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Desi Engineering from Khewra

Posted on January 2, 2009
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I saw following photo in Raja Islam‘s collection and remained stuck at it. He took this photo in Khewra on October 6, 2008. Looking at it we can safely say that Salt Mines of Khewra are not the only tourist attraction there. But what is this thing? One can run their imagination wild. I would say it is a mixture of indigenous mechanical engineering and art. The front is devoid of any bumper, head lights or number plates. For number plates, we can argue the department of motor vehicle must be debating on how to classify this vehicle. What other details do you observe here?

Photo Credits: Raja Islam

Schools have to nurture talent

New Straits Times November 17, 2006 | Harban Singh Harban Singh New Straits Times 11-17-2006 Schools have to nurture talent Byline: Harban Singh Edition: Main/Lifestyle Section: Main Section Type: Letter blocked games at school

I WATCHED the Razak Cup hockey tournament being played in Johor Baru and I was disappointed with the poor standards displayed.

The absence of national players, who are about to participate in the Doha Asian Games, may be the excuse but my judgment is based on the teams that do not have national players.

The fault lies with the previous Malaysian Hockey Federation (MHF) committee, which didn’t develop players.

Development is a long-term strategy and the results can only be seen in 10 or more years.

We lack this foresight, which requires (similar to the soccer team) leadership, basics and the ability to work with the schools. web site blocked games at school

Schools have to nurture talent. The MHF should link up with the Education Ministry through the National Sports Council to increase the number of competitive games at school and district levels.

It is a tall order but we have to face reality. There is no short cut to progress.

I believe the present MHF leadership is a blend of passionate and responsible people. The gap between us and the other Asian teams must be identified and addressed. This is where the Asian Games will be a harbinger of our ranking, where I believe we are good only for a fourth place.

In the World Cup in Germany, I noticed the high standards and good performance from every team.

There was a vast pool of capable reserves in most teams despite having injured players.

On the contrary in Malaysia, we were so dependent on key players that any injury affected our performance.

A development programme is imperative. We also need to look at South Korea’s model and maybe even have a joint yearly test series with them. They are the most successful Asian team in recent times.


Johor Baru

Harban Singh

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  1. SM says:
    May 17th, 2011 12:55 pm

    I remember seeing it for the first time in late 80′s.
    Its local name as called in Pakistan is “Dong Fong Tractor”
    Actually imported from china.

    what is hidden in the picture is the two headlights placed towards the top front of the engine. A very versitile machine

  2. farrukh says:
    January 7th, 2009 9:27 am

    I like this aproach.this will be more affective way to protect anvoirment

  3. Rasheed says:
    January 6th, 2009 7:31 pm

    Could someone please quickly call President Obama (almost) in America?

    There the so-called “big three”, Chrysler, Ford and GM, are having a difficult time! :)

  4. ASIF says:
    January 5th, 2009 1:21 pm

    Thanks malang. Did not know that.

    Also, Bilal, you don’t have to be the FIRST one. Inventors are, but nearly no entrepreneur ever is. The important think is whether you have it in you to take the available technologies and make more of them than others are making.

    This guy is a much bigger entrepreneur than these self-styled IT people because he is actually making something work to meet a demand in the market. So, lets please not pooh pooh the real entrepreneurs in society.

  5. Malang says:
    January 5th, 2009 11:41 am

    Well This vechicle is called Takah- Thakka (because of its huge noise Takah-Takah), it used to be very popular in mid 90′s specially in district Chakwal for the transportation. But suddenly it dissappeared from the scene and now i have scene its picture. We used it for the transportation of bricks

  6. Saud says:
    January 4th, 2009 2:58 pm

    Yeah, I agree with Bilal Zuberi. I have seen many of this kind of vehicles here in China…….

  7. January 4th, 2009 11:13 am

    I wish he was the first one to think of something like this…but if one goes to smaller cities and towns in China, one would see these vehicles everywhere…They are extremely polluting vehicles used to cart around people as well as construction materials and the gamut in and out of factories and construction sites.
    I imagine we will be seeing more of China dumping its last generation technologies in Pakistan in the future.

  8. Eidee Man says:
    January 2nd, 2009 10:51 pm

    if this thing does make it to the MoMa, in my opinion it will be their first useful piece!

    Also, why does he look half-embarrassed. I would be proud!

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