A First Lady takes wait­ress’ job

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Ataken Reuters re­port says the wife of (US state) Maine’s Gover­nor has

a sum­mer­time job as a wait­ress at a dock­side restau­rant cater­ing to tourists to sup­ple­ment the cou­ple’s in­come. The Maine Gover­nor’s salary is the low­est in the United States at $70,000 a year and Maine first lady Ann LePage said she is work­ing at a seafood restau­rant in Booth­bay Har­bour to put aside a lit­tle cash to buy a car.

The Gover­nor is on record hav­ing said that his daugh­ter too made about $28 an hour last year as a food server. This is not just the story of one Gover­nor as there have been nu­mer­ous in­stances where lead­ers picked up petty jobs dur­ing their ca­reer and men­tioned it proudly be­fore peo­ple. Pres­i­dent Obama once said he also worked at a food out­let at some time in his life while Pres­i­dent Rea­gan worked as Lifeguard in Dixon. It is a known fact that peo­ple in West­ern so­ci­ety join some job right from their ed­u­ca­tional ca­reer to sup­ple­ment their in­come or at a later stage to aug­ment in­come of their fam­i­lies. The first lady work­ing as wait­ress is a clear ex­am­ple of good gov­er­nance, trans­parency and rule of law as a gover­nor, who feels he can­not man­age his af­fairs in the of­fi­cial salary, al­lows his wife to join a restau­rant than to in­dulge in cor­rupt prac­tices as is the case in the third world coun­tries. The Mogul style men­tal­ity of rulers and elite class in th­ese coun­tries makes it unimag­in­able to take up such petty jobs and in­stead ef­forts are made to hide things if they had to face such a sit­u­a­tion in their early life. This also makes it clear as to why coun­tries of the West flour­ished rapidly and those of the third world sank into ig­nominy. We wish the same cul­ture of tak­ing pride in do­ing any­thing takes roots in th­ese coun­tries es­pe­cially Mus­lim states as the Prophet of Is­lam (SWS) did not hes­i­tate to mend his shoes.

ON Fri­day, Pak­istan be­came a full mem­ber of Shang­hai Co­op­er­a­tion Or­gan­i­sa­tion (SCO) af­ter sign­ing Mem­o­ran­dum of Obli­ga­tions (MoOs). The doc­u­ment was jointly signed by the For­eign Min­is­ters of Six SCO mem­ber states, Sec­re­tary Gen­eral SCO and Pak­istan’s Ad­viser on For­eign Af­fairs. Pak­istan has been an ob­server at SCO since 2005, and has been a reg­u­lar par­tic­i­pant in the meet­ings of SCO and was the first SCO ob­server to ap­ply for full mem­ber­ship in 2010. Pak­istan’s re­quest for mem­ber­ship was ap­proved in prin­ci­ple at the SCO heads of state sum­mit in Ufa, Rus­sia in July 2015, when the SCO Heads of State Coun­cil had ‘agreed to launch the pro­ce­dure’ of ac­cept­ing Pak­istan as a mem­ber state of SCO. In­dia has also signed the mem­o­ran­dum and is likely to be­come mem­ber in the sum­mit to be held next year.

Putin also said at the Fri­day sum­mit that there were ‘no ob­sta­cles’ left for Iran – cur­rently an SCO ob­server – to join the or­gan­i­sa­tion now that sanc­tions con­nected to Tehran’s nu­clear pro­gramme have been lifted. Coun­cil of Heads of State ap­proved full mem­ber­ship of Pak­istan and In­dia to the Shang­hai Co­op­er­a­tion Or­gan­i­sa­tion (SCO) in July last year af­ter ful­fill­ing cer­tain statu­tory and le­gal re­quire­ments. China and Rus­sia have been in­stru­men­tal in

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