Apr 302017
 
Gemalto supports Middle East banks with new Visa and Mastercard-certified card personalization center in Dubai

New card personalization center will enable region’s banks to offer enhanced and highly responsive customer service One-stop solution for EMV card personalization, fulfilment and associated services Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank is first to benefit from Gemalto’s fully integrated and tailored support Dubai, May 1st 2017 – Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, has opened a new banking card personalization center in Dubai, bringing the benefits of highly responsive, locally-based support to the region’s fast developing financial services sector. The new center is fully certified by Visa and MasterCard, and offers a one-stop solution for EMV card personalization and associated services such as PIN by SMS, including the option of same day delivery. Banks will therefore be able to offer their end users an enhanced customer experience, and reap the benefits of improved flexibility, business continuity, reliability, and cost efficiency. The first customer to take advantage of the new center is Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank (ADIB), a leading Islamic financial services group with 88 branches and a presence that extends across the UAE and six other Middle East and European countries. Gemalto will provide ADIB with personalization services for debit and credit cards, along with an enhanced and fully integrated packaging, fulfillment and PIN mailer service that is tailored precisely to the individual requirements of the bank and its clients. As a global company, Gemalto’s new personalization center also supports the ability to securely deliver replacement banking cards to VIP customers when they are traveling abroad. The [Read More…]

Apr 302017
 
India Alleges 2 Soldiers Killed, Mutilated by Pakistani Forces in Kashmir

NEW DELHI � The Indian army has accused Pakistani forces of killing two of its soldiers and mutilating their bodies along the border in the disputed Kashmir region. India has vowed retribution for the incident that will deepen tensions between the South Asian rivals, whose relations have hit a low point in recent months. The army said the soldiers were killed on patrol when Pakistani forces fired rockets and mortars at two Indian posts in the Krishna Ghati sector Monday. “In an unsoldierly act” the bodies of two soldiers were mutilated, an army statement said. The army said that “such despicable act of Pakistan Army will be appropriately responded.” The Pakistani army dismissed the Indian army’s accusations of mutilating the soldiers’ bodies, calling them “false” and said it did not commit any cease-fire violation. This is not the first time that the Indian army has accused Pakistani soldiers of mutilating the body of a soldier; it leveled a similar charge last November. Cross-border gunfire leading to the deaths of soldiers and civilians on both sides has intensified along the Kashmir border since last September, when relations plummeted following an attack on an Indian army camp that killed 17 soldiers. Both sides blame each other for the firing. It is not just the heavily militarized border dividing Kashmir between the two countries that is volatile. Violence has also spiked in Indian Kashmir, where New Delhi is grappling with escalating street protests against Indian rule and militant attacks. On Monday, authorities in [Read More…]

Apr 302017
 
Swedish police suspect arson attack at mosque in Jarfalla, Stockholm

Stockholm (IINA) – Swedish police said on Monday that they suspected arson attack in connection with an overnight fire that damaged a mosque near the capital Stockholm. The Imam Ali Islamic Centre in Jarfalla, a municipality northwest of Stockholm, said in a post on Facebook that about one-fourth of the building was destroyed. No one was injured in the blaze that appeared to have started on one of the outer walls, according to police who have opened an investigation into arson, Daily Sabah News reported. Firefighters were quickly at the scene after the alert was sounded late Sunday. Earlier in the evening, several hundred people had attended a gathering in the building. “We are very disappointed, spokesman Akil Zahiri told Swedish broadcaster SVT, expressing at the same time shock and sorrow over the incident.” If the police conclude it was arson, it is key that we step up security measures, but we will wait for their findings,” Zahiri said. The mosque had previously installed security cameras. Zahiri declined to comment if the mosque had been subjected to recent threats. The center also houses a library as well as youth and culture associations. The center said it had canceled all planned activities until Thursday. Source: International Islamic News Agency

Apr 302017
 
Silencing the voices of dissent

With every passing day, the Indian militancy in Indian-held Kashmir is touching new heights. The state-sponsored violence is gaining momentum day by day. Ever since the killing of Burhan Wani, there is a continuous increase in violence in the held valley. Indian forces are using every known cruelty and trick in the book to muzzle the freedom struggle in the occupied valley. A week ago, the Indian army violated all human rights when it tied a young shawl-weaver with the hood of an army vehicle and used him as a human shield. The video of the man went viral on social media inviting scathing condemnation from around the world. Now, consequently, the forces have put a ban on social media websites to veil their inhumane atrocities in the valley. Silencing the voices of dissent is a common trait of repressive regimes and the BJP-led government in India is no exception. The unlawful annexation of Kashmir by India endorses the saying ‘might is right’. India claim itself the largest democracy in the world. Is it befitting for the largest democratic state to gun down the dissenting voices so mercilessly? Furthermore, it is also the moral obligation of the human rights organisations to put pressure on India to resolve the Kashmir issue through free, fair and transparent plebiscite. Only with the settlement of the Kashmir issue, the two nuclear states, Pakistan and India, will come to terms with each other. Muhammad Fayyaz Mianwali

Apr 302017
 
Plight of candidates

The SPSC exams were held in 2013. After the selection of successful candidates, the written test was conducted in 2015. The result was announced in 2016. Successful candidates were given offer letters and the majority of them left their existing jobs to accept the offer sent by the government organisation. However, the SC restrained the appointments. Around 227 candidates were affected because of the SC’s action. All candidates have followed the relevant procedure – that spread to three years – and were declared successful by the SPSC. The candidates had got the police and medical verification done as well. I am one of the candidates whose future is hanging in the balance. The honourable chief justice of the SC should pay attention the plight of these candidates. Rahat Naseem Karachi

Apr 302017
 
Labour Day

Every year on May 1, many countries around the world celebrate, ‘Labour Day’. This day is celebrated to pay tribute to those innocent workers who laid down their lives in 1886 in Chicago for the rights of the labourers. Labour organisations all across the world take out processions, rallies, and hold seminars to talk about the problems faced by the labour community. Labourers are the backbone of every society and country. No country can deny their worth and importance in industrial and agricultural fields. They contribute a lot to the country’s economy. Adequate wages must be paid to the working class so that these people can meet the expense of feeding and their family. Sidra Anwar Karachi ***** International Workers Day, also known as Labour Day, is celebrated every year on May 1. May Day is observed to pay tribute to the workers who have lost their lives in the Chicago bombing when an explosion took lives of a few workers and left several wounded in a demonstration held by labourers for their rights. Labourers are not limited to being workers at factories but fishermen, engine driver, farmers also come under the definition. Now, this day is also celebrated to pay tribute to the workers who have died or were injured while doing their work. It is unfortunate that labourers are always underpaid. They work tirelessly without taking a day off. There are no rules and regulations in our country for the betterment of the labour community. The government of [Read More…]

Apr 302017
 
For sale

This refers to the news report, ‘Medical training dissertations are up for sale in Peshawar’ (Apr 28). These dissertations are then submitted by students to meet one of the prerequisites to apply for the FCPS part 2 exams. This matter needs to be investigated and those who are selling these materials must be questioned. It is also important to realise why this business of selling dissertations is booming. The FCPS exams are the Pakistani equivalent of the foreign exams like MRCP, FRCS etc. These examinations are clinical care-orientated exams and not research-based. Therefore, the requirement of dissertation is an unnecessary burden on postgraduate doctors. In Pakistan, doctors perform clinical research which includes writing papers and studying case reports. This work is then published in reputed journals. A good dissertation requires about Rs200,000 to conduct tests and related work. It is quite understandable why the business of selling dissertations is active in the country. Another problem with the dissertation work is that most supervisors are not qualified researchers. When the FCPS qualification was launched in the early 1960s, the dissertation requirement was added just to bring the qualification at par with foreign qualifications. These days we have the state-of-the-art hospitals providing training to students appearing in the FCPS exam. Some students are often selected to complete their training in Europe or the Middle East through exchange programmes. The standard of the FCPS exam in our country is quite good. The country doesn’t need to add the requirement of dissertation in the [Read More…]

Apr 302017
 
Libraries in Turbat

Turbat is one of the biggest cities of Balochistan and has only one public library. Do the authorities think that just one library is enough to encourage the habit of reading in the city? Because of the prevailing economic conditions, buying books has become a luxury that only a few can afford. Students have requested the authorities to set up libraries in the city, but no step has been taken to date. The higher authorities should look into the matter at the earliest. Dildar Ghani Makran

Apr 302017
 
World Bank?s help

In an attempt to improve the renewable energy sector in Pakistan, World Bank President Dr Jim Yong Kim has offered the institution’s technical and financial help in technological improvements. The president also recognised the successful completion of the IMF programme. The president was informed that the country has undertaken projects like the Pakistan Development Fund and the Pakistan Infrastructure Bank in order to maintain higher growth trajectory. The WB has also offered its support for the country’s hydropower projects to direct the country towards the path to progress. Baba Faiz Bal Nigwar

Apr 302017
 
McLeod wins impressively at Drake Relays

CHICAGO, United States: Reigning Olympic 110-meter hurdles champion Omar McLeod of Jamaica ignored cold, wind and rain to run the fastest time in the world this year on Saturday at the 108th Drake Relays. McLeod defended his title in his specialty with a meet-record 13.04 seconds at Des Moines, Iowa, as part of a series of events dubbed Rio Rematches after last year’s Olympics in Brazil. McLeod, aided by a 1.8m/sec tailwind, jumped ahead at the start and surged again in the last 40 meters to defeat Britain’s Andrew Pozzi by .20 of a second and lower the meet mark he set last year by .04. American Aleec Harris was third in 13.37 with US 2012 Olympic champion and world record-holder Aries Merritt fourth in 13.44. Another reigning Olympic champion, Canadian high jumper Derek Drouin, won his specialty with a clearance of 2.30m. World 2017 bests were also set in the women’s 100 and 400 hurdles, with American Kendra Harrison winning the shorter race in 12.56 and compatriot Georgeanne Moline taking the longer win in 54.66. Harrison, who set the world record of 12.20 last July at London, defended her Drake title to lead a US 100 hurdles podium sweep with Jasmin Stowers second in 12.76 and 2008 Olympic champion Dawn Harper-Nelson third in 12.79. Moline won the 400 hurdles by .06 over compatriot Kori Carter with Jamaica’s Leah Nugent in 55.94. American Ashley Spencer, third in the Rio Olympics, fell after she clipped a backstretch hurdle with her trail [Read More…]