Shanxi Province in China

Shanxi is one of the birth places of Chinese civilizations with a long history and traditional culture. As early as one hundred million years ago, the ancestors of the Chinese lived and propagated in this region. Legend tells us that the Yellow Emperor, founder of the Chinese nation, once lived in Shanxi for a certain period. Today, many Neolithic sites from that period can still be seen dotted across the vast expanse of the province.

Shanxi Province got its name due to its location to the west of Taihang Mountain. Shanxi neighbored on Hebei, Henan, Shaanxi and Inner Mongolia & Autonomous Region. It is located to the east of the Yellow River, and is also known as Hedong. Shanxi belonged to Jin State in Spring and Autumn Period, so it is abbreviated in Jin. Shanxi occupies an area of 156,000 square kilometers (about 60,000 square miles) and has a population of over 32 million, including its minority ethnic population. Its capital is Taiyuan City.

Being at a high altitude, Shanxi Province has a cold and dry climate and has an annual rainfall of between 400-600 millimeters. The province is also frequently plagued by sandstorms, especially in the spring, so it is often useful to bring along both sunglasses and a hat when visiting. Generally speaking, the province’s climate is the best between May and October.

Shanxi is endowed with an abundance of cultural sites from its long history. Most of the ancient structures were built before the Liao and Song Dynasties. So it is the reason why Shanxi is often called the ‘Chinese Ancient Architecture Museum’. The more obvious of these include: the Buddhist wonder of the Yungang Grottoes in Datong City, the Ancient City of Pingyao which was listed as a World Cultural Heritage site by UNESCO in 1997, the oldest and tallest ancient wooden pagoda in China, the Wooden Pagoda of Yingxian County and the remote Shuanglin Temple and Jinci Temple, which are well worth the long journeys for the visitors.

Of course, there are a number of natural magnificent and beautiful places that can also be seen in Shanxi. The most famous of them include Wutai Mountain with the longest and most prestigious history in the four most well-known Buddhist holy lands of China, the whistling rage of the Yellow River’s Kettle Spout waterfalls (Hukou Waterfalls) and one of the Five Sacred Mountains in China.


Paypal in Pakistan, A sheer disappointment!

Pakistan is one of the prominent outsourcing destination in Asia, according to the report of “Kearneys” an internationally acclaimed global consulting firm, Pakistan is the 20th favorite outsourcing hub in the word. I believe this is not enough, In Pakistan, there is large no of people with advance skills in IT & other specialized sector. there is still a big room of improvement as India & china, our neighboring countries continuously dominates as the top offshore destinations in the world. Yes! i agree they are larger then Pakistan with huge pool of resource people but the question is why are we behind in the list from the countries like Indonesia, Bulgaria & Sri Lanka??

E commerce became the source of living for most of the IT professionals, but in Pakistan when the young entrepreneurs steps forward to make their career in e-commerce, they find it difficult to manage their payments & receiving on the internet. it is hard to reveal that PayPal one of the leading source to send or receive money on the internet didn’t authorized Pakistan to avail there services. So this means that a large no of freelancers & IT professionals cant be able to get the benefit of online job portals like odesk, elance & many others.

PayPal in Pakistan became a dilemma now. Its been 11 years since paypal started their services & now they have reached 190 countries but yet Pakistan is not in the list, So the result is most of the people here get in the hassle to ask their relatives & friends from the PayPal supported country to send or receive their online payments. You know people in Malta & Uganda can send & receive payments online using PayPal but not the people of Pakistan. I don’t know the reason why PayPal is ignoring the growing entrepreneurs & online merchants of Pakistan, they are loosing a good revenue that they can make if started their services in Pakistan. I don’t want to extent this debate with unjustified remarks that people make about why PayPal is not available in Pakistan. but hope that we will see PayPal soon in our country.

Prostitution in Pakistan

Prostitution the sale of sexual services, a person selling sexual services is a prostitute. Those concerned about justice for sex workers focus on the law. If you’re interested in culture, however, you find that the sex industry looks and acts quite similar no matter which prostitution law is in place: the scene – the milieux – tend to be similar everywhere, with stylistic local differences. The health problems, the economics, the labour issues also are remarkably alike across cultures and borders, so that what workers experience in Ghana resembles what they experience in Thailand or France, and so on. Not so long ago I published a vague but suggestive story about the diversification of the sex industry in Pakistan,  Now here’s another story from there about how that old favourite ’street prostitution’ has changed with the times, so that mobile phones play a big role. The reporter’s tone is pleasantly neutral, and note that he ends with my point about the law: ‘In a country where commercial sex is officially prohibited, it is usually available just a few minutes’ drive away.’ Note: 100 pkr = 0.89 euro

Punjab account for more numbers of prostitutes in the country, but Karachi and Islamabad are said to be the preferred places of operation. Large number of girls from Bangladesh, Punjab and interior Sindh identify as nurse or other occupation making the Karachi high supply zone. Women from Afghanistan and former Soviet Union are also part of the sex trade in Karachi.

The lesson found that 90% of the prostitutes are in the 15-35 age group and their average work life spans15 years. There is a great demand for younger girls and more than 35% of prostitutes enter the sex trade before the age of 18,” preferred by Bara Saith (patron) and older for young Saith.
Don’t think this is kind of stories you used to read in Doshiza, Kawateen digest, Akbarah jahah, Saspanis or Tn Aaratahin tin Kahani, It real real life scenario of hundreds of girls living in Pakistan; Majority of prostitutes are from lower castes and lower middle class 40% were from the upper was a new trend; the trade is spread not across religions belief but also across sexes.
The number of prostitutes in Karachi has risen by 50% in less than a decade, many prostitutes are said to be underage, entering the sex trade between the ages of 13 and 15 but also the huge number between 20s & 30s and interviewing the urban prostitutes is not an easy task.
If somebody made a MMS, an R-rated love scene, where they were sort of naked and pretending to have sex, that’s acting will become Masala SMS. No wonder there will be Hot MMS CD will be sold in Boultaan market and Sales for 50 Rupees.

Once there was a time when Nawabs of India send their young kid to Tawaeef to learn Urdu and good manners. Now trends have changes they send them to enjoy the life and say ” aabhi bachaa hain kuch nahi hota; Shadi wadi ka baad sudar ja hain ga.

One CG says We have started doing this to end obscenity in people minds. Other says We chose sex work after we did a lot of things we couldn’t stand. Sex work is better. For me, sex work isn’t my first choice of paying work. It just happens to be the best alternative available. It’s better than being president of someone else’s corporation. It’s better than being a secretary. It is the most honest work I know.

If prostitution would legalize in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, the rape, incest domestic violence rate would decrease by roughly 25% ????

Most prostitutes in Karachi do not want their publicity as Lahore but they prefer to work in secrecy. Pakistani women will never speak publicly on Prostitution, women across the Karachi never find out how this contentious issue is view outside home.

Burning of garbage and cars on roadsides is quite common in Karachi city but now you find something else. It has been observed that some big cars owners even a guy in bike in Korangi use the services in front of their reputed Islamic citizen situated on the main areas on majors Road. Prostitution: oldest profession with modern technology in a developing country well developed industry by changing the name and brand services don’t change.

Thick clouds of poverty rity rising from these heaps of industry not only cause Aids but also make others women difficult who work side by side with man in Karachi Commercial city. At times, prostitution was limited on Nipper road which moving at high speed. And not visible to ordinary citizen while crossing the main road because of they are already busy solving their own problems, thereby increasing the possibilities of HIV Aids.

The concerned officials of the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industries are requested to look into the matter and legalize this industry and issue them licensee to kill (our tradition and values). Just kidding we are not Denmark we are in Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

The prostitutes operate in a wide range of venues, ranging from hotels to flats. There is a wide disparity in their incomes. Prostitutes operating on the street earn between 2,000 a day and 40,000 rupees per 20 days, whereas call girls make 5,000- 100,000 Pak Rupees depending on the network. Which they usually spend on Phone Cards, Cigarette, Pan, drugs, Taxi, Fast Food, and Batah for police and the Pimp the (Business Development and Relation Manager).

It’s wrong to promote the fact that one person buying another is legitimate. To me, this is nothing more than human trafficking, and it’s completely unacceptable. The prostitution could be controlled by changing economic development in Karachi where the sex trade has becoming prevalent.

below read the column of Javed Choudary in this regard:-

Earthquake 5.3 magnitude hits Pakistan

An earthquake measuring 5.3 on the Richter scale hits Pakistan’s capital city Islamabad on Monday night, Oct 11. However, no serious injuries or casualty were reported.

According to the media sources, the earthquake which lasted only for a few seconds, occurred around 2:45 am, and had its epicentre about 30 km north of Islamabad.
The earthquake was shallow at a depth of 10 km and resulted in strong shaking. People rushed out of their homes.

Quakes were also felt in several other cities like Rawalpindi, Muzaffarabad, Rawal Kot, Taxila, Peshawar, Abbottabad, Hazara Division and Mansehra.

The Crocodile Festival in Karachi, Pakistan

The crocodile festival is a unique festival in Karachi, Pakistan. It is a festival held by the ethnic group called Sheedis. It is believed that Sheedis came as slaves from Africa. The festival is held at a shrine in Manghopir, a dry and humid part of Karachi, which dates back to the thirteenth century.

During this festival the people will also make pledges to the shrine. These pledges are given to the crocodiles. The pledges consist of fresh goat meat. When the crocodiles accept the meat it will be seen as a sign of luck. They believe that the crocodiles will not attack because they are disciples of the saint known as Khwaja Hasan.  People feed crocodiles and dance and sing. However, it is the dangling part of the festival that makes this stand out. A father will take his baby son and dangle it above the jaws of a crocodile. This is done to find blessings for the child.

Is pool making swimmers sick? Commonwealth Games DELHI 2010

CWG: Is pool making swimmers sick?New Delhi: Amid reports that the Commonwealth Games swimming pool in Delhi may be contaminated, the organisers were today left red-faced with the ‘Big Two’ Michael Fennell and Suresh Kalmadi promising an inquiry and a solution by on Thursday.

Addressing the media in the daily interaction at the MPC on Thursday, Commonwealth Games Federation president Fennell said they were investigating the case, though they were yet to get any specific report from the teams about illness.

“We are ensuring that the water quality is tested. We don’t have specific reports about illness. We must find this out immediately. we have to deal with it. It needs some urgency,” he said, while responding to a query whether they would postpone the day’s finals.

Asked whether water at the Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Acquatics Complex was contaminated, Fennell said: “Let’s not speculate. We are concerned if the athletes were not well. These are being investigated, though we are yet to get specific reports from swimming.”

According to reports, almost two thirds of the British swimming squad have been hit hard by a “Delhi belly”, with leading English swimmer Francesca Halsall falling ill during an event that she was tipped to win.

Halsall slipped to third place in the final of the 100 meters freestyle and could only come 10th in the 100 metres butterfly semi-final as she started to faint in the pool after the race.

Team doctor Ian Gordon said: “It is hygiene-related.” The Aussies are not spared either with a dozen swimmers including several international stars have fallen ill after stomach bug with the water at the Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Aquatics Complex being blamed.

Notably, Australians Andrew Lauterstein and Hayden Stoeckel pulled out of their respective heats this morning because of stomach bugs as Australian chef de mission Steve Moneghetti said pool water could be a “possible”