Austria anti-migrant protest

Hundreds of people gathered in southern Austria to demand a halt to the influx of migrants. Rough cut – subtitles (no reporter narration).

ROUGH CUT – SUBTITLES (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Hundreds of people gathered in southern Austria on Saturday (October 31), to protest against the government’s migration policies and call for the authorities to close the border to the continuing influx of migrants in to the country. Waving the Austrian flag and shouting slogans like “We are the people” and “Fortress Europe – Close the Borders”, the protesters marched from the train station in the village of Spielfeld towards the border but were stopped by police before reaching it. Many called for Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann to stand down. Austrian police said that between 400 and 600 people took part in the demonstration which ended peacefully. Austria has largely served as a conduit into Germany for hundreds of thousands of Middle Eastern, African and Asian migrants and refugees fleeing wars and hardship who have travelled from the Mediterranean and through the Balkans since early September. The demonstration took place just a few hundred metres from the border with Slovenia, where thousands of migrants and refugees from countries like Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan were waiting to be transported to emergency accommodation.

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Sindh Cultural Day observed by Pakistanis in Riyadh

By Waqar Naseem Wamiq


RIYADH — Indus Cultural & Social Forum (ICSF) observed the Sindhi Cultural Day at the chancery hall of Pakistan Embassy here. Pakistan Ambassador Manzoor ul Haq was the chief guest.

Dr. Mustafa started the program by reciting few verses from the Holy Qur’an. Abdul Qadir Mallah and Dr. Erum Qalbani jointly conducted the program. The hall was beautifully decorated with the flowers and traditional Sindhi Ajraks. Most of the attendees — men, women and kids — wore the traditional Sindhi caps and Ajraks, and the ISCF team was dressed in black suits with Ajrak printed neckties.

In his welcome address, HOC Sardar Muhammad Khattak mentioned the significance and importance of the day. “We are conducting this program in order to highlight the Sindhi culture among the Pakistani community.”

Founder president of ICSF Abdul Qadir Mallah briefed the audience about the Sindhi day. He said, “The Indus forum was established in 2011 in order to provide a collective platform for the Sindhi community in Riyadh.”

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Prescription from Pakistan: How one hospital is a model for Asia

Pakistan’s dismal public health system is rife with mismanagement and a paucity of resources.

Amidst this shambolic system, one hospital in Karachi has been providing specialised healthcare to millions.

Free of charge.

As the Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation celebrated 40 years of successful service, Dr Sanjay Nagral visited the facility and met the man who helms it, armed with the simple philosophy that ‘No person should die only because they are unable to afford medical expenses.’

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Pakistan Joins Russia, Condemns Any Attempts to Topple Assad in Syria

Pakistan opposes any efforts to topple the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Pakistan’s foreign secretary said on Wednesday.

“Pakistan is also against foreign military intervention in Syria and fully supports the territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab Republic,” Aizaz Chaudhry said during a meeting of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee.

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Tim Cook says this is the real reason Apple products are made in China


“It’s skill,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said in response to a question on “60 Minutes” Sunday from Charlie Rose as to why the company’s products are made in China.

Rose clearly wasn’t buying it. “They have more skills than American workers? They have more skills than German workers?” he pressed.

“The U.S., over time, began to stop having as many vocational kind of skills,” Cook explained. “I mean, you can take every tool and die maker in the United States and probably put them in a room that we’re currently sitting in. In China, you would have to have multiple football fields.”

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Zimbabwe to adopt Chinese yuan as legal currency after debt cancellation

In an unprecedented move that signals China’s growing global influence, Zimbabwe has announced that it will adopt the Chinese currency as legal tender.

The announcement came after China cancelled $40-million (U.S.) in Zimbabwean debt earlier this week. China is already Zimbabwe’s biggest trading partner, and Beijing is often praised by the Zimbabwean government, which has adopted a “Look East” policy after years of sanctions by Western governments.

While the decision to adopt the Chinese yuan as legal tender next month is largely a political message by an anti-Western government, it also illustrates China’s economic power in Africa, where Beijing has rapidly become a major investor and the continent’s biggest trading partner.

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