January 2009

Islamabad: Young scientists awarded for innovative research projects

Saadia Khalid
With the air filled with joy and enthusiasm dozens of young scientists are bestowed with awards as recognition of their innovative research based projects in the various fields of science and technology.

In an auspicious ceremony organised Saturday on the premises of National Library to mark the closing of nation-wide science competitions with the Intel National Science Olympiad.
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Indus dolphins at risk due to receding water, shortage of feed

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By Jan Khaskheli
Rare dolphins have been found dead or injured in canals off the Indus River. Officials from the Sindh Wildlife Department (SWD) believe that receding river water and a shortage of feed might be the cause of these deaths.

“The number of dolphins in the Indus River has increased sufficiently overall, but persistent water shortage and decreasing amount of fish in the reserve are causing them to die,” Hussain Bakhsh Bhagat, Sindh Wildlife Conservator, told The News. The Indus River dolphin (Platanista minor), locally known as Bhulan, is one of the rarest mammals in the world, and the second most endangered freshwater river dolphin. During monsoon rains, it migrates upstream into the smaller tributaries and downstream to the main channels in the dry season, sometimes carrying its young on its back above the surface of the water. Very sensitive to its local environment, it cannot survive for long in other waters, as the governments of China, Switzerland and Japan discovered in the seventies when taking away rare mammals from the Indus River for research purposes. Read More »Indus dolphins at risk due to receding water, shortage of feed

Pakistan Energy needs: 27 IPPs to add 5,305MW to national grid by 2012

By Ijaz Kakakhel

ISLAMABAD: Some 27 Independent Power Plants (IPPs), which are being set up in the country, would add 5305MW in the national grid during the span of 2009-12.

According to the document obtained from the Pakistan Electric Power Company (PEPCO), eight IPPs would start generation of 1694MW power by the end 2009. Another eight units would start generation of 1741MW power by December 2010. The document further reveals that six IPPs would further generate 1268MW by December 2011 and five units would generate 602MW by December 2012. Read More »Pakistan Energy needs: 27 IPPs to add 5,305MW to national grid by 2012

LAHORE: Punjab govt considers lifting ban on Basant

  • Private TV channel reports 75 percent of city’s residents favour kite flying to celebrate BasantDaily Times Monitor

    The Punjab government is considering the option of lifting the ban imposed on kite flying on Basant this year, a private TV channel reported on Friday.

    Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has ordered Home Secretary Nadeem Hassan to submit a comprehensive plan of arrangements for kite flying on Basant, the channel said. Shahbaz said the plan should ensure strict safety measures, including banning the use of dangerous types of strings used for kite flying, it added.Read More »LAHORE: Punjab govt considers lifting ban on Basant

What Miliband said —Shaukat Qadir

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One can only hope that Miliband’s words have not gone unheard in the new US administration. The significance of his words is that terrorism, though unjustifiable, is a product of injustice within and between nation-states and/or peoples of the world

British Foreign Secretary David Miliband’s comments during his recent visit to India and Pakistan have gladdened many Pakistani hearts and annoyed many Indians. It is worth re-examining what he really said.Read More »What Miliband said —Shaukat Qadir

A just war on terror —Rafia Zakaria

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A just war on terror can only be a war that abandons force and invests faith in the idea that if people are no longer bombed in the name of protecting America, they will themselves join the just fight against terror?

On January 2, 2009, his first day in office, Barack Obama ordered the shutting down of Guantanamo Bay within a year. This pivotal move was long expected by his supporters and marked the beginning of what has been touted as the forthcoming theme of Obama’s nascent presidency: regaining America’s moral stature in the world.
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For a new Pakistan

Masood Sharif Khan Khattak

The Westminster model of parliamentary democracy has been a dismal failure in Pakistan because of the frequent martial laws and the blatant manipulation of the Constitution. For Pakistan to become a viable state it will have to restructure its political system. Devolution of effective political power and greater autonomy to the federating units will have to be the two fundamental ingredients of any future political structure. Over the years, the unchallenged Centre has become increasingly weak and incoherent.
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Islamabad: Nadra introduces ‘Fast Track Service’

The National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) has launched a fast track and innovative service lane to facilitate applicants willing to pay for the urgent service.

The service has been launched for those who want to avoid long queues at the National Swift Registration Centres (NSRC), after Nadra started issuing free Computerised National Identity Cards (CNIC) on regular basis. The service is based on the successful outcome of a pilot project in Lahore PHQ, which was launched on Nov 24, 2008. More than 600 people were registered in Lahore under this project in only two months while paying higher registration fees.Read More »Islamabad: Nadra introduces ‘Fast Track Service’

Friends of Pakistan demand seats in parliament for Overseas Pakistanis

 Friends of Pakistan (FoP), a representative organisation of about 10 million overseas Pakistanis planning investment in the country, has demanded allocation of seats in parliament and the senate.

The demand was made at a telephonic conference addressed by FoP Founder Chairman Sarfraz Khan and Country Coordinator Abdullah Butt at the Karachi Press Club on Friday.
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Obama versus Osama


A new player has entered the world stage, but his nemesis has been around for quite a while. Who dominates the news from now on, remains to be seen. But one thing is clear – the contest henceforth will not only be confined to brute force on the battlegrounds, but also as a moral dilemma confounding the hearts and minds of people around the globe.

The choice between forces of good and evil was not so blurred during the Bush era, but now the moral equilibrium has made it more difficult to choose between the two sides. The newcomer on the world scene carried with him an aura of sincerity and ethical integrity that was conspicuously absent at the time of his predecessor. So now people have to take the USA’s pronouncements more seriously and weigh carefully.Read More »Obama versus Osama