Nov 26, 2015

Break the silence to end violence

Violence against women can be ended if countered like a viral disease.

Domestic violence is as much an issue on the global scale as it is in developed countries. According to the UN, one in three women around the world have experienced physical, emotional or sexual violence, mostly at the hands of an intimate partner. In fact, the global organization calls it a “global pandemic”.

The UN’s ‘Orange the World’ campaign to end violence against women and girls coincides with White Ribbon Day, and will run from Nov. 25 to Dec. 10. The campaign encourages individuals, organizations and governments to participate in activities over 16 days to highlight the need for violence to end, and sees worldwide landmarks, such as the National Monument of Pakistan on lit orange.

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the UN Women executive director, said the 16 days would highlight the diverse range of people speaking out against gender-based violence. “As we launch the ‘Orange the world’ campaign today, we already know that tuk-tuk drivers in Cambodia, soccer stars in Turkey, police officers in Albania, schoolchildren in South Africa and Pakistan, and hundreds of thousands of others around the world are all, in their own way, taking a stand,” she said.

This is a global issue not related to any single country or religion. One of the kind of such violence is psychological abuse which is not even reported. The psychological abuse is mostly done by family members or intimate partner

Even after many campaigns world is unable to counter this problem. If the violence was countered as an epidemic, the issue could be resolved earlier if the governments take it seriously.

Link related to blog: Guardian


Swiss region to ban full face veil, demands up to £6.5k fine

One of the Swiss states has decided to ban Burqa after the Paris attacks.

AS per details, a Swiss state has voted to fine those who wear a burqa in public. The fine would be 10,000 francs (£6.5k) which were decided in a referendum.

Ticino, an Italian-speaking canton, around two in three people voted in favor of the ban on the burqa. Many Muslim women and tourists wear it in public, in 2013.

Now the law is soon to come into force and those who break it will face a fine ranging from 100 francs to 10,000.

Not only citizens but the tourists also have to obey this law. Last year approximately 40,000 tourists came from the Middle East there. Visitors in Ticino will be informed at the border that it is unlawful in the canton to hide your face.

Security measures were put in place during the parliamentary session on the ban and a metal detective device was temporarily installed to screen those entering the building.

The Ticino law was inspired by a similar French ban, which was upheld by the European Court of Human Rights in 2014.

The law was highly criticized in other countries, esp. Muslim countries. Many demand freedom of living in Europe. The Muslim women are considered to face the barbarianism and remain always under criticism, as per western thought. While in many Muslim countries women wear it by choice, esp. when they are living abroad.

Any such law is derogatory for those who have to living in pluralistic society.

Link related to blog: Metro


Bangladesh bans Facebook, Whatsapp and Viber over “Security”

Restricting citizens from information flow is morally a wrong deed but many government do not bother to this fact. 
Recently it was reported that Bangladesh authorities insisted on almost a weeklong ban on Facebook and mobile messaging services. They want to ban the services until security in the tense country improved. 

On Wednesday, the government last ordered Facebook, WhatsApp and Viber blocked to be blocked over fears of unrest after the country’s highest court rejected appeals by two top opposition leaders against the death penalty for war crimes.

The telecoms regulator said the ban would stay after the two leaders were hanged on Sunday morning, prompting calls for a nationwide strike and raising fears of violence from their supporters.

“They [services] will be reopened the moment the government feels it’s safe,” Shahjahan Mahmud, chairman of the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission, told AFP. Commission spokesman Zakir Hossain Khan declined to confirm media speculation the ban would be lifted later Tuesday.

In a response, analysts said that the shutdown was aimed for stopping opposition parties organizing rallies in the run-up to the executions, amid anger over what rights group have called “flawed and unfair” war crimes trials. 

The regulator also temporarily banned messaging services Viber and Tango in January after they became a popular way of mobilizing large numbers of activists for anti-government protests.

In recent past, Bangladesh also hanged Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid, from the country’s biggest Islamist party, Jamaat-e-Islami, and Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury, a key aide of opposition leader Khaleda Zia, after they were convicted of atrocities during the 1971 war against Pakistan. 

History is evident that social media and social media apps play the key role in modern revolutions and thus the governments do not take a chance for let the citizens come forward and speak for their rights.

A large number of Bangladeshis slammed the ban on Twitter, saying it was curbing free speech and further fueling anger against the government.

This is not it, but the Bangladesh’s fast-growing online retail industry said the ban has hit their business, with some reporting reduced sales.

Such a ban on social media is an attack on free speech and depicts the insecurities of the government regarding people’s rights.

Link related to blog: NW


Pakistan grieves over fighter pilot Mariuam Mukhtiar's death

Pakistani women are capable of changing the world and Marium Mukhtiar was also among those women. 

It was reported that Flying officer Marium Mukhtiar died in the F-7 plane crash near Kundian, Mianwali. According to reports, she was on a routine flight with squadron leader Saqib Abbasi.

Spokesperson of Pakistan Air Force (PAF) said that she had got injured in the incident but could not fight the injuries. "She is first female pilot to be martyred", the spokesperson added.

“Flying Officer Marium Mukhtiar, a female fighter pilot trainee, and an instructor Squadron Leader Saqib Abbasi have suffered injuries during their ejection from the aircraft,” the statement added. The official statement said that both pilots were airlifted to hospital for medical treatment.

Marium Mukhtiar last year in an interview to BBC told that she wanted to do something different. 

22 years year old Marium is pride of Pakistan and whole nation grieves over her death. She stood a head in a male dominated society and broke the traditional barriers.

Her desire was to do something which could encourage other women of Pakistan to break the taboos and come forward.

Pakistan has now almost 300 women working in airforce, while in recent years many women tend to join air force which was a great achievement.

Link related to blog: Nation


Nov 21, 2015

8 Things Pakistani mothers can relate to TV Dramas

We all love our mothers and there is no second thought about it. They are honest, loveable and emotional. Yes, most of our Pakistani mothers are very touchy, sentimental and emotional.

TV channels are a cheaper entertainment and esp. for mothers, who stay at home whole day, make awesome food for her family, maintain the home, and everyone's life. Maybe I'm not the only person who has noticed this while watching TV with your mother, she always has some favourite prime time drama serial, which is quite serious, depressing and full of emotional nonsense, which every tv channel in every second drama is showing.

Few things which almost all Pakistani mothers do while watching those "Crybaby" storylines is what we cannot ignore anymore.

#8- She finds herself in any miserable character of the story

#7- Every dialogue of the leading lady makes sense to her

#6- Most of the tragic stories are having some similarities with her life

#5- She made sacrifices all her life but...

#4- She cries on every scene which has anything or even nothing similar to her past or present

#3- Her Husband never listened to her just like the man in drama did

#2- The inlaws and their unjust behaviour, but she is brave and advice the heroine by off TV commentary

#1- She is the emotic-queen of the house and you have to cheer her up after watching that depressing episode of her favourite TV Drama


If your name is ISIS then Facebook might block your account

After the brutal killings in Paris, Facebook has also made an attempt to counter terrorism but they did it wrongly.

A California woman named Isis Anchalee had her Facebook account deactivated apparently due to her first name.

The 22-year-old San Francisco-based engineer logged into her social media account on Monday only to find out it had been suspended.

She implied the lockdown was triggered by her first name's association with the terrorist organization known as ISIS.

"Facebook thinks I'm a terrorist. Apparently sending them a screenshot of my passport is not good enough for them to reopen my account," said Anchalee on Twitter.

Moments after Anchalee tweeted out her complaint, one person reported that a friend had also experienced a similar issue.

Omid Farivar, a Facebook researcher, tweeted Anchalee to apologize for the blunder, saying that the issue had been reported and that Facebook will be coming up with a fix.

The recent incident isn't the first time someone got banned from Facebook because of their name. Back in August, an Arizona couple claimed they were barred from using the social networking site until they verified their rather unusual last name: Avatar.

ISIS is an Egyptian name which means powerful, but all those people who have similar name have to be attentive that anytime their account can be blocked.

In Anchalee's case, presenting her passport was not enough to regain her account. Considering the recent ISIS attacks, more Facebook users are expected to experience the same predicament.

Over 50,000 people have supported a petition on ThePetitionSite, calling the media to stop using the term ISIS to refer to terrorists, as it can be harmful to women, especially young girls, to constantly hear their name being used to describe a terror group. This is a serious issue as many can be harassed and bullied for their name.

Link related to blog: LP


No mercy for APS terrorists said Nawaz Sharif

People of Pakistan still mourn the loss of dozens of life in APS attack Peshawar. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has advised President Mamnoon Hussain to reject the mercy petitions of four convicted terrorists involved in the Dec 16, 2014, Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan attack on Peshawar's Army Public School.The military courts sentenced terrorists to death. While performing his constitutional obligation under Article 105 of the Constitution, the premier said Pakistan has changed after the Peshawar tragedy.

Mr. Sharif said the brutal and merciless killing of our children convinced us that the perpetrators of such crimes do not deserve any mercy.

Immediately after the Army Public School tragedy, the state, elected representatives and political parties unanimously decided to bring the perpetrators of this crime to justice, even if it required amendments in law.

The prime minister said, “Establishment of military courts through these amendments has enabled us to bring the perpetrators of the most heinous crimes to justice in a short span of time. The death sentence awarded to the four terrorists, in fact, was the will of the entire nation. By rejecting the mercy petition of these terrorists, I am also reflecting the will of the people and honoring the promise made to the families of my children who lost their lives in the Army Public School tragedy.”

The death sentences of the convicts involved in the APS attack were approved by the army chief in August this year.

Despite the fact that Pakistan had banned capital punishment, after APS tragedy the punishment was restored. Political parties had unanimously agreed over the issue of setting up military courts to tackle terrorism cases.

The PM advised not to show any mercy so that other extremist outskirts can be taught a lesson after that gruesome incident.

Link related to blog: Dawn


Nov 15, 2015

Pakistan: A land of opportunity (For Corrupt)

Suggested Steps to Eradicate Corruption

It is a common practice among political parties to condone corruption acts of previous government to ensure there is no political instability during their tenure. This way there is continuity of democracy thence they can complete their five years of government. This period of stable governance bestows opportunities of such corruption on them as well.

Condoning of corruption is a heavy cost of democracy in Pakistan. It would be safe to assert that Pakistan has the most expensive democracy per capita in the world!  Writer leaves a question for readers to ponder upon: Is it worth to have such an expensive democracy?    

Our political system with multi-layered redundant governments, gives such corruption opportunities and helps hide these acts as well, to these political actors and their beloved bureaucrats.

It is simply amazing, politicians who have had meager means have become multi-billionaires and no one questions them about the source of all their wealth.

Similarly, bureaucrats whose salaries are known fact, drive around in expensive cars and live in big bungalows. For God’s sake that should be easy enough to figure out that this all came from corruption! Yet no one is there to question them.

Trillion of rupees have been looted by these politicians and bureaucrats in last few years alone, but no steps have been taken to retrieve such huge amount.  National Accountability Bureau, essentially an arm of the government is expected to be neutral, fair and actually go after perpetrators of corruption. But can it be?

This situation gives others encouragement that they could indulge in such corruption and not be questioned let alone punished.

Why would businessmen and other income earners pay taxes? They know that a big percent of the money government collects is wasted and looted in corruption.

In writer’s view there are two kinds of corruption that prevails in Pakistan; financial and non-financial:
Non-financial corruption could be explained as position holders not owning their position meaning; not doing job properly or use their position to drive non-financial benefits such as giving jobs to people of their liking whether they are qualified or not, in other words indulge in nepotism.

On the other hand, financial corruption is when a position holder takes advantage of his position to make money which he is not supposed to.

Steps Needed to Drastically Reduce Corruption:
Like they say when there is a will there is a way. Here are certain stern steps need to be taken to eradicate this menace from our society.

Reduce Size of Government by Changing the Structure

We have multi-level overlapping redundant government structure. This provides opportunities for corruption in many different levels, i.e; from top to bottom and many levels in between. These are further multiplied at provincial levels and local government levels.

This multi-level government structure sophisticatedly help hiding of corruption by playing the blame game.

We are a poor country thus cannot afford such government structure.

Pakistan must adopt a simplistic hierarchical government structure proposed by the writer elsewhere, in order to ensure least chances of corruption and save funds so they can be used on the betterment of poor masses.

Eliminate Develop Funds: 

Develop funds are intended for developmental and social programs. However, the most of these funds are used for political gain or end up in personal pockets of MNAs or MPAs. These funds must be expended on the people in proportion of population by pertinent ministries instead of giving to members of the parliament.

Disallow Discretionary Funds be expended by Politicians:

 These funds must be appropriated to department budgets rather than leaving on political leaders’ discretion to give when and how they will. Examples being announcing rewards to players who perform well in a certain sport or announcing help to flood victims, however, not promulgating a concrete policy and making funds available for sports teams and planning to control floods.

These kinds of announcements provide photo-ops and helps leaders with political point scoring. Similarly for floods, nation faces flood disaster every year but no planning is done and no money is spent on permanent solutions. This is a prime example of political corruption.

Enforce Accountability: 

State should confiscate all the assets of politicians and big bureaucrats. State should confiscate all the assets of politicians and big bureaucrats say from past 25years (randomly selected) which reflect beyond their filed income taxes. Let them prove (burden of proof be on them) that they made these assets through legitimate means and then get their assets redeemed. However, then state must question their taxes filed (whether in Pakistan or outside) if their income reported does not reconcile with their claimed income.

All Systems must be in Place: 

All systems starting from exposure, conviction and public punishment of corrupts should be in place and applied consistently. Exemplary punishment should be given to convicted corrupts so no one will consider doing even iota of corrupt act.

Laws should be enacted and fiercely enforced. If a foreign or domestic company offers kickbacks to politicians or bureaucrats then that company should be banned for life from participating in state business.

All Institutions must be made Small, Strong and Independent: Every effort must be made to make institutions strong and independent. Reduce size of institutions but make them stronger. Judiciary, FBR, FIA, Police, etc. must be independent of political pressures. Bureaucracy should be replaced with technology as much as possible.

Bring in Transparency by Extensive use of Technology: 

Transparency is one of the best ways to control if not totally eliminate corruption. If technology is used to show flow of finances intra and inter-departments then people cannot hide funds and use ways to get them in their pockets.
All the government departments should have a website with complete details including finances that department is handling.

Decision making must be computerized by point-system or Yes/No answers so decisions are not on total discretion of power that be. This will help control or eliminate nepotism as well as awarding of business to companies which do not qualify against kickbacks.

Organizational structure of all departments must be made public so unnecessary hiring is checked.
Use of extensive technology will help place internal controls within organizations.

Watch & Tell and Whistle Blower Protection: 

Laws must be enacted that will give full protection to people who watch within an organization and tell what is going on. People should feel at ease to expose corrupt acts of their colleagues whether they are their bosses or subordinates.

Give Public Access to Technology at grass root level: 

Public must be able to get their business done with the government using technology so they are not on the mercy of bureaucrats. Public should be able to access records of different departments and be able to question in case of being incorrect.

Computerization of All Public Records: 

Computerized records cannot be easily manipulated. Bids on projec
ts and auctioning of state owned assets should be put on department websites so public knows who bid what and who ended up buying the asset. Similarly, same procedure used be employed when purchasing goods or services.

Departments e.g., NADRA & FBR, FIA, Police must be interconnected: 

Information sharing between departments makes it easy to check on records and makes it easy to catch miscreants.

Journalist Duty: 

Journalists feel they have done their job by pin pointing corruption. However, they fail to follow through and ensure these corruption episodes are brought to justice. They must stick to their story and force departments or people in charge to take action.

Social Engineering: 

Graph of corruption has gone up many folds over the past fifty years of our nation’s history. In order to control it, we need to educate coming generations about corruption, what corruption does to society, how this damages the very fabric of the nation and work on ways to keep our coming generations from indulging in this nuisance.

Dr. Shahzad Latif
Political Economist & Reformist
Chicago, USA

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Why Umar Akmal drops out from T20 Squad?

Umar Akmal is talented and a good batsman but due to some reasons he is always trapped in controversies.

The 25-year-old Umar was allegedly involved in an incident involving “mistreatment” of women while playing a first-class game in Hyderabad last week and was issued a show cause notice requiring him to appear before selectors.

Chief selector Haroon Rasheed said Umar was dropped on the instructions of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

“Umar had been penciled in for selection, but he has subsequently been dropped on instructions from the PCB, as he has been issued with a show-cause notice for bringing the board and Pakistan cricket into disrepute,” Rasheed was quoted as saying in a PCB release.

A PCB statement said Akmal was in contention for a place in the T20 squad, but he was dropped after press reports revealed that “he had brought PCB and Pakistan Cricket into disrepute."

Umar was last year jailed for beating a traffic warden in Lahore and his obscene photos circulated on social media a lot. Recently Umar was also seen dancing in a party.

PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan said Umar would be given an opportunity to clarify his actions.

“There should be an inquiry and Umar will be given an opportunity and after that we will take action,” Khan told media. “He is suspended and was not included in the team before we make a decision.

“Basically our players are not educated, most of them are school dropouts, so this becomes a problem and we will address that as well.”

In an interview to a national news channel, Umar said he was just dining out with boys whose name he will not take. Management was informed for my activity and I did nothing immoral there. This is not just to drop him off from the team. Surely Umar will give justification for his before board but Umar remained unaware for this decision by the board.

What is the reason that Umar gets into the limelight but behavioural misconduct? The reason could be that at very young age he got lots of fame and now his immodest behaviour is not enough to handle this fame. 

Many Pakistani players get involved into some controversies because of their ignorance. But from past few incidents the board keeps them warning. Even then Umar did something which became a problem for this talented player.

Link related to blog: Gulfnews


Changing life of Transgender people in Pakistan

The progress of a country dwells in the development of mindsets. Killing the orthodox and stereotypical thoughts and bearing the fact that everyone living around us have same and equal value for life what we enjoy. 

Acceptance of transgender people always remained a disputatious topic. Pakistan is one of those third world countries where transgender people are usually limited to selected occupations 

They don’t only face discriminatory attitude, because of limited choice they are also compelled to live in poverty. 

Transgender people are misbehaved and face discrimination when it’s about earning their bread and butter. Both public and private sector organizations usually avoid offering them any meaningful jobs. 

In an effort to change this rigid mindset, Rawalpindi campus of the National College of Arts (NCA) has taken an initiative to hire several transgender people. 

NCA Director Dr. Nadeem Omar Tarar told Express Tribune that the motivation behind this initiative was to create opportunities for transgender people in a safe work environment. 

Transgender people want respectable jobs and that is difficult for them as per society's stereotype mindset is quite inflexible. 

Dr. Tarar also said that “[Students and teachers] were shocked at first, and there were certain inhibitions on how they would adjust and address [transgender staffers].” 

“But the gender confusion gradually passed, and Bubbly, who works at the canteen, is now very popular among students. Some call her aunty or baji (older sister), and the whole campus has accepted them for who they are,” he said. 

“Instead of assisting them in starting up small businesses, there is a need to provide them with jobs in secure environments, where they are able to safely settle in.” he added. 

Though Sindh Govt. announced jobs for transgender people and recruited them but this was a step at a very small level and so many people remained jobless. 

The students, if they see transgender people working around them, will definitely accept these people and this is a new beginning in life of so many socially unaccepted who are a citizen of the country we all live in.

Link related to blog: Tribune


New Canadian Cabinet is an example for us all, esp, Pakistan

Recently we saw the most viral name all over on social media that was of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who not only gained attention because of his young age and success along looks, he also won high marks for appointing a federal cabinet that includes Canadians from many walks of life. 

Such a balanced and women empowering cabinet have never been seen before and all the developing countries must learn this tactic from him.

A viral Facebook post does a great job of summarizing what people are so happy about and Trudeau’s cabinet consist of whom?

Alana Phillips, a science writer and editor in Victoria, B.C., posted the following list to the social network site on Wednesday. It had been shared nearly 30,000 times as of Friday afternoon.

It lays out various reasons why Canadians can be proud about the federal cabinet. Like the fact, the health minister is a doctor. And our minister of defense is a war hero.

Beyond that, the 30-member cabinet (excluding the prime minister) achieves gender balance and includes four Sikh and two aboriginal ministers.

The ministers belonging to their ministry are working professionals and even a Nobel Prize winner is Minister of Science, and she is a woman.

We hail and praise this man’s effort to turn the heads and doing great for his country.

In Pakistan, which is facing so many problems except political ones, Trudeau set an example, that the relevant and appropriate person for running a department is the best choice rather than appointing people on the basis of interest and nepotism.

People seem to like my analysis of the new Canadian Cabinet Ministers. Feel free to share. #canadianeh
Posted by Alana Phillips on Wednesday, November 4, 2015

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Man stayed alive after 50 hours in Lahore factory collapse incident

Few days back a factory’s roof collapsed and dozens got injured while many are still stuck beneath the scrap.

An 18-year-old worker, identified as Shahid, was taken out alive after 50 hours and taken to Jinnah Hospital after being rescued on Friday evening.

DCO Lahore mentioned that the teenager sustained injuries on his leg, adding that Shahid crawled out of the scrap on his own. 

38 dead bodies of laborers have been recovered from under the rubble and hoped to retrieve remaining workers alive. Therefore scrap is cleared carefully.

Earlier in the day, two more laborers were recovered from under the rubble as the death toll from the tragedy rose to at least 35, officials said. 

Rescue officials said over a hundred survivors had so far been pulled from the wreckage of the four-storied Rajput Polyester factory, which manufactured polyethene shopping bags about 45 km south of the Punjab capital, and collapsed on Wednesday night. 

35 bodies have now been recovered by rescue crews using heavy construction machinery and other tools to dig through the debris, the rescue official said. 

Efforts were still underway on the third day of the search and rescue operation, to clear the debris and look for any survivors or bodies of the victims.

After the roof collapse, no part of the building remained standing. It is also rumored that the owner of the factory has also expired. 

Whereas Lahore is hosting an international conference on business, we need to look into this matter carefully. Before starting any new venture, the old buildings who are in danger zones must be rebuilt first.

What is the need of new business ventures when the laborers are not secure?

Link related to blog: TN


Nov 1, 2015

Saudi blogger awarded by top EU human rights Award

Raif Badawi, a blogger and activist who has been imprisoned and publicly flogged for criticizing Saudi Arabia’s religious establishment, was awarded the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, the European Union’s top human rights award, on Thursday.

Martin Schulz, the president of the European Parliament, who announced the award, called Mr. Badawi “an extremely good man, an exemplary man who has had imposed on him one of the most gruesome penalties” that “can only really be described as brutal torture.” Mr. Schulz urged the Saudi king to “immediately grant mercy to Mr. Badawi and to free him so that he can accept the prize.”

He added, “In the case of Mr. Badawi, fundamental human rights are not only not being respected, they are being trodden underfoot.”

Mr. Badawi, 31, was arrested in 2012 — on charges that included apostasy, cybercrime and disobeying his father — after he started a website that criticized the Saudi religious establishment. In 2013, he was sentenced to seven years in prison and 600 lashes. The next year, he was resentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes. (He was not convicted of apostasy, which carries a death sentence.)

On Jan. 9, Mr. Badawi received his first 50 lashes at a mosque outside the port city of Jidda. It is not clear why he has not been caned since then, though his wife, Ensaf Haidar, has said that he is in poor health and might not survive the caning. Ms. Haidar and the couple’s three children live in Canada, where they sought asylum.

Mr. Badawi’s case has become a cause célèbre among human rights observers. Officials at the United Nations, the United States and other Western powers have condemned his sentencing, as have Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch. This month, he was the co-recipient of the PEN Pinter Prize, a free-speech award established in 2009 in honor of the British playwright Harold Pinter

The authorities also jailed Mr. Badawi’s lawyer, Waleed Abulkhair, the founder of a group called Monitor of Human Rights in Saudi Arabia. He was sentenced last year to 15 years in prison for undermining the government, inciting public opinion and insulting the judiciary.

Reached by telephone, an official at the Saudi Mission to the European Union in Brussels said the kingdom did not have a response to the announcement. He pointed to a past statement in which the Saudi authorities stated that their judicial system was independent and that it was not the place of outsiders to criticize it.

UN Human rights conference was also headed by Saudi Arab but seeing many examples of unfair punishments on free speech, many criticized this act. 

Link related to blog: Nation


Should iPhone lovers skip 6S for iPhone7?

The new iPhone 6S and 6S Plus models may have only recently reached the hands of customers, but rumors about next year's iPhone 7 are beginning to circulate.

According to, Apple has "big plans" for the iPhone 7. Just like always what’s new coming our way and that next device be like?

Designer Hasan Kaymak put together a concept video for the iPhone 7 which features a number of tantalizing ideas, including the notion that Apple might do away with the home button completely on its forthcoming model. This will make edge-to-edge display, meaning that the phone will have no wasted space on its front face.

Several sites, including Apple Insider, note that the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus have significantly greater water resistance than their predecessors, including a 0.3mm wider 'lip' around the frame and a silicone seal around the logic boards. Some tech experts believe that the changes may foreshadow a completely waterproof iPhone 7 in 2016.

The iPhone 7 is rumored to be fitted with a 'hexa-core' processor, which will make the phone significantly speedier than the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, a better camera that improves on the current generation's 12-megapixel lenses, and a stronger body to ensure that the phones do not bend, after some users reported that their iPhone 6 models would flex in their pockets.

So what the iPhone lovers should do now? Either skip the idea of buying the new gadget or get some hands on experience for a shorter while with iPhone 6S and 6S Plus?

Link related to blog: Week


National media's obsession with Imran and Reham Khan's Divorce is stupid

Photo Courtesy: FB
Pakistan Tehreek Insaf Chairman Imran Khan broke up with wife Reham Khan and whole nation got studly obsessed with it.

The news of divorce made me think that why we give so much coverage to every news of this kind. Senior Journalist Arif Nizami, weeks ago break this news, after which he was highly criticized and labeled as fake journalist and preacher of yellow journalism.

What we saw on news media and social media is unbelievable for me. A lot of people poked their nose by giving disgusting comments, which came from anti PTI and from the followers as well. Whole day this viral news ruled the main slots on all news channels. When there was nothing much to cry over, then news channels invited astrologers and tarot card readers who gave prophecies and advises which neither of them has asked for. The most hilarious thing which I saw was one channel on aired Reham’s makeup artist’s talk that what kind of relationship Mr. and Mrs. Khan were having. 

PTI women fan following cursed Reham of being the one to break this marriage and many were happy that Khan is again single. Those who calls Reham an opportunist used to quench their throats by calling her National Bhabhi. Is it an ethical response to your leader’s divorce?

On the other side we see those misogynists blaming Reham as a wrong choice for Mr. Khan as she was a journalist. Reham was brought up in an open society and she was a journalist as well, so it was obvious that the two couldn’t stay longer for being different on their personalities, said the experts and journalists. 

Code of ethics in journalism has been forgotten when news anchors were showing pity towards the poor divorced Reham Khan and saying that what she could do next? Well they also revealed how much wealth she’ll be getting after this break up. 

From people to national media, all has well played in being a nosy relative of the divorced couple and proved that if Imran would have taken their advice then he must have got some success. 

Many rivals blamed Mr. Khan for his broken marriages and said he is not capable to run a country. Well number of wives or successful marriage does not assure the capability to be successful in your professional life. I can think of Bill Clinton in this respect.

I just hope the people get on with their lives and news media get something else to talk about and stop ridiculing the divorced couple.


Facebook kills the Other Box, what's its replacement then?

The Other inbox was where messages from strangers, or people you only kind of know. Probably many people had no idea that such folder ever existed. 

Within 10 days, Facebook will roll out Message Requests. It works a lot like the other inbox, except you can actually find it. 

“If you’re friends on Facebook, if you have each other’s contact info in your phone and have these synced, or if you have an existing open thread, the new messages from that sender will be routed to your inbox,” writes Vice President of messaging services at Facebook, David Marcus. 

“Everything else will now be a message request, minus spam attempts that we will continue to ruthlessly combat.”

The biggest change here is messages from strangers will appear in the Messenger app, meaning you have a far greater chance of seeing them, and you get a little information about the person who sent it.

The bad news is that messages from friends of friends will land here, too. This increases the risk that you’ll miss a message you might want, though Facebook is making some effort to ensure you know about the change. 

This could be bad and good as well. But we are looking forward what it actually turns to be in the end.

Link related to blog: Wired


Narendra Modi donated INR10 million to Edhi Foundation

Narendra Modi did something out of the blue but for a good cause.

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has offered $154,083 (10 million Indian rupees) to Edhi Foundation for taking care of Geeta - a deaf and mute young Indian woman - who had mistakenly crossed border more than a decade ago.

"I don't think any amount of words is enough to thank the Edhi family for taking care of Geeta. They are apostles of kindness and compassion," Modi said in a series of tweets.

"What the Edhi family has done is too priceless to be measured, but I am happy to announce a contribution of 10 million Indian rupees to their foundation," he added.

The Indian prime minister also welcomed Geeta on her return to India and expressed his gratitude to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for his efforts that ensured Geeta's return to India.

Geeta’s story got fame when the indian movie Bajrangi Bhaijan got released. She was related to the film’s story and philanthropists along media made efforts for her way back to home. Geeta’s DNA test was due and after the affirmation, she’ll be handed over to her family.

Indian PM’s gesture of goodwill is highly acclaimed, this also depicts his vision towards Pakistan. It is necessary to mention here that a series of Profile for Peace was started in favor of promoting peace in both the neighboring countries, after Shiv Sena attacked PCB’s chairman and threated Pakistani artists.

Link related to blog:  DT


Dozens killed in stampede in Pakistan and Afghanistan, Imran directed for relief activities in KPK

Monday noon, Pakistan was jolted by one of the most horrible earthquakes once again. Before in 2005 in same month we experienced one of the worst earthquake in history.

According to media reports the death toll has risen to more than 175 around Pakistan. Along with that dozens of people have got injured in the earthquake affected areas. 

The media has reported that the quake is worse than the 2005 earthquake. It was recorded 8.1 in Pakistan and 7.5 Richter scale magnitude in Afghanistan 

Expressing deep grief over the massive loss of lives due to the earthquake which jolted several areas of country on Monday, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan directed for all out rescue and relief efforts to facilitate the victims and treatment for the injured. 

In an issued statement, he said that loss of precious lives due to earthquake was a national disaster and “we all need to join hands for rescue and relief activities sinking personal and political differences”. 

He directed the PTI-led Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government to remain vigilant and activate all departments concerned for conducting relief and rescue operation in the areas of the province that were affected most due to the quake. 

Thousands of frightened people rushed into the streets across Afghanistan, Pakistan and India as the quake rocked a swathe of the subcontinent. Shockwaves were felt in areas as far away as New Delhi in India and Kabul in Afghanistan. 

In Pakistan, the earthquake tremors were felt in Lahore, Islamabad, Sargodha, Peshawar, Malakand, Swat, Kashmir and several parts of the country. 

Several areas in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces were badly affected, with at least 186 casualties and hundreds of people reported injured in different parts of Pakistan. 

The earthquake was said to be one of the most powerful ever record in Pakistan's history. 

The US Geological Survey put the epicenter near Jurm in northeast Afghanistan, 250 kilometers (160 miles) from the capital Kabul and at a depth of 213.5 kilometers. 

The epicenter is just a few hundred kilometers from the site of a 7.6 magnitude quake that struck in October 2005, killing more than 75,000 people and displacing some 3.5 million more. 

While in north Afghanistan at least 12 of the school girls were victim of this stampede. They were crushed as they tried to get out of the building. Whole world is sad over this sad news.

Links related to blog: BBC, DT, TN


Oct 24, 2015

Acid burned women hit the ramp to showed stronger side of them

Defaced women showed the real face of beauty in a ramp walk at Agra.
Indian acid attack survivors walked the ramp to tell the world that real beauty lies in one’s spirit and soul, not skin.

The unique fashion show was organized by a leading international fashion brand to celebrate the spirit of “Sheroes” by launching its festival collection in Agra.

At the show, Sheroes – as opposed to Heroes – displayed latest fashion collection inspired by ethnic arts, crafts, and traditional values imbued with a tinge of modernity.

Kanika Pahwa, senior marketing manager of the brand said that the event was a tribute to the real beauty and spirit of women associated with Sheroes Hangout cafe in the city.

The Sheroes Hangout has women who have fought back for life and survival through terrible chemical burns and now wish to define themselves as warriors.

Dolly, Rupa, Ritu, Nitu and Geeta, the five ‘Sheroes’ models who walked the ramp, said they lead a life on their own terms, “representing the spirit of dignity with purpose”.

“The fashion show shows we are not defeated or cowed down but willing to put up a brave fight,” one of them was quoted as saying.

India and Pakistan yearly face a huge number of acid attacks, but due to no rule of law, victims could not get justice.

Why can’t we introduce more places like Depilex to support our acid attack victims? There are a lot of restaurants opening nowadays, why any entrepreneur did not thought of employing these women, who have faced a lot in their lives because of someone else’s brutality.

Such Sheroes can be found in our motherland as well, we just need to give them a platform to, for a new beginning.

Link related to blog: ET


The new Canadian prime minister is implausibly good looking

Newly elected Canadian Prime Minister will make you wish to be a Canadian as well 

By now, most Canadians are well acquainted with Canada's prime minister-designate, Justin Trudeau. Shortly after he became the prime minister-designate, The Mirror, a UK-based newspaper, ran a piece titled "Is Justin Trudeau the sexiest politician in the world?" 

The name Justin Trudeau appeared in headlines across the globe after his Liberal Party swept to victory in Canada's federal elections, everyone got familiar with this name. 

At 43, he is the second youngest prime minister to serve Canada and the first son or daughter of a prime minister to follow their parent back into office. 

Social Media got overwhelmed by tweets after Trudeau's victory and everyone was amazed to see such a handsome and young Prime Minister. 

The outgoing politician has declared himself a feminist, promised to protect women's abortion rights and will start work towards legalizing drugs "right away" once he assumes office. 

It may sound bit awkward but yes he really said so, as they belonged to liberal political party so this may happen, marijuana can be legal. 

Trudeau was compared to President Obama, who was 47 when he was elected to office and continues to be called a Pilf on Twitter, and John F. Kennedy, who at 43 was the youngest man to be elected to office in the US. 

Trudeau was himself accused of sexism in 2013 after organizing a ‘ladies night’ event that promised “cocktails, candid conversation, curiosity inducing ideas” and the chance to “really get to know the future prime minister”, with questions for debate including “what’s your favorite virtue?”. 

Trudeau's to-do list 

Addressing jubilant supporters, Mr Trudeau said Canadians had "sent a clear message tonight: It's time for a change". 

"We beat fear with hope, we beat cynicism with hard work. Most of all we defeated the idea that Canadians should be satisfied with less. 

"This is what positive politics can do," he said, also praising Mr Harper for his service to the country.

During the 11-week election campaign, the Liberal Party said it would: 

· Cut income taxes for middle-class Canadians while increasing them for the wealthy 

· Run deficits for three years to pay for infrastructure spending 

· Do more to address environmental concerns over the controversial Keystone oil pipeline 

· Take in more Syrian refugees, and pull out of bombing raids against Islamic State while bolstering training for Iraqi forces 

· Legalize marijuana.

So beyond he looks, after getting the news, Mr. Trudeau also thanked his people while travelling in a subway and greeting people for opting him in his new political role.

Link related to blog: Guardian


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