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Archive for March 2012

Asia Cup: Bangladesh Cry Babies?

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Topic: Asia Cup: Bangladesh Cry Babies?

Description: Sports these days is an aggressive business. A lot hinges on the result of a tournament; money, prestige and professional growth. This is why sportsmen play hard. The laws that govern the sports get tougher for this very reason. But what happened after the Asia Cup that just finished in Bangladesh? Pakistan won, Bangladesh players cried because they missed by a whisker, but then they decided to cry foul! In the final analysis, not only did they lose the Asia Cup, they lost a lot of sympathy and goodwill that the people and players of Pakistan had for them. See cricket analyst Sohaib Alvi discuss this aspect.

Do you think the Bangladesh players didn’t know the law? Or were they ill advised to file a complaint?

Language: Urdu

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March 28, 2012 at 6:50 am

(UN) Civil Awards

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Show: Off The Cuff

Topic: (UN) Civil Awards

Hosts: Adnan Maqbool and Afia Salam

Description: As soon as 23rd. March dawns, one usually races to grab the newspaper to pore over the list of names of the recipients of the highest civil awards of Pakistan. It makes one proud to know we have so many inspirational leaders among us. However, when some dubious, questionable, and downright undeserving names creep in, these awards are devalued.

There are always a couple of names with debatable credentials, but this time so many names have been included that have made a mockery out of the highest civilian awards of Pakistan.

Who gives these awards? Shouldn’t we know about the jury and the criteria? What do you think?

Language: Urdu

Written by afiasalam

March 27, 2012 at 11:11 pm

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Make a Wish Foundation

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Topic: Make a Wish Foundation

Description: Children have hoped and dreams that keep the stars in their eyes alive. Given time and opportunity, they try to go for them. Some reach them, some don’t. Not because lack of effort, but because they run out of time due to failing health. Ishtiaq Baig of Make a Wish Foundation tells about the role this organization plays.

What do you think of this initiative? Will you be a part of it?

Language: Urdu

Written by afiasalam

March 21, 2012 at 7:01 am

Mangroves for the Future

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Topic: Mangroves for the Future

Description: Nature has its own security mechanisms, and they work very well for humans, if they do not mess with them.However, that is not always the case. When Nature strikes back, the results can be devastating! Mangroves, that grow along the coasts are one such protective barrier, and during the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, people learnt to their cost the result of denuding this forest cover.

Mangrovs for the Future was a programme that was launched to assist the countries that had been hit by the Tsunami, and then its circle was widened to include other South Asian countries. Pakistan has recently become a member of the MFF, and its Regional Coordinator, Steen Christensen was here recently to attend a couple of programmes of its small grantees. He explains the mandate of MFF.

What do you know about the importance of the mangroves?

If you live along the coast, have you ever been to a mangrove stand? What did you see there?

Language: English

Written by afiasalam

March 19, 2012 at 7:03 am

Tabdeeli Ki Hawa

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Show: Off The Cuff

Hosts: Afia Salam and Faisal Qureshi

Topic: Tabdeeli Ki Hawa

Description: Tis the season of change. Everyone’s talking about change; changing loyalties, changing the system and even changing parties. All the political parties claim to bring change as well. Be it MQM, PML-N or PTI. But those who are in the government right now are not here to go. They’ve come a long way and do not plan on moving an inch from their place. So if someone’s wishing for them to step down, they can keep on dreaming.

Do you think the current government is about to go? Can those who speak of change, actually change themselves? Are they really going to make a difference in the governance?

Language: Urdu

Written by afiasalam

March 13, 2012 at 11:12 pm

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Controlling the Controllers

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Topic: Controlling the Controllers

Description: Every department of an institution has cash cows who are the central tradesmen. The institution is on track and running because of them. Isn’t it their right to get paid and to demand for a payment if they don’t?

Back in the 70s, Pakistani cricketers were not known as professional players because they did not get paid a lot. Some of our cricketers who played county in England were once called for national duty. When they asked about their fees, they were labelled as traitors.

Isn’t it a sportsman’s right to get paid? Aren’t they the ones pulling in the money for the country?

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March 11, 2012 at 11:53 am

Politics of Money

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Topic: Politics of money

Description: So what does it cost to get a seat in the Senate? Or is that a wrong question, or maybe an incomplete question. The question should be rephrased as, how much is a seat in the Senate worth?

Or, what will it cost the people, the awam of Pakistan to see their Senators get into the corridors of power? The amounts being quoted, along with the hullabaloo about ‘seat adjustments’ and betrayals make a mockery of the entire process.

Can you trust your destiny to be in the hands of people who buy and sell themselves for the sake of power?

Written by afiasalam

March 11, 2012 at 11:47 am

Posted in Off The Cuff

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