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Entire nation needs to unite on Kalabagh Dam issue, says Nawaz
Local laws apply on foreign investors too, says Justice Chaudhry
President Zardari approves local government for PATA PAGE |04
tuesday, 4 december, 2012 Muharram 19, 1434
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OGRA suggests ban on CNG in private vehicles Recommends only rickshaws, taxis and public buses be allowed to run on natural gas g CNG dealers’ associations hold Petroleum Ministry responsible for creating chaos across the country
S the consumers continue to suffer from the continued strike by CNG station owners, the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) on Monday recommended a ban on use of CNG in private cars. OGRA put forward its recommendations to the National Assembly Standing Committee on Petroleum and Natural Resources on Monday, saying only rickshaws,
taxis and public buses should be allowed to run on CNG, while all private cars should be transferred to petrol. The committee agreed with the recommendations and said a six-month deadline should be given to private car owners to switch their cars from CNG to petrol. The committee, requesting the CNG Association to reopen stations, assured that the tax tariff of stations and other industries would be made uniform. Committee chairman Jamshed Dasti told reporters that a uniform tax would ensure that
VIOLENCE LOOMS OVER KARACHI, 10 MORE KILLED
KARACHI: Smoke and flames rise from a vehicle which was torched by an angry mob on Abul Hassan Isphani Road after the killing of a madrassa teacher on Monday. Online KARACHI StAff RePoRt
A madrassa administrator was among 10 people killed in Karachi on Monday, as the country’s financial hub continues to be at the mercy of criminals. Police said Maulana Mohammad Ismail was killed when unidentified attackers sprayed bullets on his car on Abul Hassan Isfahani Road. The administrator of Madarasa AhsanUl-Uloom was killed on the spot. Following the killing, angry students from the seminary set several vehicles, including an ambulance, on fire at Gulshan Chowrangi. They also pelted stones at cars, disrupting traffic in adjoining
areas. A cameraman of a private TV channel was also injured in the protests. Following the tension, shops and businesses in the area were closed down for the day and security forces arrived to take hold of the situation. Police also had to resort to shelling to disperse the crowd and arrested several protesters from the scene. Separately in Bilal Colony area of Orangi, unidentified gunmen opened fire and killed Inspector Hidyatullah. Also, two unidentified bodies were recovered near the Sohrab Goth police checkpost, while two brothers who belonged to a political party were gunned down in a firing incident near Sabir Chowk in Orangi. Another man was killed in a firing incident at Al-Asif Square.
Malik warns of covert operations in Afghanistan against Fazlullah CHITRAL INP
Interior Minister Rehman Malik has warned of covert operations in Afghanistan against Swat Taliban leader Mullah Fazlullah and Maulvi Faqir if they did not halt their terrorist attacks against Pakistan. Addressing a rally in Chitral, Malik said if any Pakistani was killed in the future, an operation would be conducted against terrorists hiding in Afghanistan. “We will reply sternly if there is any activity from Afghanistan,”
Malik said. Malik added that he would provide details regarding the assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto in his upcoming book. Mullah Fazlullah, or Mullah Radio, was the founder of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Swat chapter and once reigned over the scenic valley though terror and his fiery radical speeches against the state and the West. He tried imposing his own brand of Sharia in Swat before the military eventually drove him out in an offensive in 2009. Fazlullah has since fled to Afghanistan and restructured his tattered group.
the CNG stations did not run into losses and prices were also not raised. “We have asked the CNG association to reopen 400 stations which have been closed down,” Dasti said. The OGRA recommendations would be forwarded to the Supreme Court as well. Earlier in the day, the CNG station owners and dealers held the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources responsible for creating chaos across the country, calling its measures a conspiracy against dealers and the masses
in order to achieve their own agendas. In an emergency press conference, Abdul Sami Khan, the CNG Dealers Association chairman, said CNG station owners and dealers would fight for the cause of their business and interest of masses until the attainment of their objectives and would not bow down against the ministry and authorities that were manipulating the retail cost at the expense of CNG fillers. Continued on page 04
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02 News CarToon
Pakistanis must choose between thieves and saviours: Imran
infoTainmenT NASA discovers ice on the planet closest to the sun
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YouTube still blocked in Pakistan: PTA LahoRE: Internet users in Pakistan were excited when video sharing website, YouTube, started working on some internet service providers on Monday but the excitement soon died when the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) stated the website would remain blocked. Express News had reported that the website was unblocked after a three-month ban following a blasphemous video, that disrespected Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), was uploaded on the website resulting in violent reactions in many Muslim countries. Some internet users had also claimed that the website was accessible, though only for a short time. PTA officials, however, said the authorities at the video sharing website failed to comply with the demands of the Pakistani government that included removing the blasphemous content and therefore, no decision had been made to lift the ban. The Ministry of Information Technology also denied reports that YouTube had been unblocked. On November 12, YouTube became accessible to at least three mobile phone operators. Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Sudan and Pakistan were among the countries that requested YouTube and Google Inc to block access to the blasphemous video in their countries. When the company did not comply with the demand, they blocked the website in their respective countries. StAff RePoRt
His excellency essa Abdullah Al Basha Al Noaimi (Centre), Ambassador of United Arab emirates (UAe) along with PtCL President and Ceo Walid Irshaid (first Right) and SeVP Commercial Naveed Saeed (Second Right) along with other PtCL officials at PtCL stall on 41st National Day of United Arab emirates. PR
NAB completes probe into Railways’ land scam iSLaMaBad: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Monday announced that it had completed the probe against three retired military and two civilian officials regarding the alleged fraudulent allotment of 141 kanals of Pakistan Railways’ land in Lahore to the management of Royal Palm Golf and Country Club. A NAB spokesman said the accountability watchdog had recorded the statements of five officials – Lt General (r) Javed Ashraf Qazi, Lt General (r) Saeeduz Zafar, Maj General (r) Hamid Hassan Butt, and Khursheed Ahmad Khan, former finance member, and Iqbal Samad Khan, former general manager (Operations) of Pakistan Railways. He said the investigation report would be presented in a meeting of NAB’s Executive Board later this week. The spokesman further said that the bureau had not yet issued any notice to Turkish power company Karkey to pay in compensation, adding that it was reviewing the notice from legal and constitutional angles. INP
Three cops, robber killed in Jhang shootout Jhang: A shootout between police and a group of notorious criminals in Jhang left three cops and an accused dead on Monday. According to reports, police conducted a raid in Chak-175 area of Jhang district acting on a tip off regarding the presence of Ramzan aka Ramzani Baloch, a proclaimed offender involved in robberies, murder and other heinous crimes,. The criminals opened fire on the raiding party that led to a shootout which lasted for seven hours. Police officials said three policemen and a member of Ramzan’s group, identified as Sohail Sheikhana, were killed while Ramzani, carrying head money of Rs 1 million, and his aides managed to flee. INP
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Entire nation needs to unite on Kalabagh Dam issue: Nawaz MARDAN
AKISTAN Muslim League (PML-N) President Nawaz Sharif said on Monday that national consensus was required to construct Kalabagh Dam, and that the problem could only be resolved if the entire nation stands united on the issue. Nawaz was talking to reporters after former federal minister Khawaja Muhammad Hoti announced his entry into the PML-N. He said the entire nation should decide whether Kalabagh Dam was needed or not. He said that national consensus must be built before taking any decision in this regard. Earlier in his address, the twice-elected former prime minister vowed to build a new, prosperous and developed Pakistan, once his party comes into power, again. The chief of the ruling party in Punjab said that he would make Pakistan an economic power and a vibrant Muslim welfare-state, adding that Pakistan had great potential but efforts were needed to fully utilise its resources. He said that had his govern-
Dejected by PTi, Mohammad Khan Hoti joins PMl-n PEShaWaR: Former provincial minister and former central vice president of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Mohammad Khan Hoti on Monday announced joining the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N). Hoti made the announcement in the presence of PML-N President Nawaz Sharif at the Hoti House in Mardan on Monday. His son Omar Farooq Khan Hoti was also present. Before joining the PTI in December 2011, Hoti was associated with the Awami National Party. He was elected to the National Assembly on an ANP ticket in 2008 general elections and later became a federal minister. However, before completing one year in the ministerial office, he was asked to resign by the ANP leaders. Before joining the ANP somewhere in 2004, Hoti was leading his own faction of the Pakistan People’s Party. Hoti, associated with the PPP since 1988, became its provincial president in 1999 but after October 2002 general elections, he was ousted from the PPP without any formal notification or announcement. In 2003, Rahim Dad Khan was made the provincial president of the PPP. After leaving the PTI in August 2011, he made an attempt to join Fazlur Rehman’s Jamiat Ulema-eIslam-Fazl but his terms and conditions were rejected by the party. Later, he was approached by PPP’s Provincial President Anwar Saifullah Khan for rejoining the PPP but Hoti preferred to join hands with his first cousin Nawabzada Arsala Khan Hoti, who is considered one of the close aides of Nawaz Sharif. StAff RePoRt ment not been overthrown in 1999, Pakistan would have achieved “tremendous economic progress”, adding that he was planning to link Pakistan with Central Asian states through mo-
torways. He urged the people to elect “honest and upright” representatives in the upcoming elections, while claiming that he had never used power to fulfil personal inter-
ests. Nawaz said the PML-N would continue its efforts to eliminate corruption, as it was directly affecting economic growth rate and people’s lives.
HEC tug of war continues
NATO stresses shared terror fight with Pakistan
Chairman cancels first ever order of newly-appointed executive director
BRUSSELS: Nato stressed Monday the importance of its ties with Pakistan in the fight against “terrorism” as the military alliance prepares the way for its 2014 withdrawal from Afghanistan. “Most urgently, we need to remain united to defeat terrorism,” Nato head Anders Fogh Rasmussen told visiting Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar. “At Nato we understand well that Pakistan has paid a high price in these efforts. The alliance stands together with you to combat this scourge,” Rasmussen said in a statement. It is “clear that the pursuit of peace and security in your region is in the interest of the broader international community. That includes peace in Afghanistan, where Pakistan has a particular role to play,” he said. The statement said Khar also held talks with the North Atlantic Council, Nato’s government body, where officials voiced their readiness to “develop political dialogue and cooperation with Pakistan.” They also stressed that “Pakistan’s positive engagement was needed to ensure long-term peace and stability in Afghanistan and the region,” it said. Nato foreign ministers, led by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, are due to meet Tuesday and Wednesday at alliance headquarters in Brussels for talks at which Afghanistan will be a top agenda item. Nato has some 100,000 troops in Afghanistan, about two-thirds of them US soldiers, but plans to withdraw them progressively by 2014 as Afghan forces take over security. PakiStan SUPPoRtS afghan-LEd REconciLiation PRocESS, SayS kayani: The Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani on Monday reiterated Pakistan’s unreserved support to an Afghan-led reconciliation process in Afghanistan. He said this while addressing a joint meeting of the Political and Security Council and the European Union Military Committee in Brussels, Belgium. The event was attended by delegations, comprising ambassadors and defence and military officials of 27 EU countries, said an ISPR spokesman on Monday. The discussion encompassed the situation in Afghanistan and its effects on regional peace and security. Gen Kayani highlighted Pakistan’s perspective on these issues with particular reference to the nation’s contributions and sacrifices in the war on terror. AGeNCIeS
ISLAMABAD KASHIf ABBASI
The ongoing crisis in the Higher Education Commission (HEC) deepened after the HEC chairman declared the very first order of the newly-appointed executive director (ED) null and void. The ED, Qamar Zaman Chaudhry, on Monday transferred Director General (Administration) Awais Ahmed to the post of research and development DG and was replaced by previous research and development DG Dr Mazhar Saeed. However, HEC Chairman Dr Javed Leghari declared the transfer null and void. “Dr Javaid Leghari has declared today’s office orders of postings/transfers of various HEC officers passed by Qamar Zaman null and void. The HEC chairperson said in a letter that the commission had already decided that the Establishment Division did not have the jurisdiction to appoint the executive director to the HEC,” said a press release. On November 28, the Establishment Division removed Dr Sohail Naqvi from his illegal position and gave the additional charge of ED to Qamar Zaman Chaudhry, presently posted as Education and Training Division secretary. HEC Chairman Javed Leghari initially accepted the appointment on November 29, but now seems reluctant to allow him to do his work. Reacting to the chairman’s step, the employees of HEC announced holding protest demonstration on Wednesday. “We are going to stage a massive protest at HEC
against the chairman for challenging the government by barring the ED from performing his duty. We demand the government to remover the chairman from his post for challenging the government’s writ,” a senior official of the HEC said. Of late, HEC Officers Welfare Association (OWA) and Employees Welfare Association (EWA), representing over 600 permanent employees, have vowed to extend full cooperation to the new ED. HEC employees lauded the action of the prime minister of Pakistan for declaring all appointments/extensions in MP scales illegal, and giving additional charge to Chaudhry. “The order of the federal government giving additional charge to Chaudhry is absolutely in accordance with the rules,” they said. They urged former executive director, Dr Sohail Naqvi, to wholeheartedly accept the government’s decision and stop spreading malicious information against the government. The employees said confusion was being spread regarding authority for appointment in MP scale. The HEC Ordinance 2002 does not authorise the commission to recruit any officer in the MP scale because recruitment/extension in MP scale is the sole prerogative of the prime minister. “HEC autonomy has not been compromised and the commission will continue to work with the same pace, as envisaged in HEC Ordinance 2002,” said Nasir Shah, vice president of OWA.
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News 03 arTS & enTerTainmenT
Kareena Kapoor chooses ‘Big Boss’ over her own ‘talaash’
Cement conjures double digits at home; exports to India dip
PCB to buy high-priced tickets for VIPs
eDiTorial Peace in Karachi: Not possible with muhajir card.
CommenT Dr Hasan Askari Rizvi says; Hope for Pakistan: Democracy may be noisy and slow but it is the most suitable political system.
Ch Shoaib Saleem says; Hopeless, helpless, homeless: That’s what we have become in our homeland.
Jehangir Iftikhar says; The Kalabagh bedlam: Things you should know about the project.
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Bilawal Bhutto stresses safeguarding minorities’ rights
Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Monday urged political parties, religious bodies and civil society organisations to rise up to defend Jinnah’s Pakistan that guaranteed protecting fundamental rights of minorities. Taking strong notice of the latest incidents of attacks on minorities, Bilawal said these continuing attacks, if unchecked, would threaten the very existence of Pakistan. The PPP Chairman gave this statement in response to reports about demolition of a Hindu temple in Karachi and desecration of an Ahmadi graveyard in Lahore. He urged the provincial governments and the law enforcement agencies to do their best to protect the fundamental rights of minorities. Bilawal said the attacks on temples, graveyards, properties and lives of the minorities are an attack on Jinnah’s vision of Pakistan and pose an existential threat to the country. He said Benazir Bhutto had given her life fighting against such a mindset. “Our forefathers did not sacrifice their lives for an intolerant, extremist, sectarian and authoritarian Pakistan. I appeal to all of you to rise up and defend Jinnah’s Pakistan. My party and I will stand by you, shoulder to shoulder,” said the PPP Chairman in the statement.
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over 100 ahmadi graves desecrated in midnight raid LAHORE
ROUND 10 unidentified armed men entered an Ahmadi graveyard in Model Town late Sunday night, took the caretakers and their families hostages on gunpoint and defiled more than a 100 graves in the vicinity, breaking and removing the tombstones. According to details, the men, who wore masks, entered the graveyard by climbing over the rear wall around 1:45am at night. They tied up the caretakers and their families, including five women and four children, and locked them in a room where they assaulted the males for at least half an hour. Following this, they started desecrating the graves. In the meantime, one of the caretakers was able to inform the Bait-ul-Noor, an Ahmadi administration office in the locality, about the trespass. The office immediately sent two guards to the venue, one of whom entered the graveyard over the wall. The attackers however captured and assaulted him also, and locked him up with the others. The other guard, after waiting outside for a while, started aerial firing, which prompted the perpetrators to wind up their activities and escape the scene. The caretakers, who were reluctant in revealing their identities, told Pakistan Today that the assailants beat up their women and children and kept on referring to them as ‘kafirs’ or infidels who ought to be killed for desecrating the Kalima by engraving it on the tombstones. “We will be blessed with a place in heaven for killing you infidels,” they kept on saying to their hostages according to one of the caretakers. The unidentified assailants also robbed around Rs 7,000 and three
LAHORE: A view of the desecrated graves at the Ahmadiyya graveyard in Model Town. MURTAZA Ali
cell phones from the hostages, Pakistan Today learnt. The caretakers said the police, on being intimated through a call on Police Emergency 15, reached the place after 30 minutes. They said the police was hesitant in entering the vicinity but when one of the Bait-ul-Noor guards went inside and unlocked the room where everyone was detained, the policemen came inside, observed the area for a few minutes and then left. Salim-udDin, a spokesperson for the Ahmadi community, told Pakistan Today they could not rationalise the reason behind such attacks. “We are a peaceful community
and will register our protest in a peaceful manner and we hope that we would be allowed to live in peace,” he said. He said the community would take legal action on the trespass, assault and desecration of the graves. He denied any allegations of disrespecting the Kalima or verses from the Quran. “Our graveyard is walled, covered from all sides and not open to public so that untoward incidents are avoided,” he said. “After all these measures if anyone has a problem, defiling graves is still not the answer,” he said. The police said they are enquiring into the incident and so far no
FIR has been registered. Model Town Superintendent of Police (SP) Malik Awais told Pakistan Today that an enquiry was underway regarding the incident and he would be in a position to answer all questions with certainty once it concluded. In July, 2012, Khatm-eNabuwat Lawyers Forum had filed an application with the Liaquatabad Police Station for removal of Islamic inscriptions from tombstones at this graveyard. The police started pressurising the Ahmadi community to remove such inscriptions. In October however, Lahore Session Court disposed off the petition.
70-year-old Swedish Christian missionary shot at, in critical condition LAHORE RANA HAIDeR
LAHORE: Police officials inspect the site of the attack on Swedish missionary Sister Birgitta Almby. MURTAZA Ali
Sister Birgitta Almby, a 70-year-old Swedish Christian missionary, who has been serving the local Christian community for over 38 years, was shot and seriously injured in a gun attack on Monday. According to details, Sister Birgitta, who is a resident of Model Town and works as the director for Full Gospel Assemblies, left her office in Kot Lakhpat at 2pm for her house when two unidentified men fired shots at her. She was hit in the chest from where the bullet damaged her lungs and jugular vein. Passersby and police rushed her to Jinnah Hospital in a serious condition. Dr Ali Usman of Jinnah Hospital told Pakistan Today that the bullet had damaged Birgitta’s lungs. “We have kept her in Intensive Care Unit where her situation is precarious because of excessive bleeding,” he said. FGA Principal Liaqat Qaiser told Pakistan Today that Sister Birgitta was serving in Pakistan since long. “She never expressed any threats to her life and moved in the city quite comfortably. Pakistan is her home for so many
years and everyone who is acquainted with her will vouch for her dedication and commitment to serve the poor and downtrodden Christians,” he said, adding that the entire Christian community was praying for her life and early recovery. “She was managing three orphanages besides teaching at the FGA Bible School. It’s quite clear that the extremist mindset currently fomenting hatred and unrest in the country is behind this attack. Who else would have any reason to target a harmless elderly foreign lady?” Talking to Pakistan Today, Model Town SP Malik Awais said the police was investigating the incident from all angles and nothing concrete could be said at this point of time. “We have taken one of her servants, a cook, into custody for interrogation as he was present inside the house at the time of the attack,” he said. Full Gospel Assemblies, which describes itself as a ‘church fellowship’ was founded in the United States with congregations worldwide. The organisation runs charities in Pakistan including a technical training institute, adult literacy centre and orphanages.
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04 US steps up drive to mend Pakistan ties; coordinate on Afghan future WASHINGTON SPeCIAL CoRReSPoNDeNt
HE United States says the pace of high-level meetings with Pakistan is back to normal after a rocky period in bilateral ties as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton headed to Brussels for a meeting with Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar and Army Chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani to coordinate efforts on future of Afghanistan in the run up to the 2014 military drawdown. Ahead of talks, the State Department acknowledged Islamabad’s recent moves and cooperative efforts with Kabul in support of Afghan peace and reconciliation. A senior State Department official also cited a series of meetings to improve US-Pakistan relationship, strained severely by the American unilateral raid on al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden’s hideout in Abbottabad last year.
2 policemen killed in Peshawar IED blast PESHAWAR StAff RePoRt
At least two policemen were killed and two others injured when a police mobile van was targeted with an improvised explosive device (IED) on Kohat Road on Monday. Capital City Police Chief Imtiaz Altaf said those killed included sub-inspector Tajamul Khan and constable Ibrar. Per details, unidentified militants planted an IED in a garbage dump along the road at Shahabkhel Badhabher, which was detonated when a police van passed by it. The explosion destroyed the vehicle completely. Officials said two people were killed and three, including a civilian, were injured. Bomb disposal experts declared it a remote controlled explosion. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack so far, but officials suspect the involvement of the Taliban. CCPO Imtiaz said police were being targeted by militants in reaction to their anti-terrorism efforts.
Briefing journalists on the USPakistan meeting en route to Europe, a senior State Department official said Clinton’s scheduled meeting in Brussels with Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar and Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani is latest in a series of talks between the two countries. “Obviously, if you sort of step back a little bit, for us, 2011 was as hard a year in US-Pakistan relations as you can imagine,” the official said. “And so we tried in 2012 to sort of get back into some sensible business with them. Our philosophy has been that it ought to be possible between Pakistan and the United States to systematically identify our shared interests and act on them jointly.” This year, the United States has tried to improve relations between the two countries by focusing on counterterrorism cooperation, Afghanistan’s future and improving market access and trade - not aid - with a bilateral investment treaty, said the offi-
cial. In the context of Afghan peace and stability, the senior American official said PakistanAfghanistan bilateral relationship is really the “most important” thing. “I think over the past few months that we see some very interesting developments ——- the visit of the High Peace Council Chair (Salahuddin) Rabbani to Islamabad, where there were some prisoner releases and also discussion about the road forward. General Kayani then went to Kabul almost immediately afterwards to meet again with the leadership in Afghanistan. And then just last week, I think, Foreign Minister Rassoul of Afghanistan went to Islamabad to continue that conversation ——- if you look at the joint statement that they issued, it talks about all of the things that the Secretary (Clinton) has been interested in over this past couple of years, which is their work together, economic aspects of this, peace and reconciliation.
President Zardari approves local government for PAtA ISLAMABAD APP
President Asif Ali Zardari, on the advice of the prime minister, on Monday accorded his assent to the Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2012 and extension of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Local Government Act, 2012 to the Provincially Administered Tribal Areas (PATA) under Article 247(3) of the Constitution, enabling the establishment of local government institutions in PATA. The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2012 was first passed by the National Assembly (NA) on November 11, 2010. The Senate passed the said bill on May 3, 2011 with amendment and returned the same to the NA, which again adopted it, as amended by the Senate, on November 14 this year. The Bill seeks to criminalise illegal business of dealing in fake prize bonds. Spokesperson to the President Senator Farhatullah Babar said the
RAMALLAH: A huge Palestinian flag made out of balloons floats over the crowd on Monday as people celebrate the successful bid by President Mahmud Abbas to win UN statehood recognition for Palestine. inP
Pakistan rejects nuclear double standards, says Mushahid ISLAMABAD StAff RePoRt The Parliamentary Defence Committees of Pakistan and Iran have agreed to enhance mutual consultation and cooperation in the context of changes in the region, particularly in Afghanistan, which will affect both neighbours. Chairman Senate Defence and Defence Production Committee Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed stated this following talks with the visiting delegation from Iran’s Parliament and
Foreign Affairs Committee headed by Alaeddin Borojourdi on Monday. The two committees had formal discussions at the parliament house during which there was an exchange of views on Pakistan-Iran relations particularly gas pipeline, Afghanistan, Muslim unity and the Iran nuclear programme. Both sides also agreed on the necessity of enhancing cooperation between the defence ministries of both the countries. Hussain thanked Iran for its
KIEV Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov and the entire government resigned Monday in a surprise move after controversial elections as the economy teeters on the brink of recession. The presidency said President Viktor Yanukovych had accepted Azarov’s request to give up his post and become an MP, a move expected to be repeated by several cabinet ministers. It remained unclear who would fill the powerful post of premier, with some analysts speculating it could go to a member of the elite close to
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the standoff with Iran on the nuclear issue should be resolved peacefully, without threat or use of force. The Senate defence committee supports the right of Iran to undertake nuclear research and enrichment for peaceful purposes in accordance with IAEA safeguards, said the senator. Alaeddin Borojourdi clearly stated that Iran has no intention of building the atomic bomb but it will certainly exercise its right to do nuclear research and development for peaceful purposes.
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summary initiated by the Ministry of States & Frontier Regions stated that the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Home & Tribal Affairs Department with the approval of the governor had forwarded the proposal for extension of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Local Government Act 2012 to the Provincially Administered Tribal Areas. It said the extension of the Local Government Act to the PATA would help establish local government institutions there.
The dealers said they were ready to face litigation as they had appointed a lawyer to fight their case in the Supreme Court during the upcoming hearing on December 5. “But we will not accept any backdoor policy of the government to close the entire industry through legislation in line with their motives,” Khan said. The deduction of Rs 30 per kg in CNG price had been presented wrongly to the court by the ministry, despite the fact that independent government auditors had evaluated the operational cost and presented their findings to OGRA. Khan said CNG dealers could not operate on hefty losses and they were liable to shut their business as far as laws of business
were concerned, but they were forced to operate in losses and detained in jails. “We demand a justified profit should be given to us, because no one can run a business of loss,” he added. Abid Uzair, executive member of the CNG Station Owners Association, said the business of CNG was not viable at the current retail cost because the expenses of stations were too high compared with that portrayed in the media. The profit has been fixed at Rs 4.95 per kg for CNG stations situated in Region 1 and Rs 6.04 per kg for Region 2 after the prices of CNG were quoted at Rs 61.64 per kg and Rs 54.16 per kg to the court by the Petroleum Ministry. Comparing CNG tariff with other sectors, he said the CNG station owners
ukraine’s govt, PM resign en masse AGeNCIeS
generous support to Pakistan during times of trouble, particularly when Pakistan faced pressures as well as during recent floods in Sindh. He said Pakistan have no fundamental conflict of interests and that the entire Pakistani nation was committed to building the gas pipeline with Iran since it is for peace and prosperity in the region. Mushahid Hussain told the visiting Iranian delegation that Pakistan rejects any double standards on the nuclear issue and strongly feels that
Yanukovych known as the “Family”. “President Viktor Yanukovych accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Mykola Azarov, satisfying the demand of the latter,” the statement added. The move cames as a new parliament prepares to meet after October 28 legislative elections which raised new concerns about democratic standards under Yanukovych. The ruling Regions Party a pears to have retained control of the Verkhovna Rada with the help of independents despite a strong challenge from the opposition parties of boxer Vitali Klitschko and imprisoned ex-premier Yulia Tymoshenko. OSCE observers slammed the polls as
a setback for Ukraine, marred by the absence of Tymoshenko who is serving a seven-year sentence on abuse of power charges she says were trumped up by Yanukovych. But economists also fear the country is entering troubled times and could be on the brink of a new recession that would see it seek billions of dollars in disbursements from an IMF standby package. Ukraine’s economy contracted by 1.2 percent in the third quarter of this year, and several banks fear the country is heading for zero growth in 2012, not to mention a sharp devaluation of the local currency. “This (the resignation) is
linked to a number of economic challenges which Ukraine has fallen into thanks to this president and this government,” said opposition leader Arseniy Yatsenyuk. A Russian-speaking bureaucrat mocked by many in Ukraine for his dry and humourless image, Azarov took office in 2010 shortly after Yanukovych defeated Tymoshenko in a fiercely contested presidential election. Azarov has always been seen as a close ally of Yanukovych, but some analysts believe his power base has been undermined by the recent rise of a “Family” of close acquaintances of the president into top positions.
paid Rs 618.55 per mmbtu for natural gas, while the fertilizer, IPPs and industrial sectors were provided gas at Rs 116.27 per mmbtu, Rs 460 per mmbtu and Rs 460 per mmbtu, respectively. Uzair said CNG sector’s consumption of gas was low compared to all other sectors at 9.42 percent. Meanwhile, All Pakistan CNG Association (APCNGA) Chairman Ghiyas Paracha said the energy bureaucracy had deliberately complicated the simple issue of CNG pricing after the landmark decision of the Supreme Court (SC) in a bid to deprive masses of economical fuel, reward influential sectors and pave way for additional imports of costly fossil fuel. “The Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources, Oil and
Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA), independent auditors and parliamentarians have accepted that current retail price of CNG is not only unsustainable but the nation is being misguided regarding excessive profit margins of CNG operators,” Paracha said. He rejected decisions and statements regarding imposing additional taxes on CNG operators, barring private vehicle owners from buying CNG, closing down filling stations for two months during winter, cancellation of licences of stations using extra gas, reducing operational cost to zero and closing down 400 CNG stations. Paracha said, “We are also Pakistanis, we have a right to live and we will never compromise on interests of masses.”
NA body seeks record of junior Gilani’s arrest iSLaMaBad: National Assembly’s Standing Committee for Rules and Regulation and Privileges has sought the documentary evidence from Interior Ministry and FIA on taking Abdul Qadir Gilani, son of former premier Yousaf Raza Gilani, into custody. The meeting of the standing committee was held at Parliament House on Monday under the chairmanship of Abdul Ghafoor. The committee recorded the statement of MNA Abdul Qadir Gilani on his arrest by FIA.
The committee would announce its decision on Wednesday after reviewing the statements of officials of Interior Ministry and investigating officers of the Federal Investigation Agency. The committee also summoned the Ministry of Petroleum secretary and Sui Northern Gas Pipelines managing director at the next meeting on the complaints of several parliamentarians against implementation of development schemes through non-elected people. STAFF RePORT
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A low intensity tremor measuring 3.5 magnitude on Richter scale was felt across the city and others area of the Punjab. According to reports, tremors were felt in Faislabad, Lahore, Sheikhupura, Qasur, Khanewal and other area of the province. Pakistan Meteorological Department said the intensity of the quake was recorded at 3.5 magnitude on the Richter scale. While the tremors created momentary panic among citizens, no loss of life or property was reported from the affected areas.
Senator Zulfiqar Khosa to ensure presence of PML-N’s ministers at distribution ceremonies UMAIR AzIz
HE Punjab government on Monday issued directions to the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) politicians for the ‘political ownership’ of the Green Tractor Scheme in the remaining districts of the province, Pakistan Today has learnt. The government formed a committee under Senator Zulfiqar Khosa to ensure the presence of MPs during the distribution ceremonies in more than 20 remaining districts in Punjab. Other MPAs including Wilayat Shah Khagga and Rao Kashif are also on the committee to monitor the entire campaign and ensure the presence of local N-league politicians on the occasion. Under the scheme, the government decided to give away 10,000 tractors to farmers with at least 2.5 acres of land, with the quota for south Punjab enhanced by 40 percent. Moreover, the government would give a subsidy of Rs 200,000 to the manufacturer on each tractor as part of the scheme. Applications were received from the interested farmers and their names were finalised after computerised balloting. So far, the district coordinator officers (DCOs) concerned and the agriculture executive district officers (EDOs) were tasked with the distribution and were conducting the ceremonies. How-
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ever the high-ups have now decided to ensure presence of the party faces to boast the image for the upcoming general elections. A notification was also been issued to the concerned MPs in this respect. Sources privy to the development said the decision came in a high-level meeting under the chief minister where the decision was taken for the political
HRCP slams razing of Qadiyani graves LAHORE StAff RePoRt
The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) on Monday condemned the destruction of over 100 tombstones at a graveyard for Ahmedis and demanded the arrest and prosecution of those responsible. In a statement, HRCP said, “This is an unmistakable act of intimidation and escalation in the campaign of hate and violence against the Ahmedi community that has repeatedly been targeted across Pakistan because of its beliefs. Last night’s attack is shocking because it did not occur in a remote village but in the heart of the country’s second largest city.” The statement further said that the attackers’ success in overpowering several persons at the graveyard and completing the destruction in half an hour showed that the incident was well-planned. HRCP said that it seemed as if the identity of the perpetrators might not be quite so obscure even though the attackers themselves wore masks.
Light rain likely on Thursday, Friday LAHORE StAff RePoRt
Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) on Monday forecast light rain for the North western parts and upper parts of the country and snowfall over the hills between Thursday and Friday. An official of Met office told APP that the western disturbance would start from Thursday evening and cause light rain in the north-western and upper parts of the country on Thursday and Friday. The twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad were also likely to receive light rain during the two days. Mainly cold and dry weather would prevail in most parts of the country during the next 24 hours. According to the synoptic situation, continental air was prevailing over most parts of the country. Meanwhile, the lowest minimum temperatures recorded during the last 24 hours were Skardu -10 C, Astore -07 C, Hunza -06 C, Gupis -05 C, Gilgit -04 C and Quetta -3 C.
ownership of the project. Moreover, the project mainly focuses in south Punjab, which is a crucial province in the upcoming elections. A senior official from the Agriculture Department, on the condition of anonymity said around 3,800 tractors had been distributed so far, while the campaign was ongoing in all 36 districts of Punjab.
Talking to Pakistan Today, Senator Pervaiz Rasheed said, “DCOs comprise government machinery and have to maintain a distance from the locals, which may cause grievances among the latter. Bureaucrats cannot hug everyone. Politicians have only been asked to remain present on the spot to address the peoples’ grievances, if at all they have any.”
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Monday decided to deploy rangers for by-elections being held in five constituencies of Punjab today (Tuesday). By-polls would be held in the constituencies NA-107 Gujrat-IV, NA-162 Sahiwal-III, PP-26 Jhelum-III, PP-92 Gujranwala-II and PP-122 Sialkot-II. ECP spokesman said the decision was taken in the wake of complaints about possible rigging in votes. He said rangers would remain deployed till election results. He said the election results would be handed over to district returning officers under the supervision of paramilitary troops.
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City’s major hospitals dumping toxic, hazardous hospital waste like normal municipal waste LAHORE WA Le eD M A LH I
In a gross violation of hospital waste management rules, public hospitals and scores of private clinics have been playing a major role in defiling the environment of the provincial metropolitan, Pakistan Today has learnt. The Environment Protection Agency (EPA) recently tasked the City District Government Lahore (CDGL) to conduct an enquiry into the hospitals violating the waste management rules. The environment wing of the CDGL found that major public hospitals, Mayo Hospital, Lady Willingdon and Lady Atchison and 43 private clinics in the city were involved in violation of the rules. According to the hospital waste management rules, every hospital was supposed to have a specific dumping site as well as incinerators. The officials involved in the probe revealed that lack of arrangements for disposal of solid waste in private and government hospitals and clinics was posing serious health hazards. Most private health care practitioners disposed of their syringes, disposable scalpels and blades like normal municipal waste, the probe said.
The major sources of healthcare waste were cited to be hospitals and other healthcare establishments such as laboratories and research centers, mortuary and autopsy centers, blood banks and collection services and nursing homes. Waste and by-products could also cause poisoning and pollution whether through the release of pharmaceutical products, in particular antibiotics and toxic drugs, through the wastewater or
by toxic elements or compounds such as mercury, it was found. According to the District Officer (DO) Muhammad Younas, “We are initiating legal action against hospitals and hazardous hospital waste recycling units if not complying with the provisions of Hospital Waste Management (HWM) rules, 2005” According to health experts, occupational risks may be associated with the operation of certain disposal facilities.
Talking to Pakistan Today, Lady Willingdon Hospital Medical Superintendent Dr Muhammad Afzal said they were following the guidelines issued by the government and had received no notification in this regard so far. However, the CDGL inspector confirmed that these hospitals were involved in violations, while the probe results had also been forwarded to the EPA for necessary legal action.
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Engineering council sets precedence in on-grid solar power generation LAHORE StAff RePoRt
N on-grid solar power generation system of 178 kilowatts (KW) installed at Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC) has set precedence as a role model for defining procedures and strategy at the national level for on-grid solar power generation. This project is the first of its kind in the country, as the excess electricity would be delivered to the national grid under Feed-InTariff regime. PEC Spokesman Mahmood Rehmani said that the project would prove to be an effective measure to overcome the energy shortage in the country, and there was a big scope for solar power generation with relatively less investment. “We took many initiatives in terms of energy efficiency within PEC,” he said. Energy audit of the main building of PEC was conducted and retrofitting was undertaken by replacing heavy lighting fixtures with energy savers and by using maximum day light by
putting clear glass partitions and windows, the PEC spokesman said. He further said that during the last financial year, PEC undertook a lighting transformation initiative, adding that light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and energy efficient lights were installed in the office building to achieve lighting efficiency. He also said the lighting load was reduced from 46KW to only 5KW through this initiative which saved enough electricity to light 50 houses. The government under the Prime Ministers’ Initiative for Solar Power (PMISP) had extended a grant of Rs. 75 million to PEC, he added. Under the project, PEC was installing 500 watts to 5KW stand alone solar power systems at various engineering universities, commercial areas and religious places, he said. The aim of the project was to spread awareness and popularize renewable sources of energy in Pakistan. For the purpose, an exhibition and awareness campaign would also be launched throughout the country during the implementation phase.
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DePILeX officially becomes first City and Guilds training Centre in Pakistan LAHORE StAff RePoRt
Depilex Beauty Clinic and Institute on Monday officially announced its new status as the first City and Guilds training centre in hairdressing and beauty. In a statement, the beauty clinic said, “The City and Guilds team from Sri Lanka came especially to Pakistan to award Depilex with the certificates of trainers who were trained there.” Depilex is among the most recognized brand in the field of beauty therapy, cosmetology and hair sciences, with over 32 years of experience and over 32 centres nation-
Petition filed in SC to ban unregistered NGOs across country LAHORE, StAff RePoRt
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A petition was submitted in the Supreme Court Lahore registry on Monday, seeking a ban on unregistered non-governmental organizations (NGOs) across the country. Petitioner Barrister Zafarullah filed the petition and said that a lot of NGOs had no record of funds and most of these NGOS were not registered. He said that because of this, all such unregistered NGOs should be banned.
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The Lahore High Court’s Rawalpindi bench on Monday reserved its judgment on petitions seeking quasment of three corruption references prepared by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) against Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif and his family members. According to a private television channel, the division bench of the LHC, comprising Justice Khwaja Imtiaz Ahmed and Justice Farrukh Irfan Khan, heard the petitions. During hearing, Khawaja Harris Ahmed, the counsel of Sharif family, and NAB prosecutor Chaudhry Zulfiqar concluded their arguments after which the bench reserved its ruling. The corruption references relate to the Hudaibya Paper Mills, Ittefaq Foundries and Raiwind assets.
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BOUT 53 percent of Pakistanis prefer daylight over nighttime, a recent survey has revealed. In a survey carried out by Gallup Pakistan, a nationally representative sample of men and women from across the four provinces was asked “Some people prefer daylight, some people prefer the nighttime and some people prefer both. Which do you prefer more?” Responding to this, 53 percent said they prefer ‘daylight’, 32 percent said they prefer ‘both’ and 15 percent said they prefer ‘nighttime’. The study was released by Gilani foundation and carried out by Gallup Pakistan, the Pakistani affiliate of Gallup International. The recent survey was carried out among a sample of 2,589 men and women in rural and urban areas of all four provinces of the country, during November 05, 2012. The course of study of time-of-day effects on human performance has not been an easy one to chart, with many findings that seem to be in opposition. Some researchers have found that performance increases across the day; some have found that it decreases across the day; some have found that it increases to a midpoint, after which it decreases. Through all the studies, factors such as motivation, psychological
characteristics, and physical state of the individual serve only to confuse the picture. In most of these studies, researchers were intent on studying differences that might be common to groups. The term group difference refers to characteristics that are attributable to group membership, while individual differences are attributes particular to no defined group. Therefore, while individuals may share characteristics that also are shared by a group, the characteristics are not present because of membership in that group. If, for example, researchers discover that males consistently perform a certain task better in the morning than at other times of day, that performance characteristic is most likely a group difference, even though some females may also perform the task better in the morning. For females who perform better in the morning, the performance characteristic is an individual difference. The origin of group and individual differences, as might be expected, is a very complex field of study that will not be addressed here. The reader is invited to consult the work of Eysenck (1994) and Eysenck and Eysenck (1985) for possible biological foundations of individual differences that are responsible for sensitivities of individuals to their environments. Thus, individual differences are most likely an interplay of both biology and environment. Little research into individual differences
in time-of-day effects on performance has been conducted, most likely because, as mentioned earlier, researchers are more interested in findings that may be generalized to large groups of people. However, in practical, applied terms, the study of individual differences becomes key. When a physician elects to prescribe medication to a patient, for instance, knowing how that particular patient functions is essential. Educational services need to be prescribed in much the same way, with the individual assessed for such characteristics as motivation, personality characteristics, and skill levels. An individual difference that is proving to be significant in many current studies in a variety of fields is that of time-of-day preference. Although the term preference implies choice on the part of the individual, studies are beginning to validate the stand that several factors, many physiological and beyond the control of the individual, are combining to make time of day a defining element in performance. The implications for education that emanate from such studies are enormous, widespread, and address such questions as these: If time of day is a significant factor in the performance of students and teachers, should schools attempt to match preferred time of day to tasks of both students and teachers? Should students and teachers schedule their most difficult subjects at their preferred time of day? Should schools change their schedules to accommodate time-of-day preferences if they appear in large percentages of their student population? Would schools be able to make such changes, given the current budget woes of most systems?
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08 News Japan orders tunnel inspections after Sasago collapse tokyo: Japanese media say that for more than 30 years the company that owns Sasago had relied on rudimentary visual inspections there, with no reinforcement or repairs since construction. Our correspondent says the new inspections will be more intrusive. He says the focus of the investigation into the Sasago incident will consider why an inspection just two months ago did not spot anything wrong. Motohiro Takamisawa, from Central Nippon Expressway (Nexco), which operates Sasago, said metal rod failure could have been to blame. “At this moment we’re presuming that the top anchor bolts have come loose,” he said. Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura told a news conference on Monday: “The prime minister ordered the transport ministry to put the utmost efforts to rescue victims, to quickly investigate the cause of the accident and to establish measures to prevent similar accidents and to provide a counselling service to victims.” Rescue crews finally began bringing the bodies of the nine dead out of the tunnel on Monday morning. Some were reported to have been so badly burned they would take days to identify. Three charred and smashed vehicles could also be seen being pulled from the tunnel’s mouth, our correspondent says. Among the dead was a truck driver who had on Sunday called his company from his mobile phone saying he was trapped. Five bodies were also recovered from a van. They were identified as three men and two women, all in their 20s and from Tokyo, Kyodo news agency reported. Another woman, 28, who had been in the vehicle survived. Three bodies were found in another car. AGeNCIeS
Colombia forces ‘bomb Farc rebels, 20 killed’ Bogotá: At least 20 Farc rebels have been killed in Colombia after the military launched bombing strikes on one of their camps, the army says. Saturday’s raid is said to be the biggest military operation against Farc since peace talks began in October. The camps were in Narino province near the Ecuadorian border, commander Gen Leonardo Barrero told AFP news agency. The strike comes as President Juan Manuel Santos said the rebels had less than a year to abandon their weapons. In November, the Farc announced a ceasefire set to last until 20 January. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos: “If the Farc really wants to end the conflict... they will find the best will from the government”. Mr Santos, however, has rejected calls for a government-led truce until a final agreement has been reached. Speaking on Sunday, he said his administration would offer all necessary guarantees so the Farc could disarm and join the political process as a legal party. “This has to be a process of months, rather than years,” the president said. Mr Santos said any attempts to delay disarming were unacceptable. The Farc has not responded to Mr Santos’s deadline. The president made his comments after the rebel group acknowledged that it was holding what it called “prisoners of war”, contradicting its previous denials. In February, the rebels announced that they would stop all political abductions and kidnappings for ransom. But victims’ groups say the kidnappings have continued and not all hostages have been released. The peace talks, aimed at ending five decades of conflict, began in Norway on 18 October before moving to Cuba’s capital, Havana, a month later. Negotiations focus on land reform, the end of armed conflict; guarantees for the exercise of political opposition and citizen participation, drug trafficking; and the rights of the victims of the conflict. The first stage of the dialogue ended last Thursday, with talks due to resume on Wednesday. All previous attempts to reach a deal have failed. The government ended the last peace talks in 2002, accusing the rebels of trying to regroup in a demilitarised zone. According to government estimates, 600,000 people have died since the conflict began in Colombia, with millions more displaced. The Farc numbered 16,000 in 2001 but are now thought to have some 8,000 fighters. AGeNCIeS
MexICo: A demonstrator sprays flames towards riot police on Monday. Protesters opposed to the newly sworn-in Mexican president, enrique Pena Nieto, clashed with police. AgencieS
UK and France summon Israeli envoys in settlements row LONDON
RITAIN and France have both summoned Israeli ambassadors in protest at Israel’s decision to approve the construction of 3,000 new homes in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. The UK said the move would cast doubt on Israel’s “stated commitment to achieving peace with the Palestinians”. Israel authorised the 3,000 additional housing units a day after the UN voted to upgrade Palestinian status. The UN warned the homes would be “an almost fatal blow” to peace hopes. Sweden also summoned the Israeli ambassador, while Russia and Germany expressed their opposition to the settlement plans. In a statement, the UK Foreign Office said it was urging Israel to reconsider, and threatened a “strong reaction” if the homes went ahead. It said: “We deplore the recent Israeli government decision to build 3,000 new housing units and unfreeze development in the E1 block. This threatens the viability of the two state solution.” Plans for construction in the E1 area - be-
Putin to discuss Syria with turkey PM erdogan MOSCOW AGeNCIeS
Russian President Vladimir Putin is to meet Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan to discuss the Syrian conflict, which has strained bilateral relations. Moscow is a key ally of Syria, while Ankara is backing the rebels trying to oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. In October, Turkey intercepted a Syria-bound plane which it said had Russian-made
Palestinian ‘with axe’ killed by Israeli forces in West bank tEL aviv: Israeli security forces have shot dead a Palestinian man in the West Bank. Details are unclear, but an Israeli police spokeswoman said the man had approached them wielding an axe. Reports say the man had been driving a car between the settlements of Shavei Shomron and Einav, raising the suspicions of the security personnel. They began chasing him and his car collided with their own vehicle, which then overturned. The man is then said to have come towards them with the axe. Two of the security personnel were lightly injured in the crash. AFP news agency reports that Israel’s internal security agency, Shin Bet, has acknowledged that a number of its agents were involved. Earlier, Israeli police had said the army vehicle was carrying soldiers. Palestinian security sources told AFP they had been informed of the incident, but that it had taken place inside a closed military zone. They identified the man as Hatem Shabib, and said he was from a village near the northern West Bank town of Tulkarm. AGeNCIeS tween Jerusalem and the West Bank settlement of Maaleh Adumim - are strongly opposed by Palestinians, who say such development will prevent the creation of a contiguous Palestinian state. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon earlier warned that the E1 plans would have to be rescinded. “It would represent an almost fatal blow to
remaining chances of securing a two-state solution,” Mr Ban said. An Israeli official has described the proposals in the E1 zone as “preliminary zoning and planning work”. The Israeli envoy to Paris was summoned to a meeting on Monday morning, French foreign ministry spokesman, Philippe Lalliot, said in a statement.
defence equipment - a claim rejected by both Moscow and Damascus. The talks in Istanbul are also expected to focus on energy issues. Ahead of Monday’s meeting, Mr Putin’s chief foreign policy aide was quoted as saying that both sides would have a “detailed conversation” on Syria. Yuriy Ushakov also said he hoped that such an “exchange of views should lead, if not to a tie-up of positions, then at least to a better understanding of each other’s actions”, Russia’s Interfax news agency reported. There is a belief in the Turkish government that Russia is trying to distance itself from Damascus, but there is currently very little evidence to support this claim. Moscow also has arms contracts with the Syrian government worth billions of dollars. So, Mr Putin and Mr Erdogan may struggle to find a way of overcoming the simple, profound difference that separates them on the Syria issue, our correspondent adds.
Syrian jets resume attack on border town DAMASCuS AGeNCIeS
Syria has resumed an aerial attack on the rebel-held town of Ras al-Ain, near the border with Turkey, dropping two bombs on a Syrian security building that had been captured by the rebels, according to an official from the mayor’s office in the Turkish border town of Ceylanpinar. Turkish ambulances rushed to the border on Monday and at least 11 wounded Syrians were brought to the
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hospital in Ceylanpinar for treatment. Shrapnel from the bombing landed on Turkish territory, but no one was injured, officials said. The official spoke on condition of anonymity in line with Turkish government rules that prevent civil servants from speaking to journalists without prior authorisation. The attacks came a day after Syrian fighter jets and artillery blasted parts of the capital, Damascus, and its suburbs on Sunday. Also on Sunday, a car bomb killed at least 15 people in central Syria according to the official news
agency. The resumed bombings also coincided with Russian President Vladimir Putin’s trip to Istanbul. Russia and China have used their veto power at the UN Security Council to block any sanctions imposed on President Bashar al-Assad’s regime over its crackdown on the uprising that began in March 2011. Against this backdrop, the Syrian foreign ministry said in a statement on state television on Monday that the government would not use chemical weapons, if it had them, against its own people.
“In response to the statements of the American secretary of state, who warned Syria against using chemical weapons, Syria has stressed repeatedly that it will not use these types of weapons, if they were available, under any circumstances against its people,” the statement said. Syria’s conflict started 20 months ago as a protest against Assad, whose family has ruled the country for four decades. It quickly morphed into a civil war, with rebels taking up arms to fight back against a crackdown by the government.
uS coastguard dies after suspected smuggler rams boat CALIfORNIA AGeNCIeS
A US coastguard has died after his boat was rammed by a suspected smuggler’s vessel off California, Coast Guard officials have said. The suspected smuggler boat is said to have been run at high speed directly into the government vessel, throwing both crew members into the water. One suffered a serious head injury and was later pronounced dead. Two suspects were detained after the incident, in the early hours of Sunday off the coast of southern California. The small Coast Guard boat was deployed by a larger cutter carrying out an investigation into suspected smuggling near the Channel Islands, west of Malibu, AP reports. The suspected smuggling vessel had been spotted by a Coast Guard maritime patrol aircraft. After the incident, another Coast Guard vessel stopped the suspected smuggler’s boat and two suspects were detained. “We are deeply saddened by the loss of our shipmate,” said Coast Guard commandant Adm Robert J Papp.
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Funds released to clear passport backlog iSLaMaBad: The Passport and Immigration Office (PIO) is clearing backlog of 0.2 million passports now that funds required for printing of booklets have been released. The funds were released after Interior Minister Rehman Malik personally took interest and contacted the Ministry of Finance to facilitate the passport aspirants. The delay in issuance of passports was causing hardships for applicants who had to wait for months to get their travelling documents delivered. When contacted, a senior official highlighted that the issuance of passports was delayed because the Pakistan Security Printing Corporation (PSPC) reduced the supply of passport booklets due to non-payment of their outstanding dues. Revealing that the POI has been demanding funds for a long time, he said that the funds were only released after the interior minister personally contacted the Ministry of Finance. “Rehman Malik has now directed the passport office to settle outstanding accounts with PSPC and ensure early clearance of backlog,” he said. APP
India to erect floating fence along Sir Creek border nEW dELhi: India will soon erect a ‘floating fence’, anchored by submerged metallic meshes, along the disputed Sir Creek border area with Pakistan. The 96 kilometer strip in the Rann of Kutch marshes is notorious for illegal crossings and smuggling of narcotics and arms and is patrolled round-the-clock by BSF marine commandos. Sources said that after mulling over various options, the Union Home Ministry entrusted the Central Public Works Department (CPWD) and National Buildings Construction Corporation (NBCC) to install an all-weather ‘gabion box’ fence along the stretch. “While the NBCC will erect the fence on about 75 km of the watery strip, the CPWD has already started work in the rest of the area,” sources said. A ‘gabion box’ is a meshed metallic box-like structure with hexagonal wire nettings, which is lowered down the bed of the water body by filling it with heavy stones. “The fence would be erected on the ‘gabion boxes’ which will have the usual all-weather concertina wires and poles,” an official privy to the development said. Although the dispute has not been settled, sources said the in order to safeguard India’s national interests; the fence would be erected nevertheless. NNI
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Says national debt increased from rs 6 trillion to rs 14 trillion in last 5 years due to ‘kleptocracy’ ATTOCK
A K I S T A N Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan said on Monday that it was about time for the nation to decide its future, adding that the country could not develop in the current corrupt system. While addressing a packed gathering at the Attock Bar Association Hall, Imran said the incumbent government was completing its five-year term, but the masses were still deprived of their basic rights. He said that lawlessness and corruption in the country had crossed all limits. “This so-called democracy has turned into a quagmire for the people of Pakistan. This is not democracy rather it is Kleptocracy, as dacoits are running the affairs of the country. The (foreign) debt has increased from Rs 6,000 billion to Rs 14,000 billion in the last five years, and the middle class is eliminated from the society due to skyrocketing prices,” said Imran Khan. “Corruption is ram-
pant in the country and there is an ‘alliance of a few’ between the ruling parties, while the provincial rulers are also eyeing the federal government because they think it’s their turn now,” he added. The PTI chief said that foreign investment in Pakistan had diminished because of chaos and violence. He said both the PTI and the lawyers were striving for
the independence of judiciary. He said it was essential to introduce truly democratic norms in the country in order to allay the woes of the Pakistani people. “I think it is about time that our peoples decide what sort of government they want. They would have to decide between thieves and saviours. They would have to decide what sort of country they
want for their future generations,” he said. The cricket legend-turned politician said there was a dire need to elect revolutionary politicians, who are patriotic and pro-public. He said the government’s performance has been pathetic, and the country needs committed people with the ability to put the country back on track. He said the PTI was the only party with a committed leadership. He said the country’s poor economy required a lean and mean cabinet, whose size should not exceed 17 ministers. He said the present system was not meant for democracy but for minting more and more money for personal interests. He said that it was time for politicians to sacrifice their petty interests for the greater good of the country. “Each and every MPA is being doled out Rs 70 million in the name of development funds. Pakistan has never seen such chaos in its entire history as during the last five years,” he said, adding that the deployment of Rangers and the army was not a permanent solution to violence in Karachi.
fAISALABAD: A police official tries to calm a woman whose two sons were gunned down by unidentified men on Monday. the relatives of the deceased men blocked main highway in protest against the police’s ‘indifferent attitude’ to their demand for early arrest of the assailants. Online
Human Rights Defenders to be appointed: PM ISLAMABAD APP
Prime Minister (PM) Raja Pervez Ashraf on Monday approved the Ministry of Human Rights’ proposal to appoint Human Rights Defenders in the ministry. This decision was taken by the prime minister after a presentation was made by the Ministry of Human Rights, in which the later briefed the PM regarding its performance. Welcoming the proposal for including human rights as a subject in educational institutions, he directed the ministry to present a detailed working paper for the cabinet. The PM directed Advisor to Prime Minister on Human Rights Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar to work harder, so that the government can effectively implement its international and constitutional obligations in letter and spirit. “Islam has always laid great emphasis on human rights, but now that the international community is supporting it financially, it has become all the more important,” he said.
He recalled that the Ministry of Human Rights was established during the PPP government in 1995 which speaks volumes about the commitment of the party to the cause of human rights. The PM was informed that the government has ratified seven international treaties and the ministry is actively working on necessary legislative and administrative measures to implement the obligations that accrue as a result of Pakistan’s treaty obligations. He was also informed that the ministry has so far received 1886 cases of human rights violations this year. “Due to the efforts of the ministry, the government ratified international treaties like Committee Against Torture (CAT) and recognised the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). This sent a clear message to the international community that Pakistan is serious and committed in upholding human rights,” said Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar. Human Rights Secretary Shaigan Shareef informed the Prime Minister that Pakistan has been elected as a member of United Nations Human Rights Council for three years after it secured 171 votes.
No ‘Taliban’ movement in Pakistan: Fazl Jamiat Ulema-eIslam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Fazlur Rahman on Monday said there was no such movement as “Taliban” anywhere in Pakistan, a private TV channel reported. “We do not recognise the movement, which the forces have officially acknowledged as Taliban’s. It was simply unacceptable to us,” he told a press conference. Fazl warned against dubbing anyone as terrorist. “No one can be allowed to brand someone as a terrormonger,” he said. He said his party had always raised voice for sectarian harmony and would continue to do so, adding that seminaries, clerics and students were being targeted under a conspiracy. MoNItoRING DeSK
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Peace in Karachi
Not possible with muhajir card
arachi continues to suffer from violence conducted in the name of sect, religion and ethnicity. On Monday, the killing of a cleric led to rioting and killings. Incidents of violence in the city recorded during the last one year have outnumbered those in KP or Balochistan, known for high levels of violence. A SC bench headed By CJ Iftikhar Chaudhry heard the viewpoints of different stakeholders in the city on the issue last year. These included political leaders, officials of the provincial government and security agencies including the ISI. Taking note of the political polarisation and ethnic strife in the metropolis, the court ordered on October 6, 2011, among other measures, the alteration of the boundaries of administrative units, like police stations and revenue estates so that members of different communities may live together in peace and harmony instead of allowing various groups to claim these particular areas as no-go areas under their fearful influence. The verdict asked for a fresh delimitation of constituencies and directed the Election Commission to initiate the process in this regard. No political party challenged the decision. That MQM also agreed to the decision that called for fresh delimitation of constituencies was recognised by Altaf Hussain himself on Sunday. But then using some of the remarks attributed to Justice Jamali last week he abruptly took an about-turn. Any delimitation without new census will be unconstitutional, he said. The judge’s remarks, he maintained, were “absolutely unconstitutional, autocratic and biased”. “A bench of the apex court doesn’t have the right to suggest that constituencies should be delimited to avoid political polarisation…This is an open affront of the public mandate given to the MQM and a conspiracy to steal this mandate.” If the MQM chief considered any particular remarks to be against the law, he could have taken recourse to the SC. The words that he used were threatening. In Karachi, where peace hangs by a thread, they are ominous. By again trying to use the ethnic card, Altaf Hussain has dismayed those who had hoped the change of nomenclature from Mohajir to Muttahida would encourage MQM to try to represent the entire population of Karachi instead of a particular ethnic group. Attempts continue to be made to keep the pot boiling in Karachi as the Monday incident indicates. The manipulation of constituencies under Musharraf has added to the ethnic strife in Karachi. Every politician who cares for the metropolis needs to move towards uniting the people rather than dividing them.
Hope for Pakistan Democracy may be noisy and slow but it is the most suitable political system
here are a good number of politically active people who believe that the elections would not be held in 2013 and a military-superior judiciary combine will install a long term interim government of technocrats, professionals and non-partisans. This interim arrangement will cleanse the state and society of mismanagement, corruption and work for retrieving the faltering economy by efficient administration and accountability. This scenario is similar to what some people argued in November-December 2011 that the Senate elections would not be held in February-March 2012 because the military, angry with the PPP-led federal government on the memo issue, would knock it out and install a government of its choice. These rumours crumbled by the end of January 2012 and the Senate elections were held in routine. The slogan of accountability and effective administration has been used very frequently in the past but no government, civilian or military, fully succeeded in achieving these objectives. Often, accountability was used for targeting political rivals. In Pakistan, corruption is not limited to those holding key political By Dr Hasan Askari Rizvi offices. Corruption pervades the society in varying degrees and it cannot be eradicated simply by punitive measures by a non-representative government in a year or two. You need a sustained effort on a regular basis by those who enjoy the confidence of people. The notion of the military and the superior judiciary joining together is a wishful thinking on the part of the opposition political parties that could not knock out the federal government through the National Assembly and now wish that either the military or the superior judiciary or both removed the federal government. There is a wide gap in the perceptions of the superior judiciary and the military on governance and military affairs against the backdrop of the former’s populist disposition in pursuing judicial activism. Pakistan’s increased un-governability and prolif-
eration of societal formations make it impossible to manage its affairs through non-representative and bureaucratic setup. Such a government may not last beyond six months. Most political parties and groups will oppose such an arrangement. There is no constitutional provision for an extended interim government. However, the major political parties can agree to set up such a government by following the constitutional procedures. In this case, the government cannot be selected from outside the parliament. Therefore, professionals and technocrats may not be in a position to assume power for an extended period through constitutional means. The constitution provides for extension of the tenure of the national assembly for one year by the vote of the parliament after declaring a state of emergency in the country. The constitution is silent about the extension of the tenure of provincial assemblies. The federal government and the parliament may assume the powers of the provincial assemblies without dissolving them. This will increase conflict in the political domain because the opposition will resist this move because it centralises power and the PML-N government in Punjab will become irrelevant. Further, the national assembly’s extension by one year will undermine the long term interest of the PPP. It will alienate more people in the additional one year because there are little, if any, chances of improvement of performance of the PPP government. The extension of the tenure of the national assembly by declaring emergency will be totally opposed by all opposition parties and they are likely seek a recourse to street agitation. The additional year option is politically hazardous for the PPP, with negative implications for the already troubled economy. Pakistan’s current problems are structural. Even if the PPP is replaced with some other party at the federal level and in provinces, the performance of the government is not expected to improve significantly. Pakistan’s problems are so complex that no single party can address them. There is a need of developing a broadly based consensus among most political parties pertaining to the economy, trade and investment, religious extremism and terrorism. These problems cannot be addressed effectively unless all major political parties join together for that purpose. If they continue to fight, there is no end to the agony of Pakistan. Even if the PPP is knocked out in
the general elections and a new coalition of opposition takes over, the current problems will continue to haunt Pakistan. Currently, the PML-N is very critical of the PPP’s handling of the state affairs. If the PML-N comes to power then the PPP will blame the PML-N government for the same problems i.e., mismanagement, corruption and internal insecurity. No political party has a properly “cut-out” strategy for resolving Pakistan’s problems. The major parties must tone down their partisan discourse on the economy, religious extremism and terrorism and adopt a shared approach. The current debate that combating terrorism is not “our” war and that the Taliban are angry because Pakistan supports the US in the region is a misplaced debate. The focus should be on the fact that Pakistan is a nation state with fixed boundaries. No group or individual can be allowed to take up arms against it or kill its citizen under any pretext. Pakistan’s territory cannot be used for transnational armed movements that use violence in other countries. Therefore, the Taliban and other armed religious extremist groups are a threat to Pakistani state and society. These groups need to function within the limits of Pakistan’s constitution and law and they cannot impose their religious and political views by force. Their actions cannot be condoned because they talk of fighting Americans. How many times Pakistani Taliban and other armed religious extremists have attacked American interests or military personnel? There is no substitute to holding general election by the summer of 2013. It may not produce a strong and task-oriented government. What is the guarantee that the so-called professional government will perform better and address socio-economic challenges and counter religious extremism and terrorism? Elections offer the best possible method of accountability and the change of rulers through peaceful means. Pakistan’s political parties are in favour of holding free and fair elections. The current whispering campaign against democracy apart, the optimistic view is that the elections would be announced before the end of February 2013. Democracy may be noisy and slow but it is judged as the most suitable political system for a diversified society. The writer is an independent political and defence analyst.
Hopeless, helpless, homeless that’s what we have become in our homeland
By Ch Shoaib Saleem
ejection, they say, brings out the worst of man from within, though not in literature and other social theories wherein satisfaction becomes a reason for creativity. Prophet, saint, philanthropist and a lot more this pure creature human being is. But the moment it faces tyranny, victimisation, deprivation, oppression, it turns into a ferocious, barbaric, inhumane and beastly human being. It becomes a threat for the society plagued by affliction and dismay that rusts the motivational aspect that a human being
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naturally carries within him. We, as a nation, have fallen prey to dejection and disappointment. To us “hope never comes that comes to all”. Our nation badly lacks motivation with no probable chance of it in the near future. We lag behind economically and in every other field. Here “rest can never dwell; but torture without end; still urges, and a fiery deluge, fed with everburning Sulphur unconsumed”. Massive shortages of electricity, unprecedented load shedding of gas, dwindling economy, horrible sectarian killings, and ever worst situation of law and order, which Rehman Malik claims is under control, and the whole youth in hate and agony, this land of the pure is going to dogs in a whirlwind of destruction and chaos. Even Satan might not have discovered such a ‘sight of woes’ at the place of ‘Eternal Justice’. Youth is dispirited either due to an overdose of emotions that are sure to take a hold of them, or due to the bleak and dismal situation facing the country. Be that as it may, youngsters are uninterested in books or making their future that some claim they can have in Pakistan. They spend an idle lifestyle, ig-
noring their career and reach a stage where nothing could be done except becoming criminals. They become a burden on the earth instead of sharing it for the benefit of humanity. It seems tit for tat. As the state is not cognizant of its obligations, they too don’t care about its prosperity, integrity, and well-being. The tragedy does not end here. The society holds sway over all that we need to discuss openly to disentangle the intertwined dogmas and tenets that have dug deep roots in the society that believes in status quo. It will not let us do anything that a natural and inborn aptitude in a common man demands for. The society makes sure that nothing comes out of us except the routine stuff that majority of us believe in. Here, there is no enjoyment and no entertainment. It seems as if everyone abhors it, but ironically all wish for it too. But why can’t we have an environment where everyone could feel happy and pleasant, where there are cordial workplaces, where people are happy, where kids go to schools eagerly, where anyone can worship any God he or she submits to, where processions go peaceful on their routes, where business places boom
with customers, where there is respect for all irrespective of religion, caste or creed, and where police stations work efficiently, diligently and for the people among many other things? Instead, what we get here is bloodshed and violence, mothers bitterly crying over brutal killings of their sons and others waiting for kidnappers to call them for ransom, army soldiers being killed by our own people, a province fighting the war of its separation, politicians shouting on opposition parties to settle scores, labourers dying of hunger, journalists being denied their salaries, common people suffering from load shedding, kids going to schools without breakfast, traders taking to streets against losses in billions, youth without jobs, but the elite and policymakers amassing wealth with both hands, owners of big media organisations selling out ideologies for commercials and capitalists still going for more and more. Hats off to the land of the pure abound with impurities, hats off to the citizens living and claiming to live in an independent and sovereign state, and a resounding applause for the politicians, especially Rehman Malik, controlling
this state at whims. The only entertainment that our youth relies on – mobile service – also goes suspended now and then, a new technique and measure to counter insurgency. Ban on pillion riding stops us from going outside. Cinemas wear deserted looks with no indigenous film to play. Students’ future is being threatened with massive shortage of electricity. The sons of the soil have raped their motherland. Now with swollen womb, the motherland has nothing to beget but hopelessness, helplessness, and homelessness. It is giving birth to horrendous and ghastly babies – bombs, blood, mutilated bodies, kidnappings, and separation movements – and I fear it may have a traitor in its womb aspiring its accession to our enemies. This homeland was ascribed with great and visionary dreams but they have failed to materialise. Where do we stand when we compare our homeland to the one to our east? The comparison should put us to shame. I know it puts me to shame; it should do the same to you too. The writer is a staff member and can be reached at email@example.com
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The Kalabagh bedlam things you should know about the project
By Jehangir Iftikhar
ith many issues of national importance falling into specific camps of coteries often denigrating each other along ethnic, religious and provincial lines, and the drivel erudition that propped up after chief lord of Lahore High Court’s recent remark on Kalabagh, I choose to pitch in my modicum on the bedlam. To simplify proceedings, Kalabagh was part of the master plan envisioned in 1960 and for which the northern world and India pitched in money. The 62 million pounds granted by India in accordance with the articles of Indus Water Treaty, along with the financial receipts received from United States, were to be used to construct Tarbela, Mangla, Chashma, Kalabagh, Bhasha, Dasu and Patan dams respectively. Proponents of Kalabagh dam, densely populated in the province of Punjab and towing the scientific jargon of Shamshul Mulk, a former chairman of WAPDA, believe that Kalabagh dam is the most important piece in the 1960 dam puzzle. The location of Kalabagh is economically viable of all the other proposed dams as the infrastructure needed to connect it with Pakistan’s irrigation and power networks – linking the dam with the existing transmission infrastructure – would be twice as cheap as the amount needed for the next in line (Bhasha). With practically lying at the foothills of Himalayas with a gradient less than those of Bhasha and Dasu, Kalabagh could be our biggest and the most easily constructed dam. The size of the Kalabagh lake – 15 kilometres north of Kalabagh – has begotten many raconteurs opposing its construction. If Kalabagh dam is built, its height would be 260 feet above the river bed, the length of the dam would be 11,000 feet and its usable storage capacity would be 6.1 MAF. As per the water accords of 1991, Punjab and Sindh would be fed 2.1 MAF of water each, while Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan would receive 1.1 MAF and 0.7 MAF respectively. Total electricity generation capacity of Kalabagh would be 11,750 million kilowatts. Some 89 percent of the total land submerged by Kalabagh would be in Punjab and the remaining 11 percent
would be in KP. Per conservative estimates, one MAF of water irrigates 333,000 acres. The mathematics of the dam is simple and feasible if you are an economist and calculate the benefits equaling cheaper electricity and a reduced oil import bill, food security and reclaiming barren lands rich in minerals which possess the potential of increasing our agricultural exports. However, the stalemate between the four provinces and especially the deadlock between Punjab and Sindh over Kalabagh is not baseless. Yes, the sea is intruding into the Indus Delta and has displaced communities up to 40 kilometres inland. The mangrove cover of Pakistan has been reduced to a mere 260 square kilometres from the once mighty 3,000 square kilometres. It should be mentioned that mangroves are the backbone of our fisheries, and prawns breed there too. Currently, 36 MAF of water flows downstream of Kotri into the sea and to maintain health of our 260 sq km of mangroves, 27 MAF of water is needed to flow downstream of Kotri. Those who oppose Kalabagh calculate flow downstream of Kotri to be a mere 10 MAF if Kalabagh is commissioned. Moreover, as of today, around 60 percent of our Indus Delta creeks are dry. Moving on, 30 years between the Indus Water Treaty of 1960 with India and signing of water accords between Pakistan’s provinces in 1991 are amok with animus between the provinces. Punjab, the upper riparian, has disparaged the accusations of stealing water which was meant for Sindh as per 1991 accord repeatedly and sometimes on excuse that it took its share and the reduction of water in Sindh was due to India not allowing the promised water downstream into west Punjab from Kashmir. The salvo of fancy words aside and being a professor on water affairs left for another day, Kalabagh propping up just months before elections would harm no one more than PML-N. Being the only party that advocated the Kalabagh project or more precisely the only body that could amass power through votes and grant legitimacy to the project, PML-N has run itself into a brick wall. The party of Punjabi lions is trying to woo Sindhi sages who have swelled in their ranks opposing PPP and its allies. The very messiahs whom the Sharif tribe wants to win are miraculously the staunchest opposers of the Kalabagh project. Morale: whatever stand PML-N takes on the Pandora’s Box opened by the LHC CJ, it would dent its prospects of securing 172 seats in the National Assembly. However, it would not be surprising if N-League would shrink out of the proceedings in the name of realist politics and leave a lacuna to be pondered over another day. Getting back to Umar Ata Bandiyal, the chief justice of Lahore High Court, who has decreed to change the name of the dam located 15 km north of Kalabagh from Kalabagh to any other one deemed fit. His statement makes me
wonder whether he is wry or whether he is not versed with the fact that three of the four provincial assemblies of the federation of the pure have thrown the Kalabagh case into a pile of trash. Proponents of Kalabagh paint a famine if told that Kalabagh would not be built. Yes, Kalabagh is not on the cards in the federation of Pakistan and all voices finding their way into the airways are political. As of how the chessboard stands, the fate of Kalabagh has been handed over to the Council of Common Interests. The council was envisioned in the Constitution of 1973 and upgraded in 2010. The revised edition of CCI has prime minister as its chairman and all four chief ministers along with minister for provincial coordination as members. The council is mandated to meet at least once every three months and no issue would be discussed in the meetings until its summary is circulated to all members 15 days in advance. In addition, no meeting would be deemed official if a notice for it was not provided 10 days in advance. The quorum of the council of interest would be of four members. The summary provided to members for discussions in the meetings shall not exceed two A-4 size pages. Be objective, it says and bans ranting. With Kalabagh out of the way, considering the refusal of World Bank and international donors to fund it citing the political mess it can lead to and Bhasha at least a decade away, we in Pakistan need not cry over our fate lost with Kalabagh. A solution lying on relevant tables for decades is that of ‘Tarbela Action Plan’. The proposed plan is based on computer simulations of sediment flows designed to determine whether a) flushing is technically feasible, b) to predict future sedimentation, and c) to estimate storage capacity that could be sustained for the long run. The Tarbela Action Plan findings proposed to raise the minimum reservoir level of Tarbela to 1,365 feet by the year 1998 and by four feet each year thereafter. Secondly, constructing low level high capacity sediment flushing tunnels to reclaim storage capacity periodically; and lastly, to build additional underwater rock filled dikes and install an additional turbine on one of the tunnels. It should be noted that both Tarbela and Mangla have lost more than a third of their combined original storage capacities in four decades. Sedimentation over decades means that water did not carry minerals required to sustain the ecosystem as nature ordained it. This fact is also quoted by those opposing construction of large dams. Scientifically speaking, Pakistan has around 680 sites fit for commissioning small dams. For your interest, Kalabagh would equal 900 small dams. Anyways, political rhetoric with the dam at its centre would evolve into catch phrases defaming the competitors till and much after the 2013 elections with self propagated true sons of the soil rhetoric.
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a letter to friends and fellow citizens Dear Friends, I do not like to bring you bad news but I can no longer hold back the simple truth. Crimes of the worst kind being committed in the area and the unchecked growth of these are no longer news. But the subject is not just gossip or grist to apathy either. I have not touched on this subject much during our past conversations, although this matter concerns me as much as it should every member of the society. It is time to disavow the lack of information (or pretended ignorance) and burying our heads in the sand. It is immediate; and it is too close for comfort. If something proper is not done about it, we don’t know who will be spared — and what, if anything at all worthwhile, will be left here for the future. In fact (and this may be news), yours truly’s family has been the target of much harm done during the past four-and-a-half years. Functionaries of various types (including government functionaries) have been carrying out their underhand business in this nefarious design. We have also been given a death threat. All this, for reasons unknown to us — and kept from us despite our repeated requests and reminders. One likely cause for all the harassment and material harm done to us as a family is a fault that, I would readily admit, I share in common with my siblings and our respective children: we are law-abiding citizens. We are not trendy enough to approve or partake of the widespread criminality around us, do not acquiesce in a wrongful act, and refuse the benefit of unlawful gains. We, like many others remaining, are ordinary, responsible citizens and professionals who practise their precepts and have tried to inculcate the same among the thousands whom we have taught and mentored through decades of dedicated work. Evidently, such practice — what used to be normality in responsible citizenship, services, and professions — is not acceptable to the hydra-headed mafias that have massively infiltrated the state structure and are now seriously engaged in taking control of every branch of life. As such, there cannot be a single yardstick as a measure of performance and conduct, when duplicity is the “new normal” and double-dealing is the name of the game. The net result of the entire process, in spite of the recent parliamentary and judicial efforts, is a severe limitation in real life of civil liberties, compromising both life and liberty — not to speak of the quality of life affected in the entire region. Among the latest examples of savagery that we must deal with is the following episode of the struggle for unmolested existence. Some people in official uniforms made an abduction attempt on me on Friday, 23 November, around 4:00 pm in G-11 Markaz (market), Islamabad, where I had gone to buy something. They manhandled me and tried to push me inside a vehicle to take me away. Over one hundred people had gathered on the scene in the meantime and prevented the perpetrators from carrying out their evil plans. I managed to reach home finally and formally reported the matter to the area police, which has yet to register the FIR. I write now to save everyone a lateral complaint, or overhearing in any sort of afterlife granted one: “But he did not inform us in time...”. Although I do not know what personal safety in the area means when/if you are living as an ordinary citizen here, yet I wish you all a safe and peaceful life wherever you are. PROFESSOR ALAMGIR HASHMI Islamabad
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12 LETTERMaN, HOFFMaN, ZEPPELIN HONORED by ObaMa NEWS DESK David Letterman’s “stupid human tricks” and Top 10 lists vaulted into the ranks of cultural acclaim Sunday night as the latenight comedian received this year’s Kennedy Center Honors with rock band Led Zeppelin, an actor, a ballerina and a bluesman. Stars from New York, Hollywood and the music world joined President Barack Obama at the White House on Sunday night to salute the honorees, whose ranks also include actor Dustin Hoffman, Chicago bluesman Buddy Guy and ballerina Natalia Makarova. The honors are the nation’s highest award for those who influenced American culture through the arts. The recipients were later saluted by fellow performers at the Kennedy Center Opera House in a show to be broadcast Dec. 26 on CBS. Obama drew laughs from his guests when he described the honorees as “some extraordinary people who have no business being on the same stage together.” Noting that Guy made his first guitar strings using the wire from a window screen, he quipped, “That worked until his parents started wondering how all the mosquitoes were getting in.” The president thanked the members of Led Zeppelin for behaving themselves at the White House given their history of “hotel rooms trashed and mayhem all around.” Obama noted Letterman’s humble beginnings as an Indianapolis weatherman who once reported the city was being pelted by hail ‘the size of canned hams.’” “It’s one of the highlights of his career,” he said. All kidding aside, Obama described all of the honorees as artists who “inspired us to see things in a new way, to hear things differently, to discover some-
thing within us or to appreciate how much beauty there is in the world.” “It’s that unique power that makes the arts so important,” he added. Later on the red carpet, Letterman said he was thrilled by the recognition and to visit Obama at the White House. “It supersedes everything, honestly,” he said. “I haven’t won that many awards.” During the show, comedian Tina Fey said she grew up watching her mom laugh at Letterman as he brought on “an endless parade of weirdos.” “Who was this Dave Letterman guy?” Fey said. “Was he a brilliant, subtle passive-aggressive parody of a talk show host? Or just some Midwestern goon who was a little bit off? Time has proven that there’s just really no way of knowing.” Alec Baldwin offered a Top 10 reasons Letterman was winning the award, including the fact that he didn’t leave late night for a six-month stint in primetime
— a not-so-subtle dig at rival Jay Leno. Jimmy Kimmel, who will soon compete head-to-head with Letterman on ABC, said he fell in love with Letterman early in life and even had a “Late Night” cake on his 16th birthday. “To me it wasn’t just a TV show,” Kimmel said. “It was the reason I would fail to make love to a live woman for many, many years.” For Buddy Guy, singers Bonnie Raitt, Tracy Chapman and others got most of the crowd on its feet singing Guy’s signature “Sweet Home Chicago.” Morgan Freeman hailed Guy as a pioneer who helped bridge soul and rock and roll. “When you hear the blues, you really don’t think of it as black or white or yellow or purple or blue,” Freeman said. “Buddy Guy, your blue brought us together.” Robert De Niro saluted Hoffman, saying he had changed acting, never took any
We are at the brink of something path-breaking: Hrithik on Krrish 3 For months now, Hrithik Roshan has been keeping a low profile, as he has been concentrating on his next, Krrish 3. But the actor managed to take some time out of his packed schedule to attend the ongoing 12th edition of the International Film Festival of Marrakech in Morocco as four of his movies are being screened here this week. However, Krrish is not on that list. Confident that the franchise’s next installment will definitely find special mention on many such lists, he says, “Krrish should have been screened and it will make it here next year.” Nonetheless, the actor is thrilled that four of his other films — Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2001), Jodha Akbar (2008), Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011) and Agneepath — are being screened. “I just happened to be part of these films and I am very proud of them. It feels good,” he says. Directed and produced by father Rakesh Roshan, Krrish 3 has been kept under wraps ever since the shooting began. But as per the actor, the secrecy will all pay off once the film hits the theatres. “It’s one of the biggest challenges for Indian cinema, because the computer graphics and the technology is all home-grown… it’s Indian. There is no foreign hand in the final product,” he says. The third part of the series, which began with Koi… Mil Gaya in 2003, also stars Priyanka Chopra, Vivek Oberoi and Kangna Ranaut. But even with the support of an established star cast, Hrithik seems unsure about the fate of the film. “It’s such a big leap of faith. Till now it looks impossible. The tone of the special effects, and the film itself, is so big that we don’t know whether we will be able to achieve what we are attempting or hoping to do. We may fall flat on our faces or we may not. Either way, I know that we are at the brink of something path-breaking,” says Hrithik. NeWS DeSK
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shortcuts and was brave enough to be a perfectionist. “Before Dustin burst on the scene, it was pretty much OK for movie stars to show up, read their lines and, if the director insisted, act a little,” De Niro said. “But then Dustin came along — and he just had to get everything right.” By the end of the night, the Foo Fighters, Kid Rock and Lenny Kravitz got the crowd moving to some of Zeppelin’s hits at the Kennedy Center. Jack Black declared Zeppelin the “greatest rock and roll band of all time.” “That’s right. Better than the Beatles. Better than the Stones. Even better than Tenacious D,” he said. “And that’s not opinion — that’s fact.” For the finale, Heart’s Ann Wilson and Nancy Wilson sang “Stairway to Heaven,” accompanied by a full choir and Jason Bonham, son of the late Zeppelin drummer John Bonham. Zeppelin front man Robert Plant and
his bandmates John Paul Jones and Jimmy Page seemed moved by the show. Meryl Streep first introduced the honorees Saturday as they received the award medallions during a formal dinner at the U.S. State Department hosted by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Clinton said ballerina Makarova “risked everything to have the freedom to dance the way she wanted to dance” when she defected from the Soviet Union in 1970. Makarova made her debut with the American Ballet Theatre and later was the first exiled artist to return to the Soviet Union before its fall to dance with the Kirov Ballet. Clinton also took special note of Letterman, saying he must be wondering what he’s doing in a crowd of talented artists and musicians. “Dave and I have a history,” she said. “I have been a guest on his show several times, and if you include references to my pant suits, I’m on at least once a week.”
Afghanistan’s first female rapper perseveres past death threats NEWS DESK Sosan Firooz, a 23-year-old Afghani woman, raps about female oppression, her experience as a refugee in Iran and against child abuse. She’s making history in the conservative country by performing in front of men, which comes at a high price– her safety. “I am her secretary, answering her phones. I am her bodyguard, protecting her. When she’s out, I must be with her,” her father told the AP in October. Now, CBS reports that the rapper, who has been gaining attention for her release of “Our Neighbors” earlier this fall, has started receiving menacing text messages and death threats against family members. “They told [Firooz’s mother] ‘If your daughter appears on TV again, we will cut off your head,’” said Firooz.
Firooz’s uncle has cut off relations with her, but her parents continue to support the singer. Music producer Fared Rastagar, who recorded Firooz’s song, told CBS, “Some female singers have
stopped singing because of threats from the Taliban. Some have left the country.” Firooz, however, plans to stay. ”Yes of course it’s difficult,” Firooz said. “But it’s easier than being a refugee.”
JLo gets crowd dancing at concert
Reluctant Fundamentalist to release in India
Jennifer Lopez, who was in Kuala Lumpur as part of her Dance Again World Tour, put on an energetic show that got the crowd dancing along to her hits. With seven studio albums and over 70 million records sold worldwide, the 43-yearold singer had a line up of songs for her fans, the Star Online reported. The ‘Wedding Planner’ star was amazing on stage with her glittery outfits as she performed the radio-friendly songs from the earlier days of her career like ‘Love Don’t Cost A Thing’, ‘Jenny From The Block’ and ‘Waiting For Tonight’. She also included some of her recent dance hits like ‘On The Floor’, ‘Papi’, ‘I’m Into You and Dance Again’. There was not a glitch in her performance and she maintained her momentum throughout the two-hour show. NeWS DeSK
Mira Nair’s “ The Reluctant Fundamentalist” is set to hit the Indian screens in April next year. “The Reluctant Fundamentalist” is based on Pakistani author Mohsin Hamid’s eponymous novel. It is the story of a young man chasing corporate success on Wall Street. Post September 2011 tragedy in the US, he finds himself embroiled in a conflict between his American dream, a hostage crisis, and the enduring call of his family’s homeland. The film is being released in India by PVR Pictures. “It’s an honour to be distributing ‘The Reluctant Fundamentalist’ in India and we are thankful to Mira for trusting us with her film. We are very excited about the film’s prospects in India and are keenly looking forward to its theatrical release,” Sanjeev Kumar Bijli, joint managing director, PVR Limited, said in a statement. NeWS DeSK
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chooses ‘big boss’ over her own ‘Talaash’
LMOST the entire Bollywood was at the star-studded premiere of Aamir Khan’s thriller “Talaash”. But one of the two leading ladies of the film, Kareena Kapoor, didn’t show up for the premiere. Kapoor skipped the premiere for Salman Khan’s reality show “Big Boss 6”, where she had gone to promote her upcoming item number “Fevicol Se” from the upcoming
film “Dabangg 2”. She had made a promise to Khan about being present at his show and kept it. Salman Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan have played lovers on screen in a number of films. They on screen look simply magical! And they re-created the same magic on reality show ‘Bigg Boss 6’ recently. Kareena was on the show to launch her number ‘Fevicol’ from Salman Khan’s upcoming flick ‘Dabangg 2’. Salman was his usual self on the show and could do little to hide his flamboyant side. Kareena proudly introduced herself as Kareena Kapoor Khan when Salman invited her on to the stage. He flirted with the newly wed actress and said, “Ghalat Khan se shadi ker li” (You married the wrong Khan). Bebo took the joke in her stride and was seen shaking a leg with the ‘Dabangg’ star. The new Begum of Pataudi (Mrs Saif Ali Khan) has always said that she cannot do without the Khans of Bollywood. She maintains a
cordial relationship with Salman, Aamir and Shah Rukh Khan. According to reports, Kareena was really busy promoting her film that caused her fever and a relapse of her throat infection. In order to keep her promise with Salman, she decided to skip the Talaash premiere and rested at home before leaving for Lonavala early morning. However, after spelling her magic in the film “Talaash”, the promising actor will be seen in an item number for “Dabangg 2” starring Salman Khan and Sonakshi Sinha. The film will hit theaters on December 21 this year.
Aamir Khan’s Talaash angelina Jolie earns Rs. 707m in the quits acting to opening weekend spend more time loS anGeleS: Kristen Stewart at the academy's 2012 Governors awards at hollywood and hyland.
New Jimi Hendrix album to debut on March 5 A new Jimi Hendrix album is coming March 5. The musician’s website says “People, Hell and Angels” contains 12 previously unreleased tracks recorded in 1968 and ‘69. Rolling Stone revealed the album cover on its website Wednesday. Hendrix recorded the songs apart from the Jimi Hendrix Experience as he considered new, experimental directions for his follow-up to “Electric Ladyland.” He plays keyboards, percussion and a second guitar on the album. NeWS DeSK
After garnering rave reviews from film critics, Reema Kagti’s Talaash has done great business over the weekend. The crimethriller, starring Aamir Khan, Kareena Kapoor and Rani Mukerji, has earned Rs. 707m in the first three days. “Witnessed phenomenal growth over the weekend. The film has performed exceptionally well at multiplexes [mind-blowing in certain circuits] and ranged from good to average at single screens, depending on the centre/circuit. The mass dominated centres also witnessed ample growth on Sunday. Collected approx Rs. 707m nett in its opening weekend. Breakup: Fri 203m, Sat 233m, Sun 271m,” trade analyst Taran Adarsh reported. The release on a non-festive weekend hasn’t stopped Aamir fans from buying the film’s tickets. After Talaash grossed Rs. 203m on its opening day, Aamir Khan threw an impromptu bash for the cast and crew on Friday night. NeWS DeSK
J K Rowling weaves a ‘grown-up’ tale post Harry Potter NEWS DESK J K Rowling, who had said that her next novel would be for adults, seems to have succeeded as the new tale is said to be one of class warfare, prostitution, heroin addiction and teen sexuality, according to sources. Days before its official launch, excerpts from her first book - ‘The Casual Vacancy’- in the post-’Harry Potter’ era have begun to emerge online and it is clear that it is for grown-up eyes only. A female character is introduced with the description that the ‘leathery skin of her upper cleavage radiated little cracks that no longer vanished when decompressed’. Although some fans may be upset by the direction she has taken, Rowling insists she should be free to write about whatever she wants. “There is no part of me that feels I represented myself as your children’s babysitter or their teacher,” the Daily Mail quoted her as saying. “I was always, I think, completely honest. “I’m a writer, and I will write what I want
to write,” she said. The 47-year-old writer, who has sold 450 million ‘Harry Potter’ books worldwide and amassed a personal fortune of 560 million pounds, also revealed that she was ready for a change in genre after years of writing magical tales. “I had a lot of real-world material in me, believe you me,” she told the New Yorker magazine. “The thing about fantasy - there are certain things you just don’t do. You don’t have sex near unicorns. It’s an ironclad rule. It’s tacky,” she said. However, she insisted that her decision to write for adults was ‘not that I just wanted to write about... sex’. “I think there is a through-line,” she said. “Mortality, morality, they are the two things I obsess about,” she added. According to Waterstones, ‘The Casual Vacancy’, which is due to be published on Thursday, has already broken the record foe receiving the largest number of in-store preorder sales in 2012.
with her children NEWS DESK American actress and director Angelina Jolie has decided to quit acting to give more time to her children. The news has come as a shock to her fans around the world, the media reported on Sunday. Jolie is leaving her glamorous career to spend more time with her six children and to be a stay-at-home mother. Her oldest, adopted boy Maddox turned 11 this year. Angelina said that she would consider turning her back on Hollywood as her children enter their teens because there is going to be too much to manage at home. Besides spending time with children there are other reasons that have driven the stunning actor to quit acting. She wants to do more charity work instead of being paid millions for her acting and marry Brad Pitt. Jolie and Pitt’s relationship had been in the news from almost seven years and they announced their engagement in April 2012. According to reports, Brad Pitt, who raises their six children, is planning a wedding and it’s not going to be a lavish function. This marriage is going to be Jolie’s third and his second.
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Infotainment 14 Facebook may buy Whatsapp
CIENTISTS have discovered the origin of intelligence after identifying a ‘genetic accident’ 500 million years ago when the genes that enabled humans to think and reason evolved. Whatsapp, the most popular online messenger for smartphones, may soon become yet another high-profile acquisition by Facebook, the biggest social network in the world. According to a report in technology blog TechCrunch, Whatsapp has already had talks with the social networking giant over an acquisition. The report said the likely terms of the deal as well as the acquisition price
are not yet known. Facebook is currently facing problems on the mobile front as it has been unable to make use of its mobile platform. Facebook Messenger, a full fledged app for mobile devices, is not very popular among users, who continue to use Whatsapp and other mobile instant messengers. Off late, Facebook has also effected a much closer integration with popular internet telephony and messaging service Skype which is now owned by Microsoft, also part owner of Facebook. Whatsapp, on the other hand, boasts of over 100 million
daily users and delivers over a billion messages per day. The app works on Android, iOS, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, Symbian and Nokia S40 platforms and is used by people on over 750 networks across the world. The two services are quite different when it comes to business models. While Facebook is a free service and depends on advertisements, Whatsapp is free for a limited period on some platforms after which one has to pay to use it. On iOS, it is a paid service download. Facebook has often been criticised due to its “weak business model” and the inability to solve the mobile puzzle, as it grapples with serving advertisements to smartphone and tablet users. Facebook recently acquired the purchase of photo-sharing mobile app Instagram and announced it will combine user data from the two services to ‘improve them’. Widely considered as means to serve more specific advertisements, that too on two different platforms, Facebook’s move was criticised by privacy advocates who said it will invade users’ privacy. NeWS DeSK
‘Genetic accident’ led to origin of human intelligence
Georgian man pulls truck with his ear, sets world record
man has broken the world record for pulling a lorry with his ears. Lasha Pataraia, from Tblisi Georgia, towed a lorry weighing more than eight tonnes for more than 70 feet with a rope tied around his ear. No, we don’t know why, either. Superhuman ear strength is, as far as we’re aware, a pretty rare physical attribute, but pataraia has it in abundance. The Georgian strongman attached a thin tow rope to his toughened lugs and to the tow point of the lorry, before setting off along the ground, using a ladder for leverage. He made it 21.5 metres before calling it quits, but this was enough to set a new Guinness world record. This wasn’t the first time Pataraia has demonstrated his freakish otic strength. Back in 2007, he used his ear to pull a helicopter weighing nearly eight tonnes for a distance of 26 metres and 30 centimetres. Prior to that, he pulled a van. “I’m very happy that I’ve set the sixth world record. It took me two months to prepare for this record. I will prepare more and will set more records for the delight of my fans,” said the otic superhero. Pataraia has previously stated he intends to pull another helicopter, this time weighing in the region of 16 tonnes, using two ears. NeWS DeSK
Scientists have discovered the origin of intelligence after identifying a ‘genetic accident’ 500 million years ago when the genes that enabled humans to think and reason evolved. Researchers led by the University of Edinburgh have discovered how humans — and other mammals — evolved to have intelligence. They found that intelligence in humans developed as the result of an increase in the number of brain genes in our evolutionary ancestors. Scientists also believe that the same genes that improved our mental capacity are also responsible for a number of brain disorders. The researchers suggest that a simple invertebrate animal living in the sea 500 million years ago experienced a ‘genetic accident’, which resulted in extra copies of these genes being made. This animal’s descendants benefited from these extra genes, leading to behaviourally sophisticated vertebrates — including humans. “One of the greatest scientific problems is to explain how intelligence and complex behaviours arose during evolution,” Professor Seth Grant, of the University of Edinburgh, who led the research, said. The research, which is detailed in two papers in Nature Neuroscience, also shows a direct link between the evolution of behaviour and the origins of brain diseases. “This ground breaking work has implications for how we understand the emergence of psychiatric disorders and will offer new avenues for the development of new treatments,” said John Williams, Head of Neuroscience and Mental Health at the Wellcome
Trust, one of the study funders. The research team studied the mental abilities of mice and humans, using comparative tasks that involved identifying objects on touch-screen computers. Researchers then combined results of these behavioural tests with information from the genetic codes of various species to work out when different behaviours evolved. They found that higher mental functions in humans and mice were controlled by the same genes. The study also showed that when these genes were mutated or damaged, they impaired higher mental functions. “Our work shows that the price of higher intelligence and more complex behaviours is more mental illness,” Grant said in a statement. “We can now apply genetics and behavioural testing to help patients with these diseases,” said Dr Tim Bussey from Cambridge University, which was also involved in the study. NeWS DeSK
Scientists prepare to launch search for life in lake beneath the Antarctic Russia tells citizens Armageddon will not come on December 21
USSIA has told its citizens that the world will not end on December 21. Moscow’s minister of emergency situations is alarmed at the growing panic among many people that an ancient prophecy that armageddon will occur on that date is true. Ancient Mayans claimed that is the day a 5,125-year cycle known as the Long Count in the Mayan calendar supposedly comes to a close. Many in Russia, where mystical thinking is popular, have taken notice. A huge Mayan-style archway is being built out of ice in Chelyabinsk in the south of the country. This has alarmed government staff who have taken the unusual step of issuing a statement that the end of the world is not nigh. The ministry said it had access to ‘methods of monitoring what is occurring on Earth’, and could say with confidence all will be well. NeWS DeSK
British scientists are due to begin drilling to in an extraordinary search for life in a lake that has lain hidden beneath three kilometres of Antarctic ice for a million years. The researchers have joined a team of engineers enduring the bitterly cold climate as they prepare to bore down to Lake Ellsworth, using a sterile hot water drill, to retrieve samples of water and sediment. Any life that they find will have evolved in isolation for at least 100,000 years, but probably much longer, a newspaper reported. Scientists hope to discover whether organisms can endure such harsh environments - and if so, how? The secrets of the lake - a body of water the size of Windermere - should help further the understanding of life on Earth, as well as the search for life elsewhere in the solar system. Mike Bentley, a Durham University geol-
ogist on the team, told the Guardian: “Extreme environments tell you what constraints there are on life. If we find a particular environment where life can’t exist, that creates some bookends: it tells you about the limits of life.” Ellsworth is one of hundreds of subglacial lakes in Antarctica that formed when warmth emanating from Earth’s core melted the bottom of a glacier. NeWS DeSK
NASA discovers ice on the planet closest to the sun
PACE’S mysteries continue to baffle scientists across the nation as NASA finds ice on Mercury. Tests run by NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft, which arrived on Mercury last year, show there may be several inches of ice insulated by carbon-based organic material deep in northern craters, according to a NASA news release. While the presence of water on the planet was predicted for decades, said Haywood Smith, UF associate professor of astronomy, the confirmation — as well as the discovery of the organic material that could be the building blocks of life — is a major find. NASA estimates about 1 trillion tons of ice are among the craters that dot Mercury’s Northern pole. Although Mercury’s surface reaches a molten 800 degrees Fahrenheit thanks to its solar neighbor, the planet hardly tilts, and its atmosphere is extremely thin, the release stated. These factors mean the inside of the polar craters do not see sunlight. The temperatures in the constantly shady spaces get as chilly as -350 degrees Fahrenheit. “It’s similar to how they found unexpectedly large amounts of water on the moon a while ago,” Smith said. “It has been theorized to be a possibility but definitely not something expected.” The organic molecules that cushion some of the ice contains carbon — a necessary element for life, according to the release. Haywood said that while the discovery is significant, he doesn’t expect life to be discovered there. “Organic molecules are thought to be pretty common in meteorites,” Smith said. “Maybe less so on the comets that would be carrying the water.” NeWS DeSK
15-cm tumour removed in rare robotic operation
N a rare surgery, doctors have removed a cancerous tumour as large as 15 centimetres from the kidney of a 51-year-old patient through a robotic procedure. According to doctors, the case is unique due to the massive size of the cancerous tumour and the fact that it was operated as a robotic procedure with minimal blood loss and pain. The average size of a tumour removed through robotics is said to range from four to five cm maximum. According to doctors, published medical literature evinces that a large renal tumour would range from 10 to 12 cm. Dr Jagdeesh Kulkarni and Dr Mangesh Patil performed the surgery from Asian Robotic Surgery Institute at Asian Heart Institute (AHI). “Robotically the tumour removed in every day practice is four to five cm. But in this case the size of the renal tumour was approximately 15 cm and was removed completely by robotic surgery through a keyhole size of three to four cm. The patient is doing well now,” said Dr Kulkarni, onco-urologist, panel robotic consultant, AHI. The patient, Arun Kumar (name changed), who had a thyroid issue, consulted his family doctor when he suddenly started losing weight a few months ago. “My doctor suggested to go through a thorough check-up and do an abdominal ultrasonography. I was shocked when the test revealed that I had a big cancerous tumour growing inside my kidney,” said Mr Kumar. The exact reason for formation of such a huge kidney tumour is not known, said doctors, adding that the possible reasons for such a tumour growth include genetic causes, smoking, alcohol, stones or complex cysts.
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almagro beats roddick in miami exhibition final Page 17 PAkIstAN-INDIA DeLHI ONe-DAYeR
PCB to buy high-priced tickets for VIPs LAHORE
ELHI has emerged as the most sought after destination for Pakistani VVIPs, VIPs and celebrities for the upcoming bilateral series as the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has sought almost 700 tickets for the January 6 one-day match here. This is besides the 1,000 tickets earmarked for fans. It is the highest number of tickets that the PCB would be buying at any of the five venues hosting the matches, beginning on December 25 in Bangalore. The visiting delegation to Delhi is expected to include ministers, celebrities and businessmen, even though Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari has chosen to go to Kolkata for the second ODI. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is also keen to play the perfect host, particularly to the VVIPs and VIPs who would be heading to India from all parts of the world to watch the first India-Pakistan bilateral series in five years. Sources said that the BCCI has told the match-hosting associations to reserve the best seats for these guests, and ensure a constant supply of snacks and beverages for them during the matches.
‘Pakistan to rely on seniors against india’
It was decided at a recent BCCI working committee meeting that four of the five match- hosting associations would reserve 50 tickets for the VIPs as per PCB's request while for Delhi the number was 100. Besides these, the source said, the PCB has sought 30 seats in the VVIP Box, 50 tickets in the highest paid enclosure of the stadium and 500 tickets in general stands of the Ferozeshah Kotla, taking the number to 680. "The BCCI has told the associations that they should also provide car parking space for these VVIPs and VIPs and ensure that they are served well while watching matches. Preferably, they should be housed in corporate boxes, which are there at all stadiums, and food and beverage services should be close to their enclosure," a top source told Mail Today. At the same time, the Home Ministry has, for the first time, told the BCCI to provide a list of hotels, along with room tariff, where the visiting fans could stay. The source said that the ministry would set up a "police reporting desk" at all the hotels where fans would stay, so that they can keep an eye on them as well as make their stay hassle- free. At a recent meeting with top BCCI officials in Delhi, home ministry officials spelled out the strict do's and don'ts for the associations that will host the
matches, to be played in Bangalore (T20 International, Dec 25), Ahmedabad (T20 International, Dec 27), Chennai (ODI, Dec 30), Kolkata (ODI, Jan 3) and Delhi. "The BCCI told the association representatives to inform the chief secretary of the state, the state police, and the district magistrate about the match so that they could make the necessary bandobast," the source said." The Board will inform the home ministry about these match details so that it could coordinate with the host states. A ministry liaison officer will travel with the team throughout the series," he disclosed. All five associations have been asked to provide a list of hotels to fans for booking rooms. "These hotels, not the ones where the two teams would be staying, should preferably have many rooms so that many fans could stay at one place for easy monitoring." the source said. "Amongst the details that were mandatory for the associations to submit by December 1 was the room tariff, and name of persons who should be contacted for booking rooms," he said. "The ministry explained that it was necessary because it would be instructing the police to set up police desk for fans. This could serve two purposes: assistance for fans and monitor them." The
police are taking precaution especially as some Pakistani fans, who had come to watch matches during the previous bilateral series in 2007, stayed back without valid visas." That is why this time fans will get visas on producing match tickets, hotel accommodation, and return
Dalmiya assures PcB team quality hospitality LAHORE StAff RePoRt
LahoRE: Iqbal Qasim, the chief selector of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), has expressed that he would not take too many risks in selecting the team for the upcoming tour of India and hinted at relying on the senior players to perform well. Pakistan recalled a number of seasoned players for the T20 series against Australia earlier this year and the ICC World T20 2012. However, the likes of Abdul Razzaq, Kamran Akmal, Shoaib Malik and Imran Nazir failed to make a big impression on the tournament. Some of the former cricketers criticised the selection committee for ignoring the young talent and called for the omission of the senior players. The former left-arm spinner expressed that the selection committee cannot afford to take chances with new players in India because of the hype and pressure involved in the Indo-Pak encounters. “I would prefer to play it safe in terms of selection. I don't think it would be wise to experiment too much with our selection for the tour of India,” said the chief selector. The team for the tour of India will be announced at the end of the on-going Faysal Bank T20 Tournament 2012-13 in Lahore. There are many young players coming through the ranks of domestic sport in the country, with Umar Amin and Haris Sohail consistently doing well at the first-class level. The senior players will have to deliver the goods in India; otherwise, there would be a huge question-mark over their places in the squad. “It's difficult to say whether it's the last chance for some of our squad. It all depends on how they perform. Fans and media will want the Pakistani team to perform well particularly the senior players,” the former cricketer added. “We will be banking on our senior players to deliver and perform and if they don't in India, then naturally the media and fans start speculating about the futures of those senior players. StAff RePoR
Former Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president and current Bengal Cricket Association (CAB) supremo Jagmohan Dalmiya has offered to host all the former Pakistan stalwarts who will be coming as 'Goodwill Ambassadors' during the ODI match at the Eden Gardens on January 3. The four-member Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) team met former ICC president Dalmiya on Sunday evening and had a very fruitful discussion regarding the upcoming match, reports coming from across the border said. "We extended the good wishes to Mr Dalmiya send by our chairman Zaka Ashraf. He in turn told us that Cricket Association of Bengal wants to host all the former Pakistan legends who will be coming as Goodwill Ambassadors. We feel highly honoured and it was a nice gesture by one of the senior-most administrators of the cricketing fraternity," Sarwar was quoted as saying on Monday.
The PCB on its part has decided that two former cricketers will be present at each of the five venues Kolkata, Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore, Ahmedabad. It was also learnt that Dalmiya had proposed to bear the expenses which may allow
the legends to watch all the five international matches. “Imran Khan is a personal friend of mine. And I hope that he too shall come”, said Mr Dalmiya, concluding the meeting on a positively happy note.
Akram rejects PcB invitation to hold bowlers' training camp LAHORE StAff RePoRt
Citing his busy schedule, former captain and bowling great Wasim Akram has declined an invitation from the Pakistan Cricket Board to hold a training camp for the fast bowlers in Lahore this month. Wasim said that due to his busy schedule including his commentary assignments he would be unable to take up the PCB offer until March next year. "I would love to work with some of the younger fast bowlers in Pakistan. Unfortunately my professional commitments and job leave me little time," Akram told reporters here. "But I have time in March and I am
willing to hold a camp at that time," he added. Akram, one of the greatest left arm pacers in world cricket also conceded that pace bowlers could play an important role on the coming tour to India. "Although one should expect batting wickets for the T20 and one-day matches but if a team has a battery of good fast bowlers they are always a big asset on any surface," he said. He said it was true that for the last one year the spinners had held the sway in Pakistan team but said Pakistan cricket had a rich history of pace bowlers and he didn't see it dying down. "There is immense talent in Pakistan cricket which is good for us."
tickets to their homes," said the source. "The ministry has specifically told top BCCI officials that these are the obligations and they are to be met by all five associations where matches will be played, besides fixing deadlines for delivery of tickets to the PCB."
Sri ram Sene threatens to disrupt india-Pak T20 match BangaLoRE: Right wing outfit Sri Ram Sene on Monday opposed the Pakistan cricket team’s tour to India and threatened to disrupt the T20 match to be held between the two countries in the city on December 25. “We oppose Pakistan cricket team’s tour to India. We will not allow Pakistan-India T20 match on December 25,” SRS Chief Pramod Muthalik told reporters at Chinnswamy stadium here. He alleged that both the Centre and state governments, instead of taking up the responsibility of providing security to people of the country, affected by terror attacks, are conducting such matches. Muthalik said he had met Karnataka State Cricket Association officials and requested them not to conduct the match here. The India-Pakistan series would comprise three ODIs and two Twenty20 Internationals between December 25, 2012 and Jan 6, 2013. The ODI matches will be played in Chennai, Kolkata and New Delhi and the Twenty20 games in Bangalore and Ahmedabad. The Ram Sene gained notoriety in January 24, 2009 when its members attacked girls in a pub in Mangalore, claiming they were violating traditional Hindu values. Muthalik later apologised for the attack, saying it was wrong, but said the attack was done to “save our mothers and daughters”. AGeNCIeS
5,000 Pakistanis to get indian visas for Pak-india cricket series LahoRE: It is expected that 5,000 Pakistanis will get Indian visas for Pak-India cricket series starting on December 25. According to Indian media reports, a special committee comprising officials of security agencies and Interior Ministry has been formed to issue visas to Pakistani cricket fans, a private news channel reported quoting Indian media. A meeting of this special committee will be held on Monday. and it is likely that 5,000 visas will be issued for Pakistanis, Indian media added. Pakistan cricket team will tour India for 17 days and it will play two T20 matches and three ODIs with Indian team during this period. StAff RePoRt
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Sports 16 Ponting's final game ends in defeat PERTH
ICKY Ponting's emotional final match for Australia ended in defeat as South Africa wrapped up a series-clinching 309-run victory in the third Test. The 37-year-old, who announced his retirement before the match, was caught by Jacques Kallis at slip for eight off Robin Peterson. Set a notional 632 for victory, Australia were bowled out for 322 on the fourth evening in Perth. "It's not the way I wanted to finish,"
SCoReBoARD South Africa first innings 225 Australia first innings 163 South Africa second innings 569 Australia second innings (overnight 40-0) 53 e. Cowan c elgar b Steyn 29 D. Warner c Smith b Philander 25 S. Watson c Smith b Morkel 8 R. Ponting c Kallis b Peterson M. Clarke st de Villiers b Peterson 44 M. Hussey c de Villiers b Steyn 26 10 M. Wade c Smith b Peterson 20 J. Hastings c Smith b Morkel M. Johnson c de Villiers b Philander 3 M. Starc not out 68 31 N. Lyon c Smith b Steyn 5 extras (lb-3, w-2) 322 total (all out, 82.5 overs) fall of wickets: 1-40 2-81 3-102 4-130 5-188 6-198 7-198 8-204 9-235 Bowling: Steyn 22.5-6-72-3 (w-1), Philander 21-8-41-2, Morkel 16-2-57-2 (w-1), Peterson 20-2-127-3, elgar 1-0-4-0, Du Plessis 2-0-18-0. South Africa won the toss and elected to bat South Africa win series 1-0
ambrose, akram were toughest bowlers i faced: Ponting PERTH AGeNCIeS
Ricky Ponting, the outgoing Australian batsman, has expressed that Curtly Ambrose and Wasim Akram were two of the most difficult bowlers he faced in his long international career. The former Australia captain announced his retirement from Test cricket before the start of the third Test of the three-match series against South Africa at Perth, after a run of poor performances in the competition. The Tasmanian had already called it a day from the limited-over sport earlier this year. The 37-year-old cricketer could not make an impression in his last Test as well, scoring just 12 runs in the two innings, failing to help his team save the series, losing the last match by a massive margin of 309 runs. While talking to the media representatives after the match, the legendary batsman expressed that Ambrose and Akram were the toughest bowlers for him to cope with. Ponting expressed that the lanky West Indian had an immaculate line and length, which made him a great bowler. “I think Curtly Ambrose and Wasim Akram were probably the two outstanding quicks that I faced, and for different reasons. Ambrose for his ability to just make you feel like you couldn't score off him for long periods of time, never felt like he was going to bowl you a bad ball,” said the former Aussie skipper. With more than 27 thousand runs at the highest stage of the game and 71 centuries, Ponting is surely one of the greatest batsmen of all times. On top of that, the Tasmanian is considered as one of the most successful international captains, having led the Kangaroos to consecutive World Cup victories in 2003 and 2007. Ponting also commented on the former Pakistan captain, Wasim Akram, and said that the left-armer was a phenomenal bowler because of his ability to bowl magical deliveries at any stage of an innings. “Akram for the exact opposite, you could get a few runs off him, but you just knew there was an unplayable ball around the corner, be it with an old ball or with a new ball,” the great cricketer added.
said Ponting, playing his 168th Test. The second highest run-scorer in Test history was given a guard of honour by the South Africa team as he walked to the crease, instigated by captain Graeme Smith. "I was a bit embarrassed but it was an amazing gesture by Graeme," added Ponting. "I have tried to stay away from watching and listening to everything about my retirement this week. It's not unfolded the way I would have liked." His final innings lasted just 23 deliveries and 39 minutes before he was well held by Kallis as he attempted to force a shot off the back foot. The South Africa players shook Ponting's hand as he left the field, and he turned to wave his bat to the crowd as the big screen showed the words "Thanks Ricky". He made just 12 runs in the game and 32 in the series, but ends a glittering Test career with 13,378 runs at an average of 51.85, including 41 centuries. Widely regarded as one of the greatest players in history, Ponting won the World Cup three times - twice as captain - and led Australia to a joint record 16 successive Test wins. After the match, he received a standing ovation during a lap of honour as he was hoisted aloft by team-mates Michael Clarke and David Warner. South Africa's 1-0 series victory keeps them top of the International Cricket Council Test rankings and means England cannot reclaim the number one spot
even if they win their series against India 3-1. The series defeat was Clarke's first since taking over from Ponting as Test captain last year. Australia resumed on 40 without loss
but Warner fell to the second ball of the day for 29. Number 10 Mitchell Starc top-scored with an unbeaten 68 as Dale Steyn and Peterson took three wickets apiece. Ponting in numbers
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eAgleS DeSTROy PAnTHeRS By 76 RUnS
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A ruthless attack from the Lahore Eagles’ bowling attack enabled the team to come out on top in their Group B clash with the Peshawar Panthers in the ongoing Faysal Bank T-20 Cup, leading them to claim a 76-run win over the Panthers in their match at the Lahore City Cricket Association Ground on Monday. The Panthers won the toss and put the Eagles to bat first, with Waqar Ahmed (4-0-36-3) and Mohammad Aslam (4-0-25-2) doing their utmost to keep the opposition’s batsmen in check. While they succeeded, for the most part, opener Imran Farhat defied the Panthers’ bowlers for nearly 14 overs, remaining fixed at the crease and top-scored for the team with 68 off 45, including 10 boundaries. Skipper Taufeeq Umar (18) managed to join Farhat for a 43-run opening partnership, after which he was bowled by Azizullah, but his successor Azhar Ali (26) proved a more effective partner, and teamed up with Farhat for a 76-run stand for the second wicket.Their combined efforts got the Eagles’ score up to 119, after which both batsmen were dismissed in the 14th over by Mohammad Aslam. Middle-order batsmen Usman Salahuddin (14) and Raza Ali Dar (13)
managed to surpass single-digits, and the remainder of the batting line-up – comprising Asif Raza (5*), Saad Nasim (4), Junaid Zia (0), Adnan Akmal (1), and Babar Azam (1) – chipped in with minor contributions. By the end of 20 overs, with 8 wickets down, the Lahore Eagles posted a final total of 162. Only four of the Panthers’ batsmen succeeded in sticking it out at the crease. Israrullah (22) top-scored for the team, while Mohammad Rizwan (15), Zohaib Ahmed (17), and Azizullah (10) chipped in with small scores. The rest of the batsmen were unable to face up to the Eagles’ bowling attack, and by the end of 20 overs, with 8 wickets down, the Panthers were cut off at 86, with the Eagles going on to secure an emphatic 76-run win. StagS SEcURE naRRoW 2WickEt Win: A close-fought match between the Bahawalpur Stags and the Karachi Dolphins culminated in a 2wicket win for the Stags in their Group B match during the ongoing Faysal Bank T-20 Cup, played at the Bagh-eJinnah in Lahore, today on December 3. The Stags won the toss and chose to field first, with Mohammad Talha (4-043-3) and Ataullah (4-0-17-2) going on to lead the team’s attack. The Dolphins, on their part, put up an average batting display. Opener Shahzaib Hasan (11)
made an early exit in the second over, at the hands of Mohammad Talha, but his fellow opening batsman Khurram Manzoor (13) went on to set up a 51-run second wicket stand with wicketkeeper batsman Amin-ur-Rehman (44), who remained the top-scorer for the team. However, the innings was steadied, to a considerable degree, by Fawad Alam (43) and Khalid Latif (29*), both of whom joined forces for a 66-run stand for the fifth wicket. The partnership was eventually broken up with the dismissal of Fawad Alam off Mohammad Talha in the 19th over, who followed it up in the very same over with the wicket of Dolphins’ skipper Shahid Afridi, on duck. By this point, the team was at 142 for 6, and some final contributions from Latif and Tanvir Ahmed (2*) led their team up to a final total of 152 by the end of 20 overs, at the expense of 6 wickets. The Stags’ batsmen did not fare any better, but a series of small contributions eventually got the team over the finish line, despite the efforts of Afridi (4-0-16-2), and Misbah Khan, Tanvir Ahmed, and Mohammad Sami, all of whom picked up one wicket each. Opener Imranullah Aslam topscored with 48, while Kamran Hussain (18), Usman Tariq (18), Hamid Ali (15), and Moinuddin (14) chipped in with minor contributions. The Stags narrowly made it up to 153 and secured their victory. In the other matches: Abbottabad Falcons beat Islamabad by two wickets, Islamabad Leopards 116/8 and Abbottabad Falcons 120/8 (19.5/20 ov), Faisalabad Wolves won by 8 wickets (with 23 balls remaining). Faisalabad Wolves 101 for 2 wickets; 16.1 overs and Hyderabad Hawks 97 for 8 wickets; 20 overs, Lahore Lions won by 30 runs against Multan Tigers. Lahore Lions 182/4 (20/20 ov) and Multan Tigers 152/5 (20.0/20 ov) and Sialkot Stallions won by 8 wickets (with 20 balls remaining) Karachi Zebras 111/5 (20/20 ov) and Sialkot Stallions 112/2 (16.4/20 ov), Sialkot Stallions won by 8 wickets (with 20 balls remaining)Karachi Zebras 111/5 (20/20 ov) and Sialkot Stallions 112/2 (16.4/20 ov).
born 19 December, 1974, launceston, Tasmania 168 Test caps & 13,378 runs 375 oDi caps & 13,704 runs 71 international centuries highest Test score: 257 v india in 2003 won three world Cups
Pakistan defeated South africa by 242 runs LAHORE StAff RePoRt
The Pakistan Blind Cricket team continued the winning streak in the Twenty-20 World Cricket Cup for the Blind by defeating South Africa with a huge margin of 242 runs in their second game of the tournament. In the morning at Aditya Global Sports Ground Bangalore, South Africa asked Pakistan to take guard and they piled up the highest total of World Cup so far by scoring 358 runs for the loss of 2 wickets in allotted 20 overs. Muhammad Zohaib Ghafoor (B3) category was the star of Pakistan innings as he scored his hundred on just 36 balls and remained unbeaten on 124 runs off just 52 balls, he grabbed the title of fastest century scored by an individual in Twenty-20 format, (later on after couple of hours Ajay Reddy from India break this record by scoring a ton on just 34 balls against England in another match), Muhammad Zafar also batted splendidly and scored unbeaten 80 runs off 22 balls. Earlier the openers Muhammad Akram and Nisar Ali gave a solid start to Pakistan, they made 74 and 59 runs respectively. Pakistani fielders and bowlers also didn’t allow the South African to score freely and restricted South Africa on 116 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in stipulated 20 overs. Muhammad Akram, Zeeshan Abbasi, Anees Javeed and Zohaib shared a wicket each. Result: Pakistan won by 242 runs Man of the Match: Muhammad Zohaib Ghafoor.
iCC praises Ponting’s ‘immense contribution’ to cricket dUBai: David Richardson, the ICC Chief Executive, today praised Australia’s Ricky Ponting at the end of an illustrious international career. Ponting played in his168th and final Test match for Australia against South Africa in Perth having also appeared in 375 One Day Internationals and 17 Twenty20 Internationals for his country. Richardson, who was playing for South Africa against Australia when Ponting made his international debut in 1995, said: “His contribution to the international game has been immense and quite rightly he will be remembered as one of the true legends of the sport. AGeNCIeS
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17 Sports almagro beats roddick in miami exhibition final
KeY biSCaYne: nicolas almagro of Spain and andy roddick of uSa pose with their trophies after the final match of the miami Tennis Cup at Crandon Park Tennis Center.
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Nicolas Almagro beat Andy Roddick 6-4, 7-5 in the Miami Tennis Cup exhibition final on Sunday. Roddick, who retired at the U.S. Open, was broken once in each set. He dropped the ninth game of the first set at 30-40 on a netted backhand. Roddick saved a break point in the ninth game of the second set but had no answer for an Almagro forehand crosscourt passing shot at 30-40 in the 11th game. Almagro lost both times he played Roddick in tour matches. One of those losses came here in Key Biscayne in the 2010 Sony Open quarterfinals. On Saturday, Roddick defeated U.S. Open champion and Olympic Gold medalist Andy Murray. Roddick was given a bike during an on-court ceremony. The changeover "chairs" for the event were couches, and among the highlights of the event were the ballgirls, chosen specially for the event.
bangladesh's abul ruled out of remaining windies matches DHAKA AGeNCIeS
Bangladesh pace bowler Abul Hasan has been ruled out of the remaining three one-day internationals of a five-match series against West Indies due to a side strain, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) said on Monday. Abul sustained the injury during the second match in Khulna when he could bowl just one over before leaving the field. He has been replaced by allrounder Ziaur Rahman. Bangladesh lead the series 2-0.
radwanska named fans' favourite PARIS AGeNCIeS
Fans have voted Agnieszka Radwanska their favourite WTA player of 2012. The Pole, who finished the season as world number four, received almost 43 per cent of the online vote. Serena and Venus Williams were chosen as the fans' favourite doubles team. Fans also voted for their favourite player Twitter and Facebook accounts with Caroline Wozniacki winning the the vote for the former and Radwanska the latter. Completing the 2012 WTA Awards, players picked Kim Clijsters to receive the Karen Krantzcke Sportsmanship Award, while Venus Williams collects the Player Service Award for support provided to her contemporaries.
red bull deny vettel extension SPORTS DESK Red Bull have denied rumours they extended Sebastian Vettel's contract in the wake of his latest Championship success. Earlier this season, Vettel agreed a new deal with the team that would see him remain with the Milton Keynes team until the end of 2014. However, in the wake of his third world title, reports emerged claiming he had extended his deal for a further two seasons. This, though, has been denied by Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko. "We have a contract until 2014," Marko told Sport Bild. "That is it, nothing else and nothing more. I do not know where these rumours come from."
Tuesday, 4 December, 2012
Finn â€˜availableâ€™ as pitch row is settled KOLKATA
NGLAND fast bowler Steven Finn says he is available for the third Test against India, which starts on Wednesday. A thigh injury has kept Finn out of the series, which is level at 1-1, but the 23year-old came through a net session at Eden Gardens on Monday. "My guess is England will make more changes than India. I expect Bell to come back in instead of Bairstow that is hard on him but Bell is back and I would expect Finn to replace Broad. I think India will revert to playing two spinners and two seamers, maybe with Sharma coming in for Harbhajan. It is winter here and the match starts at nine in the morning which means a bit of dew around. I think even India like to see seamers." Finn is in contention to replace vice-captain Stuart Broad, who has not taken a wicket in the first two Tests. "My recovery's gone well and I'm geared towards playing if selected," Finn told BBC Sport. "I feel confident running around, confident moving about. Hopefully I'm fully fit." Broad has taken 40 Test wickets in 2012 but has struggled of late. Finn took 4-50 in 16 overs during the England Performance Programme's victory over the DY Patil Academy last week. Meanwhile, 83-year-old Eden Gardens groundsman Prabir Mukherjee says the Test will be played on a "used wicket". India captain Mahendra Dhoni reportedly asked for the pitch in Kolkata
to help the spinners from the first day. Dhoni's request was described by Mukherjee as "immoral", which led to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) calling in another groundsman to "assist" Mukherjee - a move which led to him announcing he was going on a month's sick leave. But Mukherjee, who has been the groundsman at Eden Gardens for 20 years, was back at the ground in Kolkata on Sunday stating that any differences had been "sorted out". India have scored more than 600 in their last three Tests in Kolkata , winning two and drawing one, but it is thought Dhoni is keen to have a result wicket.
"If Steven Finn is fully fit and bowling well then England should pick him, but it's difficult to judge how well he is bowling. I know Stuart Broad can frustrate but I would probably be inclined to give him another go. I would be tempted to give Jonny Bairstow another game as Samit Patel has not done much so far in the series." Test Match Special analyst and former England spinner Vic Marks said the bowlers' footprints on the way to the crease were still clearly visible, but did not anticipate the ball turning quite as much as it did in Mumbai, where England's spinners helped the tourists seal a 10-wicket win to level the fourTest series.
england begin world Cup defence against Sri lanka DuBAI AGeNCIeS
England will open the defence of their Women's World Cup by facing Sri Lanka on 2 February in India. Charlotte Edwards's team have been drawn in Group A and face India and West Indies in their two other games before the Super Six stage starts. World cup group games 31 Jan: india v West indies australia v Pakistan. 1 feb: new Zealand v South africa 2 feb - England v Sri Lanka 3 feb - new Zealand v Pakistan, australia v South africa 4 feb - india v England , Sri Lanka v West indies 5 feb - Pakistan v South africa, australia v new Zealand 6 feb - india v Sri Lanka, England v West indies Group B is made up of Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan and South Africa. Hosts India open the tournament on 31 January against the West Indies, with the final held at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on 17 February. Tournament Director, Suru Nayak said: "The tournament will be played in the city of Mumbai, which holds a special place in the history of the sport. "The world's leading female cricketers will display their skills on grounds where some of the greatest cricketers of all time have practically grown up." Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium was the scene of India men's team 2011 World Cup win. England won the 2009 World Cup by beating New Zealand by four wickets in Sydney.
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brazil must not repeat 1950 world Cup ‘tragedy’
ORTHERN Ireland's Graeme McDowell was a model of consistency as he picked up his second World Challenge title at California's Sherwood Country Club. Overnight leader McDowell, who won this event in 2010 - the same year of his US Open triumph - hit a fourunder 68 to end 17 under in the 18man event. American Keegan Bradley (69) finished in second, three shots behind, while Bo van Pelt was third on 10 under. Defending champion Tiger Woods (71) tied for fourth on nine under. The world number three, who eagled the 16th after hitting his second shot on the par five from 252 yards to six feet, said he would be taking the next six weeks off before preparing for the 2013 season. "I'm really looking forward to it, just having nothing to do with golf for a few weeks, put them [the clubs] away, enjoy the holidays and be with my kids," Woods stated. "After that I'll start cranking back up again and start focusing on my shots. McDowell, 33, without a tournament win since his victory at the same course two years ago, birdied the parfive second with a six-foot putt.
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A 10-foot birdie chance was gobbled up at 10 and, at the next, McDowell canned a difficult 25-footer across the slope to further strengthen his grip on the trophy. But a bogey six at 13 - only his third of the entire tournament - reduced his advantage to two shots. By now it was clear that McDowell's only threat was going to be 2011 US PGA winner Bradley. Both men made birdies at the par-five 16th - the former from eight feet, the latter from two after a deft chip from the edge of the green. Next came the downhill par-three 17th on to a small putting surface. And while Bradley safely made the centre of
the green, McDowell found the deep rough at the back of it. But a wonderfully controlled chip to within an inch of the cup saved his par, and when Bradley left his 40footer short the man from Portrush knew he would be going up the 18th with a two-shot cushion. And McDowell sealed victory in style, following up a laser-accurate approach with a sure birdie putt. "This really caps off my season," he said. "We try not to put winning on a pedestal, but this one feels very sweet because it's been a grind all year. "Certainly I will draw some confidence from this one. The game hasn't given me a huge amount this year."
FIFA suspends S. Korean player for two matches SEOuL AGeNCIeS
Dutch veterans, aitchison play a draw
LAHORE StAff RePoRt
The Friendship match between Flying Dutch veteran hockey team and Aitchison College hockey team ended in a twoall draw here at the latter’s backyard. Dutch old guards halted the young guns of Aitchison College in which Van Pelete, who had played three Olypmics for Holland and won two Olympics gold played a vital role. Waltering, another big name of world hockey who score the final goal in the World Cup final 1990 at Lahore is also part of the visiting team. In the first half the game was slow but Hussain scored the first goal and after 10 minutes Van Higfte leveled the goals. At half time both teams on 1-1 and after the first half young legs convert another push through Shahzore. But in the last moments Dutch Veteran team captain Van Pelete again equalized the score.
FIFA has suspended a South Korean player for two international matches over a post-match political gesture at the London Olympics, the South's football body said Monday. FIFA's disciplinary committee has also slapped a fine of 3,500 Swiss francs (S$4,613) on Park Jong-Woo following his actions, which relate to an island dispute with Japan, the Korean Football Association (KFA) said. The association itself was warned for failure to properly instruct players on rules of conduct. "We've decided to humbly accept FIFA's decision after consultations with Park Jong-Woo," the KFA said in a statement. The 23-year-old midfielder was excluded from the awards ceremony for his country's bronze win in August after he held up a sign reading "Dokdo is our land" while celebrating the Korean team's 2-0 victory over Japan. The Seoul-controlled islands, known as Dokdo in Korea and Takeshima in Japan, are the subject of a decades-old territorial dispute.
Brazil must not repeat the "national tragedy" of losing the 2014 World Cup as it did when it hosted the event in 1950, the country's Minister of Sport Aldo Rebelo said. "We cannot repeat the national tragedy of 1950 when we lost to Uruguay," Rebelo told foreign journalists visiting Brazil as part of the buildup to the finals. "It was like losing to your younger brother. Losing to Argentina, well that would be like losing to your brother-in-law and that is something that you also can never accept in the family." With seven months to go before the start of the Confederations Cup, next year's precursor to the World Cup finals, Rebelo said that he was optimistic that all the airports, hotels and necessary infrastructure would be ready in time. However, he said that underlying everything in soccer-mad Brazil was the trauma that followed the 1950 defeat at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. Watched by what is still the biggest crowd ever to assemble for a soccer match - estimated at between 199,000 and 205,000 Uruguay beat Brazil 2-1 to claim their second World Cup after winning the inaugural tournament in Montevideo in 1930. Brazil had to wait until the arrival of a 17year-old Pele to win its first World Cup in 1958. In 2014 it will be aiming to become world champions for the sixth time, and erase the memory of 1950 once and for all. Rebelo told Reuters: "Losing to Uruguay in 1950 not only impacted on Brazilian soccer. It impacted on the country's self-esteem. Brazilians felt defeated as a country and only felt redeemed when we won the 1958 World Cup and we abandoned what the writer Nelson Rodrigues called 'the stray dog complex' so winning the World Cup is very important to us.
Gold Cup hockey from today LAHORE StAff RePoRt
The incident came hours after South Korean President Lee MyungBak paid a surprise visit to the disputed islands, angering Japan. Park insisted he took the sign from a fan in the crowd after the match and it was not pre-planned. FIFA ruled that his action was not premeditated but deserved punish-
ment for "displaying unsporting behaviour", Yonhap news agency said. International Olympic Committee officials said Park breached rules against political demonstrations at the Games. The player has not yet received his bronze medal, but South Korean officials say he will qualify for a pension paid to Olympic medallists.
The NBP Gold Cup Hockey Tournament will commence from December 4 at National Hockey Stadium, Pitch –II. The Punjab Hockey Association will organize the event on behalf of the PHF. Olympian Rana Mujahid Ali, Organizing Secretary chaired the meeting of the Technical Officials and team Managements to finalize the schedule of the tournament. Two matches will be played on the opening day in which Wapda will face Army and NBP take on SSGC.
SOcceR STARS PROTeST gAZA BOMBing NEWSDESK A group of soccer stars have called for Israel to be stripped of hosting rights for a top European age-grade tournament next year following last month's bomb attacks on Gaza. More than 60 players including Didier Drogba, Eden Hazard, Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba signed a petition which was posted on the website of former English Premier League and Spanish La Liga striker Fredi Kanoute. "We, as European football players, express our solidarity with the people of Gaza who are living under siege and denied basic human dignity and freedom," the statement said. "The latest Israeli bombardment of Gaza, resulting in the death of over a hundred civilians, was yet another stain on the world's conscience." It cited reports of a bomb attack by Is-
raeli forces on a football stadium in Gaza on November 10, which killed four teenage players, and said that two players from the club Al Amari had been detained in Israel "without charge or trial" since February. "It is unacceptable that children are killed while they play football. Israel hosting the UEFA Under-21 European Championship, in these circumstances, will be seen as a reward for actions that are contrary to sporting values," the statement said. "Despite the recent ceasefire, Pales-
tinians are still forced to endure a desperate existence under occupation, they must be protected by the international community. All people have the right to a life of dignity, freedom and security. We hope that a just settlement will finally emerge." Tel Aviv will host the European Under21 Championship next June, when eight nations will compete in Israel. European football's governing body UEFA has already rejected calls to move the tournament from pro-Palestine groups including the disputed territory's
football association. "UEFA is an apolitical organization and (Israel) earned the right to host this competition through a fair, democratic vote," UEFA president Michel Platini said in June. "I am sure that it will be a beautiful celebration of football that, once again, will bring people together." World football's governing body FIFA also says it does not interfere in countries' political affairs, but said it would help rebuild the stadium in Gaza -- as it did in 2006 following a similar attack. "We see it our mandate to rebuild football infrastructure which has been destroyed," FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke said last week. "Football brings people together and we will support any reconstruction necessary when football infrastructure is destroyed through disasters."
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egypt judicial council to oversee referendum
ISLAMABAD: A long queue of cars can be seen outside a CNG filling station on Monday as most CNG stations remained closed in protest against reduced gas prices. inP
ba meets for four minutes, thanks to rehman malik! QUEtta: With four minutes from start to end, the Balochistan Assembly (BA) witnessed one of its shortest sessions on Monday, as Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik did not appear before the House to brief the members on the security situation in the province. The session was convened by the governor on the request of Chief Minister Nawab Aslam Raisani to review law and order situation in the province. Malik was scheduled to attend the session to brief the members on law and order situation in the province, but failed to attend because of some other engagement. The session started on its scheduled time but was postponed until Tuesday (today) after four minutes because of Malik’s absence. Earlier on Saturday, Speaker Muhammad Aslam Bhotani refused to preside over the session of the provincial assembly. While talking to media in Quetta, Bhotani said he stood firm on his point of view and would not chair the session until the assembly’s legal status is not cleared by the Supreme Court. “It was my stance from day one that I will not chair any session till the constitutional position of the provincial government and assembly is not cleared after the interim orders of the Supreme Court,” he said. After the Supreme Court’s interim order, the Balochistan governor cannot convene the assembly session on the chief minister’s advice, he added. inP
PML-N MNA Sabeen Rizvi resigns over dual nationality iSLaMaBad: Pakistan Muslim LeagueNawaz (PML-N) parliamentarian Sabeen Rizvi has resigned from her seat in the National Assembly (NA) over holding dual nationality. NA Speaker Dr Fehmida Mirza accepted her resignation with effect from November 29, 2012. The NA Secretariat has sent a notification in this regard to the Election Commission of Pakistan for further necessary action. Rizvi said that she was resigning from the National Assembly due to personal reasons. STAFF RePORT
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Justice Chaudhry says whether a country is small or big, its sovereignty is important ISLAMABAD
UPREME Court Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Monday observed that local laws were also applicable on foreign investors. The CJP made the observation while hearing identical petitions against leasing out gold and copper mines, including the world’s biggest gold mine valued at over $260 billion at Reko Diq in Balochistan, to foreign companies by the federal government in violation of laid down rules. He said it was mandatory to adhere to local laws in trade agreements, adding that every country had made it mandatory for foreigners to strictly follow their laws. A three-member Supreme Court bench comprised of Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Sh Azmat Saeed and headed by Chief Justice Chaudhry noted that whether a country was small or big, its sovereignty was important. The CJP said the Supreme Court neither wanted
to block any foreign investment nor was it against it in any way, however, it required that foreign investments be subject to local laws. “We welcome every foreign company in Pakistan but its agreements must be subject to our laws and not to its own dictations. We are a sovereign country and welcome such investments,” the chief justice said. Chief Justice Chaudhry further said one could find businessmen in Balochistan who had no businesses running in the province. The CJP asked Khalid Anwar, counsel for Tethyan Copper Company, how the Balochistan High Court could say that the company had vested rights. He observed that there could be no vested rights for any particular company, only those rights which were subjected to laws. “What matters for court is the law,” he added. He told the counsel that judgement of the licensing authority was not impugned before the court. Anwar contended that the BHC verdict was in his client’s favour which had two vital components. He said the verdict did not hold anywhere that the mineral wealth of
the province was wasted and pleaded that the court could not settle the questions of facts. The counsel said the chief minister of Balochistan could not make a decision over the matter by terming it a policy issue. The CJP reminded him that the Chagi Hills Exploration Joint Venture Agreement (CHEJVA) was an agreement between the parties which was not statutory and what mattered were the rules. He said the incumbent chief minister was not on the scene during 2006. The licensing authority did not mention anything in its order that it was provincial cabinet’s decision. To a query of Justice Azmat Saeed, the counsel said they had dispute with both federal and provincial governments. Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed observed that the mineral wealth of a country belonged to that very country. An official of provincial government stood up and claimed that the company had calculated shares amount itself without informing the officials concerned. The court directed Anwar to conclude his arguments by Tuesday (today).
Egypt’s Supreme Judicial Council has cleared the way for a referendum on a new constitution which President Mohamed Mursi hopes will end a political crisis that has split the country. Some judges had called for their colleagues to shun the December 15 plebiscite, which must be supervised by the judiciary like all elections in Egypt. But the council’s decision suggests enough officials can be mobilized to oversee the vote. “The Supreme Judicial Council has met and agreed to delegate judges to oversee the constitutional referendum,” Mohamed Gadallah, a legal adviser to Mursi, told Reuters on Monday. State media also reported the decision of the council. Gadallah said about 10,000 members of the judiciary are needed for the monitoring. These do not all have to be judges and could include officials in prosecutors’ offices for example. “This moves Mursi closer to credible judicial supervision of the referendum but probably will do little to reassure his opponents of the legitimacy of the process, beginning from the formation of the constitutional assembly,” said Elijah Zarwan, a fellow with the European Council on Foreign Relations. Judicial dissent has complicated the Islamist leader’s effort to end the crisis over Egypt’s political transition by driving through a new constitution in a snap vote in a drafting assembly dominated by his Islamist supporters. The influential but unofficial Judges Club had called on Sunday for a boycott of the referendum which Mursi hopes will douse anger over a decree he issued on November 22, expanding his powers and temporarily putting himself above judicial review. Such a boycott, even if not all judges joined it, could undermine the credibility of the plebiscite and worsen disputes that have plagued Egypt’s path to political change since a popular revolt overthrew Hosni Mubarak nearly 22 months ago. The judiciary, like Egyptian society at large, is split over the vote on the constitution, the way in which it was drafted and Mursi’s decree, seen by his opponents as a power grab and by his supporters as necessary to keep the transition on track. There was no direct comment from the judicial council, the body which formally oversees judicial affairs. Many judges voiced outrage at Mursi’s decree, which caused unrest in which three people were killed and hundreds wounded. Even his justice minister and vice president - brothers who were formerly respected judges who advocated judicial independence in Mubarak’s time - have expressed misgivings. The opposition has called for another mass protest on Tuesday in Cairo’s Tahrir Square.
eCP informs sC about ‘dual national’ MPs ISLAMABAD KASHIf ABBASI
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Monday submitted a list of the names of 16 parliamentarians who failed to file declarations regarding their nationality status, to the Supreme Court. The 16 lawmakers, including the 10 who recently resigned from their seats, failed to submit affidavits pertaining to their nationality before the deadline given by the ECP that ended on Friday.
“The ECP has, in pursuance of the directions of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of Pakistan vide its judgement dated 209-2012 in Constitution Petition No 5/2012 (Syed Mehmood Akhtar Naqvi vs Federation of Pakistan & others), sent the lists to the Supreme Court registrar containing the names of senators, members of the National Assembly and members of the assemblies of Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa and Balochistan, who have failed to submit the requisite declaration until November 30, 2012,”
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said a press release issued by the ECP on Monday. A source in ECP told Pakistan Today that according to the law, all these lawmakers — whether they had resigned or were still holding seats in the assemblies, were liable to be tried for concealing their nationality status. The lawmakers include three senators – Malik Salahuddin Dogar, Nawabzada Mir Haji Lashkari, Haji Khan Afridi – and nine members of the National Assembly: Maulana Muhammad Qasim, Syed Allauddin, Tassaduq Masud Khan,
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Syed Tayyab Hussain, Nadeem Ehsan, Haider Abbas Rizvi, Sabeen Rizvi, Fauzia Ejaz and Dr Araish Kumar.The five Sindh Assembly members who did not submit affidavits are Murad Ali Shah, Sadiq Ali Memon, Abdul Moid Siddique, Askari Taqvi and Raza Haroon. Only one Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly member, Javaid Iqbal, is among the lawmakers who did not submit the affidavit. All members of the Punjab and Balochistan assemblies have complied with the ECP order.