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Silence Zones drive smothered

City District Government Lahore (CDGL) has deserted the Silence Zones campaign intended to develop noise-free zones in the city in a bid to check noise pollution reaching alarming levels in the city.

NBA Playoffs Preview – Heat out to silence critics as playoffs begin

TORONTO – After a sluggish start to the season, the Miami Heat’s All-Star trio of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh have silenced their critics and head into the playoffs among the favourites to win an NBA title.
One of the most talented fields in recent memory will open the playoffs this weekend when 16 teams start a gruelling push toward the NBA Finals where the eventual champion will have made it through four best-of-seven-games series.
The Los Angeles Lakers are

A Hameed’s silence

LAHORE – A Hameed lies on a bed, breathing raspily into an oxygen mask. His son stands outside, looking at his father grow fainter and fainter, his own heart sinking with heaviness as he tries to remember him in better times. “My father has been suffering from chest problems for some years now,” says Masood Hameed. “He even contracted pneumonia which has been recurring in the form of attacks. In fact, during the past three months, he has been admitted four times in the hospital.”

Hundreds join hands to break ‘silence’ that ‘means more blood’

KARACHI – Hundreds of politicians, journalists, lawyers and civil society activists signed letters for Citizens for Democracy’s interfaith harmony campaign ‘Silence means more blood’ on Saturday.
They joined hands against increasing religious extremism and terrorist activities in Pakistan, and demanded that the assassins of Salmaan Taseer and Shahbaz Bhatti be apprehended, charged, tried and punished like other criminals.
A camp was set up in front of the Jehangir Kothari

Swann wants England to silence crowd

NAGPUR – Graeme Swann wants to silence the passionate home crowd when England face World Cup co-hosts India in Bangalore on Sunday. The Ashes-winning off-spinner returned to international action for the first time since the birth of his son with an impressive two for 35 during England’s tournament-opening six-wicket win over the Netherlands on Tuesday.
But the 31-year-old’s bowling was one of the few highlights in a lacklustre display in the field littered with dropped catches

In Syria, the silence before the storm?

DAMASCUS – On the surface all is calm in Syria, tightly ruled by the same authoritarian party for half a century, despite the upheaval in several of its Arab neighbours. Below, ordinary Syrians are quietly captivated by the tumult.
The government has barely commented on the six days of unprecedented protests against Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, and its control over the media has stifled public reaction in a country struggling with similar poverty and unemployment.

Relieved South Africa critical of silence on Mandela’s health

JOHANNESBURG – After heaving a sigh of relief at the news that Nelson Mandela had been discharged from hospital, South Africans turned to asking Saturday why there had been a two-day shroud of silence on his health. Mandela was discharged from Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg on Friday, ending almost 48 hours of anxiety that began Wednesday afternoon when his foundation said the 92-year-old anti-apartheid hero was in hospital for “routine tests”.
When the government finally broke

Silence in the streets

LAHORE – All major markets of the city were closed on Wednesday in condolence of the slain Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer.
Provincial government’s offices, educational institutions, business centres and markets at The Mall, Hall Road, Gulberg, Abid Market and Liberty Market remained closed. The small markets at Model Town Link Road, Township, Garden Town, Iqbal Town and Shalimar areas remained opened. Customer count remained low at the markets, which were open. “There was hardly

Former IPL boss Modi breaks silence

NEW DELHI: The former head of the Indian Premier League has said he is the victim of a “witch hunt”, in his first major interview since being forced from office, amid a barrage of corruption allegations.
Lalit Modi, the brash driving force behind the money-spinning IPL, was removed as the chairman of the hugely popular cricket tournament and other senior positions in the national game in September.
Last month India’s cricket body, the Board of Control for Cricket in India

Obama’s visit to India – BJP worried by silence on Pakistan

NEW DELHI: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Saturday said US President Barack Obama missed a chance to connect with the Indian people by not denouncing Pakistan for exporting terror to India.
“Obama’s first speech at the Taj hotel, which saw the biggest terror attack on India, was disappointing. We were expecting a hard-hitting statement from the US president on 26/11,” BJP spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy said, referring to the 2008 terror attack.
Obama avoided any mention of