4 Monday, April 9, 2018 National PTI practices politics of chaos, conspiracies: Punjab CM KARACHI: Head office: 509, Land Mark Plaza, I.I Chundrigar Road, Karachi, Pakistan. Ph: +9221-32214988- 32214990, Fax: +9221-32214989 email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org Chief Editor: Muhammad Taqi Alvi Associate Editor: Ali Razavi - Editor Special Reports: Muhammad Rafique Rajpar Hyderabad Bureau Chief: Abbas Kassar - Islamabad Bureau Chief: Hameedullah Khan ISLAMABAD –– LAHORE –– RAWALPINDI –– KARACHI Media does neglect, mostly knowingly but also sometimes unknowingly, certain most important issues, with or without material benefits or ideological affiliations. For example, grossly neglected were electoral reforms which easily qualifies as topmost priority since corrupt leaders were elected which made life of millions in this nation a living hell. Time is running out and it's already late for most significant electoral and administrative reforms for good governance. It is a criminal negligence. When it is done best, it is done by curious, hardworking people who are neither bound by allegiances nor suffocated by existing narratives. Of all the qualities of good journalists, it is the ability to question our own allegiances constantly that is the most difficult to maintain. We are, after all, only human. But we would like to think that we are able to manage our personal prejudices in the service of the truth. And it is exactly this quality of journalism — this awareness of its own prejudices, done within the framework of a free, independent media infrastructure — that ensures it remains a noble enterprise. On any given day, journalists poke at the evidence, accumulate facts, ask questions, cultivate sources, look at documents, win trust, receive rebuttals, start all over again and go on to report the news. Over the years, the news media have consistently been central to revealing corrupt practices and maladministration that taints the state. The real test of our commitment to a free press, however, lies in our ability to tolerate the information disseminated through the media that disrupts our prejudices. Our real commitment to a plurality of voices lies in our ability to tolerate information that threatens the neatly tucked corners of our worldview. We can question whether an affair is news. There is Suresh Pattali Some minorities, especially the Dalits, are living in appalling conditions and denied even basic rights I am happy to join the right-thinking people today in what will go down in history as a lone biophile's maudlin appeal for equality and justice for the downtrodden. Fifty-five years ago, a great American made an epochal speech that touched the world's conscience. The speech by Martin Luther King Jr, a non-violent civil right campaigner, came as a great beacon light of hope to millions ofAfricanAmericans who had been seared in flames of withering injustice. He called them God's children. But 55 years later, the life of the African Americans is still crippled by the chains of discrimination. Fifty-five years later, the cries of "Black lives matter" reverberate across America after several African Americans were slain by White policemen in the recent times. Seventy years ago, a great Indian, who spearheaded a campaign against the scourge of untouchability was gunned down by a Hindu fanatic. He was a great beacon light of hope to millions of India's poor. But 70 years later, the shameful practice of untouchability by the privileged class is stoking violence against Dalits in many parts of India. Mahatma Gandhi called the less privileged Harijans, or God's men. Seventy years later, the God's men live on an island of poverty in the midst of an ocean of affluence. Seventy years later, the God's men are facing religious apartheid in India. Gandhi and King, the 20th century's most famous apostles of non-violence, had a premonition they could meet a violent end. After an assassination attempt in early 1948, Gandhi said: "If I am to die by the bullet of a madman, I must do so smiling." After the assassination of President Kennedy in 1963, King told his wife: "This is what is going to happen to me also. I keep telling you, this is a sick society." More than half-a-century later, we are living in the same sick society. The Black is still the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality. The Dalit is still the victim of ineffable upper caste monstrosity. India still has teashops that serve Dalits and upper caste Hindus in separate glasses and bowls. India still has dark corners of society where Dalits are not allowed to fetch water from common wells before members of upper castes finish their job. India still has schools that force Dalit students to clean the toilets. India still has salons that deny haircuts to Dalits. India still has villages where Dalits can get killed for owning a horse, and Dalit grooms are beaten up for riding a horse as part of their wedding ritual. India still has places where Dalit grooms can get beaten up for daring to travel in decorated cars because it's considered an upper caste "privilege". India still has villages where Dalit men are thrashed for sporting a mustache, an upper caste macho symbol. Indian still has places where temples bar Dalits in order to preserve the piety of the faith's upper-caste elders. According to a study, Dalit and non-Dalit people cannot eat together in 70 per cent of rural villages.Almost one out of every three government schools in rural areas prohibit children from sitting together. Public health workers EDITORIAL TIME RUNS OUT FOR REFORMS Let media write true history, admit truths, expose lies OPINION definitely a dirty tricks campaign afoot to influence. We must be aware of it and we must be able to guide our readers. But we also cannot stand for the obstruction of the free flow of information, even if it comes from a camp that has been judged to be right or wrong, or whosoever is running a country. What is dangerous, however, is when we have a very definite narrative of “good guy/bad guy” that we put forward without question and still maintain this as objective journalism. There was a certain level of hypocrisy and double standards at play for a long period. Any attempts to muzzle the media must be condemned. Often power brokers and power holders are priased or condemned, depending on nature of issues, policies and actions. Whenever power is being contested, it is ugly. Journalists and publications chose sides, become proxies for factional battles, and are often betrayed. Very professionals not really too dependent on anyone or anything find out, think and rethink, and say it as it is, setting aside everyone and everything else. That is unique and true journalism: to present all sides and let the world decide. We are journalists. But we are not freedom fighters. Noble though our work is, we must abandon our selfrighteous zeal. Truth, justice, and rainbows may follow later, if at all, if we’re able to report the news as we ought to. Again, it is reminded that without media's follow up in practical terms on and off the screens, another election with fraud may be held and corrupt politicians will be again elected and continue to make Pakistan a swampland. Let media write true history, admit truths and discourage lies, and do its duties without fear or hindrance. I dream of an India rid of caste and untouchability refuse to enter Dalit homes in one out of three rural villages. Estimates suggest, 13 Dalits are murdered each week, five Dalit homes are burnt each week, and six Dalit women are raped every day. There has been a spurt in atrocities recently on minority communities at the hands of Hindu nationalists. India registered a 66 per cent rise in atrocities in the 2007-2017 period. The situation has worsened over the past four years. A report by the National Commission for Scheduled Castes says atrocities against Dalits have been on the rise in Kerala, which registered 883 cases between June 2016 and April 2017. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution, they were signing a promissory note to which every Dalit was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, Dalit men as well as upper caste men, would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. It is obvious today that India has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her minority communities are concerned. Instead of honouring this sacred obligation, India has given the Dalit and other minority communities a bad cheque; a cheque, which has come back marked "insufficient funds". I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in secular and democratic one. I have a dream that one day India will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "That all men are created equal." I have a dream that my children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by their caste and religion but by the content of their character. I have a dream that one day my children and their children will eat from same bowl and will clean toilets together happily. I have a dream we all will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, and to celebrate together every festival of the nation. I have a dream that one day all our religious places will play prayers for peace, harmony and moderation, not the voices of extremism. I have a dream that one day India's 200 million Dalits will be better off without the piecemeal system of reservation thrown into their begging bowl every time the cries for equality ring in the corridors of power. I have a dream that the sons of Dalits, the sons of landlords, the sons of Hindus, the sons of Muslims, and the sons of Christians will all be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood. And if India is to be a great nation, this must become true. So let equality ring from the snow-capped mountains of Kashmir. Let equality ring from the narrow streets of Muzaffarnagar, Kasganj and Ahmedabad. Let equality ring from the tribal villages of Chhattisgarh and Kerala's Attapadi. Let equality ring from the hearts and minds of political and religious leadership. And when this happens, and when we allow equality to ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of us may be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Indian spiritual, "Vande Mataram!" KAMALIA: Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PMLN) president and Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif stated that number of uplift projects completed during current tenure of ruling party exceeded total projects completed in Pakistan’s whole history. He was addressing public gathering in Kamalia. While vowing to end load shedding soon, Sharif apprised attendants that thousands of megawatts of electricity was added to national grid in past four years. “Country was witnessing worst crisis of electricity in 2013 whereas 20- hour prolonged power cuts were matter of routine life. We established 1320 MW electricity project in Sahiwal”, stated Sharif. “State-of-the-art facilities are being provided in hospitals. If one more chance is given to us, will bring Toba Tek Singh at par with Faisalabad”, claimed junior Sharif. Sharif held Imran Khan responsible for delay in visit of Chinese president Bureau Chief THATTA: Sindh National Tehrik delegation led by its chairman Ashraf Noonari visited Thatta and laid a floral wreath on the grave of Shaheed Shafi Kirnani, close associate of Jeay Sindh Supremo Sain G.M.Syed. Talking with media at courtyard of Mazar, Ashraf Noonari told media that present PPP government was bent to working very existence of Sindh and anti Sindh forces were conspiring against Sindhd. He asked back then in 2014. “Islamabad sit-in was a conspiracy against masses. The politics of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf revolved around chaos, conspiracies, hurling fake allegations and abuses. We will bury politics of PTI in general polls 2018”, said Sharif while adding, “We Rulers working against very existence of Sindh: SNT asks nationalists to get united Abdul Mateen Mahar KHAIRPUR : Mother with her child drowned in canal near Naushahro Feroze on Sunday. According to detail boy Sikander Ali Khoso slipped nationalist forces of Sindh to forge unity to foil attempts of rulers. He said Shaheed Bashir Khan Qureshi and Shaheed Shafi Kirnani were real heroes of Sindh who strived for gathering Sindhi people together. He said seeing present situation we feel absence of our heroes. He said SNT following path of our great leaders would continue to gather all nationalist forces on one platform. He said there was no need for separate province in Sindh and that those demanding it were following agenda of traitor Altaf Hussain. He said Sindh was not cake of any bakery that can be chopped to present to Muhajirs. He warned if a campaign for separate province was launched in Karachi then SNT would offer resistance with full force of people. He said nowhere in world Muhajirs were allowed to form their separate provinces, residentials, etc legally and under UN charter they are provided temporary refuge. Mother, son drowned in canal near Darya Khan Mari Pellet guns blinded over 1,300 Kashmiris since 2016 ISLAMABAD: In occupied Kashmir, the ongoing use of the indiscriminate pellet guns has blinded 1,314 people since 2016. The so-called non-lethal weapon has also caused deaths since it was introduced in the territory during the public uprising of 2010. A research paper in Global Journal of Medical Research states pellet injuries in eye causes serious visual decline due to vitreous hemorrhage, cataract and retinal detachment. A study carried out by doctors from an eye hospital in Amritsar states chances of regaining normal vision in a pellet victim eye were minimal. in canal near Daya Khan mari of district Nashahro Ferzoe while he drinking water from canal, her mother Mst Aman Khoso attempted to save her child and jumped in canal resulted she along with her child drowned in canal. The bodies were recovered from canal after three hours struggle and shifted to rural health center Darya Khan Mari. Bureau Report Day 2018 "Universal HYDERABAD: To Health Coverage: mark the World Health Day which falls on 7th of Everyone Every Where" the University is committed April each year, the to reach the remote Liaquat University of areas of the province for Medical & Health the awareness and the Sciences Jamshoro prevention of the dis- arranged a "Free Vaccination Camp for Hepatitis B" at Village Rahmore, Taluka Kunri District Umarkot. While addressing at the inaugural session of the camp the Vice Chancellor LUMHS Prof. Bikha Ram Devrajani expressed that to follow the theme of Wold Health eases. He added that it is the need of hour to inform the people living in the rural areas regarding the diseases which can be avoided by prevention and vaccination. have to end personal conflicts if we want to pull country out of poverty”. “Bilawal Bhutto revealed that Imran Khan had voted for them in Senate elections”, uttered Sharif. Sharif strongly condemned ongoing state-terrorism in Indian-held Kashmir. PHC seeks report syndicate meeting at AWK University MARDAN: The Peshawar High Court directed the Abdul Wali Khan University administration to submit the report of syndicate meeting which was held few weeks ago to decide the future of the employees who were appointed through allegedly fake way through advertisement No-48, sources told the News. An official at the university on the condition of anonymity told the News. Sources at the university told that more than 260 employees were appointed on different position through advertisement No-48 published in different news papers in September 2015. However later on several reports were carried out in the press about the alleged violation of merit in the recruitment conducted through the mentioned advertisement. Sources added that later on the University’s administration appointed a fourmember inquiry committee on the directives of the Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on January 3 to probe any possible wrongdoings. Sources added that among 260 employees four member’s inquiry committee allegedly declared majority of the appointment illegal and fake. Sources claimed that one order of demonstrator was issued on 15 December 2016 after the passage of 16 months through mentioned advertisement. Naval Chief lauds role of Cadet College Petaro in imparting quality education ISLAMABAD: Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi has appreciated role of Cadet College Petaro in imparting quality education and character building of the future leaders. He said this during his visit to the College in Jamshoro where he also inaugurated the newly constructed Sports Complex. The Naval Chief also lauded the facilities and learning environment and gave away prizes to the cadets for their high achievements. LUMHS arranged free vaccination camp for hepatitis at village Rahmore He informed that the University has planed to arrange such awareness programs throughout the province. More than 500 people were vaccinated for Hepatitis B in the Camp. THARPARKAR: Vice Chancellor LUMHS Professor Bhika Ram inspecting hepatitis vaccination being administered to villagers at Rahmoon Village.
Reports of Syria's gas attack in Ghouta 'bogus', meant to shield terrorists: Russia DAMASCUS: Russia’s Foreign Ministry has lambasted as “bogus” reports of a chemical gas attack allegedly conducted by the Syrian government in Eastern Ghouta, warning that any military intervention based on such “invented and fabricated excuses” could lead to severe consequences. “The spread of bogus stories about the use of chlorine and other poisonous substances by (Syrian) government forces continues. Yet another such fabricated piece of information about an alleged chemical attack in Douma appeared yesterday,” the ministry said in a statement on Sunday. Moscow’s reaction came a few hours after militants and activists linked to them, including the so-called civil defense group White Helmets, claimed that government forces on Saturday had dropped a barrel bomb containing poisonous chemicals in Douma, Eastern Ghouta’s largest town, killing and wounding dozens of civilians. Damascus, in a statement RIYADH: Joint Gulf Shield 1 Drills have concluded in the Eastern Region of Saudi Arabia with the participation of 24 countries in addition to Saudi troops from all military sectors. The drills aimed to raise the competencies of participating forces to confront DAMASCUS: Pro-government soldiers arrive at the Syrian government-held side of Wafideen checkpoint on the outskirts of Damascus. released late on Saturday, strongly rejected the allegation and said that the socalled Jaish al-Islam Takfiri terrorist group, which has dominant presence in the town, was repeating the allegations of using chemical munitions “in order to accuse the Syrian Arab army, in a blatant attempt to hinder the Army’s advance.” Earlier on Sunday, the US State Department also issued a strongly-worded statement, blaming the Syrian government for purportedly conducting the attack. It further said that Moscow was “ultimately bearing responsibility” for all chemical incidents in the Arab country, regardless of who carried them out. The Russian Foreign Ministry, elsewhere in its statement, said that Moscow had "warned several times recently against such dangerous provocations." "The aim of such deceitful speculation, lacking any kind of grounding, is to shield terrorists ... and to attempt to justify possible external uses of force." Joint Gulf Shield 1 drills conclude in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Region Melbourne family escaped alive after raging fire in home Dr SJA Jafri Bureau Chief Australia MELBOURNE: A Melbourne family of six is lucky to have escaped alive after a raging fire believed to have been started by children playing with matches gutted their home. A motorist passing by the rental home in Werribee, west of Melbourne, filmed flames leaping high into the sky surrounded by black smoke as the property was engulfed. A man, woman and four children aged between four and eight all managed to escape the home unharmed despite the flames causing severe damage. Rob Mendoza of the Country Fire Authority told media the family was fortune to have been able to get out unharmed. BAGHDAD: After the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 there were hopes its millennium-old capital Baghdad could rise again from the ashes, but construction sites have remained idle as if time stood still. For 15 years promises of rebuilding infrastructure in the second most populous Arab capital have fallen through and a multitude of projects have been shelved. Baghdad’s skyline is dotted with the desolate sights of rusting cranes, while roads and bridges are gutted with potholes and craters from lack of maintenance. Even the emblematic Fardous (paradise) Square, where a giant effigy of dictator Saddam Hussein was symbolically pulled down with the help of US Marines, remains to be revamped. Infrastructure across Baghdad, a city of 900 square kilometres (350 square miles), is in dire need of repairs. "Industry, education, health, agriculture... everything is now worse than it was during Saddam’s rule," said businessman Sadeq al- Shomari. In 2004 and again in 2007, international conferences were organised to rebuild Iraq and donors “There are reports kids were playing with matches on the bed, which quickly spread throughout the house,” he said. Witnesses to the blaze said the first concern of many people near the home at the time of the fire was making sure anyone inside got out safely. “I was terrified, but I was more concerned about the people inside,” one local resident said. It is believed the home will now need to be demolished due to the damage caused by the fire, although the property’s landlord said it was insured. Mendoza also said the incident should serve as a reminder to keep children away from dangerous items. “It’s obviously a good reminder (that) kids keep away from playing with matches and lighters,” he said. pledged massive funds for projects that have never materialised. Some of the funds allocated to rebuilding Baghdad have disappeared, according to Transparency International which ranks Iraq as the 12th most corrupt country in the world. ‘40,000 thieves’ BAGH- DAD: Iraqi street vendors display their products in Baghdad, where the population have swelled from 4.7 million in 2003 to 7.2 million inhabitants in 2018. Teacher Zuheir Ouasmi blames it on corrupt officials who he says have pilfered Iraqi coffers, comparing his country’s woes to the challenges and threats within a joint operation environment to achieve the concept of the joint action whereas participants in the exercises include military forces of high levels of training and professionalism, using many modern and sophisticated weapons. Famed Istanbul modern art museum enters new era ISTANBUL: It’s a busy afternoon at Istanbul Modern, Turkey’s premier modern art museum, and the gallery is packed with visitors taking selfies or discussing the artworks in hushed tones. Some pause in front of a massive canvas by celebrated German artist Anselm Kiefer, while others look in amazement at a masterpiece by Turkish abstract painter Fahrelnissa Zeid or gasp at iconic black and white images of old Istanbul by legendary local photographer Ara Guler. Since opening on December 11, 2004, Istanbul Modern, spectacularly situated on the Bosphorus with a view of the Ottoman-era Topkapi Palace, has become a symbol of 21st century Istanbul, open to outside influences but proud of its past. The rapid success of the museum was one of the reasons Newsweek magazine famously declared in a 2005 cover story that Istanbul was "one of the coolest cities" in the world. It added that the “notorious” White Helmets, which has a large role in fabricating the gas attack allegation, “has been repeatedly caught acting with terrorists, as well as other so-called humanitarian organizations based in the United Kingdom and the United States.” Meanwhile, Konstantin Kosachev, the chairman of the international affairs committee of Russia's upper house of parliament, said in a statement that reports of a purported gas attack in Douma were bogus and convenient news for the US. “This is yet another bogus claim by ‘fakemakers’ and there is a banally obvious reason for it: to undermine the exit of Jaish al-Islam” Takfiri terrorists “from Douma and impede the offensive by Syrian government forces.” Eastern Ghouta, which is home to nearly 400,000 people, fell to multiple militant groups in 2012, months after Syria plunged into crisis and has since served as a launch pad for fatal attacks against residents and infrastructure in Damascus. The area has witnessed deadly violence over the past few months, with foreign-sponsored terrorists launching mortar attacks on the Syrian capital in the face of an imminent defeat. After days of what has been described as one of the deadliest episodes in the war against militants that has gripped Syria since 2011, Syrian forces agreed to let the militants flee to Syria's northern parts in order to save the lives of civilians caught in the crossfire. Polling stations open for key Hungary vote BUDAPEST: Polls have opened in Hungary for parliamentary elections that will decide whether nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban wins an expected third consecutive term. Polling stations opened around 6:00 am local time (0400 GMT) and will stay open until 7:00 pm local time, according to an AFP journalist. Around 7.9 million Hungarians are eligible to vote. Preliminary results are expected an hour or two after polls close, and analysts say more general trends will emerge only slowly over the course of Sunday evening. Polls have consistently put Orban s right-wing Fidesz party at least 20 points ahead of its nearest challenger Jobbik, a far-right party that has been moving towards the centre. Jobbik in turn has been a few points ahead of centre-left Socialists. DAMASCUS: Syrian government troops, supported by allied fighters from popular defense groups, have managed to establish full control over Rayhan town in the East Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus. A Syrian military source, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Syria’ official news agency SANA that Syrian soldiers and their allies carried out an operation against the positions of the so-called Jaish al- Islam Takfiri militants in the town, which lies east of Douma, on Sunday, triggering a fierce exchange of gunfire with the extremists. The source added that Syrian army troops also regained control H O L L Y W O O D : Hollywood actor Russell Crowe's unusual "divorce auction" of personal items and movie memorabilia, including "Gladiator" props and a leather jockstrap he wore in "Cinderella Man", exceeded expectations and raked in millions of dollars for the Australian star. The Sotheby's sale of more than 200 items in Sydney, titled "Russell Crowe: The Art of Divorce", was held late Saturday on his 54th birthday and brought in Aus$3.7 million (US$2.8 million). "Not a bad hourly rate for a 5 hour shift," Crowe tweeted after the auction. Sotheby's Australia chief executive officer Gary Singer said the auction was "incredibly successful", with the most popular items from Crow's Oscar-winning film "Gladiator". "People just went mad. It was Crowe-mania," he told television broadcaster Channel Seven Sunday. Among the items that were fiercely contested was a fully functioning replica Roman chariot from "Gladiator", which was estimated to fetch up to Aus$10,000 but went for Aus$65,000. Monday, April 9, 2018 International The breastplate he wore for his death scene in the film sold for Aus$125,000 while a wooden training sword went for Aus$20,000 and a metal one for Aus$70,000. The brown leather boxer's jockstrap from "Cinderella Man" was expected to attract Aus$500-Aus$600 but sold for Aus$7,000. Crowe made a surprise 5 Russell Crowe nets millions from 'divorce auction' BAGHDAD: For 15 years promises of rebuilding infrastructure in the second most populous Arab capital have fallen through and a multitude of projects have been shelved. NEW YORK: An elderly man died late Saturday after a blaze erupted on the 50th floor of Trump Tower in New York which also injured four firefighters, officials said. The New York Police Department said the 67- year-old man was found “unconscious and unresponsive” when officers arrived at the scene of the fire. The man was pronounced dead after being taken to Mount Sinai Roosevelt Hospital, according to police, which said the medical examiner’s office would determine the cause of death as part of an appearance at the auction ahead of bidding for an 1890 violin created by Italian craftsman Leandro Bisiach Snr, which sold for Aus$135,000. "It's been a lot of fun putting it together for you," he told bidders, adding that the violin, which he used during filming of the 2003 movie "Master and Commander", was "very dear to my heart". Trump Tower fire kills 1, injures 4 over the main road between Ibn Sina Hospital and Douma, which serves as an important supply and movement folk tale "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves". Before 2003 "the wealth of Ali Baba was in the hands of the dictator but now 40,000 thieves have take over Ali Baba’s cave and the treasure", he said. As Baghdad’s infrastructure worsens, its population has swelled mainly due to an influx of people who fled conflict zones elsewhere in Iraq to settle in the capital. In 2003, the capital was home to 4.7 million but now the population of Baghdad is 7.2 million strong. During that same period the number of cars in the congested city also grew from 250,000 to more than ongoing investigation. “This was a very difficult fire. As you can imagine, the apartment is quite large, we are 50 stories up. The rest of the building had a considerable amount of smoke,” the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) said. It said the four firefighters had “non-life threatening” injuries and that the blaze had been brought “under control.” Smoke began rising from the skyscraper in Midtown Manhattan around 6:00 pm (2200 GMT). Streets surrounding the building owned by US President Donald Trump that serves as the headquarters for The Trump Organization and houses the president’s penthouse were closed off as tourists snapped pictures on their phones. Syrian troops recapture East Ghouta route for militants. Russia: Militants to be withdrawn from Douma. Baghdad's infrastructure in ruins 15 years after Saddam fell two million vehicles. Daily power cuts plague the population who, in order to keep their refrigerators working and mobile phones charged, must rely on privately-owned generators. BAGHDAD: Iraqi workers rebuild on July 31, 2016 a shop that was damaged in a bombing in Baghdad’s Karrada Dakhil street in the capital’s commercial Karrada district. The streets of the capital - wracked by years of sectarian violence after the USled invasion that ousted Saddam and car bomb attacks - are some of the most congested in the world.