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Islamabad — Peshawar Edition
a former oﬃcial of the indian Home Ministry on sunday revealed that a member of the secret service team had accused incumbent governments of “orchestrating” the terror attack on indian parliament and the 26/11 carnage in Mumbai. the
former indian investigator satish Verma has said india itself was behind attacks on parliament in Delhi and Mumbai. the indian media said the fake encounter case involving a senior oﬃcer Under-secretary of interior Ministry ishrat Jahan
submitted an aﬃdavit in the court stating that a member of CBi and siC investigation team satish Verma told him that in the terrorists attacks on parliament in Delhi and Mumbai terror attacks were pre-planned. stories on page 02
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No harm iN holdiNg talks with talibaN, says rashid
Federal Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid has said the PML-N government favours talks with the Taliban for peace in the country and region. Talking to media men here on Sunday‚ he said if talks could be held with the Taliban in Doha why they could not be held in Islamabad. The minister said the government was fully convinced that talks were the best way to address all concerns and reservations of the respective parties. He said even after war‚ the adversaries had to sit across the table for negotiations to settle their disputes. About drone attacks‚ the information minister said the government wanted to settle this issue with the United States through dialogue. He said the foreign office was in contact with America on this issue. To a question‚ he said the government wanted to address energy‚ economy and security issues on priority basis. He said the PML N government did not indulge in horse-trading or other tactics to set up its governments in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan. All energies were being used to resolve serious problems of the country, the minister said, adding the agreements signed with China during the recent visit of prime minister would be turning points for Pakistan's economy.
indian officer claims govt behind parliament, 26/11 attacks NEW DELHI
former official of the Indian Home Ministry on Sunday disclosed that a member of the secret service team had accused incumbent governments of “orchestrating” the terror attack on Indian Parliament and the 26/11 carnage in Mumbai. The former Indian investigator Satish Verma has said India itself was behind attacks on Parliament in Delhi and Mumbai. According to Indian media‚ the fake en-
counter case involving a senior officer Under-Secretary of Interior Ministry Ishrat Jahan has submitted an affidavit in the court stating that a member of CBI and SIC investigation team Satish Verma told him that in the terrorists attacks on Parliament in Delhi and Mumbai terror attacks were pre-planned. A key government official, RVS Mani said Satish Verma, until recently a part of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe team, told him that both the terror attacks were set up “with the objective of strengthening the counter-terror legisla-
tion”. Mani has said that Verma narrated that the December 13, 2001 (attack on Parliament) was followed by Pota (Prevention of Terrorist Activities Act) and 26/11 2008 (terrorists’ siege of Mumbai) was followed by amendment to the UAPA (Unlawful Activities Prevention Act). The official has alleged that Verma levelled the damaging charge while debunking IB's inputs labelling the three killed with Ishrat in the June 2004 encounter as Lashkar terrorists. Contacted by Times of India, Verma refused to comment. "I don't know what the complaint is, made when
and to whom. Nor am I interested in knowing. I cannot speak to the media on such matters. Ask the CBI," said the Gujarat cadre IPS officer who after being relieved from the SIT is working as principal of the Junagadh Police Training College. India had accused Pakistan of involvement in both the attacks and started a propaganda campaign maligning Pakistan-based organisations and its agencies for the attacks. Afzal Guru and Ajmal Kasab have already been hanged by Indian government in the parliament and 26/11 cases, respectively.
Jets kill 7 Christian blasphemy accused given life as lawyer terrorists in FATA claims probe botched PESHAWAR/KHYBER AGENCY
LAHORE ASHER JOHN
A Christian man charged with blasphemy was given life sentence by a trial court in Gojra the other day. According to details, Sajjad Masih, a resident of Gojra, was charged under Section 295-C of the country’s blasphemy laws for allegedly sending blasphemous text messages to a local Muslim, Malik Tariq on December 28, 2011. A case [FIR No 820/2011] was subsequently registered against him with the Gojra City Police Station. On Saturday, Gojra Additional Sessions Judge Mian Shahzad Raza sentenced Sajjad to life imprisonment. Sajjad’s lawyer Javed Sahotra said that his client had been wrongly implicated in the case by
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some local Muslims in connivance with the local police. Sahotra claimed that the police had failed to produce any evidence against Sajjad during the trial. “The police investigators did not find the SIM [Subscriber Identity Module] and cell phone from which Sajjad had allegedly sent the blasphemous texts to Malik Tariq. The police also failed to produce any witnesses against the accused,” he said. Moreover, Sahotra claimed that the case was investigated by junior police officers who were ineligible to probe cases of blasphemy. “Blasphemy cases should be investigated by a SP-rank officer but in this case a sub-inspector had led the investigation,” he said. Sahotra said that in spite of so many gaps in the investigation and the absence of credible evi-
dence, the trial court judge had shown haste in sentencing Sajjad to life imprisonment. “We have observed that in blasphemy cases, the trial court judges cave in to pressure from religious groups and convict the accused even if there’s little or no evidence against them,” he said, adding that they will challenge the trial court’s verdict in the Lahore High Court. “We are confident that the high court will take into account the lacunas in the case investigation and also hold the police investigators responsible for the lapses,” he said. Efforts were made to contact the Gojra police investigation chief and the case officers but they could not be reached for comment. Sajjad Masih, meanwhile, languishes at the Toba Tek Singh Jail.
Seven terrorists were killed after jets on Sunday pounded their hideouts in Aurakzai and Khyber agencies. Security officials said Pakistan Air Force jet fighters pounded terrorist hideouts in mountainous area of Akka Khel area of Tirah Valley in Khyber Agency. However, tribesmen informed that militants hiding in Akakhel area of Khyber Agency were also targeted by jet fighters. The official said that as many as seven militants were killed and another five injured. He also claimed that six hideouts were destroyed in the air strike. Two more terrorists were killed in air raid in neighbouring Kurram Agency. A strategically important area, Tirah Valley borders Afghanistan and also connects to Bara, which then leads to Peshawar. The valley has been under the influence of various militant factions, including LI, TTP, and Ansarul Islam, whose members constantly target each other over territorial disputes and sectarian differences.
Pakistan to continue detention of Baradar Diplomat says Decision on release of Detainees coulD be maDe once peace talks resume ISLAMABAD SHAIQ HUSSAIN
Owing to current stalemate in peace talks between the US and the Taliban, Pakistan has decided to continue with the detention of Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar and other Taliban leaders and any decision on their likely release could be made if Doha dialogue is resumed and the current deadlock
is ended. Pakistan set free over 24 Taliban detainees few months back in order to facilitate the Afghanistan reconciliation process. The vital step by Islamabad was taken in response to request made by the High Peace Council of Afghanistan, a body formed by Afghan President Hamid Karzai to hold talks with the Mullah Omar-led Taliban. In addition to that, Pakistan has also played a key role in the opening of Taliban office in Doha and its help and facilitation was acknowledged by the US and its other NATO allies. The opening of Taliban office in Doha last month and especially their (Taliban)
decision to hold talks only with the representatives of Obama administration didn’t go well with President Karzai, who took no time to raise objections to the flag and plaque of the Islamic Emirate being used for ‘Taliban political office’ in the Qatari capital. As a result of row over their newlyopened office, the Taliban negotiators stopped visiting the venue and announced to shut it thus dashing the hopes for early resumption of dialogue. However, diplomatic sources hope that talks between the US and the Taliban would resume soon as Washington is engaged in intense diplomatic efforts for the purpose and has also sought Islamabad’s
help in this regard. A source said that the US and the Taliban in their previous talks held months back in Doha did not use the Taliban office so they could do that in future as well and they could use another venue for the purpose and meanwhile try to end row over the office. Another diplomatic source said that owing to the stalemated talks Pakistan had also decided to continue the detention of Mullah Baradar and other Taliban prisoners. “Pakistan hopes that the Doha process would be resumed and if that happened, the decision on the possible release of Taliban detainees could be made,” he said.
He said the Karzai government had been urging Pakistan for the release of Baradar and other Taliban leaders but it would have to wait for any development on that front for some time. Pakistani authorities are also upset over the anti-Islamabad tirade that the Afghan president has currently opted for and they want him to play positive and constructive role for the success of peace process instead of blaming Pakistan for every problem that his country is facing. Sources, however, said that Pakistan’s decision to put on hold the release of Taliban leaders had more to do with deadlock in Doha process than the strong anti-Islamabad statements being issued by Karzai.
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Nisar orders reshuffle iN fia, police ISLAMABAD NNI
Interior Ministry Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Sunday ordered a major reshuffle in the FIA and police. Sources said that the process has been ongoing ever since Nisar took over his portfolio. As such success had not only been reported only in traffic operations of Islamabad, but even FIA has been staffed with honest and efficient officers, having an excellent professional record. Sources deliberating the second phase have also disclosed that decision to reshuffle top slots of Islamabad IG, SSP and other staff from all ranks would commence within 10 days. Reports of all police officials, including SHOs, supporting, conniving, sharing illegal activities such as liquor dealers and land mafia are also being sought. The Interior minister had expressed his strong resolve to straighten out the traffic mess of Islamabad in one of his earlier press conferences, following which the traffic police have embarked on a wellplanned and executed traffic plan for Islamabad.
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sehar, iftar load shedding due to technical reasons: asif power minister says stern action to be taken against power pilferers ISLAMABAD
ATER and Power Minister Khawaja Asif has said load shedding during Sehar and Iftar was due to technical reasons. He said that the current shortage of electricity had been reduced to 3,600 megawatts. Asif requested urban citizens to reduce the usage of electricity, adding that the duration of load shedding was
longer in areas electricity bills were unpaid. Furthermore, Asif said the government was increasing electricity supply, but consumers simultaneously needed to reduce their demand to solve this problem. He also added that Rs 360 billion circular debt had been cleared. Talking to reporters at his residence earlier, the minister said the Nandipur Power Project, estimated to cost Rs 57 billion, would be completed next year to generate 450 megawatts of electricity. He said many new power generation projects would be initiated to permanently get rid of load shedding, adding that new transmission lines would be installed and the existing distribution system of the country would be updated.
“Power and gas theft is creating serious problems for the unprivileged segment of society which is unjust, but the government will protect their rights,” he added. Pilferers Asif said that special steps had been taken to monitor electricity and gas theft and many cases had been traced and would be dealt with accordingly. The federal minister appealed to the masses to cooperate with the government and demonstrate patience, adding, "We already have managed to reduce the duration of electricity load shedding and people are seeing the change." He stressed on the prevalence of this crisis for about 15 years, and on
women power: 24 lady oﬃcers to wear para wings
the absence of proper steps to resolve this issue in the past. Resultantly, the electricity crisis had worsened and was causing serious problems for the people, he added. The minister urged traders to stop business at 7:30pm for larger national interests and help the government to save electricity. The impact of the recent visit of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to China would be highly positive, and it would open new vistas of prosperity and development apart from strengthening the national economy, he said. Asif added that the government and private sectors of China had shown keen interest in investing in different projects in Pakistan, which was a clear indication of a successful tour.
mirza uNlikely to record statemeNt agaiNst mQm NEWS DESK
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan has strongly condemned Saturday’s drone strike and demanded that the government take serious steps to stop such attacks. In a statement‚ he said despite Pakistan's strong protests on political and diplomatic levels‚ the US does not appear to be serious in halting these attacks. Imran Khan said the drone strikes in Waziristan were intolerable‚ as they were killing innocent people. He called these attacks violation of human rights as well as the international laws.
11 militaNts killed iN afghaNistaN
PESHAWAR STAFF REPORT
Eleven militants had been killed and 21 others were captured across Afghanistan, the Interior Ministry said on Sunday. The Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) conducted several operations in Nimroz, Helmand, Herat, Paktiya, Khost and Laghman provinces in the past 24 hours, Xinhua quoted the ministry as saying. The Taliban insurgent group has intensified attacks since launching its annual spring offensive in April.
The Pakistan Army, in another landmark achievement, successfully completed the first ever Lady Officers Para Trooping Course at Para Training School, Peshawar, stated a press release issued by Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) on Sunday. The para jumping course involves training in exit, flight and landing techniques. The paratroop-
ers are taught to control their parachutes while descending and to carry out emergency measures, such as untwisting their rigging lines, taking the necessary action upon collision with another parachutist and landing in water. In this connection, a simple but impressive ceremony was held at Tarbela, where lady officers were awarded with the para wings insignia by, Special Service Group General Officer Commanding, Major General Abid Rafique.
special committee probing former pac’s proceedings, verdicts ISLAMABAD ANwER AbbAS
A special three-member committee is investigating the proceedings of Public Accounts Committee in connection with the 2006-07 audit paras settled following the directions by the National Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Pakistan Today has learnt through reliable sources. Sources close to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) told the scribe that the NA speaker was hav-
ing strong doubts in his mind regarding the performance – specially the issuance of directives-by the top parliamentary committee – so he had formulated a three-member special committee to probe into the matter. Sadiq, former PAC member, believes that previously in most of the cases the orders issued by PAC were different from what were published and dispatched amid benefiting those feared to be proven guilty. The committee at present is
recording the statements by the various audit and PAC officials and held recently the investigative sittings with PAC Deputy Secretary Romana Kakar and Mr Salamat. The body is also revising the recordings of the proceedings regarding the Public Accounts Committee, in some specific cases. Comprising the two officials from the former PACs, the body is likely to forward its findings in form of a report to the speaker, who doubts that some of the cases were
Twenty four lady officers of Pakistan Army successfully completed a three-week-long basic airborne course at Parachute Training School Peshawar. Captain Sadia was the first lady officer to make history by jumping from MI-17 helicopter. Captain Kiran Ashraf was declared the best paratrooper of the batch. The chief of army staff congratulated all the lady officers and their training staff on the successful completion of the course.
settled out of PAC in personal meetings. Former PAC chairman Nadeem Afzal Gondal was also part of the deals regarding audit paras and objections for the years 2006-07. The sources also pointed out that the NA secretary was also believed to be part of some of the deals settled out of merit, however, the real situation would be cleared after the issuance of the detailed report by next week. According to the 18th Amendment, the position of the PAC chairman is meant for the opposition, however, Pakistan Muslim LeagueNawaz-led government is desirous of having the position despite being in government. In the coming days, the important audit paras and objections regarding the Pakistan People’s Party and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz will go under review.
Sindh’s former home minister and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) senior leader Zulfiqar Mirza, who is in London at the moment, in unlikely to take part in London police’s investigations against Muttahida Qaumi Movement chief Altaf Hussain and would not be recording any statement in this regard. His visit set off rumours that he would be helping the Scotland Yard in its probe against MQM over charges of money laundering and instigating violence in Pakistan. However, Mirza’s close aides said the PPP leader was on a personal visit to London. “Mirza is in England with his family. He has no intentions to record a statement against the MQM chief,” a PPP member of National Assembly said. Media reports said President Asif Ali Zardari, who is also in London, had called up Mirza, asking him not to meet British authorities. Mirza is apparently a sworn enemy of the MQM chief and had resigned from his public and party post after accusing Altaf and the MQM for violence in Karachi. Mirza had also threatened to lodge a complaint with Scotland Yard against the MQM with “evidence”, but did not do so following pressure from his party.
bbc Not to publish report oN altaf hussaiN oN website MONItORING DESK The BBC has decided not to publish on its website the investigative report on Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and its London based chief Altaf Hussain aired on BBC-2 channel as part of its famous program ‘Newsnight’ a few days ago. A brief documentary prepared by Owen Benett Jones, a well-known reporter for ‘Newsnight’, was broadcast a few days back on BBC-2. The documentary mainly focused on the investigations being conducted by London Police in connection with mysterious murder of MQM convener Dr Imran Farooq, charges of money laundering and alleged incitement of violence in Pakistan by Altaf Hussain’s speeches. The spokesman for the well-reputed British based news channel BBC has said that after consultation with its lawyer, the channel has decided not to publish on its website the comprehensive article put together by its reporter Owen Benett Jones. However, he rubbished the reports of BBC facing any kind of pressure in this regard. The spokesman said the programme on MQM was aired on BBC-2 channel as well as on all of its radio channels.
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100 more cops for a better traffic system ISLAMABAD: Inspector General of Police (IGP) Bani Amin Khan has provided 100 additional personnel from the department to better performance of traffic police in the federal capital. Addressing the officers and personnel at Islamabad Traffic Police Headquarters, he instructed that all resources should be utilised to improve the traffic system with the sole objective to facilitate the citizens. He directed to pursue zero-tolerance policy and said the force should take action against violators as per rules and regulations. “The Islamabad Traffic Police should also educate and guide the commuters regarding traffic rules,” he added. APP
universities Developing inDigenous technologies to resolve energy crisis ISLAMABAD
IGHER Education Commission (HEC) has established collaboration with leading American and British universities to undertake joint research projects for effective use of natural and renewable resources to resolve energy crisis. The prevailing energy crisis faced by the country was playing havoc with lives of common citizens and choking industrial development and the economy of the country. Experts are of the view that as a result of energy crisis, the once sustained GDP growth rate of around 6 percent is now at below 2 percent. HEC has decided to join hands with Ministry of Planning and Development to work on ways to lessen the energy crisis and would also organise a research conference with the support of the ministry. HEC under assistance of USAID is
currently establishing Centers of Advanced Study and Research on Energy at both National University of Science and Technology (NUST) and the University of Engineering and Technology (UET) Peshawar. A number of energy specific projects have been undertaken by the universities in collaboration with American universities under the Pakistan - US Science and Technology Cooperation Programme. These projects include Total Solution Based Organic-Inorganic Solar Cells for Enhanced Efficiency and Stability between the University of Delaware and Government College University Lahore, Life Style Improvement of Villages in FATA Using Renewable Energy between the SEI USA and NUST and The Use of Renewable Energy to benefit Gilgit Baltistan region between North Dakota University and COMSATS Institute of Information Technology. Similarly, a number of projects have been undertaken with the British universities under the International Strategic Partnerships in Research and Education (INSPIRE) including Developing Water Turbines for Electric Power Generation between the University of Southampton and NUST, Increasing the
Airports to be completely remodeled: CAA ISLAMABAD ONLINE
Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has dispatched letters to its stake holders for proposals and recommendations to meet the international standards for making of National Air Policy. The government would hold transparent consultations for Aviation policy within the first 90 with all concerned stakeholders. Tentative date to hold first aviation seminar to develop comprehensive strategy in making National Aviation Policy is underway. Aviation has witnessed a tremendous global change after the 9/11 attacks with airport operations enhancing considerably. A spokesman of CAA said that airports largely shape the first impression of the passenger including presentation and facilitation of the host country. “Pakistani airports have been greatly neglected and no sincere efforts have ever been put to make them operationally convenient for the passengers,” he said. With new
government in power and efforts of the aviation ministry it is expected that international airports will receive a facelift to make them of international standard and repute. Plans have been initiated at PCAA and PIAC for the purpose. He remarked that after the formation of the new government visits to airports the concerned officials visited airports to gain firsthand knowledge of the problems faced by passengers and how to create a better environment. Plans are underway to make Benazir International Airport Islamabad a model airport due to its high traffic density and visits by foreign delegates and international business community. To make it operationally viable on fast tract basis, all hallways have been operationally readjusted to make additional room for passengers. Scanning machines and clean water dispensers have been made available for passengers. The management aims at providing a friendly environment to its passengers. For increased performance the management has been reprimanded for
lapses in different areas in order to create a sense of accountability among them. The spokesperson also stressed that security is of utmost importance and plans are underway to upgrade to a more enhanced security system to counter increasing security threats. Efforts on war footing have been initiated and Pakistan Airport Security Force has been involved to ensure that Pakistani Airports are properly equipped. Plans have also been formulated to decrease congestion on runways. Multiple meetings with different International carriers have been called to develop a time frame to create better working environment. The change would be made effective from August 2013. Allama Iqbal International Airport Lahore and Quetta Airport will also be remodeled including improved operations. Options are being studied with a view to cater for next 5 to 10 years of passenger load. It has been suggested that domestic traffic should be diverted to the old airport Lahore after re-modeling.
Efficiency of Wind Energy Systems between Cambridge University and Air University Islamabad , Building Indigenous Capabilities for Thar Coal Development between the University of Nottingham and Mehran University of Engineering and Technology and CoCombustion of Pakistani Coal and Biomass in Pilot Scale Combustors between the University of Leeds and Pakistani Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Mehran University, University of Punjab and International Islamic University, Islamabad. Through the joint project between the University of Cambridge and Air University, a micro-machined sensor, the first of its kind, is being developed which would enable wind turbines to function more effectively under local wind terrains and would also allow direct measurement of the performance of both gas and wind turbines. Pakistani universities including Agriculture University of Faisalabad and University of Gujrat have done successful experiments on production of bio gas and green energy while the Islamia University of Bahawalpur will be adopting solar as the sole source of energy soon. The Agriculture University of Faisalabad is closely working with the
Punjab government for formulation of energy policy and also implementing capacity building on use of alternative energy. The university is also going to introduce degree program on energy from this academic year. Commenting on the programs, HEC Chairperson Dr Javaid Laghari said that the goal of HEC is to develop local expertise and indigenous technology for effective use of natural and renewable sources including coal, water, wind and solar through strong collaborations with research groups in leading foreign universities. He observed that these projects have vast potential for commercialisation. “National and international power companies and the Government of Pakistan itself would be the main users of this technology,” he added. He underlined the need to develop more indigenous scientific manpower, research facilities and education infrastructure in Pakistan and tackle energy issues through collaborative research. Dr Laghari also assured that HEC would continue to work closely with the government to share the expertise of higher education sector in order to resolve various socio-economic challenges being confronted by the country.
commuNal iftar arraNgemeNts iN twiN-cities
RAWALPINDI: Communal Iftar arrangements by Non-Government Organisations (NGO) have been made at various areas of the city for the poor and needy. Eleven such communal iftar arrangements by the elite, welfare organizations and NGOs have been arranged for the poor, travelers, patients and attendants of the patients at Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS), Pir Wadhai, Faizabad, A.K. Fazal ul Haq Road and Karachi Company, while communal iftars in Rawalpindi include at Liaqat Bagh, Benazir Shaheed Hospital, Distrcit Headquarter (DHQ) Hospital, Raja Bazaar, Peshawar Road and other areas. However, the largest communal iftar, Madni Dastarkahawan, is yet to start while Bahria Town’s largest communal iftar for 4,000 persons is already in progress. Various multi national companies and organisations are also distributing iftar packs on roads and streets to commuters. ONLINE
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VeNdors ViolatiNg cda directiVes ISLAMABAD: Despite strict directions of the district administration, shopkeepers and vendors at the Fruit and Vegetable Market have not displayed rate lists and have reverted to over charging customers. A customer Mazhar Abbas while visiting a market in Sector I-11 said, “No official of the concerned department bothers to check this violation and as a result brawls among sellers and buyers has become a routine.” Speaking about security arrangements he said that the district administration has time and again instructed police officials to ensure foolproof arrangements by installing walk through gates but only one or two cops are deployed for the purpose. Ijaz ul Haq, resident of Sector I-10 complained of poor security arrangements and said, “I have not seen a single policeman deployed for security purposes although a police station has been set up right around the corner of the market.” A vendor Jahangir Khan said, “There was no entry schedule of trucks and other vehicles to unload goods. Trucks enter any time causing traffic problems for the people.” A large number of unauthorised kiosks and repairing shops have been set up around the market. When contacted, District Administration and CDA officials said that they are striving hard to ensure that the directives are met and security arrangements are enhanced. APP
AN ADVENTUrOUS BATH: taxi drivers bathe at a leaking pipeline in Shakarparian. INP
labour minister visits ramadan bazaars RAWALPINDI
UNJAB Minister for Labour Ashfaq Sarwar has directed the concerned authorities to ensure that fixed prices of items are displayed on the shops in Ramadan Bazaars. During a visit to the Ramadan Bazaars he said that the promise of providing relief to the citizens through Sasta Bazaars made by the government would be fulfilled and every effort would be made to provide maximum relief to the citizens. He along with MNAs, MPAs, Commissioner and District Coordination Officer (DCO)
Rawalpindi visited Sasta Ramzan bazaars set up near Nawaz Sharif Park, Haidri Chowk and Satellite Town. The provincial minister checked the prices of commodities of daily use and also inquired from the consumers about the prices, availability and quality of essential items. MNAs and MPAs including Malik Ibrar Ahmed, Seema Jilani, Advocate Raja Hanif, Begum Zeb un Nisa, Tehseen Fawad, Lubna Rehan, Commissioner Khalid Masood Chaudhary, Additional Commissioner Habib Ullah Chaudhry, DCO Rawalpindi Talat Mehmood Gondal and other officers of the administration were also present. Raja Ashfaq Sarwar said that
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the Price Control Magistrates should conduct raids regularly against hoarders and profiteers. “No negligence on part of officials concerned with regard to availability, quality and prices of the essential commodities in Ramadan Bazaars would be tolerated,” he added. The minister said that the Punjab chief minister has provided a subsidy of Rs 3.2 billion on flour and 10 kilograms of Wheat flour bag is being provided at subsidised rate of Rs 315. He said that strict action in accordance with the law would be taken against profiteers by conducting regular raids in the bazaars.
ISLAMABAD: With Eid on the horizon, tailors have stopped taking new orders for stitching of clothes due to advance bookings. Due to unfavourable weather conditions most of the women have been unable to place their orders on time and are now seen convincing tailors to accept their orders. Shoaib Akmal, a tailor at Aabpara Market said, “Around 40 to 50 customers visited his shop daily for their orders. Some regular customers give in their orders at the eleventh hour and press for delivery before Eid.” Orders from new customers are not accepted to avoid hassle, he added. Another tailor, Ayub Khalid opined that Ramadan will be followed by
wedding season soon after
and since they were already occupied with Eid orders it was not possible to take in orders for the wedding season.
He said, “Power outages have enormously affected the business. I have hired extra staff to deliver orders but people are inconsiderate towards our problems.” Salma Noor, a lecturer at a Government College (GC) remarked that she completed her shopping well in time for Eid every year but was unable to manage due to domestic engagements. “No tailor is ready to take orders now citing time constraint issues,” she added. Another customer said, “Tailors were taking in orders on extra charges to mint money and there is no mechanism in place to check this. They are charging according to their will.” Yasmeen Nawaz, a nurse at a private hospital said, “The increasing rates of taxes have made it difficult to make new clothes.” She complained of stitching rates to be sky high burdening and depriving the poor to celebrate Eid. APP
Police seize stolen items worth Rs 72m ISLAMABAD APP
The Islamabad Police traced out around 277 theft cases and seized stolen items worth Rs 72,478,131 during the current year, a police spokesman said on Sunday. According to details, IGP Islamabad Bani Amin Khan had directed heads of all police circles to accelerate their efforts in resolving and tracing the theft as well as burglary cases and provide maximum relief to the citizens. The spokesman said that the police had resolved around 277 theft cases and arrested 495 accused involved in theft activities. City Zone Police arrested around 85 accused and resolved 62 cases along with recovery worth Rs 59,200. Similarly, Saddar
Zone resolved 111 theft cases and arrested 204 thieves besides recovering stolen items worth Rs 47,322,440 from them. Likewise, Industrial Area Police successfully completed investigation on 47 cases and arrested 76 thieves besides recovering stolen items worth Rs 5,908,790 from them. Rural Zone Circle solved 57 cases and arrested 130 thieves along with recovery of Rs13,987,701 from them. IGP Islamabad Bani Amin Khan and SSP Islamabad Yaseen Farooq had said that
relief to citizens is top responsibility of police and every possible effort will be made to provide protection to the lives and property as
well as resolving their complaints on immediate basis. SHEESHA SMOKERS ARRESTED: The Police have arrested eight sheesha smokers from the Civil Lines police precincts. According to Rawalpindi police spokesman, Usman, Ali, Irslan, Jawad, Fareed, Irfan, Saad and Muhammad Khan have been arrested. Police also seized three hookahs and other items. VEHICLES IMPOUNDED: The Islamabad police on Sunday impounded 146 vehicles including 111 motorcycles in different police stations while black papers from 53 tinted glasses vehicle were removed, a police spokesman said. According to the details, SSP Islamabad Yaseen Farooq directed all
zonal officers, SDPOs and SHOs to keep a vigilant eye on the mischievous elements and enhance security at police posts as well as patrolling in the various areas. Following these directions, police stations conducted a general holdup and impounded a total of 35 vehicles and 211 motorbikes being driven without any authentic documents. Meanwhile, black papers were removed from 53 tinted glasses vehicles and 60 suspects were arrested during search operation in various areas of the city. Meanwhile police teams arrested 4 professional beggars. The actual aim of the general holdup is to maintain law and order situation in the capital and to curb the criminals’ activities.
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Monday, 15 July, 2013
truck driver arrested after moscow crash kills 18
russian firefighters at the scene of the fatal accident near village Oznobikhino in New Moscow territory, russia.
MOSCOW AgENcIES russian police on Sunday arrested the hospitalised driver of a truck that ploughed into a packed passenger bus outside moscow killing 18 people and injuring dozens more. officials said the injuries were particularly severe from Saturday’s accident as the truck was carrying gravel which poured onto the passengers in the bus and then covered the roadside. “the man (the truck driver) has been placed under arrest for 48 hours and is being interrogated,” moscow police said in a statement. the driver, who has not been officially named, is an Armenian citizen who had been repeatedly warned this year for traffic violations. Investigators have opened a criminal probe against him under an article of causing multiple death through violating traffic rules, which carries a maximum of seven years in prison, police said. Police said investigators would now go to court with a request for the man to be placed in detention ahead of trial. the man was brought out of an artificial coma in which he was placed for a day after the crash and is being interrogated by investigators at his hospital bed. the chief investigator for moscow police Alexei Kuznetsov told the ItAr-tASS agency that the driver had only an Armenian licence and no valid russian permit.
over 200 wounded in south sudan clashes: uN JUBA AgENcIES At least 200 people have been wounded in a week of bitter fighting in South Sudan’s Jonglei state, the top United Nations humanitarian official in the country said on Sunday. “Some 200 casualties have arrived in manyabol”, a remote village in the troubled eastern state of Jonglei, where militia gunmen from rival ethnic groups have been battling, UN humanitarian coordinator for South Sudan tony Lanzer said in a statement. manyabol is only one settlement in a vast region affected by the fighting, raising concerns that the number injured or killed elsewhere in the impoverished state could be far higher. No figures were given on any possible deaths, but Lanzer called on leaders “urgently to halt the cycle of violence that is leading to senseless loss of life and suffering amongst civilians.”
snowden chose not to release most damaging data: journalist MOSCOW
DWARD Snowden possesses data that could prove far more “damaging” to the US government but the fugitive leaker has chosen not to release them, said a journalist who first broke the story. Glenn Greenwald told Argentina’s La Nacion paper that Snowden, who is currently stranded in Moscow, had only sought to alert people that information they thought was private was being exploited by US intelligence agencies. “Snowden has enough information to cause more damage to the US government in a minute alone than anyone else has ever had in the history of the United States,” he told the paper in an interview published on Saturday. “But that’s not his goal,” said Greenwald, who published a series of stories in Britain’s Guardian newspaper based on top-secret documents about sweeping US surveillance programmes that were leaked by Snowden.
His comments came as Russia waited on Sunday for a promised request for asylum from Snowden. The United States wants the former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor returned to them to face trial over the leaks. Moscow has so far rejected that demand. Snowden, 30, has been stranded in the transit zone of Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport, after the US withdrew his passport on his arrival from Hong Kong three weeks ago. Snowden on Friday dramatically summoned Russian activists to his temporary base, to say he wanted to claim asylum in Russia until he could safely travel to Latin America for a permanent sanctuary. He withdrew an initial request earlier this month after Russian President Vladimir Putin said he would have to stop releasing information embarrassing to Washington if he wanted to stay. After Snowden made his statement Amnesty International reiterated its support for him and denounced what it described as US government persecution of him. Human Rights Watch accused
Washington of trying to block Snowden’s attempts to claim asylum and said that was in violation of his rights under international law. Representatives from both organisations attended Snowden’s presentation. But on Saturday, officials in Moscow said they were still waiting for Snowden’s request. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Snowden would have to submit his application to the Federal Migration Service (FMS), Russian news agencies reported. The head of Russia’s Federal Migration Service (FMS) Konstantin Romodanovsky said Saturday they had received nothing. If they did, he added, it would examined according to the usual procedures. Washington has reacted sharply to the possibility that Moscow might offer Snowden a safe harbour. “We would urge the Russian government to afford human rights organisations the ability to do their work in Russia throughout Russia, not just at the Moscow transit lounge,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said.
airlines insist they’ll stick with boeing dreamliner after fire LONDON: Airlines expressed confidence in the safety of Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner on Sunday as investigators searched for the cause of a fire on one of the advanced jets and billions were wiped off the company’s market value. British officials said initial checks into what they called a serious incident appeared to rule out any link to the battery-related problems that grounded the Dreamliner fleet for three months earlier this year. the fire on the ethiopian Airlines plane at heathrow Airport in London and a separate technical problem on a second 787 owned by Britain’s thomson Airways on friday raised new questions about an aircraft seen as crucial to Boeing’s future. the incidents were a setback for a company trying to rebuild confidence in its flagship jet and compete with Airbus in the booming market for more fuel-efficient long-distance planes. Britain’s tui travel, which owns six european airlines including thomson Airways, said its plane turned back during a flight from england to florida and had a small number of unspecified components replaced. the parts were unrelated to the battery, it said. AgENcIES
Malian troops open france’s Bastille Day parade PARIS AgENcIES
Troops from 13 African countries that took part in the French-led war against al Qaedalinked extremists in Mali marched with the French military during the Bastille Day parade in Paris on Sunday to honour their role in the conflict. UN troops in blue berets who are helping to stabilize the west African nation of Mali also paraded with thousands of other soldiers down the Champs-Elysees Avenue in France’s annual tribute to military might. It marks the storming of the Bastille prison July 14, 1789, by angry Paris crowds that helped spark the French Revolution. Despite the triumphal display, which included flyovers by fighter jets, tanks and giant trucks mounted with land-to-air defense systems, the realities in Mali suggest that President Francois Hollande’s military intervention has had mixed results. The mission he launched in January helped the Malian government retake con-
trol of much of the country from al-Qaidalinked extremists who had seized northern Mali and threatened the capital. The nation is to hold elections July 28, but tensions involving rebel Tuaregs in the north linger, along with political instability. Sunday’s events, however, focused on the positive.
“It’s a victory that was won,” Hollande said in an interview after the parade with the France 2 and TF-1 television stations in the garden of the presidential Elysee Palace. “Look at what happened. It was a victory for Africa, a victory against terrorism, and pride that we must have.”
He said earlier the presence of African troops in Paris on the French national day was a “tribute to those who actively helped to banish terrorism from the Malian territory.” Referring to trips he’s made to Africa, including a February visit to Mali, four weeks after the start of the French intervention, Hollande said, “I was saluted in Africa, not for what I said but for what I did.” He noted that some extremists once lodged in Mali escaped into southern Libya and other neighboring countries. He said those nations need support, “but we won’t make war everywhere.” Hollande oversaw the display of military might that France rolls out each year on Bastille Day with Mali interim President Dioncounda Traore and U.N. chief Ban Kimoon at his sides. Defense ministers from the African nations represented in the parade also were present. French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said before the parade that the display is “the mark of a solidarity that concretely expressed itself in Mali, and of a common destiny, even be-
yond the limits of continents, of which we have every reason to be proud.” But some critics say the Mali operation and African presence in the parade reflect France’s ambiguous and sometimes patronizing relations with the continent —especially with former colonies such as Mali — often referred to as “Francafrique.” The French non-governmental organization Survie, which is fighting against neocolonialism, condemned “the self-proclaimed role of gendarme of Africa that France claimed in Mali.” “This parade gives a scent of victory to a military operation which is far from being reasonably presented like that, given the numerous shadows that surround it and the remaining uncertainties concerning its outcome,” said Fabrice Tarrit, the president of the association. The critics also include Africans. “Knowing the history of France, especially French armies with Africa, it doesn’t sound good,” said Senegalese rapper Keyti, whose real name is Cheikh Sene, 40.
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internet access rate in south asia disappointing: pew ISLAMABAD NNI
HE Pakistan Economy Watch (PEW) on Sunday said a third of the world’s population had online access to the internet, with South Asia having lowest penetration rates of nine percent. Thirteen out of every 100 people in Sub-Saharan Africa have the internet access. “Internet and mobile phones have become an integral part of development,
but South Asia still lags behind in the rapidly shifting world,” Dr Murtaza Mughal said. According to the World Bank’s latest report, mobile phone subscriptions double almost every two years since 2002 and now stand at an astounding 5.9 billion subscribers globally, almost one for every person if distributed equally, he said. In South Asia mobile phone subscriptions per 100 people rose from eight to 69 between 2005 and 2011, he said, adding that developed economies
had this rate eight years ago. An increase of over 50 percent in mobile subscriptions in Sri Lanka and India makes them the biggest contributors to the region’s growth rate. The number of worldwide internet users has increased from 12 to 33 users per 100 people between 2003 and 2011. Developing economies in Europe and Central Asia including the Russian Federation have the highest penetration rates with 42 of 100 people with internet access, which is still nine years behind high-income economies.
However, developing regions are quickly catching up with high-income economies by increasing internet access via mobile phones. The number of mobile-broadband subscriptions in developing nations has increased from 43 to 472 million in four years. Africa topped this list with subscriptions increasing from 14 to 38 million in two years. Internet access rates show a greater digital divide between developing and developed economies, rather than mobile subscriptions, he said.
kerala city gears up for india's largest ramadan prayer meet tHIRUVANANtHAPURAM NNI
Kerala's Malappuram district is gearing up to host India's largest Ramadan prayer congregation on August 4 where believers would take a pledge against terrorism and alcoholism, the organisers said on Sunday. "With the spiritual experience of the holy night of Ramadan, we teach the people the message of co-existence and moderation," Sayyid Ibrahim Khaleel Al Bukhari, chairman of Ma'din Academy, organisers of the meet, told reporters here. The mammoth meet will take a pledge against terrorism and alcoholism besides extending a message of harmony, tolerance, love and affection, he said. Billed as the third largest congregation of its kind in the world, the prayer meet will be held at Malappuram's Swalath Nagar, IANS reported. At the last edition of this religious get together, a record 700,000 people had offered prayers and more than 100,000 attended the Iftar party held afterwards. Apart from the main venue, 20 sites on both sides of the National Highway 213 have been identified to accommodate the devotees. The programme would be telecast live. Special screening centres have been set up in cities like Chennai, Bangalore, Mumbai and Delhi in India and other major cities in the Middle East. Ma'din Academy is one of the leading charities in Kerala which runs more than 25 educational institutions.
eight injured as van catches fire in layyah LAYYAH NNI
Eight people sustained burn injuries when a passenger van caught fire at a CNG station in southern Punjab’s Layyah district on Sunday. The van was going to Dera Ghazi Khan from Layyah. The fire broke out during CNG filling due to gas leakage in the vehicle, rescue workers reported. The flames rapidly engulfed the van which was carrying eight to 10 passengers. The filling station staff came to rescue the passengers, breaking the windowpanes of the van. Eight people were injured. The injured were shifted to hospital where two were declared to be in critical condition.
qUETTA: People head back after getting food ration distributed by the Ummah Welfare Trust on Sunday. INP
hot, muggy weather to prevail across country ISLAMABAD APP
The Meteorological Department on Sunday forecast mainly hot and humid weather across the country. However, rain with thunderstorm is expected in isolated places throughout the country. According to the Met Office, seasonal low lies over northwest Balochistan and adjoining areas. Monsoonal currents are reaching into southern and eastern parts of the country. Rain and thunderstorm is likely at isolated places of upper Punjab, including Islamabad, Kashmir, upper Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, southeastern Sindh and Makran division in the next 24 hours. Mostly dry/partly cloudy weather is expected in most parts of GilgitBaltistan over the next 24 hours, the Met Office reported.
NADRA sets up prompt response disaster management cell ISLAMABAD APP
The National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) has formed a special cell to coordinate with all provincial disaster management authorities and cabinet division to immediately respond to an unwarranted emergency situation in the shortest possible time, says a press release issued here on Sunday. NADRA Chairman Tariq Malik said with over 534 registration centers, 236 mobile registration vehicles, 74 semi-mobile registration units and over 200 special centers manned by trained staff, NADRA is fully prepared to immediately respond to government's call in the hour of need, the statement said. The NADRA has been continuously supporting government in conducting relief and rehabilitation activities in crisis and both natural and man-made disaster-hit areas of the
country for the past seven years. Since 2005, the NADRA has utilised its own resources and used latest technological advancement in executing various successful cash transfer programmes of the government that include citizen damage compensation programme (support for 1.7 million flood affected families in phase-I and for estimated 1.2 million house-holds in phase II), BISP for IDPs (support to over 316,000 IDPS of SWAT and Malakand), Pakistan Card (support for over 1.2 million rain/flood affected families of Sindh province), IDP project (support for over 378,000 internally displaced population of Swat /Malakand region and 42,000 IDPs of South Waziristan Agency), Hunza IDP project (support to Rs 600,000 to 457 effected families of Attabad Lake), ERRA (support for earthquake affected population of Azad Kashmir and KPK).
Tariq Malik said that transparency in cash transfer programme in any social development sector amongst the beneficiaries of any kind of disaster was most difficult challenge that the NADRA had achieved successfully. For the last seven years, the dedication and high standards set by the NADRA had not only resulted in successful identification, registration through biometric verification of over 8.2 million beneficiaries for various support initiatives of the government but also aided in transparent disbursement of over Rs 120 billion in the shortest possible time, he added. "These achievements have not only gained international recognition for best use of technology in achieving transparency but also have been adopted by the international donor agencies including World Bank as the best case studies for cash transfer programmes for replication throughout the world," he said.
last-minute rush as india stops telegram service NEW DELHI AgENcIES
Thousands of Indians crammed into telegram offices on Sunday to send souvenir messages to friends and family in a lastminute rush before the service shuts down after 162 years. Sunday is the last day that messages will be accepted by the service, the world's last major commercial telegram operation, and the Central Telegraph Office in New Delhi said it was geared up to tackle the expected rush. "We have increased the number of staff in the expectation that the number of people will grow at our counters," telegraph senior general manager Shameem Akhtar said. "We will take the final telegram at 10pm (1630 GMT) Sunday and try to deliver them all the same night and the remaining would be sent on Monday," he added as dozens waited to hand over messages handwritten on slips of paper. Leave for all staff has been cancelled in a bid to handle the volume of messages, which cost a minimum of 29 rupees (50 US cents) and are hand-delivered by delivery workers on bicycles.
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ansar burney against capital punishment KARACHI INP
qUETTA: A container laden with a NATO military vehicle heads to Karachi. INP
China starts work to identify location for kashgar railway link BEIJING AgENcIES
FFICIALS have been asked to carry out research to identify a location for railway connectivity between Pakistan and China, as local people are enthusiastic about plans to build a railway network to connect Kashgar in Xinjiang with the Pakistani port of Gwadar. “We’ve already been asked to carry out research into the location of a station at Kashgar for the China-Pakistan railway, but a detailed plan and timetable have yet to be drafted,” Wang Yongzhi, deputy commissioner of Kashgar prefecture, was quoted as saying by an English daily. Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif announced in June that Pakistan
would like to build new road and rail links to Kashgar and establish a SinoPakistani economic corridor. If an overland link were to be established, Gwadar Port would become the starting point for deliveries of oil and natural gas to Xinjiang, China Daily reported. Wang said China’s long experience of construction work on plateaus could prove invaluable if the decision was made to build a railway across the Pamir Plateau. Also, Pakistan will soon be embarking on an ambitious plan to expand its strategic road, rail network to ease travel and facilitate trade with the Central Asian Republics, China and other regional countries. Among the eight agreements inked during Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's visit to China, one is the $18 billion proj-
ect to build a road and rail track, including string of tunnels in the mountainous track passing over a height 4,693 meters to be used as part of the Pakistan-China Economic corridor. The economic corridor, planned to boost trade between the two countries, will use the existing 1,300km long Karakoram Highway (KKH), including a new section that is currently being realigned due to construction of the Diamer Bhasha Dam, and a 700km extension further south up to the Gwadar Port, for fast transportation of goods. Nawaz Sharif has called for an early completion of the repair and rehabilitation works on Karakorum Highway, calling it of utmost importance. He also urged the Chinese companies to accomplish the rehabilitation work on Attabad Lake and surrounding areas.
SRI LANKA EYES NUCLEAR PACT WITH PAKISTAN NEW DELHI ONLINE
In an apparent tit for tat, Sri Lanka is moving in the direction of a nuclear pact with Pakistan after India voted against it at the UN this year, Indian media reported on Sunday. At the same time, Colombo is dragging its feet on a similar pact with India by not scheduling talks despite New Delhi’s keenness to conclude the agreement soon, Hindustan Times reported. India offered Sri Lanka a comprehensive nuclear pact that would deal with all aspects of civil nuclear cooperation, including safety and training of professionals. One round of talks was held in October 2012 and India also sent
If established, the link would also give China shortest route for its exports to the Gulf, Africa and Europe, prompting Premier Li Keqaing to say that China had strategic interest in this corridor. The KKH currently links Kashgar in China's Xinjiang Autonomous region with Abbottabad. Pakistan and China also agreed to work on construction of a motorway between Lahore and Karachi. Currently Lahore is linked with a M3 Motorway with Faisalabad, while work on M-4 Faisalabad-Multan section is underway. The previous cabinet early this year approved the award of contract to the Frontier Works Organisation for the construction of the 136 kms long M-9 Motorway to link Karachi with Hyderabad. However, work on the remaining sections south of Multan is yet to start.
the southern country a draft pact. But since then, New Delhi has been waiting for a Sri Lankan response on dates for further talks. Official sources said, “We are yet to hear from them,” in spite of offering a “comprehensive pact”. Meanwhile, sources said foreign secretary-level talks between Sri Lanka and Pakistan had identified civil nuclear technology as a major area of cooperation. Statements made by Sri Lankan authorities show their intent to negotiate nuclear deals with both India and Pakistan, the sources said. India is concerned over Sri Lanka’s gestures to Pakistan. It also has issues with Colombo overlooking its intention to give it the best possible deal. The second vote against Sri Lanka on the Tamil issue at the UN human rights council in March 2013 upset the country. Of the 25 countries that voted against Sri Lanka, only India and South Korea were from Asia. Thirteen members, including Pakistan and China, voted against the resolution and eight abstained from voting. India voted against Sri Lanka in 2012 as well.
Ansar Burney, the United Nations (UN) former expert adviser on human rights and chairman of human and civil rights organisation the Ansar Burney Trust International, on Sunday, demanded that the Pakistani government immediately halt all hangings in the country, as the majority of prisoners in the death cells, waiting to be hanged, were either innocent or prisoners of circumstances. In fresh appeals sent to President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Burney informed them that despite the fact that up to 60 to 65 percent of all condemned prisoners in Pakistan were most likely innocent or victims of a faulty justice system, the government had failed to take any positive action to save their lives. Burney said unfortunately many among the prisoners had already spent more than two to three decades in the worst living conditions in death cells of prisons. He said prolonged detention in such inhumane conditions was cruel and the worst violation of human rights. Pakistan voted against a United Nation General Assembly resolution for a moratorium on the death penalty in December 2007, Burney said. He said he knew that 35 to 40 percent of the death sentence prisoners were criminals but Ansar Burney Trust could not allow the government to send innocent prisoners to the gallows. Burney stated that of the 8,000 plus prisoners, including women and children, languishing in Pakistani jails, the majority were either innocent or victims of a faulty justice system. He said he had met prisoners awaiting their death sentence in jails who were unaware of the person they were charged for killing. Many had their appeals rejected for reasons out of their control and the courts in Pakistan had completely failed to provide them justice. Burney questioned how the president and PM could allow the hanging of those prisoners who were waiting from one, two or three decades in death cells and had completed their life sentences, or those who had become crippled or mentally ill in death cells because of the treatment meted out to them there. For that reason, he once again demanded the government halt all hangings in the country and immediately take steps to ensure the prevalence of justice, demanding that the government give priority to morality, ethics and not political gains and losses.
uN to continue to lend pakistan a helping hand ISLAMABAD APP
The United Nations Organisation (UNO) is working on social development programmes in Pakistan to improve the living standards of the common man by provision of basic necessities. Talking to VOA on Sunday, United Nations Information Centre correspondent Ishrat Rizvi said the UN had been working in Pakistan for 66 years and it had performed in various sectors of life and supported the government of Pakistan in different fields. Moreover, she said Pakistan was a member of Peacekeeping Nations and has proved its mettle in various operations. “The UN has helped Pakistan to overcome polio,” she added. World Food Programme (WFP) spokesman Dr Amjad Jamal said that they had been working since 1968 to help people in times of natural and man-made disasters. He said WFP helped people by providing the very basic need. Even after the emergency period, it helps the people in rehabilitation or recovery by providing cash or food, he added Dr Jamal said "We have a vulnerability and analysis section that deals with assessing different families in disaster-hit areas. We include those families in our programme that are too poor to afford food. This work is done in collaboration with government departments and programmes are designed according to funds available." Dr. Nadeem said the basic aim of the UNO was to increase the government's ability to control the issue of drugs and drug-related crimes. After the 18th Ammendment, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime would have to work with provincial and district administrations. Currently, we are running a $1.9 billion project known as UN-2 from 2013-17 in collaboration with the Pakistan government, he said
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If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it. –Toni Morrison
coMMenT Monday, 15 July, 2013
finding faults one must ask why the step of leaking the report was deemed necessary
OW to define national interest is a question that might never get a universally agreed upon answer. But what cannot be disagreed upon is that in all democratic societies the real power lies with the public. If the public, who put politicians in power and who pay for the civil and uniformed bureaucracies with taxes, wants something in particular, the politicians are bound by to do the same. Not doing so creates resentment and misunderstanding, leading to varied and tainted definitions as to the reasons why democratic values (read national interest) are not given preference, and why personal agendas are promoted in the name of national interest. The Abbottabad Commission Report, leaked a few days ago, puts forth the same question: why was the truth kept under wraps when the very reason for forming the Commission was to uncover the truth? The reason being forwarded again is that elusive term the ‘national interest’. Now that the government has ordered an inquiry as to how the report got leaked, which it has every right to do, one wonders why it is wasting time and resources on a relatively less important issue and ignoring the elephant in the room: evaluating the recommendations made by the Commission and implementing them as soon as possible. The government’s whole spin machinery seems to be in motion these days to control the damage the leaking of the report has done to the credibility and capability of the government and its institutions. Now the Information and Broadcasting Minister Pervez Rasheed has jumped in to defend the government by refuting the claim that the original report was missing from the possession of the government, an accusation that could seriously dent the credibility and capability of the security of the PM Office. Whatever the result of the inquiry is, the government should no longer push the real issue under the carpet anymore. Instead of alleging the leaked document to be unauthentic, incomplete and distorted version of the report, the government would do well to make original, authentic and complete report public. One wonders who the report will hurt if it is actually made public: none but the guilty ones, presumably. That would be in the national interest. And if the guilty ones include our security agencies, so be it, for as they haven’t made a course correction till now, it is safe to presume they never would unless the civilian government asserts itself and asks them to correct their methods and do away with the flaws in their working. That too would be in the national interest. And if the government really wants to work in the national interest it should bring security agencies, all of them, under the civilian control. If the government had been open and had not felt the need to sit tight on the report, the need to leak the report might have never been felt. The leaking of the report did what the government should have done in the first place. This report, or any future report for that matter, would be useless if they are not to be shared with the public and their findings are not to implemented.
hollow promises pml-n and the issue of power shortage
HE issue of power shortage is not a simple one, at least not as easy as the politicians would have us believe. For their own vested interests, politicians would do anything to lay the blame on others, especially the previous government, their favourite target. Claiming that they are just cleaning the mess created by the previous government is a mantra that rings true in many a country though this happens to have unfortunately formed into a trait in our land of the pure. The present government, the PML-N’s, hasn’t even chalked out a strategy to deal with the issue of power shortage and yet it has started the age old practice of blaming the predecessors. It all started when PPP MNA Syed Naveed Qamar, who had had a stint as Minister for Water and Power in the previous government, asked the treasury benches as to why there had been no let-up in load shedding if the PML-N government had really paid a huge sum of Rs326bn to power producers under the head of circular debt which stood at just above Rs500bn. Instead of detailing how the amount had helped in reducing the power shortages, which by witnessing the protests of the public across the country do not seem to have decreased to any relatively reasonable length, the Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Asif came up with numbers to support his claim of producing more energy and blamed the previous government for failing to produce more than 8000MW on a daily basis. While the production side problems remain where they have been for the past few decades, no effort has been made to properly manage the distribution side. With most of industry facing a four-hour load shedding on daily basis with gas being supplied for five days a week, the textile industry of Faisalabad, mainly, is getting power for 10 hours daily and gas for two days a week only. If the present government is not serious in addressing this disparity, how is it going to manage the electricity problem in the whole country? Even if the government succeeds in paying off the whole amount of circular debt, by purchasing power at Rs 14 per unit and offering it to the consumers at Rs 9 per unit, the issue is bound to rear its ugly head again, as pointed out rightly by Mr Qamar. Government’s attitude of indifference towards this problem might not sit well with the electorate. Their protests might soon turn violent and a repeat of the high-handedness shown by the Punjab government a few weeks ago in Faisalabad will add fuel to the fire, so to speak. PMLN’s government has often been accused of running on a centralised model, high-handed manners and indifferent to the public attitude. Shahbaz Sharif, CM Punjab, was quick to hold open courts and lead protests against load shedding in the previous PPP government, but it seems he isn’t ready to do the same now that his party in power at the Centre too. The government needs to get its act together and soon. People want tangible results, not hollow promises.
the mQm’s dilemma already downgraded, the threat in london looms large
T is now confirmed that Altaf Hussain is being investigated by the British police for money laundering and for involvement in public incitement – both considered serious crimes in Britain. The London Metropolitan Police has told the BBC that large hoards of money were recovered in two raids conducted at Altaf’s office in December 2012 and his home in June 2013. The cumulative figure found during the two raids amounts to £400,000. What is more, no satisfactory answer was provided by the MQM supremo with regards to where the stash came from and for what purpose. The London police now is busy finding answers to these questions. The depression caused by the ongoing probe presumably forced the party chief to cancel a scheduled address to the faithful early this week. The discovery raises a number of questions. Was the money legitimately acquired? If so what prompted the donors to hand over huge amounts of cash rather than the usual cheques? Why were hundreds of thousands of pounds thus collected not kept in a bank account as is the normal practice? If it was party fund, as has been hinted at but not clearly spelt out by the MQM leaders in Pakistan, was the amount mentioned in the assets statement provided to the Election Commission of Pakistan in March this year? Again if it was party fund, why was it kept in London instead of a bank in Pakistan? After all the party contests elections in Pakistan and not in Britain. The likelihood of the investigation leading to prosecution cannot be ruled out. With Altaf Hussain under investigation, the MQM is facing a situation altogether new to it. Had the cases against Altaf been probed in Pakistan, the course to get them quashed was clear. The MQM would have told its followers that the cases were politically motivated and were in fact a conspiracy against
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the Mohajir community. It would have then taken recourse to a tested and tried course: announcing a series of crippling strikes in Karachi, causing loss to the national economy worth tens of millions of dollars every day, expecting that sooner than later the government would be brought down to its knees. . In the UK, it is slightly more complex. The cases are being investigated by the Scotland Yard, which acts independently of the British government. So, protests won’t deter the London Police from pursuing the cases. In a kneejerk reaction the party put up a show of force in front of the 10 Downing Street last month carrying placards that read “Altaf Husain is an ambassador of Peace “. Later, it conducted a protest march in front of British Consulate in Karachi. The exercises failed to alter the situation by a whit. The investigation continued while the BBC reported it, supplying details so far unknown to the common man. Last week Altaf Hussain maintained that the British establishment was plotting to eliminate him, a claim no rational being would buy. Altaf has enjoyed British hospitality for over two decades. During this time he applied for the British nationality and finally got it. He was helpful to his hosts, offering to provide secret information about the Pakistani militants to the British government, as detailed in a letter obtained by the BBC through the access to information law. There is no ground therefore to establish malice on the part of the British administration. Several MQM activists subsequently applied for visas and are living happily since in the country of Altaf’s choice. The claim – a conspiracy has been hatched against Altaf as he is opposed to feudal and the capitalist system – is farcical. Altaf has all along avoided taking part in British politics. He is not known as a firebrand campaigner against world capitalism. Those in Europe and North America who oppose the system are allowed to let off their steam as long as they do not resort to violence. Till Altaf was seen to be violating British laws the government of the host country had no beef with him. Equally senseless is the claim that the British government is taking the action at the behest of pro-Taliban elements. The Tories are no less committed to fight against terrorism than the preceding Labour administration. The government has taken several measures to suppress militancy. Recently it expelled Abu Qarada after a legal battle that cost it more than £1.7 million. The British soldiers have fought against the Taliban for twelve
years in Afghanistan. By April 30, 2013 the number of British soldiers killed had reached 444. To suggest that the government takes decision under the influence of pro-Taliban elements is grotesquely absurd. Presently the MQM is fully concentrated on how to get Altaf Hussain out of the situation where he has landed himself. The party has found no solution. It fears that the worst is likely to be in store for its leader. Any agitation against Britain would be counterproductive. A resort to violence in Pakistan would further strengthen the charge of incitement to violence. The MQM faces a dilemma: it is damned if it resorts to its time tested tactics, and damned if it remains idle. The supreme leader’s prolonged absence from the political scene could be the undoing of the MQM. The party depended entirely on Altaf Hussain for making policy decisions. Whether it was the issue of joining the PPP led coalition or the subsequent several goodbyes followed by rejoining the government, the final decision always came from London. Rehman Malik made a beeline to the British metropolis whenever relations with the MQM took a nosedive. With Altaf’s future uncertain the MQM is paralyzed. The crisis comes at a time when the MQM faces serious challenge from other parties, particularly the PTI, in its conventional constituencies. Between 2008 and 2013, the MQM’s vote share in the provincial assembly elections in Karachi has gone down from 68 per cent to 59 per cent. The main factor in this sharp decline is the arrival of the PTI on Karachi’s electoral scene. The PTI candidates have given their opponents a run for their money in a majority of provincial and national assembly seats. Arif Alvi won the NA-250 while the PTI was the runner-up in 15 of the 16 constituencies it contested. The party has turned down the offer to join the PPP government in Sindh. The PML-N has ignored MQM’s overtures to admit it into the ruling coalition. In case the MQM remains out of power for long, there are going to be rifts in the party as there are elements in it who for various reasons cannot afford to sit in the opposition. Over the years, the MQM has lost its erstwhile monopoly over terror. It faces rivals now that include the TTP, the People’s Amn Committee and the Mohajir Qaumi Movement. Over time the MQM has been downgraded into the ‘first among the equals.’ Once out of power, it is likely to be marginalized in the toughs club of Karachi. The writer is a political analyst and a former academic.
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globalisation at its peak “Necessity is the mother of invention”. This statement implies that as necessity increases more development occurs. This is an era of new of inventions and discoveries where natural resources are being utilised. This is the modern and developed era of the world and its beauty lies in how we are connected with each other and how we are utilising natural resources to get connected. We have overcome our shortcomings with scientific progress. The modern and advanced technology is increasing the interaction and connectivity of the world. Today, media is the strongest and most powerful tool for communication. The vast and densely
populated population of the world cannot live in isolation. With the increasing population, the development factors have become more valuable in a country. This is not only resulting in a rapid development but also sort consuming earth’s natural resources and wealth. A tussle has started between the demand and supply of world’s natural and man-made resources but the astounding development taking place in the world cannot be ignored any more. The world has really become a Global Village where people interact with each other with better and swifter modes of communication and everyone and everything is connected to each other. ABDUL WASSAY Lahore
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Monday, 15 July, 2013
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kashmiris clamour for azadi the issue of article 370 while alienation is rife
T is once again the Article 370 on special status to Jammu and Kashmir. Again the BJP has thrown the first stone. The party’s top leader, L.K. Advani, has said that the Article should be scrapped. Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has said in reply: “Over our dead bodies.” He tends to over react but he is quite right in saying that the Article is sacrosanct. The Article was the result of long discussions held between Srinagar and New Delhi at the time of the state’s accession to India. When the British quit in August 1947, they left it to the princely states either to join India or Pakistan. Keeping in mind the geographical proximity and the complexion of the population, Jammu and Kashmir shared borders with both India and Pakistan. However, the majority of state’s population was, and remains, Muslim. The state’s ruler was a Hindu. He preferred to stay away from both India and Pakistan. But he could not do so since the state was land locked. Pakistan did sign a Standstill Agreement with him to extend all facilities even though he found that it wanted the state’s ultimate integration with Pakistan. New Delhi was against the Standstill Agreement since it was negotiating with the ruler, Maharaja Hari Singh, to join the Indian Union. India was, however, prepared to leave all subjects with the state except foreign affairs, defence and communications. The Maharaja signed the Instrument of Accession on that condition. When the popular leader, Sheikh
Abdullah, came to power he endorsed the arrangement because even at the time of Maharaja’s rule he had supported the agreement privately. But the Sheikh wanted strict adherence to Article 370 in letter and spirit. The authority of the Supreme Court, Comptroller and Auditor General and Union Public Service Commission was one thing which was to vest in the state exclusively according to Article 370. However, except for the subjects of foreign affairs, defence and communications, the state was supreme. Those who demand the scrapping of Article 370 or changing it through Parliament are making one big mistake: It is Kashmir which joined the Union of India on certain conditions. If they are to be changed the people of the state have to give their consent. The Union cannot alter the undertaking unilaterally. Omar Abdullah’s angry reaction to Adavni’s suggestion on Kashmir represents his viewpoint. His grandfather, Sheikh Abdullah, paid a bigger price for not letting New Delhi spread itself beyond the three subjects. He spent 12 years in detention because he reminded New Delhi that it could not cross the line drawn by the Instrument of Accession. In fact, most people in Kashmir, not Jammu, want to nullify the Instrument of Accession and they demand azadi. Many remind New Delhi Prime Minister Jawaharlal’s promise that once things settled down in the state, the people would be asked what their choice was. Pakistan was the alternative. Yet, those agitating against New Delhi for not making Nehru’s promise good forget that he himself withdrew the offer and said that the situation had changed when Pakistan had introduced in the region weapons by joining the military pacts – the CENTO and NATO – which the West, led by America, had framed against the Soviet Union during the cold war. Notwithstanding the past, India cannot close its eyes to the alienation in the Kashmir Valley. It has increased after the hanging of Afzal Guru. The youth is particularly boiling. There is, however, little realization that he was tried in the court and sentenced to death by the Supreme Court for the attack on Parliament which is the citadel of democracy for the peoples in the entire South East Asia to appreciate and duplicate it in their own countries without bringing the army into picture. The question of Kashmir is far from settled. Pakistan has to be associated at some
stage and the wishes of the people in the Kashmir Valley have to be taken into consideration. The talk of scrapping Article 370 will only frustrate the efforts of pro-India-elements in the state. They have bravely withstood all pressures and punishments. Many have lost their life. Their struggle has not ended yet. On top of it is the role of the army which is not careful some times. It is there in the state to defend the borders and come to the assistance of civil administration in rare cases. But this is not happening. It is there all over. Even the state chief minister has asked for its withdrawal to allow his police function. A recent incident in which two civilians have died at the hands of the army soldiers has enraged people and Omar Abdullah. True, the army has ordered an inquiry and promised to take action against those soldiers who are found guilty. Still the suspicion is that the army has taken revenge for eight of its jawans killed by the militants. A way has to be found out to distance the civil and military sides from each other to avoid the combustible situations. One way to satisfy most people in the state is to implement Article 370. New Delhi should consider scraping the laws extended by the Union after the arrest of Sheikh Abdullah who never doubted or challenged Kashmir’s accession to India but questioned the measures taken beyond foreign affairs, defence and communications, the crux of Article 370. The Sheikh also accepted many other things in an agreement with Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. That agreement requires another look. Legal or other steps are not the end by themselves. People have to be won over. New Delhi is doing little in that direction. Advani’s demand for scrapping Article 370 only provides fuel to the fire. It is, however, surprising that he made the demand. He was the deputy Prime Minister in the BJP-led government which gave an undertaking to its allies not to touch Article 370. Even tomorrow if the BJP were to form the government it would have to make a similar promise to get the support of other parties joining it. Then why raise the issue which he knows is not acceptable to practically all non-BJP and non-Congress parties? Is playing to the gallery more important than the national demand? Advani should know it better. The writer is a senior Indian journalist.
INCE the first leaks of WikiLeaks, the disclosure of classified information, from one source or the other, has become a norm. The founder of WikiLeaks Julian Assange has since been castrated for his revelations, including Bradley Manning, the source of the treasure-trove. PoliTact has previously noted the impact of the leaked classified cables on the conduct of international relations; it exposed the duplicitous public and private conduct ARIF ANSAR of the states in question, including Pakistan. In addition to other causes, the insights revealed by WikiLeaks also became the motivation behind Arab awakening. The impact of social media in stimulating the Arab revolt continues to be a theme for further research. Now the Edward Snowden episode has shaken the US and its relations with the world once more. The dent is considerably larger than is generally perceived. In the long run, the causality is the trust between states, which is essential for the conduct of diplomacy. Not only that, the central role of technology in the conduct of surveillance has shaken the premise that free flow of information is generally a benign activity. The public confidence on the tech giants complicit in these monitoring activities is certainly going to take a hit. The Snowden disclosures have literally put the ‘global village’ vision of the future world at risk. Many of these government sponsored international surveillance actions have showcased how far a state actor can go to address its security concerns or to gain a competitive advantage, but without due consideration to the longterm implications. Furthermore, these activities have also blurred the traditional lines on who to consider a friend and a foe. Consider, for example, the operation to get Osama bin Laden conducted in May 2011. The report prepared by Pakistan’s commission that was investigating the event was leaked to Al-Jazeera last week. The leaked report does not seem to contain any earth shattering information. In any event, while US attained its objective during the mission, it’s not clear if the long lasting damage the operation caused to US-Pakistan ties was considered at the time. The American operation may have played a crucial role in Pakistan’s decisive strategic tilt towards China, which is indicative from moves like handing over the Gwadar port to China. If the decision to conduct the operation was made despite the heavy costs for Pak-US ties, this does not bode well for the future prospects of the relation. The mistrust between the two countries is still so high that all public and private contacts and initiatives are overshadowed by and mired in suspicion. The operation created many problems for NGOs that are genuinely conducting critical education, health, and disaster relief related work around the world. Other than a symbolic win, it’s not clear what benefit was derived from in eliminating Osama in such a fashion. On the other hand, the Snowden affair has taken on a truly multidimensional angle. The plane of President Evo Morales of Bolivia was forced to land in Austria on 2 July after having denied entrance into the airspace for Austria, Spain, France, and Portugal. The president was returning to Bolivia from a visit to Russia, where Snowden is also holed up and from where he has applied for asylum in a number of countries. Media reports indicate US officials suspected the plane was carrying Snowden and asked European authorities to intervene. As retaliation for this high profile humiliation, the leaders of South American countries belonging to Mercosur trade bloc (Argentina, Brazil, Venezuela, Paraguay, Bolivia, and Uruguay) have decided to withdraw their ambassadors from the European countries involved in interfering with the flight of the Bolivian president. “The gravity of the incident – indicative of a neocolonial mindset – constitutes an unfriendly and hostile act, which violates human rights and impedes freedom of travel, as well as the treatment and immunity appropriate to a head of state,” the Mercosur nations laid out in the joint statement. According to the Snowden revelations, even European allies and European Union were not spared from the extensive Internet monitoring and spying, and their embassies and missions were targeted in the US. The reaction has been especially severe from privacy sensitive Germany where Angela Merkel raised the issue herself with President Obama. The whole episode reminds one of Cold War days. Other information that is now surfacing suggests that the intelligence organisations of UK, other European nations, and US, collaborated on many of the data mining and collection efforts related to the war on terror. And, the reference here is not towards cyber threats where an individual or a state uses information technology to steal sensitive information from the computer networks of another state or entity, or tries to implant a virus to inhibit it. This has come to be known as cyber warfare and China and US seem fully engaged in it presently. Chairman of Pakistan’s Senate’s Defence Committee, Mushahid Hussain Syed recently proposed a 7-point plan to ensure cyber security for Pakistan. This all fits in with what renowned futurist Alvin Toffler wrote in ‘Power Shift’ referring to knowledge as increasingly a source of power and not just wealth. The dilemma is that while a snippet of information may not have any value for one, it may be the missing link for another player. This falls under the realm of what is known as information management, which is the methodological categorising and collection of certain pieces of information using technology, for the purpose of creating knowledge. Towards what end, is a different question. In layman terms, this is often referred to these days as connecting the dots. What Snowden affair further reveals is that security concerns have overwritten the privacy sensitivities or whatever other sovereign rights a state may have enjoyed. This will ultimately impact economic ties and impede online activity. The pursuit of information superiority is directly conflicting with the present order of the world, leading to more mistrust, and potentially less free flow of information and ideas. 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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A arts Monday, 15 July, 2013
I don't care about my image. –Jean Dujardin
‘saViNg face’ saVes face at emmy awards a
CADEMY Award-winning Pakistani documentary ‘Saving Face’ has been nominated for five Emmy Awards including Best Documentary, Outstanding Arts and Culture Programming, Outstanding Research, Outstanding Cinematography: Documentary and Long Form and Outstanding Editing: Documentary and Long Form at the prestigious 34th Annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards organised by The National Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences. The 34th annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards will be presented on October 1, 2013 at an elegant ceremony at Frederick P Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Centre, located in the Time Warner Centre in New York City. The event will be attended by more than 1,000 television and news media industry executives, news and documentary producers and journalists.
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Speaking about the Emmy nominations, filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy said, “This is not the first time one of our films has been recognised by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, having previously won an International Emmy Award in the Current Affairs category for the documentary ‘Pakistan’s Taliban Generation’, but I must say that the feeling of elation and nervous excitement still remains the same. It really is encouraging to know that ‘Saving Face’ has received such a tremendous international response. I hope that we can make Pakistan proud once again with another Emmy. Fingers crossed!” Sharmeen will be attending the prestigious awards distribution ceremony in October, previously missing the opportunity to attend the event when ‘Pakistan’s Taliban Generation’ won in 2010 due to the sudden demise of her father, to
whom she will dedicate the Emmy should ‘Saving Face’ win this year. The nominations are also indicative of the quality of talent being produced by the local film and arts industry as another Pakistani, cameraman Asad Faruqi, cinematographer and director of production at SOC Films, joins Sharmeen in securing an Emmy Award nomination excellence in cinematography in the category of Outstanding Cinematography: Documentary and Long Form. ‘Saving Face’ has achieved significant acclaim in the international film and arts community and has garnered many illustrious awards including the eminent Academy Award (Oscar), IDA Documentary Award, Juliane-Bartel Award, Germany, Abu Dhabi Film Festival Audience Choice Award, New York Indian Film Festival for Best Documentary Film and the SAARC Film Award for Best Documentary. NEwS dESK
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Just married! Kimmel ties the knot
Jimmy Kimmel tied the knot with longtime fiancé molly mcNearney today in a ceremony in ojai, Calif., People reports. the nuptials come just a month after Kimmel hosted his bachelor party in Vancouver with about a dozen of his closest pals, including comedian Jeff ross.A source told e! News at the time that the guys grabbed food at Dunn's famous, a restaurant in the downtown area. "they were all having a great time and in a good mood. they requested to sit upstairs in a private area," added the source. "there wasn't much drinking but there was some laughing going on. they were just having a good time." from there, the guys went on a two-hour bike ride throughout the city, stopping to take photos of the beautiful scenery and pose with the man of the hour. Late last year, the 45-year-old revealed that he was letting his leading lady take the wheel with regards to sorting out the wedding details. "I'm not that involved with the wedding planning, but I will be there," he told Us weekly. "It'll be mostly a family affair and there will be a Catholic priest officiating." the tV funnyman asked mcNearney to marry him in August of 2012 when the two vacationed at Kruger National forest in South Africa. the Jimmy Kimmel Live! host began dating mcNearney, one of the show's head writers, in 2009. this marks his second trip down the aisle. Kimmel was previously married to Gina Kimmel from 1988-2003. the former spouses have two children together, a daughter Katie and son Kevin. Immediately following the end of his marriage, Kimmel began dating comedian Sarah Silverman for 7 years but split in 2009. cOURTESy EO
MagiC to MUrDer: rowling writes crime novel An ex-military man tries his hand at writing, publishes a debut detective novel, and wins critical acclaim. But here's the twist in the tale: The true identity of the author is none other than "Harry Potter" creator J.K. Rowling. It's impressive literary wizardry by Rowling, who said she relished the freedom of writing "The Cuckoo's Calling" under her pseudonym Robert Galbraith. "I hoped to keep this secret a little longer because being Robert Galbraith has been such a liberating experience," she said in a statement released by her publicist on Sunday. "It has been wonderful to publish without hype or ex-
pectation, and pure pleasure to get feedback from publishers and readers under a different name."The Cuckoo's Calling," a story about a war veteran turned private investigator who is
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called in to probe the mysterious death of a model, was published to rave reviews in April by Sphere, part of publisher Little, Brown & Company. The Sunday Times said it was investigating "how a first-time author with a background in the army and the civilian security industry could write such an assured debut novel" when it connected the dots. The paper said clues included the fact that Rowling and Galbraith shared the same agent and editor, and that Little, Brown published Rowling's novel for adults, "The Casual Vacancy." It also said the book's style and subject matter resembled Rowling's work. cOURTESy FN
Alone! Barry Gibb spills the beans The first time Barry Gibb went on stage to perform solo as the last surviving Bee Gee, he was urged on by his wife Linda. She told him to stop moping over the death of his brothers, get off his backside and make music again. Even so, it was a lonely moment. ‘The realisation that my brothers — first Maurice and now Robin — weren’t standing next to me any more made me feel pretty isolated,’ he says. ‘When I looked left or right, they weren’t there with me. ‘Maurice’s death in 2003 and Robin’s last year had been a huge trauma for me and everyone in our family. Before that, in 1988, we’d lost our kid brother Andy, who had his own solo career, and my father, Hugh, died soon after. ‘Robin’s much more recent passing had made me depressed, and there were times when I’d felt that nothing was worthwhile any more. ‘But getting back to performing in Australia earlier this year — thanks to Linda giving me a metaphorical kicking — turned out to be the tonic I needed.’ His sense of loss was eased, too, by inviting his guitarist son Stephen and Maurice’s singer daughter Sami on the tour, to keep it a family affair. ‘Now it has begun to feel like the sun has finally come out again,’ Barry tells me when we meet at his magnificent nine-bedroom mansion in Beaconsfield, set behind iron gates in 90 acres of Buckinghamshire countryside. He and his Scots-born wife
Linda — a former Miss Edinburgh — had flown in from their main home in Miami for Barry to receive a lifetime achievement honour for his services to music. It is his first visit here since Robin’s funeral in June last year. ‘I feel good — a lot better than I did this time last year with all the stress over Robin,’ he says. At that time, his grief had threatened to engulf him. ‘We all lose someone and you have to deal with it and grow from it in some way,’ he says. ‘My way of handling it is to go back on stage.’ For Barry, it is an abiding sadness that in their final years his
relationship with Maurice and Robin had deteriorated to the point where he feels they were no longer friends. ‘You see, it wasn’t just the loss of my brothers, it was the fact we didn’t really get on. And so I’ve lost all of my brothers without being friends with them. ‘When Maurice passed, Robin and I just didn’t feel like the Bee Gees anymore, because the Bee Gees were the three of us. ‘So while Robin went around saying “I’ll always be a Bee Gee”, he didn’t really want that: he wanted to be Robin Gibb, solo artist. Deep inside, I think that was so. That was the competition.’ ‘Now I’m on my own, so I’ve got to make it on my own. I feel as if I’m a piece of a puzzle, or a cog in a machine, and that it’s for the betterment of everyone to do just what I do. ‘And then I look at my mum. At 93 and reliant on a wheelchair to get around, she’s despondent and still hasn’t got over any of it. So I feel for her — I know it’s worse for her than it is for me.’ Barry’s lifetime achievement honour, from the Nordoff Robbins music charity’s 02 Silver Clef Awards, has helped to rekindle his enthusiasm. ‘Inside me, I’ve found the hunger to be on the stage again — like I did when I was a child. Music has been therapy. I didn’t go and see a psychiatrist or anyone for help. I have dealt with it myself, through
music.’ His shows, the Mythology Tour, backed by a ten-piece band, were a huge success, with six nights in Australia. This autumn, he is coming to Britain and Ireland. ‘Making records has become a bit of a bore because of having to spend hours in the studio. For me, performing is best,’ he says. ‘On stage, I’m not singing the songs that Robin sang. I won’t encroach on his territory. I’m not going to try to do anything that Rob did, or Maurice or Andy. I’ll only do the songs I was instrumental in creating or that we collaborated on together.’ Nor will Barry be involved in the organisation of Robin’s memorial service, being planned by Dwina and R-J at St Paul’s Cathedral this year. ‘No, I can’t do that, because for me the grieving is over,’ he says. ‘It would throw me back into that dark place again.’ He is leaving it to Robin’s close family, ‘or whoever really feels they have to do that’. He adds: ‘Robin is always with me. I don’t need to stand in a church or be in some place where there’s a ritual.’ Inevitably, though, he has been reflecting on his own mortality. ‘I don’t have any fear of death: it could just as well be tomorrow. ‘Don’t plan for the next five years: plan to get up in the morning. And that’s the lesson for me. That it can all disappear just like that.’ cOURTESy dm
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As human beings we're so cynical, so uncompassionate. –Alicia Silverstone
ArTs Monday, 15 July, 2013
milkha races ahead of the box office
HIS Friday three films clashed at the box office -- Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, Shorts and Sixteen -- and distributors say of these Farhan Akhtar-starrer biopic is doing good business at the box office despite getting mixed response from the critics. They predict its weekend collection could reach Rs.30 crore mark. Rajesh Thadani of Multimedia Combines told IANS: " Bhaag Milkha Bhaag is going great in multiplexes, but not that great on single screens. On Friday and Saturday, the film has collected
approximately Rs18 crore. Most probably the film should collect around Rs.30 crore by the weekend." In his bid to familiarise achievers to the moviegoers, director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra went behind the camera to bring the story of grit and determination of former Olympian athlete Milkha Singh, also known as Flying Singh, on the celluloid. His efforts got mixed response from critics. Some critics praised it, saying the synergy in the story is subliminal and Farhan has got so well under the skin of the Milkha's character that it seems he occupies the champion's mind, body and soul. Others find it too long, and criticised it saying the director has reduced the human saga to a melodramatic and over-wrought tale. But it seems that critics' ratings have not influenced the viewers judgement. Sanjay Ghai from Mukta Arts said: "BMB is doing extraordinary business in Delhi. It has collected around Rs.5 crore in two days, which is outstanding." He added, "Advance booking is on full swing and there are hardly any tickets available for Sunday." Lyricist Prasoon Joshi scripted the film, which collected an impressive Rs.8.5 crore on its opening day. Rajasthan-based Sunil Bhansal of Yashraj Jai Pictures Pvt. Ltd., sees a bright prospect for the film and says if footfalls don't dip on Monday, it may join the Rs.100-crore club. "So far, the collections are going strong and if the film doesn't dip on Monday and goes steadily, then it may be in the Rs.100-crore club." The performance of the other two films Shorts and Sixteen is no threat to Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. Ghai said, " Bhaag Milkha Bhaag has completely overshadowed the other two films." According to Thadani, Shorts and Sixteen are disasters. "There is hardly any occupancy." cOURTESy NdTV
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glee starlet cory monteith passes away Glee actor Cory Monteith has died at the age 31, it has been confirmed. The Canadian actor - who played Finn Hudson on the hit FOX series - was found on Saturday in his hotel room at the Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel in Vancouver. Cory - who completed a stint of rehab in April for substance addiction - was last pictured with his girlfriend Lea Michele just last month. The news was confirmed by Vancouver Police at a press conference on Saturday night. No cause of death has been confirmed at this point, but there were said to be no implications of foul play. Medical examiners will conduct an autopsy on Monday. Acting Chief Doug LePard read in a statement: 'Shortly after noon today, the Vancouver Police received a call from the BC Ambulance Service regarding a sudden death in a room on the 21st floor of the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel at 1038 Canada Place in downtown Vancouver.' Confirming: 'The deceased has been identified as 31-year-old actor Cory Monteith, who achieved great fame on the popular TV series Glee.' Before giving out further information, LePard said: 'I want to pass on our condolences to the family, friends, castmates and millions of fans of Mr. Monteith.' Cory had checked into the hotel on July 6 and had been due to check out on Saturday. However, video footage had shown the actor returning to his room by himself after an evening out with friends on Friday. News channel CTV British Columbia tweeted the news shortly before it was confirmed saying: 'Sources tell CTV Glee
star Cory #Monteith found dead today in Vancouver. Police expected to confirm at 10:30.' Word had begun to spread on Twitter of the news late on Saturday night although there was no official comment made at that point. Many believed it to be hoax, as it is not the first time news of his death had spread over the internet. Tragically, this time the rumours turned out to be true. In a short statement, Cory's publicist Melissa Kates said: 'We are in shock and mourning this tragic loss.' A statement from Fox - who produced Glee - went out on Twitter shortly after the death was announced: ''We are deeply saddened by this tragic news. Cory was an exceptional talent and an even more exceptional person. 'He was a true joy to work with and we will all miss him tremendously. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones.' Cory last tweeted on Friday, joking about the new sci-fi film Sharknado. He wrote: 'What the c**p is Sharknado... Oh. IT'S A SHARK TORNADO.' Just last month, the actor appeared to have put his troubles behind him after a brief spell in rehab as he attended the Chrysalis Butterfly Ball on June 8 in Los Angeles - their last public event together and his first post-rehab. Cory was seen with his girlfriend Lea, 26, at LAX airport on June 20th, both smiling at cameras. Lea appeared to be particularly proud of Cory, who successfully completed a rehab stint in April for what his rep described at the time to be a substance addiction. It was Cory's second trip to a treatment facility
- his first stint occurred when he was 19. 'I love and support Cory and will stand by him through this,' Michele told People at the time. 'I am grateful and proud he made this decision.' When he left treatment, he tweeted: 'Sending out big love to everyone. thank you for the continued support! It means the world to me! :).' The pair were pictured in late April after the actor had left rehab, going on holiday to Mexico together. Lea also accompanied Cory on a trip to home to Vancouver to visit his mother Ann. In 2011, the actor sensationally admitted that he was 'lucky to be alive' after he went to rehab as a teenager for alcohol addiction. Before finding fame on Glee as Finn in 2009, he also had small roles in Final Destination 3 and Deck The Halls. He was cast in Glee after his agent sent creator Ryan Murphy a video of Cory drumming with pencils and plastic containers. After a second video was submitted featuring Cory singing 'a cheesy, '80s music-video-style version' of REO Speedwagon's Can't Fight This Feeling, he was invited to a mass audition in Los Angeles, where won over producers and was given the role of Finn. In the original series, Finn was the star quarterback of the William McKinley High School football team, who was blackmailed into joining the glee club New Directions by Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison). Fans of the show have been captivated by Finn and Rachel Berry (Lea's character) on/off romance. cOURTESy dm
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In war, whichever side may call itself the victor, there are no winners, but all are losers. –Neville Chamberlain
humans causing earthquakes infotainMent too, scientists say g Monday, 15 July, 2013
today (15th july)
8 jerusalem falls to the Crusaders. 8 Napoleon’s representatives meet with the Allies in Prague to discuss peace terms. 8 five thousand US Marines land in Beirut, Lebanon, to protect the pro-Western government. 8 US troops leave northern Iraq. 8 The Second Battle of the Marne began during World War I.
Now that’s aN immuNe system! people may haVe eVolVed to fight cholera Some people in Bangladesh carry genetic alterations that seem to protect against cholera, a study shows. these changes apparently occurred over thousands of years as exposure to the disease exerted a form of natural selection on people in the Ganges river Delta. Although cholera can cause lethal, dehydrating diarrhea, 60 to 90 percent of people infected with it experience few or no symptoms. that often happens when people have had prior exposure to the microbe that causes the disease, says Glenn morris, an infectious disease physician at the University of florida in Gainesville. But a portion of that protection may reflect underlying genetic differences in susceptibility to cholera, he says, and a possible biological mechanism for such safeguards. Previous research had found a possible adaptation response to cholera in the Ganges Delta, which includes parts of Bangladesh. for reasons that are still unclear, people with type o blood are more susceptible to cholera than people in other blood groups. Perhaps not coincidentally, the Ganges Delta has the lowest occurrence of type o blood in the world, says regina Larocque, an infectious disease physician at harvard medical School and massachusetts General hospital in Boston. But aside from blood type, Larocque and others couldn’t explain why some families seem less susceptible to cholera than others. In the new study, she and her colleagues identified genetic variants in families from Dhaka, Bangladesh, that stood apart from variants in people from east Asia, west Africa or europe. the researchers then tested the DNA of 105 cholera patients in Dhaka and 167 people who shared households with them but who didn’t have the disease. when they looked closely at 28 of the highlighted genetic variants, there were five genes that differed between the people who were sick and those who weren’t, the researchers report in the July 3 Science translational medicine. Some of the genes are implicated in inflammation, which runs amok in the intestines in response to the cholera toxin. But Larocque says none of the genes make proteins that directly control inflammation. cOURTESy SN
IANT, distant earthquakes may help scientists identify places where humans are liable to set off smaller tremors when they inject fluid deep into geologic deposits. Scientists have known for decades that injecting huge volumes of liquid underground — such as waste from hydraulic fracturing, or fracking — can set off quakes. But in most cases it doesn’t, and scientists can’t predict when or where such human-induced earthquakes will happen. In the July 12 Science, seismologists report that massive earthquakes unleash seismic waves that can trigger tremors near wastewater disposal wells half a world away. The tiny quakes may be a warning sign that a fault is close to rupture. “When we do see remote triggering, it seems to foreshadow larger induced earthquakes,” says coauthor Nicholas van der Elst of Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in Palisades, N.Y. “It shows the faults are reaching a tipping point.” Concerns over human-caused quakes have grown in recent years as earthquake activity has shot up in unexpected places. From 1967 to 2000, the central and eastern United States experienced an average of 21 earthquakes per year of magnitude 3 or greater. From 2010 to 2012, the region saw more than 300 such quakes, reports William Ellsworth, a seismologist at the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park, Calif., in the same issue of Science. A rise in earthquakes in Arkansas, Colorado, Ohio, Texas and elsewhere seems to coincide with an increase in extracting natural gas and oil from shale formations in those states. Oil and gas don’t easily flow through impermeable shale, so petroleum companies drill horizontal wells and pump in pressurized fluid to fracture a small section of rock (SN: 9/8/12, p.20). This fracking process itself doesn’t cause earthquakes, Ellsworth says. But the fracking fluid comes to the surface along with the oil or gas. Contaminated by a mix of chemicals, the fluid is disposed of when companies inject it deep underground, where it puts pressure on faults. “Any time we change the fluid regime underground, we could bring a fault closer to failure,” Ellsworth says. The United States is home to tens of thousands of wastewater disposal wells. “The vast majority,” Ellsworth says, “don’t appear to induce earthquakes.” Scientists don’t understand why only some pose a risk. The discovery by van der Elst and colleagues may help scientists identify spots
where quakes will pop up. In reviewing seismic activity in the Midwest from 2003 to 2013, the researchers discovered that distant earthquakes appeared to initiate small tremors near some wastewater disposal wells, which in turn presaged larger quakes. At each of three sites, in Oklahoma, Texas and Colorado, the team found spikes in seismic activity in the days following at least one massive earthquake, a 2010 magnitude 8.8 quake in Chile, a 2011 magnitude 9.1 event in Japan and a magnitude 8.6 earthquake in Sumatra in 2012. Six to 20 months after the initial tremors, each of the three sites experienced quakes ranging from magnitude 4.3 to 5.7. The seismic waves from the giant temblors probably perturbed fluids in the faults, increasing the pressure, van der Elst says. If operators can identify when a fault is about to rupture, they can adjust how much fluid they are injecting into a well or stop the injection altogether. However, the usefulness of this foreshadowing as a monitoring tool is limited because big earthquakes that can remotely trigger tremors occur only rarely, says Cliff Frohlich, a seismologist at the University of Texas at Austin. They happen roughly once a year. Another limitation is that not all wastewater sites that produced earthquakes during the study responded to remote triggering. Van der Elst suggests that when
a well is very close to a fault, just a few months — rather than years or decades — of fluid injection can build pressure and cause a fault to slip. In these cases, there’s little chance of a big earthquake happening before the fault reaches its tipping point. Even with caveats, the work helps scientists better understand the nature of induced quakes, as does a separate study in Science, published July 11. It may offer a way to evaluate the seismic risk of pumping water in and out of the ground. Examining a geothermal field in California, researchers find that the net volume of water withdrawn mirrored the field’s pattern of seismic activity over the last 30 years. The results could help guide decisions about how much water to extract and inject at such facilities and shed light on the forces that generate human-related earthquakes. In the work, Emily Brodsky and Lia Lajoie, of the University of California, Santa Cruz, looked at seismic activity from 1981 to 2012 at the Salton Sea geothermal field, which sits near the southern end of the San Andreas fault in California. At the geothermal plant, hot water is extracted from the ground to run turbines and then some of the water is recaptured and put back in the earth. Over the 30 years, thousands of quakes up to about magnitude 5 took place at the site. After statistically accounting for after-
shocks, the researchers found that the pattern of induced quakes over time was related to the volume of water extracted minus the water injected. Because more water ends up withdrawn than replaced at a geothermal field, pressure should decline in affected faults. So Brodsky and Lajoie’s work suggests that rising pressure isn’t the only culprit behind induced quakes. Other factors, such as subsidence, may place stress on a fault, Brodsky says. “The balance of emphasis had been on the effect of injected fluid,” she says. “It turns out there are cases where extraction matters.” The next step is to study other geothermal fields and wastewater disposal sites to see if similar relationships turn up. Knowing how the amount of fluids affects seismic activity is important for l planning, Frohlich says. For the most part, earthquakes related to wastewater disposal have been small to moderate and not caused much damage. But such fluid injection has only occurred for a few decades. It’s too soon to know how risky these wells really are and whether they are worth the risk, Brodsky says. When such wells were limited to remote places like West Texas, small rumbles in the ground didn’t bother anyone, Frohlich adds. Now that they are being built near densely populated areas like Dallas, people are rethinking the hazards.
powdered water! what will they think of next? COURtESY DM
Spiral galaxy NGC 3185 lies about 80 million light-years away from Earth in the constellation of Leo (The Lion).
Farmers in arid countries could soon have a cure for the droughts that blight their crops - in the form of powdered water. The powder, called Solid Rain, looks like sugar and is made of an absorbent material called potassium polyacrylate, capable of soaking in liquids up to 500 times its size. The water absorbed by the polymer can be stored for up to a year without evaporating - the only time it is extracted is when it is by the roots of plants when the can be added to soils to produce water for plants. Solid Rain was created by Mexican chemical engineer Sergio Jésus Rico Velasco. He initially wanted to find an absorbent material that could be used in nappies to absorb lots of liquid in a small space. Velasco later realised that his potassium-based polymer could be used as a way to cure Mexico's drought problems. Solid Rain is an absorbent polymer called potassium polyacrylate.
This polymer is capable of soaking in water up to 500 times its original size. A whole litre of water can be absorbed in just 10 grams of Solid Rain, which then converts into a thick, translucent gel. The liquid retained in this gel will stay there for a year without evaporating or seeping out. It can only be extracted when its added to soil and comes into contact with the roots of plants. Solid Rain sells for around £17 ($25) per pound. According to magazine Modern Farmer, the Mexican government conducted a one-season sample study on farmers using Solid Rain in the semi-arid state of Hidalgo. Farm plots showed up to 300 per cent increases in crop yield when Solid Rain was used. Solid Rain recently won the Ecology and Environment award from the Fundacion Miguel Aleman, and it’s been used in Mexico for a decade. However, Velasco didn't market it heavily and it only went one on sale in the U.S last year.
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I think you’ll see a more mature Umar Akmal at the crease on the tour of the Caribbean and in the future. – Umar Akmal
iNspired aNdersoN puts eNglaNd 1-0 up ScOREbOARd ENgLANd 215 & 375 AUSTRALIA 1ST INNINgS 280 AUSTRALIA 2Nd INNINgS 71 bJ Haddin† c †Prior b Anderson 14 Ac Agar c cook b Anderson 1 mA Starc c cook b Anderson Pm Siddle c cook b Anderson 11 25 JL Pattinson not out EXTRAS (b 11, lb 10, nb 1) 22 296 TOTAL FALL OF wIcKETS 1-84 (watson, 24.1 ov), 2-111 (cowan, 36.4 ov), 3-124 (Rogers, 42.4 ov), 4-161 (clarke, 58.6 ov), 5-161 (Smith, 59.1 ov), 6-164 (Hughes, 61.5 ov), 7-207 (Agar, 86.3 ov), 8-211 (Starc, 88.1 ov), 9-231 (Siddle, 94.2 ov), 10-296 (Haddin, 110.5 ov) bOwLINg: Jm Anderson 31.5-11-73-5, ScJ broad 23-7-54-2, gP Swann 44-10-105-2, ST Finn 10-3-37-0, JE Root 2-0-6-1 match details Toss England, who chose to bat Series England led the 5-match series 1-0 Test debut Ac Agar (Australia) Player of the match Jm Anderson (England) Umpires Aleem dar (Pakistan) and HdPK dharmasena (Sri Lanka) TV umpire m Erasmus (South Africa) match referee RS madugalle (Sri Lanka) Reserve umpire NA mallender
AMES Anderson led England to victory in the first Investec Test as he took the last four wickets to fall in a steadfast spell of fast bowling on a wonderful final day at Trent Bridge. But Australia took some silencing. A lastwicket stand of 65 between Brad Haddin and James Pattinson took a wonderful match, against expectations, into the afternoon session before Anderson struck for the final time. Haddin’s valiant innings, 71 from 147 balls, deserved better than a dismissal by virtue of DRS. But it was better than an umpire getting it wrong; the system worked. Aleem Dar, the on-field umpire, understandably did not spot an inside edge about which only the wicketkeeper, Matt Prior, seemed convinced but England had two reviews in the tank and replays clearly proved Haddin nicked it. England raced into a jubilant huddle, a capacity crowd cheered with delight and Haddin, his helmet removed, looked pale with exhaustion and regret.
ms dhoNi’s rise is iNspiratioNal, says souraV gaNguly KOLKATA: Former skipper Sourav Ganguly on Saturday said his and the current skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s combined success had put a lesser-known East Zone on the cricketing map of India. The iconic lefthander from Bengal was the most successful Indian skipper till Dhoni eclipsed him with all the world title wins and Ganguly said it was really commendable. Refusing to compare himself with Dhoni, Ganguly said: “We both have come from the East zone which has put focus in these parts. It really feels great that we both hail from the same zone.” Ganguly further said Dhoni’s rise from being a ticket collector hailing from Ranchi had been phenomenal. “I’ve not seen such a meteoric rise. It’s quite inspirational. I’ve earlier seen many one-day players and played with many but as a package of batting, wicketkeeping and captaincy, Dhoni has been outstanding for India,” Ganguly said at a promotional event. “He’s definitely one of the best finishers’ of the game. Dhoni possesses tremendous match finishing ability. AgENcIES
The importance of Anderson to England was doubly emphasised when he finally took a break. At that stage, Australia still needed 71 but, with Anderson withdrawn, the last pair immediately sensed they could hit their way to victory. Haddin, strong on the slog-sweep, was dropped at deep square leg by Steven Finn on 64, Graeme Swann’s premature visions of victory banished. England were so shaken they ended the session with a shameless display of timewasting - Stuart Broad to the fore, under his captain’s instructions, with needless boot repairs. The umpires made then have another over anyway. Much is made of Anderson’s skill, but was his stamina that was also to the fore as he produced a gruelling spell of 13 overs off the reel and was then asked for 11 more deliveries after lunch. Anderson was entrusted first with the old ball, then dismissed Ashton Agar, Mitchell Starc and Peter Siddle with the new. He has bowled 54 overs in the match, taking ten for 158 in the process, and passed Fred Trueman in England’s all-time list during the game. Turn to your leading bowler when it most matters. In relying upon Anderson,
England’s captain, Alastair Cook, was returning to basic principles, and aware also of his excellent record at Trent Bridge but he would have had a few qualms about giving Anderson such an arduous spell with the Lord’s Test only four days away. There is no doubt who is most invaluable to England in this Ashes series. It is not Cook, Jonathan Trott at his most unflappable or even Swann, whose superior spin bowling gives England an obvious advantage. It is Anderson. All three wickets fell to catches by Cook at first slip, as Anderson found awayswing from both around then over the wicket. The best of them was a diving effort to his left to dismiss Peter Siddle, atonement for dropping Siddle in the same position in Anderson’s previous over. When you have set a field with a solitary slip generally justifiable on this low pitch, but not necessarily when Siddle was having a lash - it is advisable to develop spring heels. Trent Bridge has lapped up a wonderful Test. It was sold out for all five days, and with Australia, six down overnight, needing another 137 to win, there was enough in the game for the vast majority to turn up for the final phase of a gripping Test.
clArke drAws lIne under broAd debATe tRENt BRIDGE AgENcIES
With deed and then word, Australia’s captain Michael Clarke has ruled a line under the debate that surrounded Stuart Broad’s decision not to walk in the second innings of the Trent Bridge Ashes Test. Clarke himself declined to depart after none other than Broad procured a thin edge to Matt Prior behind the stumps as the tourists slid badly in their chase of 311 to win. Afterwards he said that while the Australians had been frustrated by failing to secure Broad’s wicket, there was little case for directing their anger towards the England No. 8. Clarke even referred to the concept of “getting away with” standing your ground and forcing an umpire to deliberate, something he has done several times himself in the past with varied results. “We would’ve liked him out for a lot less that’s for sure, but that’s the way the game goes,” Clarke said of Broad. “I’m not going to go back there. There’s no need, it’s the game of cricket. There’s ups and downs, good times, bad times. Sometimes you get away with it, sometimes you don’t. That’s what I’ve seen through my career and that’s the way it goes.” Clarke also offered unabashed support to Broad on Sky TV. “I’ve always been a believer that umpires are there to take decisions,” he said. “If everybody walked, we wouldn’t need umpires. It is an individual decision but I don’t think any less of Stuart for what he did.” Regarding his own dismissal, Clarke said he had been unsure of whether he hit the ball or not, having also brushed bat with pad. His consultation with the non-striker Steven Smith better reflected the 21st century conventions of dismissals in the DRS era than much of the commentary surrounding the question of walking that has sprung up since Broad also stood his ground. “Obviously not - I referred it,” Clarke said. “Well, I knew I had hit my pad. I asked my partner up the other end and he certainly wasn’t convinced I hit it either so I referred it. Actually when we both looked at the big screen we couldn’t see anything,
Port Qasim open with big win KARACHI AgENcIES
Port Qasim Authority 154 for 1 (Shahzaib 68*) beat National Bank of Pakistan 150 for 7 (Akmal 47, Shahzaib 2-28) by nine wickets A dominating all-round display by Shahzaib Hasan helped Port Qasim Authority thump National Bank of Pakistan by nine wickets in the opening Group B match of the Ramadan Cup in Karachi. Shazaib dismissed the dangerous Kamran Akmal as National Bank were looking to accelerate, then smashed four sixes enroute an unbeaten 68 as Port Qasim overhauled the target with 14 balls to spare. Chasing 151, Shazaib and Port Qasim captain Khalid Latif gave the team a quick start, bringing up the fifty in the fifth over of the innings. Latif was dismissed after an opening stand of 60, but Shahzaib continued to attack, while Khurram Manzoor stayed solid at the other end. The two put up a 94-run stand in 11.4 overs, with Shahzaib doing bulk of the scoring. National Bank’s Raza Hasan and Usman Qadir were economical in their spells, but the
other bowlers were not able to put any pressure on the batsmen. Earlier, Akmal, the National Bank captain, had revived the team with a 37ball 47 after the openers had fallen cheaply. National Bank had elected to
bat, but were immediately on the back foot losing their openers in the first four overs. But apart from the 79 Akmal, together with Aqeel Anjum, put up for the third wicket, their were no notable contributions.
so we were pretty pumped that we made the right decision. Then I was given out and had another look when I came in the change room and there was a little spot there on Hot Spot. That’s the way it goes. That’s how the review system operates. “I’ve said to our team that if you feel you’re not out then back your judgement. And if the review doesn’t go your way we move on. I’m not going to go into the DRS at the moment. We’re using it. Both teams are using it. It’s the same for both teams. We have no excuses at the moment. I’m certainly not going to use DRS as one.” Clarke also offered an extraordinary endorsement of the 19-year-old debutant Ashton Agar. Clearly impressed after watching Agar’s treatment of Graeme Swann during his startling, world record 98 at No. 11 in the first innings, Clarke declared Agar to be among the best players of spin to enter the Australia dressing room in years. Clarke explained that he had batted Agar at No. 11 in the first innings to help ease a nervous debutant into the match. But it seems inconceivable now that Agar will ever do so again for any team. His poise was on display a second time as he hung on stubbornly in the company of Brad Haddin to reach stumps on day four, Australia still needing 137 runs on the final day. “He’s as good a player against spin as we’ve had in the Australian team for a long time, so I think he’ll certainly look forward to facing Swanny tomorrow,” Clarke said. “He is definitely not a No. 11 in any team in the world. I batted him there in the first innings only so that he could find his feet in Test match cricket and get into the game. He showed he was ready. “I thought it was the right thing to let him get into the game slowly, but he obviously proved me wrong there, he batted beautifully.” Apart from Agar, Phillip Hughes in the first innings and a composed opening stand by Shane Watson and Chris Rogers on the fourth afternoon, Australia’s batsmen have largely failed to cope with the pressure imposed by England in Nottingham, even if Alastair Cook’s side have not sustained it for anywhere near as long as Australia managed.
umpire akram raza retires, accuses pcb of mistreatiNg him KARACHI: Former Pakistan Test spinner, Akram Raza has retired from umpiring, accusing some officials in the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) of mistreating him and trying to destroy his promising career as a match official. “I have decided to retire from umpiring because some officials in the PCB particularly the Director of Cricket Operations [Zakir Khan] have been non co-operative and tried to create hurdles for me,” Raza told PTI on Sunday. Raza, 48, was reinstated to the PCB umpiring panel in September last year after he was suspended for one year for his alleged involvement in an illegal betting racket. After yearlong proceedings in a Lahore court, Raza was finally cleared of the charges and named in the PCB panel of umpires for the 2012-2013 First-Class season. The former spinner, who played nine Tests and 49 ODIs, was among six persons arrested from an office plaza in Lahore in October, 2011 in charges of carrying out an illegal betting racket, but Raza had all along claimed that he had gone there to meet a friend when the police conducted the raid. “I am hugely disappointed that the PCB didn’t send my name to the International Cricket Council (ICC) for the elite panel of umpires,” Raza said. AgENcIES
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Unfortunately it looks like he has broken his arm. We won’t know for certain until we get the X-rays but it does look that way. – Phil Parkinson
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afridi is back with a baNg PROVIDENCE
AKISTAN revamped their batting for this series, but there were some familiar sights after they were put in on a drizzly day in Providence: the top order keeled over at the slightest sight of movement, Misbah-ulHaq again played a hold-it-together innings scoring at a slow rate that riled Pakistan fans, and Shahid Afridi again showed his penchant for the big moment with a innings-transforming 76 in his comeback game to set West Indies a tricky target. West Indies’ punt in picking the towering Jason Holder for Tino Best paid off spectacularly early on. Holder, playing only his fourth ODI, ripped through the new-look Pakistan line-up in a searing opening spell of 8-4-8-4 in which he had the ball swerving both ways, befuddling the batsmen. His first two wickets, both of which came with the batsmen attempting to leave the ball, showed the problems he posed. Ahmed Shehzad, playing his first ODI in two years, tried to shoulder arms but Holder got the ball to jag away late and Shehzad ended up inside-edging onto the stumps. Mohammad Hafeez, with three single-digit scores in his previous four ODIs, also looked to let the ball go but the delivery darted in to take the offstump, and leave Hafeez looking foolish. Holder then dismissed the usually reliable Nasir Jamshed, who was wrongly adjudged lbw for 6, and Asad Shafiq fell for a golden duck to a superb diving catch from wicketkeeper Johnson Charles, leaving Pakistan at 21 for 4. Another comeback man Umar Akmal was then in all sorts of bother - there were edges short of slip, several beatens, a clear caught-behind that
‘australia haVe proVed credibility’ tRENt BRIDGE AgENcIES
Australia’s crestfallen captain Michael Clarke believes his team have regained respect and credibility as contenders for the Ashes urn over the course of a wondrous, winding match at Trent Bridge, even if it concluded with the searing pain of a fifth consecutive Test defeat for the tourists. Clarke and the rest of the team were clearly hurt by a loss that arrived in cruel circumstances 12 minutes after lunch on the final day. Having added 65 with the last man James Pattinson to take the tourists to within 15 runs of victory, Brad Haddin was given out on a decision referral after the thinnest of edges behind from the bowling of the Man of the Match, James Anderson. But Clarke insisted his men had proved they were going to give England an awful fright, defying the expectations of many before the series began, and also going some way towards redeeming themselves after the humiliations of the India tour earlier this year. “I think we’ve probably proved to a few people that we’re here to compete,” Clarke said. “I said it on day one and I’m not surprised at how close we got. I’m disappointed that we couldn’t get over the line and I said last night that I still thought we could win the Test match. “So we as a team are disappointed we haven’t won this first Test but I hope we’ve earned a bit of respect by the way we’ve played. That’s what’s important. Our team is going to give our all every single time we take the field. We’re here to win this series. “We know it’s going to be tough and we’ve just experienced that over five days but for the people that have written us off or did write us off before a ball was bowled, I think we might have changed a few of their minds.”
PAKISTAN Nasir Jamshed lbw b Holder 6 Ahmed Shehzad b Holder 5 1 mohammad Hafeez b Holder 52 misbah-ul-Haq c †charles b dJ bravo 0 Asad Shafiq c charles b Holder Umar Akmal c dJ bravo b Roach 19 Shahid Afridi c Sammy b Pollard 76 7 wahab Riaz c Holder b Roach Saeed Ajmal not out 15 11 Asad Ali b dJ bravo mohammad Irfan not out 4 EXTRAS (b 1, lb 4, w 23) 28 224 TOTAL FALL OF wIcKETS 1-15 (Ahmed Shehzad, 3.3 ov), 2-18 (mohammad Hafeez, 5.6 ov), 3-21 (Nasir Jamshed, 7.6 ov), 423 (Asad Shafiq, 9.1 ov), 5-47 (Umar Akmal, 20.1 ov), 6-167 (Shahid Afridi, 38.6 ov), 7-183 (wahab Riaz, 44.2 ov), 8-200 (misbah-ul-Haq, 47.2 ov), 9-220 (Asad Ali, 49.5 ov) bOwLINg: KAJ Roach 10-0-38-2, JO Holder 10-4-13-4, dJg Sammy 8-2-35-0, dJ bravo 10-3-52-2, SP Narine 3-0-32-0, mN Samuels 3-0-24-0, KA Pollard 6-0-25-1 wEST INdIES TEAm cH gayle, J charles†, dm bravo, LmP Simmons, mN Samuels, dJ bravo*, KA Pollard, dJg Sammy, KAJ Roach, SP Narine, JO Holder match details Toss west Indies, who chose to field Player of the match tba Umpires PR Reiffel (Australia) and JS wilson TV umpire NJ Llong (England) match referee dc boon (Australia) Reserve umpire PJ Nero
was turned down and a difficult stumping chance. Pakistan lost three wickets for eight runs in a 10-over spell ending in the 14th. Misbah was his usual patient self, showing off his watertight technique as he kept out everything West Indies hurled at him. With the ball nipping around, runscoring wasn’t on his mind, and was more focused on guiding Pakistan through the difficult period, hoping the pitch would settle down as the innings progressed.
When Akmal holed out to mid-off another comeback man, Shahid Afridi, walked in, and he had only run-scoring on his mind. Pakistan were 47 for 5 and the team’s last recognised batting pair was in the middle, but that didn’t prevent Afridi from launching his third delivery for six over long-off. Given his kamikaze style of play, a quick end to his innings wouldn’t have surprised. It almost did after he belted another six and a four, but Chris Gayle put
down a tough chance at slip. After that, he could take lesser risks despite scoring rapidly as West Indies’ bowlers offered several boundary balls. Marlon Samuels offered long hops and full tosses that were dispatched beyond the rope, Darren Sammy was cleverly dinked over the shoulder before his half-volley was pounded through extra cover to bring up the half-century off 35 deliveries. The man who was expected to be the biggest threat,
Smith targets October return SPORtS DESK Graeme Smith, South Africa’s injured Test captain, is aiming for a return to action in the team’s next Test series, against Pakistan in October. Smith suffered a recurrence of an ankle injury that has plagued him throughout his career in May and was ruled out of cricket for at least five months. At the time, Smith was playing for Surrey and had to return home for surgery. He missed the Champions Trophy and will sit out of the upcoming limited-overs tour to Sri Lanka in order to make a full recovery. As matters stand, that looks set to be earlier than initial estimates with the trip to the UAE a definite possibility for Smith to make his return. Smith has made “steady progress” according to South Africa’s team manager and doctor Mohammed Moosajee and the management team are “aiming to have him for the Pakistan series”. His cast came off two-and-halfweeks ago and he has been walking on crutches since the last week of June. He is expected to use them until the first week in August, when he should be able to walk on his own. Smith’s wife, Morgan, is due to give birth to the couple’s second child this week. She wrote on a blog for You magazine that Smith has “just started rehab on his ankle so he is going to be mobile again pretty soon, which will be perfect timing for when the new baby arrives”. Although Smith is not captain in the shorter formats, his absence has been noticeable. South Africa have struggled to find a suitable partner for Hashim Amla in the 50-overs format and will head to Sri Lanka with that as one of their major concerns. Their options are between Smith’s Test opening partner Alviro Petersen, who was drafted into the Champions Trophy squad but did not play a game, and young wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock. Colin Ingram, who filled the role during the Champions
Sunil Narine, was caned out of the attack, taken for 32 in three overs. On a track where everyone else struggled, Afridi was at ease, showing the insouciance and bighitting that make him such a fan favourite. Once Afridi fell for 76 towards the end of the Powerplay, the onus was on Misbah, who couldn’t lift the rate but went on to yet another half-century. He perished in the 48th over, after 120 deliveries of defiance, but was still not satisfied, punching the air in dejection and admonishing himself after his dismissal. His and Afridi’s efforts guided Pakistan to 224, which should prove challenging for the West Indies batting order.
i’m hungry to play for pakistan: azeem ghumman SPORtS DESK
Trophy, is not expected to continue in it. While South Africa would value Smith’s presence in the one-day team, it is far more important to them to have him for Test matches. Not only has he been the leader of the Test side for a decade but he led them to No. 1 in the world last year and has spoken about his ambitions to keep them there. South Africa have not played a Test since defeating Pakistan 3-0 in a series at home in March and will make a return to
the format after eight months in October. They play two Tests in the UAE, which will be new coach Russell Domingo’s first longer-format assignment and Smith’s presence would be a huge boost. Moosajee confirmed the support staff are working toward that. “He has three months to go and we will have to take a call closer to the time but we are hopeful he will be able to play in that series,” he said. “He is doing well so far and we will continue to monitor him.”
Azeem Ghumman made his First-Class debut at the age of 16 and, was viewed at the time as one of the brightest young talents in the country. He went on to lead Pakistan to the final of the 2010 Under19 World Cup in New Zealand. Four years on, Ghumman has struggled to fulfill the promise of his early career. Whilst his inability to represent Pakistan at the highest level is a cause of concern, it’s easy to forget that Ghumman’s still only 22 years old, an age in which many players have not yet made their FirstClass debuts. Ghumman in an interview to Pakpassion began by providing an assessment of his early career, with frankness reminiscent of his time as captain of the Pakistan Under-19s, “I have always believed you should be fair with yourself and others. Prior to the Under-19 World Cup and for a short period after it, I was performing very well and leading well. It was all going smoothly, but after failing to perform, when I was appointed captain for the Pakistan A tour of Sri Lanka, I was dropped. The following year I also failed to perform in domestic cricket. I believe that is the only year in which I haven’t been able to perform.” He continues “In the years prior to that 2008 and 2009 — and in the run-up to the 2010 World Cup, I was playing well and have also in the subsequent years. However, even during my difficult year, coaches around me told me every player goes through bad patches — even the top players who suffer poor form for not only one, but perhaps through two lean years.” Ghumman indicated that although breaking into the starting eleven for his domestic side had been difficult, when given the opportunity he had been able to perform, despite his limited opportunities “When I started playing better for my department there were some good players in the squad so I wasn’t given many opportunities to play.
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A lot of nice things have happened to me in such a short time so now I must continue to improve and keep working hard. – Alberto Moreno
sporTs Monday, 15 July, 2013
stricken sauber vows to be in f1 ‘for many years’
SPORtS DESK Swiss team Sauber will remain in Formula One for “many years” despite the financial difficulties which have left suppliers unpaid, owner Peter Sauber said in a newspaper interview on Sunday. Sauber, who confirmed that he and team principal Monisha Kaltenborn had made two recent trips to Moscow, added the negotiations for a new partner were nearing a conclusion. “We will not only see out this season to the end, but we will still be in Formula One for many years,” Sauber told the Swiss newspaper Blick. “I am convinced.” “The negotiations which we have been involved are close to reaching a conclusion. I’m convinced that we will succeed in getting a rescue.” Despite the visits to Moscow, Sauber said he did not want to comment on whether the team would be joining forces with a Russian partner.
park takes lead with amaziNg 61 at maNulife SPORtS DESK Catriona Matthew saw her three-shot lead at the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic eroded as Hee Young Park sho a stunning 61. Park’s 10-under-par round gives her a one-shot lead over Angela Stanford, who shot a 64 on Saturday at Grey Silo Golf Course in Waterloo, Canada. Scotland’s Matthew shot a relatively disappointing three-under-par 68 on Saturday after opening with rounds of 63 and 64, with a double bogey on the 12th proving critical. She will start the final day two shots off the lead. Park claimed her performance was down to a red-hot putter, and said that she hadn’t even been keeping track of how many under par she was. “I didn’t realise it,” Park said after a round containing an eagle and eight birdies. “My long putting was pretty awesome. I just tried to trust it. “It’s going to be hard (on Sunday). I mean, everybody can hit it 10 under, 9 under any time, so I cannot breathe… I have to keep it going.”
froome strengthens lead with victory at mont Ventoux
SPORtS DESK Britain’s Chris Froome soloed to a remarkable stage 15 win on Bastille Day atop Mont Ventoux to extend his overall lead in the Tour de France. Britain’s Chris Froome soloed to a remarkable stage 15 win on Bastille Day atop Mont Ventoux to extend his overall lead in the Tour de France. Team Sky’s Froome left his main rivals for dead to win the longest stage of the 2013 Tour ahead of Colombia’s Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and move more than four minutes clear at the top of the general classification. A grimace turning to a triumphant grim, Froome crossed the line atop the famous moonscape of Mont Ventoux one minute and 40 seconds ahead of his big rival Alberto Contador, who finished sixth in the wheel of Saxo-Tinkoff team-mate Roman Kreuziger, to secure his second victory of the Tour after his victory in stage eight at Ax3 Domaines.
sharapoVa Names coNNors as New coach HIngIs InducTed InTo HAll oF FAMe
allen holds two-shot lead at us senior open
SPORtS DESK Michael Allen withstood four bogeys on the back nine to cling to a two-stroke lead over surging fellow-Americans Kenny Perry and Fred Funk after three rounds of the US Senior Open. American Michael Allen withstood four bogeys on the back nine to cling to a two-stroke lead over surging compatriots Kenny Perry and Fred Funk after three rounds of the U.S. Senior Open in Omaha, Nebraska, on Saturday. Allen, who seized a record five-shot lead after a brilliant seven-under-par 63 at Omaha Country Club on Friday, was 10 under par and still leading by five at the turn on another hot day at the hilly layout.
ARIA Sharapova has appointed eight-time Grand Slam winner Jimmy Connors as her new coach after parting ways with Thomas Hogstedt. The WTA world number two confirmed the split from Hogstedt on Thursday, having gone out of Wimbledon in round two against Michelle Larcher de Brito. The Russian said Hogstedt was “not able to travel in the near future”, and two days later the 26-year-old made public her new coach will be the 60-year-old
Connors via her official website. “I am really excited about our new partnership and looking forward to the upcoming tournaments,” she said. “After almost three years of working together, Thomas Hogstedt and I decided to part ways. “I am very thankful for all his work, and wish him much success in the future.” Connors won five US Open men’s singles titles, as well as Wimbledon twice and one Australian Open, and topped the ATP rankings from July 1974 to August 1977. Connors has worked with Sharapova in the past, during her preparations for the Australian Open in 2008.
Martina Hingis has been inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame, becoming one of the youngest members to be enshrined in one of the sport’s most elite clubs. The 32year-old from Switzerland was among a distinguished class of inductees who were formally inducted at Newport, Rhode Island. Hingis, who was seemingly born to play tennis and succeeded in fulfilling her destiny, told the crowd she was humbled by the honour. “Thank you, tennis. You gave me the world,” she said. “And now I honestly am out of words, because there are no words to explain what I feel. “You chose to give me a place here for eternity.” Hingis became the fourth youngest player to be inducted, following Tracy Austin (30), Bjorn Borg (31) and Hana Mandlikova (32). Born in Czechoslovakia and named after Martina Navratilova, Hingis announced her arrival on the world stage when she won the 1993 French Open junior title at just 12 years of age. She turned professional two weeks before her 14th birthday and went on to achieve a series of youngest-ever records. Hingis won five grand slam singles titles - the
1997, 1998 and 1999 Australian Opens, 1997 Wimbledon and 1997 U.S. Open and held the number one ranking for 209 weeks. She also won nine grand slam doubles titles and a mixed doubles title before injuries forced her into early retirement at the age of 22. Hingis made a comeback four years later but retired after testing positive for cocaine. She denied using the drug but retired without fighting the ban. The International Tennis Hall of Fame president Stan Smith said Hingis was a worthy recipient. “Having achieved world number one status in both singles and doubles and having won an incredible 15 grand slam tournament titles, Martina Hingis is undoubtedly one of the world’s elite tennis players, and we are glad to pay tribute to her among the legends of the sport,” Smith said.
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I’m just learning from the first-team players and trying to show that until the season starts. Hopefully I can do well. – Jordon Ibe
toure injury scare as pellegrini’s city lose
ANUEL Pellegrini made a losing start to life as Manchester City manager with a 2-0 loss to Supersport in Pretoria - but an injury to Yaya Toure is his main worry. The powerul Ivory Coast midfielder Toure emerged for the second-half in a match that lacked any sort of realism due to the amount of changes made by both
commey wants mathews after ending truscott’s feisty effort in the eighth
sides, but wound up hobbling up the tunnel with a leg knock on 84 minutes. Fernandinho made his debut for the visitors, but contributed nothing of note before being replaced at the outset of the second period. Amid the rash of changes that spoiled the match from a competitive perspective, Cavin Johnson’s side stuck to the plan a bit better. Goals from Meme Niang on 56 minutes and a cool Kermit Erasmus effort with eight minutes left secured he
South African Premier League side a surprise win. The team that finished sixth in their domestic league last term were rewarded for working tirelessly to close down space against their more revered opponents, who will surely not be too downhearted with over a month until the start of the Premier League campaign. They must wait now to learn of the condition of Yaya Toure before their South African tour continues against Amazulu in Durban on Thursday.
dynamite derry stops coyle, selby marches on SPORtS DESK
SPORtS DESK In a highly entertaining fight at the York Hall last night, Ghanaian lightweight Richard ‘Azonto’ Commey (16-0) stopped Middlesbrough’s former British super featherweight champion Paul ‘Trussy’ Truscott (19-4) in the eighth round to extend his perfect record to sixteen wins, all inside the distance. The fight was a final eliminator for the Commonwealth lightweight title, now held by Derry Mathews after the Liverpudlian pulled a left hook out of nowhere to stop Hull’s Tommy Coyle in the tenth at the Craven Park Stadium. Mathews was well behind on the scorecards. Enjoying vocal Ghanaian and English support, Commey (9st 8lbs 2oz) set a fast pace, which Truscott (9st 7lbs 4oz) was prepared for, and coped with. Commey went down from a slip in the first, and afterwards ‘Trussy’ put him on the ropes and under pressure, but the Ghanaian dealt with the onslaught, Azonto’d his way out of trouble, and returned fire. Referee Mark Green quickly put a stop to some goodnatured afters at the end of the first. Truscott had Commey in retreat somewhat, but after some neat counter punching the Ghanaiain turned the tables halfway through the second, and edged some good exchanges on the ropes.
On the big outdoors bill at Craven Park in Hull, British and Commonwealth featherweight champion Lee Selby took a 12 round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Romanian Viorel Simion and in the process, his WBC International title. Simion was ranked at fourth by the WBC and was expected to be a serious test for Selby, who might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but nobody should be in any doubt that the man from Barry, Wales is a special talent as he outclassed a tough opponent in Simion via scores of 116-112, 118-110 and 115-113. Selby (8st 13lb 4oz) struggled to impose his authority during the early part of the fight as Simion (8st 13lb 9oz) proved the expected step up in class. Lee came out behind his long jab, and found a couple of good shots in the opening round - a left hook to the body and a left uppercut inside as Simion was made to miss. The Romanian was responsible for a scrappy fight throughout, with his crude attacks quite surprising for such a decorated amateur (Simion was a bronze medallist at the 2005 world amateur championships). When he did raid, Simion did so with aggression, although Selby was able to keep the higher workrate throughout behind a sharp jab. Another uppercut in round two caught Simion coming in, as the visitor launched another messy attack at the bell. Selby seemed content to box more on the back foot, and to score with single punches although his variety is always good - lead right hands, accurate short left hooks and uppercuts all landing. The Welshman was certainly guilty of
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hearts hero Naysmith hails faNs SPORtS DESK Gary Naysmith was “touched” by his reception from Hearts fans as he turned out for his former club in the friendly win at Dunfermline - and he knows such support will be vital as the team battle against the odds this season. Naysmith played the last 10 minutes of Hearts’ 2-1 win at East End Park on Saturday as a trialist after joining former team-mate Gary Locke’s side for pre-season training. The former Scotland left-back helped Hearts end a 36-year major trophy drought by winning the Scottish Cup in 1998 before departing for Everton in a big-money move two years later, and his introduction sparked a standing ovation from more than 3,000 Hearts fans. With administration-hit Hearts starting the season 15 points adrift of their top-flight rivals and with a first team featuring just three players aged over 21, Naysmith knows they will need similar support throughout the season. Naysmith, who made his Hearts debut aged 17, said: “It’s not something I had thought about, but it just shows you that they never forget you, the Hearts fans.
mccall keen to seal mcfadden deal SPORtS DESK Motherwell manager Stuart McCall hopes James McFadden will feature against Newcastle on Tuesday as a fully signed-up member of his squad. McFadden, a free agent since his shortterm deal at Fir Park expired in May, spent last week training with Motherwell in Spain but was excused for Saturday’s goalless friendly at Doncaster. McCall told MFC TV: “The most James would have got is the last 15 minutes and would it have been worth it? “He has not missed a session since he joined us and has worked hard. “He’ll be in on Monday morning hopefully to get things tied up and look to play a part in the game on Tuesday against Newcastle.”
we’ll strike right balance: millar SPORtS DESK
waiting a lot more than we are used to seeing - the super confident fighter of the past 18 months more circumspect, happy to pick up points with tidy boxing. There wasn’t a great deal for the muted crowd to get excited about - Simion marching forward, working hard to no avail - Selby controlling the action without having to get involved although Selby experienced some worrying moments in the ninth - shipping a left hook, right hand shortly before an even more solid hook snapped his head back. Lee was beginning to look ragged and concerned going into the last three rounds. The tenth saw Simion’s work a lot more measured, picking punches and looking for openings as opposed to his earlier roughhousing strategy. More solid punches in round eleven had Selby in reverse gear, again looking uncomfortable being backed into a corner and tagged with a right to the side of the head. It was surprising to see Selby’s uncertainty in dealing with a
fighter who kept coming forward and was able to take Lee’s punches throughout. Simon was able to close the points gap with the cleaner work over the late rounds, but Selby had already put daylight between them on the scorecards. The regular breaks for referee Ian John Lewis to deal with loose tape on the gloves was symptomatic of the fight nothing flowed for Selby and he had to grind out the rounds. Undoubtedly he’ll have better nights than this one. It wasn’t the usual fireworks display we have been used to seeing, and perhaps some onlookers would have been disappointed as a result. That really says more about the high standards he has set himself, as he got the job in competent fashion against a world-rated opponent and can move on. He needs another defence of his British title to earn a Lonsdale belt outright, so a Ryan Walsh fight in September is likely, with Walsh having been named mandatory challenger.
Midfielder Chris Millar has learned from St Johnstone’s foray into the Europa League last season - and will not give Rosenborg too much respect on Thursday night. St Johnstone are looking for improvement on last term’s 3-1 aggregate defeat by Eskisehirspor when they travel to Norway for the first leg of the second qualifying round. Saints TV quoted Millar: “When we went to Turkey we gave them too much respect and we sat in too much. “Obviously you have got to respect they are a very good side and they’ll be looking to score.
elbow problem won’t be an issue: woods SPORtS DESK Tiger Woods still needs medication and treatment on his left elbow but does not believe the injury will pose a problem in next week’s Open at Muirfield. The world number one had been suffering with minor discomfort ahead of last month’s U.S. Open in Pennsylvania where he aggravated the problem and was seen wincing and shaking his arm on several occasions. Woods has not played since the second major championship of the season at Merion. “I started chipping and putting a little over a week ago and I’m full go for the British Open,” Woods said on his website (www.tigerwoods.com) on Saturday.
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terrorists BUrn 4 oil tankers in CHagHi MONItORING DESK/AGENCIES Terrorists on Sunday burnt four oil tankers carrying fuel for a Chinese company in Chaghi district of Balochistan. Levies official Ghulam Haider told a local newspaper that terrorists opened fire on four oil tankers carrying fuel for a Chinese company, operating in the Sandak CopperGold project, in Chaghi. He said all tankers caught fire. “Flames of fire and thick black smoke could be seen on the spot,” Haider said, adding that there was no information regarding the number of terrorists involved in the attack. The drivers managed to escape unhurt, he said further. The adminis-
tration was facing difficulties to put off the fire due to the lack of firefighters. This is the second such incident in the province in a week. Earlier, the terrorists had torched a tanker in Mastung District. Separately, Levies officials recovered a seven-year-old abducted boy and arrested three kidnappers in Killa Abdullah District. Killa Abdullah Assistant Commissioner Alam Faraz said that the boy was kidnapped a few days ago for ransom. He said a levies party was formed to recover the child. “The child has been recovered unhurt during the operation,” the official said. He added that three kidnappers were also taken into custody and weapons were seized from them.
The kidnappers have been shifted to Quetta for interrogation. Meanwhile, one passenger was killed and two injured when bandits opened fire on a bus in Kalat District of Balochistan on Sunday. Levies sources said the incident took place near Kadh Kocha, between Kalat and Mastung, when the bandits tried to intercept Karachi-bound passenger bus. The bandits opened fire after the driver tried to evade the scene. A passenger died on the scene and another two were injured. Passengers and transporters blocked Karachi-Quetta Highway against the incident. Separately, police recovered a body from Nasirabad area of Turbat District. According to police, acting on a tip off, police
team reached the scene and took the body into custody. Later, the body was shifted to nearby hospital morgue where the deceased was identified as Abdul Hameed. The body was handed over to the heirs after legal formalities. Strict security arrangements had been adopted for Ramazan bazaars. Police officials, both in uniform and civvies, were deployed in and around these bazaars who after thorough checking allowed entry to people into bazaars. Police mobile squads were also deployed near these bazaars. Police and members of bazaar committees also checked people with metal detectors. Security officials also patrolled the roads and streets of the city.
oUtages DUring seHri norMalCy retUrns as MoCk all ClaiMs of goVt egypt asseMBles a CaBinet ISLAMABAD/LAHORE/KARACHI NNI
GYPT’S interim prime minister was assembling his cabinet on Sunday to lead the country under an armybacked “road map” to restore civil rule, with peace having returned to the streets after the military removed President Mohamed Morsi. Hazem el-Beblawi, a 76year-old liberal economist appointed interim prime minister last week, is tapping technocrats and liberals for a government to run the country under a temporary constitution until parliamentary elections in about six months. A former ambassador to the United States, Nabil Fahmy, accepted the post of foreign minister, a sign of the importance the government places in its relationship with the superpower that provides $1.3 billion a year in military aid. Mohamed ElBaradei, a former senior UN diplomat, was sworn in as vice president, a job he was offered last week. Government sources have told Reuters that el-Beblawi will offer the finance ministry to Hany Kadri, formerly the official who oversaw Egypt’s negotiations for a rescue with the International Monetary Fund, which stalled under Morsi. “It is so good that finally we are being recognized as Egyptian citizens and given better representation in the government,” said Joseph Shukry, a 31-year-old
Copt in Cairo. Sunday marks a week without street violence after clashes between the army, Morsi supporters and opponents killed more than 90 people in the days after his overthrow. Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically elected president, has been held incommunicado at an undisclosed location since the army removed him from power after millions took to the streets to march against him. The authorities have not charged him with a crime but said on Saturday they were investigating complaints against him over spying, inciting violence and wrecking the economy. Charges of inciting violence have already been issued against many of the Brotherhood’s top figures, although in most cases police have not followed through with arrests. The Brotherhood says the criminal charges are part of a crackdown against it and the authorities are to blame for the violence. Thousands of Morsi’s followers have maintained a vigil in a square near a northeast Cairo mosque vowing not to leave until he is restored, a hope that now seems in vain. Tens of thousands marched on Friday, but the demonstrations ended peacefully. “We feel in the last few days there’s more stability, more chance for an economic improvement because there hasn’t been a lot of violence,” said Ahmed Hilmi, 17, as he manned an open air stall selling juice for people to take
home to break their Ramadan fasts. The Brotherhood has called for more marches on Monday. Morsi’s opponents have also called for demonstrations, although their protests are attracting far fewer people now that they have achieved their aim of bringing him down. Beblawi’s challenge is setting up a government that will appear inclusive without Islamists. The Brotherhood has said it will have no dealings whatsoever with a regime it says was imposed after a “fascist coup”. The authorities have instead been courting another large Islamist group, the ultraorthodox Nour party, sometime Morsi allies who broke with him and accepted the army takeover. Nour says it is not seeking ministerial posts of its own but is backing technocrats and offering advice to Beblawi. FREEzE: Egypt’s public prosecutor on Sunday ordered the freezing of assets belonging to 14 top Muslim Brotherhood leaders as part of an investigation into deadly violence, sources said. The order by Hisham Barakat affects nine Muslim Brotherhood leaders, including the group’s general guide Mohamed Badie, and five Islamists from other groups including ex-militant faction Gamaa Islamiya. The investigation relates to four incidents since the military’s ouster of Morsi on July 3, including clashes in Cairo last Monday in which 53 people died.
Tall claims of the government for carrying out no load shedding during Iftar and Sehri seem to have fallen flat as several cities across the country including Karachi and Lahore were hit by power outages during Sehri on Sunday. Various areas of Karachi, Lahore, Mardan, Multan and Swat among several other cities Sunday morning once again experienced unannounced load shedding during Sehri. The authorities had claimed that power load shedding would not be carried out in Sehri, Iftari and Taraweeh timings, however, the real situation is the other way round. In Lahore, outages were reported from Karim Park, Qasurpura, Ravi Road, Misri Shah, Chah Miran, Bhati Gate and Lohari Gate, much to the inconvenience of people during Sehri. In Karachi, several areas including Ahsanabad, Gulshan Maymar, Sarjani Town, Buffer
Zone, North Karachi, New Karachi, Gulshan Iqbal, Gulistan Iqbal and Malir remained without electricity during Sehri. Power outages were also reported from Faisalabad, Khanewal, Chakwal, Renala Khurd, Shikarpur, Khairpur, Hayderabad, Mirpur, Swat, Shorkot, Jahangira, Mirpur Khas, Shahdadkot and Kohat. Meanwhile, the power shortfall has mounted to 5,000 megawatts across the country. According to the water and power ministry sources, current demand of electricity is 17,500 megawatt but the production is only 12,500 megawatt. On Saturday, the power production mounted to 13,500 megawatt but on Sunday 1500 megawatts were produced less than the previous day, they added. Currently, power demand in twin city is 1,500 megawatt but only 700 megawatt of the electricity is being supplied to the IESCO for Rawalpindi and Islamabad. The twin cities were facing 850 megawatt shortfall now, said the officials of water and power ministry.
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Pakistan star allrounder Shahid Afridi shone with the bat and ball in the first one-day international against West Indies in Guyana to tear apart the West Indians in a low scoring match.The Windies were bundles out for 98. Afridi contributed a crucial 76 with the bat as he steered Pakistan to a fighting total of 224 for 9, before spinning his
magic with the ball, bowiling nine overs with impressive figures of three maidens and seven wickets while conceding only 12 runs. The biggest breakthrough came for Pakistan through accuracy in the field from Misbah-ul-Haq, whose slide-rule throw from cover took out the stumps and caught Chris Gayle well short of the crease. Before that, it was the hostility of Irfan that rattled West Indies. Detailed story of the first innings is carried on the sports pages.
pti to play actiVe role as real oppositioN: hashmi ISLAMABAD APP
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Javed Hashmi on Sunday said his party would play the role of an active opposition in parliament in order to strengthen the democratic process in the country. He said the PTI was one of the largest political forces in the country and the voice of the masses. Furthermore, he said he had always been an opponent of non-democratic elements and his party was committed to uprooting the traditional, inherited political party system in the country. Hashmi added that the PTI would bring a people-friendly system aimed at building a new Pakistan. In response to a question, he said the PTI would support the government over national issues while simultaneously reminding them of the general public’s problems. The PTI leader said democracy was the only solution to the country’s problems, adding that the PTI was a democratic force which would play active role for betterment of the country.
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Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch has suspended Deputy Commissioner and Assistant Commissioner of Washuk for dereliction of duty. According to sources, the notification for the suspension of DC Asad Ullah and AC Abdul Samad Baloch has been issued on charges of remaining absent from duty for 11 days. The chief minister also formed a vigilance committee to ensure presence of district officer on their duties.
bombs iN iraQi shia proViNces kill 15 BASRA: A string of bomb blasts in predominantly Shia provinces of Iraq killed at least 15 people on Sunday, police and medics said. The largest explosion took place in the southern oil hub of Basra, where at least eight people were killed when a bomb exploded near the headquarters of a Shia political party. The violence is part of a sustained campaign of militant attacks since the start of the year that has prompted fears of wider conflict in a country where ethnic Kurds and Shia and Sunni Muslims have yet to find a stable power-sharing compromise. It was not clear who was behind Saturday’s explosions, but Sunni insurgents, including the al Qaedaaffiliated Islamic State of Iraq, have been regaining strength in recent months, security sources say. AgENcIES
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nawaz orDers inqUiry into Cost esCalation MONItORING DESK Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has ordered an inquiry into the increase of cost in the construction of Nandipur power project on Sunday. The prime minister directed the federal secretary planning division to submit a report within three days, according to an official handout. The directives of Nawaz stated that all dimensions of the matter be taken into account and the report be submitted after thorough scrutiny. The prime minister, who is currently in Lahore, issued the directive following media reports pointing an increase in the cost of project from $329 million to $570 million. The reports questioned the increase
and claimed the additional funds would go to a certain private sector company. The water and power ministry countered this by stating that the revised cost estimation was owing to a change in the price of individual items. Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif called on the premier at Jati Umra where it was decided that the planning division would be called to resolve the matter. The prime minister would be inaugurating Pakistan’s first private hydropower IPP in Mirpur today (Monday). The 84 MW run-of-the river New Bong Escape Hydropower Project will replace approximately 135,000 tons of oil import valued in excess of US$ 100 million per annum. Laraib’s New Bong Escape Hy-
dropower Project will contribute 540 GWh of green energy annually into the national grid under a 25 year PPA with NTDC. This project will provide cheaper electricity and energy security to the country. Laraib Energy Ltd is a subsidiary of the Hub Power Company (Hubco). The Hubco is now also poised to be the first IPP to convert its power station to coal to provide even cheaper energy and save hundreds of millions of dollars being spent on oil imports every year. One of the biggest issues of power sector in Pakistan is the expensive power generation, and inauguration of the country’s first private sector hydro IPP by Laraib had paved the way for private sector investment in hydropower
projects for producing cheap electricity. The project was scheduled to be completed in 42 months, itself a demanding target, but has been completed over two months earlier comparing three similar low-head hydropower projects on the Ohio River, USA, totaling 191 MW started one year before NBE hydropower project but still has one year to commercial operations. The New Bong Escape Hydropower Project has the distinction of being Pakistan’s first hydropower project to be registered with the United Nations’ Framework Convention on Climate Change as clean mechanism development (CDM) Project, and has made solid contribution in offsetting green house emission globally.
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The Asian Development Bank and other lending banks, multilateral IDB, IFC and Proparco France and two domestic commercial banks - NBP and HBL played a pro-active and constructive role in structuring the project and finance documents thus making this pioneering project a reality. The successful completion of Pakistan’s first independent hydropower project by a private investor, in record time, has given hope for harnessing the vast potential of the country’s water sector. As per official estimates, Pakistan has 100,000 MW of hydel power generation. However, only about 6,500 MW of potential has been harnessed so far.