Aug 222017

In a recent incident, a brutal acid attack was carried out on cows and oxen in Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. The incident took place in the village of Karmana, an area a mere distance of 5km away from the Taj Mahal, and spiked great tension in the surrounding areas, the Times of India reported. District administration also went into a state of agitation after a group of right wing activists highlighted issues regarding animals who had suffered burn injuries in the village. After the incident the district magistrate sent over a team of veterinary doctors to help the injured animals while the city magistrate, along with the police force, surrounded the area to make sure peace prevailed. No room at the inn for India’s ‘sacred’ cows District coordinator Mukesh Goswami said, “We had been receiving inputs about cows being attacked in Karmana and nearby villages, but we failed to identify the assailants. On Sunday, six cows were attacked and we informed local administration.” Meanwhile, station officer of Tajganj said: “We have filed an FIR against unknown persons under IPC‘s Section 429.” Ankaj Yadav, a villager, said cows and oxen which had come under attack were “only those cows and oxen who were abandoned for being unproductive”. According to a doctor the animals may “have been attacked by villagers when they spotted them in their field.” The post Acid attack on cows sparks tension in Indian state appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

Aug 212017
Unity is strength

This refers to the article, ‘An encounter with Hamilton’ (Aug 20), by Ghazi Salahuddin. The writer has rightly pointed out that the August 11, 1947 speech of Quaid-e-Azam reflects “the inner conflict of a leader who had led to the creation of a new nation in the name of religion”. He is also right to say that the “glaring facts of history are pushed aside to protect an ideological stance”. There is a need for an objective evaluation of historical events of the partition of the Subcontinent and also for an independent examination as to whether the purpose for which a separate homeland for Muslims was demanded has been achieved and to what extent? This is necessary to take corrective measures. As for those that support separation movements in India or Pakistan, there is strength in unity and progress in competition. Separation and isolation are no solutions for backwardness and underdevelopment. Abdul Majeed (Islamabad) Click for detailed story

Aug 192017
Smith banks on India experience to defeat Bangladesh

DHAKA: Australia captain Steve Smith said on Saturday his team’s experience in India earlier this year will help overcome the challenge of Bangladesh in the forthcoming two-Test series. “I think Bangladesh have played some very good cricket and they won a Test match here not very long ago. So we are seeing it as a big challenge,” Smith said in his first press conference since arriving here late Friday amid tight security. “Hopefully we can learn a lot from what we did in India and bring them into the game here and show some improvements,” he said. Australia visited India from February to March for four Test matches and despite a 2-1 loss in the series Smith’s men were praised for putting up a good performance. Smith led his side from the front scoring three centuries to become the highest run-getter in the series with 499 runs at an average of 71.28. The Aussies will leave Bangladesh on September 9 after the end of two-match Test series.  —AFP   Click for detailed story

Aug 162017

LAHORE: When you see Harpal Singh and Yasir Ali walking with their arms around each other’s shoulders at Gurdwara Nankana Sahib, it looks a scene from the 2015 Bollywood movie Angrej, a tale of friendship between Muslim and Sikh youths during pre-partition Punjab. But this is real life and Singh and Ali have a much deeper bond than any fictional silver screen characters can depict. The two teens have been friends since college and share mutual respect for each other religions. Earlier this week, they were both walking around in Gurdwara Nankana Sahib, the birthplace of founder of Sikh religion Guru Nanak and a sacred site for Sikhs. “My parents and grandparents used to tell us that whenever there was a conflict on water or land issue, their Muslim relatives and neighbours would stand with them against their opponent villagers,” Singh told The Express Tribune. Pakistan and India combine national anthems to make viral hit on Independence Day He befriended Ali just two years ago when they began studying at Heera College Nankana Sahib. Later, he moved to Ali’s neighbourhood from Old Nankana Sahib and their friendship deepened. Singh explained that since he was new in Ali’s locality, he had to face various issues in settling down. “Ali supported me a lot and sometimes he went out of the way to facilitate me,” he said. “As a result, we became best friends in a very short time.” Ali, who was at Singh’s side chimed in that they spend most of their [Read More…]

Aug 152017
Dhoni no longer automatic choice, says India chief selector

Mahendra Singh Dhoni will be 38 in 2019Mahendra Singh Dhoni is no longer an automatic choice in one-day internationals and the former India captain needs to keep performing to be involved in the 2019 World Cup, chief selector MSK Prasad has said.The wicketkeeper-batsman announced his sudden and stunning retirement from test cricket midway through an Australia series in 2014, with the Boxing Day match in Melbourne being the last of his 90 appearances in the longer format.He has continued to compete in 50-over and Twenty20 internationals but questions are being asked in the local media if Dhoni, who will be 38 in 2019, will still be in the India side at the England and Wales-hosted tournament.“Whenever a player keeps ageing… I was just reading (Andre) Agassi´s book “Open”, his life actually started after 30 years,” Prasad told reporters in Pallekele on Monday as India completed a 3-0 test series sweep of Sri Lanka.“Till then he won two or three (grand slams). His actual life started after that.“He lived with media pressure, ´When are you going to retire?´ But he played till 36 and he won so many grand slams. So you never know.“We don´t say it is an automatic this thing… but we will see. We are all stakeholders. We all want the Indian team to do well. If he is delivering, why not? If he is not, we will have to look at alternatives.” Dhoni talks to chairman of selectors MSK Prasad/File photo Press Trust of IndiaDhoni, who stepped down [Read More…]

Aug 112017
Climate change

A workshop titled ‘Climate Change Scenario in Pakistan: Issues and Solutions’ organised by the National Council of Social Welfare was recently held in Islamabad. The participants stated that the government is well aware of the threat posed by climate change and is taking appropriate measures to deal with the challenge. During the workshop, the need for saving the forests for future generations was emphasised. It is heartening to note that the government is taking relevant steps to tackle the situation. It has also launched a new programme called, ‘Green Pakistan’, which aims at the plantation of trees on a large-scale. According to scientists, if climate change continues at its current pace, deadly heatwave beginning in the next few decades will strike parts of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Key agricultural areas in the Indus and Ganges river basins will be particularly hit hard, reducing crop yields and increasing hunger in some of the world’s most densely populated regions. Therefore it is heartening to note that Pakistan is striving to tackle the threats through comprehensive policies and proper planning. Khan Faraz (Peshawar) Click for detailed story

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