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14 - 20 Apr , 2012
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India's Refusal
The tri-nations hockey tournament has been cancelled because India refused to send its hockey team to Pakistan due to security concerns. It is beyond comprehension why India shows lack of faith in Pakistan when it comes to sports. This is the second time India has refused to tour Pakistan. In 2009 too the Indian team was not granted the permission to visit despite firm assurances by the IHF. In February, Pakistan successfully took care of a large Indian business delegation, consisting of 150 members led by Commerce and Industry Minister, Anand Sharma. India didn't complain of any security concerns then. One wonders why such security concerns are raised when sports is concerned. This mindset is extremely disappointing and goes against the spirit of sports.
Bushra Iqbal,
Islamabad

Children & Cell Phone Fever
Earth Hour
Earth Hour is a global movement uniting people to protect the planet. On the last Saturday of March every year, Earth Hour brings together communities from across the world celebrating a commitment to the planet by switching off lights for one designated hour. Iconic buildings around the world including the Eiffel Tower and the Burj Khalifa turn off their lights as part of Earth Hour. Pakistan has also been celebrating it for the last two years. It helps in raising awareness among people to switch off extra lights so that the country can deal with its energy crisis. We should continue to celebrate Earth Hour as we have a responsibility to work together for the survival of the planet.
Afshan Abbasi,
Karachi

Cheating
Being a matric or inter board student had never been this humiliating than it is today. Seeing students cheat in examinations and invigilators helping them is beyond an insult to our nation. While the government is giving out laptops as scholarships to high achievers, it is very sad that they are doing absolutely nothing to prevent cheating from taking place during examinations. Above all it is shocking to note that parents do not even bother to teach their children what is right and wrong, therefore they resort to this rather easier way of passing exams. I am sure our youth has great potential but it is our responsibility to guide them in the right direction.
Maheen Amjad,
Karachi

Rote Learning
The Pakistani conventional education system encourages rote learning in children. It is a technique which avoids understanding the inner complexities of the subject that is being learned and instead focuses on memorising the material so that it can be recalled by the learner exactly the way it was read or heard. Moreover, in most of the schools knowledge is passed by rote and memorisation in an endless loop from teacher to student to teacher. Similarly, teachers do not promote or tolerate critical thinking by the students. If children do not comprehend what they are learning then how would they serve the country in future? Pakistan needs more talented individuals like Arfa Karim who cannot be produced by rote learning.
Aafreen Ali,
Peshawar

A Threat To Lives
Open manholes on different roads in the metropolis are like a deathtrap for the passersby and motorists alike. These have been lying open for a long time but the concerned authorities have turned a blind eye towards them. Numerous incidents have been reported recurrently in areas like Shahra e Liaquat, I.I. Chundrigar Road and Lines Area where people sustained serious injuries due to these open manholes. Sometimes even vehicles get trapped and damaged because of them. I request the concerned authorities to take concrete measures to resolve this serious problem on an urgent basis.
Salman Ahmed,
Lahore

A Request
I would like to thank MAG's editorial team for bringing us great content every week, and a complete package of infotainment. It keeps us indulged in reading the magazine the whole week. My favourite section is the travel section, it not only gives us ideas, but it is also a source of great knowledge. I have a suggestion and request for the same section, i.e. please give us a preview of Pakistan's undiscovered tourist sites. Being a hardcore patriotic, I believe we should discover our own country first and should also work towards promoting tourism in our country.
Rashida Iqbal,
Rawalpindi

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