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DG ISPR General Asim Bajwa’s Interview to Voice of America Discussion about Chief Of Army Staff Pakistan Army General Raheel Sharif’s visit to United States,

Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif will head to the United States for his first official visit. While tensions were high between his predecessor, General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and U.S. leaders, Sharif will likely face a warmer reception amid U.S. perceptions that the Pakistani military has undertaken a good faith effort to fight the Pakistani Taliban in the country’s tribal regions through Operation Zarb-e-Azb. The visit comes shortly after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani met with Pakistani officials. Sharif’s visit to the United States will likely feature detailed discussions about Pakistan’s role in ensuring (or at least not inhibiting) stability in Afghanistan as U.S. and NATO troops prepare to withdraw from the country.

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US President Barack Obama has warned that Wall Street should be concerned that a conservative faction of Republicans is willing to allow the country to default on its debt.

The US government has partially closed after Congress failed to agree a budget and will run out of cash on 17 October unless its debt ceiling is raised.

The US government closed non-essential operations on Tuesday after Congress failed to strike a deal on a new budget.

Republicans and Democrats are blaming each other for the impasse.

The shutdown has left more than 700,000 employees on unpaid leave and closed national parks, tourist sites, government websites, office buildings, and more.

However, as one budget crisis raged in Washington DC, another one – potentially more dangerous – loomed in the coming weeks.

On 17 October, the US government will run out of cash to pay its bills unless the debt ceiling is raised.

On Wednesday, Mr Obama met the heads of some of Wall Street’s biggest banks – including JPMorgan Chase, Goldman Sachs and Bank of America – to discuss the debt ceiling and other economic issues.

The bankers are members of the Financial Services Forum, a lobby group which has, along with 250 other businesses, sent a letter to Congress urging it to raise the debt limit.

As foreign markets anxiously monitored the US budget crisis, European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi warned that a protracted shutdown was “a risk not only for the US, but also the world economy”.

Earlier on Wednesday, senior US intelligence officials warned the shutdown of the government seriously damaged the ability of spy agencies to protect the US.

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told a Senate panel that an estimated 70% of intelligence workers had been placed on unpaid leave.

Also on Wednesday, the White House announced Mr Obama would cut short a planned four-nation tour of Asia next week.

He will attend regional summits in Indonesia and Brunei, but skip Malaysia and the Philippines due to the government shutdown.

The US government ceased operations deemed non-essential at midnight on Tuesday, when the previous budget expired.

National parks and Washington’s Smithsonian museums are closed, pension and veterans’ benefit cheques will be delayed, and visa and passport applications will go unprocessed.

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  • Department of State will be able to operate for limited time
  • Department of Defense will continue military operations
  • Department of Education will still distribute $22bn (£13.6bn) to public schools, but staffing is expected to be severely hit
  • Department of Energy – 12,700 staff expected to be sent home, with 1,113 remaining to oversee nuclear arsenal
  • Department of Health and Human Services expected to send home more than half of staff
  • The Federal Reserve, Department of Homeland Security, and Department of Justice will see little or no disruption
  • US Postal Services continue as normal
  • Smithsonian institutions, museums, zoos and many national parks closed

Source: BBC


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Millions of Americans learn’t on Tuesday what President Barack Obama’s landmark healthcare law actually means for them, as the administration opens new insurance marketplaces in 50 states despite a government shutdown. Where Senate refuses the budget over 80,000 Employees will not get salaries this month.

The launch marks a milestone for Obama’s signature domestic policy achievement, which aims to provide subsidised healthcare to millions of the uninsured, the most ambitious US social programme since Medicare was introduced in the 1960s.

In an address from the White House Rose Garden Tuesday afternoon, President Barack Obama blamed Republican lawmakers for triggering the first government shutdown in nearly two decades.

Obama spoke roughly 12 hours after a longstanding budget stalemate on Capitol Hill caused a midnight shutdown, impacting a number of government agencies and initiatives across the board.

At midnight last night, for the first time in 17 years, the Republicans in Congress chose to shut down the federal government,” Obama began his address.

Let me be more specific: One faction of one party in one house of Congress in one branch of government shut down major parts of the government, all because they didn’t like one law,” the president said.

The shutdown erupted after the Republican-controlled House of Representatives failed to come to an agreement with the Democrat-led Senate with regards to passing the federal budget. At the core of the issue was the GOP’s reluctance to accept Obama’s Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare,” which finally went into effect Tuesday morning amid the shutdown, notwithstanding negative sentiment from the Republican party.

This Republican shutdown did not have to happen, but I want every American to understand why it did happen,” the president said Tuesday. “Republicans in the House of Representatives refused to fund the government unless we defunded or dismantled the Affordable Care Act. They’ve shut down the government over an ideological crusade to deny affordable health insurance to millions of Americans.”

In other words,” said Obama, “they demanded ransom just for doing their job.”

In all, Congress’ failure to compromise on a budget is expected to end with 800,000 federal workers being sent home without pay and the closure of national parks and government programs across the country.

 

A cyclist reads a sign announcing the closure of a Park Service facility at Crissy Field due to the partial government shutdown on October 1, 2013 in San Francisco, California. (AFP Photo / Justin Sullivan)A cyclist reads a sign announcing the closure of a Park Service facility at Crissy Field due to the partial government shutdown on October 1, 2013 in San Francisco, California. (AFP Photo / Justin Sullivan)

 

Veterans, who’ve sacrificed for their country, will find their support centers unstaffed,” Obama said Monday afternoon before the midnight deadline came and went without a compromise. “Tourists will find every one of America’s national parks and monuments, from Yosemite to the Smithsonian to the Statue of Liberty, immediately closed.”

On Tuesday, Obama said that hundreds of thousands of civilian workers, many still on the job and many forced to go home, aren’t being paid “even if they have families to support and local business to rely on them.”

We know that the longer this shutdown continues, the worse the effects will be more families will be hurt, more businesses will be harmed,” he said. “Once again, I urge House Republicans to reopen the government. Re-start the services that Americans depend on.”

When the midnight deadline hit early Tuesday, the presidential Twitter account announced, “They actually did it. A group of Republicans in the House just forced a government shutdown over Obamacare instead of passing a real budget.”

Hours later at the White House Rose Garden, the president warned, “We may not know the full impact of this Republican shutdown for some time. It will depend on how long it lasts.”

But despite the shutdown, the president announced that starting Tuesday morning, millions of uninsured Americans are now provided the opportunity to purchase affordable healthcare through the hallmark legislation.
A visitor takes a picture of a sign announcing the closure of the Fort Point National Historic Site due to the partial government shutdown on October 1, 2013 in San Francisco, California. (AFP Photo / Justin Sullivan)A visitor takes a picture of a sign announcing the closure of the Fort Point National Historic Site due to the partial government shutdown on October 1, 2013 in San Francisco, California. (AFP Photo / Justin Sullivan)
Speaking of the roughly 15 percent of uninsured Americans, the president said, “For them, and millions like them, this is a historic day.”

And while Republicans have largely opposed the president’s healthcare plan since before it was even approved in Congress, Obama dismissed allegations from his opponents that have yet to prove accurate.

Most Republicans have made a whole bunch of predictions about this law that haven’t come true. There are no death panels. Costs haven’t skyrocketed,” he said.

Obama said the US has actually experienced its slowest rate of health spending growth on record since his insurance plan was announced, and added that the demand for Obamacare was so significant that more than one million Americans visited newly launched websites for those programs early Tuesday.

I know it’s strange that one party would make keeping people uninsured the centerpiece of their agenda,” Obama said of House Republicans.

The last government shutdown occurred in 1996 during the administration of then-President Bill Clinton.

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This is LEAKED Document from Mir Khalil ur Rahman Foundation ( I.I Chandigarh which is the governing NGO of Jang / Geo Group). This Document was Submitted to the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL), United States Department of State on 30th June 2013 for Access to Justice: Media Campaign – “A Proposal to change judiciary according to Geo / Jang Group’s willingness with the blessing of US  3 Million $ Donation



MKRF foundation claiming in their own document about running different campaigns in PAKISTAN. Ironically, Campaign against Islamic laws (Hudood ordinance) and Aman Ki Asha are the most proudly owned in this document. What a Pakistani Channel Campaigning against Islamic Laws the very existence of Pakistan. The reality of Aman Ki Asha was also revealed through media commission report two weeks before and now can be proved yet again through MKRF Document. Anyone including Salim Safi and Ansar Abbasi still have any doubt that GEO is foreign funded for running campaigns in Pakistan. If still GEO employees claims that they are Patriotic nationalists then they are all part of this conspiracy against Pakistan.



Interesting part of this purposed document that they are planing against judiciary and lawyers from October 2013 when current Chief Justice Mr. Iftikhar Chaudhry will depart from the scene! Currently you will see no twist or speak about judiciary on Geo / Jang Group but what they planned against Judiciary in October is presented to you here Right Now.

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Geo – Jang Group Requested 3 Million Dollars from US – Documents Leaked

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Huge numbers of people on Earth are keen to leave the planet forever and seek a new life homesteading on Mars.

About 100,000 people have applied to become Red Planet colonists with the nonprofit organization Mars One since its application process opened on April 22, officials announced Tuesday. Mars One aims to land four people on the Red Planet in 2023 as the vanguard of a permanent colony, with more astronauts arriving every two years thereafter.

“With 100,000 applications in two weeks, this is turning out to be the most desired job in history,” Mars One Chief Executive Officer and co-founder Bas Lansdorp said in a statement. “These numbers put us right on track for our goal of half a million applicants.”

[Mars One’s Red Planet Colony Project (Gallery)]

An artist's depiction of Mars One astronauts and their colony on the Red Planet. In just a couple of weeks, tens of thousands have applied to live on Mars.
An artist’s depiction of Mars One astronauts and their colony on the Red Planet. In just a couple of weeks, tens of thousands have applied to live on Mars.

Mars One estimates that landing four settlers on Mars in 2023 will cost about $6 billion. The Netherlands-based organization plans to pay most of the bills by staging a global reality-TV event, with cameras documenting all phases of the mission from astronaut selection to the colonists’ first years on the Red Planet.

The application process extends until Aug. 31. Anyone at least 18 years of age can apply by submitting to the Mars One website a 1-minute video explaining his or her motivation to become a Red Planet settler. (You can also watch other applicants’ videos at the site.)

Mars One charges an application fee, which ranges from $5 to $75 depending on the wealth of the applicant’s home country. United States citizens pay $38, Lansdorp said.

When the application process closes, reviewers will pick 50 to 100 candidates from each of the 300 regions around the world that Mars One has identified. By 2015, this pool will be whittled down to a total of 28 to 40 candidates, officials said.

This core group will be split into groups of four, which will train for their one-way Mars mission for about seven years. Finally, an audience vote will pick one of these groups to be humanity’s first visitors to the Red Planet.

So far, Mars One has received applications from more than 120 countries, officials said. The United States leads the way with 37,324, followed by China (20,241) and the United Kingdom (8,581). Russia, Mexico, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Argentina and India round out the top 10.

“Mars One is a mission representing all humanity, and its true spirit will be justified only if people from the entire world are represented,” Lansdorp said. “I’m proud that this is exactly what we see happening.”

The announcement of Mars One’s application flood comes in the middle of a big week for manned Mars exploration. Scientists, engineers, NASA officials and a range of other Red Planet exploration advocates are currently meeting in Washington, D.C., for the Humans 2 Mars summit, which runs through Wednesday.

And Tuesday, famed Apollo 11 moonwalker Buzz Aldrin released his new book, “Mission to Mars: My Vision for Space Exploration” (National Geographic Books), which was written with veteran space reporter (and Space.com columnist) Leonard David.

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