Tuesday, September 11, 2012
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden speaks of his own personal tragedy at a 9/11 memorial event at the United Airlines Flight 93 crash site in Pennsylvania. Deborah Lutterbeck reports
Scientists celebrate milestone mission with the launch of French and Japanese satellites via Indian space vehicle.India's national space organisation has marked its 100th mission by successfully launching two new satellites which Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has lauded as a "spectacular success". Scientists at the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) celebrated the launch of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLV-C21 on Sunday as it blasted into the sky carrying a French observation satellite and a Japanese microsatellite. India has had an active space programme since the 1960s and has launched scores of satellites for itself and other countries. Singh congratulated the team at the ISRO at Sriharikota hailing the achievement as "a milestone in our nation's space capabilities". "India is justly proud of its space scientists, who have overcome immense odds to set up world class facilities and develop advanced technologies. We owe a great deal to pioneers like Dr Vikram Sarabhai and Prof Satish Dhawan," Singh said. Future missions India is one of the few developing countries with a space programme and the government has spent billions of dollars on the project. "I would also like to congratulate European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS) Astrium of France and Osaka Institute of Technology of Japan for the successful launch of their satellites," Singh said. "The launch of these satellites on board an Indian launch vehicle is testimony to the commercial competitiveness of the Indian space industry and is a tribute to Indian innovation and ingenuity," the prime minister added. India has recently announced plans to join a small group of nations already exploring Mars by sending a satellite via an unmanned spacecraft to orbit the planet. A rocket will blast off from the south eastern coast of India, dropping the satellite into deep space, which will then travel to Mars to achieve orbit. The nation's space exploration programme has come a long way from its humble beginnings. When it was first established resources were so scarce that some scientists had to operate out of a cow shed. Four years ago, its Chandrayaan satellite found evidence of water on the moon and India is also looking at landing a wheeled rover on the Moon in 2014.
Chairman Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan has said that the performance of the Punjab government in the current tenure is zero. Addressing a press conference along with President PTI Makhdoom Javed Hashmi, Vice Chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Central Secretary Information Shafqat Mehmood at party’s central Information Cell on Sunday, Imran Khan said that contrary to the claims of the Punjab Government regarding the 3.4 per cent growth rate in province, the statistics showed that the real growth rate was 2.5 per cent. The deteriorating economic condition of the energy sector and other departments including agriculture, law and order situation, health and education had proved that the performance of the Punjab government was zero, Imran Khan said. Constitution does not restrict any province to produce energy, Punjab government did not produce even a single unit of electricity, he added. He said that the crime rate in Punjab had increased with the ratio of 12 per cent including a 37 per cent rise in dacoity incidents. To a question about the education policy of the Punjab government,he said that the closing down of the 5700 schools in Punjab was indicating the poor education policy of the Punjab government. The PTI Chairman said that the Punjab government wasted Rs21 billion on futile projects like rapid bus transit system while the budget of health and education was abysmal. He said that the people of Pakistan wanted change and PTI was the only party which could bring change in the country. He said that PTI was the first party which presented its economic agenda. He vowed to raise the tax network to build up the national economy. Commenting on the Local Government Ordinance in Sindh, he criticised it and rejected the ordinance.
http://www.dw.deLiving conditions have improved in Afghanistan, especially for women. But many wonder what will happen when NATO troops leave in 2014. That year, Afghans also vote for their next president - who just might be a woman. Under the Taliban, she dreamed of being out in the streets of Kabul without a burqa. Life then was reduced to "looking at the huge world from the small window - that's how life was for a woman," Fawzia Koofi,
DAWN.COMThe prolonged ban on cellular phone service and occurrence of technical fault in landlines have forced the dwellers of Kurram Agency to switch over to Afghan cellular service. The tribal people of Kurram have no other option but to use Afghan cellular companies’ service as the government has imposed ban on services of Pakistani cellular phone companies since 2008. Presently MTN, Etisalat are operating in Afghanistan and its signals are active in Kurram Agency. “Users pay five times more to Afghan companies as compared to Pakistani cellular companies,” an official told Dawn on condition of anonymity. He said that owing to road construction and sabotage activities the fibre optic cable had damaged at several points. “Presently we are using DRS system, which usually develops fault,” the official said. Asif Ali, a resident of Kurram, told Dawn that the landline in his house always remains dead. He said that they were facing difficulties in contacting their relatives. “One of my brothers is a daily wager abroad and anther is a student in Peshawar so we have no other option but to use the service of Afghan cellular companies,” he added. Political Agent Syed Shahab Ali Shah said that cellular phone service in Kurram had banned owing to its misuse in carrying out militant activities. He assured that soon the ban would be lifted and the service would be restored to facilitate tribal people.