Fear, Depression and Anxiety Disorders

Fear, depression, and anxiety are types of mental disorders. Mental disorders are common in South Asia but there is no way to diagnoses them.

Symptoms of depression: Low energy level, simple tasks seem difficult or overwhelmed, feel angry and hopelessness. If above feeling lasts long time and interfere the day-to-day life of person they may see psychiatrist. Symptoms of Anxiety:Fear and panic where most of normal people don’t feel any threat or Panic. People with anxiety disorders feel sudden panic attacks some other feel constant worriness. People with mental disorders especially with depression feel discouragement and sadness which lasts more than four weeks may be sign of any mental disorder. Such as; prolong irritability, unable to concentrate, thoughts of death or suicide attempts, helplessness, crying and worthlessness, relationship difficulties, lack of energy, uncharacteristically screaming fear to go to school or work, fear of unexplained situation, often feel afraid to be alone and sweaty palms etc.

This may help- See/visit to doctor + Eat fresh washed leafy green vegetables and fruits, eat papaya, cut off sugar and sugar products + consume yogurt + take multi-vitamins and multi-mineral supplements + drink 8 to 10 glasses of clean fresh water + exercise.

President Zardari : An open declaration of war — now what?

An open declaration of war — now what?

Courtesy: The News

News analysis by Shaheen Sehbai

NAUDERO: Hearing President Asif Ali Zardari on Sunday was a painful experience. All, including the diehard PPP jiyalas, were stunned. Their co-chairman had just declared war on every institution, without telling them who were the enemies, what they were doing and why. It was aptly described by a journalist on Facebook as Zardari’s “farewell address”.

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The Concept of Autonomy is an Absolute Fallacy: Dr. Fai

Granada, Spain, December 29, 2009. “The concept of autonomy or self rule for Kashmir is an absolute fallacy. Here one has to rely on a provision of the Indian Constitution. All Constitutions of the world are subject to amendments and Indian Constitution is no exception. If not now, in the foreseeable future, the Indian legislature can delete this provision in the Constitution and the move will not even need a debate in the Parliament,” said Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai, Executive Director, Kashmiri American Council/Kashmir Center at Alhambra Hotel, Granada, Spain.

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Top army General face court martial in land fraud

New Delhi: A top Army General faces the prospect of “termination of services”, while three other Generals either a court martial or administrative action with a probe holding them responsible for a land fraud at Darjeeling.

The Army headquarters in New Delhi said it had received the inquiry report on Wednesday from the authorities, who ordered the inquiry, and that it would analyse the details to the details to initiate action in accordance with military law.

The report, according to sources, had recommended “termination of serves” of Lt Gen Avadesh Prakash, the military Secretary at the Army headquarters, as per Army Act and Army Rules “for unduly influencing” the transfer of the civilian land adjacent to Sukhna military station in Darjeeling to a private institution. It also directed court martial proceedings against Deputy Chief of Staff designate Lt Gen P K Rath and Major Gen PC Sen, under whose tenure at 33 Corps headquarters in Sukhna the land fraud took place for issuing a No Objection Certificate to the private institution, which falsely claimed to start an affiliate of Ajmer-based Mayo College in the 70-acre land, they said.

The report also recommended that Lt Gen Ramesh Halgali, who is at present the 11 Corps commander at Jalandhar, and had a minor role in the NOC episode in his earlier tenure in Darjeeling, should face administrative action, sources added. Eastern Army Commander Lt Gen V K Singh, the convening authority of the probe, had a couple of days ago sent his recommendation to Army Chief Gen Deepak Kapoor seeking action against the four Generals for their alleged involvement in the land fraud.

“The Court of Inquiry has been completed and received by Army HQ today. The proceedings of the Inquiry will now be analysed as per the existing Standard Operating Procedures in accordance with the military law,” a Army spokesperson said in a statement in the capital. “It is reiterated that the Army is amongst the few organizations which which is very sensitive to any irregularities and have proactively sought immediate and teimely action against those indulging in worongs,” he added.

The Court of Inquiry (COI), headed by Lt Gen K T Parnaik, the General Officer Commanding of the Tezpur based 4 Corps , had held the four officers culpable for their role in issuing the NOC to Dilip Aggarwal Geetanjali Education Trust, much against the earlier Army stand that the NOC should not be issued.

After the Darjeeling land controversy broke out, Defence Minister A K Antony had ordered an independent  probe and instructed the Army that even the top brass should not be spared if the charges were proved.

What is “C Diff”?

Clostridium Difficile (C Diff) is one of the many germs (bacteria) that can be found in stool (a bowel movement). C Diff disease occurs when antibiotics kill your good bowel bacteria and allow the C diff to grow. When C diff grows, it produces substances (toxins). These toxins can damage the bowel and cause diarrhea. C diff disease is usually mild but some times can be severe. The main symptoms of C Diff disease are; Watery diarrhea, Fever, Abdominal pain or tenderness. Who gets C Diff? C diff disease usually occurs during or after the use of antibiotics, old age, presence of other illness, severe poor over all health may increase the risk of disease.

This may help in C diff – Eat yogurt 3 or 4 times . Drink 8 to 10 glasses of crystal clean fresh water.

How does C Diff spread?

When a person has C diff disease the germs in the stool can soil surfaces such as toiltes, handles, bedpans, or commodes. When touching there items our hands can become soiled. If we than touch our mouth we can swallow the germs. Our soiled hand also can spread the germs to other surfaces.

Remembering Benazir Bhutto: Truly, the Jihadists worst nightmare

by: Tarek Fatah (Canada)

Today (Dec 27th) is the anniversary of the assassination of the woman Pakistanis know as ‘Bibi“. The day she was killed, I wept at my desk. The men who trade in my faith, Islam, had killed one more Muslim.

On that day I penned my thoughts for the Globe and Mail. It was my tribute to the woman who, despite her many flaws, stood up to the jihadi hate-mongers and paid the ultimate price.

I went on to dedicate my book “Chasing a Mirage” to her memory and that of Daniel Pearl. Two years have passed, but I still cannot get over the fact the JIhadi Islamists killed a woman they couldn’t defeat through the ballot box. And now they are gunning for her husband the same way they hanged her father and killed her brothers.

Her friend, the American writer Mark Siegel described her as “truly, the jihadists worst nightmare.” Siegel goes on to say:

I don’t think people can ever understand the selflessness of the woman, how she genuinely always put herself last and put her country first, sacrificing personal happiness and family. It was as if Asif was her second husband – Pakistan being her first. It was as if Bilawal, Bakhtawar and Aseefa had 170 million brothers and sisters vying for her attention. She once said that she didn’t choose her life, that it chose her.”

Here is the piece I wrote the day BB died at the hands of a Jihadi.

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Issue a verdict allowing women to marry four men simultaneously to equate them with men in the Sharia – Nadine Al Bdair, a female Saudi writer says

Polyandry call is ‘akin to blasphemy’ – By Duraid Al Baik, Associate Editor

* Traditionalists argue that Islam forbids women to marry more than one man at once to determine the fatherhood of the child in case the women becomes pregnant. This argument has now collapsed because modern science can identify the father of any child through DNA testing, Nadine Al Bdair says.

Dubai: A 790-word opinion article by a female Saudi writer, Nadine Al Bdair, might start a fierce legal and social confrontation between traditionalists and reformists.

In her weekly article published on December 11 in the Egyptian newspaper Al Masri Al Youm, Nadine cynically urged religious scholars to issue a verdict allowing women to marry four men simultaneously to equate them with men in the Sharia, a move that was considered by many Muslims as blasphemous and a blunt call to wreck the foundations of the religion.

Her argument was that women could now marry more than one man thanks to scientific developments.

“Traditionalists argue that Islam forbids women to marry more than one man at once to determine the fatherhood of the child in case the woman becomes pregnant. This argument has now collapsed because modern science can identify the father of any child through DNA testing,” she said.

Nadine, a Dubai-based Saudi journalist, who started her career as an opinion writer in a number of Saudi and Gulf newspapers, has lived in Dubai, Cairo and Washington. She also works as a presenter of a TV show at the Virginia-based Al Hurra TV Arabic Channel. Nadine’s weekly programme, Mosawat, that translates into equality, focuses on issues related to women’s rights in the Arab world.

Lawyer Khalid Fouad Hafez, who is also the secretary general of the People Democratic Party in Egypt, filed a complaint against Nadine and Magdi Al Galad, editor-in-chief of Al Masri Al Youm, for his role in publishing the opinion article in the newspaper.

In a telephone interview, Hafez told Gulf News the literal meaning of the article is blasphemous and includes a call for an immoral act, which, he stressed, is a violation of the Egyptian criminal code.

He said the case was filed at the public prosecutor office on December 15 under the number of 21663.

“I am waiting for the decision of the public prosecutor in order to start legal investigations in the case,” he said.

“Regardless of the nationality of the writer and the place of her residency, the prosecutor has to take action against a crime committed in Egypt and has to do whatever is possible to bring the perpetrators to justice,” he said.

Hafez believes that Egyptians have every right to secure the society against Nadine’s call to ‘legalise adultery’ and allow women to marry four husbands at the same time.

“People who have little knowledge about Islam might be seduced to think that Islam permits polygamy for women based on the advancement of science and DNA test technology according to [Nadine’s] call,” Hafez said.

This a crime and unless Nadine repents it in the same newspaper, he said the law must take action to protect the society. Hafez said he has never been against freedom of expression. He said he had volunteered to defend many journalists in the past in court cases.

Free speech

“I am known amongst journalists as the ‘lawyer of journalists’. I represented journalists in courts free-of-charge in a number of major cases in the past and won verdicts in their favour. In this particular case which I filed against [Nadine], I would not have reacted this way if Nadine limited her call to expressing her own views without calling for fatwa to alter the religion in accordance with her sexual desires,” he said.

Gulf News contacted Nadine to comment on the complaint filed against her in Egypt and if she was willing to appear in courts to defend her views, but she declined to comment.

Staff members at Al Hurra TV in Dubai and in Washington, who were reached for a comment on the case refused to give an official statement.

A senior official from Al Hurra told Gulf News on condition of anonymity that the Nadine issue this time is related to her activities outside Al Hurra and the station has nothing to do with it.

“We will review the level Al Hurra would support [Nadine] once the legal action starts against her,” he said.

Salwa Al Lubani, a female Jordanian writer based in Cairo, told Gulf News that she believes Nadine has the right to discuss any issue and the society has the right to discuss the points being highlighted.

“Filing a case against [Nadine] or any other writer is inappropriate and such a move in the 21st century reflects the rise of fanatics in the Muslim world. In the 60s and 70s [of] the past century, writers [had] more freedom of expression than we have nowadays.

“I read [Nadine’s] articles and I have a feeling that she sometimes expressed her views in a confrontational manner that diverts her aim from the main course, but this is not an excuse to refer [Nadine] or any other writer to courts.

“We have crisis in the Arab and Islamic world and we should work together to resolve them before they hit the nerve of the society which is about to explode.”

Courtesy: Gulfnews.com

http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/uae/general/polyandry-call-is-akin-to-blasphemy-1.556934?localLinksEnabled=false&utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20092312_morning_newsletter_23_December&utm_content=&utm_term=Article+click+-+TopStory+134704

Bomb attack on Youm-e-Ashur, the 10th day of Muharram in Karachi was followed by rioting

More than 40 people have been killed and dozens injured in a suicide bombing on a ‘Youm-e-Ashur’, the 10th day of Muharram in Karachi, officials say. Rioters torched dozens of shops and vehicles, while members of the security forces who had been guarding the procession were pelted with stones. The bombing unleashed further pandemonium as angry mourners fired shots in the air. More than than 400  businesses and lot of vehicles set on fire.

Any link? “Remove Zardari” move & UN Fact Finding commission on Benazir

Remove Zardari” move & UN commission on Benazir: Any link?

by: Aziz Narejo, TX

Zardari’s speech today and his detractors’ reactions paint a very grim picture. The citizens have a reason to be alarmed and frightened.

Zardari’s war speech has ironically provided some more ammunition to the so-called anti-Zardari gang comprising some media-men and others. They have renewed their vitriolic attacks against his person.

“The gang” has again spread the scare that the GHQ and the courts are about to get rid of “corrupt” Zardari. Now who believes that the movers and shakers in Pakistan and their godfathers remove Pakistan’s elected leaders on the basis of their inefficiency, incompetence or corruption although that has always been the charge sheet? Is it not true that some “other reasons” have always been the “real reasons”.

There are quite a few people who believe that Asif Ali Zardari is his own worst enemy. They think that his own policies have pushed him into a tight corner.

But not many will buy the story that he is being pushed out of the presidency because of his incompetence or his financial scandals. What is the reason then? Is he trying to insert his own lines in the drama instead of staying with the ‘approved’ script?

What is the real reason?

Not many people believe that the UN commission probing Benazir Bhutto’s assassination is a “real thing” or the one of any consequence. But being what it is, is it going to expose at least some faces? Is that the reason to get rid of Zardari before the commission announces what could be the most diluted and mildest findings of any of the commissions appointed by the world body? Just a thought.

Prevent yourself from Swine Flu by Natural ways

fluH1N1 flu virus is a respiratory illness that causes fever, chills, cough, sore throat, headache, muscle aches, fatigue, and possible nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea – just like seasonal flu (influenza). There are some simple and natural ways that may help to protect against catching the flu.

Good hygiene always help to prevent or help to get things worse. Washing hands can make big impact. Brush your teeth, rinse and gargle your mouth with anti-septic. Try not sneeze or spread germs in public places. Do not share objects with others. Having all the nutrients your body needs can make all the difference. Researchers believe that vitamin C helps in flu and improve immune system. Try to take vitamin C from natural sources. Drink black/green or herbal tea without milk and sugar. Drink pure fruit and vegetable juices without sugar. Drink crystal clear fresh water. Carrho/Joshando/  herbal tea may help recover quickly. Do not exercise during flu conditions, taking rest or sleep may help to fight flu in a better way. If you are very sick and got complications then please seek medical attention.

Is Mr. Zardari on the way out?

by Mohammad Ali Mahar, Austin, TX

The latest word on the street is that Mr. Zardari is getting shunted out of the house on the hill as well as the ivory tower he dwells in complete solitude and indifference to the suffering of the poor mortals (especially Sindhis). Powers that be are said to be planning to swap him with Mr. Nawaz Sharif’s former minister and a close relative, Ishaq Dar. Having reluctantly handed power to a party the establishment never liked or trusted, it has now become clear that AZ’s tryst with power is more than hard a pill for the establishment to swallow.

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Nawaz Sharif with Tahir-ul-Qadri of Minhaj ul QURAN

Tahir-ul-Qadri was khatebb in Moddle town Lahore Mosque/ massjid (built by sharif family). In later years good friends become foes and then Dr. Tahir ul Qadri of Minhaj ul QURAN launched a campaign against Nawaz Sharif named ”go nawaz go” back in 90s.

Via siasat.pk

Courtesy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lkgB-d3DDY&feature=player_embedded

As a loyal citizen and well wisher of Pakistan I have following concerns on the NRO judgment

By Dr Ali Akbar Dhakan

As a loyal citizen and well wisher of Pakistan I have the following concerns on the NRO judgment.

The decision of the honorable court of Pakistan against NRO is the first of its kind in the judiciary history in Pakistan that was praised and appreciated by all within the country and also in foreign countries. Apparently in a paradigm it has been thought out that it has shown the sense of honesty and justice to establish check and balance and make a lesson for upper class of people to become honest in their dealings and to improve the standard of poor people of Pakistan by rooting out the corrupt practices and make the country and people of Pakistan prosperous and well off.

But there is a perception that due to the specifics of judges towards some individuals, the verdict is creating the following conjunctions :

(1) It means the honorable court has rejected the restoration as CJ of Pakistan because the CJ were sworn by the present President of Pakistan and approved by the present Prime Minister and National Assembly of Pakistan .

(2) It means the honorable court has rejected the present setup of Government which got existence through the NRO which means that the concept of reconciliation has been canceled and the situation of the system of Government before the NRO has been established or the dictator`s regime has been established.

(3) Through NRO , the President was sworn by the then CJ which has also been rejected .

(4) The Prime Minister who was taken Oath by the President has also been rejected.

(5) All the MNAs, MPAs, CMs and Senators took Oath from the PM and Provincial Governors who have been rejected by the decision.

(6) It means that after cancellation of NRO, all the prevalent system of Government and institutions has been canceled and rejected.

(7) All the Political leaders who were in exile returned to Pakistan due to NRO and without NRO, their return would have been impossible .

(8) The elections held in the country through which the organization of the present Governance and democratic institutions would have also been impossible.

(9) How to compensate the political leaders who faced all sorts of media trials, punishment and imprisonment before NRO verdict.

DR ALI AKBAR DHAKAN

CHAIRMAN, SINDH DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION,

A-106 SHANTI NAGAR DALMIA KARACHI-12

Pakistan : The gravity of the problem

by Dr. Manzur Ejaz

WASHINGTON DIARY: The gravity of the problem

Courtesy: WICHAAR

Investors were avoiding Pakistan even before the Taliban threat and they will remain so even after the Taliban are gone. Pakistan has multiple problems that repulse the foreigners, whether they are investors or tourists

I ran into Mr Eric Lawson, an investor, in a conference organised by a Pakistani group. My unusual take on Pakistan’s troubles intrigued him quite a bit and he asked me to get together sometime. After six months, out of the blue he called me and invited me over for dinner in a downtown Spanish restaurant.

I have passed from that street hundreds of times but I never noticed the Restaurant Hispania where a bottle of wine can cost up to $ 500 or above. Mr Lawson, noticing my shocked state of mind, laughed and told me that most of the people around us were from the World Bank and IMF being dined-wined and wowed by developing world governments. This restaurant runs on the loan/aid money given to developing countries or people like me who make money in those countries in other ways, he added.

After we were settled, he asked me as to what was going on in Pakistan and if the military could eliminate the Taliban insurgency. I told him that I was reasonably optimistic that the military will prevail because it was their creation. In the past, the military was not confronting them sincerely because of their misplaced fairytale policy of getting strategic depth in Afghanistan. Now, the military has learnt the lesson as suicide bombings kill people near the capital of Islamabad. I further added that I hope investors like you can return to Pakistan, and ended my explanation with a smile.

“No, you are wrong here. I hope your optimism is realistic as far as the Taliban are concerned. But the Western investors are not going to return to Pakistan even then. Investors were avoiding Pakistan even before the Taliban threat and they will remain so even after the Taliban are gone. Pakistan has multiple problems that repulse the foreigners, whether they are investors or tourists,” he told me.

“I know there is immense corruption in Pakistan and foreigners do not know how to deal with it. But so are most of the developing countries where the US and European investors and tourists readily go. What is special about Pakistan other than this?” I asked.

He became a little frustrated and impatient and promptly busted out “No, this is where Pakistanis do not get it. We all know about corruption in the developing world and we know how to deal with it and make money. But Pakistan’s problem is Islamisation and restrictions on personal liberties and most aspects of entertainment that we consider a necessary part of life. Why would we go to a prison-like country to make money when we have better choices all around? Why not to go to India or China where we can make money and enjoy life as we like to.”

I could not fully appreciate his highly negative characterisation of Pakistan and could not resist rebutting in pointing out: “If you are talking about unavailability of alcohol, you as foreigners can buy it from any five-star hotel. Oh, and if you are talking about other entertainment, that is also arranged easily.” To keep the atmosphere pleasant, I joked, “By creating some hurdles in your way, we provide you the chance to save some money.”

He was more upset now and almost yelling “You guys will never understand us. We make money to spend it not like you guys who earn to horde. This is why we progressed and you did not.” He went on, “To answer your take on alcohol and so-called other entertainment by which you probably meant prostitutes, I will say we are neither addicted to alcohol or prostitutes. We enjoy these things as you enjoy tea and company. The difference may be that we have female friends along with males, which is rare in your societies. Buying alcohol from five-star hotels feels just like stealing and drinking like thieves. We want to go out to bars of different kinds where we can see and meet different types of people and enjoy their company for a while.”

I was more perplexed than ever and did not know how to respond to him. After having lived three decades in the West I knew what he was talking about. But for face saving I threw my last argument, “Pakistan is not the only ideological state. Israel, Saudi Arabia and some others are ideological too and you do business in those countries.”

He laughed whole-heartedly and said, “Thank you. I was expecting this excuse much earlier. This is a favourite excuse Pakistanis use. But let me tell you that Israel may be too cruel for Palestinians, but it is an open society like any European nation. Saudi Arabia can afford any ideology because of its oil wealth and tribal society. Furthermore, not many investors go there except oil companies and the Saudis have created free zones for foreigners that Pakistan cannot. Your society is very poor but relatively open-minded. You can neither feed them like Saudi Arabia nor create islands for foreigners because society is very vocal. You are stuck by imposing an ideology that you cannot afford. Therefore, you will remain stuck even after the Taliban are gone. And, the worst part is that even intelligent people like you do not appreciate the gravity of the problem.”

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Jaag Meray Punjab – Habib Jalib

Habib Jalib (1928 March 12, 1993) was one of the renowned Pakistani Urdu poet of 20th century. Jalib’s poetry reflected his vision and approach to life. He never deviated from his chosen path. [true Pakistan only can be safe if there is equel right for Sindh, NWFP and Baluchistan. Allah bless Pakistan. -says Faiqa]

Courtesy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4HUnwhX8Y5Y

KAR LO JO KARNA HAI – President Zardari vows to fight back

President Zardari vows to fight back

Courtesy: APP

ISLAMABAD, Dec 19 (APP): President Asif Ali Zardari Saturday said the PPP will use democracy and constitutionalism as its weapons to fight its adversaries and foil all conspiracies against it. He said this while addressing the concluding session of the Central Executive Committee (CEC) meeting of the party in the Presidency on Saturday.The CEC of the party not only reposed full confidence in his leadership but also vowed to rally around him at time when he is the target of criticism and political attacks from all around and to put up a fierce fight in his defence.

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Gham-e-Hussain & Sham-e-Benazir

Let us mourn two great tragedies together

0n December 27th, 2007 Sindh suffered the irremediable loss of Benazir Bhutto that will haunt and sadden the hearts of all Sindhis and lover of democracy, tolerance and secularism for centuries to come. The day also falls on 9th Muharam, when another monumental tragedy that of Karbala was taken place. Our slain queen, Benazir also fell at the hands of the Yazids of her times. Sindh Democratic Forum (SDF) invites all peace and democracy lovers, all those who believe in secular and progressive values to come outside Radio Pakistan Hyderabad Building @ Miran Muhammad Shah Road (near Hyderabad Press Club) @ 4 PM sharp on 27th to mount a candle lit vigil to pay homage to the finest daughter of Sindh. One Rose, a candle and a tear drop is all that the memory of BB Shaheed demands of you.

Zulfiqar Halepoto, Secretary SDF

What you eat is how you sleep!

Middle age can be annoying- not able to sleep at night. It seems the foods we eat play a part in it. This may help– Stay away from tea, coffee, chocolate, soft drink/Cola after 6 pm and any thing spicy and gassy. Eat some thing which gives soothing effects such as whole grains. Get nice and warm bath before going to bed. Consume yogurt or milk at bed time.

Zardari falls, Kayani rises

Pakistan: Zardari falls, Kayani rises

by: C. Raja Mohan

Courtesy: IndianExpress, Friday , Dec 18, 2009

Whether he quits or not, President Asif Ali Zardari has been so severely weakened that he no longer poses a threat to Pakistan’s permanent establishment. In fact the Army Chief Ashfaq Kayani might prefer holding a de-fanged Zardari prisoner in Islamabad’s presidential palace and run the country with the pliable Yousuf Raza Gilani as the Prime Minister.

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