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Sunday, 19 august, 2012 Ramadan 30, 1433
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KP govt announces Eid for today, challenges Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee’s decision of Eid on Monday Tribesmen in parts of NWA celebrate Eid on Saturday LAHORE StAff REpoRt
iD means happiness and Pakistanis have got thrice the happiness this year again. For a second time in recent history, Pakistanis are going to celebrate three Eids this year – one already been celebrated in parts of the Tribal Area on Saturday, one being celebrated today (Sunday) in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, while one to be celebrated tomorrow (Monday), per the official announcement of the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee. Ruet-e-Hilal Committee Chairman Mufti Muneebur Rehman said on Sat-
urday that the Shawwal moon could not been sighted across the country, therefore, Eidul Fitr will be celebrated across the country tomorrow (August 20). However, like every year, the country appeared to be in complete disharmony over the decision, as the Peshawar Zonal Ruet-e-Hilal Committee rejected the Central Ruet-eHilal Committee’s claims and said they would celebrate Eid today (Sunday) after receiving as many as 18 evidences of the Shawwal moon’s sighting across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Following the Zonal Committee’s announcement, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government made an official announcement that Eid
would be celebrated across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa today (Sunday). The Peshawar Zonal Committee said it wanted to inform the Central Committee of receiving evidence of the moon’s sighting but the committee adjourned its moon sighting session much earlier than expected. KP Senior Minister Bashir Ahmad Bilour said the Central Committee did not accept the evidence forwarded by the Zonal Committee. Eids are being celebrated left right and centre across the country. Earlier in the evening on Saturday, the Charsadda Police on directives of the district government had arrested a cleric who announced Eidul Fitr in certain areas of Charsadda on Saturday. Certain areas of Charsadda celebrated Eidul Fitr on Saturday, a day before Saudi Arabia, following a late night sighting of the Shawwal moon by Barelvi sect clerics. The arrested cleric
has been identified as Lal Rehman. Tribesmen in a specific pocket of North Waziristan also observed Eidul Fitr on Saturday in accordance with the fatwa (edict) of Maulana Gul Baas Khan belonging to the village of Khedarkhel of Mirali sub division. But a majority of the dwellers, especially occupants of government installations from Miranshah headquarter of North Waziristan, did not follow the edict of Maulana Gul Baas Khan which was also endorsed by another religious figure, Maulana Gul Naseeb associated with Jamiat Ulemae-islam-Fazl. Addressing a press conference after the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee’s meeting, Mufti Muneeb said no credible testimonies of sighting of the moon were received from provincial capitals, including islamabad, Lahore, Karachi and Quetta, therefore Eid would fall tomorrow (Monday). Continued on page 04
At least six people, including five security personnel, were killed when a suspected suicide bomber detonated his car near an army convoy on Qambrani Road of Quetta’s Sharifabad area on Saturday. According to local police, the blast occurred after security forces signaled a suspicious car to stop at a security checkpost. However, the driver sped away from the post, forcing the security personnel to give a chase. The driver opened fire on the security personnel, who retaliated, making the car driver to blow himself up.
Five security officials as well as the bomber were killed as a result. Meanwhile, law enforcement agencies cordoned off the area and found a vehicle full of explosives during a search operation. During the search operation, the Bomb Disposal Squad also found a hand grenade in the area which was immediately defused.
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KP govt sets up team to probe Babusar tragedy ISLAMABAD
KARACHI: Businesses were closed on Shahrah-e-pakistan during the funeral prayers on Saturday of a political activist who was killed in a targeted killing near Nagan Chowrangi late on thursday. ONLINE
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government has formed a team to investigate the brutal murder of 19 people belonging to Shia community in Babusar. Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) ilyas Khan will lead the investigation team, which is seeking the record of various criminals involved in extremist activities from prisons in Gilgit-Baltistan Mansehra and Peshawar. An official from the probe team told foreign media that at least six suspects of the attack on Shias had been shifted to an undisclosed location for interrogation. He further said that the two persons who had attacked the Shias’ vehicles in Chilas had also been shifted with the suspects. Meanwhile, KP Governor Barrister Masood Kausar said that the entire nation had been deeply shocked by the killing of innocent Shia passengers. Talking to Gilgit-Baltistan Chief Minister Mehdi Shah on telephone, the KP governor called the incident the “worst type of inhuman act of terrorism.” He said the joyous occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr would be overshadowed by the tragic incident.
Krishna to persuade Khar on releasing Indian terror convict NEW DELHI INp
indian External Affairs Minister SM Krishna will take up the issue of releasing Sarabjit Singh, indian prisoner on death row in Pakistan, with his Pakistani counterpart Hina Rabbani Khar, a senior official of the External Affairs Ministry said on Saturday. According to reports, Sarabjit had written a letter to his sister, as well as UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, stating that he was being “slow-poisoned and mentally tortured”. Sarabjit was arrested on charges of spying and bombing in Pakistan. MEA spokesperson Akbaruddin said that in the light of the news reports, if required, the indian High Commission in islamabad would be asked to assist Sarabjit’s lawyer. “But at this stage my understanding is that the lawyer himself has requested the Pakistani authorities. Should he require further assistance on this matter the High Commission would assist him in terms of consular assistance,” he said. He added that the external affairs minister had taken a “keen interest” in Sarabjit’s case for a long time and had urged Pakistan to release him on humanitarian grounds. Krishna is scheduled to travel to islamabad from September 7 to 9, where he will be meeting with Pakistan’s foreign minister.
Banks spend holiday giving salaries to LHWs ISLAMABAD oNlINE
Despite holiday, banks across the country remained opened on Saturday to pay the salaries of Lady Health Workers (LHWs), a day after the Supreme Court ordered the government to pay the outstanding salaries by midnight. More than 100,000 LHWs had been suffering due to non-payment of salaries after the government passed the 18th Amendment, transferring certain powers to the provinces. The government has been asking the provinces to take responsibility to pay the health workers, who have been awaiting their salaries. The Supreme Court, coming to the rescue of the LHWs, ordered the government to pay the outstanding salaries before Eid “by all means”. The government told the court that the funds for the disbursement of salaries to LHWs, had been transferred to the provinces by the federation. Upon which the court ordered it operate the banks even on Saturday to ensure payment of salaries to the LHWs. All branches of the National Bank of Pakistan remained open on Saturday, in compliance with the court’s order. The Aabpara Market branch, islamabad, opened at scheduled time, but no lady health worker visited it to claim salary.
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Expat Pakistanis should have the right to contest election: PM ISLAMABAD
RiME Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf said on Saturday that the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) “believes that expatriate Pakistanis should not only have right to vote but they should also be made eligible for the parliament’s membership”. He was talking to a delegation of London-based Pakistanis led by Chaudhry Javed iqbal, who called on him at the PM’s House. While Ashraf supported the idea of allowing expatriate Pakistanis membership of the legislature, he said an amendment in the constitution was needed in this regard. However, he added that the PPP could not bring about the amendment because it did not have the required numerical strength in the parliament. He further said that the government was still striving to bring about a consensus to amend the constitution, and give expatriate Pakistanis the right to contest elections. He said the PPP needed to convince its coalition partners who had shown reservations on amending the constitution. He said the overseas Pakistanis send their hard earned money to Pakistan because of love for their motherland. The PM said that remittances being sent by the expatriates were on the rise. “This is very helpful in stabilizing the economy,” he added. “We have braced many challenges in the last four and half years and are now completing our tenure and getting ready for the next elections,” he said. Talking of inflation in the country, Ashraf said that increase in prices of oil in the international market was one of the main reasons
of rising prices in the country. He said the PPP and its coalition partners were committed to a transparent, free and impartial election in the country. in this regard, he alluded to the consensual election of the chief election commissioner. He also expressed the hope that the remaining phases in the run-up to elections would be concluded amicably. He said that uncertainty was damaging for the country, and added that while taking decisions “we need to bear in mind its implications for stability in the country”. He said that in past four and a half years, Pakistan had faced floods, terrorism and economic crunch because of slowing down global economy. “Yet, we have moved forward and have been able to make achievements like passage of 18th Amendment, granting more political autonomy to the provinces and transfer of resources to them.” The members of the delegation led by Chaudhry Javed iqbal thanked the prime minister for sparing time to meet them and assured him of their cooperation.
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Christians flee slum fearing violence as 11-year-old scavenger girl is charged with blasphemy LAHORE
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Punjab Governor Sardar Latif Khan Khosa has called upon all institutions, including the judiciary to refrain from “diatribe” against the state. “Such statements bring forth despondency among the masses and as a matter of fact such acts must be avoided by all institutions,” he said while talking to reporters at an iftar dinner hosted for journalists at the Governor’s House on Saturday. The governor said the courts should speak through their decisions, as “ultra-constitutional statements could harm the state.”
large number of poor Christian residents of the Mehrabad slum near islamabad’s G-11 Sector have reportedly fled the area fearing religious violence after an 11-year-old scavenger girl was charged under the blasphemy law two days ago. According to reports, Rimsha, daughter of Misrak Masih and suffering from Down Syndrome, has been charged with allegedly burning pages of a Noorani Qaida, a booklet used to learn the basics of Arabic and the Holy Quran. A case No 303/12 under Section 295-B of the Pakistan Penal Code was registered against Rimsha at the Ramna Police Station on August 17 after a local man named Al-Syed Muhammad Ammad complained that he had seen the girl burning the Noorani Qaida along with other garbage. Soon after the incident, residents of the area gathered to register their protest. They also blocked the Kashmir Highway and demanded immediate arrest of the 11-year-old. Some of the protesters reportedly beat up Rimsha and her mother, while the rest of the girl’s family managed to escape. The police arrived at the scene and took the girl into custody. She has been sent to the Adiala Jail on judicial remand. According to local sources, over 1,000 Christian residents of the slum have left the area fearing violence as some local religious groups are reportedly threatening to burn down the Christians’ homes. A Christian rights activist, asking not to be named, told Pakistan Today on the phone from islamabad that they visited Ramna Police Station on Satur-
day to seek information about the incident, but found the officials there “extremely hostile”. “The duty officer asked us why we wanted to pursue the case,” the activist said. “The girl has desecrated the Holy Quran and has been rightly charged with the crime…you should leave lest the people come for you,” he quoted the duty officer as saying. The activist said that Christian leaders, including Minister in-charge
of National Harmony Dr Paul Bhatti were in contact with Muslim religious leaders to prevent any further violence in the area. Dr Bhatti’s phone went unanswered. “A large number of Christians of the slum have sought refuge with their relatives in other areas of islamabad and Rawalpindi, and it could not be said when they would be able to return to their homes,” said the activist. Officials at the Ramna Police Sta-
tion told Pakistan Today that the 11year-old “had admitted to her crime”. “Rimsha admitted that she set the holy pages on fire and a case was registered against her after that; due process of law was followed in the case,” said Muhammad Ahmed, the investigating officer of the case. Section 295-B makes willful desecration of the Holy Quran, or use of an extract in a derogatory manner, punishable with life imprisonment.
Weak election body could lead to military rule: ICG Report says unreformed election body to raise risk of rigged elections g
With the next general election looming large and the future of Pakistan centered on it, all eyes are fixed on the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and how smoothly it conducts them. The international Crisis Group (iCG), an independent and non-profit group committed to preventing and resolving deadly conflict, has cautioned that a weak and unreformed election body would raise the risk of rigged elections with the propensity to derail the fledgling democracy of Pakistan. “A weak and unreformed ECP would raise the risk of flawed elections that the military might use as justification to derail the democratic process, paving the way for yet another indefinite period of unaccountable rule and destabilizing a fragile polity,” said the latest report of the iCG on election reforms in Pakistan. The hotly anticipated elections are due when the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP)-led coalition government completes its five-year term in
March 2013, or earlier if it so decides. Emphasizing over the reforms in ECP, the report said that the stability of Pakistan’s democratic transition will depend, to a considerable extent, on the manner in which the election body conducts the next general elections, adding that, “change through the ballot box and reforms in the ECP and not through the military or the courts, is vital”. Recalling the country’s chequered history, the report noted that “rigged elections and distortions of the democratic process by military regimes or military-controlled governments have left the ECP in an advanced state of institutional decay”. it further stated that “if the next elections are to result in the smooth transition of power from one elected government to another and be widely perceived as legitimate and democratic by all stakeholders, it is imperative that the ECP be truly independent, impartial and effective”. The iCG added that the ECP was facing several challenges, including insecurity, particularly in the tribal borderlands, the declining writ of the state, and the participation of more than 84 million registered voters in the elections. in the interests of democratic
consolidation, the PPP and its main parliamentary opposition, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN), should put aside their political differences and focus on empowering the ECP, the report added. it further said the ruling party and the political opposition [within and outside parliament] must cooperate to ensure that the ECP’s amended code of conduct, based on the Supreme Court’s directives, does not curb legitimate political activity and disenfranchise voters. it noted that relations between the PPP and opposition are edgy to say the least, but after the appointment of Chief Election Commissioner Fakhruddin G Ebrahim, “they now face the urgent task of reaching a consensus on the appointment of an impartial caretaker government in the centre and the provinces. The longer this is delayed, the greater the prospects of the electoral process, and even the democratic transition, coming to a halt”. However, there seems to be light at the end of the tunnel, as the government and opposition have recently exchanged proposals for the next caretaker government through informal channels and are likely to hold formal meetings over the subject after Eidul Fitr.
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Myanmar opens new Miss China wins Miss World contest probe into deadly sectarian unrest YANGON Afp
YANMAR has set up a new commission to probe sectarian clashes that saw scores killed and displaced tens of thousands, members told AFP, following intense scrutiny of its handling of the issue. The nation’s authorities have faced heavy criticism from rights groups after deadly unrest between Muslim Rohingya and ethnic Rakhine Buddhists in western Rakhine state. The 27-member commission, which includes religious leaders, artists and former dissidents, will “expose the real cause of the incident” and suggest ways ahead, state mouthpiece New Light of Myanmar said. The newspaper said its remit is to establish the
causes of the June violence, the number of casualties on both sides and recommend measures to ease tensions and find “ways for peaceful coexistence”. “As an independent commission was formed inside the country... it is a right decision which showed that we can create our own fate of the country,” Aye Maung, the chairman of Rakhine Nationalities Development Party, told AFP. in June, the government established a committee to investigate the sectarian strife. But its findings, originally expected by the end of that month, were never released by President Thein Sein. The regime also invited the Saudi-based Organisation of islamic Cooperation, the world’s largest Muslim grouping, to visit the country in an effort to diffuse mounting outcry over the treatment
of the Muslim Rohingya. Official figures say some 80 people died in the initial spasm of violence, but rights groups say the toll is likely much higher — mainly on the Rohingya side. The commission is expected to call witnesses and be granted access to the areas rocked by the violence, which saw villages razed and left an estimated 70,000 people — from both communities — in government-run camps and shelters. Thein Sein has overseen a series of reforms since the end of outright militaryrule last year, but the Rakhine bloodshed cast a long shadow over those changes. Myanmar’s government has rejected accusations of abuse by security forces in Rakhine, after the United Nations raised fears of a crackdown on Muslims. New York-based Human Rights Watch has accused
Myanmar forces of opening fire on Rohingya during the June outbreak of unrest, as well as committing rape and standing by as rival mobs attacked each other. Decades of discrimination have left the Rohingya stateless, and they are viewed by the United Nations as one of the world’s most persecuted minorities. A statement issued on behalf of foreign ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations — which Myanmar will chair in 2014 — pledged regional support to “humanitarian assistance in Rakhine State”. Welcoming moves by Myanmar to address the situation, the statement said “harmony” among the nation’s different communities should be an “integral part of Myanmar’s ongoing democratisation and reform process”.
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CM Shahbaz visited the BA/BSC record-setter, Mohsin Ali, in his native town of Hafizabad to give him the allotment papers for a house in Ashiyana Housing Scheme. ONLINE
Your Eid is fighting dengue, Shahbaz to Health Dept LAHORE StAff REpoRt
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Saturday announced that workers from all Health Department will perform their duties during Eid holidays and elected representatives will monitor anti-dengue arrangements personally. Presiding over a meeting of the Cabinet Committee for Eradication of Dengue, Shahbaz said that the protection of citizens against dengue is of utmost importance to him. Shahbaz said that arrangements for coping with a possible outbreak of dengue have been given a final shape in the provincial metropolis during
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Eid holidays. He added that Emergency Response Committees have been fully activated in nine towns. Shahbaz directed the attendance of the staff working under Emergency Response Committees to be ensured at all cost and strict action should be taken against those who remain absent. He said that effective eradication of dengue mosquitoes is possible through the elimination of its larvae; wherever dengue larvae are found the place must be protected by adopting counter measures. The chief minister ordered an immediate suspension of TMO Gulberg Town and other staff responsible for showing negligence in checking
plazas under construction. He urged that cleanliness arrangements be ensured in private schools and those that failed to take anti-dengue steps should be sealed. Furthermore, Shabaz said that there is a threat of dengue larvae at industrial units. He directed Secretary industries to ensure anti-dengue arrangements in the factories throughout the province, including Lahore. He said that cooperation of the people for overcoming dengue is of utmost importance, therefore an awareness campaign among the citizens should be launched in this regard. Morever, Shahbaz said that publicity campaign for eradication of dengue through
billboards, banners and flexes on prominent places be launched. The chief minister said that keeping in view of the report of the presence of larvae at Railway Colony Lahore, special attention should be paid to the elimination of larvae there. While issuing orders for immediately drying up of water at all decorative fountains, the Shahbaz said that swimming pools should be made denguefree through use of chemicals. He said that the fish should be released for elimination of dengue larvae where rainwater is standing in large quantity. He said that warehouses would be constructed for storing antidengue equipments in big cities within two months.
The people of Hazara will celebrate Eid on Monday along with a majority of the country, according to Baba Haider Zaman, chief of the Tehreek-e-Hazara. Pakistan Meteorological Department had said there was no chance of moon sighting in the country on Saturday. The chief meteorological officer said that although it was the committee’s discretion to announce sighting of the moon but according to Met office it was highly unlikely that the moon could
be seen on Saturday. The Met office said the moon’s age should be 30 hours for sighting but it would only be 22-hours-old on Saturday and would not be seen in Pakistan. Celebrating Eids on separate days has become somewhat of a tradition in Pakistan. in year 2009, the country had celebrated three Eids as the people of the Tribal Areas, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the rest of mainland Pakistan celebrated Eids on separate days. The trend has been a repeat occurrence ever since.
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Afghan bazaar bomb kills Eid shoppers HERAT Afp
A bomb exploded Saturday in a bazaar in western Afghanistan crowded with people shopping to celebrate the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, killing four civilians, an official said. A dozen other people were wounded by the bomb which was placed under a bridge in Shindand district of Herat province, provincial spokesman Mohiuddin Noori told AFP. it came after a bicycle bomb Wednesday wounded at least 14 people at a busy market in Herat city, the capital of the province. “This morning a bomb placed under a bridge in a bazaar exploded and killed four civilians and wounded 12 including three police”, the spokesman told AFP, adding an investigation was under way.
S Africa seeks answers in mine killings as probes begin MARIKANA Afp
South Africa’s police watchdog Saturday was sifting through evidence from the police killings of 34 workers at a platinum mine, as the nation tried to piece together the causes of the tragedy. The police have greatly reduced their presence at Lonmin’s Marikana platinum mine, with a half dozen armoured vehicles stationed near the scene of the killings and a helicopter circling overhead. As they have since Wednesday, more than 1,000 mine workers gathered outside
a shantytown near the mine, some wrapped in blankets against the winter cold, carrying metal and wooden sticks. Relatives of victims trickled into the mine’s hospital, where a caravan was set up outside to provide information on the dead and wounded. Hospital security kept journalists from entering, appealing for privacy for the families. The independent Police investigative Directorate has already opened what is likely to be lengthy probe into the deaths at the mine, in addition to a national commission of inquiry announced by
President Jacob Zuma. “There’s various investigations, there’s a lot of experts involved, it will take some time,” police spokesman Dennis Adriao told AFP. “The national commissioner did mention that we will give our full cooperation with any of the investigations into the very, very sad, tragic event.” The directorate said in a statement that their probe would determine whether police gave a “proportional” response by firing live rounds into a crowd of workers armed mainly with machetes, spears and clubs.
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News 05 14-year girl killed after being gang raped in Sahiwal SAHIWAL INp
Four accused strangulated a 14-year daughter of a laborer after being gang raped, here on Saturday. According to the details, 14-year old daughter of brick kiln laborer residing in village 96/6-R of Sahiwal was kidnapped while passing through the fields by four persons. The accused took her to a nearby location and gang raped her. Later, they strangled her to death and dumped her body near the house. The family members after hours of search found the dead body lying in the open. The police has arrested three accused Shahbaz, Hameed and Cheedo while the search for the fourth is underway.
Quetta doctors back at work after abducted colleague’s return MADINA: pakistan Muslim league-Nawaz (pMl-N) president Nawaz Sharif distributes Iftari among people in Masjid-e-Nabwi on Saturday. INP
Violation of rules in Golen Gol hydropower project caused rs 910m loss: tiP ISLAMABAD
HE Transparency international Pakistan (TiP) on Saturday drew the attention of Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development, Kuwait, towards alleged violation of Public Procurement Rules 2004 in procurement process for Golen Gol Hydropower Project. The TiP found objectionable processes in awarding the contract of Lot 3.2 E&M Works to an unqualified consortium, which allegedly resulted in a loss of Rs 910 million to the national exchequer. The TiP letter, a copy of which is available with Pakistan Today, was written by its advisor Adil Gilani, and was directed to
Fauzi Yousef Al-Hunaif, director operations of Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development, Kuwait. Gilani stated that the approval of Rs 106 million by a review committee of the Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) on the financial bid of M/s Andritz was contradictory to the recommendations given by Consultants M/s Fichtner, Austria. “And if the consultant’s evaluation was biased towards M/s Andritz’s bid, WAPDA should have taken action against the consultant under Rule 2(f) ‘corrupt and fraudulent practices’ which also includes collusive practice among bidders (prior to or after bid submission) designed to establish bid prices at artificial, noncompetitive levels and to deprive the procuring agencies of the benefits of free
and open competition,” the letter stated. The letter further said that the inquiry committee of Ministry of Water and Power in its report dated January 5, 2012, had already identified the biased evaluation of WAPDA technical committee. “in accordance with the Public Procurement Rules 2004, there is no provision of obtaining any comment from an outside consultant. Secondly, asking M/s NESPAK to evaluate the tender, raises doubts about the transparent handling of the procurement, as NESPAK is a subordinate body of Ministry of Water and Power. This is also reported that the President NESPAK whose term has expired, is still continuing, and has been trying toget two years contract from the Ministry of Water and Power,” it added.
The Ti also lauded Kuwait Fund’s letter to the EDA, requesting Finance Ministry’s conformations on TiP’s objections’ clearance and NOC from the Public Procurement Rules Authority (PPRA). Gilani told the fund that a reply to WAPDA’s letter dated May 21, 2012, was sent by his organization on May 29, 2012. He also forwarded the copies of TiP’s reply and WAPDA’s letter to Kuwait Fund as reference. Gilani also forwarded copies of the letter to the Public Accounts Committee chairman, National Accountability Bureau chairman, Finance Minister Dr Hafeez Shaikh, the Supreme Court registrar, and the PPRA managing director.
Doctors in Balochistan resumed their duties on Saturday, ending their 17-day strike after Dr Ghulam Rasool, a senior psychiatrist at the Bolan Medical College (BMC) hospital, was released by kidnappers. The doctors in the province resumed their duties in all departments, including Outpatient Departments (OPDs). Over the last two weeks, the OPDs remained closed at all hospitals in Quetta and the rest of the province, while emergency services also remained suspended. Dr Sultan Tareen, president of the Balochistan chapter of PMA, confirmed that the strike had ended after safe return of the abducted psychiatrist. Dr Rasool was kidnapped on August 1 from the Brewery Road area, while he was going to his clinic from Killi ibrahimzai. Talking to reporters, Dr Rasool said that the kidnappers had tied his hands and feet had been tied with ropes. “i spent very painful days during captivity,” he said. it could not be confirmed if Dr Rasool had been released after payment of ransom or because of intervention by influential tribal elders.
Law enforcement agencies PM asks parties to identify voters have failed to control without CNICs Karachi violence: Imran ISLAMABAD ISLAMABAD
National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) Chairman Tariq Malik on Saturday met Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf at the PM’s House, and briefed him about the progress made so far in issuing Computerized National identity Cards (CNiCs) to the citizens. Malik told the premier that 452 National Registration Centers, 252 Mobile Registration Vans and 70 Semi-Mobile Units were registering adults in remote and far flung areas across the country. He said that special arrangements were in place for registration of women. He said that NADRA had dedicated every Friday of the week for the registration of adult women. He said that 11 NADRA centers with female staff were facilitating women in acquiring CNiCs. Malik further said that the authority had so far registered 99.5 percent voters in Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 99 percent in Punjab, 89 percent in Gilgit-Baltistan, while 88 percent in Sindh and FATA. in Balochistan only 76 percent population has been registered so far, he added. The prime minister appealed to all political parties to help NADRA identify unregistered adult voters, who do not have CNiCs. He said that the political parties should cooperate with the government as the CNiC was a mandatory requirement for casting vote in the next elections.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-insaaf chief imran Khan has strongly condemned the targeted killings in Karachi that resulted in the killing of 12 people on Friday. Offering condolences to the families of victims, imran expressed concern over the deteriorating law and order in Karachi that had not been controlled even in Ramadan. imran said the law enforcement agencies had failed to prevent violence and damage to both public and private property in Karachi, adding that constant violence in Karachi had disrupted routine economic activity. The PTi chairman asked the people of Karachi to remain calm and restore peace in the financial hub of the country. Acts of violence would only cause further damage and was not a solution to the problem, he said.
imran asked the law enforcement agencies to control the situation to restore normalcy to the city. “The PTi stands for peaceful political coexistence of all political and democratic stake holders in the country and appeals to the various party workers to shun politics of violence and revenge to maintain the balance of peace and harmony in the city,” imran said.
3 truck drivers kidnapped from Khuzdar QUETTA: At least three truck drivers have been kidnapped from Quetta-Karachi highway in the Khuzdar area on Saturday. Police said that a convoy of trucks was on its way when unidentified armed men, riding a vehicle, intercepted them on gunpoint in Khuzdar, and took the three drivers away to undisclosed location. The drivers of the other trucks blocked the Quetta-Karachi highway for hours in protest. App
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Musharraf NAdrA gears for the election challenge is a traitor: AQ Khan Using the world’s most secure biometric technology, National Database and Registration Authority now looks to reach people in Sindh, Balochistan and Federally Administered Tribal Areas to expand its database g
Says former president destroyed the image of the country abroad and should be handed over to the Baloch
Nuclear scientist and architect of Pakistan’s nuclear program Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan on Saturday said that former president General Pervez Musharraf had caused enormous damage to the country and is a traitor to the nation. Dr AQ Khan, in an interview, claimed that Musharraf had handed over top secret centrifuge of the country to the US and must be treated as a traitor. He added that there is no threat to the nuclear program of the country since a powerful command and control authority was in place to ensure the safety of the nuclear assets of the country. He further said that Musharraf had lead the country into deep crisis and the masses have had to suffer because of his poor leadership. He quoted the example of unrest in Balochistan as a result of Musharraf’s bad decisions. Calling Musharraf the killer of Nawab Akbar Bugti, he suggested that Musharraf should be handed over to the chieftain of the Bugti tribe to “appease the grievances of the Baloch people”. He denied accusations that he had sold nuclear technology to foreign countries and claimed that the notion of inconceivable for him. He praised General Kidwai for his work and reiterated his confidence that Pakistan’s nuclear assets are in safe hands. Dr Khan said, “Our beloved country has been facing numerous challenges. US intervention in internal affairs of the country is a very grave issue”. He added¸ “As a one nation, we need to unite against the foreign aggression in the best interest of the country”. Dr AQ Khan expressed his view that honest and capable leadership with the support of a team of technocrats of impeccable character could steer the country out of prevailing crisis and put the country on road to progress and prosperity. He said that Pakistan is blessed with enormous mineral and other resources and the only thing the nation need is a good leadership to use these resources for the welfare of the people of the country.
fake currency, liquor seized ISLAMABAD islamabad Police have arrested 13 outlaws including seven proclaimed offenders and recovered fake currency worth Rs. 2, 00,000, 150 bottles of wine and weapons from their possession, a police spokesman said on Saturday. On a tip off, Station House Officer (SHO) of Koral police station inspector Mehboob Ahmed and Subinspector Arsahd Ali raided at a place in Jhang Syedan along with their team, and recovered 150 wine bottles from Akbar Shehzad. in another incident, ASi Saeed Akhtar from Sabzi Mandi police arrested an accused Mansha and recovered fake currency notes worth Rs. 2, 00,000 from his possession. Meanwhile, Margalla, Secretariat, Koral and Tarnol police stations arrested a total of seven proclaimed offenders during a crackdown against absconders. NNI
HE National Database Registration Authority (NADRA) has embarked upon a crash programme to reach out to the citizens for CNiCs on war footings. According to the spokesperson for NADRA, Pakistan has emerged as one of the few countries in the world where 96 percent of the adult population has been registered through the most secure biometric technology introduced by NADRA. The spokesperson claimed that the registration level in Azad Jammu and Kashmir and KP had been observed as 99.9 percent, followed by Punjab 99 percent, GilgitBaltistan 89 per cent, Sindh and FATA 88 percent and Balochistan 76 percent against the projected population. “Our focus is now Sindh and Balochistan and we are moving ahead in FATA despite severe law and order situation,” the spokesperson said, adding that the task would be achieved within this calendar year. On the chairman’s directives, the authority has embarked upon a crash programme to reach out to the citizens of Pakistan for CNiCs on war footings. it is making all-out efforts to get the adult population in Pakistan, especially women, registered in a minimum possible time to
facilitate them in securing voting rights, education, health, employment and other facilities. Out of total 92 million CNiC holders, females are 40 million in number while 52 million are male CNiC holders. The NADRA has so far registered over 86 percent of women in the country which was quite significant in the enhancement of female voters’ list. Four years ago less than 50 percent of women folk were registered. The total number of women included in the National Database is 39.77 million. Out of these, 5.29 million are in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 594,514 in FATA, 22 million in Punjab, 8.6 million in
Sindh, 1.45 million in Balochistan, 356,151 in islamabad Capital Territory, 270,132 in Giglit-Baltistan and 1.12 million in Azad Kashmir. The NADRA is making all-out efforts to extend its data acquisition units (DAUs) to the doorsteps of citizens and performing registration operations through mobile units. it has 452 national registration centres, 252 mobile registration vans and 70 semi-mobile units in the countrywide to register adults in the far-flung areas. To encourage womenfolk, Friday has been reserved only for women at all NADRA centres throughout the country, 11 NADRA centres with only female staff are
Security, traffic plan finalised for Eid RAWALPINDI oNlINE
The administration of twin cities has chalked out a comprehensive security plan for Eid ul Fitar to safeguard the lives and properties of people. According to the plan, additional police force would be deployed in the twin cities during prayer times and at sensitive places of the city to ensure complete security for Eid ul Fitar. islamabad inspector General of Police Binyamin Khan gave a security briefing in this regard to Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf at the Prime Minister House. He also briefed him about the provision of foolproof security for the citizens of the twin cities. Services of 2800 police officers had also been sought in this regard, especially for “Chand Raat” when the markets and roads are packed with people. A senior police officer said that more than 3200 police force would only perform duties outside different mosques. Parking vehicles near the mosque had been banned for this particular day. Meanwhile, personnel from the Special Branch, Elite force and woman police would also perform security duties at different locations of
the twin cities. Scanners and other special equipment had been installed at almost all worship places and worshippers had to pass through security checks before entering mosques. TrAffIc pLAn for chAnD rAAT, EIDUL fITr The Rawalpindi city traffic police chalked out a comprehensive plan for Chand Raat and Eidul Fitr. Under the traffic plan, an enhanced number of traffic wardens will be deployed in the main city areas aimed at avoiding traffic mess on Chand Raat and during Eidul Fitr prayers. A control room has been set up at the traffic police headquarters to monitor the situation. Chief Traffic Officer (CTO) ishtiaq Shah told APP that allout efforts would be made to control traffic on the city roads, especially on Chand Raat. He said that one-wheelers would be dealt with in accordance with the law. Traffic wardens have been directed to impound motorcycles of one-wheelers in respective police stations besides registering cases against them. He said those found involved in one-wheeling would be sent behind bars under Sec-
tion 99/A. He urged the citizens, particularly parents, to come forward and play their role in curbing one wheeling, rash and negligent driving which are the main causes for fatal accidents. All the traffic officers and wardens have also been directed to remain present at their duty points to control traffic, he added. ishtiaq Shah said that allout efforts were being made by the Rawalpindi traffic police to facilitate road users so that they could get uninterrupted traffic flow and reach their destinations within the shortest possible time. He said, in view of the security of the citizens, special traffic arrangements have been made. Parking of vehicles near mosques, imambargahs and other religious places has been prohibited. Under the plan, traffic police officers have been directed to keep a vigilant eye on suspicious vehicles. Strict action in accordance with the law has also been ordered against vehicles having tinted glasses and those without number plates, he added. The CTO said traffic wardens have also been directed to work with dedication and commitment to ensure smooth traffic flow.
facilitating women in getting (CNiCs). The NADRA has increased its infrastructure by 83% by adding more statistical offices, mobile registration vans and semi-mobile registration units. The NADRA is also reaching out to NGOs to help facilitate women in obtaining CNiCs and achieve 100 percent registration of womenfolk across the country. She also highlighted the role of NGOs in raising public awareness and said a UN women body is supporting NADRA by providing technical advice about gender equality and empowerment of women. in addition, Aurat Foundation is helping the authority in running public awareness programmes, especially in far-flung areas to encourage women who have not goy themselves registered with the NADRA. in addition to extensive operational endeavors, NADRA Chairman Tariq Malik has also written a letter to all political parties, saying that their outreach and presence across the country provides an opportunity to NADRA to access unregistered population. The NADRA has agreed to extend its data acquisition units (DAUs) to the doorsteps of citizens and is ready to perform registration operations through its numerous mobile units. The NADRA chairman in his letter has also urged the political parties to identify the citizens, especially unregistered women.
TMA confiscates over 500 tyres RAWALPINDI App
The Rawal Town tehsil municipal administration (TMA) has confiscated 500 unwrapped tyres from various city markets in its campaign against dengue. The tyres were confiscated from tyre shops as the city district government had strictly warned the shopkeepers to properly pack and cover them to reduce the risk of the spread of dengue. Rawal Town Administrator Saif Anwar Jappa has urged the tyre shops owners to cooperate with the TMA staff so that solid steps could be taken to control dengue in the city. He also warned that the violators would be dealt with strictly and their tyres would not only be confiscated but cases would also be registered against them. The administrator directed Town Officer Regulation (TOR) Aftab Chohan to launch an operation immediately to stop the business of uncovered tyres in the town. The TOR along with a special team conducted raids on Saturday and confiscated 500 unpacked tyres from Babu Lal Hussain Road. The shopkeepers have been warned to stop the business of unwrapped tyres immediately otherwise stern action would be taken. Tyre puncture shops have also been directed to take all preventive steps and wrap all tyres properly to save them rainwater, which could be a perfect breading place for dengue mosquitoes.
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Islamabad 07 ‘Let your children choose what they want to study’ ISLAMABAD
Pakistani student, Aleenah Masood has been selected for the “Erasmus Mundus Scholarship 2012” by the European Union (EU). Aleenah had been studying BS social sciences at Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto institute of Sci-
ence and Technology (SZABiST) islamabad campus, and is one of the two Pakistani students chosen for the scholarship this year. She had been selected on the basis of her deep interest and excellent academic record in the subjects of arts. While speaking to agencies, Aleenah said that the discipline of science was not the only road to academic excellence and students of humanities could do equally
well provided their potential was effectively harnessed. The student received the scholarship in the field of social sciences and humanities to study at Lund University in Sweden, which is one of Europe’s most prestigious universities and Scandinavia’s largest institutions for education and research, consistently ranked among the world’s top 100 universities.
The EU-sponsored scholarship is aimed at selecting and educating brilliant students from all over the world, who do not have enough resources to get quality higher education abroad. Aleenah, who always found it hard to study science subjects, said that parents should not force their children to study science because it may not be every student’s cup of tea.
She believes that even art students could achieve great things and the country needed professionals other than scientists, doctors and engineers to work for the betterment of the country. According to Aleenah, it is important that the students should have dedication and they should work hard to achieve excellence no matter what discipline they opt for.
PM approves Sui gas facility for Tehi village, Talagang ISLAMABAD AGENCIES
Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf has approved the provision of Sui gas facility for the village Tehi, Tehsil Talagang, which was a longstanding demand of the people of the area. The Prime Minister gave the approval on the application submitted by ex-Nazim and PPP office bearer Abdul Qadir Sabir, who brought the issue of nonavailability of Sui gas in the area at the forefront. Provision of Sui gas to the village Tehi would not only mitigate the sufferings of the people but also usher in a new era of progress and prosperity in the area.
Show me your money! RAWALPINDI oNlINE
Passengers are facing acute difficulties as transporters have increased fares before Eid day. According to the passengers, the transporters were aware that people would spend Eid with their families and therefore decided to exploit the poor people by increasing transport fares according to their wills. it is pertinent to mention here that most of the people in the twin-cites of islamabad and Rawalpindi come from other parts of the country and they had to go to their native cities and towns in any case to celebrate Eid with their loved ones. Meanwhile, transport authorities and police failed to do anything in this regard and kept themselves away from the problems of the passengers. The passengers said that this was not the first time that the transporters were doing this, adding that they illegally raised fares on every Eid. They demanded that the government should take advance measures to control the situation and take firm action against the transporters.
CDA moves against illegal construction ISLAMABAD o N lI NE
Capital Development Authority (CDA) launched an operation against illegally constructed houses in Bari imam on Saturday and demolished two houses in the process. CDA Chairman Farhand iqbal directed the enforcement staff to launch the operation against the illegal buildings. On the other hand, a newly constructed hotel situated at University Chowk in Narial was also demolished. Protesting people tried to stop the enforcement vehicle by pelting it with stones and severely injured two inspectors, two supervisors and two security guards. Later on, police reached the spot and shifted the injured to Polyclinic Hospital.
flyING HIGHER tHAN tHE HIMAlAyAS: Belgian paraglider and adventurer Athlete tom De Dorlodof speaks during a press conference in Islamabad after becoming the first-ever lone pilot to cross the Karakorum Mountain Range. ONLiNE
World Humanitarian Day on 19th ISLAMABAD App
The World Humanitarian Day is to be observed on Sunday across the globe and in Pakistan with the theme “i was here”. This year the day is about making a mark by doing something good for someone irrespective of their location in the world. The day recognizes those
who face danger and adversity in order to help others and aims at people to spread the message of humanity and increase public awareness about worldwide humanitarian assistance activities and international cooperation. The day was designated by the United Nations General Assembly to coincide with the anniversary of the 2003 bombing of the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad, iraq, which
killed 22 UN staff members. Every day humanitarian aid workers help millions of people around the world, regardless of who they are and where they are. World Humanitarian Day is a global celebration of people helping people. Many communities and organizations try to increase the importance of humanitarians by distributing publicity and information material.
Pindi police launches search operation, arrests 40 RAWALPINDI oNlINE
Rawalpindi Police launched search operations in Rawalpindi and Wah Cantt against suspected terrorists on Saturday and arrested 40 people, including five Afghani nationals.
These operations had been launched in sensitive areas after terrorists launched an attack on Kamra Airbase a few days ago. According to media reports, police launched the operations at sehri time and collected documents from the residents of the areas. Some people were living as guests in dif-
ferent houses and those who could not prove their identity were arrested by the police. Meanwhile owing to the severe threat of terrorism, police would be given the directions to start search operations in different residential and commercial areas that have been identified as sensitive places.
RCB distributes bills one year in advance RAWALPINDI oNlINE
Rawalpindi Cantonment Board (RCB) has sent advance one year water bills to consumers and has caused great concern among citizens. The consumers have been directed by RCB to pay the bills on an immediate basis. The traders and political circles had denounced the bills and had asked RCB to cancel them immediately or face a strong protest from the consumers. Moreover, areas like Chohr, Tench Bhata, Dhok Syeddan and Aadhran had remained deprived of water supply for the last several months. in addition to this, the sewerage water usually mixes with the clean water and makes it useless for daily use. The citizens are left with no option other than buying a water tanker worth Rs 1200, which most of the consumers of the affected areas could not afford.
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Foreign News 09 ‘qaeda’ attack kills 14 soldiers in south yemen ADEN Afp
Suspected Al-Qaeda militants killed 14 soldiers in a rocket attack and suicide bombing on Saturday that targeted intelligence headquarters in the main southern city of Aden, a security official said. “The death toll has increased to 14 soldiers,” the official told AFP, adding that 11 were killed by gunfire and the other three by a “car bomb driven by suicide bomber into the courtyard of the intelligence building.” “The attack is the work of Al-Qaeda elements,” he said, requesting anonymity. The same official had said earlier that masked gunmen “used machineguns and rocket-propelled grenades” in the attack in the Tawahi coastal neighbourhood of Aden. The militants attacked in two groups, with one targeting the south side of the complex, and the other attacking the west side, next to the adjacent state television building. “Eleven soldiers were killed at the television gate, while three others were killed by the car bomb,” the official said. He said that many of the soldiers were sleeping when the militants hurled hand grenades into their room. Four soldiers were wounded, and three television employees, including two women, were also wounded, he said. The militants managed to escape. Witnesses said they saw two armoured vehicles on fire at the gate of the television offices.
pARIS: Children cool off in the trocadero’s fountains in front of the Eiffel tower on Saturday as the city sweltered under a summer heatwave. AFP
Egypt militants wound three police in Sinai CAIRO
Philippine interior minister missing in plane crash MANILA Afp
Philippine interior Secretary Jesse Robredo is among three people missing after a small plane crashed at sea off a central island on Saturday, officials said. The Cessna crashed near the shore of Masbate island while trying to make an emergency landing after suffering an unspecified engine problem, regional military spokesman Colonel Generoso Bolina told reporters. “Secretary Robredo was in a light aircraft en route to Naga from Cebu. There was an engine problem so they sought permission to make an emergency landing at Masbate, but the plane did not make it there and crashed,” Bolina said. Four people were on the private plane. Robredo’s aide was rescued but the 54-year-old cabinet member and the two pilots remain missing, according to Bolina. Transport Secretary Manuel Roxas said President Benigno Aquino had been informed of the accident and was keeping track of the search. “Let us all pray for his safety,” Roxas said over Manila’s Radio inquirer. Roxas said the crash occurred at 4:30 pm (0830 GMT) about one kilometre (0.6 miles) off shore. The rescuers temporarily called off the search about three hours later as night fell, said their leader Superintendent Gonzalo Villamor. “There’s some undercurrent and by the time it got dark we had not managed to find the aircraft,” Villamor told Manila radio station DZBB. “The aide-de-camp managed to remove his seatbelt and extricate himself just before impact, but he did not see the others,” Villamor said. The search would resume at first light, he added.
Syria denies reports of new defection as violence rages NEAR ALEPPO
YRiA denied reports Saturday that top regime official Vice President Faruq alShara has defected as fighting raged in key battlegrounds in several parts of the country. The United Nations meanwhile won support from the West as well as Russia and China for its new envoy for Syria, veteran Algerian diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi who was named Friday to replace Kofi Annan. in Damascus, state television issued a statement from Shara’s office after opposition and media reports that he had fled, saying: “Mr Shara has never thought about leaving the country or going anywhere.” Shara, 73, is the most powerful Sunni Muslim figure in the minority Alawite-led regime of President Bashar al-Assad and has served in top posts for almost 30 years. Assad’s regime has already been hard hit by a series of defections since the anti-regime revolt broke out in March 2011, including former prime minister Riad Hijab and high profile general Manaf Tlass — a childhood friend of Assad. “initial reports show that there was an attempted defection, but that it failed,” the rebel Free Syrian Army said in a statement referring to Shara. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius had said this week that there could be more “spectacular” defections from the regime, which was also shaken last month by a bomb attack claimed by the FSA which killed four security chiefs.
On the ground, the army launched new air strikes on Aazaz in the northern province of Aleppo, just three days after about 40 people were killed in the rebel-held town, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The army also pounded several areas of Aleppo, the northern city which has become the focus of the conflict since late July, while rebels and troops battled in the southern Salaheddin district of the city. in Damascus, fighting broke out in the heavily populated southern district of Tadamun, showing that the rebels still have pockets of resistance in the capital despite government forces last month claiming they had retaken it. The Observatory said a total of 129 people were killed in violence on Friday alone. it reported at least 10 deaths on Saturday. And in a grim sign of the escalating brutality of the conflict, the Observatory said dozens of bodies had been found dumped in several areas of Damascus province. Opposition factions had reported that 65 bodies had been found dumped on a rubbish tip in a town near Damascus on Thursday, claiming the victims had been bound, executed and set on fire by pro-government forces. it is impossible to independently verify such claims as journalists are unable to report freely in Syria. Government forces appear to be resorting to more attacks from the air against the more poorly armed and disparate rebel groups, while accounts of people being shot dead by snipers are increasing. The intensified fighting has sent thousands more Syrians fleeing into neighbouring countries, particularly Turkey, as the divided international community appears powerless to act.
Militants wounded three Egyptian policemen in the Sinai Peninsula on Saturday in an ambush of their vehicle with a rocket propelled grenade, a security official said. The militants attacked the policemen near the north Sinai town of Sheikh Zuwayid, roughly 15 kilometres (9 miles) west of the Gaza border, as the policemen were returning from an operation, the official said. He said soldiers and policemen had earlier arrested two islamist militants near the divided town of Rafah on the Egypt-Gaza border. The Egyptian security forces launched a campaign to crush increasingly brazen islamist militants in the restive peninsula after an attack on an army outpost killed 16 soldiers on August 5. The government always struggled with militancy and smuggling in the region but it lost its grip after an uprising overthrew president Hosni Mubarak early last year, prompting the collapse of his discredited police force and allowing the militants to flourish.
Japanese nationalists set sail for disputed islands ISHIGAKI Afp
A flotilla of boats carrying Japanese nationalists, including parliamentarians, set sail Saturday for islands at the heart of a bitter dispute with China, an AFP reporter said. The 20 vessels left the southwestern Japanese island of ishigaki at 8:30 pm (1130 GMT), an AFP journalist on board one of the boats reported, despite anger from Beijing. The fleet, carrying around 150 people, was expected to arrive at the archipelago, known as Senkaku in Japan and as Diaoyu in China, around sunrise (2130 GMT Saturday). “Fortunately, the international community generally recognises that the Senkaku islands are Japanese, but i think this kind of expedition will help raise awareness around the world,” parliamentarian Keiko Yamatani told AFP. The Japanese government has refused permission for the group to land on the islands. Organisers said ahead of their departure that they would be holding a ceremony aboard boats moored “within touching distance” of the shore. Tokyo on Friday deported pro-Beijing activists who had landed on one of the islands, hoping to defuse a row with China.
Russia faces international condemnation over Pussy Riot MOSCOW Afp
Russia on Saturday faced a storm of international criticism for sentencing three members of the Pussy Riot punk band to two years in prison for a political protest in an Orthodox cathedral. Speculation mounted that the women, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich, could have their sentences reduced on appeal after the damaging global reaction, with the Russian public also questioning the sentence.
Judge Marina Syrova said the three young protesters had shown a “clear disrespect toward society” by staging a “Punk Prayer” calling on the Virgin Mary to drive out Vladimir Putin just weeks ahead of his election in March to a third presidential term. The United States called the sentences “disproportionate”, while Britain, France and the European Union also said the punishment was excessive and questioned Russia’s rights record. “Putin cronies can jail Pussy Riot but they can’t jail their hearts & minds. More proof of Russia tyranny,” wrote British rights activist Peter Tatchell on Twitter. Newspaper owner Alexander Lebedev,
who co-owns Russia’s Novaya Gazeta daily and owns Britain’s independent daily, on called the women “prisoners of conscience” on his Twitter account. Russian media and politicians raised the possibility of the women’s sentence being reduced. “There is a feeling that the Moscow city court, after the lawyers’ appeal, will cut (the sentence) down to only one year, and after that they will release these foolish women back to their children and loved ones,” Komsomolskaya Pravda daily said Saturday. Leading ruling party member Andrei isayev on Friday called the sentence “harsh” and noted that Putin had yet to speak his full
mind on the matter. Putin had earlier this month said he thought the band members should not be “judged too severely” while stressing that he strongly disagreed with what they did. “He has no right to impose his views on the court,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the PublicPost.ru website. The Russian foreign ministry made no direct comment on Pussy Riot, issuing only a curt statement on Saturday about penalties for offending religious believers in other European countries. Senior Church members have indicated they would prefer a lighter punish-
ment. “The whole verdict is based on a very shaky foundation: on the assertion that the punk group members feel hatred towards all Orthodox Christians and Orthodoxy as a whole,” reformist priest Andrei Kurayev said Saturday on his blog. A senior Orthodox Church council issued a formal statement Friday calling on the state “to show mercy for the convicted within the framework of the law.” Ordinary Russians also criticised the verdict. A telephone poll by Moscow Echo liberal radio station on Saturday found 77 percent of listeners considered it “impossible to agree with the verdict.”
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on the Syrian uprising Regional players and imperialist hypocrites
By Humayun Gauhar
espite there being an anti-authoritarian sentiment in Syria, the ongoing uprising is seen by many as the result of the US encouragement which gradually turned into active internal and external support for the regime’s opponents. Unlike Egypt, Tunisia and Yemen which were badly shaken by the Arab Spring, the response to the movement in Syria was lukewarm. Notwithstanding his authoritarian style of rule, Assad had succeeded in keeping the country stable despite its numerous sectarian and religious fault lines. Like iraq under Saddam Hussain, the Syrian establishment had a secular character. On account of his close ties with iran, Assad however did not fit into Obama’s strategy for the Middle East. Under the US encouragement, arming of the rebel forces is being financed by Saudi Arabia and Qatar while the US provides communications training and equipment to help improve the combat effectiveness of the opposition forces. A coalition of like-minded countries is being rallied to forcibly bring down the government. in November, the Arab League suspended Syria’s membership. On Thursday, the OiC followed suit. Washington is effecting what has been described as a “controlled demolition” of the Assad regime. There is every likelihood of the things getting out of control, particularly if the terrorist outfits including al Qaeda and Salafi militants manage to strike roots, which they are trying hard to do. With Syria in hot waters, some of the regional actors which were expected to react strongly in case of an israeli attack on iran have been neutralized. Syria is bogged down in the insurgency and is in no position to act. The revolt in Syria has driven a wedge between Hamas and iran after the former’s desertion of its Damascus headquarters and its decision not to support Assad. The support for the uprising on the pretext of opposition to authoritarianism exposes the hypocrisy of the US and its allies. Washington looked the other way when pro-US regimes in Yemen and Bahrain used force to kill and maim hundreds fighting against autocracy. The regimes continue to blatantly violate human rights. The West maintains the most cordial relations with Arab regimes which suppress minorities, deny equal rights to women and practice totalitarianism. With the direct and indirect intervention by outside forces, there are uncertainties about Syria’s future. Will the divisive religious and sectarian forces remain under control as they were under a secular regime? Will it be possible to contain the extremist outfits that are using the instability to their benefit? Most important of all, will Syria remain united?
he ‘Man on Horseback and the ‘Man of Destiny’ have a symbiotic relationship – one begets the other in an unending cycle of shame and infamy. Both suffer from the delusion that they are on a trip to God-ordained greatness. Surrounded by mediocrities, sycophants, opportunists, charlatans and freebooters, misled by intelligence, isolated from reality by hysterical and incompetent security, they start imagining that they are ‘Messiahs with a Mission’ and soon come a cropper. Men on horseback and real men of destiny always make a difference for the better. They are anchored in a coherent ideology with the ability to hone it to ground realities without compromising their principles. Their ideological compass helps them to think long-term, beyond their lifetimes, absorb temporary pressures, do only what is in the best interests of their country and protect the God-given sovereignty of their people and their prosperity. Such men are rare. The world has had its unfair share of man on horseback. They manage to do well for a time but only at the micro and cosmetic level, never at the fundamental and structural level for lack of ideology. Such men are hurdles in societal evolution. The world has had its unfair share of the delusional ‘Man of Destiny’ too. These men are products of societal evolution. Such men are charlatans. Both do much damage. True men of destiny have been few and far between. Such men are revolutionaries regardless of whether they come riding a horse or on the backs of the people. Three men on horseback spring to mind that changed destinies for the better: Lieutenant General Oliver Cromwell, Major General George Washington and General Charles de Gaulle. Some would include Kemal Ataturk amongst them. They and their comrades automatically ended up being true men of destiny. True men of destiny but not on horseback, apart from Prophets, were people like Mao, Castro, iqbal, Jinnah, Gandhi, Mandela and the like. Some never took state office but changed the course of history. A common trait that threads them together is that they never suffered any delusion about being men of destiny. They didn’t suffer fools and were surrounded by competent and honest people faithful to their objectives. Another trait is that they never
compromised on principles to attain their objectives in the name of pragmatism and realism, those imposters that define an iniquitous status quo – exactly what they strove to change. That copout, ‘the end never justifies the means’ was not for them. The first sign of a fake is that he thinks that he is a true man of destiny on a mission. A real man of destiny doesn’t countenance pomp and panoply. He is humble, not supine. He is kind yet firm but not inflexible. He earns love and respect by example, not fear. He is intellectually, financially and morally honest and Godfearing. Even if he is a non-believer he end’s up doing God’s work by improving the lot of humanity and becomes God’s agent. Fake men of destiny insist on what is loosely called ‘protocol’ using security as an excuse – endless motorcades, scurrying guards, hysterical factotums, dizzying strobe lights, sirens wailing like banshees, traffic snarl ups driving people nuts, attracting utter and total contempt. They are small men whose real mission is to show the world how small they are because they cannot achieve greatness by their results. They rise to their incompetence and fall back on ‘protocol’ and rhetoric. A person doesn’t become big by the amount of his nuisance value and the disequilibrium he causes in society. They should see the neglected graves of earlier fake men of destiny to see God and their own insignificance. Someone should tell these charlatans that real men of destiny are remembered in history because of the good they do. Hitler thought he was a man of destiny but he is remembered only for the destruction he caused, a damage that persists to this day with innocent people having to pay for it. That is hardly the way anyone should wish to be remembered, unless he is Dajjal, an agent of Satan. Real men of destiny are great in their minds, their actions and, foremost the positive results they produce, not because of their rhetoric, the fright they engender or how they destabilize societal evolution and cause disequilibrium. Such men are Fitna that cause Fasad – mischief-mongers that spread discord and disharmony in the land. Such men mutilate the destinies of nations. The world has had far too many of them, too few real men of destiny. if only they really could see the small man in the mirror they would be ashamed of themselves. Pakistan has had its share of men of destiny. The only true one was Jinnah. if one reads the note Commander-in-Chief General Ayub Khan wrote for himself one night in Washington about how Pakistan should be run, one suspects that he also imagined that he was a man of destiny. He did very well after he took over, but not being a product of the political process he came a cropper. Our political process has been mutilated ever since, for Ayub begat another man on horseback Yahya and a fake man of destiny Bhutto, who hand in glove lost half our country. Came Bhutto as chief martial law administrator and we saw the amazing sight of a ‘Politi-
cian on Horseback’. He destroyed our economy and launched an internal war on Balochistan. He was first to uncork the bottle that let the mullah genie out. it will take another iqbal to bottle him again. Finally, this man of destiny rigged elections and was thrown out by his handpicked General Zia who hanged and made a martyr out of him. Zia was Bhutto’s final kick to us. This man on horseback also thought he was yet another man of destiny charged to make Muslims out of us. Behind the smokescreen of fighting the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, Zia tore up our social fabric, introduced gunrunning, drugs and the advent of multifarious Mafiosi, one of which is the government itself. Worse, he unleashed the minority DeobandiWahabi faction on islam and allowed America to dig deep roots in Pakistan by establishing the largest CiA base outside America that persists to this day. Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s product was Benazir. She had truly suffered. She never thought she was a ‘Man of Destiny’. Educated but not wise, she became a victim of poor governance, a horrible team and pelf and plunder and – let it be said – powerful men who could not suffer a woman’s rule. Zia’s product Nawaz Sharif was fine until his second term. His ‘heavy mandate’ sent him off his head. Delusion of being a man of destiny gripped him. He committed political suicide. Enter yet another man of horseback, Sharif’s choice as army chief, General Musharraf. Musharraf never thought he was a man of destiny. He started out with a small and good cabinet. The economy revived and did better in his time than now. in search of legitimacy from those who themselves need it, he entered the mutilated political process instead of straightening it out and fell victim to it. Like all those who rule long he lost touch with reality, helped along by a team of mediocre and sometimes unfaithful advisers. However, the boss chooses his advisers so the buck stops with him. its common to all Pakistani rulers: while they pride themselves on being good judges of men they actually are not. Musharraf played a very clumsy hand and begat an unlikely new ‘Man of Destiny’ – the Chief Justice of Pakistan. His pomp and ceremony have to be seen to be believed. That thing floating above his head is not a bright halo of greatness but a dark cloud of misgiving, not least about his son’s alleged corruption that he unbelievably claims he couldn’t see, though he could see Atiqa Odho’s bottles from a distance. His erstwhile legal storm troopers have since slunk back into their bills. That he too is not a true man of destiny is patently clear except to those who are blinded by thrall of him. This stage of our evolution is in progress. One dreads the outcome for it might lead to a ‘Judge on Horseback’ or yet another ‘Man on Horseback’. More charlatans. Our ability to suffer fools is amazing. Eid Mubarak. The writer is a political analyst. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Week of reflection What are we celebrating amidst the din of dirges?
By Saad Rasool
his has been a week of reflection. With Pakistan celebrating 65 years of independence, from a ‘national’ perspective, this has been a time to cogitate over who we are as a nation, how far we have come from the generation of our forefathers, and (most importantly) in what direction are we heading today? Similarly, with holy nights, religious sermons, the yaum-e-shahadat of Hazrat Ali, and now Eid… this has been a week of religious pontification (for many) – a
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searching for the spiritual answers to all the madness that surrounds us. And the fact that dates of religious significance and national importance fall so close to one another this year, has brought to the forefront the inherent contradiction in our national character… are we more Pakistani than Muslim, or are we more Muslim than Pakistani? The answer, depending on who one asks, could be either one of the two. But regardless of what the answer is, or what answer any one of us wants to push towards… there are some conflicts in our religious and national personalities that cannot be shied away from. One important fact that we have learnt over the past week is that, for the religious fanatics and extremist outfits, spilling the blood of another (based on nuances within the same religion) does not stop during the holy month of peace. From the failed suicide attempt at the jaloos for Hazrat Ali on the night of the 21st Ramzan (for which Sunni group has claimed responsibility, labeling the culprits as shaheed), to the killing of Shias
in Quetta and Karachi over the past three days… the idea that a religiously motivated ideology will have respect for a religious month, does not exist in our land. This week has also seen the surfacing of a similar but slightly different menace: non-religious (or political) violence, by religiously motivated outfits (e.g. Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan). Perhaps the most startling, in this regard, was the attack on Kamra Air Force Base. This (attempted) attack constituted another link in a long chain of similar events that have sabotaged our security apparatus (including attacks on Police recruits, Rangers personnel, FiA offices, GHQ itself, the Naval base and Air Frce installations). And all these attacks were carried out by extremist religious organizations fighting for a nationalistic or political (pan-islamic) cause. The fact that Air Force’s response in thwarting this attack was surprisingly effective (much more so than some of the response from Police, Rangers, Army and Navy in the past) is commendable. But regardless of the Airmen’s bravery, let’s take a mo-
ment to recognize that even for these perpetrators, the month of Ramzan or Eid did not matter. in effect, while there is no doubt that ‘humanity’ does not factor into their thought process, lets also be clear that ‘religion’ too is of no real concern to these perpetrators of violence. (For those who can recall, it is noteworthy to point out that even when the United States attacked Afghanistan, back in 2001, President Bush (read: infidel) ordered that the bombing campaign be stopped during the month of Ramadan, out of religious respect.) What is the way out of this menace? is dialogue the path to resolution? is an army action required? Will imran Khan’s long-march in the war-torn region be of help? Or is Zardari’s turning a blind eye to the drone-attacks the only solution to rid ourselves of this scourge? i do not have the answers. i would venture to say that no one does. And it is perhaps for this reason – owing to an utter absence of any plausible strategy to address this mindless menace of violence – that our national institu-
tions seem to have simply chosen to ignore the issue. As a result, the prime minister, the president and the chief ministers spent the week posing for mehfil-e-naat events and milli-naghmas, not once hearing the cries of families affected by this upsurge of religious violence. Similarly, the talk-shows and political pundits played their role: spending hours at end deliberating and quarrelling over whether, after Eid, the Swiss Letter will be written or not, and whether Faisal Raza Abidi’s allegations are part of some conspiracy by Pakistan People’s Party, or just a crazy man’s tirade. And so the wheel continues to spin. As one part of town cries over the spilling of innocent blood, the other part kicks off the Eid celebration. As countless Pakistanis mourn for the loss of their brethren and fear for their own lives, Pakistan celebrates her sixty-fifth birthday. The writer is a lawyer based in Lahore. He has a Masters in Constitutional Law from Harvard Law School. He can be reached at email@example.com
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Freedom in capital letters Mere nationals can do little against multinationals
third Eye By M J Akbar
e mere nationals have long learnt that the safest way to deal with multinationals is to bow in homage and get out of the way. Ever since i learnt, while doing a bit of research on one of the great architects of india’s freedom, Subhas Chandra Bose, that the Ford Motor Company offered the freebie of its new V-8 cars for the use of Congress ministers at the 1938 Haripura session, reverence has deepened into total awe. Henry Ford, the eponymous pioneer of the American automobile industry, is famous for his assembly line; but this was a stroke of genius as an investment in goodwill. He got cushions in place early and firmly under the broad posterior of the future of india. This nugget came from Mihir Bose’s biography of Subhas Bose. Searching for confirmation of Ford’s imaginative seduction in Leonard Gordon’s magisterial work on the Boses, Brothers Against the Raj, i learnt that Bose was actually driven to the Congress camp city in a chariot donated by a local worthy, harnessed to “51 lusty bulls”. The trademark Congress vehicle in those days was the peasant’s bullock cart; it would also serve as the Congress election symbol after 1952. But such symbolism, lusty bulls included, was reserved for the last mile. Bose arrived at Haripura, a small and till then largely inaccessible village on the banks of the river Tapti in Gujarat, at the
session hosted by Sardar Patel, by car. Gordon does not state whether this car was a Ford V-8 or not. Old Henry Ford, or his executives, knew in 1938 what the mighty British Raj could not fathom; that power was shifting from one fulcrum to another, and the age of empire was on the verge of surrender to egalitarian nationalism. Ford was investing in a relationship with Congress ministers through the irresistible combination of comfort justified by convenience. By 1938, Congress had already tasted power, although it was no more than a desultory sip. Congress had been elected in more than half a dozen British provinces after the 1937 polls, but it was still a long way from jumped-up municipal authority in Lucknow to an independent government in Delhi. Anyone who believed at Haripura in February 1938 that india would be free in nine years was thinking with his heart, not his mind. it took a devastating world war for British resolve to crumble beyond restoration; and this war against Hitler was still 18 months away. if Hitler had not turned out to be a completely homicidal maniac, Britain’s powerful appeasement lobby might have kept Britain out of conflict. Hitler had no quarrel with British rule in india; he supported it with almost as much eagerness as he dreamt of German rule over Britain. in the long term, no force could have prevented indian independence, but it would have been a more violent, lengthy process had Hitler not exhausted Britain. in one of the great ironies of history, Germany recovered from defeat in 1945 but the British Empire never recovered from victory. There is some irony then in the fact that Bose, radical and pugnacious as ever, chose in his Haripura presidential address to castigate capitalism: “There is an inseparable connection between the capitalist ruling classes in Great
Britain and the colonies abroad.” Surely Bose did not think American capitalists were exempt. in another fascinating aside, Bose told whoever was ready to listen that he would not permit Japanese multinationals in free india, even when he was marching alongside Japanese forces to liberate his motherland. The Japanese, more focused on the immediate, said nothing. The conflict between the ideal and the practical is at least as old as the germination of ideas of what modern india should become. Six decades later, we both revere Subhas Bose and drive around in nifty Japanese cars, thinly disguised by an indian pseudonym, Maruti. it is a very indian compromise. We are very good at putting idealism in a framed photograph on the wall and getting on with life and chasing its pragmatic opportunities. Multinationals are cool, remorseless and concentrated on the profit margin. Politicians fulminate; commentators sermonize. Everyone with a voice had something to say about the ghastly eruption of violence at the Maruti factory in Haryana; its Japanese owners kept verbal intervention to a minimum, and spoke through an indian when they had to. They read chapter and verse from the factory rule book, demanded accountability for death, and got on with life. impressive. This column is not a plea for ikea furniture in every indian village in place of the charpoy. This is wistful envy on this past independence Day, tinged with the hope that one day indian businessmen, strengthened by a cold smile, bereft of self-pity, denied their divine right to waffle, will do unto others what some others have done unto us. The columnist is editor of The Sunday Guardian, published from Delhi, india on Sunday, published from London and Editorial Director, india Today and Headlines Today.
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“Enough with the apologism” Among the Taliban apologists, there are two major schools of thought - one who considers Taliban’s war against Pakistan state as just and a result of the American presence in neighboring Afghanistan; the other group wants us to believe that though the Taliban are on a wrong path, but any action against them will result in further trouble in the country. We have seen an increased media presence of those ascribing to the second view. These apologists want us to believe that confronting the Taliban is not in Pakistan’s long terms interest; in other words Pakistani state should surrender without a fight. May i ask these apologists in Pakistan military, media, religio-political parties: Pakistan closed Nato supplies route for last several months, did we see any letup in Taliban’ activities? No, they continued to wreak havoc, killing military and civilian personnel, destroying schools, hospitals, communication infrastructure, mosques and shrines. Army Chief General Kayani made one thing very clear to these apologists this Aug 14: Pakistan can’t permit another state to function within its boundaries, it’s our war and we need to fight though it means fighting with one’s “own people”. To fight a war, you need to know what is your enemy’ goal – the Taliban’ goal is to destroy the democratic foundation of Pakistan and establish a narrow minded emirate based on tribal values which they have mired with distorted religious beliefs. There are two ways to fight this goal enter into argument and logically defeat their philosophy, or use force to establish the state’s writ. Time for dialogue, discussions and peace negotiations has surpassed long ago. it’s time for all the Taliban apologists to stop the direct or indirect support of these bloodthirsty monsters by using obfuscating terms like reconciliation, strategic assets etc. We need to take the Taliban and their sectarian outfits to task before they succeed in destroying and dismantling the state itself. For this i propose some direct actions such as cut off the communication services (mobile/ satellite phones) in tribal areas, control delivery of fuel (gasoline and diesel), and immediately enact legislation to enable fast prosecution of Taliban and their cronies. Regrettably, Pakistan government has some other priorities to address to. MASOOD KHAN Saudi Arabia (II) Mr Arif Nizami in his recent article “Enough with the apologism” has realistically analyzed the current situation of the country and the dangers looming around it. it is not correct when Taliban
apologist says that these deadly attacks are an act of revenge for killing their leadership by US and Pakistani security forces, because Taliban are otherwise attacking the military and its installations at regular intervals. it has rightly been observed by the writer that the perception of some Pakistani leaders that “we are fighting America’s war” is costing us heavily as it is tantamount to ignoring ground realities. The writer has rightly said that our politicians need to make up their mind about what type of Pakistan they want. Having sacrificed over 50000 people to these murderers, we still remain divided. Gen Kayani in his latest address on 14 August has very clearly stated that those who want to impose their will through barrel of gun and want to change our way of life as envisaged by the founder have to be stopped. it is also true that PPP, ANP and its allies are on the same page with the army for obvious reasons. The rightist people should know that it is PPP and ANP that have been targeted the most by terrorists. PML(N) continues to remain in the wilderness in attempts to garner the rightist votes but it should also take a long, hard look at this defeatists stance. Let this be stated that we are fighting our war. We must build consensus without losing time because the army cannot fight this war when the nation remains divided and there can be no disagreement with the writer when he says that the time is now to set the narrative in black and white for the future of the country MUKHTAR AHMED Karachi
Remembering dr BB qureshi
it was with a heavy heart that i read about the sad demise of Pakistan’s first female PhD Dr BB Qureshi at an old citizen’s home a few days ago. After completing her MA in Economics from Aligarh University in Mumbai, she went to Dublin to pursue her PhD and returned to Pakistan for a life selflessly dedicated to promoting academics. She had also been a teacher at many leading institutions of the world and former UN secretary general Kofi Annan was one of her students. A legendary woman and role model, she toiled hard her entire life to promote literacy in Pakistan. it was in October last year that Governor Sindh Dr ishratul ibad paid homage to her. She was honored at a ceremony and due notice was taken of the years of neglect that she suffered at the hands of a nation that she had served well. However, nothing was actually ever done to improve her living conditions and provide her with the comfort and care that she deserved. When the nation mourned the death of child prodigy Arfa Karim, many thought that we would in the future grant due timely rewards to our gifted citizens. However, the conditions in which Dr BB spent the last days of her life highlight the fact that we will time and again fail to acknowledge the achievements of our citizens until all we can do for them is express our grief at their plight long after they have departed from this world and reward them with empty obituaries. May this great lady rest in peace and may Allah Almighty grant her a place in the heavenly abode. AMNA BILLOO Karachi
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Big B nervous about KBC song
ILM Megastar Amitabh Bachchan has recorded a special song for the sixth season of hit the game show ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’ and he says he had butterflies in his stomach while recording with Bollywood composer duo Salim-Sulaiman. The 69year-old actor said that the mock rehearsals for KBC has began as the show is ready to go on air from September 7. “The crowning glory is the session at Salim-Sulaiman’s recording studio later at night to record a song for KBC, and my extreme hesitation in doing so for it is a moment filled with immense self consciousness,” Bachchan posted on his blog. “... Salim-Sulaiman, made me nervous and anxious and yes, the butterflies which have now found permanent residence within my intestines. however, this must be said, the experience tonight has been most rewarding and fruitful,” he added. Bachchan also said that he prefers to record songs with composer Aadesh Shrivastava because they have had several jamming sessions and that he also enjoys a rapport with VishalShekhar. “I think it becomes relevant and important to be in a state of complete comfort before performing any creative act. It is for me. NEWS DESK
roots are important for madhuri
adhuri Dixit says the reason behind her shifting base from the uS to Mumbai last year, was that her kids should know their roots. And so, taking out time from her busy schedule, the actor, along with husband cardiac surgeon Dr Sriram Nene and kids, visited the Taj Mahal recently, and her ancestral hometown Konkan before that. “Konkan is a beautiful area. My kids were fascinated to see buffaloes... It’s important that they know their roots as it’s a part of who we are,” she says. Shift focus to her husband, who of late has been seen at most public events with her, and Madhuri says: “We are a team and we support each other. When he was busy with his work back in the uS, I made his life easy by taking care of everything else. he’s doing the same for me now.” And, Dr Nene seems to have adapted well to the constant limelight that his wife is in. As Madhuri gave the interview, he clicked pictures from his phone, and suggested changes in her pose as per the light falling on her. “We both know that our life is much more beyond this glamour and limelight, so we behave accordingly. We are professionals for each other. I entertain people and he saves lives,” she says. NEWS DESK
Khan hitS HAT happens when Barjatya boy Prem goes Dabangg and turns into Tiger? Well he becomes a hit machine, like our very own Salman Khan. With the success of Ek Tha Tiger, Salman has hit the jackpot for the fourth time in two years. Salman’s transformation from a quintessential lover boy to the angry young man of today has taken place within a span of three years. it all started with Prabhu Deva’s Wanted (2009). His dialogues (Ek baar jo maine commitment kar li to phi main apne aap ki bhi nahi sunta) as well as his stunt scenes in the film became a rage and a new Salman Khan was born who preferred smashing heads to romancing a girl. The real turning point came with Abhinav Kashayp’s Dabangg. Salman Khan’s cop act opened to full houses and amassed big moolah at the box office. His success run continues with Ek Tha Tiger. Here’s listing the actor’s 10 alltime hits that will be remembered for times to come: MAInE pYAr KIYA (1989): it was the first solo film of Salman ‘Prem’ Khan and goes back to the era when the actor’s declaration of undying love for Bhagyashree captured the imagination of millions of Bollywood lovers. it was 23 years back that Sallu signed his first Rajshree film with Sooraj Barjatya. The film went on to become the biggest hit of the year and the second biggest hit of the decade. hUM AApKE hAIn KoUn..! (1994): Five years after the release of his debut movie, Salman Khan did the Prem act again in Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! The film starring Madhuri
Dixit as the female lead not only strengthened the actor’s lover boy image but also went on to become one of the biggest Bollywood hits ever. The film won 5 Filmfare Awards and also won the National Award for being the most popular film of the year. JUDWAA (1997): Salman Khan portrayed double role for the first time in David Dhawan’s Judwaa. The film paired him opposite Karisma Kapoor and Rambha. Salman plays the quiet Prem and naughty Raja. He portrayed both the roles with ease. pYAAr KIYA To DArnA KYA (1998): More than anything else, the film is remembered for Salman’s shirtless act. The song Oh Oh Jaane Jaana became a rage. The film paired him opposite Kajol. The music was the USP of the film. it also starred Arbaaz Khan and Dharmendra. BIWI no.1 (1999): Prem showed a different shade of himself in David Dhawan’s Biwi No 1. From lover boy, he turned cheater boy. Well the actor plays a character who has an extramarital affair. The title role is played by Karisma Kapoor and Sushmita Sen is the doosri aurat. The film was the biggest hit of 1999. it is reportedly the remake of 1995 Tamil film Sathi Leelavathi. The film also stars Anil Kapoor and Tabu. hUM DIL DE chUKE SAnAM (1999): Playing the role of Sameer, Salman Khan displayed several shades of emotions in the Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film. The movie was the perfect mix of romance and tragedy. Salman made sure he did justice to both. The film that also starred Aishwarya Rai and Ajay Devgn, was critically acclaimed.
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Sequel for Ek tha tiger?
FTEr taking a stupendous start at the boxoffice, Salman Khan’s Ek Tha Tiger is all set for a sequel. The Salman-Katrina starrer has earned over rs. 50 crore so far and is expected to break more records. Buzz is that the production company has registered two titles Ek hai Tiger and Ek rahega Tiger for the part 2 of the flick, reports Mid Day. If all goes well, the tiger saga will continue and so its successful run at the box office. Meanwhile the film is breaking records at the box office. The film that amassed over rs. 30 crore on day 1, now stands at about rs. 48.92 crore. “After shattering every record possible to shreds Ek Tha Tiger moved to its 2nd day. As per early estimates the movie would have made 16 Crores on it’s Day 2 at the Indian Box Office. Ek Tha Tiger had grossed a humongous 32.92 Crores on it’s Day 1 and it’s total box office collections till date stands at 48.92 Crores,” reports Koimoi.com. NEWS DESK
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uSShAr Kapoor on relationship rules, his equation with Ekta and why adult content sells in Bollywood Do you attribute your success to your sister Ekta? No! Not at all! Ekta has given me good scripts, but I am better known for Golmaal. The Dirty Picture was Vidya’s film. If Ekta took me in Mujhe Kuch Kehna hai or Shor in the City, that’s because the directors wanted me in those films. Ekta got her first hit with me. My success is mine and I won’t attribute it to anyone else! Post Golmaal do you feel you are getting typecast? If Akshay (Kumar) and Govinda could make their careers out of comedy, then I don’t mind being typecast either. If these superstars have carved a niche for themselves in comedy genre, then why can’t I do the same? Do you feel adult content is helping sell Bollywood films? A film needs a good script. You can’t make a film sell with some random adult content. having said that, the masses comprise a huge chunk of
TErE nAAM (2003): Salman Khan delivered an exemplary performance in Tere Naam opposite Bhumika Chawla. He played the role of Rade Mohan, who falls in love with a college student Nirjara (Bhumika Chawla). After a head injury, he loses his mental balance and is admitted to an asylum. The film is an out-and-out tragedy movie that took Salman’s acting prowess to another level. WAnTED (2009): Salman’s dying Bollywood career got revived after the success of Wanted. The film gave him an image make-over as well as a fresh start in Bollywood. The film is about a young iPS officer, who goes undercover as a gangster to infiltrate the criminal underworld. Ayesha Takia starred opposite Salman in the film. DABAnGG (2010): Dabangg changed everything for Salman. He became a sensation overnight. Salman played the role of Chulbul Pandey. The film marks the debut of Sonakshi as an actor, Arbaaz as a producer and Abhinav Kashyap as a director. Made with a budget of 30 crore, Dabangg went on to gross 215 crore worldwide and the film was declared an all-time blockbuster in the second week of its release. it is the highest-grossing Bollywood film of 2010 and, as of 2011, the third highest–grossing Bollywood film of all time. BoDYGUArD (2011): Thanks to Salman Khan mania, the film became the highest opening day grosser as well as the biggest grosser ever for a single day. Ek Tha Tiger has broken the opening day record now. it is the highest grossing Bollywood film of 2011. The film also starred Kareena Kapoor. CouRtESy Ht youngsters between 18 and 20 who share such content everyday via mobile phones and internet. No wonder adult category hindi films open really well. Your spoof on John Abraham’s swimming trunk scene from Dostana, had innumerable jokes in virtual space about how Tusshar Kapoor showed off his butt because he can’t act either! I am glad we succeeded in creating the initial hype that the film required! After doing 25 films in B-Town, I don’t think I have to prove myself as an actor. Whenever I do a film, the BO collections do the talking. I don’t get affected about people talking good, bad or ugly things about me! Is marriage on the pipeline? My parents are keen to see me married. But that doesn’t mean I am worrying about it. One doesn’t have to panic when one’s single and in one’s 30s. I want to get married and have kids, but I need to have strong relationship with a girl first. Frankly, I don’t know what goes wrong with my relationships. Sometimes they just fizzle out on their own. May be I have trust issues. I would like a girl who I can trust unconditionally. I feel it is cheesy to talk about my relationship in public and those who do it, just do it for publicity. Love will happen when it does. CouRtESy toI
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hANK you, h&M, for bringing us the sexiest silver statue we’ve ever seen. If you’re scratching your head as to why, exactly, we’re swooning over this abtastic sculpture, then take a closer look—because that is indeed soccer stud David Beckham. In solid form. The 36-year-old hunk debuted his bodywear for h&M back in January, and as an ode to the underwear campaign with the clothing conglomerate, statues of Becks (in his skivvies) have been popping up all over the u.S. According to reports, there are several in New York, one in San Francisco (union Square to be exact) and two in Los Angeles. Fellow Angelinos can go sneak a peak at Victoria Beckham’s better half at the intersection of hollywood Boulevard and highland Avenue, as well as at the Beverly Center. NEWS DESK
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AKhI Sawant is on a roll these days as she is busy packing her bags to fly to New York. No, she has not bagged any hollywood project, nor has a Bollywood director signed her for any sizzling item number in an upcoming film. The item girl-cum-reality show actor has been invited to be a part of the Indian Independence Day parade being held tomorrow in New York. Indian Independence Day is celebrated across the world to mark the cultural legacy and rich heritage. And the 66th Independence Day celebrations in New York would be the biggest event outside India celebrating Indian Independence
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from the clutches of British rule. And to mark the celebrations, a fleet of Bollywood celebrities have been invited. Shilpa Shetty and rani Mukerji have already attended the parade in the past, and this year, rakhi Sawant would be representing the Indian film fraternity. Confirming the news, rakhi says, “Surely, this Independence Day celebration would be something very different and I feel proud to be part of the ceremony being organized in New York by the Indian community. It’s an honour that they have showed their love for me by inviting me for the celebrations. Every Indian, no matter rich or poor, famous or common, has the
right to hoist the flag and celebrate the day. I had celebrated the day with pomp and show in my school days and have hoisted the flag innumerable times.” rakhi has always been in news for some or the other controversy. But this would be something different. To add to our surprise, Sawant will not only sport a self designed Tricolour sari holding a huge Tricolour flag in her hands, but, hold your breath, will give a speech too. “I always speak from my heart. I will speak extempore there. Definitely I will talk about our freedom fighters, their struggle against colonial rule and atrocities of British,” says rakhi.NEWS DESK
Kristen upset over facing wrath alone
LThOuGh actress Kristen Stewart has apologised for cheating on her boyfriend actor robert Pattinson, she is reportedly upset about having to suffer the wrath alone. Stewart, 22, had an affair with director rupert Sanders, even though she was in a three-year relationship with the actor.“Kristen can’t believe the public isn’t painting rupert Sanders as the bad guy. She’s grousing that he’s 19 years her senior and was in a position of power over her ... being a director of a movie she had just shot and presumably someone she was going to work with again,” tmz.com quoted a source as saying. The actress is also upset about being called a cheater. Although she accepts her actions were wrong, but believes that Sanders is at a more culpable situation as he is married and has two children. Stewart met the director on the sets of movie, “Snow White And huntsman”. NEWS DESK
money is never enough: Brad
rAD Pitt, whose combined wealth with his fiance Angelina Jolie tops 172 million pounds, has said that he will never have enough cash. Despite donating money to a string of international charities the ‘Moneyball’ actor confessed that it was impossible to sort global poverty - because there are just too many tramps out there. “Listen, it’s never enough and it’s a whole new set of problems, just with a different scale,” the Sun quoted Pitt as saying, when asked how important cash was to him. “I hit the Lottery so I think you need to pass that on,” he said. The 48-year-old actor - who is currently living in Surrey for work with Jolie and their six kids - added: “You can’t get to every beggar on the street because you end up with nothing in your pocket.” he and Jolie have donated millions to good causes over the years through their Jolie-Pitt Foundation. Sometimes the couple and their kids do without store-bought Christmas presents to cut costs. “We try to keep the money spend to a minimum and miss manipulative TV ads,” Pitt said. “The rule is everyone’s got to make something,” he added. NEWS DESK
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Infotainment 14 Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon review
man breaks into home to lick remote control HE Lenovo X1 Carbon does the impossible. it makes a business laptop—a business anything—cool. Cool because it looks good, sure, but also because it works the way it’s supposed to. And somehow, that’s become one of the bigger compliments in tech.
What Is It An ultrabook wearing a suit of armor, but it still manages to look better than nearly every other competitor.
Who Is It For Ostensibly for business users, but really, the X1 Carbon is for anyone.
Why It Matters it might not feel like it, but this is an important computer for Lenovo. it typically makes business computers—machines that are butt ugly and impractical for regular people, even though things like comfortable, reliable, sturdy and secure are things that everyone wants.
Design The X1 Carbon is immensely beautiful laptop and incredibly goddamn ugly at the same time. The slim, wedge-shaped, carbon-coated body is trim in all the right ways. But it also has the same sharply squared-off lid and gross thinkpad impressions familiar from other iBM or Lenovo products.
Using It Basically every Windows laptop
review today mentions how nonApple keyboards and trackpads suck. Not this one. Everything’s great. The keyboard is as good as you’re going to find on a laptop— nice key travel distance, resistance, and spacing. Using the trackpad, was the first time i’ve ever done multitouch gestures on Windows and liked it. Three fingers to page back on the first try. Smooth gesture scrolling and zooming. None of that happens on most Windows laptops.
simple account or network settings, are just muddied up in sluggish proprietary software. Then there’s the nondescript design, and the marriage of necessity to business features like the TrackPoint (the red nub in the middle of the keyboard). The nub especially feels extraneous for most users now that the trackpad actually works the way it should, but business being business, alienating a mass of outmoded users isn’t going to fly.
There is a ton of stuff across the business aisle that, for whatever reason, we haven’t seen in mainstream ultrabooks—really cool things like spill-proof keyboards, 3G connections, and biometric fingerprint security. And the X1’s beautiful, beating-resistant body is so, so, so wonderful. Ditto the trackpad and keyboard. The matte 1600 x 900 display is a strength, too. Not amazing—certainly nowhere near the 1080p display on the Asus Zenbook Prime—but it’s sharp, and represents colors well. it does shade a little blue, and its anti-glare surface keeps it from having great contrast.
The backlit keyboard is one of the nicer ones out there. The light never feels too bright, and the Fn+Spacebar for two levels is actually more convenient than the usual two buttons. Responsiveness was never an issue, and the only time the X1 overheated was while gaming. But when it gets hot, it really burns. Just idling for 20 minutes in Diablo 3, the X1 got hotter than any ultrabook we’ve seen—though still not quite as bad as a MacBook. Transfer speeds were really fast, even compared to other ultrabooks. Average of 5 minutes 5 seconds for 25GB in 10 files. Zoom. The only complaint on the keyboard and trackpad is that the cursor will occasionally drop downward for no reason. it’s pretty rare, though, and the positives far outweigh it. The X1 Carbon was also our Windows 8 RTM test machine, and it performed admirably. The Windows 7 drivers, while obviously not optimized, stood up
No Like The software, strangely. For as mighty as the firmware on the trackpad and keyboard are, the businessfacing software that Lenovo loads onto the X1 is more oppressive than you’ll find from other OEMs—even repeat offenders like Asus and Sony. Things like accessing security settings for the fingerprint reader, or
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to the Windows 8 gestures. The biometric fingerprint scanner seems less finicky than the original X1’s—fewer non-reads unlocking it, and it didn’t return any false positives for other people’s hands.
Should You Buy This Yes. This is a wonderful laptop, and not just for the business users it’s supposedly made for. This is a laptop anyone can use, and maybe love. it takes all of the efficiencies and protections of business class machines and makes them, well, not insanely ugly. Rather pretty, actually. Those things always made this class easy to use—and, now, easy on the eyes.
Lenovo Carbon X1 Specs • processor: intel Core i5 ivy Bridge • Display/resolution: 14inch HD+ Anti-Glare (1600 x 900) Wide View (300NiTS) • Video Graphics: intel® HD 4000 Graphics • Memory: 4GB • Storage: 128 GB SSD • connectivity: 2 USB (1 always on USB 2.0 and 1 USB 3.0); Mini-Display port; 4-in-1 SD Media Card Reader • camera: 720p HD Camera with face tracking capability • Weight: 2.998 ibs (1.36 kg) • Dimensions: 13.03 x 8.9 x 0.74 in (331mm x 226mm x 18.85mm) • Extreme Use Battery Test: 3 hours, 28 minutes • price: $1250 CouRtESy GIzMoDo
Spoons removed from man’s stomach after a decade
ACEBOOK has finally started removing ‘deleted’ photos from its servers, after users noted they were still accessible online. Until now it was possible to view old images via direct URLs. Users had complained that photos they deleted whether because they were embarrassing, upsetting or (more likely) just boring - were sticking around online far longer than they wanted. But Facebook now says that its new photo storage system means that all deleted images will be removed within 30 days - and probably much sooner. The new policy is possible thanks to an upgrade to Facebook's content delivery network (CDN), the social network said. "As a result of work on our policies and infrastructure, we have instituted a 'max-age' of 30 days for our CDN links," Facebook spokesperson Frederic Wolens told CNET in a statement. "However, in some cases the content will expire on the CDN much more quickly, based on a number of factors." According to an Ars Technica test, photos were removed within two days. But Facebook says photos are removed from profiles immediately, and that most users shouldn't notice any change. NEWS DESK
Doctors operating on a patient who was rushed to hospital with stomach pains say they discovered a plastic fork in his belly. Lee Gardner, who was vomiting blood and had stomach cramps, told surgeons in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, he had accidentally swallowed the nine-inch fork a decade ago. But Mr Gardner, 40, said he had forgotten he had eaten it as doctors at the time assured him it would pass through his system naturally. “When they were looking inside me with the camera, the doctor said ‘Are you sure you’ve not swallowed anything?’,” he told the Barnsley Chronicle. “i said no but when he said ‘Are you sure? i can see prongs of what appears to be
a fork’, i remembered accidentally swallowing one years and years ago.” Mr Gardner said he was playing around with a plastic fork in his mouth and gagged, accidentally swallowing it, but it had never caused him problems. Doctors at Barnsley Hospital found that the prongs had pressed on the stomach lining causing an ulcer that led to the bleeding. Consultant general surgeon Hanis Shiwani said it would have been too dangerous to try to remove the object without surgery and carried out a 45-minute operation to cut open Mr Gardner’s stomach. Mr Gardner, who was discharged from hospital this week, is expected to make a full recovery. NEWS DESK
USSELL Neff is accused of breaking and entering into a home in Salisbury, Md., but it’s what he allegedly did after he was inside that will likely give homeowner the willies for years to come. Officials said that after Neff, 22, broke into the home on Wednesday and made himself comfortable by stripping down to his underwear and went into the kitchen to cook a chicken pot pie belonging to the victim, WBAL-TV reported. The homeowner told police he heard the suspect banging on the front door trying to get inside so he went upstairs and called 911 when Neff got inside, WJLA-TV reported. “We found the individual in question quite comfortable in the homeowner’s leather recliner, only in his underwear, licking on the remote control and waiting for a chicken pot pie he had found in the freezer to be done out of the microwave,” Lt. Tim Robinson of the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office told WBOC-TV. Neff initially resisted arrest but was eventually taken into custody and charged with burglary, theft of a chicken pot pie, malicious destruction of property and resisting arrest. He’s currently at the Wicomico County Detention Center with bail set at $250,000. NEWS DESK
tom daley strikes gold in A level results
OT content with achieving his Olympic dream of winning a medal at the London Games, Tom Daley has proved he’s also pretty smart by achieving three A grades in his A and AS levels. The poster boy of Team GB tweeted on Thursday morning that he had got one A* grade and one A grade at A level, as well as an A grade at AS level. “i got an A in Spanish! Overall i have A* photography(A2), A spanish(A2) and A maths(AS) :) thanks 2 @PlymouthColleg1 :D,” he said. Daley also shared a picture of his Spanish results with his one and a half million Twitter followers. The 18-year-old wished his fellow students good luck as thousands across the country nervously peeled open their results letters. According to official figures the proportion of A-levels scoring at least an A grade has fallen for the first time in more than 20 years. in total, 26.6% of the exams were given an A or A*, down from 27% in 2011 - a record drop of 0.4%. NEWS DESK
man dials 911 while making a drug deal
OLiCE say a northeastern Pennsylvania man accidentally dialed 911 during a drug deal, leading to the entire conversation being recorded and his subsequent arrest. Scranton police say they arrested 24-year-old Justin Kryzanowski on Wednesday after being contacted by dispatchers who told them a conversation about narcotics could be heard over an open line. Kryzanowski’s arraignment information wasn’t immediately available. NEWS DESK
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PCB snubs coaching dream of Shoaib LAHORE
HE Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) coach-hunt committee has shown no interest in Shoaib Akhtar’s offer to take on the vacant bowling coach’s role with the national squad. Akhtar, while talking to reporters in Lahore on Thursday, said that he would jump at the opportunity if the PCB approached him. However, a member of the committee said that the former pacer was not eligible due to lack of qualifications as a ‘professional
coach’. Pakistan is without a bowling coach since former fast-bowler Aqib Javed resigned from the post to take up UAE’s head coach position after the series against England earlier this year. While the three-member committee that comprises intikhab Alam, Zaheer Abbas and Colonel Naushad Ali, hired Dav Whatmore and Julien Fountain as head coach and fielding coach respectively, it has failed to finalise a candidate despite months of deliberation. Recently, PCB chief Zaka Ashraf confirmed that none of the applicants were suitable enough for the role, the report says. A com-
mittee member said: “Akhtar doesn’t fulfil the criteria set out for the job. We need a professional coach for which we demanded at least five years coaching experience. Secondly, the candidate must be a level-3 coach. “These are the two main pre-requisites which were a must to apply for the job and Akhtar does not have either of them. No doubt he was a great pacer in his days but a good cricketing history cannot guarantee good coaching career.” According to reports, former Essex paceman ian Pont is said be the leading contender to replace Javed.
ICC announces Pakistan confident of beating India schedule of warm-up matches LAHORE
The Pakistan cricket team had so far won all their World Cup U-19 matches in Group B with utmost ease and comfort and is confident of beating archrivals india in the quarterfinal on August 20. if Pakistan manages to beat india, the win will not only confirm their status as the top team not only in the subcontinent, but also in Asia and it will also enhance their credentials for the future. Pakistan U-19
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india will begin their iCC World Twenty20 campaign with a warm-up match against hosts Sri Lanka on September 15, followed by arch-rivals Pakistan on September 17 -- both the matches scheduled in Colombo. Sri Lanka will play their second warm-up match against the West indies on September 13, defending champion England's would be up against Australia and Pakistan on September 17 and 19 September, respectively. The international Cricket Council (iCC) on Saturday announced the schedule of both men's and women's warm-up matches, which will be played in the lead up to the tournament, starting on September 18. The women's competition will begin on September 26. The men's competition will be staged in Colombo, Hambantota and Pallekelle while the women's group stage will be played in Galle. However, Colombo alone will host the warm-up matches for both the men and women. The men's warm-up matches will be played from 13 to 17 September and women's matches on 22 and 23 September. SchEDULE of WArM-Up MATchES (MEn'S): Sep 13: ire v Zim, Moors Cricket Ground, Colombo Sep 13: SL v Wi, NCC, Colombo Sep 15: Afg v SL 'A', Moors Cricket Ground, Colombo Sep 15: Aus v NZ, NCC, Colombo Sep 15: Ban v Zim, Colts Cricket Ground, Colombo Sep 15: ind v SL, P Sara Oval, Colombo Sep 17: Aus v Eng, NCC, Colombo Sep 17: Ban v ire, Moors Cricket Ground, Colombo Sep 17: NZ v SA, Colts Cricket Ground, Colombo Sep 17: Afg v Wi, P Sara Oval, Colombo Sep 17: ind v Pak, R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo Sep 19: Eng v Pak, P Sara Oval, Colombo.
team head coach Sabih Azhar was of full praise for his squad. “i am totally satisfied with my boy’s performance as they are picking at the right time. We have won all the three matches in the group so far we played. Although all the victories were achieved comfortably yet we will not sit back, as there is no room for complacency neither the team can afford that,” he said. “Although indians are tough opponents and the pressure is always on both sides when we play against each other at any level or format but i am
sure the way my boys are playing, we will pull off victory and beat india in the crucial quarterfinal match,” Azhar added. “it will be typical Pak-india match and our players are very excited and ready to deliver. By the grace of Allah, we will give the nation Eid gift by defeating india in the quarterfinal. “The players are working very hard and fully focused on the task ahead. i will take this opportunity and appeal to the entire nation to pray for Pakistan’s success,” he concluded.
India axe Bhupathi, Bopanna after olympic row NEW DELHI Afp
india on Saturday dropped veteran Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna for next month's Davis Cup tie against New Zealand following a row over Olympics team selection. Both Bopanna and Bhupathi had said ahead of the London Games they would not partner with veteran Leander Paes at the Olympics for personal and professional reasons. The All-india Tennis Association (AiTA) said it had instructed the selectors not to pick either player for the Kiwi tie. "in view of the stand taken by Bhupathi and Bopanna regarding selection for the Olympics team, they should not be considered for the selection of the Davis Cup team," the AiTA said in a statement. The selectors named a new-look squad for the Asia/Oceania Group i tie against New Zealand, to be played in Chandigarh from September 14-16, as both regulars Somdev Devvarman and Paes were unavailable. The AiTA said Paes had expressed a desire not to be considered for the Cup tie, while Devvarman was not fit. Yuki Bhambri, Vishnu Vardhan, Saketh Myneni, Divij Sharan, Sanam K. Singh and Sriram Balaji Narayanaswamy were named in the squad, with the final four to be decided on September 2. The controversy over the Olympics team selection started after the AiTA had initially named Bhupathi and Peas for the doubles, even though Bhupathi wanted to play with his current partner Bopanna. The AiTA were later forced to pick two doubles teams for the Olympics, with Paes pairing with lower-ranked Vardhan, and Bhupathi partnering Bopanna. Both the pairs fell in early rounds at the Olympics.
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Exciting contests on cards in Super League quarters LAHORE StAff REpoRt
The England and South Africa U19 squads would go head to head at Tony ireland Stadium in Townsville for a place in the semi-final of the iCC U19 Cricket World Cup 2012 on Sunday. England last won the iCC U19 Cricket World Cup in 1998 while South Africa is yet to win its first title. Also on Sunday, defending champion Australia will take on Bangladesh at Endeavour Park 2. Australia won the event in 1988, 2002 and 2010 while Bangladesh’s best performance has been in 2006 and 2008 when it reached the Super League quarter-finals. The winner of the AustraliaBangladesh match will lock horns with the winner of England-South Africa match in the first semi-final to be played on Tuesday at Tony ireland Stadium. On Monday, arch rivals india and Pakistan will meet at the Tony ireland Stadium in the third quarter-final. Both india (2000 and 2008) and Pakistan (2004 and 2006) have won the title twice. This will also be the first of two potential meetings between the two Asian powerhouses this year in iCC events. if all goes according to iCC World Twenty20 Sri Lanka 2012 seedings, then the two former champions could clash in the Super Eight stage at R.Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on 30 September. New Zealand and West indies will figure in the fourth and final quarterfinal, also on Monday, at Endeavour Park 1. Both sides have appeared in an iCC U19 Cricket World Cup final but are yet to win it. New Zealand lost the final to England in 1998 while the West indies lost to Pakistan in the 2004 final.
The winners of india-Pakistan and New Zealand-West indies matches will play in the second semi-final at Tony ireland Stadium on Thursday in front of ESPN STAR Sports’ HD cameras. EnGLAnD hopE To EnD SoUTh AfrIcA’S UnBEATEn rUn: South Africa, which was unbeaten in Group D, holds an edge over England which finished second behind Australia in Group A. South Africa has won both its previous meetings against England in iCC U19 Cricket World Cups. Overall South Africa has won 12 of its 20 matches against England, losing just six matches with two producing no-results. AUSTrALIA fAVoUrITE AGAInST BAnGLADESh: Unbeaten Australia will start off as firm favourite in its match against Bangladesh whose only group loss was against South Africa. Bangladesh defeated Australia by eight runs in the only match between the two sides at this level in the Plate Championship final of the 2004 event in Dhaka. For Australia, Ashton Turner and Gurinder Sandhu are in good form with the ball, having picked up seven and six wickets, respectively. Cameron Bancroft with 127 runs from two matches is home side’s best batsman. Bangladesh captain Amanul Haque has also been in sparkling form, having scored 172 runs, including a century against Sri Lanka.
ThrILLInG InDIA-pAKISTAn conTEST on ThE cArDS: Though india enjoys an overall 9-7 record against Pakistan in U19 cricket, the green shirts have performed better in big and pressure matches, having won five of the six contests in the iCC U19 Cricket World Cups. Pakistan beat india in the semi-final of the 2004 event in Bangladesh, then in the 2006 final in Sri Lanka and overpowered india again in the quarter-final in New Zealand in 2010. in the inaugural event in 1988, Pakistan defeated india by 68 runs while india’s only victory in the iCC U19 Cricket World Cup came in the 1998 event in Durban where it beat Pakistan by five wickets. in the ongoing event, Pakistan remained unbeaten in Group B while in Group C india suffered a shock defeat against the West indies before it bounced back to win convincingly against Zimbabwe and Papua New Guinea (PNG). Looking ahead to the match, Pakistan captain Babar Azam, who is the second leading run-getter with 182 runs, said: “We played india in the Asia Cup in Malaysia before this tournament and we won one (by one run) while the other game (the final) ended in a tie. There is always a tight contest between us and we are expecting nothing different this time. “Our players are aware of how exciting this is for the supporters of both the teams. They know that there will be millions of fans glued to their screens seeing the action when we meet. The last time we met the games were exciting so we hope that continues.” india captain Unmukt Chand, who has scored 104 runs so far, said: “Pakistan will be a challenge but we have worked hard on our skills coming into the tournament and also on the mental side of our game.
“We played Pakistan twice in Malaysia in June and learnt a lot from those matches. So, we are confident that we can perform very well not only in the quarterfinal but also in the rest of the matches.” nEW ZEALAnD confIDEnT of TESTInG WEST InDIES: The West indies has won both its previous two encounters against New Zealand in the iCC U19 Cricket World Cups and also remained unbeaten in Group D. in contrast, New Zealand lost to Pakistan by five wickets, narrowly beat Afghanistan by eight runs and defeated Scotland by 39 runs.
SupER lEAGuE SCHEDulE QUArTEr-fInALS: *Sun 19 Aug – England v South Africa, Tony ireland Stadium, Townsville – Paul Reiffel and Ravi Sundaram (on-field), Enamul Hoque Moni (third umpire), Ranmore Martinesz (fourth umpire); Roshan Mahanama (match referee) Sun 19 Aug – Australia v Bangladesh, Endeavour Park 2, Townsville - Chris Gaffaney and Peter Nero (on-field), Richard illingworth (third umpire), Johan Cloete (fourth umpire); Roshan Mahanama (remote match referee) *Mon 20 Aug – india v Pakistan, Tony ireland Stadium, Townsville – Enamul Hoque Moni and Richard illingworth (on-field), Peter Nero (third umpire), Chris Gaffaney (fourth umpire); Roshan Mahanama (match referee) Mon 20 Aug – New Zealand v West indies, Endeavour Park 1, Townsville - Johan Cloete and Ranmore Martinesz (on-field), Ravi Sundaram (third umpire), Paul Reiffel (fourth umpire); Roshan Mahanama (remote match referee).
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Amla keeps England at bay LONDON Afp
ASHiM Amla's unbeaten fifty steadied South Africa as England pressed with both bat and ball on the third day of the third Test at Lord's on Saturday. At stumps, the Proteas were 145 for three in their second innings -- a lead of 139 - with Amla 57 not out and nightwatchman Dale Steyn nought not out. South Africa, 1-0 up in the threematch series, only have to avoid defeat to replace England as the world's top-ranked Test side. Both teams had slumped to 54 for four in their first innings and South Africa were wobbling at 50 for two second time around before Amla, dropped on two, and Jacques Kallis (31) shared a third-wicket partnership of 81. South Africa lost their first wicket when captain Graeme Smith, who'd made hundreds in his two previous Lord's Tests, missed a sweep against off-spinner Graeme Swann and was lbw for 23. Amla was fortunate when he glanced Stuart Broad down the legside and diving wicket-keeper Matt Prior just failed to cling on to the left-handed chance. But two balls later, Broad had opener
SoutH AfRICA 1st Innings 309 (Jp Duminy 61, V philander 61; S finn 4-75, J Anderson 3-76) ENGlAND 1st Innings (overnight: 208-5) 20 A. Strauss b Morkel 7 A. Cook c Kallis b Steyn 8 J. trott lbw b Steyn I. Bell c petersen b philander 58 J. taylor c Smith b Morkel 10 J. Bairstow b Morkel 95 27 M. prior c Kallis b philander 16 S. Broad c Amla b Steyn 37 G. Swann not out 12 J. Anderson c Rudolph b Steyn S. finn c Duminy b Morkel 10 EXtRAS (lb10, w1, nb4) 15 totAl (all out, 107.3 overs, 489 mins) 315 fall of wickets: 1-29 (Strauss), 2-38 (trott), 3-39 (Cook), 4-54 (taylor), 5-178 (Bell), 6-221 (prior), 7-252 (Broad), 8-264 (Bairstow), 9-283 (Anderson), 10-315 (finn) Bowling: Morkel 28.3-6-80-4 (4nb); philander 24-9-48-2; Steyn 29-4-94-4; Kallis 12-3-29-0 (1w); tahir 14-3-54-0 SoutH AfRICA 2nd Innings A. petersen lbw b Broad 24 23 G. Smith lbw b Swann 57 H. Amla not out 31 J. Kallis lbw b finn 0 D. Steyn not out EXtRAS (b4, lb5, nb1) 10 totAl (3 wkts, 50 overs, 216 mins) 145 fall of wickets: 1-46 (Smith), 2-50 (petersen), 3-131 (Kallis) to bat: AB de Villiers, J Rudolph, Jp Duminy, V philander, M Morkel, Imran tahir Bowling: Anderson 9-2-32-0; Broad 10-1-38-1 (1nb); Swann 205-38-1; finn 11-1-28-1 Match position: South Africa lead England by 139 runs with seven second innings wickets standing. toss: South Africa, umpires: Simon taufel (AuS) and Kumar Dharmasena (SRI), tV umpire: Rod tucker (AuS), Match referee: Jeff Crowe (Nzl)
Anil Kumble rings Nasdaq closing bell
Alviro Petersen, playing across the line of a full delivery, lbw for 24. Both Amla and Kallis initially struggled against the short ball before Kallis lofted Broad over gully for four. Amla too found his touch, cutting Swann, who bowled 20 overs unchanged for a return of one for 38, and easing James Anderson off the backfoot. But a few overs before stumps, Kallis was lbw to fast bowler Steven Finn, with
Australian umpire Simon Taufel's decision upheld on review -- much to the batsman's obvious disappointment. Amla, however, drove Broad down the ground to complete a 95-ball fifty with his seventh four and, two balls later, elegantly stroked him through extra-cover. Earlier, Jonathan Bairstow fell just short of a maiden Test hundred as England made 315 in reply to South Africa's first innings 309.
Lille held by Nancy in first match at new home PARIS Afp
NEW YORK AGENCIES
Former indian cricketer Anil Kumble rang the closing bell at the Nasdaq Stock Exchange here on Friday to commemorate india's 66th independence Day. Kumble was accompanied by members of the Federation of indian Associations (FiA), which is one of the largest umbrella organisations of the indian community in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Kumble is the chief guest at the annual india Day Parade, organised by the FiA. Actor Saif Ali Khan is grand marshall of the parade, which will run through 10 blocks in Manhattan on Sunday. Kumble said it is an honour for him to represent india at the closing bell ceremony at Nasdaq.
Lille began life in their impressive new stadium on Friday with a 1-1 draw against Nancy in Ligue 1. in front of a sellout crowd at the 50,000-seat stadium, the 2011 double winners fell behind to a Djamel Bakar strike, but drew level before the break thanks to summer signing Salomon Kalou's headed effort. Lille, seen by many as the most likely challengers to title favourites Paris Saint-Germain, started the campaign with a 2-1 victory at Saint-Etienne last week, but were dealt a blow ahead of this game when robust centre-back Marko Basa was forced to pull out injured. His place went to former Newcastle defender David Rozehnal, and there was nothing he or his teammates could do to stop Nancy taking the lead in the 33rd minute. Bakar skipped away from Lille captain Rio Mavuba before beating 'keeper Mickael Landreau with a superb curling shot from 25 yards. That was the first shot on target of the game, although Tulio De Melo did head just wide for Lille from a Marvin Martin free-kick early on, before Kalou contrived to shoot wide after finding himself clean through on goal. But Lille stayed faithful to their flowing passing game after going behind and, after Nancy skipper Andre Luiz almost turned the ball into his own net, the hosts' two biggest summer signings combined to haul them level.
vILLENEuvE-d'ASCq: Lille's french midfielder Benoit Pedretti (R) vies with Nancy's french defender Salif Sane (L) during the french L1 football match Lille (LoSC) vs Nancy (ASNL) at the grand Stade Lille Metropole stadium, northern france. AFP
India’s ‘very very Special’: vvS Laxman
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Vangipurappu Venkata Sai (VVS) Laxman, who announced his retirement from international cricket on Saturday, will always be known as india's turn-to man during a crisis. The middle-order batsman had both style and substance with an uncanny knack of finding gaps in the field where none appeared to exist, much to the frustration of rival bowlers and fielders. Laxman, whose parents are doctors, had to make a choice between a medical career and playing cricket before he eventually opted for the willow and made his mark as one of india's finest cricketers. Australia suffered the most from Laxman's punishing blade as the indian scored 2,434 runs in 29 Tests against them at 49.67, which is above his current overall average of 45.97 in 134 matches. Laxman, who made his international debut in 1996, scored 8,781 runs with 17 centuries in his controversy-free career. He is india's fourth-highest scorer in Tests after Sachin Tendulkar (15,470 runs), Rahul Dravid (13,265) and Sunil Gavaskar (10,122). Laxman played in an era of batting superstars, but upstaged even the best when on song. The Hyderabad batsman, who turns 38 on November 1, found his place in the indian side under threat when he managed just 155 runs in four Tests against Australia earlier this year, averaging 19.37. His careerbest knock of 281 came when Steve Waugh's Australians were poised to win the second Test in Kolkata in 2001, only to rub their eyes in disbelief when india did the unthinkable. india followed on 274 runs in arrears, but Laxman and Rahul Dravid (180) turned the match on its head with a 376-run stand, which helped their team win the match and end Australia's 16-Test-winning streak. full name: vangipurappu venkata Sai Laxman Better known as: vvS Laxman Age/date of birth: 37 years/November 1, 1974. Test debut: v South Africa, Ahmedabad, November 2023, 1996 one-day debut: v zimbabwe, Cuttack, April 9, 1998 Career statistics: Tests: 134 matches, 8,781 runs, highest 281, average 45.97. 17 centuries, 56 fifties. one-dayers: 86 matches, 2,338 runs, highest 131, average 30.76, 6 centuries, 10 fifties.
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Federer routs Fish CINCINNATI
ORLD No. 1 Roger Federer moved closer to a fifth ATP and WTA Cincinnati Masters crown on Friday as the Swiss star crushed American Mardy Fish 6-3, 7-6 (7/4) to reach the semi-finals. Federer, seeking his sixth title of the year, was in regal form as he beat Fish for the eighth time in nine meetings. The American has lost 17 of 20 sets in the one-sided rivalry. Federer will line up on Saturday against compatriot Stanislas Wawrinka after the Swiss stormed back to beat Canadian Milos Raonic 2-6, 7-6 (7/5), 6-4, in another quarter-final. in women's play, Angelique Kerber ended the 19-match win streak of Wimbledon and Olympic champion Serena Williams with a 6-4, 6-4 victory. The
German fifth seed double-faulted on one match point but concluded with a winning ace on another to send the second seed out of the event, one that Williams has never won. China's Li Na reached the semi-finals over top seed Agnieszka Radwanska 6-1, 6-1 as the Polish favorite struggled with a shoulder injury. Federer was playing a Cincinnati quarter-final for the sixth time in seven years as he aims for a 76th career trophy. He owns Wawrinka 11-1 overall in their personal rivalry. "i played realy well," Federer said. "The second set was very competitive, but i was able to maintain a high level for a long time. i'm very pleased with the form and glad to reach the semis." US Open champion Novak Djokovic booked a semi-final with Olympic bronze medalist Juan Martin del Potro by beating Marin Cilic. it will be a rematch of the bronze medal match at London. "The
match with Del Potro won't be for revenge," Djokovic said. "This is sport. You win and you lose. He is playing with confidence and it will be a big challenge to play him." Serb second seed Djokovic took only 80 minutes to dispatch the Croatian 6-3 62, improving to 7-0 in their personal series. "it was a very good match, my best of the tournament," Djokovic said. "i'm on good form. i may have grown up on clay, but i've achieved my best career success on hardcourts." Argentine Del Potro advanced by ending the giant-killing run of Frenchman Jeremy Chardy 6-1 6-3. Del Potro has won his past two matches against Djokovic, including the bronze showdown and in a Davis Cup tie last September. Del Potro will travel to the Mayo Clinic next week to have his sore left wrist checked out by the same doctors who operated on his right wrist in 2010.
Williams destroyed a racquet in a fit of anger during the loss but will now have the rest days she has been seeking during her summer of success ahead of the start of the US Open, which begins on August 27. "i was nervous at the end but i told myself to just keep hitting the ball," Kerber said. "Serena has been playing well. This was a good win for me and i'm very pleased." it was the opposite story for elder Williams sister Venus, who upset defending US Open champion Samantha Stosur of Australia 6-2, 6-7 (2/7), 6-4. The 32year-old American twice had to serve for victory in the final set, nailing it on her second attempt from 5-4 after 2 1/2 hours. "it's always disappointing to lose when you play a good match like that and you think you've done enough almost to win," Stosur said. "Still, i had three really good matches here and can get confidence and gain a bit of momentum going into New York."
richards-ross shines as olympics takes toll STocKhoLM: olympic champion Sanya richards-ross eased to victory in the women's 400m at the Stockholm Diamond League meeting on friday as post-London blues crept into international track and field.
richards-ross, whose win at the Games ended a 28-year wait for gold for the United States in the 400m, timed a mediocre 49.89sec, the only athlete to go below 50sec. Meanwhile, charonda Williams took
advantage of olympic gold medallist Allyson felix's decision to skip the event to claim victory in the 200m while American compatriot Dawn harper won the 100m hurdles in 12.65sec ahead of Kellie Wells.
Australian olympic champion in the event, Sally pearson was another absentee suffering a back injury. The men's 100m was also missing its olympic stars as America's ryan Bailey took victory in 9.93sec. Afp
SToCKHoLM: uSA's dawn Harper (C) competes in the Women's 100m Hurdles race during the dN galan diamond League athletics meeting at the Stockholm olympic Stadium. AFP
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Time flies for Stosur as uS open defence nears CINCINNATI Afp
Australian Samantha Stosur heads to her US Open title defense without a title since the biggest day of her career almost a year ago. The World No. 6 went out in the quarter-finals of the Cincinnati Masters on Friday, losing 6-2, 6-7 (2/7), 6-4 to 64th-ranked Venus Williams in 2 1/2 hours. Stosur's next stop will be Flushing Meadows, where the US Open begins on August 27. "i'm looking forward to going back there," she said. "it's a good feeling to be going into the tournament now i think with a little bit more confidence, which is good. it's something to look forward to." But Stosur, who has lost finals in Osaka and Doha since beating Serena Williams for the Grand Slam title last September, is still scratching for top form. "it's always disappointing to lose when you play a good match like that and you think you've done enough almost to win," Stosur said. "Still, i had three really good matches here and can get confidence and gain a bit of momentum going into New York." The Aussie can't believe how fast time passes. "it has flown by, to me," she said. "All of a sudden you get to America and obviously there is that hype and we have the big leadup tournaments. Everyone is talking about the US Open again. "i feel like it has come by pretty fast. But i'm always going to look forward to going back there the year after you win for sure." Stosur has a 4-5 record since playing a French Open semi-final in June and losing to italian Sara Errani. She reached the 2010 final at Roland Garros, a career best. "For sure you want to win as many matches as you can," Stosur said. "You never want to lose. i would have liked to have won some more matches, but i can still start building that confidence. "it hasn't been the greatest record, but i haven't played too many matches, either. i'm just looking at it from the way i'm playing and not thinking about how many i have lost or won. "it's just going out there and playing and trying to keep improving the way i'm playing." Stosur has suffered her past seven losses to players ranked outside the top 20.
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Sports 11 MASON: Roger Federer is congratulated by Mardy Fish after their match during the Western & Southern Open, Venus Williams celebrates breaking Samantha Stosur, Samantha Stosur of Australia returns a shot to Venus Williams, Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland serves to Li Na of China and Li Na serves during her Western & Southern Open match while Serena Williams reacts to losing a point against Angelique Kerber. AFP
Li makes fresh start with former Henin coach
Kerber snaps Serenaâ€™s win streak at 19 matches
China's Li Na, the 2011 French Open champion, is preparing for the US Open with a clean slate after hiring former Justine Henin coach Carlos Rodriguez on a trial basis to steer a comeback bid. The 30-year-old Asian star, who vaulted into international sporting icon status in her home country of 1.3 billion people, has had a hard time keeping the form that brought China's first Grand Slam title. Without a title since taking Roland Garros some 15 months ago for her sixth career crown, Li has lost three finals this year and found modifications in her tennis and personal life were becoming more and more necessary.
NGELiQUE Kerber ended the 19match win streak of Wimbledon and Olympic champion Serena Williams on Friday with a 6-4, 6-4 victory in the quarter-finals of the ATP WTA Cincinnati Masters. The German fifth seed double-faulted on one match point but concluded with a winning ace on another to send the second seed out of the event, one which Williams has never won. Williams destroyed a racquet in a fit of anger during the loss but will now have the rest days she has been seeking during her summer of success ahead of the start of the US Open, which begins on August 27. Kerber, a two-time Grand Slam semi-finalist, said that while she
felt some nerves as she tried to close out Williams, her game withstood the big test. "i was nervous at the end but i told myself to just keep hitting the ball," Kerber said. "Serena has been playing well. This was a good win for me and i'm very pleased." it was the opposite story for elder Williams sister Venus, who upset defending US Open champion Samantha Stosur 6-2, 6-7 (2/7), 6-4. The 32-year-old American twice had to serve for victory in the final set, nailing it on her second attempt from 54 after two and a half hours. Williams has won six of seven matches with Australian Stosur, who stands 4-5 record since a Roland Garros semi-final two months ago. "it's always disappointing to lose when you play a good match like that and you think you've done enough
almost to win," Stosur said. "Still, i had three really good matches here and can get confidence and gain a bit of momentum going into New York. "i'm looking forward to going back there. it's a good feeling to be going into the tournament now i think with a little bit more confidence, which is good. it's something to look forward to." Men's reigning US Open champion Novak Djokovic has booked a semi-final date with Olympic bronze medallist Juan Martin del Potro by beating Marin Cilic. Serb second seed Djokovic took only 80 minutes to dispatch the Croatian 6-3 6-2, improving to 7-0 in their career rivalry. Argentine sixth seed Del Potro advanced to the rematch of the London Olympic bronze-medal match by ending the giant-killing run of Frenchman Jeremy Chardy 6-1 6-3.
Walker seizes PGA lead but Simpson lurks GREENSBORO Afp
American Jimmy Walker fired a bogey-free eight-under par 62 on Friday to seize a onestroke lead in the second round of the storminterrupted US PGA Wyndham Championship. Walker stood on 12-under 128 through 36 holes, one stroke ahead of reigning US Open champion Webb Simpson of the United States, the defending tournament champion who fired a 63. Spain's Sergio Garcia, Sweden's Carl Pettersson, American Harrison English and South Africa's Tim Clark shared third on 130 but players were scattered across the course, all with six holes or fewer to complete. Walker birdied the second and third holes and closed the front nine with back-to-back birdies as well. He birdied the 11th and then charged in with birdies at the par-5 15th, par-3 16th and par-4 17th to grab the lead. "it was pretty boring-looking golf -- not a lot of drivers, not a lot of 3-woods," Walker said. "There's a lot of 5-woods and some irons, and it's just kind of placement around the golf course." Walker, 33, is seeking his first PGA title. He had three top-10 finishes in his first six tournaments of the season but suffered a left
knee injury and skipped the US Open for treatment on the injury. He snatched the top spot from Simpson, who closed with four birdies in the final five holes in his own charge up the leaderboard. "To play a round on a golf course this tricky without a bogey is always a good thing," Simpson said. Pettersson, who led after an opening-round 62, birdied the par-5 15th in a two-under 68 second round to stumble back. "i struggled. Didn't have much, but i thought it was a good comeback," said Pettersson. "Two-under par was OK for the game that i had, and hopefully i can hit the ball better on the weekend and have a chance." American Tim Herron matched the tournament record with a 61 but was seven strokes off the pace. "i didn't really have anything to lose," Herron said. "i kind of zoned in a little bit today and just kind of kept rolling and making putts." Herron hopes to advance at least eight spots on the points list to crack the top 125 and qualify for the PGA playoffs that begin next week at The Barclays. Among those missing the cut and on the bubble for reaching the field next week were American Boo Weekley, rated 121st on the points list, and No. 125 Jhonattan Vegas of Venezuela. JApAn'S MIYAZATo ShArES LpGA LEAD: Japan's Mika Miyazato fired a seven-
under par 65 on Friday to grab a share of the lead with American Sydnee Michaels after the opening round of the LPGA Safeway Classic. Miyazato had eight birdies against a lone bogey to stand atop the leaderboard with Michaels, who birdied four holes in a row on her way to making a career low and sharing the lead in the 54-hole event at Pumpkin Ridge. "My golf game is very confident right now," Miyazato said. "To begin the season i was not so very good. i started to shoot right in four or five events. So i'm gaining more confidence in my golf game." Thailand's Pornanong Phatlum, American Cristie Kerr and South Korean inbee Park shared third on 66 with South Koreans So Yeon Ryu and Jee Young Lee on 67 along with Americans Brittany Lincicome and Alison Walshe. Miyazato began with a birdie and followed with backto-back birdies at the par-4 fourth and par-5 fifth holes. After taking her lone bogey at the par-4 sixth, she birdied four holes in a row starting at the ninth and closed with a birdie at 18 to claim a share of the lead. "My short game was very, very good," Miyazato said. "it's more important the short game on this course. The greens were hard and had more speed, very quick."
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olympic champion sets 3,000m steeplechase best STOCKHOLM Afp
Olympic 3,000m steeplechase champion Yuliya Zaripova clocked a season's best time of 9min 05.02sec to win the event at the Stockholm Diamond League meeting on Friday. The Russian finished ahead of Tunisia's Habiba Ghribi, the silver medallist at the London Games, who timed 9:10.36, with Etenesh Diro Neda of Ethiopia running a personal best of 9:14.07 to take third place. Zaripova, 26, had set the previous best for the season in winning Olympic gold on August 6 in a time of 9:06.72. Ethiopia's Sofia Assefa, the bronze medallist in London, failed to finish the race. America's Jennifer Suhr, the Olympic polevault champion, returned to the circuit with a resounding bump when she failed to register a height, flopping three times at 4.55m. Cuba's Yarisley Silva, the Olympic silver medallist, won the competition with 4.70m ahead of Germany's Silke Spiegelburg on 4.55m.
di Matteo wants Chelsea to close gap on rivals WIGAN Afp
NoRTH PLAINS: Sydnee Michaels hits her second shot on the 2nd hole during the first round of the Safeway Classic. AFP
Roberto Di Matteo admits Chelsea's main target this season is to close gap on title rivals Man City and United as the European champions prepare to kick off their Premier League campaign at Wigan on Sunday. Di Matteo is determined to translate last season's Champions League and FA Cup double into success in the league. But last season the Blues finished in sixth place, 25 points behind City and second placed United, following an erratic league campaign.
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Targeted killings claim 11 lives in Karachi KARACHI AGENCIES
KARACHI: people gather at the site after the killing of 5 people due to firing by unknown assailants at North Karachi Sector 5-C. ONLINE
uS drone kills five suspected militants in NwA g
fo says drone attacks violate Pakistan’s territorial sovereignty PESHAWAR StAff REpoRt
T least five suspected militants were killed and four others injured in a US drone attack in Mamoonzai area of the Shawal mountainous region in North Waziristan Agency on Saturday morning. Official said a US drone fired two missiles on a compound and a vehicle simultaneously. Both targets were badly damaged and five of its occupants were killed on the spot. The injured persons were shifted to local private clinics. The identity of the killed and injured couldn’t be ascertained but locals said they included foreign militants. Meanwhile, the Foreign Office in a statement protested against the drone attack, saying it was a violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. The Foreign Office spokesman said Pakistan has consistently maintained that drone attacks are in contravention of international law.
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Man axes two wives to death in Rahim yar Khan RAHIM YAR KHAN INp
A man axed his two wives to death in Jamaldinwali area of tehsil Sadiqabad here on Saturday. According to police sources, the man had directed his two wives not to keep mobile phone because he was suspicious of their activities. However, the man recovered a mobile phone from a wife named Jannat BiBi. The enraged husband attacked her with an axe. When the other wife tried to save her, the furious husband hit both the wives with axe, killing them on the spot. The police has arrested the accused and registered a case against him.
Attacks by unmanned American aircraft are deeply unpopular in Pakistan, which says they violate its sovereignty and fan anti-US sentiment, but US officials are said to believe the attacks are too important to give up. Washington has long demanded that Pakistan take action against the Haqqanis, whom the United States accused of attacking the US embassy in Kabul last September and acting like the “veritable arm” of Pakistani intelligence. Pakistan has in turn demanded that Afghan and US forces do more to stop Pakistani Taliban crossing the Afghan border to relaunch attacks on its forces. Many in Pakistan accuse the Americans of demanding a Pakistani offensive to mask their own failings in the 10-year war in Afghanistan. Washington regards Pakistan’s semi-autonomous northwestern tribal belt as the main hub of Taliban and Al-Qaeda militants plotting attacks on the West and in Afghanistan. The latest attack, which came after a lull of about three weeks, was in the same region where a drone strike on June 4 killed 15 militants, including senior Al-
Qaeda figure Abu Yahya al-Libi. There has been a dramatic increase in US drone strikes in Pakistan since May, when a NATO summit in Chicago could not strike a deal to end a six-month blockade on convoys transporting supplies to coalition forces in Afghanistan. On July 3 however, islamabad agreed to end the blockade after the United States apologised for the deaths of 24 Pakistani soldiers in botched air strikes last November. islam’s trip to Washington this month signalled a thaw in relations beset by crisis since US troops killed Osama bin Laden near islamabad in May 2011. in protest at US drone attacks, local Taliban and Pakistani warlord Hafiz Gul Bahadur have banned vaccinations in North and South Waziristan, putting 240,000 children in the region at risk. They have condemned the immunisation campaign as a cover for espionage. in May, a Pakistani doctor was jailed for 33 years after helping the CiA find bin Laden using a hepatitis vaccination programme as a cover.
HE country’s financial capital Karachi is amidst a wave of violence once again, as at least 11 people were killed across the city overnight in acts of targeted killings, raising serious questions over the capabilities of law enforcement agencies. According to police, unidentified assailants opened indiscriminate fire on a bus near Batwa Memon Hospital, killing a female passenger and injuring several others. The body was shifted to Civil Hospital. The incident triggered panic among the locals. Police said investigations into the incident had been started. in another incident, unidentified men opened fire on a hotel in Sector 10-C area of North Karachi, resulting in the killing of five people and injuring one other. The bodies of the deceased were shifted to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital. Although Rangers cordoned-off the area, police failed to reach the spot on time. At least three people were killed in Sector 5-C area of North Karachi. Two people were killed in FB area of the city after unidentified men opened fire outside a mosque in Karachi, raising tensions in the area. Aerial firing in area caused shopkeepers to close the markets.
Rangers DG Major General Rizwan Akhter visited the various crime scenes, but no high-ranking police official visited the same until morning. The five dead in the Sector 10-C area of the North Karachi incident were identified as Zahoor, Sharjeel, Naveed, Shaukat and Atif. Two people identified as Qari Abdus Shakir and Qari Abdul Asif were shot dead at Water Pump area. Enraged protesters staged a demonstration on Shahra-e-Pakistan against the killings. Continuous targeted killings in Karachi have wreaked havoc with the citizen’s peace of mind since long. Karachi saw the worst wave of violence in July and August 2011 when hundreds lost their lives in various acts of targeted killings. The main rival political parties in the city, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement and Awami National Party, have long blamed each other for involvement in the killing of each others’ workers, however, both claim innocence. With the targeted killings at full swing last year, interior Minister Rehman Malik had said that the killings were a result of love couples falling out of favors with each other and resorting to killing each other, a statement that had shocked all and sundry. The violence in July last year claimed 300 lives, making July one of the deadliest months in almost two decades of the city’s history in fighting linked to ethnic and religious tensions.
4 arrested in connection with Kamra attack ATTOCK INp
Law enforcement agencies have claimed making major progress while probing the terrorist attack on Kamra’s Minhas Air Base, saying four suspected militants were arrested from Taxila on Saturday. Meanwhile, a Pakistan Air Force (PAF) probe committee led by Air Marshal Athar Bukhari is taking stock of various aspects of the attack. The committee recorded the statements of several officers and soldiers present on the base at the time of the attack. The law enforcing agencies including
police, in light of the reports, launched a joint operation in various areas of Taxila, and arrested four suspects, who have been shifted to an undisclosed location. Four of the terrorists who attacked the air base, have already been identified. The preliminary investigations found that the terrorists had links with militants from the North Waziristan Agency. Nine terrorists stormed into Kamra air base in the wee hours of Thursday. Springing into action, the commandoes of the Pakistan Army and the PAF launched a joint operation against the terrorists, who were all killed. Two security men embraced martyrdom during the operation.
Australia ‘preparing’ for Assange extradition to US SYDNEY Afp
Australia confirmed Saturday that its diplomatic post in Washington had been preparing for Julian Assange’s possible extradition to the US but played it down as “contingency planning”. Trade Minister Craig Emerson said the Australian embassy in Washington had been “getting prepared for the possibility of an extradition” but stressed that there was nothing unusual in diplomats bracing for all eventualities. “The embassy is doing its job, just to be in a position to advise the government if it believed that an extradition effort was imminent. There is no evidence of such an extradition effort,” Emerson told ABC television. “All that was happening is that the post in Washington was doing some contingency planning in the event that such an eventuality arose.” The remarks follow media reports Saturday that Australian diplomats believe Washington is targeting Assange for possible prosecution on charges including espionage and conspiracy relating to his WikiLeaks whistleblowing site. Citing diplomatic cables from Australian officials obtained under freedom of information laws, The Age newspaper said Canberra’s post in Washington was taking seriously the possible extradition of the WikiLeaks founder to the US. According to The Age the cables
loNDoN: A supporter of Julian Assange holds a sign as police remain outside the Ecuadorian Embassy in london on Saturday. AFP showed that Australia had no objection to Assange’s potential extradition and had requested early advice from the US on any decision to indict the former hacker or have him sent to the US. it claimed that both the prime minister and foreign minister had been briefed on the matter. Emerson confirmed that the Washington embassy had been explor-
ing the extradition of Assange, an Australian national, as a potential scenario but he stressed that there was no evidence that the US was preparing to do so. “You would want, as an embassy, to be in a position that if this were to arise hypothetically in the future, you wouldn’t be standing flat-footed and unable to provide advice back to the government in Can-
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berra,” he said. “i wouldn’t read too much into it. People can attach their own probabilities or possibilities as to what the United States may or may not do in the future, but the fact is that there’s no evidence, no evidence that the United States is seeking to extradite Julian Assange.” The trade minister noted that the US could have sought Assange’s extradition from Britain rather than waiting for him to arrive in Sweden and “obviously they haven’t done that”. He wouldn’t comment on the claim that Australia would not oppose Assange’s extradition to the US, saying only that they would abide by “normal processes” and continue providing consular assistance. Emerson also repeated that there was little the Australian government could do for Assange, who is holed up in Ecuador’s embassy in London in a bid to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he faces questions over sex assault claims. Assange fears Stockholm will turn him over to the US, and was granted political asylum by Ecuador on Thursday. “Remember that this issue about Mr Assange between the UK and Sweden is not in relation to WikiLeaks, it’s in relation to allegations of something that he may or may not have done in Sweden itself and that’s up to the legal authorities in those countries,” Emerson said. “The legal processes have been followed, and... there’s no particular role for Australia beyond ensuring that Mr Assange has reasonable consular assistance and that’s what we’re offering.”
profitepaper pakistantoday 19th august, 2012