Former acting CJP demands restoration of pre-Nov 3 judiciary

Says, by his own admittance, Musharraf’s Nov. 3 action was extra-constitutional. Terms Musharraf “de facto” ruler.

TORONTO, Canada: Former Acting Chief Justice of Pakistan, Mr. Justice  Rana Bhagwandas, on Wednesday night, said he was positive about the restoration of Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhri and his colleagues, deposed by President Musharraf’s emergency rule on November 3, 2007.

Delivering a lecture to a large gathering at the University of Toronto on “the Independence of the Judiciary and its importance for democracy in Pakistan,” – organized by the Sindhi Association of North America’s GTA Chapter – Justice Bhagwandas said that by his own admittance before the media, President Musharraf, who he termed “de facto ruler and self-styled president,” had taken an extra-constitutiona l step by declaring emergency in the country and removing the CJP and several other superior judges, adding that this action was in fear of a negative verdict by the Supreme Court on a petition challenging Musharraf’s eligibility to run for presidential elections as he was the COAS and hence a public servant.

Justice Bhagwandas praised the efforts of Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhri to uphold the independence of judiciary. He said, “in the recent past, when the fundamental rights of the people of Pakistan were grossly trampled, the right to freedom of expression, human liberties free from undue interference and right of association were unlawfully disturbed and illegal restrictions were imposed on the media, the superior judiciary in Pakistan being the custodian of the Constitution and basic human rights and liberties of the common man and guaranteeing the fundamental rights of the people, under the stewardship of Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhri became actively responsive.” He said the judiciary’s suo moto actions were taken in the public interest and to ensure compliance of the laws of the land and not on any whims or due to judicial activism. The executive’s role in suppressing the superior judicial, he sid, was shameful.

Justice Bhagwandas said that the deposed judges would have to be restored with full past benefits. The independence of the judiciary, he pointed out, was essential to the economic, social and political welfare of the country. In the absence of a strong and independent judiciary, he held, investors were moving their money to Dubai and elsewhere.

On judicial reforms, Justice Bhagwandas said that the legal education system required updating and improvement; training of judges of the subordinate judiciary was also very necessary, adding that it was the responsibility of the legislature to initiate judicial reforms.

To a question whether or not the present PPP government woul restore the deposed judges, Justice Bhagwandas evaded giving a political statement and just said the judges will be eventually restored. However, to another question, he did express disappointment with the present government’s nonchalance in addressing this critical issue. Answering another question on PPP Co-Chairperson Asif Zardari’s statement in an interview that Justice Iftikhar Chaudhri had delayed attending to his case, Justice Bhagwandas said that that was not the whole truth!

Among the audience were a large number of students, businessmen and members of the media including Anis Farooqui of Voice of Toronto and Adil Rashdi as well as prominent intellectual and member of the Pan

Canada journalists’ forum, Munir Pervaiz. The President of SANA GTA, Mr. Kolachi welcomed Justice Bhagwandas while Farooq Shaikh and Maqsood A. Soomro gave the introduction and conclusion addresses respectively.

Courtesy: Voice of Toronto

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World Bank refuses to fund Diamer-Bhasha dam

By Ali Nawaz Memon, Mayland, USA

If the World Bank has really refused to finance projects in Azad Kashmir and Northern areas, what does it mean? UNFORTUNATELY, IT COULD MEAN THAT: 1. The World Bank questions Pakistani ownership of these projects and therefore does not want to lend for that until Kashmir issue is settled. 2. The World Bank will only consider hydel projects in non-controversial areas of Pakistan. Guess what? Kalabagh is the main project meeting that criteria.

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Education strengthens democracy

– Mukhtiar Samo, Larkana

Knowledge Centre Larkana held an speech competition on ““Education strengthens democracy” which was presided over by Haji Munwar Ali Abassi, member provincial Assembly Sindh. Major(rtd) AbdulRehman Shaikh, principal SZABIST College Larkana was the Chief guest on the occasion.

The speakers on that occasion said that Tyranny always takes birth in the darkness of ignorance while the light of education gives birth to the democratic values which benefit the society hence it becomes fortified. The speakers further said that democracy with all its deficiencies and defects is yet better form of the government. Unfortunately it is very said to say that in Pakistan democracy has not been allowed to grow its roots deeply because of interference by anti-democratic elements and the low rate of literacy in the country. They further said that democracy ensure the protection of all basic rights of the people.

Speaking on the occasion Mr. Munawar Ali Abbasi said that educated society nourish democracy and only truly democratic governments could be able to address the grievances of the people and solve there problems. He further said quality education ensures many good things into the society strengthening democracy is one of them. He said that Shaheed Zulfkar Ali Bhutto was the first democratic leader who laid the foundation of the democracy in the country for first time in the history of the country. He eulogized the knowledge centre for involving the students in such intellectual discussions. Major (rtd) Abdul Rehman Sheikh said that practicing true democracy is also worship as it was last prophet of the God who set the example of true democracy by establishing a welfare state in the Madina. True democracy is the name of identifying ones responsibilities and fulfilling them so as to provide relief to the people. Prof. Mukhtiar Ahmed Samo honorary Director

of knowledge Centre said that Educational institutions should create democratic trends in their students which will result into generating tolerance and sense og fellow-feeling amongst the young people. He further said that Education enlightens the beholder and helps in electing the true and meritorious representation which becomes the base of the democracy. Among others who took participation in the competion included Shahnawaz leghari, Aqsa Ansari, Sheeraz Soomro, Mohammad Hassan Sohu. The 1st, 2nd and 3rd position waere won by Waqar ahmed leghari, Waqash Kumar and Mehran Zulfkar Sangi respectively.

July 31, 2008

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C.I.A. Outlines Pakistan Links With Militants

By MARK MAZZETTI and ERIC SCHMITT

Published: July 30, 2008

Courtesy and Thanks: The New York Times

WASHINGTON — A top Central Intelligence Agency official traveled secretly to Islamabad this month to confront Pakistan’s most senior officials with new information about ties between the country’s powerful spy service and militants operating in Pakistan’s tribal areas, according to American military and intelligence officials.

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Educate Sindh

By Sohail Kalhoro

Firstly let me express my gratitude towards all for making ‘get to-gethers’ for Educate Sindh (ES) members such a friendly and encouraging platform. I would not be exaggerating when I say that these kinds of activities by our dedicated and participating members put my spirits high and itself are an encouragement to all members. Having said that, I would like to quote “The bitter and the sweet come from the outside, the hard from within, from one’s own efforts.” — Albert Einstein

In today’s world where concepts like technology, digital media, distant learning and Consumerism are a novelty, I believe it’s all about initiative determination and hard work. This is why we started this and working towards making it a healthy culture so that it becomes a platform for networking and we contribute to the betterment of our fellow brothers.

I sincerely believe that Mr. Safeeullah Soomro, Mr.Shah Muhammad Butt,Mr. Aijaz Ali Shah,Mr.Adnan Akbar Memon,Mr Gul Mastoi, Mr Nawal, Mr Tariq, Mr Mustaque Rajpar, Mr Saeed Rid, Mr Balach, Mr Munawar Rind, Mr Anwar Jogi, Mr Salam Dharejo, Mr Ali Nawaz Memon,Mr Niaz Nadeem Kandhar, Mr Ateeq Rehman Memon and other friends who have put an effort in making this networking a success deserve appreciation in whatever little or big contribution that could be made whether it is a valuable suggestion , advise, counseling, answering queries or being present at a get together. The concept and vision that we share for ES is making it larger than life through our combined efforts!

We all need to understand , that there is no commercial tail to this group, no revenue but lots of benefits & profits in the form of unity, knowledge and disseminating information.

In my opinion , those who made this get together a success the 43 people among us will now create “word of mouth” which would serve as 43 into 100=4300 people!!!! It is evident , look at the kind of correspondence an emails suggestions we already have! I would say this is quite commendable.

I have learnt in my past 8-9 years of professional and personal experience living in a different environment that the only way you are going to get anywhere in life is to work hard at it. Whether you’re a musician, a writer, an athlete or a businessman, there is no getting around it. If you do, you’ll win — if you don’t you wont.

Few suggestions in a nutshell are:

We develop these get to-gethers as a culture in order to boost this culture and share exposure and built a stronger network

This website and revolving emails itself is a database regulated and monitored which is why we don’t see spam or unnecessary interruptions

I would agree that there should be an agenda and of course the agenda always is the betterment and development of our people!!! So we keep it open for discussion unless there is something in particular that needs to be highlighted. We need to acknowledge a fact that we have members of different calibers and backgrounds some with certain beliefs and other with a different knowledgebase. That is precisely why we have started this culture to diversify and amalgamate this scattered force into one strong fist!

My dear friends keep up the effort and friends who corresponded and commented on the event thank you for the valuable input as it describes how it was and how we should chalk out our future activities.

July 30, 2008

Courtesy: Educate Sindh

Breast Cancer

The following are the breat cancer signs: Breast lump, inverted nipples, crusty or scaly nipples, a sore or ulcer that doesn’t heal, blody nipple discharge, breast skin that resembles an oragne peel, redness or swelling of the breast, different sizes both not balance.

Hospitality of Justice Rana Bhagwandas by Torontonian Sindhis

– Farooq Shaikh, Toronto

There has been lot of activity and atraction going on in Toronto since the arrival of our worthy guest Retired Justice Rana Bhagwandas. It is really hard for the Justice and his family to accommodate requests from our community friends to visit them and honor them by their presence for lunch and dinner. I have received so many requests  not only from our Sindhi fellows but our Baloch, Pakhtoon, Seraiki and Punjabi brothers to seek time from the Justice.

I really feel pleasure that his arrival has virtually awakened everyone in the community. Let me brief you about his two days stay here in Toronto.

Arrival Saturday: They arrived late night on Saturday at around 10:30 pm and many community member were waiting for Justice and his family to greet them. He was warmly received by community members at his host Salam Shaikh’s house and after their arrival they had detailed katchery late night with their hosts.

Picnic : Sindhi community of on Sunday AfternoonToronto organized an outdoor event and approximately 25-30 families joined the picnic at Cornation Park in Oakville. Excellent arrangements were made and food was ordered from caterer and despite of food ordered through caterer lot of families brought home made food as an affection and respect for the Justice Rana Bhagwandas and his family. Honorable Retired Justice Amanullah Abbassi traveled all the way from Markham an approximate distance of 100 kms to personally greet Justice Rana Bhagwandas and his family despite of his ailing health.

After the food a traditional katcheri was held with Justice and it was really enlightening to listen to the experiences of the two top most judicial icons of Pakistan Judiciary. Justice Rana Bhagwandas, explained the whole scenario of the judicial crisis in Pakistan and question and answer session was followed with usual high spirit. The usual sports activity was followed after the katcheri and everyone participated in Cricket, Soccer, Volley Ball and other games ( Detail Report along with pictures and video coverage of the event will be provided subsequently)

Dinner with Community Members: Dinner was arranged for the Justice and his family members by his hosts Salam Shaikh and their family members Mr. Waheed Shaikh and Mr. Rafiq Shaikh after the hectic day of picinic at Cornation Park.

Visit to Central Isaland: A full day activity was planned for the Justice Rana Bhagwandas and his family members at Central Island where Justice Rana Bhagwandas was greeted by many Pakistani families and friends and he had brief chat and photography session with them.

Friends, during these events they have also visited some of their friends families and had quick chat with them over tea and snacks sessions. I am collecting the details about these events and will send detailed report later on as been busy in making arrangements for the lecture as well. I will update the community about the arrangements in  mail. We will keep you posted about the hospitality of Toronto Sindhi community accordingly.

July 29, 2008

Nations’ right to self-determination

By Manzoor Chandio

1. All peoples have the right of self-determination. By virtue of that right they freely determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development.

2. All peoples may, for their own ends, freely dispose of their natural wealth and resources without prejudice to any obligations arising out of international economic co-operation, based upon the principle of mutual benefit, and international law. In no case may a people be deprived of its own means of subsistence.

3. The States Parties to the present Covenant, including those having responsibility for the administration of Non-Self-Governing and Trust Territories, shall promote the realization of the right of self-determination, and shall respect that right, in conformity with the provisions of the Charter of the United Nations.

MANY people wish that Pakistan’s best course for the future is democracy, provincial autonomy and control of resources by people who own them. This demand is often repeated in each seminar and conference by all and sundry.

They forget that provincial autonomy was envisaged in the Pakistan Resolution in 1940, democracy was promised by Quiad-i-Azam in 1947 and the control of resources by abolishing the Concurrent List in 1973. But this did not happen.

These concepts may have been effective immediately after the partition, but they are now nothing more than a huge drag.

Federal parties like the PPP and the PML-N may think this is still a pipe dream. Implementation of these systems now seems to be a dream gone sore.

But nationalists from smaller provinces say now this 21st century and ideas of provincial autonomy and decentralization promised in 20th century have become irrelevant.

Now there is talk that the problem of Baloch people is not provincial autonomy or share in natural resources and constitutional rights in the framework of Pakistan, but the right to self-determination and self-rule. They think ongoing struggle is liberation movement against the state slavery.

Over the years questions have been asked whether the integrity of the federation of Pakistan is in jeopardy over the growing disparity between the federating units and to what extent do the people from provinces other than Punjab have disliking for the over-centralised federal set-up.

The people of the smaller provinces are calling names for many of their woes and appalling inequalities within and between the provinces.

Ironically, there is an air of insouciance in Punjab because of its sheer size and military might.

There is a common perception in Pakistan that the country is some 200 years back of the West. In Sindh, it is believed that the province’s rural hinterland is some 50 years back of Punjab.

Both perceptions might be true in the sense that Pakistan has not yet developed as the first-class modern institutions to be included in the list of developed countries.

It still imports aeroplans, automobiles, computers and many military and non-military equipment and gadgets.

The rural hinterland of Sindh still can not produce electric fans and motors which are brought from Gujarat and Gujranwala, sport kits from Sialkot, cutlery buts from Wazirabad and fabric from Faisalabad.

Thousand of tube-wells and water pumps installed across Sindh are also brought from Punjab. The entire country depends on agricultural implements like land levelers, ploughs, thrashers made in Punjab.

Even the tractors engines are first brought to Karachi then transported to Lahore and after being assembled there marketed in the country. Many daily use things like soaps and toothpaste are produced in Punjab and marketed in Sindh.

It is a big tragedy Sindh even can not produce electric buttons which are house-made items in Punjab. With the industrialization of central Punjab, millions of the people of Punjab have changed their mode of production from agriculture to industry.

While Sindhis are still associated with the centuries old mode of production—the agriculture.

In the armed forces, Punjab has acquainted itself with the nuclear bomb making to fly F-16 and operate the most frigates. While Sindhis have still to make DIGs and IGs.

Why Punjab is 50 years ahead of Sindh? There are many theories being discussed among the new emerging educated class in Sindh.

A look at the federation’s employing intuitions shows how most of the bodies are out of bounds for people from the two provinces.

The Pakistan Army, which also enjoys considerable influence in the decision-making, has earned the preferred nomenclature in the two provinces as the Punjab Army because it does not have proportional representation from all ethnic groups.

Many eyebrows are being raised on Dr Ayesha Siddiqa’s book ‘the Military Inc.’ that how nine per cent of Pakistan’s population controls unprecedented share in the national economy.

But she did not elaborate that Sindhis and the Baloch, whose combined representation in Pakistan’s military is very low, have not stakes in the Pakistan Military Inc., the country’s biggest corporate conglomerate.

The two nations have no representation in the Frontier Works Organisation, (the largest construction company), the National Logistic Cell (the largest transport company), DHAs (one of the Pakistan’s largest land owners) and airlines, bakeries, cinemas and gas stations that had been set up by the armed forces.

Factories, industries and firms established by military subsidiaries—the Fauji Foundation, Bahria Foundation and Shaheen Foundation –virtually remain out of bounds for Sindhis and Baloch.

If we look at the Pakistan civil services, only one province rules the roost.

The Senate of Pakistan was told in 2006 that Punjab occupies 116 out of total 179 secretary-level posts in federal government departments. The NWFP stood second with 31 high-ranking officers, Sindh has 19 officers and Balochistan has the lowest representation in civil bureaucracy with only one secretary and two joint secretaries.

In Sindh police, purely a provincial subject, thousands of officials are recruited from Punjab. It is being argued that any Pakistani from any part of the country can work anywhere. If so is the argument then how many Sindhis and the Baloch had been inducted in the Punjab police? There is an army of jobless youth in the two provinces. Will the Punjab government give them jobs as a token of harmony and to prove that Punjab is also a part of Pakistan?

The Pakistan Cricket Board has yet to select any Sindhi or Baloch in the national cricket team. Isn’t there a single youth in Sindh and Balochistan who can run in the ground at the speed of ball?

The Pakistan Hockey Federation has been made an exclusive sport of youth from Punjab. There is not a single Sindhi or Baloch player in the hockey team which happens to be the national sport of the country.

At present, statistics paint a dismal picture of the representation of Sindhis and the Baloch in the Foreign Office and diplomatic machines abroad. Sindh being the province which in the past had produced great statesmen, diplomats and constitutionalists like Mohammed Ali Jinnah, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Hafeez Pirzado can not have diplomats of lower grade if we do not talk about ambassadors, first secretaries and attaché.

The world has entered a paradigm in which the ideas of human capital are being given priority over all other theories. But here in this country people are still being pushed against the wall and deprived their equal rights.

Now the question is being raised: Is this country an exclusive domain of one province or one group of people in which others have no equal say?

July 28, 2008

Coutesy: SouthAsiaTimesblogspot.com

http://www.southasiatimes.blogspot.com/

Thar coal take over: How Sindh govt. is playing fiddle

By Aziz Narejo

Contrary to Sindh government’s statements in the press that it is opposed to the establishment of Thar Coal Authority, it has actually become an accomplice to the take over of Thar coal, a precious Sindh resource, by the federal government. It has surpassed the duly established Sindh Coal Authority through an act of Sindh Assembly and has established Thar Coal & Energy Board giving away more powers to the federal government than even the Thar Coal Authority had.

This is unacceptable and all should raise voice against this robbery of an invaluable Sindh resources. ..

Courtesy: Sindhi e-lists/ e-groups.

SINDH BANK

By Dr Ali Akbar Dhakan

The former Cheif Minister Sindh announced establishment of Sindh Bank after a prolonged demand of the public of Sindh Province.

Then the annoncement of the Sindh Bank was advertised in daily newspapers of 2007 not only once but twice and thrice.A lot of expenditure was incurred on such advertisements and also some spade work was also started in the Chief Minister Sindh`s secretariat.A huge amount had also been spent on work plan of the bank but God knows what are the reasons of shelving this national matter with the Sindh Government`s Finance Department.The concerned file has been resting in the cupboards of the Finance Department.It is also strange to note that after taking oath of Chief Minister of Sindh, with big and loud words repeated the announcement about the establishment of Sindh Bank.He also made such announcement not only once but he has announced its establishment for repeated many times.It seemed that the Sindh Province will take its Bank in its name like the other Provinces have got their bank in their name and the people of Sindh will also utilize their funds on their betterment and well-being but it appears from the silence and delay in the establishment of Sindh bank, the Finance Department of Sindh Government has again taken the file in their custody and they want to sleep over it and decorated their same cabinets for shelving this national matter to avoid social and economic benefits to be accured by Sindh people from the establishment of this Bank.

It has already been deliniated by the author of this communication various times in various newspapers that the following benefits and structure of the Sindh Bank will fetch for down trodden people of Sindh who already face the problems of unemployment, financial as well as bussiness facilities and opportunities to be achieved from the financial sources of their own province.

1.Employment

At the initial stage with its Head office at Karachi, the branches of Bank will be set up at all District Head quarters and in Karachi, branches will be established at Saddar,Clifton, Defence, Tariq road, Gulistan-e-johar, Gulshan-e-iqbal, Liyari, Malir, Landhi etc.In all, number of branches will be 30.At the second Phase, after period of One year to the establishment of Sindh Bank, Branches will be opened at all talukas and thus the total number of new branches will be 100.In all the total number of personnel of all cadres will be about 2000.In this way, it is expected that the major problem of un-employment in Sindh province can be solved.

2.Industrial Development

The bank would try to boost up small scale industries like cottage and handicrafts.For this purpose, in all districts, feasibility reports for setting up of small scale industries will be prepared and local people will be encouraged to setup their industrial estates for which the bank will provide all the lending facilities according to the normal banking procedures and rules.On account of the setting up of such small scale industries, the unemployed people can get jobs and employment in such newly setup industrial units through out the province and it is hoped that in this way more than one Lakh people will get employment and can be an income generating part of population in the province.

3.Agriculture

The mainstay of economy of Sindh is Agriculture as about 75% of the population of Sindh depends upon the livelihood from the cultivation of agricultural crops.For raising the productivity of each crop, proper, timely and adequate use of inputs like fertilizer, seeds, pesticides etc are essential. For the purchase of these inputs, financial help from the banks is sought.We have experienced from the existing system of the disbursment of agricultural credit from all the banks that it has been very difficult for the farmers of Sindh to obtain loans without any hindrances and reluctance of the bank managers.We hope that after the SIndh bank comes into existence, Sindh farmers community will surely get agricultural loans in time and in suitable manner.Thus by use of adequate inputs, per acre yield of every crop will increased which will consequently generate more income of the farming community and thus the standard of life of farmers will improve to the appreciable extent.

Beside, the Sindh Bank wil extend more funds for Fishing Farmers, poultry, livestock and orchards of all kinds of fruits.

4.Business

The Sindh Bank will provide loans for small business in Sindh province and it is hoped that small businessmen will be able to earn their livelihood by opening retail shops and other business centres in small villages and towns of sindh province.

5.Poverty alleviation

The goverment of pakistan is stressing and feeling high sense of reducing poverty being faced by the people of pakistan. By lending facilities, the sindh bank will be a good source to provide chances of income generation and thus people will enjoy certainly prosperous living to some extent reducing the poverty level in sindh province at least 20 to 25 percent.

6.Deposits

The people of sindh will transact their money resources through their local bank and it is expected that all the financial resources of SindhProvince will increase more resources of about Rs.1 billion every year.

7.Remmitance

The labour force of Sindh province working in foreign countries particullarly in Gulf countries will send their foreign earnings through Sindh Bank and thus foreign exchange will be earned to the extent of about 1 billion Dollars every year.

Abolish Thar Coal Authority: SANA

Sindhi Association of North America has demanded immediate abolition of the recently established Thar Coal Authority as it was an illegal and unconstitutional entity and blatant interference into provincial affairs. In a statement issued in Houston, TX, SANA president Aziz Narejo said that any attempts to take over natural resources guaranteed to provinces in the Constitution will meet strong protest in Sindh and elsewhere and will further harm relations between the federation and the province.

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US Expresses Interest in Promoting Education of Sindhis

By Gul Agha, Champaign, Illinois, USA

(A Sindhi-American Republican, originally from Hyderabad, who is a political appointee of the Bush administration at US AID agency, has been been working for several years informing US officials and policy makers of the importance of supporting education of Sindhis, keeping in view that Sindhis are natural allies of secularism and democracy, and strongly against fundamentalism and terrorism. The person has been in touch with me over the years, also inviting me to meet several officials at social receptions when I am in DC.. Feedback from the ground about these efforts would be useful to pass on). From VoA:*

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Herpes Simplex Virus

Genetial Herpes Simplex- 2

The herpes simplex virus is a master of ambush. It spends most of its life hidden deep within the nerves and waiting for the immune system to drop its guard. When the coast is clear, it rushes to the skin, causing ugly, painful sores that can last a week or more. Then it retreats back into the nerves, waiting weeks, months, or even years before rearing its ugly head once more….

Don’t let Herpes to get Strength

An egg or a bowl of baked beans would have much stopping power against the herpes virus. The herpes virus uses certain amino acids to build the protein sheath that surrounds it. Lysine inhibits the growth of the shield, so the virus can’t flourish.

Eggs, baked beans and legumes are good source of Lysine. Now the lysine capsules are available over the counter at pharmacy/Medical stores without prescription. Between 1,000 to 2,000 milligrams a day is safe to take. In one study, researchers found that people who got 500 to 1,000 milligrams of lysine a day above their normal intake rarely had outbreaks. Even when they did have outbreaks, the sores were smaller than before and in some cases lasted only half as long.

It’s easy to get large amounts of lysine in your diet. Two eggs provide 900 milligrams, and 1cup of baked beans has 960 milligrams. Eat boiled eggs or fried them in butter. Avoid cooking vegetable oil, corn oil, sunflower oil, coconut oil or other nuts or seeds oil.

Don’t supply the foods that Herpes love

Just as foods high in lysine can inhibit the herpes virus from building its protective coat, foods high in arginine may strengthen its defenses. “Arginine is an amino acid that herpes relies on for building its protein coating. Therefore, stop taking high-arginine foods including chocolate, green peas, peanuts, coconuts, walnuts, other nuts, and beer, almonds and tomatoes. Don’t give high arginine foods to herpes simplex to grow. Avoid vegetable oil, corn oil, sunflower oil, coconut oil, or any oil from seed or nuts. Use butter instead of oil.  Take 1 gram of vitamin-C, 3 times daily or moderate amounts of vitamin C and vitamin + E 400 IU.

STOCK MARKET

Once upon a time in a village, a man appeared and announced to the villagers that he would buy monkeys for Rs. 10/-. The villagers seeing that there were many monkeys around, went out to the forest and started catching them.

The man bought thousands at Rs. 10/- and as supply started to diminish, the villagers stopped their effort. He further announced that he would now buy at Rs. 20/- This renewed the efforts of the villagers and they started catching monkeys again.

Soon the supply diminished even further and people started going back to their farms. The offer rate increased to Rs. 25/- and the supply of monkeys became so little that it was an effort to even see a monkey, let alone catch it!

The man now announced that he would buy monkeys at Rs50! However, since he had to go to the city on some business, his assistant would now buy on behalf of him.

In the absence of the man, the assistant first kept buying the monkeys and then on one day he told the villagers,’ Look at all these monkeys in the big cage that the man has collected. I will sell them to you at Rs35 and when the man returns from the city, you can sell it to him for Rs. 50/- ‘

The villagers squeezed up with all their savings and bought all the monkeys.

Then they never saw the man nor his assistant, only monkeys everywhere!!!

Welcome to the ‘Stock’ Market!!!!!

via – Dileep Ratnani

When Spies Don’t Play Well With Their Allies

Courtesy & Thanks: The New York Times

July 20, 2008The World

When Spies Don’t Play Well With Their Allies

By MARK MAZZETTI

WASHINGTON — As they complete their training at “The Farm,” the Central Intelligence Agency’s base in the Virginia tidewater, young agency recruits are taught a lesson they are expected never to forget during assignments overseas: there is no such thing as a friendly intelligence service.

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Sindhi language has ancient links with Sub-continent

Sindhi is an ancient language; over seventy percent of Sindhi words are Sanskrit. The fact that Sindhi is mostly written in the Arabic script, gives some people the impression that it is a Persio-Arabic tongue..

DR ANNEMARIE Schimmel, Harvard professor of Islamics, and versatile linguist writes: “Since every word in Sindhi ends in a vowel, the sound is very musical.” The treasures of the ancient Sindhi literature, of the immortal Sufi poet-saints, Shah, Sachal, Sami or the saints of Modern India: Sadhu TLVaswani, sung in sweet, melodious, rhythmic Sindhi tunes, fills the hearts and souls of the listeners with sheer rapture, joy and ecstasy. The Sindhis of India don’t have a land, nation or state to call their own. They are a scattered community, spread all over India, and in most countries of the world. If there is one thing that will help them retain their identity, it is the language. Unfortunately Sindhis have neglected their mother tongue, and if we don’t use the language, we will lose it. Language is the root of our community. Language is the soul of our community. If the soul is lost, how long can the community last?

Diwan Thakudas Pribhdas, advocate of Hyderabad said: “The language is probably, so far as its grammatical construction is concerned, the purest daughter of Sanskrit. It has a sprinkling of Dravidian words, and has in later times received large accessions to its vocabulary from Arabic and Persian.”

Sindhi language has evolved over a period of two millennia; with waves of invasions by Greeks, Arabs, Arghuns, Tarkhans, Scythians, Turks, Mughals and so on. Sindh, on the north west of undivided India, had always been the first to bear the onslaught of the never-ending invaders, and as such absorbed Hindi, Persian, Arabic, Turkish, English and even Portuguese words. The language of the people of Sindh has a solid base of Prakrit and Sanskrit, showing great susceptibility towards borrowings from Arabic, Persian, and Dravidian (such as Brahui in Baluchistan) . Sindh was the seat of the ancient Indus valley civilization during the third millennium BC as discovered from the Mohen-jo-Daro excavation. The pictographic seals and clay tablets obtained from these excavations still await proper deciphering by epigraphists

Sindhis in India have made their mark. Eminent Sindhis include Jairamdas Doulatram, LK Advani, Parso T Malani, Nari Hiranandani, Ashok Advani, Hindujas, Rahejas. Sindhi’s have 17 colleges and 19 hospitals and many others institutions.

Dr Lila Harchandani of Hyderabad, Sind, in her book ‘The Scattered Treasure’ has an interesting logic to back her theory. According to her some scholars confused the words Prakrita (meaning=natural) with the word Purakrita (meaning-formed first), which misled them. In the same way, she says, due to affinity towards Hinduism, litterateurs like Kishinchand Jetley translated a couplet from Sindhi poet, Shah Abdul Latif’s poetry into Sanskrit and concluded that the similarity shows the derivation of Sindhi from Sanskrit. She rightly argues that it could be the other way round too and cites two authorities to elucidate this point. One is Siraj-ul-Haq of Pakistan who states:

“The history of Sindhi is older than that of Sanskrit and its related civilization or culture are derived from the civilization or culture of Sindh and from Sindhi language…Sanskrit is born of Sindhi – if not directly, at least indirectly.”

Sindh is where Persian and Indian cultures blended, for the area was introduced to Islam in 712 AD. Thus, very little of Sindhi literature of the earlier period has survived. The Summara and Summa periods are virtually blank except for the few poems of Hamad, Raju and Isack. The heroic ballads of this period set to music by Shah Abdul Karim (1538-1625) are the earliest records of the Sindhi language.

Real flourish of Sindhi poetic talent came during the last stages of the 18th century. Although the time was not appropriate for cultural developments as invaders repeatedly plundered the country during this period. Several works like Shah Abdul Latif’s ‘Shah-Jo-Rasalo’ , the magnum opus of Sindhi literature, were produced.

It describes the life of a common man, the sorrows and sufferings of the ill-starred heroes of ancient folklore. Sachal, another eminent poet closely followed Shah Abdul Karim. He was a Sufi rebel poet who did not adhere to any religion and denounced religious radicals. The poet, Saami, was a complete contrast to Kari, more pious than poetical, yet possessing a charm of his own. There was an excess of songsters in Sindhi who recited similar ideas and themes in varied tones. The notable among them are Bedil, his son Bekas, and Dalpat. Gul Mohamad introduced Persian forms of poetry replacing the native baits and kafees. Mirza Kaleech

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Beg who composed on the same lines contributed a lot to Sindhi literature.

Dayaram Gidumal and Mirza Kaleech were two of the early prose writers. The former was a great scholar and he was famous mainly for his metaphysical writings. The noted lexicographer and essayist, Parmanand Mewaram, wrote essays that educated and instructed both young and the old. This peer group also comprised of Bherumal Meherchand, Lalchand Amardinomal and Jethmal Parsram and Acharya Gidwani, NR Malkani and Dr HM Gurbuxani.Tikamdas Wadumal Mansukhani, Bar-at-law from Qeens College, become first Mayor of Karachi, ZA Bhutto and Syed Sharifuddin Pirzada were legal associates in Karachi.

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Meet Well-known Sindhi Economist Fazullah Qureshi

by: Khalid Hashmani

WASHINGTON DC, July 19, 2008 — A group of several Washingtonian Sindhis meet Mr. Fazullah Qureshi, former federal secretary for planning and development and well-known Sindhi economist at a local restaurant for a luncheon meeting. Mr. Qureshi is on a private visit of the United States. The group included Mr. Aleem Brohi, Mr. Khalid Hashmani, Mr. Ali Nawaz Memon, Mr. Ghulam Mohammad Memon, Ms. Deeba Rabb, and Mr. Iqbal Tareen.

The discussion session lasted almost four hours and covered many topics surrounding the current situation in Pakistan, particularly in the province of Sindh and future predicaments. The following key points were made at the session:

1. One of the key problems that prevent much progress in Sindh and Pakistan is lack of good governance. The Sindhi civil society groups should continue their pressure on two governments demanding competence, honesty, diligence and hard work from politicians, government officials and private sector managers.

2. For the almost four decades now, Sindhis have overwhelmingly voted for Bhuttos and PPP. However, except during the leadership of Z. A. Bhutto, PPP has not treated all native Sindhis on the basis of merit and talent. Predominantly, the connections and party loyalties have played a role securing jobs and fair treatment. For PPP to truly improve lives of Sindhis, merit and talent should be the top criteria in giving jobs and other opportunities.

3. Rooting out corruption has to be one of the key goals of good governance as 80% of budget is stolen.

4. Native Sindhis must be prepared to talk to MQM and other leaders of Mohajir community. Sindh will remain bogged down with internal strife without solutions that address major concerns of all communities living in Sindh.

5. The interests of native Sindhis are adversely impacted by the fact that they have many leaders and many political parties. This allows their adversaries to divided them and exploit them. There is a small “wadera” in each us that encourages splitting to create individual spheres of influence instead of pursuing collective goals coherently.

6. The education standard and competency levels are falling throughout Pakistan, For example in a recent CSS examination there were 250 seats but only 150 candidates qualified in the examination.

7. Sindhis must not be naive to think that by simply demanding fair treatment, they will start receiving justice and fairness. The Bengalis did not get it until they were forced to sacrifice hundreds of thousands of their lives. Sindhis have to become steadfast, strong, and vocal in demanding of their rights.

8. It is not only in Sindh but common person in every province of Pakistan is frustrated due to rising prices and worsening economic conditions. It is not going to be easy for any government to resolve these issues quickly and painlessly. Only the “good governance” holds key for addressing critical issues of Sindh and Pakistan in the long term.

July 2008

The women of Sindh

By Bina Shah

SHAH Abdul Latif Bhitai, the famous Sufi poet of Sindh, is known to every Sindhi and nearly every Pakistani as the author of the Risalo, that magnificent collection of epic poetry encompassing the folk tales of Sindh. With the magic of an alchemist, he elevates the simple stories into beautiful parables of the Sufi’s yearning to put an end to the separation between himself and God.
Oxford universities, is the name at the top of the list but there are others who we can find as examples. Mehtab Rashdi, Hamida Khuhro and Anita Ghulam Ali are some of the most educated Sindhi women in Pakistan

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Growing Consensus for Kashmiri self-determination in India and Pakistan: Dr. Fai

Washington, D.C. July 19, 2008. Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai, Executive Director, Kashmiri American Council/Kashmir Center said that the reputable World Public Opinion organization released a magnificent poll that unequivocally stated the majority of Indians and Pakistanis welcome Kashmiri self-determination. 

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