Local government bill passed in National Assembly

PHOTO: APP(By Zahid Gishkor)The National Assembly passed on Wednesday the Local Government Body Bill, paving way for local elections in Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT).

The Bill was moved by Minister of State for Interior Muhammad Balighur Rehman and has been passed by the Senate with amendments.

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar confirmed that the government accepted all recommendations given by the opposition on this piece of legislation in the Senate. Continue reading Local government bill passed in National Assembly

For those with no sons

When I was expecting my first child, the occurrence itself was immensely exciting, hence pondering over the gender of my baby didn’t seem important at that time. However, others were more concerned about the gender, thus I would come across common remarks such as,

Allah (SWT) beta hi dai ga.

(God will bless you with a son.)

Nonetheless, I would ignore such comments and tell myself that sons are typically perceived to be more precious than daughters by such people, thus they wish accordingly for others. But they didn’t have to say it to my face as it put me under bizarre pressure of giving birth to a son.

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Russians unearth alien skeleton

A rock at the foot of Shamanka hill at the Arkaim historical and cultural reserve. © Pavel LisitsynArcheologists are puzzled over the ancient remains of a woman discovered on a site near Chelyabinsk, a Russian city to the east of the Ural Mountains. The approximately 2,000 year old skeleton boasts an oddly shaped skull.

The “conehead” skeleton of a woman from the Sarmati tribe, unearthed at the archaeological site of Arkaim, a 4000-year-old settlement, has totally thrilled UFO hunters who have taken it as solid proof that aliens have visited Earth. Photos and videos of the dig may indeed remind one of the aggressive, dangerous extraterrestrial creature from the 1979 sci-fi movie, Alien, directed by Ridley Scott. Continue reading Russians unearth alien skeleton

Terry Tao: The story behind one of the most brilliant 21st century minds

This April, as undergraduates strolled along the street outside his modest office on the campus of the University of California, Los Angeles, the mathematician Terence Tao mused about the possibility that water could spontaneously explode. A widely used set of equations describes the behavior of fluids like water, but there seems to be nothing in those equations, he told me, that prevents a wayward eddy from suddenly turning in on itself, tightening into an angry gyre, until the density of the energy at its core becomes infinite: a catastrophic ‘‘singularity.’’ Someone tossing a penny into the fountain by the faculty center or skipping a stone at the Santa Monica beach could apparently set off a chain reaction that would take out Southern California.

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Indian Mulsims stand against Memon’s hanging

 A group of Muslim organisations and Mumbai president of Samajwadi Party Abu Asim Azmi on Saturday demanded that 1993 serial blasts convict Yakub Memon not be hanged. The organisations said their demand was in the light of the statement given by B Raman, former Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW) head in Pakistan, who had played a crucial role in Memon’s arrest.

A press conference was held at the Marathi Patrakar Sangh and was attended by Jamiat Ulema-E-Hind, Jamaat-E-Islami, and Ulema Council, besides Azmi. Continue reading Indian Mulsims stand against Memon’s hanging

Indian courts, unveiling Muslim women?

Veiled young woman in Jamalpur, Ahmedabad. Credit: Meena Kadra, CC 2.0The Supreme Court has unnecessarily waded into the stormy waters of religion, secularism and faith in its recent extraordinarily insensitive and callous remarks on the veil.

The court dismissed outright a constitutional challenge based on the right to freedom of religion to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) circular that bars candidates from appearing for the All India Pre-Medical exam (AIPMT) wearing headscarves, amongst other attire. Continue reading Indian courts, unveiling Muslim women?

How the New York Times is erasing history

I never cease to be fascinated by the breathtaking ease with which the “liberal” New York Times and other major U.S. media outlets airbrush out of history the disastrous and criminal role Uncle Sam has played and continues to play in the world.

Take last Wednesday’s Times. On the first page and above the fold there appears a story that notes with understated horror the recent state-building successes of Islamic State (IS). The IS, Times reporter Tim Arango writes, “uses terror to force obedience and frighten enemies.” It is “transforming into a functioning state that uses extreme violence – terror – as a tool.” It is “providing relative stability in a region troubled by war and chaos while filling a vacuum left by failing and corrupt government that also employed violence – arrest, torture, and detention.” And, Arango learned from “a small but growing group of experts” who are “challenging the conventional notion [holding that the IS’s] evil ensures it eventual destruction.” One of these “experts” is John McLaughlin, deputy director of George W. Bush’s Central Intelligence Agency from 2000 to 2004. “Evil,” McLaughlin told Arango, “isn’t always defeated.”

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Karachi: dengue toll rises to 701

As many as 37 more dengue viral fever cases were reported from Karachi city in a week increasing the patients toll to 701 in 2015.

According to a report issued by Dengue Prevention and Control Program Sindh, at least 37 more dengue fever cases surfaced in the city in the last week and total number of cases have reached 701 since 1st January 2015.

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Where moderate Islam reigns successfully

Visitors to this stunningly beautiful valley, towered over by five snow-capped mountains, sometimes feel as if they are standing at the edge of the earth — or, maybe, at the middle of it. Continue reading Where moderate Islam reigns successfully

Malik Riaz claims to be blackmailed by two ex-army officers


The complainant alleges that retired Lt Col Tariq Kamal, Dr Rehman and retired Col Khalid Rasheed blackmail him.—AFP/FileReal estate tycoon Malik Riaz Hussain lodged a complaint with police on Wednesday against two retired army officers and a developer, accusing them of blackmailing Bahria Town.

Mr Hussain, accompanied by his staff, went to Lohi Baher police station to lodge the case.

Personal staff officer of Bahria Town retired Lt Col Khalilur Rehman has been cited as the complainant.

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