Archive for June, 2011

Tax on agriculturists

THIS is apropos of the letter ‘Are agriculturalists holy cows?’ by Dr Mervyn Hosein (June 12). Sometimes it seems that Pakistan was created so that those who do not pay taxes can get elected and force the honest million-and-a-half registered taxpayers to pay taxes.
It is because of this that the country is in such a mess today. Most government officers, ministers, judges and even junior civil servants have feudal backgrounds.
And it is fairly easy to give an explanation about ill-gotten wealth: just say it is agricultural income even if you have half an acre of barren land. I won’t be surprised if a law is promulgated to penalise anyone who dares to suggest that agricultural income be taxed.



Published in DAWN, June 21, 2011

Holy cows.


The youth of Karachi are planning a huge Independence Day present for their compatriots this August when they will attempt to break the Guinness world record for the largest number of people singing a national anthem simultaneously.

The present record – which was set in Pune, India, on January 12, 2010 – featured 104,637 people singing ‘Vande Mataram,’ one of India’s most popular national songs. However, some confusion exists about the 2010 record, because “Vande Mataram” is not the actual national anthem of India.

“We have contacted the Guinness World Records to rectify this record… We are waiting for their response and correct record details,” said Abid Beli, an entrepreneur with the heart of a social worker and one of the focal persons organising the record challenge in Karachi.

Should that record be set aside, the previous one set by 5,000 plus people singing the Philippines’ national anthem Lupang Hinirang would be recognised again. Either way Abid and his fellow organiser Waqas Pai say they and their volunteers will be prepared.


Karachi youth hope to sing their way into the record books and beat India while they’re at it.

A mosque goer wrote a letter to the editor of a newspaper and complained that it made no sense to go to mosque every Friday. ‘I’ve gone for 30 years now,’ he wrote, ‘and in that time I have heard something like 3,000 sermons. But for the life of me, I can’t remember a single one of them. So, I think I’m wasting my time and the Imaams are wasting theirs by giving sermons at all.’

This started a real controversy in the ‘Letters to the Editor’ column, much to the delight of the editor. It went on for weeks until someone wrote this clincher:
‘I’ve been married for 37 years now. In that time my wife has cooked some 32,000 meals. But, for the life of me, I cannot recall the entire menu for a single one of those meals, But I do know this… They all nourished me and gave me the strength I needed to do my work. If my wife had not given me these meals, I would be physically dead today. Likewise, if I had not gone to mosque for nourishment, I would be spiritually dead today!’ When you are DOWN to nothing…. Allah is UP to something! Faith sees the invisible, believes the incredible and receives the impossible! Thank Allah for our physical AND our spiritual nourishment!

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I think everyone should read this! ‘When Satan is knocking at your door, simply say, ‘Allah, could you get that for me?’

Amazing piece of write-up by Hanny ( about her visit to Karachi in connection with “Network!! Pakistan 1st Social Media Summit” held on last Saturday, June 11, 2011.

Pakistan: Dangerously Enchanting. Kindness is like electricity. It keeps flowing wherever it finds a connection | Bina Shah, Pakistani's writer & columnist What have you heard about Pakistan? If all that came to mind is the images of bombings, killings, corruption, Moslem extremists, natural disasters, poverty and terrorist attacks, well, you were just like me. Until four days ago, that is, when I landed in Karachi (Pakistan’s City of Bright Lights) and realized that the coun … Read More


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Last Saturday, the June 4th 2011, I had an opportunity to be at the Unveiling of Dell Streak-5 at a local hotel in Karachi. The event was greatly managed by Shamrock, (if I’m not wrong) the official event management company of Mobilink GSM.

A pre-unveiling session for Social Media Gurus and Bloggers was also arranged where all the stake holders like Dell, Mobilink-GSM and Google for being Android OS Provider presented their presentation and spoke about the Dell Streak-5. Besides some small giveaways to the participants, a competition was also arranged for the Twitter/Facebook Social Media Activist who were present at the session and a brand-new, box-packed Dell Streak-5 tablet was given away to the winner whose tweets about Dell Streak-5 posted during the session were most re-tweeted by his followers. Later, the official unveiling of Dell Streak-5 was done at another but relatively a bigger event, where all the CEOs, COOs, SEOs and Gurus from different I.T. and Telecom Companies were present.

The Dell Streak-5, in my eyes is an ultimate gadget of its kind. It indeed is a great innovation by Dell, and by joining hands with Mobilink GSM in Pakistan, I am sure that this product will capture the Market and make its place very soon as we all know that Mobilink GSM is already called a trend setter in bringing smart phones through their carrier like Motorolla, Blackberry, HTC HD7, Samsung Galaxy Tablet etc.

The Dell Streak-5 is a perfectly sized pocket table having an advanced capacitive multi-touch screen with corning gorilla glass protection. I got hooked to it as I touch it and use it for a moment…  (Awaiting my set, Dell ! )

The introductory offer by Mobilink GSM is costing Rs.49,999/-, which includes 3 Months of Mobile Internet (EDGE with 2GB Limit), an Extra Battery and a Leather Case.

Below are some characteristics of an Android-Powered Dell Streak-5:

• This all-in-one ultra-portable 5-inch Android™-based multi-touch Pocket Tablet boasts the Android operating system, version 2.2.

• The tablet is available in two colors, i.e. black and red.

• The spacious 5-inch screen is ideal for an optimized web-browsing experience with less squinting and pinching. Users can play games and watch HD videos on the brilliant and scratch-resistant Gorilla® Glass screen, capture precious moments with the rear-facing 5MP auto-focus camera with dual LED flash or use the front-facing VGA webcam for video calls.
• This remarkable mini tablet is jam-packed with features; including a 5” touch screen, Full HD video player, dual cameras, GPRS, GPS, WiFi, and Bluetooth! Moreover, the Dell Streak lets customers manage their personal and corporate emails with ease – anytime, anywhere. Customers can switch freely between applications, browse multiple windows, operate multimedia, navigation and telephony simultaneously.


Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 8250 – 1GHz
Weight: 220 g
Dimensions: (H x W x D): 79.1mm x 152.9mm x 9.98mm
Phone Network: 3G (HSDPA 7.2Mbps/HSUPA 5.76Mbps)
Operating System: Android with Multi-Touch Dell user experience
Main Display: 5-inch WVGA (800 x 480 res.) LCD Display supporting capacitive multi-touch with Corning Gorilla Glass
Megapixels: 5 MP with Dual LED Flash for still photo/video capture + user-facing VGA webcam
Flash: Yes
Video: H.263/ H.264, .3GP. MPEG4, WMV
Voice Input & Output: 3.5 mm audio jack(with HDMI, audio power), Standard speaker and Mic
Bluetooth: Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
Infrared: No
Wi-Fi WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g
USB: USB 2.0
Internal Memory: 512MB ROM + 512MB SDRAM (+ 2GB non-user accessible MicroSDTM for system & applications files)
Storage: User-accessible MicroSDTM card slot of 16 GB (up to 32GB)
Battery: Standard battery, 1530mAh
SMS: Yes
MMS: Yes
Email: Yes
Internet Browsing: Yes
GPS: A-GPS support
Other Features: 6-axis e-compass, Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Capacitive sensor keys, Assisted GPS,
Proximity sensor, Vibration motion.

Mobilink /Dell Streak-5 Ad: