Monthly Archives: February 2007

Fatal accidents during Basant in Pakistan

Indianenews.com is reporting on the fatalities during the Basant festival over the weekend. Out of all the articles I have read on this over the past few days this one hits the nail on the head. The Punjab government lifted the ban on Kite flying for the festival, this was in direct violation of the law that the supreme court handed down banning all kite flying. The punjab gov’t needs to take responsibility for their actions. As well all of the vendors of wire line and glass line should be charged and imprisoned. This is disgusting.

indiaenews.com wrote: Deaths at banned Pakistani kite festival causes stir

From correspondents in Islamabad, Pakistan, 03:01 PM IST

Pakistani politicians Monday condemned authorities for allowing the controversial Basant kite festival, that caused death to at least a dozen people, to be celebrated over the weekend, despite a court ban.

According to conflicting casualty numbers, seven children were among 12 people killed in accidents during the events Saturday and Sunday in Lahore in the central Punjab province. More than 700 people were injured, press reports said.

‘Extravagant rulers have allowed the blood bath of innocent citizens just for their own merry making,’ Qazi Hussain Ahmad, the head of the Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal (MMA) religious parties alliance, said in a statement.

Two children, aged six and 11, died after reinforced kite wires slit their throats, while others were hit by stray bullets from aerial firing, fell from roofs or were run over by vehicles while trying to catch kites. One person was also electrocuted while pulling a kite from a power line.

The MMA chief blamed the tragedies on Punjab officials who allowed Basant festivities despite a renewed ban imposed by the Supreme Court.

Kite flying was entirely banned in Pakistan in 2005 because of accidents but the Punjab government independently sanctioned the event in defiance of the ruling in Islamabad.

Heralding the end of winter and the arrival of spring, the Basant festival is celebrated in the entire Indian subcontinent and particularly in Pakistan.

Coinciding with the government’s ‘Destination Pakistan 2007′ tourism drive, this year’s festival was to have been more strictly regulated.

Officials had pledged to restrict the size of kites and close shops that produce deadly strings coated with glass or shards of metal for ‘kite battles’.

Mazda Hakaze – Kite surfing concept car..

Check out the new Mazda catering to the kite surfing crowd….

2007 Mazda Hakaze Concept - Kite-Surfing Functionality

from motorcities.com

2007 Mazda Hakaze Concept – Kite-Surfing Functionality

Kite-surfers are “wind chasers.” They get up in the morning, switch on their computer and search for the right wind conditions on the Internet for the best place to surf, call their friends, grab their gear and go. Mazda Hakaze meets the needs of such a lifestyle in several ways. For example, part of Hakaze’s centre tunnel in the boot slides rearwards and out of the car, to which a kite-surfboard can be attached, slid back in and transported. On the inside is an Internet connection on the integrated LCD screen in front of the front passenger. A small digital camera is mounted in the LCD screen, which can be rotated to film the road or the people in the car. The idea is that you can film a nice surfing spot or the route to it, then share it afterwards with your friends. The concept’s boot also has a practical double floor construction on both sides of the centre tunnel in the boot, whose underside is made of rubber making it ideal for transporting wet and sandy items. And finally, most of the switches in the car are sensors that are under the surface, meaning there are no shut lines. This prevents water or sand from getting into the switches and makes cleaning the vehicle on the inside easier as well.

2007 Mazda Hakaze Concept - Kite-Surfing Functionality

Kasmin soars to greater heights in kite-making

Great story about Kasmin Miron, master kite maker from Malaysia.

By MOHD BAKRI DARUS

MALACCA: Decades ago, a skinny- looking teenager by the name of Kasmin Miron, was a regular figure in the village padi fields of Seberang Pekan in Baling, Kedah.

He was not there to harvest padi but to fly his kites as kiteflying was a favourite pastime of the village boys in the pre-independence days.

Now, 63-year-old Kasmin can take pride himself in being one the country’s leading kite-makers.

He is highly skilled in making these airborne, bamboostrung coloured papers with the characteristic “buzzing” sound as they soar and flit in the sky.

Kasmin’s deft touches have won him numerous accolades, both locally and internationally.
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