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Important for all. You can save your life if properly educated

Important for all. You can save your life if properly educated.

April 8, 2011 Posted by | Current Affairs, General | , , , | Leave a comment

Important for all. You can save your life if properly educated

Our country is constantly under threat of terrorist attacks. We regularly hear news of bomb blasts or target killings. We need to educate our people to be alert and responsive to save their precious lives. I have seen couple of videos on youtube.com which are very important for citizens to educate themselves in the event of attack. I pray for well being and safety of our citizens. I urge all to share this blog post as much as possible as this might save precious lives if someone get a chance to help someone in trouble.

1- How to survive a serious wound

2- How to survive if kidnapped

3- How to survive if caught in Fire

There are many important videos on Howcast.com that can educate you to survive in different other situations including aircrash.

April 8, 2011 Posted by | Current Affairs, General | , , , | Leave a comment

Kamran Akmal – a wicket keeper with a big question mark

Kamran Akmal was selected in the Pakistani team as a specialist wicket keeper. The ICC world cup being a prime competition demands extra ordinary readiness and concentration which lacked in Kamran Akmal. This seems that he is not putting in efforts required for such an important occasion. God knows that whether these drops were deliberate or mistake.

Being the sole choice among available lot is something hearting Kamran Akmal. The poor Zulqarnain, for some weird reasons left the wicket keeping slot opened for his not so competitive competitor. I must say that Zulqarnain had made a bad mistake of losing his position as a best alternative to Kamran Akmal. If he can come back and satisfy PCB, he should be given another chance to take gloves. After all those controversies surrounding Kamral Akmal, at least Zulqarnain was not involved in corruption related investigation and should be pardoned after imposing some penalties.

Replacing Kamran behind the wickets is not feasible, but he should be well aware of the reaction he could face if he continues with such performances in this mega event. Pakistan if loses its place in quarter finals will divert attention towards his miserable performance so he should compensate the same immediately in next matches with gloves and bat.

March 11, 2011 Posted by | Cricket, Current Affairs, Sports | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Zulqarnain Haider should be pardoned by PCB to avoid any conflict during ICC World Cup 2011

Just recently there were some unpleasant events related to Zulqarnain Haider, Pakistan’s wicket keeper who left his team in mysterious circumstances in Dubai. Although he didn’t came with any direct allegation against current players but this is understood that media elements which are against Pakistan might use him again to divert attention during World cup.

I suggest that PCB should come forward and offer unconditional support and continuation of central contract to Zulqarnain Haider to counter any unpleasant move by negative elements. This is obvious that Zulqarnain was a good player and positive contributor of the team who was approached by some bookies who threatened him if he doesn’t cooperate.

We as a nation should stand behind every individual who is in trouble for any reason. Leaving a devoted and performing cricketer like this is really not good for our country. I urge PCB to send a delegation to meet Zulqarnain and offer him to reverse his retirement and assure him of fair selection and total protection in Pakistan.

This will surely help Pakistani team concentrate on world cup. Our cricket board should be proactive instead of reactive.

February 9, 2011 Posted by | Cricket, Current Affairs | , , , , | Leave a comment

Prediction for ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 – ICC’s Prime Event

My prediction for cricket world cup 2011 published on 20th December 2010 was not accepted by most of the readers and got some fairly bad response from Indian supporters, but the ground realities are shaping up to convince critics about it. Now people are taking this prediction seriously.

Final Four – Sri Lanka – England – Pakistan – South Africa

I recently saw a good presentation which I wish to share for our players and people of my country who are very disturbed these days due to lot many problems. I wish our team bring glory to a fractured nation.

Must watch this.. http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=190003047678861

For reference please read my detailed post regarding ICC Cricket World Cup 2011  https://aamiransari.wordpress.com/2010/12/20/my-prediction-final-four-of-icc-cricket-world-cup-2011/

January 17, 2011 Posted by | Current Affairs, Sports | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Unrest in Baluchistan – Immediate steps needed

There is no second opinion that the province of Baluchistan was never given its due share on the basis of its extreme natural resources. Being a Pakistani I really feel bad when we take benefit of Sui Gas but majority of Baluchistan is deprived of this natural resource getting out of its land and benefiting rest of Pakistan.

The excuse given by our rules from last many decades is baseless and clear injustice. Our beloved province need a fair share and could have been turned in to a highly developed province. As a Pakistani, I should raise voice for my fellow brothers. The current unrest and law and order situation can be dealt with rapid pace of development and more logical implementation of rules to compensate losses to our deprived province.

If still our rules give cold shoulder to long debated rights of Baluchistan, we might see another displeasing episode like Bangladesh. Its better late than never, we should come up with a logical and acceptable solutions to the problems of Baluchistan in extreme urgent mode.

1-      All leaders involved in separatist movements must be given pardon and offer control of their respective areas under new agreement that they will surely cooperate with government in developing modern villages and small cities where amenities will be available especially gas and electricity. These cities and developed areas should be in the central location of each territory where these leaders should ensure that maximum people migrate to these towns/villages. This will ensure government to distribute gas pipelines and electrical connections easily.

2-      All registered citizens should be offered special rates of gas and electricity which should be far lower than other provinces. Gas cylinder distribution network should be established for areas not accessible through gas lines.

3-      Special task force should be formed to compensate losses occurred due to military operations and other anti-terror activities.

4-      This should be ensured that maximum number of Baluchis are appointed in Sui and Gawadar with special training given to cover any short comings.

5-      All lands allotments should be fair and impartial with top priority to Baluch residents.

6-      Special seats for Baluchi students should be announced immediately in all major universities of Pakistan, with special fee and incentives given. Furthermore, a campaign should be launched to invite all corporates to sponsor at least 10 students of the whole country, especially from Baluchistan for full free education.

7-      Province of Baluchistan should be given due share and royalty of all resources explored and being used by Federal Government.

8-      Immediate recruitment of Baluchistan’s youths in Army in fair number to counter future unrest and anti-state activities.

All above immediate measures if taken seriously can buy time for Government to settle unrest in the province that may lead to greater separatist movements. We all love our country and want to be fair with our fellow citizens. I hope that the Government of Pakistan will take immediate steps to counter anti state elements who seems to be gaining strength in recent days by destroying gas supply lines regularly.

January 14, 2011 Posted by | Current Affairs, General | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

In search of a true leader for Pakistan

When we talk about leader we merely think of a public figure who is charismatic and good speaker. A person who can mold hearts and minds and can hypnotized his/her followers. We all should come out of this illusion now as we spent lot of time on such type of leaders who present dreams and drag us to follow them to reach the reality without any concrete plan or track.

Pakistan as a nation has seen lot many respectable leaders who were clean, clear and undisputed. Leaders who were part of Pakistan movement were of prime level and we have not seen any of such level after they were criminally eliminated from the scene.

Now we should put forward our demands which can be formed as a concrete document. This document can be used as a checklist for our leaders in next elections. If they fail to convince us, then we should give vote to only those who commit themselves to this checklist.

I invite all of you to contribute in making a comprehensive document to bring back real Pakistan in front of the world.

January 14, 2011 Posted by | Current Affairs | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Positive News Channel for Overseas Pakistanis

If you wish to feel proud of Pakistan, watch Express 24/7 a highly balanced and informative TV channel (English) without spicy news and sensational presentation. Being out of country, watching ordinary channels can make you sick and frustrated. I discovered link of Express 24/7 an English News Channel which was easily accessible from UAE. The video streaming is smooth and programs are balanced.

I must appreciate selection of newscasters and guests who really contribute in positive way to educate and enlighten their viewers. I must say that all channels should follow the path of Express 24/7 as our nation needs such kind of channels.

I suggest that all Pakistanis should boycott or stop watching channels who are projecting bad image of Pakistan. There is an urgent need of projecting Pakistan in positive way to outside world. We all who are outside the beloved country need correct, balanced and positive news to keep our motivation up and help us concentrate on our jobs.

One fairly positive point about this channel is limited number of advertisements that usually bother viewers who are unable to follow programs due to advertisement bombardments.

I usually watch through following links but you may also find other links to connect to this channel.
Express 24/7

Express 24/7

January 11, 2011 Posted by | Current Affairs, General | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Fawad Alam – A talented cricketer dropped from Worldcup Squad 2011 of Pakistan

I am a vocal advocate of merit and really feel pain when merit is ignored. In recent selection of Pakistan cricket team, I expect some logical explanation of selection of some unknown players and humiliation of experienced players. This is clear indication of how favoritism and nepotism is ruling our country. Being a democratic country every citizen has the right to ask question.

Fawad Alam

After reading the list of probable, like many others who are shouting on cricinfo.com and other forums the omission of Fawad Alam is indigestible.  There is really a dirty game going on and you cannot expect good results when you ignore merit. A player who delivered the best and proved to be an asset is constantly ignored and a planned scheme is in place to eliminate him permanently.

Giving chances in T20 where one gets only few balls to proof, Fawad Alam played fairly well in Dubai against tough South Africa where his other senior team mates were failed. His record in comparison with other lot selected clearly indicate that a high level of favoritism is in practice in PCB.

Mohsin Hassan Khan who was seen very vocal and honest in TV programs become dirty and corrupt after joining PCB. As a Pakistani I demand reason for ignoring Fawad Alam and including names mentioned below for selection. If proper reason is given then I might be satisfied but the reality is different. The whole selection committee seems a bunch of empty headed individuals being dictated by Ejaz Butt.

I urge all readers to raise their voices as we need to stand for merit and support talented players. I personally don’t want another player like Asim Kamal dropped silently from a team where he is far better than others. We should be against humiliation of true talent.

More Number of Matches      
Player Matches Average   Runs
Fawad Alam 27 37.68   603
Taufiq Umer 19 24.83   447
Yasir Arafat 11 14.8   74
Asad Shafiq 10 23.6   236
Ahmed Shahzad 4 26.5   106
Azhar Ali 0 0   0
         
Highest Average        
Player Matches Average   Runs
Fawad Alam 27 37.68   603
Ahmed Shahzad 4 26.5   106
Taufiq Umer 19 24.83   447
Asad Shafiq 10 23.6   236
Yasir Arafat 11 14.8   74
Azhar Ali 0 0   0
         
Number of Runs        
Player Matches Average   Runs
Fawad Alam 27 37.68   603
Ahmed Shahzad 4 26.5   106
Taufiq Umer 19 24.83   447
Asad Shafiq 10 23.6   236
Yasir Arafat 11 14.8   74
Azhar Ali 0 0   0

I am not alone in raising this concern as a link below of famous Dawn Newspaper sometimes back noticed same thing.

The curious case of Fawad Alam

http://blog.dawn.com/2010/08/13/the-curious-case-of-fawad-alam/

Furthermore, a reliable newspaper revealed that Fawad Alam was dropped due to infigth between some selectors. This is really bad that a talent is suffering from some crazy selectors who have no love for the game.

http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1101139047&Issue=NP_LHE&Date=20110107

Pak provisional squad & Fawad Alam

BBC’s blog also indicate anger of cricket lover and understand that the same situation like that of World Cup 1992 when a start performer Javed Miandad was dropped from the squad by Imran Khan claiming he was not fit for the tournament. I really feel that the same regime is incharge at present who dropped Javed Miandad whose performance in World Cup was really a big slap on his critics faces.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/606/A79121892

Mohsin Khan avoiding press because of his blunder

Mohsin Khan the rubber stamp selector is avoiding press these days as he has no answer for his comic selection for the World Cup. Ingnoring Shoaib Malik and Fawad Alam has no valid reason except some infight of selectors. Mohsin Khan once a clean man who usually appeared on channels for expert comments changed 360 degree after joining PCB. If he is so confident about selection, then he should face media head on. He knows what he did that is why becoming ostrich at present. His claim of Fawad Alam’s form is a big lie when media has access to all record and statistics. The data provided by me in this blog indicates that Mohsin Khan never reviewed statistics nor his selection commitee members.

http://ftpapp.app.com.pk/en_/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=126787&Itemid=2

On the other hand trouble makers of the past are now again listed in probables. This is to be noted that Rana Naveed and Yasir Arafat were in pervious worldcup squads with no impressive performances.

January 5, 2011 Posted by | Current Affairs, Sports | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Low salary jobs in UAE – Ignore or Grab

Due to recent worldwide recession companies are regularly replacing expensive workforce with the cheap one without compromising on quality. Especially in UAE companies even offered fresh contracts to old staff on reduced salaries which were accepted by some employees too. If you read newspaper, there are plenty of jobs but when you reach salary figure you will be disappointed.

Scenario

In this scenario, experienced workforce who is trapped in high living cost is simply packing up and leaving the country. Some preferred to stay alone and sending families back home to keep their ball rolling and are waiting for the right time.

Although the current scenario seems negative for experienced and highly educated lot, the same is ideal for new entrants. UAE is a country where standards are being followed with all procedures either automated or well documented; making it fairly easy to get going even if you are appointed for a new assignment. The salary scale is too low in some cases that only bachelor or individual can afford expensive living in UAE. This has eliminated chances of tough competition on certain job titles. During this phase companies are more interested in running current operations, instead of enhancing, planning or expanding their business.

Right Approach

Due to recent visa policy of UAE, the residence visa is for the period of two years with no NOC requirement to switch job after two years. This means that if someone joins today even on minimal salary he/she can pass this phase and wait for the completion of two years after which new and high salary job can be searched. The other reason for accepting such job is the prerequisites for high profile jobs like driving license and knowledge of places and areas with in cities. Two year is ample time to fill such gaps and understand market demands.

Hot jobs and their Pay scales

When you look at the classified ads or bigger job advertisements usually placed by hiring agents/headhunters, you will find following jobs in great numbers with fairly low salaries

1-      Accounts                             Salary Range      1500 – 8000 Dirhams per month

2-      Sales                                                                      1500 – 5000

3-      Administration                                                  2500 – 8000

4-      Driving                                                                  1500 – 4000

5-      Construction                                                      1500 – 5000

6-      Skilled/Unskilled Labor                                  1000 – 4000

7-      Management                                                    2500 – 8000

8-      Information Technology                                               1500 – 8000

9-      Teaching and Education                                                1000 – 3500

10-   Housemaids / Servants                                 1000 – 2000

11-   Miscellaneous                                                   1000 – 3000

Cost of Living

The above pay scale clearly indicate the current market condition where even bigger companies know that human resource is available even on these nominal salaries. Recently companies downsized their workforce and replaced old one with the new one on fairly low packages. The question arise that whether the above pay scale is feasible to work in UAE? The answer is yes but with certain conditions.

1-      If you are a bachelor or living alone in UAE – You will make it more feasible when you live in sharing accommodation readily available and advertised in all parts of UAE.

2-      If you are married and your wife is also a working lady – If your kids are not school going

3-      If you are living with your parents or close relatives

4-      If you are living in remote or suburb areas of cities

5-      If you travel on public transport only like Buses and Metro Trains

6-      If you are healthy and maintain your fitness without getting into wrong habits

7-      If you avoid lavish spending and strictly follow your budget

8-      If you save some amount regularly to avoid any mishap or unforeseen incident

9-      If you avoid using credit cards and limit your unnecessary buying and spending

10-   Limit your telephone expenses

11-   Last but not least, avoid penalties and fines. Even crossing road from highway/speedway can cost you 200 Dirhams fine. If you drive car then you will find radars and other speed monitoring devices that can fine you for over speeding up to 600 Dirhams in some cases means greater chunk of your salary.

Residence

There are multiple choices of residence

1-      Working and Living in Dubai – Dubai is a costly city where even one room apartment will be available for around 2500/5000 Dirhams per month. For bachelors, rooms of bed space sharing options are available in various areas of Dubai. Good room in neat and clean building is about 1500 Dirhams per month, while room sharing / bed space sharing can cost you from 250 to 1000 Dirhams per month depending upon locality, persons per room and building condition.

2-      The most preferred option of low income group is living in Sharjah, a city adjacent to Dubai. Sharjah has more choices of variety of real estate from luxurious to ordinary living places. The cost of living is 40% lower than Dubai in some areas. Even highly paid employees are living in Sharjah where they get double accommodation in the same price as compared to Dubai. The only problem is daily travelling between Sharjah and Dubai that becomes worse in peak hours.

3-      Northern Emirates – Ajman and other cities are good for cheaper options as people move towards these cities to arrange spacious apartments for their families. You will have to add one more hour to your daily travelling if you live in Northern Emirates.

There is a simple comparison chart below that can give you proper idea of accommodation available Per annum on rent
Accommodation                              Dubai                                    Sharjah                                 Ajman / North

Studio (1 Room Apartments)      25000-90000                       11000-25000                       9000-15000
1 Bedroom + Hall                              30000-150000                     14000-28000                       13000-22000
2 Bedroom + Hall                              40000-190000                     25000-50000                       20000-40000
3 Bedroom + Hall                              75000-250000                     45000-90000                       30000-50000

Note: Abu Dhabi has very limited residence options with cost of living 30% more than Dubai

Transportation

Although Dubai is an expensive city but has more transport options available as compared to other emirates. Dubai is known for organized bus routes, large pool of well-maintained and punctual busses, efficient metro train and highly maintained taxis including water taxis. If you don’t have your own transport, it is better you should spend more on accommodation and live in Dubai. If you prefer travelling through public transport, then you will have to purchase a plastic card known as NOL card to travel either by bus or metro train. You can purchase if from major bus stand, metro station and Spinneys supermarkets. The minimum cost is 20 dirhams with one way travelling from approx. 2 dirhams and above. You are warned not to travel without cards or with insufficient balance to avoid heavy penalties in case of random checking of officials. All cards can be topped up at machines installed on various bus stops.

If you are living in Sharjah and doing job in Dubai then you should consider places where you can easily commute between these cities. This is to be noted that using taxi to commute between Sharjah and Dubai is not feasible as there are additional 20 Dirhams charged on each trip, which can disturb your budget. If you wish to save money and live in Sharjah then following three options are suggested to minimize your suffering.

1-      Jubail Intercity Bus Station – Situated near fairly affordable community of Sharjah commonly known as Rolla.  You may look for cheaper but decent accommodation around Abu Shagara and Al Qasmiya areas for easy access to Jubail Station. Following are intercity bus schedule (courtesy http://www.dubaifaqs.com )

Route From To Via First Last Duration Frequency
E301 Gold Souq Al Jubail   0630 2300 40-60 mins 30 minutes
E301 Al Jubail Gold Souk   0600 2230 50-70 mins 30 minutes
E302 Al Karama Rolla Sq   0645 2245 35-70 mins 30 minutes
E302 Rolla Square Al Karama   0615 2245 50-70 mins 30 minutes
E303 Baniyas Sq Deira Al Jubail   0600 2350 35 minutes 10 minutes
E303 Al Jubail Baniyas Sq Deira   0530 2350 45-50 mins 10 minutes
E304 Satwa Rolla Square   0630 2230 50-80 mins 30 minutes
E304 Rolla Square Satwa   0630 2230 60-90 mins 30 minutes
E305 Ittihad Square Al Jubail   0600 2350 40-50 mins 10 minutes
E305 Al Jubail Etihad Square   0545 2355 50-70 mins 10 minutes
E306 Al Ghubaiba Al Jubail   0600 2330 40-50 mins 10 minutes
E306 Al Jubail Al Ghubaibah   0600 2340 50-60 mins 10 minutes
E307³ Al Muraqqabat Al Jubail   0630 2200 30-40 mins 12-15 mins
E307³ Al Jubail Al Muraqabat   0715 2200 40-45 mins 12-15 mins
E308 Jebel Ali main gate Al Jubail   0715 2115 55-90 mins 1 hour
E308 Al Jubail Jebel Ali main gate   0545 2245 75-120 mins 1 hour
E309³ Al Ittihad Sq Al Wasit Square   0630 2210 40-60 mins 20 minutes
E309³ Al Waset Square Al Etihad Sq   0610 2210 70-75 mins 20 minutes
E311 Al Ghusais Al Jubail          
E311 Al Jubail Al Ghusais          
               
  Night Service            
E306 Al Ghubaiba Al Jubail   2300 2400 35 minutes 10 minutes
E306 Al Ghubaiba Al Jubail   2400 0530 35 minutes 30 minutes
E306 Al Jubail Al Ghubaibah   2300 2400 40 minutes 10 minutes
E306 Al Jubail Al Ghubaibah   2400 0530 40 minutes 30 minutes
               

 

2-      Living in areas inside Sharjah which are adjacent to Dubai can also save you time and money. Areas like Nahda, Taawun and Sharjah Industrial Area (Close to city border with Dubai) are available on reasonable terms for both families and bachelors. People simply walk out of Sharjah and enter into Dubai to take benefit of efficient Dubai transport system. Buses reach stops fairly regularly and punctually, ensuring timely attendance at offices. For labor class and low income group, area around National Paint Factory is well known. You may find fairly cheap but spacious accommodation in this area.

3-      Third option is living on proper bus routes and near taxi stands. People often prefer parks and open spaces, but ensuring that you are near to Taxi stand and Bus stop will save you from lot of hassle. You need to ensure that your journey is limited to one or two bus change, otherwise it is better to go on taxi as there will be no difference.

Following websites will help you plan your journey

http://www.stc.gov.ae/

http://www.rta.ae

The above information compiled is for better understanding and making feasibility before deciding to work in UAE. The accuracy of information can be verified from relevant websites. I hope this will help in your future and will make you a more confident job seeker/ employee in UAE.

January 3, 2011 Posted by | Current Affairs, Jobs, UAE | , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments