False facts about Pakistan’s defence budget

So i came across a blogpost written by ET’s sub editor Faiq Lodhi titled ” What good is the Shaheen1A Missile?”

It presents an interesting mix of ignorance, myths, fabricated facts and outright lies about the whole issue regarding defense spending and if or not we should be building schools instead of bombs. I will . . . → Read More: False facts about Pakistan’s defence budget

Media and propaganda wars

(By JOHN PILGER) Why has so much journalism succumbed to propaganda? Why are censorship and distortion standard practice? Why is the BBC so often a mouthpiece of rapacious power? Why do the New York Times and theWashington Post deceive their readers?

Why are young journalists not taught to understand media agendas and to challenge the . . . → Read More: Media and propaganda wars

Facebook doesn’t make terrorists, wars and tyranny does

It takes some mastery of spin to turn the litany of intelligence failures over last year’s butchery of the off-duty soldier Lee Rigby into a campaign againstFacebook. But that’s exactly how David Cameron’s government and a pliant media have disposed of the report by Westminster’s committee of intelligence trusties.

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Comet makes noise- captured

In the build-up to the landing of the Philae probe on comet 67P/C-G on Tuesday, scientists learned something surprising.

The comet makes a noise – now being called a “song”.

The European Space Agency successfully landed the probe after 10 years of work, even though harpoons designed to anchor it failed to deploy, Reuters reports.

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No change in KPK school curriculum

The notification to remove three essays from the curriculum is false, the government said on Sunday.

The government ordered the education department to conduct a high-level inquiry to probe the issue. Chairman Textbook Board Dr Himayatullah and Curriculum Director Shabir Hussain said no notification had been issued in this regard.

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Oil prices rise and fall with return of Libyan production

Oil prices were mixed in Asia today following the return of disrupted Libyan production to an already well-stocked global market and as dealers await the latest US inventory report.

US benchmark West Texas Intermediate for November delivery rose 18 cents to $91.74 while Brent crude for November fell six cents to $96.79.

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India becomes first nation to reach Mars on maiden attempt

India became the first nation to reach Mars on its maiden attempt Wednesday when its low-cost Mangalyaan spacecraft successfully entered orbit around the Red Planet after a 10-month journey.

“India has successfully reached Mars… History has been created today,” a jubilant Prime Minister Narendra Modi said from mission control after entry into orbit was confirmed . . . → Read More: India becomes first nation to reach Mars on maiden attempt

Govt lied about “martyred cop”

LAHORE: The Lahore police ‘falsely’ dubbed the death of a 27-year-old constable as murder and ‘immediately’ booked PAT chief Dr Tahirul Qadri and his unknown supporters in a murder case on Saturday last.

A police handout issued on Sunday also declared the constable as martyr and his funeral prayers were offered at the Qilla Gujjar . . . → Read More: Govt lied about “martyred cop”

Is PML-N Government digging it’s own grave?

Ayaz Amir

Islamabad diary

Calling on the army to protect Islamabad, from dangers yet to be adequately defined, is no one-off affair. It is the latest addition to a pattern we have seen growing rather dramatically over the last three months: the army’s influence on the rise, its profile getting bigger, even as civilian . . . → Read More: Is PML-N Government digging it’s own grave?

Pakistani social media reacts against whitening products

An advert for skin-whitening soap has sparked a debate in Pakistani society about what many are calling the country’s ‘obsession’ with attaining fairer skin.

Campaigners say that the idea of having fair skin is unfairly linked to personal and professional success in Pakistan.

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