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  • Lawyers’ Vigilantism

    The lawyers’ attack on Punjab Institue of Cardiology is criminal. In a shameful act of vandalism, the lawyers forgot the sanctity that hospitals carry. What the lawyers did will go down as a move of the goons in uniform. Even in the times of war, fighting armies do not attack public places, especially hospitals of each other. What can one say when those who are meant to uphold the law ...

  • No Coverage For Convicts

    The government has decided to pursue a law against absconders and convicts to prevent media organisations to provide them any coverage. This law, despite the lack of specificity by Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan, is being pursued with regards to the coverage that is offered to opposition leaders who are behind bars or under investigation and still ...

  • Can I see what you see?

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    Usually, we say: Do you understand what I mean, or maybe: Do you see what I see? But I thought I should turn it, and ask if I can be able to see what you see, what you mean. The demand should not only be on you, it should also be on me. We can all learn new things; we can try to see things from another’s perspective, from another person’s viewpoint, his or her background, tradition, ...

  • The conspiracy that failed

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    What happened during the last few months was ‘a crisis period’ for the state institutions, drifting in a state of helplessness to handle an ordinary matter of the state. Luckily it was the unexpected intervention by the “marginalized right” that saved the system from being wrapped-up. The Deep State working on both sides of the divide, created the crisis. The Deep State, ...

  • Deadlock on appointment of CEC & our egos

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    It is a not healthy sign for democracy to have a deadlock on such important constitutional appointments which shows that our system has not yet matured enough to handle the national issues with the collective wisdom of government and opposition. Now, the recent crisis is emerging because of no consensus on a name from the names proposed by opposition and Government. According to the constitution ...

  • Past in Perspective

    The holocaust illustrates the consequences of racism, prejudice and stereotyping on a society. It forces us to examine the responsibility of citizenship and confront the powerful ramifications of indifference and inaction. –Tim Holden   It is remembered as the “Night of Broken Glass” or “Kristallnacht” in German. That 9th November of 1938 when Jewish community ...

  • Animals are a part of us

    In Asian countries Pakistan is having a high rate of illegal hunting of birds. There are some rare animals and birds which are in danger now. It seems that each year 5 million only birds are being haunted illegally. Birds are a part of ecosystem and they are the beauty of nature. Without being concerned about their importance, we are taking them towards extinction. However, if we put a glance ...

  • Step by PM

    The two announcements made in Islamabad on November 4 by Prime Minister Imran Khan are worth some assessment and gratitude. The first was about a rational program to be launched for the poor by the PTI government. Since the country’s worsening economic conditions have increased the number of people barely living on meager resources, a reasonable system would certainly help millions of ...

  • Books

    The structural unit of a building is a brick. The quality of brick decides the life span and strength of the building. Similarly a human being is a structural unit of a society and if he is not a quality unit like a brick, the society will be a weak one and hence good societies take every possible step to make its members more useful. Education is the primary concern for the purpose of human ...

  • Fashion shows in Pakistan

    Pakistan came into being in the name of Islam and movement for making Pakistan was based on two nation theory which states that Muslims and hindus are entirely two different nations living together in sub-continent and their culture and customs do not match with each other thus it was realized by our Muslims leaders that there should be a separate land where Muslims can practice their religion ...

  • 1.9 billion People rely on natural ‘water towers’

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    LONDON-In a unique study, scientists have assessed and ranked the importance of Earth’s great “water towers”.These are the 78 mountainous regions that are able to generate and then store vast quantities of water. They deliver it in a controlled way to major populations living downstream.The Dutch-led team finds Asia’s Indus basin - fed by the Himalayan, Karakoram, ...

  • Refugees at ‘increased risk’ from extreme weather

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    LONDON-Refugees and people displaced within countries because of conflict are increasingly vulnerable to the effects of extreme weather, experts say.Humanitarian agencies told the BBC this posed significant challenges for their operations in different parts of the world.Temporary camps for the displaced in Africa and Asia have been affected.Extreme weather has even caused secondary displacements ...

  • Influencer jailed for plot to steal website at gunpoint

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    US-A social-media influencer has been sentenced to 14 years in prison over a plot to obtain a domain name at gunpoint.Rossi Lorathio Adams II, 27, built up more than a million followers by posting videos of partying Iowa State University students on his website, Doit4thestate.com.He then planned to expand his empire by buying the domain Doitforthestate.com. But for two years, its owner refused to ...

  • 500-yr-old eggs found unbroken in Chinese tomb

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    CHENGDU - Archaeologists in southwest China’s Sichuan Province said Monday they had found a jar of rice and unbroken eggs that date back more than 500 years.The jar was discovered from a Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) tomb in a park in the city of Guang’an, said Tang Yunmei, curator of the Guang’an City Museum. Its epitaph suggests the tomb belonged to Yang Ming, who died in 1501, and ...

  • China improves space-based observation of Earth

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    BEIJING- China has greatly improved its ability to observe the Earth from space with a series of high-resolution remote sensing satellites sent into orbit over the past nine years, according to the China National Space Administration (CNSA).The satellites, belonging to China’s high-resolution Earth observation project (Gaofen project) initiated in 2010, have formed a stable satellite remote ...

  • Sharmeen’s ‘Sitara Let Girls Dream’ wins big at Los Angeles Animation Fest

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    LOS Angeles-Two-time Academy and three-time Emmy Award-winning director SharmeenObaid-Chinoy’s latest animation short film, SITARA: LET GIRLS DREAM has won three awards at the Los Angeles Animation Festival 2019 in North Hollywood on 8th December 2019 in the categories of Best Produced Screenplay, Best Music Score and the Humanitarian Award. Indeed it is the only animation film from ...

  • British stars nominated for Golden Globe awards

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    LOS ANGELES-British stars are well represented in this year’s Golden Globe nominations, with Rocketman’sTaronEgerton and Phoebe Waller-Bridge up for awards.Waller-Bridge is up for a lead actress prize for Fleabag, while her Irish co-star Andrew Scott is also nominated.Marriage Story, a Netflix production, is the most nominated film, having received six citations in all.The Irishman, ...

  • Hareem Farooq announced as brand ambassador for ‘Elephone’

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    LAHORE-The leading Chinese Smartphone Manufacturers ‘ELEPHONE’, in collaboration with Rockville Technologies Pakistan, is delighted to announce the renowned Pakistani producer, actress and model, Hareem Farooq as its local brand ambassador for Pakistan. Hareem Farooq is a highly acclaimed film, theatre, tv actress and producer in Pakistan, known for her work locally and ...

  • Emma Watson delighted by self-partnered popularity

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    LOS ANGELES-Emma Watson is ‘’so happy’’ people feel ‘’empowered’’ by describing themselves as ‘’self-partnered’’.The ‘Little Women’ actress caused a stir last month when she used the phrase to describe her single status and she’s glad her ‘’stressful moment’’ has inspired other ...

  • Quick Read

    US rapper dies aged 21 ‘after seizure at airport’ US (BBC): Juice Wrld, a US rapper who shot to fame on music streaming platforms, has died at the age of 21.Celebrity news website TMZ said he died after suffering a seizure at Chicago’s Midway airport on Sunday morning.The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office said the cause was unknown.Juice Wrld, real name Jarad Anthony ...

  • India Against Muslims

    The Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) in India has resulted in yet another controversy for the Modi led government which is religiously trying to sabotage the secular growth of the country. The CAB seeks to offer citizenship to non-Muslim minorities from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh already residing in India. While the Indian government denies any discrimination against Muslims, as stated ...

  • Great Athletic performance

    For all sports lovers, Pakistani athletes’ grabbing medals in the South Asian games is a pleasant surprise. However, their wins may not shift the nation’s conversation from and obsession with cricket. The fear is that hardly any state official or elected representative will welcome the national heroes on their return to home. Such behaviour is more than enough to show the ...

  • Corruption References In KP

    The NAB Chairman recently stated that corruption references for both Peshawar BRT and Malam Jabba are ready, but stay orders in courts prevent them from being filed. The accountability bureau clearly wants itself to be seen as an impartial investigator, taking on all corruption scandals regardless of party affiliation, but actions taken depict a completely different picture. For instance, it is ...

  • To catch a thief

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    It takes a thief to catch a thief, diamond cuts diamond, poison neutralizes poison etc, and these proverbs are widely used in the English language. The bottom line being that it has never been easy to catch a thief. Committing a theft has never been a trivial affair. Despite powerful slogans like ‘rime never pays’ and honesty is the best policy, dishonesty prevails in the land of the ...

  • BJP, Shashi Tharoor and Jinnah

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    As BJP under the RSS tutelage promulgated the National Register of Citizens(NRC) in Assam and now brings in Citizenship Amendment Bill(CAB), Indian opposition leaders like Shashi Tharoor jumped on the bandwagon to link it with Quaid e Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. Unfortunately, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor while participating in the debate on the Citizenship (Amendment Bill) in Lok Sabha, said ...

  • Premature celebrations!

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    Well, the new government mantra is to build cum spread this perception that the economy is finally on the mend and there are happy days ahead. Frankly, must say that not a bad strategy by any stretch of imagination, because when it comes to business and markets perception counts for a lot in making or breaking an investment or work environment. The economic team finally has a few straws to clutch ...

  • Past in Perspective

    “…the protection of human rights creates a pretext for intervention as given approval by the UN Security Council in the form of the R2P (responsibility to protect) norm, as used in the 2011 Libyan intervention. The same applies with international criminal accountability.” –Richard A. Falk   The UN authorised NATO to protect civilians from Qaddafi, however, instead ...

  • Naya Pakistan?

    When Imran khan was selected as a Prime Minister of Pakistan and he has promised that he would bring changes and make the country a Naya Pakistan, instead of positive changes, he had brought negative changes in Pakistan. He has put taxes on everything in Pakistan whether it should be a grocery material or daily life using material. In fact, now-a-days if someone dies and his/her family has to pay ...

  • WBBL

    Women Big Bash League is the only women cricket league held by Australian Cricket board, to make the women cricket more interesting and competitive. It is the third year of WBBL by which Australian women team is going on the top. It is a massive opportunity for girl’s cricketers to play with overseas players more to be friendly and exhibit themselves better. On Sunday, I watched a match in ...