2010 World Cup T20 tickets go on sale worldwide

Tickets for next year’s ICC World Cup Twenty20 cricket tournament, which would be held from April 30 to May 16 in the West Indies, are now on sale worldwide.

Having already been available to supporters based in the Caribbean nations for the past two weeks, tickets for next year’s ICC World T20 in the West Indies are now on sale around the world, ICC announced today.

Entry would be free of cost for spectators below the age of 16 for all group stage matches, while the age group would also enjoy significant discounts for all the other fixtures, an ICC release said.

Besides, entry to the group matches in the women’s version, which would be held simultaneously, in St Kitts also have been made free to all.

“In line with the past three major ICC events, we have ensured the ICC World Twenty20 2010 will be accessible and affordable. We believe the pricing structure in place is very fair and gives great access to this wonderful spectacle for the people of the Caribbean as well as visiting supporters,” ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat said.

“We want this event to be a celebration of cricket with all the atmosphere, fun and excitement traditionally associated with the game in the West Indies,” Lorgat added.

‘Forgive and forget’ more likely between lovers than friends


LOVABLE LIFE: Highly intimate relationships can both facilitate the greatest feelings of hurt, and best encourage their healing. These youngsters share a few intimate moments as the sun sets.

You are more likely to ‘forgive and forget’ when you have been hurt by a lover rather than by a friend, says a new study.

The study by Clinical Psychology Doctoral candidate, Jodie Burchell of Australian National University (ANU) is the first who asked people how hurt they have felt when wronged by a romantic partner, a close friend and an acquaintance.

Burchell’s study is investigating whether the closeness of the relationship with the perpetrator of the hurtful event predicts how hurt a person reports feeling.

“The study found that no matter the event – whether it caused low or high hurt – people felt most hurt by those they were in close relationships with,” said Burchell.

“However, over time, people felt less hurt from events occurring in a highly intimate relationship, such as with a romantic partner, than they did in a moderately close relationship, such as with a close friend.” Added Burchell.

“That suggests that highly intimate relationships can both facilitate the greatest feelings of hurt, and best encourage their healing,” adds Burchell.

The results are drawn from two questionnaires. In the first, participants read stories representing either low or high hurt situations across a range of relationships.

In the second, participants recalled the most hurtful thing that their current romantic partner, close friend or acquaintance had done to them, says an ANU release.

“The results taken together suggest that people that are closer to the victim of the hurtful event are more able to inflict hurt upon them, regardless of the type of hurtful act they commit,” said Burchell.

“However, people may be more willing to forgive their current romantic partners for hurtful acts, if they choose to stay with them. This is in contrast to close friends, where many people reported being unable to regain trust and quality of relationship after very hurtful acts.” Burchell added.

10 ways to cut risk of cancer


HAPPY FAMILY: Healthy lifestyle alone can keep the family united and happy.

Only a few everyday choices about diet, exercise and tobacco use can dramatically reduce a person’s risk of cancer, according to a Special Report on Cancer Prevention.

The Special Report examines the science and latest findings on 10 approaches that can make the real difference in preventing cancer. Here are some highlights from the list:

1. Don’t smoke: Quitting smoking reduces the risk of lung and other cancers, regardless of the number of years of smoking.

2. Eat fruits and vegetables: The American Cancer Society recommends eating at least five servings of fruits and vegetables daily because they are loaded with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other substances that lower the risk of cancer.

3. Limit fat in the diet: Current guidelines recommend keeping fat intake between 20 and 30 percent of total daily calories, with most fats coming from sources of polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats, such as fish, nuts and vegetable oils.

4. Maintain a healthy weight: Being overweight or obese can increase the risk of postmenopausal breast cancer as well as cancers of the colon, endometrium, esophagus and kidney. There’s evidence that obesity increases the risk of cancers of the prostate, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, stomach, ovary and cervix.

5. Be physically active: From 45 to 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity a day, on most days of the week, is considered optimal to reduce the risk of breast and colorectal cancers.

6. Curb alcohol consumption: Women should limit themselves to no more than one alcoholic beverage a day. Men should have no more than two.

7. Limit exposure to radiation: Ultraviolet (UV) radiation, which comes from the sun, sunlamps or commercial tanning beds, is the primary cause of skin cancer, the most common of all cancers.

8. Protect against infection: Infections caused by viruses are recognized as risk factors for several types of cancer.

9. Consider chemoprevention: Chemoprevention is the use of natural or synthetic compounds to reduce the risk of cancer or its recurrence. Tamoxifen, prescribed to prevent breast cancer in high-risk women, is the best known chemoprevention agent.

10. Get recommended screening exams: Pap tests, mammograms, colonoscopies and other routine screenings cannot prevent cancer. But screenings can help find cancers early, when treatment is most likely to be successful.

The study has been published in the November issue of Mayo Clinic Women’s Health Source.

Flying car may soar by 2011

Washington, Nov. 14: If US company Terrafugia has its way, the world’s first road-registered, air-worthy, flying car could be on the highways and in the skies by the year 2011.

 The firm’s new vehicle is called the Transition Roadable Aircraft.

 Personal aircraft have been on Terrafugia’s drawing boards for years now, but this latest project combines road and air transport needs.

 The prototype is still going through testing and approval processes, but it really does fly and drive.

 As it is categorized as a light sport aircraft, the Transition only requires a sport pilot licence in the US.

 At the heart of the concept are folding wings that tuck in neatly beside the cockpit for road use. They are deployed and folded from the convenience of the cockpit.

 The plane to car transition is stated to take less than 30 seconds.

 The vehicle, would allow the driver and a passenger to drive to the airport, hit the runway after deploying the wings, fly to their chosen airport and then drive to their destination, which sounds like the ultimate in modern travel.

 Terrafugia also note that while other personal aircraft become grounded in bad weather, the Transition will shrug off stormy skies and simply take to the road, which means days of being stranded at the airport would be history.

 Having driven home from the nearest airport, the Transition can be easily stowed away in an average garage; so there’s no need for a hanger.

 For the safety conscious, there is a safety cage, crumple zone, side impact protection and the owner can also have a full vehicle parachute, not recommended for use on the freeway.

 The flying car, which would cost 195,000 dollars, would be officially launched in 2011. (ANI)


Handful of nuts a day can keep heart healthy

A daily dose of nuts—walnuts, almonds, pistachios— can make up for a heart-healthy diet, according to Mayo Clinic researchers.

 Most nuts contain some nutrients that can benefit heart health and help with cholesterol control.

 They include unsaturated fats, omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, 1-arginine and plant sterols. Nuts have been shown to reduce low-density lipoproteins (LDL, or “bad” cholesterol) levels in the blood.

 Eating nuts also can reduce the risk of developing blood clots and improve the health of the lining of the arteries.

 The above benefits suggest that eating nuts, in limited amounts, may reduce the risk of heart disease, though studies haven’t yet proved this conclusively.

 Almost any type of nut is nutritious — and high in calories. It is best to eat nuts in moderation, no more than a handful a day.

 Also, choose unsalted or low-salt versions and use nuts as a substitute for saturated fats, such as those found in meats, eggs and dairy products.

 The study has been published in the latest issue of Mayo Clinic Women’s HealthSource.


Calorie counts used as basis of diet plans may be wrong

London: Calorie guidelines followed by Britons to date have all been deemed incorrect in a new research.

 Weight conscious individuals, who religiously stick to the advised 2,000 calories a day limit for women and 2,500 for men, could be depriving themselves of food unnecessarily, the study suggests.

 In a major review of the official calorie advice, researchers found that these amounts could be raised as much as 16 per cent from the guidelines developed in 1991.

 And this is because nutrition experts under-estimated physical activity levels in the UK and set advice on energy intake too low.

 A 16 per cent increase would boost an adult’s daily limit by as much as 400 calories – equal to eating a regular cheeseburger or two packets of ready-salted crisps, according to food industry bible The Grocer.

 But increasing the daily calorie guidelines would pose problems for nutrition experts desperately trying to reverse the obesity epidemic.

 The current calorie guidelines are the basis for a raft of UK food and drink labelling schemes and any change to calorie guidelines would potentially require the food industry to overhaul its packaging.

 Adam Leyland, editor of The Grocer, said that the latest scientific research would baffle calorie-conscious consumers.

 Nutrition experts have warned that the potential change does not give consumers the green light to eat even more high-calorie food and obesity rates alone in the UK mean adults do not need to consume more calories.

 Instead, the study reflects today’s more accurate understanding of the previously under-estimated physical activity levels in the UK.

 The independent Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition reviewed average daily calorie advice, developed in 1991, at the request of The Food Standards Agency and the Department of Health.

 Its draft report includes guidelines or “estimated average requirements” based on improved understanding of physical activity levels.”

 “For teenage boys from 15, girls from 11, and for all adults, estimate average requirement values are increased by up to 16 per cent,” The Daily Express quoted SACN as saying.


Coming soon, contact lenses with built-in virtual graphics

London: Researchers are working on the idea of projecting images into the eye from a contact lens.

 Scientists at the University of Washington are labouring on a contact lens that is a prototype of a device that could display information beamed from a mobile device.

 The proposal was the brainchild of Babak Parviz, at the University of Washington, in Seattle.

 “Our hope is to create images that effectively float in front of the user perhaps 50 cm to 1 m away,” News Scientist quoted Parviz as saying.

 The expert further said that future versions would be able to gather power from a user’s cell phone without obscuring the wearer’s view.

 Mark Billinghurst, director of the Human Interface Technology Laboratory, in Christchurch, New Zealand, added: “A contact lens that allows virtual graphics to be seamlessly overlaid on the real world could provide a compelling augmented reality experience.”

 The team is due to present their prototype at the Biomedical Circuits and Systems (BioCas 2009) conference at Beijing.


Banish that frizz!

Does your hair sometimes look like you just stuck your finger into an electrical outlet? Are there days your hair appears two feet taller than what it was the day before?

 Chances are if your hair has even the slightest wave or curl, it’ll be susceptible to frizz. If the frizzies are messing with your looks, go through this list of Dos and Don’ts:

– DO massage your scalp and hair with conditioner instead of shampoo. Natural oils will remain in your hair, relaxing the frizz.

– DO shampoo no more than twice or thrice a week as shampoo strips the hair off natural oil after each wash.

– DO rinse with the coldest water you can stand. The cold water locks down the hair cuticle and makes hair look sleeker, less frizzy.

– DO use a big round brush to smooth your hair as you dry. The advantage of aluminum brushes is that the inner core warms with the heat of the dryer, providing the double advantage of heat and styling at the same time.

– DO carry an umbrella if you think it might rain. Wet hair leads to frizz. And wear a hat to cover your head in the sun and the wind.

– DO have your hair cut regularly. No matter how long your hair is, split ends only add to the problem.

– DO blow dry in a downward motion. Running the hair dryer over hair up and down causes the cuticle to frizz and split. Divide hair is sections with curler pins and dry one section at a time.

– DO try using a hair pick when your hair is wet, then finger comb when you hair is dry. If you have “bed head” in the morning, spritz your hair with water and finger comb into place.

– DO consider hair products that protect against UV rays as they have a Sun Protection Factor.

– DO buy a shower head water filter. It gives you chlorine-free and harsh mineral-free water that helps make the products you use more effective.

– DO drink a lot of water. The health of your hair also comes from within.

– DON’T overuse blow dryers, flat irons and curling irons. The more heat you use to style your hair, the more you are drying your strands out. If you must use one, set it at a lower temperature than you usually use… and use a thermal protectant on your hair before you begin.

– DON’T rub your hair with a towel when wet. Let your hair set in the towel for 10 minutes instead, then take the towel off. Use a hand towel to squeeze the hair up from the ends to the roots.

– DON’T touch your hair while it’s drying.

– DON’T use fine tooth combs and brushes.

– DON’T use styling products with high alcohol content or shampoos with sulfates.

– DON’T let your hairstylist use a razor to layer your hair. Although layering is good, razors contribute to split ends.

The most important DO is to love your hair. Many are jealous of the regal quality of curly and wavy hair!

Flower power


Gerberas flowers at a nursery.

Five years ago, Col (Retd) and Sati Randhawa decided to move to the Nilgiris, bought about 30 acres and raised gerberas. Like all entrepreneurs, the Randhawas took risks, dealt with inclement weather, pests, fungus and soil-bound diseases that growing this gorgeous bloom (ironically, not a cold-weather lover) entailed. The result is ‘The Colonel’s Blooms’, which cultivates giant gerberas in stunning shades.

Totally new to floriculture, the Randhawas worked what Sati likes to term “48 hours in 24 hours”, put up 21 sloped greenhouses complete with drip lines for water and fertilizer, fogging valves and shade nets, and tended to their colourful floral family with devotion. They have a dedicated staff of more than 130, who control the fertilizer distribution online, manually clean the beds, and swiftly pack the blooms in cartons, readying them for the trip down the hills.

All this focussed attention has paid off, as has some word-of-mouth publicity and savvy marketing — the Randhawas are the last word in gerberas in these parts of the Nilgiris, their flowers moving at the rate of eight lakh blooms a month!

Their blooms, under the aegis of M & S Agro, makes their way down to the plains, to Coimbatore, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Guntur, Vijaywada and Thiruvananthapuram. Some head up country, some to Kolkata, and others, even abroad.

When one is faced with row after row of beautiful flowers — sunshine yellow, fiery orange, deep russet, brick red, velvety maroon, blush pink, fucshia pink and pristine white — and with names such as Rosalyn, Goliath, Night Queen and Dana Ellen, one is hard put to choose! But, the pick of this exquisite lot are the proud and radiant golden yellow gerberas that instantly lift one’s heart.

There will never be another Sachin: Murali

Ahmedabad, Nov 15 (PTI) “I read in the newspapers somewhere recently that a boy in Mumbai scored 400-odd runs. The papers said he”s going to be the next Sachin.

 How can anyone say that?” an incredulous Sri Lankan spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan asks as the Indian master batsman completed 20 years of international cricket today. “There will never be another Sachin,” Muralitharan says, paying tribute to the champion batsman with whom he has played against a lot of times during their long international career.

 The world”s highest wicket-taker said you get to see one Tendulkar in a life time. “In the next hundred years you will not witness another Tendulkar.

 He is once in a century player,” he said. “He can make runs even when he is 44 years old because his technique is so good.

 It is this combination of technique and temperament that has made Tendulkar such a great cricketer,” said Muralitharan, who has a record of 783 scalps in Test and 512 in ODIs. Muralitharan said he doesn”t have anything new to say about the master-blaster and for him it has been a privilege just to play against him.

Google unveils social search function

Google is testing a new social search function to make it easier for people find their friends’ blogs and twitter feeds.

 The only catch is that users of the service need to have an open profile with Google that includes personal contact data.

 Once those conditions are met, the user can access the service at the Google Labs. Typing in “New York” will yield a list of friends in the user’s social network who have posted items from the Big Apple. Settings can be altered so that only postings from close friends and acquaintances are included in the “social graph.”

 Google Germany spokesman Stefan Keuchel says the new social search function is separate from a recently launched service allowing real time searches of Twitter feeds. Social Search works quickly, but not in real time. It is currently only available in English.


Human milk improves nutritional outcomes in preemies

Human milk can significantly improve nutritional and neurodevelopmental outcomes in premature babies, say experts.

 University of California, San Diego Health Sciences have recently launched a website dedicated to offering families and the medical community valuable information about the best way to provide human milk to premature and underweight infants.

 The website was developed with a 10,000 dollars grant from The March of DimesþuSan Diego chapter.

 Infants born prematurely sometimes develop an infection called necrotizing enercolitis (NEC), the most common life-threatening gastrointestinal emergency in the newborn period.

 It causes intense inflammation and acute intestinal necrosis or death.

 “One of the goals of this website is to help fellow hospitals adapt our model of human milk nutrition in their own neonatal intensive care units,” said Dr Jae Kim, medical director of the Supporting Premature Infant Nutrition Program (SPIN) at UC San Diego Medical Centre.

 “Since the implementation of our feeding protocols, we have seen rates of human milk feeding go up by 15 percent. We’d love to see this become a nationwide trend,” Kim added.

 The SPIN program at UCSD Medical Centre is focused on the provision, analysis, and research of human milk to improve nutritional and neurodevelopmental outcomes in preterm babies. The program is believed to be the first of its kind in the United States.


Headley mapped all ‘26/11 targets’ – US suspect posed as Jew: Police

Headley mapped all ‘26/11 targets’ – US suspect posed as Jew: PoliceDavid Coleman Headley personally visited every target site of the 26/11 terror strikes last year, carrying out a recce on behalf of the Lashkar-e-Toiba, a police source said today.


Posing as a Jew, he even visited Nariman House, the Jewish Chabad centre, in July 2008.

The Mumbai police today carried out raids in Bandra, its adjoining suburb Khar and BPO hub Goregaon in search of Headley’s local acquaintances and contacts.

“He (Headley) mapped the Chhatrapati Shivaji terminus, Taj and Trident hotels and Nariman House. We are interrogating (filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt’s son) Rahul to find out when he went to Leopold Café. That he did is certain — when he did that is what we need to know,” a top officer said.

Headley had visited the Mumbai home of Rahul, who contacted police after learning of the terror suspect’s arrest by America’s Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) last month.

The source said Headley, a Pakistani-born US national, and his associate Tahawwur Hussain Rana stayed in Hotel Outram, a seedy motel in Mumbai’s Fort area, for about a fortnight in July 2008.

Born Daood Gilani, Headley, who changed his name and passport in 2006, posed as a Jewish American during his Mumbai stay. A source close to Rahul too confirmed that Headley had claimed to be a Jew.

“It is a mystery how he got into that building (Nariman House) just posing as a Jew. We are probing if he had anybody helping him locally. The FBI seized a book called “How to Pray Like a Jew” from him at the time of his arrest in Chicago. He had prepared himself thoroughly to pose as a Jew,” the officer said.

This morning, the police detained two tourist guides near the Gateway of India for questioning. It is suspected they may have aidedHeadley or other 26/11 plotters.

“The lead for this came from the FBI,” the officer acknowledged. “We now know most details about Headley’s recce of the terror targets, but there is a bit of a problem in case of Trident hotel as much of its past records were destroyed in the 26/11 attack. But we are getting there and will soon have the information.”

The investigators were always sure that Lashkar operatives had done a recce of both hotels. “The speed with which the Trident attackers moved around the lobby, visited the basement restaurant, Frangipani, and later headed straight for the lift to go to the 18th floor to set up their control room proves this,” the officer said.

Between 2006 and 2009, Headley ran a firm called Immigration Law Centre out of Tardeo AC Market in south Mumbai with the help of a local Parsi woman. Late last night, officials of the federal National Investigating Agency, which has now joined the probe withMumbai police, visited Headley’s immigration firm.

“A lot of facts have emerged from the interrogation of his co-worker/partner at the firm. She has been very co-operative. We now knowHeadley rarely used mobile phones and computers; but he did have a Tata Indicom landline number that he used while operating this immigration business. His mobile number is also with us and is leading us to some of his local contacts/acquaintances,” thesource said.

Officially, Headley’s job was to facilitate US and Canadian visas for semi-skilled and unskilled workers. The investigators are trying to find out whether he had any contacts in local consulates.

Headley preferred to pay salaries, or make other payments, in cash. He rarely used banking channels and spent limited time at the office —“hardly two hours in the morning and a couple of hours in the evening”, thesource said. (News sourced from The Telegraph)

Obama bows before Japan’s Emperor; How low will he go?

How low will the new American president go for the world’s royalty?

This photo will get Democrat President Obama a lot of approving nods in Japan this weekend, especially among the older generation of Japanese who still pay attention to the royal family living in its downtown castle. Very low bows like this are a sign of great respect and deference to a superior.

To some in the United States, however, an upright handshake might have looked better. Remember Michelle Obama casually patting Britain’s Queen Elizabeth on the back during their Buckingham Palace visit? America’s royalty tends to make movies and get bad reviews and lots of money as a sign of respect.

Obama could receive some frowns back home as he did for his not-quite-this-low-or-maybe-about-the-same-bow to the Saudi king not so long ago. (See photo here)


Akihito, who turns 76 next month, is the eldest son and fifth child of Emperor Showa, the name given to an emperor and his reign after his death.

Emperor Showa is better known abroad by the life name of Hirohito. He became emperor in 1925 and died in 1989, the longest historically-known rule of the nation’s 125 emperors.

Hirohito presided over his nation’s growth from an undeveloped agrarian economy into the expansionist military power and ally of Nazi Germany of the 1930’s.

And, later, Japan became a global economic giant. Hirohito, along with Prime Minister Hideki Tojo, who authorized the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, were much reviled abroad during World War II.

Historically, debate has simmered over how much of a political puppet Hirohito was to the country’s military before and during the war.

Even after Democrat President Harry Truman ordered the two atom bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in the summer of 1945, there were strong forces within Japan that wanted to continue to fight the Americans in the spirit of kamikaze suicide pilots.

But Akihito’s father went on national radio, the first time his subjects had ever heard Hirohito’s voice, and without using the inflammatory word “surrender,” pronounced that the country must “accept the unacceptable.” It did.

As the conquering Allied general and then presiding officer of the U.S. occupation, Gen. Douglas MacArthur, decided to allow Japan to keep its emperor as a ceremonial unifying institution within a nascent democracy.

Tojo, on the other hand, was hanged.

MacArthur treated Emperor Hirohito respectfully but, as his body language in this black and white postwar photo demonstrates, was not particularly deferential.

(But then MacArthur was not known as a particularly deferential person, as Truman discovered just before firing him later. But that’s another war.)

Akihito was born during Japan’s conquering of China and was evacuated during the devastating American fire-bombing of Tokyo, which was built largely of wood in those days.

The future emperor learned English during the U.S. occupation, but, inexplicably, his father ordered that his oldest boy not receive an Army commission as previous imperial heirs always had.

Akihito assumed the throne on Jan. 7, 1989. Within weeks he began a series of formal expressions of remorse to Asian countries for Japan’s actions during his father’s reign. In 2003, he underwent surgery for prostate cancer.

In 1959, Akihito married Michiko Shoda, the first commoner allowed to enter the Japanese royal family. That was two years before the birth of Akihito’s future presidential guest, Barack Obama.

Joe Biden was already 17 by then. But he wasn’t a senator.

Pachauri flays Centre report on glaciers’ melting

Pachauri flays Centre report on glaciers' melting
New Delhi, Nov 15: Environmentalist R K Pachauri has rubbished a government-backed study that melting of glaciers was not due to climate change.


Pachauri, the head of Nobel prize winner Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), said it was universally acknowledged that glaciers were melting because of climate change and the same applied to Indian glaciers.

“Everywhere in the world, glaciers are melting due to climate change, the Arctic is melting because of climate change. What is so special about Indian glaciers?” Pachauri was quoted by news agency saying.

The study by former deputy director general of the Geological Survey of India V K Raina has claimed that while most glaciers are in the process of retreat, some Himalayan glaciers, such as the Siachen glacier, are actually advancing and some others are retreating at a rate lower than before, such as the Gangotri glacier.

Questioning the basis of the study supported by the Environment Ministry, Pachauri asked, “How can you come to the conclusion that it is not climate change and something else? You give the reasons first. I don’t know why the minister is supporting this one-man research.”

“We do need more extensive measurement of the Himalayan range and there are only two-three glaciologist in the country. We need to strengthen this area,” Pachauri added.

Govt threatens action against striking doctors

Govt to take action against striking Bihar doctors
Patna, Nov 15: The government authorities have threatened to take action against striking junior doctors in Bihar’s premier government-run hospital which has entered its sixth day on Sunday, Nov 15.


An official of the health department said here, “The government will have to act tough against striking doctors after the state human rights commission as well as the Patna High Court expressed unhappiness over the strike and favoured action.”

About 500 junior doctors of the Patna Medical College and Hospital have struck work demanding payment of the increased stipend that was promised to them earlier.

Additional Secretary (health) Sanjeev Kumar Hans has told the striking doctors to end the strike or face action.

Hans also said the state human rights commission had even suggested that the registration of the agitating medicos be cancelled.

Their strike has already claimed 50 lives, relatives of patients allege.

The commission also directed the government to pay compensation to the families of those patients who have died due to the strike.

Gilani seeks resumption of talks with India

Gilani seeks resumption of  talks with India
Islamabad, Nov 15: Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani called for the resumption of the composite dialogue between Pakistan and India.


Addressing a meeting with US National Security Adviser James Jones, Gilani said, “I think dialogue is the only solution. It’s the only way forward because the solution of these problems is not war but dialogue.”

“US should be sensitive to Pakistan’s core interests including the Kashmir dispute, issues related to water, the Indian military’s capability and the balance of power in South Asia,” he said.

Gilani also added that the US should use its influence with India to resume the composite dialogue process and bring down tensions with Pakistan, to enable Islamabad to concentrate on the war on terror.