Sindh’s Chief Minister wishes Hindus a Happy Holi

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah on Wednesday extended greetings to the Hindu community on the eve of Holi, the festival of colours.

In a message issued here, the chief minister said that Islam provides complete religious freedom to minorities. He added that the government regarded the protection of their rights as its constitutional . . . → Read More: Sindh’s Chief Minister wishes Hindus a Happy Holi

The latest IPAD is a No Show

This was supposed to be a bigger deal.

Don’t get me wrong, the iPad New (you have a better name?) looks just as good as the Apple iPad 2. This is because it looks exactly the same.

You have to, as I did, turn on the iPad New to tell the difference. Granted, it’s a big, spectacular difference — . . . → Read More: The latest IPAD is a No Show

iPad 3: Expected to be faster

Apple is holding an event Wednesday in San Francisco, and has hinted that it will reveal a new iPad model. Rumors speak of an updated tablet with a speedier processor, a sharper screen and an option for faster wireless broadband access.

If last year’s launch of the iPad 2 is any guide, the new iPad . . . → Read More: iPad 3: Expected to be faster

Strengthening Resolve-International Women’s Day

Zainab Bibi, 31, moved from Malakand Division to Peshawar to work for an NGO, but believes women like her have no future of having a family life.

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Newcastle disease claims lives of 177 birds, Jallo Lahore

Newcastle disease has taken lives of 177 birds during the last three days in the Jallo Park.

Wildlife sources told APP that since last Sunday, 177 peafowls, guinea fowls and peasants have lost their lives to the disease in the park.

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3rd day of the 7-nation Snooker tournament in Karachi

KARACHI – Top seed Vafaei of Iran, second seed Unnooh of Thailand each recorded century breaks while registering second successive wins in their group league match but India’s Yasin Merchant seed three had to fight hard for carving out his second win in the on thee third day of the Jubilee Insurance Seven-nation Snooker Championship . . . → Read More: 3rd day of the 7-nation Snooker tournament in Karachi

ECP refuse to accept Waheeda’s unconditional apology

One case against PPP by-election candidate Waheeda Shah wraps up as the other starts. The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has reserved till Wednesday its verdict in a case regarding an assault by Waheeda on polling staffers, while initiating proceedings against her over rigging allegations.

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The seductive appeal of Pakistani Urdu

I have written before about the nastiness of Pakistan’s Urdu media but let us look another aspect of it.The urban Indian reads and writes mostly in English, and often speaks a broken version of his mother tongue. In Pakistan, one is likely to find many more people who know Urdu almost as well as they . . . → Read More: The seductive appeal of Pakistani Urdu

Against the Minorities

It has been a year since Shahbaz Bhatti passed away. No, strike that, he did not pass away; his life was brutally cut short when he was murdered. Everyone from Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan to Sipah-i-Sahaba Pakistan has been suspected with his murder either by the police officials or by home ministry yet no decent progress has . . . → Read More: Against the Minorities

Ravaged by Instability, Censorship and Firewalls

The Government of Pakistan has decided that they need state-of-the-art infrastructure to quickly and effectively censor up to 50 million websites.

I respect the government’s decision to do so, and ask them to follow this course with renewed vim and vigour. Shutting down an avenue of unfettered opinion exchange is without a doubt a time . . . → Read More: Ravaged by Instability, Censorship and Firewalls