Islamabad: It will be difficult to tackle the militant menace when “our institutional processes are so flawed”, a Pakistani daily said on Friday, a day after Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, a key mastermind of the 26/11 Mumbai attack, was granted bail.
The News International said in an editorial that India expressed its sorrow and observed silence to mark the tragedy in Peshawar where 132 children were killed in a Taliban attack on the Army Public School.
“But we may have spurned our chance to make further progress. The decision by an Anti-Terrorism Court to grant bail to Lashkar-e-Taiba commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, the prime suspect in the Mumbai attacks, might be pounced on by the Indians as evidence that the Peshawar attacks haven’t changed anything,” the daily said.
“His release, pending a government appeal, only shows how difficult it will be to tackle the militant menace when our institutional processes are so flawed,” it added.
The editorial said that the fight against terror “will take years and require a revolution in our thinking and the way we operate”.
“The zeal we have now should not descend into bloodlust and neither should we believe that military action alone will solve the problem within a matter of months,” it added.
The government is now considering setting up military courts to swiftly try and sentence militants but in combating the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan “we should not lose our sense of justice”.
The daily went on to say that “our political class is on the same page” on the battle against terror.
“It shouldn’t have taken the killings of more than 130 children to reach a consensus but in our mourning we have to show resolve – and that is what our political parties are now doing.”
The editorial noted that “political unity alone won’t get the job done”.
“We need the help of our neighbours.”
As many as 141 people, nearly all of them school children, were massacred on Tuesday when heavily armed Taliban suicide bombers stormed a Pakistan army-run school in Peshawar, firing indiscriminately, leaving another 130 injured.
Dressed in para-military Frontier Corps uniforms, the seven Arabic-speaking terrorists entered the Army Public School on Warsak Road around 10 am (local time) from the rear side and went from classroom to classroom shooting innocent children indiscriminately in one of the most gruesome terror attacks anywhere.
Chief Military Spokesman Maj Gen Asim Bajwa told a news conference tonight that 132 of the dead were children and another nine were staff members. A total of 130 people — 118 students, three staffers, seven SSG soldiers and two officers — were injured, he said.
He also said that 960 students and staffers were rescued.
Bajwa said all the seven militants were killed in the operations involving Special Services Group or commandos.
Some of them reportedly blew themselves up.
“The operation is over. The school has been handed over to its administration. SSG troops are withdrawn” he added.
Bajwa said about 1,100 students and staffers were in the school at the time of the attack.
Earlier, reports had put the death toll at 160 but later it was scaled down.
During the over eight-hour standoff, the terrorists also took several hostages, including teachers and the principal of the school, and used them as human shield during the assault.
The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan claimed responsibility for the attack, the bloodiest in recent years since the 2008 suicide bombing in Karachi in which 150 people were killed.
The Taliban spokesman claimed that 6 suicide bombers were involved in the attack and that it was a revenge for the military’s operation against militants in the North Waziristan tribal area close to Peshawar.
“We want them to feel our pain,” the spokesman said.
Gen Bajwa said the militants came from the back side of the school and killed the students indiscriminately.
The attackers had plans for a long haul as they had a lot of ammunition and food to sustain them, he said. But they were cornered by SSG under a plan and killed.
World leaders united in condemning the attack as Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif termed it a “national tragedy” and chaired a security meeting in Peshawar where he was briefed about the attack and the operation.
Sharif reiterated that military operation ‘Zarb-e-Azab’ to flush out terrorists from the country’s tribal belt will continue.
“It’s a sheer act of cowardice…the country should unite to combat terrorism,” he added.
A three-day nationwide mourning has been announced in Pakistan. Army Chief General Raheel Sharif also reached Peshawar to monitor the situation.
One rescued student told reporters that the attackers had long beards and they were wearing ‘shalwar kamiz’. He said they were speaking Arabic and looked like foreigners.
Bajwa said the militants made no demands and they apparently wanted to kill as many people as possible rather than take them as hostages.
He said all militants had suicide jackets and it was not possible to tell how many were killed due to SSG bullets or they exploded after being hit by bullets. He said the school had no precise threat from militants but since start of Operation Zarb-e-Azb, there was threat of an attack.
Bajwa said a lot of information has been gathered through their communication but he refused to share the details. He said that there are reports that some of them spoke Arabic but it was too early to determine their nationality.
“Today is the blackest day of our history,” he said.
The Taliban attack brought back chilling memories of the 2004 incident in Beslan in North Ossetia, Russia, when at least 32 Chechen rebels stormed a school and took more than 1,000 hostages, majority of them children. Over 330 people, mostly children, were killed in that assault.
About 500 students and teachers were believed to be inside the Peshawar school at the start of the attack. The attack ended after all the Taliban attackers were eliminated and a clean up operation was being undertaken.
Mushtaq Ghani, provincial information minister, said the militants entered through a graveyard adjacent to the school.
The school is close to Saint Mary High School which has also been under threat since the last couple of days.
A heavy contingent of police and security forces blocked roads leading to the school, taking control of the whole area.
The army had launched the massive military operation ‘Zarb-e-Azb’ in June following a brazen militant attack on Karachi’s international airport and the failure of peace talks between the government and the Taliban negotiators.
The military has said more than 1,300 militants have been killed during the operation in North Waziristan and adjacent tribal region and it will continue till militancy is completely wiped out of Pakistan.
Opposition Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chief Imran Khan, whose party rules Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, termed the attack as an act of “barbarism”.
In the wake of the attack, Khan postponed his plan to shut down the entire country that was planned for December 18.
Shagufta, who lives near the school, told Geo TV that she heard two explosions, a smaller one followed by a huge bang.
A student who identified himself as Shuja told Samaa TV that they were taking examination when firing started.
They were told by the teacher to lie down on the floor. He said they remained on floor for about one hour when army soldiers came and told them to go out.
Several students escaped through the back gate. One student who escaped said that the fourth period was in progress when they heard firing.
“First we didn’t know what has happened. But later an army officer told us to escape through back gate,” he said.
Defence minister Khawaja Asif said in a statement, “We are deeply fragmented today as a nation. For the sake of the children martyred today and our children fighting the enemy for our existence, we must have one message for the enemy (that) we shall overcome Inshallah and rid our land of this scourge. Zarb-e-Azb to continue with full force and (our) Armed forces remain undeterred.”
The Australian Industry Report 2013-14 (PDF) has forecast that robots and automation could displace more than 500,000 jobs in high-skilled industries such as accounting and finance for the year ending 2014.
The report, published on Wednesday by the Department of Industry and Chief Economist Mark Cully, suggested that some of the skilled, predominantly white-collar jobs most at risk from robotics and automation include those in bookkeeping, auditing, and payroll operations.
“The challenges presented by more automation are not limited to low-skilled positions, as robots are increasingly replicating the tasks of medium- and high-skilled workers,” the report said. “The silver lining is that higher productivity will eventually deliver cheaper goods and higher disposable incomes, as it did during the industrial revolution.”
The report suggested that far from hampering the local jobs landscape for the long-term future, the increase in robotics and automation would result in new skilled job areas and opportunities, and other industry advantages.
“The comparative advantages of being human — the ability to solve problems intuitively, improvise spontaneously, and act creatively — as well as the unlimited needs and wants of humans suggest that the displacement of jobs due to automation is unlikely to be long term,” it said. “Automation will allow for new technologies to develop, and allow workers to utilise those comparative advantages in ways that are currently unimaginable.”
The report said that job losses over the last decade in manufacturing, agriculture, forestry and fishing, information, media, and telecommunications — all industries that have been heavily affected by automation in previous years — have been offset by more than 1 million job gains in higher-paying industries.
In the report’s foreword, Scully talked up Australia’s ability to adapt to such disruptive forces in the local industry, saying, “Australia will continue to be exposed to economic and demographic forces, and we must therefore continue to adapt. It’s the one certainty we have in a world of change.”
However, Scully’s optimism stands in contrast to the report’s assertion that more and more high-skilled and graduate jobs in Australia are being supplanted by robots, automation, and other innovative technology.
“The challenges presented by increasing automation are not limited to low-skilled positions,” the report said. “One of the at-risk jobs identified in the study are pharmacists: 78.6 percent of pharmacists in Australia have a bachelor’s degree, and 15.4 percent have post-graduate qualifications, making it one of the most highly educated occupations in the nation. A tertiary education therefore does not guarantee safeguard against automation.”
A key ongoing factor driving trends in the demand for particular occupations is automation, according to the report, which has driven falling demand for some occupations and increasing demand for others.
Today, there are entire factories assembling intricate and specialised devices without human intervention. Foxconn, China’s largest private employer, began replacing 1 million workers with robots in 2013.
“At first, it was considered that low-skilled employment would be more affected by the introduction of machinery. But recent research suggests being low skilled does not necessarily mean that your job will be replaced by robotics,” it said.
Despite immediate job losses in certain industries due to new technology, the report indicated that automation and robotics would lead to higher productivity, and would eventually deliver cheaper goods and higher disposable incomes for Australians.
“There is potential to benefit from these productivity gains, even if the temporary adjustments may be painful,” it said. “Technological change has driven structural change across the economy in a number of ways.
“Improvements to robotics, for example, have increased the range of occupations which can be automated, while improved communications and data transfer technologies have facilitated transactions over great distances.”
We all feel like failures from time to time. While this is a normal feeling, you have to find a way to see yourself and your life from a different perspective. Sometimes we ignore the “little things.” Just because you are not a millionaire, don’t live in a mansion, and you don’t drive a fancy car, that doesn’t mean you’re a failure. In fact, it’s quite the contrary.
Here are 20 signs that you are succeeding in life:
1. Your relationships are less dramatic than they used to be.
Drama is not maturity. As we age, we should develop maturity. So maybe your relationships were drama-filled in your past, but if you have moved beyond that, then you are successful.
2. You are not afraid to ask for help and support any more.
Asking for help does not equal weakness. In fact, it is a strength. No person has ever succeeded in isolation. It takes teamwork to accomplish goals. Asking or help is a sign that you have grown as a person.
3. You have raised your standards.
You don’t tolerate bad behavior any more – from other people, or even yourself. You hold people accountable for their actions. You don’t spend time with the “energy vampires” in your life anymore.
4. You let go of things that don’t make you feel good.
No, this is not narcissistic even though it might seem like it. Self-love is success. Love yourself enough to say ‘no’ to anything that doesn’t make you happy, doesn’t serve your purpose, or drags you down.
5. You have moments where you appreciate who you see in the mirror.
Ideally, you should appreciate who you see in the mirror at every moment. But even if that doesn’t happen, if you do it more than you used to, then that is success. Love yourself. You are awesome.
6. You have learned that setbacks and failure are part of self-growth.
Not everyone can have success 100% of the time. That’s just not realistic. Life is about victories and losses. So look at your setbacks as stepping stones to something better. In reality, there really is no such thing as as setback. It’s all just part of a wondrous journey.
7. You have a support system that includes people who would do anything for you.
If you have figured out the people who “have your back” and recognized the ones who only pretend that they do, then you have succeeded. This is a painful realization, but once you learn to see the signs of betrayal, you can stay away from those people.
8. You don’t complain much.
Because you know there really is nothing to complain about. Unless you really have gone through some horrific life experience and had unimaginable losses, most of what we all experience on a day-to-day basis is just mundane. And successful people know that. And they live in a space of gratitude.
9. You can celebrate others’ successes.
Just because other people succeed, that doesn’t make you a failure. Applaud the people who rise to the top. The more positive energy you give to other people’s victories, the more you will create your own.
10. You have passions that you pursue.
You are not stagnant. You know you have something wonderful to contribute to the world. You have unique talents and gifts. Not only do you know that, you pursue it.
11. You have things to look forward to.
If you don’t have exciting things going on in your life that you are eagerly anticipating, then you are slowly dying inside. Successful people create goals that they are passionate about pursuing. They let this excitement drive their life.
12. You have goals that have come true.
Even though “failures” are a part of life, you have stuck to your goals and dreams long enough to make them come to fruition. You have some tastes of victory. It fuels you.
13. You have empathy for others.
A person without empathy is dead inside. Empathy equals spreading love and positive energy into the world. Successful people know this. They love others as if they are family.
14. You love deeply and open yourself up to be loved by others.
Love is risky, and sometimes scary for people. It’s the one thing we all strive for, but it’s also intimately tied to the one thing we fear the most – rejection. If you open your heart enough to love and be loved, then you are successful.
15. You refuse to be be a victim.
You know that life doesn’t always happen to you. Many times, you are a co-creator of your life experiences. Successful people know this and refuse to be kept down by life experiences. The rise up and conquer anyway.
16. You don’t care what other people think.
You know you can’t please everyone. You know that the standards with which society judges people is many times unrealistic. So you just keep true to yourself and love the person you are.
17. You always look on the bright side.
Life can be full of disappointments – if you choose to see them that way. Otherwise, they are learning opportunities. No negative experience is ever wasted as long as you learn from it.
18. You accept what you can’t change.
Let’s face it – there many things you can’t change in life. All you can change is how you view what happens. If you can change your negative perspective on situations to a positive one, then you are successful.
19. You change what you can.
And let’s face it again – there are many things you can change in life. Successful people don’t sit around accepting the negatives that are changeable. They get out there and do something about it!!
20. You are happy.
To me, this is the ultimate definition of success. It doesn’t matter what the balance is in your bank account, how big your house is, or how many fancy vacations you take. If you are happy, then you are succeeding in life.
Even if you don’t see yourself in many of these 20 things, don’t fret. It’s okay. Be happy that you see yourself in just a few. In time, the rest will come. You just need to keep moving onward and upward.
Benefits of Online jobs- Ejobsjunction
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For those who are looking for some better way to earn few more bucks, online jobs is the best option available. People generally look for a permanent job with good salary that will help them to make a proper living. For adding some more money it is always better to go and look for some Part time jobs. With great advancement in technical field, people can now easily join any of the reputed online companies and work for them and get a handsome amount at the end of the month. Though you need to be careful in this regard, but with proper research one can end up with some positive result.
Work from home seems to be the best option for those who cannot leave their house for various family issues. This is the best option for the housewives who need to look after their family well. It is also…
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EJobsJunction provides work from Home.
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Hearing about the part time jobs, a question arises “Why we need it?” It is only because to earn extra money out of the spare time that we as a student spend doing nothing. The best parts about these days jobs are one can use their free time in making money online working from home rather than searching for jobs to work in pizzas shops for delivering food items, bookstores and gift shops. It is better to use your research and academic skills as well as the valuable experience to earn money.
Nowadays these jobs see an increased demand among the students. Some of them need these jobs to financially support their family and some need to add extra cash to their pocket money just for enjoyment purposes. The trendy generation uses this money to buy books, gifts for their special ones, watching movies and shopping e.t.c. With the use…
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On September 28, 2014 Broncos Support Services (BSS) will be hosting the 2nd Gurgaon Half Marathon. The Half marathon will start at Leisure Valley Park, in Sec 29 Gurgaon at 6 am. The 2nd Gurgaon Half Marathon is expected to attract more than 1000 conditioned athletes, runners and walkers as well as 10,000 participants from around the City. Comparable events in neighbouring Airtel Delhi Half Marathon had over 32000 participants. We expect many athletes will participate as this is a unique and appealing annual event. As of last year we had 4500 to 5000 participants. Additional running and walking events are provided for the whole family including a Half Marathon, kid’s incremental marathon 5k race and Fun Run of 7K. Considering the Corporate presence in Gurgaon, this event will encourage better life style and social responsibilities by engaging with different NGO’s associated with Gurgaon Half Marathon 2014. A marathon is a lifetime achievement and we are excited to bring this Half Marathon to Gurgaon and anticipate an increasing number of athletes and participants will look forward to returning annually.
Who we are…!!
BSS (Broncos Support Services) provides services following Domains.
There Mission is to create a world class Marathon which will bring Identity to Growing City Gurgaon and will also encourage social awareness.
To give a platform to NGO’s working in different domains to raise awareness and funds for charity.
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Please login to www.gurgaonmarathon.org and select the Category 21KM, 7KM or 5KM and register, once you receive a confirmation email kindly keep it safe as you will need it when you come to pick your Kit.
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5 KM is a free run for the children’s below 14 years of age on the given date 28th Sep 2014. Children’s do not have to be from any specific school or institution all the children’s are invited. Time for the run is 7:45 AM
Amity Gurgaon Half Marathon 2014
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• 2nd – 15k
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Domestic violence, rape, sex selective abortions, dowry, female infanticide, everyday we hear stories of crime & hate against women. India is the world’s second most unsafe place for women in the world. How did we land up here? We have become a country that worships its goddesses & hurts its women. And it’s just shameful.
Here’s a powerful apology by these men to every woman in India. This might not justify the crime but it sure is an initiation.
Dozens of Australians tilted a train Wednesday to free a commuter whose leg was trapped between a carriage and a platform, with authorities praising their efforts as an example of “people power”.
The man was boarding in the Western Australia city of Perth when he slipped and became jammed in the five-centimetre (0.4-inch) gap between the carriage and the station, operator Transperth said in a statement.
Passengers were initially told to move to the opposite side of the train in the hope their weight would shift it away from his leg, a passenger who gave his name as Nic told The West Australian newspaper.
But when that failed, staff told commuters to get off the train and about 50 of them lined up in a row along the platform to tilt the carriage away from the man so he could be lifted out.
“It is the first time we’ve seen something like this happen,” Transperth spokeswoman Claire Krol told AFP.
“We were really fortunate that the staff were there straight away… and all of the passengers not only listened to the instructions from staff, but pitched in and helped.
“This is a real case of passengers of working together… and people power are the perfect words to describe it.”
Transperth said the man was treated by paramedics but was able to catch a later train.
“The end result here is: really lucky for the man involved, but really nice as well to see that everyone came together as a community,” Krol added.