Will you be able to cope Swine flu?

What is H1N1?  H1N1 once referred to as “Swine flu,” is a new influenza virus first detected in people in the U.S. or Mexico in April 2009. It is now spreading person-to-person worldwide, in much the same way that regular seasonal influenza spreads.

Many people have at least partial immunity to seasonal flu viruses through previous infections or vaccinations but viruses genetically change over time. But the new H1N1 virus is not the usual virus of H1N1. It come to humans from a different evolutionary line. That means very few people have any natural immunity to the new H1n1.

HOW DO YOU KNOW IT IS COLD OR FLU? Doctors recommend taking your temperature as a first step. Symptoms such as nasal congestion, cough, aches and malaise are a part of colds, seasonal flu and H1N1 flu. But a common cold rarely has symptoms of fever above 101F. The severity of H1N1 cases in the current outbreak has varied widely from mild cases to fatalities. The vast majority of cases have been mild. But many of the complicated cases have appeared in young people aged 5 to 24. Women and particularly pregnant women have also been vulnerable to swine flu.

This may help: Wash your hands regularly with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Avoid close contact with people who have flu-like symptoms. Avoid touching your mouth, nose or eyes. If you have flu-like symptoms stay home until you have been symptom-free and take fresh air breath. Breastfeeding mothers with flu symptoms should feed their child by other means. Take lot of orange/lemon juice or vitamin C. Avoid exercise during flu symptoms. Take tea without sugar and milk. Brush teeth three times daily and rinse your mouth by antiseptic gargles.

Striking Suicide Bombers!

Found, I am not sure where, by Gweilicus

Courtesy: fmft.net

.. suicide bombers in Britain are set to begin a three-day strike on Monday in a dispute over the number of virgins they are entitled to in the afterlife. Emergency talks with Al Qaeda management have so far failed to produce an agreement. The unrest began last Tuesday when Al Qaeda announced that the number of virgins a suicide bomber would receive after his death will be cut by 25% next January from 72 to only 60. The rationale for the cut was the increase in recent years of the number of suicide bombings and a subsequent shortage of virgins in the afterlife.

The suicide bombers’ union, the British Organisation of Occupational Martyrs (or B.O.O.M.) responded with a statement that this was unacceptable to its members and immediately balloted for strike action. General Secretary Abdullah Amir told the press, “Our members are literally working themselves to death in the cause of Jihad. We don’t ask for much in return but to be treated like this by management is a kick in the teeth.”

Mr Amir accepted the limited availability of virgins but pointed out that the cutbacks were expected to be borne entirely by the workforce and not by management. “Last Christmas Abu Hamza alone was awarded an annual bonus of 250,000 virgins,” complains Amir. “And you can be sure they’ll all be pretty ones too. How can Al Qaeda afford that for members of the management but not 72 for the people who do the real work?”

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Labour Party Pakistan endorses Fifth Socialist International process

The Labour Party Pakistan’s National Committee meeting on December 26-27, 2009, held in Islamabad agreed to endorse the declaration for the fifth international. The LPP leadership discussed in detail the different aspects of the declaration and found in agreement on the issues.

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Pakistan: End of the military-jihadi nexus

by Dr. Manzur Ejaz

WASHINGTON DIARY: End of the military-jihadi nexus

by Dr Manzur Ejaz

Courtesy: Wichaar, January 6th, 2010

The military has no choice but to eliminate all types of non-state armed groups in Pakistan to save the state and its own privileges. The military may want to pick and choose among these groups, but circumstances will force it to take them out one by one

Asia Peace, a discussion forum, opened the New Year with making predictions about the possible scenarios in Pakistan. Ultimately, the debate centred on the prospects for the military-jihadi nexus. An overwhelming majority believes that the military will keep its jihadi option intact by differentiating between good and bad Taliban and other extremist groups. A very tiny minority, including myself, optimistically believes that the military has no choice but to take out all kinds of jihadis. The military may wish otherwise and may not be fully cognizant of its limited choices but circumstances will force it to clean up the mess it created.

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Corruption, democracy and politics

By Sadiq Saleem

The Canadian prime minister has delayed parliamentary proceedings for three months to by-pass expanding opposition criticism. The Japanese prime minister has lost popularity within a couple of months of winning a general election. The US president has not even completed a year in office but his approval ratings are down and the media is criticizing him for everything under the sun. The British prime minister has faced a major parliamentary corruption scandal and is at the lowest ebb of popularity.

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Bangladesh bans religion in politics

Courtesy: Daily Times

DHAKA: All the Islamic political parties of Bangladesh should drop the name of Islam from their name and should stop using religion during campaigning, Law Minister Ahmad Shafique said on Monday. He said this following a Supreme Court ruling on Sunday, which upheld a 2005 ruling by the high court throwing out the fifth amendment of the constitution, which had allowed religion-based politics to flourish in the country since the late 1970s. “All politics based on religion are going to be banned as per the original constitution,” Ahmed said. The move follows the Awami League’s sweep to power in 2008 elections, which saw them beat the BNP with a landslide. The new government outlawed a controversial Islamic party in October, accusing it of destabilising the country. “We want to reinstate the original constitution. Secularism was a pillar of the 1972 constitution,” said Ahmed. The main opposition party, Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), which is allied with two other Islamic parties, said it would appeal the verdict. Four other Islamist organisations, including the Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), were banned after they carried out a series of nationwide bombings that left 28 people dead in 2005. afp

Courtesy: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=201015\story_5-1-2010_pg7_7

The healing Tea

Green/Black tea with out sugar and milk has shown some real benefits such as reducing heart disease and the risk of pancreatic, prostate, stomach and lung cancer. It because of its range of balanced vitamins and antioxidant properties. Green tea has concentration of flavonoids and polyphenols which have healing properties. A recent study has also found that the green tea antioxidants may prevent or reduce the severity of rheumatoid arthritis because they inhibit Cox-2 gene that triggers inflammation. The green tea’s antioxidents help the liver to work more efficiently because green tea help to control blood sugar levels and it also lower the body fat. Green tea may also help to lower the blood pressure. Laboratory studies show that the polyphenols in green if taken with out sugar can help prevent or reduce the risk of some cancers.

Is the glass half-full or half-empty?

by: Omar Ali

Is this a sign of increasing desperation in the premier spy agency+ Jihad crowd because they are losing control of the country?

I ask because obviously in the good old days, they did not have to ask the people to rise up and sweep away “crooked democracy” because they had already done the sweeping away. Today, President Zardari and ..his team and the Sharifs and MQM and ANP are all living IN Pakistan. They do not have control over the security establishment, but they are not totally powerless either. Is the glass half-full or half-empty?

Courtesy: CRDP, Jan 3, 2010

Who will do it?

by: K. Ashraf

It may be difficult to fix Pakistan but it is not impossible. As a matter of fact, Pakistan has a lot of potential to become an enviable country in very short time.

All they have to do is to set their priorities right and things will start improving. But who will do it? Pakistani rulers have different priorities.

It is not even on their agenda to fix Pakistan’s problems. Let us continue to lit the candles of consciousness among our people. One day, they will turn things around.

Courtesy: K. Ashraf & crdp@yahoogourps.com, Jan 3, 2010 11:39 am (PST)

Issues of Sindh: SANA team’s meeting in Karachi

Report by: Zulfiqar Halepoto

On January 4th, 2010 (5.00 PM – 08.00 PM sharp) a team of Sindhi Association of North America (SANA) including president Dr Valeed Shaikh, Mazhar Lakho, Dr Maqbool Halepota, Dr Aijaz Turk, Sunny Panhwar, Sarfraz Abassi and some friends will be interacting with karachi based leading Sindhi intellectuals. Scholars, writers, development practitioners, educationists and journalists at TRDP , Clifton, Karachi.

Dr Sono Khangharani will give a detailed briefing on some ongoing programmes of development in Sindh through rural development perspective.

Leading thinkers Zamir Ghumro, Javed Kazi, Kazi Fazalluah, Zafar Junejo, Manzoor Chandio, Dodo Chandio, Masood Khan, Aijiz Jamali, G N Mughal, Shuhab Osto, Adam malik, Raheema panhwar, Zulfiqar Shah, Sikander Brohi, will take part in the discussion on the ‘development issues of Sindh’. This session will cover issues of development, political economy, poverty, education and other socio-economic and political issues of Sindh.

The Signs of Insulin Resistance/ Metabolic problem

Elevated triglycerides and cholesterol level, Gastrointestinal problems, Heart trouble, high blood pressure, difficulty to lose weight, Obesity, irregular menstrual periods, food allergies, uncontrollable eating, feel sleepy after an hour of eating, and anxiety.

This may help- Stop consuming Refine carbohydrates ( such as – Sugar and Sugar products, refine flour and white bread products), Eat whole  wheat bread, fiber, take vitamin B- complex and 8 to 10 glasses of water every day, eat fresh washed vegetables.

Kayani’s Tough warning to India

Tough Kayani warning to proponents of ‘adventurism’

By Iftikhar A. Khan

Courtesy: Dawn.com, Saturday, 02 Jan, 2010

Addressing senior officers at the General Headquarters here, Gen Kayani said that the army was alive to the full spectrum of threat that continued to exist both in conventional and unconventional domains.

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North American Sindhis demand

Please convey the views and demands of SANA members and SANALIST subscribers to Sindhi leaders as SANA delegate meets them over coming days. I am attaching below a copy of the SANA resolutions that were passed at the the 25th SANA convention and express the key demands and sentiments of the convention attendees. In addition, the recent concerns expressed on SANALIST include the following:

1. It is imperative that the government fairly and equitably allocate funds and implement improvements in all cities, towns, and villages of Sindh. Many overseas visitors to Sindh have noticed tangible improvements in the non-Sindhi areas of Karachi and Hyderabad. But, the situation in the Sindhi areas and the other localities continue to remain hopeless.The basic services such as garbage collection, sanitary and sewage, roads, and drinking water supply have worsen each year. The Sindh government must select five (5) cities, ten (10) towns, and twenty (20) villages in Sindh as models and immediately implement a program of improved municipal services. This program should include training of local volunteers and incentives that encourage residents to create a self-supporting system for maintaining of the basic civic services. Once these models become showcase and a “best practice”, the program should be extended to other cities, towns, and villages of Sindh.

2. Demand from the Sindh Government officials to do their best to secure the release of Aakash Mallah, Vice Chairman of the Sindh nationalist party Jeay Sindh Qaumi Mahaz (JSQM), and JSQM activist Noor Mohammad Khaskheli. These political workers were abducted on 30th October and are believed to be the victims of enforced disappearances by government security officials.

3. The “Friends of Indus Forum”, a group associated with World Wide Fund (WWF) have recently expressed grave concerns over the worsening situation of the wetlands and Indus eco-region sites of Sindh and said the acute shortage of water in Indus River has badly affected the general ecology of the province. The SANA delegate should demand from the government to create a nation-wide awareness campaign about this calamity and secure agreement from all provinces to allocate some amount of water to save the dying wetlands of Sindh.

4. Effective yesterday (January 1, 2010), the local government system has become a provincial subject in three provinces of Pakistan except in Sindh. Click the following link of a recent article published in DAWN for more details: http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/12-system-continues-in-sindh-nazims-reign-ends-in-three-provinces–bi-09

All district Nazims in Punjab, Balochistan, and NWFP are supposed to stop functioning and the provincial governments are said to have appointed local administrators until fresh elections can be held. The Article 140-A of Pakistan Constitution says: “Each province shall, by law, establish a local government system and devolve political, administrative and financial responsibility and authority to the ‘elected representatives’ of the local governments.” Thus, denying this important provision of provincial autonomy is injustice to Sindh.

The newspaper reports say that MQM is prepared to accept this change provided that no new administrators are appointed and local government elections are held within three (3) months. Ironically, this ill-advised move of the present government indirectly supports the plan to separate Karachi and Hyderabad from rest of Sindh as it strengthens the claim that Karachi and Hyderabad city governments are operating without being the subject of Sindh provincial government. This is a serious setback to the geographic integrity of Sindh.

On behalf of the SANA members, the visiting SANA leaders must demand from the federal government to extend this provision to Sindh and hold local government elections in Sindh under the new provisions within three months.

I hope that SANA leaders will take courageous stands for promotion and protection of Sindhi rights and effectively represent the views and demands of SANA community.

Wishing you success in your meetings!

Khalid Hashmani, McLean, Virginia, USA

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“War on terror” gravy train!

by Omar Ali

My take on the Pak army’s current position oscillates between Taqi’s opinion and the opinion of Dr. Manzur Ejaz. I was fully behind Dr. Manzur Ejaz this morning. But its getting late at night and I just saw Kamran Khan and so maybe its time to put on a more pessimistic hat…

Rationally, Dr. Saheb is one hundred percent right. The army has a huge stake in Pakistan’s economy. Pakistan’s economy has no future if we are in a state of near-war and proxy war with India, Pakistan’s economy has even less of a future if NATO regards Pakistan as an enemy instead of an ally. India’s economy is growing rapidly. Peace will allow Pakistan to attach on India’s growth. Given its lower population density, reasonable infrastructure in Punjab and Karachi, relatively homogeneous heartland,and favorable location (Iran-India pipeline, central Asian transit trade, easier to ship things from Karachi to East Punjab than it is to go via Gujarat, etc.) Pakistan can actually start making serious money relatively quickly and that means the army will make money. China is also focused on economic growth and trade between India and China is exploding. Pakistan can get a share in all that. The peace dividend, in other words, is real and almost immediate.

Meanwhile, the jihadis are certifiably insane and are already a huge threat to the Pakistani state. America, NATO, Japan, Korea, all will pay good money to go after them and the job will take so many years, the army has no reason to worry that its “war on terror” gravy train will dry up anytime soon. Socially, Pakistan is not really ready for Jihadists rule. The jihadis have absolutely no workable program for a modern state….the case for ditching the jihadis and making peace with India seems open and shut. (Of course, INDIA may not cooperate either, but we are focusing right now on what the Pak army is thinking).

So are there some reasons to doubt this rational analysis?

1. The army may calculate (miscalculate in my opinion, but who said they cannot miscalculate?) that peace with India will deprive them of their ability to keep everyone else in Pakistan under their thumb. Or (even more stupidly) that it will deprive Pakistan of its reason for existence.

2. Some geniuses in NDU spend their life looking at rivers on the map and writing position papers about how Pakistan will shrivel and die if we don’t “have Kashmir”. Outsiders tend to think this his just the usual institute of strategic studies bullshit, but I have yet to meet an army officer who did not wholly or partly believe this.All sorts of other gory details about evil devious Hindu Brahmans and their determination to eat every last Muslim baby are added as needed. Again, outsiders tend to think this is “just propaganda” and expect that the army can distinguish between genuine maniacs like Babu Bajrangi and mainstream Indian politicians, but maybe the outsiders are giving the army too much credit? As you may know, even senior army officers seem to believe this propaganda by the time they have had a few drinks. This is an old hazard in the world of propaganda: the propagandists tend to fall for their own propaganda, especially when they live in some echo chamber where alternative views don’t get in anyway.

3. Some in the army and its “think tanks” (Shireen Mazari?) may think that it is more rational to destroy India before it becomes a serious power, and they may imagine that their BFFs in China actually want the same. It does’nt matter if Wen Jia bao doesnt actually think in these terms. What matters is that Shireen Mazari and General Tinpot bahadur imagine that the Chinese want this to happen. Dr. Manzur Ejaz is a sane person, but far too many Pakistani army officers are listening to Zaid Hamid and Ahmed Qureshi, not Dr Manzur Ejaz. What if they take those nutcases seriously?

4. The problem of true believers. Again, outsiders tend to think that Islam and the whole neo-wahabi paradigm are basically means to an end. Tools used by the Pak army to get its goodies, just like Republican candidates use evangelical Christianity. But what if a lot of people in high places actually believe that Allah is waiting for them to unite the Ummah and lead it in its eternal struggle against the infidels?

5. There is the issue of some events that don’t make a lot of sense if the jihadi option is actually being shut down: the determined refusal to launch frontal propaganda against the jihadis; the fact that ISI mouthpieces are constantly working to stir up anti-American and anti-Indian feelings and spreading confusion about the jihadi menace; The attack on Mumbai and the determined effort to present it as some kind of Indian plot;The mysterious survival of all senior jihadi leaders; Masood Azhar; Daood Ibrahim; Ahmed Saeed Shiekh; Haqqani network; Fazlullah, etc. And the line taken by army spokesmen like Kamran Khan; Shireen Mazari….too many loose ends…

5. Finally, there is the issue of nutcases. Every nation has some maniacs who need to be kept in asylums or employed in low level police jobs or as prison guards in Texas. If this kind of person makes it to some place where they can plan another attack on Mumbai, then all bets are off.

Dr. T has mentioned the Nazis. The sophisticated, highly civilized German nation ruined Germany and all of Europe in 12 short years of Nazi rule. At some level, Hitler’s initial actions seemed rational. Rationalists fully expected that he would also know where to draw the line. They were proven terribly wrong. What if the true believers are not thinking of means but ends?

I look forward to being proved wrong.

Courtesy: CRDP, Fri Jan 1, 2010

The Road to Hell

by: Ayaz Amir

Courtesy: Khaleej Times, 1 January 2010

[Excerpt] …The temple of democracy is a cohesive whole. There is no such thing as smashing one pillar and hoping the rest of the structure will survive. It won’t. And when the slabs come crashing down, we will be the losers while those who have always operated in the shadows will have the last laugh. So Happy New Year. Our curse is to live forever in interesting times. May the New Year be a bit less exciting than the one which has just gone by.

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90 killed in Lakki Marwat bombing

PESHAWAR: SUV loaded with 250kg of explosives detonated in middle of volleyball match in Shah Hasan Khel village in Bannu division of Lakki Marwat. At least 90 people were killed and dozens were wounded including children and elderly in attack when  a suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden pickup truck  on New Year’s Day.

IAOJ editorial : Counter the undemocratic forces through joint struggle

The equation of the establishment of Pakistan is changing and a new equation of establishment (Security establishment + Power hungry judicial activists + segment of media & politicians) is emerging to power struggle with democratic forces of the country.

The history of democracy in different countries say that in initial stages, democracy doesn’t bring much but it give opportunities to different stake holders to discuss, involve, evolve and share ideas openly to move forward. If democracy empower continuing than it has a mechanism to bring astonishing benefits to the country and its people. Democracy has mechanism and dynamics to filter those who are not performing well or it helps them to re-aproach through democratic ways to new thinking and to carry some thing better and positive to the voters. This is the time for the parliament and democratic forces of Pakistan to do joint struggle against the undemocratic move, conspiracy or unconstitutional road map which may derail the democracy. Remember ones Winston Churchill was said that “Democracy is the worst system but it is the best system we have.”

Sindhi Beauty Queen

Sana Idnani

April 1, 2008 – 2:51 pm
In between college-campus visits, Senior Prom planning and mid-terms, 18-year old Sana Idnani was able to fit the Miss Teen New York pageant into her scheduled as she was crowned the 2008 Miss Teen New York. Sana Idnani made history on the 25th anniversary of the Miss Teen New York contest as she was the first ever Sindhi crown holder.

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Pandemic Influenza, Swine flu (H1N1)

What is pandemic influenza A (H1N1)?

Pandemic influenza H1N1 is new flu strain first detected in April 2009. Because it is a new strain most people have no immunity to it and it can spread quickly. Most people are therefore at risk of becoming infected with the pandemic H1N1 flu virus. Like seasonal flu, this flu virus affects the airways. It can cause fever, headache, muscle aches and pains, fatigue, and cough and sometimes nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, trouble breathing, weakness and other serious problems. The conditions can last up to five to ten days, but the cough and fatigue can in some people take weeks to fully go away.

Who is at risk for complications from the H1N1 flu virus?

Pregnant women, persons with heart or lung disease including asthma, kidney disease, blood disorders such as anemia, severe obesity, long term aspirin therapy in children less than 18 years of age,  the persons with the conditions of choking, diabetes, cancer, HIV/AIDS, transplant recipients.

Persons 65 and older are at less risk of becoming infected with the pandemic flu virus than people in other age groups.

This may help: Take vitamin C 250mg 4 times daily, have tea/herbal tea without milk and sugar more than 4 times.

Years Will Come And Go, My Sindh Will Go On Forever And Forever

Poetry by Ahmed Makhdoom

Years will come and, years will go,

Decades will come and, decades will go,

Millenniums will come and, millenniums will go,

Mortals will come and, mortals will go,

My Sindhrree will go on forever and forever!

My motherland will glitter forever and forever!

Today, an old year has left us and a new year is born,

And, I pray to Great Lord, Beloved, Master of my soul;

But, wait! Me, a tiny drop; Thee, Vast Ocean Supreme!

Tiny I am, qualified I am not; Sinner I am, impure I feel;

My murshid is most qualified – my teacher, my guide;

Lord! Me, a wretched being, Bhittai is Thy friend indeed!

Courtesy: Sindhi e-lists/ e-groups, 13 Dec. 2009

Karachi mastermind arrested before blast?

Police arrested mastermind 10 days before Karachi blast?

LAHORE: An alleged mastermind of the Youm-e-Ashur blast in Karachi was arrested 10 days before the incident, which implies that police had prior knowledge of the suicide bombing, as the accused had revealed all details of the plans and the explosives to investigators, a private TV channel reported on Thursday. The information could be have been used to prevent the Youm-e-Ashur blast. The alleged mastermind – Sirajullah alias Zeeshan – was arrested on December 17, the channel reported. He is under the custody of Karachi police’s special investigation unit. Police neither made the arrest public nor presented the culprit in any court so far. Courtesy: daily times monitor. http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=201011\story_1-1-2010_pg7_8

Courtesy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6JsSj3ZTRA0