Floods warning system goes obsolete
Aday, meeting to review flood preparedness, held in Islamabad on Thurs
was told that the country’s seven flood warning radars are now obsolete. It was also informed that the Government was short of funds to mobilize Rs 7 billion for much-needed Early Warning System project.
This should be a source of concern not only for people of Pakistan but also Federal and Provincial Governments as Met Office has forecast about 20 percent more rains during forthcoming monsoon. Only recently, the Met Office miserably failed to forewarn people about windstorms that hit different parts of the country twice inflicting heavy losses both in terms of men and material. The Prime Minister had reprimanded Pakistan Meteorological Department but understandably the department is not expected to deliver when technological gaps exist and those at the helm of affairs are unable to pay heed to genuine requirements. One is at a loss to hear from Minister for Planning and Development that the Government has no resources to fund the project of early warning system proposed by PMD. Billions of rupees are spent every year on rescue and relief activities in the wake of devastating floods and incessant rains but the Government has no money to invest on a project that could help save precious lives and mitigate financial and economic losses. As the project envisages installation of radars and modern equipment in different parts of the country, it would be in the fitness of things if the Provinces are approached to spare funds for the portion of the project undertaken on the sites falling under their respective jurisdictions. PMD and NDMA cannot operate in a void and therefore, their requirements must be met on priority basis.
IN the past, the Dulles brothers subscribed to the Winston Churchill doctrine that only those of European extraction could be trusted with power and privileges, and that the rest were fated to serve as helots. Adolf Hitler carried this philosophy somewhat further, by adopting it also in cases involving European populations, enslaving tens of millions on the continent and murdering millions of the most productive minds that were present at the time. Churchill in effect killed off more than six million poor in eastern India by denying them foodgrains during the wartime famine, but because these were “natives” and therefore in effect less than human, the former Prime Minister of Britain is regarded as a champion of freedoms and democracy rather than the racial supremacist that he in actuality was. Interestingly, he himself had American Indian blood through his mother Jenny Jerome. Was this what caused him to manifest such an aversion to those not of European extraction?
There are credible reports that Adolf Hitler was himself a descendant of Jewish parentage, of course illegitimate, and it was perhaps to cover this up that he embarked on a killing spree against a sensitive community that has so enriched the world with its creative talents. Of course, there is nothing wrong in being illegitimate
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