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Hafeez Shaikh confident of fresh energy investment

WASHINGTON – Finance Minister Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh expressed confidence of new foreign investment flowing into Pakistan’s energy sector as he wrapped up four days of meetings with leaders of international financial institutions, his counterparts and US officials. “I think our message about vast business opportunities in Pakistan, the government’s liberal investment regime and policy to facilitate the private sector has been well received,” he told those at a press conference.

GCU holds fresh flower exhibition

LAHORE – Government College University (GCU) Horticulture Society held a fresh flower exhibition at the varsity’s Abdus Salam Hall on Monday. The exhibition’s theme was ‘Flowers signify everything that is positive in this world: life, beauty, love and happiness’ Students from Kinnaird College, Government Gulberg College for Women, Islamia College and Fatima Jinnah College put flowers on display decorated in stylish handmade baskets, pots and pans.
GCU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr

Fresh polls only solution to problems: Baloch

TOBA TEK SINGH – Jamaat-e-Islami Secretary General Liaquat Baloch has said that fresh general elections were the only solution to the problems being faced by the country as the present democratic setup has failed to deliver and solve the problems of the people.
Addressing a press conference at the local JI office in Garden Town the other day, he stated that President Asif Ali Zardari should quit the presidential slot as he was not acceptable to the nation. He also demanded the

Cameron seeking a “fresh start”

ISLAMABAD – British Prime Minister David Cameron called for a new start in relations with Pakistan on Tuesday, eight months after sparking a diplomatic row by saying Pakistan should not be allowed to “look both ways” on terrorism.
Cameron, who made those controversial comments on a trip to India in July 2010, will meet Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani in Islamabad, seeking to improve co-operation on counter-terrorism operations and

Fresh Afghan protests erupt over Quran burning

JALALABAD – More than 1,000 Afghans took to streets on Monday to protest against the burning of a Quran by an American pastor, pushing angry protests into a fourth day, witnesses said.
Witnesses told AFP by telephone that there were more than 1,000 people, almost all men, protesting in Mehterlam, east of the Afghan capital Kabul.
They shouted “death to America — long live Islam,” one witness said.
“There are demonstrations. It started from Alingar district and now

Smith faces fresh wave of choker accusations

DHAKA – At the start of the World Cup South Africa captain Graeme Smith finally snapped when he was asked yet again about his team’s reputation for choking in the big games. “So you have been out in the middle, you will understand that?,” Smith replied. The room fell silent. After Friday’s quarter-final loss to New Zealand, a fifth World Cup knockout defeat in as many matches, Smith was gloomily braced for an even more virulent wave of criticism.
“When the team gets onto the

‘Book of Mormon’ fresh, funny and sweet

NEW YORK – Anyone who saw ‘South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut’ should not be surprised to learn that Trey Parker and Matt Stone appear genuinely to love musicals even as they subvert them. What’s perhaps less expected is that while ‘The Book of Mormon’ packs plenty of blissful profanity, sacrilege and politically incorrect mischief, the defining quality of this hugely entertaining show is its sweetness. Teaming with Robert Lopez, who co-wrote the music and lyrics for ‘Avenue Q,’

Fresh defections latest blow to Yemen’s leader

SANAA – Unrelenting anti-government protests and fresh defections among the ruling elite added to the pressure on Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down after 32 years in power. Saleh, a US ally in the confrontation with al Qaeda, was asking for mediation from neighbouring Saudi Arabia, but there was no immediate response that might defuse the crisis. One opposition leader offered him the prospect of secure retirement if, like Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, he would go

Corporate profits set to fall after fresh taxes

KARACHI – Preliminary analysis indicates that the new tax imposed by the government will erode profits by an average of two percent in FY11 on individual companies at the Karachi Stock Exchange, while the fiscal deficit is expected to cap in the vicinity of six percent, a figure which is deemed sufficient to mitigate the need of greater deficit financing.
However, the introduction of GST on fertiliser, pesticides, in tandem with the flood tax is likely to have a negative bearing

SMEDA chief urges fresh thinking

MULTAN – Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA) Chief Executive Yousuf Naseem Khokhar has suggested the formation of a working group comprising representatives of the federal government, Punjab and farmer associations to generate fresh thinking and to ensure the profitable utilisation of Agro Food Processing (AFP) facilities in Multan.
Addressing a seminar at AFP, which includes a mango pulp plant, the SMEDA chief said that governments are not supposed to run

Fiery Tait eager for fresh dust up

BANGALORE – Australia fast bowler Shaun Tait has said he hopes his dust-up with Sri Lanka’s Tillakaratne Dilshan is the stuff of things to come at the World Cup as he tries to get under the skin of batsmen. There was time during last Saturday’s Colombo washout for slingshot speedster Tait and the dashing Dilshan to exchange a few heated words. In the second over of the match, Dilshan edged Tait through the slip cordon for a first-ball boundary — something rarely appreciated by any

PFF to launch fresh struggle from 5th

KARACHI – The Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum (PFF) has announced initiating a fresh struggle from March 5 against the ill-treatment of the coastal communities of Thatta district. A PFF activist Taj Muhammad Thahimor has gone missing since January 22.
PFF Chairman Muhammad Ali Shah along with other activists visited the family of the missing fisherman in Jati town and assured them of Thahimor’s safe recovery. The unexpected disappearance of the coastal area activist is a fresh incident

India’s government looks for fresh start

NEW DELHI – Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh looked to put his government’s recent corruption troubles behind him and make up for lost time as a new parliamentary session opened on Monday. Opposition parties wrecked the last session of 2010 by holding protests every day demanding a probe into the fraud-tainted sale of telecom licences in 2008 that could have cost the country up to $40 billion.
In a bid to end the deadlock, the government has reportedly agreed to hold a

Palestinians to make fresh UN anti-settlement bid

RAMALLAH – The Palestinians plan to make another attempt to seek United Nations condemnation of Israeli settlement, after the US torpedoed a motion at the Security Council, a senior official said on Saturday. Yasser Abed Rabbo, general secretary of the Palestine Liberation Organisation said that Palestinian leaders had decided to take a fresh bid before the world body’s General Asembly, which convenes in New York in September.
“Our decision now is to go to the General Assembly of

SSP orders fresh security plan for banks

FAISALABAD – Following two cases of daylight bank robberies in Faisalabad in 10 days, SSP (Operations) Dr Usman Anwar has laid down a special strategy by assigning the security responsibility of the banks to the respective SHOs who will be held responsible for any robbery.
The police officers were directed to visit the banks and take action against the bank managers who would fail to implement the security parameters such as burglary alaram system, sniper point, closed-circuit TV

Bayliss wants Murali fresh for World Cup

COLOMBO – Sri Lankan coach Trevor Bayliss stressed the need for veteran off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan to be fresh for Sri Lanka’s World Cup bid. The record-holding wicket-taker in both Test and one-day cricket was rested for Sri Lanka’s opening warm up match against the Netherlands on Saturday, which the hosts won by a comfortable 156 runs.
“Murali is getting towards the end of his career and we want to make sure that he is mentally and physically fresh to play the game we