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Berlusconi sex trial opens, immediately adjourned

Berlusconi sex trial opens, immediately adjourned

MILAN – Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s trial on charges he paid an underage teenager for sex opened on Wednesday and was adjourned until May 31 after a hearing that lasted just 10 minutes.
Berlusconi, who has suffered relatively limited political damage from the “Rubygate” case, did not attend the session, preferring to chair a ministerial meeting in Rome.
Crowds of critics and supporters sparred verbally outside the court over whether the 74-year-old should go

25th Lahore Book Fair opens today

LAHORE – The 25th Lahore International Book Fair 2011 will kick off today at Lahore Expo Center, Johar Town. Books from a wide range of categories will be presented for sale at the book fair which will continue till April 11. Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif will open the book fair that will have hundreds of stalls from India, England, America and Pakistan.

Truck art exhibition opens in Luton

LONDON – Bringing the cheerful and colourful face of Pakistan to the forefront, a fascinating exhibition of world famous truck art of Pakistan has been launched at the Stockwood Discovery Centre in Luton.
The launch event took place in the presence of Minister Political Pakistan High Commission Nafees Zakaria, Mayor of Luton Tom Shaw, Lord Qurban Hussain, Chairman Board of Trustees Luton Culture, Nick Gibson, Director for museums for Luton Culture Karen Perkins and a large number

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

Matloob Baig’s exhibition opens at Royaat Gallery

LAHORE – Lustrous marigolds dot the canvas of Matloob Baig’s centerpiece on display at Royaat Gallery’s latest show: “Changing Seasons”. The show, opening on March 24, seeks to capture the beauty of the ephemeral seasons. “Using a vibrant colour palate and vivid strokes, Matloob has captured wonderful movement in his landscapes, depicting the interplay between the wind and sunlight,” says Royaat Gallery Director Faryal Arif Latif. Baig, one of Pakistan’s most exciting painters,

Olympiad 2011 – 4-day LUMS Olympiad opens with a bang

LAHORE – The Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) Olympiad 2011 kicked-off at the LUMS Sports Complex on Tuesday. The event was attended by 700-750 participants. The Chief Guest for the function was Mian Yousaf Sallahuddin, maternal grandson of Allama Iqbal. He was a PPP MPA from 1988-1990 and a well known socialite and patron of arts. He is also known as a promoter of Lahore’s culture. The Chief Guest was accompanied by DRUMS Patron Asad Farooq and LMA Patron Ali Khan.

5 young artists’ art exhibition opens at Canvas Gallery

KARACHI – An art exhibition showcasing the works of five young artists opened at the Canvas Gallery on Tuesday. The show is being curated by eminent artist and educator Muhammad Ali Talpur; whereas the participating artists are Donia Kaiser, Farah Munawar, Fazal Rizvi, Shamsuddin and Suleman Khilji.
Kaiser said, “My work is about the absence of two members of my family – my father and my elder sister. It also depicts the struggle and journey of my mom.” The show includes Kaiser’s

Harry Potter London studio tour opens in 2012

LONDON – Harry Potter fans can catch a glimpse of how the movies were made starting in spring next year, when Hollywood studio Warner Bros. opens the doors of its Leavesden facilities where much of the franchise was filmed. Called Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter, the tour will feature original sets, costumes, props and effects used in all eight ‘Harry Potter’ movies. Among the exhibits on the three-hour tour is the set for the Great Hall at Hogwarts School

Voting for ‘uncelebrated heroes’ opens

LAHORE – The public are being invited to celebrate Pakistan’s everyday ‘heroes’ by voting online or by sending an SMS to select winners for the Azme Alishan Azm Awards 2011. The awards will be presented in Karachi on March 23. The idea is to celebrate ordinary unsung Pakistanis who have done something extraordinary. A final shortlist has been drawn up by a panel from which 10 Azm Award winners will be chosen. Members of the public have until March 9 to cast their votes by visiting

Barclays sub-branch opens at Diplomatic Enclave, Islamabad

ISLAMABAD – Adam Thomson, British High Commissioner, inaugurated a sub-branch of Barclays Bank in the Diplomatic Enclave, Islamabad. This sub-branch will support Barclays in serving the Diplomatic community and Development Organizations (DOs) better. Speaking on the occasion, the British High Commissioner said “I have observed Barclays impressive growth in Pakistan very keenly and with much appreciation.

Gen Kayani opens Kassa marble project

ISLAMABAD – Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani visited Zhob area in Balochistan and inaugurated the Kassa Hills Marble project, there on Monday.
Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Aslam Raisani, provincial cabinet members including Home Minister Zafarullah Zehri, notables and large number of locals also attended the ceremony, according to an ISPR statement issued here.
The Kassa Hills Marble project has been initiated by the Pakistan army with the cooperation of

‘Iqbal Hussain – His Vision 2011’ opens at Unicorn Gallery

KARACHI – The Unicorn Gallery launched Iqbal Hussain’s exhibition of artworks titled ‘Iqbal Hussain – His Vision 2011’ on Saturday, a press release issued by the gallery said. Hussain has held countless exhibitions at home and abroad. He has received a number of prizes and his works have been auctioned at Sotheby’s Art Auction House in London.
His artworks have been written about by Victoria Burnett, Tim McGirk, Elizabeth S Ghauri, Jan McGirk, Nicola Saunter, Quddus Mirza and

Khosa opens tulip flower show at Royal Palm

LAHORE – Punjab Governor Latif Khosa and his wife inaugurated first Tulip Flower Show 2011 at Royal Palm Golf and Country Club by on Tuesday. CEO, Royal Palm Ramzan Sheikh, Sitara e Imtiaz Head Rising Sun Institute for special children Parveen Tawab, horticulturist Nosheen Sarfraz, a large number of NCA students, over 200 flower lovers and 250 special children from the Rising Sun Institute were present at the occasion
After inauguration, the governor went round the Flower Arena

VU opens spring admissions

LAHORE – Virtual University of Pakistan has launched spring 2011 admission campaign. Currently, online admission link open for candidates intend to take admission towards Bachelor, MBA, MCS, MIT, Diploma & Certificate Courses. Classes for spring 2011 semester will commence from March 21, 2011. Details are available at www.vu.edu.pk.

Livestock expo opens today

KARACHI – Arrangements have been finalised to hold the first ever Sindh Livestock, Dairy, Fisheries and Poultry Expo at Karachi Expo Centre (February 7). Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad Khan will inaugurate the Expo on the first day, while Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah will visit the fair both days.
Adviser to CM on Investment Zubair Motiwala revealed this during his visit to Karachi Expo on Saturday. He said the entry to the mega exhibition will be free which will

PM opens yet another Pandora’s Box

ISLAMABAD – As the process of verification of educational documents of 1,168 members of the Senate, National and provincial assemblies remains incomplete despite the passage of more than eight months, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Saturday opened another Pandora’s Box by directing the Establishment Division to verify the degrees of all federal government employees by April 4.
Gilani asked the Establishment Division to verify the authenticity of educational degrees of the

CM opens Danish School in Hasilpur

LAHORE – Punjab chief minister said that the nation will have to stand on its own feet if it wanted to live with dignity in the international community, as no nation could prosper on aid and alms. He was addressing the inaugural ceremony of Danish School in Hasilpur on Thursday.
Ambassadors of different countries, Senator Pervaiz Rashid, Senior Advisor Sardar Zulfiqar Ali Khan Khosa, Education Minister of Sindh Pir Mazhar-ul-Haq, provincial ministers, members of assemblies,