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|Pakistan's biggest problem :)|
|06/29/05 at 10:32:12|
|Wow, I think the "millions of rupees" is totally understated. Everything was stalled for 24 hours, and even at this point, it's only barely functioning. |
Yeah huh!! This is it! Pakistan's biggest problem!
Internet link repair work begins today
By Bahzad Alam Khan
KARACHI, June 28: Pakistan on Tuesday held talks with four states whose telecommunications networks will remain suspended for two hours on Wednesday morning during which a key undersea cable that developed a fault on Monday night will be repaired.
The world’s longest fibre optic link - known as SEA-ME-WE — developed the fault 52 nautical miles (over 96 kilometres) off the coast of Karachi, a senior official of the Pakistan Telecommunication Company (PTCL) confirmed.
The breakdown of telecommunications channels badly hit the 100-odd Internet service providers of the country who lost millions of rupees on Tuesday. Bankers complained they were greatly inconvenienced by the shutdown. Online traders suffered losses as the Karachi Stock Exchange and put up a terse notice on its website saying that it could not be updated on a regular basis.
“India, Djibouti, Oman and the United Arab Emirates are the four countries whose telecommunication channels will be disturbed while the defective portion of the 39,000-kilometre-long cable is repaired,” Mashkoor Hussain, senior executive vice-president (operations) of the PTCL, told Dawn from Islamabad.
He said the 92-party consortium which ran SEA-ME-WE-III had not asked Singtel, the consortium’s operating agent, to fix the faulty cable but had instead contacted a UAE-based company, E-Marine, for the task.
The PTCL official said E-Marine had already dispatched a ship to repair the fault, which could be rectified as early as Wednesday morning.
Pakistan made an initial investment of $35 million in SEA-ME-WE-III in 1999. It pays around $2.5 million as maintenance cost, including repair cost annually. The PTCL has to make no immediate payment to the consortium for the repairs.
“Voice communication is available all over the country. International calls can be made and received. The PTCL has asked licencees of long distance and international services and cellphone operators to land traffic on satellite. Similarly, an old cable laid between Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates in 1986 had been pressed into service to overcome the current crisis,” he said.
The PTCL official conceded that there was considerable congestion in the country’s Internet network which currently employs three 34-megabit satellite links — two in Karachi and one in Islamabad.
However, the secretary-general of the Internet Service Providers Association of Pakistan, V.A. Abidi, said PTCL officials claiming that Internet services were not badly affected were being economical with the truth.
|Pakistan's Real Problem!|
|06/29/05 at 23:03:10|
Other Nations Threatened by the Beauty of Pakistani Males
KUALA LUMPUR: Bollywood-style looks appear to be a no-no for some Malaysian employers applying for workers from Pakistan.
This strange request came from an employer who obviously did not want romance to hinder the smooth operations of his firm, as experienced by some who had employed Bangladeshi workers in the past.
The request to supply Pakistani workers who are not handsome surprised the Overseas Employment Corporation of Pakistan (OEC) executive director Zafar Ali.
OEC managing director Masood-ur-Rahman Masood smiled at the idea that Malaysian men were “threatened” by the Pakistanis' tall, dark and handsome looks.
“There should be no problems. Our two countries are friends and shouldn't pose any problem to one another.
“Pakistanis have strong family ties, and are Muslims so there will not be any problems of that kind,” added Zafar.
Masood was here yesterday to meet and discuss with interested Malaysian employers on procedures to employ Pakistanis at the High Commission of Pakistan here.
He said while it had been reported that Malaysians feared extremists and militants entering the country in the process, none of the prospective employers had expressed this fear.
“What they stated was they wanted to be assured of workers who are capable and suitable for the jobs, and that they won't run away,” he said.
He said all Pakistanis would be screened before being sent to work overseas and the OEC co-operated with the district police, federal investigation agency (FIA) and intelligence bureau in Pakistan in vetting their background.
“Certainly,” he said when asked if this would guarantee there would be no Taliban and al-Qaeda terrorists among those coming here.
Masood said that so far 25 Malaysian companies in the agriculture, construction, services and manufacturing sectors, had stated their intentions to employ Pakistanis.
|06/29/05 at 23:03:53|
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