March 13, 2009

State of despair-By Dr Maleeha Lodhi

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maleehalodhiDevelopments in the past week have heightened the sense of crisis surrounding the Zardari-led administration, further eroding its authority and raising afresh the question whether such a floundering government can run the country at such a critical time. The resignation from the cabinet of one of the PPP’s most respected leaders, Reza Rabbani, indicates the increasing fissures within the ruling party.

The terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team did more than turn Pakistan into an international sporting outcast. This was by no means the most bloody terrorist incident in a country wracked by growing violence. But its high impact shook the nation and set off international alarm bells about Pakistan’s precarious security. It renewed the debate in and between Western capitals about whether Pakistan was on the cusp of chaos. The terrorist outrage also served to dramatise the paradox of a government that continued to lose control even as it preoccupied itself with a power grab in Punjab.Read More »State of despair-By Dr Maleeha Lodhi

Salman Taseer’s son writes shocking memoirs about his father

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Mariana Baabar

Aatish Taseer, the 29-year old son of Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer, who is a journalist and lives in London, has written a book, a personal memoir, about his life story in which he has depicted his father in a manner that will shock and repel many of his Pakistani readers.

The book, titled “Stranger to History: A Son’s Journey through Islamic Lands”, is about to be launched in London in a week and in India a few weeks later. Indian magazine “Outlook” has acquired the rights to the book and as a gesture of friendly cooperation, the magazine has agreed to share their breaking story about the book with The News. The magazine will hit the stands in India on Friday.Read More »Salman Taseer’s son writes shocking memoirs about his father

Too little sleep may raise diabetes risk

CHICAGO: People who get fewer than six hours of sleep at night are prone to abnormal blood sugar levels, possibly putting them at risk for diabetes, US researchers said on Wednesday.

They said people in a study who slept less than six hours were 4.5 times more likely to develop abnormal blood sugar readings in six years compared with those who slept longer. “This study supports growing evidence of the association of inadequate sleep with adverse health issues,” said Lisa Rafalson of the University at Buffalo in New York, who presented her findings at the Conference on Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention in Palm Harbour, Florida. Several studies have shown negative health consequences related to reduced sleep. In children, studies showed it raises the risk of obesity, depression and high blood pressure. In older adults, it increases the risk of falling. And in the middle aged, it raises the risk of infections, heart disease, stroke and cancer. Adults typically need between seven and nine hours of nightly sleep, according to the US centres for disease control and prevention. Read More »Too little sleep may raise diabetes risk

WATER RESOURCES IN CENTRAL ASIA

Mehmood-Ul-Hassan Khan

All water resources of the Central Asian rivers are distributed within “The Scheme of complex utilization of water resources of the Syrdarya and Amudarya rivers” which agreed by all countries of the region.

Uzbekistan, as the country with the largest population, consumes more than 50% of all water resources of the Central Asian rivers. Along with this more than 85% of water resources of the republic are formed outside of its territory (in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan), and the main water reservoirs that regulate the flow of the Syrdarya and Amudarya rivers as well as large water facilities of the Republic of Uzbekistan are located on the territory of neighboring states.Read More »WATER RESOURCES IN CENTRAL ASIA