Badshah Masala launched their new ad campaign #HumareYahan        


by Shrutee K/DNS
National: Badshah Masala, this Independence Day, has launched their new ad campaign #HumareYahan, aiming to decrease this divide and pushes notice to how similar these two sister countries are. Badshah Masala believes that despite all the differences we may have, food transcends all boundaries and brings people from different places together. 
In this video, Manno is a traditional Indian mom whose daughter, Dimple, has just returned from US after finishing her studies. Dimple, whilst showing Manno pictures from her time in US, also shows her a picture with her Pakistani friend, Saad. Manno immediately points to Saad being a Pakistani, but is shunned by her young and liberal daughter.  
Dimple then mentions that she wants to meet Saad, an idea which Manno isn't too fond of. After much deliberation, Manno asks Dimple to invite Saad over for dinner so that she can keep an eye on him. Once Saad comes over for dinner, he amazes Manno with what he does.
This video is a testimony to how much the younger generation can influence their parents in breaking stereotypes that have prevailed in modern India. The campaign also communicates a broader message that gets us thinking as to how Indians perceive foreign nationals. It stresses on the importance of respect for an individual regardless of his or her racial background and nationality, and the importance of not judging a person based on our own preconceived notions and existing stereotypes.
Kailash Jhaveri, Managing Partner of Jhaveri Industries, said,”As we are inching closer to a 70th Independence Day, there is no better time to contemplate the ties between these two countries. We are trying our best to close this divide by starting a conversation over something that no one would decline - Swaad.” 
Hemant Jhaveri, Managing Partner of Jhaveri Industries, adds, “Badshah Masala has always been involved in forming connections through food. From the very beginning of this company, we have looked at food as something that can bring people from everywhere together. We are glad that we are taking this opportunity to provide another outlook to the current scenario that our country is facing.” 
Anushree Pacheriwal, Creative Head of Gemius, said, “It has been an incredible experience working for this campaign. From the very start, we were certain that this message needed to be out there, and that shaped the direction that this campaign took.”
The campaign is by Badshah Masala conceptualised by agency Gemius and creative head Anushree Pacheriwal, Story, Saurabh Pacheriwal. The production house is 50mm Media Productions and Director & DOP is Saurabh Desai and Ankit Mavchi. Gemius is co founded by Saurabh Pacheriwal, a marketing professional and Anushree Pacheriwal, a creative professional. Its clientele includes Badshah Masala, World Economic Forum, Just In Time, Baggit, TEDx events amongst others.
·       Campaign Link:  https://youtu.be/2LFIuXf1Gqo
Credits:
Client: Badshah Masala
Managing Partners: Kailash Jhaveri, Hemant Jhaveri
Agency: Gemius
Managing Director: Saurabh Pacheriwal
Creative Head: Anushree Pacheriwal
Account Management Team: Tanvi Khandelwal, Abhishek Doshi, Varsha Tanna
Story: Saurabh Pacheriwal
Production House: 50mm Media Productions
Director & DOP: Saurabh Desai & Ankit Mavchi
Production Team: Fenil Patel, Siddhant Shah, Nehal Trivedi, Jigar M, Setu U


          Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC) partners with Mumbai Dabbawala Association (MDA)        

Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC) partners with Mumbai Dabbawala Association (MDA)

~A culturally enriching and riveting morning hosted by Malaysian Palm Oil Council with the Dabbawalas of Mumbai~

by Shrutee K/DNS

Mumbai, August 8, 2017 : In April 2017 in conjunction with the visit to India of the Hon. Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dato Sri’ Haji Mohammad Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak, Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC) signed a MoU with Mumbai Dabbawala Association (MDA). Taking this MoU forward, on the morning of August 8th, MPOC and Mumbai Dabbawalas flagged off an event to create awareness for Malaysian Palm Oil and its benefits.

The event took place at the Lower Parel Bridge, where Dabbawalas wore the T-shirts and topis branded with MPOC message. They then delivered the dabbas carrying a booklet of recipes of dishes that can be cooked in palm oil and the benefits of using palm oil. The Dabbawalas are in a unique position to promote MPOC and raise awareness to the positive nutritional attributes of Malaysian Palm Oil. This becomes particularly useful in Indian cuisine as most dishes are cooked in oil. Substituting for a healthier oil can do no harm, besides besides providing the added bonus of eating delicious food cooked in a healthy oil that is nutritious for the body.

To kick off this event, Dr. Kalyana Sundaram, CEO of MPOC, was present, encouraging the use of palm oil and showing appreciation to our Dabbawalas for their exceptional work. The morning was most enjoyable, entertaining and culturally riveting as some of Maharashtra’s best dancers performed the traditional Lezim Dance, a true delight to have watched! For those unaware of the Lezim Dance, it is a Maharashtrian folk dance performed to the beat of the Dholki, a percussion instrument.

Speaking at the occasion, Dr. Kalyan Sundaram, CEO, MPOC, said, “It gives me immense pleasure to be here this morning. Dabbawalas have been an integral part of this city and they define what Indians stand for: hardworking, responsible and efficient. They work relentlessly with a smile on their face, be it rain or storm. Malaysian Palm Oil has been a very important part of the Indian diet and with this unique initiative we wish to create awareness for this wonderful oil and its several health benefits. Our association with the Mumbai Dabbawalas allows us to spread the message of healthy cooking to a large number of households and encourages a healthier cooking lifestyle”


Mr. Subhash Talekar, Association Spokesperson of Mumbai Dabbawala Association said “We Dabbawalas unfailingly deliver thousands of dabbas to hungry people daily, they are undoubtedly the best people to directly reach out to households and create awareness about palm oil and the health benefits of using it. This is a very exciting new chapter, and we are glad to be partnering with MPOC.”

India is the world’s largest importer of cooking oils. Palm oil constitutes about two-thirds of India’s steadily increasing vegetable oil import. The price, in comparison to competing oils and the proximity of origin, Malaysia, has made Malayisan Palm Oil a highly preferred oil. Now the Dabawallas have taken it upon themselves, with the help of MPOC, to inform families about the benefits of palm oil and how exquisite food can be cooked in palm oil in alternative to other vegetable oils.

Amongst some of the benefits we came to learn about during the event was that palm oil is rich in natural chemical compounds essential for health and nutrition. It has a rich source of carotenoids that are rich in Vitamin A, a potent natural antioxidant, Vitamins D, E, K, fatty acids, and other important fat-soluble micronutrients that boost the human immune system. The health benefits from using palm oil are tremendous - it reduces chances of Cancer, protects against heart diseases, type 2 diabetes, and helps children with Vitamin A deficiency.

The oil is great for cooking; it is of vegetable origin, making it free of cholesterol and apt for vegetarians, vegans, and Jains. Furthermore, the oil has a neutral flavor - you needn’t worry about changing tastes, it does not oxidize easily – making it perfect for frying food, and produces less gummy materials and helps in the cooking area maintaining a non-greasy surface; so, most bakers prefer to use a palm-based margarine for baking goods.

With people now more conscious about their health and food habits, palm oil is definitely the healthier choice to make whilst cooking and a step towards healthier bodies and practices.  What better way to create awareness than directly reaching out to the households through our Dabbawalas.


Note to Editors:
MPOC is a Council under the Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities of Malaysia.  Its role is to promote the market expansion of Malaysian palm oil and its products by enhancing the image of palm oil and creating better acceptance of palm oil through awareness of various technological and economic advantages (techno-economic advantages) and environmental sustainability.

The Council has set up a network of ten offices all over the world, mainly in China (Shanghai), India (Mumbai), Pakistan (Lahore), Bangladesh (Dhaka), Middle East (Istanbul and Cairo), Europe (Brussels and Russia), Africa (Durban) and Americas (Washington DC)  to support, promote and venture into new areas for the industry.
                                                                                                             

The plantation industry, particularly palm oil, is one of the main pillars of the Malaysian economy.  The palm oil sector has contributed significantly towards providing a continuous inflow of export earnings through the export of raw commodity and valued-added products to the global market. In 2016, palm oil contributed USD 9 billion in export earnings for Malaysia and accounted for 33% of the world’s palm oil production and 39% of total palm oil exports.

          RENUNGKANLAH SAUDARAKU...!        
Abdul Karim Germanus, Legenda Muslim Hungaria
"Islam satu saat nanti akan memperlihatkan keajaibannya pada saat dunia mulai diliputi oleh kegelapan." (Abdul Karim Germanus) Dr. Abdul Karim Germanus (1884-1979) adalah seorang orientalis terkemuka asal Hungaria dan juga seorang akademisi yang telah mendunia. Perjalanan spiritual Abdul Karim Germanus (dulu bernama Julius Germanus) mencari Islam menyita hampir separuh perjalanan hidupnya. Dia menghabiskan sepanjang hidupnya untuk mempertahankan Islam dan bahasa Arab. Selepas melewati masa-masa sulit semasa remaja dan lepas dari belenggu tradisi, dia kemudian tertarik untuk mempelajari Islam. Germanus menggambarkan kisah keislamannya itu sebagai “bangunnya sebuah kehidupan baru.” Disebutkan, awal perkenalannya dengan Islam adalah di Turki pada saat menjadi mahasiswa di sana. Kemudian, dia pergi ke India untuk mengajar di sana, pada masa Perang Dunia I. Dan di negeri Bollywood itulah dia mengucapkan dua kalimah syahadah. Selepas bertugas di India Germanus kembali ke Hungaria dan diangkat sebagai profesor di sana. Dia sering beradu argumentasi dengan para profesor dan orientalis Hungaria, terutama tentang kebenaran Islam. Berikut kisah perjalanan hidup salah satu legenda Muslim di Hungaria ini yang diambil dari beberapa sumber. *** Awal perjalanan Germanus lahir di Budapes, ibukota Hungaria pada tahun 1884 dan dibesarkan dalam nuansa Kristen taat. Segera setelah lulus dari Universitas Budapes, dia memutuskan untuk mengambil spesialisasi bahasa Turki. Selanjutnya pada tahun 1903 dia pergi ke Istanbul. Dia diterima di Universitas Istanbul dan mengambil program studi bahasa Turki. Selama bertahun-tahun tinggal di sana akhirnya dia menjadi fasih baik dalam hal percakapan, membaca maupun menulis. Selama di Istanbul, Germanus juga belajar Al-Quran berikut terjemahan dalam bahasa Turki. Itulah perkenalan awalnya dengan Islam. Dengan kemampuannya yang tinggi dalam membaca terjemahan Al-Quran berbahasa Turki, membuatnya mudah memahami Islam langsung dari sumber aslinya. Tak hanya itu, dia juga membandingkan terjemahan dalam beberapa bahasa lainnya. Sebuah upaya yang lazim dilakukan oleh misionaris Kristen untuk mengkaji kelemahan Islam. Namun Germanus justru tertarik dengan Islam. Termotivasi dengan kebenaran agama Islam, dia memutuskan untuk melakukan penelitian yakni menelusuri apa saja yang telah ditulis oleh orang-orang Kristen tentang Islam dan membandingkannya dengan sumber aslinya yaitu Al-Quran dan Sunnah Nabi. Dia melakukan berbagai upaya. Misalnya dengan membaca terjemahan kitab-kitab hadis dalam rangka mempelajari perkataan-perkataan Nabi Muhammad SAW. “Bertengkar” dengan profesor Germanus kembali ke Hungaria dan berjumpa dengan beberapa eks profesornya di Universitas Budapes. Mereka punya reputasi hebat sebagai orientalis. Namun sering menyampaikan pemikiran-pemikiran yang menyimpang tentang Islam. Germanus berdebat dengan para profesor itu. Dia menceritakan karakter sesungguhnya dari sosok Nabi Muhammad SAW. Uraiannya didasarkan pada berbagai hadis yang dia ketahui. Setelah puas “bertengkar” dengan para profesornya, Germanus memutuskan belajar bahasa Arab lebih mendalam lagi. Germanus memang punya bakat besar di bidang bahasa. Buktinya, dalam jangka waktu singkat dia sudah mahir berbahasa Arab. Belum puas, dia juga belajar bahasa Persia. Tahun 1912, Germanus diangkat sebagai profesor bahasa Arab, Persia dan Turki di Hungarian Royal Academy di Budapes. Dia juga mengasuh mata kuliah Sejarah Islam. Selanjutnya dia memimpin Department of Oriental studies pada Budapest University of Economics. Bersyahadah di India Pada tahun 1928, setelah bekerja beberapa lama di University of Budapest, sastrawan dan penerima Nobel terkemuka asal Bangladesh (dulu masih bernama India -red) Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) mengundang Germanus untuk mengajar sekaligus memimpin program Islamic Studies di Visva-Bharati University. Germanus bermukim di India selama beberapa tahun dan disana pula dia menemukan cahaya Islam. Prosesi syahadahnya berlangsung di Mesjid Agung Delhi dan dia berganti nama menjadi Abdul Karim. Universitas tempat dia bekerja tak mendiskriminasikannya gara-gara masuk Islam. Bahkan dia mendapat kelonggaran, misalnya untuk menunaikan shalat Jumat ke mesjid. Keinginan Germanus yang kuat untuk mendalami Islam dan menyelami sifat-sifat khas Muslim telah mempertemukannya dengan salah satu pujangga Islam tersohor asal Pakistan yakni Muhammad Iqbal. Rasa ingin tahu Germanus yang begitu tinggi hingga dia sering terlibat pembicaraan hingga berjam-jam lamanya. Tak hanya itu, mereka juga sering berdiskusi tentang aktifitas para orientalis dan misionaris Kristen. Germanus dan Iqbal punya pandangan berbeda tentang aktifitas misionaris Kristen. Menurut Germanus, propaganda yang disebarkan oleh para misionaris Kristen di Eropa sebagai sebuah masalah pelik yang mengkhawatirkan. Sementara Iqbal justru melihat masalah sesungguhnya ada pada orang Islam sendiri. Iqbal menyebut kesatuan Muslim yang lemah yang membuat Islam mudah diombang-ambing. Belajar bahasa Arab klasik Kecintaan Germanus pada bahasa Arab telah membawanya ke Kairo, tempat dimana dia kemudian belajar bahasa Arab klasik. Satu ketika, pada saat pertama kali menjejakkan kakinya di pelabuhan Alexandria, dia mengaku sangat terkejut dengan respon yang diberikan oleh penduduk setempat. Mereka pada tertawa mendengar bahasa Arab Germanus. Bukan apa-apa, karena dia berbicara dengan menggunakan bahasa Arab klasik atau kuno! Mereka, warga Alexandria, berbincang dengan memakai dialek setempat hingga Germanus tak mampu mencerna apa yang mereka ucapkan. Kontan dia merasa marah dan berteriak lantang, “Saya kemari untuk belajar bahasa Al-Quran dari Anda! Kenapa kalian justru menertawakan dan mengejek saya?” Selama di Mesir, Germanus menjalin hubungan erat dengan penulis terkenal negeri kuda nil itu yakni Mahmoud Timour. Mahmoud bahkan menulis tentang perjalanan Germanus mencari Islam dalam bukunya Behind the Veil (Dibalik Hijab) yang berisi kumpulan kisah-kisah pendek. Dia menyebut Germanus seorang teman yang baik, yang memiliki kecakapan bahasa Arab demikian mengagumkan. Menurut Mahmoud, Germanus memainkan peranan yang penting dalam menjaga dan melestarikan bahasa Arab klasik. Begitulah, akhirnya Germanus benar-benar mencapai tingkat kemahiran yang tinggi dalam tata bahasa Arab (baca: Al-Quran). Dia selanjutnya kembali ke kampung halaman dan menjadi profesor di Universitas Budapes bidang sejarah dan kebudayaan selama hampir 40 tahun lamanya. Dia banyak mempublikasikan hasil-hasil pemikirannya, terutama tentang kebangkitan bahasa Arab klasik di dunia Arab. Obsesinya adalah membangkitkan kembali kejayaan bahasa Arab klasik yang mati suri selama sekian lama. Impiannya, satu saat nanti semua negara-negara Arab bisa bercakap dengan format bahasa Arab yang seragam hingga akan mengikat kesatuan di antara mereka serta tumbuh kecintaan akan warisan budaya dan sejarah Arab yang begitu tinggi. Menentang sikap orientalis Sepanjang perjalanan karir akademisnya, Germanus berperang melawan orientalis di Eropa. Dalam berbagai penjelasan, dia selalu menyampaikan argumentasinya berdasarkan data dan fakta serta rasional. Begitupun dia selalu mendapat tentangan, bahkan menjurus permusuhan. Akibatnya sering berselisih pendapat dengan para orientalis lain. Bahkan dia dipecat oleh pihak universitas dengan alasan kelakuan yang tidak pantas. Sebaliknya dengan para mahasiswa bimbingannya, meskipun Germanus dicap berseberangan pemikiran dengan para orientalis, mereka tetap mendukung ide-ide yang dibawanya. Mereka menghargai pekerjaannya dan melihat buah karyanya punya pengaruh yang besar secara akademis, di Barat dan dunia Islam. Karena dukungan para mahasiswa itu pula dia masih masih bisa tetap menjadi staf pengajar di universitas. Naik Haji Di Hungaria, Germanus berusaha keras memberikan pencerahan kepada Muslim di negerinya, yang kala itu berjumlah antara 1000 hingga 2000 jiwa. Dia mendirikan sebuah organisasi guna menjembatani hubungan antara Islam dengan pemerintah. Misinya kala itu adalah membawa Islam agar diterima sebagai salah satu agama resmi di Hungaria. Tahun 1935 Germanus menunaikan rukum Islam kelima dan menjadi satu dari sedikit Muslim Eropa yang berangkat ke Mekkah pada masa itu. Tahun 1939 dia menunaikan ibadah haji untuk kali kedua. Bahkan kisah perjalanan rohaninya ke Mekkah dirangkumnya dalam sebuah buku berbahasa Hungaria yang cukup terkenal berjudul Allahu Akbar! Buku tersebut telah diterjemahkan ke dalam beberapa bahasa. Germanus menikah dengan seorang perempuan Eropa yang dulunya beragama Kristen. Setelah beberapa lama, sang istri akhirnya memeluk Islam dengan disaksikan oleh Syekh Ahmed Abdul Ghafur Attar, seorang penulis dan akademisi Islam terkenal. Publikasi Islam di Eropa Germanus aktif berdakwah melalui tulisan. Dia menulis tentang Islam di pelbagai media di Eropa. Dalam sebuah artikelnya dia pernah menulis bahwa Islam satu saat nanti akan memperlihatkan keajaibannya pada saat dunia mulai diliputi oleh kegelapan. Germanus bisa disebut sebagai jenius bahasa. Buktinya dia menulis banyak buku, diantaranya The Greek, Arabic Literature in Hungarian, Lights of the East, Uncovering the Arabian Peninsula, Between Intellectuals, The History of Arabic Literature, The History of the Arabs, Modern Movements in Islam, Studies in the Grammatical Structure of the Arabic Language, Journeys of Arabs, Pre-Islamic Poetry, Great Arabic Literature, Guidance From the Light of the Crescent (a personal memoir), An Adventure in the Desert, Arab Nationalism, Allahu Akbar, Mahmoud Timour and Modern Arabic Literature, The Great Arab Poets, dan The Rise of Arab Culture. Germanus yang meninggal pada 7 Nopember 1979 mengabdikan dirinya untuk Islam sepanjang lebih kurang 50 tahun. Begitulah, kisah sang legenda yang tak lekang oleh zaman. Dia dikenang hingga kini sebagai salah satu legenda Muslim di Hungaria. [www.hidayatullah.com]
          RENUNGKANLAH SAUDARAKU SEMUA        
Ruqayyah Waris Maqsood, Menulis Hingga Nafas Berakhir
Ia mendapat ijazah dibidang Teologi Kristen. Namun pengetahuan Kristen-nya yang begitu mendalam menjadikan dia mencintai Islam. Ingin terus menulis hingga akhir hayat Ruqayyah Waris Maqsood dilahirkan pada tahun 1942 di kota London, Inggris. Ruqayyah merupakan salah satu penulis buku-buku Islam paling produktif. telah menghasilkan lebih dari 30 buku berkenaan dengan Islam. Buku-bukunya termasuk best seller dan menjadi referensi serta rujukan di berbagai negara. Awalnya dia dibesarkan dalam lingkungan Kristen Protestan. Nama asalnya ialah Rosalyn Rushbrook . Dia memperoleh ijazah dalam bidang Teologi Kristen dari Universitas Hull tahun 1963. Pengetahuan Kristennya begitu mendalam hingga dia menulis beberapa buah buku, tentang Kristen. Tapi rupanya, karena pengetahuannya yang begitu mendalam tentang Kristen pula yang menyadarkannya. Ia dapati ajaran Kristen telah banyak menyimpang, terutama yang berkaitan dengan konsep Trinitas. Akhirnya tahun 1986, diusia 44 tahun, dia memeluk Islam. Tahun 2001 dia dianugerahkan Muhammad Iqbal Awards karena sumbangannya yang tinggi dalam pengembangan metodologi pengajaran Islam. Bahkan Maret 2004 Ruqayyah terpilih sebagai salah satu dari 100 wanita berprestasi di dunia. Berikut rangkuman kehidupannya dikutip dari berbagai sumber. Orang beriman tak takut dengan penderitaan hidup; tak takut dengan kematian; juga tak takut dengan kehidupan setelah dunia ini; karena Allah bersama mereka. Mereka tak sendirian, Allah selalu menemani dan membimbingnya. Allah itu nyata, Dia menyayangi kamu. Dia mengetahui semua kesukaran yang kamu hadapi dalam perjuangan. Bahkan, jika kamu berbuat salah, Dia masih tetap mencintaimu.モ ~Ruqayyah Waris Maqsood~ Bait-bait kalimat di atas menggambarkan betapa teguhnya hati seorang Ruqayyah. Bait penuh makna itu diadopsinya dari ayat-ayat suci Al-Quran. Dia memang menumpukan setiap tulisannya dengan memasukkan petuah-petuah dari Al-Quran dan hadis Nabi Muhammad SAW. Ruqayyah Waris Maqsood yang diilahirkan tahun 1942 di London, Inggris, pada ada usia 8 tahun telah jadi seorang anak yang memiliki komitmen yang tinggi dengan Kristen sebagai hasil dari panggilan hatinya. Setelah menamatkan program sarjana ilmu teologi (1963) dan master bidang pendidikan (1964) dari Universitas Hull, dia selama hampir 32 tahun mengelola program studi ilmu-ilmu keagamaan di berbagai sekolah dan perguruan tinggi di Inggris. Dia menikah dengan penyair Georg Morris Kendrick pada tahun 1964. Dari perkawinannya dengan Georg mereka memiliki dua orang anak, Daniel George lahir 1968 dan Frances Elisabeth Eva lahir 1969. Tahun 1986 pasangan itu bercerai. Tahun itu pula masuk Islam dan tahun 1990 menikah lagi dengan pria keturunan Pakistan, Waris Ali Maqsood namanya. モSaat ini Islam dicap sebagai agama bermasalah. Sangat tidak adil. Karena itu saya berupaya menulis untuk memperbanyak literatur-literatur Islam. Harapa saya agar, melalui tulisan-tulisan itu, dapat membantu memperbaiki atmosfir yang kurang berpihak ke Islam,ヤ cetusnya. モSaya sangat tertarik menggeluti sejarah Islam, terutama tentang kehidupan wanita-wanita di sekitar Nabi Muhammad. Saya acapkali meng-counter kampanye anti Islam yang mendiskreditkan wanita Muslim,ヤ kata dia. Best seller Mau tahu seberapa produktifnya dia? Catat saja, sewaktu masih bernama Rosalyn Rushbrook dia menghasilkan 9 buah buku yang umumnya berisi isu agama. Dan satu volume buku kumpulan puisi. Lalu selepas hijrah ke Islam, dia menghasilkan sekitar 30 buah buku. Saat ini dia memiliki 9 buah buku yang masih dalam proses penerbitan. Dia juga menulis berbagai artikel di majalah maupun koran yang berkaitan dengan Islam dan Muslim. Salah satu sumbangannya yang paling penting bagi komunitas Islam adalah The Muslim Marriage Guide (Petunjuk Pernikahan bagi Muslim). Buku itu menjadi rujukan dan direkomendasikan, tidak saja untuk pasangan yang akan menikah namun juga bagi mereka yang telah lama mengarungi bahtera rumah tangga. Bagi kalangan non Muslim, terutama yang sedang mendalami Islam, tentu saja buku Ruqayyah menjadi referensi yang sangat berharga. Dalam buku yang bernilai tinggi itu dia menggambarkan kehidupan Nabi Muhammad SAW dan para sahabatnya dilengkapi dengan petunjuk, tatacara dan hukum perkawinan. Tak hanya dia juga menguraikan bagaimana pertalian suami istri dalam hal warisan dan sejenisnya. Jadi sangat terpadu dan lengkap. Ruqayyah pernah diundang oleh Hodder Headlines untuk menulis buku Islam for the World Faiths (Islam bagi Penganut Agama se-Dunia). Saat ini buku itu telah dicetak sebanyak tiga kali dan termasuk salah satu buku best seller. Tak hanya buku-buku kategori モberatヤ, dia juga menulis buku-buku tentang bimbingan konseling bagi remaja Islam. Juga ada beberapa buku saku, antara lain; a Guide for Visitors to Mosques, a Marriage Guidance booklet, Muslim Womenメs Helpline. Bukunya di Indonesia banyak diterbitkan oleh Mizan. Misalnya Menciptakan Surga Rumah Tangga. Lalu buku bimbingan untuk remaja berjudul Menyentuh Hati Remaja. Buku itu mengulas seputar solusi untuk mengatasi problema-problema remaja. モMengapa hidup kita di dunia ini kadang-kadang berlalu dalam keadaan sulit. Ada cerita terkenal tentang seorang petani Afrika yang menanam rami. Ia harus menanamnya dalam keadaan yang sulit, dengan kondisi tanah yang mematahkan punggung dan dengan sedikit hujan untuk menyiraminya. Ketika ia pindah ke tempat yang iklimnya lebih bersahabat, ia membawa beberapa tanaman rami tersebut, dengan pikiran bahwa tanamana ini akan mudah tumbuh di tempat yang baru. Ya, tanaman itu memang tumbuh, besar, hijau dan subur; tetapi ketika ia mencabut batang itu untuk mengeluarkan seratnya, ternyata batangnya tidak berisi serat kecuali ampas. Tanaman itu memerlukan kondisi sulit untuk mengembangkan kekuatan batangnya,ヤ tulis Ruqayyah dalam buku bimbingan remajanya, dengan perumpamaan yang gampang dimengerti remaja dan juga memberi motivasi hidup. Silabus Islam モSaya juga diminta menulis buku teks yang dipakai secara luas di Inggris selama hampir 20 tahun. Buku-buku teks itu dipakai oleh kalangan pribadi, muallaf, dan pelajar-pelajar sekolah umum dan madrasah. Tidak saja di Inggris tapi juga di beberapa negara lainnya,ヤ begitu katanya. Ya, memang Ruqayyah juga sibuk menulis buku-buku teks yang banyak dijadikan rujukan. Ia membantu mengembangkan silabus bagi pelajar sekolah agama, bekerjasama dengan dinas pendidikan setempat. Silabusnya tergolong unik, dibuat khusus agar pelajar mandiri. Jadi, tanpa guru atau fasilitas tetap bisa jalan. Silabusnya dirancang untuk pelajar sekolah dasar hingga perguruan tinggi. Menariknya lagi, bisa dipakai untuk pendidikan formal, non formal, misal di rumah, bahkan juga di penjara. Pokoknya untuk dimana saja. Menjadi tutor jarak jauh (distance learning) untuk Asosiasi Peneliti Muslim (AMR) adalah aktifitas lainnya. Aktifitas mengajarnya juga padat. Banyak negara telah disambanginya, diantaranya AS, Kanada, Denmark, Swedia, Finlandia, Irlandia dan Singapura. Ruqayyah juga mengajar di beberapa universitas yang ada di Inggris seperti Oxford, Cambridge Edinburg, Glasgow dan Manchester. Juga mengajar di School of Oriental and Arabic Studies di London. Atas aktifitas dan jasanya itu ia menerima Muhammad Iqbal Award tahun 2001 atas kreatifitasnya dalam mengembangkan pembelajaran Islam. Dialah muslim pertama Inggris yang pernah menerima anugerah bergengsi tersebut. Tak hanya itu, Maret 2004 Ruqayyah terpilih sebagai salah satu dari 100 wanita berprestasi di dunia. Dalam ajang pemilihan Daily Mailメs Real Women of Achievement, dia termasuk satu dari tujuh orang wanita berprestasi dalam kategori keagamaan. Menulis dan Terus Menulis Majalah Islam, Emel pernah menanyakan adakah ia merasa lelah dengan seabrek aktifitasnya itu serta bagaimana membagi waktu menulis dan mengurus rumah tangga, misalnya di kesibukannya dengan para cucunya. モSaya sangat ketat dengan waktu. Bertahun-tahun saya menjalani itu dan sudah jadi irama hidup saya, hingga semua jadi mudah. Saya biasanya menulis malam hari. Kala semua telah tidur, hingga tak ada yang mengganggu saya. Jam 4 pagi saya bangun untuk shalat subuh. Selepas itu saya tidur sejenak hingga jam 8 pagi. Beraktifitas lagi dan siangnya saya ambil waktu untuk istirahat,ヤ ujarnya. モKerja saya sehari-hari ya menulis. Kini ada lebih dari 40 buku telah diterbitkan. Belum lama saya telah menyelesaikan satu manuskrip yang sangat tebal tentang Kehidupan Rasulullah SAW. Buku berjudul モThe Life of Prophet Muhammadヤ itu diterbitkan oleh Islamic Research Institute of Islamabad tahun 2006 silam,ヤ katanya. Tentang pembajakan buku-buku, Ruqayyah mengaku sedih dengan tingginya kasus pembajakan buku terutama di negara-negara Islam. モKenyataan saat ini banyak buku-buku Islam yang dibajak dan pembajaknya adalah orang Islam sendiri. Sedih bukan? モ ujarnya risau. Tentang Yesus Dia memiliki pengetahuan Kristen begitu mendalam. Dengan pengetahuannya itu Ruqayyah bergerak atas inisiatif sendiri mencari kebenaran berdasar kajian-kajian ilmiahnya. Namun akhirnya dia meninggalkan agamanya itu setelah bergulat bertahun-tahun dalam pencarian atas pertanyaan-pertanyaannya tentang konsep teologi Trinitas. Dia tak menemukan apa-apa. Jadi Ruqayyah memeluk Islam murni berdasar latar belakang pengetahuannya dan kajian mendalam tentang ajaran ketuhanan, baik dalam Islam dan Kristen. Seperti kebanyakan muallaf lainnya, dia menyebut dirinya telah モkembaliヤ menjadi Muslim. Kini dia memperjuangkan Islam lewat tulisan dan buku-bukunya. Dalam sebuah wawancara dengan sebuah media, dia ditanya perihal konsep Islam tentang Nabi Isa yang dalam ajaran Kristen disebut Yesus. モDi negara Barat ada ajaran ilmu etika berinti pada cinta dan kasih Tuhan dan tolong menolong sesama manusia. Itu semua diajarkan juga oleh semua nabi termasuk di dalamnya, tentu saja, Nabi Muhammad SAW. Kami orang Islam juga meyakini Nabi Isa sebagai salah satu nabi yang diutus Allah,ヤ kata Ruqayyah. モSebelum Nabi Isa datang, nabi-nabi terdahulu membawa ajaran Yahudi. Kami juga beriman dengan nabi-nabi terdahulu yang diutus kepada umat-umat sebelum Islam datang, Yahudi adalah salah satu agama samawi juga. Nabi Isa datang membawa ajaran Kristen itu kami yakni juga. Kemudian Nabi Muhammad diutus Allah membawa ajaran Islam dan tugas Isa AS telah selesai, Jadi tidak seperti dipahami ajaran Kristen dengan konsep Trinitasnya yang menyatakan Yesus itu anak Tuhan. Dia memang dilahirkan dari seorang ibu, Maryam. Tanpa ayah. Jadi jangan lantas disebut sebagai anak Tuhan. Itu kuasa Allah. Jika Allah katakan モjadiヤ, maka jadilah,ヤ imbuhnya lagi. Apakah Nabi Muhammad diutus karena misi Nabi Isa dianggap telah gagal? Demikian cocoran pertanyaan menohok media tersebut. モKami tidak beriman dengan itu, bahwa misi Nabi Isa gagal. Kami beriman, dia (Isa AS) adalah salah satu utusan Allah yang terbaik bagi umatnya. Contoh dan tunjuk ajarnya ditiru oleh jutaan pengikutnya kala itu. Jika kemudian, umatnya rusak, itu bukannya karena ajaran atau misi Isa AS itu rusak lantas dikatakan gagal. Lalu untuk menyelamatkan umatnya, menghapus dosa umatnya, Isa digambarkan (dalam Kristen) mengorbankan dirinya dengan disalib. Tidak begitu. Inilah yang saya katakana ajaran Kristen telah menyimpang dari aslinya,ヤ terangnya. Cyber counsellor Salain menulis, kesibukan lainnya adalah sebagai seorang konselor. Melalui internet, ia aktif menjawab dan membantu konseling. モKegiatan lain saya adalah mengasuh bimbingan konseling online melalui e-mail hingga dijuluki sebagai cyber councellor. Tiap hari sedikitnya ada 50 e-mail yang saya terima. Kebanyakan berasal dari orang-orang minta nasehat, karena masalah budaya, perkawinan, dan bahkan masalah ketuhanan. Kebanyakan dari mereka adalah orang-orang yang dalam masa pencarian, mereka ingin tahu apa itu Islam. Bahkan ada juga dari orang yang bermaksud menyerang Islam. Kami saling bertukar pendapat. Banyak juga e-mail berisi pengaduan-pengaduan yang sifatnya sangat pribadi. Saya ini persis seperti モibu atau tanteヤ bagi mereka dalam menyelesaikan persoalan-persoalan pribadi,ヤ ungkap Ruqayyah senang. Begitupun dia mengaku sedikit sedih dengan kenyataan masih banyak kalangan Islam yang bertingkah laku kurang baik. Tidak Islami. Hingga merusak wajah Islam sendiri. モSebagai contoh di Barat, banyak anak-anak muda Arab dan Asia yang bergaul bebas dengan gadis-gadis kulit putih tanpa memperhatikan kaedah Islam. Sedihnya lagi, ada yang sampai mengandung tanpa ikatan agama. Seringnya si wanita kemudian masuk Islam. Memang baik, tapi saya kira ini bukan jalan menuju Islam yang benar,ヤ keluhnya. Begitulah, Ruqayyah kini mengisi hari tuanya di sudut kota London dengan menulis, mengasuh para cucunya, disamping juga berbagi ilmu keislamannya dengan non muslim melalui dialog antar umat beragama. Dia menyisihkan waktunya berkunjung ke sekolah-sekolah dan gereja untuk menjelaskan Islam dan memberikan pengetahuan dasar-dasar Islam. Dia berjuang keras menyadarkan berbagai pihak dengan berbagai latar kehidupan yang berbeda agar dapat saling menghargai. [Zulkarnain Jalil/www.hidayatullah.com]
                  
SERANGAN DDoS, CYBERMOSLEM.NET MAMPU BERTAHAN
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Sejak dirilis pada tanggal 1 Agusus 2010,Cybermoslem.net sudah dibanjiri dengan register-register baru yang semakin hari semakin melimpah. Dari banyaknya pengguna baru yang berbondong-bondong masuk, ternyata disinyalir oleh admin cybermoslem sendiri, ada sebuah “serangan rudal” dari “pesawat tak berawak” yang dikendalikan dari luar negeri, yang sengaja atau tidak memang hendak membuat rusuh suasana aksesing terhadap cybermoslem.

“…akhirnya CMnet lumpuh selama hampir semalaman (jum’at, 13 Agustus 2010). Setelah seharian di serang secara bertubi dengan sistem serangan ddos yang membuat jaringan kami menjadi sangat sibuk”, demikian menurut admin cybermoslem dalam blognya.

Serangan DoS (Denial of Service) adalah jenis serangan terhadap sebuah komputer atau server di dalam suatu jaringan internet dengan cara menghabiskan sumber (resource) yang dimiliki oleh komputer tersebut sampai komputer tersebut tidak dapat menjalankan fungsinya dengan benar sehingga secara tidak langsung mencegah pengguna lain untuk memperoleh akses layanan dari komputer yang diserang tersebut. Serangan DoS ini berlangsung satu lawan satu, satu penyerang melawan satu akun pengguna yang valid dan aktif, dengan penyerangnya menggunakan peralatan komputer yang canggih, serta dukungan host yang handal, sehingga target sasaran bisa kacau aksesingnya. Serangan DDoS ( Distribution DoS) merupakan serangan DoS yang “diselenggarakan” secara “rombongan” dan konspiratif menggunakan banyak komputer handal dan kuat, menyerang server sasaran, sehingga server “dipaksa” untuk tidak dapat memberikan pelayanan akses bagi pengguna.

Kondisi awal downtime sebenarnya sudah penulis rasakan dan terdeteksi oleh penulis pada sekitar lebih kurang jam 16.00 WIB, hari Jumat tanggal 13 Agutus 2010 kemarin, dan penulis seketika itu langsung memberikan sinyal “hati’hati” ke pihak admin bahwa ada “kemungkinan” upaya penyerangan oleh hacker ke server cybermoslem. Jawaban admin sangat sederhana, “Allah yang akan menolongnya“.

Situasi server lumpuh total terjadi semalaman dari mulai lebih kurang jam 19.30 WIB. Setelah sholat tarawih, penulis menutup akun di cybermoslem beberapa jam kemudian. Sebenarnya, pada Jum’at, 13 Agustus 2010, dari pagi sampai sore, akses ke cybermoslem.net masih stabil. Tetapi mulai malam sekitar jam 19.30 WIB lebih, pada saat pengguna dan saat sebagian besar member CMnet sedang sholat Tarawih. dan akses ke cybermoslem.net mulai ada kendala dan beberapa waktu kemudian lumpuh total.

Cybermoslem masih mampu tegak bertahan, tidak terjadi kehancuran dan kematian total, sehingga pada tanggal 14 Agustus 2010 sudah bisa normal kembali. Diperkirakan serangan akan berulang-ulang, tetapi Insya Allah, serangan DDoS dan serangan bentuk lainnya teramat berat dan kecil kemungkinan membunuh cybermoslem.

Memperhatikan berita di atas, penulis teringat serangan terhadap www.millatfacebook.com (jejaring sosial di Pakistan), yang sampai sekarang akhirnya web tersebut mengalami kelumpuhan dan tidak dapat diakses. Gambar di bawah ini adalah kondisi “bangkai” terakhir pada Sabtu, 14 Agutus 2010.

Kondisi "Bangkai" terakhir MillatFacebook.com. Adminnya masih berusaha hidup kembali.

Millatfacebook.com diciptakan oleh pemuda Pakistan, pada akhir Mei 2010 yang lalu, khusus untuk memberi alternatif bagi jejaring sosial mania di Pakistan dan penduduk dunia lainnya, setelah terjadinya “gempa bumi Facebook” yang menggemparkan dunia dengan munculnya halaman propaganda “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day”.

Terlepas dari alasan apapun pendiriannya, seharusnya netter tidak menganggap bahwa hadirnya jejaring baru sebagai ancaman sehingga melakukan serangan-serangan terhadap server ataupun apapun yang berafiliasi ke jejaring tersebut. Melihat gambar millatfcebook di atas, sepertinya admin millatfacebook asalnya menggunakan server di wilayah Amerika Serikat. Letak server inilah yang akan memberikan kemudahan lalu lintas bagi penyerang.

Perbedaan dengan millatfacebook, cybermoslem memiliki server yang berada di Indonesia. Sehingga serangan-serangan apapun bisa diketahui sejak dini, kemudian menyiapkan pertahanan dan benteng yang handal dan kuat, agar serangan semacam DDoS tidak terulang kembali. Serangan apapun terhadap jejaring, bentengpertama dalam pertahanan di garda server. Jika servernya kuat dan handal, insya Allah semuanya lancar-lancar.

Serangan susulan bisa saja dan akan terjadi, tetapi dengan server berada di Indonesia, serangan tersebut tidak akan sampai melumpuhkan cybermoslem, sehingga bernasib sama seperti millatfacebook.com.

Penulis tidak akan membuat andaian siapa yang menyerang. Tetapi yang jelas, adalah pihak yang dirugikan atau yang akan dirugikan. Siapa pihak yang dirugikan dengan adanya cybermoslem, penulis memberikan “gambaran kemungkinan” ciri-cirinya, sebagai berikut :

  1. Web jejaring sosial yang memegang mainstream di Indonesia, dengan jumlah pengguna sekarang inimencapai sekitar 500 juta di seluruh dunia. Jejaring ini merasa sudah memiliki Indonesia, sudah mendakwa menjadi penyantun melalui kerjasama dengan beberapa penyedia layanan telekomunikasi yaitu dengan penyediaan “akses gratis” bagi pelanggannya.
  2. Adanya serangan dari pihak yang tidak suka ada nama jejaring berlabel “Islam” atau “Moslem”menjadi populer, apalagi memiliki potensi mengalahkan mainstream yang sudah ada. Adanya cybermoslem, besar atau kecil akan mulai membersihkan label umat Islam yang sekarang ini seakan menjadi sarang teroris. Cybermoslem menjelaskan kepada dunia bahwa umat Islam juga sebenarnya mampu dan bisa menjadi pelopor bagipersahabatan dan dengan gaya hidup Teknologi Informasi, berbaur bersama semua orang dari berbagai negara, ras dan agama, dengan menjunjung nilai perdamaian dan kemanusiaan. Dengah kata lain, serangan terhadap cybermoslem ini, adalah serangan terhadap nilai kemanusiaan dalam diri cybermoslem, yang jelas-jelas bermaksud damai dan santun serta beradab membuka silaturrohim dan persahabatan bersama berbagai jenis umat manusia di bumi ini.

Penulis tidak menyebut bahwa penyerang adalah “musuh Islam” walaupun semua jejaring yang diserang adalah didirikan dan terutama untuk umat Islam. Mereka lebih cenderung sebagai uji coba ketahanan dan reaksi atas hadirnya cybermoslem yang menggemuruh.

Bagi kita orang Indonesia, kita wajib berbangga dengan kerja saudara kita Dola Indra Putra Agam, yng sudah sedemikian hebat membuat jejaring sosial sendiri, untuk dipersembahkan bagi bumi pertiwi Indonesia dan umat Islam dunia. Jejaring yang berkode Joomla ini bebas dipergunakan oleh siapapun.

Mempertimbangkan akan adanya serangan-serangan berikutnya, harapan penulis, melalui tulisan ini, nantinya ada tokoh nasional Indonesia, baik dari kalangan pemerintahan, maupun Non Government Organisation (NGO) bisa segera memberikan dukungan moral dan material bagi kelangsungan cybermoslem, jejaring kebanggaan Indonesia, sehingga cybermoslem bisa menjadi number one di Indonesia, mengalahkan jejaring produk import luar negeri.

sumber :

http://sn.cybermoslem.net/blogs/viewstory/163

http://id.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serangan_DoS


          India 3rd largest target to witness most terror activities, says report issued by US foreign ministry        

According to reports issued by America, India reaches rank 3rd in the list of countries affected by terrorism. In this list, India also leaves behind Pakistan, which has lessor number of deaths and casualties by terrorism.

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          EU lawmaker condemns Amarnath terror attack        

Brussels: European Parliament`s Chairman of the Delegation for Relations with India Geoffrey Van Orden on Friday condemned the July 10 terror attack on Amarnath pilgrims and called on Pakistan to cooperate with India in bringing the perpetrators to justice.

"This is a most atrocious crime which follows a series of terrorist attacks and other provocations designed to destabilise the political situation in Jammu & Kashmir," he said in a press release.

"We stand resolutely with India in her fight against terrorism and hope that those responsible will rapidly be brought to justice. We call upon the government of Pakistan to cooperate in this and to enhance its efforts to suppress terrorists and extremists and develop peaceful relations with India," said Van Orden who is a British Member of the European Parliament.

Seven pilgrims were killed and 19 injured in the attack.

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          J&K police forms SIT to probe Amarnath bus attack        

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir police on Friday constituted a Special Investigation Team (SIT) led by a DIG-rank officer to probe the July 10 terror attack on a bus carrying Amarnath Yatra pilgrims in south Kashmir.

"We have constituted the six-member SIT headed by South Kashmir Deputy Inspector General of Police S.P. Pani for speedy investigation in this important case," Inspector General of Police Kashmir Munir Ahmad Khan said.

Other members include Anantnag Senior Superintendent of Police Altaf Ahmad Khan, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, and other officers who will assist in the probe. 

Seven pilgrims were killed and 19 injured when their bus heading towards Jammu from Srinagar was attacked by militants at 8.30 p.m. at Batengo in Anantnag district on the Srinagar-Jammu Highway on July 10.

The bus was not registered with the Amaranth Shrine Board and had reportedly violated the travel rules. 

Soon after the attack, the Kashmir IGP had said that the Lashkar-e-Taiba was behind the attack. 

"Initial investigation reveals it is a group of Lashkar militants headed by Abu Ismail of Pakistan who carried out the attack," the IGP had said.

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          2016: 122 journalists killed globally, 5 in India        

New Delhi: As many as 122 journalists and media professionals were killed in 2016 globally, 93 of them in targeted killings and others in natural disasters and accidents, while India witnessed death of five scribes and was eighth on a list topped by Iraq, according to a new report.

The targeted killings, including murders, bomb attacks and crossfire incidents, span 23 countries in Africa, Asia Pacific, the Americas, Europe and the Middle East and Arab World regions, said International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) in its annual report released Friday.

The IFJ said the number (93 targeted killings) was down from 112 targeted killings in 2015 while Iraq still had the largest number of media killings with 15, ahead of Afghanistan (13) and Mexico (11).

These were followed by Yemen (8), Guatemala (6), Syria (6), India and Pakistan (5 in both), according to the statistics published by the largest global federation of journalists' trade unions.

In addition to the 93 targeted killings, 20 Brazilian sports journalists perished in a plane crash over the city of Medellin in Colombia, a country where for the first time in many years no killing was recorded this year, against three in 2015. Nine Russian journalists were killed in a military plane crash.

Although the 2016 figures for targeted killings of media professionals are down from the previous year's, the IFJ has cautioned against complacency citing reports of rising threats, intimidation and self-censorship as evidence that attacks on freedom of expression remain at critical levels.

In India, Tarun Mishra, Bureau Chief of Jan Sandesh Times, died on 14 February; Indradev Yadav, Journalist with Taaza TV, on 16 May; Rajdeo Ranjan, Bureau Chief of Dainik Hindustan on 13 May; Kishore Dave, Bureau Chief of Jai Hind on 22 August and Dharmendra Singh, Correspondent of Dainik Bhaskar on 12 November, the report noted.

In 2015, India had reported targeted killings of six media professionals, including those from news channel Aaj Tak and Hindi daily Dainik Jagaran, the report states.

Noting that India along with Yemen, Pakistan and Syria form a group which saw little or no change in the numbers of killings from 2015, IFJ President Philippe Leruth said, "Any decrease in violence against journalists and media staff is always welcome but these statistics and the continued deliberate targeting of media workers in many incidents causing loss of life give little room for comfort nor ground for hope to see the end of the current media safety crisis." 

The IFJ, which claims to represent more than 6,00,000 journalists in 140 countries, has recorded at least 2,297 killings of media professionals in targeted assassinations, cross-fire incidents and bomb attacks till 2015.

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          DNA: Today in History, October 12, 2016        

Watch history moment to learn the events that occurred on this very date i.e October 12.

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          DNA: Work-related stress may increase risk of heart attack        

Analysis of Pakistan's fourth rank in risky nation for journalists. Watch this special segment and get to know more here.

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          Flap’s Links and Comments for March 16th on 20:49        
These are my links for March 16th from 20:49 to 20:55: C.I.A. Security Officer Is Freed in Pakistan as Redress Is Paid – A C.I.A. security officer jailed for killing two Pakistanis on a crowded Lahore street was released Wednesday after weeks of secret negotiations between American and Pakistani officials, a pledge of millions of […]
          Thought for food.        
Like eating brains? I know you do. Why not add some new dishes to your collection of recipes that use the "fifth quarter?" Despite some negative cultural stereotypes, the practice of eating brains is common in cultures all over the world: Kat-a-Kat is a traditional Pakistani dish containing brains Maghaz Masala is an Arabic course Here is a recipe for Toscano calf brains In France they are known as Cerveaux Chef Mario Batali's restaurant Babbo serves a popular lamb's brains ravioli Sesos in Mexico Some great recipes for Spanish Tortilla Sacromonte Fried brain sandwiches can be found in St. Louis and the Ohio River Valley Australian Slippery Bob This recipe for carpetbag steak would be great with some brains subbed for the oysters Here is an ancient Roman recipe for calf's brains custard German brain soup and brains au gratin Croquettes Lebanese, Syrian and Jordanian recipe for brain omelets Vegan Mock Brains You may be wondering if eating brains is entirely safe. Besides being high in cholesterol, the brain is the main area where prions known to cause transmissible spongiform encephalopathy congregate in the body. In cows it's called Mad Cow disease (Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy), Scrapie in sheep, and Chronic Wasting Disease in deer and other wild game. Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and Kuru are two forms of spongiform encephalopathy in humans. Kuru was intensely studied among the Fore tribe of Papua New Guinea from the 1950's to the 70's and it was determined that the high instances of it in the tribe were due to their ritual endocannibalistic funeral practices. It has been posited recently that a resistance to prionic diseases may have been selected for in our ancestors, suggesting that cannibalism was not uncommon. Also of interest to cephalovores may be the effects of aerosolizing pork brains and inhaling them, as were recently demonstrated in a pork plant in Austin, MN.
          The sport of skiing is growing in the massive Himalaya; this writer went there to investigate        

Often referred to as the “Roof of the World,” the Himalayas are home to eight of the tallest mountains on the planet and over one hundred peaks exceeding 23,600 feet above sea level, including the goliath Mount Everest which tops out at 29,029 feet. The iconic range extends through China, Bhutan, Pakistan, India and Nepal […]

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          Starting an international freight company        
An international freight company is basically responsible for making all arrangements and also to provide all necessary facilities to carry goods from one location to another.




Let???s learn how to start a business of transporting goods? If you already have experience working within a transportation business, and wanted to know what would be required to start your own, here are some basics to get started.




Often the key to successfully manage a business is to have experience and prior knowledge about it, very different from learning how to drive on the road. Especially when it comes to business transportation it is very important that you know everything very well about the demands that the government has.




In the U.S., there are large established companies since many years and they also operate offices throughout the country and internationally, such as UPS, DHL, Fedex, and of course the national postal and USPS (United States Postal Service). According to the size and age, the companies offer many benefits and services that they can not offer smaller companies, but as a carrier, a small business can specialize in offering different services and find their niche with specific advantages that other carriers could not offer.




The most important thing to be able to develop your business in transportation is to develop a business plan with required amount of cash, and knowing your potential customers who know the laws and regulations regulated by the state.




Hence before you plan to start international freight company of your own, do consider some minor things so that you can grow your freight company rapidly.


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          The travesty that is Australia's asylum seeker offshore detention policy -"If they had arrived by airplane and with a tourist visa then they would be here."         

It seems the truth will out.

After the United States completes its vetting of asylum seekers held in overseas detention by the Australian Government it is not obliged to take even one of those individuals U.S. immigration officials have examined.

In May 2017 the Department of Immigration and Border Protection confirmed 268 people had completed their second-stage security interview with US officials: 220 in Nauru and 48 on Manus Island.

U.S. immigration officials halted screening interviews and departed Nauru on 14 July 2017, two weeks short of their scheduled timetable and a day after Washington said the US had reached its annual refugee intake cap.

However, under the original agreement once that vetting is completed Australia becomes obliged to resettle between 20 and 50 people under a U.S. "Protection Transfer Arrangement" in Costa Rica set up to resettle refugees from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala.

Prime Minister Turnbull verbally changed that undertaking to an open-ended number of people the Trump Administration might be “very keen on getting out of the United States”.

There is no indication that the U.S. Government intends to complete its vetting of those detained on Nauru and Manus islands.

The Washington Post, 3 August 2017:

The Washington Post has obtained transcripts of two conversations President Trump had with foreign leaders: one with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and another with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
The transcripts were prepared by the White House but have not been released. The Post is publishing reproductions rather than original documents in order to protect sources. The reproductions below also include minor spelling and grammatical mistakes that appeared in the documents………………


JANUARY 28, 2017 FROM 5:05 TO 5:29 P.M. EST.

TURNBULL
Good evening.

TRUMP
Mr. Prime Minister, how are you?

TURNBULL
I am doing very well.

TRUMP
And I guess our friend Greg Norman, he is doing very well?

TURNBULL
He is a great mutual friend yes.

TRUMP
Well you say hello to him. He is a very good friend. By the way thank you very much for taking the call. I really appreciate it. It is really nice.

TURNBULL
Thank you very much. Everything is going very well. I want to congratulate you and Mike Pence on being sworn in now. I have spoken to you both now as you know. I know we are both looking to make our relationship which is very strong and intimate, stronger than ever – which I believe we can do.

TRUMP
Good.

TURNBULL
I believe you and I have similar backgrounds, unusual for politicians, more businessman but I look forward to working together.

TRUMP
That is exactly right. We do have similar backgrounds and it seems to be working in this climate – it is a crazy climate. Let me tell you this, it is an evil time but it is a complex time because we do not have uniforms standing in front of us. Instead, we have people in disguise. It is brutal. This ISIS thing â€“ it is something we are going to devote a lot of energy to it. I think we are going to be very successful.

TURNBULL
Absolutely. We have, as you know, taken a very strong line on national security and border protection here and when I was speaking with Jared Kushner just the other day and one of your immigration advisors in the White House we reflected on how our policies have helped to inform your approach. We are very much of the same mind. It is very interesting to know how you prioritize the minorities in your Executive Order. This is exactly what we have done with the program to bring in 12,000 Syrian refugees, 90% of which will be Christians. It will be quite deliberate and the position I have taken – I have been very open about it – is that it is a tragic fact of life that when the situation in the Middle East settles down – the people that are going to be most unlikely to have a continuing home are those Christian minorities. We have seen that in Iraq and so from our point of view, as a final destination for refugees, that is why we prioritize. It is not a sectarian thing. It is recognition of the practical political realities. We have a similar perspective in that respect.

TRUMP
Do you know four years ago Malcom, I was with a man who does this for a living. He was telling me, before the migration, that if you were a Christian from Syria, you had no chance of coming to the United States. Zero. They were the ones being persecuted. When I say persecuted, I mean their heads were being chopped off. If you were a Muslim we have nothing against Muslims, but if you were a Muslim you were not persecuted at least to the extent – but if you were a Muslim from Syria that was the number one place to get into the United States from. That was the easiest thing. But if you were a Christian from Syria you have no chance of getting into the United States. I just thought it was an incredible statistic. Totally true – and you have seen the same thing. It is incredible.

TURNBULL
Well, yes. Mr. President, can I return to the issue of the resettlement agreement that we had with the Obama administration with respect to some people on Nauru and Manus Island. I have written to you about this and Mike Pence and General Flynn spoke with Julie Bishop and my National Security Advisor yesterday. This is a very big issue for us, particularly domestically, and I do understand you are inclined to a different point of view than the Vice President.

TRUMP
Well, actually I just called for a total ban on Syria and from many different countries from where there is terror, and extreme vetting for everyone else – and somebody told me yesterday that close to 2,000 people are coming who are really probably troublesome. And I am saying, boy that will make us look awfully bad. Here I am calling for a ban where I am not letting anybody in and we take 2,000 people. Really it looks like 2,000 people that Australia does not want and I do not blame you by the way, but the United States has become like a dumping ground. You know Malcom, anybody that has a problem – you remember the Mariel boat lift, where Castro let everyone out of prison and Jimmy Carter accepted them with open arms. These were brutal people. Nobody said Castro was stupid, but now what are we talking about is 2,000 people that are actually imprisoned and that would actually come into the United States. I heard about this – I have to say I love Australia; I love the people of Australia. I have so many friends from Australia, but I said – geez that is a big ask, especially in light of the fact that we are so heavily in favor, not in favor, but we have no choice but to stop things. We have to stop. We have allowed so many people into our country that should not be here. We have our San Bernardino’s, we have had the World Trade Center come down because of people that should not have been in our country, and now we are supposed to take 2,000. It sends such a bad signal. You have no idea. It is such a bad thing.

TURNBULL
Can you hear me out Mr. President?

TRUMP
Yeah, go ahead.

TURNBULL
Yes, the agreement, which the Vice President just called the Foreign Minister about less than 24 hours ago and said your Administration would be continuing, does not require you to take 2,000 people. It does not require you to take any. It requires, in return, for us to do a number of things for the United States – this is a big deal, I think we should respect deals.

TRUMP
Who made the deal? Obama?

TURNBULL
Yes, but let me describe what it is. I think it is quite consistent. I think you can comply with it. It is absolutely consistent with your Executive Order so please just hear me out. The obligation is for the United States to look and examine and take up to and only if they so choose – 1,250 to 2,000. Every individual is subject to your vetting. You can decide to take them or to not take them after vetting. You can decide to take 1,000 or 100. It is entirely up to you. The obligation is to only go through the process. So that is the first thing. Secondly, the people — none of these people are from the conflict zone. They are basically economic refugees from Iran, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. That is the vast bulk of them. They have been under our supervision for over three years now and we know exactly everything about them.

TRUMP
Why haven’t you let them out? Why have you not let them into your society?

TURNBULL
Okay, I will explain why. It is not because they are bad people. It is because in order to stop people smugglers, we had to deprive them of the product. So we said if you try to come to Australia by boat, even if we think you are the best person in the world, even if you are a Noble [sic] Prize winning genius, we will not let you in. Because the problem with the people —

TRUMP
That is a good idea. We should do that too. You are worse than I am.

TURNBULL
This is our experience.

TRUMP
Because you do not want to destroy your country. Look at what has happened in Germany. Look at what is happening in these countries. These people are crazy to let this happen. I spoke to Merkel today, and believe me, she wishes she did not do it. Germany is a mess because of what happened.

TURNBULL
I agree with you, letting one million Syrians walk into their country. It was one of the big factors in the Brexit vote, frankly.

TRUMP
Well, there could be two million people coming in Germany. Two million people. Can you believe it? It will never be the same.

TURNBULL
stood up at the UN in September and set up what our immigration policy was. I said that you cannot maintain popular support for immigration policy, multiculturalism, unless you can control your borders. The bottom line is that we got here. I am asking you as a very good friend. This is a big deal. It is really, really important to us that we maintain it. It does not oblige you to take one person that you do not want. As I have said, your homeland officials have visited and they have already interviewed these people. You can decide. It is at your discretion. So you have the wording in the Executive Order that enables the Secretary of Homeland Security and the Secretary of State to admit people on a case by case basis in order to conform with an existing agreement. I do believe that you will never find a better friend to the United States than Australia. I say this to you sincerely that it is in the mutual interest of the United States to say, “yes, we can conform with that deal – we are not obliged to take anybody we do not want, we will go through extreme vetting” and that way you are seen to show the respect that a trusted ally wants and deserves. We will then hold up our end of the bargain by taking in our country 31 [inaudible] that you need to move on from.

TRUMP
Malcom [sic], why is this so important? I do not understand. This is going to kill me. I am the world’s greatest person that does not want to let people into the country. And now I am agreeing to take 2,000 people and I agree I can vet them, but that puts me in a bad position. It makes me look so bad and I have only been here a week.

TURNBULL
With great respect, that is not right – It is not 2,000.

TRUMP
Well, it is close. I have also heard like 5,000 as well.

TURNBULL
The given number in the agreement is 1,250 and it is entirely a matter of your vetting. I think that what you could say is that the Australian government is consistent with the principles set out in the Executive Order.

TRUMP
No, I do not want say that. I will just have to say that unfortunately I will have to live with what was said by Obama. I will say I hate it. Look, I spoke to Putin, Merkel, Abe of Japan, to France today, and this was my most unpleasant call because I will be honest with you. I hate taking these people. I guarantee you they are bad. That is why they are in prison right now. They are not going to be wonderful people who go on to work for the local milk people.

TURNBULL
I would not be so sure about that. They are basically —

TRUMP
Well, maybe you should let them out of prison. I am doing this because Obama made a bad deal. I am not doing this because it fits into my Executive Order. I am taking 2,000 people from Australia who are in prison and the day before I signed an Executive Order saying that we are not taking anybody in. We are not taking anybody in, those days are over.

TURNBULL
But can I say to you, there is nothing more important in business or politics than a deal is a deal. Look, you and I have a lot of mutual friends.
Look, I do not know how you got them to sign a deal like this, but that is how they lost the election. They said I had no way to 270 and I got 306. That is why they lost the election, because of stupid deals like this. You have brokered many a stupid deal in business and I respect you, but I guarantee that you broke many a stupid deal. This is a stupid deal. This deal will make me look terrible.

TURNBULL
Mr. President, I think this will make you look like a man who stands by the commitments of the United States. It shows that you are a committed —

TRUMP
Okay, this shows me to be a dope. I am not like this but, if I have to do it, I will do it but I do not like this at all. I will be honest with you. Not even a little bit. I think it is ridiculous and Obama should have never signed it. The only reason I will take them is because I have to honor a deal signed by my predecessor and it was a rotten deal. I say that it was a stupid deal like all the other deals that this country signed. You have to see what I am doing. I am unlocking deals that were made by people, these people were incompetent. I am not going to say that it fits within the realm of my Executive Order. We are going to allow 2,000 prisoners to come into our country and it is within the realm of my Executive Order? If that is the case my Executive Order does not mean anything Malcom [sic]. I look like a dope. The only way that I can do this is to say that my predecessor made a deal and I have no option then to honor the deal. I hate having to do it, but I am still going to vet them very closely. Suppose I vet them closely and I do not take any?

TURNBULL
That is the point I have been trying to make.

TRUMP
How does that help you?

TURNBULL
Well, we assume that we will act in good faith.

TRUMP
Does anybody know who these people are? Who are they? Where do they come from? Are they going to become the Boston bomber in five years? Or two years? Who are these people?

TURNBULL
Let me explain. We know exactly who they are. They have been on Nauru or Manus for over three years and the only reason we cannot let them into Australia is because of our commitment to not allow people to come by boat. Otherwise we would have let them in. If they had arrived by airplane and with a tourist visa then they would be here.

TRUMP
Malcom [sic], but they are arrived on a boat?

TURNBULL
Correct, we have stopped the boats.

TRUMP
Give them to the United States. We are like a dumping ground for the rest of the world. I have been here for a period of time, I just want this to stop. I look so foolish doing this. It [sic] know it is good for you but it is bad for me. It is horrible for me. This is what I am trying to stop. I do not want to have more San Bernardino’s or World Trade Centers. I could name 30 others, but I do not have enough time.

TURNBULL
These guys are not in that league. They are economic refugees.

TRUMP
Okay, good. Can Australia give me a guarantee that if we have any problems – you know that is what they said about the Boston bombers. They said they were wonderful young men.

TURNBULL
They were Russians. They were not from any of these countries.

TRUMP
They were from wherever they were.

TURNBULL
Please, if we can agree to stick to the deal, you have complete discretion in terms of a security assessment. The numbers are not 2,000 but 1,250 to start. Basically, we are taking people from the previous administration that they were very keen on getting out of the United States. We will take more. We will take anyone that you want us to take. The only people that we do not take are people who come by boat. So we would rather take a not very attractive guy that help you out then to take a Noble [sic] Peace Prize winner that comes by boat. That is the point.

TRUMP
What is the thing with boats? Why do you discriminate against boats? No, I know, they come from certain regions. I get it.

TURNBULL
No, let me explain why. The problem with the boats it that you are basically outsourcing your immigration program to people smugglers and also you get thousands of people drowning at sea. So what we say is, we will decide which people get to come to Australia who are refugees, economic migrants, businessmen, whatever. We decide. That is our decision. We are a generous multicultural immigration nation like the United States but the government decides, the people’s representatives decides. So that is the point. I am a highly transactional businessman like you and I know the deal has to work for both sides. Now Obama thought this deal worked for him and he drove a hard bargain with us – that it was agreed with Obama more than a year ago in the Oval Office, long before the election. The principles of the deal were agreed to.

TRUMP
I do not know what he got out of it. We never get anything out of it – START Treaty, the Iran deal. I do not know where they find these people to make these stupid deals. I am going to get killed on this thing.

TURNBULL
You will not.

TRUMP
Yes, I will be seen as a weak and ineffective leader in my first week by these people. This is a killer.

TURNBULL
You can certainly say that it was not a deal that you would have done, but you are going to stick with it.

TRUMP
I have no choice to say that about it. Malcom [sic], I am going to say that I have no choice but to honor my predecessor’s deal. I think it is a horrible deal, a disgusting deal that I would have never made. It is an embarrassment to the United States of America and you can say it just the way I said it. I will say it just that way. As far as I am concerned that is enough Malcom [sic]I have had it. I have been making these calls all day and this is the most unpleasant call all day. Putin was a pleasant call. This is ridiculous.

TURNBULL
Do you want to talk about Syria and DPRK?

TRUMP
[inaudible] this is crazy.

TURNBULL
Thank you for your commitment. It is very important to us.

TRUMP
It is important to you and it is embarrassing to me. It is an embarrassment to me, but at least I got you off the hook. So you put me back on the hook.

TURNBULL
You can count on me. I will be there again and again.

TRUMP
I hope so. Okay, thank you Malcolm.

TURNBULL
Okay, thank you.
END OF CALL

* My yellow highlighting.

          TV, Biwi Aur Main 21 July 2017 Episode 30 Sab Tv        

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          Tenali Rama 21 July 2017 Episode 9 Sab Tv        

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          Trideviyaan 21 July 2017 Episode 178 Sab Tv        

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          Kuch Rang Pyar Ke Aise Bhi 21 July 2017 Episode 365 Sony Tv        

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          Beyhadh 21 July 2017 Episode 204 Sony Tv        

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          Peshwa Bajirao 21 July 2017 Episode 130 Sony Tv        

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          Yeh Moh Moh Ke Dhaagey 21 July 2017 Episode 89 Sony Tv        

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          Agnifera 21 July 2017 Episode 90 And Tv        

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          Kuldeepak 21 July 2017 Episode 85 And Tv        

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          Waaris 21 July 2017 Episode And Tv        

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          Bridal Maxi Dresses with Sleeves Pakistani Ideas        

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          Pakistani Bridal Dresses 2017-18 Purple        

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          Chungking Mansions        
This time when I was planning a trip to Hong Kong I wanted a gritty ethnic experience, and decided to stay in the infamous Chungking Mansions. I had no idea how gritty and how ethnic that would turn out to be.

All my previous experiences of cheap Hong Kong hotels could be described as "small but livable" and I tend to assume that bad reputation of various places is overblown. Well, it wasn't.

I heard that the place was renovated, cleaned up, etc. All of this seems to refer only to fire alarms, sprinklers and security cameras, which is nice but not enough.

The building has 5 blocks, each of whom has two elevators: one goes only to he even floors, and one goes only to the odd floors.  The elevators are equipped with security cameras, and people who are waiting in line for an elevator get to see what the people currently in the elevator are doing there. This included, but was not limited to, checking their phones, and the cameras were conveniently located for all of us to see each others' security patterns and other passwords.

The true hell is the ground floor of the building, filled with all kinds of gentlemen from various countries trying to sell genuine fake watches and genuine fake SIM cards to everyone who walks by.

I had a reservation in a place called Peace Guest house. When I arrived there I showed the reservation to the guy at the reception, and he grabbed my phone and ran somewhere with it. I demanded it back, he said that it's OK, I said that it's most definitely not OK and ran after him. After consulting with a coworker he said that they have cancelled my reservation. I told him that that's not how reservations work, and he told me that he doesn't know or care what it says on Hotels.com, but my reservation is cancelled, they don't have any rooms left, and I should go elsewhere. I demanded some written proof that I was there and the guy said it was OK. I said it was most definitely not OK and told him to write it down. He said he couldn't write in English. I told him to write it in Chinese. He got scared at told me he cannot write anything at all without the permission from the big bosses on the Mainland.

Anyways, I found myself another hotel in the same building. It was fearsome to behold, but it had a working toilet, a working shower in the toilet a working internet and a bed that didn't do "bed kaput" every night, or indeed any night. The place even had a water boiler in the hall so one could even have tea. On the minus side, the place was overrun by little ants, and you could hear everything that you neighbors were doing. On the night that the restaurants downstairs served beans there was both the sound and the smell effect.

The security was fantastic, with the door code 987654, and the WIFI password abcd1234.

The most horrible thing were the restaurants downstairs. I usually like the food from the Indian subcontinent well enough; this was some evil cousin of the real Indian food, or maybe all the chefs were the people who were forcibly exiled from India and/or Pakistan for being a huge disgrace to the local food culture.

The most amazing thing was that at some point a couple of guys started to sell drugs outside the building.   I'd never seen that in Hong Kong before. I asked them if they would like to talk to the police about it, and they disappeared.

But hey, at least the location was good.


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          Skomentuj Pakistan zakazuje świętowania Walentynek, którego autorem jest argument        
„Pochodzenie Dnia Świętego Walentego nie jest wcale takie święte” (Złoty Wiek z 25 grudnia 1929 roku. Skąd się wywodzą walentynki (Dzień Świętego Walentego)? The World Book Encyclopedia wyjaśnia: „Dzień Świętego Walentego przypada w święto dwóch różnych męczenników chrześcijańskich o tym imieniu. Jednakże zwyczaje związane z tym dniem (...) prawdopodobnie nawiązują do starożytnego święta rzymskiego zwanego Luperkaliami, obchodzonego 15 lutego. Było to święto ku czci Junony, rzymskiej bogini kobiet i małżeństwa, jak również Pana, boga przyrody” (1973, t. 20, s. 204; zob. też W. Kopaliński, Słownik mitów i tradycji kultury, Warszawa 1985, s. 617, hasło „Luperkalia”, oraz Popularną Encyklopedię Hutchinsona, Warszawa 1995, s. 735, hasło „Walenty św.”).
          Interview with Anca Ventura from Nokia        
Remember we said, we will be posting the interview with Anca Ventura (Senior Manager Portfolio, Planning & Analytics, Nokia) soon. Well, here it is. This was taken at the Nokia Lumia launch in Karachi, Pakistan. Let’s get on with the interview now. Q. What is the purpose of this event? The first thing is the […]
          Nokia Brings Windows Phone 8 to Pakistan with Lumia        
After a few delays, Nokia Pakistan finally had their most-awaited Switch to Lumia event in Karachi on 12th February 2013. This event marked the official launch of the current Lumia series of devices by Nokia in Pakistan — and it is safe to say Nokia has been the only manufacturer in Pakistan to officially bring […]
          Nokia Global Launch in Pakistan: First Time Ever!        
We are invited to a number of launch events and we have almost attended all of them, and being in Pakistan we have always been part of launch events for devices that are about to be launched in Pakistan. Thanks to Nokia Pakistan, for the first time ever, a new Nokia phone announcement was made […]
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          GÄSTFÖRELÄSNINGAR ULUDAG UNIVERSITY, BURSA, TURKIET        
Under veckan 9 till 13 februari 2015 hade jag igen möjligheten att föreläsa inom ramen för E-TEAM masterutbildningen i textil teknologi. Mina föreläsningar handlar om polymera kompositmaterial, dvs. fiberförstärkta plastmaterial, och omfattar 20 h föreläsningar under 5 dagar. Sju deltagare från Sverige, Tyskland, Italien, Pakistan och Indien deltog, och deltagarna har alla en textil bakgrund på BSc-nivå.

Vårterminen 2015 inom E-TEAM utbildningen sker i Turkiet, närmare bestämt Uludag University i Bursa. Bursa är en miljonstad, ca 2.5 miljoner människor, och staden ligger söder om Istanbul. Till Bursa tar man sig från Istanbul med färja över Marmarasjön, och resan tar ca 1.5 h med färja, därtill ytterligare ca 30 min med taxi.

Uludag University är ett jätte-universitet jämfört med Högskolan i Borås, samt universiteten i Sverige, 46 000 helårsstudenter, av vilka ca 1500 på masternivå och ca 730 doktorander. Personalen omfattar 420 professorer, och 490 assistant eller associate professor. Det finns 11 fakulteter och 19 forskningscentra. Inom fakulteten Engineering and Architecture finns Textile engineering department, och denna institution grundades år 1976 som den andra institutionen för textil teknologi och textila ingenjörsutbildningar i Turkiet.

Undervisningen och forskningen fokuserar pÃ¥ textilingenjörsomrÃ¥det, utbildningar gällande mode och design, eller textilt management finns vid andra universitet. Totalt finns  25 professorer och ca 15 lärare och forskningsassistenter. Generellt kan man säga att den tekniska kompetensnivÃ¥n är mycket hög, även ur akademisk synvinkel. De flesta disputerade vid institutionen har antigen disputerat i USA eller Europa, eller varit postdoc i USA eller Europa vid ett bra och välkänt universitet. Gällande faciliteterna och labbutrymmena, sÃ¥ är det som man ser mÃ¥nga gÃ¥nger dÃ¥ man besöker utländska universitet även i Europa, att dessa är pÃ¥ en nivÃ¥ som är lägre än den vi är vana vid i Sverige.

Gällande det textila området, och speciellt kompositmaterial och annan teknisk textil, så är Uludag och Bursa intressanta och bra partners för Högskolan i Borås. I Bursa-regionen finns det många betydande textila företag, samt även betydande och stora tillverkare av komponenter för bilindustrin.





E-TEAM kursdeltagare 9-13.2.2015. I bilden ses även professor  Recep Eren, som var kontaktperson och värd vid besöket. Den turkiska gästvänligheten och hjälpsamheten är mycket stor, man känner sig mycklet välkommen av alla man träffar, och samma kan man uppleva dÃ¥ man rör sig i Bursa pÃ¥ marknader och gator.

Sammanfattningsvis kan man konstarera att detta besök var mycket givande, och kommer att möjliggöra  samarbeten med Uludag univesity bÃ¥de gällande forskning och utbildning.

Mikael Skrifvars, professor i polymerteknik vid Högskolan i Borås.


          Women Around the World: This Week        
Pakistani Taliban recruits women

          Is There Any Way to Help Pakistan Improve Governance?        
Last Friday, under a narrow and never-before-utilized clause of the Pakistani constitution, one f

          Women Around the World: This Week        
Sexual violence in Pakistan

          Pakistan's Parliament Selects Interim Prime Minister To Replace Sharif        
Pakistan's parliament has selected Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to replace ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who was dismissed last week on corruption charges. NPR's Diaa Hadid reports from Islamabad that there were cheers, boos and demands for order in Pakistan's National Assembly as Abbasi was chosen with about two-thirds of the vote. Abbasi, a former petroleum minister and long-time Sharif ally from the ruling Pakistan Muslim League, is only expected to be a short-term placeholder until Sharif's brother can inherit the prime minister's post. The brother, Shabbaz Sharif, is currently the chief minister of Punjab state and would need to resign that post and win a seat in the National Assembly in order to be eligible to become premier. Sharif was ousted on Friday after the country's Supreme Court ruled that he was "not honest ... and therefore disqualified" from Parliament after he failed to make financial disclosures and was found to have assets "disproportionate to his known means of
          Muslim Liberals Caught in No Man's Land        
Originally published in Huffington Post
Muslim Liberals Caught in No Man's Land
"Islam is the motherload of bad ideas." - Sam Harris
"That's just a fact." - Bill Maher
When the host of Real Time on HBO, Bill Maher, tag-teamed with 'new atheist' Sam Harris, to lead an assault on Islam last week, it was Batman-to-be Ben Affleck who stood up as the inexplicable first line of defense against the disjointed attack. Rounding out the panel of record, was New York Times activist Nicholas Kristof and Republican-lite Michael Steele. The debate - in which, of course no Muslims participated - quickly went viral. In the messy aftermath, Sam Harris even claimed that the media reaction vindicated him and proved his point. 
While Maher and his sidekick, Harris - and for that matter the entire Dawkinsian crew - may not be the bigots that Affleck accused them of being, they certainly should not feel any sense of self-absorbed vindication. They are not emissaries of the truth nor do they represent the vanguard of neo-enlightenment. Rather they come across as pseudo-intellectual bullies driven by a vain desire for celebrity, feigning any concern for the 'victims of Islam' they cite in remarks branching from their central diatribe against the religion. In effect, they silence the very Muslim liberals and champions who are leading the charge for a more just, equal, and tolerant (i.e. liberal, I guess) Muslim world, forcing on them a Faustian and false choice between identity and values. 
Just today, Malala Yousafzai, the ardent campaigner for girls' education from Pakistan and a proud Muslim, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. In fact, five of the last twelve recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize have been Muslim. These five alongside millions of others seek to promote progressive and positive change in the Muslim world. They constitute everyday Muslims, not necessarily Islam incarnate. The reason this distinction is important is that treating as equal the Muslim world and the ideology of Islam is a misdirection that confuses an evolving 1,400-year philosophy with a disaggregated non-body politic of 1.5 billion people. As I wrote on these pagesseveral weeks ago, it does not mean ignoring a problem but diagnosing it accurately: 
"There is no crisis in Islam. But, there is, conversely and unmistakably, an existential crisis (or crises) in the Muslim world...The approach of religious discourse divorces us from what is the larger crisis facing the Muslim world, which is one of being mired in a political, social and economic malaise, characterized by hollow leadership and disintegrating states, an environment into which extremism seeps."
Malala and others are the vanguard in the fight being waged by Muslim liberals, one that is just unfolding, and which contests a broad range of injustices, inequalities, and intolerances in Muslim-majority countries. Yet, these individuals are also caught in a tripartite 'battle' that is ongoing: within the West, within the Muslim world and between the West and Muslim world. These battles are not clear-cut by any means, but each places the Muslim liberal effectively in no man's land. 
Within the West, we are witnessing the rise of xenophobic and anti-immigration sentiment broadly in the conservative movement, and in the United States, most acutely, on the fringes of the Republican Party. This has been exacerbated by the War on Terror, in which, domestically, the Muslim constitutes the ubiquitous bogeyman. So mainstream is this sentiment, that a series such as Homeland entertains many Muslim Americans, even though it not-so-subtly portends that every Muslim from a secular journalist to a CIA agent could be a threat, simply because he or she is Muslim. More tangibly, in terms of everyday consequences, each new mosque in the U.S. now faces anti-Sharia protestors, including from sitting politicians (who conveniently forget the meaning of the First Amendment). 
In Europe, however, while there has been similar sentiment from the conservative side of the spectrum, such as from political parties such as the UKIP or BNP in the United Kingdom, it has often dovetailed with a similarly xenophobic liberal view, such as that espoused by Sam Harris. Much akin to the convergence of the liberal humanitarian perspective with the neoconservative movement in recent years (e.g. prior to the Iraq War in 2003), this neo-liberalism is partly a revivalist movement of the White Man's Burden. Overall, within this battle, Islam is portrayed as a flawed essence, and there can be no equivocation. When an assured liberal such as Reza Aslan appears on CNN, he is forced to choose between Islam and liberalism, and asked to re-confirm that indeed Islam is the threat. Meanwhile, the anchors (on CNN) fail to realize that this would mean he would be asserting that he himself (and many members of his family) have an essentialized evilness about them. Whether or not a person like Reza Aslan is liberal is cast aside due to this inability to disavow Islam.
Yet, it is not just Muslims on the American side of the Atlantic who are caught up in this game. In the Muslim world's own multi-dimensional civil war, we see hyper-nationalists and Islamists battling it out, overlaid with a layer of sectarian strife. Muslim liberals - a term used loosely without weighing the religiosity of individuals - are often the last ones in the streets pushing for open societies. Take the example of the exemplary Alaa Abdel Fattah in Egypt, who, fresh off from being released from prison on bail after being charged for encouraging a demonstration, had his nomination for the prestigious Sakharov Prize revoked. He, like all Muslims, inevitably faced the pro-Israel test, and (two weeks ago) failed. Already under threat of condemnation from within their countries, Muslim liberals within Muslim countries are abandoned in their hour of need by the haughtier-than-though 'critics' in the West. Muslim liberals may be fighting for democracy, against gender discrimination, and for the rights of minorities, but they likely have not reconciled with Zionism. Ask Malala for her views on Israel: you may not like the answer
Finally, since 9/11 (and before as well), Western countries have increasingly been at war in the Middle East and within other majority-Muslim countries. The recent strikes against ISIS are just one recent example. In this battle, again the Muslim liberal is caught in no man's land. On one hand, he or she will surely be in favor of crushing the cancer that is ISIS but not by any means necessary nor will this mean broad support for the securitization of the interaction between the West and the Muslim world. When a recent video surfaced on Fox News from the Harvard campus, where many students alleged that the U.S. had a more detrimental footprint, overall, on the world stage than ISIS, the headline read, "Twisted Ivy: Harvard students say US bigger threat to world peace than ISIS." Imagine, a Muslim making the same statements as in the video. Game over. 
When Bill Maher and Sam Harris pontificate from their plush perches, criminalizing a faith, which has 1.5 billion adherents, they think they are doing the world a big service. Nothing could be further from the truth. It should be pointed that Muslim countries are not uniquely in crisis and that broadly there are many countries in crisis in the developing world. In addition, America's homophobia is only now beginning to subside for example, and in many ways is still real (so no real claim can be made of some type of civilizational superiority). And many of Burma's Buddhist monks would have something to say about religious militancy being the dominion of Islamists only. Nevertheless, there are indeed a myriad of unique problems within the Muslim world, which is in a deep crisis. Yet, there are also countless Muslim leaders, intellectuals, clerics, philanthropists, and others, facing these problems, and trying to stand-up to illiberal phenomena in their communities and societies. They already are well aware of the challenges in front of them and do not need lectures from people far-removed from the very violence they face. 
Maher's (and others) self-titillating orgies of intellectual masturbation demonstrate a total lack of awareness. Perhaps they'll be comforted by the controversy they spawn, indulging their egos as they eye retweets and dollar signs. As for the Muslim liberals on the frontlines? Once again they are caught in No Man's Land.
Original Link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/taufiq-rahim/muslim-liberals-caught-in_b_5965546.html

          Malala Yousafzai and the Missing Brown Savior Complex        
On October 9, 2012, a Taliban gunman accosted a bus carrying 15 year-old Malala Yousafzai and her schoolmates, and coldly shot them at close range. The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan not only claimed responsibility for the blatant assassination attempt of the teenage education activist, but as it emerged that Malala would survive the attack, the movement also reiterated its desire to kill her. Miraculously through the efforts of friends and family, the local community in Swat Valley where she is from and where she was shot, and the Pakistani army that airlifted her to Peshawar, Malala Yousafzai survived (as did the other victims). Given the seriousness of her condition, it was imperative she was treated by the best doctors, and a generous gesture by the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi allowed her to be flown by air ambulance to England for major surgery. Fast forward just one year later, Malala has recovered and is even more emphatic in her message against the Taliban, promoting the empowerment of young women like her across Pakistan, and all around the world. And expectedly, the global media, including The Daily Show's Jon Stewart, have been celebrating her courage (perhaps caught in the moment of it all).

Great story, right? And what could be wrong about the alleged 'overexposure' of a young girl expressing words of peace and fighting for girls' education against a religious patriarchy? Apparently a lot. In fact, in Pakistan and in her hometown, her global coronation is treated with derision: "Malala is spoiling Pakistan's name around the world." Others have more sinister accusations of a CIA conspiracy involving both Malala and the gunman, claiming the entire affair is a Western plot. Yet, in recent days, an article written by a blogger in July on Huffington Post has been making the rounds on social media, entitled, "Malala Yousafzai and the White Saviour Complex." It argues, "Please, spare us the self-righteous and self-congratulatory message that is nothing more than propaganda that tells us that the West drops bombs to save girls like Malala."

The truth is there is no white savior coming for Pakistan or for any Muslim country, the vast majority of which are characterised by pernicious politics, inequitable economics, and irrational intolerance. Lecturing the chattering classes about geopolitical realties and distributing treatises on Western imperialism won't change anything. Fundamentally it will only be the indigenous leadership - helped or not helped by outsiders - that will drive change. Yet, when leaders do emerge, it seems that the local media (and now social media) are pre-occupied with tearing them down rather than building them up. People instead squander their energy on misguided diatribes, as the case of Malala has unfortunately shown. The real reason that the 'white savior complex' even is relevant is that we fail to champion the very 'brown saviors' in our midst.

Malala Yousafzai was thrust into the spotlight after her initial attack, which was so jarring that all Pakistani leaders came out in strong condemnation. Then Pakistani President, Asif Ali Zardari - himself a questionable character to say the least - labelling the attack as one against "all civilized people." Prior to the attack, Malala had rose to prominence as an activist, encouraged by her father, for girls education and against the policies and values of the Taliban, which was why she was targeted in the first place. Without picking up a gun, her message was considered a threat to their movement, which is amazing in it of itself. Yet, it was on July 12 earlier this year, speaking on her birthday to the United Nations that Malala brought tears to the eyes of millions of people around the world. Having remarkably recovered from her wounds (and having undergone partial facial reconstruction), and still facing death threats, Malala stood steadfast in front of a global audience, and spoke with fortitude and confidence: "The terrorists thought that they would change my aims and stop my ambitions but nothing changed in my life, except this: weakness, fear and hopelessness died. Strength, power and courage was born."

It was such a powerful moment, that almost every international news outlet carried the speech of this young woman live across the world. And for the first time in a long time, the Pakistani and Muslim in the spotlight was not an extremist but someone standing up to extremism. The plaudits continued to come, especially in the last few weeks, as Malala released a book about her experience and was awarded the prestigious Sakharov Prize from the European Union. In fact, she was the rumored favorite for the Nobel Peace Prize, which in the end was awarded to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, in a surprise but perhaps deserving win. Of course, the Western media in particular have a penchant for over-hyping (if not over-milking) and over-sensationalizing such stories of heroism. And it will be very difficult for Malala to not only live up to such hype but also to prevent the perception that she is over-shadowing other deserving heroes. Yet, is that not the story of all figures of change who inspire us? Was Nelson Mandela really the only Black leader in South Africa's prisons? Was Martin Luther King Jr. the only individual marching in the South? Was Aung San Suu Kyi the only fighter for freedom in Burma?

It does seem increasingly, however, that Malala is a leader denied a strong constituency back home. It is easy to dismiss the allegations that she is a CIA agent - although the photo-op with the Obama's won't help - as well as the gloating of Taliban supporters after she was not awarded the Nobel Prize. Yet it is harder to dismiss the cacophony of criticism in Pakistan, in Swat Valley, and on the social media pages of Pakistanis, and for that matter, Muslims from around the world. As one government official said: "Everyone knows about Malala, but they do not want to affiliate with her." The primary complaints include the following:
  • This is another example of the West trying to portray themselves as a savior of the East. 
  • Malala is a secular heroine not a Muslim heroine. 
  • While her case is tragic there are other victims who deserve prominence. 
  • The crimes of the West through drones and in Iraq and Afghanistan, far outweigh the crimes of the Taliban. 
  • This is an effort of the West to try to avoid its own complicity in the situation in Pakistan that led to Malala's shooting. 
As with most disinformation campaigns, this one is based on kernels of truth. For starters, the world does neglect the stories of deserving others. One such example would be of the tour-de-force Pakistani social worker  Parveen Rehman who was shot dead in Karachi earlier this year. Additionally, it has been the Western media that has largely driven the popular support for Malala globally; that, however, has to be attributed to the dismal failure of the Pakistani media to not do so instead (in my humble opinion). Finally, and the most valid critique is that the story of Malala should not negate the very pivotal role the United States and the West has played and continues to play in creating the current perilous conditions in Pakistan and in contributing to the deaths of innocents there, and in other countries. 

Firstly, U.S. policy has been heavily involved in the rise of the Taliban in Pakistan, which it tacitly supported alongside Saudi Arabia and Pakistan's intelligence service in the mid-1990s. Moreover, the United States and Saudi Arabia (and some other Western and Muslim powers) cooperated to support radical jihadism (even printing textbooks to that effect for Afghanistan) and Islamism as a bulwark against the Soviet Union and communism. In fact, Israel also supported the radical group Hamas as a counterweight to the secular Fatah movement of then Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. Yes, the world was and is screwed up, and the powers of the world have much complicity in that. 

Secondly, and more importantly, the military operations carried out by the U.S. in particular in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Iraq have led to thousands of deaths of innocent people in recent years. These actions have largely gone unpunished and the victims have been forgotten. Certainly it is not just the Taliban that are killing and the world cannot dispense justice selectively. 

Does saying all of that make Malala Yousafzai any less of a hero (or heroine)? Is her courage dimmed by the crimes of others? Is her movement for the empowerment of young girls in Pakistan any less important? Of course not. Criticisms of the West will bring no one closer to emancipation. And it cannot mask the very pure fact that today's purveyors of disaster and death in the world also include Muslims.

Who bombed the church in Peshawar slaughtering 85 worshippers? Who attacked Westgate Mall in Nairobi killing dozens of innocents? Who murders dozens of men, women and children in Iraq every week? When a Muslim rises up - a so-called brown savior - to fight such crimes and the movements behind them, we should put him or her on our shoulders and not try to chase that person into the darkness. There is no shame in admitting Brown and Muslim guilt in the world's crimes, and it does not negate the wider reality and context around the violence that does occur. In fact, our fear of partial guilt in particular should not misguidedly cause us to throw out the very sparse examples of (counter-) leadership in Muslim countries that emerge and strike fear in the heart of radical extremists. 

It has become far too easy on all sides to blame the other rather than introspect inward. Above all, instead of blaming the West for its 'white savior complex' maybe it's time to develop our own brown savior complex to save ourselves from ourselves. 



          The Middle East’s New Divide: Muslim Versus Muslim         

This article appears on Al-Monitor.com, where you can find the full version. 

On June 8, a devastating clash between residents and militia members erupted at the headquarters of the Libya Shield Brigade in Benghazi, Libya, leaving dozens dead and scores more injured. Meanwhile, the next day on the Sunday talk show circuit in the United States, amid continued partisan discussion of the September 2012 consulate attack in Benghazi, there was scant mention of the major clash from the day before. The disconnect exemplified the chasm between the new battle lines on the ground across the Middle East and the political discourse a world away.

For much of the last decade, most have digested the narrative of a Muslim-West divide. It was so pervasive that newly elected US President Barack Obama, portrayed as a symbolic messiah bridging two worlds, was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize before even completing a year of his term. Twelve years after the 9/11 al-Qaeda attacks, much of the discussion about the "Muslim world" has internalized this language, and why not? The conflict between the Palestinians and US-supported Israel remains unresolved, US drone strikes continue unabated in Pakistan and Yemen and terrorist attacks like the Boston Marathon bombing are still occurring in deadly fashion.

These days, however, one is more likely to see the burning of a Syrian government flag than an American flag amid the world’s deadliest ongoing conflict, for which the United States is criticized primarily for not intervening. One is more likely to see Iraqis killed in a terrorist attack than Americans. In fact, in recent years approximately 90% of terrorism-related fatalities have been Muslim. One is more likely to see the demonization of a Shiite than a Jew by an extremist Muslim ideologue. The battle lines have shifted from Islam versus the West to Muslim versus Muslim, and it is time for politicians and pundits in the United States and the Middle East alike to catch up.

Read more: http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2013/08/new-middle-east-muslim-versus-muslim.html#ixzz2c5fRQCzj

          Ramadan Dreams        
This week marks the start of Ramadan. I would say today, but as is the case for many things, Muslims cannot even agree on what day marks the beginning of the holy month. Is it Tuesday? Wednesday? Thursday? Sometimes, even in the same country, clerics from different sects or schools of 'jurisprudence' disagree on the sighting of the crescent moon (which signifies that Ramadan has arrived). In Lebanon, Shiites started the fast on Tuesday, and Sunnis on Wednesday, at least the last time I checked. If only the Shiite-Sunni conflict was relegated to a debate over the start of Ramadan. Alas, while diversity is something to be treasured, that is not always true in what is the proverbial Muslim world. The Qur'an tells us about what we can gain from diversity:
O mankind! Lo! We have created you male and female, and have made you nations and tribes that ye may know one another. 
Somehow throughout history, perhaps the year after Prophet Muhammad died (circa 633 AD, or 1), Muslims lost sight of this. Today, you're more likely to hear about diversity as a threat rather than an asset. In fact, it seems to go hand-in-hand with regards to whether a Muslim country can be peaceful or democratic or successful: Well, I would say Country X would have a smooth transition, but they have a very diverse population with different ethnicities and groups. It's almost like Muslims can't survive with their own layered identities in the modern-age, longing instead for some Orwellian dictator to give them all a uniform to gloss over any differences that they may have. Of course, enough of those beautiful strongmen have come along for us to know that is not a great path either (um, certain exceptions aside of course).

And so in 2013, we enter into Ramadan, all 1.5 billion Muslims, or 1.2 billion, or 1.8 billion of us, depending on who's counting (or better yet who's making up statistics off the top of their head and then getting cited by the media, thereby cementing that figure as real), with a 'Muslim world' in complete conflagration - i.e. business as usual. Now all these millions of Muslims, some nominal, some not so nominal, live in different places with different challenges faced. Some in the West. Some in the East. Some in Muslim majority countries. Some as minorities in secular or other countries. And so it goes. Yet, look around, and we see challenges. There's the conflict in Syria, with a death count now over 100,000 and a displaced population representing a quarter of the country. There's the spiralling situation in Egypt, with an uncertain future ahead. And you can never count Pakistan out, with essentially a bombing a day.

You start to go through Muslim countries, and there's a lot that leaves a lot to be desired. It's almost too long of a list. It kind of makes you want to sing an Islamicized version of Les Misérables "I Dreamed a Dream", I guess with a Fatima instead of Fantine. Given the state of Islam, you might actually get in trouble for singing in public. I know that the 29 or so days of Ramadan will not bring peace, emancipation, and progress to the lands where so many Muslims live. Likely the strife, struggle, and scarcity that defines so many people's lives will not change. In fact in places like Syria, violence could actually intensify this month (some militant groups have actually announced an 'Operation Ramadan').

Thus, the realities of Ramadan may overwhelm us. Yet, if Ramadan is anything, it is a time for reflection and thinking of what can be, rather than what is. And in that spirit, I thought it would be good to end with a vision, a so-called Ramadan Dreams, of the realm of a possible future, of the Muslim world (i.e. Umma), where:
  • There are far more Sushis than Sunnis & Shiites; 
  • Being an 'Islamist' means being an expert in Islam rather than a judge/jury/executioner; 
  • The takbeer is used in excitement of a goal scored on the soccer field rather than a direct hit on the battlefield; 
  • Having a beard is a fashion statement not a religious statement; 
  • When we hear about a scandal about a royal Prince, it's because he had a nipple slip and not a multi-billion dollar arms deal go to his bank account; 
  • There are more ninjas than women in face-covering black robes; 
  • There will be actual Jews around to respond to somebody who says "don't be such a Jew"; 
  • When someone says "that's the bomb" he's not actually pointing at a bomb; 
  • You can debate the existence of God with two sides of the debate present; and
  • People can be proud to be Muslim...and not Muslim. 
Now before anybody gets their kefiyyeh in a twist, there are many Muslims who live in countries where things are not so bad, and countless others in Muslim countries, who believe in a pluralistic and open society. Yet, there is a long ways to go before we escape so many of the ills that have come to define Muslim lands and societies. Ramadan 2013 will not bring the change many of us would like to see, but here's hoping that, that change will come sooner rather than later, and help shape a Muslim world that embraces its pluralism, recognises its intellectual tradition, and empowers its people. Ramadan Kareem

           For President Obama on Day One: A New “New Beginning”         
On Day One: A New “New Beginning”
There was never a question that President Barack Obama represented a symbolic break with the past – someone who could redefine relations with the Muslim world. However to add substance to the symbolism of change, early on in his first term, President Obama went to Cairo to make a speech entitled, “A New Beginning.” Yet, as he begins a second term it is clear that this new beginning needs to be reinvigorated in both style and substance. That initial speech, while poignant then, today rings hollow. If indeed President Obama and the administration are to achieve a definitive step change in relations with Muslim communities, there must be a renewed effort for honest dialogue, robust development initiatives, and tangible shifts in policy.

At the onset of the Iraq War in 2003, President George W. Bush had abysmal numbers in many Muslim-majority countries. While 59 percent of Nigerians, 56 percent of Jordanians, and 46 percent of Pakistanis held confidence in Osama bin Laden’s leadership, Bush was polling in the single digits in the same countries. By 2008, in countries like Jordan and Turkey, nearly 90 percent of people had “little or no confidence” in President Bush.

So when a young Kenyan-American Senator with Muslim roots, Barack Obama, emerged on the political scene, he was a welcome sight in even unsavory and sharply antagonistic corners of the Muslim world. In the midst of the political campaign even Hamas seemingly endorsed him saying, “Actually, we like Mr. Obama.” Winning over Hamas never was (nor should it have been) a litmus test, but when President Barack Obama was elected, there was near universal euphoria across Muslim communities.

Early on, Obama and others in the Administration acknowledged the challenge in meeting these expectations. Even before he was inaugurated, the Administration was already planning to mark this ‘new beginning.’ Going into the heart of Cairo to engage university students in an honest speech about a real change in relations between the U.S. and Muslims was indeed something to be commended. Subsequent to the speech, the White House created a position on the National Security Council for Global Engagement, and the State Department launched a number of partnership initiatives. In the fall of 2009, D.C. played host to the Presidential Summit of Entrepreneurship that brought together 250 delegates from over 50 (mostly Muslim) countries.

Then the situation started to become more difficult. There are no easy answers in the complex geopolitical relations in the wider Middle East and beyond. When the Green Movement in Iran demanded democratic change, the Obama administration had to contemplate whether it was for engagement with ‘regimes’ or engagement with ‘peoples.’ One of the President’s early visits was to Saudi Arabia to meet with King Abdullah prior to his Cairo speech, during which he said in reference to fundamental liberties, “They are human rights, and that is why we will support them everywhere.” But during his visit with the King, there was deafening silence on this point. The advent of the Arab Spring made these dilemmas even sharper. Support democracy in Tunisia and Egypt at the last minute. Push democracy by force in Libya. Half-heartedly support it in Yemen. Remain frozen on Syria. Tacitly oppose it everywhere else.

While Obama has grappled with difficult decisions, as any President would, he also shirked following up on critical points he made during his speech in Cairo. For example, he declared, “I have unequivocally prohibited the use of torture by the United States and I have ordered the prison at Guantanamo Bay closed by early next year.” Guantanamo Bay remains open, almost glaringly so. And while, torture has allegedly stopped being an officially sanctioned practice, summary executions and civilian casualties by drone strikes have dramatically increased in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen, and the Horn of Africa. The latter have led directly to animus towards Obama from within many Muslim countries.

Then there was the line in the speech about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: “The United States does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlements…The settlements must stop.” Of course, they did not. In fact, in February 2011 the U.S. vetoed a UN Security Council Resolution that called on Israel to simply “cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian Territory.” Out of 15 countries on the Security Council, the U.S. was the lone dissent (and of course the fatal one). This is not to mention that the U.S. also stood against 95 percent of the world’s population in voting against recognizing Palestinian statehood at the United Nations General Assembly in November.

There were other elements of the ‘New Beginning’ that were promised, particularly around education and entrepreneurship. It is true that the U.S. has now (co-)organized three global entrepreneurship summits, in D.C., Istanbul, and Dubai, the latter being held in 2012. Yet, it is also clear that beyond the pomp of a summit, the once-robust programmatic initiatives that have come out have been weaker. Leadership changes within internal initiatives, as well as those with partners, have meant stalled if not stagnant programming. The idea of connecting entrepreneurs between the Muslim world and the West is a mutually beneficial and powerful concept, but it has not translated into the impact it should have by now. In the last summit in Dubai, it was as if the institutional memory from three years ago was lost, and everything was starting again.

All this being said, there still exists the perception that relations have improved between the U.S. and Muslim communities. However, since 2009 and Obama’s inauguration, positive views have been on a steady decline in Muslim countries, according to the Pew Global Attitudes Project. In 2009, 33 percent of respondents held confidence in Obama; that number slipped to 24 percent in 2012. In 2009, 25 percent of respondents held a favorable view of the U.S.; that figure dropped to 15 percent in 2012. Finally, approval of Obama’s ‘international policies’ fell from 34 percent in 2009 to 15 percent in 2012. Without a substantive shift, these numbers will continue to decline, further cementing the reality that there never was a new beginning.

Can things be turned around, given the current state of affairs? It would be misleadingly Pollyannaish to think that President Obama could snap his fingers and magically change opinion towards him from Muslim countries. Moreover, there are certain political realities that will remain. The U.S. will continue to be an ally of Israel. The U.S. will continue to fight terrorism. And the U.S. will not be able to fund new Marshall plans in the Middle East for the foreseeable future. Nevertheless, there is a lot that can and should be done.

At the outset, President Obama needs to re-launch a dialogue with the Muslim world. At the beginning of his first term he went to Cairo to give a speech. Perhaps he should go to Cairo in 2013 to have a conversation. In fact, since becoming president, Obama has visited only the country of his upbringing, Indonesia, apart from the initial trips to Saudi Arabia and Egypt (in addition to cloak-and-dagger visits to Afghanistan), within the Muslim world. Instead of distant speeches and dispatched drones, the Administration would be served by a President who is more engaged with his audience, through visits as well as frank and honest dialogue during those trips.

Although the U.S. will not reverse decades of support for Israel, it need not ally with the most extreme policies of the Israeli government. Continuing to be the lone voice at the United Nations and international community defending illegal Israeli practices is a sharp blow to many efforts of the Obama administration. There is no third-term, and the President should stop pandering to contrived political interests in Washington D.C. There are enough Jewish supporters, lobby groups, and intelligentsia, who would support a more moderate and principled set of policies towards the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

Israel is, of course, not the only foreign policy issue that should be of concern. The U.S., while acting in its national interest, should remain consistent in its language and support for key principles of human rights. It is when it becomes caught in naked hypocrisy that support for the Administration falls, whether in Bahrain in 2011 or Egypt in 2012, and a range of countries, perhaps, in 2013.
Finally, initiatives that can make an impact on tackling the economic despair for young people, like the 100 million youth who will enter the labor market over the next decade in the Arab world, need to be prioritized. There needs to be sufficient attention and support for the global entrepreneurship program that can truly support the emerging and exciting entrepreneurial energy in places like Amman and Ramallah, Karachi and Kuala Lumpur. The U.S. has the best soft-power in this area, from the start-up scene in Silicon Valley to MIT Labs, yet it is hardly deployed, even though the White House calls entrepreneurship, “a critical pillar of U.S. global engagement.”

There is a tremendous opportunity in President Obama’s second term to catalytically shift relations with Muslim communities and turn potential adversaries into allies. If the status quo, however, is maintained in policy and practice, this opportunity will be lost.

This article originally appeared in the print edition of the Diplomatic Courier, in the January/February 2013 issue. It can be accessed online at: http://www.diplomaticourier.com/news/regions/middle-east/1315-on-day-one-a-new-new-beginning. 

          On Identity & Post-Identity: Reflections of a Brown Man (Part 1)...        
This post comprises a set of reflections peppered with professional musings about geopolitics and the world around us. 


There's probably an entire television series I could write simply based on 'interactions' that I've had at the airport. Whether it's been in Central Asia, the Sub-continent, the Middle East, Europe or of course, North America, I've never felt more brown than when I've walked into an airport. It's as if I spend a few extra hours in the sun on the days I travel. I'm crispy and a shade darker. Every Muslim - or Muslimish - male likely has a special razor he uses for long-haul flights, lest his 5 o'clock shadow becomes a security-risk mid-flight.

Brownness it seems is an odd curse in our world. There are entire industries dedicated to de-browning people. Literally. The leading products are those from our friends at Fair & Lovely, who politely inform us that our skin could get in the way of a dream job. There are also more 'intimate' concerns as well (for down there that is). Estimates are that the global skin whitening market reaches upwards of $18 billion in just Asia alone. Yet, it's not just an Asian (West or South) trend, our darker shaded brethren also partake in the habit. The Economist reported that a whopping 77% of Nigerian women use some form of skin-lightening product. And why not - from your personal life to your professional life, there are countless studies that shows being a little lighter and whiter can make your days brighter. In Mexico, it appears that dark skin can limit your socio-economic status. Nevertheless, who wants to live a life not comfortable in your own skin?

I think I've always been comfortable with 'brown' even if others have always been ambivalent about the term (and my own level of comfort with it). UPS' branded slogan, "What can brown do for you" was my slogan when I ran for student government at the Kennedy School of Government (n.b. never run for government at a school of government). This was to the chagrin of some of my latino-associated 'browns'. You see, 'brown' is an amorphous word that can encompass a range of individuals from across the religious, ethnic, and racial spectrum. Hispanic. Latino. Indian. Pakistani. Middle Eastern (Arab to Persian). Even Black. From there. Originally from there. Kind of from there. It's a catch-all term that belies ascription or description. It is a self-definition. There is much more of a tendency of society, Eastern & Western, global and local, to avoid the obvious or conversely assume while oblivious. It is why, the term Black when entering into popular consciousness is still uncomfortable in contemporary American society, even though many feel that it is the term that refers most closely to their being.

Our mass media culture is much more comfortable failing to acknowledge difference or accentuating it without understanding it. President Barack Obama is an African-American - even though he is half-white, raised by White grandparents in White America. Everything else is too complicated. The world looks for static and stereotyped identities when the truth is our own sense of self is much more fluid and dynamic. 'Brown' is at once simple and sophomoric while at the same time nebulous and nuanced. I've found that whether you like it or not, others will seek to define you along the lines they would like you to fit within - it's your choice, however, to live inside or outside those lines.

Growing up in the West, you are automatically attuned to your racial identity. In Canada you are a jigsaw piece to a mosaic multicultural puzzle. What exotic element do you represent? In Vancouver over 50% of respondents identify themselves as non-white. There, 'brown' is part of the visible majority (visible in being dark I guess) rather than a visible minority. In the U.S. you are expected to blend into some type of melting pot. There, across the nation, over half of children born in the country are born to ethnic and visible minorities.

Some people run from their background. It's an immigrant story not just specific to the brown-folk. Afshin turns into Sean, Mohammed into Mo, and the list goes on. That well integrated Muslim may be shaving, but he mysteriously disappears around prayer time on Fridays. I once had a friend who thought that 'Mosque' was the name of some club I went to every week. True story (actually true). One of the key things is to not speak like your parents, depending, of course, on how your parents speak. In my case, at 12, I still had trouble pronouncing the letter 'V'. For whatever reason, I would also mix up my 'Vs' and 'Ws' - being from West Vancouver, it was a bit of a problem.

Yet, as much as there are people trying to wash the brown away, there are others who soak in it. They bask in the familiarity of their likeness. Other brown-folk get the jokes. The inside jokes. About why the house may smell like curry spices. That at least one relative is an illegal immigrant. That you don't understand why white people can't dance (although your Bollywood numbers would cause you to question your own moves).

And all the while, whatever the second-generation immigrant choice, the society around you has already made its own decisions. For the former group, one day they'll walk into a room and realize: we're brown. It may be that your true name will be discovered. Once, when I came to my grade 7 science class, my teacher excitedly looked at me claiming he had seen my namesake in the movies over the weekend. He had just watched the Lion King and pointed at me saying 'Rafiki'. The fact that I actually do have East African roots, and relatives who live in Kenya was not known to him; he was just amused by the exoticism of the phonetic connection. It happens to the best of those hiding in plain sight, when they are asked to speak for a 'group'. You can run all you want but you are always an outsider to some people. After 9/11 all types of brown people who had never even contemplated their brownness were swept up - literally and figuratively - in the hysteria.

Yet, even the latter group, that seeks to withdraw into a bubbled existence of sameness, realizes the folly of that path. Going back to Mumbai. Or Baghdad. Or Cairo. Or Karachi. It's much more going until returning than going back. The first thing that normally happens is your language is bit off. That Hindi isn't really that good. You never quite mastered how to read Arabic. And there's that aunt who's kind of laughing at the fact that you aren't really brown anymore but white. What? Exactly.

Neither here nor there is the place of the East-West hybridity that is many of us today. You can be confused. And the world around you will be confused. Living in Dubai and working in the wider Middle East (another strange term of history) has only heightened the absurdity of dissonance for me. While in the West, your compatriots may give you the colour-blind benefit of the doubt, there ain't no leniency back East. The moment I get into a cab, the fellow brown driver (Nepali, Indian or Pakistani) tries to make the 'original' connection. But it's worse with your socio-economic classmates. With the cavalry of cacophonous colours collecting in the city, disaggregating the rainbow appears to be priority number one. There is no priority for understanding complex identities. As if you could wash the colour away with one generation (even if that was not what you were trying to do)? In Canada or the U.S., I'm a hyphenated identity or a misunderstood one, but in Dubai, I'm - Indian or Pakistani. Is it worth it to confuse people? To tell them your father is from Uganda - ah but he's not Black! Or that you are born in Canada - but you're not White! Or that you feel connection to India as much as Pakistan - but you're Muslim!

Being 'brown' really is a euphemism for what is really our ability to define our own identity. I'm Brown not Indian or Ugandan or Pakistani or Muslim or Eastern or Western. There's more to that identity than just pronouns and assumptions. And while people may feel it's inventive or counter-cultural, is it more so than the modern form of nationality? Until 1945, there was no such thing as the United Nations and most the developing world was the 'third world' under colonial rule. India and Pakistan didn't exist when my father's family immigrated in the late 1800s and early 1900s to East Africa - it was British India. Canada itself only became a country in 1867. There's a myth that migration is new and borders old. It's the other way around.

So then, what is my identity? How can you embrace a multitude of discrete faces without becoming unrecognizable? And can society and the world accept what confounds conventions?

These are some of the questions that I'll address in subsequent posts in the coming days. Yet, one thing I'll say:

Each of us has a multitude of identities we are always balancing that weave together to form our individual tapestries. We are a blend of ethnicity and language, religion and philosophy. Our parents and grandparents often have varying geographical roots and in our lives so far we've traversed many more. Where we settle isn't always where we started. For me, finding how this comes together becomes important for understanding my own individiual path. Yet, for society, and especially transitional societies, understanding this complexity of identity becomes formative in building stable nations in the 21st century.








          A world of Islams        

This article originally appeared in the Princeton Alumni Weekly magazine.

A world of Islams

By Taufiq Rahim ’04
Published in the December 12, 2012, issue


ILLUSTRATION: ROBERT NEUBECKER
I remember waking up in my dorm room on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, to the shouts of my hall-mate and friend beckoning me to come next door. It was the beginning of our sophomore year, and I was a leader of the Muslim Students Associa­tion (MSA) at Princeton. Watching television in 1937 Hall, we were gripped and confounded by the horrific scenes that unfolded in the ensuing hours, which are forever etched in my ­memory —  as I am sure they are for countless others.

It was the start of what has been termed the post-9/11 decade, during which much of the world’s narrative was shaped by an “us versus them” mentality. Especially in the first few years, Muslims in the West endured an uncomfortable feeling that the surrounding society considered them suspect.
I fielded calls shortly after the Sept. 11 attacks from local newspapers, the reporters asking if things were OK for Muslims on campus. Though there were incidents, the general situation at Princeton was safe. I sometimes received hate mail. One group of students was assaulted one weekend in Boston and returned with the bruises to show for it. And, I, like so many others, was given the so-called special treatment and faced lengthy interrogations at JFK or Newark whenever flying to and from school.

I came to Princeton as a student like everyone else, but at some point I had to transform into an ambassador of understanding. The funny thing is, at the same time I was explaining Islam to promote understanding, I was questioning the state of Islam in the world around me. It is a duality that has stayed with me in the years since.

This year, on the anniversary of the attacks, a deadly assault on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, shocked the world once again. It also shocked the residents of Benghazi. This past January, I spent time with youth activists and entrepreneurs in that city. What I witnessed was a courageous and driven group of young Libyans determined to forge a better future. Alongside tens of thousands of their compatriots, many of these youth marched in mid-September to the central al-Kish Square in memory of the slain U.S. ambassador, Chris Stevens, calling as well on militias to disarm.

Their march was emblematic of the duality I experience. No doubt, there is still a need to combat what is more a “clash of ignorances” (not a clash of civilizations) across the divide between the Muslim world and the West. This was the impetus that drove two colleagues and me to found the nonprofit initiative Project Encounter, which promotes engagement and dialogue. We bring groups of young people from North America and Europe to the Middle East, to allow them to form their own narrative about the region. I feel that only through improved understanding and greater familiarity can we find constructive ways forward.

Nevertheless, through my work and travels in countries from Afghanistan to Syria, Palestine to Pakistan, and places in between, I find there is a need for just as much soul-searching within Muslim communities themselves.

When a cheaply made YouTube film can lead to violent demonstrations in more than a dozen countries, you cannot help but ask questions. When a young Christian girl can be jailed swiftly on the demands of an unhinged cleric alleging “blasphemy” in Pakistan, you cannot help but raise an objection. When a college is raided and 25 students are killed in Nigeria by a group whose name (Boko Haram) means “West­ern education is sinful,” you cannot help but be dismayed.
For many countries in the Muslim world, the next few years will not be easy. The political and economic challenges facing them are immense — and that’s an understatement. A few are in active states of internal conflict, if not internecine warfare. Others are under the grip of debilitating authoritarian regimes. So many are still afflicted by economic deprivation.

There are, of course, counterexamples. In places like Malaysia and Dubai, there are new economic models of development. The Arab uprisings have started to push back against political authoritarianism. Yet the forces of religious orthodoxy seem to be not only constant, but growing. Popular clerics who appear on Pakistani television are busy calling minority groups, such as Ahmadis, non-Muslims — with deadly consequences. I remember seeing the bloodstains in an Ahmadi mosque in Lahore in 2010, shortly after an attack by religious militants. More than 90 people had died in attacks at two mosques. Within a year, the governor of the Punjab province, of which Lahore is the capital, had been assassinated for opposing draconian blasphemy laws, as was the federal minister of religious minorities. What was the basis or justification for those attacks?

Sooner or later, everybody comes into the sights of the bully pulpit: marginalized groups such as Ahmadis, other religious groups and Muslim minorities, and then so-called “moderates.” Sufi shrines that existed for centuries have been attacked and destroyed by extremist groups in recent months in Libya and Mali. When I was working for an NGO in the Gujarat province in India, many of my meetings were held in Hindu temples, sometimes during religious ceremonies. What would the view of the hardline Muslim orthodoxy be of me?

Traveling through the wider region, you quickly realize that while the bullies are strong and loud, they are surrounded by people who would like to see a pluralistic and prosperous society. These are people like the young activists I met in Libya. They are the Saudi Arabian entrepreneurs who have formed an organization dedicated to the empowerment of women in the workforce (Glowork). They include my Syrian friends who are helping to ensure that those fleeing conflict have a place of refuge, no matter their sect or creed. They are like my former colleagues, who have spent their entire careers in Pakistani villages working on local development.

I’m hopeful that these progressive forces within many Muslim communities and Muslim-majority countries can coalesce to form a stronger and wider constituency for change. Such a movement would be the most effective bridge between the Muslim world and the West, as well. 

          We’ll Put A Boot In Your Ass, It’s The American Way        

It’s no secret that I’m a patriotic person who gets so aroused at the thought of freedom that I may or may not have tried to look up the Statue of Liberty’s robe to see her labia of liberty when I visited New York City for the first time (more like Snatch-ue of Liberty, am I right?).  In fact, I’m so patriotic that “I love America” was one of only three things I included in the online dating profile I made a few years ago that lead to exactly 239 dates (if you must know, the other two things were “I am terrified of every kind of mustard” and “My penis is somewhere in between 4 and 17 inches long”).  I’m well aware that my patriotism could sometimes be interpreted as if I’m playing some sort of character and only pretend to care about America to be funny or something, but the truth is that I really do have a strong passion for my country.  While foreigners (and even a majority of Americans) scoff at how ridiculous it is that the cast of Jersey Shore are all millionaires, that singular fact epitomizes why I love the US of A so much (even though I also agree that it’s ridiculous that they’re rich) – it’s the only country in the world where literally anyone and everyone has a chance to make a name for themselves, even alcoholic douchers from New Jersey (like you, Barrale).  Simply put, this is the land of opportunity, where anyone can be anything they want to be.  Sure it helps to be born into a wealthy family or to be given freak athletic genes if you want to make it to the big leagues, but at the end of the day, every American is born with a blank slate and a world of opportunity ahead of them.  It’s on us to make the most of these chances.

(One more thing and I’m done with this part of my rant: I was watching coverage of the royal wedding last week – but only because [insert acceptable excuse here]!!! – and I saw something about how Kate Middleton’s mom was chastised by the British media a few years ago for chewing gum in the Queen’s presence.  Now, I respect British traditions and actually do find the history of the royal family to be fascinating stuff, but I think I speak for all Americans when I say that I’m thankful I live in a country where I can not only chew gum in front of the president, but I can also tell him to lick my chode without any real repercussions if my heart desires.  I know Kate Middleton’s mom didn’t actually break any laws and wasn’t arrested or anything, but still.  The fact that she got chastised in the media was bad enough.  By comparison, disrespecting and disagreeing with the president is actually some Americans’ favorite pastime, not to mention a great way to get your own show on Fox News. So yeah, just another reason why America rules.)

With all of that being said, because I’ve made it clear in the past how patriotic I am, I seem to be the guy that the Trillion Man March turns to whenever something happens that could warrant a USA chant.  No matter the time of year, I get all sorts of emails, tweets, Facebook messages/posts, etc. from the TMM whenever you all see a patriotic YouTube video, a news story that triggers national pride, or a badass picture of Teddy Roosevelt shooting bigfoot while smoking a cigar.  For many of you, I’m apparently your patriotic correspondent who you turn to when America is kicking ass and taking names.  So when the news broke that Osama bin Laden had been killed in Pakistan, I knew I’d get bombarded by the TMM, which was ultimately exactly what happened.  And so, because of this reaction, I feel obligated to address bin Laden’s death, since I’m sure it would be a huge letdown for some of you if I ignored it altogether and didn’t at least offer my thoughts.  It still baffles me why anyone would care about my opinion on anything that could even remotely be considered a serious topic, but nonetheless some of you apparently do, so here’s how I feel about it.


On the morning of September 11, 2001, a librarian from my school came into the classroom I was in and whispered something to my 8th grade US history teacher that left him visibly shaken.  Once the librarian left the room, my teacher somberly relayed the news to us: someone had flown a plane into the World Trade Center.  Being an ignorant 14-year-old, I had no idea what the World Trade Center was and therefore thought something along the lines of, “It’s sad and all, but plane crashes happen all the time.  Why did our librarian interrupt class to tell us about a random plane crash?”  This was the prevalent thought in our classroom, as pretty much nobody other than our teacher had the slightest clue what the World Trade Center was.  As it turned out, though, it didn’t really matter that I didn’t know what the WTC was, because even when I did ultimately learn that planes crashed into the tallest buildings in NYC, I still didn’t give much thought to it all due to the fact that I wasn’t mature enough comprehend the magnitude of death in general, let alone the deaths of thousands of people at once (regretfully, I remember being more concerned about whether or not we would play our football game the next day than anything else).  But now, almost ten years later, I can comprehend death, which is why the death of Osama bin Laden is such a big deal to me.  I can now comprehend the magnitude of all the deaths he caused, and in turn can comprehend the magnitude of his own death.

The fact of the matter is that because 9/11 happened when I was just 14-years-old, Osama bin Laden has been the most wanted man in the world for almost half of my life.  That is truly incredible for me to think about.  What’s even crazier to think about is that there are very few things I remember before 9/11, which means that it’s difficult for me to remember a world in which bin Laden wasn’t the most dangerous man on the planet and didn’t have his sights set on bringing total destruction to the country I live in.  So nevermind the fact that he was supposedly just a figurehead at this point and didn’t have all that much power with Al Qaeda.  Nevermind the fact that killing him doesn’t mean the war against terrorism is over.  And nevermind the fact that the terrorists will most likely try to retaliate.  At the end of the day, the most evil person to walk the face of the earth in my lifetime – a man singlehandedly responsible for thousands of innocent civilian lives and public enemy #1 for the American people – is dead. That in and of itself is a very big deal and is reason to celebrate.

There are a lot of self-righteous people who are trying to say it’s a disgrace that people would cheer the death of another human being, no matter how evil he may have been.  And there are also people who think bin Laden deserved a fair trial and killing him makes us just as inhumane as the terrorists are.  God bless these people. I think it’s awesome that there are people in this world who are compassionate and have such a strong moral fiber that they’re willing to treat Osama with the same respect as they would a loved one.  But I’m not one of these people.  The way I see it, bin Laden has repeatedly made it clear that he’s not actually a human but is instead a monster.  And the last time I checked, the protocol when dealing with monsters/zombies isn’t to slap some handcuffs on them, waste time and money on a trial that would obviously result in capital punishment, and then just shrug our shoulders and ho-hum as someone who has been terrorizing us for years dies.  No, the protocol is to put a bullet between his eyes, throw his ass on the express train to Hell, and rejoice that the world is rid of one less demon.

Let me lastly say that I’m not naïve in thinking that America is suddenly fixed now.  We are far from perfect and still have a bunch of problems that need to be addressed.  But this doesn’t mean we shouldn’t celebrate a significantly historic victory.  The bottom line is that I would make absolutely no difference in the war on terror if instead of celebrating in the streets and partying at Mirror Lake, I decided to stay focused and try to figure out how to fix America.  The beauty of our country is that I can sit on my lazy ass and play FIFA all day while the big shots in Washington figure out how to fix our problems (for the record, I couldn’t care less about politics. Everyone I know who is interested in politics basically just bitches all day about how the other party is wrong. I’m not interested in bitching so I just stay out of it altogether).  Whether or not I riot in the streets in celebration has literally zero effect on the American mission to end terrorism. 

Sorry for the rant and sorry for being serious with all of this, but I honestly do view this as a historic time in America and felt compelled to quickly write about it, not only because it’s a significant time in our country’s history but also because some of the holier-than-thou people who are criticizing the majority of Americans for being excited kinda piss me off.  We aren’t necessarily excited that a human being died – we’re excited that no matter what else happens with this war on terror, the man who killed thousands of our innocent civilians and caused one of the most somber times in American history will never again hurt a single one of us.  Screw every other detail about the situation.  That alone is enough for me to be absolutely ecstatic.  Sorry I’m not sorry.

God bless our troops and God bless the United States of America.

Proud To Be A Buckeye But Even Prouder To Be An American,

Mark Titus

Club Trillion Founder


          ØªØ¹Ù„يق على خواطر الشيخ الشعراوى للقران كاملا بواسطة Muslimah        
Assalamu Alaikum, Muslims around the world are fasting in solidarity with the people of Gaza until the offensive ends. It is expected that the offensive is going to continue for another two or three weeks. As Muslims, we are responsible and will be accountable for what is happening to Muslims (Palestine, Chechnya, Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sudan, etc.) around the globe today. The least we can do is fast in solidarity. GAZA SONG: http://ie.youtube.com/watch?v=dlfhoU66s4Y Please forward to all Muslims you know, even if you do not agree.
          My Beautiful Laundrette (1985)        

MY BEAUTIFUL LAUNDRETTE is a highly acclaimed and beautifully rendered portrait of two boyhood friends struggling to survive in racially tense Thatcher-era Britain. Omar, a homosexual Pakistani boy living in London with his alcoholic father, lifts a chunk of drug money from another Pakistani and, with his school chum Johnny, decides to renovate a grungy […]

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          TERCER POLO        

Glaciares del Himalaya y el Tibet que ocupan partes de India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan y China, y que son una importante reserva de agua para Asia.


          Muslim Law        
The Pakistan government has made a deal with TNSM (a militant organization in Pakistan) to impose Shariat law in seven districts of the North West Frontier Province. The western nations are raising voices against the deal. But this blog is not about whether the deal was right or wrong. I merely want to understand as to what Shariat is?

Like Hinduism, Islam also has different variants. The major ones are Sunni and Shia. The Sunni Muslims follow an elected leader and the Shia Muslims follow a leader who is supposed to be appointed by God or the Prophet. Both the divisions follow the Quran. From my understanding the Quran contains compressed information and Shariat was formed to provide rules for all activities in life. But if Shariat is the Islamic law, shouldn't it be already active throughout Pakistan? What is this new thing about implementing Shariat in the north eastern province?

My guess is that Shariat is an old school of thought and was replaced by the Modern Islamic law, and that the Shia Muslims are trying to get Shariat back. Guess I need to do some background research on this.
Tit bit: India and the Philippines are the only countries in the world which have separate Muslim civil laws
Update (20-July-2009) based on inputs from a friend:
Islamic rules are based on 2 things - Quran & Hadith
Quran is revealed from Allah and everything in that is mandatory for a person to follow.
Hadith are the sayings of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon Him) . Among Hadith there are few which are mandatory to follow and some are optional.

So Quran & Hadith together define way of life for Muslims and also Quran & Hadith lay down rules and regulations for an Islamic form of Government. Islamic form of governments donot have a constitution written by Human beings. Rather rules laid down in Quran & Hadith are followed for running the government (This is the basis of Shariat form of government).
Now coming to countries like Pakistan, they have their own constitution (which is not in accordance with quran & Hadith) . Hence it cannot be termed as an Islamic Country for their system isnot Shariat compliant ( i.e, based on Quran & Hadith).
So for a country to be termed as an Islamic country the constitution of the country should be in compliance with Quran & Hadith, that is, it should be shariat form.

          World: Humanitarian Coordinator Information Products, 31 July 2017        
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Country: Afghanistan, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Colombia, Côte d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Haiti, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Mali, Myanmar, Niger, Nigeria, occupied Palestinian territory, Pakistan, Philippines, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Ukraine, World, Yemen


          Italy: Italy Sea Arrivals Dashboard (January - July 2017)        
Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Country: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cameroon, Côte d'Ivoire, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guinea, Iraq, Italy, Libya, Mali, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Senegal, Somalia, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, World

Overview

Between 1 January and 31 July 2017, 95,213 persons arrived in Italy by sea. This is a 2% increase compared to sea arrivals in the same period last year (93,774).

Trends in sea arrivals should be assessed over time, as fluctuations on a monthly basis may be linked to various factors, including weather and sea conditions or the situation in the countries of departure and origin. Geopolitical developments and the capacity of smugglers to organize departures may also affect sea arrivals.


          Books About Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda        
THE LONGEST WAR: THE ENDURING CONFLICT BETWEEN AMERICA AND AL-QAEDA (2011). By Peter L. Bergen. This volume by CNN’s national security analyst provides a succinct overview of the war on terror, giving the reader a sharply observed portrait of Bin Laden, whom Mr. Bergen interviewed in 1997. Mr. Bergen argues that Bin Laden over-reached with the 9/11 attacks and that Al Qaeda has a growing list of enemies, including Muslims who don’t share its “ultra-fundamentalist worldview.” The book also provides a harrowing account of Bin Laden’s escape from American forces at Tora Bora in December 2001, after the C.I.A.’s request for more troops was turned down by Gen. Tommy Franks.

OSAMA: THE MAKING OF A TERRORIST (2004). By Jonathan Randal. This book by a former Washington Post correspondent is less a biography of Bin Laden than a history of the contemporary jihadi movement, which Mr. Randal argues was inadvertently strengthened by American hubris, ignorance and missteps in the Middle East and Persian Gulf. Mr. Randal chronicles Bin Laden’s combat experiences as an anti-Soviet jihadi, the role that various surrogate father figures played in his evolution, and his discovery of an “ability to talk to everyday Muslims in a simple language,” despite his family’s wealth.

THE BIN LADENS: AN ARABIAN FAMILY IN THE AMERICAN CENTURY (2008). By Steve Coll. In this family epic, Mr. Coll, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, creates a psychologically detailed portrait of Bin Laden and his relationships with his father, Muhammad, who made a fortune in Saudi Arabia as the king’s principal builder; and his older brother Salem, a British-educated, music-loving playboy, who used to organize family expeditions to Las Vegas. It also illuminates the important role that Osama Bin Laden’s relatives and their relationship with the royal house of Saud played in shaping his thinking, his ambitions and his technological expertise.

HOLY WAR, INC.: INSIDE THE SECRET WORLD OF OSAMA BIN LADEN (2001). By Peter L. Bergen. In an early study of Al Qaeda, this CNN analyst emphasizes the crucial role that the Afghan-Soviet conflict played in radicalizing many Islamic militants in the 1980s, giving fighters like Bin Laden confidence that they could defeat a superpower and replacing the notion of Arab nationalism with that of a larger Islamist movement. Mr. Bergen argues here that Bin Laden’s anger at the United States has little to do with Western culture — say, movies or drug and alcohol use — but rather stems from American policies in the Middle East, namely “the continued U.S. military presence in Arabia; U.S. support for Israel; its continued bombing of Iraq; and its support for regimes such as Egypt and Saudi Arabia that bin Laden regards as apostates from Islam.”

OSAMA BIN LADEN (2011). By Michael Scheuer. Mr. Scheuer, who once headed the C.I.A.’s Osama bin Laden unit, dissects the puritanical religious views that informed Bin Laden’s thinking. As he did in earlier books, Mr. Scheuer contends that Bin Laden was not an irrational terrorist, but a shrewd strategist and tactician who wanted to lure the United States into a financially draining quagmire in the Middle East.

THE LOOMING TOWER: AL-QAEDA AND THE ROAD TO 9/11 (2006). By Lawrence Wright. Based on more than 500 interviews, this book gives readers a searing view of the events of Sept. 11 and how that tragic day came about. Mr. Wright, a writer for The New Yorker, suggests that the emergence of Al Qaeda “depended on a unique conjunction of personalities” — that is, Bin Laden, whose global vision and compelling leadership would hold together the organization, and his deputy Ayman al-Zawahri, who promoted the apocalyptic idea that only violence could change history. In Mr. Wright’s account, we see how a shy young Osama bin Laden, who loved the American television series “Bonanza,” became a solemn religious adolescent, and how under the Machiavellian tutelage of Mr. Zawahri, he grew increasingly radicalized.

IN THE GRAVEYARD OF EMPIRES: AMERICA’S WAR IN AFGHANISTAN (2009). By Seth G. Jones. This book by a political scientist charts several decades of relations between the United States and Afghanistan, focusing on what went awry after America’s successful routing of the Taliban in late 2001. Mr. Jones blames the invasion of Iraq for diverting resources and attention from the war in Afghanistan, and notes that there was a spillover effect in Pakistan, which offered a haven to many Taliban and Qaeda fighters. Among Mr. Jones’s conclusions is that the United States must “persuade Pakistani military and civilian leaders to conduct a sustained campaign against militants mounting attacks in Afghanistan and the region” and threatening the foundations of “the nuclear-armed Pakistani state.”

GHOST WARS: THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE CIA, AFGHANISTAN, AND BIN LADEN, FROM THE SOVIET INVASION TO SEPTEMBER 10, 2001 (2004). By Steve Coll. Mapping the long, mistake-filled road to 9/11, this book examines the C.I.A.’s covert role during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan in the 1980s and America’s later neglect of the country during the post-cold war ’90s, when the Taliban and Al Qaeda took advantage of the political vacuum. Mr. Coll chronicles the failures of both the Clinton and Bush administrations to mount a serious attack on Al Qaeda and to implement a coherent counterterrorism strategy.[blog.nytimes.com]

          FLAT 23% off J. Junaid Jamshed Pakistan Day Sale (18th-26th March)        

J. Junaid Jamshed is keeping the spirit alive this Pakistan Day with FLAT 23% off from 18th-26th March.

This ale is valid on all collections including col Unstitched, Shalwar Kameez, Kurta, Kurti, Embellished Kurta, Ladies Trouser, Scarf, Abayas, Stoles, Shawl, Sweaters, Shawl, Waistcoats and Footwear. Boys & Girls clothing collections are also in sale.

Visit the stores or shop online at J. website.

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Sunday, March 26, 2017
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Saturday, March 18, 2017
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          J. | Junaid Jamshed Winter Clearance Sale Upto 50% OFF Entire Stock        

J. | Junaid Jamshed winter clearance sale is started. Get upto 50% discount on entire men, women and kids collections. In men section you can save upto 50% off on unstitched collection, kameez shalwar, kurta, embellished kurta, men's scarf, sweaters, waistcoat, shawl, shalwar and footwear. In women section, the products includes in sale are stitched & unstitched collection, ready to wear kurti, ladies trousers, abayas, stoles and shawls.

Fragrances are also on sale.

Note: This sale is not valid on makeup products.

This is limited time 10 days winter sale. Valid all outlets across Pakistan and this J. Winter clearance sale products can also be shopped online at their website.

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Sunday, January 29, 2017
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Thursday, January 19, 2017
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          Pakistan: Hiding From The Taliban in Plain Sight - Maria Toorpakai at Oslo Freedom Forum Recounts        

Maria Toorpakai who overcame cultural restrictions to become an international squash player recounts

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          BARCA, BARCA, BARCA        
I went to Barcelona April 8th-11th with 4 (Kelly, my roommate; and 3 other girls that go to Madison Becca, Carrie, and Sara) of my friends from the Institute (The Spanish-American Institute, where I study). I had to take a later plane than them because I had a presentation in one of my classes that I couldn't skip.

Thursday, April 8th
So I got into Barcelona around 12:30/1:00 AM. From the airport I took a cab to meet them at a bar. I get out of the cab and tell Kelly I'm waiting outside the bar. I find myself in a small alley with a mime. Yes a mime, I'm not sure what he was doing there. I swear I'm not making this up. So, I call Kelly and tell her to come meet me outside. I then get shushed by the mime because I'm talking loud. To my dismay Kelly says shes outside, but I'm outside and don't see her. Of course the bar they send me to has two locations in Barcelona and I of course go to the incorrect one. After figuring that out, we just decide to meet at the apartment so they can let me in and I can put my stuff away. I change and we go to this really cool club that was on the beach. That was the exciting event of Thursday.

Friday, April 9th
We were going to get up and go on a bike tour, but we all slept in too late because we were sleeping in dungeons and the windows were closed. Instead, we went to the Picasso Museum, the Christopher Columbus statue, a street called Las Ramblas (main street with a lot of activity), and to the main harbor area.

Saturday, April 10th
I was given the responsibility to wake everyone that morning by Becca to go on the bike tour. I succeeded and we found ourselves on a 4 hour long tour through Barcelona. IT WAS SO FUN! We saw all of the points of interest and got a bit of a workout.

So now are you ready for another crazy story? Don't worry because in the end we were all safe.
That night Barcelona is playing Madrid, HUGEHUGE competitors. So we decide to go watch the game at a bar and then go out afterwards. Let me set the scene. The 5 of us are walking down a decently populated street with several street lights to get to the main street where the majority of the bars are. We're walking single file down the sidewalk, me in front, Sara in the back and the other 3 somewhere inbetween. Suddenly, I hear a scream. I turn around, and I see a man running from our side of the sidewalk to an alley way. It quickly dawns on me that he took something from this girl. And then it dawns on me that, that girl is SARA! (A man came up to her from behind and tried grabbing her wristlet, after she repeated told him to stop and go away he finally pull it off of her wrist, snapping the part that connects to the zipper off and then sprints away.) So, it takes me awhile to realize what happened and then who it happened to. Kelly starts yelling for him to stop and makes an effort to chase him even though shes wearing heels. Me, clad in flats of course, takes off after him. He runs down a smaller side street, I follow while asking on lookers which direction he just went. Finally I lose him when I ask who I think is an innocent on looker (who I think was actually part of the scheme) which direction and he points down a street with a garbage man at the end who said he saw no one come down that way. The 4 girls are seconds behind me. We stand in the alley cursing the man, who actually mugged her because there was no pocket that was picked, when we realize that Sara is BLEEDING! We figured that when he grabbed the wristlet the metal piece that attaches the wrist part to the clutch must have cut her. Suddenly, a nice British lad appears in the doorway of an apartment in the alley and provides us with some comfort. He reassures Sara that her cut is only a surface wound and that she will survive by putting a little pressure on it. Also, he explains to us that the gang of thieves is a group of Moroccan men that are well-known in that area for stealing things. So, after that excitement we made it to a bar (all of them were SO packed) and watched the last 40 minutes of the game. Barcelona won. The streets were SOOOO crazy. We took a cab from the bar to a club and our cab driver was hilarious. He was this old guy from Pakistan who spooks the funniest English. He told us the people were sentimental in the street after the win. Just very amusing to say the least. We went to this funny Arabic themed club. It was aight.

Sunday, April 11th
The 3 girls from Madison had early flights, but Kelly and I had a flight later in the afternoon so we went and lied on some steps by the water all day, it was nice.
          Spark-O-Rama        

Although the Christmas presents are yet to be unwrapped, it’s time to think pass Christmas and start preparing to ring in the New Year.  Now before the resolutions go into effect and we anxiously await the clock’s striking of midnight, we’re going to need a few items to prepare for the evening.  One of those items is a FAB dress for whatever New Year's Eve party you’re attending.  I’m already brainstorming on what I have in my closet that I can rock, but one thing for sure is that it will be something sparkly….I mean, if you’ve been paying attention to my posts, you should know by now I love blingy, glittery, and sparkly things. J

Considering Christmas shopping has left me a little monetarily challenged, for shits & giggles, I decided to do some cyber window shopping to see what sparkly things I could’ve possibly gotten had I decided to shop for a NYE dress.


This shimmery silver dress is sure to make its wearer the center of attention at any party.  This one shoulder dress comes in sizes 1-4x.  The asymmetric neckline is detailed with rhinestone embellishments and ruched detailing.  Add some FAB accessories and this dress is a winner.  Purchase directly from www.babyphat.comfor $74.00.



Razzle & dazzle them in the Samantha Sequin Dress by Monif C.  This dress is currently in stock in sizes 18/20 & 22/24 for $277.80.  Order directly from Monif C at www.monifc.com.




If you want the bang but not a lot of flash, this low key black DKNY number may be just for you as the sparkle is at a minimum by only being on the front of the dress.  This dress retails for $129.00 in sizes 2-3x.  Order directly from www.bloomingdales.com.

Look FAB, be safe, and don't drink & drive.  

With that said, this will be my final post of 2011 as I have and will continue to be busy with year end work and preparing for the holidays. I started this blog for fun and never imagined it would get an audience outside of a few family members and friends, so you can imagine my surprise to see my audience map showing views from neighboring Canada, to the United Kingdom, Pakistan, and all the way on the other side of the world in Australia.  I am truly honored and appreciate all of you who log on to view my ramblings of materialism and consumerism.

I wish you all a joyous holiday season.  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.  See you in 2012!

Happy Shopping ~The Plus Size Shopaholic ~ Muah!




          Commentaires sur ❤ Quelques jours à Venise (et conseils pratiques) par patriceapi        
Bonjour, de retour de vacances d'Italie (Florance, Pise, Venise), je suis très heureux de mon séjour et plus particulièrement de mes deux jours à Venise. Ok il y avait du monde en cette fin juillet mais ça valait vraiment le coup : une ville à l'ambiance incomparable (il parait cependant que c'est mieux l'hiver avec moins de monde). Les restos sont aussi sympa et pas trop cher pour du touriste. Outre les conseils que chacun aura eu le loisir de lire sur ce blog, je me permets de rajouter une petite mise en garde sur la place St Marco : les pigeons et la fameuse photo des volatiles qui te picorent dans la main... Ayant prévu le coup, j'avais gardé un ou deux petits morceaux de pain du restaurant pour nourrir les pigeons et ainsi prendre un belle photo dans ce moment si pithoresque. C'était sans compter sur la vingtaine de pakistanais qui vous forcent vraiment la main pour vous donner quelques graines en échange d'argent. Ils vous arrivent rapidement dessus par coté, vous saisissent le bras en vous versant une pincée de graines (ça ressemblait à des grains de riz), font une sorte de bruit (genre ksiii ksiii) et un ou deux pigeons vous mangent dans la main. Il vous réclament de l'argent en échange à la fin. Bon j'ai donné 2 euros (je pense que le prix est correct pour une pincée de graine) mais comme il avait commencé par mon petit garçon et ma femme, il voulait absolument de l'argent pour 3 personnes (3 pincées de graines). Par la suite, j'ai été quasiment accosté toutes les 30 secondes par une nuée de pakistanais (ils étaient parfois plus nombreux que les pigeons) qui voulaient absolument me refourguer une pincée de graines. Impossible de donner à manger à ces pigeons sans que l'un de ces fournisseurs officiels de graine n'essaient de vous saisir le bras et vous verser quelques graines en echange d'argent. En plus il sont malins, ils commencent par donner aux enfants qui sont incapables de comprendre que c'est payant. Et à la vue d'autres touristes qui se sont fait avoir comme moi, ils insistent fortement pour avoir leur argent une fois que le pigeon a mangé les 2 ou 3 graines dans votre main. Une seul solution : être vigilant et dés qu'un de ces pakistanais arrive pour vous saisir le bras, dire à voix haute : no money...!
          Comment on 1st T20: Pakistan beat New Zealand by 16 runs by Tanveer Bodla        
good pakistan.........
          Comment on Shahid Afridi 23 Runs off 8 Balls by Rana Sufyan        
good pakistan
          Comment on Amir, Gul return as Pakistan announce squad for NZ by Muhammad Nazeer        
VERY GOOSD NEWS
          Comment on Pakistan vs New Zealand 1st T20I at Auckland by Fraz Khan Fraz Khan        
Very nice
          Comment on Pakistan vs New Zealand 1st T20I at Auckland by Sardar Tahir        
GOOD FOAM BY SHAHID AFRIDI
          By: ABC Psych        
You are not right when you stated just Americans have the rights now. Americans now have rights at the pleasure of the president. There are American citizens among the "detainees" and two Americans who went to visit family in Pakistan have been refused re-entry into their own country. One of the two was born here. The other, I'm not sure about. Don't kid yourself, we have lost our rights.
          Pakistan: "A Society of Peace for All", an initiative of Bishop Dr. Joseph Arshad, Chairperson Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace        
In order to celebrate the 70th anniversary of independence of Pakistan, an album featuring the prominence of the richness of our diverse culture was unveiled on July 28, 2017...

          Debbie Wasserman Schultz: just WTF ... by gimleteye        
Debbie Wasserman Schultz, in recent years, has been a controversial figure within the Democratic Party and, formerly, a key ally of Hillary Clinton. Still, the congresswoman retains a loyal following in her Broward County district.

Now a bizarre story emerges of an untrustworthy staffer who is alleged to have committed financial crime and computer fraud. Imran Awan was employed by Wasserman Schultz although she had knowledge that he was potentially a threat to national security.

The Miami Herald and National Review reported that a Pakistani national, on Wasserman Schultz' payroll until last week, was arrested for a financial crime. Awan also had computer access to classified information in the House Intelligence Committee.

... take this to the bank: The case of Imran Awan, Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s mysterious Pakistani IT guy, is not about bank fraud. Yet bank fraud was the stated charge on which Awan was arrested at Dulles Airport this week, just as he was trying to flee the United States for Pakistan, via Qatar. ... As you let all that sink in, consider this: Awan and his family cabal of fraudsters had access for years to the e-mails and other electronic files of members of the House’s Intelligence and Foreign Affairs Committees. It turns out they were accessing members’ computers without their knowledge, transferring files to remote servers, and stealing computer equipment — including hard drives that Awan & Co. smashed to bits of bytes before making tracks.

The question, of course, is what else did Awan steal.

This is a big deal because Wasserman Schultz was head of the Democratic National Committee at a time when crippling security breaches were known to have occurred. These breaches, alleged to have been Russian incursions into unsecured computer servers and social media databases, may have cost Hillary Clinton the presidency.

If 2016 told American voters anything, it is that incompetence in computer security is a cardinal political offense. So what the hell is Wasserman Schultz doing, continuing to employ a computer hacker and fraudster in her own office, with access to national security information and, possibly, computer files of other government and political officials?

One has to hope that the FBI was tracking Mr. Awan's online movements, and that Wasserman Schultz was not covering for Awan -- she has publicly stated her concern for racial profiling in this case -- but instead was allowing a robust investigation to proceed.

In the meantime, while Republicans wipe their brow that for a brief minute attention swerves from President Trump, it is still the case that leading Democrats should question how much goodwill is left in the Broward congresswoman's account. And for God's sakes, lock down the computers and servers!

          Free Online Jobs In Pakistan.        
Number of educated persons in Pakistan are willing to work but cannot ...
          Support versus Independence        
How do we expect Muslim women to be empowered like Khadeejah when we clip their wings through laws that are arbitrarily imposed upon them in Muslim cultures like polygamy and ban on driving in KSA, child marriages and polygamy in Yemen, enforced temporary marriage and hijab in Iran and KSA, unfair Khula laws in Egypt, hudood law in Pakistan, stripping of citizenship rights if a woman marries a foreigner in the GCC countries etc? How can we gain inspiration from the “fierce independence” of Khadeejah while we are taught that the ten laws I highlighted above are for our support and protection and that we are sinning if we object?
          What Does Victory Look Like in Afghanistan?        

https://thestrategybridge.org/the-bridge/2017/8/9/what-does-victory-look-like-in-afghanistan

What Does Victory Look Like in Afghanistan?

Adam Wunische 

 August 9, 2017

More U.S. troops are likely headed back to Afghanistan soon, while the Trump Administration is also now considering withdrawal. Before either option––or anything in between––is considered, the U.S. needs to decide what version of victory it wants before it can decide on a strategy.

One of the most shocking statements I’ve heard on Afghanistan in sometime was that the official U.S. policy is to force the Taliban into a negotiated settlement. This statement came from a highly respected scholar of U.S. foreign policy and military strategy. I wondered what veterans like myself should think of such a policy. Almost 17 years of fighting, over 2,000 killed, and countless others wounded or otherwise affected, and our strategy is now to accept peace with the Taliban and see them holding legislative seats in Kabul and contributing to governing Afghanistan?

To be fair, the statement above was somewhat of a misstatement. What he intended to say was that this is the actual policy being pursued by the U.S., if unofficially and inconsistently. It is an unofficial policy because it would be highly unpopular with the domestic audience in the U.S., and it is inconsistent because presidents have been unwilling to commit the political capital necessary to sustain such a policy. Since a possible troop increase was announced in June, journalists and analysts (and Trump’s advisors) have been debating the strategy to which the U.S. should commit itself. However, these debates often consider strategies in isolation, and this is a mistake. Strategies must be judged relative to the realistic alternatives. This article categorizes the most common recent arguments, considers their limitations, and makes an argument for the least bad option, a negotiated settlement with the Taliban.

MILITARY ENGAGEMENT WITHOUT A COHERENT POLICY SHAPING THE STRATEGY BY WHICH THE CAMPAIGN IS CARRIED OUT IS LITTLE MORE THAN ORGANIZED SLAUGHTER.

One potential strategy considers the possibility of a post-World War II arrangement, leaving a permanent contingent of U.S. forces in Afghanistan to keep the Taliban and others at bay and influence other countries with interests in Central Asia. Unsurprisingly, many considering this possibility find the prospect unsustainable and possibly unachievable.

Another strategy considers the complex regional dynamics of the situation and suggests increasingly forceful engagement with neighboring countries, specifically Pakistan. Use of Pakistani territory sustains and strengthens Taliban operations in Afghanistan and the Pakistanis have been notoriously difficult partners for the U.S. and others.

Still another approach considers the folly of sending more troops before a coherent strategy, or even policy, has been agreed upon. Almost 200 years ago, Clausewitz asserted, “War is a mere continuation of policy by other means.” Military engagement without a coherent policy shaping the strategy by which the campaign is carried out is little more than organized slaughter.

A final take on the situation defines victory as an Afghanistan fully restored via so-called nation-building. This argument suggests less reliance on the military and more on civilians and the State Department. Otherslike Gary Dempsey, argue the costs so greatly outweigh the benefits that the U.S. should simply cut its losses and withdraw. Withdrawal arguments usually suggest that after ground forces have left the U.S. should send targeted operations into Afghanistan whenever violent non-state actors set up shop again, but this assumes the political will and legal justifications will hold indefinitely––which isn’t a safe assumption.

The problem with all of the above arguments is that they only consider one possible form of victory, or take the form of victory as a given. This can be effective when advocating for certain policies, but it also comes with significant limitations. As an alternative, I will present a variety of potential victories––each different in some critical way––and assess the prospects for achieving each and what they mean for U.S. strategy in Afghanistan.

WHAT ARE THE PROSPECTS FOR A TOTAL VICTORY?

It is first necessary to assess the most common assumption for victory and the current state of that possibility. The early stages of the war in Afghanistan were entirely directed at removing the Taliban from power and going after al Qaeda's central structure. This gave Operation Enduring Freedom a specific counterterrorism focus. Therefore, the early objectives necessary for victory were limited: end or degrade al Qaeda and the Taliban. This mission was accomplished, and surprisingly quickly. However, the mission then shifted from counterterrorism to ambitious state-building as the security situation deteriorated and the Taliban began to push back into the country from their sanctuary in Pakistan. NATO troops pushed out from Kabul and sought to extend the new central government’s authority throughout the country.

ASSUMING ANOTHER MILITARY VICTORY OVER THE TALIBAN COULD BE ACHIEVED, THE AFGHAN GOVERNMENT WOULD STILL NEED TO ESTABLISH CONTROL OVER A TERRITORY THAT FEW CENTRAL GOVERNMENTS HAVE EVER BEEN ABLE TO CONTROL SINCE MODERN AFGHANISTAN WAS FOUNDED AROUND 1747.

If we assume these more ambitious statebuilding objectives to be the standard by which victory is now measured, each of the following would have to happen before that victory could be considered won: the Taliban would have to be beaten back militarily, the Afghan government would need to establish control over the overwhelming majority of the country, and the U.S. would have no more than a small contingent of trainers and advisors on the ground. Given the length of the effort in Afghanistan thus far, it’s inconsistent progress, and the present trend, this outcome seems unlikely.

Assuming another military victory over the Taliban could be achieved, the Afghan government would still need to establish control over a territory that few central governments have ever been able to control since modern Afghanistan was founded around 1747. Afghan expert Thomas Barfield argues that attempts to extend control over the whole of Afghanistan like other modern states do is a fundamental flaw in U.S. strategy and is simply not possible in a country like Afghanistan. Instead, Barfield has suggested a “Swiss cheese” model should be used. That is, control the vital areas (the population centers) that can be controlled and ignore the areas that cannot. Unfortunately, this isn’t even a realistic model for Afghanistan today, since the holes in government control would undoubtedly be used as safe-havens for any number of armed anti-government and anti-U.S. groups operating in the country. Such a strategy can only work if sustainable and enforceable treaties can be negotiated with the various armed groups.

An Afghan farmer works in a poppy field on the outskirts of Jalalabad, the capital city of Nangarhar province. (Noorullah Shirzada/AFP/Getty)

Furthermore, even if the government were able to reestablish control over all its territory, the government has a myriad of high-grade issues that significantly inhibit the its ability to exercise and maintain control and authority over said territory. Corruptioninhibits the government’s ability to deliver goods and services. Opium continues to flourish in Afghanistan and fund numerous individuals and organizations beyond the control of the central government, criminal and otherwise. Afghanistan’s relationship with its neighbors is complicated, and contributes to the instability. Afghanistan is also plagued by a persistently weak economy that is unlikely to improve to a sufficient level to contribute to stability or even pay the government's bills without foreign aid.

This path to victory also hopes the Afghan government can be encouraged to reform; it cannot. For many non-trivial reasons, it is unreasonable to expect the Afghan government to make the necessary reforms, even if pressured by the U.S. or the international community. Several scholarly articles attempt to explain this phenomenon. Generally speaking, it is clear the interests of the Afghan government will always diverge from those of the U.S. government. Afghan officials will be more interested in crushing coup attempts before they happen or paying off their political rivals; reforming government agencies, especially in the security sector, is more likely to encourage coups and embolden their enemies. No one should hope for government reforms as the path to peace in Afghanistan.

In sum, this vision of victory is unrealistic. Too many variables are too unlikely to be achieved for any reasonable person to think that all of them can be achieved, and at a reasonable cost.

CAN THE TALIBAN BE BEATEN (AGAIN) MILITARILY?

Taliban defeat on the battlefield is given special consideration here. Some might assume victory over the Taliban today should be as easy as it was in 2001. However, the posture and disposition of the Taliban today is very different than it was in 2001. They have been contesting and controlling territory, and that territory could be retaken if subjected to an effort similar to the one in 2001. However, their underground networks and sanctuary support are much more robust than they were. When pushed back from their territory in 2001, it took the Taliban about five years to build the infrastructure of insurgency and push back into Afghanistan. Today, the Taliban wouldn’t skip a beat if denied their territory.

Therefore, all of the issues mentioned in the above section would have to be remedied before the highest possible version of victory could be achieved, and this assumed the Taliban could be defeated anew, which also doesn’t seem likely. A series of unlikely conditions are necessary to sustainably defeat the Taliban. First, total cooperation with Pakistan, who would need to establish control over their own western provinces where these groups are currently afforded safe-haven, would be necessary. Second, Afghanistan would need a robust and functioning security apparatus, which it doesn’t have. Emphasis has been placed on building the Afghan military, but militaries are better at taking and holding territory than they are at defeating insurgencies, which is only step one in a campaign against the Taliban. Furthermore, evidence suggests that terrorist groups are mostly defeated by police and intelligence forces of local governments, not militaries.[1]

An Afghan soldier during an anti-Taliban operation in eastern Kunar provice. (AFP/BBC)

There is a surprisingly positive trend in the use of Afghan police and intelligence forces to pressure and dismantle the Taliban. Increases in Afghan National Army regular forces have essentially flat-lined. On the other hand, the Afghan government plans to increase the number of special forces commandos exponentially, as shown in the chart below.[2]Commandos have the tools and training to effectively go after non-state actors like the Taliban, but there are still significant barriers to defeating the Taliban via these means. First, the feasibility and effectiveness of doubling the size of commando forces isn’t certain. New recruits are drawn from conventional forces, so current special forces capabilities wouldn’t necessarily be reduced. However, whether they’re able to effectively train, equip, and support such a large force remains to be seen. Second, the Taliban would still be able to launch attacks from Pakistan; Afghanistan would still need to improve policing capabilities; and social and economic conditions would need to improve so unemployed youth couldn’t be convinced or paid to carry out attacks for the Taliban.

Furthermore, it is unlikely that the vast increase in commando power will go unnoticed by successive governments. As explained above, corrupt governments tend to weaken their military to hedge against coups.

WHAT DOES A MITIGATED SUCCESS LOOK LIKE?

With a long list of limitations preventing more ambitious victories, it is important to consider what lesser forms of success might look like and whether they are worth pursuing. A mitigated success would at least contain but not defeat the Taliban and focus on areas of higher strategic value, disregarding areas of lesser strategic value (as in the Barfield Strategy). This version of victory would even allow the Taliban to rule certain areas, or establish a power-sharing agreement in those areas not vital to the Government of Afghanistan. Such an approach could achieve core U.S. national interests at lower costs. For example, this would eliminate Afghanistan as a terrorist safe haven, and if Afghanistan were to revert to a safe haven in the future, the circumstance could be addressed more easily in these circumstances. Furthermore, with no powerful armed group opposing it, the Afghan government would be much less likely to collapse and potentially destabilize Pakistan, which is important for keeping nuclear weapons from proliferating into non-state hands.

Warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar returned to Kabul on May 4 after signing a peace deal with the Afghan government. (Reuters/Parwiz)

This strategy would solve one of the weaknesses in Barfield’s strategy by establishing peace with armed groups in exchange for control of their local areas, but how likely is it these armed groups will successfully reintegrate into the legitimate political process? Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, leader of the violent political party Hezb-i-Islami, recently attempted this exact transition. There are also reasons to believe some within the Taliban organization are at least willing to consider what is being offered in negotiations. This is perhaps why the members of ISIS in Afghanistan are mostly disaffected Taliban members. There is no way to know for sure why the former Taliban members defected, but several factors indicate that a willingness to negotiate for peace was important.

IF THE TALIBAN ARE TO BE INTEGRATED INTO THE POLITICAL PROCESS, BOTH THEY AND THE AFGHAN PEOPLE WILL NEED TO FIND A PATH TO RECONCILIATION.

The Taliban have attempted negotiations several times since 2001. Taliban leader Mullah Omar died in April of 2013, but top commanders kept it a secret. Writing under Mullah Omar’s name, these top commanders struck a conciliatory tone, advocating for an inclusive Islamic government in Afghanistan. In October 2014, five to six top commanders of the Taliban defected and subsequently pledged loyalty to ISIS. Predictably, the Taliban command claimed they were expelled from the group. Nine months later, the Taliban called for peace talks again. Therefore it seems reasonable that some attribute the rise of ISIS in Afghanistan to disgruntled former Taliban hardliners, and a willingness to negotiate is a likely source of these sentiments.

As is clear by the many failed attempts by the Taliban to negotiate peace, there are limitations to the feasibility of this move for many of the violent groups that forms its ranks. Consider some analogous circumstances. The most powerful violent insurgency group in Colombia, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), recently negotiated a peace deal with the government. Successfully transitioning to peace will be difficult, as many Colombians are still scarred from the violence they carried. Similarly, the Basque Homeland and Liberty (Euskadi Ta Askatasuna or ETA) separatist in Spain is attempting the same move, and the legacy of their violence is also an issue. Likewise, many Afghans remember the part Hekmatyar took in the shelling of Kabul during the civil war following the withdrawal of Soviet forces. Many Afghans will not soon forget the pain suffered at the hands of the various violent groups that fall under the aegis of the Taliban.

If the Taliban are to be integrated into the political process, both they and the Afghan people will need to find a path to reconciliation. It is theoretically possible to achieve a deal without this reconciliation, but whatever peace is achieved without it may be tenuous at best. Again, analogy might be useful. Rwanda is engaging in a justice and reconciliation process to deal with the legacies of their genocide. South Africa set up the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to deal with the legacies of apartheid. Alternatively, Indonesia has set up no such commission or process, and their resultant peace has been much more tenuous and fragile.

It is also important to consider domestic opinion in the U.S., where the divergence between its interest and that of Afghanistan is perhaps clearest. Even if the Government of Afghanistan could reconcile with the Taliban, precarious as this would be given the support the U.S. must provide to sustain it, any negotiated settlement would be hugely unpopular domestically. Many would see it as surrendering to the enemy, leaving open a cynical but clear political opportunity. The unpopularity of working with the Taliban was on full display when the Obama Administration announced a prisoner swap with the Taliban that retrieved captured U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl. It is unlikely current or future U.S. presidents will be willing to expend the political capital necessary to make a negotiated settlement with the Taliban possible, especially considering the uncertainty of success.

IS A MITIGATED FAILURE WORTH CONSIDERING?

Considering all of the limitations of the above strategic alternatives, it should be considered what a mitigated failure would look like. A mitigated failure would probably include some or all of the following outcomes. First, traditionally Pashtun lands would be conceded to the Taliban, and the central government would maintain a tenuous control over other territories. The Taliban are strongest in Pashtun regions, but they have shown an ability to reach beyond these areas. Regions under strong Taliban control would be relatively peaceful, but fighting would remain intense in disputed areas. Pakistan would be keen to avoid this, much like the Turks wanting to resist an independent Kurdish state.

Pakistan’s position in Afghanistan has always been to maintain as much influence over their neighbor as possible. Prior to 9/11, the intelligence and military establishment in Pakistan had established close ties with Mullah Omar and the Taliban. However, Pakistan post 9/11 has been forced to align reluctantly against the Taliban. The Taliban now has bases of operation in Pakistan and it is not certain that a peaceful relationship could be established if they gain some control in Afghanistan at the expense of the government. The possibility of the Taliban gaining power in Afghanistan and looking for more influence east of the Durand Line is too great a risk.

WHAT DOES ABJECT FAILURE LOOK LIKE, AND HOW IS IT AVOIDED?

That leaves one final possibility: abject failure. This could happen if the international community loses patience with Afghanistan and cuts its losses, like the Trump Administration is perhaps considering. This certainly wouldn’t be the first time Afghanistan has been cut loose; there has been a pattern of countless such abandonments throughout history, like the Soviet withdrawal in 1989. Importantly, though, the international community has always decided to return. Afghanistan’s strategic importance to the rest of the world is significant, and modern forms of terrorism have compounded the effects of this strategic importance. This significance is evident in the many times that multiple empires have attempted to conquer it. Afghanistan is at the crossroads of the Middle East, Southern Asia, and Central Asia, and it continues to be a vital transit area for land-based commerce and gas and oil pipelines. There is no doubt that cutting strategic losses today might result in a strategic need to return a few decades, or even a few years, later.

CONCLUSION

Previous attempts to define victory in Afghanistan, and therefore advocate a strategy, have often considered various types of victory in isolation. However, the ideal end state for Afghanistan should be considered relative to the alternatives. A total victory is ideal, but needs to solve numerous enormous problems resulting from seemingly endless systemic conflicts. It would also require the greatest degree of political will sustained over the long-term. Furthermore, it is unlikely that the Taliban can be beaten militarily like they were in 2001. The government of Afghanistan and its allies could regain lost territory, but it is already a robust insurgency and terrorist organization; and these types of movements are rarely defeated militarily. Abject failure would be cost efficient in the short-term, but the resultant problems would increase costs over the long-term and would undermine U.S. national interests. A mitigated failure would likely have all the negative costs of abject failure, but with greater U.S. losses on the path to failure. Ultimately, total victory is ideal but highly unlikely. Abject and mitigated failures have long-term costs and endanger U.S. national interests. This leaves us with mitigated success and a negotiated settlement with the Taliban as the most prudent option.

A negotiated settlement would come with high political costs to whichever U.S. president decided to pursue it. However, these political costs would be lower than those required for a total victory. Furthermore, negotiations have mostly failed because there is no concerted effort or strategy to achieve it, just periodic opportunism. There’s no doubt this strategy would be highly unpopular and downright offensive to many Americans––especially veterans of the war. However, the question shouldn’t only be about its popularity; it should also be about its feasibility to bring about the end of America’s longest war.

The path of least resistance in Afghanistan is to contain the Taliban over the long-term. This starts with a continued focus on the building of commando and police capacity while reducing resources for the conventional Afghan National Army, because the Taliban are the problem rather than external invasion. The maintenance of a strategic alliance with the government of Afghanistan to deter foreign military interventions will allow the central government to focus on internal state building and reconciliation. The encouragement of smaller insurgent groups to negotiate transitions into the political process will enable reconciliation. Finally, seeking avenues to allow for a negotiated settlement with the Taliban, and integration into the political process if necessary, are critical.

The other victories mentioned above are certainly possible, but not at acceptable costs. A total victory––while appealing––would require extensive resources, in both blood and treasure, expended over an indeterminate amount of time. In 2012, a majority of Americans wanted to speed up the pace of the 2014 withdrawal. When the war started in 2001, about 90% of Americans said starting the war was not a mistake. Today, that number has decreased by about 40 points. No politician will have the political capital to commit the resources to a total victory. Other types of victories are more ideal and would be more popular, and despite the sentiment against the option, a negotiated settlement is not only more likely to happen in our lifetime, it’s also the most feasible outcome for success.

Adam Wunische is a U.S. Army veteran who has deployed twice to Afghanistan. He is also a PhD student at Boston College and a contributing analyst at Wikistrat


          Newsmaker: Meera Baloch        

Meera Baloch, 23  who gave interview to media, condemning Pakistan at Hind Baloch Forum organised  Rakshabandan event. She is one of the few Baloch women who tied Rakhis to Indian brothers.


          How Pakistan recruits for the Taliban        

Note: This article is based on sources on-the-ground in Pakistan. There are embedded images associated with the article which may not survive email transport, but can be seen by clicking the link http://www.familysecuritymatters.org/publications/detail/how-pakistan-recruits-for-the-taliban?f=must_reads

In addition, a Reuters article today, cited in the text, confirms the Pakistani terror network about which I have written in a number of previous articles, also cited in the text..

How Pakistan recruits for the Taliban

by LAWRENCE SELLIN, PHD August 7, 2017

In Panjgur, Balochistan, there are three mosques and madrasas that produce Jihadis for Pakistan's proxy wars.

According to local sources, the leader of the whole Jihadi network in Panjgur is Abdul Hai, who recruits Balochi young men to fight in Afghanistan via the Madrasa Khair ul Madaris Mahmoudia in the Sordo-Sarikoran area of Panjgur (GPS coordinates 26.976668  64.140607). At least three of his recruits were reportedly killed by U.S. forces in Afghanistan: Jaseem son of Ashraf, a resident of Sordo; Abdul Malik; and Zafar, a resident of Sarikoran.


Mullah Abdul Ghani is currently living and teaching in the Madrasa Molana Ehtisham ul Haq, officially known as Madrasa Arabia Siraaj ul Uloom Farooqia located in the Chitkan area of Panjgur (GPS coordinates 26.955285  64.104428). His permanent residence is in the Mashkai region of Awaran district. Mullah Abdul Ghani fought in Afghanistan with the Taliban for whom he now recruits. Local sources say, from his Madrasa, Hamid son of Hassan Jan was sent to Afghanistan and survived. Another recruit, known as Habibullah son of Mohammad Essa, resident of Chitkan, Panjgur, was killed in Afghanistan.


The titular head of the Madrasa Jameh Masjid Umar is Nadeer son of Faqeer Mohammad, but the day-to-day operations are now run by his deputy Jabbar son of Mohammad Raheem. The madrasa is located in the Gramkan area of Panjgur and the GPS coordinates of its associated mosque are 26.995038 64.122847. According to local sources, Jabbar works closely with Pakistan's intelligence agency, the ISI, and has allegedly been involved in government-sanctioned weapons trafficking for Jihadi training.


Others reportedly recruited in Panjgur to fight for the Taliban include: Taqdeer son of Seth Saleem, resident of the Essai area; Shakeel son of Nadeel, from Parom in Panjgur district; and 14-year-old Dad Jan son of Mol Dad, also from Parom, who returned from Afghanistan just a month ago.

Those are only three of the hundreds of Taliban and other Jihadi recruiting centers in Pakistan.

In a Reuters' article published today, the confession of a Pakistani teenager who was captured moments before carrying out a suicide attack gives an insider's view of the Pakistani network which supports terrorism.

The man who oversees the network is a former Pakistani intelligence services (ISI) asset named Shafiq Mengal, now presumed leader of the Islamic State in Pakistan about whom I wrote in detail here and here.

The Pakistani terrorist network can be traced back to political can militant groups nurtured by the ISI such as Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT). Initially Punjabi in origin and operating mainly in Kashmir, they have now spread throughout Pakistan and provide the backbone of Pakistan's use of radical Islam or Islamic nationalism to suppress ethnic separatism and as an instrument of its foreign policy.

Pakistani police say that Shafiq Mengal has 500 to 1,000 Jihadis working for him in a network that spans both Pakistan and Afghanistan.

One link in that Pakistani Jihadi network is Kharan JuD and LeT district chief Mohammad Altaf Mullazai, who has been connected to Mengal and the ISI.


According to the Reuters article, former Baluchistan chief minister Naseer Mengal, father of Shafiq, claimed "Shafiq has not given shelter to any terrorist outfit and their activities."

That is not true, according to local sources.

Saleemullah, also known as Sheik Saleem, a leading member of JuD and LeT originally from Kharan is reported to be living with Shafiq Mengal in Wadh, Balochistan.

It is important to note that Saleemullah was trained in a fourth radical madrasa in the Bonistan area of Panjgur.



          Baloch up the ante against China-Pakistan Economic Corridor        

http://www.dnaindia.com/world/report-brexit-negotiations-have-not-begun-well-for-uk-says-former-top-diplomat-2521718

Baloch up the ante against China-Pakistan Economic Corridor

Mon, 7 Aug 2017-03:47pm , ANI

Exiled Baloch leaders and activists will gather in Berlin, Germany, on August 11 to voice their protest against the under construction multi-billion dollar China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

The event titled ?China?s One Belt One Road Initiative - Its adverse impact on Balochistan & the region? would be organized by the European branch of Baloch National Movement (BNM), a Baloch nationalist political group.

Hammal Haider, the foreign secretary of the Baloch National Movement, said, ?The purpose of the Berlin conference is to engage scholars from around the world to have a candid debate on China's One Belt Road One Road (OBOR) initiative.

The Baloch National Movement believes OBOR and its related projects not only affect Balochistan but also other nations in the world.

?In this situation, I think, it?s high time we work with other nations and countries who also oppose OBOR / CPEC?, he said.

The BNM has invited experts, analysts, journalists, economists, civil society actors and policy makers to discuss the impact of economic corridor.

People in Balochistan, Pakistan?s resource rich province, are opposing CPEC, which runs mostly through the region. Balochistan is in the throes of a popular movement for self-determination that is gathering intensity by the day.

For the indigenous Baloch people, CPEC is seen as a threat. As CPEC gets implemented in Balochistan, there is a fear of a massive inflow of migrants from different areas of Pakistan which will change the demography of Balochistan and reduce the Baloch people to a permanent minority in their historic homeland.

Ghaffar Baloch, President of BNM Germany, told ANI, ?CPEC is no way an economic project. Pakistan and China together are building a military infrastructure in Balochistan?s coastal areas. The purpose is to strengthen their military supremacy in the region which we believe will undermine the stability of the region.?

Nevertheless, Chinese footprints are on the increase in Pakistan and inroads into Balochistan is becoming increasingly visible.

In order to provide security to Chinese facilities, Pakistan is raising special security groups and intensifying army operations in Balochistan.

The number of the dead and disappeared is increasing and there is a total blackening out of information about the same in the media. Rather than bringing growth and prosperity to people of Balochistan, CPEC has become a call of death for the people in this unfortunate and forgotten corner of the world.

China came up with its One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative in 2013, and during the last four years, it has displayed its willingness to follow through on its plans.

It is gaining traction as more and more countries from around the world are joining OBOR. This was evident in the May 2017 meeting in Beijing where the Chinese President called it the ?project of the century?. The OBOR is now being renamed as Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) to overcome the limitations of the earlier nomenclature, ?One belt one road?, because it is expected to involve many roads and many belts.

The initiative involves investment of about USD four trillion or more as it is in an ever-expanding mode and more and more countries are joining it in the hope of reaping trade and commercial dividends out of massive infrastructure bring built around Asia, Europe and Africa to facilitate flow of goods and services.

China aims to be at the centre of a massive economic transformation such grand initiative would galvanize.

The project seeks to enable a 21st century ?Silk Route?, comprising both overland and maritime access routes through installation of new, as well as upgradation of existing transport and communication infrastructure in countries hoping to reap the dividends.

(This article has not been edited by DNA's editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed


          BLF JULY 2017 REPORT AND ARMED ACTIVITIES AGAINST PAKISTANI FORCES        

BLF JULY REPORT :42 attacks were carried out on Pakistani forces. More than 27 soldiers were killed

(Daily Sangar) BLF JULY 2017 REPORT AND ARMED ACTIVITIES AGAINST PAKISTANI FORCES

BLF Activities Published by “Ashoob” from the statements of BLF spokesperson Gwahram Baloch issued in Electronic and Print Media.

During the month of July 2017, 42 attacks were carried out on Pakistani forces. More than 27 soldiers were killed, dozens injured, 9 military vehicles destroyed. One attack was carried out on Pakistan army’s construction company Frontier Works Organization (FWO), working on China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects, one (FWO) personnel was killed and one injured. 5 attacks carried out on Pakistan Army’s death squads, 2 militants of ISIS affiliated terrorist organization were killed and 4 injured.

In the month of July, three BLF fighters Zareef Baloch, Saleem Baloch and Sameer Baloch embraced martyrdom in Dasht district Kech while defending motherland Balochistan against Pakistani forces.

They fought bravely for the freedom of their country and the nation, who demonstrated the true meaning of sacrifice. We will remember them with eternal respect and gratitude. Their sacrifice will forever be etched into the history of Baloch resistance.

01 July 2017 - Two military personnel killed in a sniper attack on Pakistan military check-post in Sahaki area of Baalgatar district Kech, Balochistan.

02 July 2017 - One military personnel killed in a sniper attack during picket security of Pakistan military convoy in Sorak area of Dasht district Kech, Balochistan.

03 July 2017 - AttackedonPakistan military convoy with heavy and automatic weapons in Kanerah area of Peerandar district Awaran, Balochistan, one military vehicle destroyed and several killed and injured.

One military personnel killed in a sniper attack on picket security of Pakistan military convoy in Ladh area of Bazdad district Awaran, Balochistan

04 July 2017 - Attacked on military construction company Frontier works Organization (FWO) security checkpoint with automatic weapons in Gadki-cross area between Hoshab and Baalgatar district Kech, Balochistan, one (FWO) personnel killed

Killed Ashraf resident of Mashkay district Awaran and other militants of Pakistan military death squad, affiliated with ISIS during a battle in Draj-Kaur, Mashkay district Awaran, Balochistan

06 July 2017 - Attacked on Pakistan military convoy in Nizarabad area of Tump district Kech, Balochistan, several killed and injured

07 July 2017 - One military personnel killed in a sniper attack on Pakistan military checkpoint in Nondara area of district Awaran, Balochistan

09 July 2017 - Attacked on Pakistan military checkpoint in Kaor Dat area of district Awaran, Balochistan, several killed and injured

10 July 2017 - Attacked on Pakistan military convoy in Teertej area of district Awaran, Balochistan, one military vehicle partially damaged, several killed and injured

Attacked on picket security of Pakistan military convoy in Zumdan area of Peerandar district Awaran, Balochistan, two military personnel killed

Attacked on Pakistan military convoy with heavy weapons in Gadoop area of Peerandar district Awaran, Balochistan, two military vehicles partially damaged, several military personnel killed and injured

Attacked on Pakistan military convoy with heavy weapons in Galhi area of Buleda district Kech, Balochistan, and several military personnel killed and injured.

12 July 2017 - Attacked on picket security of Pakistan military convoy with automatic weapons in between Tal and Hoshab areas of district Kech, Balochistan, one military personnel killed and two injured

13 July 2017 - Attacked on Pakistan military camp with heavy and automatic weapons in Teertej area of district Awaran, Balochistan and inflicted heavy casualties

14 July 2017 - Attacked on Pakistan military Darshan checkpoint with heavy weapons in Sahaki area of Baalgatar district Kech, Balochistan, two military personnel killed and several injured

15 July 2017 - Attacked on Pakistan military Nondara camp with automatic weapons in Jhaoo area of district Awaran, Balochistan and inflicted heavy casualties

Attacked on Pakistan military Doleji camp with automatic weapons in Jhaoo area of district Awaran, Balochistan and inflicted heavy casualties

Attacked on Pakistan military check-post with heavy weapons in Alangi area of Mashkay district Awaran, Balochistan and inflicted heavy casualties

16 July 2017 - One military personnel killed in a sniper attack on the road construction site in Tapalu area of Zamuran district Kech, Balochistan

Targeted and killed Wali Jan, an informer of Pakistan military and a member of ISIS in Jebri area of Mashkay district Awaran, Balochistan

17 July 2017 - Planted a landmine and Targeted Noor Bakhsh, a death squad member affiliated with ISIS in Shergi area of Mashkay district Awaran, Balochistan

18 July 2017 - Attacked on Pakistan military convoy with heavy and automatic weapons in Talai area of Bazdad district Awaran, Balochistan, several military personnel killed and injured

Planted a landmine and Targeted Naseer Ameer Khan, a state backed death squad member affiliated with ISIS in Gorkhai area of Mashkay district Awaran, Balochistan

One Pakistan military personnel killed in a sniper attack on Pakistan military check post on Martyr Salim Koh (mountain) in Mand area of district Kech, Balochistan

19 July 2017 - Attacked on Pakistan military check-post with rocket launchers and automatic weapons in Kala-Kaur area of Paroom district Kech, Balochistan, several killed and injured

Attacked on Pakistan military check-post with heavy weapons in Sar Gaddagi area of Baalgatar district Kech, Balochistan, two military personnel killed and several injured

Ambushed a Pakistan military vehicle with heavy weapons in Dashtayari Kahn area of Shapuk district Kech, Balochistan, all military personnel in the vehicle were killed

20 July 2017 - One military personnel killed in a sniper attack on Pagansh bridge in Shahrak area of district Kech, Balochistan

Attacked on Pakistan military with heavy weapons when building a checkpoint after occupying a school in Gashanag area of Kolwa district Awaran, Balochistan, several killed and injured.

21 July 2017 - One military personnel killed in a sniper attack in district Khuzdar, Balochistan.

Attacked on 15 Pakistan military soldiers on the fort with heavy weapons in Gashanag area of Kolwa district Awaran, Balochistan, several killed and injured.

Attacked on Pakistan military check-point with heavy weapons in Gashanag area of Kolwa district Awaran, Balochistan and inflicted heavy casualties.

Attacked on Pakistan military check-point with grenades in Lizzo area of district Khuzdar, Balochistan and killed one military personnel.

Attacked on Pakistan military check-point with heavy weapons in Gashanag area of Kolwa district Awaran, Balochistan and inflicted heavy casualties.

23 July 2017 - Attacked on Pakistan military check-point with heavy weapons in Gandchahi area of Kolwa district Awaran, Balochistan and inflicted heavy casualties.

26 July 2017 - Attacked and fired two BM12 on Pakistan military camp in Malar area of Balochistan and inflicted heavy casualties.

Attacked and fired two BM12 on Pakistan military camp in Gishkor area of Balochistan, several killed and injured.

27 July 2017 - Attacked on Pakistan military convoy with heavy and automatic weapons in Talai area of Bazdad district Awaran, Balochistan, and killed two military personnel.

28 July 2017 - Planted a landmine and Targeted Jumma s/o Yar Muhammad and Hazbullah Khair Bakhsh death squad members affiliated with ISIS in Raghey area of Besema district Washuk, Balochistan.

29 July 2017 - Attacked on Pakistan military convoy consisted of three military vehicles with heavy weapons in Paroom area of district Panjgur, Balochistan, two military vehicles partially damaged, several military personnel killed and injured

One military personnel killed in a sniper attack on Nali military camp in Shadi Kaur area of Pasni district Gwadar, Balochistan

30 July 2017 - Attacked on Pakistan military check-point with heavy weapons Chambur area of Kolwa district Awaran, Balochistan, two military personnel killed and several injured.

31 July 2017 - Ambushed on Pakistan military convoy in Jahani Aap area of Bulaida, Zamuran, district Kech, Balochistan. Three military vehicles completely destroyed, seven military personnel killed and several injured. http://sangarpublication.com/home/page/431.html


          Creating A 12 To 24-Month Policy Bridge For A New Afghanistan Strategy        

http://dailycaller.com/2017/08/04/creating-a-12-to-24-month-policy-bridge-for-a-new-afghanistan-strategy/

LAWRENCE SELLIN

Retired Colonel, U.S. Army Reserve

3:52 PM 08/04/2017

Up until now his advisors have offered President Trump two choices for failure in Afghanistan, one quick, withdrawal, and one slow, a continuation of the failed strategy of the last sixteen years.

By now it should be apparent to all knowledgeable people that U.S. objectives cannot be achieved in land-locked Afghanistan where Pakistan, whose Afghanistan objectives differ from ours, controls the supply of our troops and the battle tempo through its support of the Taliban and Haqqani network.

An alternative is to provide the President with a 12 to 24-month plan that bridges the gap between the present untenable strategy to a longer term solution.

That is, rather than tweak the current strategy, begin to address the core problem, a strategic environment that has made success of the current strategy impossible.

Within the next two years, the Trump Administration should formulate a strategy that exploits Pakistan’s pain points, one which carves out roles for the Department of Defense, Department of State and Congress.

While preventing a further deterioration in the security situation in Afghanistan, different permutations and degrees of the following actions should be pursued, both as short term leverage against Pakistan and, ideally, to create a regional strategic environment more conducive to U.S. interests.  That is, it is not the Taliban and the Haqqani network that need to be brought to the negotiating table, but Pakistan.

Foreign aid to Pakistan – reduce it to a trickle. Even Pakistan’s former ambassador to the United States says that a tougher approach needs to be adopted toward his country: “The Bush administration gave Pakistan $12.4 billion in aid, and the Obama administration forked over $21 billion. These incentives did not make Pakistan more amenable to cutting off support for the Afghan Taliban.”Major Non-NATO Ally (MNNA) status – cancel all or part of it. As a MNNA country, approved by President George W. Bush in 2004, Pakistan became “eligible for priority delivery of defense material, an expedited arms sale process, and a U.S. loan guarantee program, which backs up loans issued by private banks to finance arms exports. It can also stockpile U.S. military hardware, participate in defense research and development programs, and be sold more sophisticated weaponry.”Declaration of Pakistan as a state sponsor of terrorism – advance the House bill through Congress. On September 20, 2016, Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02), the Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Terrorism, along with Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (CA-48), introduced H.R.6069, the Pakistan State Sponsor of Terrorism Designation Act. According to Chairman Poe: “Not only is Pakistan an untrustworthy ally, Islamabad has also aided and abetted enemies of the United States for years.  From harboring Osama bin Laden to its cozy relationship with the Haqqani network, there is more than enough evidence to determine whose side Pakistan is on in the War on Terror.”Durand Line – Pakistan depends on it – question its legitimacy. The Durand Line is the arbitrary 1896 border drawn between Afghanistan and Pakistan by British Diplomat Sir Mortimer Durand. Pashtun lands have been artificially divided and Pakistan is using its Pashtun population as Taliban cannon fodder.China-Pakistan Economic Corridor – undermine it. Pakistan has significant economic incentive to exclude western countries from maintaining any influence in Afghanistan. It is called the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which is part of China’s larger Belt and Road Initiative that aims to connect Asia through land-based and maritime economic zones. CPEC is an infrastructure project, the backbone of which is a transportation network connecting China to the Pakistani seaports of Gwadar and Karachi located on the Arabian Sea. Gwadar is a potential Chinese naval base at the mouth of the Persian Gulf, which will complement another Chinese naval base in Djibouti at the mouth of the Red Sea creating two critical strategic choke points.Ethnic separatism – encourage it – Pakistan is the Yugoslavia of South Asia. Probably the greatest of all potential Pakistani pain points is ethnic separatism. Pakistan was founded on the religion of Islam and is composed primarily of five ethnic groups that never coexisted, the Bengalis, Punjabis, Pashtuns, Sindhis and Baloch. Pakistan’s Islamic nationalism program was specifically designed to suppress ethnic separatism, an effort that eventually led to the proliferation of Islamic terrorist groups within its borders and their use as instruments of Pakistan’s foreign policy. Exploitation of ethnic separatism within Pakistan, such as in Balochistan, remains an option. That is, fight an insurgency with an insurgency.

A longer term solution for Afghanistan was described previously in the Daily Caller, one based on counterterrorism rather than counterinsurgency, providing a cost-effective, flexible and “conditions-based” strategy advocated by retired U.S. Army Major General Paul Vallely in a Diana West article.

“Such a strategy, Vallely explained, relies on ‘the maximum use of unconventional forces,’ such as Navy SEALS and other special forces, who can be deployed as needed from what are known in military parlance as ‘lily pads’ — outposts or jumping-off points in friendly countries (Israel, Northern Kurdistan, India, Philippines, Italy, Djibouti … ) and from U.S. aircraft carrier strike groups. Such strike groups generally include eight to 10 vessels ‘with more fire power,’ the general noted, ‘than most nations.’ These lily pads become ‘bases we can launch from any time we want to,’ eliminating the need for massive land bases such as Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan, by now a small city of 20,000 American personnel who continuously need to be supplied and secured at enormous expense.”

In terms of Afghanistan strategy, it is time to build a bridge to somewhere.

Lawrence Sellin, Ph.D. is a retired US Army Reserve colonel, an IT command and control subject matter expert, trained in Arabic and Kurdish, and a veteran of Afghanistan, northern Iraq and a humanitarian mission to West Africa. He receives email at lawrence.sellin@gmail.com.


          Hind Baloch Forum: Rakshabandan Celebration        

Subject: Invitation for Rakshabandhan

Dear Sir

Greetings from the Hind-Baloch Forum. We are going to celebrate  'Raksha Parv' on the auspicious day of Rakshabandhan to  strengthen relationship between Hindustan and Balochistan. Baloch sisters will tie Rakhi to Indian Flag and Indian brothers.

Hind-Baloch Forum is established by eminent Indians who love their Motherland along with freedom fighters of Balochistan. We support our Baloch friends against the illegal occupation of an Independent State Balochistan by Pakistan. We oppose the brutal violation of humanity in Balochistan.  Baloch people deserve a life with sovereignty, dignity and prosperity which Pakistan is hindering.

We are looking forward for your gracious presence at the event.

Venue: Speaker Hall, Constitutional Club, Rafi Marg, New Delhi
Date: 07/08/2017, Monday
Timing: 11 AM to 1PM

Contact 9935272976 Ankit

With regards
Govind Sharma
International Convenor


          Pakistan's permanent jihadi network        




by LAWRENCE SELLIN, PHD August 3, 2017

The United States, NATO and the Afghan government should not be trying to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table, but Pakistan.

Located about 100 kilometers from the Afghanistan border in Kharan, Balochistan is one of the hundreds of outposts of Pakistan's permanent jihadi network.

Far lesser known than al-Qaeda and the Islamic State, but considered by many to be far more dangerous, Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) is Pakistan's favorite Islamo-nationalist jihadist group.

JuD, which the United Nations say is a front for banned militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), was originally a Punjabi-dominated organization, but, with the help of the Pakistani military expanded into Balochistan and Sindh provinces as a Islamo-nationalist tool to suppress ethnic separatism.

According to South Asia expert Arif Jamal, JuD is a bigger threat than al-Qaeda or the Islamic State because:

"JuD was conceived and created as an organization that can run a modern state. That is why JuD placed equal stress on recruiting its members from all professions and gives training to its members in all fields of statecraft. Unlike al-Qaeda and ISIS, JuD members come from or have penetrated all government departments, from the Pakistani military down to municipal councils. Unlike al-Qaeda and ISIS, JuD is capable of reinventing itself and surviving."

JuD is said to be operating under different names in 50 countries and reportedly has over 500,000 members in Pakistan, making it bigger than all other Pakistani jihadist groups combined.

The terrorist group LeT, which is linked to the Pakistani intelligence service the ISIS, is better known, but in actuality, LeT can be considered one of the JuD departments, whose specific mandate is to wage jihad in the Indian Kashmir. Another JuD element, known as "International Affairs Department," under Abdur Rehman Makki, is responsible for global jihadist activities. Arif Jamal has argued that the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks were a joint operation by the LeT and the JuD's International Affairs Department.

As an indication of its official clout, after the 2013 Awaran earthquake, the Pakistani government barred UN agencies from carrying out relief activities, but allowed in 2,000 JuD volunteers to provide relief and recruit jihadis in close coordination with Pakistan's civilian administration and soldiers.

According to local sources, the Kharan district chief of JuD and LeT is Mohammad Altaf Mullazai. He has five brothers and three sisters. Altaf is the eldest son of his father, Haji Saleh Mohammad Mullazai. Altaf's permanent residence is in Wapda Mohalla of Kharan, but he now spends most of his time in Quetta. Altaf's brother, Saleem Mullazai, fought with the Taliban in Afghanistan.

Altaf's cousin Waseem is now in operational control of jihadi activities in the Kharan region, representing JuD and making frequent visits to the Pakistan Army base in Quetta. He uses a black Honda motorcycle and carries a 9mm pistol.

Again according to local sources, Mohammad Altaf Mullazai is linked to Pakistani intelligence and Shafiq Mengal, related to a power struggle for Pakistani military money with Muneer Mullazai. Both Mohammad Altaf Mullazai and Muneer Mullazai have worked with the Pakistani military to suppress Balochistan nationalists.

Mohammad Altaf Mullazai's associate, Shafiq Mengal is now, according to security officials in Quetta, leader of the Islamic State in Pakistan.

As reported earlier, Shafiq Mengal is the son of former Pakistan state minister for petroleum and Balochistan's caretaker chief minister, Naseer Mengal. He comes from an influential and educated family, dropped out from Aitchison College in Lahore, and later attended an extremist Sunni-Deobandi theological school.

In 2008, Shafiq Mengal organized a pro-government tribal militia known as the Baloch Musallah Difaee Tanzeem, which was considered a pawn of Pakistan's intelligence agency, the ISI, and enjoyed the confidence of the local Pakistani Army Frontier Corps.  The Pakistani authorities saw it as being in the vanguard of the fight against Balochistan independence insurgents. Mengals's group soon degenerated into a local death squad, killing people for political as well as non-political, tribal or personal reasons.

In the wake of the Pakistani government crackdown on al-Qaeda, the Pakistani Taliban and related domestic terrorist groups, Shafiq Mengal took advantage of the power vacuum created in LeJ to become one of the leading lights of the LeJ splinter group, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi al-Alami (LeJ-A), which has claimed responsibility for several bloody atrocities in Balochistan in the past year.

Another presumed link in the permanent Pakistani jihadi network is located farther west in the Kech district of Balochistan, where Lashkar-e-Khorasan, a self-proclaimed Islamic State affiliate, is an apparent important player in an opium-trafficking region with active Taliban recruiting centers.

The take-home message for the Trump Administration is that the Taliban represents only the tip of the Pakistani jihadi iceberg.

The U.S. cannot achieve its stated objectives in Afghanistan under the current strategic conditions and should incorporate new tactics in a broader South Asia strategy addressing Pakistan's proliferation of Islamo-nationalism.

That strategy could include fighting an insurgency with an insurgency by supporting secular Balochistan independence groups.

Lawrence Sellin, Ph.D. is a retired colonel with 29 years of service in the US Army Reserve and a veteran of Afghanistan and Iraq. Colonel Sellin is the author of "Restoring the Republic: Arguments for a Second American Revolution ". He receives email at lawrence.sellin@gmail.com.


          Pakistani Cultural Dress For Wedding Ceremony        
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          Traditional Clothing of Pakistan        
Salwar kameez (shalwar qameez) is the national dress of Pakistan. Salwars are loose trousers designed in various styles. Originally, the salwars were flared towards the bottom with embellishments or fancy cutwork. Today, there are many variations of the same. At times, the bottom of the salwar is narrow and fitting. The salwar kameez is important especially during the festivals celebrated in Pakistan, for men as well as women. Salwar kameez is also popular due to the comfort factor. The salwar is tied at the waist with the help of a drawstring and more recently; elastic is also used for the same purpose. The fit is generally baggy or tapering. Narrow tight fitting salwars are known as churidars. These have become a rage in the recent years even in India.

The kameez is large and loose fitting tunic worn with the baggy salwar. Men as well as women wear the same attire, with a difference in the colors used, fits, silhouettes and the kind of embellishments used. Interesting patterns woven with lace are used to add femininity to the kameez. Women also use a dupatta with the salwar kameez. Dupattas are long yards of cloth available along with the salwar kameez because their color and pattern is coordinated as per the entire ensemble. Women also wear scarves or shawls with the salwar kameez that is used to wrap around the head and neck area. A variety of synthetic or cotton fabrics are used in the creation of the salwar kameez.

Although the sherwani originated in India during the 18th century, it is also the national dress for men in Pakistan. Off late, sherwanis designed for women are gaining popularity. A sherwani is a long coat worn with a salwar. Sherwanis are generally made from heavy fabrics.

The achkan is yet another important dress of Pakistan. An achkan is a long jacket, which also originated in the 19th century in India. These are long sleeved coats reaching all the way to the knees. At times, achkan can even go lower.

Apart from the traditional clothing worn by Pakistanis, on similar lines with India, one can see other forms of western attire as well. But the traditional clothing definitely has a strong foothold in the modern society even today.

          Traditional Clothing        
Despite the presence of certain conservative areas in Pakistan, one can see the effect of many cultures in the society off late. Pakistan today, shows a mix of various cultures and traditions seen in the dressing as well as food habits of a person. Pakistanis display a strong attachment to cricket (although the national sport is field hockey) and fanatics completely immerse themselves into this game. Off late, Pakistani music has also made a mark especially in India. ‘Junoon’, a Pakistani rock group has recently established its own identity in India. ‘Strings’ tasted success with their song ‘Sar Kiye Yeh Pahar’ and had many more songs to their credit following this track. Despite the success of Pakistani songs and singers (of the likes of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan) particularly in India, Indian movies face a Government ban regardless of their popularity with Pakistanis!

There are many factors that help to establish the identity of a nation despite all these influences. Be it the language or the sense of dressing, there are many more things, which speak volumes about the culture of a particular nation.

With the effects of globalization; currently, Pakistan also tends to be heavily influenced with cultures from the west. One can even witness a mixture of various cuisines out here. Even then, most families stick to their traditions and customs. This is probably why you can find a blend of the modern cultures and traditions in Pakistan.

One feature still prevalent in Pakistan is the traditional clothing seen out here. There are many women and men who prefer to stick to traditional clothing of Pakistan although a majority wears western attire. Pakistani clothing, like Indian clothing, holds significance during many ceremonies and festivals celebrated throughout the year. Various forms of Pakistani traditional clothing are on similar lines to those spotted in India! Here’s a detailed look at the traditional clothing of Pakistan.

          Pakistani Culture        
Fashion Pakistan has arranged information to let you know about culture of Pakistan as pakistani fashion designs for dress, products, accessories are always oriented keeping in mind of aspects pertaining to Pakistani culture. This is due to fact that people of pakistan never compromise fashion that tends to deviate from norms pertaining to culture of Pakistan which is fusion of south asian & central asian cultures and we already know that many cultural practices have been inherited from Mughals. Pakistani culture is also a form of eastern culture which is popular throughout the world due to its uniqueness, exclusivness and matchlessness which one can also find in eastern fashion.This gives opportunity to Fashion Pakistan to provide you coverage for details pertaining to culture of Pakistan and also explanations that how culture creates impact on fashion. Pakistani culture is not imposing negative impact on fashion but instead it is helping to let pakistani fashion trends in their pure eastern & attractive form. Nowadays Pakistani fashion designers, artists and experts are also developing their imagination to design their fashion products keeping in mind of culture of Pakistan. Also it is good to know that several online fashion boutiques, labels and outlets registered to Fashion Pakistan are contributing to promote Pakistani culture by providing special discounts on fahion accessories, clothes and apparel that are representing features closely tied to culture of Pakistan.

          Indian Military Intelligence officer has been arrested by Pakistani Army         

http://www.pakdef.org/forum/topic/10242-indian-army-officer-arrested-in-fata-by-pakistani-amry/

Indian Military Intelligence officer has been arrested by Pakistani Army and intelligence agencies in FATA agency of Pakistan. The said officer named Col Vinay was operating huge spy network in Balochistan and FATA, NWFP since long back and was suspected to be behind many attacks against CPEC project. 
The news of arrest has not been leaked to media by Pakistani agencies to avoid any further embarrassment. Arrested Indian officer is being taken to GHQ Rawalpindi for interrogation. This is interesting development as India repeatedly accuses Pakistan of supporting terror in Kashmir.





          Baloch woman sprayed petrol by Pakistan army & threatened to call her brother and hand him over. BNM        

https://www.thebnm.org/single-post/2017/07/29/Baloch-woman-sprayed-petrol-by-Pakistan-army-threatened-to-call-her-brother-and-hand-him-over-BNM

Baloch woman sprayed petrol by Pakistan army & threatened to call her brother and hand him over. BNM

July 29, 2017

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Baloch woman sprayed petrol by Pakistan army & threatened to call her brother and hand him over. BNM

July 29, 2017

Baloch National Movement spokesperson issued a statement in the media and said while mentioning the brutalities and barbarism in Balochistan by Pakistan, in the 1970's, the Pakistani Army, committed massacre and genocide of Bengalis, violating the international laws. The silence of international institutions on the issue gave the certificate of continuing the process by giving exemption to Pakistan for genocide of other nations. 

Today, the same Pakistan is engaged in Baloch genocide in Balochistan. Baloch children, youths, elders and women have become mentally ill by living under the shadow of Pakistan military’s guns and fighter jets. Similarly, a large number of Baloch children, youths, elders and women have been abducted and their whereabouts remain unknown for years.

Thousands of them have been killed.

The central spokesperson added that Pakistani forces have started to harass and abduct the relatives of Baloch political activists. 

Last night, in Pasni ward No. 6, Pakistani forces stormed into the house of previously killed Sabir Baloch and sprayed petrol on his sister and mentally tortured his old and sick mother. 

Pakistani forces forcefully abducted martyred Sabir Baloch Wali Mohammad on August 4, 2014, and handed over his decomposed body to hospital administration in Gwadar on November 2, 2016, and staged a false drama that he was killed in encounter. 

Along with Sabir Baloch three more dead bodies of missing Baloch persons were dumped. Among them were young Zafar Baloch, Salahuddin and Sajid Ali. 

Many people left their cities and homes due to this act of Pakistan, they live in exile or have migrated to other safe places. 

The men of Martyr Sabir's family have also left their town Pasni and moved to a different place. 

In recent incident, Pakistani forces have entered the house of Martyr Sabir and threatened his family to call Sabir's brother in Pasni and hand him over to Pakistan security forces. Or else, his sister will be abducted. 

The family members fear that the other brothers of Sabir Baloch will also get killed. 

Due to the fear, they have left their native area. With this threat Pakistani forces sprayed petrol at the family members, which is against all human rights and international laws.

Similarly, in recent days, Pakistani forces broke the windows and doors of BNM’s senior exiled leader Zafar Ali Baloch’s house and then occupied the empty house in Hub, Balochistan. 

After twenty-four hours without any intervention, the forces left the house and went back. But this is a policy to keep the entire family in mental pressure. Note, this house was vacated when the Pakistani forces raided and abducted Zafar Ali Baloch's cousin Safar Ali s/o Qadir Bakhsh on October 23, 2013. He is still missing. 

Similarly, BSO Azad’s leader and Safar Ali’s cousin Shabir Baloch, was abducted by Pakistani forces on October 4, 2016, from Gwarkop area of District Kech, Balochistan and his family is being constantly threatened.

He further added that, Political inmates are facing constant threats from the Pakistan army and other organizations, that they should quit their political activities. Otherwise, their families will have to face extreme consequences. 

Pakistani forces have abducted and murdered a number of relatives of the political workers affiliated with BNM or any other political organization working in Balochistan including the relatives of BNM leaders in exile. 

UN and Human Rights Institutions should bring Pakistan into


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          Nokia Lumia 525 Price & Specs         

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 Browser HTML5  
 Colors Black, White, Yellow, Red  
 Entertainment  FM radio, 3.5mm audio jack, MP4/H.264/H.263/WMV player, MP3/WAV/eAAC+/WMA player, Video/photo editor, SNS integration, Games  
 Camera  5.0 MP, 2592 x 1936 pixels, autofocus, 1/4" sensor size, geo-tagging, Video (720p 30fps)  
 Other Features  GPS + A-GPS support and GLONASS, MicroSIM card support only, 7GB free SkyDrive storage, Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic,Document viewer/editor, Predictive text input, Speakerphone  
 Ring Tones  Downloadable, Polyphonic, MP3, WAV  
 Messaging  SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM  
 Price  Price in Rs: Coming Soon    Price in USD: $NA  

 


          Nokia Asha 500 Price & Specs         

Nokia Asha 500 Price & Specs 

Rs. Coming Soon USD $NA

 Nokia Asha 500 Price Pakistan

Specs & Features    
 Whats New? Nokia Asha 500 - Hyper social pocket power
Say hello to the all new made for facebook phone Nokia Asha 500, the hyper social networking power. now you can access your tweets and facebook notifications directly from your Nokia Asha 500's screen. loaded with twitter, facebook, Whatsapp and many more pre-installed apps plus download thousands from nokia store. Nokia Asha 500 is the new way to share, swipe through the screens just like a smartphone. All the top notch features of a smartphones are made simpler & are inserted into Nokia Asha 500 the one and only true social media phone. loaded with 2 Mega Pixel camera, bluetooth 3.0 and all new simpler & intelligent Asha operating system Nokia Asha 500 is here to rock your soul.  
 Dimension 100.3 x 58.1 x 12.8 mm  
 Weight  101 g  
 Battery  Talk time Up to 14 h, Stand-by Up to 840 h, Music play Up to 46 h  
 OS Nokia Asha software platform 1.1.1 
 Memory Unknown built-in Memory, 4GB microSD card included (supports up to 32GB) 
 Connectivity  Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP, USB micro v2.0, WLAN (Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n), GPRS up to 42.8 kbps, EDGE up to 236.8  
 Display Size  240 x 320 pixels, 2.8 inches (~143 ppi pixel density)
Sensors: Accelerometer & proximity  
 Display Colour  TFT capacitive touchscreen, 256K colors, Multitouch up to 2 fingers  
 Operating
 Frequency / Band 
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900  
 Browser WAP 2.0 / xHTML, HTML  
 Colors Bright Red, Bright Green, Cyan, Yellow, White and Black  
 Entertainment  Stereo FM radio, 3.5mm audio jack, MP4/H.263 player, MP3 WAV/AAC player, SNS apps, Games (built-in + downloadable)  
 Camera  2MP, 1600 x 1200 pixels, Video (QVGA 13fps)  
 Other Features  Organizer, Voice memo, Predictive text input, (Micro-SIM), Speakerphone  
 Ring Tones  Downloadable, Polyphonic, MP3, WAV  
 Messaging  SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, IM  
 Price  Price in Rs: Coming Soon    Price in USD: $NA  

 


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          Nokia Asha 503 Price & Specs        

Nokia Asha 503 Price & Specs

Rs. Coming Soon
USD $NA
Nokia Asha 503 Price Pakistan







Specs & Features
 Whats New? Nokia Asha 503 - Swipe Snap. Share.
lo and behold, here comes Nokia Asha 503, Joining the next generation of Asha series with a blast. Nokia Asha 503 features an amazing layered design approach combining multi layers of Polycarbonate with a new and improved hardware. Nokia Asha 503 is now much more customizable in every sense weather being social or the looks making it much more closer to the smartphones. The new Asha 503 comes with a brilliant 5 Megapixel Camera and supports 3.5G. Snap some photos and upload on facebook with just a click. Nokia Asha 503 in your hand will make you stand out in the crowd because of its unique colorful and durable looks.  
 Dimension 102.6 x 60.6 x 12.7 mm  
 Weight  110.2 g  
 Battery  Talk time Up to 12 h, Stand-by Up to 840 h, Music play Up to 34 h  
 OS Nokia Asha software platform 1.2 
 Memory Unknown built-in Memory, 4GB microSD card included (supports up to 32GB) 
 Connectivity  Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP, USB micro v2.0, WLAN (Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n), GPRS up to 85.6 kbps, EDGE up to 236.8  
 Display Size  240 x 320 pixels, 3.0 inches (~133 ppi pixel density)
Sensors: Accelerometer & proximity  
 Display Colour  TFT capacitive + Corning Gorilla Glass, 256K colors, Multitouch up to 2 fingers  
 Operating
 Frequency / Band 
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 (HSDPA 900 / 2100)  
 Browser WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML  
 Colors Yellow, black, green, red, blue, white  
 Entertainment  Stereo FM radio, 3.5mm audio jack, MP4/H.263 player, MP3/AAC player, SNS apps, Games (built-in + downloadable)  
 Camera  5MP, 2592 x 1944 pixels, LED flash, Video (QVGA 15fps)  
 Other Features  Organizer, Voice memo, Predictive text input, Speakerphone  
 Ring Tones  Downloadable, Polyphonic, MP3, WAV  
 Messaging  SMS, MMS, Email, IM  
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          Nokia Lumia 1320 Price & Specs         

Nokia Lumia 1320 Price & Specs 

Rs. Coming Soon USD $NA

Nokia Lumia 1320 Price Pakistan

Specs & Features    
 Whats New? Nokia Lumia 1320 - Big and Beautiful but still Affordable!
Ladies and Gentlemen, presenting Nokia Lumia 1320. A large Screen budget friendly phablet with heart grabbing specs, especially for the midrange people who want more in lesser price. Nokia Lumia 1320 is a gem, a masterpiece created by Nokia that can knock down any competition if marketed right. Packing a huge battery bank of 3400 mah, Nokia Lumia 1320 can last for days powering 1.7 dual-core snapdragon 400 processor. With a 6 inch Bigger, brighter, 720p, super sensitive IPS LCD and the latest Gorilla glass 3 protection, Nokia Lumia 1320 still manages to be pretty sleek and doesn't feel overweight or bulky in anyway. The most amazing thing is that despite being a budget friendly mid range phone Nokia 1320 supports 4g. Having polycarbonate body in matte finish, Lumia 1320 has rounded edges unlike the other phones from the family. The only negative seen is a 5MP rear cam but that can be neglected keeping in mind the price & the new polished camera software. Nokia Lumia 1320 is a a must have phablet.  
 Dimension 164.2 x 85.9 x 9.8 mm  
 Weight  220 g  
 Battery  Talk time Up to 25 h 40 min, Stand-by Up to 672 h, Music play Up to 98 h, Non-removable  
 OS Microsoft Windows Phone 8 Black 
 Memory 8GB built-in, 1GB RAM, (supports up to 64GB) 
 Processor Dual-core 1.7 GHz (Qualcomm Snapdragon S4) GPU: Adreno 305 
 Connectivity  Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, USB micro V2.0, WLAN (Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, wifi hot spot), GPRS, EDGE, 3G (HSDPA 42.2 Mbps, HSUPA 5.76 Mbps), LTE, Cat3, 50 Mbps UL, 100 Mbps DL  
 Display Size  720 x 1280 pixels, 6.0 inches (~245 ppi pixel density), Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Sensors: Accelerometer, proximity, compass  
 Display Colour  IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, ClearBlack display, Multitouch  
 Operating
 Frequency / Band 
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 (HSDPA 850 / 900 / 2100, HSDPA 850 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100), HSDPA 900 / 2100), {LTE 800 / 1800 / 2600 (LTE 700 / 850 /1700 /1900/ 2100)  
 Browser HTML5  
 Colors Yellow, white, black, red  
 Entertainment  Stereo FM radio, 3.5mm audio jack, MP4/DivX/XviD/H.264/H.263/WMV player, MP3/WMA/WAV/eAAC+ player, Video/photo editor, SNS integration, Voice memo/command/dial, Games (built-in)  
 Camera  5 MP, 2592 x 1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, 1.4" sensor size, geo-tagging, Video,1080p@30fps), 2ndary VGA  
 Other Features  GPS + A-GPS support and GLONASS, GPU (Adreno 305), Micro SIM, 7GB free SkyDrive storage, Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic, Document viewer/editor, Predictive text input, Speakerphone  
 Ring Tones  Downloadable, Polyphonic, MP3, WAV  
 Messaging  SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM  
 Price  Price in Rs: Coming Soon    Price in USD: $NA  

 


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          Nokia Lumia 1520 Price & Specs        

Nokia Lumia 1520 Price & Specs

Rs. Coming Soon USD $NA

Nokia Lumia 1520 Price Pakistan

Specs & Features  
 Whats New? NOKIA LUMIA 1520 - What's your story?
You know there's a saying "Bigger is Better" well.. Nokia has proved it. With the NOKIA LUMIA 1520, Nokia stands tall in the large screen smartphone world. Featuring an enormous 6 inch 1080p full HD screen and a 20 Megapixel pureview camera NOKIA LUMIA 1520 is a huge beast ready to rock. Another stunning enhancement the you'll be surprised to know is that not one two or three but the new NOKIA LUMIA 1520 is equipped with four microphones to provide you the accurate sound and rich recording while making videos. having a built-in Microsoft office, a massive battery bank and Quad-core 2.2 GHz processor, NOKIA LUMIA 1520 is a work monster for the professional beast. Just imagine the power of Qualcomm 800 processor with a 2 GB RAM and full HD 1080p resolution while playing games. NOKIA LUMIA 1520 will blow your mind away.  
 Dimension 162.8 x 85.4 x 8.7 mm  
 Weight  209 g  
 Battery  Talk time Up to 27 h 40 min, Stand-by Up to 768 h, Music play Up to 124 h, Non-removable  
 OS Microsoft Windows Phone 8 Black 
 Memory 32GB built-in, 2GB RAM, (supports up to 64GB) 
 Processor Quad-core 2.2 GHz Krait 400 (Qualcomm MSM8974 Snapdragon 800) + GPU: Adreno 330 
 Connectivity  Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP, USB micro V2.0, WLAN (Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band wifi hot spot), GPRS, EDGE (Up to 236.8 kbps), 3G (HSDPA 42.2 Mbps, HSUPA 5.76 Mbps), LTE, Cat4, 50 Mbps UL, 150 Mbps DL  
 Display Size  1080 x 1920 pixels, 6.0 inches (~367 ppi pixel density), Corning Gorilla Glass 2
Sensors: Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass  
 Display Colour  IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, ClearBlack display, Multitouch  
 Operating
 Frequency / Band 
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 (HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100)  
 Browser HTML5  
 Colors Yellow, white, black, red  
 Entertainment  Stereo FM radio, 3.5mm audio jack, MP4/DivX/XviD/H.264/H.263/WMV player, MP3/WMA/WAV/eAAC+ player, Video/photo editor, SNS integration, Voice memo/command/dial, Games (built-in)  
 Camera  20 MP, autofocus, Carl Zeiss optics, optical image stabilization, xenon & Dual LED flash, 1/2.5" sensor size, 1.12 µm pixel size, PureView technology, geo-tagging, face detection, panorama, dual capture, Video (1080p@30fps), 2ndary (1.2 MP, 720p@30fps)  
 Other Features  GPS + A-GPS support and GLONASS, Nano SIM, 7GB free SkyDrive storage, Active noise cancellation with 4 dedicated mics, Document viewer/editor, Predictive text input, Speakerphone  
 Ring Tones  Downloadable, Polyphonic, MP3, WAV  
 Messaging  SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM  
 Price  Price in Rs: Coming Soon    Price in USD: $NA  

 


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          Nokia 207 Price & Specs         

Nokia 207 Price & Specs 

Rs. Coming Soon  USD $NA

Nokia 207 Price Pakistan

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 Whats New? Nokia 207 - Fast browsing, easy sharing in affordable price
Get fast, affordable access to the internet using Nokia 207 & Nokia Xpress Browser, Stream video from YouTube & check email easily from Gmail, Mail for Exchange & more, Getting more social on Nokia's 207 by using WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter & Nimbuzz that comes preloaded, so you can get right to chatting, posting & commenting, The Nokia 207 is a practical choice for a second phone, it works with a micro SIM, so you can use same SIM for your smartphone. if you need camera, then go for Nokia 208, packing the same features in candybar style with an addition of Camera but you'll have to pay a litle extra. 207 by Nokia offers you productivity in less price  
 Dimension 114.2 x 50.9 x 12.8 mm, 65.2 ccc  
 Weight  91.3 g  
 Battery  Talk time Up to 12 h, Stand-by Up to 490 h, Music play Up to 29 h  
 Memory 256MB built-in, 64MB RAM, microSd card (supports up to 32GB), 1000 Phonebook entries, Call recordsc 
 Connectivity  Bluetooth v3.0, w.A2DP, USB, GPRS (85.6 kbps), EDGE (236.8 kbps)  
 Display Size  240 x 320 pixels, 2.4 inches  
 Display Colour  TFT, 256K colors  
 Operating
 Frequency / Band 
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900c  
 Browser WAP 2.0 / xHTML, HTMLc  
 Colors Cyan , Red, Yellow, Black, White  
 Entertainment  Stereo FM radio with RDS + FM recording, 3.5mm audio jack, MP4/H.264/H.263/WMV player, MP3/WAV/WMA/eAAC+ player, SNS integration, Games (built-in)  
 Other Features  Organizer, Predictive text input, Speakerphone  
 Ring Tones  Downloadable, Polyphonic, MP3  
 Messaging  SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, IM  
 Price  Price in Rs: Coming Soon    Price in USD: $NA

 


          Voice Xtreme V10 Price & Specs         

Voice Xtreme V10 Price & Specs 

Rs. 7,300  USD $75

 Voice Xtreme V10 Price Pakistan

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 Whats New? Voice Xtreme V10 - less is more
Introducing the new Smartphone Voice Xtreme V10, a powerful and versatile device for those who want to feel unique, trendy and free from bondages. Voice V10 has a Dual core processor so that everything goes much faster and smoother letting you stay in touch with your friends and family. A sharp & vivid 3.5 inch display makes sure you enjoy every bit of video entertainment that you deserve. Voice Xtreme V10 is equipped with A large battery of 1300 mAh so that you won't run out of power when you need it the most. A superb gift from a local brand, Voice Xtreme V10 is an affordable economic variant seducing everyone with its price and performance.  
 Dimension 113.5 x 59 x 12.1mm  
 Weight  N/a  
 Battery  1300mAh  
 OS Android OS, v4.2 (Jelly Bean
 Memory 512MB built-in, 256MB RAM, microSD card (supports up to 32GB) 
 Processor 1.2 Ghz Dual Core 
 Connectivity  Bluetooth 3.0+EDR, USB 2.0, WLAN (Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11b/g/n), GPRS, EDGE  
 Display Size  3.5 inches, 320 x 480 pixels
Sensors: Gsensor  
 Display Colour  IPS HQ Touchscreen, 16M colors, Capacitive , Multi touch  
 Operating
 Frequency / Band 
SIM1: 850/900/1800/1900
SIM2: 850/900/1800/1900  
 Browser HTML  
 Colors Black  
 Entertainment  Stereo FM radio, 3.5mm audio jack, support AMR, MIDI, MP3, AAC, MPEG4, 3GP, Viber Whatsapp, Facebook apps, SNS integration, Games (built-in)  
 Camera  3.2MPCamera, Flash Light, Video, 2ndary 0.3 MP  
 Other Features  GPS + A-GPS support and GLONASS, Document viewer, Predictive text input, Speakerphone  
 Ring Tones  Downloadable, Polyphonic, MP3  
 Messaging  SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM  
 Price  Price in Rs: 7,300    Price in USD: $75

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          Voice Xtreme V40 Price & Specs         

Voice Xtreme V40 Price & Specs 

Rs. 13,500 USD $139

 Voice Xtreme V40 Price Pakistan

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 Whats New? Voice Xtreme V40 - One of a Kind
The 1.2 GHz dual-core processor with 512 Mb RAM inside the Voice V40 offers impressive performance. You'll appreciate the instantaneous response to your actions no matter how complex the task.The new Voice Xtreme V40 runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system. Support for hi-speed Wi-Fi & 3G gets you online & downloading everything you need at a moment's notice. The Voice Xtreme V40 is also fitted with a fully functional GPS navigation module, while Bluetooth synchronizes the phone with other devices. The Voice Xtreme V40's built-in 8 Mp camera (2500 x 1900) captures all the most memorable moments of your life. What's more, you can use the 1.3 Mp front cam to make video calls.  
 Dimension 134 x 67 x 10.5mm  
 Weight  N/A  
 Battery  Talk time Up to 5 h, Stand-by Up to 14 days  
 OS Android 4.2 Jelly Bean 
 Memory 4GB built-in, 512MB RAM, microSD card (supports up to 32GB) 
 Processor 1.2 GHz Dual Core, Cortex A7 
 Connectivity  Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, USB, WLAN (Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n), GPRS class 12, EDGE class 12, 3G HSPDA R6 (21mbps, HSUPA 5.6mbps  
 Display Size  4.5 inches, 540 X 960 Pixels
Sensors: G sensor, Proximity sensor  
 Display Colour  IPS QHD Touchscreen, 16M colors, Multitouch  
 Operating
 Frequency / Band 
SIM 1: 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
SIM 2: 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900  
 Browser HTML, Opera  
 Colors White, Black, Blue  
 Entertainment  Stereo FM radio with RDS, 3.5mm audio jack, MP4/H.264/H.263/WMV player, MP3/WAV/eAAC+/WMA player,Viber, Whatsapp, Facebook apps, SNS integration, Simulator Games  
 Camera  8 MP Full focus, 2500 x 1900 pp, Flash Rear, continuous shooting, Face & smile detection, Video (720p30fps), 2ndary 1.3 Mp cam  
 Other Features  GPS + A-GPS support, Document viewer, Predictive text input, Speakerphone, Urdu language support  
 Ring Tones  Downloadable, Polyphonic, MP3  
 Messaging  SMS, MMS, email  
 Price  Price in Rs: 13,500    Price in USD: $139

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          Qmobile Noir A80 Price & Specs         

Qmobile Noir A80 Price & Specs 

Rs. 13,500 USD $139

 Qmobile Noir A80 Price Pakistan

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 Whats New? QMobile Noir A80 - Enlarge your on-hand kingdom
Qmobile strikes back with Qmobile Noir A80, with a large 4.7 inch crispy TFT screen, Pictures & videos are fun to watch on your new Qmobile Noir A80. Dual Core 1GHz CPU with Advanced Cortex A9 means sheer power. Achieve Fast Download speed & even Stronger graph processing abilities with Qmobile Noir A80 the monster mobile. Now groove on every tune of music coz Qmobile A80 produces realistic and crystal clear sounds for your better music life. With your all new Noir A80, every picture will be a perfect picture, packing the technology of 5.0 Megapixel autofocus Camera with flash, Qmobile's Noir A80 is picture perfect. A80 is the real deal not those fake dual sim phones where you have to turn off & on again to switch the sim cards, Qmobile Noir A80 is Dual SIM Dual Standby  
 Dimension 136 x 70 x 10mm  
 Weight  152g  
 Battery  Talk time Up to 400 Minutes, Stand-by Up to 2-3 days  
 OS Android 4.0.4 Ice cream 
 Memory 4GB built-in (2.8GB available), 512 MB RAM, microSD card (supports up to 8GB) 
 Processor 1Ghz Dual Core Cortex-A9 (MTK MT6577) 
 Connectivity  Bluetooth v2.0, USB, WLAN (Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPRS, EDGE, 3G  
 Display Size  854 x 480 pixels, 4.7 inches,
Sensors: G-Sensor  
 Display Colour  TFT capacitive touchscreen, 260K colors, Multitouch  
 Operating
 Frequency / Band 
SIM 1: 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 ( WCDMA 850/2100)
SIM 2: 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900  
 Browser HTML5  
 Colors White  
 Entertainment  3.5mm audio jack, MP4/WMV/H.264/H.263 player, MP3/AMR/AWB/WAV player, SNS integration, Google Talk, Games (built-in + downloadable)  
 Camera  5.0MP autofocus, 2560 x 1920 pixels, flash, Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, Video, 0.3MP 2ndary camera  
 Other Features  Dual SIM Dual Standby, GPS + A-GPS support, MicroSIM card support only, Google Search, Maps, Gmail, Youtube, Calendar, Speakerphone  
 Ring Tones  Downlaodable, Polyphonic, MP3  
 Messaging  SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM  
 Price  Price in Rs: 13,500    Price in USD: $139  

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          Qmobile Noir A55 Price & Specs         

Qmobile Noir A55 Price & Specs 

Rs. 10,500 USD $108

 Qmobile Noir A55 Price Pakistan

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 Whats New? Qmobile Noir E55 - Sleek & Exquisite!
The new Sleek and Exquisite Qmobile Noir E55 is your ultimate choice for a smartphone with Android Jelly Bean, the latest version. 1.3 GHz Dual core processor of Qmobile Noir E55 takes you on the ride of entertainment and information at an unprecedented speed like never before. The 4.0' WVGA LCD eloquent screen of Qmobile Noir E55 is vibrant and fun to use no matter the media applications or browsing. The quality entertainment phone Qmobile Noir E55 you cannot pass by  
 Dimension N/a  
 Weight  N/a  
 Battery  1700 mAh  
 OS Android 4.2 Jelly Bean 
 Memory 4GB built-in, 512 MB RAM, 4 GB microSD card included (supports up to 32GB) 
 Processor 1Ghz Dual Core 
 Connectivity  Bluetooth v2.0, USB, WLAN (Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPRS, EDGE  
 Display Size  800 x 480 pixels, 4.0 inches,
Sensors: G-Sensor  
 Display Colour  WVGA LCD Display  
 Operating
 Frequency / Band 
SIM 1 : 900 / 1800 / 1900
SIM 2 : 900 / 1800 / 1900  
 Browser HTML5  
 Colors Black  
 Entertainment  3.5mm audio jack, Games (built-in + downloadable), Audio / Video Player  
 Camera  3.2MP, with flash, Geo-tagging, touch focus, 2ndary VGA Cam  
 Other Features  GPS + A-GPS support, Dual-SIM, Google Search, Maps, Gmail, Youtube, Calendar, Speakerphone, Torch  
 Ring Tones  Downlaodable, Polyphonic, MP3  
 Messaging  SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email  
 Price  Price in Rs: 10,500    Price in USD: $108  

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          Samsung Galaxy Star Pro Price & Specs        

Samsung Galaxy Star Pro Price & Specs

Rs. 12,900 USD $133

 Samsung Galaxy Star Pro Price Pakistan

 

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 Whats New? Samsung Galaxy Star Pro - Shine like a star
Here comes Samsung Galaxy Star Pro, An affordable smartphone by Tech giant Samsung. Samsung Galaxy Star Pro falls under 4" entry level android segment to fight against the local brands ruling this segment. Samsung Galaxy Star Pro is the successor to Galaxy star released few months back. Flaunting a 2 MP camera, Wifi, 4-GB built-in memory Samsung Galaxy Star Pro provides you with 15 hours of talktime and a stand-by time of 370 hours.  
 Dimension 121.2 x 62.7 x 10.6 mm  
 Weight  121 g  
 Battery  Talk time Up to 15 h, Stand-by Up to 370 h, Music play up to 26 h  
 OS Android 4.1.2, Jelly Bean 
 Memory 4GB built-in, 512 MB RAM, microSD card(supports up to 32GB) 
 Processor 1Ghz Cortex A5 
 Connectivity  Bluetooth v4.0, USB, WLAN (Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot), GPRS, EDGE  
 Display Size  480 x 800 pixels, 4.0 inches (~223 ppi pixel density)
Sensors: Accelerometer  
 Display Colour  TFT capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors  
 Operating
 Frequency / Band 
Sim 1: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
Sim 2: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900  
 Browser HTML  
 Colors Black, White  
 Entertainment  Stereo FM radio with RDS + FM Recording, 3.5mm audio jack, MP4/WMV/H.264 player, MP3/WAV/eAAC+ player, YouTube, Google Talk, Image/video editor, SNS integration, Games (built-in + downloadable)  
 Camera  2 MP, 1600 x 1200 pixels, Video  
 Other Features  Dual SIM (dual stand-by), Quickoffice document viewer/editor, Google Search, Maps, Gmail, Calendar, Picasa integration, Organizer  
 Ring Tones  Downloadable, Polyphonic, Mp3  
 Messaging  SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM  
 Price  Price in Rs: 12,900    Price in USD: $133  ANDROID SOFTWARE

          Qmobile Noir A65 Price & Specs         

Qmobile Noir A65 Price & Specs 

Rs. 10,500  USD $108

 Qmobile Noir A65 Price Pakistan

 

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 Whats New? Qmobile Noir A65 - For the Achiever in you!
You can never go wrong with the new Qmobile Noir A65, do all the work in half the time with the blazing fast and powerful Dual core 1.2GHz processor Qmobile Noir A65 runs on Android 4.2 jelly Bean, providing you with all the best features of android world and that too in an affordable price. Get your brain totally blown away by super crisp 4.0 inch LCD of Qmobile Noir A65, providing you the true to life sharp colors whenever you have a mood of watching a super hit movie or browsing through old memories. Qmobile Noir A65 has a built-in 4GB ROM but you can always expand as it can support microSD card upto 32GB so that you can store all you want no matter songs, movies or the pictures. Qmobile's Mighty Noir A65 is the talk of the town, so join the world of Qmobile A65 and open the doors of indefinite festive.  
 Dimension N/a  
 Weight  N/a  
 Battery  1700 mAh  
 OS Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) 
 Memory 4GB built-in, 512MB RAM, microSD card (supports up to 32GB) 
 Processor 1.2GHz Dual Core 
 Connectivity  Bluetooth, USB, WLAN (Wi-Fi 802.11), GPRS, EDGE  
 Display Size  4.0 inches TFT LCD  
 Display Colour  High Quality Full Touch LCD  
 Operating
 Frequency / Band 
SIM1: 900/1800/1900
SIM2: 900/1800/1900  
 Browser HTML  
 Colors Black  
 Entertainment  FM radio, 3.5mm audio jack, MP4/WMV/H.264/H.263 player, MP3/AAC/WMA/WAV player, SNS integration, Google Talk, Games (built-in + downloadable)  
 Camera  3MP with LED flash, Video, 2ndary VGA camera for video calling  
 Other Features  Dual SIM, GPS + A-GPS support, Geo tagging, Google Search, Maps, Gmail, Youtube, Calendar, Torch, Speakerphone  
 Ring Tones  Downlaodable, Polyphonic, MP3, WAV  
 Messaging  SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM  
 Price  Price in Rs: 10,500    Price in USD: $108  

          Qmobile Noir A51 Price & Specs        

Qmobile Noir A51 Price & Specs

Rs. 13,500 USD $139

 Qmobile Noir A51 Price Pakistan

 

Specs & Features   ANDROID MOBILES SOFTWARE 
 Whats New? Qmobile Noir A51 - Extremely Versatile.
Say welcome to the new Qmobile Noir A51. Thanks to the rapid fast processor of 1.3 GHz Dual-core, you get an increase in processing power that you'll not find in any other handset in the same price. Qmobile Noir A51 have Combined the power of enough RAM & ROM so that you can start your phone in the blink of an eye and install all the apps you want. Qmobile Noir A51 has a 4.5 inch FWVGA screen, allowing the phone to have a perfect size to provide excellent grip. In addition, Qmobile A51 has a unique anti-glare, you'll be pleased to check your phone under the sunlight. Qmobile Noir A51 is all about performance, enhanced security and compact design.  
 Dimension 135.5 x 68 x 11.1mm  
 Weight  N/A  
 Battery  1600 mAh  
 OS Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) 
 Memory 4GB ROM, 512MB RAM, microSD card (supports up to 32GB) 
 Processor 1.3 GHz Dual Core 
 Connectivity  Bluetooth, USB, WLAN (Wi-Fi 802.11), GPRS, EDGE  
 Display Size  854 x 480 pixels, 4.5 inches (~215 ppi pixel density)
Sensor: Accelerometer, gyro, proximity  
 Display Colour  FWVGA LCD touchscreen (Full Wide Video Graphics Array)  
 Operating
 Frequency / Band 
SIM 1: 900 / 1800 / 1900
SIM 2: 900 / 1800 / 1900  
 Browser HTML5  
 Colors Black  
 Entertainment  FM Radio, 3.5mm audio jack, MP3/MP4, Games (built-in + downloadable)  
 Camera  5MP, Video, 2ndry VGA  
 Other Features  Dual SIM, GPS + A-GPS support, Google Search, Maps, Gmail, Youtube, Calendar, Speakerphone  
 Ring Tones  Downlaodable, Polyphonic, MP3, WAV  
 Messaging  SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM  
 Price  Price in Rs: 13,500    Price in USD: $139  

          WHO offers temporary recommendations for polio outbreak        

The International Health Regulations (IHR) of the World Health Organization (WHO) recently held its eighth meeting of the Emergency Committee (EC) over a teleconference to discuss the poliovirus' spread throughout the world. 

The team reviewed data on both wild polio and vaccine-contracted polio, and specifically looked back on the Nov. 10 choice to modify treatment temporarily in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Guinea.

Overall, the EC reported that wild polio has declined in Pakistan and Afghanistan since the original Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) in 2014, though it has continued worldwide. It also reported that the Middle East, the Horn of Africa, central Africa and areas in Europe are more susceptible to wild polio. Concerning vaccine-derived polio, outbreaks in Ukraine, Madagascar, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Myanmar, Nigeria and Guinea have continued. 

The WHO is especially concerned with countries nearby that are suffering from Ebola, and may be more susceptible to illness. Therefore, EC still declares polio a PHEIC and has advised the director-general to extend the temporary recommendations it has previously set in place for three more months. The director-general agreed with the report and, on Feb. 26, extended the recommendations.

EC encourages countries that are able to support the international fight against polio to do so, in the form of information, materials and vaccination. The EC will reevaluate the recommendations in three months.


          Qmobile Noir A10 Lite Price & Specs        

Qmobile Noir A10 Lite Price & Specs

Rs. 15,950 USD $164

 Qmobile Noir A10 Lite Price Pakistan

 

Specs & Features   Post Comment  View all Comments   
 Whats New? Qmobile Noir A10 - Lite
Truly a Work of Art on a 5 inches Screen, Using Qmobile Noir A10 Lite Splash some colors into your life & watch it come to life with the full multitouch screen, Get blazing fast application performance with the 1GHZ Dual Core processor in the Qmobile Noir A10 Lite! Enjoy seamless multi-tasking and an immersive gaming experience, Capture all your favorite moments with the 5 megapixel camera built into the Qmobile Noir A10 Lite, Balance your work & play easily with the Dual SIM functionality in the Qmobile Noir A10 Lite, Carry both your worlds in the palm of your hand & get double the convenience.  
 Dimension 147 x 76.5 x 9.7 mm  
 Weight  168 g  
 Battery  Talk time Up to 5 h, Stand-by Up to 180 h  
 OS Android 4.1.2 
 Memory 4GB built-in, 512MB RAM, microSD card (supports up to 32GB) 
 Processor 1GHz Dual Core 
 Connectivity  Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP, USB, WLAN (Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot), GPRS Class 12 (48 kbps), EDGE Class 12, 3G  
 Display Size  480 x 854 pixels, 5.0 inches (~196 ppi pixel density),
Sensors: Accelerometer, proximity  
 Display Colour  IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, Touch-sensitive controls, Multitouch  
 Operating
 Frequency / Band 
SIM 1: 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 (HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100)
SIM 2: 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 (HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100)  
 Browser HTML5  
 Colors Black, White  
 Entertainment  FM radio, 3.5mm audio jack, MP4/WMV/H.264/H.263 player, MP3/AAC/WMA/WAV player, SNS integration, Google Talk, Games (built-in + downloadable)  
 Camera  5MP, autofocus, Dual-LED flash, Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, Video, 2ndary  
 Other Features  Dual SIM, GPS + A-GPS support, MicroSIM card support only, Google Search, Maps, Gmail, Youtube, Calendar, Speakerphone  
 Ring Tones  Downlaodable, Polyphonic, MP3, WAV  
 Messaging  SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM  
 Price  Price in Rs: 15,950    Price in USD: $164  

          Voice Xtreme V70 Price & Specs        

Voice Xtreme V70 Price & Specs

Rs. 20,900 USD $215

Voice Xtreme V70 Price Pakistan

 

Specs & Features   Post Comment  View all Comments   
 Whats New? Voice Xtreme V70 - All That You Want!
Voice V70 Quadcore Smartphone, a high end futuristic Android smartphone with a sleek look and amazing features; all at an affordable price. 5 inch crispy display enriches your viewing experience and not just that but Voice Xtreme V70 also pack an enormous 12 Mp auto focus camera to capture every smile & each expression. We know you want a quality video while on Skype or video chatting that why your V70 QuadCore is loaded with 3.0Mp front Camera, Voice V70 - This is where Style meets utility...  
 Dimension 145 x 73.5 x 8.5mm  
 Weight  N/A  
 Battery  N/A  
 OS Android OS, Jelly Bean 4.2 
 Memory 4GB built-in, 1GB RAM, microSD card (supports up to 32GB) 
 Processor Quad-Core 1.2GHz Cortex-A7 
 Connectivity  Bluetooth 4.0, LE, USB, WLAN (WiFi 802.11b/g/n, support WIFI router (WAPI), GPRS, EDGE, 3G  
 Display Size  540 x 960 pixels, 5 inches
Sensors: Gsensor, Proximity sensor, Light sensor, Magnetic sensor  
 Display Colour  IPS QHD Touchscreen, 16M colors, Multitouch  
 Operating
 Frequency / Band 
SIM 1: 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
SIM 2: 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900  
 Browser HTML  
 Colors Black  
 Entertainment  Stereo FM radio with RDS, 3.5mm audio jack, MP4/H.264/H.263/WMV player, MP3/WAV/eAAC+/WMA player,Viber, Whatsapp, Facebook apps, SNS integration, Games (built-in)  
 Camera  12 MP, autofocus, LED flash, Video, 2ndary (3MP)  
 Other Features  Document viewer, Predictive text input, Speakerphone  
 Ring Tones  Downloadable, Polyphonic, MP3  
 Messaging  SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM  
 Price  Price in Rs: 20,900    Price in USD: $215  

          Voice Xtreme V60 Price & Specs        

Voice Xtreme V60 Price & Specs

Rs. 19,000 USD $196

 Voice Xtreme V60 Price Pakistan

Specs & Features   Post Comment  View all Comments   
 Whats New? Voice Xtreme V60 - Quad Core
Voice V60 Quadcore Smartphone comes with 4.5 inches touchscreen having smart look at an affordable price, Voice Xtreme V60 comes with 12 Mp auto focus camera to capture every smile & each expression. For video chatting on Skype that why your V60 QuadCore is loaded with 3.0Mp front Camera, Voice V60 enables you to enjoy Whatsapp, viber, Facebook that are pre-installed.  
 Dimension 132 x 68 x 10.8mm  
 Weight  158g  
 Battery  N/A  
 OS Android OS, Jelly Bean 4.2 
 Memory 4GB built-in, 1GB RAM, microSD card (supports up to 32GB) 
 Processor Quad core 1.2 GHz Cortex A7 
 Connectivity  Bluetooth 4.0, LE, USB, WLAN (802.11b/g/n, support WIFI router (WAPI), GPRS, EDGE, 3G  
 Display Size  540 x 960 pixels, 4.5 inches
Sensors: Gsensor, Proximity sensor, Light sensor, Magnetic sensor  
 Display Colour  IPS QHD Touchscreen, 16M colors, Multitouch  
 Operating
 Frequency / Band 
SIM 1: 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
SIM 2: 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900  
 Browser HTML  
 Colors Black  
 Entertainment  3.5mm audio jack, MP4/H.264/H.263/WMV player, MP3/WAV/eAAC+/WMA player,Viber, Whatsapp, Facebook apps, SNS integration, Pre-installed Apps available like Viber, WhatsAPP, Skype & Facebook, Games (built-in)  
 Camera  12 MP, autofocus, LED flash, Video, 2ndary (3MP)  
 Other Features  GPS + A-GPS support and GLONASS, Document viewer, Predictive text input, Speakerphone  
 Ring Tones  Downloadable, Polyphonic, MP3  
 Messaging  SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM  
 Price  Price in Rs: 19,000    Price in USD: $196

 


          Nokia 515 Price & Specs        

Nokia 515 Price & Specs

Rs. 16,600 USD $171

 Nokia 515 Price Pakistan

 

Specs & Features   Post Comment  View all Comments   
 Whats New? Nokia 515 - Designed to impress
Made from premium sand-blasted aluminium for a classy matt finish that looks & feels great, With a durable curved display and excellent readability in direct sunlight, the Nokia 515 makes a statement in any situation, Feel closer to the other end of the line with crystal-clear HD voice quality of Nokia 515 on supported networks & reliable battery life means you can keep the conversation going even longer, Stay connected & organised with built in social networking apps & Mail for Exchange, Share contact between devices with the Transfer app & enable internet sharing to turn your Nokia 515 in to a 3.5G modem to connect to the web on the move, Take better pictures on a full focus, 5 MP camera & with an LED flash of Nokia 515 you don't have to worry about low lighting conditions when taking photos.  
 Dimension 114 x 48 x 11 mm, 56.7 cc  
 Weight  101.1 g  
 Battery  Talk time Up to 10 h 18 m, Stand-by Up to 919 h  
 Memory 64 MB RAM, 256 MB ROM + microSD card (supports up to 32GB) 
 Connectivity  (Editing) Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP, USB, GPRS Class 12 (4+1/3+2/2+3/1+4 slots), 32 - 48 kbps, EDGE (Up to 236.8 kbps), 3G (HSDPA 7.2 Mbps, HSUPA 5.76 Mbps)  
 Display Size  240 x 320 pixels, 2.4 inches (~167 ppi pixel density), Corning Gorilla Glass 2  
 Display Colour  TFT, 256K colors  
 Operating
 Frequency / Band 
SIM 1: 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
SIM 2: 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900  
 Browser WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML  
 Colors White, Black  
 Entertainment  Stereo FM radio with RDS, FM recording, 3.5mm audio jack, MP4/H.263/WMV player, MP3/WAV/WMA/AAC player, Facebook, Twitter, SNS integration, Games (built-in + downloadable)  
 Camera  5 MP, 2592 x 1944 pixels, LED flash, Face detection, panorama, Video (QVGA@30fps)  
 Other Features  Organizer, Predictive text input, Speakerphone  
 Ring Tones  MP3  
 Messaging  SMS, MMS, Email, IM  
 Price  Price in Rs: 16,600    Price in USD: $171  

          Huawei G610s Price & Specs        

Huawei G610s Price & Specs

Rs. 19,999 USD $206

 Huawei G610s Price Pakistan

 

Specs & Features   Post Comment  View all Comments   
 Whats New? HUAWEI G610s - Super Wide Screen, Super Fast Processor
The one who says the Huawei G610s is no big deal, you'll instantly spot the lie! The huge 5 inch display of Huawei's G610s is made for a stunning entertainment experience. huge not only from the outside, but Huawei G610s also has has a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor inside for stunning performance. In the world there is so much to see - why hold yourself to a small touch screen when 5 inch QHD IPS TFT display of Huawei G610s shows you everything you want to see in QHD quality. There's also a 5 megapixel camera which provides crisp, clear photos. Rounding out the performance package of Huawei G610s with a dual SIM feature. Known not only by its beautiful exterior, G610s by Huawei promises a tremendous computational power having a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor with 1 GB RAM and 8 GB Rom.  
 Dimension 142 x 73.6 x 9.9 mm  
 Weight  170 g  
 Battery  Li-ion Battery 2150 mAh (unknown standby/talktime)  
 OS Android OS, v4.2 (Jelly Bean) 
 Memory 4GB built-in, 1GB RAM, microSD card(supports uo to 32 GB)  
 Processor Quad-core 1.2 GHz (MTK MT6589M) + GPU: PowerVR SGX 544MP  
 Connectivity  Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP, EDR, USB, WLAN (Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot), DLNA, GPRS, EDGE, 3G (HSPA)  
 Display Size  540 x 960 pixels, 5.0 inches QHD,(~220 ppi pixel density)
Sensors: Accelerometer, Light Sensor, Digital Proximity  
 Display Colour  16M colors, IPS+ LCD capacitive touchscreen, Multitouch  
 Operating
 Frequency / Band 
SIM1: GSM 900 / 1800 / 1900 (HSDPA 900 / 2100)
SIM2: GSM 900 / 1800 / 1900  
 Browser HTML5  
 Colors Black, White  
 Entertainment  FM Radio, 3.5mm Jack, MP3/WMA/WAV/eAAC+ player, MP4/H.263/H.264 player, SNS integration, Games  
 Camera  5MP, 2592x1944 pixels, autofocus, LED Flash, Geo-tagging, HDR, Video, 720p@30fps), 2ndary 0.3MP Camera for video calls  
 Other Features  GPS + A-GPS support, GPU, Organizer, Document viewer, Photo viewer/editor, Voice memo/dial, Predictive text input  
 Ring Tones  Downloadable, Polyphonic, WAV, MP3  
 Messaging  SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM  
 Price  Price in Rs: 19,999    Price in USD: $206

          Qmobile Noir A650 Price & Specs        

Qmobile Noir A650 Price & Specs

Rs. 18,900 USD $195

Qmobile Noir A650 Price Pakistan 

ANDROID Mobile Software

Specs & Features     
 Whats New? Qmobile Noir A650 - Make it Big!
Qmobile continues to bring us more products in the Phablet segment. Presenting Qmobile Noir A650, with a huge 5.5 inch screen and powerful configuration but in a cheaper price, promising extreme entertainment experience to all users. Qmobile Noir A650 with a luxurious design, is available in black and white colours. Back camera features a cluster, creating focal points for air. Rounded back cover helps in maintaining a firm grip, despite having a large 5.5 inch screen.Qmobile Noir A650 has a large 5.5 inch vivid and sharp display, supporting 16 million colors with good viewing angles, obviously, watching HD movies on Noir A650 would be a treat. Fully optimized for performance and fast graphics processing, thanks to it's MT6589 processor clocked at 1.2 GHz quad-core, Qmobile Noir A650 feels smoother even playing much heavier games like Real Football, Iron Man 3, and Atphalt 7. Equipped with Android 4.2 jelly Bean with better security capabilities and a more intuitive interface Noir A650 by Qmobile is compatible with hundreds and thousands of apps on the Google play Store. Equipped with a 5MP camera with flash light, Qmobile A650 produces images with true color and fine detail. With a battery capacity up to 1700 mAh, Qmobile Noir A650 helps users to stay in action all day long without worrying about running out of battery. It also features exclusive power saving mode, when enabled it'll reduce & clock down the CPU for a prolong usage.  
 Dimension 157.7 x 79.5 x 9.8 mm  
 Weight  N/a  
 Battery  1700mah  
 OS Android V4.2, Jelly Bean 
 Memory 4GB built-in, 512 MB RAM + 8GB microSD card included (supports upto 32GB) 
 Processor 1.2 Ghz Quad Core Cortex-A7, GPU: PowerVR Series5XT 
 Connectivity  Bluetooth v4.0, with A2DP, USB, WLAN (Wifi-802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot), GPRS Class 12, EDGE Class 12, 3G  
 Display Size  854 x 480 pixels, 5.5 inches.
Sensors:Proximity sensor, G-sensor, E-Compass, Light Sensor, Face Unlock  
 Display Colour  IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, Multitouch  
 Operating
 Frequency / Band 
SIM 1: 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
SIM 2: 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900  
 Browser HTML5  
 Colors White, Black  
 Entertainment  FM Radio, 3.5mm audio jack, MP4/WMV/H.264/H.263 player, MP3/AAC/WMA/WAV player, SNS integration, Google Talk, Games (built-in + downloadable)  
 Camera  5.0MP, autofocus, LED flash, Geo-tagging, touch focus, Paranoma effect, face detection, Video, 2ndary (0.3MP)  
 Other Features  Dual SIM, GPS + A-GPS support, Google Search, Maps, Gmail, Youtube, Calendar, Speakerphone  
 Ring Tones  Downlaodable, Polyphonic, MP3, WAV  
 Messaging  SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM  
 Price  Price in Rs: 18,900    Price in USD: $195           

          Apple iphone 5C 16GB Price & Specs        

Apple iphone 5C 16GB Price & Specs

Rs. 58,500 USD $603

 Apple iphone 5C 16GB Price Pakistan

Specs & Features    
 Whats New? Apple iphone 5C 16GB - For The Colors
Color is more than just a hue, It expresses a feeling, Makes a statement, Declares an allegiance, Color reveals your personality, Apple iphone 5C in five anything but shy colors, does just that, It’s not just for lovers of color, It’s for the colorful, A6 chip, 8MP iSight camera, 4-inch Retina display, Ultrafast LTE wireless, Apple iphone 5C has the things that made iPhone 5 an amazing phone & more, including iOS 7, All in a completely new design that feels great in your hand, With a vibrant, lively interface & new features that take full advantage of the technology inside, iOS 7 is made for Apple iphone 5C on every level, With a new fingerprint identity sensor, 64-bit A7 chip, & an even more impressive iSight camera, Apple iphone 5C is forward thinking.  
 Dimension 124.4 x 59.2 x 9 mm  
 Weight  132 g  
 Battery  Talk time N/A, Stand-by Up to 250 h  
 OS iOS 7.0 
 Memory 16 GB built-in, RAM: 1GB 
 Processor Dual-core 1.3 GHz, Apple A6 
 Connectivity  Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, USB, WLAN (Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, Wi-Fi hotspot), GPRS, EDGE, 3G (DC-HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps, LTE, 100 Mbps; EV-DO Rev. A, up to 3.1 Mbps)  
 Display Size  640 x 1136 pixels, 4 inches
Corning Gorilla Glass, oleophobic coatingSensors: Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass  
 Display Colour  LED-backlit IPS LCD, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors  
 Operating
 Frequency / Band 
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100  
 Browser HTML (Safari)  
 Colors White, Blue, Green, Yellow, Pink  
 Entertainment  Audio/video player and editor, 3.5mm audio jack, TV-out, Twitter and Facebook integration, iCloud cloud service, Image editor, Games (built-in + downloadable)  
 Camera  8MP, 3264x2448 pixels, autofocus, dual-LED (True Tone) flash, geo-tagging, 1.5 µm pixel size, simultaneous HD video & image recording, touch focus, face detection, panorama, HDR, Video (1080p 30fps, 720p@120fps), light, video stabilization, 2ndary (1.2 MP, 720p@30fps, face detection, FaceTime over Wi-Fi or Cellular)  
 Other Features  GPS + A-GPS support and GLONASS, GPU, Digital compass, MicroSIM card support only, Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic, iBooks PDF reader Siri natural language commands and dictation, Google Maps, AirDrop file sharing, Scratch-resistant glass back panel, Voice memo/command/dial, Speakerphone  
 Ring Tones  Proprietary ringtones  
 Messaging  iMessage, SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push  
 Price  Price in Rs: 58,500    Price in USD: $603

          Apple iphone 5S 32GB Price & Specs        

Apple iphone 5S 32GB Price & Specs

Rs. 92,000 USD $948

 Apple iphone 5S 32GB Price Pakistan

Specs & Features    
 Whats New? Apple iphone 5S 32GB - Forward Thinking
Apple iphone 5S is purposefully imagined, Meticulously considered & Precision crafted, It’s not just a product of what’s technologically possible, But what’s technologically useful, It’s not just what’s next, But what should be next, The most advanced technology all leads up to this, Apple iphone 5S set a precedent, with an amazing amount of technology in a remarkably thin, light design, Apple iphone 5S builds on that achievement with Touch ID a fingerprint identity sensor, Apple iphone 5S is the first 64 bit smartphone in the world & iOS 7 was designed with that in mind, built specifically for 64 bit architecture. Which makes iOS 7 just as advanced as the iPhone it’s on.  
 Dimension 123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm  
 Weight  112 g  
 Battery  Talk time Up to 10 h, Stand-by Up to 250 h  
 OS iOS 7 
 Memory 32 GB built-in 
 Processor Apple A7 Chipset 
 Connectivity  Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, USB, WLAN (Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, Wi-Fi hotspot), GPRS, EDGE, 3G (DC-HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps, LTE, 100 Mbps; EV-DO Rev. A, up to 3.1 Mbps)  
 Display Size  640 x 1136 pixels, 4 inches
Corning Gorilla Glass, oleophobic coatingSensors: Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass  
 Display Colour  LED-backlit IPS LCD, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors  
 Operating
 Frequency / Band 
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100  
 Browser HTML (Safari)  
 Colors Black/Slate, White/Silver, Gold  
 Entertainment  Audio/video player and editor, 3.5mm audio jack, TV-out, Twitter and Facebook integration, iCloud cloud service, Image editor, Games (built-in + downloadable)  
 Camera  8MP, 3264x2448 pixels, autofocus, dual-LED (True Tone) flash, geo-tagging, 1.5 µm pixel size, simultaneous HD video & image recording, touch focus, face detection, panorama, HDR, Video (1080p 30fps, 720p@120fps), light, video stabilization, 2ndary (1.2 MP, 720p@30fps, face detection, FaceTime over Wi-Fi or Cellular)  
 Other Features  GPS + A-GPS support and GLONASS, GPU, Digital compass, MicroSIM card support only, Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic, iBooks PDF reader Siri natural language commands and dictation, Google Maps, AirDrop file sharing, Scratch-resistant glass back panel, Voice memo/command/dial, Speakerphone  
 Ring Tones  Proprietary ringtones  
 Messaging  iMessage, SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push  
 Price  Price in Rs: 92,000    Price in USD: $948

          Qmobile Noir Quatro Z3 Price & Specs        

Qmobile Noir Quatro Z3 Price & Specs 

Rs. 26,500USD $273

 Qmobile Noir Quatro Z3 Price Pakistan

Specs & Features  
 Whats New? Noir Quatro Z3 - Live a Passionate Life
Quad Core 1.5GHz yet an ultra slim design of of just 138 x 70 x 6.85mm, Qmobile Z3 is Packed with 4.8 inch HD Super AMOLED DISPLAY providing you the stunning entertainment in the palm of your hand. Fill Your Life With Quality Music coz Qmobile Noir Z3 has got DTS 3D Surround Sound with a Colorful Music Display. Now fill Your Life with Colors coz Qmobile Noir Z3 Quatro comes loaded with Sony Professional Camera 8.0MP Rear & 5.0 Front cam with 1080P HQ Video Recording, Qmobile Z3 has 1GB RAM & 16 GB ROM providing you a massive Storage for all your pictures, videos, songs and more.......  
 Dimension 138 × 70 × 6.85mm  
 Weight  135 g  
 Battery  Talk time Up to 10 h, Stand-by Up to 250 h  
 OS Android OS, v4.2 (Jelly Bean) 
 Memory 16GB built-in, 1GB RAM 
 Processor 1.5GHz Quad Core Cortex A7 + GPU: PowerVR Series5XT 
 Connectivity  Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, USB, WLAN (Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot), GPRS, EDGE, 3G  
 Display Size  HD 1280 x 720 pixels, 4.8 Inches,
Sensors: Gyro, Accelerometer, proximity, Light Sensor, Compass  
 Display Colour  Super AMOLED Plus capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, 306 PPi, Multitouch  
 Operating
 Frequency / Band 
GSM: 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 (TD-SCDMA 1900/2100 MHz)  
 Browser HTML5  
 Colors Yellow, Black, White  
 Entertainment  Radio, 3.5mm audio jack, MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV player, MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV player, DTS 3D Surround Sound, YouTube, Google Talk, Games (built-in + downloadable)  
 Camera  8MP,Rear with flash + 5.0MP Front, autofocus, geo-tagging, face tracking, HDR, continuous shooting, touchscreen shooting, gesture, Beauty effects, smile & more, Video (1920 x 1080, 30 fames/sec) with Gyroscopic Stabilization  
 Other Features  GPS + A-GPS support, Document editor, Photo viewer/editor, Google Search, Maps, Gmail, Voice memo/dial/commands, Calendar, Speakerphone  
 Ring Tones  Proprietary ringtones  
 Messaging  SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail  
 Price  Price in Rs: 26,500    Price in USD: $273  

          Qmobile Noir Quatro Z4 Price & Specs        

Qmobile Noir Quatro Z4 Price & Specs

Rs. 35,000 USD $361

 Qmobile Noir Quatro Z4 Price Pakistan

Specs & Features  
 Whats New? Qmobile Noir Quatro Z4 - Do More with Less!
Hold your breath and sit back Tight as Qmobile Noir Quatro Z4 is going to take you on a ride you've never been to before. Qmobile Noir Z4 is not just another android by any Local brand trying to enter the Pakistani market, Qmobile Quatro Z4 is by far the best built Smartphone QMobile have ever launched to date. Qmobile is striving hard to establish themselves as Pakistan's best smartphone brand and we think that Qmobile Noir Quatro Z4 just did that for Qmobile. A slim and smart single body hand polished design with a smooth finish and an excellent mix of Technology makes Qmobile Z4 speaks for itself. With 32GB onboard storage, 13MP BSI sensor rear camera, 5MP front camera, 2GB RAM, Gorilla glass protection and 1.5GHz Quad-Core blazing fast processor Qmobile Quatro Z4 will rock your world  
 Dimension 142.5 x 69.4 x 7.9 mm  
 Weight  128g  
 Battery  2000mah (Non-removable)  
 OS Android OS, v4.2 (Jelly Bean) 
 Memory 32GB built-in, 2GB RAM 
 Processor 1.5GHz Quad Core Cortex A7 + GPU: PowerVR Series5XT 
 Connectivity  Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, USB, WLAN (Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot), GPRS, EDGE, 3G  
 Display Size  HD 1920 x 1080 pixels, 5.0 Inches,
Sensors: Gyro, Accelerometer, proximity, Light Sensor, Compass  
 Display Colour  Super AMOLED Plus capacitive touchscreen, Gorilla Glass protection, 16M colors, 441 PPi, Multitouch  
 Operating
 Frequency / Band 
GSM: 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 (WCDMA 900/2100 MHz) single micro sim  
 Browser HTML5  
 Colors White, Black  
 Entertainment  FM Radio,3.5mm audio jack, MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV player, MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV player, DTS 3D Surround Sound, YouTube, Google Talk, Games (built-in + downloadable)  
 Camera  13.0, Rear Full HD with flash + 5.0MP Front, FHD autofocus, geo-tagging, face tracking, HDR, continuous shooting, touchscreen shooting, gesture, Beauty effects, smile & more, Video (1920 x 1080, 30 fames/sec) with Gyroscopic Stabilization  
 Other Features  GPS + A-GPS support, Document editor, Photo viewer/editor, Google Search, Maps, Gmail, Voice memo/dial/commands, Calendar, Speakerphone  
 Ring Tones  Downloadable, Polyphonic, MP3  
 Messaging  SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail  
 Price  Price in Rs: 35,000    Price in USD: $361  

 


          Sony Xperia C Price & Specs         

Sony Xperia C Price & Specs 

Rs. 28,500 USD $294

 Sony Xperia C Price Pakistan

Specs & Features    
 Whats New? Sony Xperia C - Your world of entertainment just got bigger
Same impressive screen as Sony HD TVs, The All new Sony Xperia C offers A large 5” qHD display with a 540 x 960 pixel screen resolution to enjoy amazingly clear sharp, crisp and bright images.The Camera of Sony Xperia C has the same technology and components as leading Sony cameras. having 8 MP camera with Exmor R letting you take Superior pictures even in the dark & low light. Sony Xperia C have HDR which means your people & places in your photos look as bright as you can remember, With the dedicated Camera key on Xperia C by Sony you can take the snaps from a locked screen. Android phones with bigger screens consume more battery, even in Standby. The application which you think are closed, are still draining your battery. well not anymore coz Sony Xperia C has a Battery STAMINA Mode. It detects the standby & automatically closes all the apps you don’t need. As soon as the power button is pressed, everything is up and running again.  
 Dimension 141.5 x 74.2 x 8.9 mm  
 Weight  153 g  
 Battery  Talk time Up to 14 h, Stand-by Up to 588 h
Music play Up to 111h  
 OS Android OS, v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) 
 Memory 4GB built-in 1GB RAM, microSD Card (supports up to 32GB) 
 Processor Quad-core 1.2 GHz (MTK MT6589) + GPU: PowerVR SGX544 
 Connectivity  Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, USB, WLAN (Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot), GPRS, EDGE, 3G (HSDPA 42.2 Mbps, HSUPA 11.5 Mbps)  
 Display Size  540 x 960 pixels, 5.0 inches
Sensors: Accelerometer, proximity & compass  
 Display Colour  16M colors, TFT capacitive touchscreen  
 Operating
 Frequency / Band 
SIM1: 900 / 1800 / 1900 (HSDPA 900 / 2100)
SIM2: 900 / 1800 / 1900  
 Browser HTML5  
 Colors Black, White, Purple  
 Entertainment  Stereo FM radio with RDS, 3.5mm audio jack, MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV player, MP3/eAAC+/WAV player, SNS integration, Games (built-in + downloadable)  
 Camera  8MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, LED Flash, Geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, HDR, Video (1080p@30fps, continuous autofocus, video light, video stabilizer), 2ndry VGA Camera  
 Other Features  GPS + A-GPS, support, Java MDP Emulator  
 Ring Tones  Downloadable, Polyphonic, MP3  
 Messaging  SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, IM, Push Mail  
 Price  Price in Rs: 28,500    Price in USD: $294  

          LG G2 Price & Specs        

LG G2 Price & Specs

Rs. 55,500 USD $572

 LG G2 Price Pakistan

Specs & Features  
 Whats New? LG G2 - Now it's all possible!
Enrich your senses with LG G2, The latest flagship android combining the cutting edge hardware with the latest OS and innovative design. With the launch of LG G2, LG affirms it's seriousness in higher end smartphone devices. Overall Mouthwatering and impressive technical features with an excellent attention grabbing design, thanks to the incredibly fine edges of LG G2, particularly on the sides and top. LG has incorporated the latest Graphic technology RAM (GRAM) in LG G2, reducing overall power consumption by the display while viewing still images. With a non-removable 3000 mAh, battery the South Korean company ensures that LG G2 has sufficient autonomy to operate for one full working day without recharging.  
 Dimension 138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9 mm  
 Weight  143 g  
 Battery  Talk time Up to 16h 30 min, Stand-by Up to 790 h  
 OS Android OS, v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) 
 Memory 16/32GB built-in, 2GB RAM 
 Processor Quad-core 2.26 GHz Krait 400 MSM8974 Snapdragon 800 + GPU: Adreno 330 
 Connectivity  Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, LE, USB microUSB v2.0 (SlimPort), USB On-the-go, USB Host, GPRS Class 12 (4+1/3+2/2+3/1+4 slots), 32 - 48 kbps, EDGE Class 12, WLAN (Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot), (HSDPA, 42 Mbps, HSUPA, 21 Mbps) LTE, Cat4, 50 Mbps UL, 150 Mbps DL  
 Display Size  1080 x 1920 pixels, 5.2 inches (~424 ppi pixel density)  
 Display Colour  True HD-IPS + LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors  
 Operating
 Frequency / Band 
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 (HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100)  
 Browser HTML5  
 Colors Black, White  
 Entertainment  Stereo FM radio with RDS, MP3/WAV/FLAC/eAAC+/AC3/WMA player, MP4/DviX/XviD/H.264/H.263/WMV player, SNS applications, Games (Built-in + Downloadable)  
 Camera  13 MP, autofocus, optical image stabilization, LED flash, Simultaneous video and image recording, Geo-tagging, face detection, image stabilization, HDR, video(1080p@60fps), stereo sound rec, video stabilization, 2ndary (2.1MP)  
 Other Features  Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic, Photo viewer/editor, Document viewer/editor, Organizer, Voice memo/dial/commands, Predictive text input  
 Ring Tones  Polyphonic, MP3, WAV ringtones  
 Messaging  SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM, RSS  
 Price  Price in Rs: 55,500    Price in USD: $572

          Hypocrisy over cow slaughter in India: Muslims don't consume beef but are unfairly blamed, constantly targeted        
The Congress workers said that they slaughtered the cow to protest the beef ban.

In Kerala and many other states, beef is consumed by the Hindu populace.

Though in North Indian states, it is illegal and there are strict laws against cow slaughter.

BJP-RSS stand on beef keeps changing, depending on party's poll prospects in a state. It changes from region to region, leader to leader. There is no clarity.

They speak in a different voice in North India and a different voice in South, North East, Eastern India and states like Goa. Principally, BJP is against beef consumption as it feels it is against nation's thous though the most indigenous tribal have been beef eaters.

On one hand, BJP's Hindu leaders have repeatedly said that they have no problem with beef, its Muslim face Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi had said that the beef eaters should be sent to Pakistan.

1. Apart from the incident, beef fests were organised in Kerala and Tamil Nadu. They were all Hindus who were performing cow slaughter and eating beef. LINK

2. Muslims avoid beef because the Hindu majority considers cow as a holy animal. Mostly, it is the Hindu populace in different parts of the country--South, East, North Eastern States and Tribal regions, that consume beef.

3. In Goa, where BJP has been the ruling party, beef is not banned. In North Eastern states,  BJP has openly said that it is not against beef. In Kerala, its leaders have offered 'quality beef' in case they are elected.

4. Union minister Kiran Rijiju had said that he consumed beef and no one can force their dietary preferences on him.

5. Even, RSS leaders who went to North East, said that a person who consumes beef could join the Sangh.

6. Former defence minister Manohar Parrikar had said that government can't take position on issues like consumption of beef. "Beef consumption is a matter of personal opinion", he had said. LINK

7. BJP leader quit party over beef ban. Three days after saying the would reduce beef prices in Meghalaya if he were elected, Bernard N Marak quit BJP, stating that the party was trying to impose its ideology on people. He had said that in Meghalaya, most BJP leaders eat beef. LINK and LINK

Later, another BJP leader Bachu Marak resigned from party against the cattle trade legislation. He said that beef was staple food in Meghalaya. 5,000 members of BJP also quit the party, unhappy with BJP move. LINK

8. BJP leader in Karnataka, Vaman Acharya, who is party spokesman, said Brahmins used to slaughter cows and ate beef, in the past. Later, he retracted the statement, saying he wanted to close the issue. Clearly, he seemed to avoid controversy or under pressure now. LINK

9. Tarun Vijay says that eating habits of North Indians can not be imposed across the country. In an article in Panchjanya, he wrote that cow vigilantes should read likes of Vivekananda and VD Savarkar to understand that habits of people in N Indian can't be imposed across country. LINK

Still, right-wing groups use the issue of 'beef' to target Muslims. Muslims do eat buffalo meat, which is wrongly termed 'beef' in English media. Unfortunately, Muslims are nowhere in picture, they respect laws and even the sentiments of the Hindus, yet, they remain on target.

When it comes to cow vigilantism, the Muslims are targeted. Laws are applied in such a manner that a person is booked even if he is not carrying beef--as the sample would be tested later. Even an armyman's father, Akhlaq, was murdered over a 'suspicion that there was beef in the fridge of his house'.

          Cow Vigilantes' Terror: Two more Muslims killed in India, mob lynches them in Assam        
Two more Muslims have died--victims of Cow Terror.

Abu Hanifa and Riyazuddin were lynched by a mob in Assam.

Clearly, terror in the name of cow continues in India.

This is the worst form of Terrorism in the world, where people kill in the name of cow. They feel that they can kill anyone and have moral right to decide whether someone is guilty or not.

Akhlaq was killed because it was imagined that the meat in his fridge was not of goat but cow. Similarly, the mob decided that Abu Hanifa and Riyazuddin were cow thieves.

So they got the 'authority' to kill them in cold blood. Both of them were beaten to death. The incident occurred in Nagaon district. The Kachamari Pathar village is just 130 km from State capital.

Soon after the incident, in which two people were murdered, the cops had started claiming that 'it was not a case of cow vigilantism'. How? Why such hurry to give a clean-chit, instead of focusing on crime of such magnitude.

Even before probe, it was termed that they were 'cow thieves'. So where is the need for police or law-enforcing agencies?The self-styled 'Gau Rakshaks' are on a spree of attacks, violence and killings across India.

The prime target are Muslims, and in some cases Dalits too. Occasionally, non-Muslims have also been beaten or tortured. Like in Una in Gujarat, where Dalits who skin dead animal, were tortured by right-wing extremists.

1. In Bihar, a man honked at a cow and he was attacked, resulting in damage to his eyesight. LINK

2. In Delhi, a woman tried to shoo away a cow and she later nearly escaped the violent mob. LINK
Ganesh Mandal or Sharmila's case are exceptions.

3. Jabar Singh and Bhoop Singh brutally beaten by cow vigilantes in Noida. LINK

OLD INCIDENT 2015: Gulli alias Phool CHaran kills two friendsGulla Soma and Ganesh Bhilala in Damoh as he suspected they were involved in transportation of cows. LINK

4. Tribal** accused of cow slaughter, dies in police custody.

5. Appu Malviya was brutally beaten by vigilantes in Ujjain. He was thrashed, kicked, beaten with belts publicly. LINK & LINK

6. Sheikh Bismillah, 27, and his uncle Sheikh Siddique, 65, had gone to sell buffalo meat when they were attacked, brutally beaten in Washim in Maharashtra. The assailants accused them of selling beef. "It was buffalo meat. They just won't listen", victims said. The incident occurred in Washim in Maharashtra. Shockingly, after they were assaulted, they two persons were booked under section 295 (A) of IPC. The police said that they seized meat and sent samples for test to the lab. The attackers were seen shouting slogans and forcing the duo to chant 'Jai Shri Ram', slapping, punching and kicking them repeatedly, and ordering them to come to the police station with them. Later, police booked seven persons for the assault. LINK & LINK

**Elderly Kodar Gamar was arrested under the newly enacted cow protection law for allegedly slaughtering bovines, reported HT. Gamar, in his 60s, was arrested and was in the custody of Sabarkantha police. He died. A judicial probe has been ordered.

7. Muslims are the main target. In national capital, Delhi, just over a week ago, Muslim cattle transporters--Rizwan, Ashu and Kamil, were brutally beaten. This happened in Kalkaji. LINK and LINK.

They hailed from Pataudi, Haryana. They were stopped, pulled out of vehicle, beaten up. The police had to save them. The attackers claimed to be 'animal rights activists' and representing People for Animals (PFA).

8. Self-styled 'gau rakshaks' beat up people for buffalo slaughter, a man thrashed even as he is escorted by police. The incident occurred in Aligarh. See video

9. Five members of a family including a nine-year-old girl injured in attack by cow vigilantes in Jammu & Kashmir in April. The girl suffered multiple fractures. The family was moving with their livestock. "One of our children, a 10-year-old, is still missing. We don't know whether he is alive or dead. They even beat our elders very badly. They wanted to kill us and throw our bodies into the river". LINK

10. Shivam, a BA student, stabbed after cow vigilantes thought he was a journalist [photographer] and was not taking the photograph of their protest. LINK

11. Yet another cow vigilante attack in Jharkhand. Ainul Ansar attacked, cops later save him. He insists that it was meat, not beef. This incident occurred in Darbhanga (Jharkhand) on June 7. LINK

12. 100 cow vigilantes had surrounded Hayat Rabbani hotel in Jaipur, wanted owner to be handed to them, alleging that it sold beef. The incident had occurred on March 19.  Now, forensic lab report reveals that it was not beef. LINK

Over the last three years, there have been numerous cases of attacks and killings. The most recent case was that of Pahlu Khan, who was killed in Rajasthan. However, the State government, did not take the crime seriously and even one of its ministers tried to play it down, ending up blaming victim.

13. Officials of Tamil Nadu's Animal Husbandry Department had bought cows and calves from Jaisalmer for a Central government's breeding programme when they were attacked near Rajasthan's Barmer. The cow vigilantes also attempted to set fire to one of the trucks which had the animals inside, the police said. The cows would have been burnt alive had they not been rescued by the police. LINK

14. [June 20] Cow vigilantes strip, tie to tree and beat up three people mercilessly in Etah in Uttar Pradesh. They alleged that these were cow smugglers. A cop seen in video but couldn't do anything. LINK

15. [June 24]. Junaid, 16, stabbed to death in train, when he was returning after Eid shopping from Delhi to Ballabhgarh in Haryana. Called Pakistani and termed beef eater because of their dress and skullcap, assailants attack Junaid, a Hafiz-e-Quran, and his brothers in train. LINK & LINK

16. [June 25] Three Muslim men lynched in Dinajpur in West Bengal over suspicion that they were involved in cow theft. LINK

17. Muslim men--Abu Hanifah and Riyazuddin lynched in Assam, reports Al Jazeera. READ
So far, just a case has been registered and two persons detained, says this PTI report. LINK

18. NOT BEEF. [June 27] Otera Bibi, 42, a mentally challenged woman, lynched in West Bengal. LINK

19. [June 28] Mob attacks house of Usman Ansari in Jharkhand, burns the house, clashes with police, he gets injured, survives. LINK

20. [June 29] Alimuddin alias Asghar Ali lynched in Ramgarh in Jharkhand. Mob accused him of taking beef in a van. LINKLINK

21. NOT BEEF. [June 30]. Two more lynched in Bihar over suspicion of theft, beaten to death. The victims, two Dalits--Baban Musahar and Murahu killed in Rohtas district. LINK & LINK

22. [July 9] Eight killed, all of them Hindus. They were going to rescue their kin who had been caught and kept hostage by 'Gau Rakshaks'. In Jhajhar in Haryana, Xylo had a collision with a trailer truck. Eight died--Randhir, Ramu, Raju Ram, Raju son of Bhima, Jagdish, Birbal, Bhagirath and Sukhendra. They were going to get their relatives released who had been caught by Gau rakshaks. Victims belonged to Mehrana in Charkhi Dadri. LINK

23. [June 9]  Victims belonged to Mehrana in Charkhi Dadri. LINK

24. July 14: Muslim man beaten in Nagpur over false charge that he was carrying beef. Kept insisting that it was mutton, not beef [later a lab test suggested it was beef]. The victim Salim Ismail Shah is general secretary of BJP's Katol taluka minority cell. LINK

25. July 14: Muslim family attacked on train in Uttar Pradesh. Mob brutally attacked entire family including women and a disabled son too, with rods and sticks. Saying, 'kill them, they are Muslims'. LINK

READ: From minor boy Imatiaz's murder in Jharkhand to Pehlu Khan's killing in Rajasthan


COW TERROR AND LYNCHING INCIDENTS IN LAST COUPLE OF YEARS

Mohsin Sheikh, killed in Pune, because he had a beard (June, 2014)
Noman killed in Sirmaur in Himachal Pradesh by cow terrorists.
Zahir Ahmad killed in Udhampur on rumours
Syed Farid Khan lynched in Dimapur, Nagaland on March 5, 2015
Akhlaq was killed in his house in Dadri in UP.
Md Mazloom Ansari and Imtiaz, lynched and hanged by tree on March 18, 206  
Md Ayub Pandit lynched by a mob in Kashmir
Md Saddam and Farooq, students, lynched in Imphal in Manipur on April 7, 2016.    
Ajju Husain, a resident of Chittorgarh, cattle trader, paraded naked and lynched    
Md Ayyub, a resident of Gujarat, taking his catle lynched in Gujarat on September 2016
Md Salik, Salman in Bhopal

OLD 2016 list on this blog HERE

Attacks Against Muslims, Lynching, Hate Crimes [Other than cow-beef killings]


*[May 29]: Muslim youths returning from Taravih, shot at in Gonda, UP. One of them, Pappu, 23, killed.

*[June 24] 70-year-old Muslim cleric shot dead inside a mosque by unidentified persons who had also thrown meat [pork] in the mosque in Mau. LINKLINKLINK

*[June 25] Md Salman, 19, shot by cops after dragging him from his house in Jharkhand. He had just returned after buying new clothes, itr and belt for Id. LINK & LINK

*July 1. Journalist M Atharuddin saved himself, his 91-yr-old father, 85-yr-old mother, wife and kids from Bajrang Dal terrorists by chanting 'Jai Shree Ram'. They threatened, say it, else we will burn the car. LINK

*July 2: Police fire at Muslims, kill Yaqub Ali. The victim is among those protesting action against 'doubtful voters.  He was shot dead. LINK

          Legendary Urdu writer MA Rahat passes away in Pakistan: There won't be another MA Rahat in Urdu now        
Legendary Urdu writer MA Rahat is no more. He breathed his last in a hospital in Pakistan.
He was a gifted author.

I have read classics in English, Urdu and many other languages, do enjoy Intizar Husain as well as Naiyer Masood's writings, but at the same time I must say it that MA Rahat was in a league of his own.

In India, we marvelled at his brain--how could someone write like him. My late phuphi used to say, 'MA Rahat aur Mohiuddin Nawab ke dimaghon ko sarkar ko mahfooz kar lena chahiye, unke inteqal ke baad, taki un par research ho sake...'

When he wrote Kala Jadoo, almost all the major digests published it in India. Kotha is another masterpiece. Once you start reading, it is simply unputdownable like most of his works.

The list is endless. Living in Pakistan, he recreated the North Indian society of yore--early 19th century, its culture, to perfection. Just because he wrote in popular digests, he was not given his due.

When Kala Jadu was published, it created a sensation across the sub-continent. It was published in monthly Urdu digests and readers waited for the next installment. However, the writer probably got no royalty.

The stories were simply copied and published in India. In the post Ibn-e-Safi era, it was his writings that made people rush to bookstalls every month to buy Urdu digests.

With him ends an era. I don't think, there would ever be an author like him. Someone who would write so brilliantly, weave a world beyond anything you have ever heard or seen, and yet be so prolific.

MA Rahat was a product of his time--a writer born in a language, a culture that had reached its epitome and though it was destroyed by partition, he grew up in the era when Urdu literature was at its peak. That era has gone.

I don't think there will be an MA Rahat, in future. First Mohiuddin Nawab and now him, two giants have passed away. Feel Pakistan and Urdu world should have given the due to these authors in their lifetime. Rest in Peace, MA Rahat sahab. 

          She Dared to Say Pakistan’s Most Popular Politician Harassed Her. Then Came the Abuse.        
"I wish someone would throw acid on Gulalai's face". The smear campaign against the female tribal politician has been especially fierce on Twitter.
          Revisiting the Beltway: One Last Trip around 695 (for the blog, that is)        
As you may know, I finished the State-by-State project I've been posting up here every Sunday morning for the last few years.  For my final Sunday post, I have decided to revisit a previous project one last time: my Snacking around the Beltway series.  Due to crazy gas prices (which haven't really abated) and a total lack of time - in part exacerbated by said new project that lasted the last couple of years - I stepped away from it after examining every few exits around the Glen Burnie section of the Beltway (more or less Exits 1 - 8).

For this post, I summarize a few key spots I have visited throughout the rest of the Beltway.  Yes, I'm squeezing Exits 9 through 44 into one longish post.  This is, I admit, an inadequate way to finish it up, but it is better than nothing.

As I did in my January 18, 2009, Final Assessment post of the original series, I will again divide the Beltway up into six sections:
  • the "Glen Burnie" section of the Beltway (south, Exits 1 through 8A) - I've already explored this one in more detail, so I'm not really coming back to it in this post.
  • the "Catonsville" section (southwest, Exits 9 through 16B)
  • the "Pikesville" section (northwest, Exits 17 through 22)
  • the "Towson" section (north, Exits 23A through 30B)
  • the "Essex" section (northeast, Exits 31A through 38B)
  • and the "Dundalk" section (southeast, Exits 39 through 44)
This will not be a sweeping assessment of eats around the Beltway - I am exploring one, maybe two at the most, restaurants in each aforementioned section.  But these few restaurants hopefully do show the diversity of old and new eats off the Beltway, and will encourage you to further explore for ones I left off on your own.

The Glen Burnie Section (south, Exits 1 through 8A)

As I said, I have a few posts about Beltway eats in Anne Arundel County.  I will refer you to those, with one caveat: the Afghan place across the street from the Glen Burnie MVA is now a Hip Hop Chicken (map here).  I haven't visited it yet.

The "Catonsville" section (southwest, Exits 9 through 16B)

It's kind of silly to say I've "revisited" this part of the Beltway.  This is where I grew up: Lansdowne, which was home for my first 20-odd years, and Arbutus, Catonsville and such, where I got to (and still go to) frequently.  That said, I haven't really visited the newish eating establishments here lately: the new Middle Eastern place in Arbutus (Punjab Kabab & Sweets, map here), the frozen yogurt place along Maiden Choice (And what is up with this new fro yo trend?  Seriously, I don't get it), and the new Lansdowne Station shopping center, home to a Boardwalk Fries, an Italian place (Three Brothers of Lansdowne, the only Baltimore location of sixteen across the state; map here) and, notably, a new Chinese/American/sushi buffet.  That last part - sushi buffet - should send shivers down anyone's spine.


The place in question is the Teppanyaki Grill Supreme Buffet (map here) off Exit 10, near the Office Depot.  My mother told me that she took my sister here a few months ago and thought it would be a nice place to go get a sit-down meal.  Not nice as in "dressy" nice, but nice as in "Oh, you don't see us so often, it would be nice to spend some more time with you, and your sister liked this place" (full disclosure: my youngest sister, in her 30's, has autism, and it's not easy to find places that she likes beyond a set few places, so for her to like any place with Chinese food is in itself amazing to my family).

The place isn't my idea of "inviting": despite the many tables and booths, it seems quite crowded.  The mostly dimly lit interior doesn't help on that score.  Certainly though, the people there seemed to enjoy themselves, particularly the children's birthday party in the separate (and loud) meeting room next to the dessert buffet.

The Teppanyaki Grill has a bevy of the stuff you'd expect to find at a Chinese/Japanese buffet: various fried "Chinese" things, some maki rolls on ice which seemed freshly made at least (with massive amounts of wasabi sitting next to them), a section of "American things" just in case your stubborn Uncle Floyd won't eat "Asian" stuff, and large salad and dessert bars in case you are ever-so-slightly tempted to eat something healthy.


Yum.

For the price, however, this can't really be beat: all-you-can-eat for all of $7.19 plus tax ($10.39 for dinner instead of lunch; kids eat for less and very young kids eat for even less).  That said, it is a buffet, and as massive buffets go it is pretty average.  You may be thinking "Well what did you expect?" In a word: this.  I expected what I got, so I wasn't exactly disappointed.  But all the same, I don't usually enjoy this sort of thing, so I probably won't head back.  It didn't make me sick - that was a plus.


Thank God, that had me worried for a second.

The "Pikesville" section (northwest, Exits 17 through 22)


So much to choose from, so little time... And money...

Unfortunately I don't get around to Pikesville much these days.  The last time I visited was to hit up the Seven Mile Kosher Supermarket off Exit 20 (map here) for some matzah meal a year or so ago.  A few years before that, I was a panelist at the Great Tastes food show, as one of many panelists discussing food blogging in Baltimore.  I had mentioned that I was hopeful that Baltimore would see an increase in the number of West African restaurants in the area, since Charm City is fortunate to have a relatively large and increasing Nigerian-American (and overall West African) community.  Afterwards,  somebody suggested to me that I try out Peju's Kitchen and Lounge off Exit 17 in Woodlawn (map here).  I hadn't gotten the chance until recently, when I finally made the trip for take out one night.  Actually, it ended up being the very last restaurant I will have visited for this blog.  I mean, I don't exactly do these in order here.

Peju's with its large black awning occupies the large corner in the Security Plaza strip mall across from Woodlawn High School.  The plaza also features a South Asian clothing store and several halal buffets and groceries, plus a store-front Islamic center, a driving school, a handful of store-front churches and a halal Chinese restaurant (I've heard of kosher Chinese places, but a halal one is new to me, and certainly fills a niche needing to be filled).  The slightly rusty (not rustic) exterior of the whole building complex belies the gorgeous warm amber interior of Peju's, which serves not just West African specialties like jollof rice (of course), fufu and puff-puff (the West African answer to the donut.  Mmmm, donut), but various Caribbean specialties.  The warmly-lit bar and lounge area open onto the main seating area in the interior.  In other words, this ain't Teppanyaki Grill Supreme Buffet (see above).



Since I was out running errands and had to get home, I opted for take-out.  Though my eyes alighted on Caribbean specialties like jerk chicken and curry vegetable dishes ($10 each, more if during dinner), I eventually opted for the more Nigerian jollof rice with beef (also $10, also more if during dinner).  The jollof rice was certainly better than my one attempt to make it a few years ago, and I loved the thick tangy, slightly spicy tomato sauce that went with it. The two slightly tough pieces of beef I got had a nice flavor, but clearly they were a side if anything: the star of this meal was the big, heaping mound of soft, tangy jollof rice.  A few sweet fried plantain pieces finish off this meal. I will have to go back for more.

The "Towson" section (north, Exits 23A through 30B)

While I hardly get to Pikesville or Woodlawn, I often pass through Towson since I live so close by.  The problem here is that I never get a chance to stop anywhere.  The downtown Towson area has seen a few new places pop up over the last few years even as places like Towson Commons have shut down.  Yes, many old favorites like Kyodai, Kathmandu and Strappazza (just to name a few) are all still in that downtown area.  One that has been around for a while but I haven't had the chance to visit until not long ago was the Towson Hot Bagels (map here), recently voted Best Bagel in Baltimore.  Is this the influx of New Jersey and New York kids at the University making this assessment?  Seriously though, it's an efficient set up.  It has to be, since there are so many of these college kids in there!  The bagels are indeed good: chewy and filling and lovely.  I got an everything with cream cheese the one time I went there with some friends from out of town.


A few storefronts have seen some changes across the street from the library on York Road (map here: they're all close by): the Indo-Chinese place is now straight up Indian (India Cuisine), and I still haven't gotten to the Chinese place next door (The Orient Restaurant) or the 7 West Bistro Grille around the corner, all conveniently nestled not too far from Exits 26 and 27.  One place I have gotten to is the Phò Dat Thành (map here), the phò place near the Melting Pot, and one of three in the Baltimore area (with locations in Laurel and Columbia).  This once was a "pan-Asian" restaurant serving Chinese, Japanese and Thai food.  It finally settled on Vietnamese.  While they have various stir fry options available, you will probably want to go for the phò: a good, large standard bowl of phò at not a very steep price.

The "Essex" section (northeast, Exits 31A through 38B)

Sadly, I don't get around to this part of the Beltway that often anymore either.  I really should just stop between Exits 38B and 39 off North Point Blvd at the Prima Foods (map here).  This is Baltimore's premier stop for all your Greek ingredient needs, including their barrels of olives that you scoop yourself.  Closer to Route 7 and CCBC Essex lies places I have yet to get to, notably the Pizza Rustica (map here) at the intersection of crazy and crashy, er, Rossville Blvd and Pulaski Hwy near Exit 35 (seriously, why is that intersection so accident-prone?).

Ever since I last visited for the Beltway Snacking project a few years ago, I knew that Baltimore's favorite pit beef joint - and apparently the über-annoying Guy Fieri's - was in this area.  It did not dawn on me just how much closer Chaps Pit Beef (map here) is to 895 than the Beltway, so much so technically it shouldn't really be in this post.  But screw it, it's only a few miles away from Exit 35, so it's going in anyway.


For the few Bawlamorons who haven't been to this place - I admit, I was one of them until I went for this post - and for those outside the city who still aren't quite sure what "pit beef" really is, Chaps is not all big and flashing, and is even kind of easy to miss if you're not paying attention.  Plus, there isn't a large parking lot.  It is one of those places that stays small and puts out a quality product.  Okay, a lot of quality products: it's not just pit beef but various types of barbecue.  The menu is as complicated as any BBQ joint I've seen in this or other parts of the country.  But I went specifically for the pit beef sandwich, medium rare (about $6).  The meat is smoky, soft and juicy, and yes, you must bite down to get the slices of pit beef off the sandwich (but hey, that's pit beef for you).  Don't forget the many toppings along the window: horseradish, tiger sauce (horseradish mayonnaise), hots and a pickle chip belong on any pit beef sandwich.  I can't imagine eating pit beef without horseradish.  I just don't want to.


Isn't it better to imagine a nice juicy pit beef sandwich slathered with a big ol' blob of horseradish instead?


The "Dundalk" section (southeast, Exits 39 through 44)

Since family, work and friends are all in other parts of the area, I almost never get to Dundalk anymore.  And like with the Rosedale / Hamilton area it is easy to find pit beef in Dundalk.  Even easier since Merritt Blvd lost the wondrous Weenie World, one of my favorite hot dog places around the Beltway.  In its place is the Bullpen (map here), with the tagline "You can't beat our meat" (errrrrmm...).  Like Chaps and the nearby Bada Bing Bada Beef (which I did get to last time), this is also a pit beef and BBQ joint, and I will have to try it out next time I'm back down that way.

As with my much-delayed visits to Peju's and Chaps, I did finally get to the Boulevard Diner (map here).  Guy Fieri also stopped by here (my God, how many of these places has Guy Fieri infected with his presence anyway!?) for his DD&D show.  The Boulevard is your quintessential diner - nothing much different about that, except for the massive illustration of Ray Lewis (W0000000000T!!!!!) in the entryway.  Inside, it's no-nonsense but friendly and quick service.  And it has all the diner classics: the Mediterranean stuff, the burgers, the meatloaf, the desserts, and the all-day breakfasts.  I hadn't eaten lunch that day but was in the mood for pancakes - not many, but pancakes all the same.


I have my fat group, my carb group and my sugar group!


I got the short stack of two massive pancakes ($5) with two sausage patties (an extra $2).  I can't think of much else to say: they were typically tasty diner pancakes. The sausage was a little gristly but nothing I haven't enjoyed eating before.  And of course, I bathed the whole thing in butter and syrup, as you are supposed to do with diner pancakes.  Yum.



Post-Script

Had I decided to continue the blog - and had gas prices fallen again - I might have liked to get around the Beltway again.  I'm not sure I would've had the time, though: the one thing I remembered while doing the research for this post was how much time it took the first time around. So revisiting these various joints around 695 is just something I will have to leave to others.  Every exit has something worth eating (and probably something that is best left alone).  Search it out, folks.  I may not be writing about it, but I will certainly be searching for it nonetheless.

Places I visited

Boulevard Diner (diner) - 1660 Merritt Blvd, Dundalk, MD 21222; Phone: (410) 285-8660
  • Would I eat there again? Yes
  • Would I go out of my way to eat there again? Yes, why not?
Chaps Pit Beef (pit beef & BBQ) - 5801 Pulaski Hwy, Baltimore, MD 21205; Phone: (410) 483-2379
  • Would I eat there again? Yes
  • Would I go out of my way to eat there again? Yes, and I'd have to
Peju's Restaurant and Lounge (Nigerian / West African / Caribbean) - 1724 Woodlawn Drive, Wodlawn, MD 21207; Phone: (410) 277-9779
  • Would I eat there again? Yes
  • Would I go out of my way to eat there again? Sure, especially since it's the only Nigerian restaurant in the area.
Phò Dat Thành (Vietnamese) - 510 York Rd, Towson, MD 21204; Phone: (410) 296-9118
  • Would I eat there again? Yes
  • Would I go out of my way to eat there again? Maybe
Prima Foods (market / Greek) - 51 Kane St  Baltimore, MD 21224; Phone: (410) 633-5500
  • Would I shop there again? Yes
  • Would I go out of my way to shop there again? Sure!
Teppanyaki Grill Supreme Buffet (buffet / Chinese / Japanese / American) - 3551 Washington Blvd, Lansdowne, MD 21227; Phone: (410) 242-5887
  • Would I eat there again? Probably not
  • Would I go out of my way to eat there again? Um, no
Towson Hot Bagels (bagels / breakfast) - 16 Allegheny Ave, Towson, MD, 21204, with locations in Timonium and Canton
  • Would I eat there again? Yes
  • Would I go out of my way to eat there again? Hmmm...
Places to visit later (though I must leave others to write about them)

The Bullpen (pit beef & BBQ) - 1099 Merritt Blvd, Dundalk, MD 21222; Phone: (410) 288-3529

Hip Hop Fish & Chicken (fried chicken / fast food) - 6604 Ritchie Hwy, Glen Burnie, MD 21061, with various other locations in the area; Phone: (410) 766-1515

India Cuisine (Indian) - 321 York Rd, Towson, MD 21204; Phone: (410) 583-7770

The Orient Restaurant (Chinese / Japanese) - 319 York Road, Towson, MD 21204, with locations in Bel Air and Perry Hall; Phone: (410) 296-9000

Pizza Rustica (pizza / Italian) - 8805 Pulaski Highway, Rosedale, MD 21237; Phone: (410) 682-8640

Punjab Kabab & Sweets (Pakistani / Indian) - 5313 East Dr, Arbutus, MD 21227; Phone: (410) 737-7773

Seven Mile Supermarket (kosher / Jewish) - 201 Reisterstown Rd,  Pikesville, MD 21208; Phone: (410) 653-2000

7 West Bistro Grille (American / bar) - 7 W Chesapeake Ave, Towson, MD 21204; Phone: (410) 337-9378

Three Brothers of Lansdowne (pizza / Italian) - 3611 Washington Blvd, Lansdowne, MD 21227, with sixteen locations statewide; Phone: (410) 536-1080

          19.11.17 20:00 Uhr - Erlangen - Karakorum & Muztagh        
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Seit 30 Jahren bereist Michael Beek den Himalaya-Karakorum und hat das Land der 8000er in dieser Zeit in atemberaubenden Momenten erlebt und mit seiner Kamera eingefangen. Mit seiner Multivision gelingt es ihm auf beeindruckende Weise, die mediengemachten Klischees über Pakistan und den Islam zu relativieren. Erlebt in seinen faszinierenden Fotografien Impressionen und Geschichten aus einer unbekannten Welt, die Michael ebenso spannend, informativ und einfühlsam kommentiert. Der Fotograf führt Euch zu faszinierenden Menschen, die in gewaltiger Natur in abgeschiedenen Dörfern zu Hause sind und deren Leben noch immer geprägt ist von ihrer Jahrhunderte alten Geschichte.

Zusammen mit einheimischen Freunden startet Michael zu einer bisher einzigartigen Expedition durch das Braldu- und Muztagh-Tal zur bis dahin völlig unbekannten Nordostflanke des 8611 m hohen K2, des zweithöchsten Berges der Erde: Dies bedeutete für die kleine Gruppe von Abenteurern 30 entbehrungsreiche Tage, 335 km Wegstecke und 7300 Höhenmeter über nie zuvor betretene Gletscher und Pässe und vorbei an namenlosen Berge. Eine abenteuerliclhe Durchquerung des Karakorum, die bisher nicht wiederholt wurde!

Michael berichtet aber auch über den Karakorum-Highway und das legendäre Hunza-Tal (bis in die 70er Jahre des letzten Jahrhunderts unabhängiges Königreich) und über das abgeschiedene Leben der Bergbauern.

Kommt mit auf eine bildgewaltige Tour durch den unbekannten Teil des Karakorum!
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          18.10.17 10:30 Uhr - Nürnberg - Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg: "Malala - Mädchen mit Buch"        
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Malala Yousafzai ist die wohl jüngste Menschenrechtsaktivistin der Geschichte. Sie kämpft seit 2008 gegen das Bildungsverbot für Mädchen in ihrer Heimat Pakistan. Schon im Alter von 11 Jahren begann sie für die BBC ein Blog-Tagebuch über ihren Alltag unter der pakistanischen Taliban zu schreiben. Ihre Geschichte sorgte international für Erschütterung, als sie im Oktober 2012 im Alter von 15 Jahren auf ihrem Weg zur Schule von Taliban-Kämpfern brutal niedergeschossen wurde. Die Kugel traf Malala aus nächster Nähe in den Kopf; doch wie durch ein Wunder kam sie mit dem Leben davon.

Die Taliban wollten sie zum Schweigen bringen, doch sie erreichten genau das Gegenteil. Das weltberühmte Mädchen setzt sich weiter unbeirrt für das Recht auf Bildung ein. 2014 wurde sie mit dem Friedensnobelpreis ausgezeichnet. An ihrem 16. Geburtstag hielt sie ihre erste öffentliche Rede vor den Vereinten Nationen, die von ihrem Mut zeugt:

„Die Terroristen dachten, sie könnten unsere Ziele ändern und unsere Ambitionen stoppen, aber in meinem Leben hat sich nichts verändert, außer: Schwäche, Angst und Hoffnungslosigkeit sind gestorben. Stärke, Kraft und Mut sind geboren. Ich bin die gleiche Malala. Meine Ambitionen sind die gleichen. Meine Hoffnungen sind die gleichen. Meine Träume sind die gleichen.“

Der preisgekrönte britische Autor Nick Wood hat mit »Malala - Mädchen mit Buch« einen Monolog für ein junges Publikum geschrieben, der sich fragend der Geschichte dieses außergewöhnlichen Mädchens annähert. In seinem Stück tastet sich eine Autorin aus unserer westlichen Perspektive an Malalas Geschichte heran: Sie trägt Blog-Einträge und Zeitungsartikel zusammen, konfrontiert sich selbst mit ihren Vorurteilen gegenüber dem Islam und vergegenwärtigt für kurze Momente alltägliche und dramatische Situationen aus Malalas Leben. Dieses Stück zeigt, dass das mutige Handeln eines einzelnen Menschen entscheidend sein kann für die Art und Weise, wie wir die Welt sehen.
          18.10.17 14:30 Uhr - Nürnberg - Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg: "Malala - Mädchen mit Buch"        
Tickets erhältlich unter: http://www.frankentipps.de/veranstaltung211124-tickets

Malala Yousafzai ist die wohl jüngste Menschenrechtsaktivistin der Geschichte. Sie kämpft seit 2008 gegen das Bildungsverbot für Mädchen in ihrer Heimat Pakistan. Schon im Alter von 11 Jahren begann sie für die BBC ein Blog-Tagebuch über ihren Alltag unter der pakistanischen Taliban zu schreiben. Ihre Geschichte sorgte international für Erschütterung, als sie im Oktober 2012 im Alter von 15 Jahren auf ihrem Weg zur Schule von Taliban-Kämpfern brutal niedergeschossen wurde. Die Kugel traf Malala aus nächster Nähe in den Kopf; doch wie durch ein Wunder kam sie mit dem Leben davon.

Die Taliban wollten sie zum Schweigen bringen, doch sie erreichten genau das Gegenteil. Das weltberühmte Mädchen setzt sich weiter unbeirrt für das Recht auf Bildung ein. 2014 wurde sie mit dem Friedensnobelpreis ausgezeichnet. An ihrem 16. Geburtstag hielt sie ihre erste öffentliche Rede vor den Vereinten Nationen, die von ihrem Mut zeugt:

„Die Terroristen dachten, sie könnten unsere Ziele ändern und unsere Ambitionen stoppen, aber in meinem Leben hat sich nichts verändert, außer: Schwäche, Angst und Hoffnungslosigkeit sind gestorben. Stärke, Kraft und Mut sind geboren. Ich bin die gleiche Malala. Meine Ambitionen sind die gleichen. Meine Hoffnungen sind die gleichen. Meine Träume sind die gleichen.“

Der preisgekrönte britische Autor Nick Wood hat mit »Malala - Mädchen mit Buch« einen Monolog für ein junges Publikum geschrieben, der sich fragend der Geschichte dieses außergewöhnlichen Mädchens annähert. In seinem Stück tastet sich eine Autorin aus unserer westlichen Perspektive an Malalas Geschichte heran: Sie trägt Blog-Einträge und Zeitungsartikel zusammen, konfrontiert sich selbst mit ihren Vorurteilen gegenüber dem Islam und vergegenwärtigt für kurze Momente alltägliche und dramatische Situationen aus Malalas Leben. Dieses Stück zeigt, dass das mutige Handeln eines einzelnen Menschen entscheidend sein kann für die Art und Weise, wie wir die Welt sehen.
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          Cars you can buy in the Range of 20-25 lack        
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          Domestic cricket in India        
The recent World Cup performance by the talented Indian team has stirred the hornet's nest. Heads are rolling in Pakistan and the blame game is just about to start in India. However, I doubt if anything meaningful would come out of it. Ramachandra Guha describes cricket as a "special game" in India in his outstanding book on Indian Cricket - A corner of a foreign field, and one has to agree. More than just another sport, it's now another icon of national pride. When tension mounted between India & Pakistan, Indian government was quick to snap all cricketing ties, however, the Pakistani hockey & TT teams were touring India, that too without a whimper from Thakre and likes. Every year the broadcasting rights for cricket in India are fought over intensely with the amounts going up astronomically. Every cricket match in any corner of India, featuring the Indian team, sometimes even without them, meets full-house with thousands turned down!

If such is the love for the game, how come no one cares a damn about the domestic cricket in India? Before delving deeper, let's see if it is really the "love" of the game or just fanatic following of the home team. The Indian crowd has given diametrically opposing impressions over time. Compare the standing ovation received by the Paki team in the Chennai test and the unruly crowd of Calcutta in the '96 WC Semifinal. So, do people want to see good cricket or they just care for their team's win? The truth lies somewhere between these two extremes. I think, people have some idea (almost fair) about the team's calibre and when they perform below there capability, they face the fan's ire. Indian team's ouster in the first round was definitely below their capabilities. It's not that the fans expected them to win the cup; they were hailed as heroes in the last WC when they played out of their skins to reach the finals, only to get hammered!

Coming back to domestic cricket, one most common argument is that the Ranji Trophy has too many teams, thus diluting the quality of cricket. I quote from the wikipedia page -
Up until the 2002-03 season, the teams were grouped into five zones - North, West, East, Central and South - and initial matches were played within the zones on a league basis. The top teams (two until 1991-92, three after that) from each zone played in a national knock-out competition, leading to a final which decided the winner of the tournament.

Kids playing cricket near Payakara Falls, Ooty



Starting with the 2002-03 season, the zonal system was abandoned and a two-division structure was adopted: the Elite Group and the Plate Group. For the 2006-07 season, the divisions were re-labelled the Super League and Plate League respectively.

The Super League is divided into two groups of eight and seven teams, while the Plate League is divided into two groups of six teams each. In both divisions, the top two teams from each group advance to the knock-out phase. The finalists from the Plate League are promoted to the Super League the next year while the two teams at the bottom of the Super League are relegated.
If this seems too many, we've got Duleep Trophy, with just 5 zonal teams. I quote -
Five Indian zonal teams regularly take part in the Duleep Trophy - North Zone, South Zone, East Zone, West Zone and Central Zone.

The original format was that the five teams played each other on a knock-out basis. From the 1993-94 season, the competition converted to a league format.

From the 2003-04 season onwards, the five original zonal teams competed along with a sixth guest team which was a touring foreign team. The first guest team was England A in 2003-04.
If you say the slow test cricket is the deterring factor, we've got Deodhar Trophy, 50-over one-day competition played on a league basis among the 5 zonal teams since 1973!

So there, we've got all flavors of cricket in the domestic competitions, yet it's not able to pull the apparently cricket crazy crowd of India. It has to do something with the quality of cricket played. The difference of quality between international fixtures & these domestic ones has to be huge, thus not attracting the attention of people. This again is a mind-boggler! Cricket is played almost everywhere in India and yet we can't produce ample number of quality competitors for the domestic cricket? This points towards the callous attitude of cricket governing body in India. We should do more to train & prepare cricketers from their younger days. There is another anamoly here, our under-19 team was among the strongest & in the final of last two U-19 World Cups! How do you explain this decline of form of the same players when they graduate to the big league? It's as if they stop adding value to their cricket while their peers from other countries move on.

There is another deterrent, parents skepticism towards career in professional sports. I don't know if we can tackle this problem in the short run in a third-world developing country like India. May be BCCI can announce some comprehensive scholarships, may be they have these even now. But the fact remains that the parents are scared to let their kids chase their cricketing dreams at the cost of sound academic background, thus increased probability of a decent career.

Another face of the problem is the media coverage of these games. I do get to read about them in the newspaper, however no channel is ready to air these games. We do get to see the NKP Salve Challenger Trophy, but not other games. This again depends on the fact that there aren't many buyers for these games, because these are low quality matches. Some vicious cycle we've got here! We can't relate with these matches, because we can't see them. They can't broadcast the matches, because no one sees them!

These definitely aren't the only problems with the Indian cricket. Still, I feel if we can address these one fast, the Indian cricket will be benefitted a lot and fast. Depleted bench strength & mediocre domestic cricket are holding back Indian cricket big time.
          Withdrawal Symptoms        
Ever tried getting down a running bus? Yup, the inertia funda. Physics, class XI, CBSE.

My prolonged stay at home, after the months spent at IIMC, has put me in that kind of situation. When I was always chasing deadlines at IIMC, I would have laughed at someone had he suggested that nothingness can bore you. And yet here I am, toppled into the abyss of deep boredom. Despite the long sleeping hours, longer hours spent in front of the TV, the days just don't get over.

And the mercury is rising too! Its tough to imagine that the day I arrived here I slept in a rajayi. Now its almost imbearable to be out in the sun. The ceiling fan is no longer adequate to beat the heat. Glad that I won't be here to face the worst.

All's not lost tho', all the cricket happening about half the globe away keeps me company. The idleness compels me to listen to the pre-match chat show too, not that it makes me any wiser or happier. Tut-tut, India's out; but still the arena is wide open! My predictions: Semifinalists - Aus, SA, SL and NZ & Dream Final - Aus vs SA with SA claiming the cup. Long way to that though.

And I'm reading again. A lot, by my own standards. Some recommendations -
  • A Corner of a Foreign Field - Amazing work about mostly pre-independence history of cricket in India. Even if the WC debacle left a bitter taste in mouth, don't miss this masterpiece, for the love of the game. Hat's off to Guha for doing all the hard work in researching the anecdotes and stories to present in such lucid form! (and if cricket still fancies you, pick Pundits from Pakistan also!)
  • Above Average - Doesn't dwell too much on the IIT connection. Very interesting, very piquant. Very nostalgic for any IITian, more so for IITD junta (I guess). Its characters reminded me of many lost faces from my IIT days.
  • Spy Princess: The Life of Noor Inayat Khan - The story is definitely very thrilling & impressive, though the narration lacks punch. It's told just like a chronological record of facts. Bit drab in parts, still quite enjoyable as a whole.
  • Being John Mcenroe - Rather than being just descriptive, this book tries to analyze the reasons behind & effects of John Mcenroe on Tennis. Great insights about the genius and his times.
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything - Masterpiece! Absolute masterpiece! Would appeal to anyone with slightest bend of mind towards Science & tiniest tinge of curiosity towards Nature. Simply unputdownable.
  • The IITians - Just started this one. Starts on perhaps a bit too laudatory note, but is building up nicely. Should be a good read.
Apart from all this, I've also started reading blogs again. But my BSNL dial-up doesn't allow me to surf much. By the way, till very recent I wasn't aware that you can just put the BSNL phone cable in your laptop, do simple registration once and can start surfing @ ~40 kbps on totally on-use-basis rates! Check out Account free Internet dial up access based on CLI.

All my bags are not yet packed and I'm not yet ready to go, still another week left. But most of my shopping is done, barring some last minute items. Not yet thinking much about the upcoming internship, but I hope it would be interesting time. Reminds me of an ancient Chinese curse - "May you live in interesting times." Hmm, we'll see that.

Couple of things I have to do in London -
  1. Watch a cricket match, county-shounty, anything!
  2. Watch a soccer match. Some decent clubs whose names I know, hopefully.
  3. Visit some typical Irish pubs (just to check out the atmo, Mom!)
  4. Buy long-pending lenses for my camera and click loads of pictures.
  5. Travel a bit. Bath, Oxford, some coastal towns, perhaps.
Time to hit the bed.
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Sargon‏ @Sargon_of_Akkad
Has the alt right come to terms with the fact the Jews are just better than they are?

Greg Matusow @gregmatusow
sounds like something a jew would say

Sargon‏ @Sargon_of_Akkad
Sounds like something a race realist who depends on IQ scores to say, you mean.

Supreme Dark Lord‏ @voxday
Your metric is incorrect, Sargon. First, there are 48 high-IQ Han, 11 high-IQ Europeans, and 5 high-IQ Japanese for every high-IQ Jew.

Sargon‏ @Sargon_of_Akkad
Of course, but that's only because of population size.

Supreme Dark Lord‏ @voxday
Obviously. But you cannot claim they are not overrepresented in X because intelligent when there are 64 more intelligent non-Jews per Jew.

Supreme Dark Lord‏ @voxday
Second, average Jewish IQ is only 98, not 115.
Israel IQ = 95
Arab IQ (22.7%) = 84
Jewish IQ (77.3%) = 98
Now, it occurred to me that while I knew the oft-heard claim of a 115 average IQ for Jews was a misleading substitution of a subset for the set, and I had also observed that the claim was almost certainly an exaggeration in light of the average Israeli IQ of 95, I'd never actually run the numbers. The first thing was to update the population percentages according to the latest Israeli demographics, which currently has the Jewish population at 75 percent and the non-Jewish population at 25 percent.

This resulted in an average Israeli Jewish population IQ of 98.7 percent, slightly higher than my original calculation. Now, the Ashkenazi are 47.5 percent of the Israeli Jewish population, which means that if their average IQ is 115, the majority of the Jewish population of Israel has an average IQ of only 83.7, which is TWO standard deviations lower, and is also lower than the average IQs of Jordan, Syria, Saudi Arabia, and Pakistan, as well as Nigeria, Uganda, and the Israeli-Arab population.

Does that strike you as likely? No, me neither.

There is one Israeli study that found the difference between Ashkenazi and non-Ashkenazi Jews in Israel to be 14 points. This would indicate an average Ashkenazi IQ of 106 and a non-Ashkenazi IQ of 92. This is considerably more credible, especially since it also happens to align with a number of studies on Ashkenazi IQ. Given that 74 percent of the global Jewish population is Ashkenazim, that means that the average Jewish IQ is 102.4.

So, average Jewish IQ is not particularly high, but is slightly higher than the European average, and considerably higher than the current US average, which I calculate to be around 95 and falling. Which, of course, is why high average intelligence is an inadequate explanation for the historical Jewish success in 20th-century America, as their level of comparative success is declining even as the IQ delta grows.
          'Malala' Is Permanently Valuable Art        

He Named Me Malala is a documentary made remarkable mostly by the personality of the Pakistani girl who won the Nobel Peace Prize at age 17, and survived a Taliban murder attempt with no more than slight impairments of her eyesight and hearing and a slightly crooked smile. And the movie's highly unusual use of animation not only doesn't rob it of realism, but elevates it almost to the level of legend and folklore.


          Pullu və pinti ərəb turistlər: “Açıq-saçıq geyinən qadın görəndə özlərini itirirlər”        
Bu yayın ən çox müzakirə mövzusu Bakıya gələn ərəb turistləridir. Daha dəqiq ifadə etsək, ərəb turistlər öz hərəkətləri ilə müzakirə mövzusuna çevriliblər. Biri təbii ehtiyacını hər kəsin gözü qarşısında “ödəyir”, digəri pakistanlı restoran sahibini döyür, başqa biri icarəyə götürdüyü maşının içini zibil qutusuna çevirir. Qadınların hicabla dənizə girmələri, kişilərin barlarda içki məclisləri də birmənalı qarşılanmır. […]
          U.S. Airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, Versus Drone Strikes in Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia        
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          Maps and Mappers        
Do something. During the CrisisCommons response to Haiti, I learned about the Crisismappers network. When the Chilean earthquake occurred, our CrisisCamp Toronto team got a crash course in Ushahidi and crisismapping by creating training materials while we learned how to map. We also volunteered for the Pakistan floods using the same tools and community networks. ...
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          Asia Cup Final: Pakistan vs Sri Lanka - As it happened...        

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Over 46.2 || Score 261/5

Lankan skipper Mathews played Talha for a double to seal the match for his side. And with that Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by five wickets to lift the Asia Cup. Riding on the century of Thirimanne, Sri Lanka chased the challenging total of 261 runs with an ease. Mahela, who was out of form, too contributed well with the bat and stitched a crucial partnership of 156 runs for the third wicket with Thirimanne to make sure that SL chased the target quite comfortably.

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Over 45 || Score 248/5

Opener Thirimanne placed Junaid Khan's yorker on the on side to pick a single and with that the talented southpaw scored his third ODI ton. This hundred couldn't have come at a better time. He reached the landmark in 106 balls, with the help of 13 boundaries. What a match-winning knock by him. Lanka need 13 runs in 30 balls and they have five wickets in hand.

But soon after completing his hundred, he became the victim of Ajmal.

HDRL Thirimanne b Saeed Ajmal 101 (108b)

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Over 40 || Score 224/3

Lanka are on the verge of winning the Asia Cup as they required mere 37 runs to win the match in the last ten overs. In between SL lost Mahela in the 38th over off Talha when he tried to launch the bowler for a six but couldn't manage to connect it well and Sharjeel Khan took a good catch in the end. Mahela got out after scoring 75 runs in 93 balls. But opener Thirimanne is still at the crease and need five runs to complete his hundred.

DPMD Jayawardene c Sharjeel Khan b Mohammad Talha 75 (93b)

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Over 35 || Score 193/2

Mahela smashed Gul for a boundary in the 34th over to complete his fifty in style. He used 76 deliveries to reach the mark, lacked with five fours and a six. Pakistani bowlers are looking off-colour now as both the batsmen are taking their team close to victory with an effortless batting display. Opener Thirimanne is just 15 runs shy of his hundred. Sri Lanka required 68 runs to win the Asia Cup in 15 overs.

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Over 30 || Score 164/2

Ajmal and Gul have been brought back into the attack as Pakistan desperately need a couple of wickets now. Lanka crossed the 150-run mark in the 27th over. The third fifty came in mere 53 balls for the Islanders. Lanka need 97 runs in remaining 20 overs to seal the match and tournament and they have eight wickets in hand.

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Over 25 || Score 145/2

Opener Thirimanne completed his 7th ODI fifty in the 23rd over bowled by Talha. Both the batsmen in the middle are ticking singles and doubles regularly and even collected boundaries at regular intervals. The match is now slipping away from the hands of Pakistan. They need to break this partnership as soon as possible to get back into the match.

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Over 20 || Score 105/2

Jayawardene is targeting Afridi. He first collected a boundary of him in the 16th over and then launched the bowler for a maximum over cow corner in his next over. Jayawardene is looking solid at the crease and Thirimanne is giving him a good company. They have added fifty runs for the third wicket and with that Lanka have crossed the mark of hundred runs.

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Over 15 || Score 80/2

Jayawardene has come to the middle to join Thirimanne after the fall of Sangakkara's wicket. Both of them are playing cautiously after loosing two wickets in back-to-back deliveries. Experienced middle-order Jayawardene is not in best of his forms, so it's a good chance for him to spend some time in the middle and play a match-winning knock for his team to boost his confidence. On other end, Thirimanne is collected boundaries at regular intervals.

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Over 11 || Score 62/2

Ajmal is on a roll here. Lanka lost two wickets in consecutive balls. Ajmal first fooled dangerous Perera, who stepped out to launch the off-spinner for a six and Umar dislodged the bails within a flash, and then, in the next ball he trapped the man in-form, Kumar Sangakkara, in front of the wicket. Pakistan is back in game. What an over by Ajmal.

KC Sangakkara lbw b Saeed Ajmal 0 (1b)

MDKJ Perera st Umar Akmal b Saeed Ajmal 42 (37b)

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Over 10 || Score 56/0

In the seventh over Pak skipper has done the first bowling change when he introduced Junaid Khan. And in the very next over he gave the ball to off-spinner Saeed Ajmal. Ajmal bowled a maiden over first-up to build some pressure on the Lankan openers. But Pakistan haven't got breakthrough yet. Perera is taking his chances and has quickly moved to 42 in mere 36 balls. And Lanka have crossed the mark of 50 runs in the 10th over.

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Over 5 || Score 25/0

A solid start by the Sri Lankan openers. They have scored 25 runs in the first five overs without losing a wicket. Perera and Thirimanne both are playing confidently and are scoring boundaries of loose balls. Whereas, Pakistan is still hunting for their first wicket.

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Over 2 || Score 7/0

Hafeez bowled an excellent first over and gave just one run. Umar Gul who is sharing the new ball with Hafeez conceded a boundary in the very first ball as Perera smashed him over cover region. Six runs came from the second over.

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Mohammed Hafeez is once again opening the bowling proceedings for Pakistan whereas, M Perera and H Thirimanne are in the middle to start the chase for Sri Lanka.

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Over 50 || Score 260/5

Riding on the maiden ODI hundred from the southpaw Fawad, Pakistan set a respectable total of 260 in the stipulated fifty overs. Umar and Fawad stitched 115-run partnership for the fifth wicket, which helped the defending champions to take their score past 250. Now it's time for the Pakistan bowlers to defend this total to lift the trophy second time in a row.

Umar Akmal c Priyanjan b Malinga 59 (42b)

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Over 48 || Score 243/4

Akmal is on a roll here, he collected three boundaries off Malinga in the 47th over. In the next over, Fawad smacked Perera for a six to complete his maiden ODI hundred in style. He took mere 126 balls to reached the landmark with the help of six fours and three sixes. In between, Umar also completed his fifty. They are smashing Lankan bowlers all over the park.

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Over 45 || Score 202/4

Fawad and Umar Akmal both are looking for big shots now. In the 41st over Umar smashed two boundaries off Perera. And then in the next over bowled by Lakmal, Fawad launched a six and then scored a boundary to collect 14 runs from the over. Malinga has been called back into the attack. And in the next two overs Lankan bowlers gave just 12 runs in total. Malinga needs one more wicket to complete his five-for in this match as he has already scalped four. Meanwhile, Pakistan have crossed the mark of 200 runs. Fawad is just 12 runs shy of his hundred.

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Over 40 || Score 159/4

With 60 balls left in the innings, Pakistan batsmen will try to score some quick runs to give their bowlers a decent total defend. A 250+ score is still possible with Afridi still to come.

For Sri Lanka, Lasith Malinga's next four overs will be crucial. In the slog overs, anything can happen.

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Over 36.4 || Score 140/4

Malinga returns. And a wicket.

Superb bowling change from the Sri Lankan skipper to bring back Malinga during the second power-play.

Misbah, who was batting with flawless application so far, tried to loft the ball straight but failed to mistimed it, for Kushal Perera to complete the catch.

Misbah-ul-Haq c Thisara Perera b Lasith Malinga 65 (98b)

Misbah's dream of scoring an ODI hundred failed once again, all for the team's cause.

The fourth-wicket partnership, lasting 32.1 overs, produced 122 runs.

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In the last five overs, Pakistan have score 29 runs at a rate of 5.80, thanks to some intelligent stroke plays form both the batsmen.

The duo has so far played 30.3 overs posting a partnership of 107 runs. A good fight back from the batting team.

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Over 35 || Score 125/3

It seems, Pakistani batsmen have realised the meaning of urgency. After the 30th over, both the batsmen have started to handle the bowlers differently.

On the last of the 31st over, Misbah-ul-Haq swept hard Chaturanga de Silva's off-target ball towards short fine leg for a boundary. It was his fifty, a well made one.

Fawad Alam, who was dropped by Kumar Sangakkara four balls earlier, reached his second consecutive fifty on the 33.2 over, with a single off Thisara Perera towards point.

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Over 31.1 || Score 100/3

Hundred up for Pakistan.

Misbah-ul-Haq swept a bad delivery from Chaturanga de Silva towards short fine leg for a boundary. It brought up the 100th run for the batting side.

And with that shot, he also reached 45.

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Over 30 || Score 96/3

In the last five overs, Sri Lanka have conceded only 15 runs. A good period for the bowling side.

For Pakistan, after that horrendous start to the innings, it was mandatory to build the innings.
And it has slowed down the scoring rate.

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Over 25 || Score 81/3

In the last five overs, Pakistan have scored 24 runs – a productive period for the batting side.

And leading the resurrection is their skipper, Misbah-ul-Haq unbeaten on 32 from 59 balls, including a four and and a six. Giving him company is Fawad Alam, on 31 from 65 balls. The 28-year-old has three boundaries in his total.

With half the overs played out, one of these players has to start attacking the bowlers. Anything below 250 will not be enough against a batting line-up which has the likes of Sangakkara and Jayawardene.

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Over 22.1 || Score 71/3

50-run partnership!

Fawad Alam punched a Angelo Mathews delivery for a boundary towards mid-off to bring up a 50-run partnership with his skipper.

A ball earlier -- the last ball of the 21st over, Misbah-ul-Haq lofted a Thisara Perera length ball for a six, over the over deep midwicket boundary.

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Over 20 || Score 56/3

Both the batsmen, on 19 runs each, have stopped Sri Lanka from making further inroads. But Pakistani batsmen will still need a herculean task to post a fighting total. Their current run rate is 2.76.

Among the Sri Lankan bowlers, Sachithra Senanayake has been the most expensive. The right arm off-break bowler has conceded 13 runs from his two overs.

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Over 18 || Score 50/3

50 up for Pakistan.

The partnership is worth 31 runs now, from 80 balls at a soring rate of 2.32 per over. Misbah-ul-Haq has contributed 13 while Fawad Alam has a share of 17 in it.

In between, Angelo Mathews is in the middle of a splendid spell. In his three overs, the Sri Lankan skipper has conceded only 4 runs, including a maiden over.

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Over 15 || Score 40/3

Two successive maiden overs (12th and 13th), one each from Thisara Perer and skipper Angelo Mathews, have seemingly stalled the Pakistan innings.

Despite their current plight, Pakistan can still hope for a good total to defend. And in Mirpur, Pakistan have won 11 matches out of 16. Certainly some favourable stats... irrespective of the opponents.

Strangely, Sri Lankans have also an more than impressive record here. Played 12 times, won 10.

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Over 10 || Score 28/3

After that Malinga burst, the proceedings in the centre have slowed down a bit.

For the batting side, Misbah-ul-Haq and talented Fawad Alam are negotiating a confident and boisterous Sri Lanka fielding team. This is the perfect setting for the Pakistan skipper to score a hundred -- his first one in the ODIs, and lead the fightback.

This partnership will be crucial to the outcome of the match. If Misbah and Fawad manage to stay for a substantially period, they can still post a fighting total... with Umar Akmal and Shahid Afridi still to come.

Suranga Lakmal, who shared the new ball with Malinga, has completed half of his quota 10 overs. In these five overs, he has conceded only 10 runs, with two maidens to boot. His role, as a supporting bowler, has been impressive one.

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Over 4.3 || Score 18/3

Malinga show in on!

The Sri Lankan fast bowler has reduced the Pakistani batting line-up to a pack of jokers.

This time, it's the experienced Mohammad Hafeez. The Pakistani batsman was undone by a Malinga beauty.

Another catch for veteran Kumar Sangakkara behind the stumps.

Mohammad Hafeez c Kumar Sangakkara b Lasith Malinga 3 (13b)

With this wicket, Malinga has become one of the leading wicket takers along with compatriot, Ajantha Mendis in the tournament. 9 scalps.

If the opening fixture of the tournament is to be considered, Malinga will be back... towards the end of the innings, even more hungrier for wickets. His five for 52 in the match set the tone for Sri Lanka in this tournament.

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Over 2.6 || Score 17/2

Another wicket for Malinga. Again, in the last ball of an over.

The in-form Pakistan opener Ahmed Shehzad departs while trying to manufacture an adventurous shot off a wayward Malinga delivery.

Ahmed Shehzad c Kumar Sangakkara b Lasith Malinga 5 (7b)

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Over 1.6 || Score 8/1

First over, two fours and a wicket. What a start to the final.

Sharjeel Khan, who started the innings with a fine cover drive for four runs and another boundary from the third ball off Lasith Malinga failed to contain his emotions. Perished off the last ball of the opening over.

Thisara Perera took a cool catch at mid-on.

Sharjeel Khan c Thisara Perera b Lasith Malinga 8 (6b)

This is the 15th time that Malinga has got a wicket in the first over, and for the first time in this tournament. Slinger never fails to impress.

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Sharjeel Khan and Junaid Khan in for Sohaib Maqsood and Abdur Rehman respectively for Pakistan. And despite all the worries, a fit Shahid Afridi keeps his place in the playing XI.

A bit of surprise from the Lankans. Ajantha Mendis is not starting, in his place Lasith Malinga, who was rested in the previous match, will play.

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Here are the teams:

Pakistan: Sharjeel Khan, Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Misbah-ul-Haq (c), Umar Akmal (wk), Fawad Alam, Shahid Afridi, Mohammad Talha, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal, Junaid Khan

Sri Lanka: Kushal Perera, Lahiru Thirimanne, Kumar Sangakkara (wk), Mahela Jayawardene, Ashan Priyanjan, Angelo Mathews (c), Chaturanga de Silva, Thisara Perera, Sachithra Senanayake, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga

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Misbah-ul-Haq has won the toss and Pakistan will bat first.

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Mirpur: So finally, the finale has arrived.

And deservedly so, the two best teams in the continent have earned the rights to play in the summit clash here in Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur.

En route to the final, Sri Lankans have won all their league games. While Pakistan, barring their opening match defeat to the Islanders, have showed why they are considered a force to reckon with in the cricketing world.

In fact, the defending champions Pakistan have played some scintillating matches, including that thriller against arch-rivals India.

For Sri Lanka, it`s been a smooth sail so far.

In such a situation, it`s only advisable not to pick a favourite. Both the teams have enough fire-powers, match-winners in their respective ranks. So, it will only be a matter of a day. A good day, or a bad day!

Despite the ensemble of hosts of talented youngsters, the fight will still be between the battle-hardened old war-horses. And both the teams have enough of such stalwarts.

Sri Lanka, the four-time winners, still have the imperious Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene and Lasith Malinga.

For Pakistan, it`s been Shahid Afridi and Misbah-ul-Haq have been pivotal in their impressive performance so far.

Yet, there will be enough room for the youngsters to contribute their mite or even steal the show from their senior pros.

Well, this could be the perfect stage for any of them to launch their career into international fame and glory.

For the records, Pakistan and Sri Lanka have played each other 12 times in the finals, with each side winning six times.

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          Controversial Fitna film to be screened in Parliament        

Parliament has ordered extra security for a controversial House of Lords event which will go ahead despite a ban on the dutch MP behind it entering the country. The private screening of Wilders' film Fitna was initially postponed to allow time for clarification on issues concerning freedom of speech.

Parliament has ordered extra security for a House of Lords event with the controversial Dutch MP Geert Wilders was to attend.

The private screening of Wilders' film Fitna was initially postponed to allow time for clarification on issues concerning freedom of speech.

It will go ahead despite the ban on the MP entering the country, imposed last night by the Home Office.

There is still likely to be a demonstration and opposition from a British Peer, Lord Ahmed, and Muslim community leaders.

The meeting will go ahead tomorrow (Thursday 12th February) as planned Lord Pearson, the Peer who invited the dutch MP, has said.

Wilders' film Fitna features verses from the Quran alongside images of the terrorist attacks in the US on 11 September 2001, Madrid in March 2004 and London in July 2005. The film equates Islam's holy text with violence and ends with a call for Muslims to remove 'hate-preaching' verses from the Quran. It provoked protests in Muslim-majority countries including Indonesia and Pakistan.

The leader of the Dutch Freedom Party, Wilders, has lived under 24-hour police protection since 2004. Following Fitna's release online in March 2008 al-Qaeda issued a fatwa calling for Wilders' death.

Wilders currently faces prosecution in Holland for incitement to hatred and discrimination. The charges are based on his film Fitna and comments in the Dutch press last year in which he argued that as Mein Kampf has been banned in Holland, the Quran should similarly be banned under Dutch incitement laws.

Wilders called the Dutch Court of Appeal's decision to prosecute an attack on freedom of expression. "Participation in the public debate has become a dangerous activity. If you give your opinion, you risk being prosecuted," he said.

The court ruled that prosecution does not conflict with Wilders' right to freedom of speech. "Statements which create hate and grief made by politicians, taken their special responsibility into consideration, are not permitted according to European standards," the court said in a statement.


          Call to Islamic prayers echoes over city – where in the world?        

The Islamic call to prayers wails over the city. IS this in Egypt? Or Pakistan? No, this is Hamburg, Germany! Rebuilt after being flattened during WW2, Hamburg is Germany's second biggest city. It is also one of the biggest Turkish cities in the world. This video shows it certainly isn't really German any more! The [...]

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          India slips one position in Human Development Index rank to 131, Norway No.1        

New York: India came down by one slot and was ranked 131st among 188 countries on Human Development Index (HDI) 2016 released by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

India fell under the "medium human development category" and its HDI, at 0.624, was behind Sri Lanka and the Maldives in South Asia.

Sri Lanka and the Maldives were ranked 73 and 105 respectively and figure in the "high human development" section.

India was placed behind countries like Gabon (109), Egypt (111), Indonesia (113), South Africa (119) and Iraq (121) among others. The report lists a total of 188 countries.

China occupies the 90th spot. Bhutan is at 132, Bangladesh 139, Nepal 144 and Pakistan is at 147.

Devised and launched in 1990, HDI is a statistic which ranks countries into four tiers of human development on the basis of indicators like life expectancy, education and per capita income.

A higher lifespan, higher level of education and higher GDP per capita results in a country scoring higher HDI.

The top three countries in HDI were Norway (0.949), Australia (0.939) and Switzerland (0.939).

"Identifying those who have been left out of the progress in human development and mapping their locations are essential for useful advocacy and effective policymaking," according to the report.

"Such mapping can help development activists demand action and guide policymakers in formulating and implementing policies to improve the well-being of marginalised and vulnerable people," it added.

The report said gender equality and women`s empowerment were fundamental dimensions of human development.

However, globally, women have a lower HDI than men, despite having higher life expectancy at birth, said the report.

South Asia`s Gender Development Index (GDI) is the lowest.

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New Delhi: The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in its latest report has placed India`s Human Development Index (HDI) value for 2014 at 0.609, as the country climbed five spots to 130 in a list of 188 countries and territories.

Between 1980 and 2014, India`s HDI value increased from 0.326 to 0.609 -- an increase of 68.1 percent or an average annual increase of about 1.54 percent.

The HDI is a summary measure of assessing long-term progress in three basic dimensions of human development -- long and healthy life, access to knowledge and decent standard of living.

"India loses 28.6 percent HDI due to inequalities, largely due to inequalities in education (42.1 percent). Among BRICS, South Africa has the highest loss due to inequalities at 35 percent and lowest is for Russia at 10.5 percent," said a note circulated with the report.

On the Gender Inequality Index (GII), India ranks 130 out of 155 countries with a value of 0.563.

The GII reflects gender-based inequalities in three dimensions -- reproductive health, empowerment and economic activity.

The 2015 Global Human Development report by UNDP, named "Work for Human Development", was released on Monday in Ethiopia.

The report encourages governments to look beyond jobs to consider the many kinds of work such as unpaid care, voluntary or creative work that are important for human development.

As per the report, 2 billion people have moved out of low human development levels in the last 25 years.

The report shows that providing universal social protection in India could cost an estimate 4 percent of GDP.

Between 2000 and 2010, the number of direct jobs in information and communications technology in India jumped from 284,000 to more than 2 million.

As per the data provided in the report, only 39 percent of women in India were internet users compared to 61 percent of men in 2013.

The report cites that off-grid solar photovoltaic technologies will generate 90 direct and indirect jobs per megawatt in India.

For India, unpaid work, predominantly performed by women, is estimated at 39 percent of GDP.

It further stated that India`s workforce participation of women is declining -- from 35 percent in 1990 to 27 percent in 2013.

In 38 countries, including India, Pakistan, Mexico and Uganda, 80 percent women were unbanked.

Globally, 74 million youth were unemployed. In India, over 10 percent of youth were unemployed, the report says.

Haoliang Xu, assistant administrator and director of UNDP`s Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific, said: "The availability and quality of work are key for human development in Asia and the Pacific, a region that is home to two-thirds of the world`s working-age population.

"In order to ensure that the work-force is capable of adapting to rapidly changing demands, the governments need to make strategic investments into education and health care."

Commending the Indian government for its leadership role in the design and adoption of the Sustain Development Goals, Yuri Afansasiev, UN resident coordinator and UN resident representative in India, said: "With national development programmes like the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, Skill India, Digital India, and Make in India in place, the government of India is on a strong footing for the SDGs.

"A greater focus on work, especially for women and youth will undoubtedly ensure success in the achievement of Agenda 2030."

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Pressemitteilung 3/2013 der Drohnen-Kampagne zum Appell "Keine Kampfdrohnen!"
23. April 2013

 

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Unterstützung der Proteste „Ground the Drones"


Sehr geehrte Damen, sehr geehrte Herren,

im Namen der bundesweiten Drohnen-Kampagne zum Appell "Keine Kampfdrohnen!" möchten wir Sie davon in Kenntnis setzen, dass wir den hier in deutsch und englisch beigefügten Offenen Brief seiner Excellence, Simon McDonald CMG, dem britischen Botschafter in Deutschland, überreichen wollten. Aus diesem Grunde telefonierten wir mit der britischen Botschaft in Berlin wegen eines Übergabetermins. Bedauerlicherweise ist das Büro des Botschafters nach Aussage der Sekretärin nicht bereit, mit Vertretern einer Kampagne, die unter dem Namen "Keine Kampfdrohnen!" arbeitet, zu treffen. Wir werden daher den Brief dem Pförtner der Botschaft am Donnerstag, den 25.4.2013 um 13 Uhr abgeben.

Besorgt darüber, dass Großbritannien - einziges europäisches Land, das eigene Kampfdrohnen einsetzt - dieses Arsenal erweitern will, und plant, in Großbritannien die wahrscheinlich erste Leitstelle für Drohnenkriegsführung in Europa einzurichten, möchten wir die gegen diese Entwicklung am kommenden Samstag, dem 27.4., stattfindenden Proteste in Großbritannien mit unserem Offenen Brief solidarisch unterstützen.

Gleichzeitig ist es uns wichtig darauf hinzuweisen, dass zwei Tage zuvor, am Donnerstag, dem 25.4., im Deutschen Bundestag eine erneute Debatte zu diesem Thema stattfinden wird.

Wir fordern die Mitglieder des Parlaments auf, der Kriegsführung mit Kampfdrohnen nicht zu zustimmen, sondern im Sinne des Appels "Keine Kampfdrohnen!" sich dem Wettrüsten entgegen zustellen.

Den Appell finden Sie unter www.drohnen-kampagne.de

 

Der offene Brief

 

Sehr geehrter Herr Botschafter,


anlässlich der im Vereinigten Königreich von Großbritannien und Irland am 27. April bevorstehenden Proteste gegen Kampfdrohnen unter dem Titel „Ground the Drones" wenden wir uns als Vertreter der deutschen Kampagne gegen die Etablierung von Drohnentechnologie für Krieg, Überwachung und Unterdrückung mit diesem offenen Brief an Sie.

Die Drohnen-Kampagne2 ist im vergangenen Monat durch ein Bündnis von vielen bundesweiten und örtlichen Friedens- und Bürgerrechtsgruppen initiiert worden. Sie wird inzwischen von mehr als 120 Gruppen aus Deutschland unterstützt, darunter mehrere politische Parteien, von denen gegenwärtig zwei im Bundestag vertreten sind. In unserem an Bundesregierung und Bundestag gerichteten Appell „Keine Kampfdrohnen!"3 fordern wir die Aufgabe aller Pläne zur Anschaffung, Forschung und Entwicklung von bewaffneten Drohnen.

Wir fordern die deutsche Regierung weiter dazu auf, sich stattdessen zusammen mit anderen Regierungen dafür einzusetzen, um die neue Eskalation des bedrohlichen Wettrüstens zu beenden, das die Anwendung tödlicher Waffen ohne Möglichkeit öffentlicher Überprüfung, ohne demokratische Kontrolle und im offenkundigen Bruch bestehender internationaler und nationaler Gesetze „normalisiert". Wir fordern die deutsche Regierung auf, zusammen mit anderen Regierungen auf eine weltweite Ächtung von Kampfdrohnen hin zu arbeiten.

Großbritannien ist bisher das einzige Land in Europa, das eigene bewaffnete Kampfdrohnen einsetzt. Wir haben mit Bestürzung erfahren, dass Großbritannien die Anzahl von Reapers in seinem Arsenal verdoppeln wird und schon jetzt dabei ist, die wahrscheinlich erste Leitstelle für Drohnenkriegsführung in Europa auf dem RAF-Luftwaffenstützpunkt in Waddington einzurichten.

Diese einseitige Entscheidung der britischen Regierung könnte möglicherweise ein Wettrennen von Regierungen innerhalb und außerhalb Europas zu Beschaffung und Benutzung von Kampfdrohnen auslösen.

Darüber hinaus heißt es einerseits, dass das britische Verteidigungsministerium mit der aktuellen Untersuchung der Vereinten Nationen bezüglich eventueller Verstöße gegen das Völkerrecht durch die Benutzung unbemannter Drohnen in den Palästinensischen Gebieten, in Pakistan, Jemen, Somalia, und Afghanistan kooperiert4, während es gleichzeitig Berichte gibt, wonach Großbritannien angeblich durch das „UK Intelligence Centre GCHQ"5 (die Zentrale einer der drei britischen Geheimdienste) die USA mit Informationen für gezielte Tötungen in Pakistan6 und anderen Ländern versorgt hat und die US-Stützpunkte in Großbritannien auch aktuell direkt für gezielte Tötungen durch die USA in Afrika genutzt werden.

Die UNO untersucht zurecht die zunehmende Anzahl von Drohnenangriffen, die von den US-amerikanischen und britischen Streitkräften in Afghanistan ausgeführt werden. Seit 2008 hat die Anzahl britischer Drohnenangriffe drastisch zugenommen - fast jeder dritte Drohnenangriff gegen das afghanische Volk wird durch Großbritannien ausgeführt7.

In den letzten Jahren haben UNO-Beamte wiederholt ihre Besorgnis zum Ausdruck gebracht8, dass die Benutzung von Kampfdrohnen gegen Militante in Afghanistan durch die Vereinigten Staaten und das Vereinigte Königreich möglicherweise ein Bruch des Völkerrechts darstellt, selbst wenn im Einzelfall keine Zivilisten und Kinder getötet werden würden.

Europas Staaten dürfen diese bedrohliche neue Form der Kriegsführung nicht einfach übernehmen! Diese neuen Drohnenkriege untergraben das in vielen Jahrhunderten in vielen Kämpfen und unter massiven Anstrengungen errungene demokratische Fundament unserer Gesellschaft.

Es ist bekannt, dass die Nutzung von Kampfdrohnen die Schwelle zum bewaffneten Angriff senkt; die „gezielte" Tötung von Menschen selbst außerhalb von Kriegsgebieten - ohne Anklage, ohne einen Gerichtsprozeß und und ohne Verurteilung - beinhaltet; die Bevölkerung in den Einsatzgebieten gefährdet und terrorisiert; die Entwicklung hin zu autonomen Killer-Robotern befördert und eine neue Runde des Wettrüstens einläutet.

Nach einer von Pew Research im vergangenen Frühling in 20 Ländern durchgeführten internationalen Umfrage9 lehnt eine deutliche Mehrheit der Bürger und Bürgerinnen in ganz Europa Drohnenangriffe strikt ab: 51% der Befragten in Polen, 55% in Italien, 59% in Deutschland, 62% in der Tschechischen Republik, 63% in Frankreich, 76% in Spanien, und 90% in Griechenland sprachen sich gegen den Einsatz bewaffneter Drohnen aus. Und selbst im Vereinten Königreich war mit 47% die Mehrheit der Befragten gegen Drohnenangriffe, während nur 43% sie befürworteten.

Wir freuen uns sehr darüber, dass sich britische Bürger und Bürgerinnen nun aktiv gegen das aktuelle britische Drohnenprogramm einsetzen und am 27. April zum Luftwaffenstützpunkt Waddington marschieren und protestieren werden. Diesen Menschen sprechen wir unsere ausdrückliche Unterstützung aus. Wir fordern Sie dazu auf, auf diese britischen Bürgerinnen und Bürger zu hören - ihr Widerstand gegen Kampfdrohnen findet nicht nur in Großbritannien Unterstützung, sondern auch durch große Mehrheiten in ganz Europa und zunehmend auch durch Bürgerinnen und Bürger der USA.

Zusammen mit vielen anderen Mitmenschen sowie zahlreichen Organisationen in den an Kraft gewinnenden Kampagnen gegen Kampfdrohnen in ganz Europa, den Vereinigten Staaten und der ganzen Welt werden wir uns dafür einsetzen, dass unsere Regierungen die Entwicklung, Anschaffung und den Einsatz von Drohnen beenden.

Höchste Priorität muss sein, dass die Länder Europas jetzt beginnen, auf einen Konsens über einen Verbot der Weiterverbreitung von bewaffneten Drohnen hinzuarbeiten, statt sich darin zu beeilen, diese zu entwickeln, zu beschaffen und einzusetzen.

Wir fordern die britische Regierung auf, den Proteste gegen Kampfdrohnen unter dem Titel „Ground the Drones"Einsatz bewaffneter Drohnen sofort einzustellen und deren Benutzung nicht weiter zu akzeptieren, sondern sich stattdessen mit anderen Regierungen zusammen zu tun, um auf ein internationales Abkommen zur Ächtung Kampfdrohnen hin zu arbeiten.

Mit freundlichen Grüßen,

 

 Dieser offener Brief mitsamt aller Verweise als PDF-Datei hier verfügbar.


          Daniel Afzal        

Daniel Afzal B.A. is a sports and entertainment anchor 
and host for World, an English-language news channel in Pakistan that also serves Central Asia and the Middle East. After graduating from Lewis & Clark, Afzal worked as a marketing account manager for Cydcor, a Chicago marketing firm. He later 
returned to his home country of Pakistan to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. He was quickly hired as an 
anchor and host at the Pakistan Television Corporation. Now he covers international sporting events, including the Tour de France, the Wimbledon Championships, and the World Series Cricket. He also hosted several shows during the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

 


          Pakistan Railways Latest Jobs 2017 Form, Eligibility        

By the way of this post we will be giving away complete details all in view with the latest set up Pakistan Railways latest jobs 2017 form, eligibility, applying procedure and advertisement! As we all know that Pakistan Railway is named up to be the private sector therefore each single each they do come up with …

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          Watch G.I. Joe Retaliation 2013 Movie Online Free        
Watch G.I. Joe Retaliation 2013 Movie Online Free The Joes are affected for burglary nuclear warheads from Pakistan by Zartan who is impersonating the President of the United States. The absolute aggregation is alone in a aggressive strike, with Duke as one of the casualties. Roadblock, Flint and Lady Jaye are the alone survivors.
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Meanwhile, Storm Shadow and ex-Joe Firefly accomplishment Cobra Commander from an underground maximum-security bastille in Germany. Storm Shadow is afflicted during the escape, and retreats to a temple in the Himalayas to recover. Upon acquirements that he is alive, the Blind Master, baton of the Arashikage Clan, sends Snake Eyes and his amateur Jinx, Storm Shadow's cousin, to abduction Storm Shadow so he can acknowledgment for the annihilation of his uncle, the Hard Master.

          QGBC seminar encourages increased innovation in Qatar’s construction sector        

In the wake of the nation’s construction boom, Qatar Green Building Council (QGBC), a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), and the Pakistan Engineers Forum (PEF), hosted a joint seminar exploring innovation opportunities and challenges in Qatar’s construction sector. 

The event, which took place this week at Qatar Foundation, was attended by more than 50 construction practitioners and sustainability experts. The seminar supported QF’s objective to ensure cutting-edge, environmentally sustainable infrastructure, and QGBC’s commitment to working in collaboration with key stakeholders to encourage innovation and entrepreneurial thinking.

Addressing the gathered experts, Engineer Meshal Al Shamari, Director of Qatar Green Building Council, said: “QGBC is focused on promoting green practice across Qatar’s construction sector so we were delighted to host this conversation between sustainability experts, innovators and building specialists. We are committed to helping the nation deliver the Qatar National Vision 2030, and our discussions highlighted some interesting ideas and themes for reform and growth.”

Qatar Green Building Council seminar 2 [qatarisbooming.com].jpgAsfandiar Ansari, President of the Pakistani Engineers Forum, highlighted the importance of organisations working together to achieve common objectives: “The Pakistan Engineers Forum was established in 1997 with the main objective to disseminate knowledge within the community. Since knowledge knows no boundaries, we joined hands in our knowledge sharing efforts with key engineering organisations in Qatar like QGBC. The informative discussions at this event enable our members to connect with others and generate new insights into the construction industry in Qatar. We would like to thank QGBC for providing a great networking opportunity for our members.”

Among Qatar’s large construction projects over the coming decade are Qatar Rail, the FIFA 2022 World Cup stadia, Msheireb Downtown Doha and Lusail Real Estate Development amongst many more. Dr Alex Amato, Head of Sustainability at QGBC, added: “Innovation opportunities in the construction sector are abundant. The real question we need to answer is, ‘to what extent is innovation and research encouraged in this sector?’ As part of our efforts to encourage innovation and research in the construction sector, QGBC has brought together members of the construction industry to conduct vital innovative research as part of its landmark project the Qatar Case Study Passivhaus. The project is now undergoing the research phase and is aimed at reducing energy consumption by half.”

Qatar Green Building Council seminar 3 [qatarisbooming.com].jpgEngineer Mohamed Al-Sada, Chairman of Gulf Scientific Gateway, focused on the important role of entrepreneurs in encouraging innovation in the construction sector. He said: “Qatar’s current regulations and laws help entrepreneurs and innovators in many ways. However, they do not adequately address the main challenge facing new entrepreneurs in Qatar, which is capturing market gains while competing with existing market giants. We hope that we will witness further modifications in this regard.”

Dr Azhar Iqbal, Managing Director of Gulf Scientific Gateway, offered a potential solution. His presentation suggested that increased innovation and the introduction of new concepts to the construction industry will help minimise competition between new entrants and established market leaders. The event featured another informative presentation by Dr Uvais Qidwai, Associate Professor of Computer Science at Qatar University that highlighted the challenges innovators face in Qatar and how old innovations can provide answers to the modern age challenges.

He explained: “New concepts such as Zero Energy Design housing or the Passivhaus will encourage innovative thinking in Qatar’s market by pushing both the new entrants and existing giants to join forces and work together for their mutual benefit.” QGBC is a non-profit, membership-driven organisation dedicated to advocating green building solutions, leading industry research, as well as promoting sustainable practice in the community. QGBC offers membership opportunities to organisations, individuals and students who demonstrate support for QNV 2030 and showcase passion for environmental sustainability.

For more information about QGBC, please visit: www.qatargbc.org. 

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          â€œAku Berani Memanggil-Nya Bapa”        

Kesaksian Dan Kisah Nyata Bilquis Sheikh, Wanita
Muslim Pakistan Memeluk Kristen


Bilquis Sheikh adalah terlahir dari seorang muslim yang terpandang,mantan seorang istri Mentri Interior Pakistan.Karena membaca dan mencari di Al-Quran,dia menemukan petunjuk berkenan dengan nabi Isa Almasih (Yesus). Dan kemudian dia kembali kepada halaman-halaman dari Kitab Suci Kristen untuk melihat apakah Alkitab dapat memberi keterangan tentang sosok pribadi yang misterius ini
            Dan pada saat yang sama sebuah mimpi yang aneh mulai dialaminya dengan sebuah pertanyaan yang akan membawanya pada titik kritis.Apakah Islam masih jalan yang benar baginya ? Atau dapatkah Allah dikenal lebih pribadi ? Keputusannya membuat hidupnya berubah untuk selamanya.Allah memberikan dia mimpi-mimpi dan penglihatan-penglihatan mengenai Yohanes Pembaptis,mengenai diri-Nya sendiri sebagai Allah Bapa,Yesus Allah Anak dan Roh Kudus. Allah menuntun dia untuk membaca Alkitab.
            Kemudian keluarganya datang untuk mengetahui kepercayaan barunya dan menghadangnya.Dia sangat yakin akan kebenaran baru yang ditemukannya,yang bagaimanapun juga keluarganya diam-diam merancangkan untuk membunuhnya. Mereka bahkan mencoba untuk membakar rumahnya. Semua keluarga dan familinya memutuskan hubungan dan memboikotnya,dan pembantu-pembantunya yang adalah orang-orang Islam meninggalkannya,dan mereka menyebutnya seorang penghianat dan kafir.
            Dia banyak menerima ancaman-ancaman dari keluarganya dan dari orang luar.Seorang Jendral Angkatan Darat Pakistan mengunjungi dan menemuinya,dan bertanya kepadanya : “Mengapa engkau melakukan ini ?”. Dia menjawab bahwa dia telah dipanggil untuk menjadi saksi Yesus Kristus dan dia akan menaati-Nya,tidak jadi masalah bagaimanapun caranya.
            Pada akhirnya oleh kasih karunia Allah,dia keluar dari Pakistan dan lari ke Amerika Serikat dan menulis buku mengenai pengalamannya.


Judul Bukunya :

“ I Dared To Call Him Father “.The Miraculous Story of a Muslim Women’s Encounter With God ( By : Bilquis Sheikh. Former Wife of Minister Of The Interior In Pakistan).

Dalam bahasa Indonesianya :

“Aku Berani Memanggil-Nya Bapa”. Cerita Yang Menakjubkan Dari Seorang Wanita Muslim Yang Berjumpa Dengan TUHAN ( Oleh : Bilquis Sheikh.Mantan Istri Mentri/Pejabat Tinggi Pakistan)


          161: The Power of Photography        
Documenting the Pakistani Flood, Photographing Motorsports, And wedding photography hits and misses...
          Past Event Descriptions        

We have worked with faculty, staff, and alumni from both Middlebury College and the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, at Monterey to offer engaging lectures at our Middlebury in DC office. Select presentations have also brought together participants from all three locations, thanks to our state-of-the-art video conferencing capabilities. Keep reading for highlights of our past events.

Frontier Market Scouts

Middlebury in DC hosted the Frontier Market Scouts training and fellowship in its offices this February. The FMS two-week Certificate Training provided participants with the knowledge and foundational network to launch a career in the field of impact investing and social enterprise management.

"J-Term" Urban Education Internship

During the month of January, Middlebury students worked as interns in a classroom or program at one of three schools in Washington, DC. Students spent four full days at the school each week and on Fridays, engaged in an extensive reflective seminar at the Middlebury in DC office with Professor Jonathan Miller-Lane and Director of Middlebury in DC Fariha Haque.

"J-Term" Early-Netherlandish Art Course

Middlebury students spent a week in Washington, DC with Director of the Arts Pieter Broucke learning about Early-Netherlandish art from Till-Holger Borchert, the German director of the Groeningen museum in Bruges, Belgium. Students met with curators and conservators at the National Gallery in Washington, DC and the Walters Art Gallery in Baltimore, MD, and held a seminar meeting at the Middlebury in DC office.

"J-Term" Alumni Course with Professor Murray Dry 

The Alumni community of Washington, DC had a great time taking a four-class course over two weeks about the Affordable Care Act this January with legendary Middlebury Professor Murray Dry.

DC Mentorship Program: Mock Interview Workshop

This was a great opportunity to acquire valuable interviewing skills. Middlebury Alumni Matt Groh and John Hedden generously donated their time to conduct the mock interviews and give individualized feedback to each participant.

DC Mentorship Program: Tour of the Hill

Members of the DC Mentorship Program were invited to partake in a tour of Capitol Hill, organized by Middlebury alumna Megan McNamara.

DC Mentorship Program: Field Guide to Careers in the Environment

This event was an opportunity to explore pursuing various careers in the environment.  Alums Ayesha Dinshaw, Nick Rome and Christine Chau discussed the experiences that shaped their career paths.

DC Mentorship Program: Summer Reception

The Center for Careers & Internships and the Alumni and Parent Programs Office invited Middlebury students to network with alums in the city. 

DC Mentorship Program: Resume Writing

A resume writing workshop was organized by Middlebury alums Kate Earle, Suzy Sterner and Bob Baskin. This event was an opportunity for the students to learn how to use their resume to tell a narrative that will set them apart in the job market for their target industry. This hands-on workshop provided these students with individualized feedback on their resume including relevant content, organization, and layout. 

DC Mentorship Program: Social Event on the National Mall

On July 7th the members of the DC Mentorship Program were invited to partake in a social event organized by Middlebury alumni Peter Baumann and Mahli Brister. The event took place on the National Mall, and provided the opportunity for alumni and current students to meet and interact. Activities included lawn games, football, and other sports.

Middlebury on the Hill

Fellow Middlebury alumni NJ Congressman Frank Pallone ‘73, VA Congresswoman Barbara Comstock ‘81, and NJ Congressman Albio Sires MA'85 spoke to a group of Middlebury Alumni on the Hill.

The Faithful Scribe: A Story of Islam, Pakistan, Family, and War 
Given by Shahan Mufti '03

Shahan Mufti uses the stories of his ancestors, many of whom served as judges and jurists in Muslim sharia courts of South Asia for many centuries, to reveal the deepest roots—real and imagined—of Islamic civilization in Pakistan.

More than a personal history, The Faithful Scribe captures the larger story of the world’s first Islamic democracy, and explains how the state that once promised to bridge Islam and the West is now threatening to crumble under historical and political pressure and why Pakistan’s destiny matters to us all.

Obama's Obstacles - How Will They Affect His Legacy?

Professor Jason Scorse from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, at Monterey discussed Obama's environmental accomplishments to date, along with the institutional reforms needed for the future. Dr. Scorse is the Chair of the International Environmental Policy (IEP) program and the Director of the Center for the Blue Economy.

Middlebury School of the Environment

Professor Stephen Trombulak teaches Environmental and Biosphere Studies at Middlebury College and is the founding director of the Middlebury School of the Environment. He shared the details of the new school to interested students, alumni, and friends of the college just before its Summer 2014 launch.

Field Guide to Careers in the Environment

Six Middlebury College alumni shared their professional experience and expertise with students, alumni, and friends of the college this July. In addition to the audience at our Washington, D.C. office, students from the School for the Environment participated in the panel discussion via video conference.

Inspired by the event, panelist Michael Silberman offers two tips for recent graduates and job seekers on his blog.

China's Sense of Self: Trauma and Triumph

John Berninghausen, Truscott Professor Emeritus of Chinese Studies, came to Middlebury College in 1976 to establish the Chinese language program. Over the next 35 years, Professor Berninghausen and his colleagues built a department of national prominence.

Brazil on the Rise

Former New York Times reporter Larry Rohter spoke live from Middlebury College to an audience in DC. Larry Rohter served as a correspondent in Rio de Janeiro for Newsweek for fourteen years and later as The New York Times bureau chief. He is widely considered a top expert on Brazil.

Unspeakable: The Story of Junius Wilson 



Susan Burch is an Associate Professor of American Studies at Middlebury College and co-author of the book Unspeakable: The Story of Junius Wilson. Junius Wilson (1908-2001) spent 76 years at a state mental hospital in North Carolina. He had never been declared insane by a medical professional or found guilty of any criminal charge. Professor Burch signed copies of her book after the event.


          Interview of Norbert Untersteiner by Brian Shoemaker        
Interview of Norbert Untersteiner by Brian Shoemaker Untersteiner, Norbert, 1926- Dr. Untersteiner was raised in Austria. In 1931, his father took him to Spitsbergen. This trip and reading books about explorers of the polar regions influenced him to work in polar regions. He describes life in Austria under the Nazis. After World War II, he was employed by the American Occupation Troops to run errands after living in difficult conditions in Vienna. He was a student at the University of Vienna, and then transferred to the University of Innsbruck. In the summer, he worked with the Austrian Alpine Club to survey glaciers. After completing his doctorate in geophysics and astronomy, he accepted an apprenticeship with a Vienna radio station. After becoming an assistant at the University, Dr. Untersteiner was involved in a heat balance study, and in foliation studies in the Alps. He was a member of a team to study heat balance, moisture balance, and radiation on mountains in East Pakistan. After difficulties in obtaining a position, he was employed by the University of Washington, for the U. S. Northern Hemisphere Glaciology Program. Many studies on mountain glaciers and on ice floes are described in detail. The various problems of delivering supplies by airplanes are included. The problems of evacuating people and supplies from an ice floe (Ice Station Alpha) that is breaking up were challenging. On Ice Station Alpha II, he and his associates made physical measurements for a complete one year cycle. From some of this work, the Ekman Spiral was developed. Dr. Untersteiner used this data for a comprehensive paper on heat and mass balance of melt ice. Conditions at ARLIS II are compared to others. U.S. Submarines and Russian submarines added mystery to the work of a few persons on Ice Station Alpha II. The development of AIDJEX (The Arctic Ice Dynamics Joint Experiment) started in the late 1960s. After a short stay as Director of the Office of Ocean Programs for NOAA, he returned to the University of Washington as Director of the Polar Science Center. Before leaving AIDJEX in 1978, he received a grant to start the Arctic Data Buoy Program. In 1988, Dr. Untersteiner accepted the position of chairman of the Department of Atmospheric Sciences and retired in 1997. In 1992, he accepted membership on the U.S.A. Environmental Task Force to advise the CIA. Later, it was converted to MEDEA. He cites some work of MEDEA. He summarizes some of the early history of the Polar Research Board, National Research Councils and the usefulness of the meetings. He was in charge of the research plan for the Hansen Drift Station established by the International Research Council. In 1999, he accepted the position of Chapman Professor of Physical Science at the University of Alaska. In conclusion, he said “it was a very good time to be a scientist.” Major Topics 1. Early interest in polar studies kindled by a trip to Spitsbergen when he was five years old. 2. He describes living conditions at the University of Vienna for students after 1945. 3. His first position was weather forecaster for a radio station. 4. Early work studying ice melt is discussed. 5. Difficulty in conducting research and living on an ice floe is discussed. 6. The moving ice of the glacier made it necessary to more the Jamesways, and to build a new runway. The Jamesways were difficult to move. 7. The purpose of the camp on the glacier was to make measurements for a one year cycle. 8. He describes an incident with some crew members of a US submarine on the Ice Station Alpha. 9. The development of a Geophysics Department is described. 10. His role in designing the mission of AIDJEX is summarized. Cooperation with other research groups made the program more comprehensive. 11. He became Director of the Office of Ocean Programs for NOAA. He describes his disappointment with the position and returned to his faculty position in Seattle, and became Director of the Polar Science Center. 12. In the 1990s, he accepted a position on an Environmental Task Force which involved advising the CIA and a member of MEDEA. Key Individuals Mentioned 1. His father, _____ Untersteiner, M.D.—p.1, 2, 3 2. Richard Fensterwalter—p.7 3. Professor Viatorres—p.7 4. Professor Schotts—p.7 5. Professor Heinz von Ficker—p.8, 9 6. Herfried Hoinkes—p.10 7. Hans Almann—p.10 8. Karl Christian Wallen—p.10 9. Walter Schawarzacher—p.11, 14 10. Bullock Workman—p.11 11. Heinrich Herald—p.12 12. Walter Brendel—p.13 13. Alfred Hoikes—p.13 14. Colin Bull—p.14 15. David Elliott—p.14 16. Robert Sharp—p.14, 15 17. Bert Crary—p.15, 17, 89 18. Mildred Crary—p.19 19. Harry Wexler—p.15, 16 20. Richard Hubley—p.16, 23 21. Chuck Sterns—p. 17 22. Phil Church—p.18, 22, 31, 41, 42, 108 23. Arne Hansen—p.18, 20, 35, 36, 38, 43, 46 24. Joe Fletcher—p.19, 57, 60, 70, 90, 91 25. Father Tom Cunningham—p.19 26. Fritz Awe—p.19, 23, 28 27. Morris Davidson—p.20, 77 28. Ken Hunkins—p.20, 22, 28, 37, 38, 39, 40, 56, 57 29. Terrence McDonald—p.20, 84 30. Lt. Colonel Stromquist—p.20 31. Joe Smith—p.20 32. Joseph Bilotta—p.20 33. Brian Freeman—p.20, 21 34. John Sader—p.24 35. Charlie Keeler—p.24 36. Tom English—p.26, 37 37. Frank Badgley—p.28 38. Bill Campbell—p.29, 36 39. George Cvijanovich—p.35 40. Walfried Ekman—p.38, 39, 40 41. Wieland Bieckness (?)—p.39 42. Hal Brayton—p.43 43. Max Brewer—p.44, 45, 53 44. Art Leckenbrook—p.46 45. Lawson Brigham—p.47 46. Major Joe Belota—p.48, 49 47. Jack Calvert—p.49 48. Sir Hubert Wilkins—p.52, 53 49. Lowell Thomas Sr.—p.52, 53, 54 50. Peter Froekin—p.52, 53 51. Bernt Balchen —p.53, 54 52. Prof. Charles Raymond—p.55 53. Allen Thorndike—p.55, 70, 71, 80 54. Gary Baker—p.55 55. Sam Kolbeck—p.55 56. Walt Whitman—p.55, 92 57. Admiral Bowen —p.57 58. Richard Goodie—p.58 59. Suki Manave—p.58, 62 60. Brooks Brian—p.58 61. Ned Ostenso—p.58, 62, 74 62. Bill Swenbeck—p.58 63. Dick Waters—p.59 64. Ross Burent—p.59, 60 65. Kurt Bryan—p.62, 63 66. Bert Boleen—p.63 67. John Kutzba—p.63 68. Joe Smagerinski—p.63 69. Jule Charney—p.63 70. Admiral Tom Owen—p. 65, 66, 67 71. Brian Shoemaker—p.1, 52, 64, 68, 69, 100 72. Dick Schauss—p.68, 69 73. Admiral Geiger—p.71, 72, 94, 96 74. Admiral Bachokle—p.72 75. Waldo Ryan—p.72, 73 76. Elliott Weinberg—p.74 77. Ferris Webster—p.74, 76 78. George Beckman—p.77, 82 79. Drew Rothrock—p.71, 77 80. Jamie Morrison—p.77 81. Dick Trobridge—p.77 82. Reid Parmutter—p.77 83. Jim Evans—p.77 84. Gary Macutt—p.77 85. Tom Grenfell—p.77 86. Bob Brown—p.70, 77 87. Ben Vogel—p.78 88. Bo Buck—p.78, 79 89. Roger Colony—p.78 90. Jim Baker—p.80, 81, 82 91. Ross Heath—p.82 92. Gordon McDonald—p.84 93. Al Gore—p.84 94. Walter Monk—p.85 95. Rita Coburn—p.88 96. Larry Gould—p.89 97. Paul Palmeroy—p.89 98. Nick Washburn—p.89 99. Bill Keel—p.89 100. Tom Jones—p.90, 91 101. Bob Rutford—p.71, 91 102. Ed. Todd—p.91, 97 103. Peter Wilkness—p.91, 92 104. Sherry Abbott—p.91, 92 105. Trishnakov—p.95 106. Ron McGregor—p.96, 97 107. Max Britten—p.96 108. Sydney Chapman—p.100, 109 109. Keith Roncort—p.100 110. Dr. Sofoo—p.101
          Oussama Ben Laden        
TVA Nouvelles selon AFP Oussama ben Laden est mort, a annoncé le président des États-Unis, dimanche soir. Un commando américain l'aurait tué au Pakistan. Les États-Unis seraient en possession de sa dépouille. Pendant son allocution, Obama a prévenu qu'Al-Qaïda continuerait d'attaquer les États-Unis. Pour manifester leur joie, des centaines d'Américains se sont réunis devant la Maison-Blanche. Plus tôt en soirée, la Maison-Blanche avait annoncé que Barack Obama devait s'adresser à ...
          PUBLIC AND OPTIONAL HOLIDAYS FOR THE YEAR 2015        

Ministry of Interior, Government of Pakistan has issued Notification vide No. F. No. 2/4/2014-Public Islamabad the, 4th November, 2015 regarding cancellation of Iqbal Day 9th November. Download both notifications regarding Public and Optional Holidays for the Year 2015, dated 2nd January 2015 and 4th November, 2015. holidays-2015-notification.pk  
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          Indian, Pak MPs for isolation of fundamentalists        
Pakistani and Indian parliamentarians on Friday agreed to isolate fundamentalist forces in both countriesto remove obstacles in thepath of normalisati...
          Pakistan violates ceasefire in Uri sector        
Pakistan today violated the ceasefire along the Line of Control in Uri sector of Kashmir, injuring a woman. The Indian Army retaliated to the Pakistan...
          Father kills three daughters in Pakistan        
A man was arrested on Saturday for killing his three daughters and for attempting to murder his wife in Pakistan's Punjab province.According to the po...
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          PayPal to expand lending offering with acquisition        

NEW YORK – Payments firm PayPal Holdings Inc (PYPL.O) has agreed to acquire online lending company Swift Financial in a bid to expand its business that provides working capital to merchants. The acquisition will allow PayPal to offer loans to the larger businesses that process payments through its platform and better provide credit to firms [...]

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          Jami wins top award at Locarno Film Festival        

In an evolving industry, with people experimenting with diverse genres, from commercial flicks to more artistic pieces, the efforts of Pakistani filmmakers aren’t going unnoticed. Moor director Jamshed Mehmood Raza – more fondly known as Jami – for instance, is earning recognition at both the local and international level. The filmmaker recently bagged the Open [...]

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          Microsoft Surface devices fail on reliability: Consumer Reports        

SAN FRANCISCO  – The breakage rate for Microsoft Corp’s (MSFT.O) Surface devices is significantly worse than for other manufacturers’ laptops and tablets, Consumer Reports said, adding that it was removing its “recommended” designation for Surface products. The non-profit publication surveyed 90,000 tablet and laptop owners and found that an estimated 25 percent of those with [...]

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          Facebook rolls out video shows, in new challenge        

Facebook is rolling out a new video service offering professionally produced shows in a challenge to rivals such as YouTube, and potentially to streaming providers like Netflix. The Facebook service called Watch will include a range of shows, from reality to comedy to live sports, the social network said in its announcement late Wednesday. The [...]

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          Israel moves ahead on underground wall around Gaza        

Israel is pushing ahead with a project to build a giant underground wall around the Gaza Strip to block tunnels that could be used for attacks, the army said on Thursday. The project comes after the government faced heavy criticism over Hamas’s use of tunnels in the 2014 Gaza war, with a state inquiry earlier [...]

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          â€˜Unexploded WWII bomb’ found at Japan Fukushima nuclear plant        

A suspected World War II bomb was found Thursday on the premises of Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, an official said, with police called in to investigate. The 85-centimetre (2.9 foot) long object, believed to be an unexploded bomb dropped by the United States during the war, was discovered by workers constructing a parking lot [...]

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          Gulf row: Qatar offers visa-free entry to 80 nationalities, Pakistan excluded        

Qatar, isolated by its neighbours in a diplomatic crisis, on Wednesday introduced a visa-free entry programme for 80 nationalities to stimulate air transport and tourism. “The visa exemption sch­eme will make Qatar the most open country in the region,” tourism department official Hassan al-Ibrahim told a news conference in Doha. Interior ministry official Mohamed Rashed [...]

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          North Korea mocks Trump, hones Guam strike plans        

Nuclear-armed North Korea mocked President Donald Trump as “bereft of reason” Thursday, raising the stakes in their stand-off with an unusually detailed plan to send a salvo of missiles towards the US territory of Guam. The scheme to target the island, a key US military stronghold, was intended to “signal a crucial warning” as “only [...]

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          U.S. push for freer NAFTA e-commerce meets growing resistance        

MEXICO CITY  – A U.S. proposal for Mexico and Canada to vastly raise the value of online purchases that can be imported duty-free from stores like Amazon.com (AMZN.O) and eBay (EBAY.O) is emerging as a flashpoint in an upcoming renegotiation of the NAFTA trade deal. Vulnerable industries like footwear, textiles and bricks and mortar retail [...]

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          China warns against stoking Korea tensions after Trump ‘fury’        

China responded to US President Donald Trump’s apocalyptic “fire and fury” threat against North Korea by pointedly warning on Wednesday against any rhetoric that could inflame tensions over Pyongyang’s weapons programmes. Calling the situation on the Korean Peninsula “complicated and sensitive”, China’s foreign ministry issued a statement warning that parties involved in the impasse should [...]

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          Cause & Effect: The CFI Newsletter - No. 82        

Cause & Effect is the biweekly newsletter of the Center for Inquiry community, covering the wide range of work that you help make possible. Become a member today!

The Main Events


schedule-joust logo.jpgAll Evidence Points to an Amazing CSICon 2017 

Have you registered for CSICon 2017 in Las Vegas, taking place October 26–29? It’s shaping up to be the biggest and best skeptics’ event of the year. That’s a pretty bold prediction, but the evidence is overwhelming.

First, there’s the incredible lineup of speakers. Rarely have so many leading lights of science and reason been part of the same event. A veritable constellation of skeptic luminaries will be presenting at CSICon 2017, representing the sciences, grassroots activism, journalism and media, the arts, and more. James Randi, Richard Dawkins, Eugenie Scott, Richard Wiseman, Cara Santa Maria, Lawrence Krauss, and Lindsay Beyerstein are just a small sampling of the dozens of skeptic leaders coming to CSICon.

Then there’s the entertainment and social events, because it wouldn’t be CSICon Las Vegas without plenty of fun. Taking place in the fantastical Excalibur Hotel, get ready for the Tournament of Kings Joust Dinner, a magic show by Banachek, special lunch events with skeptic stars, a Halloween 70’s Disco Party, and more. Plus, all of CSICon’s ceremonies will be mastered by comic-musician George Hrab. The full schedule has now been posted online.

aacarousel-konnikova.jpgThat’s not all. It was just announced that New Yorker writer Maria Konnikova will receive the 2016 Balles Prize in Critical Thinking for her book The Confidence Game: Why We Fall For It…Every Time, a book that exposes the tricks of the con artists’ trade and explains why all of us are vulnerable to being taken in, including skeptics. Konnikova will be at CSICon to accept her prize and to deliver yet another fascinating presentation.

Need more? To give you an idea of what’s in store for CSICon 2017, take a look back at CSICon 2016 on CFI’s web series Reasonable Talk. The current season is featuring some of the best presentations from CSICon 2016, with Maria Konnikova’s talk and Jamy Ian Swiss’s conversation with Richard Dawkins available to watch right now, with more on the way.

We think we’ve made our case. But to make it all come together, we need you! Register now, come together with the skeptic community, get inspired, and have a blast at CSICon 2017. See you in Vegas.

 


20170524191212-Dawkins-Coyne.jpgThousands Inspired by Richard Dawkins and Friends 

Richard Dawkins has just completed a successful tour of four U.S. cities, delighting, challenging, and inspiring the minds of the thousands who came out to see him in conversation with truly special guests—and all to support the work that you help make possible with the Center for Inquiry.

In Los Angeles, Dawkins took the stage with satirist Adam Felber, best known for appearances on NPR’s Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! and as a writer for shows such as Real Time with Bill Maher. Nearly 900 people filled the Alex Theatre, aided by the great team at CFI Los Angeles.

DAm59iFWAAAkCpW.jpgNext up was Boulder, Colorado, where the audience was charmed by the conversation between Dawkins and special guest Annabelle Gurwitch, a bestselling author, TV personality, and the latest celebrity to tell her story for the Openly Secular campaign. You can see from the picture on the right, there was one young lady who was particularly excited to see Richard Dawkins in person. Gurwitch took the picture and tweeted, “Hope for the future!”

Then it was off to the nation’s capital, where CFI DC hosted Dawkins and fellow evolutionary biologist Jerry Coyne, bestselling author of Why Evolution Is True. CFI board member Brian Engler performed his valuable service, taking a set of excellent photos of this meeting of two great scientific minds.

While in Washington, DC, Dawkins was invited to have a conversation on NPR’s Weekend Edition with host Scott Simon, in which the two discussed recent news, perceptions of atheism, and even CFI’s crucial Secular Rescue program, which works to bring secular writers and activists to safety when their lives are threatened in countries such as Bangladesh and Pakistan.

The last stop was Miami, where attendees were presented with a pairing that almost no one could have predicted: Richard Dawkins and the Pulitzer Prize–winning humorist Dave Barry. What a treat it must have been to be in the room for this exchange of insights and observations.

Thanks so much to all who came out to see Richard Dawkins this fall. He’ll be back for CSICon 2017 in Las Vegas.

 

News from HQ and the CFI Community


1a495722305699-IMG_2016-Winter-close-up.jpgAmanda Knox, Nick Little, and Religious Privilege 

You probably know Amanda Knox as the woman imprisoned for years in Italy for murder, for which she was exonerated by the Italian Supreme Court. Today, she is a journalist and activist for the wrongfully convicted, and she recently wrote a major report for VICE in which she exposes the use of religion in prisons as the only available path to rehabilitation, which manipulates inmates into indoctrination.

For a legal perspective, Knox sought the insight of CFI’s General Counsel Nick Little. Nick describes how prisons are predisposed to allow access to prisoners by all manner of faith-based figures but frequently put up barriers when it comes to secular influences. “[Prison officials] know that they have to allow all prisoners access to a Bible and to the Quran. But they never consider that prisoners who aren’t religious may want access to a non-religious book in the same way,” Nick tells her. “It’s a problem that a Catholic who wants someone to talk to never faces. They always have access to somebody of their faith background. And that’s not available to humanist prisoners.”

nicholaslittlelittleheadshot2.jpgMeanwhile, wholly by coincidence, Nick’s commentary was also featured by another writer at VICE, Gabby Bess, who reports on a case in which doctors in Michigan who performed female genital mutilation procedures on seven-year-olds are using religious liberty as a defense.

Nick explains that there exists no constitutional right to be exempt from generally applicable laws because of one’s religious beliefs, but that the Hobby Lobby case and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act have blurred the lines. “However,” adds Nick, “this would be a major step further, to allow direct harm to a child.”

 


Michigan Secular Celebrant Class--May 2017 (1).JPGSecular Celebrants Trained in Michigan

A group of nine enthusiastic and community-minded freethinkers successfully completed their training as Secular Celebrants on May 13, when CFI Michigan hosted Reba Boyd Wooden, director of CFI Indiana and head of the CFI Secular Celebrant program.

The trainees will now be expected to complete some additional requirements, and once they do, they will be officially certified to represent the Center for Inquiry as Secular Celebrants, authorized to perform marriages and officiate at many other milestone events in which it is desired that the secular humanist life stance be represented.

After two recent groundbreaking court victories, CFI Secular Celebrants are now able to solemnize marriages in Indiana and Illinois, and earlier this month, the state of Oregon enacted a new law authorizing the same. You can listen to CFI Portland’s Dani Tofte discuss this issue on Jefferson Public Radio.

CFI continues to seek out opportunities to change state laws that prevent those who wish to be married by an officiant who shares their secular worldview from having that opportunity. For example, CFI Northeast Ohio is supporting legislation in that state, introduced by State Sen. Michael Skindell.

Eight of the class were Michigan natives, and one came all the way from Ohio. Congratulations to all. Click here if you’re interested in becoming a CFI Secular Celebrant yourself!

 

CFI Highlights on the Web and in the Media


  • whale whale.jpgIn a special report for the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, Benjamin Radford looks into the “moral panic” over what seems to be a wholly fictional phenomenon: The “Blue Whale Game,” which is alleged to instruct teenagers to commit suicide.
  • Major advancements in life-enhancing and life-extending biotechnology bring with them difficult ethical questions we are obligated to address. In a new essay at HuffPost, CFI’s Ronald Lindsay says religious morality is not equipped for this task.
  • In the Sun-Sentinel, Rabbi Barry Silver discusses his opposition to the National Day of Prayer and support of the National Day of Reason as an alternative, noting CFI’s role in its creation.
  • What the heck is a “globster”? Joe Nickell explains what’s behind “great decaying masses” that wash up on shores and seem to be horrible sea monsters.
  • Joe also discusses his investigations about sightings of moa, an extinct New Zealand creature that resembles a kind of monster-ostrich.
  • Bertha Vazquez updates us on the Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science (TIES) program, with new workshops coming in Nebraska and North Carolina, new teacher corps members, and more.
  • For Skeptical Briefs, Ben Radford provides a rumination on the desire to unearth something truly paranormal in a piece about his investigation of an old “haunted” hotel.
  • Ben is also the guest on The Folklore Podcast, discussing the mythical chupacabra.
  • Mick West looks at the usefulness and pitfalls of crowdsourced UFO investigation.

And of course, you can keep up with news relevant to skeptics and seculars every weekday with The Morning Heresy.

 

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          Cause & Effect: The CFI Newsletter - No. 81        

Cause & Effect is the biweekly newsletter of the Center for Inquiry community, covering the wide range of work that you help make possible. Become a member today!

The Main Events


stephenfry.jpgThe Global Madness of Blasphemy Laws 

For most of those who are reading this, laws against blasphemy seem like anachronistic, vestigial restrictions on free expression that no longer apply in our modern world. Recent months have reminded us, however, that blasphemy laws are very much a part of the contemporary human experience, and the consequences of violating them can range from absurd to horrifying. Several secularists and dissidents have met grisly ends this year, including Pakistani student Mashal Khan, beaten to death last month by a mob of fellow students who were angry over allegations of blasphemy, and Indian student H. Farook, murdered by a gang of militants over postings to social media about atheism.

The Center for Inquiry has made combatting blasphemy laws around the world a central part of our mission. We even have a special program dedicated to rescuing secular writers and activists in need of escape from imminent threats to their lives. In recent weeks, we have taken on the crisis on several fronts.

1549751494524276483.pngBlasphemy is the focus of the latest issue of Free Inquiry, CFI’s magazine of secular humanist thought. Making its way to newsstands and subscribers now, this issue features a powerful and sobering cover piece by someone who knows a thing or two about the consequences of blasphemy restrictions: Flemming Rose of Denmark’s Jyllands-Posten, which ran the “Danish cartoons” of the Prophet Mohammed in 2005, which were deemed such an offense to religious sentiments that they sparked violent protests across the Muslim world. Rose warns about the international threat of states’ blasphemy laws and how governments are stirring up rage among the people, inciting them to carry out acts of murder such as those that took the lives of Khan and Farook.

The issue also includes an important report by Mirjam van Schaik on the machinations of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, the diplomatic body that seeks to push blasphemy laws beyond borders and into international law.

Blasphemy also became a topic of concern in the west, when beloved actor and humorist Stephen Fry, a longtime advocate of secular causes, became the subject of an investigation by Irish authorities for allegedly committing blasphemy in 2015, when he said some unpleasant things on television about the biblical God’s psychotic behavior. Eventually, the investigation of Fry was dropped, with Irish police citing a lack of outraged victims of Fry’s blasphemy.

DawkinsCFI Board Member Richard Dawkins cleverly stepped into the fracas by reiterating his own “blasphemy” to an Irish newspaper, and dared the authorities to arrest him over it when he next came into the country. He later explained, “I wanted to increase the pressure to repeal this law – partly because the existence of a blasphemy law in a civilised western country like Ireland is taken as an encouraging precedent by some of those countries in the Middle East and Africa, where they have a blasphemy law and it really is enforced.”

Of course, CFI’s diplomatic and international advocacy efforts never stop. For example, CFI President and CEO Robyn Blumner and our public policy director Michael De Dora are signatories on a new petition from the Index on Censorship calling on Denmark to scrap its blasphemy law. Whether these affronts to human rights emerge in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Ireland, or Denmark, and whether they are enforced by the state or by the rage of the mob, we will continue to fight for free expression, for the simple idea that ideas don’t need rights. People do.

 


Screen Shot 2017-05-17 at 11.07.07 AM.pngTrump’s Religious Privilege Theater 

During the past couple of weeks, the Trump administration took one clumsy step backward for secularism, but that didn’t stop an encouraging step forward at the state level.

On May 4 (which weirdly was both the National Day of Prayer and Star Wars Day), President Trump signed his “religious liberty” executive order, through which he claimed to be loosening the restrictions on campaign endorsements by churches and other tax-exempt organizations and providing “relief” to companies that don’t want to take part in the contraceptive mandates of the Affordable Care Act because of religious exemptions.

CFI denounced the move as a “cynical pander to the religious right” and noted that despite the president’s boasts, his order is mainly symbolic. “While this executive order won’t accomplish much in practical terms,” said Michael De Dora in our official statement, “it sends a signal that Trump is looking to reward his conservative evangelical base. But this political payback is divisive and dangerous, blurring the line between church leadership and political operatives.”

ct-congress-endorsemaaaaents-illinois-raja-gutierrez-edit-02As a positive sign of our impact, however, the Center for Inquiry and Michael were both called out by name during a House hearing on the Johnson Amendment, with Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi asking that our statements be put into the official congressional record.

Meanwhile in Oregon, both houses of the state legislature passed a measure that would allow Secular Celebrants, such as those trained and certified by CFI, to solemnize marriages in the state. CFI began this effort in Oregon in 2015 with a bill that passed the state House, worked on similar legislation in Ohio, and have won crucial court victories for Secular Celebrants in Indiana and Illinois. On May 11, the Secular Coalition for America and its Oregon state chapter were successful in securing its passage through the Oregon House and Senate, and the bill is expected to be signed by the state’s Democratic governor.

 

News from HQ and the CFI Community


internz.pngCFI Welcomes 2017 Summer Interns 

The movement to advance science, reason, and secularism is alive with energy among campus groups and student activists. One of the most inspiring aspects of being a part of the Center for Inquiry is how the CFI internship program gives some of those young leaders the opportunity to take their passion and talents beyond the campus and into the broader world, helping them to learn new skills, develop crucial connections, and earn real-world experience in organizing and advocacy.

Last week, we announced our Summer Outreach Interns for 2017.

First is Vicki Smith of Central Michigan University’s Dogma-Free Society, who says, “I’ve spent my college years getting to know myself and the different issues secular and humanist organizations are up against; now I’m ready to take the next step and see what I can do to promote a secular society.”

Next is Andy Ngo of Portland State University and the Freethinkers of PSU. You might remember Andy’s video report of CSICon 2016, in which he discusses his religious background and journey to skepticism.

And working from our Executive Offices in Washington, DC will be legal intern Jaskirat Singh, who has just finished his second year at George Washington University Law School and Elliot School of International Affairs, studying for a JD and MA in Security Policy Studies. Jaskirat has a background in international human rights work, having previously interned for Americans for Democracy and Human Rights in Bahrain.

We look forward to getting to know and working with our new colleagues.

 


o-RICHARD-DAWKINS-facebook.jpgSee Richard Dawkins, On Tour in the U.S. Now

Richard Dawkins is here! And there’s still time to get your tickets to see him in live conversation with notable guests, as he comes to the United States for four special engagements, starting this Thursday in L.A.!

  • On May 18 in Los Angeles, Dawkins will be joined in conversation by satirist Adam Felber, best known for appearances on NPR’s Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! and as a writer for shows such as Real Time with Bill Maher.
  • In Boulder, CO, on May 22, Prof. Dawkins will take the stage with best-selling author and actress Annabelle Gurwitch.
  • On May 24 in Washington, D.C., Dawkins joins another great mind of evolution, Jerry Coyne, best-selling author of Why Evolution Is True.
  • And in Miami on May 27, you can witness a meeting few would have predicted, as Dawkins sits down with Pulitzer Prize–winning humorist Dave Barry.

Time and tickets are running out. Don’t miss your chance to witness these unscripted conversations with one of the greatest scientific minds of our time. Buy your tickets now.

 

CFI Highlights on the Web and in the Media


  • Screen Shot 2017-05-17 at 11.22.50 AM.pngCFI’s investigative guru Joe Nickell is profiled in a really fun short video by Great Big Story, a new media initiative supported by CNN. “Everything is obvious after it’s been explained,” says Joe.

  • Richard Dawkins is interviewed by The Times, where he discusses religion, his legacy, and in particular his view of the moral status of animals. “There is a speciesist belief that somehow they are only animals, they don’t feel pain,” he says. “But pain doesn’t seem to me to be the kind of thing you need intellect to experience.”
  • At HuffPost, Ronald Lindsay, CFI’s research fellow and former boss, critiques The Benedict Option, the book by conservative thinker Rod Dreher that argues for Christians’ withdrawal from secular society. “What’s so special about recent events that has caused him to decide that now’s the time to sound retreat?” asks Ron. “Same-sex marriage. For Dreher, same-sex marriage is unendurable.”
  • CFI Legal Director Nick Little provides secular perspective in a piece at VICE on a Christian funeral home’s unwillingness to cremate the body of a gay man.
  • 1-CKpTZAudlh0dPz8VOHVxdA.jpegGeorge Ongere, director of CFI Kenya, is interviewed by Humanist Voices about what inspired his work on behalf of reason and against superstition in Africa. “There needs to be a change in mind and thinking,” he says. “Humanism promises this kind of change for Africans to abandon blind faith and focus on the realities of life.”
  • Several outlets covered CFI’s response to Trump’s “religious liberty” executive order, including HuffPost and the Columbus Dispatch (which also features comment from CFI Northeast Ohio’s Monette Richards). Plus, CFI was attacked by the forever-aggrieved Bill Donohue of the Catholic League for our “militant secularism.”
  • Bertha Vazquez updates us on the progress of the Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science (TIES) with developments in Alabama, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Now available online from Skeptical Inquirer and the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry:

And of course, you can keep up with news relevant to skeptics and seculars every weekday with The Morning Heresy.

Upcoming CFI Events


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  • Marissa Postler, a new member of the Wyoming City Council (and an atheist), speaks to CFI Michigan about “leading with reason.”

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  • Kathie Dello, associate director of the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute, speaks to CFI Portland about climate change and the impact of the Trump administration’s policies.

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          Taking Books to the World        
September, 2017

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Amanda Laugesen is director of the Australian National Dictionary Centre at the Australian National University and author of numerous books, including, most recently, Furphies and Whizzbangs: Anzac Slang from the Great War.

Laugesen, Amanda.

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American Publishers and the Cultural Cold War

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Franklin Publications, or Franklin Book Programs, was started in 1953 as a form of cultural diplomacy. Until it folded in the 1970s, Franklin translated, printed, and distributed American books around the world, with offices in Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Nigeria, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. Although it was a private firm, Franklin received funding from the United States Information Agency. This was an ambitious and idealistic postwar effort that ultimately became the victim of shifting politics.

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"Taking Books to the World tells the largely untold story of Franklin, based on careful combing through of archival materials that have not been much used by scholars before. It is a very careful, clearly written book."—Sarah Brouillette, author of Literature and the Creative Economy

"This is a welcome addition to the growing interdisciplinary scholarship on U.S. cultural policy during the Cold War. Taking Books to the World is based on extensive archival work, and provides fascinating examples of Franklin’s strategy to promote an American worldview in developing countries from the 1950s to the 1970s."—Lise Jaillant, author of Cheap Modernism: Expanding Markets, Publishers’ Series, and the Avant-Garde

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          CINÉMA – Ben Laden mort-vivant revient encore        
On connaissait Zombin Laden, une parodie de bande-annonce française (à voir ci-dessous), diffusée en septembre. Le corps de l’ex-terroriste tué en mai 2011 par un commando de l’armée américaine dans une ville de garnison pakistanaise, jeté à la mer, revenait … Continuer la lecture
          Major Pettigrew's Last Stand        
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand
author: Helen Simonson
name: Lori
average rating: 3.87
book published: 2010
rating: 4
read at: 2011/04/21
date added: 2011/04/21
shelves: 100-books-in-2011, fiction
review:
(3.5 stars) I have little patience with people (of any age, although it’s far more prevalent among the more seasoned of us) who speak wistfully or even condescendingly about how much better things were Back in The Day, how it was A Simpler Time. No, it was not. It was complicated in a different way. I hate it because it’s an escape into fantasy nostalgia. That attitude is basically saying that what’s good about the present is less valuable than what was good about the past. All that matters is what was good then and what’s bad now, never mind what’s good now and what was bad then. Not to mention the fact that people have an egregiously distorted idea of how bad things are now (i.e. they’re really not), but that’s a different topic.

Major Pettigrew, the protagonist of this novel, is one of the people who relentlessly looks at the present through the rose-colored glasses of his nostalgia for the past. And yet somehow I had trouble hating him for it. The book seems to have been written expressly so as to make it impossible to discuss it without describing it as “charming” or “adorable,” or both at once. Adorably charming, or charmingly adorable. It also treads the line of the increasingly populous genre of books that seem written specifically to be read by women’s book clubs who don’t wish to take on anything challenging or potentially polarizing (with the caveat that some book clubs seek out things that are challenging or polarizing).

After the first 50 pages, the book was definitely steeped in Austenian preciousness. I worried that it would become too precious. Happily, it did not. In fact as it progressed, I lost my borderline impatience with all the Capital C Charm as the characters began to surprise me. To be sure, there’s still not a lot of surprise. Major Pettigrew is an upstanding English chap of the old school who is surrounded by boorish offspring, boorish Americans, annoyingly busybodyish neighbors and a suitably dastardly real estate developer. His trials are many, including the inheritance of his father’s prized shotguns, his new friendship with Mrs. Ali, the Pakistani village shopkeeper, the possibility of his village being turned into a theme park and his son’s total lack of social niceties (and his acquisition of an American girlfriend). And yet somehow these predictable plot points began to bear some resonance. The American girlfriend turns out to be not so bad. Mrs. Ali’s potentially stereotyped nephew, a grimly Muslim young man, becomes intriguing. Pettigrew’s son never quite redeems himself but demonstrates the potential to do so at a later time. And the sweet romance between the Major and Mrs. Ali is given time to develop believably.

Simonson lets the quotables fly and at times I wished I was reading this on my Kindle so I could more easily mark the passages I might want to quote. The writing is skillfully held back from overadornment and avoids tipping over into caricature – only just. Mrs. Ali is subtly spirited but avoids becoming tiresomely “sassy,” and the Major has a dry humor that’s appealing.

So why am I only giving it 3.5 stars? Because at the end, Simonson resorts to Grand Climactic Confrontations as a resolution. Seriously, it’s like something out of The Graduate. There’s a midnight escape and a secret tryst in a cottage and an attempted murder and a moonlight confrontation on the cliffs overlooking the sea, and a couple of one-off characters who suddenly fly in from left field. It’s all quite a bit much and isn’t really in keeping with the rest of the book. I found it jarring.

But it says something that I overran my usual one hour of post-workday reading to finish this book almost entirely in one sitting (I began my reading today on page 90 and finished the book). So it’s recommended, with some criticisms.

          Media: Pakistani Taliban Launches a Women's Magazine, Jihadi Bride        
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          Zones of Conflict: War & Peace/Jang Aur Aman - Q&A        
Filmed over three tumultuous years in India, Pakistan, Japan and the USA following nuclear tests in the Indian sub-continent War and Peace / Jang Aur Aman is a documentary journey of peace activism in the face of global militarism and war.
          Comment on New Cracks in Russia-gate Foundation by Anna        
But the same Democrats, when confronted with an avalanche of facts - like the ongoing fallout of Awan affair - suddenly become blind and deaf. The Awan affair is the greatest breach of national cybersecurity, which was "accomplished" by the infamous Debbie Wasserman Schultz in a company of other prominent Democrats. Debby et al, have been paying (for some unclear yet reasons) the triple salaries to a family of imposters, pretending to be IT specialists, hailing from Pakistan. The Awan family members never had security clearance and they never were asked about their job history and their education. This interesting family has been involved in the documented fraudulent financial activities. Meanwhile, the Awan family had a free access to the classified information of the House Committee on Intelligence and the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. The leading scoundrel, Imran Awan, was arrested at the Dulles airport when he tried to escape from the US to Pakistan. You would not find this story on the ziocon-controlled MSM, even if there are plenty of documented facts. For example, like the documented threat from the Debbie Wasserman Schultz towards the Capitol police officer who investigated the Awan affair. Another interesting fact is Debby's brother, Mr. Wassreman, being in charge of the investigation of Awan (whom Debby continued to pay for months AFTER she was warned about the security breach by the Capitol police). And the same brother, Mr. Wasserman, has been in charge of the investigation of the murder of Seth Rich, the former DNC employee who sent the DNC nefarious emails to WikiLeaks. The investigation of the murder of Seth Rich seems to be stalled. Not a peep from the "righteous" Democrats obsessed with Russiangate silliness.
          Sardar - Back On Demand        
A sardar on an interview for the post of detective was asked a question -

Interviewer - Who killed Gandhiji ?

Sardar- Thanks for giving me the job, I will investigate.


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Sardarji, tell me ...., what is the meaning of SMS ?

Sardar angrily said, i know -

it means....

S - Sardaron ke

M - Mazak udane ki

S - Service


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Shopkeeper: "ISke Saath koi gift nahin hai bhaisaab"

Sard : "Oye ispe likha hai CHOLESTROL FREE!!"

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ONE FINE DAY A GIRL PROPOSED TO A SARDAR AND SARDAR DENIED
SIMPLY SAYING THAT IN OUR FAMILY,

WE MARRY ONLY OUR RELATIVES..

MY MOM MARRIED MY DAD,

MY BROTHER MARRIED MY BHABHI ,

MY UNCLE MARRIED MY AUNT AND SO ON.
SO PLEASE EXCUSE ME !!!!!

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Sardarjee to Sunita: "I want to marry you"
Sunita: "But I am one year elder than you."
Sardarjee: "No Problem, then I will marry you next year."

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Two Sardars went into a pub and after ordering two
drinks took some sandwiches out of their pockets and started to eat them.
"You can't eat your own sandwiches in here," complained the pub-owner.
So the two sardars exchanged their sandwiches.

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Once a Sardarji was going to his office.
On the way he slipped on a banana peel and was badly hurt.
Next day , he noticed two banana peels and
exclaimed" ari , aaj to choice hai"!!!!!!

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American says "US mein shaadi E-mail se hoti hai.."
Sardarji " India mein to.. shaadi Fe-mail se hi hoti
hai...!!!"

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Dr Chopra psychotherapist wanted 'Sign board' to be
pained in front of his clinic but our Sardar painter
painted "Dr Chorpa Psycho The Rapist"

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What is the difference between WATCH & WIFE .........

Ek bigadti hai to bandh ho jati hai......

Doosari bigadati hai to "SHUROO' ho jati hai

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Doctor to Sardaar : App ka aur aapki biwi ka blood group ek hi hai?

Sardaar : Hoga, Jarur hoga; 25 saal sey mera khoon jo pee rahi hai....

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A two seater plane crashed in a graveyard ........

Local sardars have so far found 500 bodies and are still..... digging for more.

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Sardar found answer to most difficult question ever

What comes first - the chicken or the egg ?

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A sardar invested 2 Lakhs in a business and Suffered
huge Loss.
Do u know what the business was?
. . . .. . . . . . . . He opened a Saloon in Punjab!.

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A sardharji photographer focusing a dead body's face
in a funeral > function, suddenly all relatives beat
him why?
He said "SMILE PLEASE"

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Srdr gets ready ,wears tie, coat ,goes out, climbs
tree, sits on the
branch regularly. A man asks why he does this.
Srdr:"I've been promoted as branch manager."

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Sardarji standing below a tube light with a open
mouth.................
WHY?

because his doctor advised him "Todays dinner should
be light".

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SARDAR & FAMILY GO 2 A PARTY. HE INTRODUCES HIMSELF
I SARDAR,SHE SARDARNEE, THE BOY MY KID & THE GIRL MY
KIDNEY....

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One sardarji professor asked a plumber to come to
his college.

U knw Why?

Because he wanted to check where the question paper is
leaking...

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Sardar told his servant: Go and water the plants.
Servant: It's already raining.
Sardar: So what take an umbrella and go.

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Sardar comes back 2 his car & finds a note saying "Parking Fine"

He writes a note and sticks it 2 pole "Thanks 4 d complement"

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How do you recognize a Sardar in School?

He is the one who erases the notes from the book when the teacher erases the board.

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once a Sardhar was walking and had a glove on one hand and not on other so the man asked him why did he do so. He Replied that the weather forecast announced that on one hand it would be cold and on the other hand it would be hot.

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Sardarji praising his son who is a Civil engineer, who just laid a road near his house. "Wow! This is terrific! Look at the job he has done! The distance from my house to the railway station is the same as the railway station to my house!!!!!!!!"

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Sardarji zebra crossing ke black & white patte par bar bar idhar-udhar chalte the, woh kya rahe honge....think.............

"SALA YE PIANO BAJTA KYO NAHI"

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What is the chemical formula 4 water? Sardar: HIJKLMNO.

Teacher: what r u talking about?

Sardar: Yesterday u said H to O.

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Sardarji is trying to commit suicide on the railway tracks and he takes along some wine and chicken with him. Somebody stops him and asks "kyon bhai, ye sab kyon leke baithe ho?" (Why do you take these things with you?). Sardarji replies "Saali train late aati hai kahin bhook se na marjaun" (If the stupid train comes late, I will die of hunger!

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Sardar ji Aapko logo ne kyun mara ? Sardar " yaar Meri Photo Bas main Gir Gayi To Maine Madam Se Kaha Zara Sadi Upar Karo Photo Lena Hai"

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Ek sardar Indian Flag lene shop mein gaya tha. Shopwale ne usse flag diya. Sardar bola: Isme aur colour dikhao!!!

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Ek american ek sardar se kaha hamare yahan saadi e-mail se bhi hoti hai isper sardar bola kamal hai hamare yahan to sirf female se hoti hai

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A Sardar went 2 hotel, ordered chiken, Waiter comes with the order, Surdar:Murgey di taang kithe hai? Waiter:Woh langra tha.

Surdar: Dil? Waiter:Dil murgi le gayee. Surdar: Dimaag? Waiter: Murga SARDAR tha

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SARDAR:: Beta ye kaisi machis lay kar aaye ho ek bhi nahi jal rahi
SON :: kya baat kartay ho pappa sub check kar kay laya hoooon

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This sardarji goes to see Jurassic Park and when the Dinosaurs start
approaching, he was hiding under his seat when his friend asks him ;kyon
sardarji, kya baat hai? Dar kyon lag raha hai cinema hi to hai.; Sardarji
replies ;Aadmi hoon aur akkal hai, pata hai ki cinema hai, lekin voh to
janwar hai, usko kya pata"

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Sardar ji is buying a TV
"Do you have color TVs?"
"Sure."
"Give me a green one, please."

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Sardar ji is filling up a job application
He promptly fills in the lines on NAME, AGE, ADDRESS, etc.
Then came the column SALARY EXPECTED
After much thought he writes: Yes

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What does Sardarji do after taking photocopies?
He compares it with the original for spelling mistakes.

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What does Sardarji do when he has one white sheet and wants an extra
sheet?
He makes a photocopy of the white sheet.

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What do you do when a Sardar throws a hand grenade at you? Pull the pin and throw it back.

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How do you make a Sardar laugh on Saturday? Tell him a joke on Wednesday.

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One day evening a Sardarji starts from office to home with pushing his scooter manually. He met his friend on the way...

Friend: why are you pushing your scooter manually? Sardarji: 'I forgot to bring the scooter key from my home. Friend: 'Is it!

Then, How did you come to office from home in the morning?' Sardarji: 'I was pushing my scooter from home to office also in the morning.

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How Does a Sardar Cheat the Railways?? He buys the ticket but doesn't travel !!!!!!!!

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BEPPO SINGH QUEUING BEHIND HIS FRIEND AT AN ATM MACHINE. Friend: What are you looking at? Beppo Singh: I know your PIN no., hee, hee. Friend: Alright, what is my PIN no. if you saw it? Beppo Singh: four asterisks!

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Sardar sent a SMS to his pregnant wife. Two seconds later a report came to his phone and he started dancing. The report said, "DELIVERED".

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Two Sardarjis, both student of I.I.T, Kanpur, were talking about the American Astronauts.

One said to the other, "What's the big deal about going to the moon-anybody can go to the moon. We are sardars we will go direct to the sun."

"But if we get within 13 million miles from the sun, we'll melt."

And the first answered, "So what, we'll go at night."


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One Sardar read a board "likhney wala briliant.....parhney wala idiot.." Sardar becomes engry, he rub the board and writes, "parhney wala briliant, likhney wala idiot...."

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Sardarji goes to a hotel and eats heartily. After eating he goes to wash his hands but starts washing the basin instead. The manager comes running and asks him, "Prahji, aap kya kar rahe ho?" To this the man replies, "Oye, tumne hi to idhar board lagaya hai "Wash Basin".

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What did the Sardar say when she saw the sign in front of the YMCA?
"Look! They spelled MACY'S wrong!"

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What do you call an eternity?
Four Sardars in four cars at a four way stop.

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Why do Sardars have TGIF written on their shoes?
Toes Go In First.

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What do SMART Sardars and UFO's have in common?
You always hear about them but never see them.

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Why did the Sardars stare at the can of frozen orange juice?
Because it said concentrate.
Oh look, Daddy...Donut seeds.

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Why do Sardars always smile during lightning storms?
They think their picture is being taken.

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How can you tell when a Sardars sends you a fax?
It has a stamp on it.

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Why can't Sardars dial 911?
They can't find the 11 on the phone!

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This sardarji goes to see Jurassic Park and when the Dinosaurs start approaching, he was hiding under his seat when his friend asks him ;kyon sardarji, kya baat hai? Dar kyon lag raha hai cinema hi to hai.; Sardarji replies ;Aadmi hoon aur akkal hai, pata hai ki cinema hai, lekin voh to janwar hai, usko kya pata"

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A jet ran in to some turbulent weather. To keep passengers calm, the air hostess brought out the beverage carts."I'd like a soda " said the passenger in the front row. Moving along, the air hostess asked the man behind her if he would like something."Yes I would," he replied. "Give me whatever the pilot is drinking!".

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"I'm going on vacation . Could you suggest a thrilling crime story ?" Santa asks to Banta. "Here this one is so suspenseful you won't be able to put it down" replies Banta. "only on the last page do you find out that the gardener did it".

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Santa meets Banta
Santa: "so have you moved to a new house"
Banta: "No."
Santa: "Why not? You advertised to sell your old house, didn't you?"
Banta: "Yes, but when I read the ad, I realized it was just the home I was looking for!".

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Do you really sell that much salt? A man asks to a Sardar who is running a grocery shop stocked with thousands of boxes of salt.
"No " says the Sardar. "I sell may be two boxes a month. To tell you the truth, I'm not a good salt seller. But the one who sell me salt-now he's a good salt seller."

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One day Sardar happened to see a marathon race.
"What the guys are doing" asked the sardar.
" We are running a marathon. The winner will get prize" replied one runner.
"Only the winner will get prize! Then why others are participating!!" Exclaimed the Sardar

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One day a sardarji was sitting in his office on the
thirteenth floor building when a man came running in
to his office and shouted "Santa Singh your daughter
Preeto just died in an accident" Sardarji was in
panic.Not knowing what to do he jumped from his office
window. While coming down when he was near the tenth
floor he remembered he didn't have a daughter named
Preeto. When he was near the fifth floor he remembered
he was not married.When he was about to hit the ground
he remembered he was not Santa Singh.

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A sardar walked up to the front desk of the library
and said, "I borrowed a book last week, but it was the
most boring I've ever read. There was no story
whatsoever, and there were far too many characters!"
The librarian replied, "Oh, you must be the person who
took our phone book."

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A sardar was walking along, when he looked up to
observe a bird flying overhead. Suddenly, the bird
dropped a load when it was directly over him. The
Sardar says, "Good thing that cows don't fly."

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Did you hear about the sardar who asked his friends to
give him all their burnt out light bulbs? He just
bought a camera and wanted to set up a Darkroom.

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One Sardar was enjoying Sun on a Beach in UK.A lady
came and asked him, " Are you relaxing" Sardar
answered '" No I am Banta Singh" Another Guy Came and
asked! ! ! ! the same Question. Sardar answered " No No Me
! Banta Singh" Third one came and asked the same
question Sardar was totally annoyed and decided to
shift his place. While walking he saw another Sardar
enjoying the Beach. He went and asked him " Are you
Relaxing?" The other Sardar was much educated and
answered "Yes I am relaxing. The Sardar slapped him on
his face and said "Idiot, Sab tere Ko wahahn dhoond
rahe hai aur tu Yahaan Aaram Kar raha hai. "

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A call from ladies hostel at night to electricity office
" we lost the power send your men"
" No Man here, Use Candles"

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Then there was the 85 year old woman who found her husband in bed with another woman. She was so enraged that she dragged him to the balcony of their high-rise apartment and pushed him to his death.When she appeared in court, the judge asked if she had anything to say in her own defence."Well Your Honour," she replied, "I figured if at 92 he he could make love, he could fly too."

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Banat singh was working in a studio as a photographer. One day he went to a function to take some snaps. While filling the film roll in to the camera it dropped down rolled beneath to the saree of an woman. Sardar hesitated for a moment and approached the woman and said "Could you please lift up the saree so that I can take the photo"




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There is a group of 7 Sardars who plan to meet their old friend the
President Dr. Zail Singh The Sardars decide to take a taxi. The taxi driver takes them to Rashtrapati Bhavan. The meter shows Rs. 28/-, so the taxi driver says, "You have to pay me
Rs.
28/-." Now, the Sardars have to share the cost among themselves and so they
decide
to divide the total (Rs. 28/-) by the number of people, i.e . 7.
This is how they do the calculation to arrive at the answer:
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7 | 28 = 13 ( 7 x 1 = 7, 7 x 3 = 21 ).
7
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21
21
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0
-- The driver is exceedingly happy upon receiving Rs. 13/- from each of
the
Sardars. He thanks them profusely and the feeling of happiness is
writtern
on his face as he leaves them and proceeds his way. Seeing this, the Sardars feel that they may have made a mistake. They decide to ask Zail Singh about it. After all, the fellow was the
President of the nation! They ask Zail Singh to check their calculation of the taxi fare. Zail Singh ponders over the calculations and finally says, "See, I am
not
good at division. The process just boggles me but addition is something
I am
an expert at. Let us add all the amounts you guys gave to the taxi
driver
and check the result. This is how I do for those tax forms I get very
often. The process is slow but is sure." The other sardars nod their
heads
(?) in appreciation. The President writes as shown below and also explains as he writes on:
13
13
13
13
13
13
13
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28
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i.e. 3+3+3+3+3+3+ 3= 21 and 21+1+1+1+1+1+ 1+1=28 so this checks out. He then says, "Yes, it's correct. But I can also call my close friend
and
Finance man Banta Singh. Banta Singh arrives, and when told of the problem, he replies that
he
doesn't think it is a bad deal but says, "No problem! I will verify it
via
mathematical computation. I'll verify it with multiplication. That
is
the
best technique for this, you see!" While others watch in admiration, Banta Singh goes on to write as
shown:
13
x7
--- (7*3=21 ,7*1=7 so 21+7=28)
21
+ 7
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28 This checks out as well.
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Then he says, "This is really fine. There should be no problem,
President
Sahab. After all, it is correct in all the methods."


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Our sardarji was filling up an application form for a job. He promptly filled the columns titled NAME,AGE,ADDRESS etc. Then he the column SEX. He was not sure as to what to be filled there. After much thought he wrote THRICE A WEEK. On seeing this in his appln. form, he was told that it was wrong and what they wanted it to be filled was either MALE or FEMALE. Again our sardar thought for a long time before coming up with the answer PREFERABLY FEMALES.

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Sardar Garbhajan singh went for his usual morning walk. At one junction he found a crowd. One man holding a syringe on one hand and the famous actress on the other hand. He threatens to inject the liquid which contain AIDS virus in to her body unless he is given a ransom of 10 corers of Rupees . Police men are helplessly watching. At this moment Garbachen rushed to the man and has a fight, he dropped the syringe, Police men arrested him. On the next day a ceremony is conducted to reward Garbachen. The chief guest CM of punjab while giving away the reward asked to the Garbachen " We are proud of you How did you show that much of courage even if you are aware of AIDS ?" Garbachen said "Sir I always wear a condom to avoid AIDS"

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One man went to consult as he is very thin and doesn't grow well after having enough food, after diagnosis doctor said there is a worm inside his stomach it eats everything you eat and the man asked for the treatment. Doctor prescribed the treatment "From tomorrow onwards when you come to see myself come with a banana and an apple". The net day he came with a banana and an apple. Doctor told him to eat the banana and insert the apple through his back hole. After one month treatment there is no change except size of the back hole increased so that the apple can be thrown through the hole freely. He told the doctor " Doctor there is no change in my physical condition after one month of treatment " Doctor told him "when you come tomorrow come with a banana and a hammer instead of apple". The next day he came with banana and the hammer. Doctor let the man to eat the banana first and wait for a five minutes while the worm come out from his stomach and told the ill fated patient "You idiot trying to change my diet , where is my apple??" At the very moment the doctor thrashed the worm with the hammer and the insect dead.

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This sardarji goes to see Jurassic Park and when the Dinosaurs start approaching, he was hiding under his seat when his friend asks him ;kyon sardarji, kya baat hai? Dar kyon lag raha hai cinema hi to hai.; Sardarji replies ;Aadmi hoon aur akkal hai, pata hai ki cinema hai, lekin voh to janwar hai, usko kya pata"

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There's a funeral procession of a sardar going on a busy street. All the sardars in the 'mayyat' are dancing the bhangra and singing and general 'balle balle' is on. The people on the street find it strange that instead of mourning everyone is
celebrating as if its marriage baraat. So one of them asks Santa Singh, ;Singh Saab, aapka koi sage wala gujar gaya hai aur aap naach rahe ho?; .....comes the reply, ;Haan ji! Hai hi baat badi kushi ki!!! Aaj paheli baar ek sardar brain tumour se mara hai!!!;

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Santa and Banta went to US They have stayed a five star hotel. Santa don't know how to use the European closet he dropped everything in a packet and placed it on one of the leaves of the fan. Banta came and switch on the fan and everything spread on the wall When the room boy came Santa gave a 10 dollars and told him to wash it off . But the Room boy gazed at it for a five minutes and taken a 25 dollars from the pocket and told to Santa "I will give you this 25 dollars if you say how did u do it so beautifully".

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Garbachan singh was travelling from Calcutta to Bombay by a plane, There were one American, one Russian, one Pakistani and some other passengers. Suddenly something went wrong pilot alarmed that plane lost it's control and some of the passengers have to jump out to rescue the rest of them. Firstly the American jumped out saying "Jai America" again the condition didn't change then the Russian jumped out from the plane saying "Jai Russia". But the condition still the same. The next is Garbachen's turn he hesitated for a moment and pulled out the Pakistani by saying "Jai India".

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A jet ran in to some turbulent weather. To keep passengers calm, the air hostess brought out the beverage carts.
"I'd like a soda " said the passenger in the front row. Moving along, the air hostess asked the man behind her if he would like something.
"Yes I would," he replied. "Give me whatever the pilot is drinking!".

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"I'm going on vacation . Could you suggest a thrilling crime story ?" Santa asks to Banta. "Here this one is so suspenseful you won't be able to put it down" replies Banta. "only on the last page do you find out that the gardener did it".

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Santa meets Banta
Santa: "so have you moved to a new house"
Banta: "No."
Santa: "Why not? You advertised to sell your old house, didn't you?"
Banta: "Yes, but when I read the ad, I realized it was just the home I was looking for!".

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One day Sardar happened to see a marathon race.
"What the guys are doing" asked the sardar.
" We are running a marathon. The winner will get prize" replied one runner.
"Only the winner will get prize! Then why others are participating!!" Exclaimed the Sardar

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While at the college Sardar happened to watch the notice board.
It reads: Invites suggestions for the modification of Ladies Room.
Sardar writes under Let the men Permit to Enter

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Once, a Hindu, a Sardar and an American were travelling in an aeroplane. Suddenly, something went wrong and the engines stalled. They had no parachutes with them. So all the three of them decided to risk their lives and jump out of their planes. First, the Sardar jumped out. He removed his turban, used it as a parachute and jumped. Using the turban he slowly floated down. Then the Hindu removed his dhoti and jumped out. Again his dhoti acted as a parachute and he also floated down gently. Seeing this, the American removed his shirt and pant and jumped out. Unfortunately, they did not do well as a parachute and he began to fall rapidly from the plane to the ground. He passed by the Hindu who said - " May Bhagwan help you". Then he passed the Sardar. The Sardar looked at the American zooming past him and was puzzled. So he said - "I see! You want a race! Let us see who is faster" Saying so, he let go of his turban.

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When Gavaskar finds out that there has been released, a movie, in Australia called "Gavaskar", he is very happy. He plans to watch it and gets a ticket for Australia at once. With great difficulty he manages to get a ticket and very happily he goes to see the movie. But when he comes out of the cinema he is very angry! He goes straight to the director of the movie and says, "What do you mean by this? You named your movie 'Gavaskar', but didnt show anything about me in it!". The director of the movie laughs and says, "So now you understand the problem? You people too made a movie called 'Border', but did you show anything about Allan Border in it?"

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A Punjabi Sardar and a Bengali Babu were talking about their State's patriotic history during the freedom struggle. The debate heated up and both ended up claiming that their state had the maximum number of freedom fighters. They finally agreed on a method to find which of the states had more freedom fighters. Each person would say the name of a freedom fighter from his state and pull one hair out of his opponents head. Both of them began earnestly. "Bhagat Singh" said the Sardar and pulled one hair from the Bengali. "Netaji" said the Bengali and did the same. They continued like this for some time, but soon exhausted all known freedom fighters. The Bengali, however, was very clever. He used Sardar's ignorance and reeled off a lot of imaginary names. The Punjabi was stuck. He did not know any more Punjabi freedom fighter's name. He thought deeply for
a moment, jumped on the Bengali's head and pulled all his hair out shouting - "JallianWala Bagh".

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Sardarji is trying to commit suicide on the railway tracks and he takes along some wine and chicken with him. Somebody stops him and asks "kyon bhai, ye sab kyon leke baithe ho?" (Why do you take these things with you?). Sardarji replies "Saali train late aati hai kahin bhook se na marjaun" (If the stupid train comes late, I will die of hunger!)

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Banta Singh finished his English exam and came out. His friends asked him how did he do his exam, for that he replied ; Exam was okay, but for the past tense of THINK, I thought, and thought, and thought ... and at last I wrote THUNK !!!;

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sardarji is walking the other day and comes across a banana peel on the road. Can you guess what he might be thinking?? Saala aaj bhi girna padega!!!

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Banta Singh dialed to talk to his dear pal Santa Singh "Is that 6545224?." asked Banta Singh. "No this is 6545225." came the reply. After thinking for few seconds Banta Singh replied "No matter, please call Mr. Santa Singh from next door

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An Englishman, an American and a Sardarji are called upon to test a lie detector .The Englishman says: "I think I can empty 20 bottles of beer".
BUZZZZZZ, goes the lie detector.
"Ok", he says, "10 bottles".
And the machine is silent.
The American says: "I think I can eat 15 hamburgers".
BUZZZZZZ, goes the lie detector.
"All right, 8 hamburgers".
And the machine's silent.
The Sardarji says: "I think...", BUZZZZZZ goes the machine.

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Santa and Banta work in a software company. One day, they were to move their m/cs to another building. Santa was having a tough time carrying his machine.
Santa : "My m/c has 500 MB disk.
See how easily I am carrying it. Yours has just 250 MB.
Can't you carry even this much?"
Banta : "But yours is empty and my disk is full"!!!

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Once Santa Singh was riding a cycle and he suddenly hit a girl!
So girl shouted, 'Sala ghanti nahi maar sakta tha!!!'
And sardarji replied, 'Poori cycle to maar di ab ghanti alag se
maroon??!!!'

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Help....
The Titanic is going to be drowned.... Everybody in the ship is
shouting,
crying, running or praying to God...
Just then an Italian asks the nearby Sardarji in the ship.
Italian : How far is land, from here ?
Sardarji : Two miles ..
Italian : Only two miles, Then why are these fools making noise. I have
got the experience of swimming even more. The Italian jumps off the ship
into the sea and comes up to the layer to ask something again.
Italian : Just tell me which side, is land two miles from here?
Sardarji : Downwards......

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Once a sardar was looking at a WANTED poster & was wondering -

Saala wanted tha to photo kheenchne ke baad use jaane kyon diya ?

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Sardar car ki battery change karwane gaya ...

Mechanic - Sahab, Exide ki daal doon ?

Sardar - Nahin yaar, dono side ki daal de, warna phir problem hogi.


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A Bihari was waiting for his bus at the bus stop. Finally the bus arrives and he gets in. The bus is fully loaded with sardarjis. One sardarji orders Bihari to tell a joke. Now, the Bihari thinks he's in big trouble because he knows only sardar
jokes! After thinking for some time he decides to substitute all references to 'sardars' in his joke with 'Biharis'. He starts the jokes with, "There was once a Bihari..." And suddenly he gets a major blow on his back from one of the sardarjis who shouts, "Kyon be! Sab sardar mar gaye hai kya?"

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Two sardarjis were sitting outside a clinic. One of them was crying like anything. So the other asked,"Why are you crying?"

The first one replied, "I came here for blood test" Second one asked," So? Are you afraid?" First one replied,"No, not that.

During the blood test they cut my finger" Hearing this the second one started crying. The first one was astonished and asked other, "Why are you crying?" The other replied, "I have come for my urine test."

          Sardar Jokes        
Santa Singh sent his bio data to America to apply for a post in Microsoft. A few days later he got this reply:- Dear Mr. Singh, You do not meet our requirements. Please do not send any further correspondence. No phone call shall be entertained. Thanks

Santa singh jumped with joy on receiving this reply. He arranged a party and when all the guests had come, he said Bhaiyon aur Behno,aap ko jaan kar khushi hogee ki mujhay america mein naukri mil gayee hai." Everyone was delighted. Santa singh continued Ab main aap sab ko apnaa appointment letter padkar sunaongaa par letter english main hai isliyen saath-saath hindi main translate bhee kartaa jaongaa.

Dear Mr. Singh-----pyare singh sahab

You do not meet----aap to miltay hee naheen ho

our requirement----humko to zaroorat hai

Please do not send any furthur correspondance----ab letter vetter bhejnay kee zaroorat nahee hai.

No phone call ----phone vone kee bhee zaroorat nahee hai

shall be entertained----bahut khaatir kee jayegi.

Thanks----aapkaa bahut bahut shukriya

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A Sardar died and went to heaven. When he got to the pearly gate Saint Peter told him that new rules here in effect due to the advances in education on earth. In order to gain admittance a prospective heavenly soul must answer two questions:

1. Name two days of the week that begin with "T".

2. How many seconds are there in a year?

The Sardar thought for a few minutes and answered...

1. The two days of the week that begin with "T" are Today and Tomorrow.

2. There are 12 seconds in a year. Saint Peter said, "OK, Ill buy the Today and Tomorrow answer, even though its not the answer I expected.

But how did you get 12 seconds in a year?" The Singh replied, "Well, January 2nd, February 2nd, March 2nd, etc..." Saint Peter opens the gate without another word.

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One Sardar was enjoying Sun on a Beach in America. A lady came and asked him, " Are you relaxing" Sardar answered '" No I am Banta Singh" Another Guy Came and asked the same Question. Sardar answered " No No Me Banta Singh" Third one came and asked the same question Sardar was totally annoyed and decided to shift his place. While walking he saw another Sardar enjoying the Beach. He went and asked him " Are you Relaxing?" The other Sardar was much educated and answered "Yes I am relaxing " Our Sardar slapped him on his face and said, "Salay, Sab tere Ko wahah doond rahe hai aur tu Yahaan Aaram Kar raha hai."

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After making a trip of South India , Santa Singh ,his wife and his son were returning to punjab in Tamilnadu Express. Santa Singh was occupying the lower berth, his wife the middle berth and his son the top most berth in the train. When the train stopped at one of the stations on the way back the son requested Santa Singh to bring him a cup of Ice cream to which Santa readily agreed. When Santa and his son returned they found that a South Indian who couldn't understand hindi had occupied his son's birth . Outraged, Santa Singh called the TT and asked him to help. TT requested that he could not understand Hindi/Punjabi so it would be better if Santa Singh explained the whole situation to him in English. Santa Singh explained , " That man sleeping on top of my wife is not giving birth to my child."

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A Sardarji and an American are seated next to each other on a flight from Los Angeles to New York. The American asks if he would like to play a fun game.

The Sardarji, tired, just wants to take a nap, so he politely declines and rolls over to the window to catch a few winks.

The American persists and explains that the game is easy and a lot of fun. He says, "I ask you a question, and if you don't know the answer, you pay me five dollars, and vice versa."

Again, he declines and tries to get some sleep.

The American, now agitated, says, "Okay, if you don't know the answer, you pay me $5,and if I don't know the answer, I will pay you $500."

This catches the Sardarji's attention and, figuring there will be no end to this torment, agrees to the game.

The American asks the first question: "What's the distance from the earth to the moon?"

The Sardarji doesn't say a word, reaches into his wallet,pulls out a $5.00 bill, and hands it to the American.

"Okay," says the American, "your turn".

He asks, "What goes up a hill with three legs and comes down with four legs?"

The American, puzzled, takes out his laptop computer & searches all his preferences........no answer. He taps into the air phone with his modem and searches the Internet and the Library of Congress... no answer.

Frustrated, he sends e-mails to all his friends and coworkers but to no avail.

After an hour, he wakes the Sardarji and hands him $500.

The Sardarji thanks him and turns back to get some more sleep.

The American, who is more than a little miffed, stirs the Sardarji and asks, "Well, what's the answer?"

Without a word, the Sardarji reaches into his purse,hands the american $5,and goes back to sleep.

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A sardarji comes up to the Pakistan border on his bike. He's got two large bags over his shoulders.

The guard Iqbal stops him and says, 'What's in the bags?' 'Sand,' answered the Sardarji.

Iqbal says, 'We'll just see about that. Get off the bike.'

Iqbal's guard takes the bags and rips them apart, he empties them out and finds nothing in them but sand. He detains the sardarji all night and has the sand analyzed, only to discover that there is nothing but pure sand in the bags. Iqbal releases the sardaji, puts the sand into new bags, hefts them onto the sardarji's shoulders, and lets him cross the border.

A week later, the same thing happens. Iqbal asks, 'What have you got?' 'Sand,' says the Sardarji.

Iqbal does his thorough examination and discovers that the bags contain nothing but sand. He gives the sand back to the Sardar, and crosses the border on his bike. This sequence of events is repeated every day for three years.

Finally, the Sardarji doesn't show up one day and the guard, Iqbal, meets him in a 'Dhaba' in Islamabad.

'Hey, Buddy,' says Iqbal, 'I know you are smuggling something. It's driving me crazy. It's all I think about...I can't sleep. Just between you and me, what are you smuggling?'

The Sardaji, sips his Lassi and says, 'Bikes'

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Fifteen minutes into the flight from Mankuwa City to Sukhpur city, the captain announced, "Ladies and gentlemen, one of our engines has failed.. There is nothing to worry about. Our flight will take an hour longer than scheduled, but we still have three engines left." Thirty minutes later the captain announced, "One more engine has failed and the flight will take an additional two hours. But don't worry ... we can fly just fine on two engines." An hour later the captain announced, "One more engine has failed and our arrival will be delayed another three hours.But don't worry ... we still have one engine left." A sardarji passenger turned to the man in the next seat and remarked, "If we lose one more engine, we'll be up here all day!"

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Three men were applying for the same job as a detective. One was a Sardarji, one was Jewish, and one was Italian. The chief decided to ask each applicant just one question and base his decision upon that answer. When the Jewish man arrived for his interview, the chief asked him, "Who killed Jesus Christ?" The Jewish man answered without hesitation. "The Romans killed him." The chief thanked him and he left. When the Italian man arrived for his interview, the chief asked the Same question. He replied "Jesus was killed by the Jews." Again, the chief thanked the man who then left. Finally the Sardarji arrived for his interview, he was asked the same question. He thought for a long time, before saying,"Could I have some time to think about it?" The chief said,"OK, but get back to me tomorrow." When the Sardarji arrived home, his wife asked "How was the interview ?". Sardarji replied, "Great, I got the job, and I'm already investigating a murder.

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Talking about those days when there were no mosquito repellents and we had to spend sleepless nights. Sardarji was also experiencing the same every time. he tries to sleep,one mosquito comes and disturbs his sleep with a sound "guooonn, guooonn." He gets very irritated. He tries to cover his ear but the problem remains persistent. Ultimately he gets up and catches the mosquito in his hand. He is very kind and not for the blood shed but still wanted to take revenge. Happy as he is now starts singing a lullaby and says "so ja machchar, bete so ja". After some time he finds the mosquito falling into deep sleep in his hands. So he goes near it and says "Guoooonnnnn, guoooonnnnn."

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Santa Singh applied for an engineering position at DEMAN CONSTRUCTION office in Amritsar. Reddy from Chennai applied for the same job and both applicants having the same qualifications were asked to take a test by the Department manager Mr. Arvin Singh. Upon completion of the test, the results showed that both men only missed one of the questions. The manager went to Santa and said, "Thank you for your interest, but we've decided to give the job to Reddy". Santa: And why would you be doing that? We both got 9 questions correct. This being Punjab I should get the job!" Manager: "We have made our decision not on the correct answers, but on the one question that you got wrong. "Santa: "And just how would one incorrect answer be better than the other?" Manager: "Simple, for the question that both of you got wrong, Reddy put down 'I don't know' as the answer. And you wrote 'Neither do I'!"

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A sardar wanted to sell his old battered Maruti car which had done more than

100,000 kms. Since no body was inclined to buy it, he approached his friend to
help him dispose it off. The friend advised him to have the mileage meter
reading reduced to around 30,000 kms so that he could tell the prospective
customer that it has been used sparingly. The sardar liked the idea. A few
weeks later the same friend met him and enquired whether he was able to
dispose off his car. The sardar replied, "Are you mad? Who sells a car which
has done only 30000 kms!

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A Sardarjee reported for his University final examination which consists of
"yes/no" type questions. he takes his seat in the examination hall, stares at
the question paper for five minutes, and then in a fit of inspiration takes
his wallet out, removes a coin and starts tossing the coin and marking the
answer sheet - Yes for Heads and No for Tails. Within half an hour he is all
done whereas the rest of the class is sweating it out. During the last few
minutes, he is seen desperately throwing the coin, swearing and sweating. The
moderator, alarmed, approaches him and asks what is going on. "I finished the
exam in half and hour. But, I am rechecking my answers

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Santa Singh needed some money desperately. Someone told him that if goes & prays at Gurudwara, Mosque, Church & a temple, that his prayers will surely be answered. So Santa goes to a Gurudwara, & prays there. Then he goes to a Mosque and prays there. Than he goes to a church and prays there. Then he goes to a Shiv temple. The temple had a large Lord Shiva statue. Santa closes his eyes, bows his head, joins his hands and says his prayer.

Santa: "Ho Jee tussee itne vadde ho. Itne mahan ho. Saannoo 100 rupayen chahiye. Kirpa karo."
The priest saw Santa praying. He wante to help Santa, but knew that a Sikh will never accept the money. So he drops a 100 rupee note, from behind the statue, so that Santa can not see him.

After Santa had said his prayers, and opened his eyes. He saw the note and thought that god has listened to his prayers. He takes the note and goes away. However he is back again next day for money. Now the priest is really annoyed with Santa. The Priest decides that he is not going to give any more money to Santa.
He changes the big Shivji statue with smaller one of Ganapathi that day. Once again Santa goes to the prayer room. However he does not notice the difference. Santa closes his eyes, bows his head, joins his hands and says his prayer. Santa: "Ho Jee tussee itne vadde ho. Itne mahan ho. Ajj to saannoo 50 rupayen hi chahiye. Kirpa karo." After that he slowly opens his eyes and does not find any money.

Santa: "O papa jee tussee itne vadde ho. Itne mahan ho. Asee 10 rupayen me hi kaam chala lenge. Kirpa karo jee." After that he slowly opens his eyes and does not find any money. He slowly raises his head and now notices that small Ganapthi statue. He carefully looks left and than right, & than slowly moves a bit forward near the statue. Than he whispers to the Statue: "Beta, Papa kitthe hai?!?!!

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Santa Singh and Banta Singh both bought one horse each.

They wanted to make sure that they feed their own horse each morning. So Santa Singh asked "how will we know which is your

and which is mine?"

Banta Singh said "its easy I will cut mine's tail, and yours will be the one with tail."

Some boys outside heard it and cut the tail of other horse too.

So the next morning confusion arose even more. Santa Singh said."don worry, ill tie a bell around its neck, yours will be the

one without the bell."

The boys heard this too so they cut the bell.

The next day, Santa Singh got frustrated and said

"OKAY!! now the last criteria will be that:

WHITE HORSE will be yours and BLACK HORSE will be mine."

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Sardarji bought a brand new Maruti and decided to drive down from Amritsar, where he lived, to Jalandar to meet his friend.

He reached there in a few hours. After spending a few days there, he decided to return, and called up his mother to expect

him in the evening. But he didn't reach in the evening and not the next day either. When he finally reached home on the

third day, his distraught mother ran and asked him " Arre Puttar, ki hoya?"
(What Happened, My Son?)

The Sardarji got out, obviously very tired from a long journey, and said, "Oy, ye Marutti wale pagal hain, agge jaane waaste

chaar gear banaate hain, aur pichche jaane waaste sirf ik?" (These Maruti Car people are crazy! They have four gears for

going forward, but only one for going back!)

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Santa Singh decided to start a chicken farm so he bought a hundred chickens to begin with. A month later he returned to the

dealer for another hundred chickens because all of the first lot had died. A month later he was back at t he dealer for

another hundred chickens for the second lot had also died.


'But I think I know where I'm going wrong,' said Santa, 'I think I'm planting them too deep.'

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We have our famous friend Santa Singh qualifying for the hot seat.
( He pressed the buttons by accident and managed to qualify).

Amitabh Bachchan : OK Santa I congratulate you for this opportunity here
with us.
Santa : Oh ji Wahe guru da khalsa wahe guru di fateh. Chak denge phatte
aaj.
Tusi start karo ji.

AB : OK Santa this is your first question for 1000
Rs. - 'Which state has the largest sikh population ?' and your options are
:
A. Punjab
B. Punjab
C. Punjab
D. Punjab
Santa : Oh ji how much time do I've to answer this question

AB : Samay ki koi pabandhi nahi hai Santa ji, you can t! ake your time
Santa (giggles) : Sir ji tricky sawaal puchha hai aapne. I would like to
use my lifeline.

AB : I'm not surprised on this , which one wud U like to use.
Santa : Audience poll

AB : OK audience please be ready with your voting pads, and your time
starts now.
After a minute we have a graphic presentation on the board.
A. 25%
B. 25%
C. 25%
D. 25%

AB : Santa ji, this is a no good situation for you, I can share your
disgust here.
Santa : Yeh mere saath hi kyon hota hai. Fasa diya Sirji aapki audience
ne.
I think I've to use my second lifeline - 50 50.

AB : Very good ! 50 50 ka istemal karna chahenge. OK
computer ji do galat jawab mita diye jayen.
Computer displays A. Punjab and C. Punjab
Santa : Badi chalu machine hai aapki sar ji. Mein chodoonga nahi aaj
isko.
Wahe guru de kasam mereko third life line bhi chahiye.

AB : Kamal hai Santa ji, I must congratulate you, You have record of
using
all the lifelines in the very first question.
This is great . OK phone a friend - kisko phone karna chahen ge aap.
Santa : My one and only one... mera langotiya yaar., Banta Singh.

AB : OK Banta ko phone lagaya jaye.
Phone rings. Banta picks it 'Hulloooooo, kon hai oye adhi raati,???'

AB : Hello Banta ji , mein Amitabh Bachhan bol raha hoon Star Plus ke
Kaun Banega Crorepati se.
Banta : OOOOOOOOOO Bachan ji Sasriyakal, koi hor hota to uski to mein....
#_^_%_#_%_%_&. Ki hal chal he sar ji.

AB : Mein thik hoon Banta ji, par ye ek family show hai is liye aap
apshabdon ka prayog na karen to behtar hoga. Aapke dost yahaan
bethe hain mere saath aur.................
Banta (Interrupts) : Aur wo sala pehle hi question pe atak gayahoga,
khota hai sala. Sawal pucho ji.

AB : Aapko sirf tees second .,.............chaliye mein aapko special
case
karte hue 1 minute doonga. Aur aapka samay shuru hota hai aab.
Santa : Oye bante ke ho raya hai yaar ??
Banta : Oye ullu de dum, saale bahar se taala laga gaya khote. Sawere dud
wala aaya si, paise mang raya si, aur khotya tu meri kameez
pehen
gaya. Sale chakki se aata lana tha, tera baap layega kya ??.

AB: Santa ji kya kar rahe hain samay khatam ho raha hai.
Santa : Yes Yes. Oye chod use yaar question hai ..... (he tells him the
question).
Banta : Saale sari zindagi tere nakal mar ke fail hota raha hoon, par iska
answer
mujhe aata hai. Kalank hai tu Punjab ke naam pe. Iska answer
Punjab hai
lallu.
Santa : oye par ......... (and the clock stops).

AB : Samay khatam, aapke mitr ne jawab de diya hai , ab to mujhe pakka
confidence
hai ke aap kam se kam 1000 to le ke jayenge hi aaj.
Santa : Ullu ka patha hai ji, ye to mujhe bhi pata hai par sale ne yeh
to batya nahin ke A hai ya C hai.

And this was the last episode of KBC as most of the audience died
laughing...
          Filmi Jokes        
After giving up 'goondagiri', Veeru has now joined an Indian body shopper and has become a Computer Consultant. Jay goes to Mausi for 'Basanti kaa haath mangane'..........
MAUSI: Bura nahin maanna beta, itna to poochna hi padtha hai ki ladke ka khandaan kya hai, uske lakshan kaise hain, kamaata kitna hai, US me masters kiya he...
AMITABH: kamaane ka to ye hai mausi, ki ek baar biwi baccho ki jimmewari sar pe aa gai, to consultant ka kaam chod kar regular employee hoga aur phir kamaane bhi lagega.
MAUSI: to kya abhi kucch bhi nahin kamaata?
AMITABH: nai, nai, ye maine kab kahaa mausi. kamaata hai lekin, ab roj roj to 'client' mil nahi sakta na, kabhi kabhi "BENCH" per baith jaata hai bechara.
MAUSI: BENCH pe bhi aana jana hai?
AMITABH: haan mausi, ab ye kambakht Computer Consultancy cheej hi aisi hai. Aur bench par to bade bade log jeseke Bill Gates, Andrew Grove, Larry Ellison bhi betha karte the.
MAUSI: to kya programmer hai?
AMITABH: chee, chi, chi, chee, chee! wo aur programmer? NAA! NAA!! wo to bahut hi acchhaa aur nek ladka hai, lekin waise ek baar kisi desi body shopper ke haat lag jaye na phir 'language/RDBMS/QA' ka kahaan hosh rahta hai! haath pakad ke 'IDMS' ya 'QA'karvaane bithadiya desi ne, ab isme bechaare Veeru ka kya dosh.
MAUSI: theek kahte ho beta, programmer woh, DBA woh, DESI ke paas kaam karta hai woh, lekin uska koi dosh nahin.
AMITABH: mausi aap to mere dost ko galat samajh rahen hai, wo to itna seedha aur bhola hai, arey Basanti se uski shaadi kar ke to dekhiye, ye 'programming', 'DBA' aur 'client ke paas jane ki aadat' to do din main chhoot jayegi.
MAUSI: arey beta is budhiya ko samjha rahe ho! apne COMPUTER CONSULTANTS ko chod dene ki aadat kisi body shopper ki chhooti hai aaj tak?
AMITABH: mausi aap Veeru ko nahin jaanti, biswaas kijiye wo is tarah ka insaan nahin hai. ek baar shaadi ho gai to wo 'PAGER' bhi rakhna band kar dega, bas PROGRAMMING apne aap chhoot jayegi.
MAUSI: hai raam, bas yehi ek kami baaki rah gai thi, to kya PAGER bhi rakhta hai?
AMITABH: to usme kaun si buri baat hai mausi, arey PAGER to PRESIDENT,VP, CEO aur unchey-unchey log rakhte hai haan.
MAUSI: accha! to beta ye bhi batate jaao ki tumhare ye gunwaan dost assal me kis company ke employee hai?
AMITABH: bas mausi, hum 'trace' kar rahe hai, original HI milte hi company ka pata chal jayega aur hum aapko khabar de denge.
MAUSI: ek baat ki daad dungi beta, bhale sow buraiyaan hon tumhare dost main, phir bhi tumhare muh se uske liye tareef hi nikalti hai.
AMITABH: kya karoon mausi, hum body shoppers log hi kucch aise hai. to ye rista pakka samjhoon.
MAUSI: pakka! bhale saari jindagi ladki kuwaari baithi rahe,lekin aise aadmi se Basanti ko nahin byahne waali, sagi mausi hoon koi sauteli maan nahin.
AMITABH: ajeeeeb baaat hai, mere itne samjhaane par bhi aapne inkaar kar diya, bechaara Veeru, na jaane ab agla client kaha milega!!
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After the grand failure of epic film 'Gandhi' at the box office, Richard Attenborough appointed a committee of renowned and successful Bollywood.
It was decided that name of the film 'Gandhi' was not colourful. Following names were suggested:
Lathi Bani JWAALA
Charkha Gaye Geet Sunaye
Adventures of Kasturba & Mohan in South Africa
Khaadi Rang Layegi
GANDHI ki AANDHI
Deshpremi
Khaana Chhod Dunga
UJDA Chaman
Saabarmati ka Dulaara
Aatma aur Mahaatma
Mahatma No. I
Charkhe ki Awaaz
Goray ki **** Pe Laathi Mar
Laathi se Ajaadi Tak
Gandhi No. I
Mission Gandhi
Mei Mohan tu Kastur
Mere Mohan Pyare
Fatichaar
Kadkaram Mohanlal
Mei Khiladi, Aur Mohan Anaadi
1947, A love story
Meri Kasturba, mera Pyar
Pattgayi Kastur

It was also realized that the dialogues did not have that Bollywood fizz'. Following dialogues were suggested:
1.(Situation : First scene of the movie where Godse fires bullets into Gandhi's chest)
Nathuram : Isi din ka mujhe bachpan se intazaar tha, kamine, ab bachke kahan jayega?
Gandhi: Ye lo - tumhare saamne seena taanke khada hun. himmat hai to chala goli. Are, aisi goli ab tak nahi bani jo gandhi ka seena paarKare.
Nathuram fires...Gandhi dies on the spot.
Nathuram: Maa, maine tumhe diya hua vachan nibhaya hai. Ab tumhari aatma ko shanti milegi.

2.(Situation : Gandhi is being thrown out of train in South Africa)
Gandhi: Ye kaisa insaaf hai bhagwan? Suna tha bhagwan ke ghar der hai, andher nahi. Ab tumhi meri laaj rakho bhagwan... (His baggage gets thrown out of the train behind him. His mother's photo is smashed to pieces. Gandhi looks at the photo, slowly his eyes turn red...his voice quivers...) Yaad rakhna kutton, ek din isi gaon me aakar subko dekh lunga, chun chun ke marunga, chun chun ke marunga.....

3.(Situation : Kasturba is on her death bed, Gandhi is sitting beside her)
Kasturba: Ek vachan do mujhe, tum doosri shadi karoge.
Gandhi: Ye kya kah rahi ho Kasturi, bhala tumhare bina ji paaunga main?
Kasturba: Mujhe kuch nahi malum. Aaj ye vaada karo mujhse. Tabhi chainse marungi main.
Gandhi (tries to smile): Are pagli, is umar me bhala mujhse shadi kaunkarega?
Kasturba (laughs naughtily): Bas karo ji. Itna umar ka khayal hota to us Meeraben ke peeche pagal na hote tum...
Gandhi (suddenly realizes that the conversation is taking a dangerous turn...): Achcha ab tum baat mat karo. Doctor ne mana kiya hai...

4. (Situation : Gandhi declares his umpteenth indefinite fast)
Kasturba: Aji sunte ho? Khana taiyaar hai...
Gandhi: Maine kaha naa ! Nahi khana hai mujhe khana..
Kasturba: Dekhoji ! Khane ne tumhara kya bigada hai? Do rotiyan kha lo aur phir jaha, jana hai chale jao. Main rokungi nahi. Aur dekho aaj maine tumhare liye gaajar ka halwa banaaya hai...
Gandhi (looks tempted): Achha tum kahti ho to kha leta hun.

The committee suggested that a songless and danceless movie will never sell.
Following dance sequences were suggested:
1. A cabaret number by Huma Khan. This should be shown in order to depict the lavish lifestyle of the British
2. A Choli dance sequence (preferably by Madhuri Dixit or Urmila).The situation will be cultural festival in Saabarmati Ashram).
3. A dream sequence of Gandhi & Meeraben is desperately needed. The lyrics could be "Main meera tu Mohan..." or " Tu mera,tu mera, tu mera Satyavadi no 1."


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Clinton arrives in Mumbai and he gets so impressed by Bollywood. He wants to be in Hindi movies and he starts dreaming..
Bill was in the Oval office and he started singing "Yeh Bill Na hota bechara, kadam na hote awara.."
At that moment, Lewinsky, who was passing by, heard it and responded "Bill, Dhak dhak karne laga, mora jiyorra darne laga", And Bill, brimming with thrill, rushed and opened the door and realized he is the President of the USA.
So he paused and looked at her like Ajay Devgan from PTHHT. But Monica could hear Kumar Sanu's song, and said, "Dil-Bill, Pyar Wyar, Main kya janoo re"
He gazed into her eyes like Bobby Deol in Kareeb and sang "Chori Chori jab nazzare mili, chori chori jab Bill ne kaha, chori mein bhi hai mazaa!"
Then he pulled her into his office and thought of Aamir Khan in Ghulam -"Aankhon se tune ye kya keh diya, Bill ye diwana machalne laga.." Monica picked up the cue and replied like Rani Mukherjee - "yeh kya hua, pehle to aisa hota na tha..."
Bill then closed the door with a mischievious smile and sang "Hum tum ek kamre mein band hon aur chaabi kho jaaye..." The rest is history. The poor security guards outside could only hear the full throated song from Dil Se, "Bill se, Bill se Bill se, Bill to aakhir bill hain na..."
Monica met her best friend Linda Tripp and confessed about her affair - "Mera Bill bhi kitna pagal hai, pyar jo mujhse karta hai.." Tripp recorded Monica's confessions and went to legal eagle Kenneth Starr with her cassette and screamed "Le gayee Bill, Lewinsky..paagal mujhe kar diya". Starr called Clinton and asked "Yeh kya hua, kaise hua kab hua..." But Bill cleverly interrupted and said "Oh chhodo, ye na poocho.." But Starr persisted and sang "Jhoot bole kowaa kaate.."
Now Bill was very angry with Monica and called her up.
Bill: Aye, kya bolti tu?
Monica: Aye, Kya main boloon..?
Bill: Sun
Monica: Suna
Bill: Kyon kiya ghotala?
Monica: Kya karoon, ho gayi thi kantala
Finally Clinton decided to tell Starr all, "Bill kya kare jab kisi se kisi ko pyaar ho jaye..."., to which Starr had a ready reply, "Aye Bill hai mushkil jeena yahan, jara bach ke, jara hat ke, yeh hai White House meri Jaan!"
Cut...Cut...Cut...!!


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Kesto Mukherjee had a little too much to drink one day. He was driving home from the bar one night and, of course, his car was weaving violently all over the road. A hawaldar pulls him over and asked, "kahan se aa rahe ho?"
"Iiiizzzzze! daru khane se! izzzeezzzeh!" slurs Kesto.
"Lagta hai ke aapne bahot pee rakhi hai"
"Hehheha. Lekin mai thik hu!" Kesto says in his usual style.
"Lekin aapko pata hai," says the hawaldar, "kuchh der pahle pahle aapki biwi car se gir gayi?
"Iiizzzzzezzzeeh! Tab to sab thik hai" sighs Kesto, "thodi der ke liye to apne ko laga...izzzezze...ke apun behra ho gaya hun....hehhehe".


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ORIGINAL:
Jab bhi koi ladki dekhon........mera dil dewana bole
ole......ole ole......ole...ole...ole.........
gaon tarana yaara jhoom jhoom ke hoole hoole.............
Ole.....Ole .....Ole...................Ole....Ole.....Ole........
REMIX:
Jab bhi koi Party deekhon........mera bhooka paet bole
chole......chole...chole......chole...chole...chole.........
khao bhar paet yaara jhoom jhoom ke hoole hoole.............
chOle.....chOle .....chOle...................chOle....chOle.....chOle........


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WHEN I AM : KAREEB
THERE IS ONLY : KHAMOSHI
I WANT TO SPEAK : DIL SE
THAT'S MY KIND OF : ISHQ
I WANT THIS TO BE : GUPT
AS I ALWAYS HAVE : DARR
THAT I WILL LOOSE YOU : SAJANI
AND THAT WOULD BE GREAT : SADMA
I AM YOUR : MR.AASHIQUE
BUT SOMETIMES BIT : DEEWANA
TELL ME : HUM AAPKE HAIN KAUN
AS I FEEL : KUCH KUCH HOTA HAI
IN THIS : DUNIYA DILWALON KI
I TOLD YOU : MAINE PYAR KIYA
MAY BE : DIL TO PAGAL HAI
BECAUSE : JAB PYAR KISISE HOTA HAI
THE WHOLE WORLD APPEARS AS : DUSHMAN
BUT ANYWAY : PYAR TO HONA HI THA

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ROBERT : America mein WAAR ho gaya boss !!!
AJIT : Us mein kyaa rakhaa hai Bloody Fool !!! India mein roz "WAAR" hota hai. Bolo kaise???
ROBERT : nahin maaloom Boss !!!
AJIT : Arre ulloo !!! SOMWAAR , MANGALWAAR, BUDHWAAR.........


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DAAN DOONG DUDUNG DAAN DOONG DUDUNG……
NOT GLASS
NOT STOLE
COLD AIR IS ALSO AGAINST US
MOTHER IN LAW
NOT GLASS
NOT STOLE
COLD AIR IS ALSO AGAINST
MOTHER IN LAW

ITS SO CHILLY TAKE SOMEBODY’S QUILT GO AND TAKE FIRE FROM NEIGHBORS
STOVE
TAKE FIRE FROM NEIGHBORS STOVE
LIT UP THE CIGGI FROM LIVER OH LOVER
THERE IS LOT OF FIRE IN THE LIVER
DAAN DOONG DUDUNG DAAN DOONG DUDUNG……
DONT NOT TAKE OUT SMOKE FROM THE LIPS DONT NOT TAKE OUT SMOKE FROM
THE LIPS THE WORLD IS VERY CROOKED
LIT UP THE CIGGI FROM LIVER OH LOVER
THERE IS LOT OF FIRE IN THE LIVER
ITS SO CHILLY TAKE SOMEBODY’S QUILT GO AND TAKE FIRE FROM NEIGHBORS
STOVE
TAKE FIRE FROM NEIGHBORS STOVE

NOT GLASS
NOT STOLE
COLD AIR IS ALSO AGAINST
MOTHER IN LAW
ITS SO CHILLY TAKE SOMEBODY’S QUILT GO AND TAKE FIRE FROM NEIGHBORS
STOVE
TAKE FIRE FROM NEIGHBORS STOVE
YEAH YEAH
NOT CRIME
NOT CHAOS
WITHOUT SIN DIED
U CALLED ME IN THE AFTER NOON
TALKED BANGALES
MASKED HIMSELF

BURN THE SMALL STOVE 4M FROM LIVER OH LOVER
THERE IS LOT OF FIRE IN THE LIVER
LIT UP THE CIGGI FROM LIVER OH LOVER
THERE IS LOT OF FIRE IN THE LIVER

NOT EVEN KINFE SHAPRPNEES
NOT EVEN PLOUGH OR PLOUGHER
BITE SO THAT IT LEAVE IMPRINTS
THIS CROP ANY FARMER VILL LEAVE
MAKE HOUSE OF CRUEL LIKE THIS CATO (billo)
MAKE HOUSE OF CRUEL LIKE THIS
CRUEL LIKE THIS
CRUEL LIKE THIS
MAKE HOUSE OF CRUEL LIKE THIS

NOT EVEN CALLED ME
NOT EVEN TOLD ME
U WOKE ME UP 4M SLEEP
I DONT KNOW 4M VER THIS FATE CAME
HE CAME NEAR BY MAKING ME EAT CARDAEMOM
BURN THE COAL FROM LIVER OH LOVER
THERE IS LOT OF FIRE IN THE LIVER


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Funny email addresses of the stars…

AbhishekBacchan: I_can_act_too@yuva.com

AmitabhBacchan: accept_any_role@after.kaunbanegacrorepati.tv

AnilKapoor: expert@copyingsouthindianmovies.com

SalmanKhan: why_do_I_always_get_into_trouble@needagirlfriend.c om

ShahRukhKhan: over_emotions@mostmovies.com

RamGopalVarma: same_formula@bombayunderworld.co.in

SunilShetty: hoping_to_be@indianarnold.com

AamirKhan: whats_up_with_the_hairstyle@mangalpande.com

AamirKhan(alternateaddress): married_or_not@toomanyaffairs.com

SaifAliKhan: goofy_roles@suitsmeperfect.com

HritikRoshan: main_aisa_kyon_hoon@howtheheckdoweknow.com

HritikRoshan(alternateaddress): main_aisa_kyon_hoon@askyourdad.com

AjayDevgan: finally_I_started_to_act@aftersomanyyears.com

BobbyDeol: noone_thinks_I_can_act@getanotherjob.com

Sunny Deol: He is still busy fighting Pakistani soldiers. Mail address
is a secret.

Urmila: ramgopalvarma_has_forgotten_me@nomorerangeela.com

MallikaSherawat: I_dont_need_to_act@overexposureworks.com

AmishaPatel: Kaho_na_pyaar_hai@wasmyonlyhit.com

KareenaKapoor: oh_iam_so_cute_and_talented@nobodyelsethinksso.com

Raveena Tandon: waiting_for_third_umpire@stumped.com
          A Mafia in FATA: Haqqanis and Drones        
A new report about the Haqqani network's business interests raises questions about the anti-drones narrative in Pakistan
          Winning the battle, losing the war; the US and Pakistan        
After the NATO airstrikes, the political discourse within Pakistan is narrowing as religious nationalism gains ground
          Capturing the Punjabi imagination: drones and “the noble savage”        
A short work of fiction about drones may tell us more about the way these are imagined than how they are experienced in Pakistan's tribal areas.
          Paket Umroh Plus Dubai ~ Destinasi Kota Dubai        
paket umroh plus dubai

Paket Umroh Plus Dubai,dalam program paket umroh plus dubai adalah dengan mengunjungi objek wisata yang sangat terkemuka di seantero dunia yaitu kota Dubai di Abu Dhabi. Banyak para calon jamaah umroh memilih perjalanan paket umroh plus dubai, karena dalam hal ini berkaitan dengan harga paket umroh plus dubai sudah dapat mencakup dalam city tour dubai kota yang indah. Jika di bandingkan sengaja mengunjungi sendiri ke dubai yg tentunya lebih banyak mengeluarkan biaya yang extra.

Khazzanah Tours telah membuka pendaftaran paket umroh plus dubai, bagi para jamaah yang sudah merencanakan untuk menunaikan ibadah umroh sekaligus dapat mengunjungi kota Dubai.
Dubai merupakan salah satu kota yang berada di wilayah Uni Emirate Arab, yang letaknya di pesisir pantai teluk arab. Dengan kekayaan hasil minyak bumi yang sangat berlimpah dan juga pesat nya pembangunan kota yang sangat popular. Banyak sekali bangunan kuno peninggalan sejarah dan juga bangunan yang sangat modern yaitu gedung pencakar langit paling tertinggi di dunia dengan nama Burj Khalifa. Di Dubai terdapat sejarah mengalirnya sebuah sungai air garam yang di kenal sekarang ini adalah Khor Dubai atau Dubai Creek.

Berikut destinasi standard paket umroh plus dubai wisata yang dapat di kunjungi di kota Dubai Abu Dhabi.

Masjid Syech Jayed Grand Moaque di abudhabi yaitu masjid dengan bangunan arsitektural yang sangat unik perpaduan india,Pakistan,banglades dan maroko.Terdapat 82 kubah dengan di hiasi batu pualam putih. Memiliki 1000 pilar lebih, luas bangunan masjid ini 22.412 meter dan dapat menampung 40.960 jamaah.

Yas Island yaitu pulau buatan manusia masih di abu dhabi yang dapat di tempuh dengan kendaraan mobil, pesawat dan perahu. Di area pulau ini banyak tempat rekreasi seperti pusat belanja dan hiburan. Bahkan terdapat sirkuit dengan kelas internasional yang di kenal dengan nama Yas Marina. Suasana pemandangan pandai yang cantik nan indah juga terdapat yas water world.

Burj Al Arab adalah bangunan hotel berkelas bintang tujuh yang sangat mewah dengan ketinggian mencapai 321 meter. Dengan bentuk siuet kapal berlayar yang dapat membuat para wisatawan tercengang merasa kagum melihatnya. Semakin terpana saat di bagian lobby hotel melihat indah nya air mancur berlenggok lenggok seakan menyambut kedatangan para tamu hotel

Palm Jumeirah adalah sebuah pulau buatan manusia berbentuk pohon palem, terdapat 17 daun mahkota dan sebuah pulau berbentuk bulan sabit dengan reklamasi yang di sebut Palm Island terdapat tiga pulau yaitu Palm Jumeirah, Palm Jebel Ali dan Palm Deira.

Dubai Spicy souk adalah sebuah pasar tradisional banyak menjual bermacam rempah rempah yang letaknya dekat dengan area pemukiman penduduk dengan gang yang kecil.
Dubai Gold souk adalah pasar dengan banyak nya toko umumnya menjual perhiasan emas kurang lebih nya terdapat 300 toko. Yang juga dekat dengan area pemukiman.

Paket Umroh Plus Dubai ini akan memberikan anda kesempatan untuk berwisata muslim dalam mengunjungi berbagai macam objek wisata yang menarik dan bermanfaat untuk menambah pengetahuan kita mengenai sejarah Islam serta tak luput juga menunaikan ibadah umroh di tanah suci untuk mempertebal keimanan kita semua

Daftarkanlah segera Paket Umroh plus Dubai di Khazzanah Tours guna mendapatkan ketersediaan seat karena banyak sekali minat para calon jamaah umroh yang mengambil paket umroh plus dubai.


          Review: Development Projects Observed        
Albert O. Hirschman wrote this book in 1967 with the permission of his home university (Harvard), the funding of the Brookings Institution and Carnegie Institute, and the cooperation of the World Bank, which provided access to their projects in El Salvador, Ecuador, Ethiopia, India, Italy, Nigeria Pakistan, Peru, Thailand, and Uruguay.

In his preface (p xi), he notes a key finding of his research:
In the end, my argument amounted to denouncing attempts at trait-making [proposing and implementing a project that may not fit with local conditions] under certain conditions. Some narrow-latitude tasks simply go beyond the capacity of a society as presently constituted and are therefore likely to end in failure.
This passage previews what promises to be an insightful early critique of today's International Aid Community -- one that I have criticizedmany. times. It also indicates that this book is still well worth reading 50 years after its publication.

Perhaps the most important reason for reading this book is Hirschman's accessible and conversational style of connecting academic curiosity with realistic critique. You can already tell in the first few pages that you are reading the words of a man who has learned a few key lessons after seeing a lot -- as well as the words of a man who knows that his story is not the only one. Every "development project" has a unique character.

Hischman is known for coining new terms ("Exit Voice Loyalty"). Here, he coins "the hiding hand," which hides surprises that drive a project off its planned course and hides people's capacity to solve those complications. Hischman is therefore pessimistic that we know what we are doing but optimistic that we can actually achieve a lot despite that. When using this term, he is quick to contrast the bureaucrat with the entrepreneur, in that the former is more shy about taking a chance and less eager to innovate to prevent failure. These attitudes may determine the difference between bureaucratic failure and entrepreneurial success on the same project.

After introducing and discussing this idea, Hirschman has four chapters on Uncertainties, Latitudes and Disciplines, Project Design (trait taking and trait making) and Project Appraisal (the centrality of side effects).

I'm going to rush through notes for the rest of the book because (a) you should read it and (b) I'd write a LOT more if I merely described all the great insights in this book of less than 200 pages.

On Uncertainties, Hirschman warns that projects cannot be "copy pasted" when local conditions matter (e.g., irrigation schemes). From the opposite side, he suggests that projects that can happen "anywhere" are less likely to fail from unforeseen (local) conditions such as a division of labor among groups that do not talk to each other for political, religious or other subjective reasons that have nothing to do with the project. These divisions matter in any conditions but they make it much harder to "deal with the hiding hand" because groups see failure as a time to grab their share instead of look for a cooperative solution.

In Latitudes and Disciplines, he discusses how it may be useful to have "freedom to adopt" OR useful to lack that freedom, as options can facilitate compromise or make it harder to force compromise. Such situational circumstances can make or break a project, depending on its leadership. Leaders thus might work hard to help a project succeed to protect their reputation, but they may also choose a path that leads to larger harm. (This happened with the Metropolitcan Water District of Southern California when they built the Colorado Aqueduct in the 1930s and had no customers -- they supported sprawl via cheap water as a "solution" -- see my dissertation.)

Hirschman points out that corruption in construction need not lead to corruption in operation if construction and maintenance are separated. If they are both under one roof, then watch out -- especially if it's a monopoly service like energy, trains or irrigation! (He also makes the apt comparison of slums to planned communities, pointing out that slums are probably more efficient in delivering what their poor residents -- rather than planners or ideologues -- want.)

Under Project Design, he notes that a trait-taking project "takes as given" local conditions, which makes it more likely that the project will succeed by adding to those conditions, contra a "trait making" project that forces locals to fit the planners' vision. (See Scott on this issue.) He warns against projects that lack time or site constraints, as they are most likely to wander and attract corruption.

In Project Appraisal, he warns against aggregate benefit-cost analysis that ignores benefits to one group and costs to another or counts some costs but not others -- two themes I explored in this paper [pdf] on desalination projects.

Bottom Line: I give this book FIVE STARS for its interesting and entirely relevant of the process of designing and building the big projects that "develop" societies, projects that require a strong community to ensure that the commons are protected and extended for the benefit of all. I wrote this review in extreme haste, but don't let its brevity mislead. I plan to read this book again every year or so to remind myself of the big picture in human cooperation. You should too.
For all my reviews, go here.

          PCB accepts Moin casino explanation        
Moin Khan has apologised for visiting a casino in New Zealand while with the Pakistan team at the World Cup but there will be no action taken against him, according to the PCB chairman, Shaharyar Khan
          PCB asks Moin Khan to return home        
The PCB has launched an official investigation against Moin Khan, Pakistan's chief selector and a member of the tour selection committee, after he was reportedly seen in a casino two days ahead of the team's clash against West Indies in Christchurch
          Moin hints at 'bold steps' before World Cup        
Pakistan chief selector Moin Khan believes that losing the ODI series against Sri Lanka has "affected the mind" of the team, and that there is a need to take bold steps ahead of the 2015 World Cup
          Misbah to remain captain till World Cup, says Sethi        
PCB chairman Najam Sethi and the chairman of Pakistan's selection committee, Moin Khan, appear to be at loggerheads over who will lead Pakistan at the World Cup
          Moin named Pakistan manager and chief selector        
Moin Khan, the former Pakistan captain and wicketkeeper, has been named chief selector and manager of the national team
          Moin confident of spinners' impact        
Moin Khan, the Pakistan coach, has as much confidence in his spinners as the Australia captain George Bailey has conceded it's going to be a challenge for their batsmen
          Important to eradicate fear of failure - Moin        
On his first day in office, Moin Khan, Pakistan's new head coach, said one of the main differences he wants to make is to eradicate the "fear of failure" from the team
          Moin named new Pakistan coach, Sohail removed as selector        
Moin Khan, the former Pakistan wicketkeeper and captain, has been named the head coach of the national side
          Moin defends team; calls tour 'satisfactory'        
Moin Khan, the Pakistan team manager for the Zimbabwe tour, has defended the team saying that although they played badly in the two matches they lost, the overall performance was "satisfactory"
          Will continue with criticism - Moin        
Moin Khan, the newly appointed manager of the Pakistan team for the Zimbabwe tour, has said he will not refrain from criticising the team but will provide his inputs in team matters whenever necessary
          Moin Khan appointed Pakistan chief selector        
Moin Khan, the former Pakistan captain and wicketkeeper, has been appointed the chief selector of the Pakistan national team
          PCB forms task team to study domestic structure         
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has formed a task force to advise the board on how to improve domestic cricket in Pakistan