Tag: Strikes

KESC strikes again with change of load shedding schedule

KARACHI - While the citizens of Karachi are braving the unabated power outages, the Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) has changed the schedule of load shedding by increasing the duration of outages.
Soon after the change of the schedule, many areas of the city have started facing the more hours of power breakdowns. Residents in various parts of Gulistan-e-Jauhar - including Mosamiat, Safoora Goth, Pehalwan Goth and Jauhar Chowrangi - reported bearing long hours of long load

Lahore turns white as hailstorm strikes

LAHORE - A white blanket covered Lahore on Saturday, as massive hailstorm hit the provincial metropolis. Lahoris had rarely seen such weather before and were equally surprised when it started to hail at around 5:15pm and in no time nearly everything in the city including streets, parks, house lawns, rooftops and porches were filled with ice balls.
The hailstorm also occupied parking areas and markets creating problems for motorists and pedestrians to travel from one place to the

Halt to drone strikes seen linked to Raymond Davis

ISLAMABAD - The United States has halted drone attacks on militants along Pakistan's western border in a development analysts believe is linked to the attempts to secure the release of a jailed US consular employee. After months of frequent strikes from unmanned US aircraft on militant hideouts in tribal areas, reports of covert strikes have gone quiet for over three weeks.
Many analysts believe Washington has stopped the attacks to avoid further inflaming anti-American fury in

Excise and Tax Dept strikes

LAHORE - Joining enemies of the Valentines Day, the Punjab Excise and Taxation Department on Monday rolled over its sleeves to check all Valentine parties, musical shows, dance functions and other entertainment events, which were being held without obtaining the valid No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the department.
The Pearl Continental Hotel, Royal Palm Golf and Country Club and the Park Plaza received NOCs to avoid any unpleasant situation during the Valentines Day. But

Punjab govt strikes a ‘clandestine deal’ with DHA

LAHORE - The face-off between Defense Housing Authority (DHA) and Punjab government on the jurisdiction issue is likely to end as Punjab government is heading to hush up the brawl on the directions of PML-N Chief Nawaz Sharif.
Sources privy to developments said that Punjab government and DHA had locked horns when the latter declared various lands in its controlled areas, through a notification published in the 2011 gazette of Pakistan and in return Punjab CM Shahbaz Sharif termed

Ronaldo strikes twice as Madrid rout Sociedad

MADRID - Real Madrid responded in style to Barcelona's record breaking, 16th consecutive league victory with Cristiano Ronaldo leading the way in a 4-1 win over Real Sociedad on Sunday. Ronaldo was charged up for the game after being criticised for not scoring in four matches and having seen Lionel Messi hit a hat-trick in Barcelona's 3-0 win over Atletico Madrid on Saturday.
That victory saw Pep Guardiola's side surpass the run of 15 victories set by Alfredo Di Stefano's Real

World Social Forum starts as turmoil strikes Arab world

DAKAR - Some 10,000 people marched through Dakar on Sunday at the start of the annual World Social Forum, an annual leftist gathering taking place as anti-government protests sweep the Arab world. The 11th edition of the forum, an alternative to the elite World Economic Forum held in the posh Swiss ski resort of Davos last week, brings together anti-globalisation activists opposed to capitalism.
This year participants are focusing on the popular revolt spreading across northern

Misfit Benzema strikes for Real

MADRID - Misfit striker Karim Benzema reminded Jose Mourinho of his talents on Sunday, scoring the 60th-minute goal in Real Madrid's 1-0 win over Real Mallorca which cut Barcelona's lead back to four points. Mourinho said Benzema, a 35-million euro signing from Lyon, needed to step up his game and the 23-year-old responded as Real made it a perfect 10 home wins.
Barcelona had piled on the pressure with a 3-0 home win over Racing Santander on Saturday to go seven points clear and

Govt strikes first wheat export deal in three years

SINGAPORE - Pakistan has resumed wheat exports for the first time in three years, selling cargoes to Bangladesh and Myanmar and more deals are likely as the nation takes advantage of rising global prices and surplus stocks at home, following last year's bumper harvest. The deals come as fears of global food inflation grow, with devastating floods damaging crops in Australia, forecasts of US corn inventories sliding to uncomfortable levels and dry weather hampering production in

MPs slam increasing drone strikes

ISLAMABAD - Calling drone strikes an assault on Pakistan's sovereignty, parliamentarians from both the treasury and opposition benches on Tuesday asked the government to call an all-parties' conference (APC) over the issue.
Speaking on a point of order, PPP-Sherpao President Aftab Ahmed Sherpao said the drone attacks were fueling militancy and terrorism across the country. "In 2010, a record number of drone attacks were carried out inside Pakistan. The government should clarify

CJ advises bars not to go on strikes

LAHORE - Lahore High Court Chief Justice Ijaz Ahmed Chaudhry asked the bar associations and lawyers' representatives to end their practice of protests at the courts all over Punjab because it hindered the process of dispensing justice to the masses.
"If there is a need for a strike then it should be only for one hour as a token strike. The strikes aim at bringing an issue in the notice of higher authorities and this purpose can be served with a token strike," said Ijaz while

FC IG slams prospects of drone strikes in Balochistan

QUETTA: Newly appointed Balochistan Frontier Corps Inspector General Major General Obaidullah Khan said on Saturday that there was no need of drone strikes in the province and the allied forces should focus on Afghanistan to eradicate terrorism.
Addressing his first press conference after assuming charge at Frontier Corps headquarters, he said that if Balochistan were targeted, it would be a part of a conspiracy to destabilize it and the people of Balochistan would severely react

S Korea boosts defences as North warns of more strikes

YEONPYEONG ISLAND: South Korea said on Thursday it would send more troops and guns to frontline islands, as North Korea warned it could follow up this week's deadly shelling with more attacks.
Pyongyang's fresh warning came as a US aircraft carrier headed for the tense peninsula to join war games to be staged as a show of force to the nuclear-armed communist state.
The North's unprecedented artillery bombardment of Yeonpyeong Island on Tuesday killed two marines and two

14 killed in 4 drone strikes in NWA

PESHAWAR: At least 14 people, including suspected militants, were killed and several others inured when US drones targeted four vehicles in separate attacks in North Waziristan Agecny on Wednesday.
The first attack took place in Qutabkhel area close to Miranshah, the agency headquarter.
Four people aboard a vehicle were killd in the attack.
Locals said the four bodies of suspected militants were beyond recognition.
The second attack came two-and-a-half hours

Three die as suicide bomber strikes Swabi police lines

PESHAWAR: Three people, including two police constables, were killed and another eight injured in a suicide attack at Swabi Police Lines on Monday. The bomber blew himself up outside the Shah Mansoor compound of the police lines.
According to details, four assailants, including the suicide bomber, arrived at the lines by a car and opened indiscriminate fire at the police guards at the gate, killing two officials.
The attackers then tried to enter the lines, but officials