Tag Archives: Controversy

A tale of noise, glamour and controversy

Huge-hitting Shahid Afridi makes such a noise on the field that they call him “Boom Boom”, but the crowd-pleaser is leaving the game quietly after clashing with Pakistan’s cricket hierarchy. The imposing

Referee Crowe in World Cup final controversy

MUMBAI – New Zealand match referee Jeff Crowe found himself involved in more World Cup final controversy as confusion reigned at the toss between India and Sri Lanka on Saturday.
After India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni spun the coin, it looked as if he thought he had won the toss.
But Crowe did not hear a call from Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara who, as the visiting skipper was supposed to nominate ‘heads’ or ‘tails’ while the coin was in the air.
There was a brief

Miral embraces Palestinian controversy

LOS ANGELES – During the making of Miral, a coming-of-age tale about a teenaged Palestinian girl, a profound moment occurred for director Julian Schnabel as he was filming in a convent outside of Jerusalem. Sirens sounded and everyone on set – men, women, Palestinians, Israelis and otherwise – suddenly stopped for several minutes of silence.
“There was a pool of humanity at that moment that was in sync,” recalled Schnabel. “It was powerful.” He didn’t know it at the time, but

Ad-hoc judges controversy – All but PML-N disagree with SC decision

ISLAMABAD – The unanimous approval of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry’s proposal by the full court meeting on Monday to request Justice Khalilur Rahmman Ramday and Justice Rahmat Hussain Jaffery to rejoin the bench as ad-hoc judges has triggered a new controversy with major political parties, except the PML-N.
The parties, as well as the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA), have expressed reservations and condemned the decision. “The SCBA strongly condemns the ad hoc

NICL scam – PPP to avoid being part of any controversy with SC

KARACHI – The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) government has decided to avoid becoming a part of any controversy with the Supreme Court (SC) over the National Insurance Company Limited (NICL) scam after a Federal Investigation Agency investigation linked a federal minister and officials of the Commerce Ministry to the case.
Sources told Pakistan Today that the government has given the green signal to the FIA officials to arrest FIA DG Waseem Ahmed and other influential

Eden Gardens not new to controversy

COMMENT – In a major embarrassment to the World Cup organisers, the International Cricket Council has ruled out Eden Gardens, Kolkata as the host of the game between India and England on February 27. The ICC’s inspection team, which included some of the leading experts in the field of stadium and ground preparation, felt that Eden Gardens would not be ready in time. No alternate venue for the match has yet been named.
Kolkata’s Eden Gardens was scheduled to host four matches –

Carla embroiled in controversy

French First Lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy has come under fire for allegedly intervening to prevent the extradition of a left-wing terrorist convicted of four murders from Brazil to Italy. Battisti has been convicted in his absence of four murders and sentenced to life but denies all the killings.
Bruni-Sarkozy was accused by an Italian victim support group of personally calling former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and asking him not to send Cesare Battisti back to

Park & Ride Plaza inaugurated amidst controversy

LAHORE: In the shadow of controversies, 11-flour Park & Ride Plaza was opened at Main Boulevard, Gulberg near Liberty roundabout adjacent to United Christian Hospital on Wednesday.
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif inaugurated the plaza with publicity blitz but failed to fulfill his commitment to construct other parking plazas at 9 places including Nila Gumbad, Sheranwala, Shadman, Moon Market and Macleod Road. First controversy started when Park & Ride Plaza was preferred to

Jolie downplays movie controversy

NEW YORK: Angelina Jolie has downplayed the controversy surrounding her Bosnian war movie, insisting she has the backing of the entire cast and the country’s leaders.
Jolie has stepped behind the camera for the first time for the as-yet-untitled wartime love story, which is set in the region and was shot in Hungary and Bosnia in October and November. The shoot was initially halted when Bosnian government officials revoked her filming permit after they misinterpreted the plot as a

Controversy over judges’ appointment deepens

ISLAMABAD: The controversy over the formation of the Judicial Commission of Pakistan (JCP) deepened further on Tuesday, as the treasury and opposition members in the Senate rejected the nominations for the parliamentary committee to be constituted under Article 175A for the appointment of judges.
Except the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q), members belonging to other parties joined hands to reject the nominations of PML-Q chief Chauhdry