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eHReek Minhajul Quran chief Tahirul Qadri on Tuesday said the federal and Punjab governments were using undemocratic tactics to thwart his long march, warning that if the long march was obstructed, the crowd would not remain under his control and the government would be responsible for the resulting chaos. As Qadri was issuing the warning in a press conference in Lahore, the Islamabad police were busy placing containers to seal the federal capital’s ‘red zone’ in a bid to keep Qadri and his supporters away from the area on January 14. Talking to reporters, Qadri alleged that the Punjab government was harassing transporters and forcing them to cancel bookings for the march. All MPAs in Punjab have been assigned the duty to stop participants of long march in their respective constituencies, he added.
He said his workers had informed him that containers were being placed on Islamabad roads to block peaceful protesters. Similarly, the Punjab government is planning to block main roads in the province leading to Islamabad, he said. An international media firm has been hired to start a psychological campaign against the long march and to propagate that this march is foreign-funded, claimed Qadri, adding that the government is trying to create anarchy in the country. Responding to a question regarding rumours of his house arrest, he said he could be arrested but millions of his workers could not be detained. Leaders of Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslameen were also present in the press conference. They announced that their activists would take part in the long march on January 14. Meanwhile Minhajul Quran Information Secretary Qazi Faiz said the long march led by Dr Qadri would be launched at 9am from Lahore on January 13. Per schedule, the convoy will pass through
Muridke, Gujrat, Gojar khan and will stay for a while in Rawalpindi. He said rallies from other cities will join the main convoy to head towards Islamabad. He stated that there will be a ‘public parliament’ in front of the Parliament House. ISLAMABAD SECURITY MEASURES: On the other hand, security has already been tightened in the Red Zone and Islamabad police is finalising a strategy to deal with any untoward incident. Over 13,000 police and Rangers will perform security duties in Islamabad for the Minhajul Quran rally. The police have started placing containers to seal the red zone, in a bid to keep Qadri and his supporters away from the area on January 14. The police have also started combing the slum areas to arrest suspected miscreants. The ICT Police, which currently has 9,500 police officials, has requested other provinces to send additional officials to be deployed at various places in the capital. “The red zone will be completely sealed in a couple of days,” said a senior police
Not a second’s delay in polls KARACHI Staff RepoRt
President Asif Ali Zardari on Tuesday said the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) believed in fair and transparent polls and the upcoming general election would take place on time and not be delayed even by a “fraction of a moment”. “The PPP has fortified democracy in the country by promoting politics of reconciliation and harmony. We have laid the foundation for a bright future of the people. We have never come to power through backdoors nor have we taken shelter from state institutions. The PPP believes in fair and transparent elections. Polls will be held as per schedule, which will not be delayed for an iota of a moment,” the president said while talking to PPP leader Abdul Qadir Shaheen at Bilawal House. Zardari asserted that “we will again come to power with the help of our coalition partners on the basis of
performance”, a statement issued by the Bilawal House said. On the occasion, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said the party was “pursuing the manifesto and ideas of Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto”. “Democracy has taken deep roots in the country and its fruits will trickle down to the coming generations,” he added. Democracy is the key to the survival of the country, he observed, adding that it was a healer to every wound and solution to every problem. “Democracy is the will of the people and the present and future of the people depends on democracy,” he stressed. “Transparent elections are guarantors of solidification of democratic order and it is sole right of people to elect those who they want to,” he held.
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march must possess their national identity official. Houses in the red zone, the cards while the transporters are required Parliament House, the Presidency, the to keep the documents of their buses in Supreme Court, Diplomatic enclave and their vehicles. other important buildings will also be It was also decided that an undertaking sealed, he added. would have to be signed by the owners of Qadri had announced that he would the buses that the owner, driver and protest in front of the Parliament House conductor would be held responsible if any with millions of supporters on January 14. terrorist was found in the vehicle and if any The Islamabad administration has explosion took place inside the vehicle. The informed Qadri to stage his protest at the owners would also be held liable to pay F-9 Park only. compensation in case of any death. A senior ICT administration official told The meeting also decided that students Pakistan Today that participants of the being brought in the long march must long march might face problems due to possess valid student identity cards of weather conditions. He said the their institutions. administration had been directed to keep The meeting decided that the transport sufficient medical staff and medicines to would be subject to scrutiny after the deal with any kind of medical emergency. payment and the sponsors/investor of the In a long march security-related meeting transport was subject to declaration of chaired by Interior Minister Rehman source of income to justify his expenses. Malik in Islamabad, the participants The organisers of the rally would also have decided that special enclosures would be organised for the rally and the participants to justify expenditures for offering the transport to the participants. would be required to be peaceful and remain inside the enclosures. Taliban deny They will aTTack lOnG march | PaGe 24 All those entering Islamabad for long
Badr, Malik helped Sadiq flee! MONITORING DESK The National Accountability Bureau will be presenting a report in the Supreme Court today (Wednesday) in which it is likely to tell the court that former OGRA chief Tauqir Sadiq had managed to escape arrest with the help of his close relative Jehangir Badr, Pakistan People’s Party’s leader of the House in the Senate, a private TV channel reported on Tuesday. The report says Badr helped Sadiq escape to Islamabad through the Motorway (M-2). It adds that Badr later helped Sadiq flee the country with the help of Interior Minister Rehman Malik. The NAB report says NAB Director General Operations Colonel (r) Shehzad disposed off the arrest warrants issued for Sadiq in October 2012. The startling revelations would follow extensive SC pressure on NAB for the arrest of former OGRA chief Tauqir Sadiq. Sadiq is
accused of fraud amounting to Rs 82 billion with the national exchequer by misusing authority and embezzling funds by converting operating income into non-operating income in violation of an agreement signed with the Asian Development Bank and World Bank, relocating several CNG stations and making illegal appointments. The authorities had told the SC earlier this month that the accused had fled to Dubai on a fake passport, making the court order his immediate arrest. However, when the given time for the arrest lapsed, NAB said Sadiq had again fled to Nepal. On November 25, 2011, the court had declared Sadiq’s appointment as OGRA chairman illegal and had ordered the NAB to investigate corruption cases against him and submit its findings within 45 days. The court had observed that five people were involved in the illegal appointment of Sadiq, including incumbent Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf.
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02 News SPOrtS
Cold wave kil s 29 people in north India, toll crosses 200
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peSHaWaR: Students head to school in thick fog that is currently blanketing several parts of the country. INP
Cold wave, fog to continue ISLAMABAD aGeNCIeS
Various parts of the country continue to be in the grip of severe cold wave and fog and the situation is likely to persist for the next few days. According to the Meteorological Department‚ rain and snowfall is expected in the northern and upper parts of the country on Friday and Saturday which will reduce the fog. The coldest place in the country during the last 24 hours was Skardu where the temperature dropped to -17 degrees Celsius followed by -15 in Astore, -11 in Hunza, 8 in Gilgit, -7 in Dir, -6 in Parachinar and Malam Jabba, -5 in Drosh and -6 degrees Celsius in Quetta. People in kashmir, Malamjabba, kurram Agency and Hazara Division also faced extreme winters while the plain areas of Punjab and Sindh remained covered under thick fog. A passenger coach turned turtle in Muzaffargarh due to dense haze that wounded six passengers. According to the Met Office, the current cold wave will continue in the country, including Balochistan, khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, kashmir and GilgitBaltistan for the next three days. The mercury dropped to -2 in Faisalabad‚ zero in Lahore and 2 degrees Celsius in Islamabad. Meanwhile, Lahore to Peshawar and kot Momin to Faisalabad Motorway were closed for traffic due to thick fog. Air traffic at Islamabad airport was also suspended due to fog, a private news channel reported. The Motorway Police said that the highway had been closed as visibility level dropped to zero. The Motorway would be reopened for vehicular traffic after visibility improvement, they said.
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Imran calls for talks on caretaker govt PTI chief says resolution of Kashmir issue to be his top priority if he comes into power PESHAWAR
AkISTAN Tehreek-eInsaf Chairman Imran khan on Tuesday called for negotiations with Pakistan Tehreek-eInsaf (PTI), Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) and other political parties regarding formation of the next caretaker government. “We will adopt a democratic approach to hold protests if we are not consulted about the caretaker setup,” Imran told reporters after visiting the residence of Qazi Hussain Ahmed. “We will not join Dr. Tahir ul Qadri’s long march,” he said. To a question, the PTI leader said that his party would prefer making alliance with parties sitting out of the parliament. Separately in an interview, Imran said resolving the kash-
mir dispute would be the top priority of his party if it came into power. However, khan ruled out any military solution to the pending issue between Pakistn and India. khan said kashmir was the bone of contention between the two neigh-
bours and must be resolved for peace to prevail in the sub-continent. “I have three former foreign ministers in my party and they have briefed me about the kashmir issue, so I don’t think I will have any problem sorting it out once I come to power,” he said. khan said he had sought suggestions from the All-Parties Hurriyat Conference delegation that recently visited Pakistan and would incorporate their suggestions in his policy planning. “We have to see how we can settle the issue through negotiations with India and I am of the opinion that the kashmiri leadership should also be taken into confidence,” the PTI chief said. Ruling out solution to the kashmir issue through military means, khan said Pakistan was itself struggling with militancy and he did not believe in supporting such means.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday granted time to Masood Sharif khattak, former Intelligence Bureau (IB) joint director internal, until January 23 to submit his written reply over media allegations of spending substantial amounts during 1990s. The three-member SC bench comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed resumed hearing into the allegations regarding misappropriation of secret funds by the IB during 2008. The bench also issued a notice to Tariq Lodhi, former IB head, currently serving as director of NADRA in Uk, to be served through the NADRA chairman and foreign affairs secretary, to appear on the next date of hearing. During the course of the proceedings, khattak appeared and said almost 25 years had lapsed and he required time to go through his memory and material for submission of his reply. expressing his inability to recollect the events of 1990, he said he served in the IB as joint director internal during 1989-90 and not as head of the agency. However, he said an ehtasab cell was set up at the former president’s house at that time. “During February 1992, I remembered that I had appeared as witness before a judge of the Lahore High Court over the same allegations and all the claims made in a newspaper article were taken into account by the same bench. But what happened to the case afterwards, I did not know,” he said. The CJ told him that it would be proper for him to produce in writing whatever facts he knew. IB AD Legal Naveeda Noor apprised the bench that they had informed Lodhi, who was in the Uk. She also submitted a reply by the incumbent IB DG over the allegations. The CJP told her that the reply was incomplete. He also termed a written reply of the finance secretary satisfactory, which was submitted under the court’s directives of January 2. The CJP also said Lodhi’s appearance would clear many things.
COAS wants army ready to face threats RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Parvez kayani on Tuesday emphasised the need for the army to remain fully prepared to respond to the full spectrum of threat, be it direct or indirect, overt or covert. He made these remarks during his visit to Sialkot Garrison to witness the conduct of Army Mobilisation exercise. According to a press release issued by the ISPR, the Mobilisation exercise was being conducted to validate the recent changes in the army’s mobilisation system. earlier, upon arrival, the COAS was received by Gujranwala Corps Commander Lieutenant General Muzammil Hussain. app
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04 Petroleum Ministry misappropriated Rs 317b in fiscal year, AGP tells PAC ISLAMABAD aNWeR aBBaS
ISLaMaBaD: police place containers on roads leading to the red zone in wake of Dr tahirul Qadri’s long march on January 14. STaff PhoTo
PPP leader Zafar ali Shah joins PML-N ISLAMABAD oNLINe
Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) MNA Syed Zafar Ali Shah on Tuesday announced switching over his allegiance to Pakistan Muslim LeagueNawaz (PML-N) following conflicts with the ruling party. Zafar met PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif at his residence where he expressed his support for the party. Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif was also present at the meeting. Last year in December, Zafar accused the ruling party of rigging after his nephew lost the by-election in Naushero Feroze. Zafar’s accusations were brushed aside by PPP officials, who
Eight-year-old declared proclaimed oﬀender DERA GHAZI KHAN
insisted they were present at polling stations to support their candidates and not to rig the votes. On November 5, the
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An eight-year-old boy was declared a proclaimed offender by kot Mubarak Police on Tuesday. The boy, Hamza, went to court for justice along with his uncle where the court granted him bail. A case was registered against Hamza on grounds that the child had not gotten the oil mill map approved by TMA. On the other hand, Hamza has no land or oil mill. The court has summoned record of the case from police.
The Defence Ministry on Tuesday approved a plan for military personnel to join door-to-door verification of 6.8 million voters in karachi. Army, Rangers and Frontier Corps (FC) troops will be deployed in all districts of the city and will provide security to the electoral staff starting from Wednesday. The door-to-door verification of voters in the city was
ordered by the Supreme Court on complaints about irregularities in enrolment of about three million people. According to the ministry, army and other forces will only be responsible for providing security to election Commission of Pakistan (eCP) staff. According to details, karachi has been divided into four parts where military forces will assist the police in providing security to eCP personnel during verification.
Meanwhile, the eCP is finalising preparations for the verification process. Verification of voter lists will continue from January 10 through March 8. Moreover, the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) will deliver printed electoral rolls for the verification process to the eCP by January 9. The fresh lists will include the names of those citizens who turned 18, the legal voting age, by December 15.
PIA plane escapes rocket attack at Kandahar airport KANDAHAR aGeNCIeS
A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) aircraft escaped disaster as suspected Taliban attacked kandahar airport in eastern Afghanistan on Tuesday, a PIA spokesperson said. According to the spokesperson, the airport came under attack with missiles while PIA flight Pk-199 was preparing to take off from kandahar to Quetta on Tuesday afternoon. “The flight Pk-199, with 42 passengers on board, was ready to depart for Quetta when eight to 10 rockets were fired from multiple sides at the airport,” the spokesperson said in a statement, adding that the aircraft, crew and passengers on board remained safe.
made towards government schools which had poor infrastructures. Petroleum secretary also said no improvements in circular debt had been witnessed and the system was working at its old pace. While responding to queries by members, OGDCL officials said board members were paid Rs 40,000 each for participating in a meeting of the board, while Pakistan State Oil (PSO) paid Rs 25,000 to each member for participating in a single meeting and SNGPL paid Rs 30,000 to each member for the same. The committee directed audit officials to review the issue and to present a report before the accounts body. PAC also summoned details of those behind gas thefts who had been imposed fines worth Rs 100 million or above, within a five-day time period. Petroleum Secretary Masood informed the members that it was a priority of the government and the ministry to ensure gas supply to public consumers which contributed in saving 10-15 percent of gas, adding that the rest of the gas was supplied to the industrial sector.
British soldier killed by Afghan army gunman in Helmand KABUL aGeNCIeS
A British soldier has been shot dead and six others injured by a rogue member of the Afghan National Army. The Uk soldier, of 28 engineer Regiment, attached to 21 engineer Regiment, died at Patrol Base Hazrat, in Helmand’s Nahr-e Saraj district. The gunman fired at Afghan troops and then British soldiers before being killed. Afghan officials dispute Taliban claims he was acting for them. The male soldier’s next of kin have been informed of Monday’s attack. Prime Minister David Cameron’s spokesman described it as a “tragic inci-
dent”, adding: “The PM’s thoughts are very much with the family and friends of the soldier who was killed.” The spokesman said the military had stepped up counter-intelligence efforts and the vetting and screening of new Afghan National Army recruits. The attack comes as President Hamid karzai is due in the US for a visit seen as key to the future of the American presence in Afghanistan. Spokesman for Task Force Helmand, Major Laurence Roche, said: “This is an extremely sad day for the Corps of Royal engineers and everyone serving with Task Force Helmand. Our thoughts are with the soldier’s family and friends at this time.”
SAFMA underlines historical, cultural and social ties
PPP leader and senior lawyer Aitzaz Ahsan’s daughter Zainab got married in an impressive ceremony on Monday. The groom, eivind Johnson, is Norwegian. The wedding ceremony was attended among others by Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf, former PM Yousaf Raza Gilani, Punjab Governor Ahmad Mehmood, Senate Chairman Syed Nayyar Bokhari, Asif Hashmi, Latif khan khosa, Senator Islamuddin Sheikh, federal ministers Syed khurshid Shah and Qamar Zaman kaira.
Journalists from SAARC countries met at SAFMA’s 8th South Asian Free Media Conference, A Vision for South Asia and Union: Opening minds, Opening Borders, in Amritsar on January 6 and Lahore on January 8-9. In a joint declaration, they underlined the historical, cultural, social and economic ties across South Asian borders, and after having carried out exhaustive deliberations on various issues of great significance to people, put forward the following views. “We express our dismay over the bottlenecks in the way of implementation of the 14 SAARC declarations
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candidate in his election campaign. Federal minister Maula Bux Chandio had even asked Zafar to resign.
army to join Karachi voter verification drive from Wednesday
aitzaz ahsan’s daughter weds
PPP had lodged a complaint with the election commission against Zafar for accusing the party of helping their
UDITOR General of Pakistan (AGP) Buland Akhtar Rana on Tuesday disclosed before members of Public Accounts Committee (PAC) that financial misappropriations worth Rs 317 billion had been uncovered relating to audit objections and paras of the current year in connection with Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources. He also accused the ministry for noncompliance of orders regarding provision of records. The members of the committee met under chairman Nadeem Afzal Gondal to review the audit paras and objections in connection with Ministries for Petroleum and Natural Resources and Religious Affairs. Rana told committee members that the audit department had also initiated introducing suo motu on various issues, following which when OGDCL MD was contacted; the MD avoided responding to queries on a scam worth Rs 14 billion. The AGP said, following a request from Ministry for Petroleum and Natural Resources,
a special audit stretching a period of eight months had been conducted, however ministry officials did not cooperate with the audit staff and avoided providing them with records and necessary documents. Petroleum Secretary Waqar Masood clarified the ministry’s position on the occasion stating that audit officials were provided with all necessary documents and records and said it was wrong to accuse the ministry of misappropriations worth Rs 317 billion. The committee directed the ministry to provide records to audit officials and to redress the issue by tendering their cooperation towards the audit staff. Audit officials also informed the body that in 2008, top officials of Sui Northern Gas Private Limited (SNGPL) gave a donation worth Rs 100 million to Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), as the then managing director of SNGPL and two other officials were part of the LUMS board of governors. Taking serious notice of the issue, PAC Chairman Gondal said the amount should be refunded, and if a donation had to be given, it could have been
on connectivity, 17 SAARC declarations on South Asian Free Trade Agreement (SAFTA), Thimpu Declaration on environment and the agenda set by the SAARC Information Ministers Conference.” They also said, “We are dismayed at the continued failure of the region’s states to address violations of basic rights and to further strengthen democratic institutions and processes. We are deeply concerned at the rising wave of terrorism and religious extremism in various parts of South Asia – Afghanistan and Pakistan in particular – which spills over boundaries and is aimed at bringing neighbouring states into conflict with one another.” They showed their concern about
the variety of extreme religious, ethnic and communal/sectarian narratives that are dividing societies, peoples and the states. They also said poverty and underdevelopment continued to plague the vast majority of citizens in South Asia to the extent that the region has some of the lowest human development indices in the world. They, however, praised the increasing interest in the idea of a vibrant South Asian community, South Asian union, and mutually beneficial cooperation as opposed to nationalistic and security-centric approaches that have kept the countries of South Asia from pursuing their common destiny. They said they welcomed trade
liberalisation between Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan, adding that they condemned atrocities against women, minorities and children as represented by the attack on an icon of hope, Malala Yousafzai, the vicious rape and murder of a brave-heart in Delhi, and all such other instances across the region. The declaration took serious exception to attacks on the freedom of expression in various countries; attacks on and killing of journalists, social activists, and NGO workers engaged in the uplift of our people (such as vaccine campaign workers and teachers imparting education to girls and boys); and the ethnic/sectarian cleansing of minorities being
witnessed across South Asia. The declaration also condemned the killing of 23 journalists in South Asia – including 13 killings in Pakistan – and the culture of impunity that appears to have become a hallmark of the character of various actors in the countries of the region. The members welcomed visa liberalisation between India and Pakistan, although it was still prohibitive and did not match good examples of open borders practiced by Nepal, Bhutan, Maldives and Sri Lanka. They said they were critical of the excessive commercialisation and sensationalism being exhibited by sections of the media, regardless of objectivity, neutrality, professionalism, and ethics.
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CnG closure, low gas pressure irk people KARACHI INp
KaRaCHI: a lady health worker administers polio drops to a child at Godhra area amid tight security. oNLINE
Insufficient proof against Shahrukh for arrest: Interpol KARACHI oNLINe
Interpol has claimed that there is insufficient evidence against Shahrukh Jatoi, the central character in Shahzeb’s murder case, for his arrest. A team of Sindh Police, which left for Dubai for arrest of Shahrukh Jatoi contacted the Interpol for his arrest and provided evidence. However, the Interpol declined to arrest the murder suspect on the grounds of insufficient evidence. A team probing the case also contacted major PPPpoliticians to assist it in apprehending Shahzeb, but, in vain. On the other hand, Dubai Police holds the stance that Shahzeb never entered Dubai.
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The Met office has forecast a dry weather with cool night in the city during the next 24 hours. According to the Met office report issued here on Tuesday, the minimum temperature is expected to remain in the range of 12 to 14 degree centigrade. The Met office said mainly cold and dry weather is likely to prevail elsewhere in the region. Rain/thunderstorm with snow falls over the hills is likely to occur at isolated places in kalat, Quetta and Zhob divisions of Balochistan.
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Calls on Sindh CM to discuss campaign efforts Meets families of deceased polio workers KARACHI app
AkISTAN'S Ambassador for Polio eradication Aseefa Zardari inaugurated the anti-polio drive at Ibrahim Ali Bhai School in Gizri here on Tuesday. She administered polio drops to children under five years and also distributed gifts among them. Adviser to the Prime Minister Shahnaz Wazir Ali, Member National Assembly Nafisa Shah, and Sindh Assembly Deputy Speaker Shahla Raza were also present on the occasion. In addition, karachi Commissioner Hashim Raza Zaidi, Secretary Health Aftab Ahmed khatri, ePI project director, deputy commissioners of South, Central, and West were also in attendance on the occasion. Shahnaz informed that the target for the current anti-polio drive was to administer polio drops to 34 million children under the age of five years. She stressed that for the eradication of polio it was essential that the parents extended their full coopera-
tion towards this campaign. Shahnaz recalled that late Benazir Bhutto had initiated the drive against polio in the country by administering polio drops to her daughter, Aseefa. Later, Aseefa called on Sindh Chief Minister (CM) Syed Qaim Ali Shah at the CM House. Aseefa discussed matters related to the campaign and efforts being carried out with regard to the eradication of polio from the province of Sindh. CM Qaim apprised her about certain issues regarding the polio campaign, while assuring the polio ambassador for Pakistan that the Sindh government and all its institutions would fully cooperate to make the ongoing campaign truly successful. Various measures taken by the provincial government in this regard were also discussed in detail. After hearing the proposals of the CM, Aseefa said that the campaign in Union Council (UC) No.1, 2, 3 of Baldia Town should be completed between January 11 and 13, while the campaign for short interval additional dozes in remaining UCs of
West karachi district should be carried out from January 16 to 18. The polio ambassador for Pakistan stressed the need to launch campaigns against polio in every nook and corner of the province so that there would zero incidents of polio cases in the future. Meanwhile, Aseefa met the families of deceased polio workers at the Sindh CM House. Aseefa personally went to each affected family and while embracing the women and children, expressed sympathies and sorrows for the deceased polio workers. She also met the injured workers and said that the present government had already provided compensation and financial assistance to the legal heirs of the deceased workers. She listened to the problems being faced by the families and said that the government would also fully look after the affected families and injured polio workers. Furthermore, Aseefa assured the affected families that suitable jobs would be provided to family members of the deceased polio workers.
People across Sindh province continued to suffer on Tuesday due to closure of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) stations and low pressure of gas for domestic consumers. According to details, commuters and motorists had to face difficulties as CNG stations in Sindh including karachi were closed from 8:00 am on Tuesday to 8:00 am on Thursday for 48 hours. The spokesman of Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) said that the decision had been taken due to shortage of gas being supplied from different gas fields. The existing problem had been further aggravated by low gas pressure at domestic consumer level, he added. Furthermore, the spokesman warned that special vigilance teams would monitor the situation to ensure implementation of the decision and any gas station which violated the schedule would be closed for additional 24 hours. Meanwhile, a large number of people including public servants, employees of private offices, students and labourers were seen standing on various city bus stops while waiting for public transport to come along, but public transportation remained very thin on city roads due to unavailability of CNG. However, despite suspension of gas supply to CNG stations, the citizens in various districts of Sindh continued to suffer due to low pressure of gas experienced by the domestic consumers. Besides, unscheduled and prolonged load shedding of electricity in the prevailing intense cold wave in the country had irked the citizens. The consumers urged the provincial government to at least ensure smooth gas supply during CNG closure days and also demanded from the authorities concerned to mend the power supply situation.
long march not to affect democracy, say ministers KARACHI Staff RepoRt
Provincial Ministers for excise and Taxation Mukesh kumar Chawla and Revenue Jam Mehtab Dahar Tuesday said the Qadri’s long march had no wroth. They said those who were talking about revolution were nowhere when the people of Pakistan were in trouble and floods and rains destroyed the very fabric of the agricultural and economic system. At that time Pakistan People’s Party worked day and night for the rehabilitation of the affected people, they said in statements issued here on Tuesday. They said the long march would not harm the democracy. The democratic process would continue in the country. Political forces, workers and people should prepare themselves for elections.
Bullets devour another four lives, 23 suspects arrested KARACHI INp
At least four persons were killed and several others injured in fresh spate of violence in different localities of the city on Tuesday. The police arrest 23 suspects during operation and recovered arms from their possession. According to details, unknown armed men barged into a house located
in Baloch Goth area of Orangi Town and opened indiscriminate fire at the residents killing two people on the spot and fled the scene. The bodies were shifted to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where identity of the deceased was confirmed as Ayub and Riaz. The hospital sources said they received gunshots in their heads and chests while the police alleged they were killed by their neighbours for ho-
nour. SSP Nasir Aftab said that the incident is a result of mutual animosity and all four culprits involved in the killings have been arrested. In Soldier Bazaar, armed assailants shot at and killed one person identified as Imran while he was on his way to school to drop his children there. Police said the murder seemed to be an outcome of personal enmity. The deceased was a resident of Golimar.
Police recovered tortured dead body of a woman near Bismillah Market in Gulshan-e-Maymar. Firing incidents continued in different localities of the city during which more than 15 persons were reported injured. The wounded persons were shifted of different hospitals of concerned areas where condition of some injured persons was stated to be serious. According to DIG West Zone,
Asif Ijaz Sheikh, on a tip off regarding presence of criminals, police accompanied by women constables conducted search operation in Itehad and Nawab Colonies of Baldia Town. During security forces action 23 suspects were arrested and arms including a kalashnikov, 100 TT Pistols and hundreds of rounds of different bores were recovered from the possession of detainees.
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ROVINCIAL Minister for Local Government Agha Siraj khan Durrani Tuesday said that all the contractual employees of Lyari Development Authority (LDA) were being made permanent on special directives of President Zardari and Chief
LDA employees to be regularised: Durrani Minister Sindh Qaim Ali Shah. This was decided at a meeting of 5th governing body of LDA presided over by the minister at the authority’s office. He said it was essential part of Pakistan People’s Party’s manifesto not let anyone remain employed and it was a fact
that whenever PPP government came into power it brought maximum number of employment to the youths and prosperity to the country. The provincial minister said: “It is a great work of present democratic government that it has provided millions jobs to
youths on merit and following the same spirit all contractual employees of Lyari Development Authority are being made permanent irrespectively”. He directed the officers concerned to speed up development works on the Hawksbay Scheme saying it should
be ensured that all basic and standardised facilities be provided there and transparency should be maintained there. He said his government was trying its best to provide standardised living facilities to the people of Sindh. Secretary Local Government Lala Fazal-ur-Rehman. Director General Agha Maqsood Abbas and other high officials also attended the meeting.
‘Violence against children on the rise’ KARAChI: Violence against children is on the rise in Pakistan, said Founder of Madadgaar National Helpline Zia Ahmed Awan speaking at a press briefing here on Tuesday. He said his helpline recorded 6,444 cases of violence last year against children in Pakistan. He said last year 1,113 children were murdered, 582 kidnapped, 246 sodomized, 455 sexually assaulted, 330 raped and 235 trafficked. He said 476 cases of forced marriages, 188 of karo-kari, 582 of torture, 195 of vani were reported while 355 of suicide were reported. He said 1,374 children were injured. Out of total cases of violence against children, there were 3,682 boys and 2,762 victim of child abuse. Province-wise division shows that 2,947 were reported in Punjab, 1,818 in Sindh, 1,073 in khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and 606 cases were reported in Balochistan. ppI
two vehicles donated KARAChI: President Brookes Pharma Senator A Haseeb khan and founder of Ajar Foundation Saleem kan have presented two vehicles (capacity to carry 450 litters blood) of mobile blood bank service to Indus Hospital and Fatimid Foundation at a simple but impressive ceremony. Lt General (r) Moinuddin Haider, Chairman Fatimid Foundation, and Dr Akhtar Aziz, Director Technical, Indus Hospital, received the vehicles on behalf of the respective organisations. Two very unique side cabs having capacity of carrying 150 litters of blood on Honda 100cc were invented by Ajar Foundation Saleem khan and Razi Nayyar to carry blood from one place to other. Senator Haseeb khan said the vehicles would help carry blood from one place to other and quick transportation in case of emergency. Male donors can give blood after every 12 weeks, he said, adding that's approximately every three months. Female donors can give blood after every 16 weeks or approximately every four months, he added. oNLINe
Free medical camps KARAChI: Primary Health Department of Al-khidmat Welfare Society of karachi set up two free medical camps in different areas of city. The camps were established in kohat Colony, Quaidabad and eidgah Ground, Shafiq Colony. Senior experts of diabetics, eye and general surgeons examined the patients. While visiting the kohat Colony camp Ameer of Jamaat-e-Islami district Bin Qasim chapter Muhammad Islam said they would continue relief work across the country in order provide facilitate low income people. ppI
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KaRaCHI: Mothers waiting to get their children vaccinated for measles at a government hospital after the outspread of disease in the province. oNLINE
Get your Sindhi nationalists to flex muscles against PSLGA on 24th animals vaccinated! KARACHI
He Sindhi nationalists on Tuesday renewed their resolve to oppose the People Sindh Local Government Act 2012 (PSLGA-2012) tooth and nail until, as they dub it, the “antiSindh” law is abrogated. The reiteration came during a press conference held by Jalal Mehmood Shah, the convenor of Sindh Bachayo Committee (SBC), here at his residence. Shah was flanked by Pakistan Muslim League-Functional (PML-F) Members Provincial Assembly Nusrat Sahar Abbasi and Jam Madad Ali khan, Jamiat-e-Ulema-Fazlur Rehman (JUI-F) leader Aslam khan Ghauri and leader of Jamaat-eIslami (JI) karachi Muslim Parvez. The SBC, a platform of Sindhi nationalists that also enjoys the support of PML-N, PML-F, JI and JUI-F, vowed to continue its struggle against the “black law”. In this regard, Shah said the SBC would hold a huge public meeting against the PSLGA-2012 in Benazirababd, the hometown of President Asif Zardari on January 24. He rejected the amendments to the
law claiming that the law had divided the province into rural and urban Sindh. He, however, said that if the Sindh government sought the recommendations of the SBC, the committee would oblige by giving proposals regarding the local government law in the province. "The no-go areas in the metropolis should be eliminated while the Supreme Court’s verdict in karachi law and order case should be implemented in letter and spirit," demanded Shah. He claimed that the officers who dared to tell the truth before the court had been transferred. Shah also demanded the removal of Sindh Health Minister Dr Sagheer Ahmed whose inefficiency, he claimed, caused the death of some 525 children in the province due to measles. Furthermore, the SBC convener praised the election Commission for its great work to correct the voter’s lists after seeking the recommendation of all stakeholders in the city. Replying to a query, Shah said that he was in agreement with the agenda of Dr Tahirul Qadri but the later failed to respond to his basic questions regarding the future line of action which led to his sides’ refusal to join the January 14 long march.
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The Animal Husbandry Sindh director on Tuesday asked livestock owners to vaccinate their animals who were likely to get seasonal diseases in the months to come. The provincial directorate has officially informed the livestock owners, maldars and farmers that there was a possibility of the spread of seasonal diseases among the animals during first quarter of 2013, ranging from January to March. “All livestock owners and maldars are advised to get their animals vaccinated against the above contagious diseases from nearest veterinary hospital, dispensary or veterinary centre in time,” the directorate said.
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Dr Haider A khwaja, a PhD from the Department of environmental Health and Toxicology, School of Public Health, State University of New York (University at Albany), visited the Dow University of Health Sciences Ojha Campus School of Public Health on Tuesday. Dr Haider along with the Dow University of Health Sciences Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Masood Hameed khan discussed the latest developments
in the area of public health. They discussed the importance of promoting occupational health, environmental health and health policy management in Pakistan. They also discussed various aspects of collaboration in the above mentioned fields. They were of the view that there was indeed a great opportunity to train human resources in public health sector and to share knowledge in areas of teaching and research. They further said that at a time when there was a dearth of cost effective methods, people related to health sector
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were striving globally to find better solutions in promoting health among the marginalised segments of society. Collaboration between these two universities could go a long way in bringing around a positive difference, they added. It should be mentioned here that both these universities were the leading universities in the national public sectors and the significance of their contribution in this regard was enormous. Furthermore, this collaboration would result in some great work being done for the benefit of Pakistani people.
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´In, At and Around´ an exhibition of urban landscapes by Pakistani Artist, Soraya Sikander on 10 till 17 January 2013 at unicorn Gallery, karachi, creates awareness about eco-diversity, deforstation and rapid urbanisation. the exhibition features seventeen exclusive paintings created on-site around areas in london and karachi. the artist traveled around london and trill during her time at Slade School of Fine Art, where she produced these sensitive works as a response to a changing world.
“Abstract art is only painting. And what’s so dramatic about that? there is no abstract art. One must always begin with something. Afterwards one can remove all semblance of reality; there is no longer any danger as the idea of the object has left an indelible imprint. It is the object which aroused the artist, stimulated his ideas and set of his emotions. Boisgeloup, winter 1934, Quoted in letters of the great artists – from Blake to Pollock -, richard Friedenthal, thames and hudson, london, 1963, pp. 256-257 (translation daphne woodward)
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08 News iraqi Sunnis, kurds boycott cabinet to back protests BAGHDAD aGeNCIeS
JeRUSaLeM: palestinian men remove a tree on tuesday that fell overnight in the al-aqsa Mosque compound. aGENCIES
Two to plead not guilty in Delhi gang-rape: lawyer NEW DELHI
WO of the five men accused of gang-raping and murdering a 23-year-old woman in a moving bus in New Delhi last month will plead not guilty to all charges, a lawyer said Tuesday. “They will plead not guilty to all charges,” ML Sharma, who says he represents Mukesh Singh and Akshay Thakur, told a foreign news agency. “Nothing has been proven yet.” Mukesh Singh, who is the brother of the alleged bus driver Ram Singh, and labourer Thakur are two of the five charged with rape and murder over the
December 16 attack on the young student, which has fuelled protest demonstrations across India. A sixth accused, who is 17, is to be tried in a separate court for juveniles. Officials at Tihar jail, the maximum security prison where the accused are held, confirmed that Sharma had met the two defendants Tuesday. Prosecutors have said they have evidence of bloodstains linking the men to the attack. But the advocate said he would challenge the police over their handling of evidence, while refusing to give details. The next hearing, to be held behind closed doors, has been scheduled for Thursday when a magistrate is expected to transfer the case for trial in a special fast-
China holds man in secret under new law despite reform talk BEIJING aGeNCIeS
A Chinese man who agitated for an investigation into the suspicious death of an activist has been detained at an unknown location, his lawyer said on Monday, describing him as possibly the first to be held under a controversial new law that allows secret detention. Authorities in Shaoyang city in central Hunan province told family members of Zhu Chengzhi, 62, last Friday that he would be put under “residential surveillance” under “Article 73”, Zhu’s wife, Zeng Qiulian, told Reuters by telephone on Monday. Article 73 legalizes detaining people in secret. The detention comes a day after China said it will reform its system of forced labor camps this year, marking a first step toward legal reform promised by new Communist Party chief Xi Jinping. Article 73 legalizes a practice that began in earnest in 2011. Fearing that anti-authoritarian uprisings across the Arab world could inspire challenges to Communist rule, the government unlawfully held dozens of activists, including artist Ai Weiwei, for weeks or months in secret detention. The new law allows police to detain people they suspect of crimes related to state security, terrorism or serious corruption in a designated location. Families would be notified within 24 hours, but police are not required to disclose the whereabouts of the person detained and can deny access to a lawyer. Police had charged Zhu with “incitement to subvert state power” after he posted photos online following the death of his friend, Li Wangyang, who was found in a hospital ward in Shaoyang, his neck tied with a noose made from cotton bandages.
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track court. It is not yet clear who will represent the three other defendants, all residents of New Delhi slums aged from 19 to 35. A legal officer working at Delhi’s Juvenile Justice Board, who declined to give his name, told AFP that the case of the sixth suspect would be heard on 15 January, when his age would be clarified. “The age of the accused is not in proper order so the court asked the principal of (the) teenage accused’s school to come along with age-related documents of the minor,” he said. The brutal attack on a medical student and her boyfriend has stirred nationwide anger in India, with politicians and the victim’s family calling for the
death penalty for the culprits. The pair had been to watch a film when they were lured onto a bus. The gang are accused of repeatedly raping and violating the woman with an iron bar, causing horrific internal injuries. Although gang-rapes are commonplace in India, the case has touched a nerve, leading to three weeks of sweeping introspection on the country’s attitudes to women, its often insensitive police force and dysfunctional justice system. In a series of protests across Indian cities, demonstrators condemned the recent surge in violence against women and the apparent lack of political will to address the country’s growing rape crisis.
iran hopes hagel confirmation will bring uS policy changes TEHRAN aGeNCIeS
Iran’s foreign ministry said on Tuesday it hoped the appointment of Chuck Hagel as the next US defense secretary would lead to “practical changes” in Washington’s foreign policy. Iran and the United States, adversaries for more than three decades, are at odds over many issues, including the Islamic Republic’s nuclear programme, which Western countries say is aimed at forging a nuclear arms capability. Tehran denies this “We hope there will be practical changes in American foreign policy and that Washington becomes respectful of the rights of nations,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said at his weekly news conference, Iran’s IRIB news website reported. He was answering a question about Hagel’s views on Israel and US sanctions on Iran. Israel has threatened military action against its arch-enemy’s nuclear sites if sanctions-backed diplomacy fails to rein in Tehran’s atomic work. Mehmanparast did not elaborate. Hagel is expected to face a tough confirmation fight amid accusations that he has anti-Israel views and has previously urged direct nuclear talks between the United States and Iran.
Iran reiterates support for Assad’s peace plan TEhRAN: Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast reiterated on Tuesday the country’s “full support” for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s recent peace plan for the Arab state. Talking to reporters in his weekly press briefing on Tuesday, Mehmanparast said that Assad’s plan can improve the situation in Syria, a day after he said the Islamic republic supports the Syrian president’s Sunday remarks and his proposed peace plan. During his speech to the nation on Sunday, Assad presented what he described as a new peace plan to end the crisis in Syria, a move that has been dismissed by his opponents as a ploy to cling on to power. Assad offered a national reconciliation conference, elections and a new constitution, but also demanded that other countries must first stop helping the armed rebels. On Tuesday, the Iranian spokesman said that Iran’s Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Salehi will discuss important regional issues, including Syria’s new developments, with the egyptian officials in his upcoming visit to egypt. Salehi is scheduled to pay an official visit to egypt on Wednesday. aGeNCIeS
Iraqi Sunni Muslim and kurdish ministers boycotted a cabinet session on Tuesday to show support for protests that are threatening Shi’ite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s fragile cross-sectarian government. Thousands of protesters have demonstrated and blocked a key highway in Iraq’s Sunni provinces for more than two weeks to challenge Maliki, a leader many Sunnis feel has marginalized their community a year after the last US troops pulled out. In a rival show of backing for the Shi’ite premier, around 7,000 protesters marched on Tuesday in the southern cities of Basra and kerbala, waving Maliki portraits and banners supporting the Shi’ite parties in his coalition. Protests and the conflict in nearby Syria, where mainly Sunni insurgents are fighting President Bashar al-Assad, an ally of Shi’ite Iran, are fuelling worries that Iraq risks sliding back into the sectarian slaughter that peaked in 2006 and 2007. Sunni-backed Iraqiya party lawmakers said their ministers stayed away from the cabinet meeting in support of the protests sparked in late December when security forces arrested bodyguards of Sunni Finance Minister Rafaie al-esawi. “They made a decision to boycott the session today,” Iraqiya lawmaker Jaber alJaberi said. “They don’t see a response from the government to the demands of the protesters... or to accepting power-sharing.” Alaa Talabani, a kurdish lawmaker, said party leaders had also asked kurdish ministers to stay away. A senior government source at the meeting confirmed Sunni and kurdish ministers had missed the Council of Ministers session. Violence and bombings are down sharply since the height of the OPeC country’s conflict, but the government, split among Shi’ites, minority Sunnis and ethnic kurds, has been deadlocked over power-sharing since it was formed in December 2010. Complicating the crisis is a growing dispute between the Arab-led government in Baghdad and autonomous kurdistan in the north, where ethnic kurds run their own regional authority. Tensions have worsened since kurdistan signed oil deals with majors such as exxon Mobil and Chevron, a move seen by Baghdad as an unconstitutional challenge for control of Iraq’s crude. SUNNI GRIEVANCES: In the Sunni heartland of Anbar province, once a base for Sunni Islamist fighters and al-Qaeda insurgents battling US troops, at least 5,000 protesters have taken daily to the streets and blocked a highway leading to the Syrian border. Sunni leaders and tribal sheikhs’ demands range from Maliki’s removal to release of detainees and the suspension of an anti-terrorism law that Sunnis believe has been abused by authorities to target their sect unfairly. Some Sunni politicians now sense a chance in the conflict across the border in neighboring Syria against Assad, an Iran ally whose minority Alawite sect has roots in Shi’ite Islam.
wind making australia wildfires worse NEWS DESK Strong winds and record temperatures have caused large fires to keep spreading in southeast Australia. More than 130 are burning in New South Wales, 40 of which haven’t yet been brought under control by fire fighters. Another large fire is burning on the island of Tasmania, near areas hit by blazes over the weekend. The country’s prime minister, Julia Gillard, has described Tuesday as “a very dangerous day”. ‘Catastrophic’ People have been asked to leave their homes in parts of New South Wales where four areas have been given a “catastrophic” fire danger rating. That means that if fires break out they will be uncontrollable. The dangerous situation has come about after days of very hot weather in Australia, with temperatures passing 40 degrees Celsius. Strong winds of up to 50mph have helped spread the fires too. All national parks and state forests have been closed to the public and many tourists have been seen leaving campsites. To try and stop things getting worse people have been banned from lighting fires across New South Wales, Canberra, Tasmania and Victoria.
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SC summons report from ECP over orders regulating campaign expenses ISLAMABAD
He Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday sought a comprehensive report by January 15 from the election Commission of Pakistan (eCP) over implementation of its earlier judgment of June 8, 2012 regarding election campaign expenses regulation. The three-member bench headed by Chief Justice (CJ) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry issued the directive on a review plea moved by the Workers Party Pakistan through its general secretary Akhtar Hussain.
The CJ, in his June 8 decision, had directed that all election laws should be strictly implemented by the eCP in discharge of its constitutional mandate under Article 218(3) of the constitution, Representation of the People Act and other laws. “The election commission is empowered to check not just illegal actions relating to the election (violating the limits set for campaign finance, etc.) or corrupt practices (bribery, etc.), but is also empowered to review all election activities, including Jalsas, Jaloos, use of loudspeakers, etc. for their effects on the standards of `fairness, justness and honesty that elections are expected
to meet,” the CJ had said. The decision had held that the eCP was also empowered to take preemptive measures to ensure that the spirit of democracy and fairness, justness and honesty of elections was fully observed. The eCP must undertake monitoring of election expenses from the day the holding of election was notified. A candidate must account for all expenses immediately after the election was over, the CJ had said in his verdict. Besides, the eCP was asked to facilitate voters, with increase in the number of polling stations throughout the country so that the polling stations were not at a distance of
more than two kilometers from the place of residence of voters. The decision had also banned establishing of camps near polling stations while the eCP was asked to dispatch extracts from the voters’ list in the name of one or more persons living in a house at least seven days before the polling day by post, or to save the postage by annexing such extracts with any of the utility bills. “The election commission is obliged to ensure that all elections witness a substantial participation of the electorate, therefore, all necessary steps must be taken to make voting compulsory in Pakistan as early as possible,” the CJ had held.
News 09 three policemen injured in Swabi grenade attack SWABI: At least three policemen were injured when their vehicle was attacked with a grenade while patrolling on Swabi-Mardan road near Al-Falah link road on Tuesday. All injured were taken to the Swabi District Headquarters Hospital. The attackers fled from the scene taking the advantage of low visibility in the area. Separately, the slaughtered body of a Sikh man was found in Chora area of Jamrud tehsil in khyber tribal region. The killers left a chit on the body claiming that the victim was killed due to his involvement in spying activities for the banned religious outfit, Lashkar-e-Islam. The deceased was a resident of Bara and a practitioner of herbal medicine. He was kidnapped a few days earlier from Tirah valley in khyber’s Bara tehsil. NNI
girl attacked by leopard
ABBOTTABAD: A seven-year-old girl was hospitalised after being attacked by a wild leopard in Galiat area on Tuesday. The girl is said to be out of danger. According to reports, the girl, Sabiha, was standing outside her house when a leopard suddenly appeared and pounced on her, leaving her injured. She was rushed to Ayub Medical Complex. INp
three truckers killed LANDI KOTAL: Doctors locked the main gate of the Agency Headquarters Hospital on Tuesday in protest against prolonged electricity load shedding in the area. INP
Pakistan ranks sixth among high TB risk countries
Pakistan ranks sixth globally among the 22 high tuberculosis risk countries and contributes 43% of the disease towards the eastern-Mediterranean region of World Health Organization (WHO). According to available data, the incidence of TB per a 100,000 population in Pakistan is 181; case notification per 100,000 a year is 150 while the treatment success rate is 85%. Official sources said more than 700,000 TB patients have been treated
free of cost and 100% latest treatment methodology of DOTS coverage has been achieved in the country. They said training and health education materials have been developed and all health care providers concerned have been trained. They further said external quality assurance for sputum microscopy is implemented in 40 districts of the country while five reference laboratories have been established, one at the federal level and one each at provincial levels. Sources said an estimated one-third of the world’s population is currently infected with TB. The WHO is working on its plan to cut TB prevalence rates and deaths to half by 2015, they added. Dr Sharif Astori from Federal Government Poly Clinic (FGPC) said TB is an infectious bacterial disease caused by mycobacterium tuberculosis, which most commonly affects the lungs. He added the disease is transmitted from person to person via droplets from the throat and lungs of people who have the active respiratory disease. He said in healthy people, infection with mycobacterium tuberculosis often causes no symptoms, since the person’s immune system acts to wall off the bacteria. He said the symptoms of active TB of the lung are coughing, sometimes with sputum or blood, chest pains, weakness, weight loss, fever and night sweats. He added that tuberculosis is treatable with a sixmonth course of antibiotics.
QUETTA: Three crew members of two tankers carrying liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) were killed in an attack by unidentified armed assailants on Taftan-Quetta Highway on Tuesday. Sources in the local Levies said the tankers were coming from Taftan to Quetta as unidentified armed assailants opened fire at them killing Mohammad Zubair, Mohammad khalid and Muhammad Hussain. The bodies were shifted to hospital. Levies forces registered a case. app
Cold wave kills 29 people in north india, toll crosses 200 KOLKATA: A young Indian child looks out from within a blanket in a slum area on Tuesday as thousands of homeless people sought places in temporary shelters to escape the unusual cold. AGencIes
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There was no respite from the cold wave across north India as the mercury dipped close to the freezing point at several places in the region and killed 29 more people, mounting the toll from it this season to around 200, India media reported on Tuesday. Reports quoting Indian officials said six people died in Ghazipur, three each in Azamgarh and Barabanki in Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday morning. Two deaths were reported in Fatehpur, Sultanpur and Chandauli besides one each in Jaunpur and Siddhartnagar in the state that had reported the
maximum cold-related deaths –175 – this season. Three more people died in Amritsar that recorded a low of 1.8°C, while Patiala and Ludhiana shivered at 2.4°C and 2.7°C. The cold snap has killed 13 people in Punjab and eight in Haryana so far. Officials said four people died of cold in Uttarakhand’s Haridwar, where the minimum temperature touched 1°C, and 2°C in Rajasthan’s Bundi. Agra was the coldest place in Uttar Pradesh with a low of just 0.6°C above the freezing point. Muzaffarnagar shivered with a minimum temperature of 0.7°C, seven notches below normal. The dipping mercury forced the state government to order closure of all schools up
to class VIII until January 12. Thick fog blanketing large swathes of the region dipped the mercury besides disrupting air, road and rail traffic. The Met Office predicted relief from the foggy conditions in the next 48 hours but dry icy winds would continue to lash the region. Narnaul in Haryana was the coldest place in the state with the mercury plunging three degrees below freezing point, the lowest in 15 years. Hisar shivered at a low of 0.8°C. The mercury in the town had slipped to a low of minus 1.1°C early on Sunday. keylong was the coldest place in Himachal Pradesh with a minimum temperature of -10.9°C and Leh in Jammu and kashmir with a low of -18.0°C.
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10 Comment Before it’s too late Dedicated to the legacy of the late Hameed Nizami
arabs should act for Syria and palestine
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Obama’s nominations Just the new bottle, same old wine
bama is beginning his second term with nominations that indicate the type of foreign and military policies he is going to pursue in the years ahead. The nominations of John kerry as Secretary of State followed by that of Chuck Hagel as Defence Secretary and John Brennon as CIA Director underscore a significant break from the policies of the first tenure. With the Iraq war over and US troops due to withdraw from Afghanistan by the end of 2014, Obama needs a team for an era of what Washington Post describes as “ downsized but enduring conflict” able to “wield power through the targeted use of sanctions, special operations forces and drone strikes”. All the three nominees share Obama’s basic view that favours multilateral alliances and a reliance on intelligence and lethal technology, using the option of war as a last resort. The appointment of Chuck Hagel will draw a strong opposition from the Republicans, not on account of any objection to his professional qualifications but because of the GOP’s peculiar predilection for Israel’s concerns. Hagel had the rare courage to speak about the intimidating Jewish lobby in Washington for which many Republicans are going to give him a tough time during hearings connected with his nomination. Hagel also advocates negotiations with Iran and wants Israel to engage with Hamas. The appointment would be welcomed by many in the Middle east. Beginning his second tenure, Obama can now afford not to cater to the extremist views of the powerful Israeli lobby in Washington. More important for Pakistan is the nomination of John Brennan as CIA Director. Brennan is as strong in his views as Hagel but unlike the later enjoys wide bipartisan support in Congress. Brennan oversaw the escalation of drone strikes in Pakistan in 2010 and later on in Yemen. The only opposition he faces is from human rights groups. There is little hope of the drone attacks coming to an end despite protests from Pakistan. The Obama regime, which is keen to save the lives of American soldiers, is going to employ the drones as a weapon of choice. The best policy for Islamabad under the circumstances would be to itself initiate an operation against those using Pakistan’s territory as a launching pad against the US and Afghan troops. After all, these groups too violate Pakistan’s sovereignty by using the country’s soil against its wishes. Pakistan’s relations with the US are in the process of improvement. While the country needs to strengthen ties with Beijing and cultivate friendship with Russia, it cannot afford to fall victim to any illusions. Pakistan and the US share important concerns which can best be addressed through mutual cooperation.
Washington Watch By Dr James J Zogby
uring the next few months, the Arab World will have its hands full with problems requiring urgent attention. Chief among them are the ongoing crises in Syria and Palestine, both of which are fast approaching their respective “points of no return”. Instead of acting as spectators, enablers, or waiting for the United Nations or the United States to provide solutions, there are practical steps through collective Arab action that might make a real difference. The continuing tragedy of Syria will be front and centre for months to come, with both regime and opposition appearing determined to continue their “dance until death”. UN envoy Lakhdar Brahimi’s dire warnings should be heeded to. If no political solution is found, the situation will only worsen. With the regime increasingly desperate and brutal, and the opposition better armed but lacking control of some of its elements, the future promises only an accelerated casualty rate and a deepening of sectarian animosity. Brahimi has tabled a plan that proposes a political process that transitions the government away from single party domination. The Russians have been given the responsibility for bringing the regime to the table. key Arab states should assume the parallel responsibility of pressing the opposition to agree to a peaceful transition. To date, opposition leaders have refused to consider any form of negotiations or compromise with the regime. While their anger at, and distrust of, the Assad government is understandable, holding out for a decisive win is neither responsible nor is it a politically sound strategy. Given the reality of a divided Syrian polity, compromise and a transitional approach to change appears to be the wisest path forward. The solution envisioned by Brahimi won’t provide a clear-cut victory for any side, but it will end the blood-letting and pave the way for a political solution that can bring real change and an end to the authoritarian rule by the Assad family. Arab states have leverage here since they are funding, arming, and support-
ing the opposition. Instead of merely enabling more conflict, Arab states should use the leverage they have with their allies in Syria to take the lead in ending the killing and destruction, before the country collapses, fragments, and/or the violence spills across the border destabilising an already fragile region. This will not be easy — compromise never is and success cannot be guaranteed. But it is the least horrible outcome to a terrible twoyear long war that with time can only get worse and most certainly will not get better. Compromise will require leadership that, at this time, only Arabs can provide. Another area where the region’s leadership must play an active and supportive role is in the effort to achieve an Israeli-Palestinian peace. The Palestinian situation was near tragic four years ago and has not improved since then. The Palestinian house remains in disarray, with leaderships in the West Bank and Gaza both physically and ideologically divided. Gaza, under the control of Hamas, continues to be strangled by an oppressive embargo. The West Bank itself is being slowly strangled by never-ending settlement growth, hundreds of intrusive and humiliating checkpoints, and an oppressive wall/barrier snaking in and out of Palestinian lands. The failed paths chosen by Palestine’s two leaderships, though contradictory, are both flawed. Hamas has made a religion of “resistance” which has won nothing but death and hardship for Palestinians, insecurity in Israel and reinforcement for hard-line Israeli policies. Meanwhile, the Palestinian Authority’s commitment to diplomacy and negotiations, while commendable, has become pointless, since negotiating without leverage (and without control over the constituency for which they are negotiating) becomes an empty exercise. Meanwhile, the hard-line Israeli government, hell-bent on conquest, continues to act with impunity — expanding settlements and tormenting Palestinians under their control. The far-right in Israel has come to define Israeli politics, while the “peace camp” has floundered. If this dynamic remains unchecked, in short order, one of the two outcomes may occur: either Israel will complete its plan for the physical domination of the West Bank and the total transformation of Jerusalem — making separation into two states impossible; or there will be renewed violence with devastating consequences for the Palestinian people. Our recent polling in Israel and among Palestinians both in the occupied lands and refugees in Jordan and Lebanon establishes that peace remains possible. The two publics, though divided on many issues, show important points convergence. What is required is a vision that can move opinion and leadership. These will not come from the US or Israel, and cannot come from the Palestinians. But leading Arab states can provide leadership that
could alter the dynamic and change opinion. The first priority must be to achieve Palestinian reconciliation, and the establishment of an effective and unified Palestinian government that can command both popular support and the respect of the international community. This will require more than a redux of the Mecca Accords. Up until now, Arab reconciliation efforts have focused exclusively on political matters, with hollow threats of sanctions for the party that interfered with implementation. Instead of threats, the Arab leadership ought to create incentives for acceptance. Clearly, what both the West Bank and Gaza desperately need are job creation, infrastructure and capacity building projects, as well as immediate relief. The Arabs already participate in international efforts to subsidise the Palestinian Authority’s budget and individual Arab states finance projects in both Palestinian territories. But these funds given this way merely serve to underwrite the two divided Palestinian leaderships maintaining the unacceptable status quo. To move the reconciliation process forward, I would propose the creation of a massive multi-billion dollar “Peace and Reconciliation Incentive Fund” that would provide immediate relief and job-creating investment once the parties have agreed to and taken steps to implement a unity plan. The bottom line purpose of the fund would be to support the Palestinian people and to create the incentive and pressure for their divided leaderships to agree on a new government which, with Arab backing, is ready and able to make peace. In addition, the Arab League, instead of merely reaffirming their 2002 and 2007 peace plan, would do well to enlarge upon it by putting, as it were, “meat on the bone”. They could, for example, spell out in greater detail for Israelis the types of investment and/or trade incentives that would accompany final peace and/or normalisation. And they could even create a staged sequencing (for example, with the signing of an Israeli-Palestinian framework, stage one will occur; with removal settlements and checkpoints in compliance with agreement, stage two will occur, etc). Our polling shows that the Arab Peace Initiative has strong support among Palestinians and has the potential to positively change Israeli opinion. Spelling out, therefore, the benefits and vision that accompany final peace could be of benefit. If Arab leaders were then to “go on the road” selling their plan to world public opinion, it would have a tremendous impact in advancing peace and transforming views of Arabs. Promoting a peaceful transition in Syria, Palestinian reconciliation, and a comprehensive Middle east peace will not be easy. Demonstrating leadership, making a difference, and changing the trajectory of history, never is. The writer is President of the ArabAmerican Institute.
Unspeakable truth Let’s stop saying “shhh, gandi baat”
By Luavut Zahid
rom the precise moment that we come into this world we start learning things. each day in our life is filled with learning milestones, we learn how to walk, how to talk, how to eat our food and a plethora of other things. As we grow older our list of “must learn” skills and information continues to expand. We find new teachers and mentors, our parents and family aren’t enough, we cross over to other realms to learn new things. So it’s surprising that when we come to learning certain essentials i.e., sex education, the wide opinion remains that we should pretend it doesn’t exist.
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That’s not to say that people haven’t tried to add such education into school curriculum within Pakistan. The Bargad project closed shop on a very important project that aimed to education young girls on how to lead healthy and meaningful lives. The eGTC (empowering Girls – Transforming Communities) project was shut down because it contained material educating young girls about sex, along with other important matter which aimed to groom them as individuals. even though the programme was developed through collaboration with the local education authorities, all the material was recalled and it didn’t take long for Bargad to get entangled in a lawsuit which is now looking to shut the entire NGO down altogether. The pamphlets and books were being included in the curriculum for students in grades 6-8. It is easy to keep sex education out of the classroom, but it’s impossible to keep out of our schools. And in the absence of a rational mature voice to paint a picture of what goes on behind closed door, adolescents paint their own pictures with whatever fractured information they have. Pakistan’s 20 million internet users are only going to continue growing. At present our nation tops the charts in
Google searches for sex related content. What you’re not teaching your children is finding its way into their minds in the worst form possible. No young child or teenager will look for healthy information on sex; they don’t know how, because we don’t bother discussing these things with our children. People who argue that it goes against our social norms or religious values forget that sex has been discussed time and time again in Islamic scripture. There’s an abundance of material from the methods you can use to the precautions you should take, all you have to do is go and read it. Without a working knowledge of sex, children are raped everyday in Pakistan – at times they don’t even know they’re being subjected to abuse. We hide incest underneath our dark covers and stay mum on the subject if it is ever found. And the first people to get blamed are not the perpetrators but the victims. And abuse doesn’t just happen to young girls, boys are just as much at risk as girls are. However, if they don’t know that they’re touched in the wrong way they’ll never be able to tell anyone. We do have cases of people growing up to realise they were abused all along. The emotional instability that comes with being abused is another topic altogether.
There are multiple cases of abortions gone wrong where young girls lose their lives, and those same girls often botch up their reproductive system, or die at the hands of some quack doctor. This we can live with instead of telling them how not to land there in the first place. In cases where abortions can’t be executed we have forced marriages to fill up the gap. People have to be taught different things; at some point in our lives we learned how to eat because it was a basic need – sex is no different, then why does it face such censorship? Pakistan is a country where, unfortunately, our primary form of entertainment is intimacy. And we continue to argue that we shouldn’t teach the basics of puberty and intimacy to the young ones amongst us, just so we can stay in our happy little bubble. Sex education doesn’t stop at reproduction. It combines a lot of other aspects that affect people on an individual level. Issues including body image, decision making, forming relationships, STDs, contraception, etc are all an imperative for a healthy life. By ensuring that sex education is kept out of the curriculum, we’re in effect ensuring that we push people out into the real world with fissures in their understanding of what
to do in it. Instead of focusing on what really entails the birds and the bees, we focus on everything that is dirty. The first reaction from any normal person when asked about sex education is of such horror and distaste you’d think they were being asked to willingly expose their children to porn, which is not the case. Of course what this basically means is that before parents and teachers can educate anyone on sex they must first be educated on how to do it. So while we comfortably ban NGOs that are trying to help our children, block late night cell phone packages and applaud that the PTA was administering bans on porn sites, what we’re overlooking are the same children who are constantly outsmarting us through dirty magazines, Skype dates and proxy servers. We, at this point, have two choices: continue to pretend that a magic stork flew out of our backyards and threw children at us, or explain to our youngsters what sex is so that they don’t live out their experiences and encounters the same way they saw the good people in the porn movie did. The writer is a journalist based in Lahore. She tweets @luavut, and can be emailed at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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...or, reincarnation of the doctrine of necessity
By Malik Muhammad Ashraf
hief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, speaking at the annual dinner of the Lahore Bar Association last Saturday, urged the people not to vote for the parties who were misguiding the people and promoting anarchy. While it is hard to take an issue with what he said, it is unbecoming of a top judge to make statements of the political nature. This is not the first time he has done so. During the hearing of the cases and speaking on similar forums with unprecedented frequency, he has been hitting the headlines on political matters and making no bones about judiciary assuming the role of a saviour. It is most unfortunate that the saviour syndrome which has been the biggest tormentor of this nation refuses to recede and continues to pummel the hopes of this land of the pure to tread the path of its cherished destiny. First, it were the military adventurers assuming the role of the self-styled saviours and now we have judiciary. The lawyers’ movement that promised the emergence of a new dawn heralding independence of judiciary has only proved to be a transition from one disaster to another. The dream for an independent judiciary has gone awry. The testimony to this fact came from a former and the most respected judge of the Supreme Court, Justice (retd) Sardar Muhammad Raza, who in an article recently published in the national dailies frankly admitted that the present judiciary was not independent and the conduct of the judges giving disparaging remarks during the hearing of the cases was also contrary to their code of conduct. He impliedly expressed concerns about corrupt judges, talking judges, judges with bias, petulance and prejudice and judges indulging in naked usurpation
of the legislative function under the disguise of interpretation. An independent judiciary functioning within the constitutional parameters, defined under the principle of trichotomy of powers, is universally accepted as a custodian of the constitution, a bulwark against the indiscretions and unconstitutional acts of other institutions of the state and the protector of the fundamental rights of the citizens. It is supposed to dispense justice according to the constitution and law ensuring that it does not transgress into the domain of other state institutions. The courts are not supposed to make laws or interpret them in breach of the recognised norms of interpretation or give them meaning to assuage the popular sentiments. Unfortunately, some of the decisions given by the SC smack of all the above mentioned abominations. It has cast itself in the role of legislators, encroached upon the powers of the parliament in certain cases and shown an irresistible propensity to meddle into the affairs falling within the constitutional jurisdiction of the executive. Fixing the prices of commodities, interfering in the postings and transfers of the bureaucracy, restricting development expenditures and other budgetary allocations approved by the parliament and taking suo motu notice of everything under the sky has in fact paralysed the functioning of the executive. Justifying the intervention of judiciary on the ground that the executive has failed to solve the problems of the people and they look up to the court to redress their grievances, is tantamount to reincarnation of the doctrine of necessity which the CJ claims to have buried forever. An Islamabad based constitutional lawyer, Babar Sattar, in his recent article referring to the indiscretions of the SC said, “There can be a legitimate debate on the need or scope of a ‘political question doctrine’ as part of our constitutional law that strikes the right balance between judicial activism and restraint. But to argue that that the judiciary intrudes into the province of the executive out of necessity when people look up to the ‘peoples’’ court in utter helplessness, is just that another doctrine of necessity”. Leaders of the bar associations, Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, eminent constitutional experts, international commission of jurists and some respectable justices from
other countries have also been expressing concern over the phenomenon of judicial activism in Pakistan and its knack for an overreach. A former Judge of the Indian Supreme Court, Justice karmandey katju, in an article published in an Indian newspaper, commenting on the judicial activism in Pakistan in the wake of dismissal of the former prime minister, said “How can a court remove a prime minister? This is unheard of in a democracy. The prime minister holds the office as long as he has the confidence of the parliament and not the confidence of the Supreme Court. I regret to say that the Pakistani Supreme Court, particularly its CJ has been showing utter lack of restraint. This is not expected of superior courts. In fact, the court and its CJ have been playing to the galleries for long. It has clearly gone overboard and flouted canons of constitutional jurisprudence.” There is also no dearth of constitutional lawyers who have been highlighting the indiscretions of the SC conceding that the judiciary has indeed been trespassing into the area of responsibility of the other organs and it has also violated internationally recognised principles of jurisprudence and the limits set by the constitution. even the lawyers who were in the forefront of the lawyers’ movement, like Ali Ahmed kurd, Aitzaz Ahsan and others, have expressed their disappointment over the way the SC is conducting itself in breach of the constitution that it is supposed to protect. Not only the CJ but also the other judges of the SC are relishing the spectacle of hitting the headlines through their remarks during hearing of the cases that have political connotations. The extraordinary interest shown by the media in the proceedings of the SC and expression of unqualified support to its decisions and the conduct of judges is also, to a great extent, responsible for the burgeoning judicial activism. Similarly, the support to the controversial decisions of the SC by the opponents of the government without really bothering to judge the decisions at the touchstone of constitutional norms and principles of jurisprudence has also contributed to this phenomenon and scuttled the chances of seeing a really independent judiciary in Pakistan, as pointed out by Justice (retd) Sardar Muhammad Raza. The writer is an academic.
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unjustified promotions According to media reports, 33 senior bureaucrats have been promoted to Pay Scale 22 (status of a Federal Secretary), a dream position for every civil servant. In the past, the position of a federal secretary was the exclusive prerogative of an elite service, the Civil Services of Pakistan. The name was changed to District Management Group in the wake of Administrative Reforms of 1973, introduced by ZA Bhutto’s government. The present government has approved a new title, Pakistan Administrative Service (PAS). Old wine in new bottle. Most of the promoted officers belong to this service. An unprecedented number of bureaucrats have been promoted to B22 during the last four years, including officers belonging to FSP, PAAS, PSP, Customs, and SG to accommodate favourite officers. The package of the position of a Federal Secretary or a B-22 officer is highly lucrative; hefty salary, foreign trips and perks including a fleet of cars belonging to attached departments, autonomous organisations and projects. After retirement, a B-22 officer gets an additional expensive residential plot in Islamabad, and a government-paid driver and an orderly. A federal secretary and his spouse are entitled to gratis official passport for life. The basic responsibility of bureaucracy is to formulate economic and social policies for the welfare of the people and their safety and security. Has our bureaucracy fulfilled this responsibility? The country is facing serious crises; most devastating is the energy crisis affecting industry, commerce, transport, agriculture and domestic consumers of gas and electricity. Insecurity in the country is scaring away foreign investment, tourists and cricket teams. Inflation and unemployment is forcing people to suicides and extremism, tarnishing the image of Pakistan abroad. Seen in this scenario, expansion and promotion in the bureaucracy seems unjustified. ASGHAR MAHMOOD Islamabad
the writ of the state The modern state may exist geographically on the map of the world, but it collapses if within its boundaries, militias, mafias or groups exist which collect extortion in full knowledge of state institutions and armed groups defy constitutional writ of the state to enforce rule of law, disregard judiciary and threaten lives of law abiding citizens. Pakistan has failed in performing its vital task of regulating state institutions, its education, health or taxation systems and performance of its security apparatus. It has failed to keep a check on entry and exit of criminals and foreign mercenaries. While the state absolved itself of its primary functions to collect taxes and protect lives and property of its citizens, its various institutions became involved in tasks which were never assigned to them, nor were such areas within their jurisdiction. The armed militias under the banner of TTP or militant ethnic and sectarian groups, if allowed to exercise control over defined areas within the country, pose a threat to Pakistani state, which is more dangerous than the threat of an external aggression. While paid servants of the state live in islands of prosperity surrounded by a sea of confusion and anarchy, the state has failed to enforce its writ upon them. Any institution, a political or religious group which raises funds and supports armed militias has defied the writ of the state and is guilty of usurping the constitution. Once such groups are allowed to be formed, they always turn on their mentors. The world has seen how anarchy has ruined Somalia and reduced it to a pariah state, which while existing geographically, has been reduced to a non-functional territory where law of jungle prevails. Somalia, once a functional country, has become a dysfunctional society because pressure groups and state institutions became more powerful than the state. There is no doubt that Pakistan cannot be compared to Somalia of today, nor can Somalia be compared to what it was almost three decades ago. We are in what in aviation is known as a recoverable stall, which was the status of Somalia 30 years ago. It is only a matter of time that Somalia will either disintegrate or will be wiped out as a separate entity because it has become a cancer, threatening passage of international trade on high seas, in violation of international laws and UN Charter. Almost three decades ago, the Somali pirates and feudal warlords spread terror in its cities and towns, exploiting either religion or ethnicity to pursue their agendas, today they terrorise international ships. MALIK TARIQ ALI Lahore
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12 to be honoured with model village
A Sanjay Dutt seeks blessings before court’s verdict
ANJAy Dutt visited Nanded’s divine shrine of hajoor saheb on 6th January 2013. The actor, who is worried about the supreme Court verdict seems to find some peace in the spiritual journey. sources said sanjay Dutt had gone to offer prayers at the shrine. since his supreme Court verdict is on the cards and was accompanied by entrepreneur Wahid Ali Khan in a private jet. “sanjay is tensed and disturbed in awake of the crucial verdict and had shown his desire to offer prayers at the hajoor saheb. The divine shrine is known for making one’s wish come true. hence, sanju Baba opted to take the blessings,” said a source. NeWS DeSK
uThOrITIes are planning to build a model village in honour of late Arfa Karim, an information technology genius who at nine years became the world’s youngest Microsoft Certified Professional. Arfa’s ancestral village in Punjab, ramdewali Chak No.4, will be soon developed into a model village at a cost of rs. 140 million. A monument will be built at her grave, and a library and a museum will also be established within the model village. “she deserves to be honoured by the entire nation forever,” the APP quoted a government spokesman as saying. The village will have a girls’ degree college, a technical training centre, a basic health unit, a playground, improved drainage scheme, paved streets, provision of potable water and agriculture equipment. Arfa died in January 2012, aged 16, after complications resulting from an epileptic stroke and cardiac arrest. she rose to international fame when she became the youngest Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) at the age of nine in 2005. she was subsequently invited to visit the Microsoft headquarters in redmond, Washington, by founder Bill Gates. she received the Fatimah Jinnah Gold Medal in the field of science and technology in 2005, and was also the recipient of the President’s Award for Pride of Performance. In 2006, she was invited by Microsoft to be a part of a conference in Barcelona. she was the only Pakistani among over 5,000 developers in that conference, the Daily Mail reported. NeWS DeSK
Snoop Dogg says he ‘would love’ to pass on his dope knowledge to his kids NEWS DESK
Naomi Watts reveals Princess Diana’s misery
AOMI Watts, who plays Princess Diana in her new movie, has revealed that the role gave her an insight into the isolation and paranoia suffered by the late royal. The 44-year-old actress told the Australian Vogue that playing such an iconic figure in the movie, which follows Diana in the last two years of her life, allowed her to see another side of Diana, the Daily express reported. Watts said that she had the pressure to look right, to have good hair, to walk and speak like her, and also asserted that the late royal was a great mother and did a lot of things with Aids charities and the landmines. ‘The Impossible’ star also said that the Princess of Wales had an extraordinary life but her life was filled with tragedy and ended in the most tragic way. Watts further said that she can identify with the media interest in her activities, and understands a little of the pressure and how awful it must have been for her. The actress revealed that the late royal was properly isolated because of the media attention and, as a result, became paranoid and didn’t know who to trust.NeWS DeSK
Snoop Dogg has said that he “would love” to share his marijuana expertise with his three children. The rapper and reggae artist, who is recently converted to Rastafarianism and took on the moniker “Snoop Lion” told the US edition of GQ magazine that if they asked, he would happily share his experience with his three children who range in age from 12 to 18. “It’s not that I would ever push weed on our kids,” he said. “But if they wanted to, I would love to show them how, the right way, so that way they won’t get nothing put in their stuff or overdose or trying something that ain’t clean.” Snoop expressed surprise that he had made it to the age of 41, saying that he had expected to die at 21 and had mellowed as he got older. “You always think 21 is your number in the hood, you know? Twenty-one. I’ve doubled up,” he said. “As you become a man, you start having kids and living. You put the guns away, and your music becomes Hey, I’m with my kid and I’m living now—I’ll shoot you on sight.”
BiPaSha BaSu datiNg PriyaNka ChoPra’S ex-BoyfrieNd?
the ‘kim eﬀect’ is more powerful than the ‘kate eﬀect’: roland Mouret Whatever the Duchess of Cambridge wears turns to gold. From a cornflower blue dress from Zara to a pair of vibrant pink jeans, her wardrobe choices have sent high street sales soaring with shoppers desperate to emulate her impeccable style. But it seems that not everyone is reaping the rewards of the ‘kate effect’, with designer Roland Mouret admitting that kim kardashian has more selling power than the Duchess. kate wowed the world when she stepped out in one of his show-stopping cream gowns at Claridge’s last year, but French designer Mouret said the 30-year-old doesn’t boost his sales as much as businesswoman and reality TV star kim. ‘You don’t see hundreds of women running around looking like her [kate Middleton],’ he said. ‘To be honest, we’re more likely to get orders on a dress that kim kardashian’s worn,’ he told The Telegraph. He attributes this to the fact that the Duchess has no interested in drawing in the attention of the media, unlike kim kardashian who lets the media follow her life on a daily basis. Speaking about kate’s fashion choices, he said: ‘She’s highly attuned to those details that will provoke a tabloid frenzy and above all, she does not want a tabloid frenzy, ‘She doesn’t seem to feel the need to dress sexily to woo the world. ‘She’s dressing for William and herself.’ And it seems that the Duchess is so afraid of the media frenzy that she once asked for one of her gowns to be altered to fit less tightly. ‘She doesn’t want a bottom situation like Pippa had,’ said Mouret. Roland Mouret earned himself the much coveted title of ‘king of the dress’ after his Galaxy dress was named the ‘dress of the decade’ and worn by every Alister in tinsel town. But after a few years out of the glare of the spotlight, Roland Mouret is back and ready to give his own iconic number a run for its money with a brand new collection - no doubt hoping for the endorsement of both kim kardashian and the Duchess of Cambridge. NeWS DeSK
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Yes, that’s what we hear from the latest buzz of the town. Actress Bipasha Basu, who turned 34 yesterday, had celebrated her birthday in Goa along with her close friends. Reportedly, Priyanka Chopra’s rumoured ex-boyfriend Harman Baweja too had joined Bips on her birthday. A close friend of Bipasha informed a leading daily that Harman Baweja joined Bipasha and her team at Goa, for her birthday celebration. In fact, the duo were inseparable throughout the bash. The couple were also spotted cosying up in the hotel pool, and posed for pictures with other friends. Bipasha, who broke up with boyfriend John Abraham last year, has been romantically linked up with stars like Shahid kapur and Rana Daggubati. And, the latest we hear is Harman Baweja, with whom Bips was spotted almost hand-in-hand at Jackky Bhagnani’s bash. So Bips, does this mean, you are actually dating Harman Baweja? NeWS DeSK
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KATE WINSLET’S husband fights tabloids over party pics
ATe Winslet’s husband may have chosen the name Ned Rocknroll for himself, but he’s not as willing to let his partying ways be revealed to the masses as his moniker might have one believing! Word broke Monday that kate Winslet’s husband is fighting tabloid giant The Sun in an effort to keep them from publishing photos from a costume party two years ago. exactly who is in the images, what they’re wearing and what activities they’re engaging in remains a mystery at this point — though the newlywed himself deemed them “outrageous.” Appealing to the High Court, Ned Rocknroll has argued that if The Sun publishes the party pictures of him, his privacy will have been invaded. Rocknroll, born Ned Abel Smith, went on to argue there is no public interest in running the photos, taken in 2010 when he was a “relative nobody.” He and kate Winslet began dating in Aug. of 2011 while both vacationed at the Necker Island home of Richard Branson, who is Ned’s uncle. David Sherbourne, lawyer for the man seen here in October of 2011 snuggled up to his future wife, is quoted as saying the costume-party photos are “innocent but naive.” The Uk’s The Telegraph went on to report Ned Rocknroll’s argument includes fear that his new stepchildren (kate Winslet’s 9-year-old son Joe and 12-year-old daughter Mia born during two previous marriages) may be bullied if the photos are released. Arguing for The Sun, Desmond Brown stated, “We say he is a public figure. Mr RocknRoll has propelled himself into the position of public figure... He tries to pretend his lifestyle is not rock and roll at all. That does not hold water.”
planning to buy a football team may go awry
varun dhawan is like the young Salman khan: ekta kapoor ekta kapoor is completely flattered by actor Varun Dhawan who debuted in karan Johar’s ‘Student Of The Year’ in 2012. ekta had roped in Varun for her next production venture which is an official remake of Telugu blockbuster. The film will be directed by David Dhawan. ekta, as per the sources, has been keen on working with father-son duo and has finally got them on board. In fact, she thinks Varun to be young Salman khan. Amongst the newcomers however, she finds Varun, after Ranbir, to be a promising young star. Interestingly, many filmmakers have been wanting to do Hindi remake of the Telugu flick. But ekta succeeded in buying the rights for whopping two crores. ekta has two female leads in her mind for the film, but the names haven’t been finalized yet. The film will go on the floors in a couple of months. NeWS DeSK
Will try my best to be like Kishore da: Ranbir Kapoor
NEWS DESK Bollywood actor Shah Rukh khan’s proposed deal to buy stake in the Goa-based Dempo Sports Club is reportedly “dying out” as the superstar is finding it difficult to attend soccer matches as required by a clause. Dempo Sports Club owner Srinivas Dempo told that the deal may not materialise as Shah Rukh has no time to attend the matches, which was a crucial understanding in the deal. The club had approached Shahrukh, who is the co-owner of IPL team kolkata knight Riders, to pick up a stake in the club, the winner of last year’s I-league championship. “The proposal is still in the pipeline. Officially it has not been called off”, Dempo said, adding the draft of the agreement had a clause that Shah Rukh will attend at least 8-10 matches annually. “But he (Shahrukh) has indicated that he is finding it difficult. We are yet to reply to him”, Dempo said. He did not reveal the exact stake the actor was supposed to pick up in the Dempo Sports Club nicknamed ‘The Whites’. Dempo said the majority stake would have remained with the parent management even after inking the deal with Shahrukh. “It was not about the money; it was about the popularity of the club. At least for important matches we were expecting his presence”, added Dempo.
NEWS DESK As Ranbir kapoor teams up once again with his Barfi director Anurag Basu for his untitled next on the life of legendary singer kishore kumar, the actor prepares himself to play the part to the tee. Ranbir who has a host of films lined up this year including Besharam with his parents Neetu Singh and Rishi kapoor, will soon start working on kishore kumar’s biopic. Ranbir is also getting into character to ensure he portrays kishore kumar just the way he was. “The whole country is aware of who kishore kumar was. I am getting a chance to do his biopic on screen and as an actor, it’s my duty to do full justice to a legend like him. I will try to look and act like him and imbibe his mannerisms,” says Ranbir. Further adding, “kishore kumar would sing from his heart. He would make an actor’s life easy because his singing would do half the job. He had so much passion. kishore da’s given songs to my dad and I have to say, a singer contributes largely to an actor’s career. Mukheshji gave great songs for my grandfather’s films and so did Mohammad Rafi and kishore da to many actors like Dharam ji and Mr Bachchan. We must credit them.” Adding on a funny note, “Thankfully I won’t be singing any songs in the film.”
new yOrk: zac efron and Imogen Poots on the set of of their new movie Are we Officially dating.
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Infotainment 14 amazing ways animals can control their bodies 1. wood frogs can survive being frozen solid, over and over
liquefy at will, allowing them to pour their bodies into tight spaces and solidify again to hide from predators. Scientists think that, once they unlock the secrets of how the cucumbers actually do this, they might be able to scientifically reproduce the effect.
3. Some squids have built-in headlights
every autumn, animals head south, fleeing the encroaching winter lest they freeze to death or get eaten. But then there's the wood frog, which simply lies down and freezes solid. When it thaws, months later, it just hops away and gets right back to business. “Once winter reaches a wood frog its skin freezes. The frog becomes hard and crunchy and when you drop it, it goes 'clink,'" said kenneth Storey, a professor of biochemistry at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada.
2. Sea cucumbers can turn into liquid
The Hawaiian bobtail squid euprymna scolopes forms a partnership with the luminous bacterium Vibrio fischeri. The squid houses colonies of these bacteria in special light organs, and it can control the brightness and direction of their illuminations. But these organs do much more than produce light – they detect it too. The core of the organ where the bacteria live is surrounded by a reflective layer of tissue and part of the squid’s ink sac. These can expand and contract like an iris to control how much light escapes the core. The entire package is covered by a thick, transparent tissue – a “lens” – which diffuses the light produced by the bacteria.
4. Cats use purring to self-heal
The sea cucumber might not be the prettiest fish in the sea, but when it is attacked, it literally spills its guts out and later regenerates all of its vomited body parts. The sea cucumber quite literally, through sheer "neurological control," transforms its solid tissue structure into a liquid, and then transforms back into a solid. It's thanks to the special collagen fibers in their tissues that sea cucumbers can
'I'm dead': Teen predicts his own death on Facebook hours before being shot and killed by gang of muggers for $600 coat 16-year-old raphael ward was shot in the chest for refusing to hand over his jacket to a masked mugger in New york
16-YeAR-OLD boy posted the words ‘I’m dead’ on his Facebook page just hours before he was shot and killed by a gang of muggers. According to New York police, Raphael Ward was shot in the chest for refusing to hand over his $600 winter parka jacket to a masked mugger in the city’s Lower east Side district. Police said the gunman was around five foot six, weighed between eight stone five and 10 stone, and wore a dark woolly hat and ski mask during the attack. According to reports, the mugger approached Ward and demanded his $600 Marmot coat. When Ward refused, the mugger shot him. Before he died, Ward stumbled into a nearby convenience store and told workers he’d been assaulted by a gang of people who wanted his jacket. Chillingly, just hours before the attack, Ward posted a prophecy of his death on his Facebook page. Under his Facebook name ‘BloccBoy Tokyo’, Ward posted the simple message “I’m dead”. Ward’s friend Nicolas Ramos said that they were walking to get a slice of pizza when the attack took place. Ramos said, “Ward stopped to talk to somebody and I went across the street to the pizza place, and that’s when he got shot.” NeW YoRK poSt
Man dies a day after winning the lottery
Chicago man died from cyanide poisoning one day after receiving his lottery winnings and police are investigating the death as a homicide. In June, Urooj khan, 46, won $1 million in an instant lottery game, which he chose to get in a lump sum. On July 19, a cheque was issued to khan for $424,449.60 - his winnings after taxes. On July 20, khan died. The coroner initially determined khan died of natural causes, but family members expressed concerns and the coroner investigated further. Autopsy results came back in December showing fatal levels of cyanide in khan's body and his death has now been deemed a murder. tHe SUN
There’s a reason why cats are said to have nine
lives. Scientists believe that simply by purring, cats are helping to rapidly heal themselves. Although we assume that a cat's purr is an expression of pleasure or is a means of communication with its young, perhaps the reasons for purring can be deciphered from the more stressful moments in a cat's life. Cats often purr while under duress, such as during a visit to the veterinarian or when recovering from injury. Scientists have demonstrated that cats produce the purr through intermittent signaling of the laryngeal and diaphragmatic muscles. Cats purr during both inhalation and exhalation with a consistent pattern and frequency between 25 and 150 Hertz. Various investigators have shown that sound frequencies in this range can improve bone density and promote healing.
5. the veined octopus goes undercover
A Octopi are renowned for their defensive bag of tricks. Some can hide by squeezing into nooks a tenth of their width. Others are expert mimics, morphing their color and appearance to appear foreboding like a sea snake, scorpion fish or a flounder and everyone is familiar with their ink squirting defence mechanism. But the veined octopus trumps all others at their own game. It will cloak itself with its surroundings by squeezing into shells or any debris it can gather to form a makeshift fortress. If the octopus can actually get hold of materials like a coconut shell, it will take its defenses on the road. It will wrap itself in the shell and roll out on the ocean floor like a bunker on wheels. oNLINe
Beta blockers may reduce Alzheimer's risk Beta blocker drugs for hypertension may protect the brain from effects of Alzheimer's disease. Beta blockers, a venerable class of blood pressure drugs that has fallen from favour in recent years, may help protect the aging brain against changes linked to Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia that rob memory and mental function, new research indicates. In autopsies on the brains of 774 men after their deaths, scientists found that those who took beta blockers to help control hypertension had fewer of the brain lesions and less of the brain shrinkage seen in Alzheimer's than men who took other types of blood pressure medications and those who left the condition untreated. Their brains also showed significantly less evidence of multiple tiny strokes, called microinfarcts. A parallel study showed that an expanded group of men who took beta blockers also experienced less cognitive decline as they aged compared with those in the control groups. The research, to be presented at the American Academy of Neurology's annual meeting in March but released to the media on Monday, is preliminary; of the 774 Japanese American men who agreed to have their brains examined after death, 610 had suffered from high blood pressure and only 40 had taken beta blockers. That is far too small a number to support a sweeping conclusion that beta blockers have benefits beyond controlling high blood pressure, experts warned. The study adds to mounting evidence that
Kuwaiti gets two years for insulting emir on Twitter kuwaiti court sentenced a man to two years in prison for insulting the country's ruler on Twitter, a lawyer following the case said, as the Gulf Arab state cracks down on criticism of the authorities on social media. According to the verdict on Sunday, a tweet written by Rashid Saleh al-Anzi in October, had ‘stabbed the rights and powers of the emir’ Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah. Anzi, who has 5,700 Twitter followers, was expected to appeal. kuwait, a US ally and major oil producer, has been taking a firmer line on politically sensitive comments aired on the internet. In June 2012, a man was sentenced to 10 years in prison after he was convicted of endangering state security by insulting the Prophet Mohammad and Sunni Muslim rulers of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain on social media. Two months later, authorities detained Sheikh Meshaal al-Malik Al-Sabah, a member of the ruling family, over remarks on Twitter in which he had accused authorities of corruption and called for political reform, a rights activist said. While public demonstrations about local issues are common in a state that allows the most dissent in the Gulf, kuwait has avoided an Arab Spring-style mass unrest that toppled three veteran Arab dictators last year. But tensions have intensified between the hand-picked government, in which ruling family members hold the top posts, and the elected parliament and opposition groups. ReUteRS
Gamers hired by father to 'kill' son in online games
high blood pressure has a corrosive and probably cumulative effect on the brain, and that treating it promptly and effectively can yield dividends beyond lowering the risk of heart attack or stroke. Studies suggest the risk of Alzheimer's and other dementia is lower for people whose blood pressure is kept within healthy bounds. The newest study suggests that the 11 classes of drugs used to lower high blood pressure do not confer equal protection against dementia. "Beta blockers are different," said Dr. Lon White, a University of Hawaii neurologist who led the study, which has not yet been published in a medical journal. In addition to suppressing the rate at which the heart pumps blood, beta blockers can cause fatigue, impotence, depression and insomnia. As a result, they have progressively lost ground to newer classes of drugs with fewer side effects. White suggested that by lowering the heart rate, beta blockers may reduce wear and tear on small blood vessels throughout the body, including those that carry oxygen
and fuel to every corner of the brain. Fed by healthier vessels, the aging brain would be less likely to suffer microinfarcts. Because the loss of cells is small and scattered throughout the resilient brain, the toll on cognition may not be evident immediately, White said. But eventually the brain can be riddled with lesions, a condition called vascular dementia. And they may accelerate the early brain changes of Alzheimer's, he said. In microscopic examination of his subjects' brain tissues, White said, he found significantly fewer microinfarcts in those who had taken beta blockers. DeCarli suggested another way in which healthier small blood vessels in the brain could help prevent or slow degenerative changes that come with Alzheimer's: Vasculature may be instrumental in clearing abnormal proteins from the brain, and where it has been damaged by the cumulative effects of hypertension, the tiny vessels may no longer be up to the job of keeping the stalking horses of Alzheimer's from accumulating. La tIMeS
man in China hired virtual "assassins" to hunt down his son in online video games and kill off his avatar. Mr Feng was concerned about the amount of time his 23-year-old unemployed son was spending online. He hoped his actions would deter his son from playing the games, he is reported to have said. His son eventually asked one of the gamers why they kept targeting him. Prof Mark Griffiths, a gambling and addictions expert at Nottingham Trent University, said, “I've never heard of that kind of intervention before, but I don't think these top-down approaches work. Most excessive game playing is usually a symptom of an underlying problem." He said, "I've come across very excessive players playing for 10 to 14 hours a day - but for a lot of these people it causes no detrimental problems if they are not employed, aren't in relationships and don't have children.” The father and son are said to have reconciled but World of Warcraft expert Olivia Grace said she did not think Mr Feng's actions would necessarily act as a deterrent. NeWS DeSK
US locks up perverts for crimes they might commit
He US justice system is punishing childporn consumers in an unusual way- for crimes they may one day commit, reported in The New Yorker. Using sex crime laws that first arose in the 1980s, officials have discarded First Amendment protections for child porn users, and now keep prisoners locked away if they seem unable to refrain from sexual violence or child molestation. However, that hinges on unreliable psychological tests that can leave inmates rotting in cells or treatment centres for much of their lives. In 2007, for example, about 4,500 sex offenders had been civilly committed, and just over 10 percent had been let go. oNLINe
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PSB move against POA illegal: Gen Arif LAHORE
ReSIDeNT Pakistan Olympic Association, Lt Gen retd, Syed Airf Hasan has termed the action of Pakistan Sports Board for putting POA under an ad-hoc committee “illegal” and a move to draw an action from International Olympic Committee. “We have not yet been officially communicated regarding the action of PSB for placing us under adhoc and there is no valid justification for it and PSB cannot take such an action against the national Olympic committee,” he told a news conference here on Tuesday at Pakistan Olympic House. The POA Chief said it so unfortunate that efforts are being made to push POA to the wall by adopting different tactics to harm the interest of sports in Pakistan. “Such an action is against the Olympic movement and charters of IOC and Olympic Council of Asia and we will not accept it as we are the elected body recognized by IOC and OCA,” he asserted. Gen said POA is actively playing its due role in the
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development of sports and it was following the Olympic chapter in true and spirit. “ We will resist any such move (to impose ad-hoc) as we have the backing of the IOC and OCA on this issue and both the international bodies are well aware of the situation as we are informing them on regular basis”, said Gen Arif. POA President said they will inform IOC regarding the latest development and it is the IOC which will decide its course of action in
Paul Harris, the South African spinner, is to retire at the end of the season, bringing to an end a 14-year first-class career. Harris played 37 Tests for South Africa with his slow-left arm but nearly turned his back on international cricket after a stint as a kolpak with Warwickshire in 2006. The retirement of Nicky Boje prompted Harris' eventual call-up and he went on to take 103 wickets at 37.87. His last Test was in Cape Town against India in January 2011 after which he was dropped for legspinner Imran Tahir. As recently as the start of this season he indicated his intention to compete for a Test place once again.
said the matter of implementing the sports policy is pending in two apex courts, the supreme court of Pakistan and Lahore High Court where certain issues and points are under review or appeal. “It is shocking that when the matter is in two courts, how can ad-hoc could be imposed on POA , under which law or authority and all these actions are aiming to disrupt the smooth functioning of the POA which will not bow down to these pressure tactics,” he added.
Ad-hoc on pakistan olympic ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) has put ad-hoc on Pakistan Olympic Association (POA) and formed a committee to run the affairs of the national Olympic committee. Sources in PSB said here on Tuesday that Pakistan Basketball Federation President Asif Bajwa will head the ad-hoc committee. The POA was headed by Lt Gen retd Syed Arif Hasan and Mohammad khalid Mahmood as its Secretary. app
Injured Samuels to be replaced by alex hales MELBOURNE
the prevailing circumstances. To a question, he said, the ad-hoc committee has no power or authority to declare the recently concluded National Games in Lahore null and void and to re-organise the games at Islamabad in the current year as announced. “According to Para 5-D of the National Sports Policy, POA is the only supreme sports institution to announce the dates of the national games and to allocate them to a province or a service or a department which is affiliated with POA and any committee has no legal authority to allocate the games”, said POA President. Gen Arif rejected a questioner of holding the fresh elections of POA by the ad-hoc committee. “How can they do so, they have no authority for conducting the elections of the national Olympic committee which is a democratically elected house,” he added. He
The Big Bash League (BBL) Technical Committee has allowed the Melbourne Renegades to replace Marlon Samuels with england batsman Alex Hales, after the West Indian was ruled out of the remainder of the tournament due to the injury sustained during Sunday night's fiery clash against the Melbourne Stars. Samuels suffered a suspected fracture of the eye-socket when struck in the face, via a top-edge, while facing Lasith Malinga. The injury brought to an end a turbulent tournament for Samuels. Brisbane Heat coach Darren Lehmann and Adelaide Strikers coach Darren Berry had been charged for breaches of the Code of Behaviour when they publicly questioned the legitimacy of Samuels' bowling action. Berry got into a heated discussion with Samuels prior to his side's match with the Renegades, before Samuels became the pantomime villain again against the Stars on Sunday when he embroiled himself in arguments with both David Hussey and Shane Warne, who was later fined and suspended for the incident. Samuels' absence won't create a void as his replace-
ment Hales will be available for the Renegades' remaining games - their last preliminary match against the Sydney Sixers, and the semi-finals. Hales has played 14 Twenty20 internationals for england over the past 18 months. He made 99 from just 68 balls against West Indies in June on his home ground at Trent Bridge. It is one of four international half-centuries he has scored, the latest coming against India
during a two-match tour in December. The final round of preliminary matches begins when Melbourne Stars host Sydney Thunder at the MCG. Malinga has also been withdrawn from the Stars' team as he joins the Sri Lankan squad in preparation for the ODI series, starting on Friday. The Australian ODI squad members David Hussey, Clint Mckay and Glenn Maxwell have been allowed to play for the Stars, as well as Usman khawaja, who will represent the winless Thunder. But should the Stars make the finals, they will lose Hussey, Mckay, and Maxwell, and reports suggest an assessment on Malinga's availability for the semi-final will be made closer to the time should the Stars qualify for the final four. The Stars called up former england allrounder Dimitri Mascarenhas as cover for Malinga. Mascarenhas took two wickets in both the semi-final and final of the england domestic T20 tournament last year to help Hampshire win the title. He also represented Hampshire at the Champions League, and played two Twenty20s for Wellington in New Zealand on Dec 28 and Jan 1. Mascarenhas must play the Sydney Thunder to be available for selection in the semi-final should the Stars qualify.
Trio of bid cities give 2020 Olympic files to IOC LONDON
exactly eight months before the vote, the race for the 2020 Summer Games moved into a crucial phase Monday when the three candidate cities submitted their bid plans to the International Olympic Committee. Leaders from Istanbul, Madrid and Tokyo handed over their documents at IOC headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland, setting the stage for the final months of an international campaign by three cities bidding again after previous defeats. Amid global economic uncertainty, Madrid is bidding for a third consecutive time, Tokyo a second time in a row and Istanbul a fifth time overall. The so-called "bid books" run to several hundred pages and represent the cities' master plans of venues, budgets, financial guarantees, security, accommodations, transportation and other key aspects of the multi-billiondollar projects. The files will be released publicly by the bid cities Tuesday. The IOC's evaluation commission, headed by Craig Reedie of Britain, will visit the cities in March and prepare a report for IOC members before a meeting with the bidders in Lausanne in July. The full IOC will select the host city in a secret ballot in Buenos Aires on Sept. 7. The 2020 field initially included six candidates, but Rome dropped out when the Italian government
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refused to offer financial support, and the IOC cut Doha, Qatar, and Baku, Azerbaijan, from the list last year. The mayors of Madrid and Istanbul joined their bid teams for Monday's ceremonial handover. Tokyo brought soccer star Homare Sawa, the FIFA women's player of the year in 2011. Istanbul came up short for 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012. Madrid finished third for the 2012 Games and second for 2016. Tokyo, which hosted the 1964 Olympics, was third in the voting for 2016. Tokyo received the highest praise in an IOC technical report last year that said the
Japanese bid presents "a very strong application." Madrid has a "strong application," while Istanbul's project "offers good potential," the report said. British bookmaker William Hill listed Tokyo as the 4-6 favorite, with Istanbul at 5-2 and Madrid at 3-1. While Tokyo is seen as a safe choice, Istanbul holds the emotional pull of representing a new destination for the Olympics, a key factor in recent host city votes. The IOC is taking the 2014 Winter Games to the Russian city of Sochi, the 2016 Olympics to Rio de Janeiro and the 2018 Winter Games to Pyeongchang,
South korea. Istanbul, which straddles both europe and Asia, would take the games to a predominantly Muslim country for the first time. "This is a new bid for a new Turkey," Istanbul bid leader Hasan Arat told The Associated Press in a telephone interview from Lausanne. "This time we are not in the same position as our four previous bids. This is the latest step in a journey that is taking five bids and nearly two decades. We experienced, we listened and we learned." All three bids face geopolitical and economic challenges. Spain is in the throes of its second recession in just over three years, with its economy battered by a collapse in the real estate sector and unemployment as high as 25 percent. Madrid bid leaders say most of their venues are already built and the Olympics could serve as a catalyst for economic recovery. Japanese leaders have said hosting the Olympics in Tokyo would serve a symbol of recovery from the disastrous earthquake and tsunami in 2011. Japan has also been in a nasty dispute with China over a cluster of islands in the east China Sea and has just undergone a change in government that brought Shinzo Abe to power as prime minister. Istanbul's Olympic bid had previously been compromised by Turkey's desire to host the european soccer championship in 2020. That became moot when UeFA decided to spread the tournament across the continent.
Gayle unable to play Caribbean t20
SPORTS DESK Chris Gayle is not playing for Jamaica in the ongoing Caribbean T20 because the selectors decided to omit him from the squad, after the batsman said he would be available only if his Big Bash League franchise, Sydney Thunder, did not make the knockouts of Australia's ongoing domestic T20 competition. Thunder failed to make it past the league stage of the BBL but, according to the Caribbean T20 playing conditions, Gayle cannot be added to Jamaica's squad unless one of their players is injured. The WICB had set a December 16 deadline for all the regional teams to send in their squads for the final edition of the Caribbean T20, which will be replaced by the franchise-based Caribbean Premier League next year. eager to have Gayle in their squad, Jamaica's three-man selection panel, led by Courtnay Daley, contacted him in December, when West Indies were touring Bangladesh. Gayle was open to the offer, but made it clear that he would be available for Jamaica only after his stint with Thunder. Though Gayle found form in the final match for Thunder with the fastest fifty of the BBL, it came too late in the day.* "When we got in touch with Chris, he said he could only come if his team [Thunder] did not go through," Daley, the chairman of selectors, told eSPNcricinfo. "So based on our situation we decided to go ahead and name the squad [without Gayle]." Thunder had a dismal run in the BBL, losing all seven games and finishing bottom of the league. Gayle, one of the most destructive batsmen in T20 cricket, made only 72 runs in six innings. According to Daley, the Caribbean T20 rules do not permit squad changes and the only way Gayle can be accommodated is as a replacement in case of an injury to an existing player.
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Confident of turning things around: Mathews
NGeLO Mathews is confident Sri Lanka can bounce back after their disappointing Test series and challenge Australia in the one-day internationals, which begin at the MCG on Friday. Following their 3-0 defeat in the Tests, the Sri Lankans could be forgiven for wanting nothing more than to get on a plane and head home, but the limited-overs battles provide them with a very good opportunity to end the tour well. For starters, the Sri Lankans will be coming up against an Australia outfit lacking experience, to be led by George Bailey and likely to feature debutants in the top three batting positions. Add to that a significant increase in venom in Sri Lanka's attack due to the presence of Lasith Malinga, Ajantha Mendis and the teenage spinner Akila Dananjaya, who possesses a dangerous doosra, and Sri Lanka might even enter the first match as favourites. "I think it's going to be a
Pakistan hockey players leave for Indian Premier league today LAHORE Staff RepoRt
Nine members of the Pakistan national hockey team will leave for India today (Wednesday) to take part in the Indian Premier Hockey League being played there from January 14 in New Delhi. “kashif Shah, Shafqat Rasool, Rizwan Senior, Rizwan Jr, Rashid Mahmood, Mohammad Tauseeq, Farid Ahmed, Imran Butt and Irfan Senior will be leaving today, Wednesday for India,” said a spokesman of Pakistan Hockey Federation here on Tuesday. The Hockey India League (HIL), sanctioned by the sport’s world governing body, have top stars in for five franchised-based teams. Nine out of the 15 Pakistani players were bought while captain Mohammad Imran, Mohammad Waqas, Haseem khan, goalkeeper Imran Butt, veteran drag-flicker Sohail Abbas and forward Ali Shan remained unsold. Mumbai Magicians bought four Pakistani players – Mohammad Rashid for $41,000, Mohammad Tousiq $27,000, Fareed Ahmed for $21,000 and goalkeeper Imran Butt for $5,500. Ranchi Rhinos bought Shafqat Rasool for $10,000 and Mohamamd Irfan for $5,000 while Delhi Wave Riders snapped up Mohammad Rizwan junior and Mohammad Rizwan senior for $10,000 and $26,000 respectively and kashif Shah was sold for $9,500 to Punjab Warriors. Indian captain Sardar Singh was picked up by the Delhi Wave Riders franchise for an annual salary of $78,000 at an auction that began in New Delhi on Sunday and was expected to continue late into the night. Moritz Fuerste, named the International Hockey Federation’s (FIH) player of the year for 2012 after helping Germany win two successive Olympic gold medals in Beijing and London, went to Ranchi Rhinos for $75,000. Dutch veteran Teun de Nooijer, 36, was sold to the Uttar Pradesh Wizards for $66,000, while Punjab Warriors bought influential Australian striker Jamie Dwyer for $60,000.
PPl logo unveiling on 10th LAHORE Staff RepoRt
The logo unveiling ceremony of the Pakistan Premier Cricket league will be held here on January 10 at a local hotel. Chairman, Pakistan Cricket Board, Muhammad Zaka Ashraf will unveil the logo of the first ever league which will be participated by foreign players, said a spokesman of PCB while talking to APP on Tuesday. “ League will be played in March this year at Lahore and five teams will take part in it and each team can have maximum number of four foreign players,” he said.
fresh start because there are a few guys who will be joining us as well," Mathews said in Melbourne ahead of the first
ODI. "It's very disappointing the way we played in the Test matches but I think we need to get through that, flush it out
of the system and concentrate on the ODIs. "Lasith Malinga is joining us as well and we have got more fire in our bowling department ... I think he's the best bowler going around in world cricket at the moment in the Twenty20 format. The pitches in Australia won't turn as much so you need some sort of mystery. We have Mendis and Akila Dananjaya, they bowl a lot of variations. They are going to be very handy in these conditions." Sri Lanka also have a formidable recent record at the MCG, where they have won their past three one-day internationals. Mathews said that while it was important not to dwell on past performances, he had fond memories of Sri Lanka's win in Melbourne in November 2010, when he and Malinga combined for a remarkable 132-run eighth-wicket stand that rescued Sri Lanka in a chase of 240. "It was a great moment in my cricket career, especially against the Aussies, losing eight wickets for a hundred-odd and you really can't do much
Philander ruled out of 2nd Test SPORTS DESK Vernon Philander has been ruled out of the second Test against New Zealand in Port elizabeth, which starts on Friday, after suffering a recurrence of the hamstring injury that had him in doubt for the first Test. Rory kleinveldt will replace him. Philander bowled 30 overs in the Cape Town Test and took seven wickets. His six overs in the first innings saw him claim his eighth Test five-for. He had to leave the field after his final five-over spell on the third day when he felt pain in his left hamstring. The same injury forced him to pull out of a first-class match two weeks ago and he required a two-week rest period but was ready for the first Test. With the second niggle coming so soon after the first, team management have decided not to risk Philander. "Vernon's hamstring strain will require a seven to 10 day recovery period at the very least," Mohammed Moosajee, South African team manager - who is also a medical doctor - said.
"Although he is responding to treatment received over the past few days, we feel it's unlikely that he'll recover in
time for this week's Test match. With the Pakistan series less than a month away, it's not worth the risk of aggravating the injury." South Africa's three Test series against Pakistan starts on February 2 and Philander will target that to make his return. He will have missed three of the 16 Tests since he made his debut in November 2011 through injury. He missed the Boxing Day Test against Sri Lanka in 2011 with a knee problem, the Adelaide Test against Australia because of back spasms and now this coming match with a hamstring problem. As a result, kleinveldt will play his third Test for South Africa. kleinveldt debuted in Brisbane where he was so nervous, he overstepped 12 times in the match and went wicketless. But he kept his place ahead of Philander in Adelaide and, despite another 11 no-balls in the match, redeemed himself by removing the Australian top three in one second-innings spell. He has only played two first-class matches at St George's Park and this will be his first Test on home soil.
CSA’s acting president persuaded not to resign SPORTS DESK Willie Basson, CSA's acting president, has been convinced not to resign his post with less than a month to go before the body's AGM. Basson had already typed his resignation letter after local media alleged that he was involved in the Aparthied-era chemical warfare program, but a board member persuaded him not to step down. Vincent Sinovich, president of the Northerns Cricket Union, confirmed Basson was about to quit before the two spoke. "I begged him not to resign, and I've been on edge waiting to see what he would do," Sinovich said. "He certainly was thinking very seriously about resigning. "No-one else would have achieved what he has achieved in the time he has been there. We all have a past. Whether he was involved or wasn't involved [in the government] he doesn't need to explain himself. It was 30 years ago." Despite Basson's change of heart, a source close to CSA's board said some members will still ask Basson to resign at their
meeting on Wednesday. It is at this meeting that CSA will iron out the details of the new board, which must be put in place at their AGM on February 2. The board restructure was put in place after the conclusion of the Nicholson commission - the ministerial authority set up to investigate Gerald Majola's financial wrongdoing and CSA's corporate governance structures. Nicholson instructed CSA to reconstitute their board to an 11-member panel (down from 22) and include five independent directors. While CSA's nomination committee has decided on the independent component of the board, there is dispute over the chairmanship. The committee chose former CSA president Norman Arendse but the current board vetoed that decision. Arendse then took the matter to arbitration and won only to have the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) raise an objection to independent chairmanship. Wednesday's board meeting will decide whether CSA will honour Nicholson or obey SASCOC.
afterwards," Mathew said of the match, in which he scored 77 not out. "But myself and Malinga just wanted to have some fun, take the Powerplay and go for some shots. As soon as we got close to the 200-mark we thought we can give it a shot. Then we were pretty serious afterwards and it came off really well. "I would say it's one of the best innings I have played up till now. especially against the Aussies, and also it was my first tour to Australia - the first ever game I played in Australia as well. It was a very big moment and a very big stepping stone for my career." During that match, as with all of Sri Lanka's recent limited-overs performances in Melbourne, there was a healthy Sri Lankan contingent in the MCG crowd. Mathews said the support was always a bonus for the side when playing away from home. "Definitely the Sri Lankan community is very large here in Melbourne," he said, "and they are always behind us and backing us from the word go."
Bell ton propels england to 294 SPORTS DESK The pitch at the kotla in Delhi is not exactly conducive for strokeplayers but Ian Bell ensured he spent enough time in the middle to complete his preparations for the upcoming ODI series starting in three days time. Having scored 91 against India A the other day, Bell anchored the innings with a knock of 108 as england reached 294 for five against Delhi in the second warm-up game. Apart from Bell, three other batsmen - Alastair Cook, eoin Morgan and Craig keiswetter - made useful contributions and got the much-needed batting practice ahead of the fivematch series. Bell, who opened the batting along with Cook, looked uncomfortable initially as the ball didn't come on to the bat and seamer Parwinder Awana troubled him with a tight line outside off. But he saw through the period by dropping the anchor at his end and letting Cook play aggressively. Cook, the england captain, was in good touch and two of his shots - a cover drive and a backfoot punch through cover-point - off Awana stood out. In a warm-up match, the runs scored are not always as important as the manner in which they are scored and the england skipper's form could be ominous for India. He scored 44 before seamer Sumit Narwal breached through his defence, but an opening stand of 70 had already given the visitors a good start. Joe Root, who came one down, tried a slog sweep off left-arm spinner Varun Sood to be caught behind while Samit Patel was unlucky as the ball kept low. But Bell found an able ally in Morgan and shared a century stand to push england ahead. Once he completed his century, Bell hoisted Awana straight into the sightscreen.
Hughes hopes to stamp one-day authority SPORTS DESK There's nothing like being picked while in form, and Phillip Hughes is in the one-day form of his life. If Bradman had played 50-over cricket he might have produced the kind of scores that Hughes has in the past two years. Consider this remarkable figure: in 14 of his past 20 one-day innings, Hughes has scored at least a half-century. In that time, a period that stretches back to December 2010, he has averaged 90.28. Among Australians, only Michael Bevan has a higher List A average than Hughes. And yet until now, Hughes has been considered a Test specialist by Australia's selectors. When he walks out at the MCG on Friday in the first ODI against Sri Lanka, it will be his first limited-overs game for his country. Of course, it's not easy breaking in to a top order that usually features David Warner, Shane Watson and
Michael Clarke. But none of those men, nor Matthew Wade, are part of this ODI squad. It means Australia will likely employ a top three consisting entirely of uncapped men: Hughes, Aaron Finch and Usman khawaja. The selectors are juggling a number of factors - resting some players, keeping Hughes and khawaja away from the BBL in preparation for the India tour, planning ahead to the 2015 World Cup. Not all of the new men will keep their places, but Hughes hopes he can do enough to remain in the side when others return. "It's an opportunity for guys coming in now, there's a few new faces around the squad," Hughes said. "For those guys resting for the first couple of games, they play that much cricket and I'm sure they'll come back fresh and bigger and better. It does allow guys now to get that opportunity ... now given this opportunity I'm grateful for it and hopefully I can stamp my authority in this format.
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17 Sports Radwanska wins 6th in row to advance SPORTS DESK
Top-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland extended her unbeaten start to the season to six matches with a 6-4, 6-3 win over 42-year-old kimiko Date-krumm on Tuesday at the Sydney International. Radwanska, who won last week's WTA event in Auckland, New Zealand, secured an early break over the veteran Japanese player despite coping with searing temperatures that topped 100 degrees at Olympic Park. ''This is too hot to play tennis,'' Radwanska said when asked whether matches should be put on
Golden eagles beat textile tigers LAHORE Staff RepoRt
Golden eagles beat Textile Tigers by 65 runs in the 4th Spm Lahore Veteran Cricket League on Tuesday. SCoReS: Playng at the Stags Cricket Ground, Golden eagles batting first 237/3 after 30 overs. muhammad hafeez 82 runs not out, Ali rafi 74, muhammad Salman khan 20 & Jamshaid Ali 31 runs not out. textile tigers bowling tahir Irshad 1/26 & zulfqar Ali 1/60 wickets. In reply textile tigers 172 all out after 30 overs. karamat Ali 42, rizwan nisar 14, muhammad zahid 26, maqsood Ali 32 & zulfqar Ali 25 runs. Golden eagles bowling muhammad hafeez bowling well 5/16, tanzeem Ali 1/30, Asif mehmood 1/27, Jamshaid Ali 1/6 & Ali rafi 1/31 wickets. Javeed Ashraf, muhammad kaleem umpire, zahoor Alam was the scorer. end of the match Chief Guest mubashar nazar give away man of the match award to muhammad hafeez. Salman khan, rizwan nisar is also present.
Victory for lucky Stars LAHORE Staff RepoRt
Lucky Stars defeated Ghalib Gymkhana by 49 runs in a friendly match here on Tuesday. SCoReS: lucky star 267/7 in 30 overs. m. zubair 112, Asif mehmood65 and uzair mohsin 50, Ali 2/44 and daud 2/43. Ghalib Gym khana in reply made 219 for all. Bilal 114 and zohaib 27. m zubair 4/24, m hamza 3/31 and uzair mohsin 2/38. man of the match: m zubair.
hold at the warm-up event for the Australian Open. ''even for players, for ball kids, for the people sitting out there, it's just too hot.'' Radwanska said she was trying not to alter her game in the tough conditions, acknowledging that she had more of a battle against the heat than her opponent. ''The first main thing is just to stay calm and trying to survive,'' said the 2012 Wimbledon finalist, who said she has experienced similar conditions at Melbourne Park during the Australian Open. The Sydney tournament has an ''extreme Heat Policy'' but it only comes
into effect at the discretion of the tournament referee. Tennis officials apply a complex formula to such decisions, factoring in heat, humidity and wind to determine when on-court conditions become too stressful for players. In other women's matches, third-seeded Sara errani of Italy and fourth-seeded Li Na of China easily advanced to the quarterfinals. errani beat Russia's Maria kirilenko 6-1, 6-1, while Li, who was pushed to two sets in beating American Christina McHale in the first round Monday, dominated Ayumi Morita of Japan 6-1, 6-0. Two-time Grand Slam
champion Svetlana kuznetsova, who had to qualify, beat former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki 7-6 (4), 1-6, 6-2, while American qualifier Madison keys defeated Zheng Jie of China 6-0, 6-4. In first-round men's play, sixthseeded Radek Stepanek of Czech Republic defeated Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain 6-2, 6-3, and Spain's Feliciano Lopez beat seventh-seeded Jeremy Chardy of France 6-7 (2), 7-5, 6-3. Jarkko Nieminen of Finland beat qualifier Bjorn Phau of Germany 6-0, 6-1, and Australian wild-card entry John Millman beat Spain's Tommy Robredo 6-3, 6-4.
Murray taking tips from Lewis ahead of australian open SPORTS DESK
NDY Murray believes tennis is only 30 per cent physical and the rest psychological as he steps up his preparations for the Australian Open. That has not stopped the US Open champion, who has twice reached the final in Melbourne, from adding another three pounds of muscle after doubling his weights sessions over the off-season. The Scot, who met former world heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis in December, believes there is little difference between the top players in terms of ability, but the crucial distinction is how they perform under pressure. "I watched Lennox a lot when I was growing up, so it was cool to meet him," Murray told the Daily Telegraph. "I spoke to him for maybe 45 minutes, although I had to break off to go training in the middle. "He is a legend and heavyweight boxing is the pinnacle of sport really, especially when he was fighting. So to get to pick his brains about certain things was nice. "I asked a lot of questions about current boxers and how you train. He was saying boxing is 70 per cent mental, 30 per cent physical in the actual talent you need, and I think that applies to a lot of sports. "The difference in how guys hit a ball is not that huge, but it's about how you deal with the pressure moments and who can hold their nerve. When you get towards the end of sets, some guys make more mistakes than others."
Rather than rest on his laurels after landing his first major in New York last September, the success has left Murray determined to add to his grand slam tally. "It's taken a long time to get there and to win those sorts of events," Murray said. "I know the feeling when you do win them now, and it's worth all of
the work that you put in. "In the past, there were loads and loads of questions. I wasn't physically strong enough. I wasn't mentally strong enough. I didn't listen to my coaches. I was spoilt. Whatever it was, none of that really bothers me anymore. I'm just looking for ways to keep improving."
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SPORTS DESK: Arsenal's hopes of signing David Villa have been dashed after Barcelona ruled out selling the striker this month. The Gunners are desperate to add some fire power to their attack and had been strongly linked with a move for the Spanish striker. After allowing Moroccan misfit Marouane Chamakh to join West Ham on loan Arsenal look short of options up front. Villa has seen his opportunities limited since returning from a broken leg and it was widely expected he would be allowed to seek opportunities elsewhere. However, Barcelona president Sandro Rosell has said potential suitors can forget about signing Spain's all-time leading goalscorer. "I completely rule out the transfer of Villa during the winter market," Rossell told Catalan radio station RAC1. "He is ours and we need him, there is a lot of the season left." Arsenal will now turn their attention elsewhere in what is proving a frustrating January. Netherlands forward klaas Jan Huntelaar had been expected to join but instead opted to remain at Schalke by signing a new contract with the German club.
leeds loss still fresh in moyesâ€™ mind SPORTS DESK everton boss David Moyes admitted his determination not to suffer another shock cup exit influenced his decision to field a near full-strength side for the 5-1 win at Cheltenham in the FA Cup. Moyes had rested players for the Capital One Cup tie with Championship side Leeds earlier this season and seen the Toffees beaten 2-1 at elland Road. But he paid npower League Two side Cheltenham the compliment of playing most of his star performers in a 5-1 away success on Monday night to clinch a fourth round visit to Sunderland or Bolton. Goals from Nikica Jelavic, Leighton Baines, Leon Osman, Seamus Coleman and Marouane Fellaini secured victory. "We did a very professional job. I wanted to try and progress in the cup if we can," Moyes said. "We've got a bit of momentum and we want to try and keep it going if we can. "We are only in one cup competition. It's not as if we've got the Champions League or europa League or anything else to deal with as well.
Nadal the acid test for new crackdown on timewasting Comment JO CARTER
S the new season kicks into gear, the players have a new rule to contend with as tennis chiefs try to crack down on time wasting. This season, players on the ATP Tour will have 25 seconds between points - and after one warning players will lose a serve - or a point for the receiver - for subsequent time violations. Some players will hardly notice the new rule - Roger Federer averages about 15 seconds between points but for others, it is going to take quite some getting used to. "I hate this rule. I'm not
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the sort of player who takes too much time between points or uses the towel often, but this is a ridiculously humid place," Janko Tipsarevic said in Chennai last week. "I'm happy that the grand slams are not supporting it because it's stupid." The majors - under the jurisdiction of the International Tennis Federation rather than the ATP - have not adopted the new rule, instead sticking with their 20-second guideline. That 20 second policy is rarely stuck to - as Tipsarevic's comment suggests. Last year's Australian Open final between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal - two of the worst offenders for taking their time between points - was the longest grand slam final in history.
But both players averaged over 30 seconds between points, meaning the match would have been closer to five hours than six if Nadal and Djokovic had been in more of a hurry. After an epic 50-shot rally, taking a few seconds to towel off and take a breather does not seem unreasonable, but taking 25 seconds to prepare for the next point after a service winner does seem a little excessive. Speeding things up between points is no bad thing, but a bit of common sense is crucial. If a player is comfortably inside the time limit on most points, the chair umpire should be able to turn a blind eye if he then takes 27 seconds after a monster rally. A num-
ber of players are unhappy with the new rule - Tomas Berdych voiced his frustration following his exit in Chennai, while David Ferrer has also expressed his discontent on Twitter. It seems Andy Murray is one of the few players who has welcomed the change, although he admits it will take time to get used to. That said, he believes umpires should be consistent regardless of how long the previous point was, but says some leeway must be afforded for unavoidable incidents. "I think it's wrong that people say they have to give a bit of leeway if there is a long point," he said. "I don't agree with that. I think that's when the person who is physically stronger gains an advantage.
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Sports 18 Kuznetsova overcomes Wozniacki, Sydney heat SYDNEY
Sydney: Agnieszka radwanska of Poland serves in her second round match against kimiko date-krumm of Japan during day three of Sydney International.
USSIA'S kuznetsova, a twotimes grand slam champion who was knocked out in the first round in Auckland last week and had to qualify for the main draw in Sydney, beat the former world number one 7-6 1-6 6-2 in a match that lasted almost four hours. Sydney had been forecast to hit a maximum of 43C on Tuesday as Australia swelters in a heatwave that has sparked raging bush fires. The Australian Bureau of Meteorology reported a temperature high of 41.4 C at 1530(local) at Sydney's Olympic Park and women's top seed Radwanska had said earlier that play should have been abandoned until the temperature dropped. The world number four, who was given a bye into the second round, played the opening match on centre court and beat Japan's kimiko Datekrumm 6-4 6-3 to advance to the quarter-finals but even that early in the day the heat was effecting the players. "I think this is too hot to play tennis," Radwanska said. "even for players, for ball kids, for the people sitting out there, I think it's just too hot." "Today was one of the hottest day I (have) played for sure." Former French Open champion Li Na, who followed Radwanska on to court, compared the heat to playing in a sauna, but she was good enough to speed through Japan's Ayumi Morita 6-1 6-0 in 52 minutes. "I was feeling, I don't know, just feeling like unbelievable. They say it was 40, but even on the tennis court even more," Li said. "I mean, even didn't finish the match, just finish (the) first set (and) I was feeling my feet already burning." kuznetsova's victory in the heat gave the 27-year-old Russian tremendous confidence she could continue to
Laura Robson made a small step for one player but a giant leap for British women's tennis by climbing three places in the world rankings. Robson's rise to No 50 left the 18year-old three places behind her compatriot Heather Watson and means that Britain has two women in the world's top 50 for the first time for 25 years. It was in 1987, when Margaret Thatcher was Prime Minister and the Great Storm cut a swathe through the country, that Britain last had two women – Jo Durie and Sara Gomer – in the top 50. While Robson and 20-year-old Watson have some way to go to emulate Durie, who reached No 5 in the world rankings, the youngsters are steadily rewriting the record books. One of Gomer's claims to fame, as the last Briton to have won a tournament on the main
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Suárez accused of embarrassing liverpool with mansfield handball SPORTS DESK
Sydney: Caroline wozniacki of denmark plays a backhand in her second round match against Svetlana kuznetsova of russia during day three of Sydney International at Sydney Olympic Park tennis Centre. build towards the Australian Open having spent six months out rehabilitating a knee injury. The former US and French Open champion spent two months on crutches last year and had to rebuild muscle strength in her legs to ensure she did not re-injure her right knee and dropped to 85th in the world rankings. She had asked for a wild card for Sydney but was forced to play qualifiers, which had actually helped her build momentum into Tuesday's win. "It was very weird to go and play qualifiers, but, you know, it just makes you stronger," she said. "(It) definitely was a little bit uncomfortable, but it made me stronger (and) this is what I really was looking for in Sydney, to get matches." kuznetsova, who will meet second-seeded German Angelique ker-
ber in the quarter-finals, said she was not taking the win over the 10thranked Wozniacki as a turning point in her rehabilitation. "I just don't think about it when it's turning point and when it's not," she said. "I'm here. I'm doing the best I can. That's it. That's over here. Tomorrow is another day."
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RoUND 2: madison keys (uS) beat zheng Jie (China) 6-0 6-4. Svetlana kuznetsova (russia) beat 7-Caroline wozniacki (denmark) 7-6(4) 1-6 6-2. roberta Vinci (Italy) beat Jelena Jankovic (Serbia) 3-6 6-4 7-6(4). 2-Angelique kerber (Germany) beat Galina Voskoboeva (kazakhstan) 6-2 7-5. dominika Cibulkova (Slovakia) beat ekaterina makarova (russia) 7-6(3) 1-6 7-6(1). 4-li na (China) beat Ayumi morita (Japan) 6-1 6-0. 3-Sara errani (Italy) beat maria kirilenko (russia) 6-1 6-1. 1-Agnieszka radwanska (Poland) beat kimiko date-krumm (Japan) 6-4 6-3.
British duo Robson and Watson reach top 50 SPORTS DESK
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2004 Moves from home in Guernsey to Nick Bollettieri academy in florida, which is still her base 2009 Wins US open junior title 2010 Wins first match on main Wta tour 2011 Breaks into world's top 100 after becoming first British woman to win a match at french open for 17 years 2012 Becomes first British woman to win on Wimbledon's Centre Court for 27 years and ends country's 24-year wait for a tournament victory on Wta tour by winning in osaka. finishes year inside world's top 50.
2000 Moves to Britain at age of six, having been born in Melbourne and then spent four years in Singapore 2008 Wins Wimbledon junior title at 14 2010 Wins first match on main Wta tour 2011 Wins first Grand Slam match, at SW19 2012 Becomes first British woman for 44 years to beat two Grand Slam champions at a Grand Slam event, knocking out Kim Clijsters and Li Na at US open. Becomes first Briton for 22 years to reach a final on main Wta tour before losing to Chinese taipei's Su-Wei Hsieh in Guangzhou 2013 Breaks into world's top 50.
women's tour, was erased three months ago when Watson claimed a title in Japan. Durie, who has remained in tennis as a coach and commentator, believes that Watson and Robson will benefit from each other's presence. "It's nice to have someone
else around, even if they are a rival," Durie said. "It does push you. In a way, I was very lucky when you look at the people I followed. Ann Jones won Wimbledon, Virginia Wade won Grand Slams and Sue Barker won the French. In my age group, five of us
got into the top 100, so there were always people around. "I was ranked in the top 20 when Sue and Virginia were in the top 10, so there wasn't actually a lot written about me. Can you imagine that now, what it would be like? But after Sue and Virginia retired and I was the one who was always up there, almost every defeat I suffered seemed to be a disappointment [to other people] because I hadn't won a Grand Slam. That was very difficult to deal with and it's one thing that I hope Laura and Heather won't have, because everyone will be so happy if they just get into the top 20." Durie, who used to coach Robson, is reluctant to burden either player with unreasonable expectations but believes both have real potential. She has been impressed by Watson's steady progress and was delighted by Robson's big improvement last summer.
eSPN has defended its decision to apologise and hold talks with the commentator Jon Champion after he labelled Liverpool's striker Luis Suárez a "cheat" in the wake of the striker's controversial goal against Mansfield Town. The fall-out from Sunday's FA Cup tie continued with the Mansfield owner, John Radford, claiming Suárez embarrassed Liverpool directors and the manager, Brendan Rodgers, at Field Mill. The broadcaster made the unusual move of issuing a statement implying that Champion had erred in criticising Suárez after the 25-year-old controlled the ball with his right hand during its live coverage of the FA Cup third-round tie. After Suárez put the ball in the net for Liverpool's second goal Champion said the Uruguayan had scored by "illegal, nefarious means" and, after viewing the replay, declared: "That, I'm afraid, is the work of a cheat." It is understood that eSPN, which is in the third year of a four-year deal to show 25 live FA Cup matches per season, had not been contacted by Suárez or Liverpool but decided to act after a string of inquiries from viewers, Liverpool bloggers and the media. The club were aggrieved by Champion's comments but had no plans to take it any further. Following the match Mansfield's chief executive, Carolyn Radford, said the tie had been "stolen" from the club but Rodgers defended his player.
Football must bring people together: Blatter SPORTS DESK Lionel Messi, Abby Wambach, Vicente del Bosque, Pia Sundhage, Miroslav Stoch and Franz Beckenbauer were bestowed with individual awards at the FIFA Ballon d’Or Gala for 2012. They were not, however, the only people praised by FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter as he addressed the audience during the FIFA Ballon d’Or Gala. kevin-Prince Boateng recently led his AC Milan team-mates off the pitch after he was subjected to racist taunts during a friendly away to Pro Patria. Blatter saluted the Ghanaian midfielder’s bravery, though he warned a solution must be found to prevent similar incidents. The FIFA President said: “If a player walks off the pitch because he has been racially abused, just as kevin-Prince Boateng did, it is a strong and courageous signal, a way of saying, ‘This has gone this far, but it goes no further'. That is praise-
worthy. “But it cannot be the solution in the long term. We have to find other sustainable solutions to tackle the problem at its roots. Otherwise, such stands will be made in isolation and lost in the heat of general controversy. Football must not separate people. Football must bring people together.” Football is the last bridge when society has broken down, but it is also the first bridge when life begins to bloom again. Football is hope. Football is life.FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter It is also a source of joy and hope to those affected by conflict. Indeed, governments of countries in which war zones exist or have existed use the sport as a means to unite and inspire their people. Blatter explained: “Our game is still played in places where life has come to a shuddering halt, suffocated by acts of war – in Syria, for example, whose national team won the West Asian Championship
in December and where football is still being played, just as it was in Baghdad during the Iraq War, just as it was in Libya, and just as it was and is in Afghanistan. Football is the last bridge when society has broken down, but it is also the first bridge when life begins to bloom again. “Thanks to the men and women who will be on the stage here this evening. A beautiful pass, a stunning shot into the top corner, and the trials and tribulations of daily life, as hard as they have been, are forgotten. Football is hope. Football is life.” Many of the footballers Blatter was referring to left Zurich kongresshaus empty-handed. The FIFA President nevertheless believes they are all champions. "There can only be one winner – you have to accept that some people have to win and others have to lose,” he explained. “I have seen many stars come and go, but only those who had the win-
ner’s gene truly left their mark. When I talk about a ‘winner’s gene’, I don’t mean the victories that these exceptional talents celebrated. Instead, I am talking about the quality that made them true champions: namely the ability to also accept defeat. "It is all about respect, discipline, fair play. After all, it is easy to celebrate victory, but much harder to accept defeat with dignity. This is exactly where many supposed stars differ from the true champions we are honouring here this evening.” Blatter concluded by expressing his satisfaction over the FIFA Ballon d’Or Gala outlining the importance of enjoyment. "Football is a great spectacle, like movies,” he said. “We have movie stars and producers here tonight to show that football is also culture. Overall, what we are showing tonight is the fascination with football, what it is bringing to the
world, and bringing compliments to players and coaches. "enjoy every day in life, because tomorrow can only be better if you believe in football. enjoy the game, enjoy this evening, and more importantly, enjoy life."
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eMBeRS of the Parliamentary Committee on National Security (PCNS) on Tuesday expressed anger for not being consulted over the release of Afghan Taliban prisoners. They decided to seek briefings from the defence and foreign ministries as well as the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) directorgeneral (DG) in this regard. A PCNS session was held at the Parliament House which was chaired by Senator Raza Rabbani. The committee also issued 15 recommendations to bring the intelligence agencies role under the parliamentary scrutiny. Pakistan released 26 Afghan Taliban prisoners in two phases during the past few months in a bid to boost the peace process with Afghanistan. Afghan peace negotiators have welcomed the move, saying that this underlines Pakistan’s support for talks with the Taliban.
A source in the PCNS informed Pakistan Today that the matter was raised by PCNS Chairman Raza Rabbani which was seconded by several other members. “Finally, the PCNS decided to write letters addressed to the ministry of defence and foreign affairs to inform the PCNS why it had not been consulted over the process. Moreover, the DG ISI would also be asked through the letter to inform the committee which forum had taken the decision without taking the parliament into confidence regarding release of Taliban prisoners and talks with the Taliban,” source added. Security sources, however, reject the PCNS reservations, saying that that the PCNS reservations were unnecessary as all stakeholders are taken onboard prior to taking such important decisions. “The facilitation of Afghan peace process is under parliamentary guidelines. The parliament has already passed several resolutions in this regard,” said a security official, requesting not to be named. Pakistan released 18 Taliban prisoners in the first phase followed by another eight.
Among them the most important Taliban leader was Mullah Nooruddin Turabi, the former justice minister of Taliban regime in Afghanistan. Turabi is considered a hardliner in Taliban ranks. He also had prevailed upon Mullah Umar to get Bamiyan statues bombed. Meanwhile, the PCNS also issued 15 recommendations on the cases pertaining to the missing persons in Pakistan to bring the intelligence agencies role under the parliamentary scrutiny. According to the recommendations, a person’s arrest by any agency or department should be in accordance with Article 10 of the constitution while activities of intelligence agencies should be regulated. The recommendations also read the chief justices (CJ) of the Supreme Court and high courts should form special benches in their respective courts to hear the cases of missing persons. “Strict action in accordance with the constitution and law should be taken against the officers who detain people illegally,” the recommendations proposed.
The recommendations also proposed that the government should enter the names of those arrested in a computerised register within 24 hours of the arrest, adding that the arrested people should be informed about the sections used against them within 24 hours of their arrest. It was also recommended that all training institutions of the army, intelligence agencies and police should be administered in accordance with law. “The government should announce immediate prison reforms and also take measures to provide knowledge of fundamental rights to its police trainees,” it added. The recommendations also said that no action would be taken against officials who present the missing persons in court within the given time. Talking to reporters after the session, Senator Raza Rabbani said 15 recommendations would be presented in the Senate and the National Assembly, adding that to recover the missing persons the government should implement the committee’s recommendations.
India claims Pakistan firing across LoC killed two of its soldiers aGeNCIeS
Taliban deny they will attack Qadri’s march
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Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Nawaz Sharif has ruled out any postponement of general election, saying the upcoming polls would be held on schedule. “The country is passing through a critical juncture. General elections are need of the hour, therefore, postponement of elections stands ruled out. Polls will take place and will be held per schedule,” he said while talking to visiting Indian journalists on Tuesday. He condemned the attack on Pakistani checkpost from the Indian side, saying bilateral firing on borders would worsen the ties. “India and Pakistan should together evolve a solution to contentious issues. According the mostfavoured nation (MFN) status to India will bolster bilateral trade between the two countries,” he hoped. “If voted to power, I will bring the relations between Pakistan and India to normalisation,” he remarked. To a question on the proposed long march, he referred to an idiom that means, “how can a penniless person enjoy the festivities of a fair”, adding that it would soon become clear what a long march does meant. Addressing the SAFMA delegation, he said SAFMA and the media had played pivotal role for promotion of peace. “Population growth is on the rise and is creating economic challenges for the country,” Nawaz added. “The populations of both Pakistan and India have surpassed one-and-a-half billion mark,” he pointed out. Nawaz said both countries should mutually find solution to all problems facing them so that people friendly decisions could be taken. The PML-N chief added that Pakistani soil was rich with minerals, therefore, India should invest in the sector.
Shahzaib murder suspect ‘not arrested’, claims Dubai police
ISLAMABAD India on Tuesday claimed that two of its soldiers on the Indian side of the Line of Control dividing kashmir on Tuesday were killed due to firing by Pakistani troops, an Indian military spokesperson said. Pakistan has denied that it launched an unprovoked attack. The incident was “a significant escalation … of ceasefire violations and infiltration attempts supported by the Pakistan Army,” alleged Rajesh k. kalia, spokesperson for the Indian army’s Northern Command. An Indian foreign ministry spokesperson referred queries to the military. Pakistan denies “unprovoked” attack: The Pakistan army though has denied that it launched an unprovoked attack that allegedly killed two Indian soldiers in kashmir on Tuesday. The Indian army claimed that the Pakistanis had violated the ceasefire along the heavily militarised Line of Control dividing the disputed territory of kashmir. But a Pakistani army spokesperson said in a text message “Pakistan military officials deny Indian allegation of unprovoked firing.” The allegation follows another disputed incident on Sunday, when Pakistan said Indian army troops attacked their base and killed a soldier. India said they had not launched an attack instead Pakistani troops had bombarded their positions for more than five hours.
No chance of polls’ delay: Nawaz
LaHoRe: prime Minister Raja pervaiz ashraf addresses a SafMa reception on tuesday.
Dubai police have denied reports that Shahrukh Jatoi, the main accused in the Shahzaib khan murder case, has been arrested in the United Arab emirates, the Gulf News reported on Tuesday. According to the published report, a police official told Gulf News that Jatoi had not been arrested in Dubai. The police official said that if Pakistan wanted to arrest a suspect in Dubai, a “note of the arrest warrant from Interpol” should be received by local authorities. The report further quoted the official as saying that if Jatoi were arrested, it would be announced by Dubai Police According Pakistani media reports earlier on Tuesday, Jatoi was arrested in Dubai with the help of Interpol. However, Inspector General Sindh Police Fayyaz Leghari had claimed to have no knowledge of the arrest.
Ashraf for dismantling political barriers for economic gains in South Asia
Banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) on Tuesday denied that the terror outfit had threatened to attack the long march announced for January 14 by Tehreek-e-Minhajul Quran chief Dr Tahirul Qadri. However, Interior Minister Rehman Malik rejected the group’s claims, saying such statements were being passed only to confuse the people. earlier, TTP spokesman Ihsanullah Ihsan talked to foreign media over telephone and said they had not threatened to attack the long march participants. “This is not true, we have not issued any threat to attack the long march,” he told the media. “We have no comments for the long march,” he added. Rehman Malik had said the other day that the Taliban had threatened to attack the rally seeking electoral reforms.
Prime Minister (PM) Raja Pervaiz Ashraf urged political leadership of South Asia to show courage, flexibility and statesmanship to dismantle political barriers and resolve inter-state conflicts for laying foundations of a regional economic take-off. There is immense scope of collaboration in the spheres of culture, sports, tourism, education, research, human resource development, poverty alleviation and environment among SAARC member countries, he said while addressing the annual conference of the South Asia Free Media Association (SAFMA) at the Governor House on Tuesday. The premier stressed for collective wisdom to evolve a South Asian vision and fraternity, adding that SAARC members must
develop home-grown solutions to overcome poverty, unemployment and economic disparity. Underlining the need for close bilateral ties, he said SAARC members must allow for greater interaction among policy-makers, parliamentarians, businessmen, media practitioners, professionals and leaders of civil society. Stressing the need to overcome information deficit among member countries, he said all restrictions on access to free flow of information should be removed and media persons and products should be allowed free movement across frontiers. Ashraf regretted the fact that the region lagged behind the world despite immense natural and human resources, adding that South Asia was still deprived of basic health and educational facilities. The PM said South Asia could do well by learning from global best practices and
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applying them within the regional context for welfare of its people -a common cause for all member countries. “History will not forgive us if member countries continue to be bogged down by narrow considerations,” said Ashraf. He said 1.2 billion people of South Asia expected their leaders to exercise vision, statesmanship out-of-the-box thinking to make SAARC a booming regional bloc. The PM said Pakistan attached great importance to SAARC and is committed to the principles and objectives of the SAARC charter, adding that Pakistan had played a proactive role to make SAARC a model of regional cooperation, based on principles of sovereign equality. On bilateral trade ties, Ashraf said Pakistan supported liberalisation of intra-SAARC trade and looked forward to increasing its bilateral and multilatEditor: Arif Nizami
eral trade with member countries of the SAARC region. “SAARC Visa exemption Scheme has been instrumental in promoting peopleto-people contacts including businessmen and media persons,” he said. Urging the need for reconciliation, Ashraf said the PPP-led coalition practiced the policy of reconciliation since its inception, adding that reconciliation was the vision of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto. “We need to resolve all political and economic issues with an open mind and sincerity of purpose,” he added. The premier asked media personnel to play their role in educating people on the socio-economic advantages of cooperation among member states and guide governments for a favourable environment that puts all countries on the path of development.
wednesday, 9 January, 2013