LAHORE – The final of the Patron’s Trophy Grade-II Tournament between UBL and Medicam ended in a draw at the Pindi Stadium Tuesday. UBL were declared the winners of the title on the basis of their first innings lead after the match was badly marred by rain. Only the opening day, no play was possible and the following two days were washed out while on the final day, only two overs were bowled. Medicam resumed their innings at 148 for 9 and were bowled out for 153 in 44.5 overs. With
Situationer – A symbol of terror in Khyber Agency, Lashkar-e-Islam chief Mangal Bagh has finally lost influence in the area and slipped into the border regions of Afghanistan for survival. Across the border in Afghanistan, Mangal has sought shelter with an alleged drug trafficker of the Shinwari tribe.
In recent history of Khyber Agency, Mangal became the third militant chief to exercise high influence, but has now finally witnessed his collapse. Emerging as a militant leader
LAHORE – Red Bull Tum Tum Pa, a worldwide freestyle university drumming competition, locally in collaboration with Ufone’s Uth Records and City FM 89, its official radio partner, saw its third and final day on Saturday in Lahore at the UCP.
Farhad Humayun, the judge, was seen allotting points to each participating group, based on rhythm. Students packed the hall and contestants did their best to impress the judges. In the end, a group, ‘Chaar Payee’, succeeded in collecting the
ISLAMABAD – Pakistan’s premier annual telecom and IT event, the fourth Pakistan Telecommunication Conference 2011 (TeleCON) concluded here on Tuesday. The participants of the conference recommended that it was time for Pakistan to deploy economically sustainable technologies to enhance communication and trigger robust economic growth.
It was jointly organised by Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and the Pakistan Software Houses Association (PASHA). PTA Chairman Muhammad
LAHORE – The 25th International Book Fair ended at the Lahore Expo Centre on Sunday. The book fair had attracted a large number of people for five consecutive days where more than 160 foreign and local publishers had displayed their stalls.
Punjab Governor Punjab Latif Khosa visited the fair on its concluding day. Earlier various imminent personalities including Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif had also visited the fair.
LAHORE – Various teaching hospitals of Punjab are returning to normal after a 38 days strike called by young doctors demanding a substantial increase in their salaries came to end. Patients were treated in emergencies and outdoor patients departments while major and minor surgical procedures were also performed by doctors expect at Services Hospital and Children’s Hospital, where a number of patients faced a lot of difficulties during treatment.
According to sources, around 2,200
ISLAMABAD – The employees of the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) Saturday ended their strike after the authorities assured them of fulfilling their demands. The FDE employees had gone on strike on Friday to press the authorities concerned to withdraw termination orders of some high officials of the Directorate. They had also objected to the perks enjoyed by the Chairperson FDE, Dr Shaheen Khan. On Saturday, the authorities assured the FDE employees that their demands would be
KARACHI – “At least they put on a fight and did not go down disgracefully. But this defeat is hard to swallow because it was against India,” said 30-year-old Ali, dismayed over the failure of the Pakistan cricket team to reach the World Cup final.
This summed up the gloom that descended upon the city on Wednesday night as the citizens – distraught with the 29-run defeat of the Pakistan cricket team to its arch-rivals India – returned home from several spots, where large screens
YANGON – Myanmar’s military made way for a nominally civilian government after almost half a century in power Wednesday, as the junta was disbanded and a new president talked of a “changing era.”
But the army hierarchy retains a firm grip on power in the resource-rich Southeast Asian country, and many analysts believe strongman Senior General Than Shwe will attempt to retain some sort of control behind the scenes.
The handover came after widely-panned elections last November
AHMEDABAD – Australia captain Ricky Ponting was devastated by the end of his side’s 12-year reign as world champions, but found comfort in making a century in his World Cup swansong. Ponting’s 104 was the cornerstone of Australia’s 260 for six, an innings that also featured 53 from opener Brad Haddin and a brisk unbeaten 38 from the recalled David Hussey.
But it was not enough with India, roared on by a capacity crowd of more than 42,000, making 261 for five thanks mainly to an
LOS ANGELES – A charitable group backed by pop star Madonna has scrapped its plan to build a school for impoverished girls in Malawi due to mismanagement. The organisation, Raising Malawi, has ousted its board of directors and replaced its members with a new set of officials that includes Madonna and her manager. “A thoughtful decision has been made to discontinue plans for the Raising Malawi Academy for Girls, as it was originally conceived,” Michael Berg, co-founder of Raising
LAHORE – A training workshop on “Media Management and Effective Communication for Livestock Extension Services” successfully achieved its goals. The Punjab Livestock and Dairy Development Department, in collaboration with National Rural Support Program (NRSP), organised a 3-day training workshop from March 3 to March 5, 2011 in Islamabad. The main objective of this workshop was to train the professionals and district officers in media management skills and communication process. The
ISLAMABAD – The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) remained locked in consultation for around three hours late on Tuesday night to sort out their differences, with President Asif Ali Zardari making a last ditch effort to save the coalition by calling MQM chief Altaf Hussain and assuring him that all differences between the two parties would be removed. A source told Pakistan Today that the meeting ended on a positive note as both parties agreed to
LAHORE – Government College University (GCU) Vice Chancellor (VC) Dr Khalid Aftab’s 18-year tenure officially ends today and Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif has ruled out the chance of any extension in his tenure. University officials and educationists are wondering who will be given the charge of GCU’s additional VC, in Dr Aftab’s absence.
GCU sources said Dr Aftab was reluctant to hand over the charge to anybody till the formal appointment of a VC, for which the
KARACHI -Information technology (IT) laboratories set up in 206 schools and colleges of the province have stopped functioning after district officials used their influence to shift their equipment to their own offices and residences. The Sindh Education Department had set up the laboratories under a four-year project – IT Computer Science, Teachers, Laboratory In-charges and Computer Laboratories – launched in 2005 and completed by 2009.
The purpose of the project was to
HAMBANTOTA – Former Pakistan skipper Younis Khan celebrated his first ever World Cup half century on Wednesday as he helped the side to a commanding total of 317-7 against Kenya. The 33-year-old scored 50, one of four half-centuries in the Pakistan innings along with Kamran Akmal, Misbah-ul-Haq and Umar Akmal.
“It is my first 50 in the World Cup. This is my third World Cup so I’m happy about that,” said Younis, whose previous best Cup score had been 32. He said he was happy with
KARACHI – The KSE-100 Index tumbled a massive 315.30 points spurred by massive battering of world markets, led by unrest in the Middle East. All major sectors closed in the red zone. Market rumours of foreign funds selling took its toll as investors had kept a vigilant eye on the deteriorating local political scenario after PPP and the PML (N) failed to reach consensus on economic reforms.
Weakened local sentiments were supplemented by foreign investors offloading their holding,