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T least six people were killed and 50 others sustained injuries when a passenger bus en route to Sargodha exploded outside the Cantonment Railway Station on Saturday. The inter-city bus bearing registration number ND-2888 was carrying over 50 passengers to up country when it exploded. The ill-fated bus erupted in a fireball after the explosion. Investigation agencies have failed to conclude whether it was a CNG cylinder or air condition compressor blast or if explosives were used to blow the bus up. The explosion was massive and heard miles away from the scene of the incident. Electric poles installed in the surroundings were felled, while windowpanes and billboards on and around the buildings close to the railway station were also smashed to pieces. The explosion triggered a stampede inside the railway station’s premises and passengers waiting for the Karakoram Express and Millat Express left the platforms in fear. A fire broke out in the bus following the blast that resulted in severe burn injuries to several passengers. The intensity of the explosion tore the vehicle’s roof apart and forced it upside down ahead of the bus. The fire-fighting squad rushed to the spot to extinguish the fire that engulfed the entire bus within minutes. The Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) and forensic experts also reached the area to gather evidence. Law en-

forcement agencies launched a search operation in the hotels located around the railway station with help of sniffing dogs. The police also searched the luggage of passengers and later declared the hotels clear. All link roads to the railway station were blocked for all type of vehicular traffic by investigation teams and were reopened after the completion of rescue and search operations. There remains confusion over the number of people killed and injured in the blast. Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) Director Seemin Jamali said five dead bodies were brought to hospital and over 50 injured people were under treatment. She said four dead bodies were identified as Fazalur Rehman, Muhammad Nadeem, Muhammad Shafique, and Panya. The JPMC also published a list of over 50 injured persons. The Sindh minister for health visited the JPMC to enquire after the injured and announced that 18 people were injured in the explosion. He said nine of the injured were admitted to the surgical ward, two to Surgical ICU and seven were admitted to Neurospinal ward. A minor child, said to a resident of Cantt Railway Station and injured in blast, was brought to National Institute of Child Health (NICH), but succumbed to his wounds sometime later. Frere area Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Aleem Buloo said six people, including a child, were killed and 18 others had been injured. Continued on page 04

21 ABDUCTED LEVIES OFFICIALS SLAIN Monitoring Desk Twenty-one of the 23 Levies personnel abducted by militants on Thursday were reportedly killed late on Saturday night. A private TV channel quoting its sources said the bodies of 21 Levies personnel were found in Peshawar FR’s Hassan Khel area. They added that authorities had confirmed the identity of 19 of the dead. The channel said political agents and tribal elders left to redeem the bodies of the martyred officials. Dozens of armed militants had attacked two security force checkposts in Peshawar with grenades and rockets two days ago. The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) had claimed responsibility for the attack.

Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Saturday faced another snub from Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf within a month's time, as the PM took notice of "unpleasant intervention" by Malik into the affairs of the IT Ministry and directed the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to shut down YouTube after a brief restoration on Saturday.

The controversial site was blocked within two hours of its reopening by the IT Ministry, which is directly under the prime minister’s control. Earlier within moments of the reopening of YouTube, the popular video-sharing website, a TV channel reported that the blasphemous material had not been blocked and almost all links could be opened easily. Continued on page 04


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Measles claims three more lives, toll reaches 76 BADIN: At least three more children suffering from measles died on Saturday in Tando Bago area of Badin, bringing the death toll to 76. Blaming the health department of negligence, the families of the deceased said no team of the department came to vaccinate their children. The government, on the other hand, said over 5 million children below 9 years of age, in 29 districts of Sindh & Balochistan, have been vaccinated against measles during on-going campaign. Measles is caused by the measles virus; a singlestranded, negative-sense enveloped RNA virus of the genus Morbillivirus within the family Paramyxoviridae. Humans are the natural hosts of the virus; no animal reservoirs are known to exist. nnI

Earthquake measuring 5.8 on Richter scale jolts various parts of country ISLAMABAD: A moderate earthquake, measuring 5.8 on the Richter scale, struck in the northern Hindu Kush region on Saturday, according to the Meteorological Department. Several parts of the country were jolted by the quake including Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Lahore, Sheikhupura, Peshawar, Mardan, Swat, Buner, Malakand, Swabi, Nowshera, Charsadda, Orakzai Agency, Momand Agency, Hazara, Abbotabad and Azad Jammu & Kashmir. The quake struck around 10:51pm and its epicenter was reported to be in the Hindu Kush range, according to meteorologist Muzammil Hussain. “The epicenter of the earthquake, with a depth of 116 kilometres, was monitored at 35.69 degrees north latitude and 70.54 degrees east longitude,” he added. APP

CNG prices to be finalised next week: OGRA chairman ISLAMABAD: Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) Chairman Saeed Ahmad Khan on Saturday said CNG prices will be finalised in a meeting of the special committee likely to be convened next week. Talking to a private TV channel, he said all the stakeholders, including OGRA, had filed their proposals for the CNG price fixation formula. “The meeting of the special committee is likely to be held next week under Law Minister Farooq H Naik,” he added. “I hope this will be a final meeting and the CNG prices will be finalised therein,” he said. OnlInE

Defence secretary misquoted on foreign issues: spokesman ISLAMABAD: News item published in a section of the press quoting the secretary of defence on foreign issues has been termed “out of context and based on assumptions”. In response to a question, a spokesman of the Ministry of Defence clarified that the remarks attributed to the defence secretary by some sections of the press were incorrect and out of context. He said Pakistan, the United States and the United Kingdom were engaged in bilateral strategic dialogues to strengthen cooperation in a broad range of areas on the basis of mutual respect and mutual interest. “We have similar arrangements with a number of other countries. We remain committed with our international partners to counter the threat of terrorism and to promote durable peace and stability in the region which is in the national interest of Pakistan. APP

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The Planning Commission of Pakistan (PCP) has so far released Rs 104.4 billion under the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) against the total allocations of Rs.233 billion for the fiscal year 2012-13. Of total, Rs 55.7 billion have been released for 345 infrastructure development projects while Rs. 42.6 billion for 688 social sector projects was released up to December 29, according to the latest data of the Planning Commission. Similarly, Rs 1.1 billion have been released for 68 other projects and Rs 2 billion for Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority (ERRA). According to data, these releases have been made against Rs 233 billion PSDP allocations. The total size of the PSDP for the year 2012-13 is Rs 360 billion, including Rs 100 billion foreign aid, which is managed by Economic Affairs Division and Rs 27 billion special programmes, release of which are made by Cabinet Division or Finance Division. According to break up details, total cost of 345 infrastructure projects has been estimated at Rs 2346.7 billion, of which Rs 211.1 billion have been earmarked in the 2012-13 budget that include Rs 85.6 billion as foreign aid. Likewise, the total cost of social sector projects is Rs 549.8 billion, of which Rs 135.9 billion have been allocated in the current PSDP with foreign aid of Rs 8.4 billion. The cost of other projects has been estimated at Rs 40.6 billion out of which Rs 3 billion have been earmarked in the PSDP 2012-13 while Rs 10 billion have been earmarked for ERRA in the current development programme. The Planning Commission of Pakistan has been following a proper mechanism for the release of funds and accordingly funds are released as per given mechanism.

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A remarkable victory has been achieved for the most coveted slot of the chairman of the most prestigious club of the country, as Salman Siddique has become the chairman of Lahore Gymkhana. In a close contest fought between the two rival groups, the businessmen and bureaucrat panel finally won after securing eight out of 12 seats. The names of the winning candidates are as follows: Misbahur Rehman, Salman Siddiq, Kamran Lashari, Ziaur Rehman, Pervaiz Bhandara, Samera Maroof, Shaukat Javed, Shafqat Rana, Pervaiz Bashir Agha, Justice (r) Sipra and Samiur Rehman. The results came as a surprise for many as the businessmen panel had joined hands with the bureaucrats for the first time in order to beat the incumbent panel led by Ziaur Rehman. Previously, sleeves were rolled up for the campaign and the atmosphere was electrified further as canvassing reached its peak in the elections for the cov-

eted slot of the Lahore Gymkhana Club chairman. A total of 4,800 members had been registered at the club and would elect a 12member committee of management. Per the past trend, only 50 percent of the registered members cast their votes to elect the 12 members who further elected a chairman from amongst themselves after the elections had ended. Historically, two groups have struggled to dominate the political scene of the prestigious club. One group had traditionally included landlords, politicians and businessmen, while the other had been dominated by civil servants. The former was formed by Nawab Qazalbash who remained the chairman in the 50s and 60s followed by Sardar Ahmad Ali who remained chairman for three years. Moreover, since 1980 up till 2011, only two non-government servants have remained chairmen, former governor Khawaja Tariq Raheem and renowned businessman Misbaurrehman, who lost the last elections to Ziaur Rehman.

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The 98th Midshipmen Commissioning term and 7th SSC Officers’ class, comprising a total of 118 officers, got commissioned today at Pakistan Naval Academy PNS Rahbar, upon completion of rigorous training. Chief of the Army Staff General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani was the chief guest. Upon his arrival, the general was received by Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Mohammad Asif Sandila. Addressing the ceremony, the chief guest extended his heartiest felicitations to the graduating midshipmen on their completion of training and commission into officer cadre of Pakistan Navy. “This day, marks the beginning of a lifelong commitment, to safeguarding the maritime frontiers of your motherland. It is a challenging responsibility, which requires unflinching dedication selfless devotion, and, above all, continuous pursuit of excellence in profession,” he said. The chief guest added, “You are joining a proud and prestigious service. Pakistan Navy has a glorious past. You will need highest qualities of intellect, and character, to come up to the standards, set by your predecessors. I am confident, that Naval Academy has equipped you, with the leadership attributes, and correct professional attitude, that will make your task easier. You immaculate turn out, smart drill and dignified poise, is reflective of the high standards of training, at the Pakistan Naval Academy, for which, I congratulate the commandant, faculty, and, all those involved in your training.”


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RIME Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf on Saturday said next general elections would be conducted on time. Addressing a function of the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry‚ the premier said the traders and industrialists of Karachi are role model and trend setters of the country. He said that the business community‚ industrialists and other segments of the society should understand the matters of each other and seek others opinions before going to make any decisions. “If we think in isolation and continue to complain‚ it would ultimately not be in favour of the country,” he said. “Instead of transferring responsibilities we all should play our roles in individual capacities in building the country.” Raja expressed his happiness and satisfac-

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tion that the taxpayer number in Karachi was maximum than any other part of the country. He said, “We have to spread this trend in other parts of our country.” He said, “The traders and industrialists of Karachi are role model and trend setters of the country and we are proud of our noble citizens.” The prime minister said, “Within next few months we are moving towards a democratic transition by holding elections and it is the resolve of the government to set the best example to go for it in a peaceful manner.” He said, “It is the duty of each of us whatever he does in profession to create a conducive atmosphere in our country and then hopefully we would excel in all the matters and we will march on the road of progress.” He said the key to a peaceful and democratic and sovereign parliament and government was with the people. He said law and order situation would be resolved by bringing a democratic government.

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Four policemen killed in Quetta targeted attack QUETTA: Four police officials were gunned down on Saturday in the city. A police patrolling van was on duty in the Ghausabad area of Satellite Town when unidentified armed people opened fire on the vehicle and fled from the scene. Three patrolling officials succumbed to their injuries on the spot while the fourth one received fatal injuries. The bodies and the injured were shifted to the Civil Hospital. Later, the injured was shifted to the Combined Military Hospital, but he died. The deceased were identified as Assistant Sub-inspector Ajab Khan, constables Abdur Rehman, Abdul Jabbar and Ghulam Dastagir. Capital City Police Officer Major(r) Zubair Mahmood confirmed the killings and said police would continue to render sacrifices, adding that 30 police personnel had laid their lives in the last six months. He said that terrorists would be brought to book. sHAHzADA zulFIQAR

Rejecting any constitutional and political crisis in the province, Balochistan Governor Nawab Zulfiqar Ali Magsi on Saturday said a no-trust motion against the provincial assembly’s speaker could not be termed as a crisis. Nawab Magsi said having differences is a part of the democratic process, hence, the no-trust motion against Balochistan Assembly Speaker Muhammad Aslam Bhootani could not be termed as a “crisis”. While talking to journalists after the 5th convocation of Sardar Bahadur Khan Women University, Magsi said despite the fact that he had invited several provincial ministers to attend the convocation, none turned up. Responding to a question, the governor said Higher Education Commission had reduced the funds of universities not only in Balochistan, but all over Pakistan. “The issue has already been taken up and efforts are underway to resolve the

He said the democratic process is flourishing naturally and globally in Pakistan and it would be a leap forward towards a peaceful and developed country within the next five years.

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matter,” he said. Besides conferring degrees on more than 300 students, Magsi announced Rs 100, 000 for all 7 position holders, Addressing the convocation, the governor said women comprised 51 per cent of our total population and without focusing on their education we can never become a developed nation.

Pakistan is set to miss the target of granting India the Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status by December 31 due to vested interests, officials alleged. Pakistan announced in October 2011 that it will grant MFN status to India from January 1, 2013. Meanwhile, trade relations improved significantly between the two countries. India had granted MFN status to Pakistan in 1996. However, non- tariff barriers remained intact on exports from Pakistan and both sides did not make much of progress towards trade liberalisation. The next possible cabinet meeting will be held on January 2, 2013 and the issue of granting MFN status to India is not on the agenda, the officials conceded. They further added that Pakistan has also missed the deadline of December 15, 2012 to abolish the negative list. The trade officials claimed they had completed their homework on the matter but it seemed that certain forces were pressurizing the government to avoid granting the status.

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Experts have viewed the latest statements by the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) as ‘’posturing’, according to Brisbane Times on Saturday. The TTP had said they wanted to negotiate a ceasefire, in a video statement by their leader, Hakeemullah Mehsud. Imtiaz Gul, an Islamabad-based author and expert, said the Taliban were mounting an ‘’orchestrated campaign to improve [their] image’’ following three high-profile attacks in Peshawar. This month several suicide bombers struck at the northern city’s airport, a senior provincial politician was killed in a bombing, and on

Thursday 22 paramilitary forces were kidnapped. ‘’They feel they have the upper hand. They have been trying to improve their image for some time through less indiscriminate attacks on ordinary people and more targeted assassinations or attacks on the police, paramilitary [forces] or politicians,’’ Gul said. In a letter distributed to local news media this week, another commander of the Taliban demanded that Pakistan rewrite its laws and constitution to conform with Islamic law, break its unpopular alliance with the US, stop interfering in the war in Afghanistan, and instead focus on India to seek revenge for Pakistan’s defeat in the 1971 war with its neighbour. The demands ap-

peared designed to appeal to popular local sentiment. There is increasing evidence that the Taliban’s hold on communities along Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan has weakened after the murder of elders, teachers and health workers. Their extreme violence has revolted many ordinary Pakistanis. However, senior police officials say the Taliban retain a network of active militants and supporters across much of the country, despite pressure from counter-terrorism agencies and the army and attacks from US drones. There was no immediate response from Pakistani authorities to the Taliban video. Mehsud blamed the Pakistani government for the violence along the frontier with

Afghanistan, and said his movement would follow the strategic lead of the Afghan Taliban after most NATO troops withdraw from the neighbouring country in 2014. He reaffirmed his organisation’s support for Al Qaeda, much of whose remaining senior leadership is believed to be based in Pakistan. ‘’We are Afghan Taliban and Afghan Taliban are us,’’ he said. ‘’We are with them and Al Qaeda. We are even willing to get our heads cut off for Al Qaeda.’’ Western intelligence experts interviewed in recent months say the exact nature of the movement’s relationship with the group founded by Osama bin Laden in the 1980s is unclear but unlikely to be as close as Mehsud claims.

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meeting of the executive committee of APNS was held on Saturday to discuss the action of the Multan Hawkers Union (MHU) against Daily Jang and its coercive attempts to increase commission to hawkers. APNS President Sarmad Ali briefed members about discussions with the general secretary of the MHU, adding that they reached an agreement to try and resolve issues through dialogue until January 5, 2013. Hameed Haroon, former APNS president, also spoke about his discussions with the MHU general secretary, the Multan situation and how the APNS should collectively counter the situation in short and long terms. After discussion, the following resolution was passed: The executive committee of the APNS is unanimous in condemning the unilateral strike by the Multan Hawkers Union while negotiations were continuing with the hawkers federation. The executive committee decided to invite Tikka Khan and Shaikh Umer Din, general secretary and deputy general secretary of the Akhbar Farosh Federation respectively, to explain why the MHU took a

unilateral decision in defiance and contradiction of the Federation’s decision. The role of Umer Din, deputy general secretary of the federation, would also be reviewed in instigating and leading this rebellion against his own general secretary. The committee expressed their resolve to stand by the Jang Group in this unilateral action against it by the MHU. The executive committee decided to form two sub-committees: to negotiate with the hawkers federation; and the second body will be charged with developing a long term alternate distribution system. The meeting was attended by Sarmad Ali, Masood Hamid (secretary general), Javed Mehr Shamsi (finance secretary), Hameed Haroon (ex-officio), Shahrukh Hassan (Jang), Minhaj Kazmi (Khabrain), Arshad A Zuberi (Business Recorder), Abbas Abdul Latif (Nawa-iWaqt), Najamuddin Sheikh (Deyanat), Mukhtar Aqil (Jurat, Khi), Aamir Mahmood (Kiran), Mushtaq Qureshi (Naye Ufaq), Salman Qureshi (Naya Rukh), Faisal Zahid Malik (Pakistan Observer), Ilyas Shakir (Qaumi Akhbar), Mehmood Sheikh (Roohani Digest), Riaz Ahmed Mansuri (The Cricketer), Niloufer Patel and Khawaja Kaleem (Dawn).

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Russia on Saturday acknowledged that Syria's President Bashar alAssad would not be persuaded to leave power, but nonetheless insisted there was still a chance of finding a political solution to the Syrian conflict. Moscow's caution came as forces loyal to Assad seized a district of the strategic central city of Homs after a fierce assault that a Britain-based watchdog said sparked a humanitarian crisis. The latest diplomatic push saw Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov meet UN-Arab League peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi for talks that represented a final end-of-year bid to accelerate moves to halt 21 months of bloodshed. The talks came amid emerging signs that Russia was beginning to distance itself from Assad's government and urgent efforts by Brahimi to resurrect a failed peace initiative that world powers agreed to in Geneva in June.

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Within no time, the prime minister took notice of the development and his Press Secretary Shafqat Jalil called the news channel to inform that the website had been blocked again. Malik had earlier been snubbed by the PM when Ashraf annulled the announcement by the interior minister to ban sale of cellular SIMs at shops. Only a fortnight ago, the entry of Malik was also recently banned in the Presidency after President Asif Ali Zardari was approached by real estate tycoon Malik Riaz Hussain, who complained against Malik’s move of filing an investigation report against him with a court of law. However, Malik remained successful in persuading Riaz to withdraw his complaint with the president. Well-placed sources in the government informed Pakistan Today that YouTube had been opened after the PM was informed through a summary by the ministry. The source added that Malik, who heads the ministerial committee tasked with looking after the affairs of auction of 3-G licences, had played a key role in forwarding the summary to the prime minister for unblocking YouTube. “The prime minister was informed that

the PTA had made necessary arrangements to reopen the website to win the confidence of the people at large, especially the youth that was unhappy with the blockade,” the source said, adding that Malik had also claimed that the reopening of Youtube might help the PPP government regain support of the youth, who were leaning towards Imran Khan-led Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf. A source in the ministry of IT said Malik had ordered the PTA chief to restore the website. He said Malik had tweeted on Friday night following repeated requests by his followers to reopen the site that the YouTube would be reopened soon. "YouTube would be restored within 24 hours. There was a great demand to unblock YouTube,” Malik tweeted. A PTA official said talks were underway with the administration of Google to remove blasphemous content from Youtube. He said once the matter was resolved and an agreement was reached, the matter would be resolved once and for all. The video-sharing website had been blocked after violent protests over the posting of an anti-Islam film on YouTube. Prior to this blockade, YouTube had also been blocked after similar incidents in 2008 and 2010.

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The explosion took place at 3:01pm in the bus carrying over 50 passengers, adding that the reasons for the explosion could not be ascertained as yet. Some investigation officials declared the blast a result of explosion in CNG cylinders or air condition compressor, however, Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Special Investigation Group (SIG) and Special Investigation Unit (SIU) Chief Raja Umar Khitab were of the view that explosives were used in the incident. A Criminal Investigation Department (CID) team said the explosion was caused by CNG cylinders on the bus, as the team had not found nut, bolts or ball bearings usually used in improvised explosive devices. However, the FIA SIG team said there were 16 types of explosive materials that were usually used in carrying out blast across the country in the past fes years. “The smell of explosive materials could be sensed easily from the spot and if nut, bolts and ball bearings were not used in the explosion, it did not mean that a CNG cylinder or air condition compressor of bus exploded,” a team member told Pakistan Today. The explosion took place near the Red Zone of Karachi, which sent alarm bells ringing across the port city. The security of Red Zone was immediately beefed up to secure Headquarter Karachi Commander, Headquarter Commander Logistics and Naval Headquarters, all of which are located nearby. Naval Provost Headquarter, Naval Officers Residential Estate, Naval Police Headquarters and Pakistan Navy Roshan Khan Jahangir Complex, which are a few miles way from blast site, were also provided extra security. The security of Sindh Governor House, Sindh Chief Minister House, Sindh Assembly and all provincial government offices are also located in Red Zone, besides three five star hotels.

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death is a matter of shame and sorrow for all of us. Let's resolve that we will not let her death go in vain. Aren't we all responsible for her death? Can we all now do something so that half of humanity starts feeling safe amongst us?" The mourners protested against the security lockdown of India Gate and Raisina Hill where violent demonstrations were witnessed last weekend over the rape. "The government is not even allowing us to mourn her death. This is insensitivity. There is complete lock down. The metro station is shut, the roads completely blocked. This is undemocratic," a protester Sunil said. Manish Sisodia said the government was muzzling the voice of people by shutting the metro and closing down India Gate. "This is a moment of national grief. This is also a moment of national shame. We, as a nation, have failed to provide conditions in which women can lead a normal life without being subjected to indignities. We, as a society, have failed to evolve a culture of respect and equality for women,” the AAP said in a statement. "This event and the subsequent developments have no doubt generated widespread outrage and justified anger. But today we must convert this into a positive resolve. Let us all resolve that we shall convert this moment into a movement to end all forms of violence against women. Let ‘No Violence Against Women’ be our national new year's resolution," it said. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh led appeals for calm. Protesters who gathered at the Jantar Mantar thoroughfare in central Delhi said the unnamed student's death was a wake-up call for a country in denial about the levels of violence that women faced.

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Some of the protesters, who gathered in outlying areas of the capital, carried banners that read "Hang the Rapist". Though the six men already been arrested have yet to be formally charged, they are now the subject of a murder investigation. "We have booked all the six accused under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code. It is a non-bailable offence which carries the death sentence," police spokesperson Rajan Bhagat said. Formal charges are expected to be filed by January 3. "For some reason, and I don't really know why, she got through to us," well-known columnist Nilanjana Roy wrote in a blog on Saturday. Sonia Gandhi, the leader of the ruling Congress party, directly addressed the protesters in a rare broadcast on state television, saying as a mother and a woman, she understood their grievances. "Your voice has been heard," Gandhi said. "It deepens our determination to battle the pervasive and the shameful social attitudes that allow men to rape and molest women with such impunity." Shah Rukh Khan, the famous actor in Bollywood, tweeted that the victim had forced India to confront a shameful reality. "We couldn't save u but wat a big voice u have ... That voice is telling us that rape is not an aberration, not a mistake," he wrote. "Rape embodies sexuality as our culture & society has defined it. I am so sorry that I am a part of this society and culture." Condoling, the Indian Medical Association questioned the airlifting of the victim to Singapore for advanced treatment and wanted to know whether hospitals in India lacked infrastructure to treat such patients. The IMA asked the government whether the reason to shift the patient was purely for medical purposes or there were other factors.


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RAWALPINDI: A woman selling food at a makeshift restaurant near Fawara Chowk to earn enough money that can sustain her family on a day-to-day basis. INP

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HE Indian medical student whose gang rape triggered mass protests calling for better protection for women might become a source of encouragement for Pakistani women too to raise their voices, as this crime is increasing with each passing day in the country. According to details, Islamabad had witnessed a 10 percent rise in the first 11 months of the ongoing year as compared to the corresponding period last year. In two separate cases registered in the Kohsar Police Station, a father was alleged to have raped his own daughter, while a fatherin-law allegedly raped his daughter-in-law after bringing her with him to Islamabad from her native village. “Currently, the rapists are being trailed under sections 376,377, 496 and 365 B of Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) and Zina Ordinance, in which rapists often managed to get some relaxation. I think, Islamic law should be applied to give capital punishment to rapists,” Shaista Tubbasam Khan, Advocate High Court said. She said that rapes and other sexual crimes went unreported and offenders rarely got punished for their wrong deeds. The lawyer, dealing in rape cases, said that besides other factors, establishment of internet cafés, in roads made by the western culture and sheesha parlours could be a few reasons behind the rise in this crime. “In many cases, we see that the girls inspired by

western cultures are first trapped in the name of love and friendship and then raped,” she added. According to data collected by this scribe from various police stations, as many as 198 cases of rape were registered in the first 11 months of this year, while 178 cases were registered in corresponding period last year. Meanwhile, police had yet to complete the paperwork of 38 rape cases and the process was being pushed forward at a snail’s pace. In the month of January, police registered 12 rape cases, 11 in February, 16 in March, 16 in April, 24 in May, 21 in June, 26 in July, 19 in August, 29 in September, 18 in October and six in November. From among the 138 cases, the courts have so far disposed off 10 cases, convicted one accused, and acquitted seven people. It may be noted here that the above mentioned cases were registered under the Zina Ordinance. Advocate Shaista said, “Zina is either committed by a man, who is an adult and is in perfect mental condition, with a woman to whom he is not and does not suspect himself to be married with. On the other hand, it is committed by a woman, who is an adult and mentally stable, with a man to whom she is not, and does not suspect herself to be married with.” Meanwhile, the 23-year-old Indian medical student, who was severely beaten, raped and later thrown out of moving bus on December 16 in Delhi, died on Friday in a Singapore hospital where she was admitted for treatment.

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More than 550 graduates and post graduates of the Ripha International University were awarded degrees in the Seventh Convocation held here on Saturday at the Jinnah Convention Centre. International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences, Hussain Ebrahim Jamal (HEJ) Research Institute of Chemistry, University of Karachi Patron-in-Chief Prof Dr Atta ur Rahman, was the chief guest while University of Management and Technology, Lahore Rector Dr Hasan So-

haib Murad was the guest of honor on the seventh convocation. More than 550 students were awarded degrees at the convocation. The graduate and post-graduate students belonged to various faculties including the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Management Sciences, Engineering and Applied Sciences, Computing, Social Sciences and Humanities, Basic Sciences and Media Sciences. 13 Zulfiqar Gold Medals and 16 Chancellor’s Gold Medals were awarded to the graduates and postgraduates for obtaining top positions

in the examinations and securing distinction for their best performance in the academic field in various disciplines. Speaking on the occasion Prof Dr Atta congratulated the graduating students and prayed for their success in practical life. He also congratulated the management and faculty of the Riphah International University for maintaining high standards of education and for holding regular convocations. He said Pakistan needed highly educated youth with a commitment to transform society into a knowledgebased society. He further said that higher educational institutions had to play a vital role in social development and educational transformation of the people. Riphah International University was making a great contribution in this regard, he added. Dr. Hasan Sohaib Murad, in his speech, said that the public sector, as well as the private sector, had to play a responsible role in building the future based on knowledge economies. He said Riphah International University had set an example for other institutions in imparting standard professional education with special focus being provided to character building of the students. The Ripah International University Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Anis Ahmad, in his address, said that we were living in an age of globalisation marked with global challenges in strategic areas of economy, education, security and culture. He said the university had tried its best to prepare graduates with knowledge, skills and leadership qualities to meet these challenges effectively and successfully. New logo of Riphah International University was also launched at the convocation.

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06 Islamabad New blood test to reveal entire life span of people

ISLAmABAD: A toddler slides down smiling as his father supports him with his firm hand at a local park in F-6. The sun appeared from behind the clouds after a gap of two days in the federal capital to the delight of the citizens. NNI

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Researchers claim to have developed a new controversial “lifespan” test that can tell how long a person will live by determining their rate of ageing. The blood test estimated how fast someone was ageing by measuring the length of microscopic structures at the ends of each chromosome called telomeres, which kept each chromosome from falling apart when the cells would divide, the researchers said. Telomeres shortened after each cell division and animal studies have shown that a high percentage of short telomeres in blood cells were associated with a shorter-than-normal life expectancy, which was why blood tests could provide a guide to ageing and life expectancy in animals. More than a 100 Britons have already taken the revolutionary blood test to see how fast they were ageing, while the importance of the test in the future could not be ignored as it would indicate statistically as how long a person had before he/she dies, The Independent reported. The company behind the test believed that thousands would further take the 650 pounds blood check in the United Kingdom (UK) next year, and millions more worldwide would be tested by the end of the decade. It also expected that the test would be used as part of the standard medical check-up required by insurance companies, just like they now ask about family history of disease and whether someone was a smoker or obese person. “We consider that this will become as standard a medical diagnostic test as cholesterol testing is now,” said Stephen Matlin, chief executive of Life Length, which is based in Madrid. “If you look at cholesterol testing since the early 1980s, in a period of 15 years testing volume went from nothing to about 100 million a year,” Matlin said. However, some experts have warned that there was still not enough known about telomere testing to provide people with any meaningful medical advice, and one Nobel prizewinner had also warned that 99 per cent of people who took the test would not gain any benefit. Meanwhile, Matlin said, “Today there are 500 million cholesterol tests a year. If we do one percent of this, we are doing well. We hope to be testing millions of people by 2020.” The company was planning to lower the price of the test by 20 percent a year for the next five years so that it would cost no more than 65 pounds by 2017, bringing it within the price range of millions of new customers.

Female drug pusher arrested with 1.1 kg heroin isLAMABAD sTAFF REPORT

The city police claimed to have arrested three outlaws including a female from various areas of the city and have recovered 1.1 kilograms of heroin and weapons from their possession. The Golra Police Station arrested a female drug pusher Rifat and recovered 1.1 kilograms of hashish from her possession. Meanwhile, Sub-Inspector Muhammad Aslam arrested Alamgir in possession of a 30 bore pistol while ASI Qasim Zia from Shehzad Town police arrested Khalid Mehmud for carrying an unlicensed 30 bore pistol. Cases were registered against the nabbed persons and further investigations were underway.

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provided by the high-ups. All police stations have been directed to ensure strict security arrangements in their respective areas while over 500 cops would also perform extra duties in various areas of the city. SSP (Traffic) Dr Moeen Masood had also constituted special squads to maintain traffic flow in the capital and a detailed deployment plan had been made to control traffic in the city. He had directed the staffers to take strict action against one-wheeling, racing and without silencers motorcycles and cars. More than 400 traffic policemen in the form of various teams headed by Zonal DSPs,

Inspectors and beat officers would be deployed throughout the entire district. Special traffic police squads would also maintain active patrolling to curb one-wheeling and racing activities on city roads. On the directions of Islamabad IGP, SSP (Traffic) said that a special plan had been prepared on the occasion. Meanwhile, Islamabad police would also assist the traffic police to curb incidents of rash driving and one-wheeling. The Islamabad IGP had also appealed to the citizens to demonstrate responsible attitude on the occasion and to avoid involvement in irresponsible activities on the occasion.

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AFIRM also showcased the sports prosthetics used by the lower limb amputees for running.

A workshop on ice cast anatomy was also arranged by AFIRM in this connection.

It is important to mention here that this is the only tertiary care rehab centre in Pakistan which had all the disciplines related to physical medicines and rehabilitation under one roof. Patients belonging from all over the country were being provided with the latest prostheses. Furthermore, AFIRM was also equipped with ALAC (Artificial Limb & Appliances Centre) which had the capability of fabricating prostheses & orthoses. The seminar was attended by various participants from different institutes and Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) which were involved in amputee rehabilitation efforts spanning across Pakistan. The participants present on the occasion showed a lot of interest in the seminar and the different stalls set up on the occasion. Later, Lt General Azhar presented souvenirs to the guest speakers.


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low the Pure Food Ordinance 1960. So there is a dire need for new strict laws to replace the old system,” said Islamabad Assistant Director Food Chaudhry Afzal. Last year a sub-committee of the NA Standing committee on Human Rights under the Chairmanship of Fauzia Habib took serious notice of food adulteration in Islamabad and directed the Capital Development Authority (CDA) and ICT administration to draft a bill proposing strict action against violators, however, in the on going year no significant development had appeared in that regard. A source in ICT Food Department told Pakistan Today that Food Departments had never remained the top priority of authorities concerned as currently the ICT administration had only one food inspector for conducting inspection in the rural area against the three existing posts. Meanwhile, the CDA which was supposed to look after the affairs of urban areas had only two food inspectors. “In 2012, a nominal budget of 1.5 lakhs was allocated for inspection purposes. It is impossible to conduct operations with such a minimal budget. We are also defaulters of Rs 3 lakhs of National Institute of Health against the fee of sample checking,” said a senior official of ICT Food Department. He said that during the ongoing year, 105 food samples were taken from various areas. Out of the total, 57 challans were sent to the court. Even, FIRs were registered against seven shopkeepers, who while taking advantage of soft laws got bails in a few hours. He further said that the draft also recommended strict penalties for selling food which was not in compliance with the law. “Any person, who sells to the consumer any food which is not in compliance with the provision of this act or the regulation made there under, shall be pun-

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08 News French court overturns ultra-rich tax pArIS: France's constitutional council has overturned a 75 percent upper tax rate on income above $1.32m, which was due to be introduced in 2013 by the socialist government. The council's decision on Saturday, made in response to a motion by opposition conservatives, is a huge blow to President Francois Hollande who had made the rate his flagship tax measure as he sought to have the rich contribute more towards reducing the budget deficit. While the planned upper tax band was mainly symbolic and would only have affected a few thousand people, it shocked foreign investors and infuriated high earners in France, prompting some such as actor Gerard Depardieu to flee abroad. The government had estimated the 75 percent tax rate could raise around $400m a year as it battles to bring down the public deficit to below a European Union ceiling of three percent next year in the face of stalled growth. The Constitutional Council, which rules on whether laws are constitutional, said in a statement that the way the upper rate was set to be imposed was unfair in the way it would affect different households. The French prime minister's office responded that the government would push ahead with plans to impose a 75 percent upper income tax and would propose a new measure after the rate was ruled unconstitutional. "The government will propose a new system that conforms with the principles laid down by the decision of the Constitutional Council. AGEnCIEs

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N-ARAB League peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi has said that Syria faces a choice between 'hell or a political process', urging the international community to work tirelessly to bring about a political solution to the crisis. "If the only alternative is hell or a political process, then all of us have to work continuously toward the political process," Brahimi said after talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow on Saturday. He warned that Syria could turn into a failed state if action is not taken soon. On his turn, Lavrov said that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was insisting on staying in power and nothing could be done to persuade him to step down.

"Regarding Bashar al-Assad, he repeatedly said, both publically and in private... that he is not planning to leave, that he will remain in his post," Lavrov said alongside Brahimi. "There is no possibility to change this position." Lavrov said there is still a chance of finding a political solution to the conflict, even as he warned against "terrorist elements" operating within the trouble Middle Eastern nation. "The confrontation is escalating. But we agree the chance for a political solution remains," Lavrov said, adding that he was "surprised" by the negative reaction of the Syrian opposition to an offer of talks in Moscow. "Their refusal to have any dialogue with the government is a dead end position," Lavrov said Earlier in the day, the head of the Syria National Coalition said that his group would not participate in the nego-

tiations. "We have said frankly that we will not go to Moscow," said Ahmed Moaz al-Khatib, demanding instead that Russia apologise for its pro-Assad policy. Khatib said Russia should apologise for "interfering" in Syrian affairs, condemn "massacres" committed by the regime and issue a "clear call for the departure of President Bashar al-Assad." The chief of the staff of the Supreme Military Council Salim Idriss also said the fighters would not accept anything that does not state in clear terms alAssad's departure. As the meeting was in progress, forces loyal to al-Assad seized a district of the central city of Homs after a fierce assault that sparked a humanitarian crisis, a monitoring group said. "The army launched an offensive several days ago on the neighbourhood of Deir Baalbeh with heavy bombing, and the fighting and attacks continued until the rebels withdrew," on Saturday,

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Obama enacts anti-Iran bill for Latin Americas wAShINgToN: President Barack Obama has signed a law to counter Iran's alleged influence in Latin America, through a new diplomatic and political strategy to be designed by the State Department, the AFP news agency reported. Enacted on Friday, the Countering Iran in the Western Hemisphere Act, passed by lawmakers earlier this year, calls for the State Department to develop a plan within 180 days to "address Iran's growing hostile presence and activity". Although the strategy is confidential and only accessible to lawmakers, it must contain a public summary. The text also calls on the Department of Homeland Security to bolster surveillance at US borders with Canada and Mexico to "prevent operatives from Iran, the IRGC [Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps], its Quds Force, Hezbollah or any other terrorist organization from entering the Untied States." And within Latin American countries, the text provides for a multiagency action plan to provide security in those countries, along with a "counterterrorism and counterradicalisation plan" to isolate Iran and its allies. Washington has repeatedly stated it is closely monitoring Tehran's activities in Latin America, though senior State Department and intelligence officials have indicated there is no apparent indication of illicit activities by Iran. Iran, placed under a series of international sanctions because of its suspected nuclear weapons programme, has opened six new embassies in the region since 2005 - bringing the total to 11 - and 17 cultural centres. AGEnCIEs

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The Philippine President has signed into law a family-planning bill that was blocked by the Catholic Church for more than a decade. Presidential spokeswoman Abigail Valte said that President Benigno Aquino III had signed the law on December 21 and that his administration announced it only on Saturday because of the "sensitivity" of the issue. "The passage into law of the Responsible Parenthood Act closes a highly divisive chapter of our history

- a chapter borne of the convictions of those who argued for, or against this act, whether in the legislative branch or in civil society," Abigail Valte said. "At the same time, it opens the possibility of cooperation and reconciliation among different sectors in society: engagement and dialogue characterized not by animosity, but by our collective desire to better the welfare of the Filipino people," she said. The law, which will take effect next month, allows government funding for contraceptives that would be made available especially for poor women. It promotes responsible parenthood and requires officials to provide information on family planning options as well as education on reproductive health and sexuality. Both chambers of parliament passed the final version of the act on December 19 after an acrimonious debate pitting non-government organisations and women's groups against the country's dominant church and its lay organisations.The Catholic Church, which approves only natural forms of birth control, had blocked the legislation for the last 13 years. The Church and its supporters said the law was immoral and would promote promiscuity. Asia's largest Catholic country has a population of 94 million and an average annual growth rate of 1.9 percent, one of the fastest in the region.

the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. Elsewhere, the army also battered the rebel-controlled area around the Crac des Chevaliers crusader castle, a UNESCO listed world heritage site to the west of Homs. In the north, fighting raged around Menagh military airport near Syria's second city of Aleppo, after rebels managed to penetrate the base on Thursday following a months-long siege, said the watchdog group. Assad's forces targeted different parts of Aleppo city with rockets overnight, as clashes persisted. They also bombarded several areas across the same province, the group said. Regime shellfire was also reported in the provinces of Hama in central Syria and southern Daraa, where a man was tortured to death soon after being arrested. There were also clashes in the eastern region of Deir Ezzor.

Another Indian girl commits suicide over alleged gang rape NEw DELhI: Indian police have arrested three suspects named in a suicide note left by a teenager who claimed she had been gang raped, as anger in the country grows over the rising number of violent crimes committed against women. The 17year-old girl died Wednesday after ingesting poison, according to Paramjit Singh Gill, the inspector-general of police in the Patiala district of Punjab in the country's north. In her suicide note, the girl blamed her alleged rapists for causing her death. Three of the suspects, including a female accomplice, have since been arrested, Gill said. The unnamed girl claimed she was gang-raped during the Hindu festival of Diwali on November 13. However, a formal case wasn't registered by police until 14 days later. Two police officers involved in the case have been fired and another has been suspended for their handling of the rape complaint. Gill said an investigation was underway into allegations made by the girl's family that the officers pressured her to withdraw her complaint. AGEnCIEs

Greek oďŹƒcial caught in financial scandal AThENS: Politicians in Greece are calling for the country's former finance minister to be investigated for allegedly removing the names of three of his relatives from a list of suspected tax evaders. George Papaconstantinou, the minister who helped design the country's first austerity measures, was quickly kicked out of his socialist Pasok party after his family members were found missing from a list of Greeks with Swiss bank accounts that authorities were using to investigate possible tax evasion.In a statement announcing his ejection on Saturday, Pasok said there were "clear indications" that names of family members had been deleted from the list. AGEnCIEs

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The Central African Republic's neighbours have agreed to dispatch a contingent of soldiers to intervene in the troubled country, where a coalition of rebel groups is seeking to overthrow the president of nearly a decade. Representatives from the 10-nation Economic Community of Central African States meeting in Gabon on Friday did not specify how many troops they could contribute nor did they outline how quickly the military assistance would arrive. President Francois Bozize had ear-

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lier pleaded for international help as fears grew that the rebels would soon attack the capital of 600,000 people. Speaking to crowds in Bangui on Thursday, Bozize pleaded with foreign powers to do what they could. He pointed in particular to France, Central African Republic's former colonial ruler. "France has the means to stop [the rebels] but unfortunately they have done nothing for us until now," Bozize said. For its part, France already has said that its forces in the Central African Republic are there to protect French interests and not Bozize's government. On Friday and early Saturday, France

deployed 150 extra troops to Bangui to reinforce those already there, according to Le Parisien. The reinforcements from Libreville, Gabon are a "pre-cautionary measure" for the "protection of French and European nationals," the French defence ministry told the newspaper. The French radio RFI is also reporting that a dozen soldiers have been deployed to a place known as "17 villas" where many of the 1,200 French expatriates live. "We are now thinking about the arrangements to make so that this mission can be deployed as quickly as possible," Emmanuel Issoze-Ngondet, Gabon's

foreign affairs minister, said after Friday's meeting. The announcement came as military officials in Central African Republic reported renewed fighting in the third largest city, Bambari, which fell under rebel control five days ago. The military said it had taken control of the town, located about 385km from the capital - a claim that could not be independently verified. The ongoing instability has prompted the US to evacuate about 40 people, including the US ambassador, on an US Air Force plane bound for Kenya, US officials told the Associated Press news agency.

The State Department announced on Thursday that it was temporarily closing its embassy in Bangui. French diplomats are staying despite a violent demonstration outside its embassy earlier this week. Dozens of protesters, angry about a lack of help against rebel forces, threw rocks at the embassy and stole a French flag. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius spoke via phone with Bozize, asking him to take responsibility for the safety of French nationals and diplomatic missions in the country. France is encouraging peace talks between the government and the rebels.


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News 09 Terrorism bids foiled, explosives seized in separate incidents QUETTA: Police claimed on Saturday to have foiled a terrorism bid by defusing a bomb in Dera Murad Jamali area of Quetta. On being clued-up by an informant, the bomb disposal squad reached a government office, where unidentified miscreants had planted a bomb, and defused the explosive material. Meanwhile, police registered a case against unidentified criminals and have started a thorough investigation. Separately, the Frontier Constabulary (FC) recovered 150 kilograms of explosives from the Pak-Afghan border on Friday night. According to a FC spokesman, two motorcyclists dropped two bags full of explosives and fled when FC personnel signalled them to stop for routine checking. The officials took the bags into custody. AGEnCIEs

CHAMAn: A truck carrying supplies for nATO forces in southern Afghanistan is waiting at Kojak Pass, after snowfall blocked the route on saturday. INP

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Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Saturday issued schedule for party polls in Punjab. The party sources said that according to the schedule the elections would be completed until January 31, 2013, adding that all preparations have been finalised in this regard. Moreover, voter lists were displayed on 25th December 2012 and the objection on these lists would be completed till 31st December 2012. According to the schedule, nomination of papers would be deposited from January 6 to 7 while the verification, return of papers and issuance of final voters’ list would be completed from January 8 to 9 2013. In the first phase, PTI’s intra-party election would be held in Rawalpindi Division on January 19, in the second phase Sargodha division on January 20 and in the third phase polls will be held in Sahiwal on 21st. The party’s polls in Dera Ghazi Khan Division on January 22, 2013, in Bahawalpur Division on 23rd, in Multan Division on 24th, in Gujranwala Division on January 26 and 27, in Faisalabad Division on January 28 and 29, and at the end in Lahore Division on January 30 and 31, 2013.

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ent its stance with regard to the situation in Afghanistan and its future. But in its statement, the Taliban rejected any peace talks with the Afghan government and instead called for the immediate withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan. Rassoul’s statement came just days after a gathering of several Afghan groups in Paris ended. In the dialogue, participants, including a delegation from the Taliban, presented their respective positions on how to resolve the endemic conflict in Afghanistan. Already there were some doubts regarding the success of the Paris conference. “The Paris conference yielded no results towards achieving lasting peace in Afghanistan,” Nazari Pariani, the editor-in-chief of an influential newspaper the Daily Mandegar, told Xinhua news. “The Taliban outfit has already presented its stance in the Paris conference and obviously will not attend the coming Afghan groups’ conference in Turkmenistan,” Pariani said. Another political analyst and former legislator Mohammad Asim also said that the Taliban would not abandon its armed struggle. “The Taliban prefer to fight instead of agreeing to talk with the govern-

ment,” he said. The Paris conference, organised by a French think tank, the Foundation for Strategic Research, was attended by the Taliban, other armed militant groups such as the Hekmatyar-led radical Islamic party Hizb-e-Islami and members of the Afghan political opposition. While his foreign minister insisted that any talks with the dissident groups in Afghanistan should be held inside the country, President Karzai has said that his government supports “any sincere efforts to achieve peace in Afghanistan, including the one in Paris”. Meanwhile, Rassoul had emphasized that the identities of Taliban representatives who attended the Paris intra-Afghan talks should be made known. In a formal statement, Afghanistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that any direct talks between the government of Afghanistan and the Taliban could take place outside the country only through an official process, including the creation of the Taliban liaison office in Qatar. The statement came in the wake of reports that the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan was going to arrange a Paris-like Afghan conference possibly in Turkmenistan.

Two killed as Russian passenger plane splits apart after landing MoScow: A Russian passenger plane with up to 12 people on board split into three pieces after sliding off a runway and crashing into a highway outside a Moscow airport on Saturday, officials said. State-run RIA news agency said two people were killed. A photograph posted on the Internet showed a wrecked plane on a highway outside Vnukovo airport, with smoke billowing from the back end and only a mangled part of the front half visible. “After a hard landing, the plane split into three pieces,” Yelena Krylova, chief spokeswoman for the airport, said in televised comments. She said there were 11 people on board, all crew, and that nobody was killed, but RIA cited police as saying two persons were killed. An Emergency Situations Ministry official said on television that 12 people were aboard. APP

3 die of suffocation in Quetta QUETTA: Three members of a family, a couple and their child, died of suffocation owing to an overnight gas leakage in their room on Saturday near Saryab Road area of Quetta. According to police, Javed Ahmed left the gas heater on before he went to sleep. When the rest of the family tried to wake them up in the morning, all three were found dead in the room. Rescue teams took the bodies to Civil Hospital for medico-legal formalities. InP

BIlAwAl BhuTTO Is NO RAhul GANDhI Monitoring Desk Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, who made his first major political speech on Thursday in Garhi Khuda Buksh on his mother’s fifth death anniversary, appears a much more eager politician than Rahul Gandhi, the scion of Indian Gandhi family. According to an article carried by INDIA REALTIME, both men have a lot in common. Bilawal is the son of slain former prime minister Benazir Bhutto. Gandhi’s father, former Indian prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, also was assassinated. “Both men’s parties rely heavily on the widespread recognition of the families’ names to lure voters come election time. Mr Bhutto Zardari’s grandfather was Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, another former prime minister who was hanged by a military dictatorship in 1979. Mr Gandhi’s greatgrandfather, Jawaharlal Nehru, was independent India’s first prime minister and his grandmother, Indira Gandhi, was Indian prime minister in the 1970s and early 1980s,” the report said. But there’s also much that separates the two standard-bearers of these political dynasties.

Bilawal speech on the fifth anniversary of his mother’s assassination was fiery. He took on the judiciary – which has been at loggerheads with his father, President Asif Ali Zardari over several issues. Bilawal vowed to stand up to those that wanted to take power from elected leaders. He is only 24, “which means he’s a year too young to contest general elections that must take place by May”, the report said. But Farhatullah Babar, spokesman for the president, said he would play a lead on-the-ground role in the polls. “The PPP owes its strength to the Bhutto name and the Bhutto philosophy,” Babar told INDIA REALTIME. “Gandhi, by contrast, did not enter politics until 2004, when, aged in his mid30s, he stood for his mother’s former seat in Uttar Pradesh. He won but did not take a major leadership role in the Congress party until becoming general secretary in 2007,” the paper said. He has appeared a reluctant politician and kept largely out of the limelight, generally refusing media interviews and making dry speeches. “Despite calls from senior Congress

politicians, he has yet to take a formal cabinet position though, like Mr Bhutto Zardari, he is focusing on party building and state elections,” the article said. Mohammad Waseem, a political studies professor at Lahore University of Management Sciences, expects Bilawal will take a hands-on role from now on. “The PPP has faced pressure from the Supreme Court this year to remove Zardari, the president, as its co-chairman. Letting the son play a larger role in the party could help make this problem go away,” Waseem told the paper. Ayaz Amir, a lawmaker with the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, the main opposition party, acknowledged the central role Bilawal would play in the future. “It’s like the Gandhis in India,” he said. “The leadership is associated with them.” As to whether Bilawal’s time as an undergraduate at Oxford University, where he was captured in photographs partying with women, would hurt his electoral chances in Pakistan, Amir demurred. “A boy having fun in England plays out well. It doesn’t hurt anyone,” he said. “The Islamists won’t vote for the PPP anyway,” he told INDIA REALTIME.

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Bendingone’smind Of humans and better understanding

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he choice being offered by the TTP is simple: agree to its demands or be prepared for suicide bombings, attacks on peaceful citizens and the country’s strategic assets. What is being demanded in return is: Renounce democracy as it is against Islam; rewrite the constitution as dictated by the TTP; reshape the foreign policy according to its diktat and launch attack on India to avenge the 1971 defeat. As Hakimullh Mehsud has put it, “We are with them (i.e., Afghan Taliban) and AlQaeda. We are even willing to get our heads cut off for al Qaeda”. With friends like these Pakistan does not need an enemy. The people of Pakistan have a strong aspiration for democracy. They have fought against dictators including Zia-ul-Haq who tried to enforce a system somewhat similar to the one the TTP is so keen to promulgate. Unlike Afghanistan most people in Pakistan have a craving to turn their country into a modern, democratic and pluralistic state. The overwhelming majority in Pakistan believes in a moderate Islam which gives equal rights to women and minorities. They want to live peacefully with their neighbours and want Pakistan to be a responsible and prominent member of the international community. This is precisely in line with the vision of Pakistan’s founding father Mohammad Ali Jinnah. No negotiations are possible with the TTP unless conducted within the parameters of the constitution. The TTP is free to propagate its views through peaceful means, contest the elections and introduce the system of its choice if it is supported by popular mandate. It has instead chosen to dictate through suicide attacks, targeting of innocent citizens, killing of members of minority sects and attacks on the armed forces. The militants have targeted police and beheaded soldiers performing their duties. This is unacceptable. The TTP enjoys the support of only a minor minority in establishment, media and the public comprising those with a backward, anti-democratic and isolationist mindset. They too need to realise whether they would like to live in a primitive society where media has no freedom, judiciary is not independent and the country is surrounded by self-created enemies. Presently the army has only a handful of terrorists to fight with and they too have been successfully confined to a few strongholds in the mountains. A better coordination between the security agencies has limited the TTP’s reach to the areas adjoining the tribal belt. If the extremists’ demands are accepted, the army would be required to fight not only India but the entire world to enforce the TTP’s primitive ideology. The country would thus suffer isolation and worldwide sanctions.

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y friend Maverick was back, looking decidedly bemused and somewhat miffed. He cannot be taken lightly for he is the commander-in-chief of the monkey brigade of Islamabad’s E-7 jungle. It is good policy to keep him in good humour. “What’s with all this life-after-death nonsense that you’ve been going on about for weeks? What happened to life before death?” “Well, if you are being consigned to hell before death as we are on Earth, what else can you do? You have to try and understand anything good that might be coming your way.” “Are you feeling suicidal?” asked Maverick, looking worried. “No,” I replied. “Suicide is a very great sin and a sure way of not getting to Heaven. Nor am I suffering from any illness. I am just wondering and inquiring and sharing whatever I think with you.” “Thanks a lot, but you humans are collectively suicidal anyway. You have brought the world to the brink of extinction what with your armaments and environment degradation for a ‘good’ life and all. Your weapons of mass destruction can destroy the world many times over. All of them used at once can move the Earth from its axis. And you say suicide is a sin?” “You’re right. We are collectively suicidal, certainly. But see all the good humans have done also. Our discoveries have helped humanity a lot. The question is: on balance, have we done more harm than good?” “I know that,” said Maverick. “You invented ships for travel and trade, but also for war and conquest. You occupied and colonised the lands of others and plundered and looted them for your own enrichment, causing untold death, misery and human degradation in the process and leaving them in poverty and dependence for centuries. Slavery still exists, even in our own country. You discovered nuclear fission, used some of it for good, like generating electricity and in medicine, but concentrated more on making bombs and their delivery systems. You invented aircraft and used them not only for travel and cargo but also to bomb and destroy under political and ideological pretensions. Missiles too. Should I go on? On balance, I would say that you humans have caused more harm than good.” “Sorry,” I retorted, “the jury is still out on that. However, I have great faith in humanity. I believe that a time will come when good will out-

weigh evil in this world, though it will never overcome it altogether. After all, God says that we are His greatest creation. How can His greatest creation embarrass Him so?” “Why should I bother anyway?” asked Maverick. “You humans believe that animals don’t have souls so they don’t have life after death.” “True,” I said, trying not to look embarrassed. “It is generally believed that only humans and jinns have both life and soul. Animals only have life.” “Forsooth and double forsooth,” said Maverick. “I couldn’t care less what you humans believe. Look at what you have made of our world and of yourselves. You are the most destructive species there has ever been. Look at us animals. We only gather or kill only as much as we need or can eat. You guys are collectors of carcasses. Shameful. Are you going to take everything you collect with you after death? You go out of this world pocketless and empty-handed, as you came.” “But we have to leave something behind for our children, don’t we?” “Look,” said Maverick. “The best thing you can leave your children is a good education, the best set of values, respect for life and the correct understanding of God. They will look after themselves and I dare say will do better than you. If they are morons they will soon waste all you have left them anyway.” “True,” I mused. “All we take with us is the knowledge we have gained, what we do with it, the intentions behind our deeds and the good we do for the sake of doing good, not to gather fame and accolades, and how much we have opposed evil in our own way wherever we have found it. It is this what we will be judged on to find our place at some better level in the post-Earth dimension.” Maverick was deep in thought, so I continued. “Our God-given duty is to recognise evil and to oppose it. There is tyranny of all kinds in the world, economic and political mainly. Big government is an evil, so is slavery, as is gender discrimination and child abuse, the vast differences between rich and poor, between people and states. We must be compassionate and spread love and knowledge. Most of us probably fail in this, which is our purpose of existence. We happily secure our petty ambitions in our briefcases, worry about our bank balances beyond our needs and gather wealth and property as much as we can, and try to acquire fame as well. No bad thing, but what do we do with our excess wealth? Do we use it for humanity, for spreading love, compassion and knowledge, or do we just accumulate it like points in a race – the rat race? I’m afraid many of us do the latter but there is also a wide number who do the former. It is they who will do well in the life in the Hereafter.” “Then us animals should go to Heaven straightaway,” said Maverick mockingly. “Darwin says you are evolved from us. I seriously doubt it, for we are not destructive at all. I think you have destructiveness in your programming; spreading evil and unhappiness is in your genes. I think the ‘alien astronomers’ theorists may be right, that you were genetically re-engineered and modified by some advanced alien civilisation for their purposes or whatever. That is your famous ‘missing link’, else you cannot account for the sudden leap

from ape to homo sapiens in such a short time in evolutionary terms.” Looking smug and satisfied with himself, Maverick sat back with a smirk. “I didn’t know you knew about the alien astronomer theories. Do you watch the History Channel?” “It doesn’t matter what I watch,” retorted Maverick, miffed. “The point is, I know.” “No one knows for sure, Maverick,” I said. “It is all conjecture.” “Conjecture? Conjecture? Then how do you account for Area 51? How do you account for how the pyramids of Egypt and Latin America were built? How do you account for Stonehenge? For the sudden full stop in the existence of Moenjodaro and Harappa?” “Area 51 is a mystery,” I said. “But just because they won’t tell us what’s in it or what they are doing there, one shouldn’t jump to such bizarre conclusions like it may house aliens or their bodies or that alien visitors constantly visit the area from outer space in our galaxy or even other galaxies. I know about UFO sighting as well. Nothing is known by us or been proved for sure.” “Proved? Proved? You with such puny brains go on about proof. Do you understand how limited your brains still are. Can’t you see for yourselves? What proof do you have that you actually exist and are not part of the imagination of some higher power? You cannot understand everything. It would be like teaching a raga to an ant.” “Of course we cannot understand everything,” I said. “Who said we could? But the more we try the better it is. Of course there is a higher power, the highest, the Creator. And if we were genetically engineered by aliens, who created them? The Highest Power, also known as God in English, to do His work.” “You say that Dr Eben Alexander says that there is not one universe but many, the ‘multiverse’.” “So does God in the Quran, Maverick,” I said. “The countless universes – the multiverse – may exist in different dimensions.” I read out to him what Dr Eben Alexander says in his book, ‘Proof of Heaven’. “I saw the abundance of life throughout the countless universes, including some whose intelligence was advanced far beyond that of humanity. I saw that there are countless higher dimensions but that the only way to know these dimensions is to enter and experience them directly. They cannot be known, or understood, from lower dimensional space. From those higher worlds one could access any time or place in our world.” “There you have it, Maverick,” I said. “Remember, Dr Alexander is not some whacko but a scientist and neurosurgeon who understands the brain.” “There you have too then,” said Maverick. “You humans are not as superior as you think. But suddenly, I am interested in the subject, however mind-bending. I want to hear more. Odd.” “One day soon, my dear friend Maverick, “another day. I may need to give the rest of my readers a break lest they go round the bend. But remember: unless you bend your mind you learn little.” The writer is a political analyst. He can be contacted at humayun.gauhar786@gmail.com

WekilledShahzebKhan By By saad rasool

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ecurity of life and person forms the bedrock of a civilised society. Take that away and all that is left is barbarianism. As a consequence, the protection of each other’s life is not just a duty of the state, but instead the solemn and mutual responsibility of each and every individual (which is why, article 9 of our constitution, which in effect guarantees the right to life, states, “No person shall be deprived of life or liberty save in accordance with law”. By not mentioning the ‘state’ alone to be the guarantor of this right, the constitution has made each one of us the custodian of the right to life.) Consequently, each time an innocent life is lost in some mindless act of violence, we are all to be blamed for having allowed it to happen. The cold-blooded murder of 20-year-old Shahzeb Khan in Karachi, at the hands of two young feudal despots – Nawab Siraj Talpur and Shahrukh Jatoi – is just another example

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of our collective failure in this regard. Facts first: Shahzeb Khan, the only son of his parents, had just returned home from his sister’s Valima when, outside his home in the Country Club Apartments of Karachi, he got into a verbal argument with a man who was teasing Shahzeb’s sister. This minor quarrel was soon diffused by Shahzeb’s father, Aurangzeb, who is DSP of the local area. While that would have been the end of the episode in any other place, but in a city that is the fiefdom of a handful of waderas, this was only the beginning. As it turned out, the man teasing Shahzeb’s sister worked for an influential feudal bully Siraj Talpur, who could not stomach his servant being stopped from cat-calling a young girl. As a result, soon thereafter, in a grand demonstration of ‘machoism’, Talpur, along with his other feudal friend Shahrukh Jatoi and their guards, ambushed Shahzeb’s car as it left his house, and shot four bullets into the young mans’ body that took his life. And if you are wondering how the Jatoi and Talpur heirs thought they could get away with this, you clearly do not under-

stand the power of hereditary entitlement in Pakistan. The murderers committed this crime in the knowledge and confidence that nothing substantial will come out of it. They knew that, in a society where dozens die each day in sectarian violence or suicide bombs or drone attacks, no one will care about the death of one teenage boy. And even if someone does, no one will dare to point a finger at the mighty Talpurs or Jatois. And even, in the improbable event that someone musters the courage to do so, the police will never register a case against them. And in the unlikely possibility that the police performs its job, there will be some way to avoid arrest, influence the investigation, and eventually reach some settlement that lets them off the hook. And sadly, in all these assumptions, the murderers were right. For even though a case has been (after much social and media outcry) registered, the culprits have not been ‘found’ from interior Sindh, and no meaningful arrests have been made. How could this be? Who is to blame for this injustice? Have we really become a so-

ciety where the cost of arguing with some wadera’s servant is death? Is the police nothing more than an extension of the feudals’ private guards? Are the officials within our law enforcement agencies really so helpless, in the face of political elite, that they cannot track down and arrest two known murderers from interior Sindh? What is the most that can happen if the administration was to dispassionately pursue the ends of justice – transfer of the IG Police or Chief Secretary? Does the IG Police hold an extra six months of his tenure to be more sacred than the life of an innocent civilian, or the wailings of a crying mother? And the rest of us, what have we done, other than create Facebook pages and write empty newspaper articles? Are we exonerated from all blame because ‘iss mulk mein aisa he hota hai’? Who is to blame? Where does the fault lie? The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, But in ourselves, that we are underlings. –Shakespeare. Let us face the bitter truth: Shahzeb Khan, and thousands of others like him, die

because we (each one of us) are impotent. We have, through our actions (or lack thereof), established a society where some people exist outside the empire of law. We have, after centuries of bowing down to kiss the hands of Makhdooms, Sains, Chaudhrys and Sardars, installed a culture of hereditary entitlement. We have, through constantly voting along the ethnic and tribal divides, strengthened the tentacles of feudal power. We have, by putting up with decades of injustice and persecution, allowed a sclerotic bureaucracy to blossom and become a tool at the hands of the political elite. We have, through years of apathy, become desensitised to loss of innocent lives. We have, by not speaking truth to power, allowed for private fiefdoms to be established, and become more powerful than the voices of the people. Let us accept it: WE have killed Shahzeb Khan. The writer is a lawyer based in Lahore. He has a Masters in Constitutional Law from Harvard Law School. He can be reached at: saad@post.harvard.edu


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lack of career counselling Student life is full of charm and enjoy and everyone who is in practical life always seem to miss his/her student life. But the student life also has challenges and problems of its own. The students of developing countries like Pakistan have lots of problems, such as financial problems, poor transportation system, language barrier, incompetent teachers and many more. One of the problems faced by students is that usually they are not free to choose study programmes of their own choice. Parents normally impose upon them a field of study which may not be suitable for the child or which he doesn’t feel comfortable with to study. This is a very common problem of our society. A student may want to be a journalist or a photographer but his parents may select engineering for him. So when he gets admission to the engineering college, he does not perform well. He then starts to feel that he is not fit for the field. Parents should think about it and stop imposing study programmes on their children. They should only inform them about the scope and problems of every field, and let them choose a study programme. Students, after passing their matriculation examination, face too much confusion about the selection of their further studies. They don’t know which study area is best for them. Most of the students don’t even know different fields of studies other than engineering and medical due to lack of study and career counselling. They get admission to these programmes and then don’t get good marks. That’s when they can’t get admission to medical or engineering colleges, and become upset thinking about their career. We don’t have career counsellors in Pakistan other than a few institutions which hire career counsellors to guide their students. Students should have some basic knowledge about any profession before deciding to take it as their future profession. Students should be able to consult their teachers, parents and friends in this regard, particularly the persons that are already attached with the profession they are interested in. SANA WAJID Lahore

we are where we belong I am sitting in the balcony of my home, gazing occasionally at the sky and the street area. I have spent my entire life in this locality. During the period I’ve grown, these surroundings have transformed tremendously. For ease of reference, let’s take the example of the nearby ‘Park Area’, nearby where I live. When I come to think of it, the state in which this park is at the moment comes down to being so due to us i.e., the residents of the area. Nobody came forward to ‘report’ the eve teasers to the police, no one cared to engage ‘animal control’ after the stray dog attacked and nobody bothered to take notice of a five-year-old kid (because the kid wasn’t their own blood) sitting all alone in the park. Looking from a broader perspective, the state of affairs of our country and

this small piece of land is not much different, with the blame solely lying with the residents (in the aforementioned example) and the citizens of Pakistan. We and our country are in a bad state because we are where we belong. Let’s go through some problems we face as a nation and check if the blame lies with us: Water shortage: Everyday, without fail, we let the tap run dry, while washing our houses, sprinkling the roads (to settle the dirt instead of brushing it away), water-wasting bathing habits. Do we not keep taps open with water flowing while we attend to phone calls, go inside to check up with something else only to realise an hour later that we left the water flow open. Do we not use water meant for drinking only, for use in car service stations, lawn maintenance, washing clothes? Do we not fight over location of

Pakistan’s economic crisis Whatever its shortcomings, Pakistan’s coalition government has prevailed for almost five years without a coup, or execution of a top leader and is on track to become the longest-serving civilian government in the country’s history. Pakistan is experiencing a linear increase in debt. With high debts, interest payments also increase, thus increasing both debt servicing and interest payment burden. Hence, higher debt levels make stabilisation more costly and induce shirking by governments. Previously, our debt had a higher dollar component while now rupee component has increased rapidly due to internal/ bank borrowing. The ‘local’ component has implications for the budget whereas the ‘foreign’ debt component affects the balance of payments equation, although that part is known to be used for budgetary support as well. Due to increasing debt stock, the medium term outlook for Pakistan is quite bleak. Any further borrowing should be strictly need based with a strict eye on the interest rate, maturity period, amortisation payments and currency fluctuations. The government needs an effective debt management policy whereby debt obligations are assessed on a five to ten year horizon. Short term macroeconomic stabilisation tools include the use of monetary policy to control shortterm nominal interest rate, fiscal policy to regulate spending decisions on public goods, and decisions related to financing public expenditure either by raising revenue through taxes or incurring debt. Not cutting government spending leads to further increase in debt, high debt servicing and interest payments. Higher debt level necessitates higher taxes. If a fiscal policy curtails expenditure but at the same time does not increase tax collection, the effects of a recessionary shock linger longer than the shock itself because governments are tempted to use inter-temporal margins for further fiscal consolidation. Some governments, while reducing expenditure also reduce income tax collection to decrease the impact of economic shocks on households, which is unsustainable in the long run. This is paradoxical because by not to raising taxes the government keeps the deficit high as before. Moreover, over the last one year, the government has piled up on average Rs 11,000 as public debt on every

Dams instead of quantity of the same and let millions and millions of cusecs of water causing havoc to our crops/cities and eventually fall wastefully in the sea? If yes, we are where we belong. Street crime: Isn’t our sense of vigilance confined to boundaries of our homes. We are ready to hire several guards, install expensive surveillance equipment but we scoff at the idea of contributing towards hiring fee of security personnel for the entire street/society. Do we not ignore suspicious people as long as they are not nearby our own homes/offices and don’t care even if they appear to be scaling heights of a neighbour’s house, or acting/lingering around in questionable manner? Dealing at public places: Have we never ‘by-passed’ a long queue for a license, passport, utility bills payment, by

Pakistani. Independent economists believe that the depreciating Pakistani currency is also a reason for the mounting debt burden in rupee terms. They believe that debt obligation on the people of Pakistan is increasing substantially day-by-day due to large trade deficit, saving-investment gap, slow growth of revenue and rapid growth of public expenditure. Servicing and repayment of principal huge public debt is putting a burden on the country’s exchequer and also leaving the most neglected social sector i.e. health and education with less money to be developed, ultimately hitting Pakistani citizens hard. Every military and democratic administration borrowed recklessly to bridge the budget deficit (revenue and expenditure gap) without thinking about its future consequences on the nation and the economy. If the government does not start taking steps against the debts of Pakistan, unfortunately Pakistan would be in a great mess, leaving the citizens of Pakistan earning less and paying more expenses. With increasing debts, economy would turn bad and people of Pakistan would have to face huge losses. UNSA NADEEM Lahore

google and privacy issues The famous internet search engine name "Google" originated from a misspelling of "googol," which refers to the number represented by 1 followed by one-hundred zeros. The company was founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin in 1995. Larry, a 22 years University of Michigan graduate and Sergey, 21 years, both had a first meeting at Stanford. It is said that they both disagreed on almost every matter in the first meeting. Page and Brin write in their original paper on PageRank: "We chose our system’s name, Google, because it is a common spelling of googol and fits well with our goal of building very large-scale search engines." Both agreed on a new name, “Google”, which is a pun on the word “googol”, reflects their mission to organise a seemingly infinite amount of information on the web. Google is criticised for possible misuse and manipulation of search results, its use of others’ “intellectual property”, concerns that its compilation of data may vio-

using our ‘relations’ or ‘resources’? If the answer is yes, then VIP culture is nothing but our own pet monster. Have we never been subject to privileged placements due to our friends/relatives being ‘well-connected’ or ‘well placed’ themselves? If the answer is yes, why do we cry foul when someone else goes forward and makes a decision/hiring ignoring merit based guidelines? These are a handful of issues which we face on daily basis, we manage to ‘make our way’ but ignore what ‘should have been’. Unless and until we accept that we are the root cause of many of the problems this nation faces, and decide to correct ourselves, we are where we belong and we shall drown further in the quicksand of crisis after crisis. RUBAB AKHTAR Lahore

late people's privacy, censorship of search results and content, and the energy consumption of its servers as well as concerns over traditional business issues such as antitrust, monopoly, and restraint of trade. Much of the criticism pertains to issues that have not yet been addressed by cyber law. With so much applications (apps) and services in diverse areas, Google has emerged as a giant in its field. With its growth it has shown its monopoly, its grip on resources and hence abused the power. There are many legal cases relating to monopoly, privacy concerns and much more. As regards to privacy concerns, it seems that Google is unaware of the privacy rights of the people. You can guess it by few incidents. A Chinese writer Mian Mian filed a lawsuit against the company, for scanning her entire novel without notifying her or paying her for copyright permission, in December 2009. Google’s page ranking algorithm can and has been manipulated for political and humorous reasons. To check it, Google Watch implemented a “Google bomb” by linking the phrase "out-of-touch executives" to Google's own page on its corporate management. The attempt was mistakenly attributed to disgruntled Google employees by The New York Times, which later printed a correction. During 2006–2010 Google Street view camera cars collected about 600 gigabytes of data from users of unencrypted public and private Wi-Fi networks in more than 30 countries. No disclosures nor privacy policy was given to those affected, nor to the owners of the Wi-Fi stations. In spite of all these lawsuits and hurdles, google has managed to stay on top and in a dominant position. Still it remains a big threat to many competitors, internet companies and even the governments. One should learn from the methodology of google, its diversification, its innovation and involving the world public in common tasks and retaining ownership and all such tactics. But after learning one should not forget to play fair, after all “Pride hath a fall”. Google also failed and flawed at many stages. We hope to learn and get a positive lesson, to spread knowledge, practice in a way beneficial and valuable to the society. MALIHA BUTT Lahore

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ollywooD superstar salman khan defended his rival shah rukh khan on bigg boss after imam siddique, a contestant on the show, claimed he was the one who made srk a star. siddique, a casting director, got into an argument with host salman last night after he nominated the house’s captain Niketan. the actor told siddique to nominate someone else as Niketan was the captain of the house but siddique stood by his decision, saying he knew what the audience want. after salman mocked him, siddique replied, “i cast preity Zinta and shah rukh khan for ad films that worked very well with the audiences.” losing his cool, salman said, “shah rukh is in the industry because of his hard work and the support of his fans. it is because he has pursued his career with determination that he is a big man and not because you cast him in an advertisement.” nEWs DEsK

EWISH group describes statue’s placement – which was not opposed by Poland’s chief rabbi – as ‘senseless provocation’ A statue of Adolf Hitler praying on his knees has sparked controversy after going on display in the former Warsaw ghetto. The artwork by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan, titled Him, has been installed in the Polish capital where thousands of Jews were killed or sent to their deaths by the Nazi regime. The statue has attracted large numbers of visitors since its installation last month, but some organisations have criticised the decision to erect it in such a sensitive area. One Jewish advocacy group, the Simon Wiesenthal Center, described the statue’s placement as “a senseless provocation which insults the memory of the Nazis’ Jewish victims”. “As far as the Jews were concerned, Hitler’s only ‘prayer’ was that they be wiped off the face of the earth,” the group’s Israel director, Efraim Zuroff, said in a statement. The Hitler statue is visible from a hole in a wooden gate and viewers can only see the back of the small figure

praying in a courtyard. Cattelan has not made it clear what Hitler is praying for, although organisers of the exhibition in which it features claim the statue is meant to make people reflect on the nature of evil. Fabio Cavallucci, director of the Centre for Contemporary Art, which oversaw the installation, said: “There is no intention from the side of the artist or the centre to insult Jewish memory. “It’s an artwork that tries to speak about the situation of hidden evil everywhere.” It is estimated that about 300,000 Jews who lived in the ghetto either died from hunger or disease or were sent to their deaths in concentration camps under the Nazi rule. Poland’s chief rabbi, Michael Schudrich, said he was consulted on the installation’s placement but did not oppose it because it conveyed a strong moral question by provoking the audience. He said he was reassured by the organisers who told him the statue did not aim to rehabilitate Hitler but instead show that evil can present itself in the guise of a “sweet praying child”. “I felt there could be educational value to it,” Schudrich added. nEWs DEsK

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iNger ozzy osbourne is reportedly set to have an airport named after him. the 64-year-old has been put forward to be the new title of birmingham international airport after council bosses decided to name it after a local hero. record company boss Jim simpson believes it would be a fitting tribute to the singer, who was born in aston in the english city. ‘’i believe it would be a master stroke that would instantly confound the cynics. how does the ozzy osbourne international airport resonate? the message says, ‘hey world, we are proud of our own.’ ozzy might not always have been a paragon of virtue, but he is a genuine, flesh and blood brummie,” contactmusic.com quoted simpson as saying. nEWs DEsK

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio says he should have done more movies post his successful 1997 film “Titanic”. The 38-year-old rose to fame after playing the role of Jack Dawson in the epic love story. However, the actor feels he could not explore the new found fame then. “I probably should have done more movies during that time period. I took a solid break. I didn’t even understand what a hit was, you know?. “That movie came out and people were like, ‘This movie is doing amazingly well!’ and I’m like, ‘Good, that’s great’,” DiCaprio said on “Today” show. nEWs DEsK

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While she revealed her pregnancy only in September earlier this year, Colombian singer Shakira has reportedly given birth to her first child - a healthy baby boy. Her partner, Spanish footballer, Gerard Pique broke the news via a microblogging website, announcing, “Our son has been born! We are very happy! Thanks to all for your messages!” in Spanish. However, the news is yet to be confirmed, with some people saying that the statement could also be a practical joke because it was written on Spain’s Day of the Holy Innocents, akin to April Fool’s Day. While previous reports had said that Shakira was due to give birth early next month, she could have gone into premature labour. Pregnant with her first child, Shakira came up in the Colombian and Latin American music scene in the 1990s before making a huge crossover in the U.S. The singing sensation superstar was also recently named as the latest judge on the U.S. edition of The Voice, when she replaced pop star Christina Aguilera. In a radio interview some time ago, Pique revealed that his girlfriend was not going to let the baby come in the way of her career and was even going to release a new album. “The album will be released after the baby is born because she’d need to go on tour and she can’t do that now,” Pique admitted. “And it’s very likely that there will be a song in Catalan, it could even be ‘Boig per tu’ (‘Crazy for you’).” The couple have already confirmed in the past that they were expecting a son, and even shared an ultrasound image of the unborn child. They had yet to pick a name though.

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SoNAkSHI Sinha has had a rocking 2012 with three blockbusters that went on to rake Rs. 100crore each at the box-office. She also worked with some of Bollywood’s biggest superstars this year and has some exciting projects in hand. “my hard work has paid off,’ she says with a sigh of relief and talks about other topics on her mind. You have been lucky. You have only worked with heroes who have several blockbusters to their names. I’ve been doing many films and people have noticed me. But it’s filmmakers who decide who they want to pair me with. I made my debut with Salman khan, which was huge. And also, because I do many films, people see me a lot. They notice the way I conduct myself, my professionalism and such things. Also, if I get an opportunity to work with these heroes, why wouldn’t I take it? Do you feel overshaDoweD by your co-stars? Does less visibility bother you? Never. I do my work to the best of my capacity. I don’t pick a role looking at its length. I take up a film because I would like to see it. People notice me, appreciate my work and dancing skills, so where’s the question of being

overshadowed? No one has any complaints. how woulD you Describe this phase of your life? I’ve come in at the right time and I’m getting films with great roles. It’s fabulous. No oNe has ever hearD of aNy stories of you fightiNg over a role or aNythiNg of that sort. Does that meaN you’re serious competitioN here? I’ve never had to fight for a role. Call it my ego or my self-respect, but I won’t pick up the phone and call a producer and fight or ask for a role. That’s not me. I’ve always got the best and my work speaks for itself. but you’re always the iNDiaN girl. DoN’t you waNt to break that image? People see my like that. I may play an Indian girl, but each role is different. If I’m offered a film where I need to play an urban character, I will. But these roles work for me. I’m not stuck in a rut and neither do I feel the need to break the norm. When a female star plays western roles only, no one asks her these questions. At 25, I can proudly say that I’m successful. THe RS. 100 CRoRe gIRLS 2012 katriNa kaif: Ek Tha Tiger and Jab Tak Hai Jaan priyaNka chopra: Agneepath and Barfi! viDya balaN: Kahaani aNushka sharma: Jab Tak Hai Jaan asiN: Bol Bachchan and Housefull 2


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INGER Shafqat Amanat Ali, who was recently at an art exhibition in Delhi, says that the Indian and Pakistani music industries have given exposure to every artiste and genre, whether classical or contemporary. Supporting stereotypes that the music industry favours classical artistes or contemporary ones is just absurd, he adds. Says Shafqat, “I’ve spent a lot of time with some of the pioneers of the music fraternity on both sides of the border. And I must say that both India and Pakistan are very rich in their music. Talent dono mulkon mein hai. And people are getting enough chances to prove themselves. The ones who do so are readily being acknowledged in both nations. Arif Lohar got success because he had that quality and got exposure because of uniform opportunities offered in both countries. Another singer, Meesha Shafi, has also become successful recently, after she was featured in a musical show that’s famous for giving equal space to artistes from classical and contemporary music. Now, claiming that there aren’t many plat-

Julian Marley to perform in Goa neWs Desk Mumbai’s niche monthly gig series, Live from the Console, which moves to Goa this weekend, has a line-up that includes Nikhil D’Souza wt Band, The Colour Compound, Peter Cat Recording Co, Sky Rabbit, singer-songwriters Alisha Pais, Siddharth Basrur and a rock and reggae blend by Tough on Tobacco. The international acts range from singer-songwriters to Indie rock bands, including Joe Purdy, an American folk singer-songwriter, who has recorded and released 12 albums in over eight years and Cults, an indie pop band based in New York City that was formed in 2010. Dub Mafia, the seven-piece band that blends drum and bass, dub, breakbeat and reggae and world music to form a unique music, will also participate in the festival. Another highpoint of the single-stage festival is a performance by Julian Marley and his band, The Uprising. Son of reggae legend Bob Marley, Julian is a Grammy Awardnominated, roots-reggae musician, singer-songwriter, producer and humanitarian. Says Shridhar Subramaniam, President, India and Middle-East, Sony Music Entertainment, “Live from the Console has always been about discovery of new artistes and bands. We have continued with this programming philosophy. The first day is about new sounds and alternative bands, while the second day has a reggae flavour to it. As the festival is happening in South Goa, the vibe and feel will be a chilled and relaxed one. Every element of the festival is focused on new music. It will be affordable and is very laid-back.

forms or opportunities to prove your worth is simply baseless. I’ve worked with the best in the industry, sharing space with music directors like SalimSuleiman, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, Pritam and Sajid-Wajid, who have given me chances to sing some of the most melodious tracks of their movies. Also, I am looking forward to working with Vishal Bhardwaj and Vishal-Shekhar next. And I think this too would happen only because of hard work and effort that will be acknowledged. Har kisi ko mauke poore milte hain, isliye kisi ko mere khayal mein shikayat karne ki zaroorat nahin hai,” he says. As for what he’s working on currently, he says, “I am currently working on my next digital album, which will be up for release very soon. A few other projects are also in the pipeline. Till I am enjoying my time here, I keep striving to give my best effort every time. I have to try and fulfill the expectations of my listeners as the bar is raised higher every single time. I wouldn’t be able to comment on whether I am able to reach up to their expectations or not, as that is a thing which is in the hands of my listeners and only they have the authority to decide that whether I’m good or bad.”

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Natalie Portman named most profitable star neWs Desk Actress Natalie Portman has been voted Hollywood’s most profitable star by Forbes magazine. The “ Black Swan” actress, whose dark ballet movie earned $329 million at the box office worldwide after being made for an estimated $13 million, has topped a new list of ‘Hollywood’s Best Actors For The Buck’, compiled by the magazine. She has been voted Hollywood’s best investment for raking in $42.70 at the box office for every dollar she is paid to star in a movie, reports contactmusic.com. “Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2” actress Kristen Stewart took the second position in the list. The 22-year-old was paid $25 million to star in the final two instalments of the “Twilight Saga” movies, the first of which grossed over $300 million. Its second instalment is still running in theatres. Actor Robert Pattinson also made it to the list, and occupied the fourth place after “Transformers” star Shia LaBeouf. Actor Taylor Lautner, also features in the list in the sixth position after “ Harry Potter” star Daniel Radcliffe.

Matthew McConaughey’s wife Camilla Alves gave birth to the couple’s third child in Texas on Friday. According to sources, Alves has given birth to a daughter. McConaughey was there during the birth and was ecstatic for the new arrival, TMZ.com reported. The actor had announced news of the pregnancy back in July, tweeting “Happy birthday America, more good news, Camila and I are expecting our 3rd child.” nEWs DEsK

Madonna’s charity builds ten schools in Malawi Madonna has built 10 primary schools in Malawi during 2012, her charity has announced. Two years after abandoning a 15-million-dollar girls academy, the 54-year-old singer said on Friday that the projects in 2012 will help educate 4871 children in the tiny southern African country, News.com.au reported. The projects were carried out by the pop diva’s charity Raising Malawi and the global non-profit buildOn. In a statement released by her charity, the ‘Like A Virgin’ hit-maker said that she was overjoyed that her commitment along with buildOn’s to help educate the children of Malawi had come to fruition. She said that in a country where girls have little opportunity for education, it’s additionally inspiring to know that more than half the students attending are going to be young girls. The schools, which had been scheduled to be constructed over 18 months, were completed six months ahead of schedule. The charity said that six of the schools are already in use and all 10 would be up and running in January 2013 for the first day of school in the New Year. Two year’s back, Madonna had controversially stopped the construction of the state-of-the-art 15-million-dollar Raising Malawi Academy for Girls (RMAG) in Chinkhota village, 15 kilometres from the administrative capital Lilongwe, after it was mired in allegations of financial mismanagement. The academy, styled on the lines of the one built by TV host Oprah Winfrey in South Africa, was meant to offer 500 scholarships to girls from poor backgrounds and groom them into future leaders. In abandoning the project, Madonna said that the academy would not have been adequate as two-thirds of the girls were not educated beyond primary school. Instead, she said that she had wanted to reach thousands and not hundreds of girls by constructing several schools. nEWs DEsK

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ITH long-term care costs rising—and actual care standards falling—a growing number of Germans are saving money by shipping their elderly relatives to foreign homes, the Guardian reports. Most are headed to Eastern Europe; an estimated 7,146 were in Hungary last year, along with more 3,000 in the Czech Republic, and more than 600 in Slovakia. An unknown number of others are heading to Spain, Greece, the Ukraine, and even such distant ports as Thailand and the Philippines. Care in these countries costs as little as one-third what it does in Germany, and the quality is often seen as superior. But social welfare activists are crying foul. "It is inhumane," says the head of one group. The head of Germany's Alzheimer Society is particularly worried that dementia sufferers will be exported on the theory that they won't know the difference. They, more than anyone, require a familiar cultural environment, she explained, "because they're very much living in an old world consisting of earlier memories." nEWs DEsK

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ets," wrote one scientist. As for how we might discover that alien Earth, the smart money is on the Kepler telescope, which has already spotted 2,300 potential planets since being launched in March 2009. But once we identify an Earth twin, then what? Many scientists hope it could inspire humanity to venture off our planet and deeper into space. "We humans will look up into the night sky, much as we gaze across a large ocean," said another astronomer. "We will know that the cosmic ocean contains islands and continents by the billions, able to support both primitive life and entire civilizations." nEWs DEsK

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Wisconsin couple says a pet chicken named Cluck Cluck saved them from a fire. Dennis Murawska, 59, said Cluck Cluck woke his wife with loud clucking from its cage in the basement two floors below about 6:15am yesterday. They got out in time, and firefighters later saved the chicken. "We are used to hearing about a dog or cat or something, but we never heard of a chicken waking up a resident for a fire," says the fire chief in Alama Center. "That's pretty amazing." Cluck Cluck came from a nearby farm. When the chicken began wandering over to Murawska's house, his neighbor said he could kill it because it wasn't producing any eggs. But Murawska felt sorry for Cluck Cluck because she had a mutated foot and decided to keep her. He fed the bird and built a coop, and then his wife let Cluck Cluck into the basement on cold nights. "I spent way more money than I ever should've," Murawska said by telephone. "I guess it paid off." nEWs DEsK

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FTER a drawn Twenty20 series both India and Pakistan are raring to go against each other but rain may play spoilsport in the first ODI of the threematch series to be played at the M.A.Chidambaram Stadium here today (Sunday). The two-match Twenty20 series was an exciting affair and the three-match ODI series is also expected to be a keenly contested one -- if weather permits a good start. The city has been lashed by heavy rains since Friday night and the weatherman has predicted light to heavy showers for Sunday. But if the weather paves way for good cricket, the day match between Indian and Pakistan could well set the tone for the series. Like the Twenty20s, the ODIs will also test Indian batting against Pakistan's bowling. But problems are galore for the Indian batting. The opening pair of Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir has struggled during the Test series against England and have looked out of sync. India will have to rely on a good start as the middle-order is also not doing well off late. Virat Kohli has hit a rough patch despite being the highest run getter for India in both Tests and

ODIs. While Suresh Raina and Yuvraj Singh are sure starters, it will be a toss up between Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane. Rahane, however, has been in good touch during the Twenty20 series and looks to have an esdge over Sharma. For India, the biggest positive remains the resurgence of Yuvraj. The southpaw once again showed his class in the last Twenty20 smashing a 36-ball 72, which included seven sixes. On the bowling front, Ishant Sharma and Ashok Dinda will be sharing the new ball while Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who made a dream T20 debut by grabbing 3/9, will be the third pacer. Local boy Ravichandran Ashwin will lead the spin

attack. For Pakistan, it will be the start of a new battle under new leader Misbah-ulHaq. Misbah asked his boys not to get carried away by the impressive start in the series. “It is a great start by our team but we need to be cautious and not get overconfident because there are still four matches left in the series and the Indian team will try to come back hard at us in these games,” Misbah said. “Our team is always dangerous when it is on a winning streak and even before the series the players were very keen to do well in India as we are playing a bilateral series after five years,” he said. Misbah was happy with the perform-

ance of the pacers. Even before the series we were banking on our pacers to put pressure on the Indian batsmen and they succeeded in doing this in the first T20. I hope they continue in the same spirit and rhythm for the one-day series as well,” he said. Misbah also indicated that former skipper Shoaib Malik and Shahid Afridi, who were not a part of the ODI squad, could be retained. But it will be the presence of old warhorse Younis Khan that wil provide the much needed stability in the batting. India, however, on their part will be looking to end the tough year with a win and start the new year on a positive note.

HE TEAMs: pAkISTAN: Misbah-ul-Haq (Capt), Nasir Jamshed, Mohammad Hafeez, Azhar Ali, Younis Khan, Haris Sohail, Kamran Akmal, Saeed Ajmal, Wahab Riaz, Junaid Khan, Umar Gul, Imran Farhat, Umar Akmal, Anwar Ali, Zulfiqar Babar. INDIA: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Capt), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Ashok Dinda, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shami Ahmed, Amit Mishra.

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The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said on Saturday that left arm pacer Mohammad Irfan and experienced allrounder Shoaib Malik would remain in India with the national squad for the three-match One-day series, beginning in Chennai on Sunday. The PCB announced in a statement that the national selection committee had accepted a request from the tour management to retain Malik and Irfan in the One-day squad. "These two players will now also be part of the One-day squad in India," the statement said. Malik and Irfan were originally only selected in the national Twenty20 squad for the

two matches in India that ended in a 1-1 draw last night. But after Malik scored a match winning half-century in the first T20 at Bangalore and Irfan impressed everyone with his bowling in both the games, speculations were rife the two players would also be retained for the ODI series. Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi, however, could not manage to win the confidence of the team management and will return home along with those players who were only selected for the T20 series. Malik's retention for the ODI series, though could create selection headaches for the tour selection committee as the squad already includes specialist batsmen like Imran Farhat, Azhar Ali, Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq.

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Pakistan's ODI captain Misbah-ul-Haq and six of his teammates practiced for the second successive day with a two-hour training session at the Chepauk. Misbah and his mates, who have been picked only for the 50-over format, arrived here last morning, came for the training session in the afternoon. The players had a productive net session at the adjacent 'B' ground of the main stadium. The other members of the ODI team, who are playing the second T20 International in Ahmedabad today, will arrive a by a chartered flight on December 29, a day before the first ODI.

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The Pakistan Table Tennis Federation is organizing a seminar on sports psychology at Chromatex Hall, Aitchison Society, Thokar Niaz Baig at 3.00pm on Sunday. Renowned sports psychologist from Germany Mr. Jurgen Walter will give the lecture on sports psychology. It will be beneficial for every body related to sports e.g. players, coaches and organizers. He will explain scientifically what should be psyche of player in the start, middle and at crucial moments of game. How we should groom the players, how to give comfort levels to players so that they can win the titles. Mr. Jurgen Walter will give the lecture with his modern equipment to explain the theories and techniques of most modern sports psychology. At the end ex-National Champion and table tennis coach in Germany Mr. Ali Sajjad Faisal will give the useful coaching tips of table tennis game. Question and answer session will also be performed at the end. Tea will be served in the middle of seminar.

Keen contest on cards between arch-rivals stats corner s Pervez QAiser The first match of the three match series between arch rivals India and Pakistan will be played at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai on Sunday (December 30). This match will start at 8.30 hours (PST). The encounter will be the 122nd one day international match between the two teams and 28th on Indian soil. Pakistan have a good record against India in one day internationals. They have won 69 and lost 48 in 121 one day internationals played between the two teams. The remaining four matches did not produce a result. Misbha-ul-Haq's boys also have a good record against India in India . They have won 17 and lost 10 in 27 matches played in India. In 83 matches played under Sun between the two teams, Pakistan have won 49 while India achieved victories in 30 matches. The remaining four matches did not produce a result.

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India have won six and Pakistan four in last 10 matches played between the two teams. The men in blue recorded a six-wicket victory over Pakistan when two teams met last time in the Asia Cup at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur on March 18, 2012. Batting first, twin centuries from openers Nasir Jamshed (112) and Mohammad Hafeez (105) set up their mammoth score, Younus Khan also blasting a quickfire 52 in 34 balls. Jamshed, who faced 104

balls, and Hafeez, who faced 113 deliveries, put on 224 for the first wicket and it was not until the 36th over that India broke through. A stunning innings of 183 off 148 balls from Virat Kohli drove India to a six-wicket win over Pakistan. India made 330 for four in 47.5 overs to win the match. INDIA-pAkISTAN IN oNE-DAy INTErNATIoNALS SUMMAry of rESULTS : PlAyED InD WOn PAK WOn n/R

in inDia 27 10 17 in PaKiStan 27 11 14 2 in emirateS 26 7 19 in auStralia 7 4 3 in b’DeSH 9 6 3 in SingaPore 1 1 in canaDa 16 7 8 1 in Sri lanKa 3 1 1 1 in englanD 2 1 1 in S africa 2 1 1 in HollanD 1 1 TOTAl: 121 48 69 4 D/n matcHeS 38 18 20 Day matcHeS 83 30 49 4 laSt 10 10 6 4 in 2012 1 1 hIghEST INNINgS ToTALS: India: 356-9 in 50 overs at Visakhapatnam 05-04-2005 pakistan: 344-8 in 50 overs at Karachi 13-03-2004 LowEST INNINgS ToTALS: India: 79 in 34.2 overs at Sialkot 13-101978 pakistan: 87 in 32.5 overs at Sharjah 22-03-1985

hIghEST INDIvIDUAL ScorES: India: 183 Virat Kohli at Dhaka 18-032012 pakistan: 194 Saeed Anwar at Chennai 21-05-1997 BEST BowLIN pErforMANcES: India: 5-16 Saurav Ganguly at Toronto 18-09-1997 pakistan: 7-37 Aaqib Javed at Sharjah 25-10-1991 LArgEST MArgINS of vIcTory: India: 8 wickets at Dhaka 14-01-1998 8 wickets at Melbourne 10-03-1985 8 wickets at Toronto 16-09-1996 8 wickets at Karachi 19-02-2006 140 runs at Mirpur 10-06-2008 pakistan: 9 wickets at Lahore 02-101997 159 runs at Delhi 17-04-2005 NArrowEST MArgINS of vIcTory: India: 4 runs at Quetta 01-10-1978 by losing fewer wkts at Hyderabad (I) 2003-1987 pakistan: One wicket at Sharjah 18-041986 4 runs at Sharjah 23-10-1991.


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IKE Hussey will play his final test against Sri Lanka next week and retire from international cricket at the end of the Australian summer, the veteran batsman said, citing a desire to spend more time with his family. The rugged 37year-old, known affectionately Down Under as 'Mr Cricket' for his all-consuming passion for the game, will sign off at the peak of his powers, having scored three centuries in his past five tests. Hussey, speaking in an interview with Nine Network, said he wanted to bow out on a high and that family life would become his priority. "I was actually quite excited to tell (my children) this morning that I'm not going to go away and play for Australia any more," he said. "They were happy but not as excited as I thought they were going to be, so it was a bit of shock." Shut out from the peerless Australia team that dominated world cricket for over a decade, Hussey had to wait until he was 30 for his test debut, against West Indies in 2005, by which time he had amassed a mountain of first-class runs. Although scoring one and 29 in his first test in Brisbane, Hussey scored consecutive centuries in his next two matches and went on to score another 17 in his late-blooming career. Hussey's career dipped in 2008-09, but he dug himself out of a prolonged form slump with two centuries in Aus-

thirimanne and lakmal added to Sl test squad MeLBoUrne CRICInFO

Batsman Lahiru Thirimanne and right-arm fast bowler Suranga Lakmal have been called up to Sri Lanka's squad for the third Test in Sydney, after two players suffered series-ending injuries and two more remain in doubt after the Boxing Day Test. Kumar Sangakkara's fractured hand and Chanaka Welegedara's torn hamstring have ruled them out for the remainder of Sri Lanka's tour of Australia, while Prasanna Jayawardene and Nuwan Kulasekara's fitness will be reassessed in the lead-up to the third Test, though it is unlikely that Kulasekara will play. Thirimanne had been on Sri Lanka's stand-by list for the tour, and as such had already secured visa clearance to enter Australia, and will arrive on January 1, two days before the match. Lakmal, though, had not been on standby, and will have to wait for his visa to be approved on December 31. He will likely arrive in Australia on the eve of the Test. Thisara Perera is the only fast bowler who was named on the standby list, and is already in Australia competing in the Big Bash League, but he was not considered as his bowling form was deemed inadequate for Test selection. Perera had suffered a side strain during the Sri Lanka Premier League in August, and though he has been bowling in limitedovers cricket, the captain Mahela Jayawardene said he was yet to build up the number of overs required to come into Test contention in the lead up to the Melbourne Test. Lakmal is also coming back into the international team after an injury layoff, having undergone surgery on his ankle. His last Test appearance was against England in April, but he has been in good form in Sri Lanka's domestic one-day tournament in December, having taken 13 wickets at 20.46 in six matches. He is unlikely to play in Sydney however, as the fast bowler Nuwan Pradeep has been with the team throughout the tour and is next in line for a game. Sri Lanka may also decide to field two spinners, depending on the surface, in which case Suraj Randiv will play. Thirimanne meanwhile, will only play if Prasanna Jayawardene is deemed unfit. Sri Lanka next train on December 31, and a decision will be made on his participation after that session. Dinesh Chandimal will take the gloves in his place. Kulasekara is not expected to be fit to play in Sydney, but will stay with the team for the ODI series, which begins on January 11.

tralia's home Ashes series loss in 2010-11 and has continued to dominate bowlers around the world since. "I know how low I felt when my head was on the chopping block and I was maybe one innings away from being dropped from the team," the Western Australian said on Saturday. "It's not a nice place to be." An aggressive left-hander who charges between the wickets and always looks to score, the middle order batsman will play his 79th test against Sri Lanka in Sydney and brings 6,183 runs at an outstanding average of 51.52 into the match. The Perth-born Hussey has also scored over 5,000 runs in one-day internationals and will sign off with matches against Sri Lanka and West Indies in January and February. The sight of the ever-reliable Hussey walking out to the pitch following a top order collapse has been a comfort to cricket fans Down Under in recent years, with the test team struggling to rebuild following the retirements of a golden generation of cricketers. His shock decision is a major blow ahead of a tour to India and the back-toback Ashes series in 2013, however, and follows the retirement of another prolific run-scorer in former captain Ricky Ponting, who called it a day after the third test match against South Africa earlier this month. Already battling for cohesion with a brittle top order, Australia will need to anoint a replacement quickly but will be hard pressed to find a batsman of

HussEy’s CAREER Australia batsman Mike Hussey, 37, will retire from international cricket after next week's third test against sri lanka in sydney.

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Former England captain and respected commentator Tony Greig, one of the architects of cricket's World Series revolution in the 1970s, has died at the age of 66 after suffering a heart attack at his Sydney home on Saturday. Greig, who was diagnosed with lung cancer in October, was taken to a Sydney hospital but died at about 1:45 pm (0245 GMT). "The staff of the emergency department worked on Mr Greig to no avail," a spokesman at St Vincent's hospital told local media. A largerthan-life figure standing 6ft 6in (1.98m), South Africa-born Greig played 58 tests for England from 1972-77 as a successful all-rounder, scoring 3,599 runs for a batting average of 40.43 and claiming 141 wickets. His biggest impact on the game, however, came after he joined forces with late Australian businessman Kerry Packer to set up the breakaway World Series Cricket (WSC) competition. Media magnate Packer's concept, aimed at securing cricket broadcast rights for his Channel Nine in Australia, shook up the game's world order by pioneering limited overs matches played at night and turning cricketers into full-time professionals. Greig's sig-

nature lent credibility to WSC and he played a key role in recruiting disaffected players to the controversial competition. "He influenced all those guys from overseas, certainly, and the West Indies to join World Series Cricket and it was great for cricket what he had done," former Australia batsman Doug Walters, who played in the WSC competition, told Sky News. "Greig was one of the great competitors of cricket ... He was someone that really took the fight to Australia, but he took the fight to everybody. "Win, lose or draw he was the first guy in our dressing room with a couple of beers in his hands." Greig's recruitment to WSC's cause put him at loggerheads with cricket's conservative establishment and he was stripped of the England captaincy in 1977. His international career ended shortly after. A long-time resident Down Under, Greig later became a cricket commentator with Channel Nine, having been promised a "job for life" by Packer. A combative and occasionally abrasive character, Greig's booming voice and signature white hat featured on Australian television screens for over three decades, but his battle with cancer prevented him from taking his position behind the microphone for the current 2011/12 season.

Hussey's pedigree, and with his ability to play spin on India's pitches. Hussey said he was looking forward to soaking up his valedictory test at the Sydney Cricket Ground, a dead rubber after Australia sealed the series 2-0 with their win in the second test in Melbourne on Friday. "It's one thing about playing for Australia, it's always a lot of stress and a lot of pressure to perform," Hussey said. "I feel like I'm coming into this last test match with no pressure at all. "It will be nice to sit back when it's all finished and really reminisce over some fantastic memories and some great wins for Australia."

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CAREER OF GREIG Former England cricket captain Tony Greig, who was diagnosed with lung cancer in October, died on saturday after suffering a heart attack at his sydney home.

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born on Oct. 6, 1946 in Queenstown, south Africa to a scottish father. He started his firstclass career for sussex and prospered as an all-rounder. He made his test debut for England in the home Ashes series against Australia in 1972 at Manchester. A towering figure at 6ft-6in (1.98m), Greig played 58 tests for England, scoring 3,599 runs at an average of 40.43. He scored eight test hundreds and 20 fifties. He also took 141 test wickets at an average of 32.20. Greig played 22 ODIs, scoring 269 runs and taking 19 wickets. Equally proficient against pace and spin, the right-handed batsman captained England in 14 tests but his international career lasted just five years. He played his last test against Australia at The Oval in August 1977 and was subsequently dropped for his role in helping late Australian business tycoon Kerry Packer set up the World series Cricket. Greig, along with former Australia captain Ian Chappell, was one of the key players and recruiters of the rebel series which shook international cricket in the late 1970s. A noted cricket pundit known for his strong opinions, Greig later settled down in Australia and became a popular voice as a commentator for Channel nine's international cricket coverage, among a number of roles in the media. He was easily recognisable in the commentary box due to his booming voice and big hat. Diagnosed with lung cancer in October 2012 Died at the age of 66 in sydney on Dec. 29.

Stags Cricket Club beat National Gymkhana Karachi by 191 runs here at the Stags Cricket Ground. ScorES: Stags Cricket Club batting first 335/2 after 35 overs. Mujahid Ali batting well 114 runs not out, Zeeshan Ali 100 & Umar Butt 30 runs out. National Gymkhana Karachi bowling Abdul Rehman 1/16 & Rashid Ali 1/36 wickets. In reply National Gymkhana Karachi 144 all out after 25 overs. Rashid Ali 46, Muhammad Nadeem 43 & Abdul Rehman 22 runs. Stags Cricket bowling Rizwan Siddique bowling well 5/34 & Atif Jabbar 2/30 wickets. Muhammad Usman was the scorer. Later, Chief Guest SPM Chief Aizad Hussain Sayid gare away man of the match award to Mujahid Ali. Shahzad Butt & Saeed Khan is also present.

victorious Australia dogged by injuries, selection queries MeLBoUrne AGEnCIEs

Australia's second test thrashing of an injury-ravaged Sri Lanka provided some consolation after a stinging 1-0 loss in the home series to South Africa, but has left the team with much to ponder ahead of the dead rubber test in Sydney next week. Australia head into the final match of the series with an unassailable 2-0 lead, but the innings victory in Melbourne was soured with ongoing injury clouds over skipper Michael Clarke and vice-captain Shane Watson. The fitness concerns have added further ammunition to critics of the team's player management, with selectors and fitness staff already under fire for a contro-

versial rotation policy that saw injury-free seamer Mitchell Starc rested for Melbourne for fear he might break down. Both Watson and Clarke played despite bringing injuries into the Melbourne test, leaving selectors open to accusations of double standards. While Clarke scored a glittering 106 and Watson a solid 83 to help set up victory, the wash-out from Melbourne will do little to quell the grumbling. All-rounder Watson broke down with a calf strain after bowling on day one and will miss the Sydney test, while Clarke remains in doubt as he continues his battle to recover from a hamstring strain. When asked why selectors had not rested the injury-prone Watson, who was forced to shoulder a big bowling workload

in the first test victory in Hobart when seamer Ben Hilfenhaus broke down with a side strain, Cricket Australia's high performance chief Pat Howard told reporters: "There was some consideration of it." "But it was looked at as a collective. He's multi-skilled and can bring more than a couple of attributes to the game. "When we talk about players missing a game or managing their workload, a lot of this is around young fast bowlers and looking after them is a pretty core principle of what we're trying to do." The support staff's best intentions have not stopped young pacemen James Pattinson and Pat Cummins from breaking down among a raft of injuries, while 22-year-old Starc's Melbourne omission left the bowler tweeting that he was "shat-

tered" by the decision. Selectors have also backed themselves into a corner by promising Starc would play at the Sydney Cricket Ground, meaning either one of Mitchell Johnson, Peter Siddle or Jackson Bird must miss out on a wicket traditionally conducive to spin. Man-of-the-match Johnson, had a brilliant return to form in Melbourne after being dumped for the Hobart test, capturing six wickets and bashing an unbeaten 92 in a performance that would virtually guarantee selection. Bird also had an excellent test debut with four wickets in place of the injured Hilfenhaus, while pace attack leader Siddle might not take kindly to being left out after being controversially rested for Australia's third test loss to South Africa in Perth.

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Novak Djokovic has sent an ominous warning to his rivals ahead of his bid to become the first man to win three straight Australian Open titles. The world number one thrashed David Ferrer 6-0 6-3 in the semi-finals of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship on Friday and said he was in "amazing" form ahead of the first grand slam of the season. With one eye on his title defence, Djokovic still has another exhibition match against Nicolas Almagro in the final in Abu Dhabi on Saturday, but described his lead-up match against Ferrer as the "perfect performance". "Last year I played an amazing few matches and this year I am playing amazing as well," Djokovic said. "It felt great, after a few weeks of preparation and hard work, more focusing on fitness and just gradually increasing the hours on the tennis court. "It was a perfect performance against one of the best players in the world, especially in 2012 where he had his best year. "It was a great performance and a great confidence boost for me. It's something I will look at as a positive indication of my form in this tournament." Having outlasted Rafael Nadal to take his third Australian Open crown and second consecutive in one of the most epic five-set finals of all time, Djokovic welcomed the weight of expectation. "No, I'm not superstitious. I will be very motivated to hear that nobody has done this (three Australian Open titles in a row), so I will try to make history there," he said. "I will be very flattered to be the first person to do that. "The Australian Open is my most successful grand slam and hopefully I can get a shot at the title next year."

Spurs fight back to beat Sunderland LonDon

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ARON Lennon kept Tottenham's Champions League challenge alive as his side came from behind to win 2-1 at Sunderland. Spurs trailed at the break to John O'Shea's first goal for the Black Cats despite having enjoyed the better of a first half during which strike Emmanuel Adebayor hit the bar from just two yards. However, Carlos Cuellar's own goal three minutes after the restart gave the visitors a foothold, and they took full advantage with 51 minutes gone when Lennon sped through to beat keeper Simon Mignolet. Had it not been for the Belgian's excellence, Jermain Defoe would have wrapped up the points on the hour with a shot from point-blank range which looked odds-on to end up in the back of the net, and he also kept out Adebayor's late effort. Martin O'Neill's side battled manfully for a way back into the game, but Spurs held out with little difficulty to claim a second successive Barclays Premier League win on the road. Sunderland could hardly have headed into the game with any more confidence having dispensed with champions Manchester City on Boxing Day to claim a third victory in four league outings. On paper at least, Saturday's fixture looked perhaps the more winnable of the two, but O'Neill was under no illusions as to how difficult a contest it would prove to be having seen Spurs dismantle former club Aston Villa in their last outing. In the event, two sides with a reputations for hitting teams hard and

fast on the counter started relatively cautiously and genuine chances were few and far between during the opening 45 minutes. Adebayor failed to make the most of Gareth Bale's enterprising fourthminute run and pull-back, and Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris was able to collect Craig Gardner's deflected free-kick with little difficulty seconds later. As the half wore on, the Black Cats, who had hurt City in wide areas on Wednesday, worked their way into several promising positions, but Stephane Sessegnon and James McClean were able to pick out only Lloris with their final balls. Tottenham began to shade the game in terms of possession and they created a series of openings. Sandro could not extend Mignolet with a bouncing 21st-minute shot from distance, and Bale was similarly wasteful when presented with a headed chance by Lennon, who was giving makeshift left-back Matt Kilgallon a tough time. In the meantime, Mignolet had rushed from his line to block Adebayor's flick after the strike had been played in by Sandro, but the Togo international should have put the visitors ahead on the half-hour. Cuellar failed to cut out Jermain Defoe's curling shot, although he took the pace off it to allow Adebayor to get to the loose ball before Mignolet. However, the strike somehow managed to hit the bar from just two yards and Sunderland were able to breathe again. The home side created their first effort of note seven minutes before the break when Cuellar looped a header over from Adam Johnson's free-kick, and it was they who took the lead two minutes later. Neither Stephen Fletcher nor

O'Shea could make meaningful contact with Sebastian Larsson's freekick as it sped towards goal, but after the Scot had seen his follow-up blocked by Lloris, the Republic of Ireland international, back in the starting line-up after illness, gleefully swept the ball into the unguarded net. O'Neill's men returned in determined mood and the way Johnson went past Bale before seeing his cross hacked clear by Sandro might have proved inspirational. However, their lead and optimism evaporated within six disastrous minutes. There was an element of fortune about Spurs' equaliser when Cuellar headed a 48th-minute corner into his own net, but things went from bad to worse for the home side just three minutes later. Lennon attempted to lay the ball off, but saw it hit O'Shea and bounce back to his feet, and he raced in on goal to beat Mignolet despite Kilgallon's best efforts to apprehend him. Spurs should really have ended the game as contest on the hour when, with the Black Cats in disarray, Bale, who was later booked for diving, sprinted from halfway before picking out Defoe in front of goal. The England striker had time to control before shooting, but as the entire stadium waited for the net to bulge, Mignolet pulled off a breathtaking save he had no right to make to keep his side's hopes alive. Sunderland poured forward in the search for an equaliser, in the process leaving themselves vulnerable at the back, but neither side could increase their tally with Mignolet keeping out Adebayor eight minutes from time, and that proved more than satisfactory for the visitors.

OF NADAL, OUR TENNIS AND CONTESTS AGAINST INDIA sports this Week ALi AkBAr AFAEL Nadal has withdrawn from the Australian Open to be held at Melbourne on January 15. Earlier he had withdrawn from the Abu Dhabi exhibition event and will not be playing in Doha next week at the Exxon Mobil Qatar Open. This withdrawal is likely to be a setback for the Qatar Open but should not detract from the immensely popular event. This event has been a favourite with the players since its inception in 1993 and invariably draws huge crowds of the expatriate population of Doha as well as the local Qatari fans. Pakistan have announced a four member Davis Cup team for their tie in Sri Lanka. This should be, in all probability, a cakewalk as Sri Lanka have not had good players for some time now. In fact Pakistan’s Aqeel Khan would know more about the Sri Lankans than almost anybody, since he coaches the Sri Lankan players, surely an unprecedented occurrence. Trials were held for the third and fourth positions on the team with Mohammad Abid and Yasser Khan being selected. Had PTF waited just ten days, they could have had two of the most promising Pakistani players in the trials, Samir Iftekhar and Abid Akbar. Both are playing tennis at the highest university level in the USA and have wins over world class players. It is a mystery why PTF could not delay the trials for ten days as the tie is to be held in February. Now the selected players will get together for a motivation sapping one month camp. President Kaleem Imam will have to decide what the priorities of PTF are. Is it to just focus all PTF resources on one or two fourteen year olds or to cast a wider net. The future of tennis cannot be just one or two players. It has to be forty or fifty youngsters out of which maybe two or three might reach Asian level. But for that a vision is required.

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With the PTF president away on duty and an absentee secretary, the way is clear for Pakistan tennis’ lifetime tormentors, those for whom ‘white badges’ are the utmost priority. For that, they will appease their bosses, do anything to keep them happy and fulfill their own pernicious agenda. For PTF, the honeymoon is long over. In Doha, Pakistan’s under-14 stars won a bronze medal in an eight nation team event. Pakistan’s highlight was a hard fought win by future world hope Nofil Kaleem over a Qatari opponent. Nofil had less success against his other opponents, losing against Iran, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and UAE. Nofil has been training at the elite tennis academies of the world and travels with his personal coach. He has been proclaimed Pakistan’s future tennis star. It must be depressing for all the other youngsters in Pakistan to be written off before they have even started. It was double delight for Pakistan as they got the better of arch rivals India in cricket as well as hockey. In the T20 series in India, our boys showed great maturity,

twice rebounding from adverse situations to take the game away from an Indian team. Perhaps, edgy in front of a partisan home crowd, the Indians were given a good start by Gambhir and Rahane who put on 70 plus on a benign track. However, Pakistan’s experienced bowling attack reined them in with Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal and the towering Irfan taking the last nine Indian wickets for 50 odd runs. Pakistan were then set back by debutant Indian pacer Kumar, who bowled, or should we say, cast a spell over the Pakistan top order, setting them up and then bowling them with banana shaped swingers. It was then left to experienced players Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez to show the younger lot that T20 is not all about slogging. They weathered the Kumar storm and then took the Indian attack apart with some remarkably composed aggressive batting. It was encouraging to see a Pakistan team that showed resilience in the face of adversity and refused to panic as opposed to an Indian side whose nerves were fraying at the edges. The second T20 was lost and the rub-

ber shared, but Pakistan still acquitted themselves rather well – with skipper Mohammad Hafeez playing out of his skin to be named Man of the Tournament. And the tallest cricketer in the world, Mohammad Irfan too didn’t do his reputation as a rising star any wrong. Now the three one-day games beckon. It remains to be seen whether they can keep the tempo up in the remaining matches, without getting unduly flustered by the loss. Certainly, the psychological advantage is with them in the shape of their bowling attack. Irfan could prove to be a huge asset as he brings the ball down at express speeds from an intimidating height. Umar Gul and Ajmal are seasoned campaigners and know what it is to rebound from a bad over or two. Should our batsmen retain their composure, Pakistan has a good chance to take the series. But T20 is essentially a crap shoot where a good cameo innings or a couple of wickets can make the difference. Form or momentum have little significance. In the second T20, India were boosted by a torrid display of six hitting by Yuvraj Singh who scorched seventy plus at two runs a ball. On a placid pitch, all the Pakistani bowlers were taken to the cleaners by the Indian batters. Pakistan started off strongly with Nasir Jamshed and Shahzad leading the response. But then, slowly but surely, the asking run rate started climbing in spite of an electrifying captain’s knock by Hafeez. In the end the Indian total was a bridge too far. This sets up a highly anticipated three ODI series commencing in Delhi on Sunday. Meanwhile, in Doha, Pakistan defeated India in the hockey Asian Champions Trophy. It was a high scoring contest, with Pakistan opening the scoring and then India drawing ahead at half time, with Pakistan clinching the win 5-4. Following their bronze medal triumph over their traditional rivals in the Champions Trophy, this win should be a confidence booster for the green shirts.

lonDon: aaron lennon keeps Spurs champions league challenge alive as his side came from behind to win 2-1 at Sunderland. MURTazaaLI

nadal to miss australian open due to illness MADriD AGEnCIEs

French Open champion Rafa Nadal has been forced to withdraw from next month's Australian Open because of a stomach virus that has disrupted his recovery from a long-term knee injury, the world number four said on Friday. "My knee is much better and the rehabilitation process has gone well as predicted by the doctors, but this virus didn't allow me to practise this past week," the Spaniard, who has also pulled out of the Qatar Open in Doha, said in a statement. "Therefore I am sorry to announce that I will not play in Doha and the Australian Open, as we had initially scheduled." Nadal was due to make his competitive comeback after the knee injury sidelined him for six months at this week's Mubadala World Tennis Championship, an exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi that is not part of the ATP Tour. The 26-year-old won the event in 2010 and 2011 but withdrew on Dec. 25 citing the stomach virus. He has not played since June when he suffered a shock defeat in the second round of Wimbledon to Czech Lukas Rosol. He was subsequently diagnosed with a partial tear of the patella tendon and inflammation in his left knee and was unable to defend his Olympic title at the London Games. The 11-times grand slam singles champion also missed the U.S. Open and the season-ending World Tour championships before returning to the practice court on November 20. At last year's Australian Open, Nadal was runnerup to Novak Djokovic after an epic five-set final that lasted almost six hours. It was the longest match at the event and the longest men's grand slam singles final on record. "It is completely understandable and we really feel disappointed for him," Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley said on the event's website (www.australianopen.com). "But without any match practice and without sufficient lead up time on the practice court, it makes it virtually impossible for him to get his body ready," Tiley added. "We just hope he gets better quickly and we see him back on the tour as soon as possible. Tennis fans across the world have been missing him. "I am confident we will see him back on the tour soon and back in Australia for 2014." Nadal, who won a record seventh French Open crown in May on his favoured clay, said doctors had advised a period of rest without any sport for the next seven days starting on Friday.


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Ronaldo has been widely linked to a number of top clubs including the likes of PSG and Manchester United amidst widespread reports of the Portuguese international being far from happy with staying at the Bernabeu. It was previously speculated that the 27-year-old had received a lucrative offer from cash-rich PSG to join them at the end of the season, but Ancelotti has refuted such rumours, claiming his side had sufficient top players within their ranks to do without the 2008 FIFA World Player of the Year. "There is no chance he [Ronaldo] will come here," Ancelotti told La Stampa. "Money is not enough to tempt him, the determining factor is the will of the club he plays for.

"He is a great talent who needs to play well all the time. I like coaching great players like him, and I have several in my squad. "What I've read in the newspapers [about Cristiano joining PSG] makes no sense. "We have 30 players now that Lucas Moura has joined and I don't need anymore." Ancelotti also went on to state that he was not bothered with speculation linking underfire Real manager Jose Mourinho to his job. "I am very relaxed about it," Ancelotti said of the rumours. "The person who said the club are after Mourinho and Cristiano is a member of the AlThani family but he is not the owner, and I know the owner is not thinking about that." Ronaldo has been in sterling form for Los Blancos ever since he joined them in 2009, scoring an amazing 169 goals in 170 games so far.

Tennis in 2012: Themajorstories A looks back at the stories and themes that dominated a thrilling year in tennis. Upset of the year There can be no doubt about it. Lukas Rosol stunned Rafael Nadal, Centre Court and the millions who had tuned in to watch by the time this Wimbledon second round match entered the thrilling final set. And what a set it turned out to be. The world number 100, instead of melting away under the spotlight against one of the greatest names in the sport, upped the ante. Even now, six months after the fact, watching the highlights of that last set on YouTube is to journey into a parallel sporting universe. This was Nadal - the man who has relentlessly hunted down lesser players since he first burst onto the scene, being given the run around by a man who was a household name solely in his own household. Nadal, to his credit, put up a stoic front after the loss saying: "I played a great fourth set. He came back [after the delay to close the roof] and played unbelievable in the fifth. "I'm very, very disappointed [but] it's not a tragedy, it's only a tennis match." Rosol, who was understandably elated after the match, gushed: "I'm not just surprised but it's like a miracle. I never expected something like this. There are so many emotions - I don't know what to say. "[Nadal] is a superstar and I'm very sorry for him. I played unbelievably today. I hope I can play another match like this." He couldn't. Two days after playing the match of his life inside an electric Centre

Court, Rosol lost in straight sets to Philipp Kohlschreiber in straight sets on the lonely outpost that is Court 12. Honourable Mention: Virginie Razzano shocked Serena Williams in the first round of the French Open - the first time the American had lost in the opening round of a Grand Slam. Williams stormed back in style though, winning both Wimbledon and the US Open to take her major tally to 15. Match of the year Even though 2012 was filled with memorable matches, the best one came early when Nadal and Novak Djokovic met in the final of the Australian Open. This was the third successive Grand Slam summit clash in which the two were meeting, with Djokovic having won both. The Serb would make it three on January 29, but only after five hours and 53 minutes of almighty struggle against Nadal who came close to breaking the hoodoo that had dogged him against Djokovic throughout 2011. This was two exponents of modernday tennis at their very best. There was phenomenal athleticism and explosive power-hitting, incredible gets and pounded winners, most played out from behind the baseline. Nadal had a golden opportunity to claim the title when he broke for 4-2 in the final set. But Djokovic has made an entire career out of coming back from desperate situations. He broke the Spaniard right back before getting the decisive break in the 11th game and then serving out the

match. Just like he would a few months later after losing to Rosol, Nadal took the loss on the chin, saying: "It's nice to be there fighting, trying to go to the limit. "It's something I really enjoy and I always said it is good to suffer. I am very happy about my mentality, it worked well at the big moments. "I didn't have any mental problems against him. I had mental problems against him in 2011 but not today." Nadal would follow up those words by making the clay season his once again, and romping all the way to a record seventh French Open and avenging his Melbourne loss by beating Djokovic in the final in Paris. Disappointment(s) of the year Even though the general consensus is that tennis is enjoying a golden age, it would still be nice to see some younger players come through and challenge the established order. Donald Young and Bernard Tomic were earmarked as two of those potential challengers - both regressed this season. Young went on a 17-match losing streak, the third longest in the Open era and didn't win a singles match from Fenruary to August. A far cry from the man who at the age of 15 was featured by Newsweek in their "Who's Next?" section. It was only in 2011 that Young reached the fourth round of the US Open and ended the year as the world-number 57. His ranking at the time of writing has plummeted to 189.

Tomic's fall wasn't as precipitous but the Australian still endured a torrid year on court along with a maelstrom of unsavoury incidents off it. There were whispers of tanked matches, admissions of not having tried his best in others, run-ins with the media, altercations with the police - all of which culminated in a year-end ranking of 52, down ten places from the year before. He was dropped from the Australian Davis Cup team for 2013 with poor attitude and ill-discipline cited as the reasons. At only 20-years-old, Tomic has plenty of time on his side, but it was still a massively underwhelming year for him given that his fourth-round appearances at Wimbledon 2011 and Australian Open 2012 were supposed to be stepping stones to bigger and better things. Stirring giant of the year Juan Martin del Potro finally started showing signs of the form that saw him beat Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer in successive matches en route to the 2009 US Open title. After losing to Federer six times on the bounce this year - including two epics, in the French Open quarter-final and at the London Olympics, the Argentinean finally made the breakthrough by beating the Swiss twice at the end of the year. Despite having been back on tour after a career-threatening wrist injury for quite a while now, it is only recently that Del Potro has regained the range on his serve, movement and most crucially, his lethal forehand that made him such a threat all those years ago.

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English newspaper the Daily Mail understands the Gunners have already "opened talks" with United over a January move for the Portugal international. It reported that United want £20million for Nani, but claimed Gunners manager Arsene Wenger will put pressure on his United counterpart Sir Alex Ferguson to sell the player for a lower price. The newspaper believes Arsenal will highlight their willingness to negotiate with United over Robin van Persie's summer move as a "bargaining tool" to convince the Old Trafford outfit to do the same for Nani's proposed transfer. The Arsenal board have reportedly made £30million available for Wenger to spend in the January transfer window, but Wenger recently told The Sun that he would only be swooping for special players. "We are in the market but only if we find players who will really strengthen us because we have a good squad. But if we find an exceptional player then we will take him," he said. Big things were expected of Nani when Ferguson decided to splash out over €25million to bring the midfielder from Sporting Lisbon in 2007.

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Reigning Premier League champions City have stuttered in their quest to retain the title in recent times, with the Citizens finding themselves seven points off the top of league leaders Manchester United following their midweek 1-0 loss to Sunderland. Ahead of City's clash with Norwich City on Saturday, Silva urged his team-mates to show the character and spirit befitting of champions and pick up their form in order to catch arch-rivals United at the top of the table. "The defeat in Sunderland was a hard blow for us," Silva was quoted as saying by the Sun. "Nobody believed we would lose. "As a team we have a huge desire to repeat our title success. "But as we know that the Premier League is very open and if you give away chances you can be beaten. "Even so, there was a lot of anger in the dressing room - and not only from the coach.

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OUND one of Pakistan’s short tour to India is over. In the event that you reside on a different planet, the two match T20 International series ended all square with both ties providing ample proof why this rivalry is arguably the most exciting to watch amongst all sports. Pakistan drew first blood at Bangalore winning their first T20 International against India in the process. India were pushed till the very end at Ahmedabad but just about held their nerve to level the series. Suffice to say, this sets up the One Day Internationals perfectly. Two matches are not a large enough sample size to be drawing far reaching conclusions and any judgements thus made would have to be taken with a pinch of salt. That being said, there were some positives

that one can take heart from and hope that the team builds on them. The aftermath of the ICC World T20 saw not only Hafeez’s leadership being questioned but also his place and/or role in the side by several critics including this scribe. In many ways during said tournament, his leadership and decision making mirrored his batting: defensive and timid. This was perhaps best reflected in the Super Eight fixture with India where Pakistan was bundled out for 128 with Hafeez who opened the innings scoring 15 from 28 deliveries. Three months on and fittingly against India, Hafeez played the innings of his life. Coming in at two down, the Pakistani captain nearly engineered a quite remarkable run chase scoring at a strike rate of over 200. This, after scoring a match winning half century in the previous match. Deciding not to open was something not many people expected him to do but one must give credit where it

is due. One does wonder though why he cannot play like this when he opens the innings. Speaking of openers, Ahmed Shahzad failed to replicate his domestic form on to the international stage and at this point is not much of an upgrade on Imran Nazir; devastating in domestic and various T20 leagues around the globe but found out on the international stage. The only silver lining is that he has time on his side and one hopes that unlike

Nazir, he makes good use of it. It may not have come off but the decision to open with two aggressive batsmen was the right one. Another pleasing aspect was Hafeez’s intent of banking on his pacers which has traditionally been Pakistan’s strength. The byproduct was by last count 7’1” in size. The lethargic and ungainly Irfan who made his debut against England was replaced by a

leaner and meaner version who managed to clock speeds up to 90mph. This can only bode well for Pakistan cricket who are surprisingly short of quality fast bowling options presently. Pakistan in theory fielded three fast bowlers for both matches but in reality there were only two and a half; Sohail Tanvir being the half in case you are still wondering. The only semi plausible explanation for playing him ahead of the talented Junaid Khan can be that he can occasionally (read rarely) hit a few lusty blows but then why send Gul ahead of him in the 2nd T20? Malik’s return to form (?), good fielding display and a fighting spirit were also evident but this is not the first time we have witnessed this and probably will not be the last. The key is to make this a permanent feature. By the time you read this, the first ODI is likely to be underway and here is hoping that the men in green continue with the same intensity and positivity.

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India on Saturday mourned the death of the 23-year-old Delhi girl who was brutally gang-raped and assaulted with an iron rod by six men aboard a moving bus in the national capital on December 16. The young paramedical student died at Singapore's Mount Elizabeth

Hospital at 2:15am on Saturday and a jittery Delhi Police, eager to ensure that anti-rape protesters did not catch them by surprise, stepped up security and locked down sensitive areas of the national capital. A large number of people mourned in silence the death of the 23-year-old and demanded stringent punishment for the culprits. People started gathering at

Jantar Mantar at around 10am and sat in silence. Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders Arvind Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia and Kumar Vish also joined the protest along with their supporters, with a black cloth tied around their mouths. AAP National Convenor Arvind Kejriwal tweeted, “Her Continued on page 04

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AKISTAN on Saturday reopened the Pak-Afghan border at Torkham following assurances from Afghanistan to probe into the torture on Pakistani nationals by Afghan forces. Trucks stuck on both sides of the border resumed their progress, as well as people who had been stranded for two days. The border was closed for traffic two days ago as a mark of protest by Pakistani officials after Afghan security forces beat up five Pakistani labourers who were on their way home. The Afghan personnel also damaged their passports. After the closure of the border, thousands of people travelling between the two countries were stranded. Hundreds of trucks carrying goods for NATO troops stationed in Afghanistan snarled up on the border. On Saturday, Afghanistan’s Ambassador to Pakistan Muhammad Omar Daudzai visited the Foreign Office in Islamabad and requested the officials to reopen the border. The Torkham officials said the border was opened on the intervention of the Foreign Office. "Mohammad Umar Daudzai, Afghan ambassador to Pakistan, called on Alamgir Babar, Special Secretary Ministry of Foreign Affairs today. The two sides discussed the recent incidents where Pakistanis returning from Afghanistan were beaten near Kabul.

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Ambassador Daudzai promised that the matter would be investigated and action would be taken against those responsible," said a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Pakistani labourers engaged in reconstruction and rehabilitation activities in Afghanistan face severe problems due to humiliating attitude of Afghan personnel. On the other hand, the Afghan officials have also lodged complaints with their Pakistani counterparts several times. Pakistan had closed the border crossing on Friday for the second time in a week to register their protest against what they termed "illegitimate treatment" of Pakistani nationals by Afghan security forces in Afghanistan. Both the neighbours, also partners in the war against terror, have a history of severe trust deficit and keep point fingers at each-other for acts of terror from eachother's territory. The statement said that Daudzai also assured that such incidents would not recur. The Afghan ambassador also raised the incident involving Afghan nationals in Landi Kotal, the statement said. "Based on the assurances given by the Afghan ambassador, Pakistan side agreed to reopen the Pakistan-Afghanistan border which was closed since yesterday. Ministry of Interior is issuing instructions in this regard," the statement concluded.

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