Tag: Keeps

Sarwan keeps cool as Windies eye last eight

MOHALI - Grizzled veteran Ramnaresh Sarwan, who knows the difference between a new West Indies golden age and another false dawn, is refusing to ponder a World Cup quarter-final spot just yet. The 30-year-old, with 162 ODIs under his belt as well as more than 5,000 runs, believes the West Indies cannot take anything for granted despite being in touching distance of the last eight.
Victory over Ireland on Friday would virtually assure qualification but Sarwan is wary of the

MQM keeps all options open

KARACHI - Among the mainstream parties operating in Sindh, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) is the smartest and most shrewd operator - and for this reason, comes across as slippery. The MQM's official posturing, till now, has been to distance itself from the politicking of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), but Monday's Sindh Assembly session proved that there is more than meets the eye.
More hand a dozen MPAs from the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) slammed the crafty

Political tension keeps KSE sagging

KARACHI - The local bourse saw another day of lackluster activity triggered by mounting political uncertainty on the local and international front. Investors were wary to invest and traded, as PML-N's agenda implementation deadline neared the finish line.
Furthermore, US-Pak diplomatic ties remained on a brink following the recent diplomatic row of Raymond Davis, while deteriorating situation in the Middle East spurred fear of foreign selling. News, over the weekend, regarding

SBP keeps policy rate at 14pc

KARACHI - The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has decided to keep its policy rate unaltered at 14 percent for the upcoming two months, February and March, of the current fiscal year. The decision came under special circumstances as the central bank is closely watching and expecting the country's political leadership to take responsible measures to jointly devise a strategy or agenda.
The central bank has allowed the cost of borrowing to stay at 14 percent following an agreement with

Trott keeps England’s ODI hopes alive

ADELAIDE - Jonathan Trott scored a century and took his first one-day international wicket as England beat Australia by 21 runs at the Adelaide Oval on Wednesday to keep the series alive. Trott made 102 of England's impressive 299 for eight, then capped his night when he had David Hussey caught by Ian Bell for 28 in the 35th over just as the home side looked set for a late push for a series-clinching win on Australia Day.
Cameron White was then caught by Michael Yardy in the

PACRA keeps IFS rating of Adamjee Life Insurance

KARACHI - The Pakistan Credit Rating Agency (PACRA) has maintained the Insurer Financial Strength (IFS) rating of Adamjee Life Assurance Company Limited (ALAC) at "A" (Single A). The rating denotes ALAC's strong capacity to meet policyholder and contract obligations.
At the same time, risk factors are moderate and impact of any adverse business and economic factors is expected to be limited. The rating reflects Adamjee Life's association with financially sound business groups -

Determined Kim keeps focus

MELBOURNE - Third seed Kim Clijsters admitted it was difficult to keep her focus as former world number one Dinara Safina's game fell apart during the first round of the Australian Open on Tuesday. Tournament favourite Clijsters destroyed Safina 6-0, 6-0 in just 44 minutes on the Rod Laver Arena, a loss that the Russian later called "embarrassing".
"When you feel that your opponent is not playing their best tennis, you really just try not to focus on that too much," Clijsters

Riyadh keeps blackout on ousted Tunisian president

JEDDAH - Saudi Arabia on Sunday kept a total blackout on the activities of ousted Tunisian president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali who has fled to the Gulf state. Officials and the media kept a lid on the presence of the deposed leader, who landed early on Saturday in the Red Sea city of Jeddah with six members of his family, according to a Saudi source. In a palace statement later the same day, Saudi Arabia said the move was "out of concern for the exceptional circumstances facing the

PPP’s CEC keeps Benazir’s murder report under wraps

LAHORE - The Pakistan People's Party central executive committee (CEC) on Sunday postponed bringing out the report on the investigation into the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, deciding to take up the report at the CEC's next meeting, Law Minister Babar Awan said.
He said the president would announce the date of the next CEC meeting after holding consultations with party leaders. PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari will also be attending the next meeting, which will give a final

A container confiscation a day, keeps freight away

KARACHI: The provincial law enforcement agencies (LEAs) are indirectly inflicting massive losses on the shipping industry by using empty containers to block roads as part of their security measures during annual congregations like Muharram processions, Pakistan Today has learnt.
Sources in the shipping industry said that it has become a routine matter for the police department to use scores of containers for blocking link roads on the routes of huge gatherings.
The police

Hopkins claims robbery as Pascal keeps crown

QUEBEC CITY: Bernard Hopkins declared he was robbed of becoming the oldest major world champion in boxing history Saturday when he had to settle for a majority draw against Haitian-born Canadian Jean Pascal.
Pascal inflicted the first two knockdowns suffered by Hopkins in 16 years to keep his World Boxing Council light heavyweight crown before a sellout crowd at Le Colisee that booed the deadlocked verdict with the 45-year-old American.
After 12 rounds a US judge gave

Canadian law keeps Musharraf from beating up protesters

TORONTO: After a bunch of people raised slogans against him the other day, former president Pervez Musharraf said he would have asked his party workers to 'beat up' the demonstrators had he not been afraid of Canada's law. Musharraf made these comments while addressing a convention of his party, the All Pakistan Muslim League (APML), in Toronto.
According to media reports, he claimed that Osama bin Laden had provided the funds that allowed Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz chief

Higuain strike keeps Real in pole position

MADRID: Real Madrid remain top of the Primera Liga after Gonzalo Higuain scored the only goal of a hard fought battle filled with tension against Sporting Gijon on Sunday.
With Barcelona provisionally overtaking them on the top of the table on Saturday after a 3-1 win over Villarreal the onus was on Real Madrid to respond against Sporting.
And the atmosphere had already been stoked up after Sporting coach Manolo Preciado reacted angrily to quotes from his Real counterpart

Folk Heritage Museum keeps tradition alive

The Folk Heritage Museum of Islamabad, frequented by a large number of people, preserves the traditional culture and offers an enchanting journey through splendid civilizations of all the four provinces.
Catering to the pluralistic society of Islamabad, the museum documents the change in culture and tradition starting from the Indus civilization to postmodern times.
A walk down the galleries gives one the impression of passing through different areas of the country in