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Britain is failing in Afghanistan, says Warlord Britain - and Prince Harry - are failing in Afghanistan, says warlord One of Afghanistan's most feared and wanted warlords has warned that the country could collapse into a murderous civil war after the withdrawal of Nato troops next year.

Hekmatyar, a veteran of that bloody war, warned: "Today the scenario of Afghanistan is exactly like that of one year before the withdrawal of Soviet Union. The Americans and their allies are tired of fighting.

"The fact is that the government has failed. The authorities have lost heir credibility completely. They have fallen victims to severe internal disputes and seem hopeless and worried.

strategy of blocking girls' education, Hekmatyar was outraged: 'We are against the blowing up of schools and other institutions not only in Afghanistan and Pakistan but elsewhere in the world. I don't think that a devoted majahid They can neither bear the "The foreign forces have failed could be involved in such casualties nor the expenses of and the situation is worsening things.' In the bleakest assessment yet this war any more. They are by the day. We might face a Hekmatyar denied any links of Afghanistan's future, Gulleft with no other Yet it cannot dreadful situation after 2014 with the Pakistan Taliban, and buddin Hekmatyar called for be ignored since it comes from which no one could have antici- accused foreign intelligence a "peaceful transition of the one of just a handful of Afghan pated." agencies of being involved in government" to democracy. warlords. But this dire assessment was attacks on schools and other But, in a wide-ranging interaccompanied by a warm atrocities. view arranged with he feared a When asked what he believes language about the democratic descent into chaos and anarchy will follow when combat troops future of Afghanistan. 'It seems that some British similar to that which followed pull out in 2014 his answer was authorities still dream about the withdrawal of the Russians both terrifying and When asked whether he supthe times of the eighteenth and in the 1980s. encouraging: ported the Pakistan Taliban nineteenth century and they

want their ambassador to be treated like a viceroy and their prince to go out in uniform to hunt for human beings and play the satanic role that they used to play in the past.' But Britain's historic role in creating such conflicts is now finished, adds Hekmatyar: 'The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have proved that Britain has to go and take part instead in proxy wars – and this is what she cannot afford even for a short space of time.

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AUTUMN STATEMENT: SHEFFIELD LIBERAL DEMOCRAT COMMENTS In December 2012s Autumn Statement, Commenting on the statement, Cllr the Chancellor confirmed that the Coali- Shaffaq Mohammed, Leader of the Libtion Government will: eral Democrat Group on Sheffield City Council, said: •Deliver a £600 tax break for thousands of low earners by a further rise in the in- “I’m delighted that during difficult come tax threshold; times Liberal Democrats have delivered •Scrap a proposed 3p rise in fuel duty; a £600 tax break for thousands of work•Block proposals for a further cut in Shef- ing families across Sheffield. field City Council’s budget in 2013/14; "I’m also pleased to see Nick Clegg •Allocate £11 million to fund flood stand up for Sheffield and protect the defence improvements in Sheffield. Council from plans for further cuts next

year. Now that Nick has helped protect the Council’s budget it’s vital that Labour councillors stop wasting money on their pet projects and concentrate funding on the services local people value. “Obviously, the Chancellor’s statement also set some tough choices but we did not enter Government to make easy decisions. Repairing the country’s broken economy is far more important than party political games.”

COUNCILLORS FORCE LABOUR TO THINK AGAIN ON CHILDREN’S CENTRES CUTS

Opposition councillors on Sheffield City Council have forced Labour councillors to re-think their plans for local children’s centres by “callingin” the report. The move to “call-in” the decision will mean the Cabinet report will be subject to further scrutiny by backbench councillors before it can be implemented.

tation on the proposals. Many parents feel that are still being kept in the dark by the Council. In particular, many voluntary and community groups, who are set to lose support funding from the Council, fear they could collapse while waiting for Government funding that will not become available till September.

The report sets out plans by Labour councillors to end the current funding system for early years services but fails to set out details of what the new system will look like, despite a review of more than twelve months. Local parents and providers protested the decision today, arguing that there has been insufficient consul-

Amidst the furore, new figures have surfaced showing that funding for early years education in Sheffield will actually increase next year, thanks to the Liberal Democrat policy of 15-hours free childcare for disadvantaged childcare. Cllr Colin Ross, Sheffield Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Children

& Young People, said: “Thanks to Nick Clegg, funding for children’s centres and early years care is actually set to increase in Sheffield next year. However, charities and community groups need help and support to adapt to the new system. “In the meantime, Labour councillors have kept local centres in the dark and have left many facing a potential cliff-edge in their funding. It’s no surprise that staff and parents are outraged – having watched Labour dither over the decision for more than a year. “It’s about time the Council worked with local children’s centres, instead of working against them.”

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Rotherham's Clifton Park is one of the best in the country! The premier park just off the town centre has won the Heritage and Conservation Award in the 2012 Landscape Institute Awards - a prestigious competition run by the royal chartered body for landscape architects.

Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and BIG Lottery Fund (BIG) through their Parks for People programme. Praised by the judges as "a benchmark of excellence in its field", the restoration scheme

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resulted in the conservation of many of the park’s historic features, including the bandstand, cenotaph and garden areas, as well as the opening of striking new attractions such as the Water Play, Garden House and Walled Garden.

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EU Exit is ‘Imaginable’, Cameron

Prime Minister David Cameron has admit- choices." ted for the first time that he can imagine Cameron, however, stressed withdrawal Britain quitting the European Union (EU). was not his "preference". He wanted Britain to stay in the EU and to renegotiate reHe talked about the prospect of Britain lations with the EU- based in Belgium- to pulling out of the EU after MPs grilled him seize back key powers. about last week's Brussels summit. The British prime minister said he would Asked if he could envisage Britain leaving make a long-awaited speech in January, the EU, Cameron said "all futures for Brit- spelling out his EU ain" were "imaginable". "We are in charge vision. of our own destiny, we can make our own

Regular Checks on Doctors Begin

Radical changes to the way doctors are checked to ensure they are safe to treat patients came into force last month. This is an important day for doctors and patients. We are confident that over time revalidation will make a significant contribution to the quality of care that patients receive.

annual appraisal and the information doctors will collect about their practice, including feedback from patients, doctors, nurses and other colleagues. The UK is the first country in the world to introduce such a system across its whole healthcare system, covering GPs, hospital doctors, locums and those working in the independent sector. To keep their licence to practise, doctors will be required to revalidate on a regular basis, usually every five years.

The new system of checks - known as revalidation - will be run by the General Medical Council (GMC) and means the UK's 230,000 licensed doctors are now legally required to show they are keeping up To kick off the new checks, the to date and are fit to practise. GMC will today start writing to 13,000 doctors telling them when The new system is based on an they will revalidate. The rest of the

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UK’s licensed doctors will be written to by the end of January 2013. The GMC expects to revalidate the majority of licensed doctors by March 2016, with medical leaders expected to go first.

England: • Registered and licensed doctors 2011: 177,659 • Over 90% of doctors are connected to designated bodies that are ready or very close to being ready for revalidation. (A ‘designated body’ is a UK organisation which will provide a doctor with a regular appraisal and help them

with revalidation) • The percentage of doctors linked to designated bodies who have had an annual appraisal rose from 63% in March 2011 to 73% in March 2012.

Jinnah - Founder of Pakistan Remembered on 136th Birth Anniversary

Pakistan paid homage on 25th December, to its founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah on his 136th birth anniversary through special events organised on the occasion. President Asif Ali Zardari, provincial governors, chief ministers, political leaders and the commoners visited his mausoleum in the port city of Karachi to pay their tributes. Zardari laid a floral wreath on his grave. "Let us re-pledge today to fight to finish the demons of extremism and militancy that seek to strike Pakistan," the president said. The newspapers, TV channels and radio stations aired special programmes all day long. On the visitors' book the president wrote: "We pledge today to uphold the democratic values for which Pakistan was created. I call upon the people to join hands in fighting the mind-set that is seeking to destroy our nationhood and democracy." Jinnah led a movement in 1947 to curve out a separate nation for the Muslims from the Indian sub-continent.

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News in Brief John said: “I am delighted to be appointed Assistant Chief. This fire service quite rightly has a reputation as one of the finest in the country, and although we are facing some significant challenges, I believe we can still continue to deliver a firstclass service to the people of South Yorkshire.” South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue has appointed John Roberts as Assistant Chief Fire Officer following a comprehensive selection process. The 36 year-old, who joined SYFR in 2009 from Merseyside Fire & Rescue, replaces ACO Neil Hessell following his retirement from the service earlier this year. John was previously an Area Manager for the Sheffield and Barnsley districts, and headed the service’s Emergency Response directorate. He will take over as Assistant Chief Fire Officer on 1st January 2013.

Chair of South Yorkshire Fire Authority Cllr Jim Andrews said: “There was an extremely strong field of candidates for this post, both from within South Yorkshire and from across the country. The number of applicants reflects the esteem in which our Service is held nationally, and the fact that John was successful is testament to the pedigree of the officers we have at South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue. “I would like to congratulate John on his appointment. We are all looking forward to working with him at what is an extremely important time for the service.”

India- Pak Visa Accord Launched Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik's visit to India saw the two countries operationalise a liberalised visa agreement but make little headway on key issues including action against Lashkar-e-Taiba founder and Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed.

He prayed at the shrine of the 14th century Sufi saint Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya. "I prayed to Allah for a harmonious and peaceful relationships between both countries." Malik stuck a discordant note on the first day of his visit with his purported comparison of Babri mosque demolition Malik stoked fresh contro- with the Mumbai attack. versy by alleging that He later denied making a Indian non-state actors comparison. were also involved in the attack conspiracy and He also clarified on his 26/11 accused Abu Jundal remarks pertaining to "worked as a source for Kargil martyr Captain (an) elite agency of Saurabh Kalia and said he India" and could have was prepared to get the inturned into a double agent. formation about his torture Indian Home Secretary probed. R.K. Singh ridiculed Malik's claim. Malik did not get a concrete assurance from Prime Malik also insisted that Minister Manmohan Singh Pakistan was in no way on the long-standing inviinvolved with the 2008 tation to visit the neighMumbai terror that left bouring country. His meet166 Indians and foreigners ing with the prime minister dead and plunged India- was short and described as Pakistan ties to a new low. "courtesy call" by officials.

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Successful Police and Taxi Operation to Stop Thieves Selling Stolen Goods

A South Yorkshire Police scheme, to target offenders who handle stolen goods, especially those that try to involve taxis in criminality, have been hailed a success. Officers are now set to continue with Operation Karri, in partnership with Sheffield's taxi organisations, to provide a long-term approach to help tackle crime such as, burglary, robbery and theft from vehicles. An awareness campaign launched in August this year, is supported by marketing materials that are displayed in taxis, warning people of the risks of offering goods stolen from people’s homes and vehicles, or using taxis to inadvertently transport stolen goods.

help police tackle crime, has also proved popular, and has provided valuable information to help the police identify key areas and repeat offenders. The success of the campaign has now gained the interest of a much larger police force, which is looking for ideas to use in their region.

are blocked, making them unusable. Our message is clear, if you buy or sell stolen goods, then sooner or later, police officers will be on your doorstep.” South Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Shaun Wright said:"Burglary can have a huge effect on people’s lives and this operation helps tackle the issue.

Acting Sergeant Simon Kirkham who coleads the initiative says: “The co-operation from taxi drivers has been excellent and we thank them for their support. People work very hard to enjoy expensive things such as laptops, mobile phones and satellite navigation systems. This initiative will help close the door to thieves that hope to benefit from their crime by selling other people’s stolen property.

“It’s great to see South Yorkshire Police leading the way through this initiative, with other police forces looking into how they can adopt this approach in their area. I look forward to continuing this partnership approach to tackling this problem and ensuring a safer and more secure place for the people of South Yorkshire to live.”

Twitter alerts are also going out to warn people to watch out for criminals who are “Many stolen goods are security marked offering stolen goods. In addition, a confi- or fitted with a tracker device and can be dential survey, produced for taxi drivers to traced, and most of electronic stolen items

Anyone who has information about stolen goods should contact South Yorkshire Police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Cameron Rejects Calls To Make Cannabis Legal

British Prime Minister David Cameron has rejected calls to make cannabis legal, after two US states passed legislation to legalise the use of marijuana. Around 86 percent of participants in a British poll voted in favour of legalising the substance.

down, the emphasis on treatment is absolutely right - and we need to continue with that to make sure we make a difference. Also, we need to do more to keep drugs out of our prison," Cameron said. "These are the government's priorities." Cameron also rejected calls for a Royal Commission to launch an inquiry into Britain's drugs laws. US states Colorado and Washington have passed legislation to legalise the recreational use of marijuana.

A report from the Commons Home Affairs committee had urged a shake-up in the country's drug laws, which would even decriminalise heroin. "I don't support decriminalisation. Drugs use is coming

South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Firefighters are urging people to ensure their chimneys are swept, after attending SEVEN South Yorkshire chimney fires in the space of 24 hours.

ple lit their fires for the first time this winter due to the cold temperatures. The incidents included traditional open fires, wood burning stoves and gas fires, with embers becoming stuck in an unswept chimney or, None of the incidents caused property in one case, an incorrectly fitted flue. damage, but they caused considerable inconvenience to the home owners, and oc- Firefighters put out the fires from the grate cupied the fire service for up to four hours using backpacks filled with water; and, in at a time. two cases, had to request an aerial appliThe seven fires occurred possibly as peo- ance to attack the fire from the roof.

A South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue spokesperson said: “We would strongly advise people to get their chimney swept before lighting their fires. Winter definitely arrived this weekend and we all needed that extra warmth, but we also want to ensure that everyone keeps their loved ones, property and Christmas presents safe this month.”

Shares For Rights People’s Rights at Work should NOT be FOR SALE Paul Blomfield MP has warned of the consequences of the decision to take away hard won rights at work from employees in exchange for shares, after voting against the proposal in the House of Commons. Mr Blomfield, who was a member of the Growth and Infrastructure Bill Committee, which gave detailed consideration to the legislation prior to the vote, criticised the Tory-Lib Dem Government for pushing through the ‘shares-for-rights’ proposal in the face of widespread opposition.

against unfair dismissal, statutory redundancy pay, the right to request flexible working and time for training, and will have to give longer notice when returning from maternity or adoption leave. Paul Blomfield MP said:

“This new scheme to get working people to sell off their rights in return for shares is wrong and will do nothing but weaken job security and employment protection. Noone should be forced into giving up these rights, but the Government’s new scheme In a speech to the House of Commons risks creating a two-tier labour market Growth and Infrastructure Bill Committee which could knock consumer confidence Mr Blomfield said, “The proposals are not and further weaken growth. wanted by employers, employees or those interested in promoting employee share “Shares-for-rights is not wanted by emownership”. Under this new employment ployers, employees or anyone interested status, workers will lose their protection in promoting employee share ownership.

During the Government’s consultation on the issue just 5 out of 209 responses were in favour of the idea, yet despite this overwhelming opposition Ministers have pushed the measure through. “I’m also worried that this new status will be open to tax avoidance and could leave employees who accept it with large tax liabilities in national insurance and income tax. It’s a crazy situation where people could end up with less rights at work and have to pay to take up a job. From April 2013 unemployed people in Sheffield could be forced to take a job which would see them lose vital rights at work or stand to lose Jobseekers Allowance and so I would urge people to be alert to this risk”.

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Things to Focus on for your Business in 2013

By: Amar Saleem

Business Development Manager Sheffield Chamber of Commerce Email: amar.saleem@scci.org.uk As 2012 comes to an end, it is important to stop and reflect on the past 12 months and begin to plan for 2013. Take some time to celebrate all of the things that were accomplished this year and then ride that momentum and begin thinking about those things that your business needs to concentrate on in 2013. Take a look at the year gone to see where things can be improved and learn from the mistakes that were made to take your business to the next level - let the next year be THE year!

vides direction for an organisation and a target to shoot for. Business strategy is birthed out of the mission and vision so spend some time reflecting and re-strategising for the coming year.

eliminate wasted resources on anything that does not contribute to achieving objectives. Create a culture that can justify all spending and challenges unnecessary expenditures.

2. Customer Experience Too many organisations forget that it is the customer that pays the bills and employee salaries. Take some time to better understand the customer experience and develop processes and systems to interact with consumers. Find out what the customer wants and develop products and services to meet their expectations. Remember customer requirements are a moving target so make it a priority to be continually learning what kinds of products and services consumers are looking for.

4. Employees Employees are the heart of every organisation so it important to create a work environment where employees can flourish and grow. Take advantage of the employee perspective and take time to learn from their experience working with customers, products or services. They are on the front-line and know where all the problems are, and very often have the solutions to issues that hinder an organisation's progress.

1. Mission/Vision It is always good to begin a new year by focusing on business strategy which is done by revisiting the mission and vision of the organisation. In other words, ask the question, why does this organisation exist and 3. Controlled Spending what is it trying to accomplish? Ar- Control spending by budgeting toticulating a mission and vision pro- ward the vision and strategy and

on a key technology, you may find yourself trying to play catch-up. Subscribe to blogs or business website newsletters that can keep you informed on new and changing technologies. As time moves on more and more businesses are relying on social media to raise their profile and develop new contacts, LinkedIn is an excellent tool for business to business, Facebook is great to capture the public and Twitter is great for reaching out to masses of people - almost like free marketing if you work smart at it.

6. Emerging Trends Every industry has ebbs and flows and trends move and shift over time. Get involved in professional organisations for your particular industry 5. Changing Technologies/Social and keep informed of emerging Media trends and markets. Stay ahead of Keeping up with changing technolo- the curve so you can be a leader ingies is something that challenges all stead of a follower. of us, because if you miss the mark

7. Personal Development Successful leaders are life learners so identify a few good books, classes or seminars that will help sharpen your skills and expertise. Take some time for you and you will be better equipped to handle the challenges that come with running a small business. Another year has come and gone, and 2013 will do the same. Spending a few hours now to plan for where you want your business to be a year from now could help to ensure that you accomplish those things that contribute to continued success!

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Polio Vaccinators Killed in Karachi

Gunmen have killed nine health workers over three days in Pakistan in attacks against a UN-backed anti-polio vaccination campaign. The deaths of six women and three men dead over three days lead the UN to suspend its campaign to vaccinate children. The Anti-polio drive was halted after the vaccinators were shot dead in three different areas of the city. Gunmen on motorbikes shot dead four female Pakistani polio vaccination workers in Karachi last month, police said, adding that three male volunteers had also been injured in the attack. The killings happened in three different areas of the sprawling port city on a nationwide

three-day drive against the disease, which is endemic in Pakistan. Sagheer Ahmed, the health minister for Sindh, said he had ordered a halt to the anti-polio drive in the city following the shootings. The World Health Organization, which has been spearheading the polio drive in Pakistan, also announced that it was stopping its campaign in Karachi. Geo TV earlier reported, a 14-year-old female volunteer was critically wounded in Peshawar. She succumbed to her injuries in hospital. Senior police officers blamed “militants who issued a fatwa against polio vaccination in the past” for the killings.

Pakistan is one of only three countries where the highly infectious crippling disease remains endemic, along with Afghanistan and Nigeria. But efforts to tackle polio have been hampered over the years by suspicion over vaccination drives. Warlord Hafiz Gul Bahadur and the Pakistani Taliban banned polio vaccinations in the country’s tribal northwest, where polio is a particular problem, last June. Their ban—to protest against U.S. drone strikes and because they allege that the anti-polio campaign is a cover for espionage—risks the health of 240,000 children in North and South Waziristan, officials say.

UK WATCHDOG TO PROBE BBC PAYOFFS

The National Audit Office of Britain will launch an investigation after the BBC reportedly gave 200 senior managers pay-offs of more than 100,000 pounds each in the past three years, the Daily Telegraph reported. Lawmakers have said that leaving the BBC was like "winning the lottery". George Entwistle, a former directorgeneral, was given a payoff of 450,000 pounds, double the amount he was entitled to, the daily said.

Figures obtained by the daily under Freedom of Information laws showed that 14 executives were given pay-offs of more than 300,000 pounds each, while 194 executives got 100,000 pounds each.

many people at the BBC on such high salaries merited severance payments of this size," Richard Bacon, a Conservative lawmaker, was quoted as saying.

A BBC spokesman said: "Staff who are made redundant receive what they are entitled to in their contract. While redundancies involve costs in the short term, in the long-term "I think there are a lot of peo- they represent significant savple who will find it difficult to ings." understand why there are so The biggest pay-off was awarded to Mark Byford, former director of journalism, who got 949,000 pounds.

Food Wars - Making Millions Out of Starving Millions

Banks make hundreds of millions by betting on the world’s food crisis while millions of people fight starvation. Financial investors betting on the price of food are driving up prices, putting the lives of millions at risk, campaigners claim. Barclays made about £500million over the past two years on food speculation. In Britain, the average household food bill increases by about five per cent each year. But in the developing world, where a higher proportion — up to 90 per cent — of income goes on food, rising prices can be a matter of life and death. There are many reasons for rising prices, including the weather. But food speculation is a major contributing factor, with the activity of investment banks, hedge funds and other financial players in commodity markets leading to high and unpredictable prices. Barclays is one of three key global players, along with Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley, speculating on food commodities, including staples such as maize and wheat. Regulations that were previously in place to protect those who grew or sell food were removed in the 1990s. With the amount of money to be made gambling on the markets, the banks, hedge fund managers and pension funds moved in. Financial speculation on food almost doubled between 2006 and 2011. In 2006,

the value of financial assets in food markets was £40billion; by 2011, it was £78billion. Financial speculators now dominate commodity markets, holding more than 60 per cent of some markets in 2011, compared with 12 per cent in 1996. While speculators do brisk business, food price rises can wreak havoc in the developing world. A short-term spike in food prices leads to a long-term crisis. It leads to massive amounts of starvation. The World Bank estimated another 44million people went hungry in the last year alone. Food price rises can also lead to riots and conflict. A number of banks, including Deutsche Bank, have started to pull out of food speculation, a result of public pressure and the warnings of global financial experts. But recent history shows that, left to their own devices, banks and financial institutions put self-interest and short-term profit before stability or greater good. At the end of August, MEPs in the European Parliament’s economics and monetary affairs committee voted to curb food price speculation. The European Parliament is putting together draft proposals against the practice as part of the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive, which still needs full approval from EU member states to become law. The World De-

velopment Movement and others are calling on Mr Osborne and EU leaders to limit the amount of speculation allowed in commodity markets. FACTS AND FIGURES: - Poor households in developing countries tend to spend between 50% and 90% of their incomes on food, compared to an average of 10-15% in developed countries - In the last six months of 2010 alone, more than 44m people were driven into extreme poverty as a result of rising food prices - About 1billion people worldwide don’t have enough to eat, which translates to 1 in 7 people - During the 2007-8 food price crisis, food riots took place in 31 countries -In the last five years, the amount of financial speculation on food has nearly doubled, from £40bn to £80bn - The average British household’s annual food bill was £152 higher in 2011 than in 2010 - In July 2012, world food prices jumped 10%. Maize prices hit a record level after rising 25% in that month - Between January and August this year, maize prices rose by 174% in Malawi. - 1/3 of people in sub-Saharan Africa are hungry and the figure’s growing.

EATING TOMATOES WARDS OFF DEPRESSION?

If you have been feeling downcast and gloomy, then the best thing to do overcome this state of mind is to eat tomatoes a few times a week. Researchers analysed the mental health records and diet habits of just under 1,000 men and women aged 70 years or over.

They found those eating tomatoes two to six times a week were 46 percent less likely to suffer the blues than those eating the red fruit less than once a week. and vegetables do not have the same benefits, the study Initial investigate preliminary found. reports show lycopene might also promote psychological Eating cabbage, carrots, onand well as physical health by ions and pumpkins appeared reducing oxidative stress, or to have little or no effect on damage to healthy brain cells, psychological well-being. Up the Journal of Affective Disor- to 20 percent of people suffer ders reported. But other fruits depression at some point in

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their lives, with women affected more than men. The elderly are at high risk because of the effect on mood from declining health, bereavements and loneliness. Tomatoes are rich in anti-oxidants, particularly lycopene, that gives them their deep red colour and has been linked with reducing the risk of prostate cancer and heart attacks. British consumers get through half-a-million tonnes of tomatoes every year - the equivalent of 19 pounds per person a year. However, this is still much less than in some Mediterranean countries.

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Get Ready for the Return of CITIZEN KHAN

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ou’ve all heard of Citizen Kane, you may remember Citizen Sid as played by Sid James of Carry On Film fame, from the sixties and you can’t forget that epitome of seventies Leftist Trotskyite Citizen Smith. Now bring on the BBCs first South Asian related sitcom Citizen Khan which is due for a return to our screens in 2013. The hilarious comedy featuring the central character Mr Khan a loud mouthed, patriarchal, self appointed community leader will be filming seven 30 minute episodes for broadcasting in the autumn. Now for most Asian folk this is a good thing. Learning to laugh at yourselves and share characters that are reality based funny with the wider communities of the land is another step towards acceptance and tolerance and understanding of our multi-cul-

tural society. On a recent trip to Spark hill, Birmingham, where the sitcom is set and external locations used, I could have sworn Id seen him, Mr Khan several times in and out of the shops, speaking to a gathering or just looking at me at the time my car passed him by.

The point to make is that the characters constructed from a reality base for fiction or comedy drama, with what we would class as unacceptable views, makes good television.

in Skins on channel 4, leaves a particular impression on the viewing audience. I hope that Adil Ray and the producers realise that in Riaz, they essentially have the Asian equivalent of trigger from Only Fools and At its original outing Citizen Horses. Nish Nathani does an Khan gained 3.41 million view- excellent job with the character ers and continued to score highly of Riaz, delivering his lines with In the same fashion that Till for the duration of the series. an instinctive honesty, regardDeath Us Do part, spawned the Even though the series drew less of the statements actual character of Alf Garnett, who some controversy from certain absurdity. His juxtaposition to despite your appreciation or quarters, the BBC quite rightly the character of Mr Khan, gives reservations was a construct of saw through this exposing a Khan a rational, in his exasperaanother reality based character. lobbying campaign by certain tion at Riazs lack of sophisticaWe all knew, had come across groups. This evidently did not tion. I would recommend to the or heard about people who did deter Danny Cohen the control- writers and producers that Riazs possess the attributes of such a ler of BBC from commissioning character is given further expoperson. What was interesting a second series. sure in the new series and does for an audience was the humour. not just act as another canopy to The absurdity of their views and Whilst all the cast are impressive Mr Khan’s main course. actions only sought to expose and exceptional praise needs to their behaviour for ridicule. go to the creator and star Adil If the recording of the show at Now I don’t want anyone to Ray. It must be pointed out that Media City, Salford is anything think that I am drawing a direct the character of Riaz, played to go by, then the viewers would parallel between Mr Khan and by Nish Nathani, who viewers welcome the stage play Citizen Alf Garnett, because I am not. will remember as Uncle Muneer Khan. I found myself somewhat

subdued in laughter at the TV, after experiencing the laugh a minute hilarity of the studio audience at the live recording. For all those who may have missed the first series, the BBC has released it worldwide from October the 22nd 2012.

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Paul Blomfield MP Raises £1068 For Local Charity Headway Sheffield

Earlier this year to mark the first anniversary of his successful recovery from a brain tumour Paul Blomfield MP raised funds for Headway Sheffield, a local charity who support survivors of brain injuries and their families and carers. Paul has now presented a cheque to Helen Shakespeare and Barbara Harris from Headway Sheffield for the money he raised which came to the grand total of £1068.

To help raise funds Paul walked the first section of the Pennine Way in August with Tory MP Guy Opperman. Paul and Guy helped raise money together after having the shared experience of suffering a brain tumour in 2011 from which they both suc-

cessfully recovered. Paul collected sponsorship for the walk, and on the evening before the walk Paul and Guy held a fundraiser for Headway Sheffield at the Harland Cafe on John Street. Paul Blomfield MP said: "Being an MP gives me a platform to highlight good causes. In August I marked the first anniversary of my successful recovery by raising funds for Headway Sheffield. They are a local charity that provides fantastic help and support to people in Sheffield who have been affected by brain injury and their families. I’m delighted that we were able to raise the grand total of £1068 to support their work."

PIA loses legal battle in London High Court

London High Court has ordered Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) to pay £35,000 to Travel Agents as fuel surcharge commission last month.

Court that PIA was not pro- PIA, therefore, commission viding them commission on on it should be provided to fuel surcharge. the travel agents. The court ordered PIA The court observed that to pay £35,000 to Travel fuel surcharge is not a gov- Agents as fuel surcharge ernment tax as claimed by commission within 21 The court also dismissed days. the appeal of national flag carrier, in which PIA had contended that fuel surcharge is government tax and it could not provide commission on it. The travel agents had pleaded in the London High

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Humans without Human Rights and lawless law Conference held in Sheffield by Cllr Mohammed Maroof

An exhibition highlighting the atrocities and violation of Human Rights based on Amnesty International’s reports Titled “Lawless Law” SHEFFIELD Central MP Paul Blomfield spoke about the rights of people in Kashmir to selfdetermination at a seminar on human rights held at Sheffield Town Hall hosted by Central ward councillor, Mohammad Maroof. The event, held to commemorate International Human Rights Day, was also chaired by Cllr Mohammad Maroof and speakers also included city MP Clive Betts and Euro MP Linda McAvan. An exhibition highlighting the atrocities and violation of Human Rights based on Amnesty International’s reports Titled “Lawless Law” was open by Paul Blomfield MP ahead of the event. Cllr Maroof said I am honoured to host Kashmir Conference first time ever in Sheffield Town Hall and pleased that the people of Sheffield across the communities came together to send a strong message that the violation of Human Rights and continued denial of Right of Selfdetermination for the people of Jummu and Kashmir is not acceptable. He said as a member of the international community our responsibility is to stand up to oppose the atrocities and put pressure on oppressors to find a peaceful solution according to the aspirations of the people of the Kashmir. He also said that the people of India, Pakistan and Kashmir deserve prosperity, world class education for chil-

dren, successful economies and eradication of poverty and these aspirations can not be achieved until Kashmir issue is resolved.

route to conflict resolution in Kashmir

Maxine Bowler, treasurer of Sheffield-based charity KashPaul Blomfield referred to the mir Earthquake Relief Fund, long denial of self-determination described the occupation of to the people of Jummu and Jummu and Kashmir by India as Kashmir, whose land is occupied the most brutal one. She felt that in a long-running border disatrocities unleashed by India in pute. He said that international Kashmir are far worse than Abu pressure is very important for Ghraib. She appealed to the peoa resolution in Kashmir and re- ple of Kashmir in particular and ferred to the great tradition that all British citizens to support the Sheffield has had in strengthen- right of self-determination. ing the solidarity movement of the oppressed people. David Bowe, a former MEP and a member of an India Pakistan He said it was unjust that no Delegation, referred to a visit to practical measures have been Indian-occupied Kashmir. He taken and said that the solution said it was a place under siege to the Kashmir problem is to by 100,000 troops. He pleaded ascertain the aspirations of the for the self-determination of the people of Jummu and Kashmir. people of Kashmir and said that dialogue is key way to move Sheffield South East MP Clive forward. The international comBetts said that if Britain can munity should not ignore the allow the people of Scotland a presence of widows who are vote on their right of self-deter- wives of the disappeared and mination, the Kashmiris should the issue of mass graves. The have the right to decide their international community needs future through a referendum too. to make India accountable for its He believes the international deeds in Kashmir., he said. community should help in this process. Professor Nazir Ahmed Shawl, Executive Director of the Justice MEP Linda McAvan said the Foundation at the Kashmir Cenkey question that has to be tre in London, said that in spite debated is what is the way forof declarations of human rights, ward. Kashmir needs a peaceful there are nations that continue to resolution and we must accept remain deprived of freedom, justhat we have failed to make it an tice and self-determination. It is issue of urgency. She urged the high time that we raise a united importance of India and Pakistan voice for the world’s disempowhaving a dialogue to find out the ered, persecuted and suppressed

750,000 Britons Hit By ‘Winter Vomiting’ Virus

Over 750,000 people in Britain may have been affected by the highly contagious norovirus, popularly known as the "winter vomiting" bug, which has forced many hospitals to stop admitting new patients. More than 300 hospital wards in England and Wales have been closed to new patients since outbreak began. Cases of the virus are at a five-year high, with more than two-thirds as many people struck down this year as during the same period in 2011. In just one week, 140 of over 600 pupils at a school in London

fell sick. The new HPA (Health Protection Agency) figures show there have been

where samples have been checked since July. This is 72 percent higher than the same period in the last season when there were 1,533 cases reported. But the figure was likely to be only a fraction of the true total as most sufferers do not see their physician. Officials estimate that for every confirmed case there are around 300 more in the community. This means that around 750,000 people could be affected by the virus. Experts said the highly contagious virus arrived early this year. Infections tend to peak in Janu2,630 confirmed cases, ary and February.

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small nations, he added. He said that, as far as the state of Jummu and Kashmir is concerned, the so-called Indian democracy can be classified as a beautiful prison. He added that the Indian Public Safety Act and Armed Forces Special Powers Act gives unbridled immunity to the armed forces, leading to torture, disappearances, custodial deaths and mass graves. Barrister Majeed Tramboo, chairman of Kashmir Centre Brussels, said that he recently attended a debate in the European Parliament where the Indian Ambassador was present. Oxford MEP Graham Watson asked a simple question that if there is democracy and peace in India, then why are the Public Safety Act and AFSPA in place. He said it prohibits all judicial processes just for one motive, which is the impunity to kill. Mr Tramboo appealed to Sheffield City Council and other councils to pass a resolution for human rights and for the right of selfdetermination for the people of Jummu and Kashmir.

cial means and invoking draconian laws. Raja Mohammed Ayub, the president of the advisory council London, asked for co-operation in the nationwide petition campaign launched by the Kashmir Centre London and said he appreciated the tremendous effort of Councillor Maroof for hosting the event and making it a grand success and thanked the sponsors of the event included Kashmir Centre London, the GMB trade union, Thompson Solicitors and ILM News. Sheffield Cllr Ibrar Hussain said that freedom is a fundamental right of every nation and the free nations should come forward and remind theirselves of their promise through UN Security council resolution that the people of Kashmir will have a right self-determination to decide their future.

Deputy Leader Rotherham Council Councillor Jahangir Akhtar said that the time for fine words by politicians is over, now is the time for actions. He praised newly elected MP for Dr Ishtiaq Ahmed from the Uni- Rotherham Sarah Champion versity of Oxford said the Indian who mentioned Kashmir and state governance of Kashmir is Palestine issues in her maiden based on the use of discipline speech and ask a question, why and death as techniques of social the voices for the oppressed control. The domestication of people is fallen deaf on the ears Kashmiri people through the of international community. military presence, surveillance, punishment and fear is rampant. Death is disbursed to extra judi-

South Yorkshire Police Continue to Crack Down on Mobile Phone Thieves

Thieves who try to steal mobile phones are facing a further crackdown by police in Sheffield over the festive season. The Central Safer Neighbourhood Team, (SNT) will continue to work with licensees in the city centre to help raise awareness about mobile phone thefts. Officers are jointly working with plain-clothes officers and licensees to carry out specific operations in hotspot areas, aimed at catching thieves who steal mobile phones from people who are out socialising in bars and clubs and other busy places. Officers are also working with neighbouring forces to share relevant information about crime committed by travelling criminals. Inspector Darren Starkey, who leads the Central SNT said:"Mobile phone theft is still a key issue for us, particularly during the weekend night-time economy. At this time of year it’s an ideal opportunity for thieves to steal in busy crowded places, and I want to advise mobile phone owners to keep their phones safe in their pockets or handbags, and don’t leave them unattended. “I would also urge people to install a tracker app on their mobile phone, there are a number

of apps that can be downloaded, that will help the police to track a phone if stolen. We have had some excellent results through people having done this and subsequently had their phone stolen. “A 19-year-old man was recently sentenced to four months in prison for stealing 10 mobile phones from a Sheffield club in November this year. Staff at the premise played a key part in the arrest and continues to raise awareness of phone theft, through the U-Night licensee forum in the city centre.” Officers will continue to raise awareness over Christmas and into the New Year, when many people will have a new mobile as a present. Crime prevention advice - Register your property on www.immobilise. com this is a FREE online property database that allows you to register anything with a serial number, MP3 players, laptops, satellite navigation systems and mobile phones - Keep your phone out of sight in public areas - Ensure your phone is password / PIN protected - Don’t leave your phone on tables or other places where someone could easily pick it up.

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NHS Hospital Wards on ‘Brink of Collapse’

Elderly patients are being shunted between hospital wards ‘like parcels’ because of a shortage of beds, say doctors who have warned the current system is on 'the brink of collapse'.

Frail patients are frequently woken up in the night and made to walk to another department in their pyjamas because someone else needs their bed, a damning report has found.

for patients to be well looked after and not exposed to health risks, according to official statistics.

for the growing number of emergency admissions and that repeated breaches of the 85% limit mean that patients – especially

The analysis also found that death rates at more than a dozen hospital trusts in England are "worryingly high". At 12 trusts, death rates were higher than expected on two out of four hospital mortality measures.

A lack of beds in specialist wards results in patients being sent to wards where staff may not know how to look after them properly. Some operations being cancelled because of this "overspill", hospital doctors' leaders say.

The NHS recognises that occupancy rates above 85% make it difficult to give high-quality care, minimise the risk of hospital-acquired infections and avoid Senior doctors warned that the the elderly – are being scattered busy staff making mistakes with Bed occupancy rates are often findings reflected their increas- across hospitals. medication. well above 85%, the maximum ingly frantic efforts to find beds

Malala’s Father Named UN Advisor on Education

The father of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl shot by the Taliban for campaigning for girl’s education, has been named a UN special advisor on global education, UN envoy Gordon Brown said.

voy for global education.

“If the Taliban sought to vanquish her voice once and for all, they failed. “For today her voice and her insistent dream that children should go to school echoes all around the Brown added that the 15-year-old world, as girl after girl, each wantschoolgirl, who is recovering in a ing all girls to have the right to go to British hospital after being brutally school, identifies with Malala.” attacked on her school bus on October 9, will herself join the campaign Brown added: “In time Malala herwhen she is better. self is determined to join the cam

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But NHS figures which analyse the performance of every hospital in England in 2011-12, show occupancy was running at 88% in midweek throughout that period and averaged 90% for 11 of the 12 months, excluding the NHS's quiet periods, such as Christmas and new year.

Foreign Doctors Fail Key Exams Hundreds of foreign doctors, including those from India and Pakistan, are routinely failing key medical exams in Britain. Success rates are so poor that medical associations want doctors to be allowed six attempts at passing the tests rather than the current four. The revelation raises fears the trainee medics, mainly from India, Pakistan and Nigeria, are not suitably qualified to treat patients despite spending three years working for the NHS before taking the exam. Until they pass the exams, which qualify them to practise independ-

ently as hospital physicians, trainees continue to see patients - under supervision - in placements at hospitals and GP surgeries.

is scandalous to know that if a doctor can go on failing they shouldn't be treating patients in the NHS and that should be stopped. There has to be a cut-off point and four atFigures show that foreign doctors tempts is too many. are substantially more likely to fail than UK graduates, with communi- About 3,000 doctors a year take cation cited as one of the problems. their final professional GP exams, While just nine percent of British set by the Royal College of GPs. doctors fail to pass the knowledge and practical exams, more than 63 Of the Pakistani doctors taking the percent of foreign doctors do not test, there was a 62 percent failure reach the standard to pass. rate, 63 percent of Indian doctors failed at the first attempt, while 68 Passing the exams is dependent on percent of Nigerian doctors failed at having the appropriate skills. This the first try

Palace Found inside Chinese Emperor’s Tomb

A large palace complex has been discovered inside the tomb of China's first feudal emperor at the site made world-famous by the 1974 discovery of the terracotta warriors in funeral pits.

Ziauddin Yousafzai, Malalas father, is a former teacher and headmaster and has been appointed to help in what Brown has dubbed a new Malala Plan to get all girls into school around the world by the end of 2015. Brown is also pushing for Malala s birthday, July 12th, to be designated a day of action each year when children around the world are invited to march, demonstrate, petition and pray for education to be delivered worldwide. “Before she was shot, Malala was advocating the cause of girl’s education faced by a Taliban that had closed down and destroyed 600 schools,” said the former British prime minister, now UN special en-

Ministers say hospitals across England do manage to maintain 85% average bed occupancy across the year and the service is flexible enough to cope well with fluctuations in demand.

paign for every girl s right to education and when she has recovered she will do so, becoming one of the leaders of that campaign.” In an attack that shocked the world, Malala was shot in the head as punishment for the “crime” of campaigning for girl’s rights to go to school. She survived the murder attempt but requires reconstructive surgery after the bullet grazed her brain, coming within centimetres of killing her.

like walls, sewers, doorways and rock roads remained intact. Bricks and pottery pieces have also been found. The ancient complex had a central axis and a main building, a layout in accordance with traditional ChiThe site is located in Xi'an, capi- nese culture. tal of Shaanxi province. A palace of Qin Shihuang (259-210 B.C.) Emperor Qin Shihuang planned comprised 10 courtyard houses the construction of his cemetery and a main building with a total soon after he was enthroned, area about one-fourth the size of and the large cemetery and mauthe Forbidden City in Beijing. soleum showed that he wanted to continue his imperial life after The Shaanxi provincial Institute death. of Archaeology said archaeologists working since 2010 found The emperor attained the throne that the palace inside the tomb was 690 metres long and 250 metres wide, with a total area of 170,000 square metres.

Pakistan s President Asif Ali Zardari also recently visited Malala at the specialist Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, central England, and met with members of her family.

Despite warfare in the Qin (211-206 B.C.) and Western Han (206 B.C.-24 A.D.) dynasties and more than 2,000 years of natural destruction, relics

at age 13 and took over the affairs of the state at 22. By 211 B.C., he annexed six rival principalities and established the first feudal empire in Chinese history. The discovery of the terracotta warriors four decades ago made the site a hot tourist destination, visited by millions of people every year. The Unesco declared it a World Heritage Site in 1987. Archaeologists believe as many as 6,000 clay soldiers stand in the largest of three pits at the site, which continues to be excavated.

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Despite Challenges, Phenomenal Growth in Higher Education in Pakistan

Despite challenges there is phenomenal growth in Higher Education in Pakistan As way to benchmark, we have to remind the world that there was only on 1 University in Pakistan 1947 — that too was dysfunctional. There was no PhD program in 1947. Literacy rates in 1947 were 16%. In education, literacy rates amongst adults in 2008 was 55.5%, up from 42.7% in 1998 while the same amongst youth, i.e. people aged between 15 and 24, was 71.1%, up from 55.3% in 1998. This was achieved despite a meagre 2 to 3% of GDP being spent on education per year. The worlds most massive floods and a colossal earthquake cut deep into Pakistan’s traditional growth rate of 7%. It has now recovered, but the war next door it keeping the growth down. This year the growth rate is a bit below 5%. A new government, the withdrawal of occupation forces from Afghanistan will probably dramatically change things and put Pakistan back on track. Punjab has taken some steps to replicate Aitcheson College type of schools in the rural areas of Pakistan. It has also dispersed thousands of free laptops to the youth. Despite low investment, Pakistan has shown marked improvement in certain indica-

tors. Life expectancy has risen to over 65 years, from 62 in 1995; Fertility rates are down to 3.4 births per woman, from 5.4 in 1995; mortality rate for children under 5 years are down to 73.7 per 1,000 live births, from 109.8 in 1995. Pakistan today has more than 1000 universities of which 128 are currently recognized by the HEC. Out of 128, 70 universities are state universities whereas rest of them are private universities but are fully recognised and the facilities they offer are equal to any state university (HEC of Pakistan gives that accreditation). Recently 2 Pakistani universities have made in SUNDAY TIMES QS Top 500 Universities of the world (University of Lahore and National University of Sciences). There are nearly 60 private institutes in main cities that offer world class degrees (such as University of London External degrees, Sunderland University & many other UK universities qualifications through affiliations). According to QS World Universities Rankings 2012, 6 Universities of Pakistan have won its place in the list of top 300 Universities. Pakistani universities have produced more PhDs in the last 9 years (3280) since the

establishment of HEC than in the first 55 years (3000). Research output has grown eightfolds since 2002 (from 815 in 2002 to 6,200 in 2011) which is a remarkable achievement by any world standards. 80% of these research publications are coming from HEIs. Output has more than doubled just in the last 3 years and is expected to double again in the next 3 years. Nearly 5,000 scholars from Pakistan have been facilitated to present their research work in leading conferences of the world. The top five overall ranking is as follows: Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences Aga Khan University, Karachi University of Agriculture, Faisalabad University of The Punjab, Lahore National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University University of Health Sciences, Lahore COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) Lahore University of Management Sciences, Lahore

PROPERTY CORNER THE RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY DEBATE

Are House Prices Ever Going to Rise?

Mohammed Mahroof BSc (Hons) MRICS Consultant Mark Jenkinson & Son

One of the topics that interests a lot of readers is residential property. Many times I have been asked to comment on this. It is almost as popular as talking about the weather. It is totally understandable because it is the biggest investment many people will ever make and one that you will keep your eyes on most. If my colleagues in the Residential Survey Department are asked about activity in the market then they will say they are extremely busy doing valuations for potential purchasers. If this is taken as a positive then the market can arguably be considered active. The reality is that demand for residential property has never really diminished but the price a purchaser is prepared to pay and vendor expectations are sometimes difficult to reconcile. Hence a seller may say that the market is very quiet and a purchaser will say I cannot buy a property. In terms of residential property really coming down in price over time, it is difficult to argue that is the case. Say, for instance, a three bedroomed property which was bought for £18,000 in the 1980s in the south west of Sheffield will still be on the market for around £150,000. Similar examples will also be available in other cities. Therefore, has the price really collapsed? I am sure many readers will resonate with this scenario. Arguably what has really happened is that the year on year rises in the price of your house are no longer there, giving the feeling that the market is in decline. I would argue the market is reaching a natural level. This happens in all economic cycles and is a good reminder that any investment can be volatile.

logic will tell you the price in such circumstances can arguably only go one way. The biggest hurdle in the residential property market, I am informed, is that it is difficult to obtain mortgage finance. Therefore, price in some cases is academic and coupled with uncertainty in the employment market leads to a scenario of deadlock in the market place. Therefore, in order to overcome this many people are turning to the private rented sector and the latest statistics show that the number of people renting from private landlords has doubled in the last decade. There are a number of reasons for this. Clearly this creates opportunities for private cash rich investors who are entering the market place and buying properties for rental purposes, hence the reported rises in rents. Also central government has recognised the need for more housing and has asked local authorities under the new National Planning Policy Framework to identify a five year land supply for new homes. It is clear that demand for housing, whether you wish to rent or buy, is not going to diminish. The way it is procured and delivered is what is being debated. If you are thinking of buying a property either as a investment or for your own residence, then please do get a Chartered Surveyor's report. There are many different types of surveys available so it is advisable to consult professional advisers.

In conclusion, coming back to the question are house prices ever going to rise? The answer for people is dependant upon their cirWhat is different now is that the population cumstances. But have they ever really come of the country is rising and, therefore, the down? I will leave you to reach your own demand for housing (which for most people conclusion. is a human necessity) is also rising accordingly. Supply of housing on the other hand May I take this opportunity to wish you all is in contraction because there few new a happy New Year and thank you for your houses being built. This as a supply demand encouragement and support throughout the scenario is not very helpful as economic year.

LONDON HOLDS 4,600 TONNES OF HIDDEN GOLD

Believe it or not, the Bank of England has kept hidden in secret vaults deep beneath the streets of the capital 4,600 tonnes of gold bars, probably worth a whopping 197 billion pounds. The bullion is being kept in a closely guarded location that cannot be revealed. But now, the gold has been filmed by the University of Nottingham for a new series about elements called "The Periodic Table of Videos". Chemistry professor Martyn Poliakoff obtained special permission to visit the high security vault, accompanied by a video journalist.

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The film team had to go through a host of security checks to access the vault. All cash must be left at the door because no one is allowed to bring money inside. Britain owns around 310 tonnes of gold, and the rest is from "other organisations" who use the secure vault to store their bullion. Even when bars are sold, they are not removed from the cavernous space. Instead, each bar has its own number and that is simply transferred to the ownership of the buyer. The oldest bar in the vault has been there since 1916.

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Gaza and the Pakistani Perspective

The Gaza attack ended with a truce and so did its blockade from the Egypt border at least. The images of dead innocent children and women bathed in blood kept many awake in revulsion and anger. The world saw another one of the Israeli despicable aggression with disgust. The international media reported both sides equally, giving no advantage to the oppressed, whereas the social media from all corners of the world played its role hiding no pictures of the ghastly war.

The emerging Islamic powers Turkey, Egypt, Iran and Tunisia sang a new song of harmony in Gaza threatening Israel with words much more devastating than the Israeli bombs fired from land, water and air. The foreign policy of these countries went as far as sending their high profile leaders such as Egyptian PM Qandil, Turkish FM Davutoğlu and Tunisian FM into Gaza which was at that time being bombarded heavily with missiles and rockets from all sides. Davutoğlu’s tears delivered the strongest of the messages, scaring the hell out of the designers of the carnage. The leadership of these Nations while issuing their statements gave no edge to Israel and USA as the previous regimes had been accustomed to, granting Hamas a ceasefire and an unprecedented political victory, despite its heavy loss of lives and property. The peace could be temporary but the new political portrait of Arab Spring exhibited determination and it may have the potential to bring change. While all of this was happening in Gaza the Muslims of the world fought another war in the social media. The mainstream media gave equal time to the ones who bluntly justified the indiscriminate violence and aggression of Israel, whereas the oppressed and their advocates were blatantly condemned. The bearded scholars of a newly emerged moderate Islam equally put the blame on the Israel and

Hamas. This did not much happen almost twenty years back probably because most of the mainstream media was not commercialized or powered by Western masters and political parties that now promote so called moderation or neutrality theory. Back then either the media was owned and “controlled” by the state (which was equally horrific) or just free newspaper journalists

dren is counted and food allowed inside their homes is reduced to just keeping them alive or when they are driven out of their houses before bulldozing them. And there are some Pakistanis, who think we shouldn’t bother about a war that is going on hundreds of miles away. None of these pseudo liberals advised the same to America even after Bin

Laden was dead. They are actually right that Arabs don’t protest for Kashmir so we shouldn’t care either. Instead the Arabs support the cause in other ways, in way We still get news from both of economic and strategic steps sides, but I am sure it’s pure co- without making much acclamaincidence that some of us tend tion about it. to bend towards the US-Israel rhetoric and propaganda on all To further the disappointment, issues, at all times. They endorse Foreign policies the Israeli posture that it was the of some Arab Muslim Gazans who started it first, firing and homemade rockets, forgetting states like Turthat this war is generations old so key, Egypt, Iran there is no point of ‘Who did it and Qatar are no yesterday?’. Israelis must have more that of nondone it the day before yesterday, interventionist. and this should be taken as a They have been natural response of an oppressed, candidly interfervulnerable and defenseless peo- ing in the matters ple. They so impose as if the war of Muslim Counjust began a month ago, burying tries and are their heads in sand when it comes heading towards inevitable to Gaza turned into the biggest an open air prison, collectively pun- Muslim Block. ishing its population including Turkey has reold and young and a long history vealed its deep over of occupation and oppression. I concern wonder if they could stay mod- Muslim issues, erate if the calories of their chil- be it Rohingya that worked for their respective ideologies, unable to rationalize oppression in such an organized manner.

Muslims, providing Military support to the Syrian rebellion in its very neighbor, or other human disasters of the Muslim World.

back on the route of its lost glory, a glory not impossible for Turkey. And let’s not forget, while Turkey is being charged for trying to bring to life the Ottoman Empire, its growth rate soared to unprecedented heights whereas at the same time the economies of its neighbored European Union are falling like dominoes.

The Turkish PM Erdogan recently announced that he would be visiting Gaza soon. The Qatari Amir made a historic visit to Palestine before the war in October and will be visiting again soon. Egypt and Tunisia are moving Debating, that in the presence of economical and internal problems we cannot extend a hand to any country, we completely forget the fact that it was the time after the partition in Dec, 1947, when Pakistan faced the biggest of its crisis, Mohammad Ali Jinnah in an interview with the BBC correspondent stated that, “… our sense of justice obliges us to help the Arab cause in Palestine in every way that is open to us.” On December 24, 1947 to the King of Yemen, Imam Yahya in reply to his telegram , he stated, “I once more assure you and our Arab brethren that Pakistan will stand by them and do all that is on the same lines. Bottom-line, possible to help and support them a self-centered Foreign policy is in their opposition on the U.N.O. facing a continental drift, since decision which is inherently unit has not served the purpose. just outrageous.” Though the moves seem noth- He ended the scope of diplomacy ing more than diplomacy yet, but with Israel forever. Following they may prove to be the total Jinnah’s footsteps, Turkey ended conversion from a passive role to it a couple of years back and this strong one, strength that would time Egypt did it. bind the Islamic world, and set

Nick Clegg ‘rooting’ for Sheffield’s new sporting star

Nick Clegg, Liberal Democrat Club, which is also the former Sheffield Hallam MP, has sent club of previous England Nick said:a letter of congratulations to captain Michael Vaughan. Sheffield’s newest England “Joe not only made an cricketer Joe Root. outstanding debut and did his part to help England secure Joe recently made his full their first series win in India debut on England’s historic for many years, but he also Test series win against India. made the people of his home During the final game of the city very proud too. series in Nagpur, he made a vital first innings score of 73 “It is clear that Sheffield to help secure the series win. has another major talent on our hands and I for one am The 21 year old Joe Root lives looking forward to seeing Joe in Dore, within Nick Clegg’s develop and flourish as an Sheffield Hallam constituEngland player in the years to ency. He learned his trade at come.” Sheffield Collegiate Cricket

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Legal Corner

Q&A PROPERTY Mohammed Nazir

Head of Property & Immigration Wosskow Brown Solicitors LLP SALE AND PURCHASE Q. How much deposit will I OF PROPERTY Q &A need to pay for a Property Purchase? Q. My Mortgage lender’s surveyor as referred for an A. The seller's Contract proasbestos report and what I vides for 10% of the purshould do? chase price to be paid on exchange of Contracts prior A. You should instruct a spe- to the completion of the cialist to carry out a survey purchase a few weeks later, and test for the asbestos. If but this deposit amount is the presence is higher than a more often than not varied normal level then you need by agreement. This depends to have the asbestos removed upon the amount of money as this is very dangerous & being borrowed. If you are exposure to asbestos can buying and selling, the decause four main diseases: posit obtained on the sale • Mesothelioma (a can usually be used as a decancer of the lining of the posit on the purchase. lungs; it is always fatal and is almost exclusively caused Q. Are there any matters to by exposure to asbestos) attend to following comple• Asbestos-related tion of sale and Purchase of lung cancer (which is almost my new House? always fatal) • Asbestosis (a scar- A. Your Solicitor will pay ring of the lungs which is any stamp duty payable on not always fatal but can be the purchase and attend to a very debilitating disease, the registration of the title greatly affecting quality of into your name, forwardlife) ing details to you and any • Diffuse pleural lender, once registered. If thickening (a thickening of the Solicitor is dealing with the membrane surrounding your sale, arrangements will the lungs which can restrict be made to discharge any lung expansion leading to existing mortgage, if there is breathlessness.) one. Please note you should cancel your direct debts once you have sold your house.

Q. What is damp proofing – why it is important? A. Damp proofing works as a long term prevention to moisture decay. When it comes to walls and foundations, damp proofing prevents moisture and water passing through into interior spaces and can therefore prevent timber decay and structural damage such as dry rot, wet rot and rising damp. Q . Please advise if the middle wall between kitchen and living room has been removed , what document we should expect from the seller solicitors? A. You will need building regulations approval but not planning permission. You should also have the letter form the structural engineer that this work has been done according to structural calculations of the building. If the vendor does not have building regulations approval then you can ask for a indemnity policy. This work should be checked by the builder and a structural engineer to confirm that its not dangerous.

In the Loving Memory of Pop Diva NAZIA HASSAN One of the commonest conversations overheard in the public domain is how advancement of technology breeds a lack of respect for the ‘Old is Gold’ school of thought. The expansion of modern technology has arguably reached such heights that ‘out with old and in with the new’ appears to have secured some form conformity with modern society. The replacement of the once cherished audiocassette tapes is by far one of the best examples. In 1953 Elvis Presley recorded his first two songs; by 1956 he became the undisputed King of Music. During the same period The Beatles flooded the market with more than 100 million copies of their albums, and ignited a universal and humongous thirst for music. This thirst was then quenched by the arrival of the audiocassette tape. The audiocassette tape purported to be a twentieth century answer for the1960’s music lovers. Despite reaching their peak of popularity in the second half of the 1980s, and being responsible for revolutionising and internationalising the music industry, the onset of the 21st century witnessed a collective decision to cease all mass production of cassettes. Thus what was once deemed a technological breakthrough in the second half of the past century became nothing more than a sugary memory of one’s youth. Yet despite its demise in the face of modern technology the audiocassette tape hasn’t thankfully been abandoned to lie lifelessly on skips or disrespectfully thrown on bonfires. Rather we have witnessed the audiocassette tape finding their respectful places amongst one’s most cherished memorabilia. This level of respect apportioned to the compact audiocassettes, irrespective of its obsolete use in the face of the current modernity is a clear indication of the audiocassette tape omnipresent achievements. Today a growing number of fraternities are drawing strong comparisons between the life of the audio-cassette and that of the legendary Pop Diva Nazia Hassan . Nazia Hassan. (an iconic Pakistani pop singer ) was the first Pakistani to win a Filmfare Award and remains the youngest winner of a Film-fare Award in the category of Best Female Playback Singer. Nazia Hassan was born in the year 1965 during the audiocassette tape boom period. Tellingly she grew up in era where the ambiance comprised of a strong threat of music revolution brought on by the inception of the audio cassette

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tape. Critics today argue therein lies the strong proliferation grounds for her success. The audio-cassette tape boom period provided a concrete ground for Nazia Hassan to launch her Pop Career. At a tender age of 15 Nazia Hassan was officially first exposed to the entertainment auditorium. Singing during the late 1970s, her professional career started when she bestowed her vocals for the song Aap Jaisa Koi from the 1980 Bollywood film Qurbani.

more sinister, namely corrupting the youth. In commonality audiocassette tapes and Nazia Hassan both experienced a bitter reception. Meanwhile Nazia Hassan was responsible for creating her own splashes. She paved the path for women icons. She created empathy for social care. Enlarged the music circle, challenged the dogma surrounding the then subcontinent pop scene. Inspired thousands to join her universally, beneficial music voyage. (Thus, Pakistan’s vibrant contemporary music scene will always remain in debt to Nazia Hassan’s redefinition of pop).

Indeed critics argue by the time the late Benazir Bhutto sanctioned a state sponsored a concert (1989), Nazia’s glorious voice and style of music had already cast a spell on the hearts and minds of millions. In the Subcontinent the curtains of dictatorship were finally pulled down, Nazia had laid the craze for pop music among the youth. Correspondingly it was Nazia’s righteous enHer song made her a legend deavors that witnessed her beand pop icon in Pakistan and ing crowned “the original pop all of South Asia in the 1980s, queen of the subcontinent”. where she is admired and like her counterpart, namely the Whilst the CD was the final compact audio-cassette tapes; nail in the coffin for the audioshe’s loved even today, years cassette tape, cancer brought after her death. the demise of Nazia Hassan; Nazia Hassan career took off none the less their deaths have in the 1980s at a time when the made synonymous impacts audio-cassette tape was experi- throughout the music industry. encing its boom in the Ameri- A recent memorial evening, can market and being heralded organised by a fan page (In for making music truly inter- the Loving Memory Of Pop national. In comparison Na- Diva Nazia Hassan)- designed zia Hassan began leaving her to glorify, memorialise and footprints on the international underscore the phenomenal scene. Her debut album Disco achievements of Nazia Hassan Deewane (1981) charted in witnessed a catalogue of celebfourteen successive countries rities reviving Nazia Hassan’s worldwide and went on to sell righteous endeavours, over 60 million records internationally. Thus, the veteran cricket umpire Harold Dickie Bird, BBC Like audiocassette tapes Nazia Look North’s Harry Gration. Hassan had crossed all bound- International and Barnsley aries; social, cultural, and geo- Football Club’s Bobby Hasgraphical. sel and Nationally respected In comparison Nazia chal- Capital FM’s Radio presenter lenged the status quo and cre- Simon Hirst all warmly emated an appetite and apprecia- braced this enigmatic artist tion for Pop Music in the Asian known as the “Sweetheart of Music Arena. In doing so she Pakistan” and so frequently respectfully injected an ele- compared to Princess Diana. ment of modernity in countries The endorsement, at a local like Pakistan, India and Bang- level of the voice that captiladesh. She did this best by be- vated the hearts of youth, and ing inspirational and donating moved the world, merely conall her income to charity work. firms ‘whilst advancement of Thus, through her civic duties technology will undoubtedly Nazia brought social barriers promote modernity “the old down and inspired the main- will always remain gold”. stream community to embrace the under privileged and poor. For imbedded with in the deNazia and the audiocassette velopment of the old is histapes long lasting generosity to tory and therefore a degree of the world will mean they will respect. always commonly be remem- Just like the audio cassette bered as “the sweethearts of who’s neither compact disks the music revolution“. nor iPods competitors have won as genuine admiration as She was trying to bring music their predecessors, artist have into the individual home. She come and gone, but few have challenged the subcontinent left such a lasting and loving music scene and in doing so impact as the late Nazia was accused of something Hassan.

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Pakistan marks Five Years since Bhutto’s Murder family mausoleum at Larkana in the southern province of Sindh where Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the son of Benazir and of President Asif Ali Zardari, made his first major public speech.

Pakistan marks the fifth anniversary of the assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, with her son launching his political career with a speech in the family's ancestral home town. Bhutto, twice elected prime minister, was killed in a gun and suicide attack after an election rally in Rawalpindi, the headquarters of Pakistan's army, on December 27, 2007. No one has ever been convicted of her murder. Thousands gathered at the Bhutto

ahead as expected in the spring -- the lower age limit is 25. Bilawal, cochairman of the PPP with his father, in May accused former military ruler Pervez Musharraf of "murdering" his mother by deliberately sabotaging her The Bhutto family has been a force security. in Pakistani politics for almost all of the country's 65-year history. Bena- A UN report in 2010 also said the zir's father Zulfikar Ali Bhutto led the murder could have been prevented country from 1971 until he was oust- and accused Musharraf's government ed in a military coup in 1977. He was of failing to protect Bhutto properly. hanged in 1979 after being convicted The Musharraf regime blamed the asof authorising the murder of a political sassination on Pakistani Taliban chief opponent. Baitullah Mehsud, who denied any involvement and was killed in a US With a general election due in the drone attack in August 2009. spring, analysts say the ruling Pakistan People's Party (PPP) is eager to introduce a third generation of the dynasty to the public. As head of state President Zardari, who came to power in elections held a month after his wife's murder, is barred from leading the PPP election campaign. He is also hugely unpopular, tainted by years of corruption allegations. Though the 24-year-old Bilawal will be too young to stand if elections go

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Arab Spring: Experts Debate on Impacts Academicians and thinkers from Tunisia, Egypt, Syria, Israel, Lebanon, Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Morocco as well as from the US, Britain, Ireland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Finland and Italy Gathered here for a two-day conference to discuss the future of Arab Spring and its regional and global ramifications. The conference was being hosted at Sapru House by the Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA) in association with the New York-based International Research Network on Religion and Democracy (IRNRD) and Developing Countries Research Centre (DCRC). Being held for the first time, the conference deliberated upon the wider political, socio-economic and religiocultural implications of the democratic transformation in and around the region that began in Tunisia and spread to other countries.

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In his opening remarks, ICWA director general Rajiv Bhatia observed that the developments in the Arab world in the past two years have changed the contours of the political and socio-cultural landscape of the region. He underlined that the Arab world is undergoing transition and has generated democratic impulses for the people in the region and beyond.

News in Brief More Women to join Saudi Parliament

For the first time, women will represent 10 percent of the 150 seats of the Saudi Shura, or consultative council, in the coming legislative term. The remarkable thing about the new council - the Saudi version of parliament - is that in Saudi Arabia's history women are joining as Shura members for the first time, sources told Elaph e-paper.

Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud had announced in December 2011 that the next Shura Council would include women. The Shura Council of Saudi Arabia is the formal advisory body of Saudi Arabia, an absolute monarchy. Though it cannot pass or enforce laws, a power reserved for the king, the assembly has limited powers in government, including the power to propose laws to the king. It has 150 members, all of whom are appointed by the king.

Leaders clash over poverty Watch Prime Minister David Cameron and Labour leader Ed Miliband have clashed over the government's record on poverty, during the last prime minister's question session of the year.

IQ Tests Are ‘Meaningless And Too Simplistic’ Claim Researchers Researchers say findings are a 'wake up call' for anyone using current tests. It will come as a relief to those who failed to shine when taking an IQ test. After conducting the largest ever study of intelligence, researchers have found that far from indicating how clever you are, IQ testing is actually rather ‘meaningless’. In a bid to investigate the value of IQ, scientists asked more than 100,000 participants to complete 12 tests that required planning, reasoning, memory and attention. They also filled in a survey on their background. They discovered that far from being down to one single factor, what is commonly regarded as intelligence is influenced by three different elements - short-term memory, reasoning, and verbal ability. But being good at one

of these factors does not mean you are going to be equally gifted at the other two. Scientists from Canada’s Western University in Ontario, also scanned some of the participants’ brains while they undertook the tests. They found that different parts of the brain were activated when they were tested on each of the three factors. Traditional IQ tests are ‘too simplistic’, according to the research, which found that what makes someone intelligent is too complex to boil down to a single exam. IQ, which stands for Intelligence Quotient, is an attempt to measure how smart an individual is. The average IQ is 100. Mensa, the high IQ society, only accepts individuals who score more than 148, putting them in the top two per cent of the population.

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Roshni Sheffield Asian Women’s Resource Centre

Roshni Sheffield Asian Women’s Resource Centre is a city wide resource centre for South Asian women in Sheffield. The aim of the Centre is to advance the welfare and education of Asian women in Sheffield. We currently provide a range of activities and services including: advocacy support, training and learning opportunities, help for women seeking employment, support and mentoring for young women, support for carers, support on issues of safety and security for older women and social and recreational opportunities. Roshni was set up in 1992 to address the needs and aspirations of Asian women living and working in Sheffield. Asian women are regularly cited in research as a minority group experiencing multiple barriers and disadvantages such as: language, isolation because of cultural readjustment, racial prejudice, urban deprivation, poor health and pover-

three main festivals that are celebrated at this time of the year by the different Asian communities living in Sheffield such as Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs and Asian Christians. Eid-alAdha is celebrated by Muslims and was marked by the reading of the Holy Quran and Naats-traditional Islamic songs by Kiran and Khatija. Diwali is celebrated by Hindus and Sikhs; Roshni organised a demonstration of Hindu prayer lead by Naty. They are also disadvantaged by lini. Christmas - Christian festival was lead by Roxie who read a prayer either low self-esteem or lack from the Bible which was then transof self confidence as well as a lack lated in Urdu by Fozia. of information about the available Why do we celebrate Eid al- Adha? service. Roshni centre aims to create a Eid al-Adha also called Feast of the dedicated facility in Sheffield for Sacrifice, the Major Festival, the the delivery of new and innovative Greater Eid, Kurban Bayram and services, which complement exist- Bakrid, is an important religious ing provision and improve access to holiday celebrated by Muslims mainstream services. The principal worldwide to honour the willingness objective being to empower Asian of the Prophet Abraham to sacriwomen to identify their own needs, fice his young first-born son Ismail create their own solutions and make (Ishmael) as an act of submission their own choices so that they have to God's command and his son's aclasting improvements to the quality ceptance to being sacrificed, before of their life, and take up social and God intervened to provide Abraham economic opportunities available to with a lamb to sacrifice instead. them. The centre’s role is that of a facilitator; a bridge for women to ac- In the lunar Islamic calendar, Eid alAdha falls on the 10th day of Dhu cess mainstream opportunities. al-Hijjah and lasts for three days. It This year Roshni celebrated their occurs after the culmination of the Annual General Meeting on the 14th annual Hajj- a pilgrimage to MecNovember 2012 at the ISRAAC ca, Saudi Arabia. At Eid al-Adha, Centre on Cemetry Road. They also many Muslims make a special eftook the opportunity to rejoice the fort to pray and listen to a sermon

at a mosque. They also wear new clothes, visit family members and friends and may symbolically sacrifice an animal in an act known as qurbani. Why do we celebrate Christmas? Christmas is an annual commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ to the Virgin Mary in Bethlehem, as a fulfillment of the Old Testament's Messianic prophecy. It is a widely observed holiday, celebrated generally on December 25 by millions of people around the world.

mana to Ayodhya after 14 years exile.

They had fought a war in which the demon king Ravana was killed. The people of Ayodhya lit diyas or oil lamps in rows, which are kept on during the night and one's house is cleaned, both done in order to make the goddess Lakshmi feel welcome. Firecrackers are burst because it is believed that it drives away evil spirits. During Diwali, all the celebrants wear new clothes and share sweets and snacks with family members Christmas is a civil holiday in many and friends. of the world's nations, is celebrated by an increasing number of non- The celebration of festivals was Christians, and is an integral part of followed by some poetry reading by the Christmas and holiday season. local women which included Shanaz Why do we celebrate Diwali? Di- Bano, Debjani Chatterjee and Ghazwali, popularly known as the "festi- ala Munir. The event ended with a val of lights," for Hindus is one of Bollywood dance by Sabah, a local the most important festivals. In the artist. Gregorian calendar, Diwali falls between mid-October and mid-No- For more information about vember. It is celebrated in families Roshni services, you can visit by performing traditional activities Roshni which is situated at 444 together in their homes. London Road, Sheffield S2 4HP or contact us on 2508898, The name "Diwali" or "Divali" is a admin@roshnisheffield.org.uk. contraction of "Deepavali" which translates into "row of lamps". Diwali involves the lighting of small clay lamps filled with oil to signify the triumph of good over evil. According to Hindu tradition Diwali is celebrated to mark the return and victory of lord Rama, King of Ayodhya, his wife Sita and brother Laksh-

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On 12, stopping him. the emerges big hisis innings Itments, did not take much forwithin the the ing to breaking of 2011 truce were initiated by Hamas, “TheFinally picture that of an Israel orArab internal elements society, or summer next year. from Gulf allies. the As World completing the hundred, day came Sep 9,inflicting 1994, every whenpossible cricket pundits to spot a genhas landed itin intoNagpur hot waterduring once again. the tonly measure of death states made counter-terrorism forces to combat Israel's defence Ehud Barak, US naval, air and ground forces are Tendulkar Cup. 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Thememories nonweapon) boughtThe another "eight Arab spring galvanising impact and the pair holds world The of had Tendulkar Twenty-three years, one and Israel borders and shooting Abu Assembly condemned violent mongering measures were tointo 10 eral months". onmonth, populardeceit unrest of andays Israeli attack on carried Mentored in his earlyofcrickrecordwhat for happened the mostGaza number tearing one of the later greatand eight from Dhaaqa on 8th Nov, a 13 year old boy after an eting days by his elder brothof runs 6609 in 136 matches est spinners of all-time, his debut, the five-feet-fiveat Sabra and Shatila as “an act of genocide”. A out through parliament, while the violent measBarak's comments appear to signal that Iran. The US Fifth Fleet is headquarer Ajit, Sachin laternortheast honed his thatconcluded includesthat 21the century andnear Shane Warne, at Sharjah, inch cricketing genius hasinitially incursion al-Qarara village of UNnew commission ofaninquiry uresinthrough theand forces, that air were made Israel's red line is Iranian stocktered Bahrain the US force has skillsa different under celebrated coach 23forces half-century In tells will foreverIsraeli be etched in and thetheir called time on ain glittering Khan Yunis story. The chance authorities were involvedstands. to combat terrorism itself. Bahrain, pile of about 200kg of 20%-enriched major bases in Qatar, Kuwait, 40 other matches, batting to- Ramakant Achrekar. of cricket fans. Infor that one-day career. With 18,426 minds the deaths. The then head of a long term truce was dampened next, by the Hence the 463 term matches “State Sponsored Terrorism” andheresponsible two backruns from an tournament, uranium inhit convertible form,gether enoughbut not as openers, the Tendulkar's talent stood out the United Arab Emirates andatOman. killing of Ahmed Jabbari, a Hamas military of the Israel Defence Force, Ariel Sharon later was coined. sinceal his school days, and centuries (143; 134) duobomb. partnered another 1668 average of 44.83, Tendulkar enriched toministerial make one Senior US officers believe the testimonial one to-back commander in peace diplomacy. In an would further hold poststaking before their becom-total Themost historical precedents are to iftheAustralia partnered by his friend Vinod aggre- involved against -- four the first runs, has batting records unWestern diplomats argue benchmark case inhis which not rely fully Kambli thetheduo made the partnership to 8277. helped India for thethegate der belt in could the 50-over interview, Gershon Baskin founder of the Ising qualify Israeli Prime Minister from 2001 to 2006. fact that the they State-Sponsored terrorist activities circlesand sitInformaup and "These final based on a better Net as also in Tests. is arbitrary, as it would take Iran another onformat those bases for military operations rael/Palestinecricketing Center for Research Not a single person accused of thewere crime the was moments were first confined within their own boundaries, afterstated, an unbroof my tocareer I always Run Rate and thetosecond, He theinstallations record forwould the be few months enrich theinstockpile against Iranian if borders tion,cheran NGOtake and anotice think-tank, “peace prosecuted. butholds eventually they spread across the maximum number of appear- the finals -- which was played ish. My batting with Sachin ken 664-run stand in a Lord was within reach”. The only credible reason for The year 2012 is marred by Israel’s attempt to and came to be seen as International Terrorism. 90% (weapons-grade) purity, and then Israel acted first. ances and is the highest run- on Tendulkar's 25th birthday, in one-day internationals at Harris Shield international of Jabbari is that Israel not want to hegemonies the international Today the FBI states that fear “International terrorperhaps another year to to develop acommunity war"The Gulfand states' one great is the top was a with huge killing learning school game in did 1988. getter century-maker inIran helped India beat Australia commit to truce. terror. enough What started offon byexperience," ismnuclear. involvesThe violent acts or acts dangerous totitle. Ganguly once The rest as they say is hiswin thehead both versions. He has small to put aNetanyahu missile. declaring going other is turned a regional tory. if it is believed that Israel said. After the tournament, Warne out in six World Cups at a Contrary to above, pre-emptive strikes against Iran became short human life that are a violation of the criminal war that would destabilise them," said a laws of the United States or any state, or that of being a crisis situation. After the IAEA in- was attacked by Hamas in the first instance, would be a criminal violation if committed spection of Nov 2011, Iranian nuclear program how can Israel justify its illegal actions in Gaza. within the jurisdiction of the United States or became one of the most conflicting issues in the As an occupied territory, it is covered by the any state. These acts appear to be intended to world. Iran insists that it is planning to develop Hague Regulations of 1907 and the Fourth Geintimidate or coerce a civilian population, influ- its nuclear program to generate electricity, while neva Convention of 1949 on the treatment of ence the policy of a government by intimidation the western countries believe that Iran is plan- occupied populations by their military occupier. BY JAVED ZAHEER, FREE connection issue. It is being termed as through education in order to ensure bet- dedicated themselves with commitment have been mostly mercilessly killed. or coercion, or affect the conduct of a govern- ning to build nuclear weapons. Israel has been Indiscriminate bombing of occupied territories Education bosses are celebratThis comes on the back of winEXPRESSION AWARD WINNER Interestingly, Pakistanis and most Mus- a well-planned drama of the conspiracy ter future and quality of life for children, and determination to practically help and ment by assassination or kidnapping. Interna- most vocal in this regard. With Netanyahu’s by the occupier is clearly a violation of internaing after scooping two highly ninglims the inBest support the deserving children and peopeople and Pakistan. the Communication Muslim World really love, plan. tional terrorist acts occur outside the United government constant threats, signaling the ever tional law. Other than that Israel has imposed a coveted national communicaStrategy award last year. True leadership anywhere, everywhere like and respect the country and the Courageous Malala Yousafzai was just As part of their important role of promot- ple of Pakistan. By:awards Zeeshan Naqvi States or transcend national boundaries in terms readiness of Israel to attack Iran’s nuclear facil- strict blockade around Gaza that has resulted in tion the second Cllrgood, Jackieloving Drayton, Sheffield and at any time– isforalways confronted and caring people of US 11 when she started her diary, two years ing human values, the couple, Syeda Fa- The challenges are really tough and of the means by which they are accomplished, ity, tougher sanctions against Iranian oil exports widespread anemia in the society. Around 5% of znaqvi@ilmnews.com yearserious running. Thefrom citythose haswho Cityand Council’s Cabinet with challenges Allies. This is whyMemthey all crazily after the Taliban took over the Swat Val- him Iqbal Jaffrey and Muhammad Fahim times very difficult. It is hard to survive the persons they appear intended to coerce or imposed by US and Europe and Iran’s threat to children are suffering from malnutrition. Rouare committed enemies mankind. picked up first placeofwith two Yet ber for wantChildren, to go thereYoung by anyPeople means and at any ley and ordered girls' schools to close. Khan, adopt poor and deserving kids and or stand before the corrupt lobby but intimidate, or the locale in which their perpetra- block the Strait of Hormuz, a tense situation has tine colonization of land is also being done from such people are never deterred She wrote under the pen-name Gul children who are ignored by the parents. they are doing their best. With the help Shine A Light awards, run by any and cost. Families, said: "What a fan- tors operate the west bank side, where new house building prevailed in the Middle East. or seek asylum.” sinister conspiracies, cowardly attacks, Makai for BBC Urdu and exposed the They help, support and groom them so of sincere and good people and leaders they don’t like and trust the national Communication tasticBut achievement to have wonthe policyWe would be judging the State of Israel accord- But Israel clearly forgets that it also has a clan- schemes are announced most of the time. It is threats, obstacles setbacks. sufferings. She won a national award for that they become good, responsible and of anywhere, they are sure of achieving rulersawards and military Trust, hurdles, for their work and to boost suchmakers, prestigious and forof USingand destine nuclear program. It is a well-known also imperative for the international community to this definition. True leaders, no doubt, are great people. and was nominated for an inter- respectable member of the society and aimed and greater success. This is their Allies and hold them responsible for the communication standards in the second year running too. It Israel is bravery a Jewish state, born from the Balfour fact that Israel has been maintaining nuclear to consider that Israel has broken around 15 They boldly and bravely accept and face mass killings and destruction in order to national children's peace award. community and have a bright future. The level of trust and confidence in good children. shows that what we are doing Declaration of 1917, a letter from the United weapons since 1967. Ironically Israel has not ceasefire treaties in the last six decades. all challenges and remain prepared for achieve the vested interests. This is all By her true leadership character, attitude, focus is on their character, welfare and people and leaders. Kingdom’s Foreign Secretary Arthur James signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty up 7 days, 1500 missiles and the deaths of around Sheffielddifficult City Council’s city is beingofrecognised worst-ever times. Inawardany case as or amainly because the infamous but no- actions, deeds and tremendous positive education. Also, they help in the release Instead of merely sympathizing, cryBalfour to Walter Rothschild, the leader of the till now, but supports establishment of a Middle 150 Palestinians, of which majority are chilwinning Every Sheffield Child nationally and gives us a great ing and rendering lip services, we need situation or at any time or before anyone, torious U-Turn Policies of the US. This contributions, Malala Yousafzai and of innocent people who are in jails. British Jewish community in response to the de- East Zone, free of weapons of mass destruction. dren, and a ceasefire has been finally brokered Articulate and Literate (ESplatform from which to build they never let down their people and al- is why US and Allies have lost trust, con- many others like her, who are risking Many Canadians and others, including to practically act and help promote the Much of what is known about Israel’s nuclear up between the two sides, that has yet to be ana Jewish state. The letter stated, CAL) beat off stiff on. fidence At the and endrespect. of the day the mand of their ways try campaign to fulfil all the promises, pledglives and struggling, helping, sup- distinguished personalities, very much sacred vision and mission of Malala “His Majesty’s government view with favor the program comes from revelations in 1986 by nounced. On the other hand, almost all the rockescompetition and commitments make. Thismost is Ifimportant fromthey other local is making they keepthing working with the crook, porting and serving the people with the impressed by the couple’s intentions, Yousafzai and people like her. Syeda establishment in Palestine of a national home Mordechai Vanunu, a technician at the Negev ets of Hamas fired at Israel were intercepted by their quality, character andaccolades identity. surecruel and corrupt military gen- spirit of service to humanity, are proving commitments, determination and con- Fahim Iqbal Jaffery and Muhammad authorities to win the all children haverulers, the best for the Jewish people, and will use their best Nuclear Research Center who served an 18- dome-missile-interceptors. Those that managed Malala the 14-year-old bureaucrats, and people to the world that neither Pakistanis nor tributions are showing keen interest in Fahim belong to people of great catat a Yousafzai, star-studded ceremony.brave starterals, in life. The early leaders years are endeavors to facilitate the achievement of this year prison sentence as a result. Perhaps Israel to land killed 5 people, including a soldier and a daughter of Pakistan, who is campaigner then they willin always be the disliked and Muslims are terrorists. Instead they are practically helping and supporting them egory. Their tremendous contributions They have won best Communia crucial stage shaping object, it being clearly understood that nothing has double standards, when it comes to Muslim contractor. Yesterday, bomb explosion in a bus for girls’Strategy rights and education, is one hated and never and respected. victims of global terrorism and interna- in promotion of their education projects and meritorious services speak for themcation Award and for future outcomes for trusted any child. in Tel Aviv injured 10 people, and was initially shall be done which may prejudice the civil and Countries. such hero. She was shot in the head by They will have to seriously review and tional conspiracies. This is a loud and and adoption of deserving bright chil- selves. We must help and support them religious rights of existing non- Jewish com- But what came as a surprise was Israel’s launch- blamed on Hamas but later it was reported that the Team of the Year Award. those who are human beasts, criminals, sincerely make positive changes in the clear message: Target the real terrorists dren for their education and future under in turning the sacred mission into reality munities in Palestine, or the rights and political ing of its military offensive against Gaza on 14 it was the act of a lone operator unaffiliated with crooks, cowards, corrupt, traitors and policies in order to gain the trust, con- instead of labelling the Muslims as ter- supervision of The Fahims School Sys- and successfully achieving the mission November, marking the latest eruption of con- any major groups. status enjoyed by Jews in any other country.” of promotion of education and charity. to Steer conspirators. Motorists Urged tem. fidence, love and respect of the people. rorists. From a secret wedlock between the Sons of flict with Hamas which has raged between the In an emergency meeting of UN Security The Taliban group, which always They must deal with true leaders and The world leaders and people must The couple assured them that their help The scarred vision will always keep us two sidesof forMuzzamil years. This move of aggression Council, America has blocked the resolution to Zion and the British Empire, the Photos: state of Israel Courtesy Hussain Clear ofany Illegal Parking promptly and without losing time good people to help them become rulers, come forward and practically act to help and support would prove a great bless- in the dark and prove dangerous. That is came into being, illegitimately occupying the was named as Operation Pillar of Defense, and condemn Israel for the atrocities committed in Motorists in Sheffield are responsibe- Loading Restrictions makes the claims and takes the and support such courageous people. It ing and help for the deserving children why we need to fully support the sacred policymakers and politicians. land of Palestinians. Today Israel occupies a was started by killing the Hamas commander, Gaza. US has always supported Israel’s terroring urged to Shia help keep the city on this • Malala School Keepand Clear Restricmissions of good people. bility, claimed the responsibility for and innocent persons and maintenance too day late. of Ignorance or refusal Yousafzai gained prominence in is-- never Hundreds of Muslims mournMen, women children alsounique tenth the Islamic and slavery. Hussein It didthe notend cameof as Umayyad a surprise fordensity. internationAhmedagainst al Jabbarityrant in an air strike… Amidst the ism. for placethe in the international community forlunar thehave move the strongly busy runin up to tions2009 attack. 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Not having any parcan be dangerous around schools. initial two week warning period for Head Office: A-295 Sardar Ali Sabri military operation and justify their opJaffery and Muhammad Fahim Jaffery, distinguished personality, who is also Allies and working for their vested inilmnews@yahoo.com Page: 18 right wing left wing rael’s atrocities, as a ‘Terrorist State’, in the re- Gaza. “We need to flatten entire neighborhoods ticular affinity towards www.ilmnews.com Page 18or The following types of restrictions anyone found to be parking illegalerations and attacks including Drone terests. The connection issue is becom- their relative. The couple has dedicated are dare-devils and true patriotic peo- Road, Block-5, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Karaare now enforced by mobile CCTV ly on the mobile CCTV equipment. cent years leading to the events of the year 2012. in Gaza. Flatten all of Gaza,” states Sharon in politics, he forms his conclusions derived from attacks in which thousands media is splashing their lives to promoting human values ple who have risked their lives, devoted chi, Pakistan. equipment in Sheffield : of innocent Afteringthea hot twoissue. weekThe period, fines A glimpse would suffice, if some of Israel’s pre- The Jerusalem Post citing the bombing of Hiro- his own idiosyncratic goggles. people including women and children exclusive news with pictures about the and committedly serving the people their time, energy and resources and • Peak Period Waiting and will be issued.

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News in Brief Police appeal for missing white man, 1.75m tall, 50yo Sheffield man slim build with dark grey hair. He was last known Police are growing into be wearing a blue suit creasingly concerned for jacket, blue jeans and the welfare of a 50-year- brown shoes. His clothes old man from Sheffield. may appear to look big on him. Shaun Malone was last seen on the 19 December, Anyone with information 2012 in the Sheffield area about Shaun’s whereaand police are concerned bouts should contact for his safety as he has South Yorkshire Police underlying health issues. on 101 quoting incident number 40 of 20 DecemShaun is described as a ber 2012.

Private Sector Jobs Hit Record Levels U.K. jobless claims unexpectedly fell in November and a wider measure of unemployment dropped the most in 11 years, underlining the resilience of the labor market in the face of a weak recovery.

on record said the Office for National Statistics.

Other statistics revealed that UK unemployment fell by 82,000 in the three months to October, to 2.51m, which is the largest quarterly fall since Private sector jobs are at 2001; whilst the number an all-time high, accord- of people in full-time eming to the latest employ- ployment increased by ment figures. 40,000 to 29.6m. The number of people in private sector employment has risen by 65,000 in the last quarter to 23.8m, the highest level

The unemployment rate was 7.8%, a drop of 0.2 percentage points from the previous quarter.

Could we refreeze the Arctic?

We could refreeze the Arctic, and it wouldn't even cost that much, say scientists. Two studies explore the possibility that a solution could be found to the problem of global warming melting the ice caps on the North Pole. The scientist who is lead author of both the studies claims that "any significant nation" could find the resources to carry out the operation. The only significant question, he says, is whether we should. The amount of ice in the Arctic Ocean shrank to an all time low in September, with the total area covered now half what it was in the eight-

ies. The really hard questions here aren't mostly technical. They're questions about what kind of planet we want and who we are. Professor Keith used climate models to suggest that injecting reflective particles into the atmosphere could reduce the amount of sunlight reaching the Earth, engineering a regional effect that could bring ice back to the Arctic. His paper claims that by reducing the penetration of sunlight by just 0.5 percent could be possible to restore the sea-ice around the North Pole back to pre-industrial era levels.

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Events of 1971 All nations go through ups and downs they have glorious periods and tragic ones. People usually ignore and forget the tragic ones while celebrating the good events with great pomp. Celebration of such events impresses a nation’s achievements on the minds of its people and generates self-confidence in them. Tragic events are commemorated to remember past mistakes and the reasons for these mishaps. Unfortunately, Islamic history is full of tragic events, usually totally forgotten and ignored by subsequent rulers, to say nothing of learning a lesson from them. These rulers seemed intoxicated by wealth and power and lived luxurious lives. We have the examples of Umayyad, Abbasid, Khwarizmi, Mongol, Mughal and Turkish dynasties, and the Islamic dynasty in Spain, etc. However, such episodes are not limited to Islamic countries. Christian dynasties have also had their fair share. Hitler ignored the fate that had befallen Napoleon after Napoleon’s misadventure of attacking Russia, and he repeated the same mistake. This proved to be the beginning of his disastrous and ignominious end. Had Hitler not attacked Russia, the history of Europe would probably have been quite different and the United Kingdom would have been flattened. Fate has its own way and the Almighty usually seals the hearts and brains of the wrongdoers before destroying them. It is most unfortunate that we in Pakistan have also not learnt any lessons from our past tragic mistakes. The breaking up of Pakistan on December 16, 1971, was one such recent event. Millions of Pakistanis are fully aware of the reasons behind that tragedy, but it seems that our rulers and the establishment are oblivious to these, despite the fact that it was such a traumatic experience. The country was broken up, hundreds of thousands of people were killed, women were raped and almost 92,000 army and other personnel were taken prisoner. The way they were treated by the victorious In-

dian army was heart-breaking and I could not control my tears at seeing these events on TV. The public in Pakistan was not shown those scenes, but the western media exposed everything. As is usual here, nobody was held responsible for such a big and tragic disaster. Bhutto appointed the Justice Hamoodur Rahman Commission, which was supposed to identify the culprits. The report was prepared, but the contents were never made public.

By: Dr A Q Khan dr.a.quadeer.khan@gmail.com go straight to heaven. Later the Umayyad, Abbasid and Khwarizmi dynasties perished due to internal strife. Taimur fought against Bayazid Yildirim. Still later, the Arabs fought against the Turks, thus destroying powerful Islamic dynasties.

The mughal emperor Aurangzeb’s campaign against his own brothers destroyed the very fabric of a grand dynasty, and after his death the country was dismembered. Furthermore, how can we forget the intrigues and treachery that led to the marThere were a few leaks, a lot of guesswork tyrdom of Tipu Sultan and the destruction and nothing more. Bhutto did not dare to of his kingdom? have it published for fear of a backlash. This report was finally published in an The present situation in the country is not Indian newspaper decades after the event very different from that of 1971. Then, had occurred. The main actor in the whole as now, the rulers and the establishment episode, Gen Yahya Khan, who was bur- were under the illusion that they could and ied with the national flag draped over his would crush their opponents. Unfortunatecoffin and, by what I read in the papers, ly, the sovereignty of the country was sold with a 21-gun salute. Others went on to by a dictator president without foresight, live comfortable, respected lives. The for his personal benefit, and who acknowlreport also exposed some pseudo-brave, edged a colonial war as being our own. We who later held very important posts. are behaving no better than mercenaries – killing our own people for a few bucks. We know that in March 1971 Gen Yahya We have forgotten how to protect our own Khan sent Gen Tikka Khan to East Paki- borders and sovereignty. stan to crush “insurgents.” We saw our own army killing our own people. It is a It is unfortunate that both our political well-known fact that, when given absolute and military leaders are under the illusion power, people become cruel. Extremely (as happened in previous eras) that they horrible scenes were shown on TV abroad can crush their opponents. They could not (I was in Belgium at the time) and I was manage to do that to a very docile nation ashamed to see that such cruel acts could in 1971, how then can they contemplate be perpetrated by Muslims against Mus- crushing a martial race? lims – Pakistanis against fellow-Pakistanis. Everybody is aware of the fact that They will be fighting for a thousand years West Pakistani baboos considered East and bleed the country to destruction and Pakistan a colony and treated its citizens disintegration. in the same way as the British used to treat The rulers and the establishment are using us. At the time Tikka Khan was unleash- our poor, brave soldiers as cannon fodder ing a reign of terror in East Pakistan, our for the sake of a paltry sum in dollars. This great and indomitable poet, Habib Jalib, money does not contribute to our economy warned the government in these words: or strength. The families of the poor martyred soldiers get a few consolatory stateMohabbat golion sey bo rahey ho ments and a few hundred thousand rupees, Watan ka chehra khoon sey dho rahey ho a sum with which they cannot even buy a Guman tumko key rasta kat raha hai small house on a five-marla plot, or live Yaqin mujhko keh manzil kho rahey ho off the interest. (You are promoting love with bullets and smearing the face of the country with The country is at present in a worse situablood. You are under the illusion that you tion than it was in 1971. It is plagued with are nearing your goal but I am sure that all kinds of social evils. If we don’t rectify you are losing your destination.) this soon, the day will not be far off when we disintegrate again. In order to rectify Our Islamic history is full of conflicts and the situation, the first and foremost necesintrigues, because of which we were de- sity is to disengage ourselves from the forstroyed. This process started with the wars eign war and put our own house in order. of Jamal and Siffin in which the Compan- The poem written by Ahmad Faraz after ions of the Holy Prophet (pbuh) and close he had visited Dhaka Museum reflected relatives fought each other, killing almost his feelings and is a reminder to us of those 80,000 people in the process. Ironically, tragic events and of the danger looming. both sides claimed that their dead would

KGB Admits Bugging British Royal Family Soviet spies have admitted using bugging devices on the Royal Family and former British prime minister Harold Wilson. Secret agents from the KGB targeted Princess Margaret in the 1960s, attaching listening aids to her lighter, cigarette case, ashtrays and telephones. They homed in on the Princess during a trip to Copenhagen, Denmark in 1964.

hotel, but has now admitted compiling a dossier on the Princess's relationships. Spies passed photos, tape recordings and "most interesting, even scandalous" gossip involving senior royal figures, according to the Daily Mail.

But spies failed in a sting operation on then future leader Harold Wilson, setting up a 'honey trap' for him in a Moscow hoUntil now, Russia has always denied the tel. Female agents posing as prostitutes covert operation, which took place in a patrolled the hotel overlooking the Krem-

lin, with a camera planted in a chandelier in his bedroom. But when the film was developed, Wilson's face was disguised. A book to be published in the new year, entitled "The Kremlin v The Windsors", by a Russian Journalist will provide further details of the operation, the Mail reported quoting a Russian newspaper. Spying was assumed common during the cold war in getting confidential information which would open certain doors for the Russians in Britain.

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