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Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Lahore Marathon 2006

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The 2006 Lahore marathon was sponsored by Standard Chartered Bank for a second time in a row and took place on the 29th of January, 2006. The 5, 10 and 42 Km event was inaugurated in 2005, thanks to a relentless effort by the Cheif Minister's Task Force in Lahore and excellentsponsorship by the Standard Chartered Bank. The marathon gathered controversy because it isa mixed-sex race, which was opposed by many conservatives around the nation. The race continued peacefully, and hopefully we will see another one next year around this time. For more information, please visit the Lahore Marathon website.

Sunday, January 29, 2006

Google's defends Customer Privacy

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Google's war against the US department of Justice has cost them dearly, with their stock taking a 10% drop in one day. The US department of Justice has requested Google to give up a week's worth of information that is transferred over the google search engine. At this point, it is unclear as to why the US Justice department has requested information for a specific period of one week.

A subpoena was all that was requisite to milk out all the information that was necessary, possibly justified in the name of the "War against terror". Google has denied the request for the moment, but it remains to be seen how long it can hold its ground on the battlefield against the US Department of Justice. Read more here.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Stampede at Hajj

At this year's Hajj, over 350 people lost their lives in a stampede while performing the 'stone throwing' ritual. Over 2 million pilgrims perform Hajj each year, and the arrangements for such an enormous communion are phenomenal. However, it is a difficult task to prepare a relatively small area for an influx of such a huge number of people and hence, accidents result. There have been stampedes in the past at the same site, and the bridge on which the ritual is performed has been renovated and reinforced several times to accommodate the large number of pilgrims. For more information on the tragic stampede that occurred this year, please click here.

Crossing the line - News

The recent air raids have
angered locals and the
media in Pakistan

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Recently, US airplanes had entered Pakistani airspace and conducted an air raid which has angered the entire nation. Questions are being raised by media journalists and another concerned citizens as to how much power the US has been given by the Pakistani authorities. Entering a soverign nation's airspace without prior consent is generally regarded as a sign of disrespect and at times, a call for war. However, since the war in Afghanistan, Pakistan is seen as a strong ally to the US. This recent incident has angered everyone within Pakistxan because this is not the first time that the US has extended it's war on terror beyond the borders of it's own battlefield. Pakistani newspapers have been extremely critical of this action by the US military and demands answers. Read more here.

Iran in hot water - NEWS

Lately, Iran has resumed it's Nuclear development programme, which has caused unease in the UN security council. The possibility of a military intervention by the UN is becoming likely by the day. Iran has recently announced that it is prepared to compromise with the UN, but it remains uncertain how far the Iranian government is willing to go with the negotiations and diplomacy. Read more here.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Happy Eid! Eid Saeed! Eid Mabrook!

Salam Alikum! I would like to wish the loving, peaceful and united people of the religion of Islam, a very peaceful, safe, and blessed Eid Mubarak! May Allah shower you all and your families with blessings and May He make this Eid full of joy.

Friday, January 06, 2006

Who are better friends: Men or Women? - Humor

A friend emailed this to me a few days ago, and I thought it was worth sharing with everyone. Here it is:

Who are better friends; Men or Woman ?

* Women:*

A wife was not at home for a whole night. So, the next morning, she tells her husband that she stayed at her friend's apartment overnight.

The husband calls 10 of her best girlfriends, and none of them confirm that.

* Men:*

A husband was not at home for a whole night. So he tells his wife the next morning, that he stayed at his friend's apartment overnight.

So the wife calls 10 of his best friends : 5 of them confirmed that he stayed at their apartments that night, and the other 5 are claiming that he still is there with them !

Bomb Blast in Iraq kills 120 - News

Two suicide bomb blasts rocked Karbala and Ramadi, killing nearly 60 civilians in each city. In fresh violence, a roadside bomb killed five American soldiers. Read on...

Sharon in Critical Condition - News

Sharon is undergoing
an emergency operation

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Israeli Prime Minister has been transferred to surgery room for yet another operation after a brain scan revealed more bleeding in his brain. Mr. Sharon had suffered a major stroke and has since been in induced coma. At the moment, his duties are being handled by his deputy, Ehud Olmert. Read on..