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November 2010

Musharraf: India creating ‘anti-Pak’ Afghanistan

New York—Former President Pervez Musharraf said on Tuesday that India was trying to create a hostile state in Afghanistan as he hit back at criticism of his country’s role in fighting extremists.

Musharraf, who is touring the United States as part of a comeback bid, said he has seen photographs of Kabul-based “Pakistan terrorists” a likely reference to Balochistan separatists meeting in India with intelligence agents.Read More »Musharraf: India creating ‘anti-Pak’ Afghanistan

Obama has made a ‘mess of relations’ with Pakistan: Bush

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NEW YORK: Former US president George W Bush, in comments published in a mass-circulated tabloid, criticized President Barack Obama’s policies, saying he has made a “mess of relations” with Pakistan and that his Afghan strategy was “adrift.” Bush’s comments about his Democratic successor are contained in a dispatch of the New York Daily News.Read More »Obama has made a ‘mess of relations’ with Pakistan: Bush

The Mid Term Elections in USA

By Qaisar Sultan

The midterm elections in the USA changed the political landscape for next two years. The Republican Party got the majority in the congress and closed the gap in the senate. The pendulum has swung back towards more conservative mode; smaller government and lower taxes. It is not a complete defeat of liberalism; but it is a short setback. The majority of working class in America feels that they should have decent life style; there should be high paying jobs, good housing, good health programs and education. These social programs require money that is mainly acquired through taxation on American people.Read More »The Mid Term Elections in USA

Pakistan National Savings Orgainsation to go high-tech next year

By Jawwad Rizvi

LAHORE: The National Savings Organisation (NSO) will introduce Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) and a modernised website by next year, the NSO chief said on Friday.
“The savers will be able to operate their accounts from anywhere in the world,” said Zafar Sheikh, Director General NSO while speaking at the directors conference.
“It will also help us tap the savings of non-resident Pakistanis who get meagre returns on their money invested abroad.”
He said the focus of the organisation was on improving infrastructure with latest automated systems. Read More »Pakistan National Savings Orgainsation to go high-tech next year

UK visa system ‘may discriminate against Pakistanis’

LONDON: The British agency responsible for monitoring immigration may be discriminating against Pakistanis in the way it hands out visas, a report by the independent chief inspector said Thursday. John Vine, who oversees the work of the UK Border Agency, found that its staff were making it more difficult for people to enter Britain from Pakistan than from Gulf states such as Abu Dhabi, Bahrain and Dubai.Read More »UK visa system ‘may discriminate against Pakistanis’

Honda Atlas also increases car prices from November-2010

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By Moonis Ahmed

KARACHI: Making yen’s appreciation versus rupee the main reason, Honda Atlas Cars has raised the prices of its cars by Rs 30,000 on different models, Daily Times learnt on Thursday.

Honda City manual’s price after this increase has jumped to Rs 1,325,000 as compared to Rs 1,290,000 previously. The prices of Honda City automatic have gone up to Rs 1,456,000 as compared to Rs 1,426,000. It is pertinent to mention that a day earlier Indus Motors Company had also made an increase of Rs 29,000 on some of its Corolla models. Read More »Honda Atlas also increases car prices from November-2010

LAHORE: Cell phone balance ‘crucial’ in unbalanced society

Not only youngsters, but people belonging to all age brackets and from all segments of society have developed the need to always having balance in their cell phones, irrespective of their finances. Cigarettes and movies were the ‘addiction’ of youngsters a few years back, but the new ‘thing’ that has been occupying their time is cell phones and with it the necessity of having balance in it. Calling, sending messages (sms), subscribing to different services including ring tones, Internet, jokes, news alerts consume the cell phone balance of the general public. In this scenario, people who could afford to have a decent amount in their cellular service accounts would obviously have balance, but the ones with meager incomes, Read More »LAHORE: Cell phone balance ‘crucial’ in unbalanced society

Slip and Sliding Away-By Qaisar Sultan

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One of the defining questions regarding the future of democracy in Pakistan is: Have we arrived to an impasse that may require the Hobbesian tradition of controlling disorder and chaos through a Leviathan, an absolute power- I am not suggesting unalterable idea of a military ruler. There is a breakdown of authority; and anarchy has taken hold of the roots of the state. The interests of the individuals and groups have superseded the viability of the country’s survival. Though we cannot ignore the minimalist ideals and practices of democracy; we are faced with the collapse of governance, accountability and fair representation of the will of people. The Lockean view of liberal democracy, ideally and Read More »Slip and Sliding Away-By Qaisar Sultan

The love of the loudspeaker

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By Hussain H Zaidi

 When the khatib of a mosque was asked what in his opinion constituted the most useful invention of science, his reply was “the loudspeaker”. If the same question were put to any other khatib, his answer would be the same.
In our society, there is a special relationship between a khatib and the loudspeaker so much so that it is difficult to think of the former without the latter. Just as a soldier needs to be a good shooter, a khatib must be a good speaker. And one can hardly be a good speaker without being adept at using the loudspeaker.Read More »The love of the loudspeaker

Indus Motors increases Toyota car prices from Nov-2010

By Moonis Ahmed

KARACHI: One of the auto manufacturers has raised car prices up to 2 percent on its different models following hike in Japanese currency Yen, which is now at a 15-year high against major currencies, Daily Times learnt Tuesday.

Indus Motor Company’s spokesman in a statement said that the retail prices of some Corolla variants including XLI and GLI models have been raised by Rs 29,000, which translates into a 2 percent increase; however there will be no change in Altis price. After this price hike the cost of Corolla XLI with an increase of Rs 29,000 has gone up to Rs 1,354,000 as compared to Rs 1,325,000. Similarly the price of Corolla GLI now stands at Rs 1,479,000 as compared to Rs 1,450,000 previously. Read More »Indus Motors increases Toyota car prices from Nov-2010