UAE appoints women ministers to promote happiness and tolerance

Nura bint Mohamed al-Kaabi, who was appointed as a new minister to the United Arab Emirates' Federal National Council. PHOTO: AFPDUBAI: The United Arab Emirates on Wednesday named women to the newly created posts of state ministers for happiness and tolerance, and a 22-year-old female for youth affairs.

Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum named eight women as he revealed his latest cabinet line-up of 29 ministers in a series of tweets.

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Without “P” in Arabic, Palestine cannot exist – Israeli minister

Likud MK Anat Barko, February 10, 2016.A Likud lawmaker was met with derision in the Knesset plenum, after saying that that there was no such thing as a Palestinian people, since Arabic doesn’t have the consonant “P.”

“I want to go back to history, what is our place here, about Jerusalem, about Palestine, when like we said, Arabic doesn’t even have ‘P,’ so this loan-word also merits scrutiny,” MK Anat Berko said in a Knesset address on Wednesday.

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Donald Trump movie by “Funny or Die”

Just hours after Donald Trump won the New Hampshire presidential primary, the GOP frontrunner can add another title to his name: made-for-TV movie star. Johnny Depp stars as Trump in a web special, Funny or Die Presents Donald Trump’s The Art of the Deal: The Movie, which combines Trump barbs, celebrity cameos, and mountains of gloriously bad hair.

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Is crime promoted by the government?

The owner of AZG 516, by using a false number plate is pretending to be driving a Government of Sindh official vehicle. The truth is that this vehicle is registered on the name of a private citizen and the vehicle has nothing to do with the Government of Sindh.  The timid and non-professional police of the province does not have the courage to check a car even when it has a visibly fraudulent number plate.  This particular vehicle has also not paid the motor vehicle tax for the last 4 years.

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To invest in education

By Dr Atta-ur-Rahman

The four pillars of progress are: high quality education; science & Technology; innovation and entrepreneurship; and a governance system that allows merit to prevail and offers quick and fair justice.

Pakistan spends only about two percent of its GDP on education. For a nuclear state like Pakistan it is a shameful reality that we are ranked among the bottom nine countries of the world on this yardstick. This has been largely due to the stranglehold of the feudal system on our parliament which has given the lowest priority to education. It is not in the interests of the feudal landlords and rulers to allow an educated society to emerge that will challenge their lordly feudal lifestyles in which millions of peasants and farmers are exploited and held in virtual slavery.

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Finally Hindu Marriage Bill approved in Pakistan

After decades of delay and inaction, the Hindu minority community in Pakistan will soon have a marriage law as a parliamentary panel has unanimously approved the Hindu Marriage Bill.

The National Assembly standing committee on law and justice on Monday passed the final draft of Hindu Marriage Bill 2015, where five Hindu lawmakers were specially invited.

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PIA – back to business

Farooq Naeem—AFPPakistan International Airlines employees on Tuesday ended their nine-day long strike spurred by plans to privatize the national carrier, saying their representatives would immediately hold talks with the government.

Pakistan’s airports have been enmeshed in chaos nationwide since the strike kicked off that grounded international and domestic flights and left thousands of passengers stranded. Last week, two employees were killed and several others wounded at Karachi’s international airport when clashes broke out between security forces and staff.

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Separating the madrassas and terrorism

Are madrassas a breeding ground of terrorism? 

A few days ago, we stood at the same juncture where we were just a year ago. Once again, some were weeping over the loss of their infants while others were praying profusely for the protection of theirs. Schools were shut down at the pretense of “cold” — a cold murderous heart, perhaps.

While other South Asian countries are getting international recognition for economic progress, boom in the tourism industry and educational initiatives, Pakistan is considered to be an exponent of Islamic fundamentalism in the global arena. Whether it is political anarchy or religious backlash, Pakistan quintessentially has become an epicentre of violence and turmoil much of which is owed to the resurgence of radical movements and the ubiquitous presence of terrorist groups. Their heinous designs and bigoted methods to upend the rule of law and an effort to exercise only selective, mostly fanatical, conservative form of religion, is the most integral reason for lawlessness, massive loss of life and the rising anarchy within the state. Continue reading Separating the madrassas and terrorism

So what is Donald Trump?

There is the timbre of his voice — pitched somewhere between a squawk and a scream. The propulsive cadence of his sentences. And of course, those distinctive habits of pronunciation (“yuuuge”).

Donald Trump’s supporters often praise how the politician gives voice to harsh truths. But that voice itself, that unmistakable instrument, has been a noteworthy element of Trump’s populist image. Though he grew up in privilege, eventually attending college at Wharton, Trump never shed his Queens accent. Today, that accent helps him summon the stereotype of the blunt, no-nonsense New Yorker. Continue reading So what is Donald Trump?

Democracy vs Development – Bangladesh’s dilemma

Liberal democracy isn’t an impediment to development, rather democracy is development; it’s the epitome of human achievement and development, it’s the “End of History”. Had Mujib compromised with Yahya and Bhutto by dishonouring his people’s democratic aspirations, possibly our history would’ve been very different, nothing to be proud of or celebrate about.

It’s unbelievable but true. Some people still believe Bangladesh needs “development” first, before its transition to democracy! Mozammael Khan in a recent posting, “Development and Democracy: Time to look to the East”(Daily Star, Feb 2, 2016), has argued that Bangladesh needs a Lee Kuan Yew or Mahathir Mohamad to become as developed as Singapore or Malaysia. Although an academic and a human rights activist in Canada, Mozammel Khan’s arguments are very similar to what Ayub Khan and Sukarno put forward in defence of “guided democracy” or dictatorship in the1950s and 1960s.

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