March 2009

LAHORE: Basant on 14th, 15th under consideration

Basant on Feb 20, 21, 2010: kite flying association

LAHORE: The District Flying Association has announced Basant would be celebrated on February 20 and 21, a private TV channel reported on Sunday. Secretary Sheikh Salim, said Basant would be celebrated in pursuance of the safety measures planned by the government. Salim said kites would be available in the city from February 5 onwards. However, Law Minister Rana Sanaullah said the Punjab Assembly had not given permission for Basant celebrations. daily times

By Ali Raza
THE City District Government Lahore (CDGL) is still waiting for the green signal of the Punjab government to allow celebration of Basant in the provincial capital as the event has already been celebrated in various cities of the province with traditional zeal and zest.

Sources in the City District Government Lahore (CDGL) claimed that all preparations have been done to announce the festival and the city government was just waiting for the final nod of the government. The sources said strict monitoring of the event was also planned by the CDGL to avoid injuries and loss of life and property at hands of kite lovers.Read More »LAHORE: Basant on 14th, 15th under consideration


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 “Once there was a magician in some ancient Egyptian land. He wanted to be the ruler of the whole world with the help of his magic. He made the lives of his dear and near ones very pathetic and miserable so that they might come to him for help and support. Since he was very much aware of the fact that some day someone might take his life for his misdoings, he encased his soul in the body of a pigeon, cast such a magic on it that it could never come to him back and then flew it away forever. After so many years the magician succeeded in his plan and became the ruler of a big part of the world. One day a little boy of eight caught that pigeon in his net and cut its heart open because he needed the fresh blood of a pigeon to save the life of his dying mother.”.. …..My grandfather used to tell me this story when I was just a three years old boy. That time I could never get the lesson hidden behind this story but now it is very much all around me in the shape of a bitter, undeniable reality. The Magician is making the lives of his dear and near ones pathetic and miserable but he does not know that an eight years old boy is searching for the pigeon to save the life of his dying mother.


Increasing air pollution causing respiratory diseases in Pakistan


By Dr Athar Khan and Prof Saraphine Salik

LAHORE: Air pollution is a broad term that refers to any chemical, physical (particulate matter), or biological agent that modifies the natural characteristics of the atmosphere — a complex, dynamic, natural gaseous system that is essential to support life on planet Earth.

Stratospheric ozone depletion due to air pollution has long been recognised as a threat to human health as well as to the Earth’s ecosystem. Globally, air pollution is directly responsible for a large number of respiratory disease cases, and resultantly, the deaths caused by them. The World Health Organisation estimates that 4.6 million people die each year from causes directly attributable to air pollution.Read More »Increasing air pollution causing respiratory diseases in Pakistan

Global warming can delay, weaken monsoons: study

CHICAGO: Global warming could delay the start of the summer monsoon by five to 15 days within the next century, and significantly reduce rainfall in much of South Asia, a recent study has found.

Rising global temperatures will likely lead to an eastward shift in monsoon circulation, which could result in more rainfall over the Indian Ocean, Myanmar and Bangladesh but less over Pakistan, India and Nepal, the study found. It could also result in longer delays between rainy seasons and intensify the risk of deadly floods by leading to a significant increase in average rainfalls in some coastal areas of western India, Sri Lanka and Myanmar.Read More »Global warming can delay, weaken monsoons: study

Pakistan and its latest crisis —Syed Mansoor Hussain


Political gamesmanship aside, the people of Pakistan do want their elected leaders to put their egos aside and concentrate on things that matter to the country. The price of bread, law and order and religious extremism is what they worry about


It is a sad but unfortunate fact that when people reach positions of power, they also often attain an exalted sense of self-importance that prevents them from separating self interest from national or institutional interest. Hubris is what it is usually called.Read More »Pakistan and its latest crisis —Syed Mansoor Hussain

Politics of agitation in Pakistan —Dr Hasan-Askari Rizvi

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Moderation, tolerance and accommodation can help overcome the present crisis. Both sides need to stand-down from their rigid perspectives. The longer they confront each other in the streets, the harder it will be to find a peaceful and mutually acceptable solution

Democracy is a delicate system of governance that can be sustained only if the political class fully subscribes to and implements its basic norms in letter and spirit. The use of violence in the name of exercising the democratic right to protest shows a lack of understanding of the spirit of democracy.Read More »Politics of agitation in Pakistan —Dr Hasan-Askari Rizvi

Loneliness can be as harmful as smoking

Don’t take social isolation or loneliness lightly, as brain scans have shown it can be as harmful as smoking.

The research, pioneered by the University of Chicago (U-C), is the first to combine fMRI scans with such data to study links between perceived loneliness and brain activity.

Researchers found that the ventral striatum – a region of the brain associated with rewards – is much more activated in non-lonely people than in the lonely when they view pictures of people in pleasant settings. Read More »Loneliness can be as harmful as smoking