November 7, 2008

Pakistan Higher Education Commission (HEC) shelves future scholarships: Cut in funds

ISLAMABAD, Nov 5: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has shelved all its future scholarships after the government imposed major cuts on its annual budgetary allocations, reliable sources told Dawn.

In view of the government’s decision not to provide funds to the HEC, which were promised under the cash plan for the current financial year, the HEC has stopped offering scholarships for higher studies. Read More »Pakistan Higher Education Commission (HEC) shelves future scholarships: Cut in funds

A fairy-tale cabinet-By Cyril Almeida

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PRIME Minister Gilani’s (or are they President Zardari’s?) ministers are a bit like Snow White’s dwarfs, Santa Claus’s reindeer and Disney’s Dalmatians: you know there’s a lot of ’em but, try as you might, you really can’t name them all. There’s Dopey and Dasher and Chew and Sherry and Zehri and — only this is certain: they are all Happy.
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Obama victory: why it matters-By Nasim Zehra

The Obama win is a great win; essentially an epoch-making one for the Americans. This is America at its best, the American system at its best. It has proved to be a true equaliser in the game of power politics. †The Obama win says “Öno matter what your colour creed or class, if you have the courage of conviction and the passion to pursue a dream, dreams can come true.” Also, the Obama win is a vivid rejection of the current leadership.Read More »Obama victory: why it matters-By Nasim Zehra

Pakistan: Rs 500 crore a year federal cabinet

By Farrukh Saleem

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has been on an extended begging expedition. Travelling 11,089 km to New York to beg. Travelling 2,749 km to Riyadh to beg. And, travelling 2,091 km to Abu Dhabi to beg.

While all this begging is going on, 40 new cabinet members have taken oath. The government already spends Rs 600 billion a year more than its income and now, we have 40 new ministers. The government already incurs a loss of Rs 2 billion a day — every day of the year — but the strength of our federal cabinet now stands at 55. Don’t forget that we also have a dozen ambassadors-at-large, advisers and others with the status of a minister.Read More »Pakistan: Rs 500 crore a year federal cabinet

Pakistan: Cyber-terrorism will be punishable by death

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* President promulgates Cyber Crimes Ord
* Death penalty limited to crime that causes death
* Criminal access to data, e-fraud, cyber-stalking, spamming made punishable offences

By Tahir Niaz

ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari promulgated the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Ordinance on Thursday, making cyber-terrorism punishable with death or imprisonment for life.Read More »Pakistan: Cyber-terrorism will be punishable by death