2010 Review : Best Posts in the Year Of 2010

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

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The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 190,000 times in 2010. If it were an exhibit at The Louvre Museum, it would take 8 days for that many people to see it.

 

In 2010, there were 219 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 6175 posts.

The busiest day of the year was August 11th with 3,796 views. The most popular post that day was 50+ Ramazan Wallpapers | Ramzan Wallpapers | Ramadan Kareem Wallpapers | Ramadan Wallpapers.

 

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were search.conduit.com, google.com.pk, en.wordpress.com, blog.karachicorner.com, and google.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for aqwal e hazrat ali in urdu, aqwal hazrat ali, hazrat ali urdu, ramadan kareem sms, and aqwal hazrat ali in urdu.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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50+ Ramazan Wallpapers | Ramzan Wallpapers | Ramadan Kareem Wallpapers | Ramadan Wallpapers August 2009
7 comments and 1 Like on WordPress.com,

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Hazrat Ali ( Karam Ullah Waj Ho ) K Aqwal – MUST READ… August 2009
207 comments and 1 Like on WordPress.com,

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Urdu Newspapers, Kashmir News, Kashmir Observer, Urdu News Papers Links October 2008
5 comments

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Ramadan calendar & prayer timings for 2009-1430h Download worldwide August 2009
6 comments

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Makkah Wallpapers, Madina Wallpapers October 2008
19 comments

Indian Scientist Claims Pokhran Nuclear Tests Were Unsuccessful

A senior scientist and DRDO representative at Pokhran II has admitted for the first time that the May 1998 nuclear tests may not have been as successful as has been projected and also emphasized the need for India to conduct more tests to improve its nuclear weapon programme. The Indian security establishment on Thursday reacted with dismay to suggestions by top nuclear scientist K Santhanam.

India conducted five nuclear tests at the Pokhran test range. Three of them were conducted on May 11 and two on May 13, 1998. The team which conducted tests was headed by Rajagopala Chidambaram and the Device was developed at the Defence Research and Development Organization or DRDO’s Terminal Ballistics Research Laboratory.

Santhanam has disclosed that the thermonuclear explosions conducted at that time were ‘actually of much below expectations and the tests were perhaps more a fizzle rather than a big bang.’

In nuclear parlance, a test is described fizzle when it fails to meet the desired yield. India had claimed at time that test yielded 45 kilotons (KT) but this claim was challenged by western experts who said it was not more than 20 KT. In fact, some scientists, notably top nuclear seismology expert Terry Wallace, then with the University of Arizona and now attached to the Los Alamos National Laboratory, put the combined yield of the three May 11 tests at as low as 10 to 15 kilotons. Two other tests on May 13 involved sub-kiloton devices for tactical weapons, which US scientists doubted even took place.

Santhanam’s view was shared by nuclear scientist Subramaniam who said “there was something wrong with the seismic signals which seemed pretty weak to me then. So I would tend to agree with Santhanam”.

The security expert Bharat Karnad said Santhanam’s admission is remarkable because this is the first time a nuclear scientist and one closely associated with the 1998 tests has disavowed the government line. “This means the government has to do something. Either you don’t have a thermonuclear deterrent or prove that you have it, if you claim to have it,” said Karnad.

The exact yield of the thermonuclear explosion is important as during the heated debate on the India-US nuclear deal Indian government is under pressure from the international non proliferation lobby, to sign the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT). It was said the disincentive the nuclear deal imposed on testing would not really matter as further tests were not required.

Brajesh Mishra, the Former National Security Advisor in the NDA regime under Atal Behari Vajpayee rejected top nuclear scientist K Santhanam’s charges.

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Baitullah Mehsud dead, aide confirms

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DERA ISMAIL KHAN: Pakistani Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud, who led a violent campaign of suicide attacks and assassinations against the Pakistani government, has been killed in a US missile strike, a Taliban commander and aide to Mehsud said Friday.

‘I confirm that Baitullah Mehsud and his wife died in the American missile attack in South Waziristan,’ Kafayatullah told The Associated Press by telephone. He would not give any further details.

Earlier on Friday, three Pakistani intelligence officials said the militant commander had been killed in the missile strike and his body had been buried.

But one of the three said no intelligence agent had actually seen Baitullah Mehsud’s body.

Intelligence sources have confirmed Baitullah’s death, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi told reporters in Islamabad, adding that authorities would travel to the site of the strike to verify his death.

‘To be 100 per cent sure, we are going for ground verification,’ Qureshi said. ‘And once the ground verification re-confirms, which I think is almost confirmed, then we’ll be 100 per cent sure.’

A senior US intelligence official had earlier said there were strong indications that Mehsud was among those killed in Wednesday’s missile attack, but he did not elaborate.

If confirmed, Mehsud’s demise would be a major boost to Pakistani and US efforts to eradicate the Taliban and al-Qaeda.

Mehsud has al-Qaeda connections and has been suspected in the killing of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. Pakistan viewed him as its top internal threat and has been preparing an offensive against him.

For years, though, the US considered Mehsud a lesser threat to its interests than some of the other Pakistani Taliban, their Afghan counterparts and al-Qaeda, because most of his attacks were focused inside Pakistan, not against US and Nato troops in Afghanistan.

That view appeared to change in recent months as Mehsud’s power grew and concerns mounted that increasing violence in Pakistan could destabilise the country and threaten the entire region.

But while Mehsud’s death would be a big blow to the Taliban in Pakistan, he has deputies who could take his place. Whether a new leader could wreak as much havoc as Mehsud depends largely on how much pressure the Pakistani military continues to put on the network, especially in the tribal area of South Waziristan.

The Pakistani intelligence officials said Mehsud was killed in Wednesday’s missile strike on his father-in-law’s home and that his body was buried in the village of Nardusai in South Waziristan, near the site of the strike.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to speak publicly.

One official said he had seen a classified intelligence report stating Mehsud was dead and buried, but that agents had not seen the body since the area is under Taliban control.

Interior Minister Rehman Malik had earlier told reporters outside Parliament he could confirm the death of Mehsud’s wife but not of the Taliban leader himself, although information pointed in that direction.

‘Yes, (a) lot of information is pouring in from that area that he’s dead, but I’m unable to confirm unless I have solid evidence,’ Malik had said.

A security official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue, said ‘about 70 per cent’ of the information pointed to Mehsud’s being dead.

Another senior Pakistani intelligence official said phone and other communications intercepts — he would not be more specific — had led authorities to suspect Mehsud was dead, but he also stressed there was no definitive evidence yet.

An American counterterrorism official said the US government was also looking into the reports. The official indicated the United States did not yet have physical evidence — remains — that would prove who died. But he said there are other ways of determining who was killed in the strike. He declined to describe them.

Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to speak on the matter publicly.

A local tribesman, who also spoke on condition his name not be used, said Mehsud had been at his father-in-law’s house being treated for kidney pain, and had been put on a drip by a doctor, when the missile struck. The tribesman claimed he attended the Taliban chief’s funeral.

Last year, a doctor for Mehsud announced the militant leader had died of kidney failure, but the reports turned out to be false.

In Afghanistan, Defence Ministry spokesman Gen. Mohammad Zahir Azimi said Mehsud’s fighters would cross the border into eastern Afghanistan occasionally to help out one of most ruthless Afghan insurgent leaders Siraj Haqqani.

‘He was an international terrorist that affected India, Pakistan and Afghanistan,’ Azimi said without confirming Mehsud was dead.

In March, the State Department authorised a reward of up to $5 million for the militant chief. Increasingly, American missiles fired by unmanned drones have focused on Mehsud-related targets.

Pakistan publicly opposes the strikes, saying they anger local tribes and make it harder for the army to operate. Still, many analysts suspect the two countries have a secret deal allowing them.

Malik, the interior minister, said Pakistan’s military was determined to finish off Pakistan’s Taliban.

‘It is a targeted law enforcement action against Baitullah Mehsud’s group and it will continue till Baitullah Mehsud’s group is eliminated forever,’ he said.

Pakistan’s record on putting pressure on the Taliban network is spotty. It has used both military action and truces to try to contain Mehsud over the years, but neither tactic seemed to work, despite billions in US aid aimed at helping the Pakistanis tame the tribal areas.

Mehsud was not that prominent a militant when the US invaded Afghanistan in 2001 after the September 11 attacks, according to Mahmood Shah, a former security chief for the tribal regions. In fact, Mehsud has struggled against such rivals as Abdullah Mehsud, an Afghan war veteran who had spent time in Guantanamo Bay.

But a February 2005 peace deal with Mehsud appeared to give him room to consolidate and boost his troop strength. Within months of that accord, dozens of pro-government tribal elders in the region were gunned down on his command.

In December 2007, Mehsud became the head of a new coalition called the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan, or Pakistan’s Taliban movement. Under his guidance, the group killed hundreds of Pakistanis in suicide and other attacks.

Analysts say the reason for Mehsud’s rise in the militant ranks is his alliances with al-Qaeda and other violent groups. US intelligence has said al-Qaeda has set up its operational headquarters in Mehsud’s South Waziristan stronghold and neighbouring North Waziristan.

Mehsud has no record of attacking targets in the west, although he has threatened to attack Washington.

However, he is suspected of being behind a 10-man cell arrested in Barcelona in January 2008 for plotting suicide attacks in Spain. Pakistan’s former government and the CIA have named him as the prime suspect behind the December 2007 killing of Benazir Bhutto. He has denied a role.

Google Wave: Is the World Ready?

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On May 28th, tech circles went wild when Google revealed Google Wave at its Google I/O conference. The response to and the questions about the new communication platform were staggering. Is it something I should use? Is it a game-changer? Could it kill email itself?

This type of lofty rhetoric will always raise hopes and draw scrutiny. We want to believe that new and radical technologies like Wave will change the very way we live. And while our experiments with Wave have brought us to the conclusion that this platform may indeed be a game changer, it won’t happen if there isn’t widespread adoption. So instead of asking whether Wave will kill email, the better question to ask is this: Is the world ready for Wave-based communication?

It’s All or Nothing with Wave

I have used Wave extensively since the sandbox preview became available, and I will tell you this: it breaks normal conversation conventions left and right. While it looks and feels like email in many ways, its unique hybrid of realtime and message-based communication takes some getting used to. Using applications in-wave, editing other people’s messages, and integrating robots into your conversations are going to confuse and even scare people.

We know that the early adopters will use this (and forgive its flaws) in a heartbeat. The real question is whether or not its new approach to communication is a dealbreaker for the early majority and late adopters of the world.

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Apple’s Mesmerizing Window Display, Featuring An Infinite Flurry Of iPhone Apps

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Earlier this evening I was walking down the streets of Palo Alto near TechCrunch HQ, when I stumbled across what is likely the coolest window display I’ve ever seen, unsurprisingly housed at the Apple Store. The display features a giant wall of apps flying by, accompanied by a massive iPhone that briefly displays a handful of featured apps for a few seconds apiece. As far as I know this is new, though it’s possible that it has appeared in front of other stores before now. In any case, it’s damn cool, and reminds me of the incredible App Wall that Apple featured at this year’s WWDC. Check out the video above.

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BlackBerry cries foul over UAE ‘spyware’

DUBAI: The makers of BlackBerry have charged that an update issued by UAE telecommunications company Etisalat was actually spyware, the local press reported on Wednesday.

BlackBerry’s parent company Research in Motion said the software offered by Etisalat could “enable unauthorised access to private or confidential information stored on the user’s smartphone,” according to a statement carried in several newspapers.

‘RIM confirms that this software is not a patch and it is not a RIM-authorised upgrade. RIM did not develop this software application and RIM was not involved in any way in the testing, promotion or distribution of this software application,’ it said.

There was no immediate comment from Etisalat, which offered the ‘performance enhancing’ patch to the 145,000 BlackBerry users on its network about two weeks ago.

The Khaleej Times newspaper said the ‘snifferware’ could intercept emails and drain battery life quickly, with more than 300 users reporting that the phone had been rendered useless with the battery dying in less than 60 minutes. -AFP

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Gilani says local govts illegal, unconstitutional

ISLAMABAD: Defending the provinces’ demand for wrapping up the local governments, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said on Friday that the decision to replace the 150-year-old magistracy system with the local bodies was ‘illegal and unconstitutional’.

‘Former president Pervez Musharraf’s decision to make local governments a federal subject under the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution was illegal and undemocratic,’ he told reporters after attending a function at the ministry of science and technology.

The prime minister announced on Wednesday that elections for local bodies had been postponed till the improvement of law and order.

Local governments will be dissolved and administrators from the bureaucracy will be appointed to look after their affairs during the interim period.

The administrators will start working on Aug 1. There is a strong opposition from different circles over the decision and some analysts believe that it will not be easy to replace the LG system.

The five-year tenure of the local government will expire in October and there is a strong possibility that no more LG polls will be held and the old magistracy system will come back.

‘The tenure of present local governments is expiring and since it is a provincial subject, I and the president cannot do much about it,’ Mr Gilani said, adding that the provincial governments would take a decision about the future of local governments after more consultations.

Elections for the local bodies, he added, had been postponed in the light of recommendations of the provincial governments at a recent meeting.

The prime minister said he would send the recommendations to President Asif Ali Zardari.

In reply to a question about PPP-PML-N relations, he said the latter was a coalition partner in Punjab and was also supporting him. ‘The federal government is committed to restoring provincial autonomy.’

The government, he said, was taking tough and unpopular decisions to save the country from difficult situation.

‘I would not say that the government is taking popular decisions. We have to put the country on right track. We are democratic people. We have faced imprisonment not for becoming the prime minister but for the rights of the people,’ he said.

Referring to the passage of finance bill by parliament, he said the opposition was also there when hard decisions had been taken. He was of the view that the decision taken by parliament should be respected because it represented 160 million people.

In reply to a question about the imposition of carbon tax, he said as the matter was sub judice, he would not comment on it.

The prime minister said the government was facing two major challenges —improvement of law and order and strengthening of economy. ‘These two challenges are interrelated. Whenever there is a suicide attack, there is flight of capital from the country.’

He said the military operation in Swat and Malakand had been launched to save the country. ‘The internally displaced persons will start returning home from July 13 with respect and dignity.’