February 20, 2009

Implications of the Swat deal —Najmuddin A Shaikh

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It is a sad but almost foregone conclusion that this agreement will be no more effective than the ones concluded in the past, and that while there will be a welcome albeit temporary respite from the daily bloodletting in Swat, the strife will soon resume

Last week, I recommended that all power centres should adopt a clear direction and give a mandate to the foreign minister for his visit to the United States to review US policy towards Afghanistan. The general belief, which I shared, was that the army was evolving a new strategy in its war against the insurgents in Swat and that this would reverse the ongoing Talibanisation of the area.Read More »Implications of the Swat deal —Najmuddin A Shaikh

Expert links Alzheimer’s to meat consumption

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By Sarwat Ghulam Rasool

KARACHI: An expert has said that people who eat meat regularly have a greater chance of developing Alzheimer’s than those who eat vegetables.

“Alzheimer’s is basically a neuron degenerative disease, a most common cause of the dementia. Dementia is a word that is used for the progressive declining of brain function including memory lost. In Alzheimer’s, patients first lose their short-term memory and as the disease further develops, they start to lose their long-term memory as well,” said prominent health consultant Dr SM Asrar. Read More »Expert links Alzheimer’s to meat consumption

Islamabad diary: doctrine of necessity in Swat (in its purest form)

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Ayaz Amir
Those armchair warriors — and there’s no shortage of them out here — who are wringing their hands over the Swat accord should ask themselves whether the government had any alternative. Necessity, and iron necessity at that, is the mother of this accord. The authorities were left with no other option because the Swat Taliban under the command of Maulana Fazlullah had fought the army to a standstill. Read More »Islamabad diary: doctrine of necessity in Swat (in its purest form)

Environment, development & Dr Adil Najam- Ahmad Rafay Alam

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Dr. Adil Najam is the Fredrick S. Pardee Professor of Global Public Policy and Director of the Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer Term Future at Boston University. He was one of the lead authors of the UN-IPCC report on climate change that shared the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore. He is also the founding editor of Pakistaniat, one of the most popular Pakistani blog sites on the internet. Last week Dr. Najam was on a whirlwind tour of Lahore, Islamabad and Karachi where he made presentations before senior policy makers and stake holders. His point, if I can take the liberty of summarizing his thesis, is that it is now impossible to think of development without taking into consideration the environment.Read More »Environment, development & Dr Adil Najam- Ahmad Rafay Alam

Number of Pakistani students in UK ‘has doubled since 2003’

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The number of Pakistani students studying in the United Kingdom has doubled since 2003, taking the total to 10,000 in 2009, two thirds of which are postgraduate students.

This was stated by Sue Beaumont, Country Director British Council Pakistan, at a press briefing held here to highlight various programmes initiated by the British Council in partnership with Higher Education Commission (HEC). Read More »Number of Pakistani students in UK ‘has doubled since 2003’

Coffee can slash stroke risk in women

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Just two to three cups of coffee a day may reduce the risk of a stroke by almost 20 per cent.

A study of 83,000 women over a 24-year period showed coffee lovers were much less likely to suffer a clot on the brain.

The finding came as a surprise to scientists who had set out to investigate reports that coffee increased the risk of a stroke.

Although the study was carried out in women, it is thought any benefits would also apply to men. Read More »Coffee can slash stroke risk in women

Pakistan Higher Education Commission launches online system for degrees’ attestation

The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has decided to facilitate the general public, universities, institutions of higher learning and embassies in Pakistan through the online reservation system for the attestation of degrees of Pakistani students.

The decision has been taken keeping in view the hyper increase in degree attestation demand. “The HEC has introduced the most modern online system for degree attestation keeping in view the demands of the masses for the purpose. Now whoever comes to get his degrees attested from the HEC will be facilitated with the most sophisticated IT system,” the HEC said in a statement.Read More »Pakistan Higher Education Commission launches online system for degrees’ attestation

LAHORE: Now you can pay electricity bill by phone

By Jawwad Rizvi
THE Lahore Electricity Supply Company (LESCO) will introduce a new service offering payment of bills through phone.

The News has learnt any customer can avail this service free of cost but an account in a commercial bank or a debit/credit card is needed to use this service. Currently a company was working on implementation of the project and it would take three more months to launch the new service.
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Pakistan expats may soon get voting rights

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By Shahid Hussain, Correspondent
Islamabad: Pakistan’s election commission has initiated steps to evolve a mechanism to enable millions of nationals living abroad to vote in elections in thier homeland.

Chief Election Commissioner Qazi Muhammad Farooq has constituted a special committee for the purpose, which is headed by the secretary of the election commission Kunwar Dilshad. Read More »Pakistan expats may soon get voting rights