DUBAI: 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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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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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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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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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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Pakistan 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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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?
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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