Sep 302017
 
Polluted water

The government should pay attention to the problems that emanate from water pollution. Water pollution is the source of numerous diseases such as cholera, diarrhoea, typhoid, hepatitis and polio. Some of these diseases could be life-threatening. The PCRWR has estimated that 84 percent of citizens are suffering due to water pollution. Therefore, concrete actions should be taken to deal with this problem. Mehrjan Sattar Shambazai Turbat

Sep 302017
 
Monaco held by Montpellier

PARIS: French champions Monaco missed the chance to go top of Ligue 1 as Souleymane Camara struck an injury-time equaliser to snatch Montpellier a 1-1 draw at the Stade Louis II on Friday. After a slow start, Monaco struck first in the 38th minute as the red-hot Radamel Falcao slid in to score, but Montpellier kept their hosts at arm’s length and Camara stunned the home crowd. Leonardo Jardim’s men trail league leaders Paris Saint-Germain on goal difference. Monaco went into the game after a surprising 3-0 Champions League loss at home to Porto in midweek. Jardim responded by making five changes to his starting XI, welcoming back goalkeeper Danijel Subasic from injury, as well as reinstating close-season signing Stevan Jovetic alongside Falcao up front. Montpellier, who held PSG to a 0-0 draw last weekend, began the match on the front foot and they could have taken the lead when Pedro Mendes found himself with space inside the area, but the centre-back curled too close to Subasic. Monaco were not much-improved from the Porto defeat, but broke through before half-time as winger Rony Lopes got behind the away defence and crossed low for Falcao, who managed to bundle the ball over the line from point-blank range. Falcao has now scored 12 goals in just eight Ligue 1 games this season.  

Sep 302017
 
Forgotten star Wilshere fights for Arsenal future

LONDON: Jack Wilshere has vowed to force his way back into Arsene Wenger’s plans after the Arsenal midfielder stepped up his return from exile. Wilshere has endured a miserable spell as he slipped down the pecking order with Arsenal and England before finding himself sent on loan to Bournemouth last season. It was a substantial fall from grace for a player once hailed as “the future of English football”. Dogged by fitness problems, inconsistent form and concerns about his off-field antics, Wilshere has become Arsenal’s forgotten man and is fighting for his future at the club. Asked if he felt he had been written off too soon, Wilshere said: “Yeah, but that is football. Football is a game where people forget. “Everyone says ‘you are never fit’ but last season I was fit for the whole season. “I definitely feel I am back. People say it’s a long road but I feel good. I felt good coming back to Arsenal and into training.”  

Sep 302017
 
Fourball romp puts US in control of Presidents Cup

JERSEY CITY, New Jersey: A record equalling win for Phil Mickelson helped the United States seize an unprecedented second-day lead against a floundering International team at the Presidents Cup on Friday With an 8-2 lead over captain Nick Price’s Internationals, the Americans are more than halfway to the 15.5 points they need to win the biennial match play competition for a 10th time. Mickelson, the only man to appear in all 12 Presidents Cups, rolled in a 12-foot birdie putt at the 18th hole to seal a 1-up victory with Kevin Kisner over Australians Jason Day and Marc Leishman. The United States won four and halved another of the day’s five fourball matches at Liberty National Golf Club, thwarting the Internationals’ bid to bounce back from a two-point opening day deficit. The Americans’ six-point lead is the biggest ever held after two days of the competition, which sees 30 points up for grabs over four days. The US had led by five points at the same stage in three prior editions, most recently in 2007. Leishman and Day had led from the opening hole through the 14th before Kisner squared the match with a birdie at 15 — setting the stage for Mickelson’s heroics. Kevin Chappell and Charley Hoffman — two Presidents Cup rookies — set the tone for the United States, thumping Charl Schwartzel and Anirban Lahiri 6 & 5 in the first match to finish. Rickie Fowler and Justin Thomas then delivered a stinging 3 & 2 victory [Read More…]

Sep 302017
 
Survival of the fittest

This refers to the editorial, ‘Health of the nation’ (Sep 28). The editorial written on an important topic is timely .There is a popular saying that says, ‘health is wealth.’ So by making a nation healthy, one is also making it wealthy. Health is not only the absence of a disease, but it is a mixture of ‘physical wellbeing, mental wellbeing, social wellbeing and spiritual wellbeing.’ Putting more money in the healthcare sector is important, but what is more important is to plan how and where the money should be spent. As they say, ‘prevention is better than the cure.’ In fact, prevention is not only better, it is also cheaper. Let us hope that our leaders will not commit further ‘mistakes’ and they will learn from catastrophic mistakes made in the past. Professor Sher Mohammad Khan Peshawar

Sep 302017
 
Beyond the status quo

This refers to the article, ‘Towards technocracy’ (Sep 20), by Atta-ur-Rahman. The writer has proposed a form of government which composed of technocrats. According to the writer, our political governance model has not delivered, and we need to find a better system that helps pull Pakistan out of the quagmire. This thought reverberates in every citizen’s heart, save perhaps those that are the architects of the present system and want the status quo maintained for obvious reasons. No one can argue with the idea that technical expertise must be harnessed in public policy formulation to effectively address issues faced by the people. Any system of governance must satisfy the needs of the lowest-common-denominator of the population – the poor and the disenfranchised. It is notable that the writer makes it clear that a technocratic system should operate under a democratic system. A technocratic system could function within a parliamentary or a presidential system of democracy. Many countries have democracies in which technical expertise is provided by technocrats who are either elected or selected by elected governments. Suffice it to say that what the writer has proposed is just an idea that needs to be taken seriously through an open, unbiased debate. Rejecting it cavalierly is tantamount to sticking our heads in the sand. Dr Raahim Ali Maryland USA  

Sep 302017
 
A tale of my city

Karachi is the seventh largest city of the world and it is often called ‘the heart of Pakistan.’ The city used to be a city of lights. Now, a large number of problems have devoured the peace and tranquillity of the city. It has now become a place where lawlessness in on rise. One of the serious problems being faced by residents of the city is traffic jam. Since the city is densely-populated, the vehicular traffic is heavy. Also, badly damaged roads that are filled with potholes are not a good match for the traffic that runs on them on a daily basis. The bad condition of roads has caused a lot of problems for commuters. In addition, road side stalls and cars parked on the side of roads have also narrowed down the already narrow lanes, disturbing the smooth flow of traffic. This is the responsibility of the concerned authorities to pass the laws that strictly restrict the installation of stalls on busy roads. S M Osama Kamil Karachi

Sep 302017
 
Global warming

Global warming is not just a theory or something we read about in books, it’s a reality – a threat. With the recent events of hurricanes Harvey and Irma causing havoc in its wake, it is about time we must do something about climate change that has been threatening the people for a long time now. The reason behind these disasters is clear – climatic change. The warm weather conditions of the Atlantic Ocean caused the destructive storms to rage across the Caribbean. The islands and mainland US have been hit by three destructive hurricanes in recent weeks: Harvey, Irma and Maria. That is not simply a coincidence, say climate experts – instead, it is a demonstration of global warming in action. Pakistan is also under threat from climate change. The melting of glaciers, frequent earthquakes, droughts and severe heat wave, all pose a formidable threat to the country. New studies claim that Pakistan is under the list of most vulnerable countries that will bear the brunt of irreversible effects of climate change. Many experts believe that by 2025, Pakistan will face water shortage. It’s a wakeup call for everybody to realise the impact climate change will have on the country in years to come. The country should take counter measures such as planting more trees, building dams and preserving water, if it wants to fight climate change in an efficient manner. Citizens too should play their part in saving our country before it’s too late. Ifrah Shahbaz Islamabad

Sep 302017
 
An unexpected surge

The sudden and exorbitant rise in the prices of tomatoes exposed the inability and helplessness of the concerned authorities to control the prices of food items. It has become a norm of the profiteers to increase the prices of commodities which are in high demand. Earlier, during Ramazan, the prices of fruit were increased significantly. Similarly, a few weeks ago it became a Herculean task for consumers to purchase onions. Now, tomatoes have got the air time after being sold at an exorbitant rate of Rs200 per kilogram. One wonders, why a country which claims to have an agrarian-based economy faces such problems. The concerned departments must act proactively to deal with these matters in an efficient manner in order to save consumers from any inconvenience. They should spot the hoarders and black-marketers well in time and take strict punitive measures against those who create artificial shortage of edibles to mint money. The agriculture department must create awareness among farmers about the monetary benefits of growing vegetables. It is unfortunate that farmers in our country rely on old and outdated modes of ploughing and cultivating their fields. This take more time and results in a low production of vegetables. So we have to resort to importing vegetables which costs us a lot. It is necessary that the authorities at the helm must come up with a viable plan to pinpoint and nab those who fleece the common people by exploiting such situations. Muhammad Fayyaz Mianwali

Sep 302017
 
Expired products

This is to draw the attention of the authorities to a serious problem which is being faced by residents of Turbat. In Balochistan’s biggest city, there is no check on selling expired or dated material. Instead of destroying them, some shopkeepers sell expired goods without any fear. The local authorities must take action. Also shopkeepers and traders are also requested not to sell expired or harmful stuff to people. The government should play its role and monitor the sale of products without expiry dates. Aitezaz Akhtar Karachi