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Rs 17.00 Vol IV No 19 19 Pages
Monday, 22 July, 2013
Islamabad — Peshawar Edition
Ramadan 12, 1434
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ptI wary of Us push for prisoner swap agreement
MQM rubbishes reports on altaf’s successor
Us shifting drones fleet to world hotspots for spying
Kp govt approves citizen feedback system
Dr Shireen Mazari has raised serious concerns regarding the US push for a Prisoner Swap Agreement with Pakistan. The US has said it would agree to “release” Dr Aafia Siddiqui in Pakistan’s custody in exchange for the release of Dr Shakil Afridi. page 03
The Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) Co-ordination Committee has rejected news reports published in a section of the press regarding discussions about the successor of Altaf Hussain as baseless, misleading, irresponsible and hilarious. page 02
As the US scales down its drone campaign in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen, the American military is shifting its huge fleet of unmanned aircrafts to other hot spots around the world primarily for spying purpose, The Washington Post reported. page 03
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government approved the launching of a citizens feedback data collection system where the dealing and performance of government functionaries would be directly inquired through mobile telephone calls and text messages. page 04
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N NEWS Monday, 22 July, 2013
nawaz to address nation today
Pakistan doing all for restoration afghan Peace: aziz
mQm rubbishes rePorts of altaf’s successor
KARACHI STAFF REPORT
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will be addressing the nation for the first time after taking office at 6pm today (Monday). Nawaz has already had a briefing by the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and other relevant departments on issues of national security and his speech is likely to cover this vital issue. The prevailing energy crisis in the country could also be a major agenda item in the speech. With his address, the PM aims at taking the nation into confidence and addressing the prevailing problems, including the energy crisis and terrorism. Meanwhile, reports said the prime minister would be announcing the new energy policy tomorrow (Tuesday, July 23), during which he is expected to inform the nation about the steps being taken on an emergency basis to enhance power generation, besides announcing a likely hike in power tariff for consumers using over 200 units of electricity per month. Sources in the Ministry of Water and Power said the PM would be giving the go ahead to the new energy policy at the meeting of Council of Common Interest (CCI) on July 23, followed by its announcement the same day. The sources said it was being expected that the power subsidy would be considerably reduced in the new energy policy and the price of electricity would not be raised for consumers of up to 200 units. Under the new policy, Nawaz is also expected to announce short to mediumterm power generation projects, including hydro and coal based projects. The new policy is also likely to envisage targeted steps for prevention and reduction of power theft. According to the sources, the government was giving up to Rs 5.45 per unit subsidy on average, which was likely to be slashed by half in the new policy. AGENCIES
government to re-establish nsc ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Muslim LeagueNawaz PML (N) government has decided in principle to re-establish the National Security Council (NSC). The prime minister will be head of the council. According to government sources, the National Security Council is the only forum for communication between civil and military leadership. The government is trying to re-establish the council after consultation with the military leadership. Earlier, the National Security Council was established during Pervez Musharraf’S tenure which was scrapped through 18th Amendment. NNI
pm’s adviseR says islamabad willing to peRsuade taliban foR peace talks KABuL
AKISTAN is making sincere efforts for the restoration of peace in Afghanistan, Adviser to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said during a media briefing in Kabul on Sunday, adding that Pakistan was willing to help restart the Doha peace process. Aziz, who flew to Afghanistan to meet Afghan foreign minister, said that the new Pakistani government wanted to broaden bilateral economic ties with Afghanistan. Aziz said Pakistan had helped persuade some Taliban factions to discuss peace in the
past, and also had played a role in helping Taliban representatives travel to Qatar before those efforts stalled. ''In the future, to the extent we are requested, we can play the same role but at the appropriate time and in consultation with other interested parties,'' Aziz said. “Pakistan will extend every possible help to restore peace in Afghanistan,” he said, adding that he came to Kabul with a message of peace and cooperation. “Peaceful and stable Afghanistan is in the interests of Pakistan.” He continued that trade increase would benefit the economy and people of two countries. He said Pakistan had been trying to help jumpstart the peace process as a stable Afghanistan was in Pakistan's own interest. However‚ he said any peace talks must be Afghan-owned and Afghan-led. He said Pakistan would take every step to bring peace in Afghanistan. Aziz said
the PML-N government wanted to expand relations with Afghanistan. He added that Pakistan wanted to remove all barriers in the way of trade between both countries. Efforts at reviving the stalled Afghan-led reconciliation bid, overcoming the lingering trust deficit between the estranged neighbours and removing longstanding trade barriers figured prominently at the meetings. Sartaj Aziz assured his interlocutor of Pakistan’s sincerity of intent in promoting peace in Afghanistan and the region at large, besides highlighting the imperative of a joint campaign against the twin scourge of extremism and terrorism, a source in the Pakistani Foreign Ministry disclosed. “Obviously, he will also underline the need for putting the Doha process back on track, as well as an end to frequent testy exchanges between the neighbours over the Afghan-managed reconciliation effort,” he said.
BNP-Mengal rallies against target killings Refuses to accept ‘fake mandate’ managed by secuRity agencies QuettA ShAhzAdA zuLFIqAR
Activists of the Balochistan National Party (Mengal) staged protest rallies on Sunday in Quetta and other parts of Balochistan against target killings of their party leaders and workers. In Quetta, some 200 protesters led by BNP-Mengal’s central vice president Sajjid Tareen Advocate
gathered outside the Quetta Press Club. The participants were carrying placards and banners inscribed with different demands, and they shouted slogans for stopping target killings and dismantling death squads. While addressing on the occasion, Sajjid Tareen Advocate and central information secretary Agha Hassan Baloch said the nephew of BNP-Mengal’s district Panjgour president Kifayat Baloch was killed and his brother was seriously wounded. They said few days back brother of Nazir Baloch, another senior party leader, was also attacked and a series of murder attempts was being made
on the party workers and leaders. Accusing the Frontier Corps, BNP-Mengal leaders said during the elections, intelligence agencies gave fake mandate to some people and when BNP-Mengal protested against the illegal practice, the party leaders were targeted. They vowed that they would not sit calm against target killings and fake mandate, and would continue rendering their sacrifices for the security of Balochistan’s coast and resources. Meanwhile, two oil -tankers were destroyed in an armed attack in Mastung district, some 40 km southeast of Quetta, on Sunday.
The Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) Coordination Committee has rejected news reports published in a section of the press regarding discussions about the successor of Altaf Hussain as baseless, misleading, irresponsible and hilarious. The committee said there was not an iota of truth in these reports and these were being spread purposely to create confusion among the MQM workers and sympathisers about the party leadership. The Co-ordination Committee said the conspiracies to create disharmony in the rank and file of the MQM by spreading baseless reports and malicious analyses and comments by certain journalists would come to nothing. The committee said the workers and office-bearers of the MQM were firmly united and organised under the leadership of Altaf Hussain.
fahim calls meeting to discuss PPP Presidential nominee ISLAMABAD ONLINE
Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) President Amin Fahim on Sunday called a meeting of the party on July 23, Tuesday to discuss the country’s upcoming Presidential elections. The submission of nomination papers of the PPP’s candidates for the Presidential Office, process of consultation with other parties and the government’s contact with the PPP, seeking its support for the Presidential elections would be reviewed during the meeting. The meeting would discuss the submission of nomination papers of Senator Raza Rabbani for the elections and decide on contacting other opposition parties to gain support for Rabbani.
fia fails to arrest ex-eobi chief in raid ISLAMABAD INP
The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Sunday conducted a raid to arrest former chairman of Employees Old-Age Benefits Institution (EOBI) Zafar Gondal in the federal capital. According to reports, Gondal, allegedly involved in the EOBI corruption scandal, could not be arrested during the raid. His employee told the raiding party that Gondal had visited this home some days ago. On the other hand, the FIA has also traced another property of Gondal in F-6/4 Sector.
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Monday, 22 July, 2013
natIon Up In protests over desecratIon of BIBI ZaInaB’s (as) MaUsoleUM KARACHI/LAHORe/ISLAMABAD
EOPLE across the country took to the streets in thousands against the attack and desecration of the shrine of Hazrat Bibi Zainab (AS) in Syria on July 19. Protests were held in Islamabad, Karachi, Quetta, Peshawar, Tando Allahyar, Multan, Jhelum, Mandi Bahauddin and several other cities to condemn the act. In Peshawar, Imamia Rabita Committee demanded action against the attackers. A protest was held outside the press club in Tando Allahyar, while resi-
dents of Multan also protested against the attack on the sacred Muslim site. Protesters in Karachi demanded the United Nations and Muslim countries take notice of the attack and termed it an act of terrorism. The MWM and ISO led the huge rally and strongly condemned the attack on Bibi Zainab’s (AS) shrine in Syrian capital Damascus. Similarly, hundreds assembled outside Imam Bargah Asna Ashri in G-6/2 Islamabad and carried out a peaceful protest rally to record their protest. The rally was taken out following a call by Majlis-e-Wahdatul Muslimeen
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and other Pakistani Shia organizations, as well as Pakistan Sunni Tehreek. Led by Allama Asghar Askari, Malik Iqrar Hussain, Syed Zaheer Abbas, Saeeedul Hassan Rizvi and other MWM leaders, the participants of the rally were holding banners and placards, condemning the tragic incident in which the terrorists hit the sacred site. They were also chanting slogans against the terrorists and extremists, expressing solidarity with the Syrian government that is becoming prey to thousands of US, Saudi Arab, Qatar, Turkey and al Qaeda-linked foreign infiltrators.
ptI concerned over Us push for prisoner swap agreement with pakistan ISLAMABAD NNI
ISLAMABAD: Finance Minister Ishaq Dar on Sunday vowed to take steps for bringing economic stability in the country. In an interview‚ he said an aggressive plan had been devised to get a 25 percent increase in the revenue collection by bringing more people in tax net. He said the government was also taking steps for Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth in the country. Talking about Qatar-Pakistan LNG agreement‚ he hoped it would be helpful in reducing the shortage of gas in the country. Replying to a question‚ he said payment of the remaining circular debt would be ensured in the coming weeks. He hoped that the exchange value of the Pakistani rupee would be stable in the coming month as it was reduced due to the payment of a large amount of circular debt. INP
blast in karachi leaves two dead, several injured Two people died and several injured in an explosion that took place near Karachi’s Gulshan-e-Buner area in Landhi late on Sunday. Police reports confirmed that the blast took place outside the Awami National Party’s (ANP) office in the area. “It is an industrial area and has a market nearby,” a private TV channel correspondent said, adding that the blast was preceded by heavy firing. One of the deceased was identified as Dilawar. The ambulances were shifting the bodies and the injured to Jinnah Hospital until the filing of this report. The cause of the explosion could not be ascertained. ANP representative Amanullah Masood said it was a hand grenade attack. MONITORING dESk
nato container torched in dasht MASTUNG: Unknown armed men set a container of a private company on fire at Degari cross near Dasht area of Mastung district on Sunday. According to Levies force, the container was on its way when gunmen riding a motorbike intercepted it, put it on fire and fled the scene. The container was completely damaged while no loss of life was reported. Levies force registered a case and started efforts to arrest the suspects. APP
After reaching the Constitution Avenue, the protesters staged a protest sitin where the speakers urged the government to issue an official statement to condemn the inhuman and brutal act, as Hazrat Zainab (AS) was respected equally by all Muslims. The speakers denounced the attack on holy sites in Syria and said a joint plan of action was necessary to protect the sites that were holy to Muslims. They also urged other Muslim organisations to stage rallies to condemn the incident and to distant their selves from the foreign-backed militants who were engaged in rapes, killings, destruction
PTI Central Information Secretary Dr Shireen Mazari on Sunday raised some serious concerns regarding the US push for a Prisoner Swap Agreement with Pakistan. The US has said it would agree to "release" Dr Aafia Siddiqui into Pakistan's custody and in exchange would seek the release of Dr Shakil Afridi. However, Dr Mazari felt that there were serious issues over the US attaching two conditions for "releasing" Dr Aafia to Pakistan: one, that Pakistan accept she is a terrorist and should complete her sentence imprisoned in Pakistan; and, two that her trial in the US be accepted as fair and jus-
tified. Dr Mazari stated that such conditions were unacceptable and hoped the government would not accept any unilateral condition being forced upon it by the US government which was under strong Congressional pressure
to seek the release of Dr Afridi, a collaborator of the American government's illegal activities in Pakistan, whom the US Congress wanted to welcome as an American hero. Dr Mazari said if the prisoner swap agreement was to be an acceptable one, it should be unconditional. “If the US is demanding conditions then there must be mutual conditions in terms of serving prison terms and labelling of swapped prisoners as terrorists or traitors.” Mazari said the people of Pakistan wanted to see Dr Aafia return to Pakistan, but not to be branded a "terrorist" by the government simply at the US’ behest, nor to remain incarcerated because of a highly-biased US trial and conviction.
Zardari may leave oﬃce before his tenure ends ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari is expected to leave his office prior to the completion of his five-year term on September 8. According to well-placed sources, the president is expected to resign from his post after attending the oathtaking ceremony of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on August 3. The sources said President Zardari was concerned about his security after the murder of his security chief Bilal Sheikh in a bomb blast in Karachi. That was why he (Zardari) was spending much of his time either in Dubai or London, the sources added. They said the president was expected to spend several months abroad after leaving the presidency. INP
nisar due in karachi today to review law and order ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan will visit Karachi today (Monday) to review the law and order of the city. The tour comes after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif instructed him to look into the deteriorating security situation of the metropolis. Nisar will be accompanied by other interior ministry officials and will be briefed by security forces about the situation in the city. It was also learnt that Nisar will assure Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah of the Centre’s absolute support in tackling the city’s problem. The interior minister had earlier said he would not disappoint the people of Karachi if entrusted with the responsibility of maintaining law and order in the metropolitan city, which has become a cauldron of sectarian, ethnic, political and militant violence. Meanwhile, there has been no respite from killings in the city during the first six months of the year 2013, as 1,728 casualties have been reported in various incidents, according to a Human Rights Commission of Pakistan report. The interior minister will hold meetings with Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad and Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah over the law and order in Sindh in general and Karachi in particular. The sources said while the interior minister was likely to make it clear that no leniency would be tolerated towards criminals. Nisar would also get separate briefings from heads of police, rangers and intelligence institutions. NNI
Us shifting drones fleet to world hot spots for spying: report WASHINGtON SPECIAL CORRESPONdENT
As the United States (US) scales down its drone campaign in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen, the American military is shifting its huge fleet of unmanned aircrafts to other hot spots around the world primarily for spying purpose, The Washington Post reported on Sunday . The next phase of drone warfare focused more on spying than killing and would extend Pentagon’s strong surveillance networks far beyond traditional, declared combat zones, a report said. Over the past decade, Pentagon had amassed more than 400 Predators, Reapers, Hunters, Gray Eagles and other high-altitude drones which
revolutionised counterterrorism operations. According to press reports, some of the unmanned aircrafts would return home with the US troops when they left Afghanistan but many of the drones would be deployed to fresh frontiers, for spying on armed groups, drug runners, pirates and other targets that worried the US officials. According to a report, the US Air Force had drone hubs in Qatar and United Arab Emirates (UAE) for conducting reconnaissance over the Persian Gulf. Twice since November, Iran had scrambled fighter jets to approach or fire on US Predator drones that edged close to the Iranian airspace. In Africa, the US Air Force began flying unarmed drones over the Sahara Desert five months ago to
and now damaging sacred sites and shrines. They mentioned that the present incident was not the first of its kind but rebels had already destroyed the Shrines of Hazrat Ammar Bin Yasir (RA) and Hazrat Hajar Ibn e Addi (RA), companions of the Holy Prophet (PBUH). Speakers also flayed the killings of Kashmiri youth at the hands of Indian soldiers in Indian-held Kashmir. The demonstrators also presented a memorandum to the Foreign Office Middle East Affairs director general. MQM chief Altaf Hussain called for condemnation and protests against the incident, while Jamaat-e-Islami leader Mirajul Hadi Siddiqi called the attack a conspiracy against Muslims. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the top administrator of Hazrat Bibi Zainab’s shrine was killed during shelling on the holy site on July 19. The shelling hit the compound of the shrine, which is home to Hazrat Bibi Zainab’s (AS) mausoleum.
track al Qaeda fighters and rebels in northern Mali. Pentagon had also set up drone bases in Ethiopia, Djibouti and Seychelles. Even so, US forces Commander in Africa told Congress in February that he needed a 15-fold increase in surveillance, reconnaissance and intelligence-gathering on the continent. The report noted that in an April speech, Deputy Defence Secretary Ashton B. Carter said Pentagon was planning for the first time to send Reaper drones-a bigger, faster version of the Predator-to parts of Asia other than Afghanistan but he did not give details. A Defence Department spokeswoman said the military had not made any final decisions yet but it was committed to increasing its sur-
veillance in South and Central America. US military commanders had long pined for drones to aid anti narcotics operations, she said. “Surveillance drones could really help us out and take the heat and wear and tear off of some of our manned aviation assets,” US Southern Command Chief Marine General John F. Kelly said in March. One possible destination for more US drones was Colombia. Last year, Colombian armed forces killed 32 high-value narcotics terrorists after the US military helped pinpoint the targets’ whereabouts with manned surveillance aircraft and other equipment, according to a Southern Command spokesman, Jose A. Ruiz,. According to the report, the US military had occasionally operated small drones, four-feet-long ScanEagles, in Colombia. But with larger drones such as Predators and Reapers, the US forces could greatly expand the range and duration of their airborne searches for drug smugglers.
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NEWS Monday, 22 July, 2013
PeSHAWAR STAFF REPORT
HE Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government approved the launching of a citizens feedback data collection system where the dealing and performance of government functionaries would be directly inquired through mobile telephone calls and text messages. For the time being, such inquiries would be made to those visiting different authorities regarding the registration of deeds and the preparation of domicile certificates, but the coverage of the program would soon be extended to every organization of the KP government. The scheme was approved in a meeting presided by Chief Secretary
Mohammad Shahzad Arbab. Besides others, World Bank’s Shakil Khan, P&DD Additional Chief Secretary Khalid Parvez, Additional Chief Secretary Finance Sahibzada Saeed, Secretary Home and Tribal Affairs Muhammad Azam Khan, Secretary Administration and several chief economists also participated in the meeting. The participants were briefed on various practices and proposals aimed at ensuring transparency and feedback of individual government functionaries performance in their pubic dealings, and also on methods to obtain impulsive and specific feedback from the locals and methods for its documentation. After extensive discussions they decided that all commissioners and deputy commissioners would make
calls to the individuals who had visited the authorities. By doing this they would be able to extrapolate how these individuals were treated by the functionaries concerned, and moreover, their feedback would be properly documented and made available online. As these phone calls would be made through smart phones, changing locations and making proxy calls were not an option. Furthermore, the software regarding forms would be developed further so that the scope of the scheme could be extended to almost all government organizations, which would ensure that all heads of the departments and even public representatives made their respective phone calls. In the future, the feedback received would be instantly available to the public via websites concerned.
KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah on Sunday said the provincial government would seek a time of six months from the Supreme Court to hold local bodies’ elections. Talking to reporters, Shah said in addition to completing its arrangements for the polls, the provincial government would also improve its local government laws during this period. NNI
PIA’s PK 785 forced to land in Russia LAHORe AGENCIES
Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight PK 785 from Islamabad to London developed a technical fault in flight but was landed safely at Moscow Airport on Sunday, a PIA spokesperson said. The spokesperson said the flight departed from Islamabad at 10am (PST) and landed at Moscow airport 3:30pm (PST) with 128 passengers including four infants on board. All the passengers and crew members were un-
harmed. Another PIA flight, PK 701, which was already airborne for Manchester from Islamabad, was directed to land at the Moscow airport to pick up the passengers of PK 785 for an onward journey to London, the spokesperson added. PIA’s management constantly remained in touch with Moscow Airport authorities and PK 785’s crew. PK 701 landed at Moscow airport at 10:00 PM to carry the passengers of flight PK 785, the spokesperson concluded.
ptI to cooperate us says india an essential wIth pMl-n on natIonal IssUes, Partner in afghanistan WASHINGTON: The United States has declared India an says QUreshI essential partner in Afghanistan ahead of Vice President ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Sunday said his party would cooperate with the PML-N for the resolution of all national issues. He said the PTI would indulge in constructive opposition and cooperate with the federal government on important issues. To a question, Qureshi said the PTI would try to resolve the problems of the masses by devolving powers to the grassroots level. To a question, he said, “The time of one-man show in any party is over and all parties should respect the will of the people.” APP
sIndh govt to Merge varIoUs departMents The Sindh government has decided to reduce the number of its departments by merging different entities, a private TV channel reported on Sunday. It quoted it sources as saying the total number of departments will be reduced from 47 to 39. They added that the government had decided to merge departments of local bodies, rural development, public health engineering, housing and town planning. The provincial government is likely to issue a notification in this regard within the next few days. MONITORING dESk
Joe Biden's visit to New Delhi, starting Monday. A senior unnamed Obama administration official described India's role as a development partner as very important for the economic well being of Afghanistan. He said India was supporting institutions of the Afghan State and facilitating commercial investment in the country. According to the official, Vice President Biden was expected to convey to the Indian leadership Washington's view that the necessary outcome of any Afghan-led process that involves the Taliban has to be breaking with al Qaeda, renouncing violence and abiding by the terms of the Afghan constitution. On the peace process, the official said, the two countries share the views that Afghan-led process that results in a democratic peaceful and stable Afghanistan is the core outcome that they are looking for. NNI
You may leave for your home! bugt’s gRandsons and otheR tRibesmen get peRmission fRom inteRioR ministRy to RetuRn to deRa bugti ISLAMABAD INP
Grandsons of late Nawab Akbar Bugti, Nawabzada Shahzain Bugti, Nawabzada Gohram Bugti and other refugees of Bugti tribe have succeeded in getting permission from the interior ministry to return to Dera Bugti. Members of the Bugti tribe had been holding a sit-in in front of the National Press Club and D Chowk of the Parliament for the last three months. Ac-
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indian pm urged to come clean over ‘mystery’ BIRMINGHAM: The UK Tehreek-e-Kashmir leaders presented a memorandum to the Indian Assistant High Commissioner in Birmingham for the Prime Minister of India, Manmohan Singh, urging him to come clear on recent revelation by a former officer of Indian home ministry that the government of India itself orchestrated the Parliament and Mumbai attacks to strengthen the counterterror legislations. UK Tehreek-e-Kashmir President Mohammad Ghalib, Secretary General,
Mufti Abdul Majeed, Raja Fahim Kayani, Mohammad Suleman, Hafiz Mohammad Idrees and Alama Bostan Qadri presented the memorandum to the Indian Assistant High Commissioner. The memorandum said that Kashmiri youth, Muhammad Afzal Guru, was illegally executed in New Delhi’s Tihar jail in connection with the Parliament attack case and his body was also not handed over to his family for proper burial. It deplored what the Indian Supreme Court said in its verdict: “The collective
cording to details, a formal announcement about the Bugti tribe people leaving Islamabad for their native district would be made today (Monday) at a press conference. They are likely to leave Islamabad on 24 or 25 of July, 2013. Sources said the interior ministry had written a letter to the Balochistan provincial government, IG FC, IG Police and district administration of Dera Bugti to ensure safe return of the members of Nawab Akbar Bugti family and other tribesmen to their homes.The interior ministry further instructed the provincial government and other security institutions not to resort to any tactics like registration or other restrictions on their return. Leaders of the protesting Bugtis said they would proceed from Islamabad to Rajanpur and then to Kashmore, Sui and Dera Bugti.
kP govt aPProves citizens’ feedback system to keeP check on govt functionaries
sIndh govt seeKs 6 Months tIMe froM sc for local BodIes’ electIons
conscience of the society will be satisfied only if the death penalty was awarded to Afzal Guru.” It said that democrats and human rights activists had long argued that Afzal Guru was convicted of a crime he did not commit. The memorandum maintained that many pleas were made on his behalf over the years since his conviction and sentence but were ignored by India. It demanded a thorough inquiry into the Parliament and Mumbai attacks in which at least two innocent individuals were executed and their families deprived of their loved ones. It also demanded the handing over of mortal remains of Muhammad Afzal Guru to his family. NNI
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itP ruthlessly fining motorists ISLAMABAD
HE Interior Ministry directed Islamabad Traffic Police (ITP) to improve the traffic discipline in the city, but the prime focus of the police seems to be issuing tickets. Initially, the ITP launched a weeklong traffic management campaign on June 22 to educate the people about traffic rules and safe driving. After the completion of the campaign the traffic wardens have allegedly started another drive to mint money by issuing tickets of hefty amounts to motorists for even minor violations. With the Eid festival approaching it seems the wardens are more interested in making 25 per cent share on every ticket issued. It was learnt that if violators argue the amount of the fine is increased. For many visitors, the Zero Point interchange has become a trap. There are no sign boards on the Kashmir Highway to guide those coming from Peshawar Mor and wanting to reach Sector G-7. As they are unaware of using the specific Uturn, they are issued tickets by the policemen waiting at Zero Point
intersection. The situation is no different around Blue Area and Faizabad during peak hours. The police are found to be present at all pickets during peak hours stressing on issuing tickets and not regulating, educating or warning the drivers. The policemen also hamper the traffic flow while trying to stop the vehicles. At the time of inception of the force in 2006, the officials were specifically instructed to be polite with the violators. However, the officials seem to have forgotten this directive and instead reverted to being extremely rude with the motorists, particularly motorcyclists. Another problem within the force is the culture of nepotism. Those performing desk jobs are not deployed on roads due to their close ties with the high-ups. The people have urged the new Inspector General of Police (IGP) Islamabad Sikandar Hyat, who is likely to assume charge of office on Monday, to take notice of the situation. Reshuffling within the ITP especially at driving schools and driving test authorities is necessary. Some blue-eyed officials have been allegedly occupying their position for years. FINES IMPOSED: The City Traffic
Police (CTP) under its special campaign against under-age drivers has impounded 215 vehicles and motorcycles in various police stations. The police also issued 6,478 challan tickets and imposed fines worth Rs 2.8 million on those violating traffic rules. The Chief Traffic Officer (CTO) Superintendent Police (SP) Ishtiaq Shah said, “The police are taking strict action against the traffic rules violators to ensure smooth flow of traffic on the roads.” Action in accordance with the law is also being taken against double parking at
Murree Road and illegal parking on Mall Road, Peshawar Road and in Raja Bazaar, he added. He informed that 1,496 drivers were given challans for double parking and wrong parking while 1,268 under-age drivers and 3,614 drivers without driving licenses were also fined. The CTO urged the people to cooperate with traffic wardens as their aim is to facilitate the public by ensuring traffic discipline. “A special squad is available to help and facilitate the citizens on Helpline 1915,” he added.
tarbela to suPPly water to the caPital: cda
ISLAMABAD: Capital Development Authority (CDA) Chairman Nadeem Hassan Asif on Sunday announced a project which would supply water from Tarbela Dam to the federal capital. The project is at its initial stages. He also visited Sector I-10 and urged the residents to cooperate with the civic authority in beautification of the city. The chairman addressed several complaints of the residents. Talking about the encroachment drive by CDA he assured them of cooperation and consensus between the authority and the traders in any future encroachment operation. He directed his staff to rectify sewerage problems of the area while prioritising complaints made by women. He also expressed his dissatisfaction regarding hygiene, security and the sanitation conditions of the fruit and vegetable markets of the city. He instructed his staff to formulate a plan at the earliest to deal with such problems in order to bring relief to the citizens. ONLINE
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tourism declines in northern areas FACES OF PROTEST: Imamia Student’s Organisation protesting at Constitution Avenue against the attack on the shrine of Hazrat Zainab (RA) in Syria. SAJJAd ALI
Pakistani universities win EU-funded research grant ISLAMABAD APP
The investigation report compiled by the Government of Gilgit-Balitistan (GB) claimed that terrorists’ attack on the foreign tourists in Nanga Parbat was aimed at abolishing tourism from Pakistan. As per the report, the GB government said that the reason behind the attack was to divert foreign tourists towards neighboring countries including India, Nepal and China instead of Pakistan. According to investigations carried out by the GB government, after the 9/11 incident a few number of foreign tourists visited Pakistan and after this incident all tourists have been automatically diverted to the neighboring countries. Investigation report said that GB wild life department was generating Rs 209 million per year from tourism in regards to hunting only. After the incident the tourism industry, especially the national route and Central Asia route has been severely affected.
Five Pakistani universities have been selected for award of research grant under Erasmus Mundus’ project STRONG TIES (Strengthening Training and Research through Networking and Globalisation of Teaching in Engineering Studies) supported and funded by the European Union (EU). The five selected universities, under facilitation of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) include Mehran University of Engineering and Technology, Jamshoro, National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), Islamabad, Muhammad Ali Jinnah University, Islamabad, University of Punjab, Lahore and Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). The main disciplines covered under the programme include Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics with special emphasis on Electrical and Electronics Engineering,
govt to reduce staff from ministries ISLAMABAD: The federal government on Sunday issued letters to all ministries for the expulsion of 20 percent non-technical staff from all public service departments. According to details, the step was taken so that non development expenses could be reduced following the austerity policy. Extra staff would be dismissed through the policy which will enable the government to save millions after the dismissal of 20 percent of non technical staff. It should be mentioned that Radio Pakistan also received the letter and has started preparing lists to reduce their staff. ONLINE
sheesha smokers arrested
Information and Communication Technology, Photonics, Biomedical Engineering, Computer Engineering; Energy and Power Systems, Informatics and Telecommunication Engineering. Under the programme, 43 researchers from the aforementioned universities submitted their individual research proposals in November 2012 and won the award. Higher Education Commission
(HEC) Chairperson Dr Javaid Laghari was invited by the European Union Science Forum last year to deliver a keynote address at the EU Parliament. Laghari also attended several meetings with EU officials in which to increase Pakistan’s share in research grants and scholarships was discussed. The HEC Research and Development Division commended the performance of the participants.
RAWALPINDI: Ten people were arrested by Thana Airport Police for sheeshasmoking despite a ban being invoked by the government. Junaid, Fahim, Iftikhar, Umair, Arsalan, Waqas and Umar along with others were arrested for violating the ban and recovered 4 hookah and 10 sheesha-flavor boxes from their possession. Authorities have already imposed a strict ban on sheesha smoking due to the helath risk it carries, which is becoming increasingly popular among the youth. The actual aim of the ban is to discourage negative trend among the younger generation. ONLINE
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MESSY: Commuters face difficulty because of traffic jam due to encroachments in Mochi Bazaar. SAJJAd ALI
twin cities train service on the cards
lack of teachers not good for the country’s future: Pew ISLAMABAD
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Railways is considering restarting Twin Cities Train Service between Islamabad and Rawalpindi from October. The project is a joint venture of Pakistan Railways and Capital Development Authority (CDA) and was launched twice in the past but failed to generate any revenue causing loss of millions of rupees. It was first started in 1992-93. The train service will be started from Mareer Bridge Rawalpindi to 9th Avenue Seven-up Chowk Islamabad. Work on the extension track of Margalla Station is underway and will hopefully be completed till September 30. The track will be extended to 9th Avenue and a small station will be constructed at Seven-up Chowk. The train will consist of one engine and four to five bogies. However, social circles have expressed reservations over the proposed re-launch of this twice-flopped scheme. According to them, the scheme is aimed to pocket commissions and facilitate corruption as the route is not feasible for passengers. INP
engulfed! RAWALPINDI: A multi storey commercial plaza was engulfed in flames on Sunday morning. The fire erupted in a quilt factory situated inside the premises.The Fire Brigade managed to put out the fire after a couple of hours and Rescue teams evacuated everybody trapped inside the building. According to a spokesman of Rescue 1122, the fire erupted in the basement of the multi storey building due to short circuit. However, no loss of life was reported. ONLINE
the supply of teacheRs is faR less compaRed to the demand
H E Pakistan Economy Watch (PEW) on Sunday said increasing gap between demand and supply of teachers is a great threat to the future of the country. “Student-teacher ratio as well as teacher recruitment practices, teacher management, teacher attendance, teaching practices and absence of performance monitoring system in majority of the schools is resulting in low student learning,” it said. PEW President Dr Murtaza
Mughal said, “Pakistan’s prosperous future can only be ensured through the realisation that every child needs a teacher. For this creation of around fifty thousand new teaching posts in the next few years are required.” He said that the supply of teachers is far less compared to the demand. “The world needs 6.8 million teachers to ensure every
child’s right to basic education are fulfilled. Globally, 5.1 million teachers are expected to leave the profession in the next two years which and must be replaced,” he added. Highlighting the number of school drop-outs he said, “The progress on reducing the number of out-of-school children has stalled. As of 2011, 57 million children of primary school age and another 69 million of lower secondary school age were out of school threatening the goal of Universal Primary Education (UPE) by 2015. He informed that the situation is most extreme in the sub-Saharan
China will help Pakistan prosper: Shahid Hassan ISLAMABAD: Renowned Analyst Dr Shahid Hassan Siddiqui has lauded the efforts of the current government to overcome the prevailing energy crisis. Highlighting the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s recent visit to China he said that China is a trusted partner of Pakistan and several agreements and Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) for economic development have been signed among the two countries. He said that the United States and the United Kingdom have also shown interest to invest in Pakistan but was more optimistic regarding ties with the friendly neighbour. “I am hopeful that cooperation with China will ensure development, progress and prosperity of the country,” he added. APP
Africa and SAARC region where the number of students continues to rise, which calls for a minimum of 10 per cent increase in supply of teachers every year to meet the goal of UPE. Furthermore, he said, “Policies and initiatives to address the problem of exclusion from education and reduce inequalities remain inadequate in many countries including Pakistan.” Government spending as well as international aid cuts due to multiple reasons has jeopardised the future of millions of children. It has resulted in two per cent increase in global primary net enrollment rate since 2005.
contract emPloyees to be regularised: forest dePt RAWALPINDI INP
The Forest Department Rawalpindi Division has decided to regularise the contract 150 employees. There are a total of 150 contract employees currently working since August 14, 2009 in Rawalpindi, Murree, Ghora Gali, Gujjar Khan, Jhelum and Attock offices. The department has sought the contract list of all of them for regularisation. All Pakistan Clerks Association Secretary General Chaudhary Zafar and the division employees have lauded the decision of the Forest Department.
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The guns and the bombs, the rockets and the warships, are all symbols of human failure. –Lyndon B Johnson three dead, including two britons, in russia helicopter crash: reports MOSCOW AGENCIES At least three people, including two British citizens, were killed in Russia’s Far North on Sunday when a helicopter crashed into them while they were standing on the ground, officials said. A distress signal had already been received from the Eurocopter-120 before it made the hard landing on the north of the Kola peninsula in the Murmansk region. “Three people were killed, two of them are British citizens,” the local branch of the emergencies ministry said in a statement on Russian news agencies. RIA Novosti said that the two foreigners were believed to be tourists. The identity of the other individual said to have been killed was not immediately clear. Reports said the three appeared to have been crushed to death by the helicopter while standing on the ground and were not inside the aircraft at the time of the crash.
NEWS Monday, 22 July, 2013
japanese Pm wins big in upper house poll tOKYO
OTERS handed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe a thumping victory in upper house elections Sunday, exit polls showed, likely ushering in a new period of stability for politically volatile Japan. The projected victory means both chambers will be under governmental control, unblocking the bottleneck that has hampered legislation for the last six short-term premiers. That will strengthen Abe’s hand as he
tries to push through painful, but necessary, structural reforms aimed at dragging Japan out of two decades of economic malaise. “A majority of voters wanted politics that can make decisions, and wanted stability in politics,” Masahiko Komura, vice president of Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party, told national broadcaster NHK. “That must have brought about this result.” Exit polls by NHK showed the LDP and its junior partner New Komeito claimed at least 71 of the 121 seats being contested, and possibly as many as 80. Other television stations predicted a similar margin of victory.
There are 242 legislators in the upper house, serving six-year terms. Elections are held for half of the seats every three years. Since romping to power in December’s vote for the more powerful lower house, the hardcharging Abe has unleashed a wave of spending and pressured the central bank to flood the market with easy money. The moves — the first two “arrows” of a project dubbed “Abenomics” — sent the yen plunging, to the delight of exporters, and the stock market soaring. This, coupled with some feel-good figures on GDP growth, powered 60-percent-plus public approval
BRuSSeLS AGENCIES Albert II abdicated Sunday after 20 years as ‘King of the Belgians’ in favour of his son Philippe, who becomes the seventh monarch of a country deeply divided between its French- and Flemish-speaking halves. In a solemn ceremony at the royal palace, Albert signed the act of abdication in front of an audience of some 250 local dignitaries and political leaders, thanking them “for all that you have achieved during my reign”.
BRUSSELS: Belgium's (front row, L-R) queen Paola and King Albert II applaud Crown Prince Philippe and Crown Princess Mathilde at a Te Deum mass celebrating the 20th anniversary of the reign of Belgium's King Albert II, the Belgian National Day, King Albert's abdication and the inauguration of his successor King Philippe, at St Gudule Cathedral on Sunday. Princess Astrid, Princess Claire and Prince Laurent (2R) stand behind. AGENCIES
BOMBS ON OUTSKIRTS OF BAGHDAD KILL SIX BAGHDAD AGENCIES
Two bombs killed six people on the outskirts of Baghdad early on Sunday, as the death toll from a coordinated wave of latenight car bombings and other attacks the day before jumped past 70, according to authorities. The explosions are the latest in a relentless surge in bloodshed that has rocked Iraq since the start of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. They follow months of increased violence across the country that is raising fears of a return to the widespread sectarian killing that pushed the country to the brink of civil war after the 2003 US-led invasion. Saturday night’s blasts went off after the iftar meal that breaks the daily fast in
ratings for the prime minister, whose disastrous first turn in the top job, till September 2007, has paled in the public mind.
belgium’s king albert ii abdicates in favour of son Philippe
strong 6.5 quake shakes new zealand A strong 6.5-magnitude earthquake struck off New Zealand Sunday, jolting the nation’s capital but no tsunami alert was issued and there were no reports of substantial damage. The quake hit at 5:09 pm (0509 GMT) 57 kilometres south-southwest of Wellington at a depth of 14 kilometres, the US Geological Survey said. USGS initially reported the magnitude at 6.9. It was followed minutes later by another quake of 5.5 and came about 10 hours after a 5.8 tremor in the same region which has been rocked by multiple quakes in recent days. Dozens of earthquakes were recorded on Sunday with New Zealand’s GeoNet earthquake monitoring service describing the 6.5 tremor which was felt widely as “severe”.
the month of Ramadan. Streets during the holy month are often filled with people out shopping and relaxing in cafes in the evenings, suggesting the attackers aimed to hit as many civilians as possible. ‘’What crime have those innocent people committed?’’ asked Kadim Mohsen, who was surveying the previous night’s damage in the central neighborhood of Karrada. Several storefronts were wrecked by the force of an explosion there, and broken watermelons and sandals littered the street. ‘’Who will compensate owners of those shops?’’ he asked. ‘’We see explosions every day. We blame the army and police.’’ As the scale of the carnage became clearer early Sunday, police reported that a total of 12 car bombs went off in Baghdad late Saturday. They said the blasts and a shooting in
the same area as one of the explosions killed 57, including some who died in the hospital overnight. More than 125 were reported wounded. Those attacks and others around Iraq on Saturday killed a total of 71, according to police and hospital officials. That made for the country’s deadliest day since May 17, when a series of explosions in Sunni areas in and around Baghdad killed at least 76 people. There has been no claim of responsibility for the latest attacks, although coordinated bombings against Shias are a favorite tactic of Al Qaeda’s Iraq branch. Parliament speaker Osama al-Nujaifi urged security forces not to give up their fight against terrorists while demanding that they do more to prevent security breaches. Al-Nujaifi is a Sunni who is fre-
quently critical of the Shia prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki. “We strongly condemn the evil and criminal attacks that targeted our people,’’ he said. ‘’These attacks are part of heinous efforts that aim to ignite unrest and sectarian strife.’’ Al-Maliki ordered a shakeup among the military brass in May in the wake of a series of deadly attacks, but the move appears to have done little to slow the pace of the killing. The violence continued Sunday. A bomb exploded early in the day in a fish market in a market in the town of Taji, 20 kilometers north of Baghdad. Police and hospital officials said that attacks killed four and wounded 15. Another bomb exploded outside the house of a local anti-Qaeda Sunni militia leader in the town of Basmaiya, killing two and wounding four.
egypt begins work on charter as islamists press demos CAIRO AGENCIES Experts begin work on Sunday to amend a divisive constitution rammed through by ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi, while his supporters called for intensified rallies in Cairo demanding his reinstatement. Egypt’s caretaker cabinet has sought to forge ahead with an army “roadmap” for a political transition amid heightened tensions as Morsi’s supporters press on with the protests that have sparked bloody violence. Foreign minister Nabil Fahmy launched a public relations campaign to boost the cabinet’s credibility abroad on Saturday, nearly three weeks after the military toppled Morsi in a popularly backed coup. On the domestic front, interim president Adly Mansour named a committee of four university professors and six judges to come up with a new constitution. In the wake of the July 3 coup, Egypt’s new army-backed administration suspended the constitution that had been drawn up by an Islamist-dominated panel and adopted by referendum in December with a majority of 64 percent, but with a voter turnout of just 33 percent.
Us jets drop unarmed bombs on australia’s great Barrier reef SYDNeY AGENCIES US fighter jets dropped four unarmed bombs on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef in an “emergency jettison” during a training exercise, officials said on Sunday, ruling out any risk to the public or environment. The US 7th Fleet said two Harrier aircraft dropped the ordnance on the iconic reef’s marine park off the Queensland coast on Tuesday. “The selected emergency jettison area was in a deep channel away from the reef to minimize the possibility of reef damage,” the US 7th Fleet said in a statement.
“It is approximately 50 to 60 metres deep and does not pose a hazard to shipping or navigation.” An Australian Defence Force spokesman told Australian Associated Press that the bombs posed “minimal risk or threat to the public, the marine environment or civilian shipping transiting the reef area”. “Defence is working closely with the US military, the Australian government and environmental organisations to ensure there is no danger... now or in the future,” he said. US and Australian officials are seeking to issue an appropriate navigation notice until charts can be updated showing the location of the unexploded ordnance, the 7th Fleet said. The two AV-8B Harrier planes had
intended to drop the bombs on a range on a nearby island but were unsuccessful despite several attempts. “After being unable to expend their ordnance during a planning training mission, and having insufficient fuel to reach their predesignated jettison area, the pilots jettisoned the ordnance in an unarmed condition on July 16,” the 7th fleet said. The fleet said each Harrier jettisoned one BDU 45, which are inert ordnance, and one GBU 12, which were dropped in an unarmed state. About 28,000 Australian and US military are involved in training exercise Talisman Saber in Queensland, which began on July 15 and ends on August 5.
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patel para Blast accUsed MaKes startlIng revelatIons: cId KARACHI NNI
HE injured terrorist Imran arrested after Saturday’s blast in Patel Para has told CID police that the three dead terrorists belonged to the banned outfit Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ). According to information gathered by Imran’s confession, all of the three killed last night, Naeemur Rahman, Subhanullah and Mateen, were residents of Lines Area. SSP CID Raja Omar Khattab said the Patel Para blast terrorist Imran had made some valuable disclosures. The accused said all dead terrorists
in the blast were activists of Lashkar-eJhangvi (LeJ) and resident of Lines Area here. Imran said that one of the accused killed in blast, Mateen, provided explosives to make the bomb. He further said that Mateen had been arrested by CID and Rangers, but granted bail four months back. He further disclosed that Naeemur Rahman’s brother was killed while making bomb in Allah Wala Town. Mateen’s family, including wife and children, were also present in the same place at the time of blast, but remained unhurt, Imran added. SSP Raja Omar Khattab said the ex-
plosion occurred during device change. The terrorists were members of the group led by Asif Ramzi, who was killed sometime ago. A religious party’s donation receipts have also been recovered from the injured Imran, he said. Meanwhile, FIR of the blast in the said apartment has been registered with Jamshed Quarter Police Station under Anti-Terrorist Act, Explosives Act and under sections attempt to murder. The FIR said that the three terrorists were killed and one injured later arrested were busy in bomb making. According to police and forensic teams, the explosion occurred while the bomb-makers were trying to link the
IED with a wireless detonator— most probably a mobile phone – when someone hit a wrong button. The third-floor residential apartment located in a Patel Para building, where the terrorists were working on the IED, was partially destroyed in the blast. A week ago, the accused had taken this apartment on rent for Rs18,000 per month and on payment of an advance amount of Rs 90,000. The owner of the building lives abroad and his brother in Pakistan leased the apartment through property dealer Ali Zaman. The police have also taken into custody Mansur Shah and property dealer Ali Zaman.
annoyed resident demands rs 200 from cm khattak PESHAWAR: An annoyed senior citizen of Peshawar, Professor Iqbal Tajak, demanded Rs 200 from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Pervez Khattak through a letter on Facebook. Khattak had vowed to eliminate VIP culture from KP, but a barricaded street for security near his residence in Hayatabad suggested otherwise. This blockage of the street was causing various problems for other residents of the area. Tajak informed Khattak about the difficulties faced by him because of the blockade, adding that his petrol budget had consequently increased by Rs 200 for having to take a longer alternate route to get back home. “The VIP culture must end in our country as people are deeply troubled and fed up of it yet they do not say anything about it, the annoyed professor said. He added that his letter was the first drop of rain and he was hopeful that many more drops would also fall after it. INP
Presidential slot: PPP asks Q-league to drop mandokhel's name KARACHI: The Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) has requested Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) to withdraw its candidate in favour of PPP’s Raza Rabbani for the slot of presidency. PPP leader Amin Faheem held a telephonic conversation with PML-Q chief Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain on Sunday, requesting him to vote for their candidate Raza Rabbani and withdraw the name of Senator Syed Mandokhel. According to sources, it was earlier decided between the two parties that they owudl nominate presidential candidate after mutual understanding. However, after the announcement of PPP candidate without consultation with the PML-Q, Shujaat's party nominated their separate candidate for the slot. In the latest telephonic conversation, both leaders have decided to discuss matter again in the coming days. INP
chinese troops intrude into india again
AUSTRALIA PUTS BOUNTY ON PEOPLE-SMUGGLERS SYDNeY AGENCIES
Australia on Sunday said it would pay rewards of up to Aus$200,000 (US$180,000) for information leading to the conviction of people-smugglers, as it defended its tougher approach on asylum-seekers. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on Friday announced that refugees arriving on unauthorised boats would have no chance of being resettled in Australia in a bid to stop the rush of asylum-seekers arriving by sea. Instead they will be sent to poverty-stricken Papua New Guinea for processing.
Home Affairs Minister Jason Clare on Sunday said Australian Federal Police would also pay rewards for the capture of the people-smugglers behind the boats and their associates. “These people are peddling in misery and death. We need to shut this market down. That's why we are putting a bounty on their heads,” Clare said. “We have taken the product they are selling off the shelves, we also need to lock these people up. “If you provide police with the information we need to lock people smugglers up you will receive up to $200,000.”More than 15,600 asylumseekers have arrived in Australia by boat in 2013, despite scores of drownings en
route in recent years, and the issue is set to be key in upcoming national elections. Foreign Minister Bob Carr said that boat arrivals could top 50,000 this year as he defended the government's toughened approach of sending would-be refugees to Papua New Guinea. “The spike in the numbers of people being brought by people smugglers makes it unavoidable,” he told Sky News. “You have got 3,000 people arriving a month. The annual rate is something like 40 to 50,000 a year if it continues at this level. “If it continues at this level – the prime minister was very persuaded by this – it could rise further as people smugglers really close in to make a financial
killing.”Carr said the new approach carried the message that asylum-seekers, who paid people-smugglers thousands of dollars to bring them to Australia, were risking their lives at sea but would still not be resettled in Australia. “The simple bold message is we decided where you are processed, we decided where you are settled and if you arrive by boat without a visa it is not going to be on Australian soil,” Carr said. Australian Federal Police said they were battling more than one syndicate involved in people-smuggling as they called for the public's help in shutting down the networks. Clare said criminals in Australia were part of international people-smuggling syndicates which stretched from Australia to Indonesia and to places such as Malaysia, Pakistan, Iran and Iraq. He said these people helped to organise passengers, collect payments from asylum-seekers and transfer money overseas. The penalty for people smuggling offences in Australia is up to 20 years in jail.
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strike in ihk enters 3rd day
ISLAMABAD: PTI leader Asad Umar talks to a cobbler during campaigning in Islamabad on Sunday. AGENCIES
NEW DELHI: Chinese troops once again intruded into the Indian territory of Eastern Ladakh and launched an offensive by displaying banners demanding India to leave the ‘occupied’ area, reports stated. Last week Chinese troops crossed the Line of Actual Control. The face-off between the Indian and Chinese troops lasted for two days until the latter retreated on July 18. No casualties were reported. Indian authorities have sought a meeting with the Chinese officials including the area commanders at the Spanggur Gap. This was not the first time that Chinese troops intruded into Indian territory. On April 15, a platoon-strength contingent of China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) erected a tented post 10 km inside the Indian territory of Daulat Beg Oldi (DBO) in Eastern Ladakh. The recent event occurred nearly a month after Indian Defence Minister AK Antony's visit to Beijing. The Chinese Premier Li Keqiang told Antony that both the countries possessed the political willingness to appropriately address their border issues through dialogue for jointly maintain peace, tranquility and stability in the border areas. INP
SRINAGAR: A complete strike was observed in the Indian held Kashmir for the third consecutive day on Sunday in protest against the Indian army’s atrocities, reports local media. The roads and the streets wore a deserted look and all the shopping centres were closed in the valley. Following the call of strike, curfew was clamped, however, it was later lifted and heavy contingents of army remained posted on roads and streets. It may be recalled that four Kashmiris were martyred by the firing of Indian paramilitary force on Thursday when they were demonstrating against the sacrilege of holy Quran by the Indian forces. AGENCIES
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Monday 22 July, 2013
three khasadars among 18 arrested for extortion
PESHAWAR: People end their fast at an Iftar arranged by an adviser to the KP CM. INP
Jamrud administration officials claimed to have arrested 18 people including three Khasadar officials in different raids on security check posts and bazaar. Two political Muharers were also found absent from their duties on Saturday. Jamrud Assistant Political Agent (APA) Jahangir Azam Wazir told reporters that his team raided manned Khasadar check posts and shops in Jamrud bazaar. Three Khasadars officials identified as Khan Zeb, Said Sharif and Hawaldar Zamir were caught taking bribes from NATO trucks, Jahangir said, adding that two political Muharers Salim Javid and Javid were found absent from their duty station at Prang Sung check post. The APA’s immediately arrested the Khasadar officials and sent them to the Jamrud lockup, adding that strict action would be taken against the accused. Jahangir’s team also raided several shops dealing in daily commodities and foods items in Jamrud bazaar and arrested fifteen profiteers. The arrested shopkeepers were sent to the Jamrud lockup, official sources said.
agP detects rs 3.3 billion embezzlement in hec ISLAMABAD APP
HE audit authorities have detected Rs 3.33 billion embezzlement on account of mismanagement, irregularities and losses in the accounts of Higher Education Commission (HEC) during the last year. The Auditor General of Pakistan (AGP), in its report, has raised 51 audit objections on the HEC's accounts, 22 of these pertain to irregularities and noncompliance, 29 to internal control weaknesses and one highlights the fraud of 12 laptops.
The audit report made several observations in five categories including irregular awards of work costing Rs 2.69 billion, non-recovery of Rs 153.53 million, loss to the commission worth Rs 107.68 million, overpayments worth Rs 93.93 million, unjustified payments of Rs 76.26 million to contractors, non-imposition of liquid damages and non-obtaining of insurances amounting to Rs 105 million and misappropriation of 12 laptops worth Rs 1 million. The report said various universities awarded Rs 2,696.54 million contracts to the blue-eyed contractors without adopting proper tendering procedure and criteria of the Pakistan Engineering Council
(PEC). Due to the negligence of various universities’ officials, the commission suffered a loss of Rs 93.93 million on account of overpayments, payment of house rent ceilings at higher rates, nondeduction of rebate, inclusion of extra amounts in item's rate and on account of price escalation of material and others. The report observed that the HEC incurred a loss of Rs 107.68 million due to non return of PhD scholars from abroad after completion of their degrees, due to acceptance of work at higher rates beyond permissible limits, non-acceptance of the lowest bids and imprudent decisions by the officials of the universities.
According to the audit report, the HEC officials could not recover Rs 153.93 million due to non-encashment of performance security on default of contractors and risk and cost charges. A number of unjustified payments worth Rs 76.26 million were made to the contractors including the non-execution of bill of quantities item, extraordinary change in the scope of work and extra expenditures in different projects. The report identified the misappropriations and mismanagement of more than Rs 10 million in the HEC accounts due to mis-procurement of contracts without arrangement of competition and non-obtaining of insurances.
cci to discuss energy policy, imf loan in july 23 meeting ISLAMABAD INP
The Council of Common Interests (CCI) would hold its meeting in Islamabad on Tuesday July 23 to discuss the energy policy and other issues including the International Monetary Fund (IMF) bailout loan package, it was decided on Sunday. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif would chair the meeting. The meeting would take into confidence all stakeholders in the new energy policy. Earlier, the CCI meeting was scheduled with the federal cabinet meeting on July 25 but due to the non-availability of a chief minister on that date, the meeting was rescheduled for Tuesday.
cop tortures wife to death in lahore LAHORe INP
kP dag resigns
kp to avail iran expertise for power generation: sikandar sherpao
Deputy Advocate General in the Peshawar High Court Alamgir Khan Durrani has tendered resignation from his post. Durrani told the media that in line the old traditions, he resigned from the post to enable the new PTI-led government to appoint law officer of its choice. He said he would start his practice soon.
Senior Minister for Irrigation and Energy Sikandar Sherpao of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on Sunday said Iranian expertise would be availed for power generation and oil and gas exploration in the province. Talking to Iranian Consul General Hassan Darwaishwand in Peshawar,
Sikandar appealed to Iran to help the province in power generation and coping with the electricity crisis. He said KP was rich in natural resources including oil, gas and minerals. Pakistan and Iran enjoyed brotherly relations and both countries helped each other in times of need, he said, appreciating Iran’s support during floods 2010 in Pakistan. Sikandar informed the Iranian
envoy that after the 18th Amendment in the constitution the provinces were autonomous and had the power to produce electricity on their own. Speaking on the occasion, the Iranian diplomat recalled Iran and former KP government’s agreement on different projects and hoped that the sitting KP government would continue those projects and strengthen bilateral ties between the countries.
A man stated to be policeman, tortured his wife to death over domestic disputes on Sunday. The police have arrested two accused involved in the murder. Constable Nadeem hailing from Ghaziabad area of Lahore quarreled with his wife Tehmeena. Both exchanged hot words, after which Nadeem tortured his wife to death. The deceased had married Nadeem six years ago and was the mother of three children. Neighbours and relatives said the couple had repeated quarrels over domestic issues which led to the heinous crime. On complaint of the deceased’s brother, the police arrested Nadeem and his maternal uncle.
uk police accused of supplying taRget infoRmation foR militaRy ‘kill list’ LONDON INP
British police have been accused of illegally supplying information on potential targets for a highly controversial military "kill list" in a legal challenge being launched at the high court on Wednesday. The role of the UK's Serious and Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) has been put under the spotlight by the claims, which are set out in papers to be filed on Wednesday morning. Lawyers acting for an Afghan man who lost five members of his family in a missile strike are demanding a judicial review of SOCA’s role , saying there is evidence the agency has been helping compile and review NATO's
Joint Prioritised Effects List (JPEL). They say this breaches SOCA’s remit and exceeds the unit's statutory mandate and powers. SOCA, which is responsible for tracking down organised crime gangs and drug-traffickers, has denied any wrongdoing. The case revolves around in incident on 2 September, 2010, when NATO forces in Afghanistan launched a missile strike against a convoy in Takhar province. They believed they were targeting an insurgent leader and hailed the "precision air strike" a success. However, the military operation may have been a case of mistaken identity. Instead of hitting a man called Muhammad Amin, an alleged member of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, the missile killed
five men who were relatives of an Afghan bank worker called Habib Rahman. Rahman's two brothers, two of his uncles and his father-inlaw died in the missile attack. Three other members of his family were injured. The men were driving around in convoy helping another member of the family who was campaigning for a parliamentary seat. Ten people died in the attack. Amin was not among the deceased; he has since been seen alive. The legal challenge states that Amin was on the "kill list" and that information from SOCA was used to help the US military decide whom to target. It cites a report to the committee on foreign relations in the US Senate, which says SOCA was one of the agencies providing information for the "kill list". Papers
filed to court say:"the UK's involvement in the list is not limited to military or intelligence officials but includes civilians working for SOCA.” "The US Senate report specifically acknowledges such involvement by SOCA.” The author of the report is Douglas Frantz, who was chief investigator of the committee at the time, working for John Kerry, now US secretary of state. In a witness statement in support of the demand for judicial review, Frantz says he conducted interviews and was a witness to briefings which left him in no doubt of SOCA’s involvement. "The statements made by the SOCA officer quoted in the report and by others during my trip to Afghanistan led to my understanding that SOCA was indeed involved in collecting and
evaluating evidence as part of the preparation of the [list]," Frantz said. Referring to the 2005 legislation that set out SOCA’s powers, lawyers acting for Rahman said it would be illegal for the unit to provide any information that could lead to someone being killed. "Nothing in the 2005 Act indicates that SOCA is mandated to carry out activities outside the scope of civilian law enforcement," the papers say. "In particular, there is no express statutory authorisation for Soca to be involved in activities connected to armed conflict and the potential killing of individuals." Soca officers are not members of the armed forces and do not have the right to directly participate in hostilities in an armed conflict, the document adds.
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COMMENT Monday, 22 July, 2013
importing a governor for Punjab does choice of governor show poverty of pml-n rank and file?
HE post of the Punjab Governor is up for grabs. The post was given a chequered history in the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) period, Punjab governor appointees became famous for trading barbs with the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) lawmakers and the chief minister. With the PML-N now having its own prime minister, it can now replace former governor Makhdoom Ahmed Mahmud with its own man. The position of governor itself is largely symbolic, with the power reduced to being chancellor of universities and mandatory signing off on legislation, nonetheless the symbolic power attached to the post brings with it great weight and perks for many a party loyalists. Being nominated governor by the ruling party is still considered a ‘reward’ for someone’s loyalty to the party, and hence it has come as a surprise to both observers and party insiders that the name being touted for the Punjab Governor most, Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar, has not even been in Pakistan for ages. After Makhdoom’s resignation was accepted by the president on Tuesday, the PML-N leadership began to speculate about the next governor. The names of three PML-N senators, each respected for their services, were touted. These included Jaffar Iqbal, Zulfiqar Khosa and Rafiq Rajwana, with the party expected to choose a ‘docile’ person, perhaps something learned from their last tenure. But when it became clear that the preferred choice was Sarwar, the party ranks are said to have been enraged. Sarwar, a British citizen, arrived from the United Kingdom on Saturday to meet the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Sunday. On offer were either appointment as High Commissioner to the UK or the post of Punjab governor. Sarwar is said to have rejected the post of High Commissioner. He would have to give up his British citizenship to take up the post. From the outset, Sarwar gives the appearance of a PML-N loyalist and has served as Labour Party MP in Glasgow for 13 years. In this sense Sarwar does come with the experience of being a legislator, but the appointment would be a slap on the party ranks. The question being asked by the PML-N ranks is: yes, Sarwar has served as a British member of parliament, yes, Sarwar is also a successful businessman, but should the post vacated by former governor Makhdoom Ahmed Mahmud not go to someone from the rank-and-file of the PML-N? Independent Senator Mohsin Khan Leghari has said that the Punjab cabinet has very few ministers from South Punjab and appointment of a ‘viceroy’ would create a sense of alienation and deprivation in the Southern Punjab region. While the post of chief minister has gone to Lahorites for the bulk of the last two decades, the symbolic post of governor has been given to someone from Southern Punjab to give the illusion of regional parity. But the PML-N has never been strong on regional parity or trusted its own ranks. Perhaps it is time that it gave the subject some consideration.
sartaj aziz in kabul peace process needs a push
HE good thing about diplomacy is that it can solve almost all problems if given chance. And the two neighbours, Afghanistan and Pakistan, need it more than ever now that the US and NATO forces have laid out their plans to leave the country after a decade. There have been tensions in the past between the two states that have kept them from moving forward with the process of bringing peace in the region, but the time now calls for better understanding and cooperation. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s Advisor on Foreign Affairs and National Security Sartaj Aziz’s trip to Kabul is precisely aimed at achieving the aforementioned goal. Sartaj Aziz, a veteran politician, aims to remove some of the air that shrouds the relation between the two states in doubt. How much he succeeds in it remains to be seen. This being the first such trip by any official of Pakistan’s new government, a lot has been attached to it, at least symbolically. The Afghan government has been critical of Pakistan with regards to a number of things, mainly security and on how to deal with Taliban. Islamabad, on the other hand, blames the Kabul government of incompetence and malice. The distrust between the two has been so deep that the Afghan security and government officials have been accusing Pakistan for virtually every problem they have been dealing with. The peace process among the Taliban, US and Afghanistan was disrupted when some objections were raised as to the flag on the Taliban’s office in Qatar. When the Taliban closed the office, in protest, and walked out on the talks, the Afghan government blamed it on Pakistan again. Pakistan rejects the claim and says that it is in favour of an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process, and to this end it is willing to release Mullah Baradar, a key Taliban leader who the Kabul wants to be released. Afghanistan’s National Security Advisor Rangin Dadfar Spanta made some insinuating remarks when he said that ‘peace initiatives cannot take place until Pakistan allows the Taliban to talk to the Afghan government’. He also said that Pakistan was a small country and wanted to use Afghanistan as part of strategic depth in case of any attack from India. It is statements like these that have put a wedge between the two states. The trip by Sartaj Aziz, one hopes, is able to remove at least some part of the doubt and mistrust, as is evident from his statement that he is traveling to Kabul to start repairing relations. The trip will also help in preparing the agenda for Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s visit to Pakistan whose dates have not yet been announced, along with some possible progress on a trade agreement. Both countries need to understand their geo-political realities and decide to work together.
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ttP sets itself up in syria
for terrorists of all hues, the middle east now takes precedence over the afpak region?
HE situation of AfPak region is entering a particularly peculiar stage. The continued delay in jumpstarting the reconciliation process has meant that the situation of Middle East may finally be catching up. This was selfevident when reportedly John Kerry could not make it to Pakistan last month because of the dire straits in Syria, which has now been accompanied by the Egyptian quagmire. Further amplifying the gravity of the situation are the recent statements by Tehreek-e-Taliban that it has sent fighters to fight in Syria. The struggle that started with the initiation of the war on terror has now reached a critical stage with societal balance in many of the Islamic nations reaching a tipping point. Moreover as alluded to in the previous articles in this space, the global power struggle has now also fully merged with the fight against terror. Initially the conservative, religious and nationalist forces appeared to have acted in unison in turning against the autocrats and liberals, which were mostly supported by the West. The emerging trend in Syria and Egypt indicates that the nationalist forces are now turning against the conservative and religious influences. For example in Syria the Free Syrian Army and the Kurds have now turned their guns towards the Al-Qaeda linked Jabhatal-Nusra. In Egypt, the military acted in support of secular forces, to oust the religious and conservative elements represented by the Muslim Brotherhood. How the neighboring Muslim nations reacted to the changes in Middle East has also been intriguing. The Gulf nations, especially Saudi Arabia, fully backed the military to take over in Egypt, while
Turkey has criticized the removal of democratically elected Mursi. It is too early to tell if the situation of Egypt and Syria is indicative of the ultimate coming together of nationalist and liberal elements. What does appear to be increasingly at stake is the nationstate itself, as the forces lined up against it are too strong for it to bear, mould or manage. Consider this: conflicting reports emerged last week about Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) setting up a command and control office in Syria. There could be a number of motives behind the development and to discern these, a closer look at the different extremist and militant groups operating in the AfPak region is needed. Firstly, the distinction between Afghan Taliban and the TTP needs to be clarified. Dealing with the complex dynamics of Afghan reconciliation, the Afghan Taliban have reiterated their main area of operation has always been Afghanistan. Furthermore, the Afghan Taliban have been distancing itself from the AQ. This was one of the American preconditions for negotiations to move forward in Doha. On the other hand, the TTP and an array of other Islamist groups operating in the region have a different agenda. For example, while the TTP has remained focused mainly on helping Afghan Taliban and carrying out its operations in Pakistan and against its military, it is generally not perceived to have global objectives and abilities. From time to time, the TTP has made statements about targeting the West or suggesting linkages with other terror attacks, but that appeared mostly to be rhetoric. However, they have worked hand in hand with AQ and other extremist factions in the region. Then there are groups like Lashkar-e-Tayiba (LeT) and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), Harkat-ulMujahideen (HuM) etc, which are believed to have a wider regional agenda, especially as it relates to nations like India and Iran. The degree of cooperation between these different organizations has always been of great intrigue to the West. There is evidence to suggest these various groups have collaborated and cross-pollinated their tactics and strategies. Now that the Afghan Taliban has begun to concentrate on the reconciliation process, the TTP is feeling the pressure to define its reason d’être. In PoliTact’s previous assess-
ments, we noted that in the future the TTP is likely to gravitate more towards AQ and other groups like LeT and LeJ etc. However, recent reports have suggested differences widening between the TTP and some of these groups. There may be a deliberate attempt to implant differences amongst these groups, as their unification is obviously perceived as highly dangerous. The news regarding the TTP setting up an office in Syria has more do with re-establishing its credentials, particularly for the period after the NATO withdraws from Afghanistan. By presenting itself as having a wider agenda, the TTP may also be pressuring the government of Pakistan to take the group seriously for political talks. On the other hand, the Middle East being the core of Islamic faith, opportunity for jihad there is a magnet that none of the Islamist groups can resist. This is the reason PoliTact has consistently maintained that as the situation of the core Arab regions continues to worsen, it will supersede the slow moving dynamics of the AfPak. Thus, the news about the movement of militants and jihadists from the AfPak region to Syria is believable and has not come as a surprise. Especially when it is being backed with calls for jihad in Syria from Saudi Arabia’s Grand Mufti Abdul Aziz al-Asheikh and influential Sheikh Qardawi. As the situation evolves, the challenge for the West is who to align with next. The seculars are losing ground and represent the force of status quo, when the whole region is in the grip of fast moving change. In war against extremists, the West does not want to lose the religious moderates, and would want to actually strengthen them. However, the events of Egypt have made this very tricky. Then there are nationalist elements that are caught in the middle of these cross winds of change operating beyond its grasp. The nation-states of the Arab world are gasping for breath and it is high time the nations of South and Central Asia start preparing for what that means for them. The glue that held the nation-state together is fast losing its strength, and from what it looks like, affairs are settling along ethnic, religious and tribal lines. The writer is chief analyst at PoliTact, a Washington based futurist advisory firm (www.PoliTact.com and http:twitter.com/politact) and can be reached at email@example.com
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Psm: a money gobbling giant Since 2006, Pakistan Steel Mills (PSM) has consumed 25 billion rupees on average per annum as bailout package from various government offices. The bailouts for PSM in the past three years include: Rs10 billion bailout by ECC in Jan 2010; Rs25 billion by PM Raza Gilani in Jun 2010; Rs10 billion in Aug 2011; Rs11 billion by PM Raza Gilani in Dec 2011; Rs10 billion emergency grant by ECC in Jan 2012; Rs8.6 billion in Jul 2012; Rs3 billion bailout by PM Raja Pervaiz Ashraf in Aug 2012; Rs5 billion bailout by Minister for Production in Oct 2012; Rs14.8 billion bailout by PM Raja Pervaiz Ashraf in
Jan 2013 and Rs 11 billion bailout by Caretaker PM in May 2013. All the given data is available online and published in newspapers. I would like to request the current government of PML-N not to fall for the fake promises of improved production by PSM workers and not to allow any government bailout or special fund for PSM. If the organisation cannot sustain its own working expenditure then it should reduce its costs by reducing staff, until it can become self-reliant. Why should the people of Pakistan pay for the laziness of PSM staff? As its rival Tuwairqi Steel Mills Limited (TSML) is supplying 20 percent of Pakistan steel mills by working at 85percent capacity, clearly showing that running a steel mill in Pakistan is not an unprofitable business. SHAHRYAR KHAN BASEER Peshawar
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If you are not the hero of your own story, then you're missing the whole point of your humanity. –Steve Maraboli
Monday, 22 July, 2013
how to fix the education apartheid implications of public-private partnership in education
congress’ political machinations the biggest casualty is the people’s confidence
N the penultimate year of nearly onedecade rule by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s government, I find the biggest casualty is the people’s confidence in political parties, particularly the ruling Congress. In fact, the public is so exasperated that it has come to believe that dishonesty and politics are synonymous and those who have come to politics have done so only to make money. I was aghast to find that many well-placed people have not contributed to the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund because they suspect that the money given for the Uttarakhand victims would be used by the Congress in elections. I can understand the argument that the assistance is mismanaged, but the suspicion about the PM’s Fund should awaken the rulers to the extent that the people have lost faith in them. The scandals like the 2G Spectrum regarding the mobiles and the allotment of coal blocks to unknown persons have, no doubt, damaged the credibility of the Congress. But the inference that those in positions, to whichever party they belong, is a sad commentary on politicians. Consequently, there is a question mark against any report or probe conducted by the government. Even a judicial verdict is taken with a pinch of salt. The fault is not that of the people, but the manner in which the affairs have been conducted since the seventies. very little has been done to restore confidence. In fact, the official machinery is in disarray.
Take the case of Ishrat Jahan encounter. The Home Ministry at the Centre and the state government had taken the stand that Ishrat, along with her three accomplices, were terrorists who were killed in an encounter with the police suspecting them to have a plan to assassinate Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) said that it was a cold-blooded murder. The agency found no evidence to involve Pakistan and Lashkar-e-Toiba which the Intelligence Bureau (IB) had done. Who does the public believe? Both the CBI and the IB are parts of the same government. The public is further confused because the CBI has alleged that Ishrat and her accomplices were picked up from different places and shot dead. The weapons they had on them were allegedly planted by the police and none of it had been used for days. Assume that Ishrat and the others were terrorists. Does the police force have the right to kill them without proving in a law court that they were terrorists? If this rule is to apply, the killers of Mrs Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi should have been shot dead in encounters instead of proceedings even in the Supreme Court. We should not have spent crores of rupees on the trial of Ajmal Kasab, who was hanged, and done away with him for the attacks on Mumbai. The food security bill which will subsidise food for 65 percent of the population is a prey to suspicion. The government is to be blamed for introducing the measure through an ordinance when the parliament session is only three weeks away. (It has now been postponed to midAugust after the ordinance). Most political parties are in favour of the bill but want a legitimate discussion in parliament before it is enacted. The Congress prefers the route of ordinance on the plea that political parties, particularly the BJP, have not allowed parliament to function. This is true. But the ordinance too has to be passed by parliament. For that a consensus would be required. Why couldn’t the government bring about it before the ordinance? There is something in the allegation that the Congress eyes are fixed on the parliamentary elections which is due in May 2014. It is possible that a mid-term poll may take place in November or December. Such are the suspicions which have nullified the food security ordinance
which would enable roughly 850 million people of limited means to buy per kilo rice at Rs 3, wheat at Rs 2 and bajra for Rs 1. The case of CBI’s autonomy is yet another example worth dwelling on. People have no faith in the supervision by the three retired High Court judges. The suspicion is that the government would appoint pliable judges. Since the CBI will be under the government, any measure it takes fails to evoke faith. The other main political party, the BJP, is suspect because it is selling Modi thesis of Hindutva. The latest is the building of the Ram temple at the site where the Babri masjid stood before its demolition. The party should realise that the religious card cannot be played again and again. The demand for temple and a uniform civil code are supposed to be parts of development, a camouflage for Hindutva. The party is as much engaged in power politics as the Congress is. That the leftist parties have social justice and federalism on their agenda is to the liking of a preponderant majority. To their admiration, a convention of the leftist parties at Delhi last week reiterated the two points. Indeed, the Manmohan Singh government has made the rich richer and has made a mockery of political autonomy. Yet the CPI (M) was found wanting during their rule of 15 years in West Bengal. The Sachar Committee has said that the Muslim community in the state was the most backward in education (only 2.7 percent). The CPI supported the authoritarian rule of Indira Gandhi during the emergency. Janata Dal (United) evokes hope to be a third alternative because its chief, Sharad Yadav, has said that his party will fight totalitarianism of communists and communalism of the BJP. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has shown in his rule that a government can rise above gimmicks. Rightly Nitish Kumar has given the National Investigation Agency to probe the Buddh Gaya bomb blasts. The nation’s problem is how to reignite the spirit of confidence and idealism. Alas, no political party, even in the states, comes up to that standard. Will the next election throw up such people is in the realm of conjecture. Persons like me are still optimistic that India would return to the path of values which it took after winning independence. The writer is a senior Indian journalist.
UBLIC-PRIvATE partnership (PPP) as development model to dig deep into the private coffers plays important role in the fasttrack growth. It means the development and running of an infrastructure which is normally done by the government or public sector and may include a government component through land SAJJAd MALIk and capital or it could be a joint venture. Due to failure of the public sector to procure a capital asset for ensuring a service to the public, the private individuals through companies and firms create the asserts and infrastructures through a business concern and use it to deliver a service to people. This model for development aims at leveraging the private resource and expertise to provide better quality and timely services. It is not limited to any one sector and includes, among others, transport, energy, tourism, and social infrastructure. Social services like education and health are part of social infrastructure. Since early 1990s the PPPs have been regarded as the anchor of education strategy in Pakistan. Initially it was thought that PPP in education will help to increase enrolment and expedite the process in achieving the goals of Education for All (EPA) program in a country that was seriously behind schedule. The concept was adopted and implemented despite concerns that the use of PPP model in social infrastructure development like education will prove problematic. Most of the fears have proven right. Instead of improving the educational indicators, the PPP process resulted in the transformation of education from a people oriented service to a “wholesale business”. There was unusual increase in the number of private schools in every corner of the country in 1990s and afterwards. Some of them were set up in shabby buildings without proper infrastructure but state authorities did not try to stop it, thinking that some erratic development has to be condoned at the early stage. As more and more private entrepreneurs invested in the education system, the quality control standards were disregarded. The government should have used the opportunity to leverage the best private sector practices to improve the public sector, but it looked the other way to let the private investors settle the issues of tuition fees, syllabus, medium of instruction, recruitment of teachers and internal promotion of students. The official neglect was visible at almost every step. With the passage of time the private sector almost replaced the state school system in urban centres where various “systems” emerged to allure the parents as their “first choice”. The PPP which was initially considered to supplement the official efforts to educate the masses became a major source of service delivery. Pakistan Coalition for Education (PCE), an independent group working on education in its report titled “Looking Beyond the EFA Goals and the DMGs” says, PPP is an area with immense potential but with risks as well. While such partnership can be explored and developed towards promoting education, it is important to ensure that public interest must not be compromised in favour of profit or other pragmatic considerations. Otherwise, it is likely to cause disparities along class lines if the educational process is driven by the demand of the market. It is the government’s responsibility to place public wellbeing above everything while forging partnerships across sectors. It is now evident that the PPP program in Pakistan education diluted the purpose of the model which was conceived to promote inclusive socio-economic development in the country and protect the interests of all stakeholders including end users and affected people. Another aspect of the original system was that the PPPs should provide good quality public services to a larger number of people. The situation deteriorated with the passage of time and today we see that only a selected rich group of people can benefit from the private educational institutions and the poor segments of the society are left at the mercy of poorly run state institutions. The PPPs have led to privatization of educational services and slackening of official control. The owners of schools have become powerful and some of them do not follow the official calendar and other guidelines as their main objective seems to be promotion of the business. It has led to education apartheid and we have different schools for different categories of people. The poor and downtrodden sending kids to religious seminaries whereas the middle class seeks either the government schools or private institutions with low monthly fees. The rich of the country opt for English medium elite schools which charge thousands of rupees every month. It has increased the socio-economic segregation in the society. To make the most of public private partnership, it would be wise if collaboration is context-specific. This would help address the needs of local communities in a better way. To enhance transparency in partnerships, civil society should be encouraged to monitor different public sector initiatives aiming at the welfare of the people. Moreover, local partners working at the grassroots should be empowered by involving them in decision-making and monitoring service delivery and outcomes. The writer is journalist and academic and can be reached at email@example.com
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riﬀs got plans for his ‘spring Breakers’ money a
LTHOUGH Riff Raff is currently assembling a “lawyer team” in an effort to get compensation for James Franco’s alleged portrayal of him in the movie “Spring Breakers,” the rapper also known as Jody Highroller informed MTv News that he has no issues with Franco himself. Riff confirmed to MTv Hive that he plans to sue — it’s unclear for what, exactly — and that he will employ the services of a “lawyer team, of course.” Despite all that, he made it clear that he has no ill feelings toward the actor. “I’m sure he’s cool,” he told us. “I want him to be successful.” “Once I saw James
nicholas cage compliments his own movie
ICOLAS Cage has a contentious presence among Hollywood, but it’s not anything the actor isn’t aware of. In fact, he can pinpoint several chief fallacies about his career, and does so in a new interview with The Guardian. These misconceptions include only selecting “over-the-top performances,” making movie choices based on paychecks, being “obsessed with comics” and embracing excess. But the actor is also aware of how critics feel about some of his movies, namely the dismally received 2006 thriller “The Wicker Man.” “The issue with ‘The Wicker Man’ is there’s a need by some folks in the media to think that we’re not in on the joke,” Cage said. “But you don’t go around doing the things that character does — in a bear suit — and not know it’s absurd. It is absurd. Now, originally I wanted to play that cop with a handlebar moustache and like a really stiff suit, and the producers wouldn’t let me do it. And then you would have known how in on it we were, Neil and myself. The fact that that movie has been so lambasted means there’s an inner trembling and power to that movie. It has become an electromagnetic movie! And so I love it.” Cage — who in 2012 said he was open to the idea of a “Wicker Man” sequel — comes off as surprisingly selfaware in his sentiments, saying he “can’t get used up” because he feels restless when he isn’t working. The actor’s latest film, “The Frozen Ground,” hits theaters and will be available on demand Aug. 23. NEWS dESk
Franco playing me in a movie — first of all, that’s just phenomenal,” he said. “It ain’t about James Franco. It’s about me in ‘Spring Breakers.’ It’s about my bank account. Will I get 10 million or will I get 5 million. Who knows? If I end up with only 5 million, then so be it. Whatever.” The Riff Raff vs. “Spring Breakers” fight has been rolling on for a while now — a complicated tale that basically boils down to the fact that director Harmony Korine
reportedly asked the rapper to appear in “Spring Breakers,” a debauched tale of excess and crime starring James Franco and a bevy of Disney stars including Selena Gomez and vanessa Hudgens. This request didn’t come to fruition, and in the end, the film featured James Franco playing a character named Alien who looks eerily similar to Riff. An almost mock feud followed, with Jody Highroller appearing on “One Life to Live” as a character named Jamie Franko and declaring himself the “rap game’s James Franco.” Franco, for his part, came out publicly to state that he based the “Alien” character on a rapper named Dangeruss. The feud had fizzled a bit until Franco, shortly after the DvD release of “Spring Breakers” on July 9, posted a photo of himself tricked out as Alien standing in front of a sea of pics of Riff, with the caption “Film game riffraff.” Riff Raff then started going out for blood — or money, rather, telling TMZ that he’s suing ... someone, for the money he’s owed for his alleged role in the movie. The film made around $31 million worldwide at the box office. “I love the movie,” Riff said. “Great movie. Go see it. Go buy it, buy it, buy it, buy it, buy it, buy it, buy it. Guess what? I want that 2.7 million — if you can get it up to 3.5 by November, I’m trying to get this new lemon-lime Rolls-Royce. C’mon, y’all! Why you acting suspicious?” COuRTESy MTV
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the srK, salman face-oﬀ
T must have been ages since we saw alleged rivals Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan at one place. Coincidentally or deliberate, the friends-turned-foes often end up averting a face-off, be it at airports or events. However, we heard that the two were most likely to bump into each other, as they had their shoots scheduled at the same Bandra studio in Mumbai on Saturday. At the time of going to press, our
source at the venue revealed, “Both Salman and Shah Rukh’s vanity vans have been parked right next to each other. While Salman is expected to start shooting for Bigg Boss, SRK too will be here to shoot for an ad. SRK won’t be here for long, though. The two will be shooting in the same vicinity.” Since the two do not see eye-to-eye, it will be interesting to know what happens if they spot each other. COuRTESy TOI
what’re the zombies bringing this season? A look at Walking Dead’s upcoming season
ANT to know what “The Walking Dead” has up its sleeve for season four? Actor Chad Coleman can sum it up in two words: “epic” and “gut-wrenching.” Coleman, who joined the series last season as fan-favorite Tyreese, steps up to the plate in season four with a much bigger role than ever before. The actor promised that the new year of zombie-plagued stories is “a wild experience right out of the gate,” with “an amazing place” in the narrative for the hammerwielding Tyreese. “Everybody was eager and open to inviting Tyreese in,” the actor told MTv
at Comic-Con. “Every actor wants to raise their game and bring substantive, compelling material, to be a valuable asset in turning things along at an incred-
ible pace — and I’m all in.” Last season on “Walking Dead,” the show focused on a war between two feuding factions: Rick Grimes and his com-
panions at the prison, and the gated community of Woodbury, led by the ruthless Governor. Though the Governor lost an eye and his people at the end of sea-
son three, he walked away with his life still intact. That means the villain is very much a threat looming large over the new season of “Walking Dead,” as actor David Morrissey’s appearance at Comic-Con made quite clear. “The zombies are the threat — there’s more of them — but there’s a sense with the Governor that you think he might like you,” Morrissey told MTv about the dangerous nature of his character. “You let your guard down around him, because you think he’s on your side ... and then he’ll turn the tables on you. There’s only one Governor.” The Governor’s whereabouts are unknown, as are his plans for revenge. Fans will want to keep their eyes open for the one-eyed psychopath when “The Walking Dead” returns on October 13. NEWS dESk
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I think I jump around more when I’m alone — Nicolas Cage
ARTS Monday, 22 July, 2013
Blunt and cruise reach out to promote their new flick
S if this year’s Comic-Con line-up wasn’t star-studded enough, Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt showed up on Saturday. The glowing acting duo beamed as they attended a panel for their upcoming sci-fi action flick, Edge of Tomorrow. Emily, 30, and Tom, 51, giggled and looked to be having the time of their lives as they wooed fans at the infamous San Diego convention. Emily, who is married to The Office star John Krasinski, looked utterly demure in a form-fitting navy dress with a pink patterned print. The British star teamed the frock with a stylish pair of dark pink heeled sandals and kept her jewelery to a minimum. The Looper actress showed off her signature nonchalant smile as she addressed the crowd and goofed around with her famous co-star. Tom was kitted out in basic yet stylish attire, teaming dark jeans with a navy sweater and opting for comfortable brown leather shoes. The Mission Impossible star, formerly married to Katie Holmes, looked to be having the time of his life as he and Emily addressed their fans.
The pair giggled hysterically on stage as they answered questions, and were seen at various points waving enthusiastically at the crowd. At one point, Tom even managed to gleefully ‘photobomb’ a group snap of the rest of the cast and crew that he somehow missed the original memo for. Brand new official posters for the movie were released during the convention on Saturday, featuring both actors in their particularly heavy-set costumes. Edge Of Tomorrow, directed by Doug Liman and also starring Bill Paxton, chronicles a soldier fighting in a war with aliens who finds himself caught in a time loop of his last day in the battle. The movie is set to be released in theatres on June 6, 2014. This was in fact the Risky Business actor’s second surprise appearance in a week. The iconic actor showed up at the graduation ceremony of Joanne Baron/D.W. Brown Acting Studio in Malibu during the week, surprising students with a witty speech. Students have said that Tom gave an inspiring speech to the graduating class, including funny anecdotes from his own career. NEWS dESk
I wish everyone could see some of the “scientific” theories I get tweeted. Some sound like they’re coming from Victorian asylums. Love it.
Megan Fox strolls beside a disguised Ninja Turtle on set.
lollywood to reboot ‘arth’ the werewolf takes on tracers P a
AKISTANI actor-director Shaan takes up project; cast and crew to have Indian faces. An adaptation of Mahesh Bhatt’s Arth, directed by Pakistani actor-director Shaan, may well become the first Indo-Pakistan film to be shot in Pakistan. Bhatt told us, “I got a call from Shaan seeking permission to adapt the film. I informed the film’s producer Kuljit Pal. Since it’s not a commercial transaction but an emotional one, there’s no money involved.” He added that they were “decent (sic) to seek a formal go-ahead from the author”. Bhatt film regular Shagufta Rafique will script the film. She said, “As the film is going to be based in Pakistan, we will cast Pakistani girls. Apart from writing, I will also be involved in the casting of the film.’’ She leaves for Pakistan next week for the auditions. Indian actors
would also feature in the film, said the writer, adding that most would be from Pakistan. “All the technicians, however, will be from India.” “Shaan will reprise the role played by Kulbhushan Kharbanda in the original,’’ she confirmed. NEWS dESk
FTER playing a fast werewolf in The Twilight Saga it’s no surprise how far Taylor Lautner has come. The muscle-packed star was running like the wolf again as he filmed more action sequences for his upcoming flick Tracers on Saturday. Taylor amazed as he jumped off a high ledge onto the top of a utility truck and then dashed through a line of traffic in a New York tunnel. The 21-year-old heartthrob showed no fear as he leaped on top of a yellow cab and continued to sprint from one vehicle roof to the next, a move that would’ve sent many guys running to the hills. But Taylor’s legs kept pumping and arms were swinging as his body gained ultimum speed. The five-foot-nine actor was looking good in tight grey T-shirt and loosely fitting black trousers with a black sweater wrapped around his trim waist and comfy black and grey-streaked trainers on his feet. Taylor ob-
viously gets a kick out of performing most of his own stunts, for this movie and others. The Daniel Benmayor-directed film Tracers revolves around a bike messenger in New York who becomes wanted by the mafia and escapes into the world of parkour after meeting a beautiful stranger. The lady mentioned is played by Marie Avgeropoulos with whom Taylor is rumoured to be romantically involved since meeting on the set.Taylor, who was linked to actress Maika Monroe in May and had a brief fling with Taylor Swift, surely deserves a break in the romance department. The Grand Rapids, Michigan native shot to fame after playing Jacob Black in the Twilight movies. Taylor also makes a cameo appearance in Grown Ups 2, which is currently showing in cinemas. And he’s rumoured to have a part in the drama-fantasy Incarceron. COuRTESy dM
SHAH RUKH KHAN
5 am high. I lov to pik my son from the airport. My father piked me from the bus stand. He’s gone a long way or i hav come a long way baby!
Self control is strength.
Bollywood takes it a little easy after hrithik’s close call
KSHAY Kumar may be great with death-defying stunts, but he’s also injured himself sometimes. Like when his foot got caught under the wheels of a truck while shooting for the Hindi remake of the Tamil film, Thuppakki. However, he reportedly got anxious when he was required to ride a horse for a scene in the Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai sequel. And if one is to believe action director Tinnu verma, Shahid Kapoor, who raced with horses in Kaminey, wasn’t comfortable riding one for his next. “I tried to convince him few times but when I felt he wasn’t comfortable I didn’t force him. We never force actors to do stunts,” says Tinnu in the wake of Hrithik Roshan’s recent brain surgery, probably due to an action scene in Bang Bang. The incident has brought to light the vulnerability of stars while doing stunts for their films. However, no action direc-
tor in Bollywood agrees with this. Says Sham Kaushal, “You can’t say it is risky as stars do stunts only when they feel it is safe and I never expose any actor or stuntman to any danger. Before we ask any actor to do a stunt, a stuntman rehearses it several times. Certain shots become physically more demanding for actors and they gladly go that extra mile.” Besides, these days most heroes want to do their own stunts to bring authenticity as they know that the audience can tell the difference. “They are all physically fit and then we have good safety measure equipments,” adds Sham, who recently directed Ranbir Kapoor for the climax sequence in the upcoming Besharam. “Ranbir, too, insisted on doing his own action,” says Sham further adding, “While doing action sequences you may not be able to take 100 per cent prevention and some incidents are inevitable even as everything is
well coordinated. It is the overall nature of work.” “It is all about timing. Even a simple blow can hurt with eye contact going wrong,” says action director Abbas Ali Moghul, who has worked with action hero Akshay Kumar in about a dozen films. Abbas is extra careful
about breaking through glass scenes. “The journey between action and cut can at times go awry. I usually don’t allow heroes to do glass breaking scenes,” says Abbas. All said and done, safety measures of stars are of paramount importance. With the standard of action scenes going up, the risk of injury might increase but then action directors and even the actors are getting more careful now. Salman Khan had a hamstring pull doing a stunt sequence in his film Mental recently. “Not injured yaar, just a hamstring pull while running. Back to action,” Salman Khan had posted online, clarifying that it was not a major injury as was being speculated. Some of the other cases In 2003, vivek Oberoi fractured his leg while filming an action sequence for Mani Ratnam’s Yuva. vivek met with another accident while attempting a stunt for Kismet Love Paisa Dilli (KLPD) and the third time
he hurt his knee during the shoot of Zila Ghaziabad. In 2003, Aishwarya Rai suffered a minor fracture in the left foot when a jeep reversed and tyre went over her foot while filming Khakee. Shah Rukh Khan has undergone seven surgeries till now. It all started in December 2001 while shooting action sequences for Shakti: The Power when he suffered a spine injury. He later had an accident on the sets of Dulha Mil Gaya while shooting an action scene. Abhishek Bachchan suffered an injury when he slipped from a rickshaw during the shooting of Bol Bachchan in Jaipur. He had six stitches near his eye. Amitabh Bachchan was critically injured on 26 July 1982 while shooting an action sequence with co-star Puneet Issar for Coolie which almost cost him his life. He spent more than two months recovering. He resumed shooting after three months of the accident. COuRTESy TOI
PS: I have a shoe off in that pic cause I’m testing how hot the stage is in case I wanna go barefoot. :)
17 Jul Katy Perry
That was fun. Goodnight kittens
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InfotaInMent Monday, 22 July, 2013
today (22th july)
8 English troops under the Duke of Wellington defeat the French at the Battle of Salamanca in Spain. 8 In northern Iraq, Saddam Hussein’s sons Odai and qusai are killed in a gunfight with US forces. 8 USSR launches Sputnik 50 & Molniya 1-12 communications satellite. 8 The Beatles release “Introducing the Beatles”.
now that’s conviction for you fisherman gets 230lb tuna desPite caPsised boat A 54-year-old fisherman is safe after his 14-foot boat capsized as he was landing a 230-pound tuna in the ocean off Hawaii. The US Coast Guard rescued Anthony Wichman on Friday after receiving a distress call from his wife. Wichman was fishing about 10 miles southwest of Port Allen on the island of Kauai (kuhWEYE’) Friday morning when he hooked the Ahi tuna. Coast Guard Lt Jessica Mickelson tells Hawaii News Now (http://tinyurl.com/ksqfuaf) that Wichman was able to use his cellphone to call his wife for help. The Coast Guard dispatched a helicopter to rescue Wichman. Friends arrived on another boat and were able to right Wichman’s boat. They towed it — and the fish — back to port. NEWS dESk
Not only strike while the iron is hot, but make it hot by striking. –Oliver Cromwell
discovering the real causes of tyPhoid i
T’S often the case in science that things are discovered by accident. Alexander Fleming uncovered the secrets of antibiotics with a bout of serendipity – coupled with an intelligent mind to recognize his good fortune. Now, it seems that scientists at Yale University have lucked out, too: they’ve discovered the real cause of typhoid fever. Typhoid fever is a disease that dates back to before ancient Greece and still causes as many as 200,000 deaths worldwide each year, roughly the population of Birmingham, Ala. For millennia, the cause of typhoid fever has remained a mystery. But a paper published last week in Nature revealed the true cause of the disease. “It’s the oldest recognizable disease, it devastated Athens and is credited as the main reason why the Spartans beat the Athenians in war,” said Jorge Galan, the study’s author. It’s been known for some time that the bacterium responsible for the disease is Salmonella typhi, but despite mankind’s long history with the microbe, “we’ve really been blindsided as to why this bug is so pathogenic, even though it’s a close cousin of the other salmonella sickness, food poisoning,” said Galan. One of the reasons why humankind has been ignorant to the workings of S typhi is because it’s a somewhat neglected disease without many researchers working on it, said leading typhoid fever expert Dr Zulfiqar Bhutta, from Aga Khan University in Pakistan. Galan’s research now discloses how S typhi has managed to retain its stealth for so long. Its deadliness comes from a novel life strategy: it doesn’t release its toxin until it’s firmly inside a mammalian host cell. Normally when microbiologists search for a potential toxin produced by a microbe, they grow the organism in a culture and then grind it up and search for a candidate com-
pound within the mixture. But S typhi does not produce a toxin unless you’ve allowed it to enter a host cell, so you couldn’t possibly find it using conventional methods. Galan, however, broke with protocol to look at the microbe after it had infected a host cell. “We happened to be studying the interaction of [S typhi] with human cells, we weren’t in the business of trying to find the typhoid toxin, we just bumped into this,” said Galan. Once inside a mammalian host cell, the typhoid bacterium begins to synthesize the toxin, which is then packaged into courier vessels to be unleashed. “The toxin is dumped outside of the cell where the bacterium resides and it enters the blood system to hit its target,” said Galan. Once Galan had identified what he thought could be the toxin responsible for typhoid disease, he isolated and purified it. He then infected mice with it and found that it did indeed result in typhoid symptoms in the mice, except fever, which is an immune response to the presence of the bacterium rather than the toxin itself. “I think this is an ab-
Really old gold: eaRth’s pRecious metal foRmed due to staRs’ collisions
lightning strikes couPle, brings on birth of baby girl Authorities say Kendra Villanueva and the baby’s father Ian Gordon were watching fireworks with friends on July 4 when lightning struck both of them in the front yard of an Albuquerque home. “We were actually going inside because we heard the lightning and the thunder,” Ian Gordon told KRQE-TV. “The next thing we know, we woke up on the ground and everybody was just trying to keep us calm.” KRQE-TV reports Villanueva was just weeks from her due date and was rushed to University of New Mexico Medical Center where she had an emergency Cesarean section. Mother, father and baby survived relatively unscathed. The couple named the baby Kimberly Samantha Rose Gordon and said they’ll also call her “little Flash Gordon.” Ian Gordon says the new parents are hoping their new daughter will “run fast, or save the universe.” NEWS dESk
NeWS DeSK All of the gold on Earth might have come from cosmic crashes between superdense dead stars, new research suggests. The origin of the universe’s gold is mysterious, since it’s not formed within stars like lighter elements such as carbon and iron. But the mystery may now be solved, as a new study posits that the collision of two neutron stars — the tiny, incredibly dense cores of exploded stars — could catalyze the creation of the valuable metal. “We estimate that the amount of gold produced and ejected during the merger of the two neutron stars may be as large as 10 moon masses — quite a lot of bling!” lead author Edo Berger, of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA), said in a statement. “To paraphrase Carl Sagan,
we are all star stuff, and our jewellery is colliding-star stuff.” Berger and his colleagues studied a short gamma-ray burst — a class of explosions that are among the most luminous known in the universe — spotted by NASA’s Earth-orbiting Swift spacecraft in early June. Called GRB 130603B, the gamma-ray burst was located about 3.9 billion light-years from Earth and lasted for less than twotenths of a second. In the aftermath of the burst, scientists noticed that the explosion gave way to a gradually fading glow dominated by infrared light. The research team thinks the burst’s glow comes from “exotic radioactive elements,” which can be spawned by the neutron-rich material thrown out into the universe by colliding neutron stars. “We’ve been looking for a ‘smoking gun’ to
link a short gamma-ray burst with a neutron star collision,” co-author Wen-fai Fong, a CfA graduate student, said in a statement. “The radioactive glow from GRB 130603B may be that smoking gun.” Gold is rare on Earth because it’s rare in the universe. In all, the team expects that the gamma-ray burst ejected about one one-hundredth of a solar mass of material, with some of it being gold. “By combining the estimated gold produced by a single short GRB with the number of such explosions that have occurred over the age of the universe, all the gold in the cosmos might have come from gamma-ray bursts,” CfA officials wrote in a press release today (July 17). The new study has been submitted to the journal Astrophysical Journal Letters. Berger presented the results today during a press conference at the CfA in Cambridge, Mass.
solutely fascinating paper, but it’s only the first step in the right direction,” said Bhutta. “This particular study looked at mutant strains [of S typhi], the next step is to work out how much of this is true in real life. How much of this can be replicated by other researchers?” Bhutta said that it’s still “too early to say whether this is a turning point or not,” towards the possible eradication of the disease. Galan on the other hand said it will be “scientifically trivial” to synthesize an effective vaccine from an inactivated version of the toxin he discovered – though he concedes that the practicalities of the matter, such as finding enough funding, present a more formidable challenge. Currently, typhoid treatment relies on a course of antibiotics that targets the bacteria rather than the toxin; occasionally even that fails. “There are many instances in which people receive antibiotics but they still can’t pull out of the disease. Clearly the bacteria are no longer there. They eventually die. Our hypothesis is that the toxins are still circulating around,” said Galan.
thai Police arrest briton with
cadavers in his suitcase A British citizen has been arrested in Bangkok after six foetuses were found stuffed into travel bags. Hok Kuen Chow, 28, a Briton born in Hong Kong of Taiwanese parents, was held in the city’s Yaowarat area after police received a tip-off. He is suspected of trying to smuggle the foetuses – from two to seven months – back to Taiwan to sell to wealthy customers online. Chow has reportedly admitted buying the bodies, which had been roasted dry and painted in gold leaf, for 200,000 baht (£4,040). Back in Taiwan he could have sold them for six times that amount to rich clients who believe the foetuses will bring them good fortune. ‘The bodies are between the ages of two and seven months,’ said Wiwat Kumchumnan, of the police’s children and women protection unit. ‘Chow said he planned to sell the foetuses to clients who believe they will make them lucky and rich. ‘Some were found covered in gold leaf.’ Police said the bodies also had a variety of religious decoration and tattoos on them. It was not clear yesterday where the bodies, which had been stored in six travel bags, came from or who had handed them over to Chow. It is possible they had undergone the grisly Thai practice ‘Kuman Thong’, in which unwanted babies are surgically removed from their mother’s womb before being subjected to a ceremonial ritual. Instead of being buried, the bodies are roasted dry and covered with a lacquer before being painted with gold leaf. Chow, who was arrested on suspicion of being in possession of human remains, was staying at a hotel in a backpacker area in Bangkok when he was detained. Police had received a tip-off that foetus corpses were being offered to wealthy clients through a website advertising black magic services. Black magic rituals are still practised in Thailand, where street-side fortune tellers offer ceremonies to reverse bad luck. Chow faces one year in prison and a 2,000 baht (£40) fine if he is found guilty. In November 2010, health inspectors found 2,000 foetuses on a building site by a monastery in Bangkok which had been illegally aborted. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office yesterday confirmed it was on stand-by following the arrest. A spokesman said: ‘We can confirm the arrest of a British national in Bangkok on May 18. ‘We stand ready to provide consular assistance.’ NEWS dESk
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SPORTS Monday, 22 July, 2013
dhoni hands over the caP to kohli for zim tour
A 15-member Indian cricket squad, led by virat Kholi, left here on a Zimbabwe tour on Sunday morning. The team will play five One-Day Internationals against Zimbabwe over the 11-day tour, starting July 24. Regular Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been rested by the national selectors to give him some respite from international cricket. The selectors have also rested frontline seamers - Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma and Bhuvneshwar Kumar and spinner Ravichandran Ashwin. The young Indian team will see two new faces - Jammu and Kashmir all-rounder Parvez Rasool and fast bowler Mohit Sharma. India on their previous tour of Zimbabwe failed to even reach the final of a Tri-Series tournament, also involving Sri Lanka. The then Indian team led by Suresh Raina also had virat Kholi, Ravindra Jadeja, vinay Kumar and Rohit Sharma. They are included in the current squad as well. India did pull off the two-match Twenty-20 series 2-0 win against the hosts after the tri-series. INdIA SquAd: Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar dhawan, rohit Sharma, dinesh Karthik, Cheteshwar pujara, Suresh raina, Ambati rayudu, Ajinkya rahane, ravindra Jadeja, Amit Mishra, parvez rasool, Mohammed Shami, Vinay Kumar, Jaidev Unadkat and Mohit Sharma. SChEduLE: July 24: 1st OdI- harare, Jul 26: 2nd OdI- harare, Jul 28: 3rd OdI- harare, Jul 31: 4th OdI Bulawayo, Aug 3: 5th OdI Bulawayo. SPORTS dESk
I honestly feel that the axing of Mickey Arthur has weighed pretty heavily on a few of the individuals in that playing group. – Michael Slater
( tweet retreat
warner’s brother denies abusing watson in tweet
AvID Warner’s brother claims he did not type an expletive-laden tweet from his account that described Shane Watson as selfish during the Lord’s Test. A tweet from Steven Warner’s @warnedog79 account on Friday, the day of Australia’s humiliating batting collapse in the second Test, said: “F***ing selfish Watson sooner your out if the side you great pretender the better.” Later, a tweet from the account was addressed to @CricketAus: “I hope u have a business class seat booked from SA to London because its about time u had a batsman there who will have a go.” David Warner was sent to Zimbabwe to gain match practice with Australia A after his suspension for punching England batsman Joe Root in a nightclub. Before the account was deleted, Steven Warner claimed he was not responsible for the abusive tweet and said he “wouldn’t have a clue” who was. “I didn’t tweet it,” he told Fairfax Media. Openers Watson and Chris Rogers on Sunday started the mountainous task of trying to save the second Test. Watson was out, lbw again, for 20 and this time did not review. He was criticised for burning a DRS review to challenge a plumb lbw decision in the first innings, as he did in the second innings of the first Test at Trent Bridge. He bowled 12 tight overs in England’s second innings at Lord’s but was criticised by former England captain Michael vaughan for his negative body language. “I’d be in his ear,” vaughan said while commentating for the BBC. “When you’re on the pitch, your eye level has to be on the advertising boards or above, never looking at the ground. You need to send a positive message to everyone watching that you’re in control. “For one, it looks like he’s not enjoying it, and two, the world seems to be on his shoulders. I think it’s so
cricket australia sorry for offensive tweet during test SPORtS DeSK
important that you send out positivity.” Watson has denied that he, inadvertently or otherwise, made then-
coach Mickey Arthur aware of Warner punching Root at the Walkabout nightclub in Birmingham.
Cricket Australia has apologised after a tweet containing expletives was sent from its official account during the third day of the second Ashes Test. The message came after the decision by television umpire Tony Hill not to give England batsman Ian Bell out at Lord’s. Bell appeared to be caught just above the ground by Steve Smith at gully. Cricket Australia said: “Apologies for the inappropriate tweet regarding the Bell catch. It didn’t emanate from CA’s official Twitter presence at Lord’s.” A CA spokesman said several employees in Australia had access to the account and were in charge of posting updates. The matter would be investigated, he added. One minute before the offensive tweet, a tweet had been posted from the account, updating followers on the score. “Cricket people who’ve played the game know that is out. Television cameras foreshorten the pictures.” On the Bell decision, a further tweet read: “What has happened there? Smith takes a low catch at gully. Bell stands there. Umpires review. Looks out. Guess not.” The account remains operational and further score updates have been added since the offensive tweet was deleted. England reached 333-5 at the close on day three, a lead of 566. With the game - and potentially the series - slipping away from Australia, Bell cut Ryan Harris and was taken low by Smith.
Swann all set to surpass Underwood, says Gough aussies are Playing selfish cricket: gough
SPORtS DeSK Former test paceman Darren Gough believes Graeme Swann could one day be regarded as England’s finest spinner and rates fast bowler James Anderson as the country’s best-ever exponent of the new ball. Gough, who took 229 wickets at an average of 28.39 in 58 tests between 1994 and 2003, also told Reuters that all-rounder Stuart Broad would amass more than 300 wickets in the five-day format of the game. “Swann could go down as England’s greatest spinner when he finishes his career,” said the former Yorkshire captain while attending the 142nd British Open golf championship at Muirfield. “I think he’ll end up with more than 300 test wickets and Broad too,” he added. “These guys keep fit, they hardly play any county cricket any more like we did in my day. They know they only have to play seven or eight tests in the English summer and another eight or so in the winter,” added Gough. “That’s all they have to play and they don’t have to play one-day cricket either.” The 34-year-old Swann went into the second Ashes test against Australia at Lord’s with 226 wickets to his name and added five more as the tourists were skittled out for 128 in the first innings on Friday. Derek Underwood (297) is England’s most prolific wicket-taker among spinners followed by Swann and Jim Laker on 193. The 30-year-old Anderson picked up
10 wickets in the first test victory in Nottingham last week to take his overall tally to 317 and is closing fast on Ian ‘Beefy’ Botham’s all-time England record of 383. “Anderson is going to break all sorts of records,” said Gough after hosting a Q&A session with golf’s former world number one Nick Faldo in the MasterCard Club at Muirfield. “Jimmy, of all the bowlers I’ve seen with the new ball in his hand, is the best simply because he can bowl outswingers with little change of action. I can’t remember anyone ever doing that before. “With Beefy I could tell from his action
what sort of ball he was going to bowl. With Jimmy there’s hardly any change, it’s all down to his wrist action.” The 42-year-old Gough, who was hampered by a knee injury in the latter stages of his career, said the modern generation were helped by their high fitness levels. “These guys don’t get injuries like we used to in the old days, they can work on their fitness between matches and this is how it always should have been,” he added. “England used to be 10 years behind everyone in world cricket but it shows when you get the system right you produce world-class cricketers and it’s great to see.”
Australia’s indiscipline is costing them dear in the Ashes and players are making decisions for themselves rather than the team, bemused former England fast bowler Darren Gough said on Saturday. The home team, already 1-0 up in the five-match series, are set to extend their lead after taking complete control of the second Test at Lord’s. Gough was at the home of cricket to watch the first two days and declared himself “amazed” at Australia’s firstinnings capitulation for 128. “The way they batted was absolutely remarkable,” he told Reuters in an interview while attending the third day of the British Open at Muirfield. “Australia had bowled England out for 361 and they should have been all set to come out and dominate. When opener Shane Watson was out in the last over before lunch and reviewed it, that was a terrible decision by him. “I think that’s the problem for Australia – they are more worried about their own personal performances than the
team. “(Captain) Michael Clarke reviewed both his decisions in the first Test and they were wrong, Watson has also reviewed so many decisions in recent Test matches. It just goes to show they’re not using the review system well.” Gough, who took 229 wickets at an average of 28.39 in 58 Test appearances for England between 1994-2003, said leading batsmen got themselves out on Friday. “(Usman) Khawaja, Watson, (Phil) Hughes, there were some poor shots all day and it’s been a problem for Australia this season,” he said after hosting a Q&A session with golf’s former world number one Nick Faldo in the MasterCard Club at Muirfield. “I thought the Ashes series was going to be really close but the way Australia have batted in both Tests has been a huge disappointment. “If you take out the number 11’s (Ashton Agar) 98 not out in the Nottingham Test, they would have lost in three and a half days,” said the 42-yearold Gough. “The way they’re going at Lord’s they will lose by day four and questions will be asked about an England clean sweep.”
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I’ve been very disappointed. They just haven’t performed at all. There doesn’t seem to be any game plan. They don’t seem to be here to really fight hard. – Mike Gatting
Monday, 22 July, 2013
england burn australia to ashes
NGLAND wrapped up the second Ashes test in style as they defeated Australia by 347 runs to take a commanding lead in the five
test series. The home side requested an extra 30 minutes at the end and it proved decisive as Graeme Swann got his fourth wicket in the final over when he took out James Pattinson to compound Australia’s embarrassment. Fresh from his fearsome batting display on the third day Joe Root continued in the morning at Lord’s and racked up an eventual 180 runs. After being caught out captain Alistair Cook declared on 349-7 leaving Australia with the unenviable task of chasing 583 runs. Such a challenge never looked like being achieved particularly early on as James Anderson got the ball rolling when he took out Shane Watson for 24-1. Graeme Swann followed up with two quick wickets for 36-3 and the Aussies
were left staring at mission impossible. After the eary success Usman Khawaja and skipper Michael Clarke finally offered some resistance for Australia as both went over the 50 run mark before the latter was
finally bowled out by Root on 51. The 22-year-old sensation was at it again as he then picked off Khawaja, who finished on 54, to make it 135-5. A superb all round performance from
361 ENGLANd 1st INNINGS 128 AuSTRALIA 1st INNINGS ENGLANd 2nd INNINGS Cook, AN b: Siddle 8 Root, JE c Smith b harris 180 0 Trott, IJL b Siddle 5 Pietersen, kP c Rogers b Siddle 38 Bresnan, TT c Rogers b Pattinson 74 Bell, IR c Rogers b Smith Bairstow, JM c haddin b harris 20 Prior, MJ not out 1 Extras (8lb, 15b) 23 349 Total dId NOT BAT: Broad, SCJ, Swann, GP, Anderson, JM Fall of Wickets : 1-22 (Cook,10.2), 2-22 (Trott,12.2), 3-30 (Pietersen,14.5), 4-129 (Bresnan,61.3), 5-282 (Bell,98.2), 6-344 (Bairstow,112.4), 7-349 (Root,114.1) BOWLING harris, RJ 18.1-4-31-2, Watson, SR 12.0-5-25-0, Siddle, PM 21.06-65-3, Pattinson, JL 20.0-8-42-1, Smith, SPd 14.0-0-65-1, Agar, AC 29.0-5-98-0 AuSTRALIA 2nd INNINGS 20 Watson, SR lbw Anderson Rogers, CJL b Swann 6 khawaja, uT c Anderson b: Root 54
1 hughes, PJ lbw Swann 51 Clarke, MJ c Cook b Root Smith, SPd c Prior b Bresnan 1 haddin, BJ lbw Swann 7 Agar, AC c Prior b Bresnan 16 18 Siddle, PM b Anderson 35 Pattinson, JL lbw Swann 16 harris, RJ not out 10 Extras ( 5lb ,1w ,4b ) Total 235 Fall of Wickets : 1-24 (Watson,6.4), 2-32 (Rogers,9.5), 3-36 (hughes,15.3), 4-134 (Clarke,47.2), 5-135 (khawaja,49.6), 6-136 (Smith,50.5), 7-154 (Agar,54.5), 8-162 (haddin,61.6), 9-192 (Siddle,76.1), 10-235 (Pattinson,90.3) BOWLING: Anderson, JM 18.0-2-55-2, Broad, SCJ 21.0-4-54-0, Swann, GP 30.3-5-78-4, Bresnan, TT 14.0-8-30-2, Root, JE 7.03-9-2 Toss ENG elected to bat umpires dharmasena, hdPk (SLA), Erasmus, M (SAF) Third umpire hill, AL (NzL) Referee Madugalle, RS (SLA)
England’s bowlers had them dreaming of an extra day off and confirming Australia’s embarassment. Swann returned to the crease and grabbed another wicket before Root proved he actually is human when he
dropped a Peter Siddle shot denying Stuart Broad a 200th test wicket. James Anderson sealed his second wicket taking Siddle out of contention for 192-9 before Swann sealed an impressive win at the death.
Pakistan bowlers fail to stop Samuels SCOREBOARd WEST INdIES Smith, dS c: Akmal b: Irfan 8 Charles, J lbw: khan 32 9 Bravo, dM c: Ajmal b: Riaz 106 Samuels, MN not out 30 Gayle, Ch c(sub): b: Afridi Simmons, LMP b: Ajmal 46 Sammy, dJG b: Irfan 7 Bravo, dJ run out (Irfan) 6 0 Roach, kAJ not out dId NOT BAT: Narine, SP, holder, JO Extras ( 6lb ,9w ,2nb ) 17 Total 261 Runs Fall of Wickets : 1-20 (Smith,6.3), 2-50 (Bravo,13.3), 3-63 (Charles,16.3), 4-120 (Gayle,28.6), 5-215 (Simmons,43.5), 6239 (Sammy,46.5), 7-253 (Bravo,48.4) BOWLING: Mohammad Irfan 10.0-1-60-2, Mohammad hafeez 8.0-1-30-0, Junaid khan 9.0-2-39-1, Wahab Riaz 6.0-0-42-1, Shahid Afridi 6.0-0-41-1, Saeed Ajmal 10.0-0-43-1 Toss PAk elected to bowl umpires davis, SJ (AuS), Nero, PJ (WIN) Third umpire Reiffel, PR (AuS) Referee Boon, dC (AuS)
St. LuCIA AGENCIES
Marlon Samuels smashed an unbeaten century to guide West Indies to 261-7 in the fourth one-day international
against Pakistan on Sunday. Samuels’ 106 off 104 balls contained nine fours and four sixes as the home team racked up the highest total of the series, which is tied at 11.
He featured in two productive stands adding 95 off 89 balls with Lendl Simmons (46) for the fifth wicket after putting on 57 with Chris Gayle (30), who was dropped on zero by Mohammad Hafeez.
Samuels scored his fifth ODI century and second against Pakistan when he scrambled for two runs in the last over. He ended the innings with a six over mid-wicket off Mohammad Irfan, who claimed 2-60.
De Villiers defends Proteas tactics SPORtS DeSK South Africa captain AB de villiers has defended his decision to bowl first after seeing his side crushed by 180 runs in the first one-day international against Sri Lanka. De villiers put the hosts in and, after Morne Morkel and Chris Morris sent down seven wides in the first two overs, Sri Lanka posted 320 for five with Kumar Sangakkara hitting a swashbuckling 169. The Proteas could only post 140 in reply and De villiers laid the blame for the defeat with that batting performance. “I still think it was the right decision,” he said of the toss. “We didn’t bowl and bat as well as we could, I think if we had wickets in the end and batted out 50 overs, it would have been a close game. “We looked at the past stats. Eight out
of 10 games have been won by the team chasing, and when I looked at the wicket on Saturday afternoon I realised that it wouldn’t change much over 100 overs. “At night, with the dew and having cool conditions to bat in I thought it would be a good chance for us to chase the runs down, but 320 was too much and we were under pressure from the word go.” Without Hashim Amla in the line-up due to a sore neck, only five South African batsmen reached double figures but De villiers is keen to move on and focus on the rest of the five-match series. “We lost wickets early on which was a problem,” he said. “We had too many big shots going for boundaries instead of working the ball around. We never had a pace and a pattern of play with the bat in hand which was a big problem, there were no partnerships and we kept losing wickets at the wrong time.
chisora beats scott after bizarre disPuted count
SPORtS DeSK Dereck Chisora beat American Malik Scott with a quite bizarre victory to claim the vacant WBO International Heavyweight title at Wembley Arena. Chisora caught Scott with a heavy right hook in the sixth round, and the American took to his knees. Scott appeared unhurt from the shot but took his time getting back to his feet and was counted out. The American was angered at the referee’s call as he claimed he’d beaten the count but the decision stood, bringing an end to one of the strangest and most controversial conclusions seen to a toplevel fight for several years. Chisora’s win is a shot in the arm for his career after losing four of his last six bouts, and he immediately announced his desire to fight vitali Klitschko for the world title. “I knew if I caught him he was going to go down, and I caught him. I want to go back to Germany and fight vitali again,” Chisora said afterwards. “It was the most nervous I have been before a fight, because I just couldn’t afford to lose.” The unbeaten Scott was the much better fighter in the opening three rounds, fighting behind his jab and tying up Chisora whenever the Brit got close. The 32-year-old Philadelphia-born boxer used his superior reach to great effect, elegantly moving around the ring opening up on ‘Del Boy’ when the opportunity presented itself. In comparison, Chisora looked sluggish in the initial rounds as he followed the American into the corners, trying to get in close in an attempt to break through Scott’s guard. The 6’ 5” American was clearly ahead on points before Chisora started to find his feet and connect with some solid combos, and the home town fighter looked to be clawing back the points deficit by the end of the fifth round. The sixth round was going the way of the American until the Zimbabwean-born, Chiswick-based Brit closed down his opponent, pinned him against the ropes and landed a powerful, if quite messy, right hook.
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I wish Tito the best,” he told a press conference. “He knows the football world is behind him right now and sends him positive energy. – Diego Simeone
SPORTS Monday, 22 July, 2013
vergne: i still have red bull chance SPORtS DeSK Jean-Eric vergne believes he still has a chance of landing a drive with Red Bull, despite the team testing Daniel Ricciardo instead of him at Silverstone last week. Red Bull replaced Mark Webber with Ricciardo for last week’s test, where the Toro Rosso man shared the ‘race driver’ tyre duties with Sebastian vettel. That prompted suggestions that Red Bull has narrowed down its 2014 choice to Ricciardo or 2007 Formula 1 world champion Kimi Raikkonen, but vergne told AUTOSPORT at Spielberg on Sunday that he feels he is still in contention for the seat. “I still believe in my chances,” said vergne, who was demonstrating a Red Bull at a World Series by Renault event. “There is of course a chance. I would love to drive for Red Bull. “But so far it makes no sense for me to think about it. It won’t help me.” vergne added that he could understand the fuss surrounding Ricciardo’s test. “It’s been a big story for him of course,” he said. “It’s normal. “I don’t want to think about anything for next year, any chance that I could go to Red Bull Racing whatsoever. “You lose focus, and you lose some energy, so I want to keep it all for this year with Toro Rosso.” The team will use Ricciardo’s run in the Red Bull to benchmark vergne’s relative performances, meaning that the Australian’s outing will indirectly allow it to evaluate the Frenchman further.
thompson sets up chance of rare brother-sister double
SPORtS DeSK Nicholas Thompson carded a second consecutive 65 to push into a tie for the lead after the third round of the Sanderson Farms Championship at Annandale Golf Club on Saturday, setting up a potential rare family double. The 30-year-old’s seven-under round left him tied with in-form Daniel Summerhays and two shots clear of the chasing pack, while his teenage sister Lexi was tied third and three shots off the lead after three rounds at the LPGA tour’s Marathon Classic. Only two brother-sister combinations have ever won on the elite tours and none have managed the feat in the same week. The Thompsons are right in the hunt to become the third duo, however, after Bill Kratzert and his sister Cathy Gerring, and Jackie Gallagher-Smith and brother Jim Gallagher. Thompson opened with a bogey but reeled off eight birdies in his last 15 holes to move to 17-under for the tournament. Summerhays shot a solid 69 to join him at the top. Americans crammed the top nine spots of the leaderboard with Chad Campbell (65), Cameron Beckman (65), Woody Austin (67) and Kyle Reifers (67) sharing third on 15-under. Brendon Todd (66), vaughn Taylor (68) and Bill Lunde (68) were a stroke further back at 14-under. Thompson, who was on the main tour previously in 2006 and from 2008-2010, returned this year as a graduate from the 2012 web.com Tour but has missed seven of his last 12 cuts and posted one top-10 finish back in January.
williams wins fourth clay title of season BAStAD
ERENA Williams completed her dominance on clay this season by beating Johanna Larsson 6-4 6-1 in the WTA Bastad final. It made it 28 clay court wins in a row for Serena with five of her seven 2013 titles coming on the surface - four on red clay and one on green clay (Charleston). Larsson got off to a good start in her home tournament, breaking in the opening game, and was 3-1 in front early but the eight seeded Swede only went on to win two more games as Serena took control. It was the 53rd WTA title of Williams’ career and puts her level with Monica Seles for ninth on the all-time list in the Open era. Meanwhile in Bad Gastein, Austria, Yvonne Meusburger delighted the home fans by winning the first title of her career against Andrea Hlavackova of Czech Republic 7-5 6-2 Meusburger is ranked only 86th in the world but enjoyed a fantastic tournament – not dropping a single set all week.
albasini signs new deal with orica-greenedge
fognini battle to beat federer-conQueror delbonis
HAMBURG: Fabio Fognini saved three match points before going on to beat Federico Delbonis 4-6 7-6(8) 6-2 in the ATP Hamburg final. It was the second title in as many weeks for the Italian after he won in Stuttgart last weekend. It had looked like being storybook triumph for world number 114 Delbonis who had the biggest win of his career against Roger Federer in the semi-final. The Argentine qualifier won the opening set after saving five breaks points before converting with his only opportunity. He was also a break up in the second but Fognini fought back and brought it to a nail-biting tie-break. There the Italian saved three match points before going on to take it 10-8. That seemed to bury Delbonis mentally as Fognini won the first four games of the decider before going on to take it 6.2. AGENCIES
Michael Albasini has extended his contract with Orica-GreenEDGE for two years. The Swiss rider, who has three victories this year since joining the Australian team, was delighted to have extended his deal for two more seasons. “I know I could have had options with other teams, but when it came time to sign, I realised that I don’t want to leave this one,” said Albasini. “As our music video shows, we have a really good team spirit here. It’s nice to work where you can also have fun.” “Michael is one of the stalwarts of our team,” said the team’s sport director Matt White. “He is a very reliable rider in nearly every terrain. He’s a winner, but he’s also a super teammate. “We’ve seen that here at the Tour, and we’ve seen that at every race he starts. He gives as much to his teammates as he does to his personal goals.”
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I am delighted to have signed a long-term contract with the club and I am now very much looking forward to the challenge ahead. – Oscar Garcia
fitzpatrick wins open silver medal, praise from couples
SPORtS DeSK University in Chicago where former world number one and fellow Brit Luke Donald studied, impressed Couples. “He’s very good. He doesn’t miss many shots, hit it straight. As he gets bigger, he’ll hit it a little further, but he hits it plenty far,” said the American veteran who turned professional 14 years before Fitzpatrick was born.
“He’s not like one of these crazy bombers that you see. He’s good. At 18 you should putt well. He’s a good putter.”By making the cut at Muirfield, Fitzpatrick did far better in his first Open than Donald and world number Rory McIlroy, who both missed the cut, and he finished in front of twice former Open champion Padraig Harrington.
De Bruyne injury sours Chelsea win in Malaysia SPORtS DeSK
SPORtS DeSK Holders China scored twice in the final 10 minutes to hold Japan to a 3-3 draw in an entertaining East Asian Cup match in Seoul. Goals from Wang Yongpo, his second of the game, and substitute Sun Ke earned China a point in their first game of the four-nation tournament. China, who have failed to qualify for the 2014 World Cup finals, took an early lead over the Asian champions with a fifthminute penalty. Wang converted from the spot after Japan’s Yuzo Kurihara brought down Yu Dabao. Japan, without their established European stars, soon started to test China keeper Zeng Cheng. They equalised in the 33rd minute when Kurihara made amends for giving away the penalty by turning in debutant Masato Kudo’s header from a corner. Coach Alberto Zaccheroni’s men took control of the fast-paced match after the break and struck twice in the space of minutes around the hour mark to go 3-1 up. Yoichiro Kakitani, playing his first match in national colours, deftly flicked in a cross and then his through pass found Kudo, who beat the advancing Zeng. Wang, who also hit the post, brought China back into the match in the 81st minute by converting his second penalty before substitute Sun completed the comeback six minutes later by volleying in a cross from close range. China will take on hosts South Korea, who drew 0-0 with Australia in the tournament opener, in their next match on Wednesday.
westwood stays in front as Poulter launches charge
ABY-FACED teenager Matthew Fitzpatrick rounded off a dream week on Sunday by claiming the silver medal at the British Open as the leading amateur. The 18-year-old from Sheffield finished with a one-over 72 for a 10-over total for his four rounds over a Muirfield course that has separated the men from the boys this week. After practising with American great Tom Watson on Wednesday, Fitzpatrick signed off after a round with former Masters winner Fred Couples who finished one shot better. “I couldn’t be happier with the way I played out there. It’s been a really good day,” said Fitzpatrick, who looks so young that he has regularly been asked to show his ID this week, told reporters. “I will miss it. It’s back to reality.” Fitzpatrick, who is about to begin a golf scholarship at Northwestern
china hitback to hold jaPan 3-3 in east asian cuP
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Kevin de Bruyne injured himself in the process of scoring a stunning volley as Chelsea eased to a 4-1 win over a Malaysia XI. Bertrand Traore opened the scoring after six minutes with a tidy finish before De Bruyne rifled in a truly brilliant volley, but turned his ankle and appeared to hurt his knee in the process. Romelu Lukaku added a third in first half stoppage time and victor Moses, one of 11 Chelsea substitutes, added a late fourth before Fadhli Shas gave the home fans something to cheer about with an injury time consolation. As expected, Chelsea were dominant from the outset and it took them barely six minutes to
move ahead. De Bruyne created it with a good cut back from the right and Traore stroked in from 12 yards without breaking stride. Chelsea, fielding new signings Mark Schwarzer and Marco van Ginkel, were comfortable and Traore could have notched up his second of the match, but saw his early shot saved. Malaysia created a couple of half
chances that were enough to force Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho to the edge of his technical area. But Chelsea steadied the ship and moved 2-0 ahead in stunning fashion. Latching onto a long ball that was flicked on by Lukaku, De Bruyne found the net with an explosive volley that underlines the young Belgian’s abundant talent. But in the act of scoring such a wonderful goal - his first for Chelsea - De Bruyne injured himself and was stretchered off holding his knee, after turning his ankle. Malaysia enjoyed another good spell but couldn’t find the net, which Chelsea did again on the stroke of half time, this time with Lukaku finishing well after Traore had rolled the ball into his path.
Lee Westwood, bidding to land his first major at the 62nd attempt, was peering over his shoulder at fellow countryman Ian Poulter who was in spectacular Ryder Cup mode in The Open final round. Overnight leader Westwood followed two straight pars with a bogey five at the third to drop back to two under par while Poulter produced a scintillating run further up the course. The 37-year-old, renowned for his majestic performances in the Ryder Cup, began his charge by ramming in a 25-foot eagle putt at the ninth. Poulter then rolled in one putt from 40 feet and two from 25 to land a birdie hat-trick from the 10th as the winds began to gust up to 25mph at Muirfield. He almost made it four in a row but his effort from 10 feet at the 13th slipped just past the hole to remain at level-par. Westwood began with two rock-solid pars but hooked his drive into thick, wispy rough at the third and could not save par from 10 feet as he dropped back to two under. Swede Henrik Stenson was his nearest challenger on one under after opening with two birdies in the first five holes. World number one Tiger Woods looked out of sorts and was muttering darkly to himself after two bogeys in the first four holes dropped him back to one over. The American, seeking his 15th Major victory, three-putted from 90 feet at the first before letting another shot slip three holes later.
SAUNDERS MARCHES TOWARDS RYDER DEFENCE SPORtS DeSK British and Commonwealth middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders (18-0) put on a classy display to take the WBO International bauble from Cork’s Gary ‘Spike’ O’Sullivan (16-1) by margins of 120-109 twice and 119-110 at Wembley last night. Throughout the fight, Saunders never looked troubled by O’Sullivan’s pressure. However, the Cork fighter remained a threat and wasn’t put off by Saunders’ dazzling array of shots, which were delivered with speed and style, but lacked venom. Saunders set about keeping O’Sullivan behind his jab in the opener. The Cork fighter was slow to respond but did catch Saunders with a well-thrown uppercut, which was laughed off. The former Olympian was made to work hard by O’Sullivan, who had slightly more success in the third and fourth rounds. His corner pleaded with him to let his shots go more, but Saunders’ fast hands and shot selection made it difficult for the Cork fighter to beat out any kind of rhythm. The slightly repetitive sessions were rounded off with a more aggressive effort from O’Sullivan in the closer, but Saunders stepped off and boxed his way to
comfortable decision, answering any questions about his stamina at this level. At the very least, this win means the Hatfield middleweight takes O’Sullivan’s fourth place in the WBO rankings Saunders’ promoter’s preferred route to a world title, with the middleweight version currently held by Peter ‘Kid Chocolate’ Quillin (22-0). Saunders said after the fight: “O’Sullivan’s rated four by the WBO and I made him look silly, I made him look
ordinary. “I want to win the Lonsdale belt outright, and them I’m gonna go for Peter Quillin.” Trainer Jimmy Tibbs was a little more reserved: “We are a little way off of the best potential yet. He’s got ability. He’s always had ability, but at his age, 23, I’ve always said this and Frank (Promoter) knows this and agrees with me. When he’s 25, 26, no one will be able to touch him. He’ll be a proper man. And it goes on from there. All these champions, they’re all 30, 33.”
Next up for Saunders should be a British title defence at the Copper Box Arena on September 21 against Islington’s John ‘The Gorilla’ Ryder (15-0). Saunders concluded his post fight interview by stating: “If John Ryder beats me, I’ll give up boxing.” On the undercard, Hartlepool prospect Bradley Saunders (6-0) returned after seven months out of the ring and was impressive in stopping Irishman Michael Kelly (8-6-1) at 41 seconds into the fifth round of a scheduled six. Saunders made a quick start, forcing Kelly to take a knee in the first from a welltimed left hook to the body. 38 year-old Kelly threw very little, and had to cope with Saunders’ closing him down and letting go with heavy, persistent work. He was stopped by referee Robert Williams after taking too many unreturned not long into the fifth. Enfield super middle Frank ‘Wise Guy’ Buglioni (9-0) was unimpressive in labouring to a 79-74 victory against Lithuanian Pitbull Kirill Psonko (10-25). Buglioni started brightly enough, but Psonko, who has been stopped by both Chris Eubank Jr and Margate’s Jack Morris, weathered the storm and grew in confidence as the fight progressed.
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district mayor among rain plays havoc in various six killed in Khost districts of Punjab, five die in rain-related incidents KHOSt CItY NNI
The brother of Spera district chief was killed along with five other people in the eastern Afghan province of Khost on Sunday morning, said an official. “Militants launched an attack on the house of Spera administrative chief Mohammad Azam in Ismahil Khail district killing his brother Mohammad Khalil,” administrative chief of Ismahil Khail district, Younus Zadran, said. He said five bodyguards
of Mohammad Azam were also killed in the incident. However, Azam escaped the attack unhurt. He said Khalil - brother of Mohammad Azim - was also Dwamanda district mayor. He was assailed along with his five bodyguards as they strolled in a garden next to the official’s residence. Following the attack which took place at around 7:00 am local time, a pursuit operation was launched against the fleeing rebels, the official added. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Bus carrying egypt soldiers hits truck, 16 killed CAIRO AGENCIES
A bus carrying Egyptian soldiers crashed into a truck on a highway near the Mediterranean coast early on Sunday, killing 16, a security official said. The accident took place on the highway between Cairo and the port city of Alexandria as the soldiers were heading home from their military base in northwestern Egypt for a vacation to join their families during the holy month of Ramadan, the official said. The
official said the dead included 15 soldiers and a driver, while another 40 people were injured. They were rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to the press. Road accidents are common in Egypt due to badly maintained roads and poor enforcement of traffic laws. According to a 2012 World Health Organisation report, road accidents kill about 12,000 people each year in a population of about 90 million.
Recently, Afghan officials and pro-government figures have been targeted as the Taliban insurgents intensified activities against government interests across the country. Earlier, Ahmad Wali Tahiri, brother of Afghan National Security Advisor Rangin Dadfar Spant, was killed in a drive-by shooting in western Herat province. He was a district prosecutor there. Residents of the area confirmed the incident. No one has so far claimed responsibility.
ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT/AGENCIES
LOODS in rivers and subsidiaries due to the recent heavy rains inundated several villages in western Punjab on Sunday. According to details, the monsoon rains flooded rivers and nullahs, playing havoc in various villages of Sialkot, Daska, Pasrur and Kasur. According to media re-
ports, several areas of Sialkot, including all main city roads were submerged by rainwater and sewage. The affected areas included Model Town, Kutchery Road, Paris Road, Abbot Road, Jail Road, Railway Road, Mujahid Road, Shahabpura Road, Rangpura, Hajipura, Prem Nagar, Pooran Nagar, Commissioner Road, Allama Iqbal Chowk, Khadim Ali Road, Sialkot
15 afghans held under foreign act QuettA APP
Law enforcement personnel on Sunday held 15 Afghan nationals under the foreign act at Mian Ghundi check post near Hazar Ganji area of the provincial capital. Police sources said the Afghan nationals were arrested from a passenger bus during checking for not possessing proper documents to enter Pakistan. Further investigations are underway.
deaths rock trust in India’s school meals scheme NeW DeLHI AGENCIES
The fatal poisoning of 23 Indian children has rocked trust in the world’s largest free school lunch scheme, but experts say some pupils have no choice but to eat the free lunches. The nationwide scheme feeds some 120 million youngsters every day and is seen as key to persuading parents who are battling poverty to send their children to school rather than condemn them to illiteracy and malnutrition. But since dozens of pupils fell ill last Tuesday at a primary school in the eastern state of Bihar, reports have emerged of other mass hospitalisations and even maggots being found in some meals. Tens of thousands of children were reported to be refusing to eat their lunches in the immediate aftermath of the tragedy. While there has been widespread revulsion over the revelations, experts say the scheme is nevertheless a crucial weapon in the war against malnutrition and also serves to undercut caste prejudice. Forensic tests have shown that the oil used to cook the lunch in Bihar contained a “highly toxic” form of insecticide, underlining fears that monitoring of food quality is inadequate. The children died after
eating lentils, potatoes and rice cooked with oil containing an agricultural insecticide that was five times the strength sold in the market place, according to the tests. “I can accept accidents can happen anywhere,” activist Dipa Sinha of the Right to Food Campaign said. “But the scale of this incident and the carelessness, the sheer callousness of the response, the delay in treating the children, is shocking.” The tragedy may have caused widespread shock but it is hardly an isolated incident. Twenty children were admitted to hospital on Friday after they ate lunch at school in the state of Goa, although they were all later released. Last year more than 130 students needed hospital treatment in the western city of Pune after eating a school lunch, the Times of India reported. A probe revealed that the food was contaminated with E coli bacteria. But Alex George, of ActionAid India’s Child Rights Hub, said poor families had little choice but to allow their children to take part in the scheme. “For them, this midday meal is often the only wholesome meal they may get in a day.” A government survey last year found that 42 percent of Indian children under the age
of five were underweight. Several parents who lost children in the Bihar tragedy said they had relied on the school to serve their kids their one square meal of the day. “We have no food at home and it was only to ensure that my children got at least some food that I sent them to the school,” Sanjudevi Mahatoshe, a mother who lost three children in the tragedy, said. For all its faults, advocates of the programme say the scheme does bring major benefits, not least by erasing social boundaries as children of different castes eat together. “It has had a huge impact – not just on enrollment, but also on retention rates,” Delhi-based economist Reetika Khera said. “Poorer kids tend to spend more years in school, thanks to the midday meal.” Tamil Nadu was the first Indian state to adopt a school feeding programme in 1982. Other local governments gradually followed and in 2001, India’s Supreme Court ordered all states to provide free lunches to students in state-run primary schools. A 2010 government planning commission report on the scheme found the majority of the schools sampled lacked fully functional kitchens, enough utensils and adequate storage space. Published by Arif Nizami at Plot # 7, Al-Baber Centre, F/8 Markaz, Islamabad.
Airport Road, Hajipura Road and all surrounding residential, industrial and commercial areas including Railway Station and District Jail. All roads leading to Sialkot International Airport were also blocked by rainwater. The flood water also destroyed various crops cultivated on hundreds of acres of land in these districts. Five people, including a woman, were reported killed
while many others were injured in a roof collapse and other rain related incidents. The people of affected areas called for immediate relief efforts. They demanded Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif to direct Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) to take steps on an emergency basis for the provision of temporary residence and food commodities to the affected people.