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Accountability court judge hearing corruption references against Sharifs refuses to exempt them from personal appearance NAB prosecutor decries Sharifs’ request for partial treatment for being ‘national leaders’ RAWALPINDI
n accountability judge on Monday refused to exempt former prime minister nawaz Sharif and his brother, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif from personal appearance in court even though their lawyer insisted that his clients were leaders of ‘national caliber’ and a senior lawyer should be allowed to appear on their behalf. As Special Accountability Court Judge Chaudhry Abdul Haq took up petitions requesting reopening of references against the Sharif family’s alleged corruption, the Sharifs’ lawyer informed the court that the Sharif family members were leaders of a national level and senior advocate Akram Sheikh would appear before the court on their behalf in the references. However, the judge said that appearance of an accused before the court in criminal cases was mandatory, as he adjourned the petitions against the alleged corruption done by the Sharif family vis-à-vis the Hudaibia Paper Mills, Ittefaq Foundries and lands in Raiwind. The judge said the accused could be summoned once the petitions were admitted for hearing. Continued on page 04
Car-sized rover, sophisticated toolkit to hunt for signs that life once existed on the Red Planet PASADENA
EnoRmous stEP foRwaRd
AS NASA LANDS ROVER ON MARS
NASA on Sunday successfully landed its $2.5 billion Mars Science Laboratory and Curiosity rover on the surface of the Red Planet, marking the most ambitious attempt to reach Mars in history. “Touchdown confirmed,” said a member of mission control at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory as the room erupted in cheers. “We are wheels down on Mars. Oh, my God.” A dusty image of the rover’s wheel on the surface, taken from a rear camera on the vehicle, confirmed the arrival of the car-sized rover and its sophisticated toolkit designed to hunt for signs that life once existed there. A second image arrived within seconds, showing the shadow of the rover on Mars. When the landing was announced after a tense, sevenminute process known as entry, descent and landing, the room filled with jubilation as the mission team cheered, exchanged hugs and chief scientists handed out Mars chocolate bars. President Barack Obama described the feat as a singular source of American pride. “The successful landing of Curiosity — the most sophisticated roving laboratory ever to land on another planet — marks an unprecedented feat of technology that will stand as a point of national pride far into the future,” he said in a statement. “It proves that even the longest of odds are no match for our unique blend of ingenuity and determination.” Charles Bolden, the NASA administrator, echoed that sentiment and applauded all the nations who contributed to science
CuRiosity RoVER Lands on maRs NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory rover “Curiosity” will determine if the building blocks of life are present on the Red Planet LaunCHEd: noVEmbER 26, 2011
Cruise stage travel distance to mars: 570 million km
Payload separates after 38 minutes n
Previous landing sites for rovers and landers
PHoEnix Landed: May 2008
Enters martian atmosphere Heat shield separates
Viking 2 July/Aug 1976
PatHfindER* Sept 1997 Viking 1 July/Aug 1976 oPPoRtunity Jan 2004 Deployed Sojourner rover
Rover and crane separate Crane rockets fire up for powered descent sPiRit JAN 2004
CuRiosity August 6, 2012
Rover emerges from crane sky crane suspends descending rover
mission: Study Gale Crater (154 km diameter) for signs that life may once have existed Look for clues about past and present habitable environment
899 kg $2.5 billion
Designed to function for 2 years
touchdown 7 minutes after entering martian atmosphere
SOURCE: NASA/NEW SCIENTIST: afP experiments on board the rover. “It is a huge day for the nation, it is a huge day for all of our partners who have something on Curiosity and it is a huge day for the American people,” Bolden said. Obama’s science adviser John Holdren described the landing as “an enormous step forward in planetary exploration. Nobody has ever done anything like this. We are actually the only country that has landed surface landers on any other planet”, he told NASA television. “But this lander is vastly bigger,
vastly more capable and much more complicated to bring in,” he added. “It was an incredible performance.” However, success was anything but certain with this first-of-its-kind attempt to drop a six-wheeled chemistry lab by rocket-powered sky crane on an alien planet. NASA’s more recent rover drop offs were done with the help of airbags. In the final moments, the spacecraft accelerated with the pull of gravity as it neared Mars’ atmosphere,
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Alternative energy sources to solve the energy crisis?
iNfOTAiNmeNT For Olympic fencers, only steel will do
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Creation of 7 new ministries unconstitutional: Rabbani ISLAMABAD: Calling the creation of seven new ministries unconstitutional, parliamentary Standing Committee on national Security Chairman Raza Rabbani on Monday said certain politicians and bureaucrats were the major hurdle in transfer of powers to the provinces. Talking to the committee’s review meeting on transfer of powers to provinces, Rabbani said certain powers tried to obstruct implementing of the 18th Amendment and they used various tactics to save ministries. Rabbani said 17 ministries had been taken to provinces after the approval of the 18th Amendment but the power of provinces had been robbed by creating seven new ministries. Rabbani also expressed concern about the non-implementation of Article 172 of the constitution despite the passage of two years. Senator Raja Zafarul Haq said an impression was being generated that obstacles were being created in the implementation of 18th Amendment. The committee called for submission of a report about the bottlenecks in the implementation of the 18th Amendment in its next meeting. INP
Quetta doctors continue to boycott OPDs
KARACHI: Religious activists shout slogans against the reopening of NATO supplies during a protest on Monday. AFP
QUETTA: Balochistan doctors continued to boycott OPds on Monday, but provided emergency services in government and private hospitals over the abduction of dr Ghulam Rasool. The boycott of OPds entered sixth day on the call of the Pakistan Medical Association, Young doctors, Baloch doctors Forum and Paramedics Staff Association, while emergency wards in the government hospitals kept functioning as usual and patients were being provided medical assistance. However, due to the closure of the OPds, unavailability of doctors in wards and paramedical staff also abstaining from their duties, patients were compelled to leave the wards. Balochistan PMA leaders said they would continue their protests until the safe return of dr Rasool. INP
Gunmen kill suspected ‘NATO’ driver in Jamrud PESHAWAR: Gunmen on Monday killed a truck driver in Khyber Agency’s Jamrid tehsil over suspicions that he was transporting supplies for nATO troops in Afghanistan, officials said. Officials first reported the incident as an attack on a nATO supply truck but later confirmed the truck was carrying “commercial goods for Afghanistan”. Pakistan had closed the Torkham border crossing, the quickest route from Pakistan’s port of Karachi to the Afghan capital, for nine days after gunmen killed a nATO supply truck driver on July 24. Local government official Bakhtiar Khan told AFP that three gunmen in a jeep fired on the truck, killing its driver. nATO traffic was very briefly suspended after the incident. Pakistan reopened the Torkham crossing on Saturday, having signed a deal with the united States last Tuesday allowing nATO convoys to travel into Afghanistan until the end of 2015. Islamabad in July lifted a seven-month blockade on nATO goods passing overland through Pakistan, imposed after botched uS air raids killed 24 Pakistani troops in november. AFP
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Pakistan facing grave challenges, says Altaf MoNItoRINg DESk
uTTAHIdA Qaumi Movement chief Altaf Hussain has warned that the country was facing grave challenges. In a telephonic address on Monday, Altaf said chief justice of Pakistan had taken action against the prime minister very promptly, but what of the action against killers of people who were roaming free across the country. He said terrorists and killers were released by courts on simple production of an nIC card as a surety bond. About the ongoing row between the judiciary and parliament, he said it would soon be established who was supreme. Addressing Interior Minister Rehman Malik, Altaf said: “Rehman Bhai, you are good, but the conditions in the country are not good.” “When I warned about the worsening conditions in the country I was not taken seriously and people made fun of my statement, but now things are clear to
everybody,” Altaf said. He said extortionists in Karachi had prohibited weapons, and extorted money was being transferred to Indonesia. Altaf said businesses and industries had been destroyed by extortion mafia. He added that people were suffering
due to price hike, load shedding and lawlessness. About the Balochistan situation, he said the Balochistan and Karachi situations were interlinked. “We do not want to divide Pakistan or Sindh,” he said.
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Aishwarya Rai Bachan faces camera
New Delhi presses the restart button… system crashes Team Pakistan’s moment to seize
eDiTORiAl A road leading to nowhere: Judicial wrangling has to stop.
COmmeNT Dr Faisal Bari says; Suicide at 14?: Where should the responsibility lie?
M J Akbar says; Powerless in office: Woes of governance from across the border.
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Concerted struggle needed to save Pakistan: Nawaz LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League-nawaz President nawaz Sharif has said that the country had reached the brink of destruction and concerted struggle was needed to rid it from corrupt rulers and ongoing problems. nawaz was talking to independent MnA Sardar Amjad Farooq Khan Khosa who called on the PML-n president at his Jati umra residence in Raiwind on Monday and
announced his decision to join the party. nawaz said the PML-n believed in politics of principles and honesty and because of these principles people from various schools of thought were joining the party. He said the PML-n would not allow the rulers to damage the constitution, democracy and judiciary and would stand like a solid rock against such conspiracies. Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz
Sharif, Opposition Leader nisar Ali khan and others were also present. Political observers are calling the joining of Sardar Amjad Farooq Khan Khosa in the PML-n as an important development, as he is a strong opponent of former party veteran Sardar Zulfikar Khosa in dera Ghazi Khan, who recently quit the PML-n over differences with the top leadership. INP
Yes I can! Water car inventor accepts Physics teacher’s challenge to run car on water
kARACHI sTAFF RePORT
‘Bring it on’ was Agha Waqar’s reply to the challenge posed by a Physics professor to run his car on water. According to a private TV channel, Waqar not only accepted Professor Ranomal Malani’s challenge but also promised to run all the cars of Pakistan People’s Party MPA’s brother on water. Earlier, Malani had held a press conference claiming that Waqar was a fraud and had fooled everyone, including Federal Minister Khursheed Shah, and he had saved the party from fraud. He gave a cheque of Rs 5 million to the Press Club administration and
asked them to keep it for 15 days. Waqar generously rejected the prize money and asked the money to be distributed among the needy. “He hid a Hydrogen cylinder in his demonstration on TV. He fooled everyone. I know it because I teach Physics. This is impossible,” alleged Malani showing delight over Waqar’s decision of not taking the money and gave him 10 days to prepare the kits. Waqar claimed that he will run the car solely on distilled water and will not add fuel or anything else to it. He previously said that he can run a 1,000CC vehicle till 40 kilometres with one litre of water by attaching a small water kit in the car that separates hydrogen from water and supplies it to the engine.
PAF aircraft makes emergency landing in Charsadda CHARSADDA AgeNCIes
A small aircraft of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) made an emergency landing in the Turangzai area of Charsadda district on Monday. According to police sources, the Mashak aircraft was partially damaged while making the emergency landing. PAF spokesman said that the aircraft made the emergency landing due to a technical fault, but both the pilots are safe. The police rushed to the spot and cordoned off the area.
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making a fiery entry at a speed of 13,200 miles (21,240 kilometers) per hour and then slowing down with the help of a supersonic parachute. After that, an elaborate sky crane powered by rocket blasters kicked in, and the rover was lowered down by nylon tethers, apparently landing upright on all six wheels. Scientists do not expect Curiosity to find aliens or living creatures. Rather they hope to use it to analyze soil and rocks for signs that the building blocks of life are present and may have supported life in the past. The project also aims to study the Martian environment to prepare for a possible human mission there in the coming years. It has already been collecting data on radiation during its eight and a half month journey following launch in november 2011 from Cape Canaveral, Florida. Earlier on Sunday, Mars program director doug McCuistion called the science “absolutely crucial” to finding out if Earthlings are alone, how Mars evolved from a wet to a dry planet and how accessible Mars may be for human explorers in the future. “If we succeed, it will be one of the greatest feats in planetary exploration ever,” he told reporters. “Our success rate has been pretty darn good recently.” Attempts by global space agencies since 1960 have resulted in a near 40 percent success rate in sending landers, orbiters or other spacecraft for flybys to Mars. nASA has the best record.
Gurdawara attacker served in US military WASHINgtoN sPeCIAl CORResPONDeNT
OLICE have identified the dead attacker, who killed six people inside a Sikh Gurdwara in Wisconsin state as a military veteran, while American leaders expressed their sorrow to the shocked Sikh community struggling to cope with Sunday’s tragedy. Police Chief in Oak Creek, Milwaukee area of the Midwest American state, John Edwards named the dead suspect as Wade Michael Page, 40, a six-year Army enlistee. A senior law enforcement official said Page rose to the rank of sergeant before being demoted
to specialist and leaving the military in 1998, The Washington Post reported. Page shot the first police officer to arrive on the scene eight or nine times at close range after the officer went to render aid to a victim of the shooting he found in the parking lot, Edwards said. The shooter also fired at two police cars and disobeyed commands to drop his weapon before an officer fatally shot him with a squad rifle, the police chief said. Police said five Sikh men and one woman ranging in age from 39 to 84 were killed in the shooting rampage. Three other people were wounded, and two are in critical condition, Edwards said. Page “was the only
shooter that was involved at the temple,” Edwards told reporters, according to the Post report. Police said Page received a “general discharge” from the military and was “ineligible for reenlistment.” Earlier, Police sources told Cnn the army veteran may have been a white supremacist. The Post quoted an unnamed defense department official as disclosing that Page was in the Army from 1992 to 1998. He trained at Fort Sill, Okla., and served at Fort Bliss in Texas and Fort Bragg in north Carolina. Page worked as a repair technician for the Hawk missile system and later was detailed to Psychological
Operations as a specialist, the official said. Meanwhile, relatives of Satwant Kaleka, the president of the gurdwara in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, said Monday that he was killed fighting the attacker. “From what we understand, he basically fought to the very end and suffered gunshot wounds while trying to take down the gunman,” Kanwardeep Singh Kaleka, his nephew, said according to a Cnn report. “He was a protector of his own people, just an incredible individual who showed his love and passion for our people, our faith, to the end,” he said, near tears. The FBI said it had not determined a motive for the Sunday morning
CHINIOT: Farmers of Jandwala village walk through flooded fields as flood water entered their village on Monday.
shooting and that investigators were looking into whether the attack might be classified as domestic terrorism. Kaleka, a member of the temple, said those inside the gurdwara, or Sikh temple of worship, described the attacker as a bald white man, dressed in a white T-shirt and black pants and with a 9/11 tattoo on one arm — which “implies to me that there’s some level of hate crime there.” Because of their customary beards and turbans, Sikh men are often confused with Muslims, and they have been the targets of hate crimes since the September 11, 2001, attacks on new York and Washington, the Cnn reported.
CCP slams Abidi’s attack on CJP The vitriolic attack on the chief justice of Pakistan by Senator Raza Abedi is wholly unprecedented and in fact unbelievable, the Concerned Citizens of Pakistan (CCP) said in a statement on Monday. Abedi reportedly called upon the CJP to step down, warning that otherwise “he would throw him out of the court”. “A more blatant public contempt of court has never been committed in the history of the country. As a senator he should know that if anyone has anything against a member of the superior judiciary, the route lies through the Supreme Judicial Council. The method is not to throw him out of the court. The people should demand from him an unconditional apology, otherwise the law of contempt should take its course,” CCP President nasira Iqbal said. Pr
4 new polio cases confirmed in fATA, KP PESHAWAR: Four new cases of polio were identified in FATA and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Monday. The polio monitoring and coordination cell confirmed the cases after which the total number of polio cases has mounted to 27 across the country. Polio virus was detected in 18-monthold Haneefullah of Bara, 2.5-year -old Salam of Salarzai, sixmonth-old Saleem of Mardan and six month-old naureen of Lakki Marwat. The total number of polio cases in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has risen to six while thirteen polio cases have been reported in FATA. Among the 27 cases, two cases were identified earlier in Punjab. AgenCIeS
Robbers injure mother of SSP motorway Two robbers riding a motorbike stopped the family of SSP Motorway Intisar Hussain in defence area of Lahore at their doorstep and robbed jewelry, cash and other valuables, according to City 42. The family was returning home after Eid shopping. The criminals opened fire on the SSP’s mother when she offered resistance, resulting in bullet injuries to her arm and leg. MonITorIng DeSk
Indian meddling in Balochistan cannot be ruled out: Qamar kARACHI ONlINe
defense Minister Syed naveed Qamar on Monday said the Balochistan issue was complicated and Indian interference in the troubled province could not be ruled out. In a meeting with Law Minister Farooq naik, Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah and Balochistan Governor Zulfiqar Ali Magsi, Qamar discussed with them in
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detail the overall political scenario in the country and worsening law and order of Balochistan. Talking to reporters, Qamar said the PPP government was well aware of the ongoing situation in Balochistan, adding that, “We intend to find out the solution of issues in Balochistan through constitutional and democratic means.” Moreover the parliamentary committee was holding talks with all stakeholders in this regard, he added.
Indian Sikhs shocked and angered by US temple shooting AMRItSAR/oAk CREEk/WASHINgtoN AFP
Indian Sikhs, led by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, voiced shock and anger on Monday at the killing of worshippers at a Sikh temple in the uS, with some suggesting Muslims may have been the intended target. “I am deeply shocked and saddened to learn of the shooting incident that has resulted in the loss of precious lives,” Singh, himself a Sikh, said in a statement. “That this senseless act of violence should be targeted at a place of religious worship is particularly painful,” Singh said. In Sunday’s attack, a gunman shot worshippers at a suburban Sikh temple in Wisconsin, in the midwestern united States, killing at least six people before he was shot dead by police. “I hope the American authorities would investigate who is behind this dastardly attack on innocent devotees and that they will ensure that such ghastly events do not take place,” Singh told reporters later. In the united States they have often been
confused with Muslims and targeted by anti-Islam activists, particularly after the September 11, 2001 attacks. Leading Sikh politicians in India said the temple shooting in Wisconsin may have followed a similar pattern. “I think it is a case of mistaken identity. Sikhs are often mistaken to be from the Middle East,” Manpreet Singh Badal, founderpresident of the People’s Party of Punjab, told AFP. “This is an opportunity, although a very sad one, to raise awareness among Americans about the Sikh culture and identity,” he said. At Sikhdom’s holiest shrine, the Golden Temple in the northern Indian city of Amritsar, the atmosphere was tense and sombre as shocked Sikh devotees went to offer their prayers, amid the daily influx of tourists. Giani Gurbachan Singh, head priest at the Akal Takht, Sikhdom’s highest seat of religious and temporal authority, urged all Sikhs in the united States to “remain vigilant”. “This is a security lapse on the part of uS government wherein Sikhs have become the victims of violence,” Singh
said, adding that a “chain of prayers” would be held in Sikh temples across India, including the Golden Temple. “This attack on Sikhs in the uS is shameful. People come to the gurudwara (temple) to find peace. It is a holy place,” said Kulwinder Singh, 50. “Sitting in India we are helpless,” said nita Singh, 45. “What happened in the uS has hurt Sikh sentiments. The uS government must take steps to see such incidents never occur in the future.” PROTESTS: In Indianheld Kashmir, which has a large Sikh community, protesters blocked a national highway and brandished banners calling for stronger uS gun laws. In delhi, several dozen Sikhs demonstrated outside the uS embassy and chanted slogans denouncing “hate crimes”. “Sikhs contribute a lot to America, they are an important part of America,” said Manjit Singh, president of a delhi-based Sikh party. “This is a racially motivated case and the (uS) government needs to educate people about different communities so it doesn’t happen again.”
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“It is mandatory for the accused to appear before the courts in criminal cases. In case of absence, the accused may be declared absconders,” the judge said while reviewing the power of attorney submitted by counsel of the Sharif family, Chaudhry Hassan, empowering Akram Sheikh to appear before the court on behalf of Pakistan Muslim League-nawaz (PML-n) President nawaz Sharif, Shahbaz Sharif and three others. nAB Additional Prosecutor General Chaudhry Riaz objected to the power of attorney, saying everyone was equal in eyes of the law and there was no exemption to anyone, particularly in criminal cases. Hassan argued on the merits of the petitions about reopening of corruption references, saying the Sharif family always respected the courts. Judge Abdul Haq adjourned the hearing until September 15, directing the accused and defence counsel to come fully prepared as there would be no unnecessary delay in advancing the proceeding into the cases. On July 18, the court had issued notices to nawaz Sharif, Shahbaz Sharif, MnA Hamza Shahbaz and six other family members in the Hudaibia Paper Mills, Ittefaq Foundry and Raiwind land corruption cases. On July 28, fresh notices were issued as no accused had appeared before the court as asked. The petitions had requested the court to reopen references pertaining to Ittefaq Foundries and Raiwind assets. In the reference relating to Raiwind assets, the main allegation is that nawaz had acquired vast tracts of land upon which a number of palatial houses and mansions were built with resources which appeared to be grossly disproportionate to his known sources of income. Apart from Sharif, his mother is an accused in the case. Moreover, in the state versus Ittefaq Foundries etc case, nawaz, his brother Abbas Sharif and Kamal Qureshi are accused of committing corruption of Rs 1,063 million. The main allegation in the case is that Ittefaq Foundries Ltd obtained cash finance from the national Bank and per nAB’s allegations, the company willfully defaulted to pay back the amount in 1994.
mother strangles 2 sons over dispute with husband MoNItoRINg DESk A mother strangled two sons, aged 7 and 5, and buried them in the courtyard of her house in Shujaabad, Multan, a private TV channel reported on Monday. According to the channel, the woman, Aasia, had frequent domestic disputes with her husband, a laborer, who worked in Karachi. Police were told that the mother killed her sons in frustration. Investigations into the case are underway.The channel quoted the residents of the area as saying that both boys had been missing since morning.
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05 Power ministry claims to have ended unscheduled outages ISLAMABAD APP
The Ministry for Water and Power has claimed that it has ended unscheduled power cuts across the country but scheduled load shedding will continue to bridge the gap between electricity production and consumption. In a statement issued on Monday, a ministry spokesman said load shedding was due to shortage of electricity but some elements were politicizing it for personal and party interests. He said protest was a basic right of the masses but no one would be allowed to damage the public property in the name of protests. The spokesman said unscheduled electricity load shedding had been ended, however to balance the power production gap routine power cut would persist. He said the power shortfall had reached 3,410MW as the country was producing 14,191MW of electricity while demand stood at 17,601MW, adding that urban and rural areas of the country were facing eight and 12 hours of power cuts.
BAHAWAlPUR: Young doctors hold a demonstration against Punjab Chief Minister shahbaz sharif on Monday. onLIne
PHC grants interim bail to Sherpao in bugti ‘murder’ case PESHAWAR: The Peshawar High Court (PHC) on Monday granted interim bail to former interior minister Aftab Ahmed Sherpao in Akbar Bugti murder case. Sherpao submitted petition in the PHC for interim bail and PHC Justice Shahjehan Akhundzada, accepting the petition, granted it until August 30. Later, Sherpao told reporters that his name was not mentioned in the FIR of Bugti murder case. He said the military operation in Balochistan was conducted for maintaining law and order and it was a provincial issue. He said he had submitted his statement in the Balochistan High Court in this regard and had fully cooperated in the investigation conducted until now. APP
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Ashraf says president taking personal interest in power crisis MUZAFARABAD
RIME Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf on Monday said the government had been making sincere efforts to resolve the energy crisis and a number of projects, especially in the hydro sector, were in progress, adding that the power shortage should not be used for political motives. Addressing a function after inaugurating tunnel breaking machines at the neelum Jhelum Hydroelectric Project, the prime minister said, “Every one should join hands to find the solution to the energy crisis, instead of doing politics on this issue.” The prime minister said President Asif Ali Zardari had been taking personal interest in finding a permanent solution to the energy crisis. He said the president had directed
the government to focus on increasing power generation, especially hydel, which was the cheapest mode. Ashraf said the government was also working to genearte electricity through alternative resources like solar and wind. He said thermal power generation was costly and the government was providing Rs 209 billion annual subsidy. He regretted that the previous governments did not pay any attention to improve the power generation in the country. Ashraf said though the present government added more than 3,000MW to the national grid, the country was still facing power shortage due to huge demand. The prime minister said he was pleased to observe that work on the neelum Jhelum project was in full swing despite some problems during initial stages. He said the project that would generate about 1,000MW would help reduce load shed-
ding in the country. He said the 65 kmtunnel would be the first experience in the country and its powerhouse would be underground. The water of neelum would be diverted to Jhelum river, besides producing 1,000MW, he added. He appreciated the contribution of Pakistani and Chinese engineers and especially thanked China for cooperation and assistance in the project. Referring to the energy crisis, the prime minister said the government was sincerely taking practical steps to overcome it. Speaking on the occasion, Minister for Water and Power Chaudhry Ahmad Mukhtar said the government had initiated a number of projects that would generate 20,000MW of electricity in the next couple of years. He said that presently the hydel sector’s share was 32 percent and the government had planned to increase the share to 66 percent by 2025.
interim bail for musa Gilani, makhdoom Shahab extended RAWALPINDI ONlINe
A division bench of the Lahore High Court in Rawalpindi on Monday extended the interim bail of Ali Musa Gilani, son of former PM Yousaf Raza Gilani, and former health minister Makhdoom Shahabuddin in the ephedrine quota case until August 13. Musa and Shahab had appeared before the LHC bench of Justice Syed najamul Hassan and Justice Shahzad Ahmed Khan. Both have been on interim bail and appeared before the bench for its extension. Earlier on July 30, the bench had directed Shahab and Musa to cooperate with the investigation team of the AnF in connection with the controlled chemical ephedrine scam. The court had warned both that their non-cooperation would result in the cancellation of their interim bails and subsequent arrest by the AnF. upon assurances by counsel of Makhdoom Shahab and Musa for joining the investigation, the court had extended their interim bail until Aug 6.
Alternative energy sources to solve the energy crisis? ISLAMABAD AgeNCIes
Rich in solar and wind energy resources, with the capacity to generate around 143,000MW of electricity, the government has embarked on a project to attract foreign investment to help bridge the demand-supply gap by exploiting alternative energy sources. As per official estimates, the government is eyeing around $1.2 to $ 2.7 billion investment merely in the wind energy sector, and dozens of similar projects, to woo foreign investment in the solar energy sector, are in progress. Pakistan is currently developing wind power plants in Jhimpir, Gharo, Keti Bandar and Bin Qasim in Sindh. The government believes this would not only help reduce electricity shortage, but would also help ease the burden of oil imports, that cost over $12 billion annually.The average wind speed in most parts of the world is between 6.2 and 6.9 meters per second (fair category). There are a few places that fall under ‘good’ category where the wind speed is between 7 and 7.3 m/s. However, the wind speed in the Sindh corridor is stronger than the above
two categories as it stands in the ‘excellent’ category of 7.5 to 7.7 m/s. According to a uSAId report, Pakistan has the potential of producing 150,000 megawatts of wind energy, of which only the Sindh corridor can produce 40,000 megawatts. Keeping in view this rich potential, the government has planned to achieve electric power of up to 2500 MW by the end of 2015, from wind energy to ease the energy shortage. Earlier, former Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani had inaugurated the country’s first-ever wind energy scheme `Zorlu Energy Wind Power Project’ with a generation capacity of 50MW in Jhimpir, on April 2009. The project is nearly 60 per cent complete and will start its trial production this year. This 60 kilometer long and 170 kilometer deep corridor alone has the potential to generate over 50,000 megawatts of electricity. Pakistan Alternative Energy development Board (AEdB) recently approved the new Park Energy Phase I, a 400-MW wind project, near Port Qasim. With the help of China 3 Gorges Corporation, a 50 MW wind energy plan at Jhimpir in Sindh will be completed next year. The wind power pilot project has been made operational by installing a wind
turbine at daman-i-Koh in Islamabad. Recently, an Mou had been signed at the twoday second Pak-ChinaJoint Energy Group (JEWG) for setting up wind energy projects of an accumulative capacity of 550MW initially. Moreover, the government has also created a fund to implement alternative energy technology in the country. According to a study, the country has identified the cumulative potential of generating 3.2 million MW from various renewable energy resources. As per breakup, 340,000 MW could be generated from Wind, 2,900,000 from Solar, 50,000 MW from Hydro (large), 3,100 MW from Hydro (Small), 1800 MW from Bagass Cogeneration, 500 MW from Waste while 550 MW could be generated from Geothermal power sources. A number of countries have successfully developed renewable energy sources from wind, solar, biomass, geothermal, ocean tides and bio fuels to minimize dependence on fossil fuels. Sources in the energy sector said that currently 11 wind projects, with a cumulative capacity of 556 MW, have reached an advanced stage of completion and some of these would start supplying electricity by december this year, whereas the others
would be functional by 2013. The government is determined to overcome the energy crisis in the country. It has taken several measures in the past and has been carrying out several programs to provide relief to the common man and help boost industry in the country, the sources added. Efforts were also being made to convince the owners of sugar mills to use cane waste for power generation. One of the advantages of using solar energy is that apart from the initial installa-
tion and maintenance costs, solar energy is one hundred percent free and does not require expensive and constant raw material like oil or coal, and requires significantly lower operational labor than conventional power production. Realizing country’s growing demand for power, in the industrial and agricultural sectors, and growing domestic consumption, the government has initiated several solar power projects to address the power and energy crisis.
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DENGUE LARVAE MAKE A COMEBACK larvea found in various houses after the weekend’s heavy downpour Shahbaz tightens precautionary arrangements
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EnGuE larva was found on Monday in different parts of the city on Monday. Larvae were found in the house of Mahmood dilawar, resident of Cha-Mira, and two other houses at Ghosia Colony in Sharif Park. City district management reached the spot with sprays and disposed the larva from both places. Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has directed all the concerned departments to complete their arrangements and remain fully alert to cope with any possible outbreak of dengue. He said that due to heavy rains there was a need to remain more careful about dengue and the process of indoor and outdoor dengue vector surveillance should be further accelerated. While giving approval for daily allowance to lady health workers for indoor surveillance in the provincial metropolis, he said that their services should be fully utilized for vector surveillance in the houses. He directed the concerned departments should work collectively for draining the water from those areas where it is still accumulated and should be dried at the earliest.
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unknown armed men on Monday robbed Pakistan Muslim League-nawaz (PML-n) lawmaker Sumaira Yasir of valuable items and money. According to reports, MnA Sumaira Yasir was on her way to home with her husband when the armed riders intercepted them. The robber snatched her hand bag, mobile phone, cash and valuable items and managed to flee from the spot. However, it was yet to be ascertained as to how much money was looted. Separately, gunmen opened fire on a private company manager on Monday. Police said employees of a private company were transferring Rs 4 million cash of the firm in Shahm nagar at Bilal Park area when three armed men in a car intercepted them and attempted to snatch the cash on gun point. Officials said the robbers opened fire when the company manager Samdani Butt resisted their attempt. He was killed on the spot whereas the company cashier, Musharraf
PPP is schizophrenic, says Liaqat Baloch LAHORE: Jamaat e Islami General Secretary Liaqat Baloch on Monday said that Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) has schizophrenia because on one hand, it is targeting and insulting the Supreme Court and on the other, it is filing an appeal before the same. Speaking at an Iftar party, he said the entire population of the country stood behind the judiciary and a confrontation with the apex court would be disastrous for both President Zardari and the PPP. Baloch remarked that the only education President Zardari has on law is through his experience in prison and is threatening the judges and making appeals to them at the same time. sTAFF Re PO RT
Valuables snatched from MPA in broad day light, private company manager shot dead
and a security guard, Zaman Shah, were injured. Guard Zaman’s retaliatory fire killed one of the robbers. dIG Operations Rai Muhammad Tahir said investigations are being carried out and that the dacoit has not yet been identified, adding that the dead bodies were shifted to civil hospital for medico-legal formalities.
Talking to the media, company owner Shakeel Butt expressed his grave concern over the security situation, saying that the company had experienced more than 20 robbery incidents over the past three months. It must be noted that crime average and theft incidents are increasing in provincial capital day by day.
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Lahore 07 Everybody loves shahbaz: sana LAHoRE
ROVInCIAL Minister for Law, Rana Sanaullah has said that Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif was an asset of country who had achieved this high status due to his hard work and implementation of merit and transparency in the province. He said the CM had taken worth emulating steps by completing mega projects expeditiously in a transparent manner throughout the province. Sanaullah said that the initiatives like danish Schools, Educational Endowment Fund, IT labs, distribution of laptops among students on merit, rapid transport facilities and promotion of e-government have not only been appreciated inside the country on every forum but also abroad and other provinces had also followed these steps. He said that some elements under a planned conspiracy were trying to harm the position of the CM which he has achieved through his untiring efforts and promoting transparency but they would not succeed in their nefarious designs. He said PML-n would respond to those elements in befitting manner who were issuing statements against the CM for gaining cheap popularity.
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Provincial disaster Management Authority, director General, Mujahid Sherdil has said that besides rivers monsoon rains have also affected hill torrents and water channels. He said that flow of water has increased in the rivers as a result of release of water by India. He said that in order to avoid misleading and exaggerated news items, people should contact phone number 99205371 of Flood Warning Centre for gaining up to date information about water flow in the rivers. He said that only Lahore Flood Warning Centre can provide up to date information about river situation in the province. He said that water level has started normalising in all rivers of the province. He said that relief camps have been set up in the floodprone districts besides staff of PdMA, other concerned departments and district administration are also present at the camps.
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HEATRE is the most expressive form of art. unfortunately, in Pakistan certain negative stereotypes have been associated with theatrical plays. Stage dramas do not come close to representing what this art really is, and to prove this point, young and talented students have taken up the task to reinstate the true meaning of theatre. An effort to dissociate negative stereotypes from theatre, a collaboration of young students calling themselves Theatre Hub has emerged. Theatre Hub recently produced an intensely engaging play “Khel Jari Hai”, spread over a 5 day span, at Alhamra Mall Road Hall 2 from 16th to 20th July. The play turned out to be a great success amongst the theatre goers of Lahore since the story revolved around how a group of actors led by an incessantly hardworking director and an extremely annoying writer, try to stage a play and make a whole mess out of it. It must be said that to take up this theme was a gamble that paid off as it deviated from the standard realms on which plays attract the audience. But with the remarkable performances and the incorporation of originally composed soundtracks, they raised the bar to a whole new level for all other theatre groups. The play was originally writ-
ten in English by Rick Abbott by the name of ‘Play On’ and was translated in urdu. Beautifully choreographed mimes and live music complimenting each act gave a whole Broadway touch to the play. What was really impressive from the audience’s point of view was that each character had a very original and well built presence on the stage. during the acts, there was some indomitable drumming by one of the actors, Eice Khatana, who had the audience hooting and shouting at the top of their lungs. The whole performance was a blend of wonderful acting and a well charted incorporation of creative ideas. Worth mentioning is Talal Ali Jan’s direction, because it
was his creativity that came up with an integrated mix of well choreographed mimes, original soundtracks, brilliant acting and mature comedy all on one stage by putting together a flawless performance. One of the actors, Minahil Zaman, describes her experience: “It was a great change from a monotonous routine. I learned a lot: how to be an actor, how to be a better performer and how to be a team player. I made great friends and everlasting memories. Theatre Hub has opened up a new dimension to my life after this production and I hold it very close to my heart.” It should be noted that it was Theatre Hub’s first commercial venture where they had tickets for each
show rather than free passes. Hats off to the producer Ahmer Zaman Khan and his team who managed to grab hold of full houses on 3 of the 5 days! not only was the hall well managed with such a huge crowd, but there were people so happy with the play that they came back next day in larger groups to watch the play again. This was a huge achievement on Theatre Hub’s part. All in all, such theatrical plays give off a new ray of hope that there is still a surviving ground in Pakistan for theatre. The basis of the dramatic form of entertainment is the emotional catharsis experienced by the audience. As long as quality plays are provided, theatre culture will successfully thrive in Pakistan.
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Foreign News 09 Egyptian army vows to avenge deadly Sinai attack CAIRo
GYPT’S army vowed Monday to “avenge” the killing of 16 guards by gunmen near the Israeli border, as President Mohamed Morsi ordered security forces to take full control of the increasingly lawless Sinai Peninsula on the frontier. In Sunday’s attack, gunmen in Bedouin attire drove up to a border post
and opened fire before crossing into the Jewish state in an armoured vehicle, Egyptian officials said. Israel said five gunmen were killed on its side. The 1979 peace treaty between Egypt and Israel, under which Israel withdrew from the Sinai which it had occupied in the 1967 Middle East war, set strict limits on Egyptian troop numbers in the peninsula. But Israel has complained of growing lawlessness on its southern border since the overthrow of veteran strongman Hosni Mubarak early last year and called for ac-
tion by Cairo. “We swear in the name of God to avenge them,” the army said. “Egyptians will not have to wait long before they see a reaction to this attack by terrorists,” it said in a statement carried by the official MEnA news agency. “Anyone liaising with these groups that have attacked our troops in the Sinai in recent months will pay dearly, be it inside Egypt or abroad,” it added. Israel said two armoured vehicles were seized, one of which exploded by itself and the other of which was destroyed
by a helicopter. “The bodies of the five gunmen have been found by the Israeli army,” an Israeli military spokesman said, but did not give details. Israeli military spokesman Yoav Mordechai told army radio: “We were ready because we had previous information from Shin Bet (security service) and from military intelligence services, which allowed us to thwart a bloody attack.” The armoured vehicle that crossed the border “fired in every direction after entering Israeli territory before being at-
tacked by tanks and from the air,” said Mordechai. The gunmen were “members of the global jihad based in Sinai, which has become a hothouse for world terrorism because of the weak control exercised” by Egypt, he added. President Morsi said he had given “clear instructions” that Egypt must take “full control of the Sinai.” “Those responsible for this crime will be hunted down and arrested,” he said. “Everybody will see that the Egyptian military and police forces can get these criminals wherever they are,” he said.
france calls on myanmar to protect muslims after new deaths PARIS AFP
France called Monday for Myanmar authorities to protect civilians of all ethnic groups “without discrimination” after reports of renewed deadly violence between Buddhists and Muslim Rohingya. “France attaches great importance to a peaceful and concerted resolution to ethnic questions in Burma, in order to achieve national reconciliation,” foreign ministry deputy spokesman Vincent Floreani said in a statement. The ministry called for the status of Muslims in Myanmar’s western Rakhine state “to be clarified with regard to right to nationality and for them to enjoy, whatever their status, full respect for human rights.” “There are reports of worrying acts of violence by security forces against civilians. We call on the Burmese authorities to protect all civilian populations, without discrimination, and to investigate possible abuses,” Floreani said. Fighting in western Rakhine state has killed 80 people from both sides since June, with six reportedly killed on Sunday, although authorities say the situation has been generally calm in recent weeks.
Libya’s interim rulers to hand over power MUMBAI: Indian students, their faces painted with anti-nuclear messages, march on Monday during a rally marking the 67th anniversary of the world’s first atomic bombing over Hiroshima by the Us. AFP
Hiroshima marks anniversary of atomic bombing HIRoSHIMA AFP
A bell tolled to mark a moment of silence while people joined hands in prayer as tens of thousands marked the anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on Monday. Ageing survivors, relatives, government officials and foreign delegates attended an annual ceremony at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park commemorating the uS bombing of the city nearly seven decades ago, as a rising tide of antinuclear sentiment swells in post-Fukushima Japan. “On this day, in this city, let me proclaim again: there must never be another nuclear attack — never,” said Angela Kane, un high representative for disarmament affairs, reading a message from Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. “Such weapons have no legitimate place in our world. Their elimination is both morally right and a practical necessity in protecting humanity.” An American B-29 bomber named Enola Gay dropped an atomic bomb on August 6, 1945, turning the western Japanese city into a nuclear inferno and killing an estimated 140,000 in the final chapter of World War II. At 8:15 am (2315 GMT Sunday) on Monday, the time of detonation, the toll of a bell set off the minute of silence as pedestrians came to a standstill and bowed slightly, linking hands under a scorching sun. Some 50,000 people attended the official ceremony, while thousands of others joined demonstrations, marches, forums, and concerts held across the city, a long-time focal point for the global movement against nuclear weapons.
British lawmaker with leading role in hacking hearings quits LoNDoN AFP
High-profile British lawmaker Louise Mensch, who played a leading role in parliamentary hearings over the phone-hacking scandal, announced Monday that she is quitting to move to new York with her family. Mensch, 41, a prominent presence on Twitter who recently set up her own social network, tweeted: “I am devastated by the necessary decision that I have had to announce today. “It has, however, proved impossible to balance the needs of my family.” The Conservative MP’s husband Peter Mensch is the manager of hard rock band Metallica and lives in new York. They were married a year ago in Manhattan, but Louise Mensch has three children from a previous marriage who live with her in Britain. Since her election in 2010 Mensch has become a well-known Conservative figure and was seen as a po-
tential minister. She came under the spotlight as a lawmaker on parliament’s Culture, Media and Sport Committee, which has questioned Rupert Murdoch over the hacking scandal that forced him to close his news of the World tabloid. Australian-born media tycoon Murdoch, 81, shut the 168-year-old newspaper in July last year after revelations that it accessed the voicemail messages of a murdered schoolgirl sparked a wave of public disgust. Mensch set up her own politically-focused social networking website, Menshn, in June. She has also published 14 “chick-lit” novels under her maiden name, Louise Bagshawe. Prime Minister david Cameron said he was accepting her resignation “with enormous regret”. “It goes without saying that I had wished to see you serve for longer and at a more senior level,” he said. Her departure will trigger a by-election in the marginal constituency of Corby and East northamptonshire seat in central England.
iranians ‘confess’ to nuclear scientist murders tEHRAN AFP
Iranian state television on Monday showed several Iranians alleged to be part of a group of 13 who “confessed” to killing four Iranian nuclear scientists after being trained by Israeli intelligence. It said the network received orders from “Washington and London.” The television report, available online (http://www.yjc.ir/fa/news/4047313), showed the suspects speaking of how they purportedly prepared to murder the scientists, and broadcast a re-enactment of assassins on a motorbike fixing a magnetic bomb to a victim’s car, while dramatic music played in the background. It also showed images of a number of prefabricated temporary buildings in an arid area and
said the site was an Israeli military camp used for their training. The 40-minute report, which was broadcast overnight, said the 13 comprised eight men and five women, all of whom were named. One of them was Majid Jamali Fashi, who was executed on May 15 after being found guilty of spying for Israel’s Mossad spy service and playing a key role in the January 2010 murder of a top nuclear scientist in return for payment of $120,000. Iran’s intelligence service recently said it had broken a ring of other “spies” linked to the scientists’ slayings, which it blamed on Israel and the united States. The united States vehemently denied any involvement in the most recent assassination, on January 11 this year. Israel has refused to confirm or deny involvement in any of the killings.
Libya’s interim authorities said they will hand over power to a newly elected congress on Wednesday, less than a year after its fighters overthrew the regime of Moamer Kadhafi. “We affirm that August 8, 2012 will be the day that power will be transferred peacefully,” Saleh darhoub, spokesman for the outgoing national Transitional Council (nTC), told journalists in Tripoli early Monday. Libyans cast ballots on July 7 in their first free election since a popular uprising last year that escalated into a civil war and ousted the regime of now slain dictator Kadhafi. They elected a 200-member legislative assembly comprising party and independent representatives, which will replace the nTC and lead the country until fresh elections can be held on the basis of a new constitution. The transition comes against a backdrop of heightened insecurity. Three men suspected of planning bomb attacks were killed in a sting operation outside the capital on Sunday. “The brain of the operation refused to surrender and fought fiercely which resulted in the death of three people, including him,” darhoub said.
iran president to attend saudi summit tEHRAN AFP
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is to attend an extraordinary summit of Muslim leaders in the holy city of Mecca next week at the invitation of the Saudi king, an aide said on Monday. Ahmadinejad will attend the summit “to discuss the development in Muslim countries,” Mohammad Reza Forqani, head of international affairs in the president’s office, told the official IRnA news agency. Forqani said the two-day summit will start on August 14. Saudi Arabia last month called for the summit with the aim of “unifying the ranks” of Muslims. It hosts the headquarters of the 57member pan-Muslim body, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, in the Red Sea city of Jeddah. King Abdullah invited Ahmadinejad, the official Saudi Press Agency reported on Sunday, despite heightened tensions between the Sunnidominated kingdom and the predominantly Shiite Islamic republic.
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A road leading to nowhere Judicial wrangling has to stop
By Dr Faisal Bari
f the idea was to bring back millions of dollars allegedly looted and deposited by Zardari in Swiss banks, the direction taken by the Supreme Court over the period has brought it nowhere near the goal. With nRO declared null and void in december 2009, a war of nerves started between the SC and PPP. This was followed by the nRO implementation judgment in April. It was believed by the apex court that an order to the chief executive would be enough to make him write the Swiss letter. This has failed to happen and there is little likelihood that the move would produce the desired result in days to come. A prime minister has been sacked in the process while another one faces the axe. If the purpose was to convey the message to all and sundry that even the most powerful cannot escape the law, few would be persuaded by what has so far happened. President Zardari, the principal target, remains unaffected by the efforts made by the apex court. Meanwhile, the criteria for the choice of cases taken up by the court have been questioned. The shenanigans on the part of the holiest of the holy cows have gone unnoticed. nobody has cared to find how much money has been pocketed in defence deals or if the case of the ex-generals involved in a multi billion rupee nLC scam is being pursued satisfactorily. The PPP has decided to move a petition in the Supreme Court seeking review of the order striking down the Contempt of Court Act 2012. This is what any law abiding party should do when it does not agree with a verdict. The new PM should attend the court when called in deference to the highest court in the country. Fearing that the SC might turn down the petition, there are also attempts by some of the PPP leaders to pressurize the court. A number of party leaders who are unhappy over the way the elected PM was sacked have issued statements. There are expressions of dismay over the perceived prejudice on the part of the court which the PPP thinks is softer on its political opponents. An unrealistic demand has been made for legislation to allow the government to remove the judges. The criticism is not fair in all cases. There is therefore a need on the part of the PPP to discourage any attempt to scandalise the judges or the apex court. The parliament, executive and judiciary are presently enjoying freedom and tasting power that they had never experienced before. All the three have to realize that while it is excellent to have a giant’s strength, it is tyrannous to use it like a giant.
By Rabia Ahmed
here were small reports, barely noticeable, on the city pages of a couple of national dailies a few days back. And almost no follow up since. Tanvir, son of Allah ditta, resident of Okara, a 14-yearold suffering from cancer, committed suicide by throwing himself from a fourth floor window of the Jinnah Hospital in Lahore. This news has not caused any ripples in the news world or in the policy circles at the provincial level. One of the reports just mentioned that the head of Jinnah Hospital, has constituted a committee to look into whether there was any negligence on the part of the hospital staff or not. Tanvir had been under treatment at the hospital for the last 10 days. He had attempted to kill himself a day earlier too, but that attempt had been foiled by staff on duty. At 2.45 am on the morning of the incident he was successful. He reached a window and threw himself from it and suffered serious head injuries and succumbed to them at the spot. The administration at Jinnah Hospital also made the point that they had mentioned to the family of the deceased that he had been quite depressed and had attempted to kill himself a day earlier too. Though the hospital administration took the plea that the child was very depressed at the diagnosis of cancer and the depression was the cause of the act, the newspaper reports also mentioned that though Tanvir had been at the hospital for the last 10 days he had not been getting requisite medicines for the treatment of his cancer and he was also very worried that this would put
significant financial pressure on his father and family as well. The reports also said that Allah ditta, Tanvir’s father, works as a labourer. The diagnosis of cancer is definitely a grave event. A lot of cancers are still not very amenable to treatments, and even where treatments are available they are expensive and require significant resources of time, energy and money to manage. It would not be surprising at all if over the 10 days that Tanvir was in Jinnah Hospital and would have heard doctors/nurses discuss his case that he might have become depressed. But this should have been anticipated by the medical team. And if he was indeed depressed, as the hospital administration maintains, it should be easy to see what steps, if any, the medical team had taken or were planning to take to address the issue. Just saying that the medical team had conveyed news of Tanvir’s depression to the family is not saying anything at all: the medical team cannot pass on the responsibility of Tanvir’s care, whether he was depressed or not, to the family while he was admitted in the hospital. But one of the reports also said that Tanvir committed suicide as he was not getting any treatment or medications for his ailment over the 10 days that he had been there. If true, this could cause a depression too. It was also reported that he also felt that his ailment would impose a heavy burden on the family as well. These claims need to be investigated. What sort of cancer did Tanvir have? Could Jinnah Hospital have helped Tanvir? What diagnostic investigations did they do over the 10 days that he was there? If they could have helped him, did they? And if they could not have helped him, did they convey this to Tanvir’s father (as Tanvir was still a minor), and could they have referred Tanvir’s case to any other institution within Lahore? Could Shaukat Khanum have helped Tanvir? Tanvir had attempted to kill himself a day earlier too but his attempt had been foiled by the staff present at the time. Again, the hospital staff holds that they had conveyed this to the family. But if Tanvir was depressed and had already attempted killing himself once, had the hospital initiated or implemented any proto-
cols to keep an eye on him or to deal with the issue medically? Just letting the family know that their loved one had tried to commit suicide is surely not the only or the right way to deal with the issue. One of the reports did mention that the Principal of Jinnah Hospital has given instructions to have grills installed on all third and fourth floor windows so that a repeat of such an incident does not take place. This is an administrative way of addressing the issue that ensures that the institution and people working there are not held responsible, especially legally. But surely the responsibility of the hospital and the medical team is much more than that. They have to see whether they had done everything for Tanvir that could have been done and/or if they missed out on things there. It is hard to imagine the despair that Tanvir must have felt. The decision to end a life and that too by oneself and at the age of 14 does not happen easily. Was it his cancer diagnosis alone that drove him to this decision? Or was it lack of facilities and treatment options and his worries about the financial implications for the family that were factors too. If the latter were also reasons, this needs to be investigated. Public hospitals do offer free or subsidized services to the poor, or so they claim, across Pakistan. If they do why did Tanvir feel that he was not getting treatment? The news of Tanvir’s suicide will not trigger any major media follow up or any major investigation. The reports from the day showed that everyone was ready to move on by pointing out that Tanvir had cancer, that he was depressed and he had already attempted to end his life once. The implication was that Tanvir himself was responsible for what happened to him. But it is a sad reflection on the state of our health systems: another reminder of where we are as a society and polity. Even the suicides of the poor and the ill are not enough to shake us. The writer is an Associate Professor of Economics at LUMS (currently on leave) and a Senior Advisor at Open Society Foundation (OSF). He can be reached at email@example.com
What politicians do best It seems to be nothing
olitics brings out the mean streak in people, and a nasty, selfish streak it is. Take the Olympics for example. In 1972 at Munich, in the then West Germany, terrorists belonging to the organisation ‘Black September’ broke into the Athletes’ village and took some of the Israeli contingent hostage. The standoff lasted several hours, leaving eleven hostages and a West German police officer dead. Five of the hostage takers also died. Forty years later at a ceremony at the London 2012 Athletes’ village, the President of the (IOC) President Mr Jacques Rogge mentioned those events in a short speech, and led a moment of silence in memory of those who died in 1972. As well, the Israeli Olympic contingent wore black armbands at the otherwise festive opening ceremony of the games. The many who condemned this commemoration, said that by reminding the world of divisive issues, such displays at the Olympics undermined the aims for which the games exist, of peace, friendship
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and respect, and a joint participation in the joy of sport. Obviously, if one team is allowed to use the Olympics as a political platform, others (some would say more deserving) ought to be granted the opportunity as well, because there is always another side to each coin, and many coins in the mint (displaced Palestinians, Burmese Muslims, the residents of Aleppo, the list goes on). Besides, there are other, more appropriate platforms. The Israeli contingent may have reminded the world, lest it forget, and the spirit of the Olympics suffered as a result, but the Israelis shot themselves in the foot and suffered most of all, because of their tasteless timing. Similarly, here in the Punjab, one Khwaja Asif of the PML(n) may be seen hopping around, an axe stuck through his bleeding foot as in the urdu idiom, after accusing Imran Khan of ‘gambling away’ funds donated for the Shaukat Khanum Hospital. At a press conference in Lahore, Khwaja Asif alleged that
Imran Khan had used Zakat donations to make foreign investments which later failed, in the face of opposition from the hospital’s board of governors. He also made allegations, of nepotism at Shaukat Khanum. He should have criticised Imran the leader of the PTI, not Imran the founder of the hospital, because the PTI Imran shoots his mouth too often, has an unfortunate predilection for khaki and a bit of a mullah streak, alas; but most people give him credit for a measure of integrity and few will or can criticise his greatest achievement, the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre, in Lahore, all else notwithstanding. Those allegations have since been responded to, and most properly relegated to the electioneering bin, as they should. In a country where politicians switch allegiances with monotonous predictability, where few projects progress beyond the high level meeting stage, or if they do are rife with corrupt practice from
the start, these accusations are definitely a bit rich, and malicious. Also, like with the Israelis at the Olympics, their timing is deliberately hurtful, with elections around the corner and the PTI gaining ground, and particularly because they have been made during Ramzan, when people open their purses wider than usual to give Zakat. Pakistanis are generous in charity. Approximately half of Shaukat Khanum Hospital’s revenue is obtained from the services it offers. The rest of its costs are met by Zakat and charitable donations from all over the world. As a result of PML-n’s Khwaja Asif’s allegations, these donations may drop this year, with a subsequent drop in the hospital’s capacity to treat its patients. The ones really hurt therefore are not Imran and the PTI, but Shaukat Khanum Hospital’s poor and sick cancer patients. That is what our politicians do best, isn’t it? Hurt the poor. Imran Khan began the hospital project as far back as 1989. It is a measure of his dedication that he
has stuck unwaveringly with this project for more than twenty years. now that the hospital has come into being, a beautiful, well administered hospital, staffed with qualified and dedicated personnel, it is comparable to other similar hospitals anywhere in the world. The SKMCH, a cancer hospital, treats patients with a very high standard of care…free of charge if they are financially unable to pay, which is a large percentage of those seen. The poor and sick people of Pakistan, whose options would otherwise be limited to facilities provided by a government that couldn’t care less are indebted to Imran Khan for his dedication and perseverance in this cause. Whatever lustre remained to the PML(n) has been dimmed by these remarks. For the discerning, this should go a long way towards helping them fill out that ballot paper come election time. The writer is a freelance columnist. Read more by her at http://rabia-ahmed.blogspot.com/
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Powerless in office Woes of governance from across the border
Third eye By M J Akbar
ime heals, but, regrettably, rather more so in proverbs than in politics. Time is rarely on the side of governments in desperate need of it. When the ship of state begins to leak, time, being a rascal, punctures a few extra holes in the hull. Any pragmatic captain knows that a limping ship must return to port or sink. But political captains tend to be counterintuitive. Loath to surrender control of the steering wheel, they head straight for icebergs in the hope that some miracle will save the crew and passengers. The evidence against illusion is compelling. do the math from the news floating in the air, and I am discounting the impact of Anna Hazare since conventional delhi wisdom dismisses him as a has-been. I would not be too complacent about his silent impact, but let us leave this to one side. Examine the obvious. If uPA had either opted for or been forced into a general election in, say, March this year, Congress would probably have won 11 out of Assam’s 14 Lok Sabha seats. After the massacres and calamities of July, it will be lucky to win three. Time has stolen seats of an already embattled party, not revived its spirits. A train accident in nellore reminded the country that it does not have a minister for railways, at least one who sits in office. The massive blackout which was reported across the world, but
was invisible to Congress spokesman Manish Tewari, generated widespread anger. Every story, from disparate corners, is threaded by one fact: Governance has collapsed. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh can’t help looking helpless. He has a problem he cannot quite discuss in public but does surely admit in the privacy of his drawing room: The Congress has run out of talent. He did not promote power minister Sushilkumar Shinde to the home ministry on the very day of the blackout because he has some macabre sense of humor. He did so because he has no other option. Shinde is perhaps the only Cabinet minister left with both the experience and maturity to glide calmly into this office. His has been a quiet but remarkable journey from constable to the man in executive charge of India’s police forces. Some of the names circulating in delhi for finance and home before Chidambaram and Shinde were given the jobs, are too embarrassing to repeat. There was a time when there were enough Congress stalwarts to fill two Cabinets. But Congress has almost systematically degraded its ranks to the point where even its chief ministers do not quite measure up to a home ministry’s needs. They could have looked towards Sharad Pawar, of course; but Congress culture forbids anything but second class jobs to those who keep it in office. Congress did have one excellent option. Power would have been the perfect portfolio for Rahul Gandhi. The failure of his predecessors was precisely the kind of space for him to display administrative mettle, and set up his claim for leadership of the country. Someone has persuaded Rahul Gandhi that he can become Prime Minister of India if he dips his toe in the water now and then, in front of exulting television cameras, without actu-
ally going through the bother of learning how to swim. It is not easy to govern India, or even broad parts of it. Young Akhilesh Yadav is discovering that chief ministership requires something more than a broad smile after being sworn in. The price of poor administration is steep, and extracted quickly. Rarely has any stock plummeted as fast as that of Akhilesh Yadav in uttar Pradesh. He has been in office for only some 20 weeks, so he has a chance to recover, but that will not be easy. You have to rule with both hands, think upon your feet; and work around the clock. Governance is about managing people, and the first thing they want is undivided attention. Then they want decisions, particularly those that affect life and death, such as security during communal tension. The last phase of the uPA Government will begin when the prime minister shifts from helpless to hopeless. He has not quite made the transition, since he thinks there is some hope left in his Pakistan visit in late november. Asif Zardari used Ajmer Sharif as a cloak; religion is dr Singh’s excuse as well. Sentiment is no bad thing, but cosmetics do not heal wounds. They are ephemeral. The bubbles that swarmed across front pages when dr Singh became finance minister for a month have evaporated. If any animal spirits were released, they are not yet visible. When dr Singh returns from Pakistan, he will have a year of real time left, if he is allowed to complete his full term. Six months are always hostage to a general election. One wonders what uPA can achieve in one year that was beyond its capacity in the previous four. The columnist is editor of The Sunday Guardian, published from Delhi, India on Sunday, published from London and Editorial Director, India Today and Headlines Today.
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islam-the road to prosperity As the day of Independence of Pakistan reaching closer and faster, the thought begins to revolve in one’s mind, considering why our ancestors did liberate this part of land? What made them to spend their blood and sweat just for a separate piece of earth? did they face so many hardships and brutality from the Hindus and British just to see Pakistan on the verge of disaster or their vision was something else? These are some thought provoking questions that we have still not been able to answer. We are still been incapable to decide the path to follow, the system to adopt and the ideology to accept. Since the independence, we have tried and tested every form of government, from one man show to a parliament of hundreds, but still nothing has got changed. Before 1947 British ruled us and now we are the slaves of America. We have witnessed well accepted first PM Liaquat Ali Khan, uS puppet Field Marshall Ayub Khan, pro-Soviet Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, so called Islamist General Zia-ul-Haq, corrupt Benazir, nationalistic nawaz Sharif, coward Pervez Musharraf and now shameless current PPP government. It’s been long sixty five years we have not found the key to success and the way to prosper. When we see China that was founded two years later after Pakistan’s independence, we feel much pity. The core reason behind the calamity faced by Pakistan and the Muslim world is the contradiction between its ideology and the system being implemented in those countries. Capitalism and democracy have failed to suit our belief. The basic tenets of these two notions like majority rule, personal freedom, freedom of expression, freedom of religion, freedom of ownership, federalism, sovereignty of man and others are in contradiction with Islam. Pakistan could not prosper until we eliminate Interest based Capitalist economic system where more than 65% of revenue of the country comes from taxes on the people. Out of these taxes 70% are indirect taxation that are to be paid by even a beggar, unemployed, handicapped, widow, elderly people and children without any differentiation. While, Islam apply no taxes on common man and taxes like GST, Income tax, withholding tax, toll taxes etc are all illegal and will be abolished in Islamic system. The
permanent sources of revenue would only be Kharaj, Jizya, ushr, the fifth of Al-Rikaz (hidden treasures minerals), import and export duty on foreign traders, Zakat on import and export of the Muslim Trader and Hima (protecting from public properties). The rules related to collection of funds and its distribution constitutes “Economic System” and cannot be taken from other than Islam. In democracy, the human needs are unlimited while there are limited resources to fulfill, in result the needs of all the people won’t be fulfilled and the solution lies in the increase in production to fulfill needs of as many people as possible. SYED HASSAM AHMED Karachi
empowering the women The other day, I had read in the newspapers that President Asif Ali Zardari has announced that the government has decided to appoint women to the judiciary. This is indeed a welcome and long overdue move. It is like saying better late than never. President Zardari made the much appreciable announcement, which amounts empowering the women in all spheres of national life, at the concluding ceremony of “One Million Signatures Campaign” which was aimed at creating awareness regarding violence and discrimination against women. The President on this occasion, as per the media reports, quite rightly pointed out that such practices are just not a problem for Pakistan but are common elsewhere in the subcontinent as well . discrimination against women, be it in terms of their education, job or promotion opportunities, rights of inheritance or reproductive health care is one of the greatest impediments in our overall development. President Zardari also availed the opportunity to recall and laud the achievements of his government citing the passage of the Protection Against Harassment of Women at the Workplace Act 2010, Criminal Law Amendment Act 2010, Criminal Law Second Amendment Act 2011 and Women in distress and detention Fund Act 2011. While welcoming the President’s announcement, it is sincerely hoped that his announcement will be turned into reality and the Federal Government would soon be taking practical steps for inducting women in the judiciary. We have had distinguished women judges in the past, though not in appreciable number, and our future women justices could do well by learning some valuable lessons from their experiences in the males dominated society of ours. But still the credit goes to President Asif Ali Zardari for taking a step further to enhancement of empowering of the women . The implementation of the President’s announcement is keenly awaited now. SAADIA AHSAN Lahore
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12 aishwarya Rai bachan faces camera
ISHWARyA Rai Bachchan returns to face the camera nine months after giving birth to Beti B, Aaradhya. The last time the actress faced the camera was when she was six months pregnant and it was for a commercial. Postdelivery, she chose to stay away from the arclights completely so she could be with her bundle of joy. A source revealed, “Ash did a photo-shoot for a jewellery brand. Having lost oodles of weight, there is a marked glow on her face and she looks even more ravishing now.” Shrikumar, who shot the commercial in mumbai said, “This is my first ad with Ash. What impressed me about her was a passion for detailing.” Adds Shrikumar, “There are a few interesting underwater shots in the ad too. For me, it has been the most memorable experience shooting with her.” NeWs DesK
mika and shaan turn actors
AVInG carved a niche as singers, mika Singh and Shaan are all set to act now in Balwinder Singh... Famous Ho Gaya, directed by Sunil Agnihotri. Said Agnihotri, “ Justin Timberlake, Will Smith, Jamie Foxx, mark Wahlberg, Frank Sinatra, Snoop Dog, to name a few, who were primarily known for their singing turned successful actors. I am sure mika and Shaan too will succeed in creating space for themselves in the acting arena. Also, I wanted to come up with an interesting cast and they fit the bill perfectly. Once they heard the script, they found it to so hilarious that they instantly agreed to be a part of the film. What’s interesting is that they will be dancing to songs sung by themselves.” mika told us, “Though I have made appearances in films earlier, this is my first venture where I will actually be acting and playing a character. Besides an interesting script, Shaan, who is my co-star in the film, is like a brother to me. It’s great to do a film together.” Shaan’s equally excited. “I was looking for a right script and this is just the perfect one,” he said. Balwinder Singh... Famous Ho Gaya, produced by Sunil Agnihotri Productions in association with Vandana motion Pictures Pvt Ltd, will hit the floors soon. NeWs DesK
to my CaREER Actor Jeremy Renner says he is “married” to his career. The 41-year-old is currently single and has never married and says he made a decision to put work first in his life after seeing many of his family go through divorces. ‘I come from a large, large family with many divorces so I chose not to go down that route straight away. Instead I essentially got married to my career,” contactmusic.com Renner as saying. NeWs DesK
I don’t want to be a clone of Aditya Chopra: Uday Chopra dMITTInG he’d never make it big in Bollywood, uday Chopra goes to Hollywood, but not as actor. In a summer green shirt and faded denims, uday Chopra is comfortable in his sprawling office that looks out to a carefully tended terrace garden. You sense it is a season of change — the gardeners are pruning the rambunctious monsoon plants while the scion of one of Bollywood’s most influential families is chipping away at his new role as CEO of Yash Raj Entertainment (YRE). He’s heading the banner’s international film producing and financing subsidiary that’s working with Olivia Wilde, nicole Kidman and Olivier dahan of La Vie En Rose fame. He has just launched a comic book label called Yomics (“pronounce it y-yomics; there is a nice lilt to it”) that draws from characters of famous Yash Raj films, while he continues to be occasional actor in films like the dhoom franchise. “Of the three, acting will remain my first love. But it has taken a back seat,” says Chopra, who hasn’t been a favourite with the box office. “There came a point when I had to be realistic. I knew I would never really hit stardom or make a successful career out of acting. I had to change
tracks,” he says. It was five years ago, during a casual chat with older brother Aditya Chopra, that the idea of creating a presence in the “world’s most competitive film industry” was born. “We knew we wanted to do something in Hollywood, but didn’t know how. It was impossible for Aditya to shut shop and move to LA. I could have done it, but I wasn’t ready then.” Significant flops (neal ‘n’ nikki, Pyar Impossible), and a heartbreak later (he dated actress Tanisha Mukherjee for two years), Chopra was left with two options. “I could go behind the scenes, and turn filmmaker. Or do something radical.” The first option was ruled out, considering father Yash Chopra and Aditya’s towering legacy. “I didn’t want to be Aditya Chopra’s clone. At best, I would have been another Aditya Chopra. That may be great for a lot of people,
but not for me,” he says with startling honesty. Chopra’s decision to start from scratch in 2010 — he began by signing up for a film course at the university of California, Los Angeles, before launching YRE — was met with resistance. “My father thought I was mad,” he smirks. “In LA, no one knows YRF. They might agree to grant you one meeting. But the brand does not open doors the way it does here.” Clinching his first deal for The Longest Week was tough for someone who had no idea how to make a perfect pitch. But that seems to have changed. Hear him speak about how he managed to secure the script for Kidmanstarrer Grace of Monaco in the face of furious bidding, and you know he has come of age. NeWs DesK
RobERt Pattinson sPottEd in a CLub Post bREak uP diane kruger cast as abraham Lincoln’s stepmother
eRmAn actress Diane Kruger will star in The Green Blade Rises, produced by Terrence malick, according to Deadline.com. Kruger, 36, will play Sarah Bush Lincoln, a widow who became Abraham Lincoln’s stepmother in 1819. AJ edwards will direct this indie movie about the strongwilled woman who played a role in shaping the future US President’s character. The film will start shooting in the fall in black and white. With its focus on Lincoln’s formative years, The Green Blade Rises sets itself apart from two other films about the 16th President of the United States. Timur Bekmambetov turned the historical figure into a axe-wielding vampire slayer in this year’s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, while Steven Spielberg went for a classic biopic simply titled Lincoln, set to hit theaters in november. NeWs DesK
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OBERT Pattinson must be having a hard time, trying to recuperate from the happenings of the last fortnight. With Reese Witherspoon providing him with a kind shoulder to cry on, his friends are not far behind. They are trying their best to get Robert Pattinson’s mind off his girlfriend Kristen Stewart cheating with director Rupert Sanders by taking him to a cowboy dance and music club, as reported by RadarOnline.com. He was spotted at The deer Lodge in Ojai, California, 90 minutes from the house he used to share with estranged girlfriend Kristen Stewart. “I’ve been told by several people that Robert Pattinson was here enjoying the music with his friends. He seemed in good sprits,” a deer Lodge employee told RadarOnline.com. “I wasn’t on that night so I didn’t personally see him, but several others did.” Robert Pattinson has been reportedly staying at his Water for Elephants co-star Reese Witherspoon’s Ojai ranch. The deer Lodge has been a popular local hangout spot and offers live music, dancing and beer. “Awesome night in Ojai. Got to hang with a rowdy bunch of Brits & one of them happened to be Edward,” a fellow visitor to the club tweeted after
bumping into the star - who plays Edward Cullen in the popular Twilight movies, as reported by RadarOnline.com. The tweet continued, “He wasn’t moping and the girls were definitely just his friend, the girls were drunk and literally danced on the floor.” Adding further, the visitor posted on Twitter, “The girls were nice. I stood next to them at the bar. He wasn’t drunk. Just taking in the scene. Smoked next to him outside.” Robert Pattinson has been keeping an extremely low profile since his girlfriend, Kristen Stewart, was publically exposed in the news that she had an affair with her Snow White and the Huntsman director,
Rupert Sanders. As Robert Pattinson takes his first step towards re-gaining normalcy and living life one day at a time, the girlfriend Kristen Stewart is struggling to come to terms with her infidelity with director Rupert Sanders. The actress is ‘crying non-stop’ at the home of producer Giovanni Agnelli who she has been staying with since the split. NeWs DesK
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brad Pitt plans wedding in free time
RAD Pitt is reportedly utilising his free time to plan his wedding with Angelina Jolie. The 48year-old has taken charge of preparations for the wedding that is expected to take place end of September. “Angelina isn’t so bothered about when they tie the knot, it’s Brad who is piling on the pressure,” says a source, adding, “He wants everything to be absolutely perfect.” NeWs DesK
kristen stewart to play lead role in Lie down in darkness
meRICAn actress Kristen Stewart just snatched the leading role in Lie Down in Darkness, a film based on the novel of the same name by Sophie’s Choice author William Styron. In spite of her much publicized fall-out with Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart is on track professionally. According to new york magazine’s movie blog Vulture, the 22-year-old will play the leading role in the family drama produced by Open Road media. Vulture reports that Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games) had also been eyeing the role in this indie movie, set in Virginia, about a beautiful young woman called Peyton Loftis whose jealous mother and alcoholic father push her to commit suicide. NeWs DesK
not HaPPy witH nEw Look CTRESS Charlize Theron is reportedly not comfortable with her bald look and wants her golden locks to grow back really soon. The 36-year-old had shaved her head for a role in her upcoming film Mad Max: Fury Road and even though she is glad with her action, she does not like her bald look personally, reports femalefirst.co.uk. “She is not going out in public as much because of her hair. She’s growing it out as soon as possible,” national enquirer magazine quoted a source as saying. Theron admits she worked very hard for the movie and waited for three years for the
movie to come together. “It’s been three years. It’s time to skin this cat already! I’m very excited about it. The original Mad Max created such a vivid world, so to go back and re-imagine it and replay in that sandbox sounds like fun to me. It’s a really challenging piece of material,” she said. The actress will be seen as Furiosa in the action film, which also stars actor Tom Hardy. The film is the fourth movie in the Mad Max series. NeWs DesK
story set for new x-men movie
He next flick in the X-men franchise will be based on the Days of Future Past storyline, a favorite among marvel Comics fans. Bryan Singer, who served as a producer on the previous X-men movies and directed the first two, officially announced to Ign.com plans to base the next movie on Days of Future Past, a story arc set in the future, where mutants are hunted down by giant robots called Sentinels and sent to concentration camps. matthew Vaughn is back behind the camera after directing X-men: First Class. James mcAvoy and michael Fassbender will also come back in the roles of Professor X and magneto. The plot will open the door for comebacks by actors in the first three films, since it switches between two periods, past and future. The shooting is expected to start in January 2013. NeWs DesK
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Infotainment 14 For Olympic fencers, only steel will do governor quits after controversial video shown to kids on sex-ed
LYMPIC fencing mixes the ancient and the modern, combining rules laid down more than 500 years ago with electronic scoring systems and Kevlar jackets. The delicate balance of old and new has sustained the sport since its debut at the first modern Olympics in 1896. The sport’s three disciplines — sabre, foil and epee — require weapons of differing sizes and styles, but they share one thing in common: The best blades are made from maraging steel, a highstrength alloy used in everything from airplane landing gear to missile casings. What makes this steel ideal for fencing is a crack in the blade tends to spread 10 times slower than a crack in carbon steel, so the blades are more robust and won’t break as often. Manufacturers have experimented with other materials, like carbon-fiber composites, but for fencers, nothing beats the feel of steel. “Your sword is basically an extension of your own arm,” said Eric Mallet, a former member of France’s Junior national team who now runs the Austin Fencers Club in Austin, Texas. “There are ways to make blades with different materials, but fencers are unanimous about not liking the way those blades feel, the way they bend, the way they respond to your hand.” Of the three weapons, the sabre is the shortest with a maximum blade length of 88 centimetres and a weight limit of 500 grams. Points are scored by a combination of sticking and
slashing, a style that honors the sabre’s ancestor, the cavalry sword. The best sabreists, like twotime gold medalist Mariel Zagunis (whom we’ll see competing in the 2012 Summer Games), are a tightly knit combination of quickness and explosiveness as they target the opponent’s upper body. The medium-sized weapon is the foil, originally used as a training weapon for the other disciplines. It has the same 500-gram weight limit as the sabre, but its tapering blade is about 2.5 centimetres longer. Practically all Olympic-level foilists, including 2012 Olympian Alexander Massialas, use a pistol-style grip, rather than the traditional straight handle, for improved strength and control. Control is paramount, as points are scored only with the tip of the blade, which must be placed in a small target area. And the largest of the three is the epee, which can weigh up to 770 grams and has a maximum blade length of 90 centimetres. The epee, used by athletes like Maya Lawrence and Seth Kelsey, is the closest peer to the historical dueling sword, with a stiff triangular blade for stabbing the opponent anywhere on the body. To keep track of the action, fencing employs a scoring system based on opening or closing electric circuits. In sabre, fencers wear electrically conductive jackets, masks, and gloves. Each sword is wired through a socket in the handguard, so when the blade strikes an area of the opponent’s body covered by conductive material, a current flows through a cord and illuminates a light on the scoring box.
Any part of the blade might set off a scoring touch in sabre, but to suit the thrusting style of epee and foil, the blades are equipped with a pushbutton tip. In foil, the circuit is complete when the foilist plugs the weapon in to a wire that runs to the scoring machine. A hit depresses the tip, breaking the circuit and tripping a scoring light: Red or green for hits within the target area, covered by a conductive vest; and white or yellow for off-target hits. Fencers forgo wearing conductive material in the epee, where the entire body is a target, and rely again on wired blades with push-button tips that register a hit on any non-grounded surface. At the Olympics and the World Championships, fencing does away with many of the wires by using a wireless scoring system, but such a system can only be used in situations where few people are competing simultaneously. Too many people introduces interference that disrupts the system. Spectators may worry about the safety of the fencers in the middle of all that flashing steel, but those uniforms are made of Kevlar and other ballistic-grade fabrics, and masks must be able to support 12 kilograms of force. A 2008 study by the united States Fencing Association found that the sport was significantly safer than football, soccer or basketball. “In the last 20 years, the International Fencing Federation has made a tremendous amount of effort to make equipment and the fights extremely safe,” Mallet said.
school governor has quit his role over the decision to show a controversial sex education video to children as young as Five. The Living and Growing dVd has caused uproar around the uK for its graphic sex scenes using cartoon couples. It has received such strong criticism from parents and even government minister nick Gibbs that the Channel 4-produced dVd was removed from sale. But Westbury Leigh Primary School in Wiltshire, which bought it before it was withdrawn, has decided to show the film to its pupils. The decision has prompt furious Keith Miller, a governor at the school for 12 years, to quit his role. Miller, 75, said: "Sex education in schools is essential and I am not against it. "But the important thing is the way it is done, and this film was showing far too much to children at far too young an age. "I wanted to see it for myself after hearing about the content, which I could have done, but was told I couldn't go along to a showing of the film to parents, which seemed very wrong to me.” NeWs DesK
dangling toddler rescued from balcony in China
four-year-old girl hanging precariously by her head from railings of a second floor balcony in China has been rescued by emergency services. Passers-by called the police immediately after noticing the four-year-old, who was home alone, crying as she hung from the balcony rails last Friday. “I drove by with my friends in the morning and happened to hear the girl crying. Looking up, I saw her neck stuck in the protective rails and so I soon called police,” said Zheng Shuqi, a resident of Xiaochang city in Hubei. Residents reacted quickly. Receiving no response from within the flat they used a ladder from a nearby store to prop up the child’s legs. A police officer then succeeded in freeing the child after clambering onto the railings himself. The young girl was taken to hospital where doctors said she was unharmed aside from a slight abrasion on her cheek. NeWs DesK
a quarter of germany’s power now produced by renewables
33-year-old renowned pianist found dead in her apartment NTeRNATIONALLy renowned Romanian pianist Mihaela Ursuleasa has been found dead in her apartment in the Austrian capital, Vienna. She was 33. The musician's agent, Andreea Butucariu, said in a statement from Berlin Friday that Ursuleasa had died on Thursday from the effects of a cerebral hemorrhage and asked for her family's privacy to be respected. Police in Vienna confirmed the cause of death. Butucariu told Romanian media that Ursuleasa had recently cancelled two concerts in the Romanian capital, Bucharest, on unspecified health grounds. Ursuleasa began playing the piano at 5 years old under the guidance of her Gypsy jazz musician father in then communist Romania. She obtained a grant to study in Vienna at 12, a year after communism collapsed. She went on to play at Ny's Carnegie Hall, with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester in Berlin, with Orchestre National de France and also with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. NeWS DeSk
Olympic flag fail A flag malfunction punctures Serena Williams’ golden moment on the podium after her triumph over Maria Sharapova in the London 2012 Ladies Gold Medal match. As the Star Spangled Banner sounded in SW19, the moment should have been one to savour for Serena Williams after she claimed her first singles Olympic gold following her 6-0 6-1 demolition of Maria Sharapova on Saturday. However, the gusty conditions that had previously worked to the American’s advantage by upsetting her Russian opponent’s
notoriously fragile service game turned against her. The watching crowds gasped as the uS flag blew free and fluttered into the stand leaving only the standards of Russia and Belarus to fly proudly during the anthem. Thankfully for the organisers, Williams, who became only the second female player after Steffi Graf to complete a Golden Grand Slam with the win, said she was not upset by the incident. “Oh God, no. It was amazing to just be up there for the uSA and hold this medal,” she said. NeWs DesK
ERMAnY has announced that it's managed to hit an ambitious target for power generation producing 25 percent of the country's energy from renewables, up from 21 percent in 2011. The country produced 67.9 billion kilowatt hours of clean energy in the first half of 2012 -an increase of 19.5 percent from the same period the year before. Wind energy is the largest contributor, accounting for 9.2 percent of energy output, and biomass accounted for 5.7 percent. Solar power comprised 5.3 percent of the total, and also saw the biggest increase -- rising 47 percent. That makes Germany the biggest market globally for solar power, with its installed capacity accounting for more than a third of the total capacity of the entire world. The rest of the 25 percent total was made up of contributions from hydroelectric power and waste incineration plants. The country's energy industry association, BdEW, said in a statement that the milestone reinforced Germany's position as a leader in green technology. However, the country remains ten percent short of its primary target of achieving 35 percent of its total energy needs from renewables by 2035. NeWs DesK
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indian hockey coach feels the heat of team’s early exit LoNDoN AFP
India hockey coach Michael nobbs has apologised for his team's embarrassing Olympic Games performance, claiming they have let down the entire nation. Eight-time champions India have lost all four of their preliminary round matches in London and are in danger of finishing last in the 12-team tournament. The national mood has not been improved by seeing bitter rivals Pakistan move to the brink of qualifying for the semifinals. India's 4-1 defeat to South Korea on Sunday left them with a record of six goals scored against 15 conceded and sitting rock bottom of Group B. Meanwhile, Pakistan, the three-time champions, find themselves on the verge of a semi-final place in Group A, although they face a tough task if they are to get through to Thursday's knockout round. Pakistan, gold medallists in 1960, 1968 and 1984, stepped back into contention with a nail-biting 5-4 win over South Africa. It took their points tally to seven from four matches -- one behind World Cup winners Australia and Great Britain. On Tuesday, Pakistan tackle Australia while Spain, the Beijing 2008 silver medallists who also have seven points, face the hosts. Both Australia and Britain are unbeaten in the tournament. "Australia are one of the best sides here. We cannot make any mistakes in that match," said Pakistan coach Akhtar Chaudhry. "We have to play very carefully and if my forwards move like they did against South Africa, it will be a very good match." Two goals in the last 10 minutes saved Pakistan's chances of making the semi-finals in Sunday's win over South Africa, the tournament's highest-scoring match so far. Captain Sohail Abbas made it 4-4 in the 64th minute with a trademark penalty corner flick into the top corner before Waseem Ahmad claimed Pakistan's winner three minutes later. "It's do-or-die game against Australia but our spirits are very high," said Pakistan star Rehan Butt.
HOCKeY POINTs TABle RK 1 2 3 4 5 6
TeAM Australia Great britain Pakistan Spain Argentina South Africa
MP 4 4 4 4 4 4
1 2 3 4 5 6
Netherlands Germany Korea belgium New zealand india
4 4 4 4 4 4
gROUP A W T l 2 2 0 2 2 0 2 1 1 2 1 1 0 1 3 0 1 3 gROUP B 4 0 0 3 0 1 2 0 2 1 1 2 1 1 2 0 0 4
gF 16 13 9 7 4 8
gA 5 7 9 9 11 16
DIFF 11 6 0 -2 -7 -8
PTs 8 8 7 7 1 1
14 9 7 5 5 6
5 6 4 7 9 15
9 3 3 -2 -4 -9
12 9 6 4 4 0
Team Pakistan’s moment to seize
T the start of their campaign the Aussies looked formidable, even insuperable. Their record since 2010 had been awesome, and proclaimed World Champions they strutted as insufferably as only Aussie sportsmen can. And it seemed becoming: after all they had kept on winning everything post-delhi World Cup – the Commonwealth gold and the Champions Trophy etc. Here they pummeled the South Africans 6-0 in the opener, and humiliated Spain 5-0 to confirm that they were by far the favourites. Sean Kerly, the great Great Britain Olympic gold winning striker of the 1980s, had similar thoughts. But having been around for as long as he has been, and with a Pom’s insight about the arch rival, Kerly was quick to add a proviso: “With the Aussies you never
know… At times they can be their own worst enemy”. Prophetic words? Or had the gold shirts peaked too early? We shall see. In their last two matches, a 2-2 draw versus Argentina another 3-3 result against Great Britain – both from a vantage of 2-0 and 3-0 respectively, they seem to have forgotten how to win a game. It may be deceptive, but the Aussies now do look vulnerable. And for both their last pool game, it is Pakistan that faces them today. Can Team Pakistan seize the moment and revive its prospects of sneaking into the semis or will it be the Aussies stamping their authority once again, remains to be seen. But the group has been thrown wide open by the daring Great Britain draw with all three goals in the second half that restricted the Aussies to eight points – level with GB, with Pakistan and Spain trailing at three and four with seven points apiece.
Pakistan take on the Aussies in the first game, and whatever the result, until the evening game between Spain and Britain is not played out, who stands where would not be clear. There is no gainsaying that despite the two confounding results, the Aussies are still far better equipped to trounce Pakistan and reassert themselves. Regardless Pakistan should still go out with ambition burning bright. As is their wont, the Aussies would try to bully them into submission. But if the aggression and a good tempo were maintained by Sohail Abbas and his charges, with the mantle of unassailability already having slipped, the Aussies might feel the heat. At such times, they also become edgy. If anything, the Brits have proved that on such occasions they can be stopped in their tracks – and even be bested. It is going to be one tense 70 minutes, and a win can do Pakistan a whole world of good.
Only win ensures Pakistan place in last four stats corner S.PERvEZ QAISER Pakistan will play their last league match against World Champions Australia at Riverbank Arena on Tuesday (August 7). This group A match will start at 14.45 hours (PST). Pakistan has won five and Australia four in nine matches played between the two teams in Olympics. Pakistan has scored 16 and conceded 19 goals in these matches. After losing four successive matches against Pakistan, Australia went to win their first match at Montreal in 1976. Australia beat Pakistan 2-1 in the semi final. The Aussies defeated Pakistan 3-1 when two teams played last time at Beijing Olympics four years ago. Group A is still wide open after Great Britain staged the best comeback of this Olympic hockey tournament to date, scoring three goals in a 19-minute span to recover from a three-goal deficit and draw current World Champion Australia, 3-3. James Tindall’s goal with 4:30 left in regulation capped the improbable comeback and threw the Group A standings back into chaos. Australia and Great Britain now lead the hotly contested group with eight points, while Pakistan and Spain have seven points each. It means the two semi-final spots all come down to Tuesday’s preliminary round matches when Australia takes on Pakistan and Great Britain faces Spain. Australia entered the tournament looking invincible with an extremely strong start and every recent title under the sun, but the preliminary round action has chipped away at the armor and now they find themselves in an unusual tight spot for the last game of the group. Pakistan’s win against Australia will make sure that Pakistan qualifies for the semi final of the London Olympics 2012.
PAK-AUs IN OlYMPIC HOCKeY: YeAR 1960 1964 1968 1968 1976 1984 1988 2000 2008
VeNUe Rome Tokyo mexico mexico montreal lA Seoul Sydney beijing
ROUND Group match Group match Group match final Semi final Semi final Group match Third place Group match
ResUlT Pak beat Aus Pak beat Aus Pak beat Aus Pak beat Aus Aus beat Pak Pak beat Aus Aus beat Pak Aus beat Pak Aus beat Pak
sCORe 3-0 2-1 3-2 2-1 2-1 1-0 4-0 6-3 3-1
Man arrested for throwing bottle on 100m track LoNDoN AFP
A man was in police custody Monday after being arrested for throwing a bottle onto the track the second the men's Olympic 100m final was about to start, London police said. The man shouted abuse then threw the bottle just as the showpiece final was about to get under way, a Scotland Yard spokesman said. As the starter called "set" and the athletes rose to wait for the bang, the bottle landed behind the blocks in lane five, a few metres (yards) behind Jamaica's Yohan Blake, who went on to take the silver medal. It came to a halt just as the sprinters set off. Blake said: "I was so focused I didn't see anything. I was so focused on just running to the line." The police spokesman told AFP that the man was arrested inside the Olympic Stadium "on suspicion of causing a public nuisance". "He had been heard to shout
abuse and then threw a plastic bottle on to the track," he said. "That was immediately prior to the start of the men's 100m final. He remains in custody at an east London police station." Jamaica's usain Bolt defended his Olympic title, winning the race in a new Olympic record of 9.63 seconds. Speaking afterwards, Bolt told reporters he had been unaware of the incident. "I keep hearing that. I don't know who would have done that," he said. uS sprinter Justin Gatlin, who won bronze, said: "It was a little distraction and I didn't know what it was. "But when you're in those blocks and the whole stadium's quiet you can hear a pin drop." Gatlin said the incident had not affected the race. "You just have to block it out and go out there and do what you got to do. You can't complain about that, the race went on and it was a great race."
lONDON: A man is detained by security shortly after a bottle has been thrown onto the track the second the men's 100m final at the athletics was about to start on August 5, 2012 in london, during the london 2012 Olympic Games. AFP
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ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2012 opens in Queensland
QueeNSlAND: The participating captains and other players of the iCC u19 Cricket world Cup 2012 at the Allan border field, brisbane. The iCC u19 Cricket world Cup 2012 will be staged in Queensland August 11 to 26 and Australia will defend the title. Cricket Headquarters, had legendary QUEENSLAND sTAFF RePORT
HE ICC u19 Cricket World Cup 2012 officially opened in Brisbane with representatives from the 16 competing sides urged to “enjoy every moment’’ of the ninth edition of the event to be staged from August 11 to 26 in Queensland. The Welcome Function, hosted in the Century Room, over-looking the Allan Border Field at the Queensland
england, SA second test ends in a draw LEEDS AFP
The second test between England and South Africa ended in a draw o the fifth and final day of the match here at the at the Headingley o Monday Earlier, Kevin Pietersen enjoyed rare success as a bowler and Stuart Broad took four quick wickets to give South Africa some anxious moments just before tea. despite their efforts, the match was almost certain to end in a draw. South Africa were 239 for seven at tea, a lead of 233 with a possible 44 overs remaining. Pietersen followed up a thrilling century in the first innings by taking the first three wickets with his occasional off-spin bowling. He had never taken more than one wicket in an innings in 87 previous Test matches. While Pietersen prised open the South African batting, dismissing Jacques Rudolph, Graeme Smith and Hashim Amla, he leaked runs with some loose deliveries. After he had taken three for 52 in nine overs, captain Andrew Strauss took him off and brought back fast bowler Broad. With his fourth ball Broad trapped AB de Villiers leg before wicket.
sCOReBOARD sOUTH AFRICA, FIRsT INNINgs: 419, eNglAND, FIRsT INNINgs: 425, sOUTH AFRICA, seCOND INNINgs (OVeRNIgHT 39-0) JA Rudolph lbw b Pietersen 69 gC smith c Taylor b Pietersen 52 HM Amla c Cook b Pietersen 28 AB de Villiers lbw b Broad 44 JH Kallis c †Prior b Broad 27 JP Duminy lbw b Broad 0 VD Philander lbw b Broad 6 AN Petersen not out 16 DW steyn c & b Anderson 3 M Morkel c Cook b Broad 10 eXTRAs: (lb 2, w 1) 3 TOTAl: (9 wickets dec; 67.4 overs) 258 Fall of wickets 1-120 (Rudolph, 37.2 ov), 2-129 (smith, 41.5 ov), 3-182 (Amla, 51.5 ov), 4-209 (de Villiers, 55.4 ov),5-209 (Duminy, 55.5 ov), 6-223 (Philander, 59.1 ov), 7-230 (Kallis, 61.5 ov), 8-247 (steyn, 66.1 ov), 9-258 (Morkel, 67.4 ov) BOWlINg: JM Anderson 19-7-40-1, sCJ Broad 16.4-2-69-5, sT Finn 14-2-55-0, TT Bresnan 9-2-40-0, KP Pietersen 9-1-52-3 eNglAND 2ND INNINgs (TARgeT: 253 RUNs) KP Pietersen c Imran Tahir b Philander 12 AN Cook c Rudolph b steyn 46 AJ strauss c & b Duminy 22 IJl Trott not out 30 MJ Prior run out (smith/†de Villiers) 7 IR Bell not out 3 eXTRAs (lb 8, w 1, nb 1) 10 TOTAl (4 wickets; 33 overs) 130 Fall of wickets 1-21 (Pietersen, 3.1 ov), 2-75 (strauss, 13.6 ov), 390 (Cook, 17.4 ov), 4-106 (Prior, 19.4 ov) BOWlINg: M Morkel 10-4-33-0, VD Philander 6-1-26-1, DW steyn 7-1-26-1, Imran Tahir 4-0-20-0, JP Duminy 2-0-10-1, JH Kallis 42-7-0, Toss: england, Match drawn
presences and of individuals who loomed large wherever the players, coaches and team officials looked. Paintings of noted Queensland cricket identities such as Matthew Hayden, Andrew Symonds, Martin Love and Jimmy Maher, who had played 100 or more first-class matches for their State, looked down from the walls as past greats paid tribute to the next generation of potential stars from the 10 Full Members and six qualifiers from the As-
sociate and Affiliate Member countries. International cricket identities such as Courtney Walsh, david Boon, Geoff Lawson, Chris Harris, Greg Chappell and local heroes Ian Healy, Michael Kasprowicz, Stuart Law (another two to have their paintings on display in the Century Room) mixed with the young men who will represent their countries when the tournament gets underway this week. Harris (Zimbabwe), Lawson (Afghanistan) and Law (Australia) will have coaching roles for the World Cup while Chappell (Australia) and Walsh (West Indies) occupy management roles. The theme from all speakers at the opening ceremony was a simple one – enjoyment. The traditional custodians of the land where the ceremony took place, the Turrbal people, provided the “welcome to country” ceremony courtesy of elder ‘uncle’ Joe Kirk, whose grandsons danced a welcome to the teams gathered. Kasprowicz, speaking as the official representative from Cricket Australia, where he is one of two Queensland based directors, highlighted the friendships he made when he played at u19 level for Australia, where his captain was damien Martyn and his wicketkeeper was Adam Gilchrist. Boon, one of the three match referees for the tournament, urged all teams to play hard, be competitive, but above all to enjoy their experience. Master of Ceremonies Healy said the chance to play in three different areas of Queensland, with matches hosted in
Brisbane, on the Sunshine Coast and in Townsville, would provide teams with a wonderful chance to enjoy the Queensland surrounds. Kasprowicz congratulated all of the sides upon reaching the tournament, and emphasised that this event could well be the stepping stone for a number of players to return for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 to be hosted in Australia and new Zealand. “This tournament will provide the best young cricketers in the world with an ideal opportunity to enjoy international exposure, showcase their skills and lay a claim for higher honours in their future,’’ he said. If past ICC u19 Cricket World Cups are any guide, there are a number of young men that we will see in the next few weeks who will be well in contention to be back in Australia and new Zealand in 2015 when the biggest event on the international cricketing calendar, the World Cup, will be staged.” He made special mention of the six qualifying nations – Papua new Guinea, nepal, namibia, Scotland, Ireland and Afghanistan – and wished them luck for the next two weeks. Kasprowicz also praised the army of volunteers from Queensland who will give of their time during the tournament. “As we all know, volunteers are the lifeblood of our game and this event is the perfect example of all those hardworking individuals who give so freely of their time to make our game as strong as it is,” he said.
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Ostapchuk wins women’s shot put gold
Belarus' nadezhda Ostapchuk won the women's Olympic shot put title here on Monday with a throw of 21.36m. The 31year-old inflicted the first defeat in nearly two years on defending champion Valerie Adams of new Zealand, who took silver with 20.70m, while Russia's Yevgeniya Kolodko took bronze with a personal best of 20.48m.
Noroozi wins second gold for iran
Medal hope is still alive kHABEER UL tANWIR
he Pakistan hockey team started its Olympic quest as underdogs. Their performance in the first four games even though cannot be called as extraordinary but they have still kept the country’s hopes alive. Pakistan started its Olympic campaign after a dismal performance at the Azlan Shah Cup at Ipoh, Malaysia where Pakistan which is currently ranked eighth in the hockey world finished rock bottom. They faced consecutive defeats at the hands of Malaysia, South Korea, Britain, India and new Zealand. Apart from Malaysia, all the other teams had a place in the Olympics. The team management and the PHF in particular gave same old lame excuses to their dismal performance. One of them was of the blue turf but one fails to understand why the turf was blamed for their own follies like crucial missing as it is just the change of colour otherwise the surface is the same. Hockey pundits believe the sacking dutch coach Michel van den just before team’s Olympics preparation dented the team’s progress but they should understand that at that point in time the team was being built under new management. Although under the dutch coach, the team regained the 2010 Asian Games gold medal at
Guangzhou, China after a lapse of 20 years and qualified for the London Olympics and also won silver in the 2011 edition of the Azlan Shah Cup but they should also understand the implication the PHF was facing for his non-cooperation in team’s training. Pakistan though began its Olympics campaign with a draw against Spain but it showed glimpses of its past by winning against Argentina and South Africa. But their spineless loss to Great Britain in between made things hard for them and has put them in a do-or-die situation
in their last league match against Australia. Their defeat to Britain yielded immense criticism from Olympians but the mix of seniors and juniors brought Pakistan back into contention with win over South Africa and the odds turned slightly in Pakistan’s favour after Australia played a draw against Argentina. And now all the top four teams of Pool A Pakistan, Australia, Great Britain and Spain would be dying to earn a place in the last four. Australia and Great Britain can also rest with a draw but Pakistan and Spain are in a must win situation. All Pakistan need is the keep its defence knitted stronger and the midfield and forwards work with coordination with the latter finding a proper opening to land home the ball. One must remind that Pakistan is the only team that has surprised the Australians in Australia to win a tri-nation tournament recently and as Manzoor Junior, the team captain of 1984 Gold Medalist Olympic team, puts it that if Pakistan plays its traditional game of through passes and rapid attacks their place in the semifinal is certain. So Pakistan’s only hope at the London Olympics lies with the Green Shirts who have the fire and all they need is to advocate it in practical on the field.
Iran won their second Greco-Roman Wrestling gold in two days after Omid noroozi beat Georgia's Revaz Lashkhi in the 60kg category this evening. despite being one of the powerhouses of Olympic wrestling, Iran had not won Olympic gold in the GrecoRoman discipline before London, but now they have two after noroozi followed compatriot Hamid Soryan by winning at the ExCeL.
Kom sets up boxing medal LoNDoN AgeNCIes
Mary Kom guaranteed India an Olympic Fly Weight Boxing medal as she booked her place in the semis by defeating Tunisia's Maroua. The 29-year-old five-time champion fought her way to a 15-6 win and there was no disguising her delight. She said: 'I'm so, so happy. This is the first time women's boxing has been included in the Olympics. I waited for so many years to be a part of the Olympics and when I have become a part of it, it feels so good to go back home with a medal.'
Russian pair near perfect yet again LoNDoN AgeNCIes
The Russian duo have dominated today's Synchronised Swimming action, with their free routine judged near perfect. natalia Ischenko and Svetlana Romashina compete in the duets Synchronised Swimming free routine preliminary on day 10 of the London 2012 Olympic Games. Russia has been the nation to beat in Synchronised Swimming since winning their first gold at Sydney 12 years ago and are the clear favourites at London 2012.
natalia Ishchenko and Svetlana Romashina concluded a nigh-on perfectly executed, haunting routine to the music of the film Sleepy Hollow today. Their technical routine was judged to have been just 1.800 off perfection yesterday and today the judges awarded them a total of 98.600. When combined with yesterday's mark, that gave them an overall result of 196.800 out of 200. China go into the final in second place, with Spain third. Ischenko said: 'Today we are maybe about 90 per cent happy. We have small things to fix for the final. I hope the judges did not see the mistakes our coach saw.'
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Exhilaration, slog and magnificent Bolt
LOG and exhilaration, more slog, more exhilaration, yet more slog and yet more exhilaration. After a time, such is the grind that fatigue sets in. The mind and the body say: stop and escape to comfort and relax. The spirit says, persevere and participate – after all, it’s only another few days, and then it would all be gone, for four years, no less. This is how it goes at every Olympic Games. You come enthused, you get exhausted but then you continually get recharged – by a sporting endeavour that trumps the best one had seen and leaves an indelible imprint, by a volunteer who is as bone tired as one is yet not allowing the smile to fade away, by a colleague who stays gamely engaged despite working against time, his own
deadline haunting him. Above everything else feet hurt. That happens regardless of where the Games are held – Atlanta, Sydney, Beijing or now at London. The newest bugbear is security – and the onus to keep the Games incident-free takes precedence over all else. At Beijing, the security was a no-nonsense affair. But with their eye for forensic detail, or perhaps out of practice a better nuanced approached, it was not really visibly ubiquitous and overbearing. But the Brits are so absolutely paranoid about terror, and their obsession for security knows no bounds. Their solution to this, like almost our entire dMG class (perhaps it was passed on to them from the days of the Raj) is to segregate and lock people out. The consequence is more steel locking people from stepping out of their assigned areas than in perhaps all the jails on this planet locking the
Sharapova now No 2
PARIS: Russia's Maria Sharapova, winner of the silver medal at the London Olympics, moved up one place to world number two in the latest WTA rankings released on Monday. Belarussian Victoria Azarenka, winner of bronze in London, holds the world number one ranking, as Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska paid the price for her first round defeat as she fell one spot to world number three. Olympic champion Serena Williams, winner of the singles gold and the doubles with sister Venus, has moved closer to the leading trio. Williams is less than 800 points off the top spot which she hasn't held since October 2010. AFP
criminals in. This translates into walks for miles to get from one point to another, and in between going through unending stairs everywhere – temporary steel bridges erected to provide cumbersome detours – when actually one just intended to go next door. What indeed is mindboggling is the volume of security once you get into the locked-in areas, your baggage screened and accreditation already checked scores of times, and you still cannot go anywhere close to the athletes with whom you want to converse, chat up with the officials who belong to your country and whose responses are essential to provide insight and depth. The amazing part is that this is being done to nearly 27,000 athletes, officials and media when each one of them is accredited and security cleared! But the spectacle is really very powerful. Last night I spent three hours to get to and get back from the Olympic Stadium (since one had arrived late and all seats had been taken, watched it standing with hundreds of other journalists barely able to stand after a long, tough day at the office) for an event that lasted only nine seconds and a bit. But to watch usain Bolt thunder out of the blocks and defend his 100-metre sprint crown in the presence of others all eight who were good enough to win gold though only fractions of a second slower and still faster than blinking of an eye was superb. Bolt clocked his second best time ever, the new Olympic record. Witnessing it from a vantage point was glorious – the whole pack getting out of the blocks at lightening pace and then the winner separated from the second best by 12 fractions of a second. A moment of exhilaration that would remain etched to memory. And it paid a thousand times back for the pain.
3. AGNieSzKA RADwANSKA (POl) 8260 (-1) 4. SeReNA williAmS (uSA) 8045 5. SAmANTHA STOSuR (AuS) 6195 6. PeTRA KViTOVA (Cze) 5275 7. ANGeliQue KeRbeR (GeR) 5225 8. CAROliNe wOzNiACKi (DeN) 4206 9. SARA eRRANi (iTA) 3620 10. mARiON bARTOli (fRA) 3400 11. li NA (CHN) 3245 12. ANA iVANOViC (SRb) 3085 13. DOmiNiKA CibulKOVA (SVK) 2945 (+1) 14. mARiA KiRileNKO (RuS) 2835 (+1) 15. VeRA zVONAReVA (RuS) 2800 (-2) 16. KAiA KANePi (eST) 2514 17. flAViA PeNNeTTA (iTA) 2270 (+2) 18. JeleNA JANKOViC (SRb) 2220
ATP world rankings
RANKINgs 1. ViCTORiA AzAReNKA (blR) 8820 PTS 2. mARiA SHARAPOVA (RuS) 8720 (+1)
PARIS: Andy Murray's Olympic gold medal win in London on Sunday has allowed him to close the gap
on Rafael nadal for third place in the world rankings. The Scot, who defeated world no.1 Roger Federer in straight sets to record the biggest win of his career, is now just 785 points behind the Spaniard going into the buildup to the uS Open which starts in late August. nadal has already said he will not play in the Masters series events in Toronto and Cincinnati to fully recover from strained knee muscles. Federer retained the top ranking but has novak djokovic breathing down his neck. AFP
ATP WORlD RANKINgs TOP 20 1. ROGeR feDeReR (Sui) 11435 PTS 2. NOVAK DJOKOViC (SRb) 11270 3. RAfAel NADAl (eSP) 8905 4. ANDY muRRAY (GbR) 8120 5. DAViD feRReR (eSP) 5455 6. JO-wilfRieD TSONGA (fRA) 5230 7. TOmAS beRDYCH (Cze) 4515 8. JuAN mARTíN Del POTRO (ARG) 3340 (+1) 9. JANKO TiPSAReViC (SRb) 3320 (-1) 10. JuAN mONACO (ARG) 2695 11. NiCOlAS AlmAGRO (eSP) 2575 (+1) 12. JOHN iSNeR (uSA) 2440 (-1) 13. mARDY fiSH (uSA) 2135 (+2) 14. GilleS SimON (fRA) 2070 (-1) 15. mARiN CiliC (CRO) 2015 (-1) 16. OleKSANDR DOlGOPOlOV JR. (uKR) 1940 (+9) 17. Kei NiSHiKORi (JPN) 1770 18. PHiliPP KOHlSCHReibeR (GeR) 1685 (-2)
bolt sets Olympic Record to retain title stats corner S. PERvEZ QAISER usain Bolt emphatically confirmed his status as the greatest sprinter in history as he retained his Olympic 100m title in peerless fashion at London 2012, winning Sunday’s final in an Olympic record time of 9.63 seconds. The Jamaican, who holds the world record, finished ahead of countryman Yohan Blake and American Justin Gatlin. Seven of the eight finalists ran under 10 seconds in what was the fastest Olympic 100m final in history. But usain Bolt came home first, clocking the second quickest time in history. Yohan Blake equalled his personal best of 9.75 in second, with Justin Gatlin also setting a new personal best of 9.79 as he took the bronze.
FAsTesT 100M TIMes: TIMe 9.58 secs 9.63secs 9.69secs 9.69secs 9.71secs
ATHleTe usain bolt usain bolt usain bolt Tyson Gay Tyson Gay
VeNUe berlin london beijing Shanghai berlin
DATe 16-08-2009 05-08-2012 16-08-2008 20-09-2009 16-08-2009
MeN's 100 MeTRes WINNeRs IN OlYMPIC
Golden glory can spark more success, says Murray LoNDoN AFP
Britain's Andy Murray believes his Olympic triumph will provide the perfect springboard to break his Grand Slam drought. Murray produced the performance of a lifetime to win his first Olympic gold medal with a crushing 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 demolition of world number one Roger Federer in the men's final on Sunday. The 25year-old's astonishing display avenged his heart-breaking Wimbledon final defeat against Federer last month, but more importantly for Murray it provided concrete evidence that he can win these kind of high-stakes encounters with the world's best players. Murray has been beaten in four Grand Slam finals and some suggested the world number four was destined to be remembered as a nearly-man who fell short of the standards set by Federer, Rafael nadal and novak djokovic. At times, Murray has also doubted whether he could match-up to those three giants of the men's game and that nagging feeling triggered his tearful reaction to losing the Wimbledon final. But now Murray
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has banished those demons by humiliating seventime Wimbledon champion Federer on Centre Court and he believes that is the perfect preparation for a renewed assault on the majors, starting at the uS Open in new York later this month. "It will help with the way I go into this kind of match," Murray said. "Come uS Open time I hope this will have given me the confidence to go in there and believe in myself a bit more than I have in the past. "I should give myself a shot at
winning there. I played very well at the uS Open in the past. It's a surface I like playing on. I hope I can have a good run there." Murray's dominance of Federer was so complete that he didn't drop a serve in the entire match and lost only one point on his serve in the final set. Federer has rarely been so brutally dispatched and it was the kind of jaw-dropping display that took even Murray by surprise. "I have lost some tough matches and I've had a lot of questions asked about me many times," said Murray, the first British man to win Olympic singles gold since Josiah Ritchie in 1908. "So I'm just glad I managed to put on a performance I've been waiting for. "To win against Roger in straight sets on Centre Court, it probably hasn't happened for years, so I must have played a very good match. "It was a big match for both of us. So just to win in the way that I did makes those losses a bit easier to take." There has been a new-found maturity and muscularity about Murray's play since losing at Wimbledon and he believes his positive reaction to that defeat -- so different to his response to past let-downs - was the key to the way he thrived at the Games.
YeAR 1896 1900 1904 1908 1912 1920 1924 1928 1932 1936 1948 1952 1956 1960 1964 1968 1972 1976 1980 1984 1988 1992 1996 2000 2004 2008 2012
VeNUe Athens Paris St louis london Stockholm Antwerp Paris Amsterdam los Angeles berlin london Helsinki melbourne Rome Tokyo mexico City munich montreal moscow los Angeles Seoul barcelona Atlanta Sydney Athens beijing london
WINNeR Thomas burke (uSA) frank Jarvis (uSA) Archie Hahn (uSA) Reginald walker (RSA) Ralph Craig (uSA) Charles Paddock (uSA) Harold Abrahams (britain) Percy williams (Canada) eddie Tolan (uSA) Jesse Owens (uSA) Harrison Dillard (uSA) lindy Remigino (uSA) bobby-Joe morrow (uSA) Armin Hary (Germany) bob Hayes (uSA) James Hines (uSA) Valeriy borzov (Soviet union) H Crawford (Trinidad & Tobago) Allen wells (Great britain) Carl lewis (uSA) Carl lewis (uSA) linford Christie (Great britain) Donovan bailey (Canada) maurice Greene (uSA) Justin Gatlin (uSA) usain bolt (Jamaica) usain bolt (Jamaica)
TIMINgs 12.0 11.0 11.0 10.7 10.8 10.8 10.6 (OR) 10.8 10.3 (wR) 10.3 (ewR) 10.3 (eOR) 10.4 10.5 10.2 (OR) 10.0 (wR) 9.9 (wR) 10.14 10.06 10.25 9.99 9.92 (wR) 9.96 9.84 (wR) 9.87 9.85 9.69 (wR) 9.63 (OR)
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LONDON: Usain Bolt crosses the finish line with other runners. AFP
Title favourites Pearson, Rudisha, Adams coast
FLASHES TO LONDON GOLD LoNDoN AFP
SAIn Bolt stormed to a successful defence of his Olympic 100m crown in the second-fastest time ever recorded Sunday as the Jamaican superstar confirmed his status as the greatest sprinter of all time. Bolt made a hesitant start but left the field for dead from 60 metres to win by two metres (yards) in 9.63sec, slower only than his world record of 9.58sec set in 2009. Jamaican compatriot and training partner Yohan Blake, long tipped as Bolt's successor as the fastest man in the world, claimed silver after equalling his personal best of 9.75sec. American 2004 Olympic gold medal-
Title favourites Sally Pearson of Australia, Kenyan david Rudisha and new Zealander Valerie Adams all sailed through their respective Olympic qualifying heats on Monday. The trio nailed world golds in daegu, South Korea, last year and again showed their class in front of another packed morning session at the Olympic Stadium in east London. Pearson clocked the leading time in the 100m hurdles, timing 12.57sec to finish ahead of American duo Lolo Jones and Kellie Wells, and Turkey's two-time defending European champion nevin Yanit. "I was quite nervous and I'm glad it's over," said Pearson. "I can go back and fix my body for tomorrow now. "There's no more work to do. This is it. Tomorrow is another day at the office and I'll see what I can do." Also making the cut was reigning Olympic champion dawn Harper, but one to miss out was 2009 world champion Brigitte Foster-Hylton, the 37-year-old Jamaican clipping a hurdle to limp home well off the pace in 13.98. To the crowd's dismay, there was no Jessica Ennis, the recentlycrowned heptathlon gold medallist having opted out of the individual hurdles despite running a blistering 12.54sec en route to winning the mutli-discipline event.
list Justin Gatlin completed his remarkable comeback from a four-year doping ban by taking the bronze medal in a personal best of 9.79sec. The victory crushed pre-Olympics concerns that Bolt was suffering a cri-
sis of form and fitness after his defeat to Blake in the Jamaican trials and injury concerns. "I tell you people, when it comes to the championships it's about business for me -- and I brought it," said Bolt, who kissed the track after his win and performed his trademark bow-and-arrow celebration. With Bolt, Tyson Gay, Asafa Powell and Blake topping the all-time 100m list, the final featured the four fastest men in history. "usain has been to this level and he knows what it takes, he's a world beater and he's fastest man in the world," said Blake. The 2007 double world champion Tyson Gay came in fourth, one hundredth of a second off his teammate Gatlin in 9.80sec, with a third American, Ryan Bailey, fifth in 9.88.
lONDON: Jamaica’s usain bolt celebrates after winning the gold medal in the men's 100m final at the athletics event during the london 2012 Olympic Games on August 5, 2012 in london. AFP
Gold medallist minxia wu of China poses on the podium in the medal ceremony for the women's 3m Springboard Diving final at the Aquatics Centre.
minxia overcomes personal sacrifice to win sixth medal LoNDoN eDNA ZHOU
Wu Minxia took gold in women's three-meter springboard last night, making diving history and continuing China’s winning streaks in the sport. Her successes here in London have come at great personal sacrifice. Wu began training when she was six years old, and at 16 she left home to train a government-sponsored facility. Last week, after winning the 3m synchronized springboard final, Wu’s parents finally revealed the news of her grandparents’ death over a year ago, as well as her mother’s eight-year battle with breast cancer, which is currently in remission. The family had kept the news secret from her in order to not affect her performance in London 2012. The 26-year old from Shanghai easily won the women’s three-metre springboard with 414.00 points, making this her sixth medal and first individual gold. She ties with her former synchronized diving partner Guo Jingjing as the most-decorated diver of all time. Wu’s current synchro partner He Zi won silver, while Mexico’s Laura Sanchez Soto captured bronze in an upset over Italy's Tania Cagnotto. Earlier in the week, Wu also won the 3m synchronized springboard title with He, making her the first woman to win three consecutive Olympic synchronized titles. She is also the only other woman besides Guo to have won both the 3m springboard and 3m synchronized springboard at the Olympic Games. It was impossible to watch Wu’s performance over the past week and not expect her to win gold.
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Syria Pm defects, accuses Assad regime of ‘genocide’
HIROsHIMA: girls pray for victims of a 1945 atomic bombing as they release paper lanterns to float on the Motoyasu River in front of the Atomic Bomb Dome in Hiroshima on Monday. AFP
Syrian Prime Minister Riad Hijab announced he was joining the rebels on Monday after slipping across the border into Jordan during the night in the highest-ranking defection of the nearly 17-month uprising. Hijab was one of the leading Sunni Muslims in President Bashar al Assad’s minority Alawitedominated regime. He accused his former master of carrying out “genocide” against his own people but said four decades of Assad family rule were collapsing. “I announce my defection today (Monday) from the regime of killing and terror, and I join the ranks of the revolt,” Hijab said in statement read by his spokesman Mohammed al-Otri on Al-Jazeera news channel from Amman. “Syria is passing through the most difficult war crimes, genocide, and barbaric killings and massacres against unarmed citizens,” he said. Hijab’s home province of deir Ezzor in the northeast has been one of the key battlegrounds of the conflict and seen a mounting death toll from operations by the army in recent weeks. ASSAULT: Word of Hijab’s defection came as the army readied a major ground assault against rebels in commercial capital Aleppo, who say they control half of the city of some 2.7 million people.
CJP orders action against obscenity on TV channels ISLAMABAD APP
The Supreme Court has ordered the Pakistan Electronic Media Regularity Authority (PEMRA) chairman to take measures to stop obscenity on TV channels. The orders came during the hearing of a petition against obscenity on TV channels. An SC bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry was hearing the case. The CJ remarked: “We can’t watch TV with our families due to this vulgarity.” He said PEMRA would be responsible if obscenity was shown on TV channels. The PEMRA chairman told the court: “We are also family men and we take action over any such programme.” The CJ asked what action was taken against the channels to which the PEMRA chief said a number of TV channels had been fined and banned by the regulatory body.
TV reports say PPP has thrown party firebrand out of core committee, banned entry in Presidency
President’s spokesman says no notification issued regarding Abidi’s ouster from core committee, entry in Presidency g
HE Supreme Court on Monday asked for the record of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Senator Faisal Raza Abidi’s press conference in which he called for the resignation of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry. The CJ sought the footage of the press briefing to see whether it came under contempt of court or not. Abidi on Sunday held a press conference at the national Press Club in Islamabad and accused the CJ of acquitting a terrorist who allegedly killed 100 people. He also said he would soon table a bill against the judges who had taken oath under the Provisional Constitution Order (PCO). A petition was filed in the Supreme Court, seeking the initiation contempt of
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court proceedings against Senator Abidi over his press conference. The petition also named the PEMRA chairman and a private TV anchor as respondents. Petitioner Tariq Asad pleaded the court that strict action should be taken against the parties involved under the Contempt of Court Law. He said criticism of the chief justice could not be termed justified. The petition said the private TV channel failed to take precautionary measures in this regard. Meanwhile, TV channels reported that following the serving of a show-cause notice on Abidi by the PPP, the ruling party decided to throw him out of the PPP core committee, with the PM saying he did not endorse Abidi’s views regarding the CJ. The PPP leadership also announced a ban on Abidi’s entry to the Presidency, some channels claimed. In a brief chat with reporters, the
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PM also said that Abidi was not the PPP’s official spokesman and did not represent the government or the ruling party. However, Abidi told ARY news that the party had only issued him a show-cause notice and he would respond to it. He denied that he had been barred from visiting the Presidency or that he had been struck off from the party’s core committee. “I’m a member of the PPP and will remain so until my last breath…I met President Zardari just three days ago,” he said. Speaking in the same program, President’s Spokesman Farhatullah Babar said no notifications are issued regarding permission or restriction on anyone visiting the Presidency. He also said that the core committee was not a formal body so no notifications are issued regarding induction or removal of members from the committee.
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