Tag: Debate

IPL reignites country or club debate

NEW DELHI - A Sri Lanka cricket board demand that national players involved in the Indian Premier League (IPL) return to prepare for an England tour has reopened the long-running club versus country debate.
Eleven Sri Lankan cricketers are playing in the money-spinning IPL, including Tillakaratne Dilshan, who is likely to lead Sri Lanka in England with Kumar Sangakkara having resigned the captaincy after the World Cup.
Dilshan plays for the Royal Challengers Bangalore IPL

Senators demand debate on judges’ extension verdict

ISLAMABAD - Senators on Thursday demanded a debate on the Supreme Court's ruling against the decision of the parliamentary committee on judges' appointments. The committee had denied extension to four additional judges of the Lahore High Court, but the SC overturned the decision. Ishaq Dar proposed that a detailed judgment of the SC be discussed in the House and recommendations be submitted to the Parliamentary Committee on Constitutional Reforms to remove lacunae, if any, in the

Heated debate likely in NA session on 11th

ISLAMABAD - The National Assembly has been summoned to meet on April 11 at 4pm to discuss President Asif Zardari's fourth speech to the joint session of the parliament. A heated debate on the controversial release of Raymond Davis is likely to take the centre-stage while a long list of adjournment motions, privilege motions and some important bills will also be taken up during the session.
PML-Q MNAs, Marvi Memon, Faisal Saleh Hayat, Engr Amir Muqam and Humayun Saifullah Khan,

French religious leaders warn against Islam debate

PARIS - The leaders of France's six main religions warned the government on Wednesday against a planned debate on Islam they say could stigmatise Muslims and fuel prejudice as the country nears national elections next year.
Weighing in on an issue that is tearing apart President Nicolas Sarkozy's ruling UMP party, the Conference of French Religious Leaders said the discussion about respect for France's secular system could only spread confusion at a turbulent time.

LCCI will hold debate on economic challenges

LAHORE - The Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) will hold a dialogue regarding challenges on economic growth for Pakistan on Saturday (today) at its premises.
Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Dr Nadeemul Haq, LCCI President Shahzad Ali Malik, Senior Vice President Sheikh Mohammad Arshad, Mr Saqib Sherani, Dr Aslam, former Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) Chairman Tariq Hameed, Almas Haider and other top-notch business leaders are among the keynote

Gilani condemns murder, wants debate in NA

ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister (PM) Yousaf Raza Gilani condemned the assassination of Minorities Affairs Minister Shahbaz Bhatti' on Wednesday and told the National Assembly (NA) that terrorism and extremism were tarnishing the image of Islam as well as Pakistan. Members of the NA stood in silence for two minutes to mourn the slain minister. Gilani sought a debate in the NA to devise a national strategy to rid the country of terrorism. He proposed a meeting of the heads of parliamentary

Heated debate on Balochistan leaves Rabbani embarrassed

ISLAMABAD - Minister for Inter-Provincial Cooperation Mian Raza Rabbani on Monday had to face embarrassment after getting into an argument with former Balochistan governor Abdul Qadir Baloch for 'not resigning against the army operation by Musharraf regime'.
Soon after Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani delivered a policy statement on Balochistan, Lt Gen (r) Abdul Qadir Baloch, on a point of order, said the statement had no relevance with the ground realities of the troubled

Shekinah Ministries organizes debate

LAHORE - A Bible-centered debate was organized by Shekinah Ministries the other day in which Christians from five denominations (Catholic, Methodist, Anglican, Presbyterian, Pentecostal) joined together to explore the Biblical aspects of arranged and love marriage. This is the first time ever that such an issue has been examined in light of Christian religious views. Two teams were formulated, one for each stance.
The winning participants were: Aesnath Naeem, Nasir Sarfaraz,

South Korea wants UN debate on North Korea

SEOUL - South Korea made a fresh call on Tuesday for the United Nations Security Council to debate North Korea's uranium enrichment programme, which according to experts could produce more nuclear weapons.
The issue of UN referral will be discussed intensively when US Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg visits Seoul on Wednesday, said Foreign Minister Kim Sung-Hwan. He said it would also be raised when Alexei Borodavkin, Russia's chief negotiator to stalled six-party talks

Pre-budget debate opens – Opposition raps treasury for mismanagement

LAHORE - The government should not make false promises and fool the people through employing a jugglery of words, Punjab Assembly Opposition Leader Chaudhary Zaheer stated categorically while opening the pre-Budget General Discussion in the Punjab Assembly.
A discussion opened in the Punjab Assembly yesterday (Monday) calling house members to submit proposals for the fiscal budget 2011-12. The discussion is expected to continue for 4 consecutive days. Chaudhary Zaheer continuing

PR land scam – NA Secretariat reluctant to open debate on...

ISLAMABAD - The connivance of a top government functionary with the National Assembly Secretariat officials has thrice delayed a debate in the lower house on the report of special parliamentary committee on railways regarding a railway land lease scam despite a written request from two members of the committee.
Though the special parliamentary committee was constituted by NA Speaker Dr Fehmida Mirza herself in April 2008 to probe the leasing of Pakistan Railways land to a private

Pildat wants 90-day national budget debate

LAHORE - Budget session of National Assembly should be extended for 90 days which is necessary for meaningful input.
This was according to the suggestions given in the report on the Score Card of 13th National Assembly of Pakistan The 2nd year made by Pakistan Institute of Legislative Development And Transparency (PILDAT). The Discussion was organized on this report on Friday by PILDAT. The discussion was chaired by former speaker National Assembly Syed Fakhar Imam while

Eurozone bond debate rages ahead of EU summit

BRUSSELS: A dispute over creating joint eurozone bonds to help weak European nations threatened Wednesday to creep into an EU summit aimed at preventing future debt crises amid fresh fears over Spain's economy.
The head of eurozone finance ministers, Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker, said he may raise the issue when European Union leaders hold talks in Brussels on Thursday and Friday. Concerns about the eurozone's health deepened after Moody's ratings agency warned

Sweden’s far-right wants Islamist debate after blasts

STOCKHOLM: The far-right Sweden Democrats on Tuesday demanded a debate in parliament on Islamic extremism following the weekend's twin blasts in Stockholm that probably aimed to wreak carnage among Christmas shoppers.
"The Sweden Democrats demand a current debate in parliament about violence-prone Islamic extremism," said the party, which won its first parliamentary seats in September.
"The party proposes that the debate, due to large public interest, be held as soon as

Point scoring, personality clashes abound in Punjab Assembly

- Law Minister Rana Sanaullah and Labour Minister Ashraf Sohna swap allegations of point scoring, humiliating assembly members
Personality clashes and the point scoring resulted in heated arguments between lawmakers from the treasury and opposition benches in the Punjab Assembly's session on Friday.
The first brawl erupted when Dr Samia of the PML-Q expressed dissatisfaction over the governments' reply to non-payment of Rs 31 billion to government