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Rs 17.00 Vol IV No 33 19 Pages

Islamabad — Peshawar Edition

Monday, 5 August, 2013 Ramadan 26, 1434

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MORE RAINS LIKELY IN THE NEXT 24 HOURS

PM, PRESIDENT ORDER IMMEDIATE ASSISTANCE

BALOCHISTAN CM ORDERS SPEEDY RELIEF


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ANP TO SUBMIT ADJOURNMENT MOTION AGAINST IMRAN The Awami National Party (ANP) on Sunday said it would submit an adjournment motion against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan in the Senate, a private TV channel reported. ANP spokesman Zahid Khan said the adjournment motion would be submitted against Khan for calling a meeting of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provincial secretaries on Friday. Saying that it was “unconstitutional” for a party chief to call such a meeting, Zahid said the PTI chairman was running the province like a cricket team. “If Imran wanted to manage the affairs of the province, he should have contested the elections from the provincial assembly seat and opted to become the chief minister of KP,” Zahid said, adding that the PTI chairman was using the KP Assembly like a “rubber stamp”. MoNIToRINg DESk

THREAT OF ATTACKS FORCE DEPLOYMENT OF 30 SECURITY TEAMS ACROSS ISLAMABAD Security across the federal capital has been beefed up owing to recent terror attacks in DI Khan and other parts of the country. A search operation was carried out during the day and 30 teams comprising navy and police officials were handed over the of ensuring security in the capital. Commandos have also been deployed near Margalla Hills. The operation comes following recent security threats at Benazir International Airport in Islamabad and reports of a possible terrorist attack. Intelligence agencies have warned law enforcement and airport authorities that the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) was planning to carry out attacks on the Islamabad airport and the PAF Chaklala airbase. MoNIToRINg DESk

Imran Khan to sue Fazl for calling him Jewish agent PTI CHAIRMAN SAYS KP CHIEF MINISTER WILL MAKE INQUIRY REPORT OF DI KHAN JAILBREAK PUBLIC ISLAMABAD

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AKISTAN Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Sunday announced to move court against Jamiat-e-Ulemae-Islam-Fazl chief for calling him a Jewish agent. Imran Khan also vowed to make public the report of DI Khan jailbreak. Addressing a news conference at the PTI Secretariat, the PTI chairman said that he would sue Fazlur Rehman. He asked Fazl to tell the people that who held secret meetings with the US envoy in Islamabad and expressed his desire to become the

prime minister. Imran Khan maintained that soon a legal notice would be served to the JUI-F chief. Criticising the government’s policies, the PTI chairman said the devaluation of rupee against dollar should be stopped now. He said that the salaried class of the country was being pushed towards its economic murder. The rupee, Imran said, was losing its value against dollar which was resulting in more inflation, adding that unbridled inflation has put immense burden on the poor and the government should take steps in this regard. Referring to power theft by various elements‚ Imran Khan said stern action was needed to be taken against the culprits. He also asked the government to increase the tax base so that only salaries people were not burdened with taxes. He said that soon the electricity tariff would be raised and that would prove disastrous for the country. Declaring the recent Dera Ismail Khan jailbreak the worst incident, he said the inci-

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dent was a matter of concern for security forces and cause of fear for the people. He said it was tragic that the terrorists were not confronted, adding that an army unit was deployed in DI Khan when the jail was targeted. The PTI chairman said Khyber

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Govt ‘ignorant’ of likely challenges ISLAMABAD SHAIQ HUSSAIN

The PML-N-led government’s decision to create a new aviation division and separate the civil aviation from the Ministry of Defence has not only created uncertainty but also raised questions about the safety and security of all the airports in the country. The decision by the new government was sudden and surprising for the Defence Ministry, well-placed sources said. Even the top officials at the ministry were unaware of such an important move, they added. Under the new arrangement, the transfer of civil aviation from the Defence Ministry will complete in few weeks to come, however, the move is not being seen as a wise decision by the ministry which believes the has taken this initiative in haste. Before the government’s decision, it was the aviation

wing at the ministry that would deal with the administrative and financial matters of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), Airport Security Force (ASF), Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) as well as the Met Department. Nonetheless, the new decision has put all these organisations under the new Aviation Division. The concerns which are likely to arise after the government’s decision to bifurcate the ministry are about the absence of a well-coordinated mechanism for effectively dealing with important matters falling within the ambit of Defence Ministry. The officials at the ministry are also concerned about most of the country’s airports which are used for dual purposes civilian air traffic as well as Pakistan Air Force (PAF). The air traffic is controlled both by the CAA’s air controllers and the PAF personnel and serving military officials also form the ASF. “The defence managers are worried that in the absence

Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak would make the inquiry report public and the KP government has written to the federal government to deploy additional para-military forces like Frontier Constabulary (FC) in KP.

of any ‘interface’ for the coordination between the defense ministry and the aviation division, different issues are likely to arise from time to time that would be difficult to handle,” said a source seeking anonymity. He said the sensitivities about the use of country’s airspace were also important. Whenever there was air violation, the air force dealt with it and the unified command of CAA and PAF had been effective and useful in this regard, the source added. Moreover, he said there were also concerns about the possible leakage of sensitive national security data with two separate institutions dealing with the airspace. He said, “There are secret missions at times whose confidentiality has to be maintained but there is possibility of leakage when two separate agencies will deal with the information.” As of now, the ASF comes under the command of serving army officials and its staffers are governed by the Manual of Pakistan Military Law and it is feared that bringing these personnel under civilian command could give birth to legal complications. The sources said with the possibility that army officials in the ASF would be replaced by the police officers, there would be serious concerns about the security of airports keeping in view the performance of police in dealing with the menace of terror. “If we look at the recent major terror attacks such as jail break in DI Khan, we see that police had not been effective as it was supposed to be,” the source commented.

Fazl accuses PML-N of having ‘centralisation tendencies’ PML-N LEADER SAYS CLERIC IS TRYING TO PRESS PM TO SUCCUMB TO HIS DEMANDS ISLAMABAD TAYYAB HUSSAIN

Fazlur Rehman, chief of his own faction of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-Fazl), on Sunday accused the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz of having "centralisation tendencies". A statement issued by JUI-F spokesman says, "JUI-F chief Fazlur Rahman has expressed concern over the statement of Petroleum Minister [Shahid Khaqan Abbasi] that gas distribution formula will be reversed." The statement added that the formula had been agreed in the 18th Amendment, asking the PML-N to avoid raising settled issues of the devolution and provincial autonomy in the constitution. The cleric

said the 18th Amendment decided distribution of resources between the provinces and the federation through consensus. "But there is a common perception that only Punjab's needs are being catered to at the expense of other smaller provinces, minorities and marginalised communities. This perception will only increase misunderstanding among the provinces and cause provincialism and ill feelings," the statement added. Fazl joined the opposition's views stating that already the 18th Amendment was not being implemented "in letter and spirit" as energy policy was finalised before the CCI meeting. "The ministries of health, education, heritage and climate change are still with the Centre in violation of 18th Amendment while no boards have been established to ensure implementation of 50 percent of the provinces' share in gas and energy resources. Petroleum ministry and public power institutions are still being run by vested interests groups," Fazl asserted. The JUI-F asked for revisiting Article 158 to

162 of the constitution to establish subsidiaries for implementation of the 18th Amendment. He also suggested that the PML-N should avoid centralised tendencies and establish oversight and watchdog role for the compliance of the 18th Amendment to strengthen federalism and provincial autonomy agreed in the 18th Amendment. He urged that any problem that rose from the 18th Amendment should be solved in the spirit of the amendment and not as a tool to scale back the amendment. However, a PML-N leader, requesting not to be named, said that the cleric was pressing the federal government by endorsing the opposition's views so Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif could accept his demands. "The cleric wants to win a huge share in the federal and Balochistan cabinets while he also wants the PML-N chief to topple PTI's Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government but we would not give in to his blackmailing tactics," the N leaguer asserted. When contacted, Information Minister Pervez Rashid adopted a

sober tone and avoided any further dispute with the JUI-F chief. "We respect the views of both Fazlur Rehman and Shahid Khaqan Abbasi," he said. The minister said that both have raised valid arguments to support their views. "Democracy is all about expression of views and we respect the views. This is a democratic government and not a dictatorial regime. Difference of opinion is always a healthy sign and since both the coalition partners have their own identities and ideology, they have right to express so. We think even within a party, there might be a difference of opinion and that is a democratic right of any individual or a party," he concluded. Meanwhile, JUI-F spokesman Jan Achakzai rejected the criticism of PTI Secretary Information Dr Shireen Mazari against Fazlur Rahman, saying that the PTI was glossing over its government's governance crisis in KP by finding "scapegoats". In a statement, Achakzai rejected Dr Mazari's statement that the JUI-F was supporting dic-

tatorship, saying that the JUI-F vehemently opposed the coup of Gen Pervez Musharraf when her party chief Imran Khan was supporting him in a referendum. He said that when the entire political leadership of the country was in self exile the JUI-F forced Gen Musharraf to shed his uniform. He said that the PTI had promised peace for KP and shooting drones but now they could not even dare to stage a mere sit-in against NATO supplies passing through the streets of Peshawar and wanted secret briefings to further compromise on drone and NATO policies. Achakzai said that DI Khan jailbreak and militants moving into Peshawar and its vicinity alarmed people of KP if they will see another Swat like situation in the making. "Whereas JUI-F/MMA's rule in KP between 2002 and 2008 was the most peaceful in the entire country and it was acknowledged by Preston institution as well," he added. He said that PTI was burying its tsunami and "Naya Pakistan" in KP with its own hands by poor governance.


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ORRENTIAL monsoon rains and ensuing flooding of rivers and rainwater drains continued to wreak havoc across the country, washing away houses, crops and installations besides killings dozens more. At least 70 people have reportedly been killed in countrywide in rain-related disasters. Reports of catastrophes and deaths poured in from across the country, as the Metrological Office forecast yet more rains for the days ahead. Pakistan Army rescue squads have been called out in almost all affected areas to assists evacuation and relief operations and helping civil authorities drain out stagnant rainwater. Reports of the breakout of water-borne diseases has also been reported, especially that of gastroenteritis in Sialkot and adjoining areas. Although the scale of the havoc is evident, assessment of damage has so far not been made, but it is estimated that the losses could might well be billions. Sindh: The country’s financial hub, already marred by continued violence, ahs surprisingly one of the areas worsthit by the rains and flooding, with many of the city’s area inundated by waist-high water. Evacuation is underway in many parts of the metropolis, including Saadi Town, Safoora Goth, Amoroha Society, Gulshan-e-Maimar, Bhittayi Abad, Gulistan-e-Jauhar, Lyari and Malir. Army troops remained busy helping drain out rainwater from various neighbourhoods. At least 20 fatalities have been reported in Karachi, a majority of them from electrocution and drowning. The flooding of streets also forced dozens of feeders of the Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) to trip, cutting power to almost half of the city. Pakistan Navy contingents also took part in rescue activities, moving people to safer places in boats. Flooding of residential areas was also reported in Hyderabad BalochiSTan: In Balochistan, nine more people, including three women and five children, lost their lives in rain and flood incidents on Sunday. Alarming reports were received from Jhal Magsi, where huge flood torrents are approaching from Jhalawan’s hilly region, carrying approximately more than 250,000 cusecs of water that could wreak widespread devastation in

Floodwater leaves KarachI resIdents BewIldered KARACHI AAMIR MAJEED

"I woke up when I felt that someone is knocking at the door, but when I opened it a strong water current pushed me back," a 50-year-old resident of Saadi Town told Pakistan Today. "When I regained my consciousness I saw that my entire house was inundated," the elderly woman said. "My son took me to the rooftop," she added. "When I looked down from my rooftop I saw people crying for help," she added. "I asked myself where this water came from," exclaimed. A resident of Prem Villas said, "I woke up when I heard an announcement from a mosque." "I switched on TV to get the announcement verified," he added. "After that I came out of my room and saw that my family busy in shifting the luggage at the roof," he maintained. "Floodwater has inundated Saadi Town and Gadap Town, but where did this water come from," he added.

IdB announces €750M loan For paKIstan JEDDAH NNI

The Islamic Development Bank (IDB) has agreed to extend a loan facility of 750 million euros to Pakistan. The decision has been made during a meeting between IDB President Ahmed Muhammad Ali and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in Jeddah. Ali said that IDB is keen to work with Pakistan for the eradication of polio. He praised the reforms and liberalisation measures taken by Nawaz Sharif's government for the revival and stabilisation of economy. He also agreed to extend the 150 million dollars trade facility for the import of fertilizer and petroleum products. Dar praised the IDB's support to Pakistan and its role in helping Islamic countries and in promoting the Islamic mode of banking.

the district and surrounding areas. Evacuation is reported on a large scale from Ghandawa tehsil of Jhal Magsi and district administration has ordered the people to leave their homes immediately. The flood is also expected to hit Saifabad, Kot Magsi, Misri Goth and other adjoining areas causing unprecedented devastation. The death toll due to torrential rain and subsequently flood during the past 48 hours has risen from eight to 17. Senior PDMA official Attaullah Mengal confirmed a total of 10 casualties had occurred in rain-related incidents in Jhal Magsi, Loralai, Khuzdar and Kech, adding that over 15,000 to 20,000 people had been rendered homeless by the floods. Torrential rains in most parts of Jhalawan in Central Balochistan were reported where all the seasonal rivers flowed in high flood, destroying property and fields. The road link between Balochistan and Sindh has been cut off from Khuzdar-Shahdad Koth due to land sliding in Wangu region. The flood water in the major rivers is moving towards the plains of Jhal Magsi which may further add to the misery of already marooned people of the district. Heavy torrential rains were also reported in Kalat, Mashkhel, Sibi, Panjgur districts and some other regions disrupting the normal life and destroying standing crops. Hill torrents from Dera Ghazi Khan and Marri-Bugti hills

caused devastation in Musakhel, where several houses collapsed and road communication was cut off between Masakhail and rest of Balochistan. There were reports of shortage of food and water as thousands of people are marooned in Jhal Magsi, Nal, Karakh, Zehri and other parts of Balochistan. KhyBer PaKhTunKhwa: Extensive property and human loss has been reported from KP province, one of the worst–hit areas, and residents in several towns have been forced to abandon homes inundated by rainwater. At least 23 deaths have so far reported in rain and flood-related incidents in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The Water level in Mangla Dam rose to the maximum level of 1,242 feet on Sunday, leading to evacuation of affected people to safer places. Those leaving homes included residents of Mirpur, Islamgarh, Siakh, Chakswari and Dadayal. The deputy commissioner of Peshawar, Zaheer Islam, said four people were killed in the city on Sunday. He said meals were being provided to the affected people and machines had been installed to pump out water from houses. Five people were confirmed dead in Tank, while 30 homes were left damaged in Ali Khel and 14 in Darakai. Four people lost their lives in Central Kurram, two in Khyber Agency, and one in Lakki Marwat.

PunjaB: Several parts of the province have been inundated standing crops worth millions of rupees washed away in by flood torrents across the province Two people were killed in rain-related incidents, while 96,000 cusec floodwater from mountainous range of Kohe-Suleman entered dozens of localities in Rajanpur on Sunday. In Sialkot, over 37 villages and crops over 3,043 acres of land were affected due to heavy rains in catchment areas and overflowing of Dek and Aik nullahs in the district. District flood control office sources said according to an initial survey, 333 persons and 374 acres of land had been affected in various areas of the district. No loss of life and property has so far been reported from any part of the district. Ravi River was also flowing in low flood at Lahore, endangering several gypsy settlements along the banks of the river. The river was also in high flood at Warsak and medium flood stage at Nowshera. Civil administration was busy evacuating the people from the surrounded areas. The Federal Flood Commission (FFC) said the Indus River at Kalabagh and Chashma and the Kabul River at Nowshera could attain medium to high flood level during the next 24 hours. Medium to high flood situation in hill torrents of DG Khan division and eastern Balochistan was also likely to continue during the same period. The Swat river was also running in low flood at Charsadda Road Bridge. Other main rivers including Jhelum, Chenab and Sutlej were flowing normally. Scattered thunderstorm and rain with isolated heavy falls is expected over Sindh (Karachi, Mirpur Khas, Hyderabad, Sukkur and Larkana Divisions), eastern and coastal Balochistan, DG Khan division and Kashmir during the next 24 hours. Scattered thunderstorm/rain may also occur over Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Gilgit-Baltistan and Punjab (Rawalpindi, Sargodha, Gujranwala, Lahore and Bahawalpur Divisions) including upper catchments of Indus, Jhelum, Chenab, Ravi and Sutlej rivers during the same period. Metrological Department Chief Touseef Alam has said the country especially Upper Sindh and Balochistan, were likely to receive more rains during next 12 hours. He said the current monsoon system was moving toward Balochistan from Sindh and the torrential rains were now expected in Gwadar, Jiwani, Turbat and adjoining areas.

nawaz, Zardari order immediate relief for flood-affected people NAWAZ FORMS THREEMEMBER MINISTERIAL COMMITTEE TO VISIT RAIN-AFFECTED AREAS, ASSESS DAMAGES ISLAMABAD AgENCIES

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has announced a three-member cabinet committee to ensure appropriate provision of aid for the rain-affected areas of the country. According to the statement issued by the Prime Minister House,

Nawaz has suggested the three-members cabinet team visit affected areas to estimate the damage caused by the recent rain and flood. The three-member cabinet includes Rana Tanveer Hussain, Khurram Dastageer and General (r) Abdul Qadir Baloch. Nawaz asked the team to visit Sindh, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on an emergency basis and to cooperate with provincial governments for aiding the troubled people. Rana Tanveer has been assigned KP, Khuraam Dastageer Sindh and Gen (r) Qadir Baloch has been asked to oversee the damage assessment in Balochistan. The federal ministers were directed to move instantly so that people in dis-

tress could be helped and assisted appropriately. Nawaz expressed grief and sorrow over the loss of life and property caused by rains and floods across the country. The prime minister, who is on a private visit to Saudi Arabia, is constantly being updated about rains and floods situation in the country. President Asif Ali Zardari also directed authorities concerned to make every possible effort in this regard. President Zardari has expressed profound grief and sorrow over the loss of life and devastation caused by torrential rains and flashfloods in various parts of the country. President’s spokesman Senator Farhatullah Babar said the president advised the federal

Coalition with PML-N, PPP in larger interest: Sattar LAHORE AgENCIES

Senior leader of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Dr Farooq Sattar on Sunday said his party had started a new journey along with the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and that the coalition would be in the larger interest of the country and nation. Talking to reporters at the Lahore International Airport‚ he said the MQM would support the PML-N for its every good policy. Sattar said no single political party could resolve the issues and challenges being faced by the country as it required joint efforts. He said his party had initiated a new beginning of relations with the PML-N at the federal level and that the national issues could be solved by tak-

ing all political parties into confidence. The MQM leader said the MQM had supported the PML-N's presidential candidate and they wanted to establish good relations with the ruling party as it was one of the biggest political parties in the country and it should be given a chance to solve problems of the masses. He said the PML-N should also adopt a way of consultation with other parties to pull the country out of the crises. He remarked the MQM was also willing to have cordial relations with the PPP on Sindh level to solve problems in Karachi. He announced his party would support positive policies of the federal government. Referring to the floods in the country, he said the local government system could provide basic needs to the people. He urged

that democracy should be expanded to the grass-roots level by restoration of the local bodies system having necessary powers. Karachi could have been saved from the collapse of infrastructure during rains had there been a system of local government, Sattar commented. “Rains would not have devastate Karachi’s infrastructure to such an extent had there been elected local bodies in the city.” Stressing the need for unity among all members of political parties, Sattar said the MQM was supporting the PML-N at the centre and the PPP at the provincial level in Sindh. Dr Sattar said the Sindh government had not yet disbursed salaries to 70,000 employees and they would start a campaign for their rights after the Eid.

and provincial government departments to undertake every possible effort in a concerted manner for providing relief to the rain-hit people and evacuating those stranded in accumulated water in various parts of the country. Expressing concern over the incidents of electrocution ‚ the president stressed for immediate measures to ensure that no such incident occurred in the future. The president also asked the authorities to ensure that the outbreak of various water-borne diseases was kept in check. The President expressed confidence that the federal and provincial governments would do their best for the relief and rehabilitation of the rain and flood victims.

BalochIstan cM orders speedy relIeF eFForts QUETTA NNI

Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch has directed commissioners and deputy commissioners of all flood-affected districts of the province on Sunday to utilise all available resources for the relief and rehabilitation of the affected people. In a statement, he directed the Relief Commissioner and Balochistan Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) director general (DG) to provide tents‚ edible items and medicines on emergency basis to the flood-affected people. Balochistan PDMA DG Khalid Baloch said five boats were available in Naseerabad district and five hundred tents were also despatched to the district. Meanwhile‚ three women were killed and two others went missing when their vehicle drowned in floodwater in the Gogdan area of Turbat, while three children died due to a house-collapse incident in Khuzdar.


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Noose being tightened around power thieves: Asif SIALKOT

WATER AND POWER MINISTER SAYS ELECTRICITY TARIFF WILL NOT BE RAISED FOR PEOPLE HAVING LOW INCOME

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INISTER for Water and Power Khawaja Asif on Sunday said the government had tightened noose around the electricity thieves across the country as they had been stealing electricity worth Rs 135 billion to Rs 200 billion. Talking to the local media at his residence in Cantt, he said the PML-N had

given up practice of taking loans from the international donors, saying it would be an unwise decision to borrow money for debt servicing. He pledged that the electricity tariff would not be raised for the people be-

Govt heading towards one unit: shah RABBANI COMES DOWN HARD ON PML-N FOR NOT IMPLEMENTING 18TH AMENDMENT ISLAMABAD/KARACHI NNI

Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Khurshid Shah has said that adoption of one unit policy by the federal government is dangerous and rights of smaller provinces are under threat. Talking to reporters on Sunday, he said stability of the federation rests with making provinces stronger. After the 18th Amendment,

URGE IMRAN TO AVOID CONFRONTATION WITH JUDICIARY, SHUJAAT TELLS RASHID ISLAMABAD INp

PML-Q President Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain on Sunday advised AML chief Sheikh Rashid Ahmed to ask PTI chairman Imran Khan to avoid confrontation with the judiciary. Shujaat contacted Rashid to discuss possibility of formation of a grand opposition alliance. He asked the AML chief to convince Imran Khan to avoid confrontation with the judiciary. He said if such an important opposition leader adopted the course of confrontation with the judiciary it would be harmful for the grand opposition plans. He said after the PML-N, the PTI and to some extent the JI, have the influence in Punjab to take the people to streets. He said he has also contacted the PPP leadership and would soon contact the JI. Shujaat said people were crying over the raise in GST and petroleum and power prices. He said the opposition parties instead of raising scattered voices should be unified in the national and Punjab assemblies. He said the contacts with the opposition parties would be enhanced after the return of Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi from London. Both leaders also discussed the option to unite all Muslim League factions and contact Pir Pagara in this regard.

the provinces were given complete authority on natural resources but the present government was trying to limit these authorities, he expressed his concern. Meanwhile, addressing a press conference in Karachi on Sunday PPP leader Raza Rabbani said the PML-N government was planning to introduce amendments in the 18th Amendment in order to curtail the powers of provinces. Rabbani said according to the 18th Amendment, the utilisation of natural resources was the prerogative of provinces and the PPP and other opposition parties would resist any move to usurp this right by the federal government. “We want the federation

to devolve the ministry of health and education to the provinces,” he asserted, adding, “we wanted to give the government a 100-day honey-moon period but now consultations will be held after the Eid over talks of 18th amendment’s rollback,” the PPP man said. According to sources, opposition parties have decided to raise the issue of gas sharing formula in the parliament and it is expected that soon an adjournment motion will be submitted in the national assembly and senate. The sources said opposition parties from smaller provinces had started making contacts with each other to constitute a collective strategy on this issue.

Ban Ki-moon to arrive in Pakistan after Eid MOnITORIng DESK United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is expected to arrive in Pakistan in the second week of August, the Foreign Office (FO) confirmed on Sunday. A FO official said, “This would be his second visit to Pakistan. Earlier he had visited Pakistan during the 2010 floods”. He said, “Ban Ki-moon will call on President Asif Zardari and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on the day of his arrival in Pakistan between August 12 and 14.” Sources in the FO said, “The UN secretary general, along with his wife, also intends to meet the families of slain health workers and those

who were deputed to run the polio vaccine drive to offer condolences and to pay tribute to their services.” Official spokesperson for UN Mission in Pakistan, Ishrat Rizvi said that the UN secretary general and his wife would be heading a large delegation, comprising of 21-22 members in Pakistan but did not confirm the finalised dates of his arrival. She said that an advisory for the media will be issued on August12 once everything gets finalised. The secretary general, when he visited Pakistan during the floods in 2010, had announced an additional aid of $10 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund of the UN.

longing to low-income brackets. He claimed the PML-N government had reduced the duration of power load shedding in the country despite the ongoing unavoidable circumstances. He said technical issues in the national grid system were also the main reason behind the ongoing load shedding, however, the PML-N had the capability to get the nation rid of prolonged and unbearable energy crisis. Replying to a question, the minister pointed out that the electricity system was badly damaged in

INDIAN FORCES KIDNAP FOUR KASHMIRI MEN NEAR LOC MOnITORIng DESK Four people belonging to Azad Jammu and Kashmir were allegedly kidnapped by the Indian armed forces on Sunday night near the Neelam Valley, reports said. The men were plucking herbs near the Line of Control (LoC) when they were kidnapped by Indian forces who unlawfully entered the area. The four men were identified as Zafran Ghulam Sarwar, Shazaman, Wajid Akbar and Mohammad Faisal. Last week, unprovoked firing from the Indian side on the Line of Control (LoC) near Rawalkot had killed one Pakistani solider and critically injured another. According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), there had been no evident reason for the firing. Asim Iqbal, the soldier who had died due to the firing incident, was a resident of a village near Rawalpindi.

PAKISTAN PROTESTS INDIAN SPY PLANE’S AIRSPACE VIOLATION SIALKOT STAFF REpoRT

Pakistani authorities have launched a formal protest and asked India to explain an airspace violation on Saturday by one of its spy planes. An Indian spy plane violated the Pakistani airspace near the border at Sialkot on Saturday. Chenab Rangers officials confirmed the airspace violation by Indian spy plane and said the plane violated Pakistani airspace near the Sialkot Working Boundary at 1:55 pm and remained in Pakistani airspace for about two minutes.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa due to the alleged slackness of the previous governments. Asif vowed to make Pakistan a load shedding-free country within a stipulate period of three years, adding the PML-N government had taken the issue of energy crisis as a challenge and the government was heading towards right direction. He urged the masses to give up unnecessary use of electricity and lend a sharing hand of cooperation to the government for ending the power load shedding.

Celebrating eid with silent mobiles! INTERIOR MINISTRY SEEKS EID SECURITY PLAN FROM PROVINCES, MOBILE SERVICES TO BE BLOCKED IN 77 DISTRICTS ON EID DAY ISLAMABAD/LAHORE/PESHWAR AgENCIES

The Interior Ministry decided in principle on Sunday to block mobile phone services in 77 districts of the country on the Eid day and also sought security plans from the provinces. According to sources in the ministry, the provinces have been directed to inform the Centre about security arrangements at their respective sensitive, extremely sensitive and normal areas, especially at jails and other vulnerable points. The information has been sought to avoid any negligence in terms of security and in the backdrop of terror threats on Eid day. Provincial home secretaries and IGs have been given special directives to ensure implementation of SOPs issued for the security of specific sensitive points. Increasing the number of security officials on Eid in Islamabad and provinces has also been advised by the interior ministry. Meanwhile, the Interior Ministry has decided in principle to block mobile phone services in 77 districts of the country on the Eid day. Mobile phone services

will remain blocked from 05:00 am to 12:00 pm in all the districts except Karachi where the services will be restored at 01:00 pm. The provinces have been directed to make foolproof security arrangements on the Eid day. These security arrangements are being made on the report of security agencies which warned terror threats to 77 districts including 21 in Punjab, 20 in Sindh, 10 in Balochistan and 16 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. A high-level meeting will also be held on Wednesday in the Interior Ministry where the decision about blockage of mobile phone services in other cities will be decided according to the reports from the provinces. In the wake of likely terror attacks, the district administration Peshawar has also started implementing security plan chalked out to maintain law and order on the occasion of Eidul Fitr. Per the plan, additional check posts have been established in different areas of the city besides deployment of more security personnel at all previous and new checkposts. Deployment and patrolling of civil-dressed police personnel at public and over-crowded places has been ensured to keep a watch on miscreants. Under the traffic plan, there will be ban on entry of certain types of vehicles in cantonment and intercity during certain times - Eid prayer timings - while some of the roads have also been declared one-way. Peshawar Division Commissioner Sahibzada Muhammad Anees said terror attacks on Eid could not be ruled out.

PAKISTAN-BOUND PASSENGERS STUCK AT MANCHESTER AIRPORT FOR 40 HOURS MOnITORIng DESK An Airblue flight, coming from Manchester to Islamabad, reported a fault on Friday, causing around 300 passengers a delay of over 40 hours. The flight to Islamabad was scheduled to take off at 9:50pm on Friday. It was then postponed to 3pm on Sunday, but passengers were still found themselves waiting at 4pm. A spokesperson for Airblue, a private Pakistani airline, stated that passengers were offered rooms in the nearest hotel that could accommodate them. However, many passengers preferred to stay at the airport instead of going to a hotel which was at least 80 miles away in Birmingham. Manchester Airport on Sunday said it was assisting Airblue in the regard.

MAN, SON KILLED IN KHARAN QUETTA SHAHZADA ZULFIQAR

A man and his son were killed in Kharan District on Sunday. Police officials say that a man identified as former Zakat district chairman Muhammad Sharif and his son Muhammad Younus were on their way home when unidentified assailants riding a motorcycle opened fire on them. Both died on the spot. However, the attackers managed to escape from the scene. The bodies were shifted to a hospital for autopsy. Motive behind the killing could not be ascertained. A case has been registered against unidentified killers and investigation was underway. Separately, bandits stopped a passenger bus in Kalat District on National Highway and deprived passengers from their mobile phones, cash and other valuables. The bus was bringing passengers to Quetta from Panjgur district.

Maximum contempt notices issued to politicians since restoration of judiciary: Khosa PPP SECY GENERAL SAYS JUDICIARY RETARDING DEMOCRACY IN PAKISTAN LAHORE NNI

Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Secretary General Latif Khosa on Sunday said maximum number of contempt notices had been issued to lawmakers and politicians since the restoration of the judiciary in November 2007. In a press statement, Khosa said the judiciary had, to an extent, re-

tarded the growth of democracy in Pakistan. He said the contempt notices were issued to former prime ministers, including Yousaf Raza Gilani, Raja Pervez Ashraf and Nawaz Sharif, which led to the imposition of martial law in 1998. “It is imperative in the interest of the development of the democratic system that contempt notices be issued sparingly to legislators and heads of the political parties,” he said, adding that rampant issuance was fraught with dangers for the continuity of the political process. Khosa said the highest court in the United Kingdom (UK), the

House of Lords, had issued one or two contempt notices over 50 years. Despite the fact that a newspaper termed the judges donkeys the UK court did not issue any contempt notice, which enhanced the judges’ stature. He said Article 19 of the constitution stated the freedom of speech and expression as a fundamental right of the citizens of Pakistan, which was critical for the promotion of democracy and should be protected by giving the benefit of doubt to the people. Khosa said the contempt notice to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan was a wakeup call and all parliamentarians

should come together to clearly define the circumstances warranting the issuance of judicial contempt notices. “Failure to do so will put the future of democracy at stake,” he warned. Khosa said the Contempt Ordinance 2002 promulgated by General (r) Pervez Musharraf did not exist because it was not sanctified by parliament. “Therefore, the parliament needs to come up with a law on the subject soon,” he said. The PPP leader said fiddling of the judiciary in the political domain would lead to tensions between the judiciary and the politicians as well

as between the judiciary and the people, which would not augur well for the administration of justice. He referred to the recent resolution of the Lahore High Court Bar, the biggest bar in Asia, in which it vowed to take legal recourse to proceed against violators of the constitution. Khosa said the politicians, lawyers and the civil society had launched the struggle for the restoration of the judiciary to ensure the prevalence of “rule of law”. He said they wanted the judiciary to come up to their expectations and pose minimum hurdles in the ongoing evolutionary process of democracy.


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sarwar to taKe oath as governor today lahore: Punjab’s new Governor Chaudhary Muhammad Sarwar will be sworn into office at a solemn ceremony at the Governor House’s Darbar Hall at 8am today. Sarwar is the 35th governor of the province. Lahore High Court Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial will take oath from the governor. App

power outages’ duratIon reduced: shahBaz lahore: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said the duration of load shedding had been considerably reduced due to the government’s measures. He said this while speaking at the signing ceremony of four Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) between the Punjab government and the Chinese Harbour Company in Lahore. Shahbaz said that under these MoU’s the Chinese company would help in setting up a power generation plant at Gwadar and layout a new transmission line for the supply of new electricity. He said that the company would also lay a LNG pipeline. Shahbaz added that China would also help in setting up a coal-run power project with a capacity of 12 megawatts. NNI

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GAINST the local met office weather forecast for the provincial capital on Sunday morning, torrential rains lashed the city and its adjoining areas overnight, turning the weather pleasant, however several lowlying localities in the city were flooded due to heavy rain and roads were submerged under rainwater causing much inconvenience to the citizens. A low flood level in River Ravi was reported after which the district administration have started building temporary embankments to respond to emergency weather situation. Flood Forecasting Division (FFD) has issued low-flood warning at River Ravi at Shahdara catchment areas. In the flood warning, FFD said that presently 35,000 cusecs of water was passing in River Ravi at Shahdara, while a massive water flow was expected during the next 24 hours. While the flood took the toll on many gypsies residing in tents alongside Ravi, the FFD has warned all to evacuate catchment areas at Ravi to avoid damage during a possible

flood approaching. According to FFD, due to heavy rain in upper and other parts of the country, water level has increased in the rivers. It said a medium-flood was recorded at Chashma in Indus River and at Nowshera in Kabul River. The Indus River was flowing in low-flood at Tarbela, Kalabagh, Tonsa, Guddu and Sukkur and in Ravi at Shahdara. According to Met Office forecast for Monday, the weather will remain partly cloudy and there are chances of rain with thunderstorm. The weather forecast further says that the recent rain spell will continue during next 48 hours.

It further says that seasonal low lies over west Balochistan and adjoining areas. Monsoon currents from Arabian Sea are penetrating into most parts of the country. The district administration has put rescue teams on high alert while the residents of Shahdara, Ravi Road, Gulshan-e-Ravi and Sanda are directed to remain vigilant. Most of the adjoining areas of the city were severely hit as standing water on the roads and streets entered into the houses, while markets were inundated without any immediate help and rescue from the city administration.

lahore: The Punjab Emergency Service (Rescue 1122) Director General Dr Rizwan Naseer reviewed arrangements for flood-hit districts particularly Rajanpur, DG Khan, Muzaffargarh, Narowal and Lahore’s Ravi belt. He said that a flood preparedness plan was active and that district emergency officers were closely coordinating all aspects of the plan with their respective districts governments and the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA). PDMA Director (Admin) Brigadier (r) Dr Arshad Zia, Provincial Monitoring Officer Dr Yayha Butt, Disaster Response Team Head Dr Ali Imam Syed, Planning Deputy Director Faheem Ahmad Qureshi, Finance Deputy Director Naeem Mukhtar and others participated in Sunday’s meeting. Zia was briefed that 750 rescuers along with 185 life saving boats had been deployed in the flood-hit areas whereas community emergency response teams, and at the union council level local boatmen, were assisting operations and rescue teams. Similarly, 7,500 rescuers in all districts were placed on high alert to respond in the case of flashfloods in any district, and to assist neighbouring flood hit districts, he was told. Additionally, they said that DEO’s were directed to ensure timely backup and assistance to the flood-hit districts. Naseer said that although the intensity of the floods was low as compared to last year’s floods, all the DEOs were to remain on high-alert to deal with any anomaly. STAFF REpoRT

1,100 mosques, imambargahs declared sensitive this eid LAHORE STAFF REpoRT

In light of the reports from intelligence agencies, the police have declared as many as 1,100 mosques and imambargahs vulnerable to terrorists attack on this Eid. According to the police high-ups, a high-level meeting was held in the city to review the security plan of mosques on this Eid. The meeting decided to re-formulate the security plan in the backdrop of

terrorists threat. The mosques and imambargahs declared sensitive include the Badshahi Mosque, Data Darbaar, Masjid-e-Shuhada, Karbala Gamay Shah, Bilal Masjid, Muslim Masjid, Noori Masjid at Railway Station, Onchi Masjid at Bhati Gate, Lal Masjid in Bazaar-e-Hakeema, Madina Masjid at The Mall and the Defence Mosque. Moreover, the open spaces where Eid prayers are organized have also been

declared sensitive which include the ones at Model Town Park, Qaddafi Stadium, Gulshan Iqbal Park and Kareem Block Market. These places have been listed under Category A and B given the quantum of threat. Furthermore, it has also been decided to ensure the installation of security walkthrough gates at the places mentioned above. The high-ups have also decided to abolish all parking stands adjacent to places declared sensitive.

Train closure: How am I supposed to go to work? LAHORE App

Pakistan Railways passengers demanded the restoration of all trains on the Lahore-Narowal section as closure of these trains rendered thousands unemployed. Daily Passengers Association Chairman Hafiz Abdul Qayyum said the administration and the previous government had shut down 16 trains in the Narowal section to punish the area’s residents for their continued support to the Pakistan Muslim League- Nawaz

(PML-N). He said that thousands of people travelled via trains for jobs to big cities but the closure of these trains had forced them to remain at their homes which had badly affected the lives of thousands of families of the area. He said that PML-N’s Rana Tanveer and Ehsan Iqbal had been winning elections for this region since the past several years, thus the previous government had terminated the operation of several trains on this section. He alleged that some railway officers were also involved in the closure

of these train routes. A passenger, Arshad, said that several trains had been restored on other sections but the Lahore-Narowal section was still neglected. Traffic Additional General Manager and Lahore Ex-Divisional Superintendent Javaid Anwar Boobak said that the restoration of trains had been frozen due to the unavailability of sufficient locomotives. He said that no more passenger trains could be restored on any section, however, the restoration of freight trains was in progress.

govt to spend rs 3.89B For Food autarKy lahore: The Punjab government will spend Rs 3.89 billion during current fiscal year to attain food autarky. Official sources said 31 schemes including 13 ongoing and 18 new projects completed for this purpose. They added that Punjab was considered Pakistan’s food basket and that a number of comprehensive steps were being taken to promote the agricultural sector. These steps, they added, included food security and promotion of exportable high value crops through improved techniques, revamping the marketing system and averting losses from insects, pests, weeds, alkalinity, and salinity. In the ongoing schemes the main emphasis would be on innovative technologies to enhance vertical crop productivity, increasing farmers’ income through increased crop productivity, better support prices, efficient water supply through improved watercourses and land leveling, horticulture by encouraging the private sector, exploring energy sources, minimizing reliance on oil seeds import by boosting local production, efficient market infrastructure to ensure optimal value addition and strengthening research-extension farmer linkage. Under the government’s strategic interventions, the promotion of cotton in Thal would be ensured through pressurised irrigation, marketing rice transplanting through service providers to achieve optimal plant population per acre, eradication of poverty through distribution of house-cum-gardening plots on lease, basis in Southern Punjab and kitchen gardening in big towns to overcome high vegetable prices. App


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lahore: Punjab Finance Minister Mian Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman said that the present government had ensured modern health facilities and free medicines by increasing the health budget to Rs 102 billion. He said that all-out cooperation would be extended to the institutions treating mental diseases and for creating awareness among the public regarding such illnesses. He emphasized on the need for a public awareness campaign regarding psychological/mental diseases. He expressed these views at an event for special people held at the Fountain House. Rehman said that psychological disease patients could not look after themselves, therefore, their family members and the civil society should play their parts in helping such individuals. He said the provincial government was also providing maximum funds for the treatment and rehabilitation of mentally handicapped individuals. Rs 7.5billon would be spent on the provision of free treatment and medicine for the poor and destitute in public sector hospitals of the province. The government was spending huge funds for the uplift of the health sector during the current fiscal year, he added. “As compared to the previous years, Punjab government has provided 19 percent additional budget for the provision of health services in Punjab”, he concluded. oNLINE

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N spite of tall claims made by City District Government Lahore (CDGL) and the frequent visits of Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz (PML-N) leaders to Ramadan bazaars to keep prices of edibles under control, profiteers continue to mint money by increasing prices even at these public facility sites. During a succinct survey of different localities’ Ramadan Bazaars on Sunday, Pakistan Today observed that the prices had started rising well before Eid. Though CDGL price magistrates were taking action against profiteers at a small scale, profiteers at Ramadan Bazaars and at the open market were selling still vegetables and fruits at much higher rates. The rates of fruits and vegetables were increased before the start of Ramadan. However, they were stabilised when the government came into action in the first week of Ramadan. During second and third weeks prices remained almost stable but with a week left before Eid, prices recommenced surging upwards as the government ignored the pricing issue. In special Ramadan bazaars a number of

items went missing while others were sold at higher than official rates in open markets. The artificial shortage of tomatoes was a major issue from the start of Ramadan which remains unsolved till today. Tomatoes were not available in any temporary Ramadan bazaars of the city on the last Sunday of the month. The sales of the fruits and vegetables declined in mid-Ramadan but picked up in the last week. Following an increase in sales, the rates of almost items were increased. This week the new price of potatoes was fixed at Rs 32 to 34 per kg, sugar free potatoes were at Rs 22 to 24 and stored potatoes were set to Rs 14 to 15 per kg while sold at Rs 24 to 34 per kg at different locations. The price of onions was rose by Rs 5 per kg and was fixed at Rs 38 to 42 per kg while lower quality onions were sold at Rs 42 per kg. Tomato prices were increased by Rs 2 per kg and fixed at Rs 67 to 72 per kg but sold in the open market for Rs 100 to 120 per kg. Garlic (desi) was also increased by Rs 5 per kg and fixed at Rs 80 to 90 per kg but sold at Rs 100 per kg while garlic (China) was at Rs 80 to 85 per kg but not available.

LAHORE In a shocking turn of events a man killed his grandfather on losing a five-marla house in gambling and buried him in the courtyard of his house. The police were informed on Sunday that Arshad and his 70-year-old grandfather Arif went missing. The police started a search mission for them. In the meantime, Arshad told his family about the murder. The police recovered the body buried in the courtyard and sent it for postmortem. According to the police, the grandfather had lost a house via gambling that infuriated the grandson and resulted in the murder. The accused is on the run and the police are conducting raids to arrest him. roBBer Killed in lahore Fire eXchanGe: A robber was killed while two of his cohorts managed to escape after the exchange of fire with police on Sunday. According to Noulakha police, three armed robbers stopped a car near Misri Shah’s Noor Masjid. The dacoits looted cash, mobile phones and other valuables purchased by for Eid-ul-Fitr and fled from the scene. On information, police chased the looters and encountered them in Misri Shah’s Steel Market. The dacoits opened fire at the police party and one robber was killed in retaliatory firing while his accomplices managed to escape with the looted valuables.

The body was shifted to hospital and identified as Babu Shehzad from Shahdara. According to Noulakha police, cases against Shahzad for dacoity, murder and kidnapping were already registered in the Shahdara, Hafizabad and Pindi Bhatian police stations. They have a huge gang which has previously been involved in numerous encounters with the

police including one the previous month on Hafizabad motorway, where one police officer was killed due to the gang’s firing. Police expect to soon apprehend the escaped dacoits. PhP recoVerS illiciT arMS, arreSTS 9 culPriTS: The PHP arrested Gojra’s Bilal Khan s/o Juma Khan and recovered a 222 bore rifle, three magazines and 57 bullets. A 30 bore pistol, one magazine and six bullets were recovered from Gojra’s Nawaz Hanif s/o M Hanif, a 30 bore pistol and six bullets from Faisalabad’s Yasir Habib s/o Habib Ahmed, a 30 bore pistol and four bullets from Okara’s Khadim Hussain s/o M

40,000 quacks in city: PMA LAHORE App

The Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) announced its support to the Punjab government in an anti-quacks drive as 40,000 quacks are currently running clinics in Lahore and more than 600,000 in the whole country. PMA Leader Dr Salman Kazmi said that Shahdara, Shadbagh, Northern Lahore and Sheikhupura were the main targets of the quacks. Kazmi demanded Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif to start a drive to eradicate quackery. He said the Punjab government had made the Healthcare Commission Act in 2010 under which all the Health Departments District Coordination Officers (DCO’s) and Executive District Officers (EDO’s) were to end quackery in their respective districts but the

Ginger (China) was fixed at Rs 135 to 140 per kg but sold at Rs 160 per kg. Spinach price gained Rs 4 to 6 per kg and was fixed at Rs 22 to 26 per kg but sold at Rs 30 per kg while brinjal was fixed at Rs 15 to 20 per kg. Cucumber (desi) was fixed at Rs 30 to 35 per kg but was not available. Tinday were fixed at Rs 25 to 30 per kg but sold at Rs 40 per kg. Biter gourd prices increased by Rs 3 per kg and were fixed at Rs 30 to 38 per kg but sold at Rs 40 per kg. Pumpkins were fixed at Rs 15 to 22 per kg but sold at Rs 25 per kg. Luffa rose by Rs 10 per kg and reached Rs 30 to 35 per kg but was sold at Rs 40 per kg. Ladyfinger prices were at Rs 32 to 40 per kg but not available while Arum was stable at Rs 30 to 35 per kg and sold at Rs 40 per kg. Capsicum prices rose by Rs 10 per kg and were fixed at Rs 60 to 70 per kg but were sold at Rs 80 to 100 per kg while green chilli prices increased by Rs 25 per kg and were fixed at Rs 70 to 80 per kg and sold at Rs 100 per kg. Lemon desi price was also increased by Rs 35 per kg and fixed at Rs 80 to 100 per kg. Date prices ranged between Rs 60 to 120 per kg while lower quality was sold at Rs 130 per kg. Banana A- quality was fixed at Rs 55 to 60 per dozen and B-quality at Rs 35 to 50 per

dozen but sold at Rs 60 per dozen. Peach (special) was fixed at Rs 90 to 105 per kg and peach B-grade at Rs 55 to 60 per kg while sold at Rs 90 to 100 per kg. Apricot A-grade was fixed at Rs 115 to 125 per kg with an increase of Rs 5 per kg but not available in the makeshift markets and sold in the open market for Rs 200 per kg. Mangoes of different variety were fixed at Rs 45 to 90 per kg and the average price of B-quality mangoes was Rs 60 to 95 per kg. Pomegranate (desi) was fixed at Rs 80 to 90 per kg but sold at Rs 100 per kg. Grapes (sunderkhani) were fixed at Rs 160 to 190 per kg with an increase of Rs 10 per kg while sold at Rs 200 to 240 per kg, and grapes (gola) at Rs 90 to 100 per kg but not available in the makeshift markets. Meanwhile, price control magistrates remained active and conducted massive raids on different shops of the city to check the quality and rates of edible items. They arrested five shopkeepers involved in overcharging and recovered fines amounting Rs 104,200. Lahore DCO Naseem Sadiq stated that the magistrates should remain in market and if any shopkeeper tried to loot citizens and found involved in overcharging, strict action should be taken against him.

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lahore: The Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) released 10,000 vouchers to deserving students aged between 5 and 16 years in 28 different districts of the province to provide them the opportunity of gratis education under the foundation’s Education Voucher Scheme (EVS). Punjab Education Foundation Chairman Raja Anwar stated this while talking to a 20-member delegation of EVS beneficiary students and their parents at his office. While talking to the delegation, Anwar said that the scheme was launched in 2006 with the aim of benefitting children belonging to less affluent and underprivileged areas who could not get an education otherwise, due to financial and social constraints. He said that this scheme received tremendous response due to its beneficial effect on the society’s poor segments. “EVS employs innovative techniques to increase enrollment and enhance quality of education,” he said. Furthermore, he said that now the total number of EVS beneficiaries had reached 150,000 students in 36 districts of Punjab. He added that the EVS had emerged as a ray of hope for the hopeless because of its effectiveness in redressing the educational problems of the poor strata. oNLINE

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commission had not functioned properly to curtail the threat from the province. Furthermore, Kazmi said that the Pakistan Supreme Court’s (SC) ruling in 2009 ordered all health secretaries to take action against quackery but nothing was practically achieved. The PMA would soon file a contempt of court petition for not acting on the order of the SC, Kazmi added. Upon enquiry the Healthcare Commission’s Chief Executive Dr Ajmal said the commission had no power to punish or seal the quacks’ clinics as there was no Anti-Quackery Act in the country. However, clinics and hospitals could be registered, he added. The immediate registration of approximately 65,000 clinics and hospitals throughout Punjab and is not an easy task and it requires the collective efforts of institutions,

authorities and agencies, he added. Ajmal said Punjab had 53,000 qualified doctors and around 200,000 quacks. The mushroom growth of quacks did not take place overnight but it happened due to sheer ignorance for the last 65 years, Ajmal added. However, he said that from May 2013 the commission had started registering the bigger hospitals, clinics and consequently registered around 200 hospitals.

Tufail, a 30 bore pistol and three bullets from Gujrat’s Abid Hussain s/o Khadam Hussain and a 30 bore pistol and three bullets from Gujrat’s M Rizwan s/o Mohammad Saddique. Another 30 bore pistol was recovered from Gujrat’s M Ali s/o M Akram, a 30 bore pistol and six bullets from Gujrat’s M Waras s/o M Alam and 50 Grams chars( drugs) from Attock’s Umer Javaid s/o Javaid Qureshi.PHP found cotton worth Rs 10, 000 unattended along the road. The PHP team traced out the owner and handed the cotton over to Sargodha’s Abdul Razaq s/o Altaf and found an unattended handbag with Rs 6,000. Its owner, Hafizabad’s Nasir Ali s/o Zakar Hussain was handed back his bag too. Three dacoiTS arreSTed: South Cantonment’s Investigation Police arrested three members of a dacoit gang. Cantonment Investigation SP constituted a special police team under the supervision of Cantonment SPO which arrested Babar alias Bhabhi and two of his accomplices, Yasar and Imran. The police also recovered two stolen motorcycles, cash, mobile phones and illegal weapons from the possession of the criminals. The police have already traced many cases to the accused in various areas of the city.

MAN KILLS SISTER IN THE NAME OF HONOUR lahore: A man stabbed to death his real sister for honour at Hanjerwal late on Saturday night. The police have arrested the accused. Sajda Bibi was married sometime back and had two daughters. four months back her husband divorced her due to continued domestic problems and she thus returned to her parents house. According to details, her brother Riaz hailing from Hanjerwal had suspicion about Sajda’s character. He repeatedly told her to mend her ways but she did not pay any heed and allegedly left the house with a man named Mansoor some three days earlier. Riaz took his sister back to home and stabbed her to death with sharp edged weapon to avenge the ‘dishonour’ his family had faced. On the neighbour’s information the police reached the scene and arrested the accused who was in possession of the murder weapon. Her body was shifted to the mortuary for postmortem. STAFF REpoRT


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aFrIca, west at odds over dIsputed zIMBaBwe poll harare: South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma on Sunday congratulated Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe on his re-election, in sharp contrast to Western governments which questioned the credibility of a rushed, disputed vote. African monitors broadly approved the conduct of the election but Mugabe’s main rival, Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Morgan Tsvangirai, has said he will challenge the results in court with evidence of massive voterigging, irregularities and intimidation. The sharply divergent views of Wednesday’s vote surfaced after Zimbabwe’s election officials declared a landslide win for Mugabe and his ZANUPF party, giving Africa’s oldest president five more years at the helm of a nation he has ruled for 33. The standoff raises some fears the southern African nation risks repeating the turmoil that followed another contested vote in 2008. Election violence then forced Zimbabwe’s neighbors to broker a shaky unity government between ZANU-PF and the MDC. But Sunday’s “profound congratulations” extended to Mugabe by Zuma, leader of Africa’s economic powerhouse, reflected a willingness by the continent’s diplomatic bodies to swallow the re-election of Mugabe, 89, for the sake of regional stability. Mugabe, one of the grand old men of southern Africa’s liberation fight that ended white minority rule, is admired as a defiant nationalist by some Africans, though others share the West’s view of him as a ruthless despot who wrecked Zimbabwe. “President Zuma urges all political parties in Zimbabwe to accept the outcome of the elections, as election observers reported it to be an expression of the will of the people,” the South African leader said in his statement. Zimbabwe’s capital Harare was calm on Sunday, with many residents going to church. Newspaper billboards proclaimed “ZANU-PF gloats over victory”, “Mugabe romps to victory” and “Tsvangirai disputes election results”. Western observers were barred from Wednesday’s elections. REUTERS

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the opposition demanding the resignation of the cabinet and the dissolution of the National Constituent Assembly. The calls have mounted ever since the murder nearly two weeks ago of opposition MP Mohamad Brahmi, the second anti-government politician gunned down in Tunis since February. Officials have said the same gun was used in both killings and pointed the blame at jihadists but failed to make any arrest in either case. The interior ministry said the dawn

raid targeted a house in the southern Tunis suburb of Ouardia where a group of “key terror” suspects was hiding. “One of the members of the group was eliminated in an exchange of fire, and four were arrested,” the ministry said in a terse statement that did not spell out why the suspects were wanted. Overnight, the ministry said that police had foiled a new bid to assassinate a political figure and that two “very dangerous terrorists” had been

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arrested and guns and grenades seized. The ministry did not identify the target of the plot but said it had taken place in Sousse, 140 kilometres (87 miles) south of Tunis, on Friday. Police traded fire with gunmen after searching a house in the area, and a third suspect fled, it added. The security force operations came as Tunisia’s moderate Islamist Ennahda party was battling to defend the position at the head of the governing coalition it won in an October 2011 election.

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KuwaIt ForMs new caBInet, naMes alshaMalI oIl MInIster aBu dhaBi: Mustapha al-Shamali was appointed oil minister in Kuwait’s new Cabinet, state news agency KUNA said on Sunday after a parliamentary election in the major crude producer last month. The position was previously held on an acting basis by al-Shamali, after his predecessor, Hani Hussein, resigned in May under pressure from parliament. Oil policy in the OPEC member state is set by a Supreme Oil Council, so ministerial changes are less important than in other countries. The Finance Ministry, which Shamali previously led, will now be headed by Salem Abdelaziz al-Sabah, while Mohamed Khaled al-Hamad al-Sabah will serve as interior minister, a decree by Kuwait’s emir said. AgENCIES

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Thai police braced for a fresh round of anti-government protest in Bangkok on Sunday amid security concerns in a city where multiple rallies over recent years have led to unrest. Stages were erected and some early demonstrators milled near the planned rally site, a park in the centre of the capital.

“The situation is normal. Police will take care of security during the protest,” said deputy metropolitan police chief Parinya Chansuriya, adding that there was as yet no official estimate for the numbers expected. The protests are being held by the selfstyled “People’s Army” — a coalition of ultra-royalist groups who loathe the Puea Thai ruling party and its self-exiled figurehead Thaksin Shinawatra.

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, Thaksin’s sister, on Saturday expressed “worry that the rally could lead to violence”. The Thai government has already invoked a special security law to control the protests, which could go on for several days. More than 1,600 police were deployed Saturday to protect key government buildings, while thousands more were put on standby.

S Korea losing patience with North on Kaesong talks SEOUL AgENCIES

South Korea on Sunday warned the North it was “reaching the limit” of its patience over stalled talks to revive a joint industrial complex once seen as a rare symbol of cooperation between the rivals. Six rounds of cross-border meetings aimed at restarting the venture, a key source of hard currency for the North Korea’s communist regime, produced little progress as each side squabbled over who would take responsibility for the shutdown. South Korea proposed “final” talks

on the Kaesong industrial zone, which has remained shuttered since early April following military tensions, on July 28. The most recent meeting on July 25 ended in acrimony with no date set for the next talks and Pyongyang officials accusing Seoul counterparts of being “arrogant”. Seoul’s unification ministry, which handles cross-border affairs, issued Sunday another call for the North to show “responsible words and actions, instead of silence”. “The North should bear in mind that South Koreans...are reaching the limit of their patience,” the ministry spokesman

Kim Hyung-Seok told reporters. “If it truly believes that the Kaesong complex is the touchstone of inter-Korea relations...it should demonstrate it with responsible words and actions instead of silence,” he said. The zone — built just north of border in 2004 — had survived previous interKorea crises but eventually fell victim to two months of elevated tensions following a nuclear test by the North in February. Pyongyang, taking issue with military tension on the peninsula and Seoul’s joint army exercises with the US, withdrew all 53,000 workers who produced textiles

and other goods at factories for some 120 South Korean firms. Seoul insists that Pyongyang provides a binding guarantee that it would not close the complex again in the future and partially covers damages for the affected firms, estimated to be nearly one billion dollars in total. Pyongyang has rejected the demand, arguing that ultimate responsibility for Kaesong’s closure lay with the South. Kaesong-based businessmen pleaded last week with Seoul to show more “flexibility” in negotiations with Pyongyang so that they could resume operations as soon as possible.

canBerra: Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd called a general election on Sunday for September 7, six weeks after he toppled former leader Julia Gillard in a party-room vote, ending a turbulent three years in power for the minority Labor government. He announced the election date in an email to supporters. Rudd, who was dumped by his centre-left party in June 2010, has generated a spike in public support since he returned but conservative opposition leader Tony Abbott is still favourite to win power. Rudd’s Labor government could fall with the loss of just one of the 150 seats in parliament. His government currently holds 71 seats, the opposition 72, with one Green and six independent cross benchers. Abbott’s opposition has promised to scrap a 30 per cent tax on coal and iron ore mine profits, and scrap a A$24.15/tonne carbon tax, if he wins power. AgENCIES

strong quaKe shaKes northern Japan ToKyo: A 6.0 earthquake shook northern Japan on Sunday but there was no risk of a tsunami, the meteorological agency said. The focus of the quake, which took place at 12:29 pm (0329 GMT) was in the Pacific off Miyagi prefecture, the area devastated by a 9.0 quake in March 2011. Tokyo Electric Power Co, the operator of the Fukushima nuclear plant which was crippled in the 2011 disaster, said it had received no reports of fresh abnormalities after the latest quake. AgENCIES


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POVERTY, UNEMPLOYEMENT RESULT OF INTEREST-BASED BANKING: SIRAJ KP FINANCE MINISTER SAYS STRENGTHENING OF BOK WOULD LEAD TO PROSPERITY OF PEOPLE PESHAWAR STAFF REpoRT

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HYBER Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Finance Minister Sirajul Haq on Friday instructed the Bank of Khyber (BoK) officials to perform their professional duties devotedly. He told them to promote interest-free Islamic banking and to focus on in-depth study, research and comparative study of the world’s economies. He said the devel-

oped countries were trying to introduce the exploitation-free banking system. “The future rests in this system,” he said. The minister was talking to separate delegations of the officers and employees association of the BoK that called on him to inform him of their performance and the problems faced by them. The JI leader said the strengthening of the BoK would lead to prosperity of the people of KP, adding that serious efforts had to be put into the attempt. He said the Islamic branches of the BoK did record business which resulted in the shooting up of its rating country wide, reflecting the trust of the people in the bank. He attributed the prevailing poverty and unemployment in the country to the interest-based banking system. “Freedom from interest-based economy would guarantee the development and prosperity of

Pakistan,” he said. The minister said Islamic banking was being practiced in 70 countries, including United States and the European countries. Presently a $600 billion investment was being done in Islamic banking throughout the world. He said the KP government would develop the provincial public-sector bank to give more financial benefits to its clients. He said his party’s previous provincial government had already given legal cover to the Islamic banking system by passing an act in the sssembly, adding that the process would not be discontinued. He told the bank employees to participate in charity activities for the poor during the holy month of Ramadan, saying it was the duty of the state and the society to ensure the welfare of the poor. He said the BoK officials should moti-

vate investors to open maximum deposits in the bank. The minister said the provincial government was talking to the center to give KP its hydel net profit and all other due rights to enable the people of the terror-hit and poverty-stricken province to stand on their own feet and contribute to national progress.

Mumbai teenager leaves red-light zone for us degree

qUeTTa: Disabled men stage a protest against authorities’ apathy outside the press club on Sunday. INp

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A young Indian woman, who grew up in Mumbai's red-light district facing poverty, has overcome the odds to win a scholarship to study in New York. Shweta Katti, 18, left for America on Thursday to study at the liberal arts Bard College, where she hopes to read psychology. Afterwards she wants to return to India and help other young women in her community. "It's my childhood dream. I didn't think it would finally happen," she said before leaving Mumbai, where she grew up in a brothel. Katti's determination won her a place this year in Newsweek's list of 25 "Young Women To Watch" aged under-25, alongside Pakistani schoolgirl and activist Malala Yousufzai who was shot in the head. It is a long way from Katti's early childhood experiences of abuse and harassment in Mumbai's notorious Kamathipura neighbourhood.

2 dead, 7 hurt in Indus highway road accident KARAK INp

India desperate to get turkey’s support on nsg nEW DELHI INp

In a desperate bid to gain Turkey's backing to facilitate India's entry to the elite Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid made a strategic visit to the country. According to an Indian TV channel, Turkish Foreign Minister Davutoglu has also shown signs of encouragement to India's NSG entry. In order to get a firm commitment from Turkey’s leadership for support in the NGS, Indian President Pranab Mukherjee is also slated to visit Turkey in October.

rewArd for hiTTinG PAkisTAn? SARBAJEET’S DAUGHTER BECOMES NAIB TEHSILDAR JALAnDAR NNI

Indian spy Sarbajit Singh’s daughter, Swapandeep Kaur, has been appointed as a local naib tehsildar and she will join her duty today (Monday). According to Times of India, Panjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has appointed Kaur in revenue department of Panjab, India. Sarabjit,

49, was killed after he was attacked in a Pakistani prison, and this move by the chief minister was to fulfill the promise made to the family. In a local event at Jalandhar, Swapandeep was presented

a letter of appointment in recognition of Sarbajit’s services for the nation. The chief minister said: “With this, we have fulfilled our national as well as moral duty”. He also expressed best wishes to Swapandeep and hoped she would work with utmost dedication and sincerity. Extending his best wishes to Swapandeep Kaur, the chief minister hoped she would perform her duty with utmost sincerity and dedication. He further said he would continue to extend his support to the family. Swapandeep will officially join her duty today (Monday).

Two people were killed and another seven injured as a speeding passenger van collided with a car on the Indus Highway on Sunday. According to rescue sources, the accident occurred near Hamdan Chowk where the Karak-bound van coming from Lakki Marwat collided with a car. The dead included a woman and her son. The injured were taken to hospital for treatment.

power shortfall reaches 3,300Mw ISLAMABAD App

The power shortfall in the country increased to 3,300 megawatt on Sunday from 3200MW. The total generation was recorded as 13,000MW against the demand of 16,300MW during the last 24 hours. According to the daily data released by the National Transmission and Despatch Company Limited, hydel sources were generating 5,430MW, thermal 1,840MW and independent power producers 5,730MW.


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The Federal Ministry of Religious Affairs has approved the haj flights operation for this year. According to sources, a total of 1,43,368 haj pilgrims will be sent to Saudi Arabia via 450 haj flights this year. The haj flights operation will be launched on September 8 with the start of haj pilgrims’ departure to Saudi Arabia and would conclude on November 24 with the return of all Pakistani haj pilgrims. The last haj flight will leave on October 9 and the first haj flight will return from Jeddah on October 21. Two Pakistani airlines and two Saudi airlines will take part in the haj flights operation. The final schedule of the haj flights operation will be issued after Eidul Fitr, sources said. LahOre: faithful await Maghrib azaan to end their fast at jamia Masjid al qadsia in Chauburji on Sunday. INp

Doors for talks should not be closed: Mamnoon

KaraChi: President-elect Mamnoon Hussain has said doors for negotiations should not be closed and Pakistan should talk with the groups ready for it, a private TV channel reported. In an exclusive interview, Hussain said the US was ready to hold talks with the Taliban, therefore, Pakistan should also negotiate with the groups ready for reconciliation. Hussain, the candidate of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), has been elected the 12th president of Pakistan for the next five years. Hussain will replace the incumbent president, Asif Ali Zardari, whose term ends on September 8. INp

India sees Pak hand in Jalalabad consulate attack REMOTE CONTROLLED BOMB INJURES 16, INCLUDING STATE PROSECUTOR, IN JALALABAD nEW DELHI/JALALABAD AgENCIES

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HILE the Afghan Taliban have denied involvement in Saturday’s Jalalabad suicide attack, sources in New Delhi indicated that the bombers were Pakistani nationals and had stayed in adjacent Kunar province for seven days before driving to the consulate on Saturday to carry out the attack Citing intelligence inputs, preliminary investigation reports and its sources, Hindustan Times said the assailants were stopped at a checkpoint near their target, after

which they began spraying bullets down a bustling street and detonated explosives in their car. "This attack has once again highlighted that the main threat to Afghanistan's security and stability stems from terrorism and the terror machine that continues to operate from beyond its borders," said Syed Akbaruddin, spokesperson of the external affairs ministry. The attack comes a week after a security audit in Afghanistan by a team of Indian officials found all of Delhi's missions in that country to be under increased threat, especially from outfits such as the Haqqani Network, and others which work with Afghan groups. Meanwhile on Sunday, a bomb attack injured 16 people in Jalalabad, a day after the deadly suicide blast targeted the Indian consulate. The remote-controlled device exploded as a vehicle passed carrying state prosecutor Abdul Qayoom, local government spokesman Ahmad Zia Abdulzai said. The powerful explosion in the city centre injured Qayoom, his driver and four guards and 10 civilians, Abdulzai said. A doctor at

the city's main hospital said 16 people with bomb injuries were admitted and the condition of four, including the prosecutor, was “very serious”. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the bombing, which followed a deadly suicide attack on the Indian consulate in the same city on Saturday which killed nine civilians, most of them children studying the Holy Quran in a nearby mosque. That attack, a car bombing, remains unclaimed as the Taliban denied involvement soon afterwards. The Taliban and their al Qaeda allies are behind most of the bombings which have plagued life in Afghanistan since the ousting of the Islamists from power in a US-led invasion in late 2001. The militants often deny attacks that cause high number of civilian casualties and exaggerate attacks on military targets. India has been a key supporter of Kabul's post-Taliban government, and analysts have often pointed to the threat of a “proxy war” in Afghanistan between India and its archrival Pakistan.

armed robbers intercept quetta-bound coach QUETTA NNI

Armed robbers looted the passengers of a Quetta-bound bus near Kalat on Sunday. The robbers intercepted the bus coming from Karachi by placing hurdles on the highway in Sangdar area at 8:30am. The robbers made off with cash and valuables belonging to the passengers Angry passengers later resorted to a protest and blocked the highway, demanding action against the robbers.

girls' schools blown up in Bajaur agency KHAR INp

Unidentified men blew up a government girls’ primary school located in Rashkai area of Khar tehsil in Bajaur Agency with explosives late on Saturday night. The blast razed the school building to the ground but no one was injured or killed as the building was vacant at the time of the explosion.

Aid-for-leverage failed in Pakistan – it won't work in Egypt MOnITORIng DESK As the egyptian army continued its violent crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood this week, white House officials said that the United States can't cut off its $1.3 billion a year in aid to egypt, The Atlantic has reported. To do so would cause washington to lose "influence" with the country's generals. Vital American security interests are at stake, they argued, and keeping the torrent of American aid flowing gives washington leverage. If that argument sounds familiar, it is. For the last decade, the US has used the same logic in Pakistan. washington has given $11 billion in military aid to the Pakistan Army in the name of maintaining American "influence" in Islamabad. From new equipment to reimbursements for Pakistani military operations, the money flowed year after year, despite complaints from American officials that the Pakistanis were misusing funds and inflating bills. Can the United States do better in egypt? Pakistan and egypt are vastly different, but as the obama administration fervently embraces its Pakistan approach in egypt, it's worth examining the results of its dollars-for-

generals strategy. A decade on, little has changed in Pakistan. The country's military continues to shelter the Afghan Taliban, hundreds of American and Afghan soldiers have died in cross-border attacks from Taliban safe havens in Pakistan, and the Pakistani army remains by far the most powerful institution in the country. Yes, the government of outgoing President Asif Zardari performed poorly and mismanaged the country's economy. And it's wrong to assume – or argue – that an effective, efficient civilian government would emerge if Pakistan's army would give up its decades-old domination of the country. But what did the United States get for its $11 billion? one goal of providing US military aid was to get the Pakistani military to crack down on the thousands of Afghan Taliban who have lived, trained and planned operations from inside Pakistan since 2001. But so far that has not happened. republicans and Democrats poured money into the coffers of the Pakistani military but it did not change the Pakistani military's long-running view that Afghan Taliban and other militants are useful proxies against Pakistan's archrival India. American officials say the $11 billion did allow washington to

get what it most wanted: drone strikes in Pakistan's tribal areas that weakened al Qaeda and may have thwarted terrorist attacks in the United States. Pakistan's nuclear weapons also remain under government control. The drone strikes fuel bitter anti-Americanism in Pakistan, but the cold political calculus for any American president, officials argue, is preventing terrorist attacks on the homeland. So far, the obama administration appears intent on following the same aid-for-leverage approach in egypt. The white House delayed the delivery of four new F-16 fighters to egypt this week. But the fact that the egyptian military has already killed 140 protesters – twice as many as Iran did in its 2009 crushing of the Green Movement – apparently gives administration officials little pause. In a visit to Pakistan this week, Secretary of State John Kerry gave the administration's most full-throated defense of the egyptian military yet. "In effect, they were restoring democracy," Kerry said in a Pakistani television interview. "The military did not take over, to the best of our judgment – so far, so far – to run the country. There's a civilian government." Most importantly, the white House

announced that the obama administration would flout an American law requiring the U.S. government to cut off American aid to any government the carries out a coup. How? By ignoring it. "The law does not require us to make a formal determination as to whether a coup took place, and it is not in our national interest to make such a determination," a white House official told the New York Times. "we will not say it was a coup, we will not say it was not a coup, we will just not say." In other words, America will look the other way to maintain "influence" with the egyptian military. one of the lessons from the last decade in Pakistan is that money might buy American officials a seat at the table. But Pakistani generals – or egyptian generals – will not necessarily listen. And they will definitely blame their problems on us. For the last decade in Pakistan, military officials have used pro-military media outlets to spread a message that an all-powerful United States is behind the country's ills. Some of the same patterns are emerging in egypt. Promilitary egyptian media blame the United States for the country's problems. Dalia Mogahed, an expert on egypt and the former executive director of the Gallup

Centre for Muslim Studies, believes the United States should take a more aggressive stance in egypt. Providing $1.3 billion per year with few questions asked is not a recipe for change. "we need clear conditions on aid that we actually follow through with," Mogahed said in an email. "we're dealing with military massacres of protestors. our values and our interests dictate that we condition aid on the immediate halt of excessive force and holding accountable those responsible for it." one administration official, who asked not to be named, argued that there was no alternative to egypt's generals. If the Sinai, for example, becomes a safe haven for militants, they would pose a direct threat to Israel and the US. The official said he was skeptical that civilian governments could emerge that could stabilise egypt and secure the Sinai. That is the same argument American officials have been making in Pakistan for years. The core question is simple: can democracy emerge in the region? Putting conditions on our aid that require the egyptian military to carry out elections will help answer that question. Hurling billions at generals will not. Pakistan has taught us that much.


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ITH hundreds of Al-Qaeda militants now out and about after a recent set of jailbreaks, including the one last week in D I Khan, Pakistan, the United States is fearing more attacks on its establishments. The state of the Middle East along with the war in Syria and the toppling of the Muslim Brotherhood government in Egypt has created ample ammunition for Islamist militants across the globe, and specifically Pakistan, to target the US for its alleged involvement in the conflicts. With reports already emerging that a number of militants from Pakistan had already been dispatched to fight in Syria and the sectarian nature of those who orchestrated the D I Khan jailbreak, the US has perceived it a cause for concern. The result has been the decision to temporarily close all its embassies in the Islamic world. A high-level meeting was held at the White House on Saturday to discuss new terror concerns. This was after Interpol issued a global security alert after hundreds of militants were set free in jailbreaks linked to the Al-Qaeda terror network, and as suicide bombers killed nine near the Indian consulate in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad. This was also a result of instruction from the US President Barack Obama to take all appropriate steps to protect the American people in light of a potential threat occurring in or emanating from the Arabian Peninsula. The instructions to shut around 22 US embassies were issued last week and Germany, Britain and France are set to follow suit and close their missions for at least two days while Canada has shut their mission in Dhaka. The Interpol alert pointed to suspected Al-Qaeda involvement in recent jailbreaks across nine countries, including Iraq, Libya and Pakistan which freed “hundreds of terrorists and other criminals” in the past month alone. With the week marking the 15th anniversary of the US embassy bombings in the Kenyan capital Nairobi and Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, in which more than 200 people died, the thought is that Al-Qaeda might want to mark the occasion. The US has suggested that the threat is at broader “Western interests” and not just US interests. The concerns have been raised as a recording from Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri, alleged to be hiding in Pakistan or Afghanistan, was posted on militant Islamist forums in which he accused the United States of “plotting” with Egypt’s military, secularists and Christians to overthrow Islamist President Mohamed Morsi. The unfortunate part is that Pakistan continues to be singled out, despite a decade of fighting Islamist militants. The fact that Osama bin Laden was found by the US in a raid still does not stand well and suspicions remain that other foreign terrorists are still in Pakistan. The defence first policy is the key reason why attacks such as the D I Khan jailbreak have occurred. There is a need for the Pakistani government to revisit the matter and adopt a more aggressive posture before it suffers more on the international front.

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“The object of terrorism is terrorism. The object of oppression is oppression. The object of torture is torture. The object of murder is murder. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?” –George Orwell, 1984 he recent visit to Pakistan by the US Secretary of State John Kerry can be remembered for some plain talking. Repudiating the popularlyheld belief which is consistently and systematically provided fodder by all incumbent governments as well as the parties in the opposition that the US is repeatedly violating our ‘sovereignty’, he asserted that in fact it is the terrorists that were guilty of the crime. The warning was unambiguous: “The choice for Pakistan is clear. Will the forces of violent extremism be allowed to grow more dominant, eventually overpowering the moderate majority?” He elaborated further: “When they attack people in the mosques and blow up people in villages and market places, they are violating Pakistan’s sovereignty”. He rejected Pakistan’s call for stopping the drone strikes while the much-emotionalised question of Afia Siddiqui’s release was not even raised during the discussions. From Pakistan’s side, Sartaj Aziz ruled out the possibility of any fresh offensive in the North Waziristan Agency against the militants. Pleading for negotiations with the militant groups, he said that other options could be considered only if talks do not yield any results. For long now, Pakistan has been struggling with facing the consequences of its own policy failures. Its relations with the US are a classic example of this charade. This is so because these policies are rooted in excessively-misplaced emotional and religious espousals. Seldom have we conducted an intensive objective analysis of the issues that threaten us and the initiation of a rational discourse that would eventually lead to the formulation of a strong and sustainable platform from which to conduct our relations with the outside world. Take the example of terrorism. In RAooF HASAN spite of having faced it for over a decade now and having lost over 50,000 innocent people on account of the savage onslaughts of a heterogeneous combine of obscurantist and inhuman perpetrators, we refuse to ‘see’ the enemy and put together an effective anti-terror policy to confront it. Instead, we continue trying to seek implausible reasons why the terrorists are killing innocent people every

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living day of our lives. Still more gruesome is the assertion, while the terrorists are endlessly reiterating their intent to continue the killing spree, we refuse to quit the talks mould with them. When they hit our strategic sites, we get lost in meaningless discussions pertaining to who is more to blame for a particular failure. We point accusing fingers at the intelligence agencies and the security agencies. We talk of conspiracies to destabilise Pakistan. In the process, we conveniently forget that it is our policies, or the lack of these, that is exclusively to blame for what is happening in our country. We talk of terrorism as a reaction against foreign intervention. We talk of terrorism in the context of a war that a proud people are waging against outside forces. We talk of it in multiple inane and innocuous ways, but refuse to talk of it as is most relevant and required: that of terror being a venomous scourge that has to be combated and eliminated, that of it being a by-product of the criminal hate-based indoctrination that goes on endlessly at the madrassas spread all across the country, and that of it being the one enemy that has caused us more damage in terms of our potential to progress, our position in the international comity of nations and our chances to ever rise again as a trust-worthy partner. Instead of fighting terror, we are, consciously or unconsciously, endeavouring to create legitimacy for acts of terror as the world laughs at our irrationality and our lack of acumen. There is complicity galore with terrorist groups at all levels of the administration. This may be out of a misplaced commitment to their ‘cause’, or fear of reprisals, or it could be even a means to make some money. The terrorist groups are virtually running a parallel administration which operates with impunity as has been amply demonstrated by their daring attacks on the jails in Bannu and D.I Khan. It is woefully reflective of the inadequacy, incapacity, incapability and the lack of courage and resolve on the part of the security establishment and personnel. The terrorists travelled well over 200 kilometres inside Pakistani territory, attacked the jails, achieved the objectives including freeing their prisoners and then went back all of the 200 kilometres to their safe havens in the FATA region. The entire operation may have taken more than ten to twelve hours. What could illustrate the absolute collapse of the security structure, or the utter lack of will to confront the enemy better than this? More than all others, it should be an eyeopener for the newly-unveiled PTI government in the KPK that is the principal champion of initiating the dialogue process with the heartless terrorist outfits. The question is: were there Americans in these prisons that the terrorists had come to get? Were there operatives from the ISAF that were there to be freed? No, the raids were not conducted to accomplish any of these tasks. The raids were conducted to take away their own hardened terrorist accomplices who had been captured by the Pakistani security agencies while they were engaged in various violent operations. It is the same freed terrorists who would now be given the task of undertaking fresh operations in Pakistan to kill more innocent people.

Failing in as basic a task as securing our prison houses, we continue to fancy becoming preferred strategic partners of world powers. We want them to seek our support and bank on our expertise to handle it for them. With Osama bin Laden having succeeded in hiding in the country for almost a decade, we wanted the US to share intelligence with us and allow us to lead the charge against him. When, for patently obvious reasons, the US did not oblige, we protested that it had conducted the Abbottabad operation on its own, thus violating our ‘sovereignty’. Whichever way one may do an appraisal, there is one thing that we need to do more than any other: look inwards to understand what is wrong with our mindset and, consequently, our policies and approach, most specifically when it comes to dealing with terror. Because of our delusional misperceptions, we have reduced the country to becoming a slaughter house where no one is safe from the brutality of the terrorists on the one hand and the high-handedness, corruption and obduracy of the state and its institutions on the other. There is no let-up. There is no hope. There is no realisation of the grave mistakes that have been committed in the past as we persist in our deranged mindset and its consequential manifestations. We live with the arrogance of being ‘superior people’ which is plunging us ever deeper into the putridity of our misplaced pretensions. When entities reach a point of hopelessness, as we have, there are only two options left: either stay the course heading towards inevitable destruction, or take immediate steps to opt for a more rational and pragmatic approach that would suit the initiation of a remedial narrative. In the current situation, we are well on course to destruction. The essential contours of any change that some may still envisage would entail steps that must be undertaken to bring about a radical shift in our mindset, in the manner we look at things and in getting rid of the religious cloak that we wrap everything in because such an approach predestines the formulation of a certain kind of policies, effectively driving out the elements of logic and reason. For the forces of change to become relevant, these must first deal with the multi-layered fear-syndrome whether it be in the shape of the extortion-mafias rampant in Karachi and elsewhere or the terrorist barbarity on display through most of the country. These forces of crime and terror have to be eliminated. There is no living together with them, no compromise with them. These forces operate at a tangent to the prospect of bringing about the much-delayed change in mindset. The infatuation with a ‘religious solution’ has no relevance. Logic has to take over. Clinical decisions should replace the emotionalising of situations and issues. All available weapons should become components of a comprehensive anti-terror policy that is formulated for implementation. Any journey to deal with terror must begin by looking inwards to change our own mindset. The rest will follow in due course. The writer is a political strategist. He can be reached at: raoofhasan@hotmail.com


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HE Congress has set a bad precedent. The party has combined two positions: one is that of party official spokesman and the other that of Minister’s for Information and Broadcasting. Both have different roles. The official spokesman defends the stand the party talks, right or wrong. Minister for information and broadcasting is India’s spokesman, not that of one party. The first is nominated while the other is elected by the people. To mix the two is unfair to the occupant, who happens to be Manish Tiwari at present. He has been doing fairly a good job as the spokesman. Given a chance, he would have probably done even better. Broadcasting in India has not been able to shatter the fetters of officialdom for decades. Still worse is the telephone calls by a minister or a senior bureaucrat which changes the news bulletin even at the last minute. In the sixties, several activists agitated for autonomy of official media. Subsequently, the government relented and brought the Prashar Bharti Bill. It was diluted from the beginning. But when implemented, the Prashar Bharti became another department of the broadcasting ministry. Once I asked one information and broadcasting minister why the Prashar Bharti was not on the pattern of BBC, the original idea, to eschew subjectivity or slant, the minister was frank enough to say that the government has to have its own set-up to disseminate its viewpoint when newspapers and television

channels were privately owned. He did admit the criterion should be the objectivity, not where it comes from. The Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha channels, although run by public funds, appear to have less of government’s propaganda. Yet both of them have no news bulletins and avoid such topic that may embarrass the government. The channels also see to it that as far as possible they do not have critics in the news and views programmes. The two channels do not spoil the mould which they have developed, not too critical and not too distant from the government’s point of view. In a democratic polity, perception is most important for credibility. The impression is that the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha channels do not go beyond the red line drawn for their guidance. It is no use rulers claiming that the government media is autonomous when they themselves do not allow it to be so. Two recent examples show how the ministry was out of depth. The death of 23 school children in Bihar following the midday meals was a tragedy which the private channels reported from every possible angle. In comparison, Akashvani and Doordarshan registered the event only. The official media was handicapped because Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar may become the Congress ally in the 2014 elections. Take another example. The Central Bureau of Investigation has exonerated Pawan Kumar Bansal, former Railway Minister. Some new incriminating information has come out since. Yet, Manish Tiwari says on behalf of the Congress that the court is open to those who level charges. Both Akashwani and Doordarshan do not tell what the new charges are which people want to know. If the Prashar Bharti had even a bit of autonomy, it would have done a better job. The government media tells only the Congress side and puts cold water on every other version. This was the reason why the activists started an agitation to purvey correct information in the country. Both the government controlled-radio and television reach far more population than all the other private channels put together. In the recent past, corruption has penetrated the government media as well. Just as the privately-owned media has “paid news”,

both Akashvani and Doordarshan too carry motivated stories affecting its credibility. Yet it is beginning to be preferred by many because views and news are so mixed that it is difficult to separate fact from fiction. In-depth reporting is very limited in government media because even if a news editor feels like probing further, the fear of going wrong from the official point of view deters him from doing so. Somehow, those who occupy high positions in the government labour under the belief that they—and they alone—know what the nation should be told and when. And they get annoyed if any news which they do not like appears in print. Their first attempt is to contradict it and dub it mischievous. Later, when it is realised that a mere denial will not convince even the most gullible, a lame explanation is offered that things have not been put “in proper perspective”. Probably, at that time, the government gets away with its version of the story. But what is not realised is that such methods only decrease the credibility of official assertions. Even honest claims of the government begin to be questioned. In a democracy, where faith stirs the people’s response, the government cannot afford to have even an iota of doubt raised about what it says or does. Somehow New Delhi is not conscious of this fact. In a free society, the press has a duty to inform the public without fear or favour. At times it is an unpleasant job, but it has to be performed because a free society is founded on free information. If the press were to publish only government handouts or official statements, there would be nothing to pinpoint lapses, deficiencies or mistakes. In fact, the truth is that the press is already too niminy-piminy, too nice, altogether too refined and too ready to leave out. The government should not ask for more. The combination of being the party’s spokesman and the minister of information and broadcasting is beyond me. Government may believe that it has got away with it because the act is many weeks old. The government does not realise that its credibility has come down several pegs than before. I really feel sorry for poor Manish Tiwari. The writer is a senior Indian journalist.

HE events of the Islamic world seem to have come full circle. Major western powers are now talking about negotiating peace as it relates to the long simmering Israeli-Palestinian conflict, in Afghanistan, and perhaps Kashmir as well. The most obvious question is, why now. The aforementioned conflicts are not the only ones to be concerned about. Many off-shoots of the Arab Spring connected revolts ARIF ANSAR can now also be added to the list, which includes Egypt, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Bahrain, Tunisia etc. Previously, the Cold War pretty much consumed the Islamic world. In recent times, War on Terror, Arab Spring, and the risk posed by rogue dictators have emerged as the chief worries emanating from the Islamic regions. While the Muslim world has its own demons to deal with, the West has tremendous stakes in how these tussles turnout. Over the years, western security institutions, such as NATO, have devised far-reaching strategies to deal with the broad spectrum of these emergent threats. The opposing forces, represented by the informally connected extremists, have similarly created their primitive and deadly across the board responses. Caught in between these crosswinds are the moderate, western allied, but dwindling nation-states of the region. Lest we forget, this dynamics is evolving as western economic prowess continues to diminish, while those of others, is growing. This has serious implications for western allies in the region that may not be able to rely on the same level of financial backing as they once did, and despite their lacklustre performance. Coming back to the timing of this wave of peace initiatives from the Middle East to Afghanistan. One of the reported explanations is because Netanyahu’s new administration is more moderate than the past, and thus it’s more apt to make the necessary compromises. The other being, the application of force has not finished the job, and in fact non-state actors have now replaced the state actors as the adversary, producing even more unpredictability. However, the most significant reason may have to do with the changing landscape of the Middle East. The transformation is so complete that what used to be an Arab-Israeli conflict is now simply termed as an IsraeliPalestinian one. This has been accompanied by a change in the threat perception of the region as well. While in the past most of Arab fears were associated with Israel and to settle the score of humiliations suffered at its hand, it has now shifted towards Sunni extremists and Shiite Iran. In the past, Arab nations stood up against aggressive Israeli campaigns towards Palestinians, by merely rhetoric or by providing financial support. Since 9/11, the threat posed by extremists to these regimes has changed the fundamental nature of the political landscape. The alarm from extremists and Iran has made the Arabs more dependent on the West, making their interests more aligned with Israel. This caused Sunni Arab states to gradually lose credibility on the issue and this was most remarkably visible during the peace flotilla incident in 2010. The event fundamentally shifted the balance of perceptions in favour of Turkey as the champion of Muslim causes. The country subsequently terminated defence ties with Israel. However, the debacle of Syria has now pitched Turkey and Gulf States against Iran in Syria, and in favour of Israel and the West. In essence, the weakened and isolated Shiite Iran now stands as the only hurdle in the way of the peace process. Other than Iran, Sunni state actors of the region literally abdicated, especially when Israel was unleashing its air campaigns on Gaza. Using its proxies, such as Hezbollah, Iran was perceived as attempting to counter Israeli aggression. Moreover, Iran also jumped the isle and started supporting Sunni Hamas when its traditional backing from the Gulf States was dwindling. The dynamics of the Syrian crisis, however, jumbled that. The new lines are drawn between Shiite and Sunni non-state actors. The Sunni non-sate actors are the ones against which the war on terror is being fought. On the other hand, Iran is classified as state sponsor of terror while EU also recently added Hezbollah to its list of terrorist organisations. With extremist and religious forces gaining ground in Syria, northern Africa, and AfPak, there is a risk they may gain the credibility lost by Sunni moderate states. And, this is most likely to happen in the absence of any peace process. Added to this scenario is the transformation underway in Egypt, where Muslim Brotherhood was recently booted out. Egypt has played a pivotal and key interlocutor role when it comes to matters between Israel and the fractured Palestinian representation: Hamas on the one hand and Fatah on the other. Just before being kicked out of office, Morsi had declared support for Sunni jihadist elements in Syria. This posed a dangerous prospect for Israel, as the tide could have easily turned against it in the future. In the midst of this, the West is increasingly confused about who to back next. It cannot obviously support the extremists and it is therefore relying on the liberal moderate allies to sort things out. Moreover, the West no longer has the wherewithal to deal with the emerging threats directly or to support its allies in the same fashion it used to. This makes the alliances with Gulf States, India, Turkey and China etc even more crucial. The challenge is that the liberal moderates represent the forces of status quo. This leaves the moderate Islamists to take the lead, but they are unlikely to fight the extremists in a manner the West wants. Jumpstarting the long stalled peace processes gives credibility to the liberal moderates and at the same time weakens the arguments of the extremists. But it is hard to imagine how peace will be achieved in nine months when we may actually not have many of the existing states in a year. The writer is chief analyst at PoliTact, a Washington based futurist advisory firm (www.PoliTact.com and http:twitter.com/politact) and can be reached at aansar@politact.com


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pakistan to submit entry for oscars after 50 years The year 2013 is turning out to be really promising one for the local film-making industry as we are finally seeing some light at the end of the tunnel. right now the big news is that Pakistan will be formally sending its entry to the oscar’s foreign-language category and that too after a huge gap of 50 years. earlier we have also reported that how 2013 is going to be a very happening year for the Pakistani cinema. There are around 3 movies set for release on this eid and around 20 more that are slated for release in the later half of the year. Now it is confirmed that a separate independent committee has been formed that will be selecting the film entries from the local industry and eventually sending them to the prestigious oscars. The deadline for this submission is oct 1. Although the committee formed has no links with the government authorities but still it has some really respected names on board, who will evaluate the entries. The committee will be headed by the Sharmeen obaid of Saving Face fame. other members include, ace writer Mohsin Hamid, director Mehreen Jabbar, veteran actor rahat Kazmi, film maker Akifa Mian, Samina Peerzada and Framji Minwalla. In the past, Pakistan has sent only 2 entries for this mega event and the last of them came in 1963 which makes it exactly 50 years since then. Keeping in view the recent mini revival of local industry and some highly anticipated movies getting ready for the release, this news would surely create a lot of excitement among the filmmakers. It will be of great honour for any of the movie that will be selected for the oscar race and the fact that it will represent Pakistan on such a gigantic global platform. we hope that events like these would inject some fresh air into the local cinema and audiences here get to see some good entertaining stuff. Cheers! NEWS DESk

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Movies can and do have tremendous influence in shaping young lives in the realm of entertainment towards the ideals and objectives of normal adulthood — Walt Disney

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SALMAN KHAN AND SHAH RUKH KHAN These two Bollywood powerhouses have consistently been in news for their personal equation. Their love hate relationship that has now stretched on for years has made headlines at the slightest flutter. A brawl at Katrina Kaif’s birthday party in 2008 saw the two part ways for five years and divided the entire film industry in two rigid and impregnable camps. They have recently hugged and made up, in what seems the biggest ‘frenemy’ coup of the year. King Khan has taken the bonhomie a step further by inviting Dabangg Salman for an Iftaar party later this week, thus silencing speculations that the hug was a one off stray event.

PARIS HILTON AND LINDSAY LOHAN Paris Hilton is often attributed to being one of the major troublesome influences in child star Lindsay Lohan’s life. Once best friends, these two have gone through a phase when each would steer clear of attending a social do where the other was present. During a feud in 2006 Hilton called Lohan a “firecrotch” for exposing herself on nights-outs without underwear.

Once when confronted with one another at a pre-Grammy bash at Avalon in 2008, they openly abused each other. Last heard these two girls are back to their wild partying ways together and have been catching up on all the lost time. After having rekindled their friendship after a six year hiatus, they seem to hitting off just fine.

KIRSTEN STEWART AND KATY PERRY Once best friends Kirsten Stewart and Katy Perry have been warring over Kirsten’s ex-boyfriend Robert Pattinson. Perry, who for long had been friends with Pattinson was spotted with him at multiple times post his break-up. Stewart thought Perry was moving in fast on her now estranged man and felt betrayed by Perry’s actions. With the growing media speculation and Kirsten’s displeasure Perry was forced to text and clarify saying, “You know I’m not that person. I’m just trying to be a friend to him but it is unfortunate that I do have a set of tits.”

SHAH RUKH AND FARAH/SHIRISH This actor and director cum choreographer duo shared a great professional and personal equation. But things went sour allegedly with work related woes and Farah hobnobbing with enemy camps. The cold war stretched beyond the two and engulfed Farah’s husband Shirish who had openly taken a pot shot at Shah Rukh’s Ra.One,

calling it a 150 crore firework fizzle. Shah Rukh allegedly roughed him up at a private party in January last year. Realising that things have probably gone too far Farah and Shirish visited the King Khan at his residence a month later and sorted out the issues. The two have since made up and have now paired up for Happy New Year, their third film together.

PARIS HILTON AND KIM KARDASHIAN Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton are two Hollywood celebs who have kept rumour mills spinning with their off and on love hate relationship. Kim first tasted fame as Hilton’s best gal pal who accompanied her at every possible outing. Kim quickly grabbed the nation’s collective interest with her infamous sex tape and the reality series that followed. Having lost her spot in the sun, Hilton distanced herself from the Kardashian moneyspinner. She at times took pot shots at Kim and at others ignoring and not acknowledging her altogether. Of late though the two have been on decent terms with the Hilton heiress congratulating Kim over her pregnancy and then declaring to the media that they are still friends.

KIM CATTRALL AND SARAH PARKER The feud between the two Sex and the City hotties reportedly created much agony at the sets of the film, by the same name, and eventually led to the delay in its release. The two co-actors,

Simon Cowell ‘dumped Lauren six weeks ago, BEFORE he knew she was pregnant’

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IMON Cowell reportedly dumped Lauren Silverman before he knew she was pregnant. The 53-year-old music mogul is said to have ended his romance with the 36-year-old socialite the wife of his close friend Andrew Silverman - six weeks ago, only to later discover she is expecting his baby. He is said to have told a friend: ‘It’s over with Lauren - it has been since before anyone knew she was pregnant. I want matters resolved but in a sensitive way. I have to respect a lot of people’s feelings. There’s a lot of people’s feelings here.’ Simon is said to be feeling “confused” about Lauren’s pregnancy but has vowed to stand by her. The source added to the Sunday Mirror newspaper: ‘Simon feels like he’s been done up like a kipper in all of this. ‘He and Lauren split up six weeks ago but the next thing we know he gets a phone call from her saying, ‘Guess what?’ Since then he has been feeling very confused about everything.’ Lauren’s mother, Carole Saland, meanwhile has slammed claims her daughter deliberately got pregnant to “trap” the ‘X Factor’ boss. And she’s calling for him to do the

who were once great friends, fell out during the filming of the hit television series. Cattrall was irked no end on having to receive a pay cheque that was much lesser than what Parker took home. Financial dissatisfaction reflected in major and minor tiffs both on and off sets. The two now seem to have buried the hatchet and have been frequently spotted at each other’s events and public appearances. CoURTESY ToI

“right thing” and marry her pregnant daughter. She told The Sun newspaper: ‘Lauren is not a gold-digger. She came from a very comfortable family and never lacked for anything. ‘Her and Simon are very fond of each other. She tells me great things about him and has always spoken very highly of him... “I trust Simon to do the right thing by my daughter.’ Lauren - who is 10 weeks pregnant - has a seven-year-old son, Adam, with Andrew. The casino boss has filed for divorce. Cowell, meanwhile, jetted out of Los Angeles on a private plane on Friday night - leaving all the furore over his married, pregnant lover behind. The X Factor supremo, 53, left California from a private airport and will join friends on board the Slipstream yacht in St Tropez, in the South of France, for what is expected to be a month-long vacation. He will tour Europe and take time to evaluate how exactly to proceed after it was revealed last week that New York socialite Lauren Silverman - married to his friend Andrew - is expecting his baby. Members of Cowell’s harem including his ex-girlfriend and 80s popstar Sinitta, and even possibly his former fiancee Mezghan Hussainy, are expected to join him. Both are standing by him and have given him their

full support. Ironically, it was on board the $458,000-a-week Slipstream that Cowell was pictured sharing a tender embrace with Lauren last August, in images that came to light earlier this week. But as Cowell soaks up the sun, his lover is spending the weekend in the Hamptons with her estranged husband as they attempt to come to an ‘amicable resolution’ over their divorce, according to one source. The couple want to make their seven-year-old son Adam their main priority, the source said. And it seems Simon will need to use his time on holiday to come to terms with the expense of his latest scandal. Cowell is reportedly set to pay out £63 million in child support. The 53-year-old music mogul is said to have pledged to give her £3 million a year until the youngster turns 21 after taking legal and financial advice over the “messy” situation. A source told the Daily Star Sunday newspaper: ‘He wants to ensure he does the right thing for her and their baby as well as resolving this mess. ‘Simon wanted to know exactly where he stands and to minimise the damage this will do to his bank balance. CoURTESY DM

FTER playing the Sikh in ‘Rocket Singh: Salesman Of The Year’, Ranbir Kapoor is set to sport the turban once again for his upcoming film Besharam. Abhinav Kashyap’s Besharam has garnered positive reviews while irking SRK and Sallu fansfor what they view as a spoof on their favourite superstars in the film. But Abhinav remains unperturbed and the director has ensured he goes to all lengths to make the film a pure entertainer. Sources inform that Ranbir will wear the turban for the song Aa Re Aa Re. Earlier, the a fragment of the Sikh community was upset with the Akshay Kumar starrer Singh is King because Akki had a trimmed beard while playing a sardar. However, Besharam’s co producer Himanshu Mehra has stated in the media that Ranbir is not playing a Sikh in the film but is only sporting the turban for a song and that it is not meant to hurt the sentiments of anyone, as the song is done in the right spirit. Famed Bollywood choreographers Chinni and Rekha Prakash shot the song with 250 dancers in Chandigarh. CoURTESY ToI


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Times were changing. Clothes were changing. Morals were changing. We went from romantic loves songs like I used to do to rock ‘n roll. Now that has changed to rap. So, there’s always a new generation with new music — Bobby Vinton

How SRK’s Pathan father fell in love with his South Indian mother OHIT Shetty’s Chennai Express is a romantic comedy about a man (played by Shah Rukh Khan) from one part of India, who lands up in another part with an entirely different culture and language, feeling like an alien in his own country. In India, where there are 1683 different spoken languages and where every 2000-5000 kms, the language, clothes and food change so dramatically, he finds that love is the only universal language. While we all know Shah Rukh is a Pathan, went to school in Delhi, has a cricket team in Kolkata and lives in Mumbai, we

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discovered his strong South connection over a conversation. We bring you an excerpt from the same, where Shah Rukh talks about how his Pathan father fell in love with his South Indian mother. “My mother is from Andhra and lived in Karnataka and used to speak all four South

languages. My grandfather was the Karnataka state chief engineer of Mangalore Port and was the first Oxford- educated engineer, who was highly respected. He designed and built the Mangalore Port. My grandfather once took his four daughters, eldest of whom was my mother, to Delhi for a visit. In those days, there were pillars at India Gate. They had an ice-cream in their car after which the car hit one of the pillars and overturned. My father was the cousin brother of General Shah Nawaz, who was the second-in-command to Subhash Chandra Bose (Mangal, Dhillon and Shah Nawaz were amongst the three biggest freedom fighters). My father and he were Pathans from Peshawar and would walk at India Gate in the evenings. Seeing the car overturned, they turned the car over and took my mother and her family to the hospital. My grandfather and my mother’s three sisters became alright, but my mother lost her

memory and needed matching blood. As luck would have it, my father’s blood matched hers and he gave his blood to her. My grandmother (nani) surprisingly was pregnant at that time and thus, to not give her stress on the phone, my grandfather requested my father if he would go to Bangalore to give her the news about her family and my mother having lost her memory (a Pathan will often do that as my mom’s family had no help in Delhi). When he returned back from Bangalore, he would go everyday and look after this lady who had lost her memory and fell in love with her. My mom, coincidentally, was engaged at that time to someone else. He came to Bangalore and wanted to marry my mother. They were both Muslims and my grandparents agreed. I was born and brought up in Mangalore till the age of five. There were no men in my maternal side except my grandfather. My mother was the eldest daughter and my mausies had got married late. I, too, had an older sister, so I became the first boy in the family and my mom gave me for five years to be looked after by my grandmother, so I was brought up in Mangalore by my maternal aunts and my nani. In the fifth year, I think, she missed me a lot and took me back with her. So, I was brought up by women and spoke Kannada when I was small with the servants of the house. My maternal house is still in Toli Chowki, Hyderabad. After doing 72 films, life seems to have come a full circle with Chennai Express.” CoURTESY ToI

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HEARTBREAK DIET HERE! Kym Lomas dispels rumours of trial separation from husband as she heads to dinner still wearing her wedding ring HE may be reportedly taking a trial separation from her husband Jamie Lomas. But Kym Lomas looked anything like a woman going through marriage troubles as she stepped out for dinner with her daughter Emily and son David in Manchester on Saturday. Wearing a little black dress which showed off her fabulous figure the 37year-old made sure her wedding ring was firmly on display. Smiling widely the Coronation Street actress posed up for the camera with her hand on her hip, so her sparkler took centre stage, suggesting the star is keen to work through her martial woes. Her black dress reached the middle of her thighs showing off her slim, bronzed legs, which she elongated further with a pair of peep-toe platform black heels. It wasn’t just her leggy display which turned heads, the LBD was also eye catching featuring a jewelled crisscross section across her chest giving a glimpse of her cleavage. Her black hair looked particularly shiny falling around her shoulders and she wore black eyeliner to accentuate her dark eyes. Posing up alongside her daughter Emily, who wore a white dress in contrast, it looked as if Kym was enjoying a well-

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deserved night out. Since the news broke that she had separated from the Jamie – a former regular as Warren Fox on Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks – Kym has been putting on brave face returning to work as per usual. Sources close to the couple have admitted that Kim has opted to spend time away from Jamie while they ‘struggle to make things work out.’ According to The Mirror Kym opened up for the first time about the issues they are experiencing, saying: ‘How am I feeling? As well as can be expected.’ ‘They are spending time apart at the moment,’ a source told the paper. ‘They want to work through some differences but it doesn’t look good. A trial separation is never a positive thing. This could be the beginning of the end. ‘No one has dumped the other, they just can’t make things work at the moment. It’s very sad and not what either of them ever wanted to happen.’ Kym’s relationship with Jamie began in 2008, shortly after her first marriage to former Eastenders star Jack Ryder came to an end. The pair eventually tying the knot in Cheshire last September, three-years after their first child Archie died shortly after being born in February 2009. Speaking to OK! magazine shortly after tying the knot, Kym – whose daughter Polly was born in 2011 – admitted she carried Archie’s ashes in a small porcelain box during the service. ‘I carry Archie’s ashes with me to every special occasion,’ she said. ‘I like to feel him close to me, it’s comforting.’ CoURTESY DM

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oLLYwooD soundtracks with their deafening vocals and jhankaar beats better brace themselves. The music of new-age films is crisp and fresh and will definitely give them a run for their money. The stir that was caused by Shoaib Mansoor’s Khuda Kay Liye (KKL) in 2007 changed the face (and genre) of ‘Lollywood music’ to one that moves within the range of pop, rock and mellow tunes. KKL’s original and distinctive music album became a chartbuster not only in Pakistan, but also in India with album copies selling in equal numbers in both countries. Six years down the lane, the soundtrack of one of the most expensive Pakistani film’s in our cinema’s history, Main Hoon Shahid Afridi, has been released. But while the music of actorturned-film-maker Humayun Saeed’s film is not your run-of-

the-mill dose of Lolly beats, it could have been better. Like the entertainmentpacked film, the soundtrack is also heavily inspired by Bollywood. while it’s Bollywoodinspired trailers and storyline will attract hordes to theatres, the music suffers as it follows the sameold formulaic treatment, making one feel that although the songs are catchy, the tune is repetitive. The album consists of five songs. Jera Vi Hai Aanday has been

written by Shani and Nadeem Asad, while Malal, Teri Hi Kami and a cocktail of two songs Angreja and Beautiful Night have been written by Sabir Zafar. An undisclosed item song Teri Hi Kami is also on the soundtrack. The music has been composed by the young Pakistani duo Kami and Shani. Judging by the one item song (Teri Hi Kami), the soulful ballad in the voice of rahat Fateh Ali Khan (Malal) and the upbeat, motivational/ patriotic song (Jera Vi Hai Aanday) by Shafqat Amanat Ali Khan which is sure to give you an adrenaline rush, the film’s music has everything to make it a hit but nothing as such to make it memorable. There is

no denying that apart from Beautiful Night (which is lacklustre), Kami and Shani have created music which is as good if not better than the music of any Bollywood film. Having said that, there is nothing awe-inspiring about the MHSA soundtrack. It is good for Bollywood, but average by Pakistani standards — we have always made better and original music. our inclination towards Bollywood music is rather shocking. It seems that the composers were given a heavy dose of Ar rahman and Lagaan music as inspiration, which is reflected in the safe and orthodox song writing. Khuda Kay Liye, Bol and even Chambaili had the signature Pakistani sound, which is why they stood out and this will be considered an extension of the Bollywood music we hear every day. where Angreja has the groove, rebelliousness and punch to be blared from car woofers —

courtesy of Punjabi lyrics — Beautiful Night, an english song based on the same groove and mood released separately is rather irritating and quite exaggerated. Club music, it seems, is strictly a no-go area for a country that grew up singing and listening to mehendi songs. Artists need to confront this reality and get over it because so far, all attempts at making english-desi club music have been pretentious. owing to its catchy melody and lyrics that suit the music of a rebellious theme for a cricket loving nation, Jera Vi Hai Aanday remains to be our favourite. Lines like “mae ki jaanaa tuk tuk karna, mae tae yaar lapetaan (I don’t know how to play tuk tuk but I can hit the ball hard)” not only address the ongoing Misbah-Afridi competition, but also encompass our sentimentality as a nation.


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8 emperor romanos iV Diogenes captured/islam advances through europe. 8 freedom of the press: new York Weekly journal writer john peter Zenger is acquitted of seditious libel against the royal governor of new York, on the basis that what he had published was true.

twitter updates its rules for users after uproar over rape, bomb threats The company modifies its rules and says it will add more staff to vet flagged tweets, after an outcry in Britain over tweeted rape and bomb threats to female journalists and a member of Parliament. Twitter has updated its rules for users and is adding more staff to police abusive tweets after an uproar and arrests in the U.K. over rape and bomb threats, and a day before a scheduled boycott of the service. Twitter U.K. sent a tweet this morning pointing users to a blog post that announces the rules and staffing changes and reiterates that a "report abuse" button will be added to mobile and web versions of the site. And Twitter U.K. General Manager Tony wang later confirmed that the changes were being made worldwide. "I personally apologize to the women who have experienced abuse on Twitter and for what they have gone through," wang wrote in a series of follow-up tweets. "The abuse they've received is simply not acceptable. It's not acceptable in the real world, and it's not acceptable on Twitter...There is more we can and will be doing to protect our users against abuse. That is our commitment." The new rules include an Abuse and Spam section that addresses targeted abuse: Targeted Abuse: You may not engage in targeted abuse or harassment. Some of the factors that we take into account when determining what conduct is considered to be targeted abuse or harassment are: – if you are sending messages to a user from multiple accounts; – if the sole purpose of your account is to send abusive messages to others; – if the reported behavior is onesided or includes threats. he blog post also mentions additional measures that Twitter UK, specifically, is taking. The UK branch will work with the UK Safer Internet Center to "expand user resources on digital citizenship and staying safe online" and will also "use the Twitter platform -- including Promoted Tweets and a Promoted Trend" to publicize the center and its resources. The moves follow outcry in Britain over abuse on the site. earlier this month, freelance journalist and feminist campaigner Caroline CriadoPerez was subjected to a blizzard of abusive tweets, including rape threats, after she and others successfully lobbied to have novelist Jane Austen featured on a U.K. banknote. CoURTESY CNET.CoM

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VOLUTION does not favour selfish or mean people and groups, a new study suggests. The study, published in Nature, contradicts a previous theory published in 2012 that said putting yourself first was preferred. "We found evolution will punish you if you're selfish and mean," said lead author Christoph Adami, a Michigan State University professor of microbiology and molecular genetics. Adami and Arend Hintze, the two MSU researchers in charge of study, used evolutionary game theory (EGT) to show how co-operative populations tend to fare better and be more successful than selfish ones. Game theory is a branch of mathematics that deals with the statistics of decision-making. Researchers used a classic test used in game theory called the "prisoner's dilemma," where two prisoners in a hypothetical scenario are offered their freedom if they inform on the other. The party who informed will only get freedom, however, if the other does not choose to do the exact same thing. If both prisoners inform on each other they will receive some time. If both remain silent they will both receive less time. Mathematician John Nash said since there was no way for the two prisoners to communicate and plan what they would say, the best strategy would be to only think of yourself — since cooperation would hinge on assuming you could predict the action of the other party. According to Adami, that particular anecdotal game fails at taking communication — a real world factor — into account. If they were allowed to communicate, the outcome would be quite different because "communication is critical to co-operation." SelFiSh would eliMinaTe each oTher A 2012 study said that the method that helped one party

Meerkats are co-operative creatures, often having one stand guard while the others sleep or eat. a new study suggests that co-operative animals and humans fare better than selfish ones.

"win” against the less selfish, co-operative one was called “zero-determinant” (ZD). That concept led Adami and Hintze to ask questions about how effective the ZD actually was. To test their theory they used high-powered computers with thousands of games, eventually concluding that ZD strategies

GEORGE MONBIOT: WHY HUMANS SHOULD BACK OFF AND LET NATURE HEAL ITSELF

Provocative environmentalist says it's wrong-headed to try to return the natural world to a more pristine state COURTESY CBC It’s not uncommon for people to long for nature as it once existed, before human progress and civilization reshaped the Earth and its ecosystems. But George Monbiot thinks it’s wrong-headed to try to return the natural world to an earlier, more pristine state. Monbiot is one of Britain’s most provocative environmentalists, and his column in The Guardian is one of the most widely read and influential in Britain. In his new book, Feral: Rewilding the Land, the Sea and Human Life, he argues that nature is neither sentimental nor nostalgic for its own past, but if left alone, it is more resilient, resourceful and creative than we appreciate. He defines rewilding as a mass restoration of the natural world. Where land, such as farmland taken out of agricultural production, becomes available, the rewilding process would see human infrastructure, from fences to drainage ditches, ripped out and some species re-introduced. The idea is that humans would kick-start ecosystem processes, then stand back and let nature do its own thing and rebuild healthy wild places. “One of our tendencies,” Monbiot told Sunday Edition guest host Laura Lynch, “is to try to manage and control and see ourselves as stewards of the land, and to take an Old Testament view of dominion that we’re responsible for all the animals and plants. Well, nature did pretty well for the three billion years before we turned up, and it could do pretty well again if we learned to interfere less.” He also points to the ability of top predators

to completely transform ecosystems, such as when wolves were recently re-introduced to Yellowstone National Park – if humans keep their hands off. “The whole ecosystem was changed by the wolves and that’s one of those wonderful, serendipitous surprises that to me is what nature should be all about. Nature is not just a collection of species, it’s all the weird stuff that happens between those species.” In the process, humans can relieve what Monbiot calls ecological boredom and reconnect with the natural world, recapturing an essential and exhilarating wildness within ourselves. MeSSaGe To canadianS The Canadian edition of Feral also includes a sort of open letter to Canadians. People who are familiar with Monbiot will not be surprised to learn that he is not a fan of the oil sands industry, and his message to Canadians is particularly trenchant, writing that Canada is “one of the world’s most beautiful and sophisticated nations,” but that it is being "ransacked by barbarians.” In his conversation with The Sunday Edition's Laura Lynch, he didn’t back away from that kind of rhetoric. “At the moment, this highly cultured, sophisticated, wonderful nation seems to be descending into a thuggish petro-state which appears to be governed by the tar patch, and its politics seem to suffer from the oil curse, as so many countries suffer from when they have found big reserves of fossil fuels. And wildlife has suffered greatly as a result, natural resources of all kinds are suffering greatly, and so are those who love nature. “It’s almost as if Canada is ripping up its most precious natural assets in exchange for assets which won’t last long and which can only cause harm, and that to me seems to be completely perverse.” You can hear Laura Lynch’s interview with George Monbiot as part of The Sunday Edition on CBC Radio One on Sunday morning just after the 9 am ET news.

were ineffective if both players were using them. In further tests, the researchers found that even when selfish players (using ZD) eliminated players who were co-operative, they eventually had to evolve as well, otherwise selfish players would essentially eliminate each other and go extinct.

KIroBo Is world's FIrst talKIng roBot sent Into space Japan has launched the world's first talking robot into space to serve as companion to astronaut Kochi wakata who will begin his mission in November. The android took off from the island of Tanegashima in an unmanned rocket also carrying supplies for crew onboard the International Space Station (ISS). Measuring 34cm (13 inches), Kirobo is due to arrive at the ISS on 9 August. It is part of a study to see how machines can lend emotional support to people isolated over long periods. The launch of the H-2B rocket was broadcast online by the Japan Aerospace exploration Agency (Jaxa). The unmanned rocket is also carrying drinking water, food, clothing and work supplies to the six permanent crew members based at the ISS. 'GianT Leap': Kirobo's name derives from the Japanese words for "hope" and "robot". The small android weighs about 1kg (2.2 pounds) and has a wide range of physical motion. Its design was inspired by the legendary animation character Astro Boy. Kirobo has been programmed to communicate in Japanese and keep records of its conversations with Mr wakata who will take over as commander of the ISS later this year. In addition, it is expected to relay messages from the control room to the astronaut. "Kirobo will remember Mr wakata's face so it can recognise him when they reunite up in space," the robot's developer, Tomotaka Takahashi said. "I wish for this robot to function as a mediator between a person and machine, or a person and the Internet, and sometimes even between people." The biggest challenge was to make the android compatible with space, Mr Takahashi added. Dozens of tests were carried out over nine months to ensure Kirobo's reliability. Kirobo has a twin robot on earth called Mirata, which will monitor any problems its electronic counterpart may experience in space. "It's one small step for me, a giant leap for robots," Mirata said of the mission last month. The endeavour is a joint project between Mr Takahashi, car producer Toyota and advertising company Dentsu. CoURTESY BBC


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ahmad shahzad loses to fans in retweet row LAHORE STAFF REpoRT

The newly most talked about Cricketer, Ahmad Shahzad took out his frustration on fans on Twitter after the fans asked him to retweet and reply to their Tweets, after which Shehzad threatened to block those who asked for it and also said about staying away from Twitter. When the fans criticised the young opener, he responded by telling them to "stop their coaching classes, everyone is a record holder here" and also called them "losers" and "stupid punks" It looked as if Shahzad was not satisfied from his performance in his first match of CPLT20 where he only managed to score seven runs, after coming from a failure in the ODI and T20 series against West Indies. "It's just a game of cricket one win one has to lose!!! No one can perform every day!!! Other team will score 800 per match!!" he tweeted. He also singled out fans who respectfully asked for reply back to their tweet, but he responded in a harsh way by threatening to block them. Yet the fans remained calm, and showed maturity. It is not the first time when Shahzad has done this, he often has the habit to take out frustration on Twitter, which shows lack of professionalism of the player. Incidents like these give justification to acts that board do to ban players from using Social Media.

Everyone wants to play in the Ashes. Everyone who has ever played cricket wants to play in the Ashes. – Kevin Pietersen

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AKISTAN’S former captain Wasim Akram sees Pakistan winning its opening match of the 2015 World Cup against India provided they play positive cricket and go all out against the archrivals. But he also showed concern over the lack of test cricket being played by Pakistan. Akram said that the Indians had moved ahead of Pakistan as far as cricket was concerned and they were organising more tours around the world for all of their teams at all levels, adding that everyone wanted to play against India at home or in India. The former player was further quoted by pakpassion that the Indian Premier League has been a major boost for the country's cricket and their players. Akram said that from the Pakistani perspective, the planning had to start right now and the selectors needed to think about who was going to be playing at the 2015 World Cup, adding that his concern was whether Pakistani batsmen

would be able to perform well in Australia and New Zealand as the wickets would not be flat, with extra bounce available to the bowlers. The former Pakistan pace bowler said that the lack of Test cricket in home conditions has been hurting the development of Pakistan's cricket and that the PCB needs to address the issue quickly. Akram said that in comparison to other countries, Pakistan was playing a lot lesser number of Test matches and that was the reason why the side could not compete in Test cricket with nations who were playing much more Test cricket. The former player said that the more Test cricket the side plays, the better they would become and even laid emphasis on organising more 'A' tours and more Under 19 tours. Akram said that the 'A' teams of other leading Test nations were in action on a regular basis around the world, but unfortunately there seemed to be very little movement on this from the PCB.

India in discussions over drs compromise

SPORTS DESK India have been offered a compromise solution in an effort to persuade them to accept the Decision Review System so it can be universally adopted at international level. The BCCI currently refuses to sanction use of the DRS in series involving India and, under the chairmanship of N Srinivasan at the ICC, has declined the recommendation of the ICC'S cricket committee to embrace the DRS in all formats of the game at international level. Supporters of DRS are optimistic, however, that the BCCI's attitude to the issue has softened and believe that misgivings are now less about the technology and more about the number of reviews allowed in each innings. At present, two unsuccessful reviews are allowed in each Test innings but private discussions have led some to believe that the BCCI favours unlimited reviews. Unlimited reviews are likely to remain unacceptable to the ICC on the grounds that it risks slowing the pace of the game and encourages speculative use of the system. But a compromise has been suggested whereby a side would not lose one of its two reviews if its appeal only failed on the basis of "umpire's call" - the margin of error built in to give the on-field umpires the benefit of the doubt in marginal decisions. The BCCI declined to comment, but a spokesman did admit that they had been in discussions with the ICC over the issue "for a while." It may also be relevant that Jagmohan Dalmiya is currently the acting president of the BCCI in the absence of Srinivasan, who temporarily stepped aside to ensure no perception of bias while the BCCI looked into allegations of spot fixing within the IPL.

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After their fifth heavy defeat in five games, Zimbabwe's cricketers might have been excused for wanting to leave Queens Sports Club as quickly as possible and, perhaps, get away from cricket and the pain of defeat for a little while. But the Zimbabweans didn't head straight for the team bus. Instead, they walked into the Indian dressing room to talk to the Indians and glean a little knowledge from the world champions. Their rationale being that if you're going to get walloped, you might as well try to learn something in the process. "They're in the changing room with [India] now, to talk to them," said Zimbabwe coach Andy Waller. "The best time to learn is now in the change room with the best players in the world, and talking one-on-one when you're not shy talking out in the open. And our guys are quite bad like that. They don't go up and ask questions about cricket, and that's how you learn. And I'm hoping we try to change that culture. Hopefully they'll learn something from what they hear from the guys." Earlier in the day, when Zimbabwe were in the field, Waller himself had decamped to the top floor of the City End stand for a one-on-one chat with India's bowling coach Joe Dawes. Later, Waller was slightly late to the post-match press conference and Sean Williams, who had arrived slightly early, suggested that his coach was trying to get as much out of the Indian camp as he could before the visitors depart for Johannesburg, and on to Mumbai, on Sunday morning. The opposition dressing room is, of course, not the only place from where Zimbabwe should be picking up a few tips. Having watched India's batsmen pile on

over a thousand runs for the loss of just 19 wickets in the series, they've had plenty of time to observe the best way to go about compiling a limited-overs innings. "You look at someone like Kohli for example," Waller said. "He doesn't play risky shots. He plays good, simple cricket and he finds the gaps, whereas I think our guys try to improvise more than they should. That's something that we're working really hard at: trying to convince them that that's the way we should be playing cricket. "I think it's watching all this IPL and that sort of stuff that's got these guys thinking the only way you can score runs is hitting over the top and hitting sixes and fours. The Indians have proved to us that

that's not the case. They shoulder arms like they're playing Test cricket, but they're still getting the runs on the board, because they're waiting patiently." The lessons Zimbabwe are learning are not easy ones. The international cricket arena is a ruthless classroom, and their classmates are wealthier, more famous and more popular. Williams, who'd scraped his way to a fifty that held together a flimsy batting performance, admitted that the problem for Zimbabwe was that they might have been a little starstruck during their brush with the cool kids. "I struggled with the bat in the first four games, but it was really a mindset of playing against the world champions," Williams said. "It's a lot different to playing

against other teams like Bangladesh, Kenya and Ireland. Once I overcame that, everything seemed to gel together. Obviously I'm not happy that I didn't finish it off, but it's getting better. I'm looking forward to Pakistan arriving." It's not just Zimbabwe's batsmen who could learn a thing or two from India. Though the Indian bowling attack was marginally less experienced than Zimbabwe's, they went about their business in a professional, consistent manner. Waller touched repeatedly on what Zimbabwe's game plans had been - to keep wickets in hand at the top of the order, to bowl a consistent line and length - and how those plans hadn't always been stuck to. Indeed, Kyle Jarvis seemed to pay the

price for his lack of consistency and inability to stick to a plan earlier in the series when he was rotated out of the playing XI, but he did, at least, seem to pick up quickly what was required of him and bounced back with a strong performance with the ball in the final match. "Jarvis wasn't really dropped," insisted Waller. "We've tried to rotate the guys. My whole intention at the beginning was to give all four seam bowlers an equal opportunity. But also, to be honest with him, Jarvis wasn't quite going by our game plans and he'd be the first to admit it. We wanted him to bowl a line and length and create pressure, and get wickets like that. "The way he was feeling, he's a strike bowler and he swings it away slightly and that's how he thinks he was going to get his wickets. So he was bowling full and he was getting hit. So it's a learning curve for him, that we must play by the game plan. It's a team game, and he's learned from it and it's shown today when he got 2 for 18 from eight. He bowled exactly how we wanted him to. We know he's capable of doing it, but I think he's learned from that error." Zimbabwe don't have a lot of time to let the lessons learned from India's trip to sink in. Pakistan will be visiting in a matter of weeks, and after them Sri Lanka follow. But that is not necessarily a bad thing. In fact, quite the opposite. A curriculum based around regular, top-level competition is exactly what this team needs. "It's not something we can turn over in two or three months," added Waller. "I'm not trying to make excuses, but it's a long process. It's a confidence thing. The guys haven't played hard, competitive cricket for three or four months now, and I think you'll find by the end of the Sri Lanka tour, playing more of that standard of cricket, the confidence will build up and we'll start improving."


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USTRALIA’S captain Michael Clarke was far from alone in fuming as the umpires made the unilateral decision to take the teams off for bad light with the tourists leading by 331 runs on the fourth evening of the Old Trafford Test. To widespread incredulity around the ground and the world, Tony Hill and Marais Erasmus judged conditions to be unsafe for play, maintaining the officials’ unedifyingly scene-stealing role in this series. Clarke’s disgust was as clear as the barely concealed relief of his opposite number Alastair Cook, for England need only a draw in Manchester to retain the Ashes. Rain arrived subsequently to end the day, but the umpires’ enthusiasm to get the combatants off the ground cost 30 minutes of possible play, a figure that may prove critical should the skies clear enough on the final day to allow a full allotment of overs. Speaking to the host broadcasters, Hill and Erasmus stated that they had deemed conditions unsafe, even though Australia had been motoring along at close to six runs per over. They also revealed they had asked Cook to bowl spin, a request England’s captain understandably refused given the series scenario. Clarke remonstrated at length when asked to depart, but under current ICC regulations had no say in the matter. No side has chased more than 294 to win in the fourth innings at the ground, but Clarke appeared to be pushing towards a lead of around 350 with more than 30 overs still scheduled to be bowled on the fourth evening. The hosts had reduced Australia’s chances of forcing the victory they need to keep the series alive with doughty lower order batting on the fourth morning, but were then conspicuous in their timewasting tactics in the field. Matt Prior and Stuart Broad put together a critical stand of 58 that averted the follow-on, before the last man James Anderson aided England’s wicketkeeper in

another pesky union that pared back the tourists’ first innings advantage to 159. From there England played the situation with pragmatism but little imagination, letting their over rate sag and then being happy when Hill and Erasmus made a ruling that left spectators almost as nonplussed as Clarke himself. A series of cameos by Chris Rogers, David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Shane

JadeJa JuMps to no 1 In odI BowlIng ranKIngs SPORTS DESK Ravindra Jadeja has topped the ICC bowlers' rankings in ODIs, level with West Indies spinner Sunil Narine, after jumping four places. Jadeja is the first India bowler to top the rankings since Anil Kumble, who topped the table in 1996, and is the fourth India bowler to do so, Kapil Dev and Maninder Singh being the others. Jadeja took five wickets from five matches in the ODI series against Zimbabwe and is the leading wicket-taker this year with 38 wickets from 22 matches at 18.86. He also topped the wicket-takers list in the Champions Trophy with 12 wickets from five matches, and was named Man of the Match in the final against England. His team-mate Amit Mishra rocketed 47 places to 32nd spot after claiming 18 wickets against Zimbabwe in the bilateral series. Sri Lanka batsman Kumar Sangakkara, who is ranked third after Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers, equalled his careerhigh ranking in the batting list. Sangakkara, the leading run-scorer in the ODI series against South Africa with 372 runs at an average of 93, was last ranked third in 2005. Tillakaratne Dilshan gained two places and is now at the sixth spot. He scored 273 runs in the series and was second in the list of leading run-scorers. Meanwhile, India strengthened their position at the top of the ODI rankings after their 5-0 win even though it earned them just one rating point. Australia are ranked second, nine rating points behind India. Sri Lanka and South Africa swapped places and Sri Lanka are now ranked fourth, six rating points ahead of South Africa.

Watson and Steve Smith had kept Australia’s runs ticking over, though a wicket fell every time they threatened to go from a canter to a charge. Watson’s absence at the top of the order reflected his lack of batting confidence in the first innings, but also allowed Warner the chance to make a decent contribution to the match after his brief and less than illustrious visit to the middle on the second day.

AUSTRALIA 527/7d ENgLAND 1st INNINgS MJ prior c Warner b Siddle 30 SCJ Broad c †Haddin b Lyon 32 gp Swann c †Haddin b Siddle 11 3 JM Anderson not out 21 EXTRAS (b 3, lb 17, nb 1) 368 ToTAL FALL oF WICkETS 1-47 (Root, 23.4 ov), 2-49 (Bresnan, 27.3 ov), 3-64 (Trott, 38.6 ov), 4-110 (Cook, 53.6 ov), 5-225 (Bell, 90.2 ov), 6-277 (Bairstow, 106.1 ov), 7-280 (pietersen, 110.1 ov), 8-338 (Broad, 128.5 ov), 9-353 (Swann, 131.3 ov), 10-368 (prior, 139.3 ov) BoWLINg: RJ Harris 31-9-82-2, MA Starc 27-5-76-3, NM Lyon 3512-95-1, SR Watson 15-7-26-0, pM Siddle 29.3-7-63-4, SpD Smith 2-0-6-0, AUSTRALIA 2nd INNINgS CJL Rogers c prior b Broad 12 DA Warner c Root b Bresnan 41 UT khawaja b Swann 24 18 SR Watson c pietersen b Bresnan

30 MJ Clarke not out SpD Smith run out (sub [TR Craddock]/prior/Anderson) 19 BJ Haddin c Broad b Anderson 8 MA Starc c Swann b Anderson 11 RJ Harris not out 0 9 EXTRAS (b 4, lb 2, w 3) 172 ToTAL To BAT pM Siddle, NM Lyon FALL oF WICkETS 1-23 (Rogers, 5.6 ov), 2-74 (Warner, 17.6 ov), 3-99 (khawaja, 22.4 ov), 4-103 (Watson, 23.5 ov), 5-133 (Smith, 29.1 ov), 6-152 (Haddin, 31.6 ov), 7-172 (Starc, 35.3 ov) BoWLINg: JM Anderson 8-0-37-2, SCJ Broad 7-2-30-1, gp Swann 15-0-74-1, TT Bresnan 6-0-25-2 Match details Toss Australia, who chose to bat player of the match tba Umpires M Erasmus (South Africa) and AL Hill (New Zealand) TV umpire HDpk Dharmasena (Sri Lanka) Match referee RS Madugalle (Sri Lanka) Reserve umpire NgB Cook

Rogers appeared fluent again but sacrificed his wicket to an attempted ODI dab towards third man, resulting only in an edge off Broad, well held by Prior. Warner played with good sense after lunch, finding gaps on the offside and behind square leg, though England felt they had him snicking a Broad bouncer behind. A referral was used, but amid scant evidence to overturn the original decision Warner stayed, leading to a petulant reaction by Cook’s men. Eventually Warner would fall, hooking into the hands of his Birmingham Walkabout target Joe Root at deep square leg. Khawaja played neatly until being bowled around his legs by a Swann delivery that drifted and spun, Watson made his usual start before upper cutting to third man, and Smith unfurled a pair of handsome lofted straight drives before falling victim to a run out as Clarke forgot to run the first one hard. Broad and Prior resumed in the morning with a simple goal - avoid the follow-on and then let a bleak weather forecast conspire with them to thwart Australia. Clarke opened up with a wearylooking Ryan Harris, his usual vim sapped by the previous day. Prior and Broad seemed wise to this and attacked, while at the other end Broad kept Nathan Lyon out. Runs accrued quickly, to a combination of decent shots and fortunate edges, the vacant

third slip region getting particular attention. Australia’s lead was quickly diminished, and with a slashing Broad drive off Harris the follow-on was saved. Now sensing his primary task had been achieved, Broad had no qualms about turning on his heels to the pavilion after Lyon procured the thinnest of edges through to Brad Haddin. Prior continued to attack and was dropped at shortish midwicket by a lunging Smith from Lyon. Graeme Swann did not last long, also walking after doing well to inside edge a searing delivery in Siddle’s first over of the morning, but Prior and Anderson then did their best to prolong England’s innings and thus reduce the time available for Australia. This resulted in some curious shot choices and equally odd field settings, the crowd growing restless as Prior farmed the strike and Anderson looked safe enough against the few deliveries he did have to face. Drinks arrived after 67 runs had been added for the loss of two wickets - a ledger most favourable to England. Prior did not last too much longer, skying Siddle to hand him a deserved fourth wicket. From there Cook’s team would take on a decidedly defensive if not outright cynical posture, until Hill and Erasmus joined them in reducing the chances of an outright result.

BowLers, MiLLer seT uP series win SCoREBoARD SoUTH AFRICA H Davids b kulasekara 7 Q de kock st †Sangakkara b Senanayake 19 F du plessis b Malinga 12 Jp Duminy c Mathews b Senanayake 30 AB de Villiers run out (MDkJ perera) 15 DA Miller c Chandimal b kulasekara 36 D Wiese not out 7 WD parnell not out 10 EXTRAS (lb 2, w 7) 9 ToTAL 145 DID NoT BAT M Morkel, Imran Tahir, LL Tsotsobe FALL oF WICkETS 1-11 (Davids, 2.1 ov), 2-44 (de kock, 7.4 ov), 3-48 (du plessis, 8.2 ov), 4-86 (de Villiers, 12.6 ov), 5105 (Duminy, 15.3 ov), 6-132 (Miller, 18.4 ov) BoWLINg: kMDN kulasekara 4-0-22-2, SL Malinga 4-0-321, SMSM Senanayake 4-0-18-2, AD Mathews 4-0-32-0, BAW Mendis 4-0-39-0 SRI LANkA MDkJ perera lbw b Imran Tahir 21 DpMD Jayawardene c †de kock b Tsotsobe 6 LD Chandimal c †de kock b Tsotsobe 2 kC Sangakkara c Wiese b Morkel 39 HDRL Thirimanne b parnell 18 AD Mathews c de Villiers b Wiese 1 NLTC perera not out 22 kMDN kulasekara c †de kock b Morkel 10 SMSM Senanayake not out 1 EXTRAS (lb 1, w 2) 3 ToTAL (7 wickets; 20 overs)123(6.15 runs per over) DID NoT BAT SL Malinga, BAW Mendis FALL oF WICkETS 1-8 (Jayawardene, 0.6 ov), 2-27 (Chandimal, 4.2 ov), 3-48 (MDkJ perera, 8.2 ov), 4-85 (Thirimanne, 13.5 ov), 5-88 (Mathews, 14.4 ov), 6-90 (Sangakkara, 15.1 ov), 7-112 (kulasekara, 18.2 ov) BoWLINg: LL Tsotsobe 4-0-17-2, M Morkel 4-0-34-2, WD parnell 4-0-25-1, D Wiese 4-0-25-1, Imran Tahir 4-0-21-1 Match details Toss South Africa, who chose to bat Series South Africa led the 3-match series 2-0 player of the match DA Miller (South Africa) Umpires REJ Martinesz and RSA palliyaguruge TV umpire RR Wimalasiri Match referee AJ pycroft (Zimbabwe) Reserve umpire LE Hannibal

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It was South Africa against Kumar Sangakkara again, this time in Hambantota, and the visiting bowling unit overcame to guarantee their side a

trophy. In vicious winds, South Africa’s attack held their nerve to defend a challenging total and ensure the series was won with a game to play. Sangakkara was the only batsman to mount a challenge and lacked the support South Africa’s line-up gave each other, albeit somewhat scrappy. Their top order showed slight improvements and two partnerships in the 30s helped them post a sizable target but, as was the case in the first match, the bowlers were tasked with winning the match. Led by Lonwabo Tsotsobe upfront, they struck regularly to ensure Sri Lanka were always an arm’s length from the total. Sri Lanka stumbled from the get-go when Mahela Jayawardene, who was brought back into the XI in place of the rested Tillakaratne Dilshan, lasted five balls. Tsotsobe got a short ball to angle across him and Jayawardene edged to Quinton de Kock. Kusal Perera took three boundaries off Morne Morkel to threaten his first score of substance in the series but lost another partner early on. Dinesh Chandimal chased a wide one from Tsotsobe and was also caught behind. Then, Sri Lankan hearts were set aflutter when Perera and Kumar Sangakkara could have been dismissed three times in the space of six balls. Perera pulled Tsotsobe in the direction of two fielders but found space, while Sangakkara outside edged Parnell past a vacant slip area and then inside-edged inches away from his stumps. The pair managed six runs off the next 15 deliveries before Perera was trapped in front trying to reverse sweep an Imran Tahir googly. Replays showed it had pitched just outside leg but with no DRS reviews in the shortest format, Perera had to go. He did, shaking his head all the way. Sangakkara and Lahiru Thirimanne rebuilt but picked the wrong

bowler to take on when Wayne Parnell was brought back. Thirimanne tried to heave him over midwicket and was bowled off a full delivery. Angelo Mathews holed out but Sri Lanka’s challenge ended when Sangakkara was caught by David Wiese at extra cover. Wiese was playing only his second match for South Africa and has not done too much of note yet but he back-pedaled to take the catch over his head and ensure Sri Lanka had too much to do. They

needed 56 runs off the last five overs and, as South Africa’s batting showed, that was always going to be unlikely. South Africa’s opening stand failed again when Henry Davids was bowled by a Nuwan Kulasekara inswinger. De Kock showed improvement with a more aggressive approach and used his feet better to come down the track, especially against the spinners. He took it too far though and was stumped off Sachithra Senanayake’s bowling.


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SPORTS DESK Werder Bremen joined Borussia Moenchengladbach and Eintracht Braunschweig as the Bundesliga’s first victims in the German Cup on Sunday when they were stunned 3-1 by thirdtier Saarbruecken in extra time. Bremen, once a dominant force in the Bundesliga, slumped to an inglorious first-round exit when Saarbruecken struck twice in extra time after a 1-1 draw over 90 minutes. Toothless Braunschweig, newly-promoted to the Bundesliga, had little to offer in their 21 defeat to battling Arminia Bielefeld, who took a 36th-minute lead through Sebastian Hille. Timo Perthel levelled for the visitors just past the hour but Tim Jerat grabbed the deserved winner in the 72nd minute. Gladbach’s exit was more spectacular with third-division Darmstadt snatching the second-round spot with a 5-4 win on penalties. Hanover 96 scored twice late in their game to edge past fourth-division Victoria Hamburg 2-0. On Saturday, Borussia Dortmund left it late against fourth-tier Wilhelmshaven, scoring three times in the final 19 minutes to clinch a 3-0 win and book their spot in the second round. Holders Bayern Munich are in action on Monday against fourth-tier BSV Rehden.

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granollers wins fourth career title in Kitzbuhel Spain’s Marcel Granollers won the fourth ATP title of his career in Kitzbuhel by beating Juan Monaco in the final. The eight-seed recovered from a terrible first set to beat the second-seeded Argentine 0-6 7-6 (3) 6-4 victory in two hours and 12 minutes. Three of Granollers four successes have now come on clay. He won his first title on the surface in Houston in 2008 and also won in Gstaad in 2011. His other title came on Valencia’s indoor hard courts also in 2011. Granollers could face Andy Murray in the second round of next week’s Rodgers Cup in Montreal but must beat Grigor Dimitrov first. SpoRTS DESk

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SPORTS DESK The New York Cosmos returned to competitive football with their first win since 1984, beginning their NASL campaign in a 2-1 win over Fort Lauderdale Strikers. With ex-Cosmos legends such as Pele in attendance, and the odd notable footballing name in their starting XI such as ex-Villarreal and Spain midfielder Marcos Senna, the rebooted franchise drew 11,929 to Hofstra University’s campus. The Cosmos took the first lead on a Peri Marošević goal just before half-time, but the Strikers equalised in the 73rd minute when midfielder Walter Restrepo’s header went over Cosmos goalkeeper Kyle Reynish and in. But Alessandro Noselli was the hero on the Cosmos’ big day with a header of his own deep into stoppage time to ensure the famed New York side’s return to prominence was a victorious one. The fixture was far from the glamorous occasion fans of the classic instalment of the Cosmos will be accustomed to, but another club legend and ambassador, Carlos Alberto, says the side will bring back those glory days in time. “We’re thrilled with the return of the Cosmos and if not this year, very soon we’re going to have the same kind of team we had before,” Alberto said. “The most important thing for people to know is we’re not here to play games. We’re here to really seriously play this game hard.”

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OP seed Victoria Azarenka overcame a lapse of concentration to defeat Ana Ivanovic 6-0 4-6 6-3 and reach the final of the Carlsbad Open. laying in her first tournament since suffering knee and hip injuries at Wimbledon, the Belarussian dug herself out of a second-set hole to subdue the 2008 French Open champion, who also ran hot and cold throughout. Australia’s Samantha Stosur will face Azarenka in Sunday’s showdown after the fifth seed utilised her big serve and forehand to repel French wild card Virginie Razzano 7-6 6-3 in the second semi-final. “It’s something that you expect from Ana, she’s a very big shot maker and loves to bang the ball,” Azarenka told reporters of her hardhitting Serb opponent. “For me the key was to not let her make those shots and be the one who was putting the pressure. I did feel more consistent.” World number three Azarenka raced through the first set, breaking the seventh-seeded Ivanovic three times, but was less than thrilled with her play in the second, where she was broken to love and conceded it with three sizzling forehand winners. Azarenka composed herself in the third, breaking Ivanovic with a ripping forehand crosscourt winner and never giving the Serb a look at her serve. Following her win, the double Australian Open champion is guaranteed to pass Russian Maria Sharapova for the number two ranking when they are released on Monday. Serena Williams will remain number one.

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del potro to Face Isner In dc FInal waShinGTon dc: Top seed Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina took advantage of a long rain delay to defeat Germany’s Tommy Haas 7-6(4) 6-3 on Saturday and reach the final of the $1.3 million Citi Open. Del Potro will face American John Isner, who moved closer to his second title in as many weeks by blasting 29 aces to despatch Russia’s Dmitry Tursunov 6-7(7) 6-3 6-4. Haas raced to a 4-1 lead in the opening set before rain caused a threehour 10-minute delay. When play resumed, Del Potro won four straight games to take a 5-4 lead. Third seed Haas recovered briefly, breaking Del Potro to stay in the set, but the Argentine re-asserted his dominance in the tiebreak, seizing the first four points before winning 7-4. Del Potro broke the 35-year-old Haas to take a 5-3 lead in the second set and closed out the match on serve. Isner landed 67 percent of his first serves, had only one double fault, and gave up no break-points in winning his first match against Tursunov in just over two hours. The eighth-seeded Isner, who won in Atlanta last week and is the United States’ top men’s tennis player with a world ranking of 20, broke Tursunov to love in the fifth game of the final set to grab a 3-2 lead. That was all the lanky 28-year-old needed, and he sealed the hardcourt match on an unseasonably cool evening in Washington with an ace on match point. Isner has not beaten Del Potro, the 2009 U.S. Open champion, in three career meetings. “He obviously serves very well but he returns exceptionally well,” Isner said. “He actually just crushes the ball from the baseline. There’s a reason he’s (ranked) seven in the world. He’s so good.” AgENCIES

Newcastle director of football Joe Kinnear has said the club are fighting hard to add players to their squad and that he has not been dragging his heels in the transfer market. The Magpies are yet to make a summer signing except for teenager Olivier Kemen from Metz, with the start of the new Barclays Premier League season just two weeks away. Kinnear is at the forefront of player acquisition following his appointment by owner Mike Ashley in June. “I’m well aware that everyone is concerned (about the lack of transfers) and rightly so, but I’m not dragging my heels in any manner,” he added. “I’m being sensible about the budget I have got and am going to spend it as wisely as I can - I keep (manager) Alan (Pardew) well informed and have regular meetings. “We sit down on a regular basis and talk about the type of players we want, the best type of players for the Newcastle fans.” Lyon striker Bafetimbi Gomis is believed to be close to a move to St James’ Park but a deal is yet to be announced and Kinnear admits it is becoming difficult to land transfer targets. “We are fighting hard,” he told Sky Sports News. “There are two or three of us (clubs) all seemingly to be wrapped around the same players and, as I have said to Mike, it is a serious battle that we need to win and we are very close to achieving that. “There are always extra add-ons, always an extra thing and always an extra problem and then there is always the problem of competition from other teams.


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FTER Tiger Woods maintained his commanding seven-shot lead at the WGCBridgestone Invitational on Saturday, his closest rivals all but conceded that Sunday’s final round will come down to a battle for second. Woods put himself in prime position to seal a record eighth victory in the elite World Golf Championships (WGC) event at Firestone Country Club, shooting a two-under-par 68 on Saturday to post a 15-under total of 195. “It’s tough when a guy is at 15 under and he’s got a seven-shot lead,” said American Jason Dufner, who birdied the first four holes on the way to a 67 and third place at seven under. “This would be a heck of a tournament for the fans and everybody out here if he wasn’t playing, but that’s not the case right now. “He’s the type of golfer that can do this to these golf courses, and as players you’ve got to try and respond with what you can to try and catch him. It’s a tough task.” Dufner was happy enough with his own form at Firestone, having produced scores of 67, 69 and 67 on a challenging, tree-lined layout that measures 7,400 yards off the back tees. “The first three days have been pretty good,” the 36-year-old, a double champion on the PGA Tour, told reporters. “I’m right there up close to the top of the leaderboard, not really close to what Tiger is doing, though. “He has a pretty good track record here. There are quite a few events out

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here where he does really well. He obviously feels comfortable on those courses.” wGc doMinance: Woods has dominated the WGC events since they were introduced in 1999, winning 17 of them in 41 starts, and Henrik Stenson was fully prepared to watch the world number one romp to yet another victory on Sunday. “We might just be there to see the final victory lap,” said the Swede, who will play with Woods in the final pairing at Firestone after a 67 on Saturday secured him outright second place at eight under. “We’ll see tomorrow. But I can only do so much. I can play my game and see where that takes me. It’s kind of tough to pick up seven shots on Tiger around here. “It would take something spectacular on my behalf or any of the other guys around me and obviously a very, very poor one for him.” Stenson, a seven-times champion on

the European Tour, was excited about the chance to match up his game with Woods in the final round. “He’s obviously playing great, and it’ll be a good test, a good measurement,” the 37-year-old said. “If he’s too far ahead, he’s too far ahead. It might be a race for second, but we’ll see tomorrow.” Asked for his thoughts on why Woods played so well at Firestone, which has been softened by rain this week, Stenson replied: “When it’s soft, like now, you can flight the ball in and it’s proper target golf. He’s got great yardage control. “He obviously likes to move the ball a little bit and a lot of the tee shots set up nicely for that. But it’s kind of hard to imagine. “I never won anywhere seven times before, and he’s going for the eighth one here. He’s obviously very confident around this golf course, and he likes it. He just feels right at home.”

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SPORTS DESK Giorgio Chiellini feels it ‘would be crazy to leave Juventus now’, even for Real Madrid. The Bianconeri have won two consecutive Scudetti and reached the Champions League quarter-finals, but have reinforced with Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente. And the defender has insisted that he will stay in Turin, despite constant speculation linking him with Los Blancos. “Every summer I hear transfer stories around me or Claudio Marchisio, but a lot of it is fantasy football,” he told Tuttosport. “Beppe Marotta said clearly that this is not a selling club. Besides, it would be crazy to leave Juventus now that the project is taking off, even if Real Madrid came calling. Chiellini was asked about the Santiago Bernabeu side’s reported €120m offer for Tottenham’sGareth Bale. “It’s a completely different reality and we cannot think of competing with Real Madrid or Barcelona. Let me also remind you that the club that spends the most money doesn’t always win. Just look at Borussia Dortmund. “We too can look to the future with great confidence and enthusiasm. We’ve reinforced and signed players who can help us in our growth process.”

Tiger Woods failed to replicate the sizzling form he produced on Friday but remained in full command with a sevenshot lead after Saturday’s third round at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. In pursuit of his fifth PGA Tour victory of the season, Woods “grinded” out a two-under-par 68 on a warm, breezy day at Firestone Country Club to maintain his overnight lead. The American world number one, winner of a record seven World Golf Championships (WGC) titles here, struggled at times for accuracy off the tee as he mixed five birdies with three

bogeys for a 15-under total of 195. Woods had distanced himself from the field with a stunning 61 on Friday and will head into Sunday’s final round with an intimidating record, having triumphed 52 of 56 times on the PGA Tour when holding at least a share of the 54-hole lead.

“I feel pretty good,” the 14-times major champion told reporters. “Today was a day that I didn’t quite have it, but I scored. And that’s the name of the game is posting a number, and I did today. I grinded my way around that golf course. “It was playing a little blustery. As smooth as yesterday was, as difficult as today was, it’s just one of those things where I was just trying to build on my lead somehow. And for most of the day I was doing that. “Ended up being a dead push for the day, but that’s not too bad, either. Hopefully I can seal the deal tomorrow and get ready for the PGA (Championship) at Oak Hill,” he added, referring to the year’s final major next week.

Park Inbee’s hopes of a fourth successive golf major looked forlorn on Sunday as she completed a thirdround 74 at the women’s British Open at St Andrews in Scotland. The South Korean world number one had to return early on Sunday to complete the final 14 holes of her third round which had been interrupted by high winds the previous day. However, a two-over round left her on even par for the tournament, nine shots behind leader Morgan Pressel of the United States who carded a 71. Park then dropped three shots in her first four holes of the fourth round which began immediately afterwards. Overnight leader Choi Nayeon slipped down the leaderboard when she could muster only a 75 on Sunday, although she was still only two off the pace.

woodland surges clear oF FIeld at reno-tahoe open SPORTS DESK American Gary Woodland fired a seven-under 65 on Saturday to surge seven points clear of the field heading into the final round of the Reno-Tahoe Open, the PGA Tour’s only event using the Stableford scoring system. Woodland, who began one shot back of Argentine overnight leader Andres Romero, was off to a flying start with an eagle at the par-five second and piled up six birdies against a lone bogey for a three-round total of 37 points. Under the modified Stableford system, points are awarded on each hole for being under-par, with birdies earning a player two points and eagles five. A bogey costs a player one point, double bogeys and worse three points. No points are won or lost with par.

Trott leaves it late to claim rideLondon victory SPORTS DESK Laura Trott secured a thrilling victory by a matter of inches from Hannah Barnes to claim the inaugural Prudential RideLondon Women’s Grand Prix title. The double Olympic champion and Wiggle Honda rider and her MG-Maxifuel rival were neck and neck as they raced towards the finish line in front of packed crowds on The Mall. But Trott dug deepest and raised both arms aloft as she added another crown to her growing catalogue of wins. In a race reduced to 45 minutes after an injury to a junior rider earlier in the afternoon, the 21-year-old from Harlow was among the early leaders in a world class international field. Barnes, winner of the recent IG London Nocture, was never far from the front, however, with the pair jockeying for position on the 1.3-mile loop around St James’s Park. City of Edinburgh’s

Katie Archibald set the pace as the field moved through a dozen laps claiming the first intermediate sprint victory. The pace slowed at halfway as a Wiggle Honda outfit containing Olympic champions Dani King and Jo Rowsell took turns to control events at the front of the field. But the speed ratcheted up again as the lap counter ran down with Helen Wyman of the Kona/FSA Factory Team claiming the final intermediate sprint. With two laps to go a breakaway trio were pulled in and Rowsell hit the front only to suffer a suspected broken collarbone as the leading riders gathered for a final push. That set up a grandstand finish between Trott and Barnes with the Olympic omnium and team pursuit champion showing her class to open up the smallest of gaps as they crossed the line, with Australian Loren Rowney of the Specialized-lululemon team grabbing third.

cavendIsh wIns danIsh FInale Mark Cavendish won the final stage of the Tour of Denmark, sprinting to victory in Frederiksberg, Copenhagen. The Briton (Omega Pharma - Quick-Step) claimed his first stage win of the week-long event, beating Bryan Coquard (Europcar) and Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Sharp). Dutchman Wilco Kelderman (Belkin) claimed overall victory courtesy of a strong time trial performance on Friday. Cavendish came seventh on GC. Cavendish repeated his Frederiksberg triumph of last year when he prevailed in a bunch sprint following a circuitous 165km stage from Roskilde, west of the Danish capital. He said: “I had problems early in the sprint, where I lost a couple of positions, but I came back. It’s always great to win in Frederiksberg, there’s great crowd support.” SpoRTS DESk


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issues facing the energy-starved nation. The prime minister, however, said there was no shortcut to success and prosperity. “We need to prioritise our problems. Our foremost priority is to boost economic activities in the country and to check the menace of terrorism.” Commenting on the ongoing energy crisis, he said there were no quick fixes to this problem. “We have carefully studied every possible option and are confident that in the next three or three-and-a-half years we will be in position to meet not only our actual energy demands but will also produce surplus electricity.” He said the government had taken measures to check line losses and electricity theft and those steps had yielded results. Apart from that, he added, his government was making progress on the Thar Coal Power Project. Nawaz deplored the fact that his predecessors did not attach much importance to this sector. “Had they focused on this sector, the situation of the country would have been different today.”

Construction of new dams, he said, would also help overcome electricity and water shortages in the long run. Regarding terrorism, he said that without peace, prosperity could not be achieved. Without the rule of law, he said, Pakistan could emerge as a civilised nation. “Our government is willing to take all measures to check terrorism and root out seeds of sectarianism,” he said. Without divulging details about his recent talks with US Secretary of State John Kerry, he said that both sides expressed their concerns in a frank manner. “Honest handling will help resolve issues,” he added. During his visit to Pakistan last week, Kerry hinted that the disputed drone strikes could end soon. To a question about his reconciliatory approach toward his political rivals with a particular reference to the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), he said that he was the PM and it was his responsibility to unite the nation. The prime minister expressed his resolve to make efforts for the

restoration of peace in Afghanistan and to help facilitate the Doha peace process. Commenting on the ongoing trial of former president Pervez Musharraf, he said he did not believe in politics of revenge. “An inquiry is underway,” he said. He termed his meetings with King Abdullah and Crown Prince Salman extremely fruitful and cordial. He said that status of premiership demands that he should take everybody along in his efforts to bring prosperity to the country and take incisive decisions whatever was in the best interests of the country. “The country is now on the path of democracy, which is the right path and our government while following the right path will take right decisions.” He said that his government inherited numerous problems but it was determined to overcome them. He also called on Baloch leaders, who are residing outside, to come back to Pakistan and play their positive role for stability and peace.

us a ‘willing partner’ if Iran serious on nuclear talks: white house waShinGTon: Iran will find the United States a “willing partner” if new President Hassan Rowhani is prepared for serious talks on its nuclear programme, the White House said on Sunday. In a message congratulating Rowhani on his inauguration as Iranian president, the White House said it “presents an opportunity for Iran to act quickly to resolve the international community’s deep concerns over Iran’s nuclear programme”. “Should this new government choose to engage substantively and seriously to meet its international obligations and find a peaceful solution to this issue, it will find a willing partner in the United States,” the statement by White House press secretary Jay Carney said. In taking the oath of office in Tehran Sunday, Rowhani called on the West to engage Iran through dialogue not sanctions. “The only path to interact with Iran is through negotiations on equal grounds, reciprocal trust-building, mutual respect and reducing hostilities,” Rowhani said after being sworn in before the parliament. “If you want a proper answer, do not speak with Iran with the language of sanctions but with the language of respect,” he said, adding Iran would “not surrender to sanctions, nor be threatened with war.” The West is hoping for a fresh start under Rowhani after years of unsuccessful negotiations with Tehran over its nuclear program, which it suspects is aimed at developing a nuclear weapons capability. AgENCIES

KaraChi: People are evacuated from Saadi Town after heavy flooding in the area.

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Flash floods triggered by days of torrential rain have killed more than 40 people in Afghanistan and destroying dozens of houses, a senior disaster official said on Sunday. Heavy flooding that began three days ago hit nine eastern and southeastern provinces and some districts of the capital. Surobi district of Kabul was the hardest hit, Ghulam Farooq, the head of emergency operations for Afghanistan’s National Disaster Management Authority, told AFP. “The primary report indicates that 35 people have died in Surobi district, eight in Khost and one in Kapisa,” he said. Four people were missing in eastern Nangarhar province, he added. The floodwaters also destroyed hundreds of hectares of farmland and displaced hundreds of people in those provinces, he said. “At least 237 houses have been destroyed in Surobi alone,” he said. He said emergency teams had been sent to the areas to assess the situation. Harsh winters in Afghanistan and heavy snowfalls often cause swollen rivers that trigger flooding in the mountainous country in spring and summer. But this year, Afghanistan witnessed one of the hottest summers in decades with temperatures reaching up to 50 degrees Celsius in some parts.

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Iran’s new moderate President Hassan Rowhani took the oath before parliament on Sunday, at a ceremony attended for the first time by foreign dignitaries including regional leaders. Rowhani takes over from his predecessor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, whose provocative policies in two turbulent four-year terms left Iran isolated internationally and struggling economically. In a speech after being sworn in, Rowhani addressed several issues which he said were of concern to the Iranian people, including “to live better” in a world where they are no longer isolated. “The people voted for moderation... the people want to live better, to

have dignity, and enjoy a stable life. They want to recapture their deserving position among nations,” Rowhani told parliament. The 64-year-old cleric formally took office on Saturday at a ceremony in which he received the endorsement of supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, pledging to work to ease crippling Western sanctions. The West is hoping that Rowhani, a former nuclear negotiator, will take a more constructive approach in long-running negotiations over Iran’s controversial nuclear programme. But the supreme leader Khamenei retains the final say on all strategic issues, including the nuclear talks. Rowhani begins his fouryear term with Iran facing international isolation and tough EU

and US sanctions against its oil and banking sectors that have sent the value of the rial plummeting and inflation soaring. Sunday’s swearing in ceremony was attended by some nine regional leaders, marking the first time the Islamic republic extended invitations to all countries, except the United States. Officially Rowhani has two weeks from Sunday to name his cabinet, and the conservative-dominated parliament then has 10 days to review his nominations. But Iranian media said that he could unveil his cabinet on Sunday and that MPs could start the confirmation process within a week. They reported that he was likely to name a government dominated by Western-educated technocrats.

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zardari and ahmadinejad discuss bilateral issues Tehran: President Asif Zardari on Sunday met former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Tehran. They discussed bilateral ties and matters of mutual interest. President Zardari congratulated the outgoing Iranian president over peaceful elections and smooth transfer of power which he said speaks of the maturity of the Iranian democracy. The president praised the role of Mahmud Ahmadinejad in further strengthening Pak-Iran relations during his tenure. He said that various mega projects inked during the tenure of Ahmadinijad symbolised Pak-Iran fraternal relations and expressed the hope that all bilateral projects would be completed at the earliest. Ahmadinijad thanked the president for his visit and expressed the hope that the momentum to further strengthen Pak-Iran relations would continue by the new leadership and that the equation would gain strength with each passing day. INp


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