Awami Jamhoori Party (AJP) Badin invites all friends to attend a lecture program of Mr. Ahmed Mushtaque on Sunday 30th May 2010 @ 11.00 AM in Badin Press Club. He will talk on “Understanding Trends of Global Politics and Implications on Pakistan & Sindh”.
Seven million with Hepatitis?
ACCORDING TO DIFFERENT NEWS REPORTS THE SHOCKING SITUATION OF HEPATITIS A, B AND C IN SINDH, ESPECIALLY IN JACOBABAD, LARKANA AND UPPER SINDH. OVER SEVEN MILLION IN SIND ARE GOING TO DIE, (SO THERE IS NO NEED FOR ANY OPERATION BY SECURITY FORCES.
THERE ARE MORE THAN SEVEN MILLION INFECTED BY HEPATITIS ARE ONLY IN SINDH. MEDICAL TREATMENT IS TOO EXPENSIVE FOR THOSE POOR AND HELPLESS PEOPLE. WADERAS ANDN SARDARS ARE NOT DOING ANYTHING.
NOW THE PROBLEM IS THAT THERE IS NOBODY THERE TO TAKE THE RESPONSIBILITY IN SINDH AND TO START SOMETHING AGAINST THESE KILLER DISEASES.
THERE ARE ONLY A FEW INDIVIDUALS AND ORGANIZATIONS WHO ARE TRUSTED AND HAVE CREDIBILITY IN SINDH, OTHER WISE MOST THEM ARE CORRUPT INCLUDING HEALTH DEPARTMENT AND OTHER GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS.
News: Orly Airport, in France is embarking on a program to extract geothermal energy from underground to slash it’s heating bills. Two shafts will be drilled on the airports perimeter to access a water table warmed by the earth’s core. The water from these deep shafts will be drawn up by natural pressure; the water will emerge at the surface at 75 degrees C (165 F). The water will then be injected into the airports heating system; once the heat has been extracted the water will then be pumped back underground.
You have 2 cows. You give one to your neighbor.
You have 2 cows. The State takes both and gives you some milk.
You have 2 cows. The State takes both and sells you some milk.
You have 2 cows. The State takes both and shoots you.
You have 2 cows. The State takes both, shoots one, milks the other, and then throws the milk away…
You have two cows. You sell one and buy a bull. Your herd multiplies, and the economy grows. You sell them and retire on the income.
AN AMERICAN CAPITALISM
You have two cows. You sell one, and force the other to produce the milk of four cows. Later, you hire a consultant to analyze why the cow has dropped dead.
ENRON VENTURE CAPITALISM
You have two cows. You sell three of them to your publicly listed company, using letters of credit opened by your brother-in-law at the bank, then execute a debt/equity swap with an associated general offer so that you get all four cows back, with a tax exemption for five cows. The milk rights of the six cows are transferred via an intermediary to a Cayman Island Company secretly owned by the majority shareholder who sells the rights to all seven cows back to your listed company.
The annual report says the company owns eight cows, with an option on one more. You sell one cow to buy a new president of the United States, leaving you with nine cows. No balance sheet provided with the release. The public then buys your bull.
THE ANDERSEN MODEL CAPITALISM
You have two cows. You shred them.
A FRENCH CAPITALISM
You have two cows. You go on strike, organize a riot, and block the roads, because you want three cows.
You have two cows. You redesign them so they are one-tenth the size of an ordinary cow and produce twenty times the milk. You then create a clever cow cartoon image called ‘Cowkimon’ and market it worldwide.
A GERMAN CAPITALISM
You have two cows. You re-engineer them so they live for 100 years, eat once a month, and milk themselves.
AN ITALIAN CAPITALISM
You have two cows, but you don’t know where they are. You decide to have Lunch.
A RUSSIAN CAPITALISM
You have two cows. You count them and learn you have five cows. You count them again and learn you have 42 cows. You count them again and learn you have 2 cows. You stop counting cows and open another bottle of vodka.
A SWISS CAPITALISM
You have 5000 cows. None of them belong to you. You charge the owners for storing them.
You have two cows. You have 300 people milking them. You claim that you have full employment, and high bovine productivity. You arrest the newsman who reported the real situation.
AN INDIAN SYSTEM
You have two cows. You worship them.
A BRITISH SYSTEM
You have two cows. Both are mad.
AN IRAQI CAPITALISM
Everyone thinks you have lots of cows. You tell them that you have none. No-one believes you, so they bomb the shit out of you and invade your country. You still have no cows, but at least now you are part of a Democracy… .
A NEW ZEALAND CAPITALISM
You have two cows. The one on the left looks very attractive.
AN AUSTRALIAN CAPITALISM
You have two cows. Business seems pretty good. You close the office and go for a few beers to celebrate.
A PAKISTANI SYSTEM
“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Courtesy: Sindh TV
Researchers fed hamsters (a kind of mice) a high fructose diet (kind of soft drink). The hamsters have gotten a metabolism/ insulin resistance problem, similar to humans. After few weeks of that diet hamsters got high triglyceride. Result: the choices we make are responsible to make us ill most of the times. Take care of general health. Eat green and colorful vegetables and drink crystal clean fresh water and try to do exercise every day.
WASHINGTON: May 26, 2010. The Kashmiri-American Council and the Association of Humanitarian Lawyers are to hold their ‘11th Annual International Kashmir Peace Conference’ here on July 29th and July30th, Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai announced here today. Dr. Fai said the principal theme of the conference this year will be ‘”India-Pakistan Relations: Breaking the Deadlock over Kashmir.’
Hunza people of Pakistan are famous for their long lives. They live in natural and simple environment and meet best health most of their life. Hunza people live in a remote valley of far north-eastern Pakistan. There average age is at least ninety years as compare to developed countries seventy-five with advanced medical system and facilities. High blood pressure, cholesterol or cardio-vascular diseases are not common in Hunza.
When, I sailed around the world, I with my own eyes that people were using the oceans as a trash bin. By the time I got home, I had made up my mind to do something about it, starting with my own backyard, Sydnney Harbour. -Excerpt from – Ian Kiernan, interview with David Suzuki
More than meets the eye – Dr Manzur Ejaz
– BBC Urdu bulletins were banned in Pakistan without any justification
In the garb of performing a pious act by banning the most popular internet sites, the government has knocked out its critics. Now, Pakistanis are left at the mercy of the government or corporate media overwhelmed by religious ideologues
Pakistan has done it once again. From Morocco to Indonesia, nowhere did the public come out against the abominable act of depicting cartoons of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) except in Pakistan. Other than Pakistan, no other government, including theocracies in Saudi Arabia and Iran, keen on condemning the US in any way, have hurriedly shut down Facebook, YouTube or Twitter and several hundred sites on the pretext of the repulsive cartoons. Both Pakistan’s government and demonstrators have agendas other than reacting to these said cartoons.
The question was raised in my column a week back why most jihadis throwing bombs in other countries are traced back to Pakistan. Another question to raise is, why do only Pakistanis feel hurt when a lunatic publishes something in other countries? Are Pakistani Muslims the most honest, pious and God-fearing in the entire world? Every Pakistani knows in his or her heart that Pakistanis’ honesty and reverence for religion is a myth that is broken every day by corruption, nepotism, underhand dealings, cruelty to the poor and women and overblown greed. Therefore, Pakistanis taking the pain of safeguarding the entire Muslim world is quite hypocritical.
Sindhi Association of North America (SANA), Greater Toronto Area (GTA) chapter executive council (EC) cordially invites all SANA members, Sindhi community friends, and families living in GTA and all over North America to attend its annual function being held on Sunday June 6th, 2010 at Grand Taj Banquet Hall, 6915 Dixie Road, Mississauga, Ontario L5T 2G2.
This important occasion will offer the opportunity to meet old and new friends and families, renew our cultural ties and heritage along with providing our children an opportunity to meet and experience our culture and values while enjoying entertaining music and delicious food.
This event will also enlighten us about Canadian society and government with participation of members of parliament from all level of government and political parties and help us to introduce our community and culture, and discuss our issues with Canadian leadership.
The Honorable Jason Kenny, PC, MP, Federal Minister of Citizenship, Immigration & Multiculturism has confirmed his attendance for our annual function going to be held on 6th day of June,2010.
Mr.Kenny will address the assembly of people (members), meet with members & join us in Lunch. He has also expressed that for him it will be a great chance to see every one in person.
Honourable Michael Prue, New Democratic Party’s MPP(Member Provincial Parliament) has also confirmed to attend SANA function.
Self-realization means that we have been consciously connected with our source of being. Once we have made this connection, then nothing can go wrong… – Swami Paramananda
The environment is the extended body. It must be peaceful. – Deepak Chopra
Our skin is made up of an inner and an outer layer: the dermis and epidermis, respectively. The epidermis has an outer coating of dead cells that are constantly worn away and replaced, whereas the dermis is a permanent living layer.
Tattoos are created by placing coloured pigments in the dermis with a needle. The pigment, which is usually made of carbon and therefore, not rejected as a foreign body by the skin’s immune system, becomes bonded to the dermis, although it is clearly visible through the translucent epidermis.
1. Pursue Achievable Goals, 2. Keep A Genuine Smile, 3. Share with Others, 4. Help Thy Neighbors, 5. Maintain a Youthful Spirit, 6. Get Along with the Rich, the Poor, the Beautiful, & the Ugly, 7. Keep Cool Under Pressure, 8 . Lighten the Atmosphere with Humor, 9. Forgive the Annoyance of Others, 10. Have a Few Pals, 11. Cooperate and Reap Greater Rewards, 12. Treasure Every Moment with Your Loved Ones, 13. Have High Confidence in Yourself, 14. Respect the Disadvantaged, 15. Indulge Yourself Occasionally, 16. Surf the Net at Leisure, 17. Take Calculated Risks, 18. Understand “Money Isn’t Everything”.
via Najamuddin Ghanghro
Never doubt that a small, group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. – Margaret Mead
Psychosis is a loss of contact with reality. Psychosis often involves delusions and seeing or hearing things that others can not see or hear (hallucinations.) People with psychosis often feel fearfulness or suspiciousness (paranoid). Psychosis may develop suddenly or gradually. Psychosis may occur as part of other mental health disorders. Some people with depression develop psychosis and some older people with dementia have psychosis. Drugs called anti psychotic can be effective in reducing the symptoms of psychosis.
Sex is not harmful. It is a vehicle to self-knowledge, love, healing, creativity, adventure, and intense feelings of aliveness. – Judith Levine
Question: If you could live forever, would you and why?
Answer: I would not live forever, because we should not live forever, because if we were supposed to live forever, then we would live forever, but we cannot live forever, which is why I would not live forever.
Drawing a line: Pakistan’s jihad against the Internet – By Urooj Zia
A couple of months ago, when self-styled ‘security analyst’ Zaid Hamid’s anti-India vitriol started getting out of hand, a group of Pakistanis got together on Facebook to condemn his hate speech and calls for war against ‘Hindu Zionists’. There were jokes about ‘Jihad-e-Facebook’ and ‘Ghazwa-e-YouTube’ because, like former dictator Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf, that’s where an overwhelming majority of Hamid’s supporters were anyway. No one could have thought at the point that an organ of the state would declare jihad against Facebook, but that is exactly what has happened. On 19 May, on a petition filed by a group calling itself the Islamic Lawyers Movement, the Lahore High Court ordered the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to block Facebook in response to the perceived blasphemy of a single page about ‘Draw … Day’.
– Tausif Kamal
If Zardari is forced out before his term it would be the beginning of the end of our nascent restoration of democracy. I’m no supporter of PPP or Zaradari but why all the responsibility for all the country’s problems is being heaped upon one man, who has been in , power’ (whatever that means ) for not even two years.
If anybody has to go down, its “K”. He’s directing an inept war in slow motion against the enemy, Talibans/ Jihadists. Under his command GHQ has been attacked… Talibans are murdering and terrorizing the citizens of the country at will.
It has taken many years or indeed decades for the existential and debilitating problems of Taliban/ Jihadist terrorism, Baluchistan insurgency and the dead-end state of the economy to germinate and develop. They did not come about overnight. Its obvious that the reactionary forces in Pakistan, the Islamist parties like JI, right wing media and groups , pro-military establishment etc are spearheading a campaign to remove Zardari, to sidestep the PPP govt and to grab power themselves. Eventually such a move will derail whatever democracy we have. Since nurturing democracy in Pakistan is the core agenda of CRDP we all should be concerned about this possibly destructive move and I suggest that we take some action.
Courtesy: – CRDP, Nov 13, 2009
18th Amendment-Position Statement – WSC
The pretence of ‘reforms’ will prove counterproductive. Since its inception, Pakistan has been under direct or indirect military rule. Never has Pakistan established itself as a true federal and democratic state, and today’s current constitution has proven completely inadequate in progressing towards that end. Rather than safeguarding the rights of the oppressed Nations, of the religious minorities and of other marginalized groups (i.e. women), the constitution has become the very instrument of hegemonic control and military domination by which the Punjab majority subjugates all other ethnic and religious minorities into a tyrannical majoritarianism.
The current 18th Amendment passed in National Assembly, though a step in the right direction, does not sufficiently address the genuine concerns of equality of all the peoples of Pakistan.
Conflicting News about Thar Coal in Business Recorder – Thar Coal Politics
by: Khalid Hashmani, McLean, Virginia, USA
The politics surrounding the Thar Coal continues to confound Sindhis and other Pakistanis. Only two days ago (May 21), the newspaper Business Recorder, which is published from Karachi, said that the World Bank had withdrawn support for the Thar Coal project. Today, comes another story in the same newspaper saying that the World Bank will support the Thar Coal project. It seems that there is some manipulation going on once again in an attempt to gain control for the central government over this important asset of Sindh.
It must be noted that other than oil and gas, where Pakistani constitution requies shared control, Coal is exclusively under provincial jurisdiction.
The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received a report of the torture of six persons from a Christian family by officials of the Pakistan Air Force. The arrest and torture continued for a period of 18 days and was due to the suspicion that they had stolen gold ornaments from the house of a Wing Commander in the Pakistan Air Force (PAF). A 14 year-old girl and her 16 year-old brother were tortured by the Wing Commander himself. As a result the girl is now disabled and neither she nor her brother is able to walk properly. A Session Court has helped obtain the victims’ release but has not initiated any judicial process against the officials of the PAF even after finding evidence that the family was tortured and being detained illegally in the PAF torture cell.
For more> Asian Human Rights Commission
Flaws in the judgment – By Asma Jahangir
The Supreme Court (SC) has spoken and the nation must bow its head. The chief justice has asked members of the bar to pray for the judiciary. This too must be respected, as the Almighty alone can rescue those who wish to destroy themselves.
There is open friction between the ruling party and the court. By not restoring the SC judges earlier and letting Justice Dogar run amok with the law, the government lost face.
Courtesy: ARY TV
Yet another testimonial including facts and figures on the plight of Sindhis comes to us via an excellent article by M. B. Soomro that was published in Sindhi daily newspaper “Kawish”. The focus of this article on the economic plight and discrimination in hiring of Sindhis in federal jobs.
The facts and Figures presented in the article are based on the answers given by various ministers in the National Assembly of Pakistan and Pakistani Senate. Following are the excerpt of the article.
Facts and Figures on the Plight of Sindhis
Written by: M. B. Soomro
Translation by: Khalid Hashmani, McLean, Virginia, USA
OIL AND GAS PRODUCTION AND INCOME
In answer to question 77 on May 13, 2010, the responsible federal Minister said that from 2004 to 2008, Sindh produced 70.422 million barrels of oil and 5001.45 billion cubic feet of gas. The total income from the oil and gas produced in Sindh in the last five years has been 8 kharab, 45 arab, 43 crore, and 50 lakh. This equates to approximately 8.5 billion in US dollars, which is significantly more than what the USA has committed in aid to Pakistan over the next five (5) years under the Kerry-Lugar bill.
Ironically, several international studies on poverty have stated that rural Sindh suffers one of the highest level of poverty in Asia. Just imagine what could have been done to alleviate poverty, increase educational opportunities, improve health care, and create jobs in rural Sindh if Sindh was allowed the full benefit from the income from its oil and gas resources.
By Rashed Rahman
Hamid Mir, a prominent TV anchor, has seen fit to respond to a story carried by Daily Times (May 16, 2010, “Hamid Mir’s terrifying indiscretions”, plus a transcript of a purported telephone conversation between Mir and an unknown militant of the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan) with a vicious campaign against the publisher of the paper, Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer. In his latest column in Jang (May 17, 2010, “Aasteen key saanp”), he has continued his canards against Mr Taseer, including implying he was an “aasteen ka saanp” (snake in the sleeve) of the PPP. While the language and tone of Mir’s campaign against Mr Taseer is deplorable, he also needs correction on a number of other counts.
DT’s story that has aroused the ire of Hamid Mir had been circulating on the web and in the new media for days before DT picked it up. The allegation in the story was that the above referred to a telephone conversation, if genuine, that showed Mir giving information on Khalid Khwaja that might have led to his execution on April 30 by the Asian Tigers extremist group who had captured him. Now that the story has been aired, Mr Mir, instead of becoming apoplectic and missing the point, should consider the following.
The publisher of DT has a track record of not interfering with the policy of the paper. It remains one of the few newspapers that adhere to the safeguarding of the institution of a professional editor and editorial autonomy. If Mr Mir has a bone to pick, it should be with the editor, not the publisher, and that too while adhering to civilised norms and language. Tilting at the publisher betrays some preconceived prejudice, if not depreciating and denigrating the editorial independence enjoyed by the paper’s editor.
In DT’s editorial “Shocking revelations” (May 17, 2010), we argued: “There should be a thorough investigation into the matter by the security agencies. It should first be ascertained whether it was actually Hamid Mir or an impersonator on the audiotape.” We did not pass judgment on the genuineness or otherwise of the audiotape, but left room for the possibility that it was a forgery, as Mir has subsequently claimed amidst his loud protestations of innocence. In an inadvertent admission, however, he says the audiotape is an amalgam of bits and pieces of other conversations (innocent journalistic exchanges, according to him). Even if this is conceded, there is sufficient in the ‘bits and pieces’ to arouse alarm. Surely Mr Mir should welcome the opportunity to clear his name if the tape is indeed a forgery. On the other hand, if it turns out to be genuine, Mir has a lot to answer for and the law should take its course. The country is in the middle of a life-or-death struggle against the homegrown jihadis who have declared war on the state. Journalists, who are engaged in an increasingly precarious and dangerous profession in conflict areas, may be required for professional reasons to keep lines of communication open with the ‘enemy’. However, this does not give anyone, journalist or not, room to transcend the law of the land or the ethics of his profession. If the tape is genuine and Mir did say the things about Khalid Khwaja that are on the tape, a prima facie case is made out for his arraignment on charges that could include being an accessory before the fact to the murder that followed, as well as in possible violation of the Army Act (applicable to civilians in times of war). The statement released by the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan denying the contents of the tape and trying to clear our intrepid anchor’s name has done more to muddy Hamid Mir’s case than anyone else could have. With friends like these…
Unlike Hamid Mir’s personalised diatribes since the storm broke around his head, which we do not wish to dignify by stooping to the same level, we advocate a thorough investigation to allow Hamid Mir a chance to prove his innocence or otherwise. Whichever way it goes, let the wheels of justice be set in motion to get to the bottom of a sordid and murky episode that reveals nothing more than the possible hidden links of the extremists at war with Pakistan with certain sections of our ‘free’ media. The turn from the pro-jihadi policy of old to open conflict and war against the cancer within our body politic that threatens the state may have left such ‘linked’ parts of the media nostalgic for the past ‘good times’ and desperate to see these enemies of a civilised democratic society succeed by hook or by crook. History, however, appears to have passed on and left these antediluvian warriors whistling in the wind. *
You see things and you say, “why?” But I dream things that never were; and I say, “Why not?” -George Bernard Shaw
Calcium builds strong bones and teeth, reducing risk of osteoporosis, helps regulate the amount of water in and around your cells and keeps your muscles safe from cramping. Researchers have recently discovered that a calcium-rich diet may reduce the risk of high blood pressure while lowering the risk of colon cancer.