Along with security, main improvement in Pakistan has been infrastructure 0SHARES Share Tweet Email Farmers ask government to take interest in revival of industry. PHOTOS: FILE As terror attacks recede, the tourism industry of Pakistan has begun to thrive; annual tourist arrivals have more than tripled since 2013, according to Bloomberg. Alan Cameron, a 34-year-old Canadian, was holidaying in Pakistan from his job as an analyst in Jefferies, London. His visit last month highlights how Pakistan’s tourism industry is rekindling after the military security crack-down. Pakistan also started a tourism drive this summer placing adverts across the sides of London’s iconic red buses. After international cricket, Pakistan should be in a hurry to attract tourists After the tragic APS attack of 2014 where more than 100 children were massacred, the army has neutered insurgent groups and political militias. Tourists are now returning to areas such … [Read more...] about Tourism in Pakistan thrives as terrorism loosens grip on country
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The extent to which China keeps tabs on the activities of the exiled Dalai Lama in India was made clear two years ago when the spiritual leader of Tibet visited Tawang, a small city in the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh near the border to China. China lodged a protest around the Dalai Lama's visit, since it lays claim to around 90,000 square kilometers (55,000 square miles) of the state. In response, India accused China of having occupied some 40,000 square kilometers of land in Kashmir, the conflict-ridden northern state. Indian had expressly approved the Dalai Lama's trip to Tawang, saying it had no political background. In fact, the Dalai Lama recently handed over all his political functions to a new prime minister for the Tibetan government-in-exile. But India walks a fine line, especially with china, with its backing of the Dalai Lama. And according to Tseten Chhoekyapa of the Tibet Bureau in Geneva, the official representative of the Dalai Lama in central and eastern … [Read more...] about Has the Dalai Lama been good or bad for India?
Harald zur Hausen's research helped link human papillomaviruses (HPV) to cervical cancer, the key to eventually developing a vaccine to prevent the disease. Yet zur Hausen said he was disappointed in the initial lack of interest from pharmaceutical companies in his team's findings and the slow pace at which a vaccine was developed. Zur Hausen also lamented the high cost of the vaccine, which he said keeps it out of the reach of most poor women. Vaccine cost prohibitive for poor women The vaccine is "way too expensive," zur Hausen says Each year 250,000 women die of cervical cancer, 83 percent of them in developing coutnries, zur Hausen said. Yet a vaccine against cervical cancer, available in Germany since 2006, costs 500 euros ($682). That is "much too expensive," the scientist told Germany's Frankfurter Rundschau newspaper in an interview published Wednesday, Oct. 8. But zur Hausen said he was hopeful that the price will eventually drop. "I assume that countries such … [Read more...] about German Nobel Prize Winner Slams Pharmaceutical Firms
Pakistani human rights activist and lawyer Asma Jahangir is to receive this year's Right Livelihood Award - also called the "alternative Nobel prize" - along with US whistleblower Edward Snowden, British journalist Alan Rusbridger, Sri Lankan rights activist Basil Fernando, and US environmentalist Bill McKibben. The Sweden-based award "honors courageous and effective work for human rights, freedom of the press, civil liberties and combating climate change," according to a statement released by the Right Livelihood Award committee on Wednesday, September 24. Created in 1980, the annual award acknowledges efforts that its founder Jacob von Uexkull felt were being ignored by the Nobel Prizes. The winners have been invited to the December 1 award ceremony in Stockholm. Jahangir is the first Pakistani to have won the prestigious award. The lawyer is the country's leading human rights activist and former president of the Supreme Court Bar Association of the nuclear-armed South Asian … [Read more...] about Asma Jahangir: Alternative Nobel prize an ‘honor for Pakistani activists’
Two of the award winners named Wednesday, Oct. 1, were from the North and have worked to create ties with the so-called developing world, Jakob von Uexkuell of the Right Livelihood Foundation said. Four of the five prize winners were women, he noted. German doctor aids victims of sexual violence German gynaecologist Monika Hauser, founder of Medica Mondiale was awarded for "her tireless commitment to working with women who have experienced the most horrific sexualized violence in some of the most dangerous countries in the world," jury member Marianne Andersson said. Hauser and her organization have worked with women and girls in war and post-war conflict zones ranging from Afghanistan to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Jakob von Uexkuell founded the award Krishnammal and Sankaralingam Jagannathan of India, and their organization Land for the Tillers' Freedom (LAFTI) were cited for "realizing in practice the Gandhian vision of social justice and sustainable … [Read more...] about Peace and Social Justice Workers Receive Alternative Nobel Prize
The Indian Deep Joshi has won the Magsaysay award, which honours champions of human development in Asia, for bringing professionalism to the NGO movement in his country. Despite a business background, Joshi decided to work for the disadvantaged sections of Indian society. The 62-year-old believes in combining head and heart to bring professionalism to the NGO movement. “The idea of developing or helping other human beings requires an interest in the people that you are working with. So you have to be motivated to give part of your life and of yourself for the good of other people,” he explained. “You need that because you are creating opportunities in rural India -- it’s a challenging enterprise. You need empathy, a certain amount of commitment for people who are left out. You also need to help them make a better world for themselves -- that’s the meaning of ‘head and heart’.” Acknowledged for defending non-violence Ka Hsaw Wa, who … [Read more...] about Asian Nobel Prize Winners Announced
DW-WORLD.DE: How did this award originate? Jakob von Uexkull: I grew up in a politically aware family and later traveled much as a freelance journalist. As a result, I saw a lot of problems around the world first-hand. But I also saw that people working toward solutions were not always taken seriously. When you get the Nobel Prize, you are taken seriously. However, the Nobel prizes are quite narrow. They take the approach that most problems can be solved through western science, that technological progress can solve everything. I wanted to challenge that notion, because I think that is not in the spirit of Alfred Nobel, who wanted to reward those who give the greatest benefit to humanity, whose work has relevance to the future. But he was the inventor of dynamite and I was just a stamp dealer. So I approached the Nobel committee and asked them to create a prize for ecology and one that deals with efforts to help the poor. I was turned down immediately. So I started my own prize. … [Read more...] about “The Nobel Prizes Are Quite Narrow”
With just five minutes to catch their connecting train from Landquart to Davos and the World Economic Forum in Switzerland, French, Japanese, English, Russians, and Italians scurry along the platform. Weighed down by laptops, multiple mobile phones and luggage, they clamber onto the Rhaetian Railway train. "A fascinatingly different way to travel" is the company's slogan. But that doesn't necessarily equal comfort. As the train winds up the mountain, we passengers rattle around inside. In the carriage, everyone speaks English. Swiss people in the know avoid the stuffed trains during the annual event. Around 14,000 people - mainly politicians, business leaders, journalists and police - attend the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, far outstripping the number of inhabitants. The town lies more than 1,500 meters (4,900 feet) up in the mountains, surrounded by heavenly alpine views. Japanese tourists grab their phones to capture a few shots. Just past the village of Klosters, where … [Read more...] about Security and a place to sleep in Davos
Author Shumona Sinha, born in Calcutta in 1973 and living in France since 2001, has been awarded the 2016 International Literature Prize of Berlin's House of World Cultures and of the "Stiftung Elementarteilchen" (Elemental Particles Foundation). Sinha shares the cash award of 35,000 euros ($39,000) with her translator, Lena Müller. Recognizing excellent works of international contemporary literature in the German translation, the prize was awarded for "Erschlagt die Armen!" (Slay the Poor; "Assommons Les Pauvres!" in the French original), a book about the experience of an Indian-born interpretor working at a French agency where refugees apply for political asylum. In a statement, the jury explained its decision, saying, "The first-person monologue avoids both a paternalistic view and xenophobic paranoia." DW: Shumona Sinha, we're meeting on a special day. Yesterday the people of Great Britain decided to leave the European Union. How would you have voted? Shumona Sinha: If I … [Read more...] about Lit prize winner Shumona Sinha: ‘As a writer, I search for the truth’
Indian human rights lawyer Colin Gonsalves has spent most of his life defending people who can't defend themselves, including poor minorities, women, children and laborers. One of Gonsalves' most prominent cases was presiding over a 2001 legal action in the Indian Supreme Court that put the right to food in the Indian constitution and ensured that hundreds of millions of people would receive proper nutrition. On Tuesday, the 65-year-old Gonsalves was awarded the Right Livelihood Award. Also dubbed the "Alternative Nobel Prize," it has been given out since 1980 to honor people whose work the award foundation feels is being ignored by the Nobel Prize Committee. In a statement, Right Livelihood said that Gonsalves was awarded "for his tireless and innovative use of public interest litigation over three decades to secure fundamental human rights for India's most marginalized and vulnerable citizens." "India is going through a dark period in terms of poor people who have been … [Read more...] about Colin Gonsalves: Who’s India’s ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’ winner?