Friday, September 10, 2010

A day at Razzakabad

From last two weeks, a friend of mine was asking me to join Soar team at razzakabad camp but for some reason or the other I couldn’t join them but on Thursday I actually made it and I am glad that I went there.

The day didn’t start well as I waited for like 20 minutes in a really hot weather waiting for the SOL bus to pick me but as I step in the bus, I really loved the atmosphere; even though I met these people for the first time but there was peace and love and everyone was there with entirely pure intentions of doing something for the flood victims.

When we reached Razzakabad, I saw like around 3 dozen people surrounding our bus and saying Salam to us with great love (shows how well Soar Team have worked there); At that moment I was a bit confused and was trying to figure out what actually am I required to do but somehow soon I found myself working and enjoying with the kids.

We started with kites flying for boys and mehndi (heena) for girls and at that time it was like crazy atmosphere there, they were like 1000 children in those camps and at least at least we had 600 children around us who wanted to fly kites and apply mehndi on their hands but again Soar team did a really good job, we tried making lines and distributing kites to boys and the girls in our team did some excellent job with mehndi thing. Those kids lived every bit of it which I guess was our intention. It wasn’t like a real perfect thing because some children didn’t get to fly kites as after some time, spools were finished but I believe that the job was done pretty good. Oh! I forgot to mention even uncles of all ages, believe me even uncles with age of 50 or 60 joined us to fly the kites; but the best part was the lovely smile on the faces of these children when they saw their kites flying in the air...

As the distribution finished we jumped in the bus and travelled near the entrance to relax but I was surprised to see the team standing up again in just around 10-15 minutes to set up a “Mela” for these people. People were called in the bus one by one and were given stuff (shoes, jewellery, chocolates, and toys) to sell to other IDPs. The stuff was given to them free, however they were required to share half of their revenue with us and keep the other half with them. I really liked this idea as there was no cost to setup a stall and IDPs were earning with pure hard work; also the price for each item was decided by Soar team.

We’ll be going Inshallah again on 2nd day of Eid, I hope we can again bring smile on the faces of these children again...

Monday, September 6, 2010

News of the World are yet to come with something concrete..

NOW reports that they now have a concrete evidence against Majeed and the three players which proves that the video was made before the match. The proof is basically the date of emails which were exchanged between Mahmood the reporter and NOW’s Editor Colin Myler.

The evidence didn’t convince many people especially who have used MS Outlook Express in exchanging emails, but however it was good enough to convince Pakistan High Commissioner (PHC) to change his stance regarding the 3 players. PHC said “Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir, the three players at the centre of the controversy, may have been the victims of a set-up.” He said they are innocent until proven guilty. But his recent statement was a little different and so was his stance, Wajid Shamsul Hasan- PHC believes that if the allegations are proved correct, all three should be issued with a "most draconian penalty” – cricinfo

I have on purpose mentioned MS Outlook above because while researching on Google I came up with a very interesting piece of article which shows how one can change the date of an email with just 9 steps, it can be changed to future as well as previous date.

By changing the dates on your computer, you can also most likely change the date and time of your emails in a client-based email software, like Outlook. However, you must ensure that the computer is not connected to an internet time server. Also, this only works if you are using POP and SMTP for accessing and sending emails.

Assuming you use a local email client like Outlook or Outlook Express in Windows, here is how to change your computer’s time, and subsequently the time stamp on your email.

1. At the bottom right corner of your taskbar, right-click on the clock.

2. Click Time and Date Properties.

3. The clock settings tab should be the first tab. If not, then click the tab for adjusting the current time.

4. Set the date that you want your email to indicate.

5. Set the time with which you want your email to appear as being sent.

6. Click Apply.

7. Next, you will need to disable automatic synchronization with an Internet Time server. Look for the Advanced tab, and make sure the box with the synchronization with Internet Time server is unchecked.

8. Double-check the current date and time if has not automatically been synchronized to the Internet Time server.

9. Double-check the time zone. If you intend for the recipient of the email to see a certain date and time, you might want to switch your time zone to a setting similar to your email correspondent. After setting this, re-check your current time settings, as it might change due to time zone changes.

Once you’ve changed the time settings on your operating system, you should now proceed to writing an email message on Outlook or Outlook express. Note that some email services will indicate the time at which a message is received, rather than the “sent” timestamp from the sender’s side. Some examples include Gmail However, most local mail clients like Outlook and Outlook express will display the time according to the sender’s computer.

This is how easily you can change the time/date of your emails, I think NOW are yet to come up with some concrete evidence against the 3 Pakistani players, and I hope that somehow PHC reads this article so he can once again start supporting our players when they need us the most..

Hammad Bawany