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PROFILE ANWAR IQBAL
COLUMN FOR THE RECORD
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY POTENTIAL OF E-COMMERCE IN PAKISTAN
EDUCATION  BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION LEARNING
ENVIRONMENT  1- WATER MANAGEMENT
2- HIERARCHY OF METROLOGY IN PAKISTAN

 

FOR THE RECORD

 

By Syed M. Aslam
July 07 - 13, 2003 

 

 

*** "SILVIO BERLUSCONI, The Godfather, now showing in the whole of Europe."

(Caption equating Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi with fictional mob boss Don Vito Corleone, made famous by Marlon Brando in 1972 movie Godfather, appearing on the cover of influential German Der Spiegel magazine featuring Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi atop a golden throne. European press is attacking Berlusconi, who controls a vast media empire and is pressing a law that makes him immune to prosecution while in office to mitigate undergoing trial, as his government prepares to take on the rotating EU presidency from Greece this week)

*** "$ 19 billion"

(Contract awarded to Airbus and Boeing by Emirates airlines for 71 aircraft making it the biggest order in the global aviation history)

*** "SPEECH IS COMMERCIAL in its content if it is likely to influence consumers in their commercial decisions. For a significant segment of the buying public, labour practices do matter in making consumer choices."

(US Supreme Court, the country's apex court, dismissing an appeal by the athletic apparel giant Nike withholding the ruling given by California Supreme Court last year that 'commercial speech' is not entitled to the same degree of protection as 'free speech'. The case closely watched by corporate public relations departments, free-speech advocates and globalisation activists worldwide hinges on whether Nike's efforts to respond to public accusations about its labour practices overseas amounts to 'free speech' protected by the First Amendment of the US constitution)

*** "DOCTORS PRESCRIBING habits are likely to be influenced by the provision of benefits by pharmaceutical companies. Where this results in doctors prescribing medicines, which are not the most appropriate choice for their patient, it is likely to harm patients."

(Proposal made by the Australian government's consumer protection agency, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, that major drug companies be required to publish on website details of all offers they have made to sponsor doctor's travel, accommodation and other promotional benefits)

 

 

*** "$ 285,235"

(Price fetched by the baggy green cap last worn by Australian cricket legend Donald Bradman at an auction in Sydney)

*** "THE UNITED STATES is a dinosaur with a sparrow's brain..."

(Powerful former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani ridiculing Washington's failures in Iran and Iraq the fueling of massive anti-regime protests in his country and the widespread insecurity in Iraq)

*** "OUR ARMY is absolutely stretch thin and we ought to be reaching out to all those countries who are offering to send troops the Bangladeshis, Pakistanis, the Indians..."

(Retired US General and a former Pentagon planner, Dan Christman, saying the US needs the help of foreign troops in Iraq to crush resistance which is fast developing into a guerrilla war)

*** "50"

(Number of countries to whom the US has announced to suspend military aid for supporting the International Criminal Court to not to exempt Americans from possible prosecution)

*** "THERE WAS no bias. We had to know who they are in order to deal with them... The Europeans must always accept that while they can be critical of others, others can be critical of them."

(Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammed defending his recent comments about Europeans wanting to dominate the world and rejecting that were not a popularity ploy as he is on his way out)

*** "UNDER THE PRESENT CIRCUMSTANCES and conditions, the DPRK is compelled not only to increase its nuclear deterrent but build up something more powerful than that for self-defence."

(Chief national security advisor to South Korean President, Ra Jong-yil, warning that stand-off with the US may lead to war)