A First Lady takes waitress’ job
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