dilapidated StruCtureS aloNg Nullah leh ordered RAWALPINDI: Rawal Town Administrator has ordered demolition of illegal and dilapidated structures situated on both sides of Nullah Leh. The administrator issued directives for the safety of the residents and to cope with any floods during the monsoon season. Officials of the town administration have started demolition work including operation against encroachers. Meanwhile, Rs 50,000 fine was imposed on 48 shopkeepers including encroachers. Three trucks loaded with goods were also confiscated during the operation. INP
CaMpaigN agaiNSt profiteerS aNd low Quality produCtS begiNS ISLAMABAD: District Administration has escalated the campaign against profiteers; medicine forgers and sale of low quality grocery products. According to details, before the advent of the holy month of Ramadan the administration has directed shopkeepers to maintain quality of products and to display rate list of items outside their shops. Assistant Commissioner (AC) Waqas Rasheed issued fine up to Rs 17,000 to fruit sellers on not displaying the rate list, while magistrates have also started checking implementation of government orders. eight hotels were also fined for poor the cleanliness arrangements and were issued warnings to follow the health safety rules. ONLINE
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SLAMIST cleric Abu Qatada pleaded not guilty on Sunday to terror charges pressed by Jordanian military prosecutors, just hours after his deportation from Britain, his lawyer said. Britain’s expulsion of the Palestinian-born preacher after a decade-long legal battle drew expressions of delight from Prime Minister David Cameron. Abu Qatada, who had been in and out of British prisons since 2002 even though he was never convicted of any offence, had once been described as now slain al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden’s right-hand man in europe. “Abu Qatada pleaded not guilty,” defence lawyer Taysir Diab said after the closed-door hearing before a military tribunal. “I will appeal tomorrow (Monday) to the (state security) court to release him on bail,” he added. The cleric was taken to the courthouse near Marka military airfield in east Amman just hours after he was flown in from Britain. “State security court prosecutors charged Abu Qatada with conspiracy to carry out terrorist acts,” a judicial official said. “He was remanded in judicial custody for 15 days in the Muwaqqar prison” in eastern Jordan, he added. Muwaqqar is a maximum security facility built in 2007 that houses 1,100 inmates, most of them Islamist terror convicts.“Abu Qatada told prosecutors that it was his wish to return to Jordan and that he is satisfied with that,” Diab said.A date for the trial has not yet been set. “I still do not know if he is in solitary confinement. The prosecutors’ decision did not specify,” Diab said. Reporters were not allowed into the courtroom despite a pledge by Information Minister Mohammad Momani of “transparency” in Jordan’s handling of Abu Qatada’s retrial. Abu Qatada was condemned to death in absentia in 1999 for conspiracy to carry out terror attacks, including on the American school in Amman, but the sentence was immediately commuted to life imprisonment with hard labour.
blast hits gas pipeline between egypt and Jordan CAIRO APP
An explosion has hit an egyptian gas pipeline in the lawless Sinai peninsula following a spate of attacks on security checkpoints in recent days, state television and witnesses said. It was not immediately clear who was responsible for the pipeline blast on Saturday or if the recent attacks were in reaction to the egyptian army’s overthrow of President Mohamed Mursi on Wednesday. The fire caused by the explosion was under control by early Sunday morning, state media reported. No one was injured during the latest explosion, state news agency MeNA quoted
officials at the gas company as saying. Five security officers were killed at their checkpoints in Sinai on Friday and four other checkpoints were attacked on Saturday. A priest was killed at one checkpoint by a group of militants, according to security
sources. egypt has struggled to control the security in the peninsula since Mubarak’s departure. Hard-line Islamist groups took advantage of the collapse of security that followed and launched many attacks on army and police troops there.
NorWay threateNS to CUt aId to aFghaNIStaN kABUL INP
Norway has threatened to reduce aid to Afghanistan, signalling increasing frustration among donor nations over the Kabul government’s failure to implement reforms as NATO troops prepare to withdraw. At an aid meeting in Kabul, Norway said that Afghanistan was not living up to its commitments to prepare for credible elections, to improve women’s rights and to fight corruption. The meeting was held one year
after a conference in Tokyo where donors pledged $16 billion to Afghanistan on strict condition that progress would be made to reform the country as foreign military intervention winds down. Norway, one of the ten biggest aid donors, made a stinging submission to the meeting in Kabul and said that a “reduction in our bilateral programme is one option that will be considered” due to failures of the Afghan government, according to reports. The 2014 presidential election is a benchmark test of whether the massive international military
and aid effort in Afghanistan since 2001 has been worthwhile, but many donors fear that the polls will not be free or fair. Two election laws have been delayed in parliament for months, leaving little time to arrange the April 5 vote to choose a successor to President Hamid Karzai, who rose to power with US support after the fall of the Taliban regime. At Wednesday’s meeting, the United States, the european Union and other donors pushed Afghanistan for more progress, but the Norwegians were determined to take a stronger stand.
SAN FRANCISCO: The two people killed in a crash landing of a South Korean passenger plane at San Francisco airport were Chinese nationals, the Chinese Consulate General here confirmed Saturday night. A total of 141 Chinese citizens were among the 291 passengers aboard the Boeing 777-200, which originated in Shanghai and picked up passengers in South Korea before heading to San Francisco. Some 182 people were injured and have been sent to nine hospitals near the airport. Forty-eight people remain in serious condition, San Francisco Mayor ed Lee told reporters Saturday night. South Korea’s Transportation Ministry on Sunday said the two killed in the crash landing were identified to be Chinese women. A spokesman of Asiana Airlines, which was operating the ill-fated flight, has said the two killed were passengers seated at the back of the plane. South Korean Transportation Ministry said the plane’s tail hit the runway and the aircraft veered to the left off the runway. Meanwhile, the Asiana Airlines denied on Sunday that the accident was caused by mechanical failure. “For now, we acknowledge that there were no problems caused by the 777-200 plane or (its) engines,” Yoon Young-doo, the president and CeO of the South Korean No.2 flag carrier, told reporters on Sunday. “We purchased this airplane in March 2006 ... currently we understand that there are no engine or mechanical problems,” he said. But Yoon declined to say whether the crash was due to an error by the pilot or air traffic controllers at San Francisco. An FBI agent said at the same news briefing that there were no indications that terrorism was involved in the air crash. All flights in and out of the San Francisco International Airport were canceled temporarily. They were diverted to Los Angeles International Airport. AGENCIES
Israel’s cabinet approved a draft law on Sunday to abolish wholesale exemptions from military duty granted to Jewish seminary students, stoking ultra-Orthodox anger over the break with tradition. Many Israelis have long bridled over state privileges handed to the conservative believers or “Haredim” - a Hebrew term meaning “those who tremble before God”. The debate heated up when elections in January saw strong performances for two parties who campaigned against the exemptions and created the first cabinet in a decade without ultraOrthodox members. Most Israeli men and women are called up for military service for up to three years when they turn 18, and often see active service in the occupied West Bank and other flashpoints. But ultra-Orthodox men studying in seminaries, religious women and Arab citizens of Israel have been exempted since
ISraelI CaBINet approveS Ultra-orthodox CoNSCrIptIoN laW the Jewish state was formed in 1948. Under the proposed law, only 1,800 of those students, designated “outstanding biblical scholars”, would get an exemption, out of the estimated 8,000 who become eligible for the draft every year. “The government’s abuse of the haredi minority verges on persecution and cruelty,” Meir Porush, an ultra-Orthodox legislator from the opposition United Torah Judaism party, said about the cabinet’s decision. Ultra-Orthodox rabbis say the study of the holy scriptures is a foundation of Jewish life and scholars have a right to devote themselves full time to the task. “This is a stain on the State of Israel, which has be-
come the only country in the world to determine that studying the Scriptures is not legitimate,” another United Torah Judaism legislator, Moshe Gafni, told reporters. PROTeSTS Changing the socalled secular-religious status quo in Israel has carried significant political risk in the past for its coalition governments, which have often relied on the support of ultra-Orthodox partners. Two months ago, some 30,000 Haredim in traditional black garb rallied to rabbis’ calls against conscription reform and protested outside a military recruitment centre in Jerusalem. But while leaders of the Haredim community have pledged more mass demonstrations against the
legislation, an ultra-Orthodox backlash currently poses little danger to the government’s survival, given its composition. Hoping to avoid any immediate confrontation, the government agreed to delay any sanctions against draftdodgers by imposing a four-year interim period in which the military will encourage young Bible scholars to enlist. “We will make this change gradually through consideration for the special needs of the ultra-Orthodox community,” Netanyahu said in public remarks at the cabinet meeting, where ministers voted 14-0, with four abstentions, to approve the proposed law. Some 3,500 Haredim already serve in the military, and a recent study by the economy Ministry found that 70 percent of ultra-Orthodox soldiers entered the workforce after they completed their service. By contrast, only 45 percent of all Haredi men were employed, according to the central bank. Haredim make up 10 percent of Israel’s eight million population and they are expanding rapidly, with families of 10 children not uncommon. The draft legislation, which will be brought to parliament for ratification, would be implemented fully in four years’ time.
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over 8,000 migrants, asylum seekers crossed Mediterranean this year: uN UNITED NATIONS
He United Nations refugee agency says that an estimated 8,400 migrants and asylum seekers have landed on the coasts of Italy and Malta in the first six months of this year (most from North Africa and some Pakistanis as well) after crossing the Mediterranean, one of the busiest seaways in the world. Around 7,800 of the migrants and asylum-seekers arrived in Italy, while Malta received around 600, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Most of those making the
journey departed from North Africa, principally Libya (around 6,700 people). The remaining 1,700 crossed from Greece and Turkey and landed in southern Italy. Countries in sub-Saharan Africa were the main places of origin of these migrants and asylum seekers, particularly Somalia and eritrea. Other countries of origin included Pakistan, egypt and Syria. Nationals of Afghanistan, Gambia and Mali also make these crossings, but in smaller numbers, noted the UNHCR. The agency had also recorded some 40 deaths in the first six months of 2013 by people attempting to cross the Mediterranean between North Africa and Italy. "The Mediterranean is one of the
busiest seaways in the world, as well as a dangerous sea frontier for migrants and asylum-seekers en route to southern europe," UNHCR spokesperson Adrian edwards said. "In view of the perils, UNHCR again calls on all vessels at sea to be on alert for migrants and refugees in need of rescue," he said at a news conference in Geneva on Friday. "We also renew our call to all shipmasters in the Mediterranean to remain vigilant and to carry out their duty of rescuing vessels in distress". "International and european law also requires States to ensure that people intercepted or rescued at sea who seek asylum can gain access to territory and to an asy-
lum procedure where their international protection needs or claims can be examined," he added. UNHCR noted that the peak crossing period for migrants and asylum-seekers runs from May to September. "At this time of the year, when there is an increase in the number of people trying to make this perilous journey, it is essential to ensure that the long-established tradition of rescue at sea is upheld by all and that international maritime law is adhered to," said edwards. Last year, some 15,000 migrants and asylum-seekers reached Italy and Malta by sea, while almost 500 people were reported dead or missing at sea.
british tv channel fined £105,000 over speech that condoned murder for blasphemy MONITORING DESk A British TV channel has been fined £105,000 after it aired a live lecture by an Islamic scholar who allegedly advocated killing people who insult the Holy Prophet (PBUH). Manchester-based station DM Digital, which describes itself as Britain's most-watched Asian channel, broadcast the one-hour programme in Urdu in October 2011. The Islamic scholar can be heard telling his audience: "I hail those who made this law [Pakistan's blasphemy law] which states that one who insults the Prophet (PBUH) deserves to be killed – such a person should be eliminated." Ofcom's English-language translation of his lecture suggest he also told viewers: "If someone takes a step in the love of the Prophet (PBUH), then this is not terrorism." On Friday, the media regulator said it had fined DM Digital £85,000 for airing the scholar's remarks and a further £20,000 for a separate programme. The channel has also been ordered to broadcast a statement by Ofcom. Ofcom said: "The programme Rehmatul Lil Alameen featured a live lecture by an Islamic scholar, which included material that Ofcom considered was likely to encourage or incite the commission of crime or to lead to disorder. "This was because, on a reasonable interpretation of the scholar's remarks, Ofcom considered he was personally advocating that all Muslims had a duty to attack or kill apostates or those perceived to have insulted the Prophet (PBUH)." DM Digital last May became the first UK broadcaster censured by Ofcom for airing material "likely to encourage or incite the commission of crime or to lead to disorder".
aNf foils bid to smuggle 10 kgs of heroin to Manchester ISLAMABAD: Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) on Sunday foiled a bid to smuggle drugs to Manchester City of the United Kingdom and arrested a woman from Benazir International Airport, Islamabad in this connection. According to details, ANF detained a drug smuggler departing from Islamabad to Manchester in Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight PK-701 and seized 10 kilogrammes of heroin from her possession. The woman, namely Salma, who was ready to board the plane, was arrested from the lounge of the airport by ANF personnel. INP
ISLAMABAD: Laborers busy in renovation at the Bari Imam Complex on Sunday. INP
New avenues of Sino-Pak cooperation SHAfqAT AZIZ The friendship between Pakistan and China has always been touching new heights and over the years, has become an icon of mutual cooperation; reciprocal goodwill and proximity of stance on various issues pertain to international and regional peace and stability. It is for that very reason that the cordial relations between the two countries have always been flourishing and moving ahead regardless of the change in governments in any of the two countries. By virtue of diplomatic craft shown by the leadership of both the countries, this fact has proven itself again by the ongoing visit of China by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, as it is his visit abroad after assuming his office. The prime minister is paying this visit to China at the invitation of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, which signifies the importance of Pakistan and its elected leadership in the eyes of the Chinese leadership and its people. Besides, this visit is taking place immediately after the visit of Premier Li Keqiang in May this year. This fact is evidentiary of the closeness and warmth which characterizes Pakistan – China relations as high level visits are the hallmark of the strong Pakistan – China
relations. This visit of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is also important keeping in view the hectic schedule and engagements covering various aspects of mutual cooperation between two brotherly neighbouring countries. For the detailed deliberations on various areas of mutual cooperation during the visit, the Prime Minister is accompanied by a high-level delegation. It is important to note here that to prepare for the visit and to ensure follow-up on prime minister’s discussion with Premier Li Keqiang in Islamabad, a task force, led by Ahsan Iqbal, minister for planning and development, visited China on 24 to 26 June 2013. Hence, a number of proposals and initiatives have already been discussed and now being concretized during the prime minister’s visit. Under the current scenario, economic stability and self reliance are the areas of prime focus for the newly elected government of Pakistan. It is in the line with the same vision that besides official talks with the Chinese leadership, the prime minister’s engagements during five days’ visit include meetings with leaders of Chinese financial and corporate sector aiming to explore the possibilities of mutual cooperation. Moreover, interaction with media to highlight in-
vestment potential in Pakistan and visit to major industrial centers and special economic zones are also scheduled as important engagements of Pakistani premier. It is an undeniable fact that the traditionally close, cordial, cooperative and friendly ties between Pakistan and China are based on shared principles and mutual interests entailing cooperation in diverse fields. However, economic cooperation between Pakistan and China has expanded significantly in recent years. Besides several other mechanisms, under a comprehensive framework Pakistan and China have bilateral economic cooperation in the form of Joint economic Commission, economic Cooperation Group, Joint energy Working Group and a Joint Investment Company to initiate new ventures in these vital sectors of economy. To boost mutual trade, a free trade agreement is also operational since 2008, covering trade in goods, investment and services. It is by virtue of these mechanics that trade volume last year crossed the figure of $12 billion with Pakistan exports increasing by 48%. Likewise, more than 120 Chinese companies are engaged in Pakistan and Chinese investment has touched the figure of $2 billion in the year 2012. Thus,
circles related to business and economy are rightly expecting that the recent visit of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif would provide further impetus to enhancing the existing strategic partnership between both the countries. There are various issues of strategic importance that are given prime importance and it has been learnt that besides the issues pertain to trade and investment, handover of Gwadar port has also been high on the list during the ongoing talks t various levels. The prime minister of Pakistan, on his maiden trip abroad after being elected as prime minister last month, has made issues relating to trade investment and bilateral cooperation with his Chinese counterpart of his special focus. It is also pertinent to mention here that China has made huge investment in various sector of economy in the province of Punjab, especially during the last five years. In this regard, the observation of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif is quite significant who has indicated that energy and infrastructure development are high on the agenda of the prime minister’s visit to China. According to the official statement from the government, terror and issues of peace and stability in the region are also
highly significant topics of discussion between the top leadership of the two countries. The inclusion of two provincial chief ministers, Balochistan’s Abdul Malik and Punjab’s Shahbaz Sharif in Pakistani delegation also indicates the significance of this visit. The political as well as diplomatic circles in both the countries terming this tour of the prime minister of Pakistan to China as a vital initiative not only with regard to strengthening of the ties between two neighboring countries further but also for the long term peace and stability in the region. The economic cooperation between two countries has already proven as a major contributing factor in bringing about positive socio-economic change in the lives of millions of people. The high profile visit of premier of Pakistan to China would triggered the pace of mutual cooperation on further and hence, would have a far reaching socio-economic impact in the lives of the people of Pakistan and China. Moreover, China’s pledge to help Pakistan in overcoming the energy crisis would trigger the economic activities in Pakistan and play a much needed and vital role in the future development of Pakistan and prosperity in the region.
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HYDERABAD: Families picnicking along the banks of Indus River in Jamshoro. INP
illegal iMMigraNtS fiNd Support iN uk LONDON
ANeR voices have emerged in the ruling conservative party to give illegal immigrants a one-off amnesty allowing them to remain in Britain. The move would improve the relations between conservatives and ethnic minorities and win over their support for the Tories in the upcoming general elections. Conservative party Member of Parliament (MP) Nadhim Zahawi has taken up the lead by putting forward the idea which he insists could boost the economy and help repair the Tories’ tarnished reputation among minority voters. Nadim Zahawi, who is himself born to Kurdish parents in Iraq and his family fled Iraq to the UK during Saddam regime, said, “We shouldn’t be afraid to think outside of our comfort zone.” At the last election, the Tories picked up just 16 percent of the black and Asian vote,
Conservative mP nadhim zahawi ProPoses one-off amnesty
while more than two-thirds supported Labour. “Our failure to appeal to ethnic minorities should send loud alarm bells ringing in Downing Street and Central Office,” Zahawi said. “Unless we act now this electoral penalty will only get worse.” Analysts told Pakistan Today that the Nadhim Zahawi’s provocative call will put him at odds with the party’s leadership, which strongly opposes the move, although it has been advocated by the London Mayor, Boris Johnson. Opponents argue that offering an amnesty would make Britain a magnet for immigrants. Mayor of London Boris Johnson while supporting Nadhim’s idea argued that it would be bet-
ter for those people to be engaged in society and pay taxes. "We should have an amnesty," he said. "We've got people who've got in here illegally. They are not engaged with the economy and being honest with the system. The key thing is to stop them coming in such numbers and be tougher in our approach to borders.” However, he also criticised the government's failure to deport illegal immigrants when they first arrive over the last 20 years. Boris Johnson who is seen by many as an expected successor of David Cameron for the leadership of Conservation party first argued for an amnesty in 2008, but has not repeated the politically controversial claim in a while. However, his position is slightly different to Zahawi as he suggested all those who have been resident for more than 12 years should be allowed to stay. The proposed amnesty would affect around 570,000 illegal immigrants and Zahawai said recipients should be given leave to re-
main rather than full citizenship, limiting their entitlement to benefits, and the move should be combined with an overhaul of border controls. He said, "It's only because we've been so robust on immigration in government we're able to have this conversation with the electorate. We've earned the credibility to think outside the box.” British MP Nadhim Zahawi, who co-founded the UK based market research company YouGov, said he had commissioned polling which found ethnic-minority voters backed Tory policies on major policies such as benefits, taxation and reducing non-european immigration. But when respondents were asked which party was most in touch with their needs, just six percent named the Conservatives, compared with 53 percent who cited Labour. The campaign for an amnesty was led in the last parliament by Citizens UK, the largest alliance of community groups in Britain.
Britain’s royal baby will have surprising family tree LONDON: Even before the birth of the new British royal baby to Prince William and his wife Kate, genealogists are looking into its family tree, and are coming up with many surprises. The baby's relations will stretch from a simple Parisian actress via the Dracula princes in Romania, to even an Islamic sultan from Seville in Spain, who descended from the Holy Prophet Muhammed (PBUH), experts say. The family tree of the baby's father Prince William, who is second in line to the throne, is strongly tied to the European Gotha line. There one finds, alongside all Britain's kings, the sovereigns of Greece, Denmark, Sweden, Russia, Austria, Spain and a good number of German sovereigns. The British family was called Saxe-Coburg-Gotha until 1917, date on which, mired in a war with Germany, it opted for the name Windsor. On the side of the mother-to-be Kate Middleton, on the other hand, there is a majority of commoners. The late "Queen Mum", the mother of Queen Elizabeth II, and Princess Diana, William's mother, were not born princesses. But "William's alliance with Kate Middleton really managed to democratise the baby's family tree," the famous genealogist Jean-Louis Beaucarnot, who dissected the baby's ascendance in July in the "La Revue
Francaise de Genealogie" (the French genealogy review) told AFP. The future king or queen of the United Kingdom will be cousin with a large number of his or her subjects. The paternal forefathers of Kate, who is known as the Duchess of Cambridge, were relatively well off. However, "on her mother's side she has largely working class ancestry from the English north," Scott Steward, member of the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) and the co-author in 2011 of a book on Catherine Middleton's family tree told AFP. Her family tree contains coalminers, a linen maid, bakers, and a London street sweeper. One also comes up with a certain Arthur Lupton who taught English to German poet, playwright and scientist Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. More unexpected, is the discovery of Edward Thomas Glassborough, who was put behind bars in 1881 in London's Holloway prison. The reason for his imprisonment remains a mystery to this day. But there are other surprises in store in the royal family's family tree. Through Queen Mary, the wife of King George V, who ruled from 1910 to 1936, the line stretches back, according to Beaucarnot, right to the princes of Transylvania and Walachia in Romania. That leads back in the fifteenth century to the Princes Dracula.
Among them figures the Voivode Vlad III, also known by his patronymic name Dracula, who was was posthumously dubbed Vlad the Impaler. He inspired, by his cruelty, the Irish writer Bram Stoker's famous vampire. Another discovery: a certain Hyacinthe-Gabrielle, an actress at Paris' Palais Royal, brought to England during the revolution by her lover then husband, the Marquis of Wellesley and a direct ancestor of the "Queen Mum". Via another French woman, a protestant noblewoman born in 1639 in France's region of Poitou, the child will even be a cousin of late French president Francois Mitterrand, while her mother is related to the first president of the United States, George Washington Through its grandmother Diana, the royal baby will have a link with the families of Winston Churchill and Lord Marlborough, who inspired a popular French folk song. On the side of celebrities, there are links to the American actress Ellen DeGeneres and the British film director Guy Ritchie, the former husband of Madonna. But the most astonishing discovery is a little-known ascendancy of one of its distant ascendants, the queen of France, Marie de' Medici, descendant of Alphonse VI of Castillia, who died in 1109. AGENCIES
Jui-f, aNp to field joint candidates in by-polls PESHAWAR: The Awami National Party (ANP) and the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) have agreed to field joint candidates for the by-elections in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP). ANP leader Ghulam Ahmad Bilour visited the house of JUI-F leader Akram Khan Durrani on Sunday and discussed the arrangements. According to insiders, it was agreed that the party which won the seat in the general elections would have right to field its candidate. In other cases, the party whose candidate secured the second position would be supported to nominate its candidate. On this occasion, Akram Khan Durrani said contacts have been established with PPP and ANP for contesting the by-polls. In May 11 elections, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf defeated the ANP, the JUI-F, the Pakistan People’s Party and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz in KP. INP
india’s first indigenous aircraft carrier near completion NEWS DESk India, looking to boost its naval presence in the Indian Ocean, is one step closer to putting its first indigenous aircraft carrier (IAC) into the water—as soon as August. The first sea trials are likely to follow 10 months later, says a senior government official. Still, the IAC, named INS Vikrant after India's first carrier, will not see deployment for another five years. The carrier is being constructed at the Cochin shipyard and the vessel “will be floated out on Aug. 12 and taken to the repair dock to carry out remaining work,” says Commo. K. Subramaniam, chairman and managing director of Cochin Shipyard Ltd. Hull work will be completed by June 2014, he adds. The carrier is expected to be handed over to the navy for induction by January 2018. The 45,000-ton IAC is estimated to cost $5 billion. Cochin shipyard personnel have been working with the navy on the vessel for more than six years. The contract for the construction of the aircraft carrier was signed in 2007, and the keel was laid in February 2009, Subramaniam says. The IAC was originally slated to enter service in 2014. Through last year, Indian officials insisted it could be commissioned in 2017. But a number of factors led to construction delays, including lack of adequate and appropriate steel from Russia and technical issues in the gearbox and other systems, a defense ministry official says.
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We cannot expect people to have respect for law and order until we teach respect to those we have entrusted to enforce those laws. –Hunter S Thompson
Comment monday, 8 July, 2013
terror returns to punjab’s capital
the rise and rise of Narendra Modi ominous for Pakistan and muslims in india
will the first attack in Pml-n’s home after three years open its eyes
IVe died while 50 others were injured as a home-made explosive tore through Lahore’s crowded Old Anarkali Food Street on Saturday night. The dead included a six-year-old girl and a 20-year-old boy. eight of the injured were said to be critical. Terror has returned to the Punjab’s capital, three years after the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) apparently heard Shahbaz Sharif’s plea to “stay away from attacking the Punjab”. The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has maintained an ambivalent attitude on the issue of escalating terrorism in the country – almost happy to let the “law and order” issue affect the lives of the citizens of Pakistan’s three ‘other’ provinces. As the blast went off between chairs at the Bukhara Restaurant, leaving a deep crater, the Punjab police chief warned “more acts of terror” could follow “within 72 hours.” Security across the city went up after the attack as details of the poor security at the packed food street were revealed. How could someone leave a bomb in the middle of a packed restaurant? Was there no intelligence to suggest such an attack was imminent? The omens were there for all but the PML-N leadership to see as the spate of terror that began at the start of the election campaign has continued to cripple life in all three provincial capitals – barring Lahore. That such an explosive was used in a high security zone which houses a number of government offices, including the IGP’s office, should cause worry. The food street is located in NA-120 where the current Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif himself won a seat in the 2013 elections. Despite intelligence reports of a possible security threat for a month, no walkthrough gates or metal detectors had been installed at the food streets entrance. The police have responded in a kneejerk manner, arresting 90 ‘suspects’, with most of them workers at the hotels in the food street. Clearly the attack was meant to create fear and with no claims of responsibility made yet the fingers at pointing in one direction: the TTP. Condemnations of the attack came from the President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, Jamaat-i-Islaami (JI) chief Syed Munawar Hassan and Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain but condemnations will not do much in absence of a clear cut national security policy. It must be remembered that no culprits have been arrested for any of the terror attacks to have hit Pakistan in the last decade. Speaking from Beijing, Sharif has said that “Pakistan will continue to combat the ‘Three evils’ of extremism, terrorism and separatism.” But how about the real question: Does the PML-N still think talks are the way to go? Or will it use the stick? Concrete answers are needed.
dreams of a bullet train might not be as fruitful as they appear to be
AILWAY is perhaps the most cost effective method of transportation for passengers and goods. That’s why most of the countries focus on improving its infrastructure along with upgrading technology at a regular interval, like China and Japan have been doing with their railway systems in the past few decades. Pakistan’s comparison with any of these countries would be wrong on so many levels. While we are stuck with a system that was passed on to us by the British in the preindependence era, with tracks literally at least a century old at places, promises of a bullet train strains on credulity. As it happens, that’s not the only problem we have; lack of secure crossings, infrastructure in shambles, lack of fuel, both petroleum based and electric, political and bureaucratic interventions, corruption, low revenue generation through the sales of tickets are some of the other problems that have marred the performance of the once vibrant Pakistan Railways. Only the other day, as many as 16 people, all of the same family, were killed when a train collided with a rickshaw at an unsecured crossing. The tragedy speaks for itself: innocent lives lost because of human error. Incidents like this happen at an uncomfortable rate rendering the whole exercise of putting up crossings, sanctioned and unsanctioned ones, death traps. Pakistan Railways, as an organsitaion, is bleeding money faster than, for lack of a better word, a bullet train. Trains are delayed for hours on end, engines break down right in the middle of nowhere and the goods it is carrying are stolen, dual carriage lines haven’t been installed even after 10 years since the project was launched between some of the most important stations, railway stations present a deserted look with no security and almost non-existent facilities. That is what our railway system has come to. With all this, the talk of launching a bullet train seems borderline ridiculous, but with the party that went ahead with a project that benefited only a six percent of the population in a city of almost eight million people, at the cost of any development project in the rest of the province, might now take another swing at the mandate it has been given and go ahead with the project that is estimated to cost us $20 million per one kilometre. China is the world’s second largest economy, and we are at a lowly 27th. Our economy doesn’t allow us to squander valuable funds on such projects. Wouldn’t it be better to use only a fraction of that amount to improve the existing system – security, infrastructure and technology – and then gradually bring it at par with the systems in China or Japan? Wouldn’t it be better to use some of that amount for education, technical training and imparting skills to people? We need to sort out our priorities now.
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few weeks ago, the Hindu nationalist Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) elected Narendra Modi as the chief of its election campaign for the May/June 2014 general elections. Should the BJP win, he would be the prime minister of India. His rise is not a good omen for the Muslims of India in general and Pakistan in particular. There are reasons for this pessimism. Although the prime ministerial position has its own priorities and considerations, yet he is expected to rule India the way he has governed the province of Gujarat for the last so many years. Under him, the economic development of Gujarat is touted as a role model for the rest of India. He is looked upon as a ‘visionary’ and an ‘efficient administrator’ who does not tolerate nonsense and knows ‘how to get things done’. His economic and industrial achievements may be laudable. However, one should not forget the horrendous treatment meted out to the Muslim minority during the Gujarat riots under his watch. The rioting that continued from 28 February to July 2000 engulfed twenty out of twenty-five districts of the province including 151 towns and 991 villages, caused demolition of 230 mosques and shrines, death of 2000 people, displacement of more than one hundred thousand and an economic loss of almost Indian Rs110 billion, according to an estimate of the Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The reaction of Modi and his fellow ruling BJP politicians to this Hindu carnage against the Muslims is quite indicative of their inner thought processes. Modi termed the riots as a ‘spontaneous reaction’ to the burning of a coach of the ‘Sabermati express’ at the train station in Godhra about two days earlier that was carrying workers/members of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) in which about 58 people died notwithstanding the fact that it remains disputed whether the fire was caused from inside or outside the compartment. Instead of allowing the law to identify the culprits of this dastardly act which took away precious and innocent lives, the VHP secretary general Pravin Togadia instigated the Hindus by stating, “Hindu society will avenge the Godhra killings. Muslims should accept that Hindus are not wearing bangles.” The BJP politicians also blamed the Muslims for the tragedy. Modi’s ‘Newtonian logic’ to the subsequent Hindu attacks on the Muslims with the argument that ‘every action has
an equal and opposite reaction’ was a blatant lie in the light of a research conducted by Ward Berenschot for his book “Riot politics: Hindu-Muslim violence and the Indian state”, for which he stayed in Ahmedabad, the capital of Gujarat for fifteen months to collect first hand evidence. The fact of the matter is that most of the anti-Muslim riots were planned and executed by leaders and members of the Hindu-nationalist organisations such as the BJP, the VHP, the RSS and the Bajrang Dal often in collaboration with the local ‘goondas’ and with the complicity of police. This revelation is corroborated by a series of secretly videotaped interviews conducted by the Indian investigative magazine ‘Tehelka’ in which the perpetrators of violence exposed the hideous hand of the state and the politicians: “It was [Chief Minister Modi] who gave all signals in favour of Hindus… if the ruler is hard, then things can start happening.” How deeply the Modi government connived in the death of Muslims and the destruction of their livelihoods can be imagined from the fact that the Hindu rioters often carried the voters’ lists and sales tax details of those Muslims which were to be targeted. One wonders how secular India can produce such communalist-minded and militant leaders. Isn’t Gujarat the birthplace of ‘Mahatma’ Gandhi, who spent his whole life preaching the gospel of non-violence? Despite Gandhi’s message of peace and love towards all humans, Gujarat has remained a ‘laboratory of Hindutva’ ideology, which claims that India belongs to Hindus only and looks upon Muslims as outsiders, who, if they wish to live in India must submit to the diktat of the Hindu majority. So, the Indian Muslims have two stark choices: either to get out of India or live as second class citizens. The ‘Hindutva’ as a political ideology was first propagated by the RSS in 1925 and over the decades its call for the revival of Hinduism has gained wide currency to the extent that now it boasts of a whole ‘family’ of violent Hindu-nationalist organisations, which combine together are called the ‘Sangh Parivar’ – all committed to turn India into a ‘Hindu Rashtra’ i.e. a society and a polity based solely on Hindu values. It is a systematically organised ‘family’ in which the RSS works as the ‘social wing’ (running more than 5000 schools, hospitals and charity institutions); the VHP acts as the ‘religious wing’ to promote Hinduism inside and outside India; the BJP represents its political face whereas its youth force is groomed by Bajrang Dal. This growth of the ‘Sangh Pariwar’ has been phenomenal in the last quarter of a century because from a meager tally of four parliamentary seats in 1980, the BJP first won the general elections in 1996 and afterwards ruled the country from 1998 to 2004. Due to the two lackluster electoral terms of the Congress party marred by rampant corruption, dormant leadership and indecisive management, the BJP is well poised to hold the reins of the country, once again next year under the swashbuckling Narendra Modi. Communal riots are not new to India. They date back to the pre-British times. However, what is quite intriguing is that the increase in their number and intensity coincide with the rise of Hindu-national-
ists with the BJP at the forefront. Scholars offer different explanations in this regard. One can be the economic competition such as the Jabalpur riots after partition between the Hindu and the Muslim manufacturers of ‘beeri’ (cigarettes). The other can be that the riots serve as a political strategy of the politicians whereby mobs are mobilised through inflammatory speeches, organisation of religious processions, distribution of money, etc. The third is the division of society on religious basis. Although all religions preach peace and harmony, the mere fact that one group of people has a different outlook of and about life divides peoples into ‘us’ and ‘them’ i.e. Hindus and Muslims, respectively. Those who advocated communal harmony such as emperor Akbar through his policy of Sulh-e-Kul’, the Bhakti Movement and the Sufi syncretism are either ignored, overlooked or totally forgotten whereas those who caused or nurtured divisiveness or hatred in the society are often revered and idolised. In this way, ‘them’ (Muslims) becomes the ‘other’ and thus its violation, desecration and persecution becomes acceptable. The injured self-esteem of the ‘us’ (Hindus) as a result of the subjugation at the hands of ‘them’ (Muslims) in the past centuries is being recovered by repeatedly inflicting violence on the ‘other’ because the very act of violence is looked upon as a mean to establish ‘superiority’ over those who were once considered ‘superior’ (Muslims) in the past. And if violence can be committed against the bodies of the women of the ‘other’ (Muslims) then not only it shames ‘their’ men but is viewed as a proof of ‘maleness’ of the perpetrators (Hindus). The Gujarat violence is an undeniable testimony of how the ‘other’ can be named, shamed and killed in the name of ‘pride’ and ‘honour’. Berenschot has brought on record how whole families were electrocuted; people were burned alive; women were gang raped; fetuses were ripped out of women’s bellies; metal rods and pins were inserted into their private parts and they were burned alive after being covered in wax. even kids were not spared as the one who had begged for water was forced to drink kerosene oil and then a match was thrown into his mouth which exploded his head. ‘Violence for the Sangh Parivar,’ writes Tanika Sarkar “is both source and proof of maleness.” And Modi has worked as a ‘pracharak’ (organiser) of this Sangh Parivar, precisely of the RSS. This is his track record in Gujarat; one wonders how differently will he rule the whole of India? His party has a tendency to engineer communal violence to win the Hindu votes and an analysis of riots throughout India indicates a trend that they “occur significantly more often in the six months before or after elections.” It will be interesting to see how this correlation between riots and the BJP works in the upcoming elections. As his party’s ‘Hindutva’ ideology brands the Muslims as ‘violent’, ‘criminal’ and a ‘threat’ to Hindus; not only the Indian Muslims but the Pakistanis as well will anxiously watch how the election drama unfolds the fate of Narendra Modi. The writer is an academic and journalist. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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the plight of a wapda pensioner In all the other govt departments, old aged pensioners even over 70 years of age don’t need to go to the office of a disbursing officer to submit their pension forms. Instead, their pension is paid through post offices or direct transfer to their bank accounts. Wapda has not adopted this prescribed procedure for paying pensions. everybody knows that
people above 70 years of age become weak and suffer health complications. Thus the government should exempt old aged pensioners from going every month to disbursing offices to submit their pension forms personally. However authorities may visit the home of old aged pensioners once a year to verify whether they are alive or dead. RAJA GHAZANFAR ALI KHAN ADOWALIYA Rawalpindi
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Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives. –James Madison
monday, 8 July, 2013
liberal pushback in egypt struggle between status quo and change continues in egypt and the wider islamic world
the attitude has changed india is a heartless state
OT long ago, a disaster in any part of the country would elicit national response. People would go door-to-door to collect money, clothes, utensils, medicines and many other things of daily use to transmit through agencies which were voluntarily engaged in relief and rehabilitation work. The attitude has changed in the last few years. People are, no doubt, concerned and sympathetic. But there is no countrywide effort to organise help. The atmosphere is no more animated with the zeal which I recall used to be there. Take the example of Uttrakhand. The devastation has been on a massive scale. More than 5,000 people have reportedly died and the material loss runs into hundreds of crores of rupees. Yet the reaction has been tepid. efforts are visible on individual scale. But the nation as such is not concerned. Particularly, the states in the south and the east have shown less involvement. The governments, both in the hilly state of Uttrakhand and at the Centre, were too late to respond and had no clue what to do. even after 10 days of the disaster, 20,000 people were stranded at different places. What dominated the discussion was not the scale of assistance but whether it was man-made or the nature’s fury. Of course, it was man-made. The reasons are obvious. The trees to accommodate the ever growing bureaucracy were cut. The de-silting of river is out of any government’s agenda. The National Disaster Management Board was tried for the first time and found wanting. Political parties have done nothing concrete except politicising the tragedy. The official appeal to contribute to the prime minister’s relief fund has been issued as a matter of routine. Surprisingly, no foreign country has offered help to evacuate the stranded people,
much less any material assistance. Pakistan has missed a golden opportunity to befriend the common Indian. Islamabad should have sent trucks of food and medicines to the Wagha border. New Delhi would have lost face if it had stopped the aid. If one were to analyse the tragedy, one would come to the conclusion that the nation has lost sensitivity. Different states have over the years become islands by themselves and there is hardly any tragedy which transcends the border. When it came to rescuing the victims, states like West Bengal and Gujarat preferred to evacuate the habitants of their own area. The absence of national feeling may well be the reason that every state is putting up dams in catchment areas. They think that the consequential loss is to other states not to them. And so many dams have come up that they are counterproductive. Of course, the money spent has enough leeway for corruption at political and official levels. The land and timber mafias have played havoc at the expense of the nation too. The countrywide coordination is possible at the level of environment ministry. It can also ensure that ecology is not disturbed. But the ministry is so much under pressure from different lobbies and state governments that it has become only a signing authority. The area around Uttrakhand is so fragile that the central government did not want to disturb the ecology. But both political parties, the Congress and the BJP, joined hands to have the proposal scuttled. And the behaviour of the people in Uttrakhand itself was inhuman. There are instances to show how shopkeepers charged exorbitant prices for things of daily use. A biscuit packet was sold for Rs200. A loaf of bread was priced at Rs100. There are instances of looting and even molesting of women. One woman required medical help. But her gold chain was pulled from her neck and she was left bleeding. even sadhus and sants made most of the situation, robbing money and ornaments from the deceased. The only bright side is the work done by the army and the air force. They evacuated thousands of people stuck at different places. The survivors in fact narrated the difference
between the government which did not do anything and the army and air force which rescued them and gave them food and shelter. One air force helicopter, engaged in rescue operation, crashed because of bad weather. Twenty lives were lost. India is a heartless state. Over the years, it has deteriorated in values. There is not a semblance of idealism left to talk about social justice or to lift the lower half to the level where it can lead a viable living. Poverty, unemployment and malnutrition, signs of a decaying society, are increasing day by day. We are, almost back to the Hindu growth rate of four per cent per annum. A dollar fetches Rs60. In fact, the rupee is in shambles. Today’s spectacle of poor growth and the dismal future is because political parties have catered to their fiefdoms without keeping before them the picture of India on the whole or the growth of every sector or every area. Unfortunately, the parties have not realised that their politics may feather their nests but would not take the country forward. Both the Congress and the BJP, the two main parties are the most to blame. They have seen to it that they do not compromise even though a bit of cooperation would have done wonders. Parliament has been more or less standstill. No business has been transacted session after session, creating a new record of inactivity. The parties admit this and some leading members have no hesitation in saying so in private. Yet they do not cross the line even word-wise in the house lest it should harm them. India does not have much leeway. The speed with which we are going down the hill indicates a ruin of great magnitude. There is every reason why the two main parties should come together to take the country further. They should at least have a joint action on the rehabilitation of victims. But that would require a stand above party lines. In today’s approach to occupy the kursi, it is difficult to imagine that any political party would place the national interest first. even several disasters like the one at Uttrakhaned cannot change the thinking of political parties. It is tragic, but true.
In today’s approach to occupy the kursi, it is difficult to imagine that any political party would place the national interest first.
The writer is a senior Indian journalist.
GYPT and Pakistan have a lot in common, and different as well. Like Pakistan’s famous Indus civilisation, egypt has the ancient Nile. Anne Patterson, previously the US ambassador to Pakistan, is now the US envoy for egypt. The country has acute energy shortages and financial crisis similar to Pakistan, and both nations are negotiating with the IMF for economic assistance. The starkest similarity though relates ARIF ANSAR to the armed forces of both countries that have stood as bastion of western influence in these nations. At the same time, they serve to offset the conservative, liberal and nationalist societal forces. Then there is the ideology of Ikhwan-ul-Muslemeen that over the years has spread throughout the Islamic world, including Pakistan. The Muslim Brotherhood (MB) influenced parties in Pakistan have been part of numerous political coalitions but have never formed a national government. Their agenda has been exploited more, and their leaders have allowed this to happen on more than one occasion with a parallel loss of authenticity. However, in egypt a different story has played out. After decades of struggle and years of persecution at the hands of the state, the MB finally gained enough backing to form the government in the aftermath of Hosni Mubarak. Though just after a year in power, Mohamed Morsi’s government was overthrown in a military coup last week and the country once again appears to be on the verge of a civil war. The scary thing is, it is not just egypt but the whole region, which appears to be heading towards abyss. Despite state harassment and ideological differences with factions that propagated total revolt against the un-Islamic system, the MB worked within it to finally arrive at the helm of power. Moreover, the Israeli apprehension proved to be a fallacy that once in power the Ikhwans will undo the peace treaty. Then what really happened? While most of the focus has remained on the internal causes and mismanagement of the MB that may have led to Morsi’s overthrow, there are obviously wider patterns to consider as the struggle between status quo and change continues in egypt and the wider Islamic world. Since the end of World War II, the liberals, socialists, nationalists, and a mix of conservatives and religious influences, have had their ups and downs in the region. For the most part, their political manoeuvring was the outcome of tensions between the socialist and capitalist models that were playing out globally. For example, it resulted in the creation of the Arab Socialist Baath Party in 1947 – a coming together of nationalist and socialist forces against western imperialism that called for an Arab unification. It later split in to Iraqi and Syrian factions. These same influences were also acting out in egypt, causing Gamal Abdel Nasser to play a leading role in the formation of the Non-Aligned Movement and nationalisation of the Suez Canal Company. Generally, the nationalists in the Arab world were more accepting of socialist influences emanating from the Soviet Union. The conservative and religious influences, on the other hand, have had an uncomfortable political existence. They were looked upon with distrust, as waiting for their chance to revive the Ummah and the Khilafat. This in turn impacted the strategies of nationalists and liberals, who exploited the fear of global powers from the conservatives and religious segments. The military has usually played a pivotal role in balancing these different influences, and continues to in places like egypt, Turkey and Pakistan. In Turkey, the army was the protector of secularism that was adopted under Ataturk. In egypt and Pakistan, the military seems to choreograph the secular, nationalist and conservative responses, so that they don’t get significantly out of line from what would be globally accepted. However, due to factors like the war on terror, corruption, and lack of governance, the political landscape has changed dramatically. The conservative quarters have gained considerably while secular block appears to be receding. The failure of secular governments and autocratic rulers to govern and provide better opportunities for the growing Muslim masses has also sped up the change in ground reality. While the Communism faded, these leaders used the war on terror to gain western legitimacy. This has been most prominent in Pakistan, where even the democratic system has failed to live up to the aspirations of the people. While high marks are being given to the smooth transition of government, or the process so to say, the performance of the governments has been quite dismal. Consider the following example: the PML-N government won the elections on a conservative platform with affinity towards some religious groups. Once in power, it has quickly distanced itself from that posture and its present trajectory appears no different or better than Musharraf or Zardari. Such misrepresentation also discredits the system in the long run. Without dealing with the security situation, the economic miracle simply will not happen and it is disingenuous to claim so. In short, the system in these states continues to revert towards status quo, when dramatic changes are required to adapt to the ground reality. In this context, the military coup in egypt is a dangerous reversal. It has given an opportunity to the extremists to convince even the moderate Islamists that there is no use in working within the system to gain power. With the help of the military, the seculars may have pushed back the Islamists in egypt. However, subsequent demonstrations have shown the MB was not totally without support. As mentioned above, the conservative and Islamist influences are gaining throughout the Islamic world. How much have they penetrated the armed forces of these nations is a touchy question. It is imperative for the militaries of these nations to not tread too far from the pulse of the society, as they’ll do so to their own peril. With polarisation at its pinnacle, it may mean staying neutral and not interfering in favour of one group or the other. The writer is chief analyst at PoliTact, a Washington based futurist advisory firm (www.PoliTact.com and http:twitter.com/politact) and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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I can do anything I want to do really, I might as well. –Robbie Williams
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JAGGERS’ HAIRY AFFAIR
artiStS hair SellS for $6,000
OLLYWOOD actor Hrithik Roshan, who underwent a brain surgery at Hinduja hospital on Sunday afternoon, is fine now. His father director Rakesh Roshan has informed that the actor is successfully operated. Earlier, the actor before leaving for surgery posted about it on his facebook, "We all know that we create a life of joy using the power of our mind. I've had the privilege of creating wonders with this amazing gift given to us called the brain. Occasionally one must look within and realize its value. It gives us the power to see, hear, touch, smell and taste, it allows us to conquer fear and create courage to do things we never imagined. Maybe it's time for me to feel the power literally. I am going to go through brain surgery today and want you to know that I am going in with absolute power to recover fast. My thanks to all of you for using the power of your mind to contribute to my life. Love you all." His father Rakesh Roshan also said, "It is a minor surgery called chronic subdural hematoma and it happens due to some impact on the head." Roshan further added, "Hrithik Roshan got hit on his head during the shooting of Bang Bang two months back in Phuket. He had constant headache and it developed into a clot in between the brain membrane and the skull which he is getting operated for." Hrithik has been doing a lot of heavy action for Krrish 3 and Bang Bang. Dr B K Mishra from Hinduja hospital, who is a gamma knife specialist, operated the actor. COURTESy TOI
An envelope of Mick Jagger's "washed and trimmed" hair was snapped up for a sizeable sum at a recent auction. An anonymous (and apparently very wealthy) buyer plunked down £4,000 - or about $6,000 - for a clump of the rocker's locks. According to the BBC, that's twice as much as the strands were expected to bring in at Wednesday's event. Jagger's hair is apparently more luxurious than that of his Rolling Stones bandmate, Keith Richards, whose hair was previously purchased for £900. The hair was put up on the auction block by Jagger's exgirlfriend, Chrissie Shrimpton, and was packaged in an envelope along with the message, "Mick Jagger's hair after being washed and trimmed by Chris at Rose Hill Farm." The auction, held by Bonhams, was to raise money for the Changing Faces charity. Other items up for sale were the handwritten lyrics to David Bowie's "The Jean Genie," and a guitar owned by Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page. Jagger, who turns 70 this month, dated Shrimpton while he was a student at the London School of Economics. The musician's currently preparing to play in Hyde Park on Sunday as part of the British Summer Time festival. NEWS DESK
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We have already told you that Prabhudheva's next with Ajay Devgn is likely to go on floors on July 19. The film has three girls. It is confirmed that Sonakshi Sinha and Yaami Gautam are already in. Now, we hear that the third role, that of a sexy hot girl, may be played by Miss India World 2010, Manasvi Mamgai. Our source says, "Though a couple of established sexy girls have been sending feelers to Ajay and Prabhu for this role, we heard a discussion on the set of Rambo Rajkumar, which hinted that Manasvi is a strong contender for the role.'' NEWS DESK
He’s her superman! Cavill out holding hands with his girlfriend.
While the long-running sitcom "Friends" was a high point for Matthew Perry professionally, it was a lonely low point in his personal life. The actor, now 43, opens up in the new issue of People magazine about his struggle with substance abuse and alcoholism, which he battled while playing the lovably sarcastic Chandler Bing on NBC's iconic series. “I was on 'Friends' from age 24-34," Perry recalls. "From an outsider’s perspective, it would seem like I had it all. It was actually a very lonely time for me because I was suffering from alcoholism. It was going on before 'Friends,' but it’s a progressive disease.” Perry was prescribed Vicodin after a Jet Ski accident in 1997, and he remembers that he "felt better than I ever felt in my entire life. I had a big problem with pills and alcohol, and I couldn’t stop." While he was "never high at work," he does remember being "painfully, painfully hung over. Then eventually things got so bad I couldn't hide it, and then everybody knew." Perry went to rehab twice, in 1997 and in 2001, and subsequently focused on staying sober by seeking treatment when he needed it. "I finally got it. Something clicked," he said. "You have to want the help. You have to be willing to change." These days, Perry is putting energy toward helping others, and he's turned his Malibu Beach digs into a sober living facility for men called Perry's House. “In 2005 I bought this house because I subscribed to the theory of ‘If I just lived over there, I’d be fine.’ I’d buy houses and I’d move," the actor said. COURTESy CNN
MADHURI DENIES BEING A FEMINIST Bollywood's dancing diva Madhuri Dixit, who portrays a powerful character in the woman-centric "Gulaab Gang", says she isn't a feminist but is all for strong and independent women. "I don't think I'm a feminist. I am independent and strong, which is what women should be like," Madhuri said at a press conference. Bollywood, the 46-year-old, also said that the "progress of women is being reflected in films". "We are going back to the roots. We have started again. There are some wonderful directors today. Also, you can make any sort of film today. The villain of our movie ('Gulaab Gang') is also a woman, which is a rare sight is Bollywood. "We have a very evil woman in the film. Usually, they show that the men are evil. This is not a fight between men and women. This is a fight of ideologies. It does not matter who the antagonist is," she said. "Gulaab Gang" is said to be loosely based on Uttar Pradeshbased social activist Sampat Pal and her Gulabi Gang, which works towards liberation of women in the state. The film, produced by Anubhav Sinha and directed Soumik Sen, also features Juhi Chawla. Madhuri admits the movie talks about women emancipation, but it deals with the issue in an entertaining way. "There are so any things in the film. It talks about the empowerment of women, but it is set in an entertaining and beautiful setup. You'll take away a lot from the film," she added. COURTESy TOI
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Happiness is like a cloud, if you stare at it long enough, it evaporates. –Sarah McLachlan
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John Mayer at his concert in the Big Apple.
AKISTAN cricket great Wasim Akram is engaged to marry Melbourne woman Shaniera Thompson. The famed left-arm bowler, 47, proposed on bended knee in their lounge room to Ms Thompson, 30. "It was the romantic moment of my life because it was so genuine," she said. A former public relations consultant from Brighton, Ms Thompson has converted to Islam, and will call Pakistan home. She said Akram was nerv-
ous about proposing in the traditional way. "He was really sweet about it. He asked me what my dream proposal would be and I said I'm not the type of woman that likes a big scene. I would want it to be at home or somewhere private. "Then I came into the lounge room and he was on his knee and asked me if I'd marry him." But the joyful mood was soon broken by a worried look on Thompson's face. She told Akram: "If we are doing this the tradi-
tional way, then you have to ask my father." He called Ms Thompson's father, who gave his blessing. The pair met in Melbourne in 2011 and Akram said he was happy he had found love. "I never thought I would get married again, but I am lucky and very happy to find love again," he said. "It just goes to show that life can give you a second chance." Akram's first wife, Huma, died in 2009. They had two boys, now aged 15 and 12. COURTESy THE AUSTRALIAN
its aLL oVer: SAATCI DIVORCING NIGELLA Charles Saatchi is calling it quits with celebrity chef Nigella Lawson. "I am sorry to announce that Nigella Lawson and I are getting divorced," the 70-yearold art collector and ad agency cofounder said in a statement to The Mail newspaper in the UK. Saatchi goes on to explain that the split comes from his disappointment in Lawson's failure to publicly defend him following the alleged choking incident in London last month. "I feel that I have clearly been a disappointment to Nigella during the last year or so, and I am disappointed that she was advised to make no public comment to explain that I abhor violence of any kind against women, and have never abused her physically in any way." Lawson has yet to comment on the announcement. Saatchi was being investigated after allegedly choking Lawson during a lunch date at their favorite London restaurant, Scott's. Saatchi reportedly grabbed his wife's
throat repeatedly before she left the eatery in tears. Saatchi told the Evening Standard that although he and Lawson had fought on the day of the incident, his throat grabbing was only a "playful tiff" and that the couple "made up" by the time they got home that day. However, later that same day, a rep for Lawson confirmed to E! News that she had "left the house" she shared with Saatchi. On the afternoon of Jun. 17, Saatchi was slapped with a caution for assault after voluntarily meeting with officials at a police station in central London. Cautions are not criminal convictions, but they are issued after a person admits an offense and agrees to a warning. The couple was spotted dining together at the scene of the public fight less than a week later. But soon after Lawson was photographed without her wedding ring near her sister's London home. Saatchi and Lawson married in 2003. COURTESy EO
its FridaY its FridaY!
REBECCA BLACK THE COVER QUEEN The infamous singer who has engraved in our brains that we "gotta get down on Friday" has come back with yet another musical creation (well, kinda). Black teamed up with fellow singer Jon D. for an acoustic cover of Miley Cyrus' latest single "We Can't Stop" which she dropped on—yep, you guessed it—Friday. Being only 16 years old, Black decided to modify some of Cyrus' lyrics (specifically the parts talking about strip clubs and cocaine) to make the cover more of a G-rated pop hit. But what might surprise you is that it doesn't suck. Seriously. Rebecca has come a long way from her "Friday" days, and the harmonizing between her and Jon D. is quite exquisite (yeah, we didn't think we'd use that word in this type of article either). However, it's not a complete shock for those who have followed Black's recent work. In April, she released a cover of Rihanna's "Stay," along with fellow YouTuber Dave Days, which debuted Black's new (and much better) sound. Nearly two years ago, Black opened up to ABC's Primetime Nightline about her decision to drop out of school because of constant bullying following her first viral YouTube video. Black explained that classmates would taunt her by asking what day it was or by singing the tune "in a nasally voice." Home-schooling didn't end the massive number of death threats and horrible comments Rebecca received each day, but the she didn't let that get the best of her. "I've had a lot of experience with not being liked and all that," she said. "I think if I hadn't had to deal with that in the past then I totally would have handled this differently and I would have gone down in burning flames. But I've learned that you just can't let it get to you." COURTESy EO
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INFotaINMeNt Monday, 8 July, 2013
today (8th July)
8 The Soviet Union charges U2 pilot Gary Powers with espionage, threatens Pakistan of consequences. 8 US State Dept issues 1st American passport. 8 Wall Street Journal begins publishing. 8 Vermont becomes first US colony to abolish slavery. 8 Christian soldiers on the First Crusade march to Jerusalem.
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galaxy loriMer burSt CoNtiNueS to baffle SCieNtiStS It came from a galaxy far, far away. A single, sudden burst of radio waves. And then it was gone. The socalled 'Lorimer' burst was spotted in 2007 -- and has been baffling scientists ever since. "This is something that's completely unprecedented," Duncan Lorimer, the West Virginia University astrophysicist who made the discovery told Space at the time. Today, the 'burst' is not alone. Indeed, four more identical flares have been observed, according to Popular Mechanics. "You have to look at the sky for a very long time to find these," British astrophysicist Dan Thornton, who observed the fresh, fleeting bursts, told the magazine. "The reason that we’re detecting them now is we've simply looked long enough." Thornton and his University of Manchester team published their findings in Science magazine, noting "the bursts’ properties indicate that they are of celestial rather than terrestrial origin." The cause of the flares, which appear for only scant milliseconds, remains unknown. But researchers suggest an "explosive event" may be involved, as the bursts appear to be one-time events. While the exact origins of the radio waves are also difficult to pinpoint in the vast expanse that is space, scientists are certain that the signals travelled a staggering distance. Thornton suggests they took half the universe's lifespan to get here. And, as Science News reports, they disappeared almost instantly upon arrival. What may yet linger, however, is the wealth of data these flickering heralds bring. Scientists say the bursts may shine light on the vast, previously unknown tracts of space that separate the galaxies. "Staggeringly, we estimate there could be one of these flashes going off every ten seconds somewhere in the sky," research team member Simon Johnston said in Global Times. "With the ability to detect these very fast sources we are opening up a whole new area of astrophysics." COURTESy HUFFINGTON POST
By the time a man gets to be presidential material, he's been bought ten times over. –Gore Vidal
the fastest gunslinger! how a gatling gun works t
He Gatling gun is one of the best known early rapid-fire weapons and a forerunner of the modern machine gun. Invented by Richard Gatling, it is known for its use by the Union forces during the American Civil War in the 1860s, which was the first time it was employed in combat. Later it was used in the Boshin War and still later in the assault on San Juan Hill during the Spanish-American War.  The Gatling gun's operation cantered on a cyclic multi-barrel design which facilitated cooling and synchronized the firing/reloading sequence. each barrel fired a single shot when it reached a certain point in the cycle, after which it ejected the spent cartridge, loaded a new round, and in the process, cooled down somewhat. This configuration allowed higher rates of fire to be achieved without the barrel overheating. The Gatling gun was hand-crank operated with six barrels revolving around a central shaft, although some models had as many as ten. early models had a fibrous matting stuffed in among the barrels which could be soaked with water to cool the barrels down. Later models eliminated the matting-filled barrels as being counterproductive. The ammunition was initially a steel cylinder charged with black powder and primed with a percussion cap, because self-contained brass cartridges had not yet been fully developed and become available.
The shells were gravity-fed into the breech through a hopper or stick magazine on top of the gun. each barrel had its own firing mechanism. After 1861, new brass cartridges similar to modern cartridges replaced the paper cartridge, but Gatling did not switch to them immediately. The Model 1881 was designed to use the 'Bruce'-style feed system (U.S. Patents 247,158 and 343,532) that accepted two rows of .45-70 cartridges. While one row was being fed into the gun, the other could be reloaded, thus allowing sustained fire. The final gun required four operators. By 1876, the gun had a theoretical rate of fire of 1,200 rounds per minute, although 400 rounds per minute was more likely in combat. each barrel fires once per revolution at about the same position. The barrels, a carrier, and a lock cylinder were separate and all mounted on a solid plate revolving around a central shaft, mounted on an oblong fixed frame. The carrier was grooved and the lock cylinder was drilled with holes corresponding to the barrels. each barrel had a single lock, working in the lock cylinder on a line with the barrel. The lock cylinder was encased and joined to the frame. The casing was partitioned, and through this opening the barrel shaft was journaled. In front of the casing was a cam with spiral surfaces. The cam imparted a reciprocating motion to the locks when the gun rotated. Also in the casing was a cocking ring with projections to cock and fire the gun. Turning the crank rotated the shaft. Cartridges, held in a hopper,
dropped individually into the grooves of the carrier. The lock was simultaneously forced by the cam to move forward and load the cartridge, and when the cam was at its highest point, the cocking ring freed the lock and fired the cartridge. After the cartridge was fired the continuing action of the cam drew back the lock bringing with it the spent cartridge which then dropped to the ground. The grouped barrel concept had been explored by inventors since the 18th century, but poor engineering and the lack of a unitary cartridge made previous designs unsuccessful. The initial Gatling gun design used self-contained, reloadable steel cylinders with a chamber holding a ball and black-powder charge, and a percussion cap on one end. As the barrels rotated, these steel cylinders dropped into place, were fired, and were then ejected from the gun. The innovative features of the Gatling gun were its independent firing mechanism for each barrel and the simultaneous action of the locks, barrels, carrier and breech. The smallest caliber gun also had a Broadwell drum feed in place of the curved magazine of the other guns. The drum, named after L. W. Broadwell, an agent for Gatling's company, comprised twenty stick magazines arranged around a central axis, like the spokes of a wheel, each holding twenty cartridges with the bullet noses oriented toward the central axis. This invention was patented in U. S. 110,338. As each magazine emptied, the drum was manually rotated to bring a new magazine into use until
all 400 rounds had been fired. By 1893, the Gatling was adapted to take the new .30 Army smokeless cartridge. The new M1893 guns featured six barrels, and were capable of a maximum (initial) rate of fire of 800-900 rounds per minute. Dr Gatling later used examples of the M1893 powered by electric motor and belt to drive the crank.  Tests demonstrated the electric Gatling could fire bursts of up to 1,500 rpm. The M1893, with minor revisions, became the M1895, and 94 guns were produced for the U.S. Army by Colt. Four M1895 Gatlings under Lt. John H. Parker saw considerable combat during the Santiago campaign in Cuba in 1898. The M1895 was designed to accept only the Bruce feeder. All previous models were unpainted, but the M1895 was painted olive drab (O.D.) green, with some parts left blued. The Model 1900 was very similar to the model 1895, but with only a few components finished in O.D. green. The U.S. Army purchased a quantity of M1900s. All Gatling Models 1895-1903 could be mounted on an armoured field carriage. In 1903, the Army converted their M1900 guns in 30 Army to fit the new .30-03 cartridge (standardized for the M1903 Springfield rifle) as the M1903. The later M1903-'06 was an M1903 converted to 3006. This conversion was principally carried out at the Army's Springfield Armory arsenal repair shops. All models of Gatling guns were declared obsolete by the U.S. Army in 1911, after 45 years of service.
A STEP CLOSER TO AN AIDS CURE? After undergoing stem cell transplants as treatment for cancer, two patients with HIV now have no trace of the virus in their systems and haven't required their HIV medication for several weeks, doctors reported today. However, doctors cautioned that it's still too soon to say that the patients have been definitively cured, as they have only been off their treatments for 15 weeks and seven weeks, respectively. The research, led by Dr. Timothy Henrich of Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, reported the findings today at the International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention. "They are doing very well," Henrich said at the conference, as reported by the Associated Press. "While these results are exciting, they do not yet indicate that the men have been cured. Only time will tell." The two patients had been HIV positive and had been taking antiretroviral medication for their condition. However, they each developed Hodgkin’s lymphoma (one patient reportedly had other blood cancers as well) and so underwent chemotherapy as well as stem cell transplants while still receiving their antiretroviral medications. The Los Angeles Times reported that the men received their transplants at different times; one four-and-a-half years ago, and the other nearly three years ago. After undergoing the stem cell transplants, the virus is now undetectable. However, the Associated Press reported that more time is needed to determine if the HIV virus isn't just hiding undetected elsewhere in the body. Dr. Robert Siciliano of Johns Hopkins University explained in a statement that it may take more than a year to make sure viral rebound does not occur, and that doctors will have to continue monitoring the patients. The first news of these two men came last year at the 2012 International AIDS Conference; back then, they had undetectable HIV
levels in their blood plasma, but had not yet been taken off antiretroviral medications. The approach Henrich and his team have taken is similar to that of Timothy Brown, also known as the "Berlin Patient," who underwent stem cell transplantation as part of his treatment protocol for leukemia, before being the first person deemed "cured" of HIV. However, in Brown's case, the stem cells transplanted into him were HIV-resistant stem cells, while in the cases of these two men, the stem cells did not have that genetic mutation for HIV resistance. Brown also received a more intensive chemotherapy regimen. The Los Angeles Times reported that this method -- stem cell transplantation -- is likely to be unfeasible for most HIV-positive people. NBC News pointed out last year that the reason why the approach seemed to work for these men is because they had certain gene mutations that made their immune system cells resistant to HIV infection, and that in general, bone marrow transplants are expensive procedures with a 15 percent fatality rate. This is just one of the latest HIV treatment breakthroughs that have been reported as of late. earlier this year, a baby born with HIV was considered "functionally cured," the Associated Press reported. That baby was born to a mother with HIV. The baby was given faster, stronger-thanusual treatment immediately upon birth, even before doctors were able to test that the baby actually was infected with HIV. At the time of the reporting of this news, the child was 2.5 years old and hadn't needed to take antiretroviral medication for a year. And just after the news of this baby was reported, researchers from France reported the "functional cure" of 14 adults with HIV, who were treated extremely early with combination antiretroviral therapy (cART). Now, their HIV levels are barely detectable, and they have been able to stop taking their treatment. COURTESy HUFFINGTON POST
This NASA image captured on April 12, shows baby stars creating chaos 1,500 light-years away in the cosmic cloud of the Orion Nebula. Four massive stars make up the bright yellow area in the centre of this false-colour image for the Spitzer Space Telescope. HP
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pakistan-born Sikander raza in zimbabwe squad
Pakistan-born cricketer Sikander Raza, who recently made his debut against Bangladesh in a home series, has been named in the 16member Zimbabwe squad, led by Brendon Taylor, that will take on India in a five match ODI series starting July 24, here. Born in Sialkot in the northeast of Pakistan, Raza along with his parents has been residing here since 2002. He made his first-class debut in 2007. A top-order batsman, he returned to full-time cricket after completing his academics in the 2010-11 season and scored 625 runs at an healthy average of 41. Pacers Shingi Masakadza and Tinashe Panyangara have been dropped from the squad announced for the home series against Bangladesh in May. Zimbabwe have dropped wicketkeeper Regis Chakabva and skipper Taylor will keep wickets for the side. The squad features five seamers, including Kyle Jarvis, Tendai Chatara, Brian Vitori, elton Chigumbura and the uncapped Michael Chinouya. Zimbabwe squad: Brendan Taylor (capt & wk), Sikandar Raza, Tendai Chatara, Michael Chinouya, elton Chigumbura, Graeme Cremer, Kyle Jarvis, Timycen Maruma, Hamilton Masakadza, Natsai M’shangwe, Tinotenda Mutombodzi, Vusimuzi Sibanda, Prosper Utseya, Brian Vitori, Malcolm Waller, Sean Williams.
Now world class players also say he is a match winner. I feel proud, — Deval Sahay
team england is the favourite: Sourav ganguly kOLkATA
O R M e R India skipper Sourav Ganguly favours england over Australia in the upcoming Ashes series, stating the hosts will win 31 over the visitors. “It’ll be 3-1 for england who are now a seriously good team. They are the favourites by far. I am giving Australia one Test because they are a competitive team,” he told Hindustan Times. “It’s not a question of Australia being unprepared or under-prepared. They are not the same side they used to be. If you don’t have the quality, you won’t get the results. It’s as simple as that. It’s not just about preparation all the time. Of course, you need to prepare but you also need to have the quality.” Ganguly will be at Lord’s during second Ashes Test (July 18-22). If the Test goes into final day, it will also mark the debut of one of the most successful India skipper. Ganguly scored 131 on Test debut. Ganguly feels the retirement of key players has affected the Australian team’s set-up. “Natural talent and getting gifted players is something that cannot happen with planning. Planning can happen only when you have the ammunition. You cannot fight an AK 47 with a pistol, can you?” he said. The 40-year-old said “Australia’s desperation to get a spinner in” is been seen in the way they are trying to get Fawad Ahmed a citizenship. He also adds that Australia’s batting has been a concern. Speaking about Darren Lehmann replacing Mickey Arthur as the coach, he said, “Such sackings happen all the time. He [Arthur] wasn’t getting the results and any coach who doesn’t do that would be removed.”
england better with pietersen: anderson James Anderson has praised Kevin Pietersen as “an extraordinary player” and a “vital” part of the england dressing room. At the height of the unrest in the england dressing room in 2012, Anderson was believed to be one of those opposed to the manner in which Pietersen conducted himself. While there was never any doubting Pietersen’s ability with the bat - he scored a century of rare class and skill in the Headingley Test before england dropped him - there had been persistent murmurs of discontent behind the scenes and the suggestion that the disruption he caused within the team compromised his worth as a batsman. But whatever issues there may have been, Anderson confirmed they have been consigned to the past and provided an unmitigated show of team unity as england head into the Investec Ashes series. “We’re definitely a better team for Kevin’s inclusion,” Anderson said. “He’s just an extraordinary player. There’s not really any down side at the minute. “We saw it this week in the match at Chelmsford. I know he only got 49, but it just seemed far too easy for him. He seemed in great form. An in-form Kevin Pietersen is vital to our team going forward. “We had a really good week at essex. The dressing room was relaxed when it could be and switched on when it needed to be. On the field I thought we were very professional. But generally there is a really relaxed feel in the camp and real excitement of what is about to come.” Perhaps due to issues in the dressing room, england failed to do themselves justice in the key series against South Africa last year. SPORTS DESK
hathurusingha grooming three nsw spinners in sL
bridging watson’s concentration gap rogers to use english expertise on ball
Shane Watson’s chances of finally dominating an Ashes series in the way his talent has always suggested will hinge on avoiding the lapses that have conspired to leave him with only two Test centuries in 41 matches. So long as he can stay at the other end, Watson’s opening partner Chris Rogers believes he can help close the concentration gap that has kept the allrounder from turning good into great. Opening with Watson for the first time against Worcestershire at New Road, Rogers was awed by the crispness and power of his new partner’s strokeplay. But he was also alert to the fact that Watson can make batting appear so natural that comfort becomes his enemy - a shot
NOTTINghAM: Chris Rogers’ primary task for Australia during the Trent Bridge Test will be to remove the shine from the new ball when it is in the hands of england’s bowlers. His secondary task will be to do precisely the opposite when the tourists are in the field. As a vastly experienced cricketer in english climes, Rogers has been handed the task of looking after the Dukes ball when it is Australia’s turn to use it. Typically fielding at mid-on or mid-off during the tour match against Worcestershire, Rogers soon had his creams marked with a rich red stain down his trousers. Seldom a slips fielder in the tradition of top order batsmen, Rogers has commonly taken up a post alongside the bowler as captain of Middlesex, and will be doing the same at Nottingham. He has learned much about taking care of the ball from the swing bowler Tim Murtagh, among others, and is aware the right kind of polishing job could see a genie pop out at key moments for the visitors. “The Dukes ball is a different beast to the Kookaburra, so I guess that is one of my roles,” Rogers said as he anticipated adding to his only previous Test, against India in 2008. “If you’re not in the slippers or in a catching position and you’re at mid-off then that’s a part of your job. So yeah I’ll probably help out with that. AGENCIES
played too presumptuously or too soon has often resulted in his demise. “I was trying to drive him,” Rogers said in Nottingham ahead of the first Test. “Only because he was in many respects far better than their attack but his challenge is to bat for long periods of time, which he certainly has the skill and the temperament to do. It’s up to him now.
Hopefully if I get the chance I can help with that a little bit as well. “He was outstanding - I haven’t seen a bloke down the other end hit the ball as well as that for a long time. So it’s a good sign, he’s in excellent form and I thought we got on well and communicated well, so that was a good start for us.”
SPORTS DESk Chandika Hathurusingha, the assistant coach of New South Wales, has taken three potential teenage spinners - Soumil Chhibber, an offspinner who has a bowling action like Muttiah Muralitharan, and legspinners Shane Cassel and Daniel Sallens - along with Australian left-arm spinner Steve O’Keefe on a 15-day coaching tour to Sri Lanka. The four NSW spinners have been practising and playing in the ongoing SLC Under-23 tournament to gain experience of bowling in subcontinent conditions . They are also due to meet the coaches of SLC’s spin bowling staff, headed by former Sri Lanka spinner Piyal Wijetunge. Hathurusingha, who is assistant coach to Trevor Bayliss at NSW, is on a mission to help the state groom spinners for the future. “The state gets a sponsorship grant each year under the Basil Sellers Scholarship Programme and this year we thought of coming to Sri Lanka and groom some spinners giving them the subcontinent experience,” he said. Midway last season, when NSW sacked their head coach Anthony Stuart, it was Hathurusingha that the state turned towards to take them through the rest of the season. “We won seven out of nine matches and were deprived of a place in the Sheffield Shield final by one point because we had some points deducted for a slow over rate,” Hathurusingha said. He was also part of the coaching staff of Sydney Sixers when they won the Champions League T20 in 2012-13, beating South Africa’s Highveld Lions in the final by 10 wickets in Johannesburg. With Bayliss returning from coaching Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL, NSW made him head coach and retained Hathurusingha as assistant coach. In the Big Bash League, where Sydney have two teams, Bayliss is coach of the Sixers and Hathurusingha coaches the Thunder.
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e S T Indies chose to field second time in a row in Port-of-Spain motivated by the appearance of the pitch, but unlike the previous match where they failed to make an early strike, this time, the bowlers found the right length on the pitch to topple Sri Lanka’s top order while keeping their run-scoring in a leash. Kemar Roach was the wrecker-in-chief, bowling a menacing spell upfront and was it not for a long and patient vigil by Lahiru Thirimanne and Kumar Sangakkara, the situation could have been far worse for Sri Lanka. While Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic were slugging it out like it was a hard court on the grass at Wimbledon, the pitch at Queen’s Park Oval was offering bounce and expected sideways movement to excite the fast bowlers. Roach’s first ball was certainly an indication of what he thought of the pitch as he ambled in and got a shortish delivery to rear towards Upul Tharanga’s throat. It was harshly called a wide, but it was the tonic West Indies needed after beefing up their attack with three fast bowlers in addition to Darren Sammy. The tall Jason Holder, playing his third ODI, was handed the other new ball and he started by extracting disconcerting bounce off a length, with some deliveries ending up head-high for the wicketkeeper. But he did the smart thing by repeatedly testing batsmen with fuller-length outswingers. It was another full-length delivery that brought him his first wicket as Tharanga, who had been dropped by the wicketkeeper in the previous over, drove him uppishly to
SCOREBOARD SRI LANKA 7 WU Tharanga c Bravo b Holder DPMD Jayawardene c Smith b Roach 7 KC Sangakkara† not out 11 2 LD Chandimal b Roach 13 HDRL Thirimanne not out EXTRAS (lb 2, w 16, nb 2) 20 TOTAL 60 TO BAT AD Mathews*, BMAJ Mendis, KMDN Kulasekara, SMSM Senanayake, SL Malinga, RMS Eranga FALL OF WICKETS 1-19 (Tharanga, 3.6 ov), 2-19 (Jayawardene, 4.1 ov), 3-29 (Chandimal, 6.2 ov) BOWLING KAJ Roach 7-2-19-2, JO Holder 5-0-20-1, DJG Sammy 4-2-4-0, TL Best 3-0-15-0 West Indies team CH Gayle, J Charles†, DS Smith, MN Samuels, DM Bravo, LMP Simmons, KA Pollard*, DJG Sammy, JO Holder, KAJ Roach, TL Best Match details Toss West Indies, who chose to field Player of the match tba Umpires NJ Llong (England) and JS Wilson TV umpire PJ Nero Match referee JJ Crowe (New zealand) Reserve umpire N Duguid
cover where Darren Bravo took a good sharp catch leaping to his right. Sri Lanka’s troubles were compounded when they lost Mahela Jayawardene off the very next ball, a brute by Roach. It is seldom that Jayawardene looks ungainly even while getting out, but he was too late on a sharp bouncer and top-edged his pull to the front lid of his helmet and saw the ball popping in the air for the point fielder to take a simple catch. Roach’s best delivery was however the one that got Dinesh Chandimal, who hasn’t been in any form, but even if he was, it is hard to see how he would have tackled it. The ball pitched on a length and cut in sharply to hit the top of off. Chandimal, who had gone forward to play a drive, was holding his pose, but the result left him shocked and embarrassed.
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O’Briens power Ireland to big win SPORTS DESk The O’Brien brothers, Niall and Kevin, made telling contributions with bat and ball respectively to guide Ireland to a comprehensive 88run win in Amstelveen, which left them needing just one more win to qualify for the 2015 World Cup. Niall scored 70 to help Ireland to 236 before Kevin ran through the Netherlands middle order to finish with his best ODI figures of 4 for 13 in seven overs to send Netherlands crashing to 148 in 36 overs. Ireland began poorly when they opted to bat, losing Paul Stirling in
The player draft of the second Sri Lanka Premier League (SLPL) season is scheduled for July 14 in Colombo and is expected to contain several international players, including a strong South African contingent, according to the league’s chief executive officer, Ajith Jayasekara. The league is scheduled between August 10 and September 7. “We have the entire South African squad with the exception of Dale Steyn and Jacques Kallis lined up to take part,” Jayasekara said. “Pakistan has also shown their intention to send their present lot of cricketers but the participation of most of their key players depends on whether their tour to Zimbabwe takes place.” South Africa are due to tour Sri Lanka from July 20 to August 6 for five ODIs and three T20s and there is a possibility that members of the visiting team will stay back to participate in the league. “With the exception of england and India, players from all the other Testplaying nations have shown interest in participating in the league,” Jayasekara said. “even a top performer like Chris Gayle has expressed his intention to take part once the Caribbean Premier League ends on August 24.” Other West Indian players like fast bowlers Fidel edwards and Jerome Taylor, as well as Australians such as Doug Bollinger, Brad Hodge and Shaun Tait are among those who are expected to participate. The list also includes Mushfiqur Rahim, the Bangladesh captain. Jayasekara also said the franchises would reveal the list of players they are releasing by July 8. The draft rules allow a franchise to pick a minimum of 19 and a maximum of 25 players. If they stick to 19 players, the franchises have to pick seven international cricketers, nine domestic cricketers and three under-21 cricketers. If the squad comprises 25 members, the numbers change to 10, 11 and four respectively. Last season, 56 international players, mostly from Australia and Pakistan, and 90 local players were drafted in the league. SPORTS DESK
the second over, bowled round his legs by edgar Schiferli. Netherlands should have had William Porterfield off the second ball of the innings when he pushed the ball low to cover. The drop cost the hosts as the Ireland captain went on to top score with 79. The fielder, Michael Swart, redeemed himself soon after when he held the catch at extra cover to send back ed Joyce for 22. Ireland then staged the most decisive partnership of the match, that of 125 between Porterfield and Niall. Porterfield hit eight fours in his 79 while Niall scored four fours in his 70. The stand was broken when
Niall was run out in the 38th over. Ireland lost another quick wicket when Gary Wilson was caught behind off Swart. Kevin then walked in to add a quick 32 off 22 balls with three fours and a six. He was out slogging to deep midwicket to Mudassar Bukhari, who took 3 for 41. Netherlands started their chase confidently, progressing to 52 for 1 after ten overs. They lost control after that as they lost three wickets for 19 runs. Kevin took the first of his four wickets when he had Tom Cooper caught for 8, before taking a return catch to get rid of the innings top-
scorer, Wesley Barresi, for 55. Barresi’s dismissal left the hosts limping at 99 for 5. Kevin then claimed the wickets of Daan van Bunge and Bukhari to leave Ireland on the brink of victory. Alex Cusack sealed the win when he had Peter Borren caught at cover. Ireland now have 19 points from 11 games, four ahead of Scotland. Netherlands and Ireland meet again on Tuesday and a win for Ireland will make them the first side to qualify for the World Cup. Should they lose, they will have another chance when they face Scotland in the final round of matches in September.
Germany take Gold in Johor Bahru SPORTS DESk Germany are the winners of the Hockey World League Semi Final tournament in Johor Bahru after defeating Argentina 4-2 in a pulsating tournament final. Florian Fuchs scored twice to help the world number 1 side to victory, although they were given a huge test by an Argentinean team that looks capable of rapidly rising up the FIH World Rankings over the next few years. The match brought to an end a fantastic week of top class hockey in Malaysia, which saw three teams – Germany, Argentina and england – seal their places at the 2014 Rabobank Hockey world Cup. There were also individual prizes handed out to the players who excelled during this tournament, with Germany captain Max Mueller winning the Player of the Tournament while 20 year old Argentina defender Gonzalo
just four minutes later. Florian Fuchs volleyed Germany back in front in the 32nd minute only for Matias Paredes to tie the scores up on the stroke of half time.
Peillat picked up the gong for Talent of the Tournament (U-21). The Goalkeeper of the Tournament award was given to Korea’s Lee Myung Ho, while three players – Abdul Haseem Khan (PAK), Gonzalo Peillat (ARG) and Christopher Zeller (GeR) – shared the top scorer awarded with seven goals apiece. Argentina gave as good as
they got in a fiercely contested and hugely entertaining first half, twice coming from behind against the Olympic champions to go into the half time break with the scores on par. Christopher Zeller opened the scoring in the 22nd minute after brilliant build-up play from Moritz Fuerste, but Argentina’s 20 year old penalty corner expert Gonzalo Peillat rattled in a stunning leveller
Final Standings gold: Germany (Qualified for 2014 Rabobank Hockey World Cup) Silver: Argentina (Qualified for 2014 Rabobank Hockey World Cup) Bronze: england (Qualified for 2014 Rabobank Hockey World Cup) 4: Korea 5: Malaysia 6: Japan 7: Pakistan 8: South Africa Awards Top Scorers: 7 goals - Abdul Haseem Khan (PAK), Gonzalo Peillat (ARG) & Christopher Zeller ( GeR) Goalkeeper of the Tournament: Lee Myung Ho (KOR) Talent of the Tournament (U-21): Gonzalo Peillat (ARG) Player of the Tournament: Maximilian Mueller (GeR)
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Murray tames djokovic to end 77 years of british hurt LONDON
NDY Murray ended Britain’s 77-year wait for a men’s Wimbledon champion with a 6-4 7-5 6-4 win over world number one Novak Djokovic. Scotland’s world number two unsettled Serbia’s 2011 champion Djokovic from an epic opening game, coming back from breaks down in the second and third sets, before fending off a brave fightback while serving for the match as he claimed his finest career victory. Murray won last year’s US Open to end what was also a 77-year wait for a British male Grand Slam champion, and is now the first Briton of either gender to win Wimbledon since Virginia Wade in 1977. “It feels slightly different to last year,” Murray said in reference to his tearful defeat in the 2012 final. “I don’t know how I managed to get through that last game - losing three match points was unbelievable. It was hard to watch but imagine playing it! “Novak has come back so many times from similar positions and he almost did it again.” The beaten world number one was typically sportsmanlike at the trophy presentation. “Congratulations to Andy, who absolutely deserved this win - you played incredible tennis,” Djokovic said. “I know how much it means to all of you guys, the whole country, well done. “I’m aware of the pressure he gets, although I cannot imagine the extent not being in his shoes. “It was an absolute pleasure and an honour to be part of this final.” Murray was exceptional at times but, by contrast, Djokovic had one of his worst games
bryaN brotherS wiN doubleS title, Make graNd SlaM hiStory LONDON: Americans Bob and Mike Bryan beat Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo 3-6 6-3 6-4 6-4 to win the Wimbledon men’s doubles title on Saturday and become the first pair to hold all four Grand Slam titles simultaneously in the Open era. The top-seeded twin brothers lost the first five games of the match but fought back strongly to outclass the Croatian/Brazilian duo and extend their Grand Slam record number of titles to 15. The 35-year-old Bryans, who also won the Olympic gold medal last year, got the measure of their 12th-seeded opponents through the telepathic understanding which has brought them 91 career doubles titles. They made the decisive break in the ninth game of the fourth set and Bob Bryan served out for victory which he sealed with an ace, prompting a trademark chest-pump by the brothers. AGENCIES
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on Centre Court. On the hottest day of the year in Britain, with the mercury soaring toward 30 degrees Celsius, the world’s two best players produced some scorching sinew-stretching action from the start and the first three games alone lasted 20 minutes. The opening salvo of the Centre Court clash lasted 20 strokes as Murray went up 040 on the Serb’s serve but Djokovic produced staunch defence to stave off his opponent’s attack. The duo did trade breaks in the third and fourth games, with each Murray winner being greeted by a chorus of 15,000 roars. Second seed Murray got another chance to break to love in the seventh game and this time
he pounced as the 2011 champion surrendered his serve by slapping a backhand into the net. A set that initially looked like lasting forever ended exactly on the hour mark as Djokovic whipped a service return wide to give Murray, runner-up to Roger Federer last year, the one-set cushion. The battle between the two players who were born seven days apart in 1987 intensified in the second set as they went toe-to-toe from the baseline with 25-shot rallies being par for the course. Djokovic, who survived a four hour 43 minute semi-final epic against Juan Martin Del Potro two days ago, showed his super-human ability to recover quickly as he ran down everything Murray could throw at him.
LONDON: Hsieh Su-wei became the first Taiwanese player to win a grand slam title when she and Peng Shuai beat Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua 7-6(1) 6-1 in the Wimbledon women’s doubles final on Saturday. Hsieh and China’s Peng, the eighth seeds, took the first set in a tie-break and romped through the second against their 12th-seeded Australian opponents to claim their first Grand Slam crown. Peng is the third Chinese to win a Grand Slam doubles title. It was the third time Dellacqua finished runner-up in a women’s doubles final at a Grand Slam. However, she did win the 2011 French Open mixed doubles title with American Scott Lipsky. AGENCIES
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Milan have an important project in place with Mario and he is very happy here — Mino Raiola
froome under pressure as Martin wins dramatic stage
SPORTS DESk ReLAND’S Dan Martin won a dramatic stage nine of the Tour de France in the Pyrenees on a day Britain’s Chris Froome had to dig deep to retain his leader’s yellow
jersey. Garmin-Sharp’s Martin won his first stage on the Tour, outsprinting Denmark’s Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) in a two-man shootout at the end of the 165.5km stage from Saint-Girons to Bagneres-de-Bigorre. But the story of the day was race leader Froome having to ride the best part of 130km in isolation after all his Sky teammates – including the Australian Richie Porte – were blown off the back of the main pack in a brutal opening hour of racing. Porte – so impressive on Saturday after finishing second to Froome in Ax 3 Domaines – teetered on the opening climb of the day before bring dropped definitively on the second ascent, the Col de Mente, to finish the stage 18 minutes in arrears and plummet from second to 33rd on the general classification. A series of attacks from Garmin ahead of the first of five climbs opened the race from the outset, with Jack Bauer, David Millar, Tom Danielson, Ryder Hesjedal, Andrew Talansky and eventual stage winner Martin all heavily involved. The Saxo-Tinkoff and Movistar teams of Alberto Contador and Alejandro
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USA striker Jozy Altidore will arrive on Wearside on Monday to complete his move to Sunderland. Press Association Sport understands the 23-year-old striker is due to fly in to undergo a medical having agreed personal terms. The Black Cats agreed a deal with Dutch club AZ Alkmaar for the United States international over the weekend and are keen to push the transfer through as quickly as possible. Former Villarreal and New York forward Altidore spent the 2009-10 season on loan at Hull City, scoring just once, but he has since become a key player in the Dutch league, hitting 23 top-flight goals last season. SPORTS DESK
CaterhaM deStroyed our raCe: buttoN A furious Jenson Button blasted Caterham drivers Charles Pic and Giedio van der Garde for costing him a top-five finish in the German Grand Prix. McLaren had one of its strongest races of the season to get both cars into the top eight. Button lost fifth to Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes on the final lap and blamed the Caterham drivers for not moving over quickly enough while being lapped in the closing stages. “They destroyed our race in terms of fighting for fifth place,” Button said. “They’re obviously racing for position, but when you get blue flags you have to move over. “It was disappointing and I’ve spoken to them both and they didn’t really think they did anything wrong. SPORTS DESK
Valverde also rode an aggressive stage, piling the pressure on Froome from kilometre zero – pressure which intensified after the unexpected cracking of Froome’s main lieutenant, Porte. Loosing young British climber Peter Kennaugh hardly helped, the 24-year-old crashing on the side of the road and disappearing into dense undergrowth in a ditch. “Yesterday was one of our best days
whereas today was one of the toughest,” said Sky manager David Brailsford. “Those who said the race was over may think again. I give credit to Garmin and Movistar for taking the race on and making it exciting.” Froome finished safely in the main pack of riders, which was led over the line by the young Pole Michael Kwiatkowski, 20 seconds behind leading duo Martin and Fuglsang.
After Porte’s bad day in the office, Spaniard Valverde rose to second on the overall standings, one minute and 25 seconds down on Froome. Dutch pair Bauke Mollema and Laurens Ten Dam, of Team Belkin, are third and fourth on GC, at 1:44 and 1:50 respectively. Froome’s main rival, Spain’s Contador, is sixth at 1:51 while stage winner Martin rises into the top ten to eighth place, 2:28 in arrears.
wagner takes control of greenbrier Classic
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American Johnson Wagner moved a step closer to winning his fourth PGA Tour title by seizing a two-shot lead after Saturday’s third round of the Greenbrier Classic at White Sulphur Springs in West Virginia. American Johnson Wagner moved a step closer to winning his fourth PGA
Tour title by seizing a two-shot lead after Saturday’s third round of the Greenbrier Classic at White Sulphur Springs in West Virginia. One stroke off the pace overnight on a tightly bunched leaderboard, Wagner took over at the top as he fired a sparkling six-under-par 64 on a sun-splashed day at The Greenbrier’s Old White Course. The 33-year-old Texan, who played
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the course several times a year when he was a student at nearby Virginia Tech, mixed seven birdies with a lone bogey to post a 14-under total of 196. “Today my goal was to go out and make as many birdies as I could, and I did that,” Wagner told Golf Channel after sinking a 12-foot birdie putt at the parthree last and pumping his right fist in delight. “Now I’ve got to take the same attitude into tomorrow.” Fellow American Jimmy Walker, seeking his first victory on the PGA Tour, was alone in second after matching Wagner for the day’s best score, storming home with five birdies in the last nine holes. Swede Jonas Blixt (67) was a further two strokes back at 10 under, a shot better than Australians Steven Bowditch (69) and Matt Jones (66), and American teenager Jordan Spieth (67). American Matt every, the 36-hole leader after opening with scores of 69 and 62, tumbled backwards with four bogeys in the first seven holes on the way to a 74 and a five-under total of 205.
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SPORTS DESk Swansea’s Chris Jenkins is the 31st Prizefighter champion after dominating in his three bouts and dropping Hackbridge’s Danny Connor in the final to top up his £32,000 prize. Although the favourite going in, Jenkins was little known outside Wales before the action got underway, but will have plenty of people talking about a future Welsh star after energetic and intelligent performances in all three bouts. First up was one of the favourites, Hackbridge’s Danny Connor - a crafty boxer who lulls his opponents into a false sense of security while outworking them from the back foot. He faced Islington’s Charlie Rice, already suffering from a badly swollen eye before he entered the ring. This wasn’t visible at the weigh-in yesterday, and must have happened hours beforehand. Apparently it was touch and go as to whether he would be allowed to take part. Connor’s back footwork edged the first as Rice’s shots fell short, and Connor was too crafty to allow him any room to get
SaNtoS CaN talk to robiNho: MilaN SPORTS DESk Milan have reportedly given Santos permission to negotiate directly with Robinho to rush through a transfer. According to La Gazzetta dello Sport and Sky Sport Italia, the Rossoneri have told Santos they can begin formal talks over personal terms. A fee has not yet been decided, but time is of the essence as the Brazilian transfer session closes on July 15. Vice-President Adriano Galliani confirmed Milan are “closer” to a deal with Santos, as they lowered their asking price from €10m to €8.5m and agreed to accept payment in instalments. Robinho has already said he will cut his wages to push the move through to his former club.
m siddique fights way to the victory stand kARACHI STAFF REPORT
The 15th Coca Cola Sind Open Open Golf Championship contested at the par-72, Arabian Sea Country Club Golf Course brought glory for M.Siddique of Faisalabad Golf Club, who played exceedingly well and managed to take a commanding leap to the victory stand. He was in the forefront at the end of the first round, the sole leader at the end of the second day and in full command all through the final round. The conquering mood of this seasoned golfer was apparent
at every stage of this three days competition, although he was up against the might of the established ones like Shabbir Iqbal, M.Munir and Matloob Ahmed. Normally, even experienced players like him, do have a difficult time on the final day, as nerves take over and the winning confidence erodes, but Siddique successfully curbed that possibility and demonstrated rock like steadiness under pressure that helped him to emerge as the glorious one. At the start of the final round Siddique was just one stroke ahead of Hamza Amin, two ahead of Shabbir and four strokes
ahead of Shabbir Iqbal. Final round however, saw, Shabbir demonstrating his champion like abilities. Hardly bothered, he made a charge but although he came close to taking over, he could not actually do so even till the very end. He found M.Siddique solid and determined and not willing to relent, and ultimately M.Siddique was the winner. Top positions achieved by professionals: M Siddique (FSD) 67+67+69=203 M Shabbir (Ufone) 71+67+67=205 M Munir (Ufone) 70+66+72=208 Hamza Amin (PGF)
70+65+76=211 Aadil Jehangir (Gym) 71+70+70=211 In the amateur gross event, Salman Jehangir was the top one coming first with scores of 71,73 and 75 (aggregate 219). He beat Ghazanfar Mehmood in the playoff. At the conclusion of championship, the top performers were awarded prizes by Zafar Jafri of Coca Cola in a prize distribution ceremony attended by Asad I A Khan, Taimur Hassan, Brig. Nayyar Afzal, Arshad I A Khan, Arif Khan Abbasi and a large number of golfers.
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New group emerges to avenge drone attacks am sPokesman vows more attaCks against us and allies PESHAWAR INP
QUETTA: The Anti Narcotics Force personnel torch the tents of drug addicts during an operation against narcotics users here on Sunday. ONLINE
khyber jirga to support govt’s peace efforts PEShAWAR: A tribal jirga of Bar Qambar Khel tribe of Bara Tehsil Khyber Agency in Peshawar on Sunday decided to extend unconditional support to the government for push forward peace efforts in the area. Former federal minister Hameedullah Jan Afridi presided over the jirga. The jirga decided that if someone was found to have any contact with militants‚ he would be fined Rs 6 million and could even face expulsion from the tribe. The jirga also set-up a 15-member committee to establish contact with the government regarding peace efforts in the area. NNI
Canada police say 5 dead after oil train blast QUEBEC: The death toll from the explosion of a runaway freight train in a small Quebec town rose to five on Sunday and another 40 people are missing, police said on Sunday. The driverless train derailed and blew up early Saturday in Lac-Megantic, destroying dozens of buildings in the center of the town. “Two more people have been recovered, two more bodies, which brings the total to five ... there are about 40 people, more or less, who are considered to be missing,” police spokesman Michel Brunet told reporters. “There could be more, there could be less.” APP
18 taliban militants killed afghanistan ShIBERghAN: Afghan security forces, backed by the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), raided a Taliban hideout in northern Jauzjan province early on Sunday, killing 18 militants and injuring a dozen others, Deputy Provincial Governor Abdul Rahman Mahmoudi said. “The national security force backed by ISAF air force pounded a hideout of Taliban rebels in Faizabad district in the wee hours of Sunday, killing 18 rebels including two senior commanders and wounding 12 others,” Mahmoudi said. NNI
pM’S viSit to ChiNa will CeMeNt bilateral tieS: ahSaN iQbal ISLAMABAD
INISTeR for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqabal on Sunday said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s visit to China will have a very positive impact on bilateral relations and economic relations will be further strengthened. He said the prime minister’s first visit to China after assuming the office was of great importance. The minister said during the visit a number of agreements were signed between the two countries and most important of these related to establishment of economic corridor from Khunjrab to Gwadar. “Upon completion of this project‚ there will be revolutionary changes in the economy of the region.” Iqbal said Pakistan would get much benefit of this project as all the transit will pass through Pakistan. He said there will be integration of South Asia China and
Central Asia. He said agreements were also signed relating to energy and infrastructure including motorway from Lahore to Karachi. Iqbal said there was a new possibility of cooperation in different fields. He said Nawaz met heads of companies which were generating electricity from coal and the premier emphasised on them to work for the development of Thar Coal. He assured government’s full cooperation in this regard to them. Iqbal expressed hope that “with China’s cooperation, we will be able to utilise the coal of Thar and convert furnace oil power plants on coal”. To a question‚ the minister for planning and development said Chinese companies had shown commitment and hoped that in the years to come investment from China in Pakistan would increase. However‚ he said “we have to provide full protection to the investors. We
should improve our security situation because good law and order conditions are vital for economic development”.
A new group associated with the banned terrorist outfit Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has come to the fore to avenge the killings by drone attacks. The group Ansarul Mujahideen (AM) has claimed responsibility for the attack on Bovia check post and vowed more attacks against the United States and its allies. In a statement issued to media houses on Sunday from an undisclosed location, group spokesman Abu Baseer said that some so-called english speaking journalists were putting their lives at stake by supporting drone attacks. The spokesman said their group has been formed in the wake of drone attacks in North and South Waziristan as they consider it a shameful act by remaining silent on the attacks. He claimed that there were hundreds of mercenaries who have entered into the battlefield to avenge the drone attacks. He said the US and its friends should know that they have hundreds of suicide bombers who can make life difficult for them. He said they respect independent journalists, adding that nowadays a majority of TV channels and journalists were supporting the US in return for a few dollars. He said the journalists should use their pen for the oppressed Muslims. He said attacks on Bovia, Asia and Dum Deel check posts were a beginning and their major attacks would surprise the world.
7 pilgrims die of suffocation near Sehwan Sharif JAMSHORO ONLINE
Seven pilgrims died of suffocation and severe heat in a closed tunnel near Lahut area of Sehwan Sharif, Sindh, officials said on Sunday. According to details, a convoy of devotees was heading towards Lahut Ziyarat from Sehwan Sharif when they fell unconscious due to heat inside the tunnel located ahead of the mausoleum. Meanwhile, officials said these pilgrims were visiting a closed tunnel near Sehwan Sharif as part of a spiritual journey where they died of suffocation and severe heat. Initially, officials said the victims died after drinking poisonous water, but after autopsy was conducted in a local hospital, doctors confirmed the pilgrims died due to suffocation. It should be mentioned here that every year hundreds of devotees visit the mausoleum of the revered Sufi saint in Lahut Ziyarat area of Jamshoro.
oiC secretary general thanks saudi arabia for hosting rohingya muslims JEDDAH INP
Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Secretary General Prof ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu has expressed his thanks to the custodian of the two holy mosques King Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud for his support for the Rohingya minority as he
accorded them hospitality and opportunity to live and work in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and this year was marked by a prominent event represented in the government’s granting of official residence to the Rohingya refugees. The message from the secretary general was delivered on his behalf by the organisation’s Department of Mi-
norities Director Talal Daaus, before the two-day conference of Arakan Rohingya Union, which was opened today at the headquarters of the General Secretariat in Jeddah. Ihsanoglu called on the Myanmar government to shoulder its responsibility towards the elimination of all forms of discrimination against Muslims, and not
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to provide an opportunity for Buddhist extremists to incite hate against any class of society. The secretary general noted in his speech that the acts of violence that targeted Rohingya Muslims in June and later the Muslims in other areas was not justifiable, and emphasised that such violence should not continue.