The paradox of our time!

Isn’t it amazing that George Carlin – comedian of the 70’s and 80’s – could write something so very eloquent…and so very appropriate.

by George Carlin:

The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider Freeways , but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees but less sense, more knowledge, but less judgment, more experts, yet more problems, more medicine, but less wellness.

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Pakistan First!

..Like when General Musharraf introduced his ‘modern enlightenment’ philosophy tagged with the slogan “Pakistan First”, a joke was on SMS that his wife complained that he has not been screwing her lately – and the General candidly replied: Pakistan First.

Excerpt from the article “jokes Too Far” written by Wajid Ali Syed.

Source – http://www.wichaar.com/news/292/ARTICLE/15691/2009-08-10.html

Balochistan – A Home-grown Conflict

by: Malik Siraj Akbar

Courtesy: The Times of India, 11 August 2009

When the first Baloch insurgency broke out in 1948 to resist the illegal and forceful annexation of the Baloch-populated autonomous Kalat state with Pakistan, Manmohan Singh – today Indian prime minister – was barely a teenager while his Pakistani counterpart Yousuf Raza Gilani had not even been born to witness the rebellion’s magnitude. Yet, last month, both leaders in Sharm el-Sheikh discussed for the first time the indefatigable Baloch insurgency.

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India – Police abuses’

A report – titled Broken System: Dysfunction, Abuse and Impunity in the Indian Police.

NEW DELHI – Inida’s police force has been accused of extrajudicial killings, torture and carrying out illegal detentions, human rights campaigners have said. “India’s status as the world’s largest democracy is undermined by a police that thinks it is above the law,” Brad Adams, Asia Director of Human Rights Watch (HRW), said on Tuesday. Indian police continue to use their old methods: abuse and threats…

Inability of so called Sindhi MPAs, MNAs, Ministers & Officers!

Thatta Coastal community project at stake

Courtesy: Daily Dawn, 11-8-09

THATTA, Aug 10: The Sindh Coastal Community Development project was at stake due to unnecessary delay in recruitment of staff, Dawn learnt through reliable sources here on Monday. The Asian Development Bank-assisted project of $40 billion was launched in November 2008.

It meant for the uplift and improvement of socio-economic conditions of coastal population of Thatta and Badin districts, incorporating mangroves planting over 3,000 hectares by the government, 200 fish pond development schemes, rehabilitation of three hatcheries, small and medium scale community and government-managed interventions.

The project was to be implemented over a period of six years from 2006 -07 to December 2012. However, unnecessary delay in the recruitment on 109 posts from grade 1 to grade 19 caused to stop the project.

Sources said that at a meeting held on July 10, 2009, the ADB country director made it clear that the project would be cancelled if recruitment was not completed soon. Minister for Economic Division and Finance Hina Rabbani Khar wrote a letter to the Sindh government in the last week of July to take on staff within one month, otherwise the project would be withdrawn and no project would be given to Sindh in future. Reports said the Sindh CM had issued directive to constitute a committee to start recruitment and advertise vacancies in the newspapers, but the bureaucrats were deliberately not complying with the directives.

Ministers, MNAs and MPAs of the two districts were silently watching the tussle between bureaucrats and top politicians of the province.

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Jokes Too Far

by: Wajid Ali Syed

Courtesy: Wichaar.com, August 10th, 2009

You can’t deny the importance of humor in life. One of the first steps to ensuring a nation’s death is to regulate and ban its humor. Humor implies tolerance. Without it a people wither on the vine. Humor is not necessarily portable. People the world over can relate to Three Stooges-like pratfalls and jokes about meddlesome mothers-in-law or nagging wives or hapless husbands. Many American jokes could probably be enjoyed in Pakistan, like this one: What’s the difference between Jesus and a picture of Jesus? You only need one nail to hang up a picture of Jesus.

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Free education bill passed in India

NEW DELHI:  The Indian parliament has approved a landmark education bill which seeks to guarantee free and compulsory education for children aged between six and 14. The bill, passed by the lower house of parliament, will set up new state-run neighborhood schools. It will also force private ones to reserve at least a quarter of their of their places for poor children.