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Wednesday, 17 July, 2013 Ramadan 7, 1434
Islamabad — Peshawar Edition
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SC to judge constitutional grounds of MPs’ discretionary funds Expenditure from public exchequer not exempted from audit: SC
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pakistan denies reports of taliban cell in syria
Hazaras threaten civil disobedience against killings
president approves Fasih Bokhari’s termination
pakistan struggle to chase Windies’ target
The Foreign Office has denied reports regarding the presence of Pakistani Taliban militants in Syria, saying “no militant has left the country,” the BBC reported on Tuesday. Speaking to the BBC Urdu, Foreign Office spokesman Azaz Ahmed Chaudhry clarified that Pakistan would never like to see terrorist elements traveling abroad and taking part in any insurgency through terrorist activities. page 02
Hazara political parties have threatened a civil disobedience movement against the targeted killing of their community members, the latest episode of which saw four Hazaras being shot dead on Monday evening. A complete shutter down strike was observed on Tuesday in parts of the provincial capital against Monday’s killings on Masjid Road. page 03
On the advice of the prime minister, President Asif Ali Zardari on Tuesday approved the termination of Admiral (r) Fasih Bokhari as National Accountability Bureau chairman in accordance with the Supreme Court judgment. The summary of the Ministry of Law and Justice states that the SC in its judgment dated May 28, 2013 declared the appointment of Bokhari as NAB chairman to be without lawful authority. page 02
Team Pakistan were 151 for 6 at 2am last night as they chased a target of 233 set by the West Indies earlier in the evening. Shahid Afridi was stumped for five while Nasir Jamshed’s charmed innings was brought to an end by Roach who caught a skier. Umar Akmal and Wahab Riaz were struggling to achieve the target as Pakistan’s top order didn’t exactly cover itself with glory. MONITORING DESK EARLIER STORY PAGE 21
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HrD Ministry fails to notify minimum pay raise
Wednesday, 17 July, 2013
No NotificatioN yet for iNcrease iN miNimum wage despite oNe moNth’s lapse
President aPProves Punjab governor’s resignation ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari on Tuesday approved the resignation of former Punjab Governor Makhdoom Syed Ahmad Mahmud and authorised the Punjab Assembly speaker to perform the functions until the appointment of a new governor. The president gave the approval on the advice of the prime minister. It may be recalled that the Punjab governor had tendered his resignation in May 2013, which was sent to the Cabinet Division after the approval of the president for further processing in June 2013. APP
overseas Pakistanis to get ‘gifts’ for record remittances ISLAMABAD: After sending a record amount of $14 billion in remittances to the country, the federal government seems to be looking kindly towards the overseas Pakistanis. One of the various measures taken by the government to benefit the overseas Pakistanis is changing a policy which would now entitle overseas Pakistanis to have pension after returning to the country. Similarly, their life insurance period has been extended to lifetime rather than the current two-year term. And the most important measure taken is giving the overseas Pakistanis the right of vote from the next general elections for which a law has already been approved and now just needs approval from the federal cabinet. NNI
He federal government’s commitment towards the working and labour classes can be gauged by the fact that despite a lapse of around one month, a notification about rise of the minimum wage from Rs 8,000 to Rs 10,000 has not yet been made by the government. The National Assembly had approved the provision of minimum wage raise in the Finance Bill 2013 which was passed on June 27. Initially, the provision was not a part of the finance bill but Finance Minister Ishaq Dar made the announcement to increase the minimum wage to Rs 10,000 on the recommendation of Senate Finance Committee on June 21. The delay in notification means that millions of low-paid workers would be deprived of their basic right as the employees’ Old-Age Benefits Institution (eOBI) would not be able to get deductions for workers benefit from different departments according to the pay raise. Interestingly, neither the office of the federal secretary, Ministry of Human Resource Development, nor any other high-ranking official of the Ministry of Human Resources know that they have to make the notification in this regard to enable the eOBI to enhance deductions for pensions from parent organisations of workers from different public sector organisations so pension and other benefits could be increased accordingly. A source in the ministry of HRD said no notification had yet been issued by the ministry.
The source said that only when the ministry would issue the notification, the eOBI would be able to increase its deduction from the parents departments of the government for pensions. “Previously, we were making the deductions against Rs 8,000 minimum wage while now from July 1, we would have to make deductions against minimum wage of Rs 10,000. But if raise is not notified, we will follow Rs 8,000 pay model,” the source said, adding that the notification was mandatory to help increase deductions for pensions of the employees. It was a tradition that the prime minister announces minimum pay raise in his speech on Labour Day each year on May 1 which is subsequently notified by the ministry of HRD. “However, the caretaker PM did not announce the raise this year leaving the matter to elected leadership," the source added. The sources said that under the law, the notification by the HRD Ministry would enable the eOBI to enhance deductions for pensions of the workers of different public sector organisations so that pension could be made upon retirement. When contacted, HRD Secretary Munir Qureshi was not available for comment. Nawab Din, his private secretary (PS), promised to come up with a response, stating that the notification had to be made by the Finance Ministry. However, he did not respond later despite repeated calls. Mohammad Asif, PRO for the ministry, said the subject of minimum wage had been devolved to the provincial governments along with the labour ministry. He also said that the provincial governments would make notification while Chief Commissioner Islamabad would make notification for federal capital. When informed that it was mandatory for the HRD secretary to notify minimum wage raise so as the eOBI could increase deductions form salaries of workers accordingly on the basis of the said notification, the PRO promised to get the official version but did not re-
spond later. eOB Act 1976 was enforced with effect from April 01, 1976, to achieve the objective of Article 38 (C) of the Constitution, by providing for compulsory social insurance. It extends old-age benefits to insured persons or their survivors. Under eOB Scheme, insured persons are entitled to avail benefit like, Old-Age Pension (on retirement), Invalidity Pension (in case of permanent disability), Old-Age Grant (when an insured person attains superannuation age but does not possess the minimum threshold for pension) Survivor's Pension (in case an insured person has expired). eOBI does not receive any financial assistance from the government for carrying out its operations. A contribution equal to 5 percent of minimum wages has to be paid by the employers of all the industrial and commercial organisations where eOB act is applicable and a contribution equal to 1 percent of minimum wage by the employees of the organisations. The minimum wage is meant to be a tool for combating poverty and preventing unfair wages. A federal minimum wage was first set in 1938 by The Fair Labour and Standards Act in the US. Monthly minimum wages in Pakistan are recommended by the federal government under nationally-applicable labour policies and set by the Provincial Minimum Wages Board under the Minimum Wages Ordinance, 1961. Pakistan's first minimum wage was introduced in 1992 when it was set at Rs 1,500 per month. It was, subsequently, raised and in 1996, the amount was increased to Rs 1,650 per month. The wage was increased in 1998 to Rs 1,950 per month while in 2006, it was raised to Rs 4,000 per month. In year 2007, the minimum wage was increased to Rs 4,600 per month while the following year in 2008 to Rs 6,000 per month. In 2010, the minimum wage was again raised to Rs 7,000 per month. In 2012, the raise was made to Rs 8,000 per month.
Pakistan denies reports of Taliban cell in Syria MONITORING DESK The Foreign Office has denied reports regarding the presence of Pakistani Taliban militants in Syria, saying “no militant has left the country,” the BBC reported on Tuesday. Speaking to the BBC Urdu, Foreign Office spokesman Azaz Ahmed Chaudhry clarified that Pakistan would never like to see terrorist elements traveling abroad and taking part in any insurgency through terrorist activities. “Pakistani officials will never allow them to do so,” he added. Meanwhile, spokesman for Pakistan’s Interior Ministry, Umar Hameed also denied the reports saying no state institutions, including intelligence agencies and the office of the IG Balochistan Police, could verify the authenticity of the claims. He said the country’s interior policy is clear regarding militancy, and concerned personnel are deployed and are on the alert at all exit points of Pakistan. Moreover, Pakistan’s envoy in Damascus Wahid Ahmed has told BBC that the Pakistani embassy there has yet to receive any formal complaint regarding the formation of a ‘cell’ by the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) or their contacts with the Syrian rebels. It is pertinent to mention that a Pakistani Taliban commander told BBC on Friday that they had set up a cell in Syria six months ago to "assess the need of jihad" in the region. Taliban commander Mohammad Amin, who he said was an operative of the TTP monitoring cell in Syria, was further quoted as saying that the cell sends "information and feedback" on the conflict in Syria back to Pakistan. Yesterday, some key commanders of the outlawed TTP including Abdul Rashid Abbasi told a local news outlet that the first of batch of Pakistani Taliban fighters had reached Syria and had established a command and control center to launch operational activities alongside Syrian rebels to fight President Bashar al-Assad’s regime. Abbasi also claimed that “another batch of 120 to 150 fighters is on its way from different routes and will reach Syrian cities this week to join the force.”
President Zardari approves Longest fast lasts Bokhari’s termination 21 hrs 13 mins ISLAMABAD APP
On the advice of the prime minister, President Asif Ali Zardari on Tuesday approved the termination of Admiral (r) Fasih Bokhari as National Accountability Bureau chairman in accordance with the Supreme Court judgment in a constitution petition No 73 of 2011. The summary of the Ministry of Law and Justice states that the Supreme Court of Pakistan in its judgment dated May 28, 2013 declared the appointment of Admiral (r) Fasih Bokhari as NAB chairman to be without lawful au-
thority and was set aside with immediate effect. The NAB chairman, the summary states, had filed a review petition against the order but the operation of the said order had not been suspended. In light of the decision of the Supreme Court, the Ministry of Law a n d
Justice proposed to the prime minister to advise the president to annul the said appointment from the date when the judgment was passed by the court. Accordingly, the president approved the termination. BOKHARI MOVES SC: On the other hand, Bokhari has filed petition in the Supreme Court seeking staying of the new NAB chairman’s appointment. Bokhari has prayed the court to hear on July 22 his review petition against its decision on nullification of his appointment as the NAB chairman. He has taken the plea that if a new chairman NAB was appointed per court’s order, his review petition would stand ineffective and his right to a fair trial would be affected.
In the month of Ramadan this year, the longest fast is being observed in Scandinavian countries whereas Argentina has the shortest fasting hours. During Ramadan, Muslims all over the world observe a dawn to dusk fast but the duration of the fast differs from place to place. Muslims in Scandinavian countries observe a 21- hour- long fast every day. Turkey's Ramadan fasting hours average 17 hours, whereas Argentina observes the shortest fast lasting merely 9.20 hours. More than 1.5 billion Muslims throughout the world fast for different hours, Anadolu news agency reported. The longest fast is observed in Iceland capital Reykjavik (21 hours 13 minutes) followed by Finland capital Helsinki (19 hours
50 minutes), whereas Muslims in Stockholm, Oslo and Copenhagen fast for 19 hours 30 minutes. Fasting lasts 18 hours 37 minutes in Russian capital Moscow. Muslims of USA's biggest city, New York fast for 16 hours 21 minutes. Muslims in Ottawa, Canada fast for 18 hours 23 minutes. The shortest fast of the world is observed in Argentina's Ushuaia (9 hours 20 minutes), followed by Australia's Hobart (11 hours 7 minutes). RAMAdAn In MIddlE EAST: Muslims in the egyptian capital Cairo, fast for 14 hours 52 minutes. Palestinian city Gaza's Muslims fast for 16 hours, whereas fasting time averages 14 hours 20 minutes in Lebanon’s capital Beirut. Muslims in Damascus and Baghdad fast for 15 and 14 hours 15 minutes, respectively.
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Pakistan to get new president on aug 6 ISLAMABAD AGENCIES
He election to choose the next president of Pakistan will be held on August 6, over a month earlier than expected, in a move seen as an attempt to hasten the exit of incumbent Asif Ali Zardari. The schedule for the presidential election was announced on Tuesday by the election Commission. "The schedule has been approved by Chief election Commissioner Fakhrudin G Ibrahim in a special meeting,” said an election Commission official, asking not to be named. Zardari, currently on a private visit to Dubai and London, is set to complete his five-year term on September 8. He has announced that he will not run for a second term. The announcement
Pia hostess arrested for attemPting to smuggle 48 smart Phones
ppp slams electioN commissioN’s decisioN to hold presideNtial polls a moNth earlier thaN scheduled eNd of term of presideNt asif Zardari
of the date for the presidential poll came as a surprise to observers as the electoral college is currently incomplete. By-elections for 42 vacant seats in the national and provincial assemblies will be held on August 22. The four provincial assemblies and the two houses of parliament form the electoral college for
Hazara political parties have threatened a civil disobedience movement against the targeted killing of their community members, the latest episode of which saw four Hazaras being shot dead on Monday evening. A complete shutter down strike was observed on Tuesday in parts of the provincial capital against Monday’s killings on Masjid Road. All major shops and markets remained closed on Toghi Road, Abdul Sattar Road, Alamdar Road, MecChongi road and their adjoining areas. Political leaders of the Hazara community have held state institutions responsible for the attack. At the Quetta Press Club, chiefs of the various Hazara political and rights groups gathered to address a press conference including Hazara Political Workers’ chief Muhammad Tahir Khan Hazara, Hazara Jirga chief Qayyum Chengaizi, president of the Shia Conference Daud Agha and Member Provincial Assembly Agha Muhammad. They demanded an immediate halt to the targeted killing of Hazara youngsters. “If this series does not stop, we will jam the entire city with other sympathising parties,” they said, adding that the killers of the four persons on Masjid Road were also responsible for the killing of three at Khud-e-Dad Chowk. They said that the attacks had been carried out as part of a conspiracy to promote sectarian violence in the
traP set for Power thieves: rashid
QUETTA: Markets across the city remained closed on Tuesday in protest against the killings of six Hazara Shias the other day. INP
city. The Hazara leaders said that they were out of ideas for where they could go to secure their constitutional and human rights, adding that thousands of Hazara youngsters have been killed during the past few
years. “State institutions are directly involved in our massacre,” they alleged and added that instead of providing them protection, Hazaras were being pushed against the wall. With the stores closed, the streets
Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Senator Pervez Rashid has said that a trap has been laid down against those responsible for the current power crisis. Talking to newsmen at a ceremony held in connection with family summer camp of the National Press Club on Tuesday, the minister warned that the government official involved in abetting the heinous crime of gas and power theft would be shown the door. He said the power houses generating less power than their capacity would be closed down. He claimed the government would be in a position to produce electricity more than its requirement within three-and-a-half years with the execution of the current or proposed power projects. He said the project of Nandipur would also be completed within a record time. To a question about the appointment of new chairman of National Accountability Bureau (NAB), he said the opposition had forwarded the names of persons with good repute. However, he said, a person accepted to all would be appointed on this coveted office. Replying to another question about the presidential candidate, he said the government had not yet decided about the presidential candidate, adding the election to the office of presidency would be held when the electoral college was completed. However, he said, under the constitution there was no bar in holding of presidential election if the electoral college remained incomplete due to any reason. Referring to the secret fund, he said the government had already abolished it and he also assured to conduct audit of the secret funds used by the previous governments.
nominations will be scrutinised on July 26 and the official nominees will be announced on July 29. Zardari, 57, replaced former military ruler Pervez Musharraf and managed to survive despite strong criticism from the media and opposition. It is believed that the move to hold the poll on August 6 is part of efforts by Zardari's opponents to force him to resign as he will be a "lame duck" president after his successor is elected. So far, political parties have not revealed the names of their candidates though the PML-N held a meeting in the Prime Minister's House to discuss various names for the top post. Sources said Iqbal Zafar Jhagra, Sartaj Aziz, Mumtaz Bhutto and Ghaus Ali Shah were among those considered by the PML-N leadership but no decision was made about the final nominee.
Hazara political parties threaten civil disobedience against targeted killings STAFF REPORT
An airhostess of the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) was arrested on Tuesday when she tried to smuggle in a large quantity of smart phones. According to media reports, airhostess named Nusrat arrived at Islamabad via PIA flight PK 786 from London. During routine search, Customs officials found 48 smartphones from her luggage. The Customs officials have taken the airhostess into custody. The price of each phone is estimated at Rs 70,000. earlier, two other airhostesses of national flag carrier were involved in smuggling of drugs in laptop and in an aircraft toilet.
the presidential poll and voting is held in the assemblies. According to the current strength of political parties in the national and provincial assemblies, the nominee of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will easily win the election. Khurshid Shah, a senior leader of Zardari's Pakistan People's Party, criticised the decision to hold the election before the President completes his term. "I don't know why they are doing it before the completion of the electoral college. The presidential election can be legally held only after August 22," Shah told reporters. Former election Commission secretary Kanwar Dilshad too criticised the decision. According to the official schedule, the last day for submitting nomination papers is July 24. The
Three, including cleric, gunned down in Quetta
appeared barren. Stringent measures of security were adopted by the government and law enforcement agencies including police, Frontier Corps (FC) and the Anti Terrorist Force patrolled the area.
1,726 fall Prey to violence in six months: hrcP LAHORE: As many as 1,726 people fell victim to target killings and sectarian violence in Karachi during the last six months of the current year, says a report prepared by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP). In its report released from Lahore, the HRCP said in the previous year this figure was 1,205 during the same amount of time. The commission said 291 people were killed in January, 271 in February, 311 in March, 262 in April, 278 in May and 313 people were killed in June 2013. It said these people fell victim to target killings, sectarian violence and other incidents. The commission expressed concern over the figures and said it seemed as it was not the priority of the government to stop killings and violence in the financial hub. ONlINE
rangers solDier kills taxi Driver in karacHi QUETTA: Hazara Shias on Tuesday bury the victims of two separate incidents of violence the other day. INP
Three people, including a religious scholar, were gunned down on Khuda'ay Dad Road in the provincial capital late night between Monday and Tuesday. Police sources said that Molvi Mohib Ullah, a religious scholar, along with his brother Aman Ullah and a colleague were sitting at a kiosk when unidentified armed men riding motorcycles opened indiscriminate fire on them,
killing them on the spot and injuring three others. The rescue teams shifted the dead and injured to the civil hospital. "The dead received multiple bullet injuries which caused their deaths on the spot while three others also received serious bullet wounds," doctors said. Some of the injured were later moved to the Combined Military Hospital due to their critical condition. The police have registered a case against unidentified assailants and launched an investigation into the incident.
KARACHI: A Rangers soldier opened fire on a taxi on Tuesday, killing the driver close to Karachi’s Gulistan-e-Johar area. “The driver was shot at when he refused to stop the taxi on the Ranger’s signal,” police said. According to initial reports, the taxi was signaled to stop for snap checking, but the Rangers opened fire when the driver did not pull over. Police reports suggested a case against the Ranger, who was identified as Ghulam Hyder, was being registered. Hyder was arrested soon after the incident. “The taxi driver was not alone. There was a child with him as well but it’s not clear yet if the Ranger was aware of the child’s presence,” a police official said. The body of the taxi driver, who was identified as Mureed, has been shifted to a hospital. Police said he was not involved in any crime. INP
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NEWS Wednesday, 17 July, 2013
expenditure from public exchequer not exempted from audit: sc apex court passes judgmeNt iN media commissioN case
declare rule 37(5) of geNeral fiNaNcial rules (gfr) uNcoNstitutioNal
Rule 37(5) of General Financial Rules (GFR) of the Federal Government unconstitutional. "This rule had up till now been used to shelter Secret Services Funds from independent audit by the AGP - funds which existed in the budget of no less than 27 ministries FY 2012-13 and amounted to more than Rs 3.57 billion,” said the 22-page detailed judgment. The court had clarified that after the 18th Amendment, on account of Article 170(2), the AGP enjoyed a strong constitutional mandate to audit all public spending without ex-
He Supreme Court on Tuesday said expenditure from public exchequers must be audited by the Auditor General of Pakistan (AGP) without any exception. This was stated in a detailed judgment in media commission case that was announced by a three-judge bench led by Justice Jawwad S Khawaja and comprising Justice Khilji Arif Hussain and Justice ejaz Afzal Khan. The order also declared
us helping pakistan on energy, but nuclear cooperation oﬀ the agenda WASHINGTON SPECIAl CORRESPONDENT
The United States on Tuesday said it had been supportive of efforts to help Pakistan meet its energy requirements, but added that civilian nuclear technology cooperation was not a topic of discussion in talks between Pakistani and OPIC officials. “There was no discussion on civilian nuclear technology,” spokesperson Patrick Ventrell said. “But broadly speaking, you know that
we've been supportive of efforts with Pakistan's energy problems, and much of the aid that the US has provided and the expertise and technology and know-how. But I don't have anything for you on that,” he added. “That has not been a topic of discussion,” the spokesperson responded when asked pointedly if he was ruling out future negotiations between the two countries towards civilian nuclear cooperation between the two countries in the future.
ception. "Funds which had been declared as secret either by an executive order or ordinary legislation do not fall outside this purview". “Furthermore, autonomous public bodies which do not receive any government funding but were established by the government or under its control were also not beyond the AGP's power to audit,” the judgment declared. The apex court had clarified that the AGP was allowed, in fact obliged, to exercise oversight over accounting procedures adopted by the government. Article 170(1) of the Constitution and Section 5(1) of the Controller General of Accounts (Appointment, Functions and Powers) Ordinance, 2001 made this amply clear. The AGP should therefore examine the adequacy of the accounting system prescribed for Secret Service Funds, under Rule
cHinese engineer aMong 2 killeD in Hunza lanDsliDe HUNZA AGENCIES
Two people, including a Chinese engineer and a local worker, were killed in a landslide near the Attabad Lake on Tuesday while one other was injured. They were working at a construction site when a landslide caused the tunnel to collapse. In an earlier incident, at least one labourer was killed and three others, including two Chinese engineers, were injured in a landslide while working in the same area.
37(1) to (4) of the GFR, the order added. It said it may be mentioned by way of background “that the method prescribed by these rules is extremely sketchy, relying entirely on the good faith of the users of these funds”. “This system is clearly open to abuse. If the AGP, after independent assessment, finds the mechanism below par, the government would be obliged to substitute it with a more transparent one,” the court said. It had also clarified that under Article 171, the AGP's reports must be shared with the president, governor, the parliament and the provincial assemblies. Citing the famous incident of Hazrat Umar being held to account for his two pieces of cloth, Justice Khawaja emphasised that it was through such levels of financial probity and public accountability that
the government exercising authority in the name of the people derived legitimacy. The judgment also cited the example of countries all over the world, including the UK, France, Germany and even the security state of Israel, who had gradually moved towards more rigorous standards in public accounting and audit. Nonetheless, the judgment also acknowledged that there might be exceptional circumstances where certain audit information would need to be kept outside the public purview. “If such exceptions were to be claimed, they must claim through legislation and not in an arbitrary manner. Furthermore, such legislation would be subject to judicial review to ensure compliance with constitutional requirements,” the judgment added.
sc to judge constitutional grounds of Mps’ discretionary funds ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Tuesday observed that there was a need to interpret ways and means for using the discretionary funds allocated for parliamentarians and remarked that the court would examine the constitutional grounds of the funds. The apex court also observed that constitutional queries had also been framed with the help of law experts in this regard. A three-judge bench comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Jawwad S Khawaja and Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed resumed hearing in cases regarding the usage of discretionary funds by former prime minister Raja Pervaiz
Ashraf and the usage of development funds in Balochistan. The chief justice remarked that the parliamentarians took oath for protecting the rights of people and uplifting the constitution but after coming in parliament, they forgot fulfilling their promises. Justice Jawwad S Khawaja categorically stated that the public exchequer belonged to the people of country and no one else had any right to use it at his own will. Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry remarked that the funds were distributed among 106 nonparliamentarians who were not entitled to the grant. The CJ remarked that the former prime minister diverted
money from Bhasha Dam and the Higher Education Commission (HEC) projects, which was illegal and unlawful. Attorney General Munir A Malik apprised the court that the chief engineer had said that whenever they went for inspection, the influential people of the area pressurised them and threatened them. The AG added that he was not sure about the monitoring system of the development projects and in that regard, he had to seek instructions from the concerned quarters. Later, the court in its order directed the attorney general to give arguments on the issue on the next date of hearing and adjourned the case until July 17. APP
What happens when people in Pakistan start taking MIT classes? massive oNliNe courses kNowN as moocs are opeNiNg up elite educatioN opportuNities for those who wouldN't otherwise have them MONITORING DESK It's more than 11,000 kilometers from Shakargarh, a city in Pakistan’s Punjab province, to the venerated halls of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, one of the top universities in the United States. Twenty-five-year-old Khalid Raza lives in Shakargarh but is taking "The Challenges of Global Poverty," a course taught by a former adviser to the World Bank and a professor of international economics at MIT. Recently, while on the bus, he pulled out his laptop and submitted one of his first assignments. "It was an amazing experience when I was submitting my assignment," he told The Atlantic. "I was travelling and my friend was sitting with me. When I submitted my assignment, after some time he asked me a question, 'What are you doing?' So I told him the whole story, that I am taking a course from the USA. He was so sur-
prised and shocked." The experience -- something Raza says he never thought would be possible -doesn't cost him a single rupee. All he needed was the interest and an Internet connection to reserve his seat in a virtual MIT classroom. Raza is one of the several million learners worldwide to have discovered "massive open online courses," or MOOCs. While a number of universities attempted to introduce free online courses in the early 2000s, MOOCs have only begun to catch fire in the last year. Today, the silly-sounding acronym has become a buzz word, and is one of the hottest topics in education. A group of US education technology startups, in partnership with dozens of top US universities, now offers MOOCs on everything from poetry to physics. Course platforms feature lecture videos, other multimedia content, embedded quizzes, discussion boards, and online study groups. essays and other projects less suited to automated grading are reviewed by classmates based on rubrics. Interaction with professors and teaching assistants is rare. Completing a course earns you a certificate, and several U.S. schools have begun to accept MOOCs for credit. The startups' founders say their goals are at once practical and humanistic -- an effort to overcome rising education costs
and a shortage of resources and make topquality learning accessible to the masses. Anant Agarwal, an MIT professor, is the president of edX, a nonprofit collaboration between his university and Harvard University that currently offers more than 60 MOOCs. He be-
critics point to the courses' high dropout rates, the lack of face-to-face interaction, and the risk that the for-profit companies oﬀering moocs may one day begin charging students if they fail to secure other revenue sources lieves his and similar projects are nothing short of transformative. "I think education is not going to be the same ever again," Agarwal says. "I really describe this technology and MOOCs as the biggest revolution in education since the printing press -- and that happened 500
years ago." Other, more impartial observers have high hopes for MOOCS, too. But given their novelty, some assessments are more cautious. Critics point to the courses' high dropout rates, the lack of face-to-face interaction, and the risk that the for-profit companies offering MOOCs may one day begin charging students if they fail to secure other revenue sources. One company, Coursera, has attracted over $20 million in venture capital. It currently makes much of its money by licensing course content to universities. It also gives students the option to pay for perks including electronically verified course certificates and electronic course records to send to employers or schools. One thing that no one doubts is that MOOCs are gaining in popularity -- and fast. Agarwal says that after just a year, edX is approaching 1 million learners from 192 countries. In the same time span, Coursera has attracted more than 3 million students. Agarwal boldly predicts that over the next decade or so his initiative will attract 1 billion international learners. But he concedes that subjects such as politics, history, and philosophy, provided by generally liberal, Western institutions, could cause problems if MOOCs gain such reach. "I expect that challenges will continue as what might be considered gainful education in one part of the world might be
nawaz again calls for end to drone strikes
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has reiterated Pakistan’s demand for an immediate end to controversial US drone strikes in Pakistan. According to sources, he expressed these views in a meeting with US Ambassador Richard Olson who called on the prime minister on Tuesday. According to an official statement, both leaders exchanged views on Pakistan-US relationship and important matters. The sources said Nawaz expressed disappointment and dismay over the latest drone strike in North Waziristan and said the US should respect Pakistan’s sovereignty and put an immediate end to the drone strikes in which many innocent lives are lost. “We want relations with the US to be strengthened based on mutual respect,” he said. Nawaz also sought the US help in combating the energy crisis which had crippled the economy of the country. According to the sources, he also told the US ambassador that Washington could economically help Pakistan by bringing in more investment. Olson said the US wanted to strengthen its ties with Pakistan and was willing to it. ONlINE
considered disruptive in a different part of the world," Agarwal says. "We haven't had examples of nations or others blocking edX content itself, but some of the infrastructure over which our content is distributed are not accessible all over the world. YouTube was blocked in some nations, for example in Pakistan and China, and we distribute video over YouTube. So there, what we did was we made the video available for download on our site so students could have an alternate way [to watch]." Another issue to confront is language, as almost all MOOCs are currently in english. Coursera has taken the lead in responding. The company announced in May that it was partnering with several organizations, including the Viktor Pinchuk Foundation in Ukraine, to provide subtitling for lectures in select courses in Arabic, Japanese, Kazakh, Portuguese, Russian, and Ukrainian. A Coursera spokesperson said that the languages "reflect those spoken by the student population." "Additionally, regional growth in Russia and eastern european countries has increased by 230 percent in the last six months," the spokesperson said. Aleksei Gryatskikh, 32, is a newmedia manager living near Moscow. He has taken several MOOCs through Coursera, which he says have helped him professionally. "The gamification course essentially systematized all the knowledge I accumulated before in my previous work as the creative director at an advertisement agency," Gryatskikh says. "But even though I already possessed the knowledge, the lectures helped me systematize it. Without that it might have been challenging to apply that knowledge in real life." "There's no way that this doesn't have huge potential," he adds.
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An ounce of performance is worth pounds of promises. — Mae West
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caPital gets a new igP ISLAMABAD INP
Inspector General of Police (IGP) Islamabad Bani Amin Khan on Tuesday was transferred and replaced by Sikandar Hayat as the new IGP. establishment Division issued notification of appointment of Sikandar Hayat as the new IG Islamabad, who is currently in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He will take charge of the post after returning to the country.
raids conducted, 34 Profiteers fined RAWALPINDI APP
Under a special campaign launched by the city district government against profiteering and hoarding, strict action is being taken and raids being conducted by the price control magistrates. Acting on the directives of District Coordination Officer (DCO) Talat Mahmood Gondal, Additional Commissioner General Muhammad Ali Randhawa conducted raids at 50 shops in Chaklala Scheme, Commercial Market and Gulraz Housing Society. eight profiteers were fined up to Rs 16,000 while seven cases were registered under Price Control Act against profiteers. Raids were also conducted in various other markets and as many as 26 profiteers were heavily fined up to Rs 45,000. The DCO said that the campaign would continue till the end of Ramadan to ensure the provision of essential items at fixed rates. Strict action is being taken against profiteering. He also said that steps are being taken aimed at providing relief to the consumers particularly during the holy month.
Pakistan is a trusted partner and friend: weidong ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
A K I S TA N and China enjoy close ties of friendship and this bond would be further strengthened in the future,” said the Chinese Ambassador Sun Weidong during a reception at a local hotel on Monday. The reception was attended by members of the federal cabinet, parliamentarians, ambassadors, representatives of the business community and politicians. The Ambassador stated that the good
neighbourly relation between the two countries is the result of mutual trust and support and the relationship transcends the changes of time and politics. He said, “China-Pakistan friendly relations have been consistently nurtured over time by leaders of both sides through bilateral ties. The Chinese government has always given priority to diplomatic relations with Pakistan.” He noted that maintaining trustworthy relations with China has always remained a cornerstone of Pakistan’s foreign policy. Weidong remarked that China considered Pakistan’s friendship as solid as iron and regarded it as an ‘invaluable asset’. Referring to the recent visit of Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif to
China, the ambassador said, “The two sides engaged in friendly and constructive exchanges and expressed a strong desire to continue to deepen PakChina strategic cooperation partnership in the new era. During the visit eight cooperation agreements were signed relating to different fields.” He assured of his country’s full support to Pakistan in resolving the prevailing energy crisis and highlighted the importance of the China-Pakistan economic Corridor. “The two sides have set up Joint Cooperation Committee for this purpose,” he added. Furthermore, he said that China wants peaceful development in the region by following a win-win strategy and
AIOU, ITP join hands for quality education ISLAMABAD APP
Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) and Islah Trust of Pakistan (ITP) on Tuesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for collaboration for joint media production to meet the requirement of teachers and students who do not have access to quality education. This initiative would empower and facilitate the students and teachers to have knowledge of the relevant syllabus through video network. Under the arrangement, the ITP has pledged to provide Rs 50 million to AIOU to prepare programmes covering units, contents and topics relating to all subjects for class 9 and 10. Initially, the video-based programme will be prepared for class 9. The MoU was signed by AIOU Registrar Muhammad Bashir Chaudhry and ITP Member Board of Trustees Brig (R) Dr Maqsud Hassan and AIOU Vice-Chancellor (VC) Prof. Nazir Ahmed Sangi. Speaking on the occasion, the VC expressed hope in the collaboration efforts between AIOU and ITP which will help provide access to quality education to all segments of society. He said, “The contents in the syllabus course would be designed in a manner that will help to reform the society in line with the teachings of the Holy Quran and
the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him).” He ensured that the university would complete the task within a period of eighteen months laying greater focus on the quality of the work. Furthermore, he said that the prime focus has been on quality and skill-based education in the recent years to prepare the young generation to participate in the nation-building task in an effective manner. He hoped for international recognition of AIOU on the basis of quality education from the Commonwealth of Learning. Dr Maqsood Hassan said that the ITP was actively engaged to inspire the younger generation towards Islamic values and character building. “This initiative would benefit students and teachers alike who are deprived of quality education and proper infrastructure. It would empower the students and teachers living in rural areas, facilitating them through technology and ebased learning.” He appreciated the AIOU and the VC’s vision for their dedication towards providing quality education through distant learning. IeT Director Qasim Haider briefed the participants about the project which he said aims to respond to the ever growing needs in the education sector through application of multi-faceted element of digital technology.
formation of new bilateral ties with other countries, on the basis of principles of coexistence. He said, “Pakistan is a great country, with enormous potential and a bright future and we are proud of having her as our friend and we believe Pakistan will prosper even more through developing a path catering to its national interests.” Appreciating the efforts of the present government for development in various sectors, he ensured of his country’s full support for the ‘Asian Tiger’ dream for the revival of Pakistan’s economy. He concluded his speech with the quotation of Muhammad Ali Jinnah who said, “Only friends can make dreams come true.”
IT minister wants telecom policy revised ISLAMABAD INP
Minister for Information Technology Anusha Rehman on Tuesday emphasised upon the need to revise the existing telecom policy and tasked the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) R&D Fund to facilitate and assist in preparing recommendations for the telecom policy before the upcoming spectrum auction. The minister was presiding over the 27th board meeting of National ICT R&D Fund, an organisation of Ministry of Information Technology. The board discussed the annual budget of National ICT R&D Fund for the fiscal year 2013-14 and reviewed the progress of the
ongoing projects of the Fund and ordered closure of those projects that have not shown any progress in view of the monitoring committee of the R & D Fund. The minister directed that the fund should be spent on targeted Centers of excellence, especially for Broadband Access Technologies and Next Generation Networks. It was also decided that the fund should help re-initiate research in URL Filtering. Anusha also stressed on the need for review of R&D Implementation Framework for the next 10 years. National ICT R&D Fund under the Ministry of Information Technology is committed to need based ICT centric research and development in the country.
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Promises are like crying babies in a theater, they should be carried out at once. — Norman Vincent Peale
Wednesday, 17 July, 2013
how hygienic is your iftar? ISlAMABAd: Sale of sub-standard fried edibles is on full swing on roadside stalls without proper check and balance from the concerned authorities. A large number of stalls could be seen in different localities along the roads selling traditional fried food such as samosas, pakoras, french fries, jalebi, phaniyaan, boondi, cham cham, fried bread, fried eggs, fried spinach, halwa puri, kebab and minced golas. The stallholders fry these items in sub-standard oil with flies hovering all over the displayed items with lack of hygiene causing abdominal diseases among the citizens. Ali Musa, a resident of Sector G-6 Aabpara said that many shopkeepers mix fresh oil with used oil which is extremely dangerous for health. It was discovered during visits to various places that these items were being prepared in highly filthy and unhygienic conditions. Dr Sharif Astori at Federal Government Services Hospital said that during frying and cooking, degradation of oil produces harmful compounds. “Chemicals in oil become harmful if reheated multiple times making it carcinogenic (cancer causing). Most of the people in this business do not adopt any measures to maintain the quality of oil as well as to increase the useful life of frying oils,” he said. When an official of Food Quality Control was contacted he said that a crackdown has been launched against the vendors for selling unhygienic items in the holy month of Ramadan. The consumers have demanded the concerned authorities to take steps against such practices. APP
govt to re-establish national commission on biotechnology ISLAMABAD
e-eSTABLISHMeNT of National Commission on Biotechnology and charging it with the task of coordinating nationwide research programmes in different areas where biotechnology can be applied is under consideration. Government is also planning to review the draft of National Biotechnology and Genetic engineering Policy and Action Plan and implement it with the support of relevant organisations. Limited resources, inadequate stock of trained manpower and lack of proper coordination among the institutions are some of the reasons, owing to which biotechnology sector has not been fully developed.
Official sources said that the plan proposed by the defunct National Commission on Biotechnology, has not been approved as yet and enacting biotechnology related legislations and establishment of biotechnology incubation centers is the priority of the incumbent government. As a cross cutting field, Biotechnology has applications in agriculture, medicine, energy, environment and industry. In Pakistan, there are 26 institutions engaged in education and research in biotechnology and genetic engineering. A National Commission on Biotechnology was established in 2001 to streamline and promote research in the vital sector. The source said, “During the last few years, over Rs 1 billion have been invested on Research and Development (R&D) in biotechnology, through various
projects approved by the Ministry of Science and Technology and the Higher education Commission. A certain variety of cotton developed by the Centre of excellence in Molecular Biology (CeMB) has been approved by the Punjab Seed Council and is ready for plantation in the field.” Moreover, the official said that to promote the R&D as well as commercial aspects of biotechnology in the country, increased government support is required for promulgation of biotechnology legislation, defining standards in accordance with international practices and in establishing technology incubators and biotech parks in public sector in major cities. “International cooperation for capacity building in this area through joint research projects needs to be actively pursued,” he said.
fbise extends submission date of exam documents
walking through sunday bazaars’ security… ISlAMABAd: Walkthrough gates installed at eight entry points of Sector H-9 Sunday Bazaar for security purposes have not been operational, speaking volumes about the security arrangements by the Capital Development Authority (CDA). A stallholder at the bazaar said that the gates were non-functional and there is no proper security mechanism at entry and exit points. “Walk-through gate installed at entry point six has now been removed and there has been no enquiry about it,” he said Shazia Chaudhry, a customer said, “This is the busiest bazaar because of the discount rates offered by vendors but there was no proper security arrangement.” She was of the view that public security should be of utmost importance to the government and security arrangements should be beefed up. The Capital Development Authority (CDA)’s spokesman Malik Saleem reserved his comments over the issue and forwarded contact number of CDA Director Public Relations Aafia Gul. Aafia Gul said, “Walk-through gates were installed by Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) Police and it is their responsibility to look after them and not the CDA.” APP
cda to cancel tenders for sanitation system ISlAMABAd: The Capital Development Authority (CDA) has decided to cancel tenders for sanitation system of six sectors after receiving bids for the contract. According to CDA officials, the CDA is mulling over handing over the sanitation system of the six sectors, including sectors G-6, G-7, G-8, G-9, G-10 and I-10 to a Turkish firm. earlier, a local contractor had been taking the contract of sanitation every year. The officials said that the civic authority announced the tenders in May and total bid for the sanitation was from Rs 2.9 million to Rs 3.2 million, therefore Civic Management Directorate sent a summary proposing cancellation of the tenders. INP
HEC TO OFFER MORE PHd SCHOlARSHIPS: Higher education Commission (HeC) has decided to offer more PhD scholarships at HeC recognised universities and degree awarding institutes whose departments are meeting the HeC criteria for running MS/PhD programmes. The decision has been taken in line of the government decision to increase the number of scholarships and to meet the targets under Mid Term Development Framework MTDF 2010-15. Scholarship advertisements would be posted in newspapers and the last date for submission of applications would be August 30. Applicants willing to avail the opportunity are required to complete the pre-requisite formalities including university admission and GAT General Scores conducted by National Testing Service (NTS).
ISlAMABAd: Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary educational (FBISe) have extended the last date to July 18 for submitting admission form for the supplementary Matriculation examination. FBISe Chairperson Dr Shaheen Khan said that the date has been extended to facilitate the students and their parents. The education board has directed the students to submit copy of paid challan receipt of fee along with the admission form. INP
doubling toll rates irk murree visitors
fRUITY CART: An elderly fruit vendor arranges fruit on his cart by a roadside in Rawalpindi. SAjjAD AlI
Old meters replaced in DISCOs for greater accuracy ISLAMABAD APP
As many as 29,000 old and damaged meters were replaced in three government owned power distribution companies (DISCOs) with the assistance of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Power Distribution Program. Official sources said that 20,000 meters were replaced in Lahore electric Supply Company (LeSCO) and over 9,000 meters in Faisalabad electric Supply Company (FeSCO) and Peshawar electric Supply Company (PeSCO). The overall objective of this programme is to enhance the commercial viability of DISCOs by improving the accuracy of billing and eliminating the need for estimation. The programme launched by USAID will improve the confidence of consumers in the accuracy
of their bills and is expected to reduce the commercial losses of DISCOs and improve profitability. The meter replacement project is a step-by-step process, in which the grid feeders are first surveyed and meters identified for replacement in accordance with DISCO records and approval. Replacements are fully recorded on official DISCO forms and the meters which have to be replaced are further evaluated to decide whether to install them on walls or poles. When meters are installed outside homes and buildings; they are replaced in accordance with DISCO technical specifications set for all subdivisions and all retired meters are given back to DISCOs for destruction after two full billing cycles to allow customers to challenge readings as required. The project ensures that all meters are installed at a readable height, which helps
meter readers to take accurate readings. In the future, the programme will also install automatically read meters in different DISCOs. Walk-by automatic radio frequency (RF) meters allow meter reading by handheld computer units, while fully automated meter reading (AMR) systems transmit real time power consumption to its respective control center. Currently, 7,000 AMRs are being installed in selected subdivisions within LeSCO. The USAID Power Distribution Program is a five-year programme aimed at working jointly with DISCOs in Pakistan to improve their performance in terms of a reduction in losses, and improvement in both revenues and customer services. The aim of the programme is to provide US assistance and support to Pakistan in its efforts to reform the power sector and bring an end to the prevailing energy crisis.
ISlAMABAd: Toll rates for light traffic vehicles on Satra Mile-Lower Topa section of Islamabad Muzaffarabad Dual Carriage Way (IMDCW) expressway has doubled from Rs25 to Rs50. The decision has irked residents of twin cities who throng to visit Murree hillstation for beating the heat. Syed Ali Ameer, a resident of the capital said that he had hired a residence in Murree to spend the holy month of Ramadan with his family due to the unbearable humid weather. “I now have to pay Rs 100 per day which is making a drain in my monthly budget,” he added. Newly married couple, Ajwa and Sheraz from Rawalpindi said that after work hours they love visiting Murree to escape from the scorching heat. “The increment in toll rates is unjust and not in the favour of the general public,” said Ajwa. The National Highway Authority (NHA) General Manager (Operations) was not available for comments. APP
cto to clear roads of beggars RAWAlPIndI: City Traffic Police (CTP) has arrested 141 beggars from the main roads of the federal capital, along with registration of cases against them. Chief Traffic Officer (CTO) Ishtiaq Hussain said that the police are making efforts to eliminate the menace of beggary from the city and 141 beggars have been arrested in the month of July. He informed that child beggars netted from the city are later handed over to Child Protection Bureau. Moreover, two special squads comprising of an Assistant SubInspector (ASI), 6 constables including one lady constable are working to arrest beggars. “The teams have been directed to send reports of arrests and registration of cases to the CTO office on daily basis,” he added. Highlighting the efforts made by his department he said, “The concerned officials have shown reluctance in the past to take any action against them, especially against professional beggars.” APP
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thousands of greeks join strike against public sector layoffs ATHENS
eNS of thousands of Greek workers walked off the job on Tuesday and rallied in front of parliament in a noisy protest against government plans to fire public sector employees to satisfy foreign lenders. The 24-hour general strike against a new scheme to transfer or fire state workers comes a day before parliament votes on a series of reforms that must be passed before the european Union and Interna-
tional Monetary Fund can disburse more financial aid. Over 30,000 demonstrators - including municipal police and teachers targeted in the layoff scheme - gathered in the central square before parliament beating drums and blowing whistles in one of the biggest anti-austerity protests in Greece this year. “It feels like Greece is dead and now the vultures are fighting over its corpse,” said eleni Fotopoulou, 58, a retired teacher and mother of two. “I’m not angry anymore, I am disgusted. We have to fight back.”
Greeks are split over whether state workers - whose jobs are protected by the constitution - should also feel the pain of layoffs that have ravaged the private sector. But virtually all agree that Greek society cannot handle any more spending cuts and tax hikes - a message the government will relay to Germany’s finance minister, europe’s leading proponent of economic austerity, when he visits Athens later this week. Outside parliament, protesters chanted “No more sacrifices” and waved banners that read “Fire the troika” in reference to
the trio of european Commission, european Central Bank and IMF propping up Greece with over 200 billion euros in aid. Domestic flights were disrupted after civil aviation unions staged a four-hour work stoppage and Athens’s main tourist attraction - the Acropolis - shut early. City transport was also affected, with bus and trolley bus drives holding work stoppages in the morning and in the evening. Trains stopped running and tax offices and municipal services remained shut. Garbage collectors, bus drivers, bank employees and journalists were among other groups joining the walkout.
norwegian neo-nazi arrested in france over attack fears PARIS AGENCIES
A neo-Nazi linked to Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik was arrested in southwestern France on Tuesday after investigators decided he might stage a large “terrorist act”, Interior Minister Manuel Valls said. Kristian Vikernes, who is also a convicted murderer from Norway, had in the past received a copy of a manifesto from Breivik, the far-right militant who killed 77 people in 2011. Vikernes, 40, a well-known black metal musician in Norway, was arrested with his French wife Marie Chachet after she recently bought four rifles, Valls said in a statement. “Having received the manifesto before (Breivik) committed his crimes and having been sentenced in Norway in the past for murder, this individual, who was close to a neo-Nazi movement, was likely to prepare a large terrorist act,” Valls said. Officers were searching his home in Correze for weapons and explosives, a police source told Reuters. Breivik killed 77 people in a bombing in central Oslo and a shooting spree on a nearby island in July 2011. He was imprisoned last year for a maximum term of 21 years. Breivik sent a copy of his manifesto setting out his ideology to Vikernes, an official at the Paris prosecutor’s office said. Breivik’s 1,500-page manifesto outlined his planned crusade against Muslims, who he said were taking over europe and could only be defeated through a violent civil war. Cachet, 25, had a legal firearms permit when she bought the four rifles, the official said. “The investigation will notably establish the conditions in which these (rifles) were acquired and their real objective,” Valls said. “SAVInG EUROPE”: On his website, Vikernes discusses Breivik’s manifesto, but in a post called “War in europe: Part V Breivik Unveiled” he also criticizes the murderer for killing more innocent Norwegians than Muslims. Vikernes describes himself as a “pagan” and accuses Breivik of being a Zionist agent and “Christian loser”. “If you, dear european nationalists, really want to save europe (as a biological term) you have to realize that the only thing to do is to cast aside all Christian other international nonsense and embrace only the european (i.e. Pagan) values and ideals and if you like the european deities as well,” said the posting, dated December 13. “If you work for Christianity in any way you work for the Jews. Plain and simple.” Vikernes, a black metal musician and writer known as Varg, was convicted in 1994 of stabbing a rival musician to death in Oslo and burning down several churches. He was released from jail in 2009 and moved to France with his wife and three children. The mayor of Salon La Tour, where Vikernes and his wife lived, said he had been surprised by the arrest. “I didn’t notice anything strange (about Vikernes) other than that he liked to wear military costumes and liked Gothic music,” Jean-Claude Chauffour told BFM TV.
ATHEnS: Protesters take part in a demonstration against public sector layoffs, which the government has promised its international lenders in exchange for bailout funds on Tuesday.
sudan’s bashir leaves nigeria, icc calls for arrest
ABUJA: Sudan’s President Omar alBashir has left Nigeria, where his presence at an African Union HIV/AIDS summit defied International Criminal Court (ICC) calls for his arrest on charges of genocide and war crimes, officials said on Tuesday. His press secretary and Nigerian hosts both denied reports in the local media that he had left early fearing arrest. Monday was the main day of the two-day summit. ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, chairman of the African Union, was the only leader who was at a breakfast for them at the presidency on Tuesday morning, an official there said. But Nigeria’s presidency said two others, President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya and Ali Bongo Ondimba of Gabon, had also stayed on for the second day. “President Bashir returned normally to Khartoum after participating in the summit in Abuja to resume his work in Khartoum,” his press secretary emad Said told Reuters. Bashir, who is accused of orchestrating genocide and other crimes during the conflict in Sudan’s Darfur region in which some 200,000 people were killed, arrived in Nigeria on Sunday, to the chagrin of human rights campaigners. The New York-based Human Rights Watch and the British government both expressed dismay at the decision to let him in, and a local activist group filed a court petition demanding his arrest, in line with Nigeria’s obligations under the ICC treaty. Sudan’s Foreign Ministry reacted angrily to negative comments from Britain’s Africa Minister Mark Simmonds. AGENCIES
Case against Zimmerman would require proof of racial malice WASHINGTON AGENCIES
For all the complex issues raised by the death of Trayvon Martin, whether the US Justice Department turns it into a civil rights case may depend on the relatively simple question of whether George Zimmerman was motivated by racism when he pulled the trigger. Unless federal prosecutors can present new evidence that suggests racial malice motivated Zimmerman, who is white and Hispanic, to shoot Martin, an unarmed black teenager, they are unlikely to pursue charges, lawyers with expertise in civil rights said on Monday. A jury in Sanford, Florida, on Saturday found Zimmerman, a 29-year-old neighborhood watch volunteer, not guilty of second-degree murder and manslaughter in the 2012 shooting death of Martin. Defense lawyers argued Zimmerman shot 17-year-old Martin in self-defense. State and federal courts generally have the same threshold for a criminal conviction: a finding of guilt beyond a reasonable doubt by a unanimous jury, or by a judge if a defendant waives a jury trial. By finding Zimmerman not guilty of second-degree murder, the Seminole County jury rejected the charge that Zimmerman acted with ill will, spite or hatred. Attorney General eric Holder said on Monday his Justice Department had yet to decide whether to file federal civil rights charges against Zimmerman.
Like the videotaped police beating of Rodney King in 1991 or the 2006 fatal shooting of Sean Bell by New York police, the Martin case is a window into the federal government’s authority to enforce civil rights. Preachers led by Al Sharpton planned a news conference at Justice Department headquarters in Washington for Tuesday to add pressure to prosecute Zimmerman. They believe he racially profiled Martin before pursuing him with a 9mm pistol. HATE CRIMES lAW: The law federal prosecutors would most likely use against Zimmerman was passed in 2009 to target hate crimes. It requires that prosecutors prove that someone caused bodily injury “because of the actual or perceived race” of the victim, a bar that while straightforward can be hard to clear. “The difficult part is always showing the perpetrator’s state of mind, and the statute requires that there was racial motivation, that the defendant was thinking in racial terms,” said William Yeomans, a former Justice Department civil rights lawyer. The government typically uses evidence such as an attacker’s contemporaneous racial epithets, or a pattern of planning to target a specific race, said Samuel Bagenstos, who served in the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division during President Barack Obama’s first term. “If you look at the standard patterns of these cases, there are often statements made by the defendant expressly referring
to the race of the victim during the attack,” he said. “That is a cut above the evidence that we’ve seen so far” against Zimmerman, he added. In an emergency call before the encounter with Martin, Zimmerman told a police dispatcher that Martin “looks black” but only after the dispatcher asked for Martin’s race. One of the jurors in Zimmerman’s state trial told CNN on Monday that she did not think Zimmerman racially profiled Martin. “All of us thought race did not play a role,” said the juror, granted anonymity by the television news network. Further, there is no video of the encounter as there was of King’s beating at the hands of four Los Angeles police officers. After a jury acquitted the officers of state charges in the King case, the Justice Department relied heavily on the video when it tried the officers on federal charges that they deprived King of his civil rights. Prosecutors analyzed the baton blows to King and zeroed in on those that came after the video showed King had been subdued. The second jury convicted two of the officers, helping to calm a poisonous US racial climate that included riots. RACIAl AnIMUS: Wayne Budd, who as a Justice Department official oversaw the prosecution of the Los Angeles police officers, said he believed it would be difficult for the government to prove racial
animus by Zimmerman with the evidence that has become public so far. “They’re going to have their hands full. It’s not going to be easy,” Budd said. Terree Bowers, the US attorney in Los Angeles during the police officers’ second trial there in 1993, said prosecutors were able to refine their case the second time around. He said he was not sure the Justice Department could do the same thing against Zimmerman. “I don’t know what else is out there for the government to develop if they decide to proceed,” he said. Holder, the chief US law enforcement official and an Obama appointee, in April 2012 referred to the difficulty of proving racial motivation. “We have a very ... high bar that we have to meet in order to bring federal charges in this case so we are continuing in that regard,” Holder said while addressing Martin’s death at a news conference. A Justice Department statement on Sunday alluded again to the challenges prosecutors face, referring to the “limited” civil rights laws. One advantage for prosecutors is a change in the hate-crimes law in 2009 that eliminated a requirement that they show a connection between the crime and a federally protected activity, like voting. A Justice Department spokeswoman on Monday declined to say whether prosecutors had convened a federal grand jury to hear evidence about Zimmerman, a step that would indicate increased activity on the part of prosecutors.
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sc gives Mi lawyer a week to prepare case ISLAMABAD ONlINE
He Supreme Court on Tuesday gave one week’s time to Military Intelligence’s (MI) counsel Ibrahim Satti to prepare the case of a missing person, Tasif Malik. The wife of the missing Tasif, Abida Malik had moved the court for the early recovery of her husband. Heading
the three-member SC bench, Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, asked “why were charges being leveled at the secret agencies of the country on a daily basis”. Satti told the court that Attorney General Munir A Malik gave a wrong statement in the court that legal proceedings may be started against army officers and they might also be arrested. “But as a matter of fact, the cases can be registered against the people belong-
ing to the armed services under the Army Act only. The civilian department cannot arrest them,” the lawyer added. He said as it was a sensitive matter and he wanted to extend his full cooperation to the court, he required more time to prepare the case. The court accepted his request and adjourned the hearing until the next week. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court took notice on the misbehaviour by a UN rep-
resentative against a police official in the missing persons case and ordered the police to take action against the employee of the international organisation. The chief justice showed resentment, saying “If we continue to give concessions to foreigners, we will fail in eradicating crime from the country.” The CJP said police had eth complete authority to take action against those who created hurdles in its working.
12-diameter gas pipeline blown up
rahim yar khan dPo confirms 8 abducted cops released by chotu gang RAHIM YAR KHAn: The Rahim Yar Khan DPO on Tuesday confirmed that eight abducted policemen had been recovered from the Chotu Gang’s detention. According to details, after failing in their operation against robbers in Rojhan, the police agreed to four demands of the Chotu Gang and provided them a safe passage after which they released the abducted cops. Initially, the police had denied the release of the abducted policemen and Rahim Yar Khan DPO Sohail Zafar Chattha had repeatedly said the policemen were still in the custody of the robbers but later he confirmed that the kidnapped police officials had been released. Chattha said the police had faced hardships during the operation against the Chotu Gang because most of their hideouts were in Kacha area. ONlINE
Pr restores stops of 5 trains in Punjab
Unknown miscreants blew up a 12diameter gas pipeline near Mach on Tuesday suspending the supply of gas to several areas. After the incident, Levies Forces cordoned off the area and started search operation but the criminals fled the scene. The residents of the area faced massive difficulties on account of suspension of gas but no repair work could be started till filing of this report.
fAISALABAD: A motorcyclist rides through heavy rain on Tuesday. INP
ISLAMABAD: On the directive of Federal Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafiq, the Pakistan Railways has restored stops of five trains in Punjab to facilitate the passengers. The decision was implemented from Tuesday, an official of the Pakistan Railways told APP. He said the Awam Express, which runs from Rawalpindi to Karachi via Lahore, would now make its stop at Gujjar Khan also. The Rawalpindi-Karachi bound Tezgam Express, which runs via Lahore, will stop at Mian Channu. The Lahore-Karachi bound Karachi Express will stop at Khanewal, the Sargodha-Karachi Millat Express at Abdul Hakim and the Lahore-Faisalabad Badar Express will stop at Farooqabad, he added. APP
MALALA’S FORGOTTEN SISTERS MONITORING DESK Girls as young as five are still being sold into marriage in Pakistan. And no one will stop it. A report written by Adriana Carranca for the Foreign Policy magazine examines the unjust system of giving away minor girls in marriage to settle disputes. Nazia was only five when her father married her off to a much older man, a stranger, as compensation for a murder her uncle had committed. The decision to give the little girl away as payment, along with two goats and a piece of land, was made by a local jirga in Pakistan’s tribal areas. "One night a man came and took me by the hand," Nazia told the writer in a nearly inaudible moan. Nazia was too young to understand what was happening when that man dragged her into the darkness. But born in a land where women are not to be seen by strangers, she knew enough to realise something was terribly wrong. "I resisted, I cried, and tried to hold on to the doorjamb," she remembers. Nazia was taken to the jirga, displayed as a commodity before the circle of men, and examined by the husband to be, who was allowed to decide whether she was good enough to be his wife. Nazia remembers the men starring at her deep brown eyes, her long, black hair -- the humiliation of that scene is so utterly marked in her memory that she can barely finish the sentence before dissolving in tears. The men in her family argued, unsuccessfully, that she was too young to be married off. In a rare decision, however, the jirga did agree that the girl should not be handed over immediately. So the demanding husband would have to wait -- and so has Nazia. even among the women in the house, she wears a full-length black chador, as if a male intruder could suddenly enter that door again. Nazia is terrified of growing up. Her parents have been able to postpone their daughter's fate -- but not for much longer, certainly no later than age 14. Most child brides are pregnant by then. There is an aggravating factor in the fate of girls such as Nazia. Given away as compensation to resolve tribal disputes -- a custom known as Swara in Pashtun -- the girls will
always represent the enemy for the "dishonored" family, a symbol of their disgrace. According to tradition, the compensation should end the dispute and bring the two warring families together in harmony. In practice, however, the marriage only provides cover for revenge. Swara girls become the targets of all anger and hatred in their new home. They are often bitten, emotionally tortured, and sometimes raped by other men in the family. They are made to suffer for a crime they did not commit. The Swara custom is a form of collective punishment that persists in the tribal areas. Nazia's uncle killed a neighbour in a land dispute and then ran away. He left no children, so the jirga decided his older brother should pay in his place by sacrificing his own daughter. Nazia's father is a poor, uneducated farmer, and he could do nothing to contest this ruling. Having lost his land and livestock in the dispute, he now works in temporary construction jobs, which pay $3 a day. His wife helps by cleaning neighbours' houses for a few more rupees. Nazia's parents have decided this year will be her last year at school. The family has no money to pay for her books, and the ex-
pense seemed pointless for them anyway, given that she will soon be married. Nazia herself has lost interest in studying. Since her classmates found out about her fate, she runs back and forth from school, speaking to no one. "They point at me on the streets and call me 'the swara girl,' and they make fun of me," Nazia mumbled. eventually she blurts out: "That was very painful, and I didn't understand.... It still hurts and upsets me. I'm so fed up with this feeling! I'm so afraid all the time! I'd rather never leave the house.... People scare me, all people. I trust no one." OnE GIRl EVERy THREE SECOndS: Despite being illegal, the custom of forcibly marrying girls off to resolve family and tribal disputes happens on an alarming scale across all provinces of Pakistan. It goes by different names -- Swara in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, Vani in Punjab, Lajai in Balochistan, and Sang Chati in Sindh -- but all its forms are equally cruel. In Pakistan, at least 180 cases of Swara were reported last year -- every other day. But there are hundreds, perhaps thousands, of undocumented cases. Worldwide, an estimated
51 million girls below age 18 are married, according to the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW). Mohammad Ayub, a British-trained psychiatrist from Lahore, has worked with child soldiers in Sudan and young Taliban recruits in Afghanistan and Pakistan. He now manages the Saidu Sharif Teaching Hospital in the Swat Valley, an area that came under the spotlight when terrorists attempted to kill 15-yearold Malala Yousafzai because of her struggle to promote girls' education. "I saw small children holding guns bigger than themselves," he says. "But these girls.... It's just as tragic." Many child brides come to Ayub with severe pain, sometimes blinded or paralyzed -the effects of a psychiatric condition known as "conversion disorder." Practically unknown in the West since the beginning of the 20th century, it has reached epidemic proportions in the tribal areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan, according to Ayub. It is a sort of psychological stress that manifests in physical ailments, including convulsions, paralysis, or fits. "Here women don't have a voice, particularly girls," Ayub says. "She can't say, 'No, I don't want this marriage' ... so she keeps it all inside, and eventually it will come out in the form of some physical distress. We receive loads of women here, three to four cases with the same symptoms every day only in my clinic, and I mean daily! Thirteen-, 14-yearold girls, all married." The average age of Swara girls is between 5 and 9 years old, according to registered cases and local accounts. The reason provides an insight into the immense challenge in changing deep-rooted traditions in Pakistan: In the tribal areas, a girl older than this is probably already promised to somebody else. nO MAn'S lAnd: Nazia's father committed no crime, but he did not report his brother, the jirga, or the family that demanded his daughter. "There is something about the Pashtuns to be considered, and that is the burden of honor," says Fazal Khaliq, a journalist and activist who is working to disclose Swara cases and denounce the perpetrators. "They kill each other over petty issues for the sake of honour!" Flaws in Pakistan's judicial system lead residents to rely on the jirgas. "Traditional
courts in Pakistan have very bad records. There are unsolved cases going back more than 30 years, still in process, and the whole justice system is seen as highly corrupt," says Khaliq. "It is also very expensive. Courts charge for each and every service, so the poor can't afford it, whereas the Islamic courts [jirgas] are free and speedy." According to anthropologist and women rights activist Samar Minallah, "education alone can't stop violence against women, for there are many educated parliamentarians who sit in the tribal jirgas and they are the ones who decide these little girls should be given.... To stop that we have to change the mindset.” Minallah learned about Swara in 2003, when she travelled to the scenic village of Matta, at the top of the Swat Valley's mountain range. There, she met a mother about to give her 11-year-old away in a forced marriage. "That really hit me," Minallah said. "I just felt very angry and ashamed that such things were happening in Pakistan and we didn't know about them because they happen in the tribal areas." So she became determined that Pakistan should know everything. Minallah's first award-winning documentary, "Swara: A Bridge Over Troubled Water," portrayed the mother and daughter from Matta. The film made its way to the highest echelons of the political system: In 2004, the Pakistani parliament passed an amendment to Pakistan's Penal Code making Swara a crime punishable by up to 10 years in prison. Since then, around 60 decisions made by jirgas involving Swara girls have been prevented by local courts, though in most tribal areas the law still does not apply. Ali, a police officer from Lahore who was married to a Pashtun woman, became known for his bravery in fighting for girls' rights in areas other officials refused to go. He received threats for interfering in Swara cases. One night in 2006, he was driving on the Peshawar-Kohat highway when he was shot dead. His murderer was never brought to justice. Ali's last post was in Mardan. Naturally irrigated by the Swat River's many tributaries, Mardan is a highly fertile agricultural area. Land disputes are frequent -- and so is Swara.
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( Haj quota case
lhc seeks reply from ministry of religious affairs LAHORE: Lahore High Court Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial on Tuesday sought a reply from the ministry of religious affairs today (Wednesday) on an application against excluding Haj Group Organisers (HGOs), who offered inexpensive services, from the merit list for allocation of 910 Haj quota. The chief justice passed the orders on a civil miscellaneous application filed by Travel Shop and others in a pending matter challenging Haj Policy-2013 and allocation of Haj quota. As the proceedings started, the petitioner's counsel placing a notification of the ministry of religious affairs submitted that the companies which offered inexpensive Haj services were excluded from the list for allocation of 910 Haj quota. He said 45 HGOs offered to provide Haj services at Rs 250,000 each. However, the ministry selected only 14 HGOs out of 45 in a list of 30 top bidders whereas others were excluded from the list on minor issues. He said the step was taken to frustrate efforts to make Haj inexpensive. However, the chief justice after hearing arguments issued notice to the ministry and sought reply by July 17. APP
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister nawaz Sharif chairs a meeting of his party’s parliamentary board to finalise the names of candidates for the upcoming by-elections. INP
mushahid ProPoses two new ministries also suggests five poiNts for improviNg hr situatioN aNd ‘jourNalist defeNce fuNd’ ISLAMABAD NNI
He sub-committee of the Senate Standing Committee on Human Rights has recommended to restore the ministry of human rights as an independent ministry. The sub-committee was presided over by Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed at the Parliament House on Tuesday. The sub-committee has also
been tasked to summarise the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan’s report 2012-13 and finalise its recommendations and report within one month by the first month of August. The committee also recommended to constitute ‘Journalist Defence Fund’ to help journalist victims of violence and terrorism besides creating a ministry of disaster management given the high number of IDPs due to natural and manmade disasters. It was also recommended to declare the subject of human rights as compulsory in all the training centers of law enforcement agencies including police, armed forces, intelligence and civil administration. Human Rights former secretary Shaigan Shah and human rights activist Naseem Azhar agreed to the proposals of the sub-committee.
Senator Mushaid Hussain Sayed proposed that the establishment of ‘Journalist Defence Fund’ is need of the hour for providing security to the working journalists. Life, health and accident insurance policies be initiated for the journalists, Senator Mushahid added. He further said that creation of a separate ministry of disaster management would provide security and relief to the people displaced due to some reasons. The sub-committee also called for strict ban on the sale of spurious drugs and to strength the Drug Regulatory Authority. The committee also proposed to create a post of director general human rights in the ministry of foreign affairs for better coordination as human rights issue was pivotal for Pakistan's foreign policy, international image and interests of the people who suffered from abuses and violations of their rights.
uN launches project to protect 100,000 women in south asia from traﬃcking UNITED NATIONS APP
A new project launched on Tuesday by the United Nations Labour Agency and the British Department for International Development (DFID) seeks to prevent 100,000 girls and women across South Asia from falling victims to labour trafficking. The project aims to provide South Asian women migrating to the Middle east in search for jobs with skills, pre-departure training and other support to help them avoid being trafficked and to secure a legal contract and decent wages. It will also combat child labour by helping thousands of girls under 16 years old to stay in school so they are not compelled to migrate for work. “Labour mobility is a re-
ality of our globalised economy but with it comes an increased risk of labour trafficking, particularly for the poorest and most vulnerable,” the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Director-General Guy Ryder said in a statement. "We estimate over $12 billion worth of income a year is withheld from those in forced labour in Asia and the Middle east. This is money that should be helping lift families out of poverty,” he said. every year, millions of people from poor communities migrate to find employment so they can send money home to support their families. They get jobs such as live-in domestic workers cooking, cleaning and looking after families or working in garment factories. Many end-up being deceived and trafficked into jobs with ex-
tremely low wages or no pay at all. According to ILO, around 21 million people are trafficked and in forced labour worldwide. The majority are from Asia with women and girls being most vulnerable. Their movement is restricted, their living and working conditions are very poor and they often suffer physical and sexual abuse. Through the 'Work in Freedom' project, the UK government is investing £9.75 million ($14.7 million) over five years to help tackle known labour trafficking routes between South Asia, such as Bangladesh and Nepal, to the Middle east including Jordan, United Arab emirates and Lebanon. “This ground-breaking partnership with the UK government is a vital step in
by nominating ayla, imran promoting feudalism: niazi ISLAMABAD: Estranged leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, Inamullah Khan Niazi has accused party Chairman Imran Khan of promoting feudalism in Mianwali. In a statement issued on Tuesday, Niazi said that Imran Khan wanted to re-introduce feudal system in Mianwali by nominating Ayla Malik for the National Assembly seat vacated by him. Niazi is a close relative of Imran Khan and an aspirant of PTI’s nomination for the NA-71 seat. “My mission is to bury drawing-room politics,’’ said the former MNA and PTI senior vice president. He said reintroduction of Malik into politics is Imran Khan’s personal decision, which has nothing to do with the party. Complaints have been submitted in the Election Tribunal against Malik with strong evidence that can prove her FA degree to be fake, he added. According to Niazi, Malik used the roll number issued in the name of Imdad Hussain in Rawalpindi Board of Secondary Education.The certificate bears the signature of Zahoor Awan in 1989 as the secretary education whereas he was just a professor then and was made secretary in 1994, he added. ‘‘Malik’s image has been badly damaged among the masses and people will not vote for her,’’ Niazi said. ONlINE
sc withholds warraich's disqualification making migration for work a safe and legitimate means of improving livelihoods,” Ryder said. The project will also focus on helping migrant women avoid paying extortionate, illegal recruitment fees by cracking down on unscrupulous recruitment practices and encouraging recruitment agencies to signup to ethical principles and practices. "Women who want to migrate for work to lift themselves and their families out of poverty should be able to do so safely and securely. The Work in Freedom initiative will help more than 100,000 women and girls in South Asia, a trafficking hotspot, with practical support and advice so that they can earn a living and avoid the dangers of trafficking,” said Lynne Featherstone, the UK’s international development minister. ILO, DFID and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine are also hosting a two-day conference starting Tuesday to bring together governments, international and regional institutions, the private sector, trade unions and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to create a network of organisations to take action against trafficking.
ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Tuesday maintained the decision of disqualification of Amjad Warraich by the election tribunal. The verdict was declared by a three-member bench comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Jawwad S Khawaja and Justice Sh Azmat Saeed. During the proceedings, Warraich's counsel Ahmed Awais argued that many of the parliamentarians who contested elections on fake degrees had been elected as members of the parliament. He also cited the example of Jamshed Dasti who had fake degree but still he was allowed to contest the elections and reach the parliament. Justice Jawwad S Khawaja remarked the court would not discuss any such issue which was not before it. Deputy Attorney General Sajid Ilyas apprised the bench that Amjad Warraich told lie about his degree while contesting previous elections, and according to the constitution any person who told a lie was ineligible to contest the elections. Justice Jawwad remarked that the federation and the provinces were not dispensing their duties in this regard. He questioned whether it was the duty of the Supreme Court only and no one else was responsible for this. Later, the court maintained the decision of disqualification of Amjad Warraich by the election tribunal and dismissed the appeal. APP
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Anybody can become angry — that is easy, but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way — that is not within everybody's power and is not easy. –Aristotle
get ready for the next china
COMMENT Wednesday, 17 July, 2013
karachi: how can things improve?
the us must adjust as china’s new economy shifts towards consumer-led growth and services
disbanding militant wings, ending apathy of law enforcers essential
He Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has put the number of citizens killed in Karachi during the last six months at 1,726 – 10 killings a day in the city of 20 million, counting together both targeted and sectarian killings. The figure is up from 1,205 during the same period last year. The spike, by 520, is enough to send chill down the spine of anyone visiting the financial capital of the country. Still scarier is the apathy of the government. The death toll is in contrast with the Rangers report submitted to the Supreme Court on Monday, which stated “the incidence of targeted killings in Karachi in the second quarter of 2013 went down as compared to those in the first quarter.” The report continued to claim: “the entire city remained peaceful during the past three months, except for Lyari where new gang warfare between activists of the Kutchhi community and gangsters of Lyari started on May 18.” If the Rangers officials thought their fabricated report would pass through the scrutiny of the SC judges, they were in for a rude shock. The judges termed the report “eyewash” and asked the counsel for the paramilitary troops to “furnish a proper report on the progress and efforts made to restore peace during the past 15 days.” They asked the Rangers to include the details of suspects and the cases against them and queried why both the Rangers DG and Sindh IGP were missing from the hearing. First they questioned, why IGP Shahid Nadeem Baloch was not present in the hearing, and commented, “He falls sick whenever this case is taken up.” An hour later Baloch was attending a meeting at the Singh High Court. Then they questioned why the Rangers DG had not signed the report submitted to the SC, commenting: “The Rangers DG seems to have no time for signing the report.” Law enforcers appear to be sending a clear signal: they are not serious about restoring peace to the tormented city. The SC judgment in 2011 had asked for action to eliminate militant wings of political parties instead of ‘asking’ these parties to disband them. efforts to this effect have not even gotten off the ground yet. Meanwhile the recent escape of five under trial prisoners from ATC lockups has caused further concern. With people in Lyari already fleeing the area, the question is: where is the Sindh government? Is it complicit or is it is just afraid of the perpetrators of violence and mayhem? Karachi has bled, profusely so, for far too long without the powers that be finding an enduring solution. This needs to change, for the better. To achieve that end, it is essential that the law enforcers abandoned their comfort zone and made the purveyors of violence – be they the militant wings of political parties or other mafias – pay for their crimes. And it will not be possible until the Sindh government demonstrates political will – which it has not in the last five years or thereabouts.
claims, counter claims the issue of power shortages and the pml-N
HeN the PPP government initially failed to deal with power shortages it shifted the blame onto Pervez Musharraf for failing to add any significant megawatts of energy despite holding power for nearly nine years. Subsequently the party decided to follow the path trodden by its predecessors and signed contracts for more Rental Power Plants (RPPs) which had earlier failed to make any worthwhile addition to power. The way the contracts were clinched being non transparent, this led to accusations of corruption against Raja Pervez Ashraf and a number of federal bureaucrats. In March 2012, the Supreme Court declared all RPP contracts illegal and ordered their dissolution. What frustrated many was the tendency in Pervez Ashraf to repeatedly offer false assurances to people regarding an early end to load shedding. There was a tendency on the part of the PML-N, when it was in opposition, to politicise the issue of power. While protesting against load shedding a perception was created by certain party leaders that the shortages were the result of corruption and once the ‘incorruptible’ PMLN was in power load shedding would not take long to disappear. The stance changed after the party won the elections and was apprised of the depth and complications of the issue. However, the hype created before the elections continues to dog the party. Taking a leaf out of Shahbaz Sharif’s book Chief Minister Pervaiz Khattak gave federal government till Monday to end power shortages or face a campaign of protests. On Monday, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif met a delegation of businessmen from Faisalabad who have been protesting against load shedding. Here he was given an earful by members of his own community. Contradicting Khawaja Asif’s claims that load shedding was confined to areas where consumers failed to pay their bills or that there was a need to reduce the use of power, the entrepreneurs challenged the official power generation figures of 15,000MW against a demand of 18,000MW. They maintained that they had been facing outages of more than 10 hours and five-and-a-half day of suspension of gas. They maintained that instead of the improvement claimed by the minister for power the situation had grown worse as under the previous government the industrial feeders had been facing only four hours of scheduled load shedding and availed five days of gas supply. The PML-N has been in power for a little more than a month only. It is unrealistic to expect it to turn over the situation in such a short time. The ruling party should be given at least three months as suggested by the PM for its policies to begin producing results. What is more the issue of power is too serious a matter to be politicised. One expects from the government, however, that it would avoid indulging in vacuous explanations or try to justify its shortcomings by claims that fly in the face of facts.
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He Next China is now at hand. Yet the United States remains fixated on the Old China, unprepared for major transformation in the world’s second largest economy. The US-China Strategic and economic Dialogue slated July 10 to 11 in Washington, DC, provides a major opportunity for both nations to recast what could well be the most vital economic relationship of the 21st century. China is most assuredly on the move. The debate over a strategic shift to a more balanced consumer-led growth model is over. The focus is on implementation. The 12th Five-Year Plan laid out the strategy – three proconsumption building blocks of services-led job growth, urbanisation-driven income leverage and a more robust social-safety net. But it was tough to get the ball rolling, especially in light of the inertia of China’s deeply entrenched power blocs at the local government and state-owned enterprise levels. China’s new leadership under President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keiqang has broken the gridlock. With a series of stunning moves in the early months of their administration, China’s fiscal and monetary authorities have been given new marching orders. The growth slowdown of early 2013 has not been countered by a typical Chinese proactive fiscal stimulus. Instead, the new leadership seems content with 7.5 to 8 percent growth in gross domestic product. Similarly, the central bank did not rush in to stem a liquidity crunch in June. Instead, it used the occasion to caution banks, especially “shadow banks,” against returning to an undisciplined and excessive expansion of credit. The message from this new approach to Chinese macroeconomic stabilisation policy is clear: Gone are the days of open-ended hyper growth. Significantly, this message has been reinforced by an important political overlay. Xi’s rather cryptic emphasis on a “mass line” education campaign aimed at addressing problems arising from the “four winds” of formalism, bureaucracy, hedonism and extravagance underscores a new sense of political discipline directed at the Chinese Communist Party. The CCP is being urged to realign itself with the core in-
terests of citizens and their need for fair and stable economic underpinnings. This new mindset works only if China changes its growth model. A services-led growth dynamic, one of the pillars for a consumer-led Chinese economy, is consistent with a marked downshift in trend GDP growth. That’s because services generate about 30 percent more jobs per unit of Chinese output than do manufacturing and construction – allowing China to hit its allimportant labor absorption and social stability goals with economic growth in the 7 to 8 percent range rather than 10 percent as before. Similarly, a more disciplined and market-based allocation of credit tempers the excesses of uneconomic investments, necessary if China is to begin absorbing its surplus saving to spur consumer demand. With China’s new leadership embracing a very different approach to policy and politics, it has little choice other than to move ahead aggressively in implementing its consumerled rebalancing. The United States needs to take that possibility as a given as it frames its approach to the upcoming dialogue with China. This raises four key issues: First, China’s consumer-led growth presents the United States with an important opportunity. With the American consumer on ice for more than five years – underscored by average annualized growth of just 0.9 percent in inflation-adjusted consumption expenditures since the first quarter of 2008 – the US is in desperate need of a new source of economic growth. China is America’s third largest and most rapidly growing export market. Washington negotiators should push hard on market access, ensuring that US companies and their workers have the opportunity to capitalize on China’s transformation. Second, and related to the first point, is a potential bonanza in Chinese services. At 43 percent of its GDP, China has the smallest services sector of any major economy in the world. Under reasonable assumptions, the scale of Chinese services could increase by around $12 trillion by 2025. Increasingly tradable in a connected world, the coming explosion in Chinese services could translate into a windfall, up to $6 trillion, for foreign services companies from retail trade and transportation to hotels and finance. For the United States, with the world’s largest and most dynamic services sector, this could be an extraordinary opportunity. US negotiators should push especially hard for access to Chinese services markets. Third, it’s high time for US negotiators to give up the ghost of Chinese currency bashing. It has been the wrong issue from the start – after all, there can be no bilateral fix for a multilateral US trade imbalance reflected in deficits with 102 different nations in 2012. That multilateral imbalance is an outgrowth of an unprecedented US saving gap – a far cry from the politically inspired charges of Chinese cur-
rency manipulation. Moreover with the renminbi now having risen by 35 percent since July 2005 and with China’s current account surplus having shrunk to less than 3 percent of its GDP, the argument is vacuous. The US-China strategic and economic dialogue has been hijacked by the Chinese currency issue for far too long. Fourth, concerns over cyber attacks should be elevated immediately to a high-priority issue between the two nations. In the early June summit between Obama and Xi, the US pushed on this point in the face of recent publicly disclosed evidence about China’s aggressive cyber hacking attacks on US military and commercial targets. The two presidents agreed to set up a working group focused on this issue, starting with the early July dialogue. However, since the summit, revelations of comparable efforts on the US side – namely, the so-called PRISM and TAO (Tailored Access Operations) programs of the National Security Agency as disclosed by a former NSA contract worker – have cast this contentious problem in a new light. With both nations heavily involved in cyber espionage, there can be little doubt of the urgency in dealing with this critical issue. The Chinese and the US economies are at pivotal junctures. Both need to rebalance – China needs to save less and consume more whereas America needs to save more and consume less. At the same time, both need to grow enough to absorb surplus labour – the structurally unemployed in the United States and a vast and impoverished rural population in China. China has a strategy and a plan, and the commitment of its new leadership, to push ahead with due haste on its rebalancing agenda. The United States has none of these. Philosophically opposed to strategy and anything that smacks of planning, the United States remains steadfast in its commitment to the wisdom of the Invisible Hand. That wisdom is now in question. But there is another twist. As China shifts to consumer-led growth, it will start to draw down its surplus saving and current-account surplus. That could lead to a reduction in its vast $3.4 trillion foreign exchange reserves, thereby dampening China’s demand for dollarbased assets. Who will fund a seemingly chronic US saving shortfall – and on what terms – if America’s largest foreign creditor ceases doing so? We live in an asymmetrical world – but the asymmetrical rebalancing of two co-dependent economies could pose enormous challenges to both the United States and China. The upcoming Strategic and economic Dialogue offers an opportunity for both nations to grasp the implications of these tectonic shifts. The writer a faculty member at Yale University and former chairman of Morgan Stanley Asia, is the author of Unbalanced: The Co-dependency of America and China.
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egypt’s black monday Whatever the provocation, the brutal butchering of 52 protesting egyptians reminds me of Jalianwala Bagh massacre. The only difference is that at Amritsar in 1919, it were Indian soldiers under the command of Brig Gen Dyer of the British Indian Army, and in Cairo this monstrosity was perpetrated by none other than the egyptian troops and police, claiming that all this was done to protect national security. One wonders what this distorted version of
national security is as universally national security is defined as security of citizens and their basic fundamental rights. It is unfortunate that in most of Islamic countries, the armies are engaged in institutionalised exploitation through use of brute force to engage in profiteering business ventures, which has compromised their professional capabilities and jeopardised the very purpose for which regular armies are raised for. What else constitutes a “Banana Republic” or a “Failed State”, if not this? MALIK TARIQ ALI Lahore
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It's so hard to forget pain, but it's even harder to remember sweetness. We have no scar to show for happiness. We learn so little from peace. –Chuck Palahniuk
Wednesday, 17 July, 2013
an auspicious beginning T time to see it through
snowden’s escape china, hong kong and russia foil us attempt to silence Nsa whistleblower
OW that edward Snowden is safely away out of the clutches of the US police state, at least for now, let’s take a moment to contemplate how this one brave man’s principled confrontation with the Orwellian US government has damaged our national security state. Firstly, there are the four computers loaded with National Security Agency secrets, which have already exposed the details of how our government is monitoring our entire national communications grid, prying into the details of the telephonic and internet activity of every American citizen. We’ve only begun to learn about the ugly totalitarian activities of our government, and now that Snowden is safe from arrest, we will no doubt learn much more. Second, the US has been humiliated by both China and Russia, which have demonstrated dramatically that they cannot be intimidated by the world’s dominant superpower, which stands revealed as less super and less powerful than it has been claiming. China, according to local experts on Hong Kong/China relations like Chinese University of Hong Kong professor Willie Lam, intervened in the legal process to tell Hong Kong authorities not to honor the US government’s arrest warrant on espionage and theft of official secrets charges, and to allow him to leave the territory. Russia, meanwhile, whose President Vladimir Putin had already volunteered to grant Snowden amnesty, provided the world’s most celebrated whistleblower a seat on an Aeroflot flight from Hong Kong to Moscow, where he just landed safely today. The US was left to bluster impotently that Hong Kong’s unwillingness to arrest and hold Snowden in response to the US indictment and extradition request was a sign that the Hong Kong Special Administration Region, which is supposed, under Chinese Law,
to have autonomy from Beijing, and to be able to follow its own laws, including an extradition treaty with the US which was signed a year before the territory was handed over from British to Chinese control in 1996, was actually not so autonomous. As an unidentified “senior official” of the Obama administration was reported saying to the Washington Post, “”If Hong Kong doesn’t act soon, it will complicate our bilateral relations and raise questions about Hong Kong’s commitment to the rule of law.” That line must be evoking gales of laughter around the world, and could also be a laugh line for local comics here in the US, where the rule of law died years ago with the illegal invasion of Iraq, the illegal secret rendition, detainment and torture of hundreds of suspects in the Bush/Obama “War” on Terror, the continued operation of the internationally illegal Guantanamo Bay detention and torture center, the three-year detainment without trial and torture of Army whistleblower Bradley Manning, the extra-legal killing of Americans by dronelaunched missile attacks, and the NSA spying on all Americans, begun as early as 2007. Meanwhile, the high-minded sounding US talk about respecting the “rule of law” has also been exposed as a fraud by the latest execution slaying of Ibragim Todashev, shot six times, including an execution shot to the back of the head, by an FBI agent at the end of a three-hour middle-ofthe-night interrogation in Todashev’s Orlando, Florida apartment. Todashev, an acquaintance of slain Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, had been being interrogated by three FBI agents, along with several Massachusetts State Troopers, when all but one agent inexplicably left the room, leaving him alone with one agent. The agent claims Todashev attacked him, initially claiming that all manner of weapons were involved, but later admitted the suspect was unarmed. Nonetheless, the agent emptied his revolver into the man. It subsequently came out that in 150 cases of FBI agents shooting a suspect since 1993 (including 70 fatalities), investigations by the FBI had concluded that “all were justified.” (even the LAPD and the NYPD don’t make that kind of an absurd claim.) Snowden’s revelations also exposed the US as a hypocrite in accusing China of criminally hacking into US corporate and government computers. It turns out that the US itself is the biggest official hacker, with a massive campaign, run out of the NSA, of hacking into Chinese, Hong Kong, Iranian and other countries’ com-
puter systems, and of actually engaging in a kind of undeclared computer warfare against rival states against which this country is not, officially, at war. All in all, Snowden, acting on his own at great personal risk, has done a remarkable amount of damage to the US national security state. He has not, as the fascist apologists in Congress, in the Obama administration and in the media are howling, damaged US security, or put American lives in jeopardy. On the contrary, he has damaged those in power who are undermining Americans’ freedom and what is left of our democracy. Most Americans seem to get this, even in the face of several weeks of an orchestrated government and corporate media campaign to smear him and label him a traitor, with even poorly worded polls showing that 54 percent of Americans think Snowden should be prosecuted for what he did, but 49 percent say the release of classified government information “serves rather than harms” the public interest. As well, 63 percent say their privacy would be violated if information has been collected by the NSA about their communications. Here’s hoping Snowden finds a safe place to settle down — whether it’s Russia, Cuba, Venezuela, ecuador or wherever (my advice would be Uruguay) — and that he manages to obtain protection against criminal US efforts to terminate him or to rendition him to Guantanamo or to a US holding cell. From there, he can judiciously release more of his trove of data, further exposing and undermining the workings of the US security state. One thing is certain: The US government’s offing or locking away of Snowden would do nothing at this point to stop the flow of information about the workings of the NSA’s domestic and international spying operation. His data is now, almost certainly, also in the hands of Russian, and possibly Chinese authorities, as well as journalists and the WikiLeaks organisation, which, according to founder Julian Assange, was instrumental in helping Snowden arrange for asylum from the US torture/prosecution machine, including helping him obtain travel documents after the US, on Saturday, revoked his US passport, effectively making him a “stateless” person (so much for that US citizenship we all assume is our birthright). The writer is a founding member of ThisCantBeHappening!, an online newspaper collective, and is a contributor to Hopeless: Barack Obama and the Politics of Illusion.
He visit of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to China ostensibly seems to have produced positive and encouraging results in regards to the priorities of the government for reviving the economy and the expected role that China could play in the realisation of these objectives. The government of Nawaz Sharif is feverishly engaged in reviving the economy through necessity-driven strategy that focuses on ending energy crisis, development of infrastructure to propel growth and expansion in the communication network that acts as a catalyst in improving the overall health of the economy. Huge investMAlIK MUHAMMAD ASHRAF ments are needed to realise these objectives and for resource-starved Pakistan the only available proposition is to seek foreign investments and assistance in these areas. Who could be a better and trustworthy partner than China in this area? Prime minister’s decision to choose China as his first foreign destination after assuming the mantle of government to seek its support in the accomplishment of this gigantic task, indeed represents an auspicious beginning. Through his interaction with the Chinese leadership and heads of different corporations and financial institutions responsible for making investments in the foreign lands, the prime minister successfully made a convincing case to attract Chinese investments in the areas of priority. Consequently eight agreements and MOUs were inked for Chinese assistance and investment. The Chinese government made a commitment to build 200-km tunnels costing $18 billion to facilitate the realisation of the proposal of economic corridor that envisages building of rail and road network linking China with Gwadar and Karachi. The other mega projects that were given concrete shape included laying of fiber optic between the two countries, construction of Lahore-Karachi motorway, development of infrastructure at Gwadar, fashioning it on the pattern of Hong Kong and the construction of an international airport, bullet train between Peshawar and Karachi, upgradation of KKH and rehabilitation of Attabad Lake. The major focus of the prime minister however remained on the energy sector. The President and Prime Minister of China assured Nawaz Sharif of their unflinching support and commitment in helping Pakistan overcome the energy crisis. Chairman China Three Gorges Corporation Cao Guangling, a company already engaged in energy projects in Pakistan, told the prime minister that his company was executing nine power projects in Pakistan. Offering technical assistance in the construction of BhashaDiamir Dam he also indicated the willingness of his company to undertake more hydel projects in Pakistan. Since the government of Nawaz Sharif is contemplating to exploit the indigenous coal reserves to produce electricity, he held extensive discussions with the Vice Chairman of China Coal Technology and engineering Group Corporation (CCTeGC) Wang Jinhua, which has a vast expertise in the coal technology. Mr Jinhua assured his company’s help in building coal based power units near the coal sites. Both China and Pakistan agreed to fully implement the Additional Agreement to extend the Five Year Development Programme on China-Pakistan Trade and economic Cooperation and to fast-track work on the projects identified under the Five Year Development Programme, hold the second phase of tax-reduction negotiations on China-Pak Free Trade Agreement on speedy basis, further liberalise trade and promote economic integration between them. China vowed to continue extending its full support to Pakistan in the latter’s efforts to uphold its independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity, while respecting the development path chosen by the people according to their national priority and also support Pakistan in maintaining social stability and economic progress. A commitment was also made by both sides to strengthen the already existing frameworks and mechanisms designed to enhance cooperation between the two countries in the economic and political arena. The two countries reaffirmed their commitment to promoting multilateral arms control, disarmament and non-proliferation measures, support universal and non-discriminatory prohibition and destruction of all nuclear weapons and reiterated their opposition to the weaponisation and arms race in the outer space. It was also decided to enhance close communication between the two countries on these issues at the international forums like UN, Asia-europe Meeting, ASeAN, SCO and the Istanbul process. On the regional issues, the two sides expressed unanimity of views particularly the solution of the Afghan conundrum by supporting the Afghan-led and Afghanowned solution. Both China and Pakistan expressed their firm belief that peace in Afghanistan was necessary for stability and security in the region as well as exploiting the avenues of shared economic prosperity. Both countries being on the same page in regards to the situation in Afghanistan is also very significant in view of the ongoing spat between the Karzai government and Pakistan in the backdrop of the former accusing Pakistan of fomenting trouble in Afghanistan and controlling the Taliban. China can exercise its influence to help Afghanistan and Pakistan in removing the misgivings and mistrust that has marred relations between the two countries and possibly also hindering progress in resolving the conflict. The recent visit of the British Prime Minister to Pakistan and Afghanistan was also prompted by these developments and the desire to support resolution of problems between the two countries. Peace in Afghanistan is of paramount importance to Pakistan. The sooner it is achieved, the better it would be for both the neighbours and the entire region. Pakistan and China were also on the same page in eliminating the scourge of terrorism which not only poses existentialist threat to Pakistan but also is a major irritant for the countries of the region including China. SCO which aims at enhancing cooperation between the member states in the economic sphere and other issues of mutual concern also has terrorism as one of its top priority. Pakistan and China can also work together within the framework of the SCO in dealing with the phenomenon of terrorism. On the face of it, the prime minister’s visit has achieved the desired objectives and taken the relations between the two countries to a new level, especially in the domain of economic cooperation. But the success of these endeavours will depend on actually realising those commitments within the shortest possible time. That is only possible when the law and order situation in the country, insurgency in Balochistan and terrorism are tackled on priority basis. The Chinese would also want a secure environment for their investments and the personnel engaged in the development projects. US Secretary of State John Kerry in his meeting with Sartaj Aziz in Brunei recently also observed that foreign investments depended on improvement of law and order situation in Pakistan. The writer is an academic.
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bollywood veterans attend prayer meet for Pran
ILM industry veterans like Dilip Kumar and Amitabh Bachchan were among the celebrities who attended a prayer meet for late actor Pran, who passed away July 12. The prayer meet was held at a Gurudwara here Monday evening. Other known names who attended the meet included Saira Banu, Jaya Bachchan, Subhash Ghai, Jackie Shroff, Chunky Pandey, Raza Murad, Suresh Oberoi, Prem Chopra and Shabana Azmi. Pran breathed his last at the Lilavati Hospital following a prolonged illness. He was 93. Bollywood’s most loved villain, Pran featured in over 400 movies in a career spanning six decades. NEWS DESK
hugh jackman nearly broke his neck on wolverine set
UGH Jackman has admitted that he is scaling back on his movie stunts following a horrific mishap on his new superhero blockbuster ‘The Wolverine’ sets. During a recent interview with GQ magazine, the ‘Les Miserables’ star said that in the film, he was required to swing from inside to outside a train for a scene, News.com.au reported. The Oscarnominated actor, 44, asserted that his neck got caught while filming the particular shot and he thought that his neck had broken. The Aussie actor insisted that it was one of those moments when his wife, Deborra-Lee Furness, looked at him and said, ‘what are you doing? Enough playing in the schoolyard! You are not invincible!’ Jackman added to the publication that he is now smarter about using a stunt double. NEWS DESK
HRIS Brown’s probation has been revoked after a judge reviewed the details of a case involving an alleged hit-and-run car crash, The Associated Press reports. Brown appeared in court yesterday, accompanied by family members, sitting with his arms crossed and head down while his lawyer and a prosecutor discussed the case with Superior Court Judge James Brandlin. “In this matter, probation is revoked,” Judge Brandlin declared when they finished. Though Brown has yet to enter a plea in the hit-andrun case, Brandlin’s ruling means the singer could face up to one year in prison if convicted. His lawyer, Mark Geragos, said that he hoped the matter would be resolved informally without
a major probation hearing. Meanwhile, Deputy District Attorney Mary Murray didn’t ask that Brown be jailed, and the judge allowed the singer to remain free. Brown is set to return to court on July 23rd, with another hearing scheduled for August 16th. Though the alleged hit-andrun took place in the San Fernando Valley in early
May, Brown wasn’t charged until mid-June. According to a police report, Brown was unable to produce a driver’s license or valid insurance information after he
i aM not surviving on silly controversies: Honey singH
ONeY Singh and flaks go hand-in-hand but the rapper claims he is not surviving in the industry for the “silly controversies” he is associated with. The 29-year-old singer, who was booked by Punjab and Haryana High Court for singing vulgar songs, said he is doing good in the music business because of his talent. “At the first place I did not write that song (Balatkari), I am not stupid to create silly controversy when I can do good work. There are people who survive on these tactics, I am not one of them,” Singh told. Cases have been registered against him were registered singing the song ‘Main Hoon Balatkari’ (I am rapist). Having started his career as a recording artiste, he later became a Bhangra producer. He got his first break in Bollywood with his song in film ‘Shakal Pe Mat Ja’.
“My music worked and on people’s suggestion I started rapping and achieved success through my hardwork. My management and I did not realise when we went from Punjab to pan-India and had shows all across the country,” he said. The rapper is reportedly in talks to lend his voice for a special song in Shah Rukh Khan starrer ‘Chennai express’, releasing this eid. Asked about the project, Singh said, “I had received a call from Shah Rukh Bhai. Infact I met him at his house while I was in Mumbai and our meeting continued for two and a half hours. He’s a fantastic person and appreciated few of my songs including his personal favourite ‘Angrezi Beat’.” His other projects include songs in upcoming movies ‘Boss’, ‘Zaalim Dilli’, ‘Bajaatey Raho’ and ‘Mastaan’. COURTESY TOI
supposedly rear-ended a car at a red light. The woman Brown was driving with, Karrueche Tientrese Tran, offered hers and claimed she owned the car as well. In police documents, the woman in the rear-ended Mercedes Benz, identified as Olga G., said the couple was polite at first but grew frustrated as she continued to demand identification. eventually, she snapped a photo of the two “and then they went ballistic,” with Brown reportedly shouting expletives and trying to grab her camera. “I was so shocked that I was
shahid kapoor is not seeing Huma qureshi
He actor claims that he has met Huma only a couple of times and has no clue where these stories crop from. Shahid is Bollywood’s most eligible bachelor and hence, time and again there have been rumor mills running on the actor’s link-ups. every time Shahid is spotted engaging with any girl, a story is weaved around the same. It has become very difficult for the actor to visit theaters, restaurants or any sort of public place. His most recent link up was with Huma Qureshi. However Shahid’s spokesperson says, “Shahid had a very strong
female following right from his first film. His boyish charm, attract umpteenth link-up stories, whenever he is spotted with a girl.” Talking in particular about Huma Qureshi, the spokesperson clarifies, “Shahid has met Huma socially and briefly exchanged pleasantries. He has been absorbed with work with little time for himself.” Shahid adds, “I have no clue where these stories crop from. I’ve met Huma only twice.” He further adds “Singledom has its own challenges. every girl you meet is taken to be a potential relationship!” COURTESY TNN
zeta-jones talks about oprah will be lilo’s hubby’s fight with cancer mentor, says mum Dina lohan c
ATHeRINe Zeta-Jones has finally opened about husband Michael Douglas’ cancer battle, revealing that she didn’t think she had the “emotional tools” to deal with his disease. The Hollywood actress told a UK publication that when Douglas was diagnosed with cancer she really thought: ‘You are going to have to wipe me off the floor,’ the Daily express reported. The ‘Side effects’ star asserted that the cancer
happens to people all the time, but it’s still a huge shock when the cards start to fall and you realise, ‘My God, it really is happening to us’. The 43year-old brunette told the tabloid that the ‘Basic Instinct’ actor was first diagnosed with throat cancer back in 2010, and was told it was stage four, with stage five being death. Zeta-Jones said that her spouse is a very matterof-fact person and once he was diagnosed he was like, ‘Okay, what do I do?’ She added that Douglas was very intensive, but he still retained his sense of humour during the whole ordeal. ANI
speechless,” Olga G. said in the statement. “Just a moment ago he was a nice guy. After screaming some insulting nonsense for a while longer, he slammed a door and drove away fast and noisy.” The pop star has been on felony probation since assaulting then-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009, and the alleged hit-and-run is far from the first time he’s been accused of violating his probation. In February, Brown and Frank Ocean got into a scuffle over a parking spot (Ocean decided not to pursue a battery case), while last June, Brown and Drake got into a fight at a New York City nightclub. Prosecutors recently cited such incidents as proof that Brown had violated the terms of his probation, while also claiming he had failed to finish his community service.
INDSAY Lohan has signed on to work with Oprah Winfrey’s network for a short reality series about her recovery - a move Dina Lohan says will surely work in helping the embattled actress rebuild her life. The ‘Parent Trap’ actress will also do an exclusive interview with Winfrey, the New York Daily News reported. Dina shared her excitement to e! News over the upcoming eight-part reality series about her daughter that Winfrey’s OWN network is behind. The actress has been spending time in a rehab facility since May, participating in a 90-day court-ordered treatment program for her drug and alcohol related issues. Lohan was ordered to rehab as part of a plea deal stemming from charges following a 2012 car accident. COUTESY ANI
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Disney could lose hollywood’s most $150m thanks to expensive breakups as actors DeMi Moore anD asHton kutcHer FigHt over an $18 Million Divorce settleMent, We take a look at Breakups tHat Broke More tHan just Hearts
classic westerner that could cost Disney a whopping $150mn worth of losses, The Lone Ranger has done what no other Johnny Depp film could do - fail miserably. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film is all set to create a pile of losses for the studio. After receiving scathing reviews from critics and movie-goers alike, the film proceeded to get shot down by Gru and his army of yellow smug minions. Despicable Me 2 walked all over The Lone Ranger. Even Sandra Bullock starrer The Heat is making more heat-waves than the Ranger. The film has earned a disappointing $73mn worldwide so far, pushing Disney up the wall. The Lone Ranger is on course to be the most disappointing earner for Disney since last year’s space fantasy John Carter, which lost more than $200m, states The Guardian. Well all’s not lost for Disney yet. As long as they keep churning out Monsters Universities and Iron Mans, all shall remain well in Disney-land. Or so we hope. NEWS DESK
priyanka faces flak for aping Britney, katy perry and jlo
RIYANKA Chopra is drawing flak from online fashion police and the bloggeratti for “aping” Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez and Katy Perry for the outfit she has worn in her latest single released, featuring Pitbull. In the song, she sports a sparkly nude-coloured sequinned dress. Various pop divas have worn similar outfits over the years. It began with Britney Spears (clearly, the trendsetter), who made the look iconic with the jawdroppingly risque ensemble, through her 2004 hit Toxic’s music video. Katy P e r r y shimmered
similarly on the red carpet at a movie awards night in 2010. Next up, Jennifer Lopez clad in a nude bodysuit encrusted with strategically placed crystals, set temperatures racing during her performance at a music awards show in 2011. She, too, had Pitbull for company. British a c t r e s s - s i n g e r, Amanda Holden too was inspired by Britney as she covered herself in bling in 2011 at a promotional event. COURTESY TOI
MICHAEl JORdAn And JUAnITA JORdAn A long courtship and a 17 year old romance ended in mutual divorce for this celebrity couple over ‘irreconcilable differences’. Media had reported trouble brewing in the marriage when the couple started living separately. Juanita acquired $168 million — one-third of the NBA star’s total fortune. The Jordans had had a whirlwind, 10 minute marriage ceremony in Nevada, Las Vegas, in attendance of four guests. Jordan has recently remarried and has gotten a pre-nup signed this time, to protect his $650 million net worth. A classic case of ‘once bitten twice shy’. TIGER WOOdS And EIlEn nORdEGREn Following his manyaffairs, golfer Tiger Woods had a much public split with his wife eilen. He was dropped off many advertisements which also cost him a huge sum. The satyromaniac was said to have spent thousands of pounds on multiple call
girls and was sent for therapy as well after the divorce. He even took a long hiatus from golf to introspect but is now back in the game. His estranged wife lives in their luxurious mansion with the couple’s two children after having received 100 million dollars as divorce settlement. MEl GIBSOn And ROByn MOORE estimated at an approximate $400 million, the exact figure hasn’t been let out on this split. Robyn Moore officially filed for divorce after Mel got into trouble with the law over drunken driving and also fathered a child with then-girlfriend Oksana Grigoriev. Robyn acquired over 50% of
Mel’s total networth of over $800 million. This has being cited as one of Hollywood’s most expensive divorces so far. MAdOnnA And GUy RITCHIE Madonna’s marriage with director Guy Ritchie lasted eight years during which Ritchie shifted his religious beliefs to Kabbalah inspired by Madonna. They split stating, they couldn’t bear to live with the ‘pretense’ longer. The breakup was reported to have turned ugly, when both parties publicly started maligning each other. Madonna reportedly paid almost $90 million as spousal support which estimated 1/5th of her fortune. They have two sons, of whom
one is adopted and of Malawian nationality. STEVEn SPIElBERG And AMy IRVInG After a much publicised courtship, Spielberg and Irving finally got married in 1985 only to get divorced in 1989. Spielberg gained much notoriety for having the prenup written out on a napkin, which Irving later got nullified for lack of legal authenticity. Following this, Irving was awarded a whopping $100 million in alimony, for the disintegration of their four-year long marriage. Spielberg later married Kate Capshaw and the couple has seven children in total, of which four are their own. ARnOld SCHWARzEnEGGER And MARIA SHRIVER The Terminator star turned politician had been married for 25 years until he admitted to having flings with other women, following which his then-wife Maria Shriver filed for divorce and obtained more than half of Arnie’s fortune. Their joint custody was estimated at $400 million, of which $100 million belonged to Shriver. She has reportedly received more than half of Schwarzenegger’s share of the property in alimony. Though the custody of the children and the alimony has been agreed upon, the couple is yet to officially get divorced. Sources say, they are trying to work things out. COURTESY TNN
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Y this stage, one imagines, Bono must be growing a little tired of picking up awards and honours. However, in spite of once famously describing former President of France Jacques Chirac as a “w*anker” over the leader’s decision to test nuclear weapons in the South Pacific, it appears – these days – that the U2 singer is in no mood to turn down an invitation from the French Government.
According to the Ministry of Culture and Communication, he will be made a ‘Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters’ in a ceremony in Paris later this evening. The Killiney resident can add the distinction to a long list of honours for his humanitarian and musical work. Among that list are an honourary knighthood from Britain, and France’s Legion d’Honneur (awarded, it must be said, during Chirac’s time in office – so it appears he wasn’t one to bear a grudge!).
jk rowling revealed as author of the cuckoo’s calling t HE Harry Potter author was acclaimed for The Cuckoo’s Calling, about a war veteran turned private investigator called Cormoran Strike. The book had sold 1,500 copies before the secret emerged in the Sunday Times. Within hours, it rose more than 5,000 places to top Amazon’s sales list. Rowling said she had “hoped to keep this secret a little longer”. The author described “being Robert Galbraith” as a “such a liberating experience”. ‘SEQUELS PLAn’: “It has been wonderful to publish without hype or expectation, and pure pleasure to get feedback under a different name,” she said in a statement. Rowling said her editor, David Shelley, had been “a true partner in crime”. “And to those who have asked for a sequel, Robert fully intends to keep writing the series, although he will probably continue to
turn down personal appearances,” she added. One reviewer described The Cuckoo’s Calling as a “scintillating debut”, while another praised the male author’s ability to describe women’s clothes. A clue that Rowling was behind the novel was that she and “Galbraith” shared an agent and editor. The book was published by Sphere, part of Little, Brown Book Group which published her foray into writing novels for adults, The Casual Vacancy. Crime writer Peter James told the Sunday Times: “I thought it was by a very mature writer, and not a first-timer.” While crime author Mark Billingham, who reviewed the book ahead of its publication in April, said he was “gobsmacked” at the revelation. Rowling also caught out others with her new guise. TURnED DOWn: Kate Mills, fiction editor at Orion Books, admitted she had turned down the crime novel, which she
described as “well-written but quiet”. “So, I can now say that I turned down JK Rowling. I did read and say no to Cuckoo’s Calling. Anyone else going to confess?” she tweeted. Sales of the novel have rocketed since the true identity of its author was revealed. The “Movers and Shakers” section of Amazon, which charts gains in sales by the hour, says sales of the book are currently up by more than 507,000%. A spokesman for Waterstones booksellers said: “This is the best act of literary deception since Stephen King was outed as Richard Bachman back in the 1980s.” In a tweet, its Oxford Street branch joked: “SPECIAL OFFER: For today only, ALL of our books were written by JK Rowling!” Others also took to Twitter to react to the news. Comedian Michael Moran posted: “Idea for publishers: 1: Reveal that ALL books were written by JK Rowling. 2: Sales of all books soar by 150,000%. 3: Industry saved.” Author
Ian Rankin wrote: “So a debut novelist, garnering good quotes from famed authors for the cover plus good reviews, can expect to sell only a few hundred copies.” While an account named Dumbledore’s Beard TM posted: “JK Rowling is a genius and proper badass.” And another named the Dark Lord tweeted: “JK Rowling secretly wrote a book under a different name. How very Half-Blood Prince of her.” The fictitious Galbraith was supposed to have been a former plain-clothes Royal Military Police investigator who had left the armed forces in 2003 to work in the civilian security industry. In previous interviews, Rowling has said she would prefer to write novels after Harry Potter under a pseudonym. Another Cormoran Strike book by Robert Galbraith is in the pipeline, to be published next year. NEWS DESK
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8 first nigar film Awards held. 8 Pakistan unveils first battle tank Al-Khalid manufactured jointly by Pakistan and China. 8 The Moslems were crushed in the Spanish crusade. 8 france defeated England at Castillon, france, which ended the 100 Years' War. 8 napoleon Bonaparte surrendered to the British at Rochefort, france. 8 Spain ceded florida to the US. 8 US troops under General William R Shafter took Santiago de Cuba during the Spanish-American War. 8 Disneyland opened in Anaheim, CA. 8 An Apollo spaceship docked with a Soyuz spacecraft in orbit. It was the first link up between the US and Soviet Union. 8 Biologists reported that they had deciphered the genome (genetic map) of the syphilis bacterium.
The march of science and technology does not imply growing intellectual complexity in the lives of most people. It often means the opposite. –Thomas Sowell
the everyday technology that can transform anything from fridges, envelopes and bed posts into iPad-style tablet computers two phd students from the university of lancaster have created ubi displays which can turn any object into a tablet computer
The innovative software is called Ubi Displays and uses a projector, a depth camera and a PC to create interactive multi-touch displays anywhere and on anything, such as this fridge.
uk govt set to sPend £60m on a new rocket engine caPable of sending PeoPle into sPace in just 15 minutes The UK Government has announced plans to provide £60 million for a revolutionary new rocket engine capable of taking people to Earth's stratosphere in just 15 minutes. The engine is called Sabre, which stands for Synergetic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine, and was built by British firm Reaction Engines. Reaction Engines claims Sabre can be used to help accelerate existing aircraft up to five times the speed of sound and plans to use the technology on a unique 3,500mph 'spaceplane' called Skylon. The Oxfordshire-based company also add that at these speeds, a plane could theoretically travel from the U.S to Australia in under five hours. David Willetts, minister for universities and science, said the investment in Sabre would provide support at a 'crucial stage' to allow a full-scale prototype to be built. 'We’re investing £60 million in this and we expect them to go out and find private support as well,' Willetts told Radio Five Live. 'But we’re backing this because it’s technology that has been tested in the lab, it’s been assessed by outside experts as right in principle. 'Now it needs to be built on a fullscale prototype before it can get commercial. 'We think it’s right to support it through that crucial stage. ‘That’s where too many great British ideas in the past have failed.' Skylon is likely to be viewed a competitior to Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic business, in which people can experience six minutes of weightlessness during a sub-orbital spaceflights. NEWS DESK
john hardy and carl ellis plan on turning their innovation into a business
pair of British students have developed a new technology capable of turning anything into an iPad-style tablet computer. Dubbed the 'next big thing in home technology', the system lets people transform normal objects, such as an envelope or a fridge, into a tablet using a projector, depth camera and a PC. The pair even showcased the PhD students' technology at a research conference hosted by Google at its Californian headquarters. The innovation was created by students John Hardy and Carl ellis, both 25, from Lancaster University. The software is called Ubi Displays and uses a projector, a depth camera and a PC to create interactive multitouch displays anywhere and on anything. Currently, the device, which is in a prototype phase includes all the technology in a rather bulky box that must sit opposite the
Creator Hardy is pictured using the device on his bed. The students' invention means you could turn your bed into a high-tech interactive office and do a day's work without getting up. The pair said they can create engaging displays almost anywhere.
object that the person wants to use as a tablet. It does not rely on any other computers or devices. The technology uses a hightech projector to beam an image of an iPad, alarm clock, or any chosen device onto an object. A webcam see pixels in red, green and blue along with depth and feeds details of what a person is doing and their movement back to the user’s computer. The computer then uses their software to work out where the user’s fingers are and what they are doing within the projected image to carry out a user's desired task. This means a user could turn their bed into a high-tech interactive office and do a day’s work without getting up. The pair said they are looking to develop their work commercially and are being supported by their university. They hope that with development, the box of tricks will shrink to the size of a smartphone. A promotional video the pair have filmed for YouTube shows an alarm clock being turned off simply by the
touch of a bed post and BBC news headlines running across the headboard. The video also shows a plain envelope being used just like an iPad. Hardy said the beauty of the software package is that it makes building interactive projected displays quick and easy. He said: 'As our lives continue to 'go digital', we need interfaces that are able to integrate our digital world with our physical lives. 'Phones in pockets or screens on desks are not necessarily the best way forward because they are very restrictive in quite a number of ways. 'Playing, changing and experimenting with these designs can completely change how people use computers and how they behave as a result. 'Our technology is designed to be is quick and easy to set up and it does not require a hardcore programmer or team to develop interesting content. 'Indeed, in the physical world, being able to make a bedpost glow is in some ways a more com-
yoga may soothe chronic back pain ISLAMABAD AGENCIES
People plagued by chronic lower backaches may find some relief in yoga class, researchers reported. Their study of 101 adults with persistent low back pain found that a gentle yoga class seemed to be a better alternative to either general exercise or a self-help book. Though people in the exercise class eventually improved to a similar degree as their yoga-practicing counterparts, yoga class brought quicker results. It's possible that yoga's benefits for both the body and mind explain the effects on lower back pain, the study's lead author, Dr. Karen J. Sherman, told Reuters Health. She stressed, though, that the study participants took a slower-moving form of yoga that was designed for people with lower back problems. Vigorous styles of yoga that include more-advanced poses could potentially make chronic back pain worse. Sherman, a researcher at the Group Health Cooperative in Seattle, and her colleagues report the findings in the Annals of Internal Medicine this week. It's estimated that 14 million Americans practice yoga, often as a way to treat chronic aches and pains. But,
in the Western medical literature at least, there have been no published studies on the effects of yoga on chronic back pain, Sherman said. To look at the question, she and her colleagues randomly assigned 101 adults to take either 12 weeks of yoga class or 12 weeks of a standard therapeutic exercise class, or to follow the advice of a self-care book. The yoga class was conducted in what's known as the viniyoga style, which goes by the philosophy that poses should be adapted to the individual's needs. The instructor was experienced in therapeutic yoga, and the class was limited to basic poses that would not put too much strain on the back, Sherman explained. After 12 weeks, the yoga practitioners reported better back function than their peers in either of the other two groups. After another three months, those in the exercise group had improved to a similar degree as the yogis. The findings don't clearly show whether
the technology uses a projector, a webcam and a pc to create interactive multi-touch displays anywhere and on anything
yoga or standard, therapy-focused exercise is better for low back pain, Sherman said. But, she added, given the choice, "I'd pick yoga." She pointed to one difference between the yoga practitioners and other two groups that remained over the long haul: At the last evaluation, the yogis were using less than half the amount of pain medication their peers were. Why this is, and why yoga showed a quicker benefit for low back pain, is an open question. But Sherman speculated that yoga's "mind and body effects" are at work. Viniyoga, like other forms of yoga, focuses on coordinating movement with the breath and focusing the mind. It's possible, according to Sherman, that yoga allowed the back pain sufferers to become more aware of their habitual movements and postures that may have been contributing to their back problems in the first place. Certain back problems, like spinal disc injuries, might not respond well to yoga, Sherman noted. But most people, she added, have "non-specific" back pain involving muscles, soft tissue and nerves, and for them, therapeutic yoga could be worth a try.
pelling interface than a button on an iPhone app.' He believes that the technology will one day be small enough to fit inside a light bulb. The pair of students, who have launched their own company, Hardy & ellis Inventions, have made the beta release of their toolkit available online. Mr Hardy said: 'We are very excited by the potential we feel the toolkit and software we have developed has commercially. 'It was fantastic to be asked to go over to California to show what we have to the people at Google.' While the pair acknowledge that the combination of project and touch interaction is not a new idea, Hardy said that their offering moves the idea on 'dramatically'. 'What is unique about our offering is that it is not about screens any more. 'By leaving the world of glowing rectangles behind, we can create interactive furniture and objects; beds, sofas and pretty much anything you can dream up.' 'We can create engaging displays pretty much anywhere.'
walking slows decline with leg artery disease ISLAMABAD: Walking at least 3 times per week seems to significantly slow the functional decline seen in people with peripheral artery disease (PAD), a condition that involves hardening of the blood vessels in the legs and elsewhere, according to a new report. Previous reports have linked exercise rehabilitation programs with improved treadmill performance in PAD patients, but the benefits of a regular walking program were unclear. To investigate, Dr Mary McGrae McDermott, from Northwestern University in Chicago, and colleagues compared the functional outcomes of 143 PAD patients who walked for exercise at least 3 times per week with those of 274 patients who walked lesser amounts. The subjects were followed for a median duration of 36 months. Walking at least 3 times per week was associated with a significantly smaller annual decline in the distance walked in 6 minutes compared with lesser amounts of walking. "Our data suggest that patients with PAD who are unable or unwilling to participate in supervised walking exercise programs may benefit from self-directed walking at home," the authors conclude in the Annals of Internal Medicine. AGENCIES
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tahir have aN objective to help the team qualify for the asia cup LAHORE
He newly appointed coach of Pakistan Hockey team, Tahir Zaman has made it clear that he does not have intentions to stay longer with the team and his only objective is to deliver in a professional way to help team qualify for the Asia Cup. “I have no desire to stay longer for years and what so ever time I spend with the team, I will be endeavouring to inspire it to excel to a higher level utilizing all the energies and skills of team members,” he said here on Tuesday. Tahir, an FIH master coach, said he has accepted the coaching of the team as “a challenge” in the line of a national duty and he will not be shifting the responsibility of the results achieved during the Asia Cup. He said Pakistan will be playing the Asia Cup from August 24 in Ipoh, Malaysia and it is the last chance for the green shirts
Pcb finds new chief selector clean of match-fixing
LAHORE STAFF REPORT
The Pakistan Cricket Board has said that the newly-appointed chief selector of Pakistan cricket team was never convicted or fined for match-fixing and stated that a negative campaign is being hatched to demoralize the steps taken by the PCB. “The PCB is shocked on reports that claims Moin Khan, was once convicted and fined for match-fixing. This is completely baseless and false”, said a Spokesman of the PCB here on Tuesday. “Such irresponsible and false allegations hurt the national interest and cause demoralization”, he added. He said that Moin Khan had never been convicted for match fixing. This report harms the image of our veteran cricketer and that of the PCB and the country as a whole. “It is unfortunate that such baseless news has appeared at a time when the new management of the PCB is trying in all sincerity to restore the credibility and performance of cricket in Pakistan”, he asserted. In his reaction, Moin Khan said he was deeply disappointed by the publication of such a baseless report. “The news has been fabricated to defame me as a person and as a cricketer, i am utterly distressed and disappointed at this falsehood being peddled as a news item, my whole career reflects my love for the game and my continued effort to promote it even after my retirement. The publication of such false reports will not do any good to the game,” said the chief selector.
The most important thing is that the dope testing is working and for clean athletes it is important we do not flinch in our efforts. – Sebastian Coe
in with an aim to deliver to qualify for the next year World Cup in Holland after their shameful seventh position finish during the recently concluded World Hockey League in Malaysia, out of eight team contest. “It is not an ideal situation for any one (coach) and even at this stage if you hire world top notch hockey coaches, they will not be able to turn the sagging fortune of the team in three weeks available time ahead of the Asia Cup”, he said adding “My aim is to rejuvenate the team in professional ways. working on its gray areas of penalty corner drills, a fragile defence and drawing up combination at specialized positions and by that way we can expect a good show from our players in the Cup”. Tahir sounded confident when asked about his plans to turn a demoralized side into a confident looking combination saying “Lifting the team out of gloom from its low position in the hockey league and then helping the players to reunite themselves and to strive for excellence are my top priorities in order to bring improvement in the team for its campaign in the Asia Cup,” he maintained. The former Olympian said Pak threw away an ideal chance to qualify for the World Cup with its dismal show in the World Hockey League and now the team is on a brink of a cliffhanger for having just one chance to win the Asia Cup and to qualify for the World Cup. “I have not lost faith in the players, still I believe that they can atone for their
Phf invites 25 players for asia cup training LAHORE STAFF REPORT
previous fault and they can help the team to qualify for the World Cup provided they play to their full strength and energy with a undying approach not to give up in any circumstances,” he said the coach.
He pointed out that South Korea and Malaysia which beat Pakistan in the Hockey league are the biggest threats in addition to the arch rivals India who are always a tough rival to beat.
Pakistan Hockey Federation has invited twenty five players for attending the training camp from July 21here for the build up of the team to take part in the 9th Men’s Asia Cup being played from August 24 in Ipoh, Malaysia. The camp will be established at national stadium under the supervision of chief manager, Akhtar Rasool Chaudhary and coach Tahir Zaman. Following will attend the camp,Imran Butt, Imran Shah, Mazhar Abbas, Muhammad Imran, Muhammad Irfan, Muhammad Ateeq, Kashif Ali, Khalid Bhatti, Rizwan Junior, Muhammad Tousiq, Waseem Ahmed, Rashid Mahmood, Fareed Ahmed, Aamir Shahzad, Waqas Sharif, Shafqat Rasool, Zohaib Ashraf, Abdul Haseem Khan, Rizwan Senior, Shakeel Abbasi, Ali Shan, Muhammad Umar Bhutta, Muhammad Dilber, Muhammad Zubair and Muhammad Salman Hussain .
ICC defends umpires, DRS LONDON AGENCIES
The ICC has defended the performance of the umpires and the DRS after criticism following the Trent Bridge Test between england and Australia, whilst also admitting to errors in cases involving Jonathan Trott and Stuart Broad. The ICC has taken the unusual step of revealing its assessment of the umpires and the DRS analysis from the Test, arguing that the figures vindicate both. Some mitigation was provided for the errors that did occur, the ICC suggesting the “added intensity” of a first Ashes Test had increased pressure on the officials. According to the ICC, the umpires
made a total of 72 decisions, which is well above the average (49) for a DRS Test match. The umpiring team, made up of Aleem Dar, Kumar Dharmasena and Marais erasmus, was assessed to have made seven errors during the match, out of which three were uncorrected decisions and four decisions corrected using the DRS. As such, the correct decision percentage before reviews stood at 90.3% but climbed to 95.8% as a result of the use of the DRS. This represented an increase of 5.5% in correct decisions, which was the average increase from DRS Test matches in 2012-13. The three decisions that were marked as uncorrected errors included one against Trott when a correct lbw decision (not out
against the bowling of Mitchell Starc) was overturned. The others involved Broad, both the edge that carried to slip via Brad Haddin’s gloves and a leg-before shout where he did not offer a stroke, but neither but these could be corrected as Australia had no reviews available. “When coupled with the conditions, with reverse swing and spin playing an important role, and the added intensity of the first Ashes Test, it was a difficult match to umpire,” read the ICC statement. The ICC’s chief executive, David Richardson, added: “The umpires did a good job under difficult conditions. This reflects the calibre of umpires Dar, Dharmasena and erasmus who have consistently performed at a high level.
Like the players, umpires can also have good and bad days but we all know that the umpire’s decision, right or wrong, is final and must be accepted. “While the ICC has complete faith in the ability of its umpires, our confidence in technology is also strengthened by the fact that there was an increase in the number of correct decisions in the Trent Bridge Test through the use of the DRS. “Technology was introduced with the objective of eradicating the obvious umpiring errors, and to get as many correct decisions as possible. If it can help increase the correct decisions by 5.5 percent, then it is a good outcome, but we must continue to strive to improve umpiring and the performance of the DRS.”
( icc announces reviseD scHeDule For icc WoMen’s WorlD t20 qualiFier
Pakistan ladies open fight against Thailand on 23rd LAHORE STAFF REPORT
Pakistan has been placed in group of the qualifier with having Netherlands, Thailand and Zimbabwe being the other contenders in the pool. The International Cricket Council on Tuesday announced a revised schedule for the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 Qualifier, to be staged in Dublin, Ireland from 2331 July. The event will now see three teams advancing to the ICC World Twenty20 2014 in Bangladesh. The eight-team tournament is the final step in a global qualification pathway to the ICC World Twenty20 2014. Following an
ICC Board decision during the ICC annual conference week in London in June, three teams from the Ireland event will progress to Bangladesh instead of one. As a result, it is not just the tournament winner, but also the runner-up and the winner of the third-fourth place play-off that will progress to the ICC World Twenty20 Bangladesh 2014. To reflect the changed qualification structure, the tournament schedule has also been amended, with the primary change being the replacement of the Super Four stage with two semi-finals. The three qualifying teams will join Australia, Bangladesh, england, India, New Zealand, South Africa and
West Indies in the 2014 tournament, which will be staged from 16 March to 6 April 2014. The ICC Women’s World Twenty20 2014 will now be a 10-team tournament, and will again be held alongside the men’s event. The teams participating in the Dublin tournament are Canada, Ireland, Japan, Netherlands, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Zimbabwe. The decision to expand the qualification process for the ICC World Twenty20 2014 is part of the continued promotion and support of women’s cricket, with the recently announced event cycle including four ICC World Twenty20 events and two World Cups between 2015 and 2023. the ICC will stream live the final two days of the ICC Women’s World twenty20 Qualifier 2013, including the final, the 3rd v 4th place play-off and the semi-finals free of charge at www.icccricket.com. this is the first time that women’s qualification matches will be broadcast by the ICC to a global audience, marking another important step in the growth of women’s cricket globally. tournament schedule GROUPS GROUP A – pakistan (1), netherlands (4), thailand (5), Zimbabwe (8) GROUP B – Sri Lanka (2), Ireland (3), Canada (6), Japan (7)
GROUP STAGE tuesday, 23 July Ireland v Japan (am), the hills netherlands v Zimbabwe (am), yMCA Sri Lanka v Canada (pm), the hills pakistan v thailand (pm), yMCA thursday, 25 July thailand v netherlands (am), the hills Canada v netherlands (am), Merrion Zimbabwe v pakistan (pm), the hills Japan v Sri Lanka (pm) Merrion Saturday, 27 July thailand v Zimbabwe (am) the hills pakistan v netherlands (am), Merrion Japan v Canada (pm), the hills Ireland v Sri Lanka, (pm), Merrion Semi-finals Monday, 29 July trophy semi-final 1: A1 v B2 (am), yMCA (broadcast match) trophy semi-final 2: A2 v B1 (pm), yMCA (broadcast match) Shield semi-final 1: A3 v B4 (am), Malahide Shield semi-final 1: A4 v B# (pm), Malahide Finals Wednesday, 31 July trophy final (am), yMCA – both finalists progress to the ICC World twenty20 2014 trophy 3rd v 4th play-off (pm), yMCA – the winner progresses to the ICC World twenty20 2014 Shield final (am), Malahide (broadcast match) Shield 7th v 8th play-off (pm), Malahide
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I am “to be asked to play a role in returning the team to its rightful place at the pinnacle of Formula One. – Pat Symonds
Wednesday, 17 July, 2013
bravo guides slow west indies progress GUyANA
WAYNe Bravo with his responsible innings of 54 runs lifted the West Indies from flip-flop to progress in the second one-day international here at the Providence Stadium, Guyana on Tuesday. With Bravo’s half century and late order’s fight the West Indies reached 232 for eight in 50 overs. On a bright morning in Providence, Misbah-ul-Haq had hoped his quicks could exploit the early moisture in the track. Mohammad Irfan provided the perfect start by getting Chris Gayle’s wicket in the first over itself, but West Indies’ batsmen showed some spine either side of a 45minute rain break. West Indies have been desperately looking for a batsman who can play steadily, to balance the boundary-ornothing hitters in the side. Darren Bravo is one of the best suited in the line-up to play that role, and he stabilised the innings after Gayle’s early exit, weathering the sideways
bell keen to star again for england LONDON AGENCIES
england batsman Ian Bell admitted his century against Australia in the first Ashes Test was his finest innings, but is now putting that behind him. While seamer James Anderson took most of the plaudits in england’s thrilling 14-run success to take a 1-0 lead in the five-Test series, Bell struck the only three-figure score of the match at Trent Bridge after coming to the crease with england under a bit of pressure in the second innings. By the time the Warwickshire man was eventually dismissed for 109 from 267 balls, his knock helped Alastair Cook’s men set the tourists an imposing target of 311 for victory. His innings has been described as the best of his career and while Bell agrees with the sentiments, he does not want to rest on his laurels and is keen to make his mark in the second Test at Lord’s later this week. “Yeah, definitely. I’m very happy to contribute to the team at the right opportunity and I’m hungry for more,” he said.
clarke plays up australia unity LONDON DANIEl BRETTIG
Michael Clarke has not denied the existence of serious rifts within the team in the past but insists the tourists have put the problems of the Mickey Arthur era behind them under the guidance of the new coach Darren Lehmann. The revelation of Arthur’s log of claims about his sacking broke as the tourists trained at Lord’s two days out from the second Ashes Test, forcing hurried meetings about the team’s official response. Allegations of precisely how dimly Clarke viewed Shane Watson, and that the allrounder had been the one to inform Arthur of David Warner’s misadventures, will not necessarily be a shock to members of the Australia team. Clarke stated that the squad was more united now than it had been for some time, which bodes well for the rest of the Ashes but also casts harsh light on the team under Arthur. “I can’t remember for a long time the team being as united as we are right now,” Clarke said. “And no coincidence Darren’s played a big part in that. I think him as a man and a gentleman brings that to the forefront. He was a great guy to play with, and he’s no different as a coach. He loves having a good time, loves us enjoying our cricket and he was really proud, as I was, about the way we played over the past five days.
movement and bounce of Irfan. He also feasted on the width provided by the gentle medium-pace of Asad Ali. Keeping him company was Johnson Charles, who fell for a golden duck in the first game. Irfan fired in another low full ball first up, hoping to catch out Charles again but a loud leg-before appeal is turned down. His shot selection remains suspect, and his inability to rotate the strike means he often feels compelled to go for a big hit after a cluster of dot balls. He had only one single in the first ten overs, which prompted a pressure-relieving swat to midwicket off Irfan, and a risky loft taking on the man at long-on in Saeed Ajmal’s first over. He stuck around till the 19th over before perishing while going for another wild Hollywood hit, completely missing the legspinner from Shahid Afridi. That brought in Marlon Samuels, another man in the midst of a horrid run. He began nervously, unsure which way the ball would turn. Both Afridi and Ajmal piled on the pressure, and though Bravo and Samuels held on till the midway stage of the innings, a wicket never seemed far.
SCOREBOARD West Indies 1 CH Gayle c Akmal b Irfan j Charles st Akmal b Afridi 31 DM Bravo b Ajmal 54 21 MN Samuels b Ajmal lMP Simmons c Akmal b Afridi 10 Dj Bravo not out 43 30 KA Pollard b Asad Ali 3 DjG Sammy run out (Akmal) 0 KAj Roach run out (Akmal) SP Narine not out 1 Extras (b 5, lb 11, w 21, nb 1) 38 232 Total (8 wickets; 50 overs) To bat jO Holder Fall of wickets 1-2 (Gayle, 0.6 ov), 2-81 (Charles, 18.2 ov), 3-123 (DM Bravo, 32.1 ov), 4-137 (Samuels, 35.3 ov), 5-150 (Simmons, 38.5 ov), 6-220 (Pollard, 48.3 ov), 7-226 (Sammy, 49.2 ov), 8226 (Roach, 49.3 ov) Bowling: Mohammad Irfan 10-0-38-1, Asad Ali 6-1-35-1, Saeed Ajmal 10-0-45-2, Mohammad Hafeez 7-0-32-0, Wahab Riaz 70-37-0, Shahid Afridi 10-0-29-2 Toss Pakistan, who chose to field Player of the match tba Umpires Nj llong (England) and Pj Nero Tv umpire PR Reiffel (Australia) Match referee DC Boon (Australia) Reserve umpire jS Wilson
Haddin urges ‘war of attrition’ to wear James Anderson down
Australia vice-captain Brad Haddin believes a war of attrition might be the key to reducing the effectiveness of england’s Ashes pace bowling spearhead James Anderson. It’s an idea he formed while spending 3 1/2 hours at the crease, alternately frustrating and flailing the england attack, as he carried Australia to within 15 runs of victory in the first Test at Trent Bridge before Anderson finally broke through to claim his wicket. Realising that Anderson was the one bowler who stood between Australia and victory and that there was simply no avoiding him, Haddin attacked the other
england bowlers, paceman Steve Finn in particular, in an attempt to force england captain Alastair Cook to overbowl his main strike weapon to the point where he ceased to be so dangerous. “Obviously, Jimmy was the difference,” Haddin said yesterday of Anderson. “He was at you the whole time. “I had the opportunity when Finn came on to force the game a little bit. I had the feeling england didn’t really want to bowl him. I was always going to go then and see where it got to, see if they could bring Jimmy back quicker than they wanted to. In the end it worked against me. He got me in the end.” Haddin admitted the potential flaw in his theory was that Anderson, who bowls with an extreme economy of
motion, does not tire easily. He took all four wickets to fall on the final day in Nottingham, the first three in an unchanged 13-over spell from the Radcliffe Road end, during which he captured 3-29. “He has shown over a long period of time that he has got a pretty big engine,” Haddin acknowledged. “It’s obvious he is the one we’ve got to work through. He bowled extremely well in difficult conditions for fast bowlers. (But) it’s important to get him bowling a lot of overs.” Cook indicated he was prepared to keep asking Anderson to back up for one more over while the situation remained so perilous for england, but there are limits to how much can be asked of one man, particularly when there still are 20 scheduled days of cricket to come in this series. From an england perspective, the best way of frustrating the Australian plan is to ensure that they have adequate back-up when Anderson is not at the bowling crease. Off-spinner Graeme Swann clearly is capable of tying down one end but curiously Australia, which was tied up in knots in India in March - and, make no mistake, the wickets england clearly has ordered of its curators are straight out of the subcontinent - somehow handles him better than they do any other world-class spinner.
arthur sues ca, claims discrimination SyDNEy AGENCIES
Sacked national coach Mickey Arthur is seeking up to $4 million in compensation or his job back from Cricket Australia, claiming he was racially discriminated against, local media reported on Tuesday. South African-born Arthur - Australia’s first foreign head coach - was fired last month before the Ashes series after CA said he failed to turn around declining standards of discipline in the team. A Seven Network television report cited court documents it says show Arthur is seeking payments and compensation to the end of his 2015 contract. His salary was reportedly $400,000 per year plus some $200,000 a year in bonuses. Seven said Arthur, who was replaced by former Australia Test batsman Darren Lehmann, claims he was discriminated against because he was from South Africa and did not understand the Australian way. The court documents also show Arthur saw himself as the “meat in the sandwich” amid a fierce feud between captain Michael Clarke and allrounder Shane Watson, Seven reported. The network added that Arthur also alleged Watson told him about the incident in which Australia opener David Warner punched england batsman Joe Root during the Champions Trophy. Arthur was fired shortly after the incident and Warner was subsequently fined and suspended. “We’re disappointed it has come to this position, but Cricket Australia is confident in its position on this matter and I’m sure it will get resolved in an appropriate fashion,” CA lawyer Dean Kino told Seven.
Africa safari the wrong call for Warner: Border LONDON AGENCIES
David Warner’s exile to Africa after punching england’s Joe Root “defies belief”, and the fiery batsman should be readying himself for an Ashes recall in the Australian team’s practice nets, according to former test captain Allan Border. Warner was stood down in the wake of the boozy bar-room incident last month and subsequently omitted for the first test in Nottingham, which Australia lost by 14 runs. He was to board a plane later on Tuesday to join the Australia A team for a tour of Zimbabwe and South Africa where he would have “adequate preparation” in match conditions, selector John Inverarity said last week. “It defies belief David Warner is about to leave the Ashes tour for an Australia A tour of Africa,” former Australia skipper Border said in his column in Sydney’s Daily Telegraph on Tuesday.
“I get the thinking, send him to South Africa and Zimbabwe to find form and bring him back later in the series, but I strongly disagree with it. “Unless Jimmy Anderson bobs up in the Zimbabwe side, Warner scoring runs won’t count for anything,” Border added, referring to the england seamer, who took 10 wickets in a match-winning performance at Trent Bridge. “He would be far better served facing (Australia paceman) James Pattinson in the nets. The standard of bowling he will face in Africa and the conditions will be chalk and cheese to the challenges that await him in england.” Australia’s top order struggled in both innings in the first test, sparking demands from local media to bring the hard-hitting 26-year-old back for the second match, which starts at Lord’s on Thursday. Warner told reporters on Monday that he knew he was on thin ice, but had not been placed under any off-field
restrictions by new coach Darren Lehmann. “(Lehmann) just said to go out there and score runs and be myself,” Warner was quoted by Fairfax Media as saying. “Just get that X-factor back that I can have for this team so hopefully I can
score some runs. “Definitely still enjoy myself off the field. There’s no bans, there’s no curfews, no nothing. The mistakes, I’ve learned, I’ve become more mature off the field as well.”
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I just think it’s quite sad that we’re sitting here the day after the biggest victory of my life ... quite a historic win, talking about doping. – Chris Froome
SPORTS Wednesday, 17 July, 2013
marussia to use ferrari engines in 2014
lOndOn : Marussia have agreed a long-term technical partnership with Ferrari to use their engines and full powertrain from 2014, the AngloRussian Formula One team said on Tuesday. The move had been widely expected, with Marussia’s existing supplier Cosworth set to leave the sport and the team appointing Frenchman Jules Bianchi - a Ferrari reserve - to their race line-up at the start of this year. Marussia said in a statement that the deal provided further confirmation of the team’s commitment to Formula One and “determination to maintain our progression towards our long-term ambitions”. The British-based team operate with the smallest budget in the sport and have yet to score a point since their debut in 2010 as Virgin Racing. However, they are currently ahead of Malaysian-owned rivals Caterham after nine races. AGENCIES
mcilroy should just focus on golf
GUllAnE: Six-time major winner Sir Nick Faldo has told world number two Rory McIlroy he has 20 years at the top to win as much as he can and should be concentrating solely on golf. In the last six months the 24-year-old Northern Irishman, whose high-profile relationship with tennis player Caroline Wozniacki has also come in for some criticism, has changed equipment suppliers and management company. He has not won in that time and since finishing eighth at the Players Championship in May he has missed the cut at the BMW PGA Championship, tied for 57th at Memorial, finished 41st at the US Open and missed the cut at the Irish Open. AGENCIES
contador vows to fight to the end
AVIGnOn: Alberto Contador has already won the Tour de France twice and the Spaniard is not ready to settle for second this time even though he enters the final week of the race trailing overall leader Chris Froome by more than four minutes. Contador, who won the Tour in 2007 and 2009, sits in third place overall 4:25 behind the British rider and 11 seconds adrift of Bauke Mollema of the Netherlands. He lost a considerable amount of time in the two mountain-top finishes at Ax-3-Domaines and on Mont Ventoux, as well as in the first individual time trial as Froome showed he was unbeatable on a single climb. AGENCIES
federer happy with low-key return HAMBURG
T is unusual to see grand slam winners return to low-key tournaments but the likes of Roger Federer and Serena Williams saw the need to get shock defeats out of their system. Hordes of kids inspired by Andy Murray’s historic Wimbledon triumph were not the only ones heading to tennis courts this week as a number of bashful superstars also sought to get their careers back on track. Federer, stunned by Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky in the second round at Wimbledon, opted to return in Hamburg this week in a relatively lowkey clay-court tournament he has not played in since 2008. Clearly, the Swiss former world number one and 17-times grand slam champion sees the need to bolster a faltering record which has seen him win only one tournament this year in stark contrast to the likes of Murray and Novak Djokovic. For Federer, Hamburg is where it all started and, by inference, it is clearly where he does not expect it to end, despite suggestions in some quarters that his best days of expected grand slam success are over. Federer told the ATP’s official website: “I entered the top 10 in Hamburg in 2002 and that is something that can never be taken away from Hamburg or me - it was one of my dreams. “I have always enjoyed coming back here and winning here. Right now I just want to win a lot of matches, hopefully win a couple of tournaments and build confidence and go from there into the hard courts.” Meanwhile Williams, stunned by Sabine Lisicki at Wimbledon despite
martina hingis inducted into hall of fame
nadal confirmed for cincinnati CInCInnATI: Rafael Nadal has been confirmed as a scheduled participant in the ATP Masters 1000 event in Cincinnati next month. Having already been named in the field for the Rogers Cup Masters event in Montreal the week before, Nadal’s entry into the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati had been in some doubt. The Spaniard’s long-standing knee problems are exacerbated by the hardcourts on which both tournaments are played so, having been forced out of the game for seven months until February, there had been some suggestion he would skip one of the tournaments. However, Nadal’s name was announced at Monday’s Cincinnati field announcement, alongside the other members of the so-called ‘Big Four’ Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Roger Federer. Nadal, who has won seven titles since returning to action earlier this year, is currently back in practice following his Wimbledon first-round exit when he again struggled with his knees. He was pictured on Monday in Mallorca hitting with doubles star Nenad Zimonjic. World number one Djokovic will be bidding to become the first player to win all nine of the current Masters 1000 tournaments, the Ohio event being the one he has not won despite reaching the final four times. Federer is a fivetime winner in Cincinnati, including last year, while new Wimbledon champion Murray claimed the title in both 2011 and 2008. In the women’s event - played during the same week - the field is led by Serena Williams. Maria Sharapova, Victoria Azarenka and defending champion Li Na will also be involved. The action in Cincinnati gets under way on August 11. AGENCIES being the red-hot favourite for the crown, has taken the even more unlikely decision to play the Swedish Open in Bastad for the first time. The news that Williams will play in what is effectively a third tier tournament on the opposite side of the Atlantic to her home has stunned many observers who have grown used to Williams picking and choosing her tournaments. Maria Sharapova, beaten by
unknown Michelle Larcher de Brito at Wimbledon, is still laid low by a hip injury but has already signalled her intention to get back on track by switching coaches to former grand slam great Jimmy Connors. And Rafael Nadal, bundled out in the Wimbledon first round by Belgium’s Steve Darcis, has declared his intention to join Murray and Djokovic at next month’s Montreal Masters as he seeks to keep pace with the world’s top two.
NEW PORT AGENCIES
Martina Hingis became one of the youngest members of the International Tennis Hall of Fame on Saturday. The five-time Grand Slam champion was officially inducted into the Hall of Fame at the enshrinement ceremony in Newport, Rhode Island. The 32-year-old told the crowd: “Thank you, tennis. You gave me the world, 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 is the fourth youngest player to be inducted behind Tracy Austin, who entered aged 30, Bjorn Borg (31) and Hana Mandlikova (32). The ‘Swiss Miss’ won her first Grand Slam title at Wimbledon in 1996 when, at the age of just 15, she claimed the women’s doubles to become the youngest-ever Grand Slam champion. It was the first of nine Grand Slam doubles titles, while she also added another in mixed. Australian Thelma Coyne Long, a winner of a total of 19 Grand Slam titles during a career which lasted from 1935 to 1958, was inducted in the master player category. She is now 94 and was unable to attend the ceremony for Rod Laver was present to represent her. In addition, former players Cliff Drysdale, Charlie Pasarell and Ion Tiriac, who have all gone on to other things in the game, were enshrined in the contributor category. Drysdale has been a long-standing broadcaster with eSPN in the US. Pasarell, like Drysdale, was a founder of the ATP. For more than 30 years he was involved in the organisation of the tournament at Indian Wells, but to British fans will forever be remembered for his part in a marathon match at Wimbledon with Pancho Gonzales in 1969.
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I have been told a million times it is one of the fairest of the Open courses, so I am quite looking forward to seeing what it is like.– Nicolas Colsaerts
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AKISTAN football chiefs have urged new Fulham owner Shahid Khan to go back to his roots and tap up young talent in the South Asian country. Billionaire Khan, born in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore, took over the english Premier League club in a deal struck on Friday. The 62-year-old vowed to build on the foundations left by previous owner Mohamed Al Fayed, and Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) marketing director Sardar Naveed Haider urged him to look to Pakistan. “We are trying to make a contact with him to request him to come to Pakistan and see the burgeoning talent in the country and get them an opportunity to groom at the Fulham academy,” Haider was quoted by a foreign news agency. Pakistan were among the top Asian footballing nations until the 1970s, but lack of government support and the overwhelming popularity of cricket left
italy police investigate jamaican sprinters - reports ROME AGENCIES
Italian police are investigating Jamaican sprinters Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson and their Canadian trainer Chris Xuereb on suspicion of violating doping laws, Italian media reported on Tuesday. Newswire Ansa said the police had seized some 50 boxes during a search of the athletes’ rooms in a hotel in north-east Italy, and would analyse pills, vials, sprays and creams to see if they contained banned substances. The Fra i Pini hotel in Lignano, where the sprinters trained, said the athletes had left their rooms. Former world 100 metres record holder Powell and Olympic 4x100 metres relay silver medallist Simpson said this weekend they had tested positive for the banned stimulant oxilophine, a blow for a sport with a troubled history of doping.
ricciardo to test for red bull at silverstone LONDON AGENCIES
Daniel Ricciardo’s hopes of replacing fellow-Australian Mark Webber at Red Bull were given a boost on Tuesday when the Formula One champions announced he would test for them at Silverstone this week. Red Bull said the Toro Rosso driver, who is facing competition from Lotus’s Kimi Raikkonen to partner triple world champion Sebastian Vettel in 2014, would be in their car on Wednesday afternoon. Webber, who has announced his departure at the end of the season for Le Mans sportscar racing with Porsche, will test the Pirelli tyres on Thursday afternoon and Vettel will be in the car on Friday. Highly-rated Portuguese Antonio Félix da Costa, a member of the Red Bull young driver programme who would be likely to replace Ricciardo at Toro Rosso, will test in the morning on Wednesday and Thursday.
the game in the doldrums. They now sit at a lowly 167th in FIFA rankings - languishing below Bermuda, Palestine and the Solomon Islands - but Haider claims signs of improvement are visible. “We definitely have talent at our disposal. Look at our structure in which our Under-14 and Under-16 teams are doing well,” he said. “We won the South Asian Under-16
title in Nepal in 2011 and will defend it later this month.” British-born Pakistan international defender Zesh Rehman played for the Cottagers for several seasons, and Haider said there was more talent waiting to be unearthed. “If Khan can send his scouts to Pakistan who can have a look at our talent and provide them with a facility at Fulham it would be a great help and the boys are excited at the prospect,” said Haider. Football is particularly popular in Pakistan’s restive southwestern province of Baluchistan, but poverty and poor security mean few young players get a chance. Khan, who has US citizenship and who already owns the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars, is ranked 179th in the Forbes 400 list of richest Americans, with an estimated worth of $2.5 billion. He made his fortune as a car parts manufacturer. Haider said the fact Khan had taken over such a high-profile club would boost the game in Pakistan. “It is very exciting for the football fraternity here that a Pakistani now owns top ePL club Fulham and we wish that under his ownership Fulham becomes a successful team,” Haider said.
Lack of quality a worry says former England striker Owen LONDON AGENCIES
england’s lack of up-and-coming footballers is a serious concern for the national team, former striker Michael Owen said, blaming changes in social behaviour. “Nobody comes home from school, knocks on 10 doors and asks if they fancy a kickabout. I used to run home from school to get my ball,” Owen said at a training day in Wales for young players. “If you look to where the best young players are coming from they tend to be from countries where football is seen as a way out, an escape. “england are not in a great position although we still have some good players,” Owen, who made his debut for Liverpool as a 17-year-old and was in the england team at 18, was quoted as saying in Tuesday’s newspapers. The 33-year-old former Liverpool, Real Madrid and Newcastle United striker, who retired at the end of last season after a spell with Stoke City, was speaking after the england Under-20 and Under-21 teams were eliminated in the group stages of both the european and
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fulham owner urged to tap Pakistan talent LAHORE
azam clinches Port Qasim victory KARACHI STAFF REPORT
Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited (ZTBL) won the toss against Port Qasim Authority (PQA) and chose to field first at the Advance Telecom Ramadan T20 Cup’s pool B match played in the National Stadium, Karachi. PQA while batting first gave the target of 146 runs in 20 overs with the loss of 7 wickets. But rain stopped play in break and the match was reduced to 14 overs. Revised target with the D/L method was 112 runs. ZTBL failed to achieve the same in the allotted overs. In the first innings, Shahzaib Hassan, opener of the Port Qasim Authority displayed a good performance by bat as he scored 48 runs in 42 balls before Hussain Talat took his wicket. Afsar Nawaz, the other player who was the second highest scorer of his team with 23 runs, was also bowled by Hussain. Rest of the batsmen got the start, but could not capitalize on it. Hussain Talat grabbed 3 wickets for the Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited, while Zafar Gohar took 2. From the outset of the second innings, PQA bowlers made it difficult for ZTBL batsmen to stay at the crease. ZTBL lost their wickets at regular intervals without any player contributing enough to guarantee the victory. Zafar Gohar, the tail ender, was the top scorer with 29 runs. By the end of 14th over (D/L Method), ZTBL was short of 6 runs from the target, thus making PQA won the match. Azam Hussain, with inspiring 4 wickets, was the leading wicket taker for Port Qasim Authority and was named player of the match. Port Qasim Authority 145 for 7 (Shahzaib 48, Azam 4-17) beat Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited 105 for 8; 14 /20 overs (D/L method) (Zafar 29 and 2-23, Hussain 3-21) by 6 runs.
east zone t-20 event just after eid-ulfitar LAHORE STAFF REPORT
World championships without winning a match. “I would have thought we will qualify for the World Cup,” he added. “If we don’t get beaten in Ukraine we should be okay but nobody thinks we are going to win the World Cup. “We will still produce players but whether we
have the pool of players we need is debatable.” Last month, a survey by the International Centre for Sports Studies showed that five clubs - Manchester City, Chelsea, Stoke City, Swansea City and Wigan Athletic - fielded no english player under 21 years old last season.
The east Zone T-20 event will start after eidul Fitar in which only registered clubs of Zone will participate. All clubs of Zone have advised to send 25 names of registered players with copies of registration card till July 25 to secretary Habibul Hassan Shah. In this event Top 4 clubs will promote to LCCA League.
ABC to assign duties for Pak referees-judges: PBF secretary LAHORE STAFF REPORT
Secretary, Pakistan Boxing Federation, (PBF) Iqbal Hussain has said that the Asian Boxing Confederation (ABC) will assign duties for Pakistani referees and judges in international fights and national coaches will also be invited to attended certification courses. “Our technical officials were long neglected in their respective fields and I took up this matter with the executive Director of ABC on the side lines of ABC championship recently held in Jordan who assure that they will be given assignments in international competitions at various
levels,” he told APP here Tuesday after the return. He said the participation of Pak referees and judges in the international fights will add to their experience besides bringing good name for the country. “We have many experienced technical officials and there are a few who are in the process of making and their participation will help in promoting boxing in Pakistan,” he said. “PBF is keen to send its coaches to attend three star certification courses and we are in the process of finalizing a list which will be sent to AIBA and ABC for their inclusion in such beneficial activities in near future”, he added. Iqbal Hussain pointed out that PBF was having zero funds in it kitty and the
tour expense brought for Pak team which participated in ABC Championship were dufficult, besides sponsoring the 45-day training camp of 12 boxers for the build up of the team at Karachi. It is the first time in Pak boxing history that any high up of the PBF has shouldered the burden of participation of Pak team in Asian competition. Secretary PBF said the participation of Pak team has dispelled the doubts regarding the legal status of PBF which is affiliated with AIBA, ABC and Pakistan Olympic Association. Pak boxers Mir Bilaj and Aamir Khan lost to their Mongolian and Iranian rivals in their respective 60 and 64kg fights but
Iqbal Hussain believes with regular participation in such high profile events, Pak boxers will be able to lift the level of their game in years to come. “Due to infighting and rifts in the PBF there was no participation of Pak team in any international event for the past one and a half year and now with the smooth running of the national boxing federation its affairs are being streamlined,” he said. He disclosed that Pakistan will participate in the World Junior boxing championship being held in October in Ukraine. “We will be sending four to six members team in the mega event and we will be ensuring its participation at all cost,” he addaed.
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four dead in fresh violence in bangladesh DHAKA AGENCIES
ReSH violence over the conviction of fundamentalist Jamaat-e-Islami’s 91-year-old supremo Ghulam Azad left at least four persons dead, even as machete-wielding protesters went on the rampage enforcing a country-wide strike on Tuesday. Two Islamist demonstrators, including a minor, were killed in police firing when several thousand Islamists attacked police with sticks, machetes and crude bombs in southwestern Satkhita, officials and reports said. “They (Jamaat) activists violently attacked us with lethal weapons and homemade bombs... we were forced to fire gunshots for our defence when the two
died,” a police officer said. In a separate incident, a 9-year-old girl was run over by a speeding bus that was being chased by protesters in suburban Gazipur. Another person died after being allegedly attacked by rival activists at southwestern Dinajpur. The violence comes a day after Jamaat workers hacked to death a local leader of ruling Awami League at Satkhira ahead of the verdict sentencing Azam to 90 years in prison for the 1971 “crimes against humanity“. Jamaat rejected the International Crimes Tribunal verdict saying it was delivered as part of a plot to eliminate their leadership as it called for a nation-wide strike on Tuesday. Businesses and shops were shut country-wide for the strike which started on
Monday and roads and highways were largely empty, bringing inter-district transport to a halt. Security was tight in the capital Dhaka, with thousands of police patrolling the streets. The Awami League on Tuesay cautiously welcomed the judgment on Azam with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina saying “We are satisfied with the tribunal’s verdict... What the punishment should be is the matter of the court“. Jamaat’s crucial ally, the main Opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), however, declined to make any comment on the judgment. Azam is the fifth Jamaat-e-Islami politician to be convicted by the International Crimes Tribunal since the trial of war crimes suspects, mostly belonging to the Islamist group, began three years ago.
new egypt cabinet sworn in without a single islamist CAIRO AGENCIES
CAIRO: Supporters of deposed president Mohammad Morsi protest against his sacking on Tuesday.
lHc regrets google’s cold shoulder to youtube proceedings LAHORE STAFF REPORT
Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah of the Lahore High Court on Tuesday regretted that ‘Google’ had not made any effort to inform the court about its inability to join the proceedings which was not expected from such a reputable company. Justice Shah was hearing a writ petition for restoration of YouTube filed by Bytes for All, a non-government organisation. On the last date of hearing on April 26, notices were issued to Google Asia Pacific Pvt Ltd to solicit Google’s position whether it wished to localise its services in Pakistan but it failed to respond to court notices. The Ministry of Information and Technology (MOIT) had submitted that Google was not interested in joining the court proceedings. Petitioner’s counsel submitted that there were several technologies available which could help block controversial contents/sites on YouTube and, therefore, MOIT and Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) be directed to reopen YouTube and only block controversial sites. On the other hand, the representative of MOIT/PTA submitted there was no technology available so far which could absolutely block all controversial sites and, there-
fore, there was no guarantee if any controversial film or material was posted on YouTube. The court remarked that the answer to the reopening of Youtube lies in the technological ability of MOIT/PTA to block controversial contents as and when it appeared on YouTube. The court directed Waseem Tauqeer, (S&D) PTA Director General, to hold a meeting with the petitioner as well as the representative of MOIT and IT experts to assess and explore the state of technological ability available in the country. Departmental representatives will organise a meeting before the next date of hearing and explore various technologies that could enable MOIT/PTA to block controversial sites and yet make available the educational and informational contents on YouTube to the general public. The court further directed that Waseem Tauqeer would place the minutes of the meeting on record before the next date of hearing and shall also personally appear before the court for assistance. In case MOIT/PTA failed to come up with a technological answer, the court would proceed to decide the matter on the constitutional touchstone of fundamental rights and public interest involved in the case, the court order concluded. Further proceedings were adjourned till July 27.
pHc summons it secy over youtube case PESHAWAR STAFF REPORT
The bench of the Peshawar High Court hearing the case pertaining to the ban placed on social media website, YouTube, expressed its disappointment over non-compliance of its earlier order and summoned secretary of information and technology on July 30. A division bench of the Peshawar High Court hearing the case had earlier ordered the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to submit a report pertaining to the closure of the Google-owned website. PTA’s Assistant Director of its Law department was present in the hearing on behalf of the telecom authority who informed the court that another case pertaining to the same matter was also underway in the Lahore High Court and that the next hearing of that case was on July 25. He further requested the court to set the next date of hearing after July 25. Chief Justice of the PHC giving his remarks said that the PTA appeared to be taking the issue non-seriously, adding that researchers were facing difficulties because of the blockade. He further inquired as to why the PTA officials had not worked towards blocking blasphemous and objectionable content and the resumption of YouTube services. PHC’s chief justice said that other experts of the field would also be consulted over the issue. The next hearing of the case was adjourned until July 30.
egypt’s army-backed leaders swore in a new interim cabinet on Tuesday after a night of street violence, with not a single minister representing either of the main Islamist groups that have won five straight elections since 2011. Seven people were killed overnight and more than 260 wounded in running battles between supporters of toppled president Mohamed Morsi and the security forces. In an ornate hall in the presidential palace, 33 mainly liberal and technocratic ministers took turns being sworn in by Adli Mansour, a burly judge installed as interim head of state by the army when it deposed Morsi on July 3. The armed forces chief who removed him, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, was given the post of first deputy to interim Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi, a 76-year-old liberal economist who has been given the task of implementing a “road map” to restore civilian rule and repair a crumbling economy. Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood movement fumed. “It’s an illegitimate government, an illegitimate prime minister, an illegitimate cabinet. We don’t recognize anyone in it. We don’t even recognize their authority as representatives of the government,” its spokesman Gehad el-Haddad told Reuters. Not one of the new ministers is from either Morsi’s Brotherhood or Nour, the other main Islamist group. Together they have won two parliamentary elections, a presidential vote and two constitutional referendums since the 2011 uprising that brought down long-serving, army-backed autocrat Hosni Mubarak. The army said it was carrying out the popular will when it removed Morsi after millions took to the streets to demand his resignation at the end of June. A spokesman for interim president Mansour said Nour and the Brotherhood had both been offered cabinet posts and he believed they would participate in the transition. The Brotherhood said it would never yield in its demand for Morsi’s return. Nour said it was reserving its judgment on the cabinet for now.
CAlM SHATTEREd: Crisis in the Arab world’s most populous state, which straddles the Suez Canal and has a strategic peace treaty with Israel, raises alarm for its allies in the region and the West. Morsi’s removal has bitterly divided egypt, with thousands of his supporters maintaining a vigil in a Cairo square to demand his return, swelling to tens of thousands for mass demonstrations every few days. The ousted president is being held incommunicado at an undisclosed location. He has not been charged with any crime but the authorities say they are investigating him over complaints of inciting violence, spying and wrecking the economy. Two people were killed at a bridge across the Nile in central Cairo and another five were killed in the district of Giza overnight in the worst violence in a week, said the head of emergency services, Mohamed Sultan. More than 400 were arrested. The new cabinet faces a dire task rebuilding an economy wrecked by two and a half years of turmoil. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab emirates and Kuwait - rich Gulf Arab monarchies happy at the downfall of the Brotherhood - have promised a total of $12 billion in cash, loans and fuel. Investors are skeptical that major reforms can be enacted before a permanent government is put in place. The new planning minister, Ashraf al-Arabi, said on Monday the Arab money would sustain egypt through its transition and it did not need talks with the International Monetary Fund on a stalled loan. egypt had sought $4.8 billion in IMF credit last year, but months of talks ran aground with the government unable to agree on cuts in unaffordable subsidies for food and fuel. OPPOSInG VIEWS: Ahmed elmoslmany, spokesman for the interim president, said the authorities expected the Brotherhood and other Islamists to agree to participate in national reconciliation. “I am hoping and expecting, and I am in contact with members from the Muslim Brotherhood, and I can see there is an acceptance to the idea,” he said.
india interested in leasing second russian nuclear attack submarine NEWS DESK India may be interested in leasing a second nuclear attack submarine (SSN) from Russia, according to a report from Jane’s Defence Weekly. Jane’s quoted Russian officials at the International Maritime Defence in St. Petersburg saying the Indian Navy was interested in leasing a follow-on submarine to INS Chakra II, an Akula-class submarine the Indian Navy is leasing from the Russians for ten years. During Chakra’s commissioning in April, Indian Defense Minister A.K. Antony said the Indian Navy would be open to the idea of leasing a second SSN.
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“India can afford it. It is reasonable,” Antony said it following the ceremony. Vladimir Dorofeev — head of Russian submarine design firm St. Petersburg Marine engineering Bureau “Malachite” — told Indian express the new lease would likely be built around the former Akula-class submarine, Iribis. Construction on the SSN was halted following the collapse of the Soviet Union. Several international treaties forbid the sale of nuclear powered submarines but extended leases fall out of treaty prohibitions. Several Asian countries — Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, and Malaysia — have recently bought submarines as overlapping claims to territory in the South China Sea have increased.