By Noah Shachtman
America's killer drones are getting all the attention, in the fight against Pakistani militants. But Pakistan's military has plenty of unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs
, too. And they're being used to… Continue
Added by Riaz Haq on December 24, 2008 at 6:00am —
Internet and telephone traffic between Europe and the Middle East and Asia has been seriously disrupted since Friday when three major underwater data lines were cut in the Mediterranean, according to media reports.
The main damage is to the four submarine cables running across the Mediterranean and through the Suez Canal. The damaged cables include Sea… Continue
Added by Riaz Haq on December 20, 2008 at 9:00am —
I travelled to Mumbai last night and instantly headed towards the Taj Mahal hotel. What grandeur. I recall seeing the structure on TV when Josh, an awesome Montreal-based Pakistani-Indian fusion band, came up with the video for their song, Mahi Ve. For some strange, odd reason, I decided it looked like a Belgian building. [Read more
Added by Saadia Malik on December 18, 2008 at 4:01am —
Calls to "do a Lebanon"
to fight terror are being made vociferously by the Indian media as they have focused the national and international attention on Mumbai terrorist attacks that targeted two opulent hotels and a small Jewish center in India's financial capital. The need for war on… Continue
Added by Riaz Haq on December 15, 2008 at 9:00am —
Added by Shoieb Yunus on December 10, 2008 at 5:23pm —
SAN FRANCISCO, CA and TORONTO--(Marketwire - December 2, 2008) - Precept Productions and Hiltz Squared Media Group Inc. announced today that the two organizations have signed a distribution agreement for Precept's first film, "Streets of Karachi." The agreement is the result of a meeting at MIPCOM in Cannes, France in October.
"Streets of Karachi" is an 84-minute docudrama that was filmed earlier this… Continue
Added by Shoieb Yunus on December 10, 2008 at 5:15pm —
Red alert, do we have an identity crisis?
Imagine a world full of people, demonstrating identical faces, synonymous dressing senses, communicating in the same language. Heck, there wouldn't be room for any imagination! Dullness. Boredom. Monotony.
The beauty of the world lies in its diversity. [Read more
Added by Saadia Malik on December 7, 2008 at 7:34am —
Of the two recent studies making headlines this week, one brings good news and the other warns of grave risks.
The good news first: New research shows that in a social network, happiness spreads among people up to three degrees removed from one another. That means when you feel happy, a friend of a friend of a friend has a slightly higher… Continue
Added by Riaz Haq on December 5, 2008 at 10:30pm —
Singing and musical instruments are categorically deemed prohibited by most, if not all, of the traditionalist Muslim scholars. Such vices could only be enjoyed by no less than drunken reprobates and good Muslims, we are told, would do well to poke fingers in their ears on hearing the voice of the devil or the sound of the satanic inventions. I will not attempt a rebuttal of this position but my view is diametrically opposed to the traditional view. There is plenty of research to suggest… Continue
Added by Saadia Malik on December 4, 2008 at 8:18am —
Chandrayaan-1 - A great leap forward
The successful launch and lunar operations of the first Indian unmanned moon spacecraft Chandrayaan-1 is a remarkable milestone of Indian science. It was the 68th of the lunar missions that began with the Soviet Luna 1 launch on 02 January 1959. The total cost of the mission is approximately $83 million. On landing an impact probe on the moon surface from a lunar orbiting spacecraft India joins the elite club of space fairing nations that… Continue
Added by Ameer Alam on December 3, 2008 at 10:00am —
Just to lighten up the mood a little, here's a funny piece I found on the net. If you follow football, or what is known in the U.S. as soccer, hopefully, you'll find this entertaining too. This is humour in good vein. Hopefully, it'll be consumed in that spirit! [Read more
Added by Saadia Malik on December 1, 2008 at 10:57pm —
Truth be told. Honestly speaking. To be very honest. This is the truth and nothing but the truth.
Each one of us has encountered these phrases innumerable times. They serve as prologues to forthcoming statements. That they are said and heard so much, is an indication that we do not trust each other to be always telling the truth. Or in the very least, that we are so weary of being smothered with propaganda, exaggeration and lies, that we need that extra nudge to believe. Naturally,… Continue
Added by Saadia Malik on December 1, 2008 at 10:56pm —
Based on Simon Beaufoy's screenplay adapted from a Vikas Swarup's novel, Slumdog Millionaire
is a well-made movie by a British director Danny Boyle. The early part of it reminds me of Dickens' Oliver Twist. But that impression quickly changes as the story develops into more than an… Continue
Added by Riaz Haq on November 30, 2008 at 8:00am —
While the Indian Navy is going after the pirates in the Gulf of Aden, two Indian youngsters are joining the Pirates in the United States.
Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel are two 20-year-old pitchers with million dollar arms. Neither had picked up a baseball until earlier this year. Both have now signed free-agent contracts with the Pittsburgh Pirates,… Continue
Added by Riaz Haq on November 26, 2008 at 10:30am —
21st Century Challenges of Resurgent India
By Riaz Haq
The pre-British, early 19th century Moghul India, described as caste-ridden, feudalistic and unmodern, was economically ahead of the rest of the… Continue
Added by Riaz Haq on November 22, 2008 at 4:09pm —
ye meraa chaman hai meraa chaman, maiN apne chaman kaa bulbul huuN
sarshaar-e-nigaah-e-nargis huuN, paa-bastaa-e-gesuu-sumbul huuN
ye meraa chaman hai meraa chaman, maiN apne chaman ka bulbul huuN
Prior to the start of the mushaira, the above Aligarh Muslim University
Taraana (Anthem) was sung by the Aligarians clad in black sherwanis (long tunics) and white pajamas (trousers) along with a few… Continue
Added by Riaz Haq on November 18, 2008 at 4:30pm —
Technology will likely get significant attention by President-elect Barack H. Obama, in spite of the more urgent issues of two wars, a sputtering economy and ballooning US national debt. While there will be the usual rush by various special interest groups in the high tech world to try and influence US technology policy to favor their particular sectors or… Continue
Added by Riaz Haq on November 10, 2008 at 10:31pm —
Is NED Making Progress?
Is NED University making progress to deal with the challenges of the 21st century? Is it competitive within Pakistan with other institutions of higher learning? How have NED University administration and faculty responded to the institution's low ranking by the HEC? How are the NED alumni… Continue
Added by Riaz Haq on November 8, 2008 at 11:30am —
NED Alumni Convention 2008 in Hartford, Connecticut attracted over 400 NEDians and their families and friends this year on Nov 1, 2008. This was the fourth successful North America annual convention of NED University
alumni after Houston, New Jersey and Silicon Valley
Added by Riaz Haq on November 3, 2008 at 6:00am —
Grand NED Alumni Convention in Hartford, CT at the Marriott Hotel is scheduled for Nov 1. Our NED Alumni Association of New England has moved into high gear and are extremely busy finalizing all the details of the Convention. I want to assure you that this will be a great Convention with both day time and evening activities to keep us all fully engaged and entertained. Let me share with you some of the high lights of the Program.
The day program is focused… Continue
Added by Moin Ahmed on October 20, 2008 at 6:55pm —