Monday, May 14, 2012

We were always obsessed with Aishwariya's weight

Ever since Aishwarya Rai-Bachan appeared in public having retained some of her pregnancy weight, the internet has been ablaze with unflattering and intrusive comments for the actress:
Fit babe to fat aunty.
Hot chick to mother hen.
Beti-B flab.
Aishwarya shocks us with her double chin.
These are just some of the remarks floating around about the former Miss World.
The web is inundated with such news about the extra pounds this glamour goddess has put on. 

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Paying for the Breaking News

Every year, thousands of articles, news stories and features appear on May Day. These expose the gloomy plight of laborers in mines, brick kilns, factories and other industries. Yet there is one industry, where a lot of undue exploitation happens internationally yet it is seldom written about. This industry is the media itself.
The guys who give out the news about other peoples’ exploitation seldom find the liberty and forums to register their own. There are several ways this exploitation happens. The main victims are the print journalists as the pay-scale in electronic media is generally higher. 

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

How to deal with Gummersbach!

Gummersbach is a heaven on Earth, and those going there for the first time, are in for a lot of intellectual excitement. By the way, today is 8th May and my Gummersbach anniversary- I entered that metallic rectangular building for the first time in my life. 

Now here are some tips for those going there for the first time.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Media frenzy over verdict

The media was frantic much before the Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani arrived at the Supreme Court. There was a sharp division between the PPP supporters and non-supporters. Some were fuming while others struggling not to lose their bearings knowing how cool the Supreme Court is about its own contempt.
Almost every noted TV anchor covered this verdict and the day was as ‘eventful’ as last year’s May 2 [when OBL’s assassination drove media crazy]. Analyzing the media reaction to the verdict is almost impossible because much of it was a prolonged vomit. The live transmissions, tickers, political statements, Asma Jahangir’s press conference and everything related to the verdict reached the public in real-time.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Bad Politics

The image in TFT
Imran Khan was welcomed in Balochistan because Balochistan needs to become socially and politically re-integrated with the rest of Pakistan. Mainstream political parties can be of immense help in democratizing the province. Yet within the first ten minutes of his speech, Imran Khan declared Nawaz Sharif the reason behind all the crises in Balochistan, without providing any evidence to substantiate his statement.
Today's Balochistan is infested with complex political and military problems, which are aggravated by a weak federation and a lack of political will and dialogue. Imran takes a sensitive approach to the missing persons but evades mentioning the real culprits behind them. Instead he equates the abducted to Aafia Siddiqui, whose case was quite different. And above all, Imran didn't mention the sectarian militant groups that have been targeting an ethnic minority.
Accusing Nawaz Sharif or any other politician of perpetuating this violence and chaos is not only tactless and unfair, but also very dangerous. Imran knows that the agencies and militant groups are dangerous, so he did not mention them. Instead he decided to blame his political rival. He is misleading the masses and that is no way to find a genuine solution to the problem of Balochistan. This is bad politics and complete dishonesty to gain popularity.
This letter was first printed in the Friday Times

Peace and MFN

A few weeks ago, I was doing a piece on Hafiz Saeed, who seems to be a loud opponent of the status of "Most Favored Nation" status recently given to India. Most Favored Nation, according to Wikipedia, means that the country recipient of this treatment must receive equal trade advantages like low tarrifs or high import quotas.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Get rid of FB Timeline

To get rid of timeline ( use Google

Chrome, timeline stays on IE):

1- Click the little wrench in upper right 

2- Click TOOLS


4- Then click bottom link-GET MORE



6- A post will appear on right of page

, select and Click ADD TO CHROME,

(Don'r HAVE TO LIKE IT) then REFRESH FACEBOOK- Old FB Wall is Back! Life is beautiful again :D

Check out this Community for more help and find free ways to remove the Timeline here

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Journalistic Delights

It appears from a distance that newspaper journalists are listless and idle ideologues, lost in the saga of a by-gone era. This will seem very true if you visit the office in day-time. But in the night, the picture is very different and happening.
Most journalists are creatures of the night, because major newspapers with national circulation go for printing at mid-night and therefore the page deadlines are a few hours before that.


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