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An aggressive all-round display by India, including another match-winning century from Dinesh Karthik and a five-wicket haul from Umesh Yadav, inflicted a stinging 243-run defeat on Australia in the teams’ second warm-up match.

Karthik was the batting star of the match, scoring his second consecutive ton in the warm-up fixtures, strengthening his case for a place in India’s starting XI in the tournament. “I think he has earned his place in the side and we’ll just have to see who misses out when we play against South Africa,” MS Dhoni said after the game. “I’d like him to play at the top of the order but we’ll [have to wait and] see.”

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LAHORE, Pakistan: Traumatised Christians in a Lahore slum where angry Muslims torched more than 100 homes say Pakistan’s two largest parties offer the only hope of protection at this week’s general election.

The Pakistan Muslim League-N of Nawaz Sharif, a man accused of being soft on the Taliban but tipped to win Saturday’s polls, and the main outgoing Pakistan People’s Party both gave affected families $5,000 each in compensation.

PML-N is the party in power in Punjab province, the home of the largest Christian community in Pakistan. PPP led the outgoing federal government.

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ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) is hearing on Monday the treason case against former military ruler Pervez Musharraf.

A three-judge bench, headed by Justice Jawwad S. Khwaja, of the apex court reconstituted last week is hearing the case.

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Inder Malhotra looks at the thorny relationship between India and Pakistan, which has become increasingly antagonistic in recent weeks in the wake of alleged atrocities in Jammu and Kashmir.

Many years ago, Natwar Singh, then Indian ambassador to Pakistan and much later foreign minister, described the relations between the two South Asian neighbours as ‘devilishly complex’. Nothing could have underscored this more vividly than the dramatic and agonizing turbulence in this relationship that has taken place in a mere few weeks. At the time of writing there is an uneasy standoff between the two basically adversarial countries. Although they have managed to avert the threat of war, there is as yet no return to normalcy or to a dialogue. Let the facts speak for themselves.

During the last fortnight of December, there was a spate of newspaper articles and statements by the strategic community that gleefully welcomed ‘a paradigm change’ in the Pakistan army’s attitude towards India. It seemed that, having held this country as the ‘existential threat’ or the ‘threat number one’ for all these years, the all-powerful Pakistani military had tumbled to the conclusion that terrorism against the state of Pakistan by extremist outfits — some of them sponsored and nurtured, ironically, by the army itself — represented the ‘greatest danger’ to Pakistan’s stability.

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Culturally ingrained misogyny and male brutality across South Asia and beyond, including the West, must be challenged, warns Shyam Bhatia, if the world does not want to see a repeat of atrocities such as December’s horrific gang-rape and killing of a young student in Delhi.

Indian and foreign opinion has been rightly outraged at the gang rape and subsequent death of the 23-year-old physiotherapy student, Jyoti Singh Pandey, who was assaulted together with her fiancé Awindra on a New Delhi bus.

Details of what happened on the bus have been revealed by Awindra, the only witness, who told the media, ‘They beat us up, hit us with an iron rod, snatched our clothes and belongings and they threw us off the bus on a deserted stretch.

‘From where we boarded the bus, they moved around for nearly two-and-a-half hours. We were shouting, trying to make people hear us,’ said the 28-year-old, who suffered a broken leg in the attack.

‘But they switched off the lights. We tried to resist them. Even my friend fought with them, she tried to save me. She tried to dial police control room number 100, but the men snatched the mobile.’

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A much-supported protest by a leading Pakistani intellectual has garnered attention but no real change, writes Rahimullah Yusufzai.

Religious scholar and former member of parliament Dr Tahirul Qadri ended his five-day Lahore-Islamabad ‘long march’ and ‘sit-in’ protest in the federal capital, Islamabad, on January 17 after reaching a five-point agreement with the beleaguered Pakistan People’s Party-led government.

President Asif Ali Zardari’s coalition government wanted no more crises as it was also during the period of Qadri’s ‘long march’ that it was forced to sack its own Chief Minister in Balochistan province, Nawab Aslam Raisani, and impose Governor’s Rule following another four-day ‘sit-in’ by the Hazara Shia community protesting the deaths of more than 100 of its men in bomb explosions carried out by the Sunni extremist group Lashkar-i-Jhangvi in Quetta.

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A much-supported protest by a leading Pakistani intellectual has garnered attention but no real change, writes Rahimullah Yusufzai.

 

 

 

 

Religious scholar and former member of parliament Dr Tahirul Qadri ended his five-day Lahore-Islamabad ‘long march’ and ‘sit-in’ protest in the federal capital, Islamabad, on January 17 after reaching a five-point agreement with the beleaguered Pakistan People’s Party-led government.

 

 


 

 

President Asif Ali Zardari’s coalition government wanted no more crises as it was also during the period of Qadri’s ‘long march’ that it was forced to sack its own Chief Minister in Balochistan province, Nawab Aslam Raisani, and impose Governor’s Rule following another four-day ‘sit-in’ by the Hazara Shia community protesting the deaths of more than 100 of its men in bomb explosions carried out by the Sunni extremist group Lashkar-i-Jhangvi in Quetta.

 

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The brutal rape and murder of a young woman in Delhi has caused national outrage throughout India, but, warns Kuldip Nayar, demonstrations alone are not enough to transform a failing system

India’s capital, New Delhi, has recently witnessed an amazing phenomenon: students from well-off families coming out on to the streets to demonstrate. They were agitated, not to mention horrified, over the gang-rape of a 23-year-old woman and her subsequent death. This is not the first time a woman has been gang-raped and left on the roadside, and this girl was not even from the elite class with which these students generally associate.

The rape of this young woman in Delhi turned out to be beyond the limits of endurance for the upper social strata, which felt it could not take any more. India Gate, a memorial for unknown soldiers, has widespread grounds where the students — young people of all castes and creeds — assembled for several days, carrying lighted candles. They wanted immediate action and speedy punishment of the guilty. Ultimately, the angry reaction came from a stark realisation of how brutality against women has existed over the ages, and continues to exist.

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As the West faces Islamic radicalism in Mali and Algeria, David Watts considers the real agenda on both sides and stresses the importance of keeping a sense of perspective.

The ‘War on Terror’ (WOT) comes to Africa or is it more to do with the competition with China for the resources of the continent?

Either way, as in Libya, it was the French who were the first out of the traps with their air attacks on jihadist rebels threatening the government of Mali, a former French colony.

In reality this is not the first time that the WOT has come to the continent; there were strong hints of it at the end of the war on Muammar Gaddafi, and indeed the weaponry and training showered on the rebels by the West, and their Gulf monarchist allies, is now fuelling the latest iteration of the conflict. Many of the fighters are graduates of the Libyan campaign just as others went on to the conflict in Syria.

The apparently sudden, unilateral decision to intervene by François Hollande, the new French president, runs counter to his declared policies of disengagement on the international front as evidenced by his, also unilateral, decision to pull French troops back early from Afghanistan.

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Chinese couples have been celebrating New Year 2013 by using a once-in-a-lifetime auspicious date to get married. The date was January 4 2013, which many bachelors and spinsters in China believe is the best time to wed a suitable spouse.

 

Another reason for the popularity of this date is that speaking it in the Chinese language sounds similar to the phrase, ‘I will love you all my life’, or ‘endless love till death’.

 

Hence the tens of thousands of couples who rushed to registry offices across the length and breadth of China, hoping that tying the wedding knot on this particular date would bring them good luck forever.

 

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o the ASEAN nations attending the Phnom Penh summit in November have snubbed the US over Obama’s TPPA proposals, preferring to follow the money in China (David Watts’ article The Asia Pivot, AA January issue). As the writer says, ‘three billion Asians have pivoted in the other direction — towards Beijing.’ Hardly surprising really, given the statistics quoted in the article that show just how far things have swung in economic terms from West to East. Certainly the phrase ‘made in China’ is no longer quite the joke that it used to be. Of course the ASEAN nations are right to be wary of the TPPA proposals and the ‘corporate muscle’ that almost certainly underlies them. Appropriating intellectual property rights over vital medicines is just one example of the morally repugnant, greed-driven nature of the global corporate phenomenon, something that is not the preserve of the US alone.

 

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