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WAPDA grab opening day honours in National Athletics

LAHORE – The 43rd National Athletics Championship started here at the Punjab Stadium on Tuesday morning. The event is sponsored by Pepsi. PML-Q League Parliamentarian Humayoun Akhtar was the chief guest of the opening ceremony. Apart from the heat categories of different disciplines, four finals were decided on the opening day of the meet. Bilqees Hashami of WAPDA won the gold medal in females pole vault. She dashed in the height of 2.30 metres. She was followed by Army’s Sidra Bashir

Nadal in command on clay with opening win

MONTE CARLO – Rafael Nadal stormed past Finn Jarkko Nieminen 6-2, 6-2 Wednesday to begin the quest for an unprecedented seventh consecutive title at the Monte Carlo Masters. Spain’s top-seeded king of clay, who lost his only match in the principality in 2003, spent just 69 minutes in putting out Nieminen, who dropped the first ten points of the one-way contest. Third seed Andy Murray was due on court in a second-round opener against Czech Radek Stepanek as the Scot tries for his first

Chennai win opening IPL match

NEW DELHI – Fine all-round show by Chennai Super Kings players guided them to a thrilling two-run victory over Kolkata Knight Riders in the 2011 IPL opener at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Friday.
Manoj Tiwary took Kolkata towards victory, after few quick setbacks in the middle, as he scored a flashy 15-ball 27 that included four boundaries and two sixes. Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin gave Chennai Super Kings crucial breakthrough as he got rid of Kolkata Knight

World’s highest hotel opens in Hong Kong

HONG KONG – The world’s highest hotel opened its doors in Hong Kong on Tuesday, housed in the city’s tallest skyscraper and offering unrivalled panoramic views of the world famous Victoria Harbour.
Towering some 490 metres (1,600 feet) above the bustling, chaotic streets of the Southern Chinese city, the Ritz-Carlton Hotel is making a grand comeback after temporarily closing in 2008.
Visitors peered out of the floor-to-ceiling windows of the 118th floor of the International

Guard, Pony Express win on opening day

LAHORE – The Spring Polo Cup 2011 rolled into action here on Tuesday with wins for Guard Group and Pony Express on the opening day at the Lahore Polo Club ground. Hamza Mawaz Khan starred for Guard Group with five goals, and was supported by Taimur Ali Malik and Zain Khan Khakwani, who shared one goal each as Guard Group beat Newage Cables 7-4. Newage Cables scored through Adnan Jalil Azam, Shah Shamyl Alam and Shaukat Ali Malik, with Shamyl getting two goals.
In the other match,

England keep opening choice under wraps

CHITTAGONG – England captain Andrew Strauss is staying tight-lipped over his new opening partner for the World Cup clash against Bangladesh amid growing speculation over who it will be.
Strauss needs a new partner for the rest of the tournament after Kevin Pietersen, who had opened in the first four matches, returned home to undergo hernia surgery. “I am very clear in my mind who will open, but will not say before the game has started,” Strauss said ahead of Friday’s day-night

Hafeez sees end to Pakistan’s opening misery

PALLEKELE – Pakistan batsman Mohammad Hafeez admitted on Monday that he and fellow struggling opener Ahmed Shahzad have let their team down, but a World Cup blitz could be just one innings away. Hafeez and Shahzad have managed opening partnerships of 11, 28 and 16 in three matches so far, a performance which captain Shahid Afridi and coach Waqar Younis have already insisted must improve.
Despite the lack of good starts, Pakistan’s middle-order has fired to help the team win all

Adams to play at WC opening ceremony

Bryan Adams is to thrill cricket fans by performing at the opening of the World Cup in Bangladesh later this month – and he’ll celebrate by following up with his first ever gig in the country’s capital, Dhaka.
The Canadian rocker is due to tour India in the days before the ICC Cricket World Cup and he’s agreed to travel to neighbouring Bangladesh to play three songs at the event’s opening ceremony on 17 February.
He will then stay overnight in Dhaka before performing his

Fun-filled opening greets IEEE week at FAST

LAHORE – The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (IEEE) – FAST National University (FAST NU) WEEK 2011 opened yesterday (Monday) at FAST-NU Lahore. IEEE-FAST NU- WEEK is a 6 days long event full of fun filled activities and competitions for engineering students which enable them to polish their creativity and scientific knowledge.
Events spreading over the entire week have been planned in collaboration with National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences

Deal on Afghan parliament opening ‘in question’

KABUL – A deal between Afghan President Hamid Karzai and rebel lawmakers on opening the country’s new parliament looked in doubt on Sunday amid disagreement over a special tribunal on electoral fraud.
It had seemed that constitutional crisis in the war-torn country had been averted after lawmakers said late on Saturday that Karzai, under heavy pressure from the West, had dropped a plan to delay parliament’s opening by a month.
But now lawmakers are rejecting a key condition

PPP leader of Arbab shoe-hit fame demands immediate opening of SBBMC

KARACHI – PPP leader Agha Javed Pathan, who became famous after hitting former Sindh chief minister Dr Arbab Ghulam Rahim with a shoe, is annoyed with his party’s top leaders for delaying the opening of the Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Medical College (SBBMC) in Lyari.
“The ongoing fight among PPP leaders over the appointment of their favourite principal is delaying the opening of this important medical college,” said Pathan, adding that he was recently appointed as public relation

Opening hearts and closing a department for illegal immigrants

KARACHI – The Sindh government had announced forming the department of Illegal Immigrants Affairs (IIA) in May 2008 and a provincial minister was also appointed to oversee the department; however, after the passage of almost three years, a secretary, a section officer or a clerk have yet to be appointed.
Sources told Pakistan Today that the IIA department seems to be a “dumped department” of the provincial government.
Sindh receives a higher number of illegal immigrants than

Asia hold Europe at bay on Royal Trophy opening day

HUA HIN – Japanese teen phenomenon Ryo Ishikawa beat Italy’s Matteo Manassero in the battle of the young guns on Friday to help Asia to a 2-2 tie with Europe after the opening day of the Royal Trophy. The 19-year-old Ishikawa, a nine-time winner on the Japan Tour, teamed up with good friend Shunsuke Sonoda to overcome Manassero, 17, and Spain’s Pablo Martin by 3 and 2 in the alternate-shot foursomes at Black Mountain Golf Club.
Europe player/captain Colin Montgomerie partnered

Pakistan slight favourites for opening T20

LAHORE – Pakistan have a superior record in T20 cricket but that will be tested when they come face to face against New Zealand in the first T20 game in conditions much different than at home. The greenshirts gave a poor batting display in their practice T20 game but the intensity will definitely pick up once the serious business starts today.
Pakistan are expected to open the innings with skipper Shahid Afridi which can be a good move as a brisk start by Afridi at the top can

NBP dominate on opening day

LAHORE – Wapda managed to score 227 runs on the opening day of the 10th round of Quaid-e-Azam Trophy match against SNGPL here at the LCCA ground on Saturday.
Wapda reached the score in 63 overs and by the close of play SNGPL were playing at 25 with their two batsmen back to the pavilion in the 12th over.
For Wapda, Shoaib Maqsood and Alo Azmat were the saviours while Asad Ali and Yasir Shah shared four wickets.
Brief Scores:
WAPDA 227 in 63 overs (Sohaib