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CM takes action on PT’s report

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Shareef has taken action on a story published in “Pakistan Today” concerning Wazirabad Institute of Cardiology regarding the suspension of work on this mega project. The P&D secretary,

Levinson takes on Gotti story

‘Rain Man’ director Barry Levinson has signed on to tell a big-screen story about the John Gotti crime family. Academy Award winner Levinson is directing ‘Gotti: Three Generations,’ which stars John Travolta

Pay-raise takes toll on ailing economy

KARACHI – ILL planned policy announcements made by the federal and provincial governments during the current fiscal year which critics allege are politically-motivated have started taking a toll on ailing national economy. Giving a 50 and 15 percent raise, respectively, in the salaries and pensions of government employees in the center and provinces, the critics opine that the decision that was apparently worker-friendly but ‘irrational’ if analysed in the context of present cash

Zardari takes party on board over national govt

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan Peoples Party’s Co-chairman President Asif Ali Zardari on Tuesday took his party’s parliamentary leaders into confidence on the government’s talks with other political parties for formation of a broad-based government, including the inclusion of the PML-Q into the federal cabinet.
Addressing PPP MNAs at the presidency on Tuesday, Zardari said the PPP would continue its march towards strengthening democracy and state institutions besides putting economy back

Shahbaz takes up drone issue with China

BEIJING – Drone attacks are causing deaths of hundreds of innocent citizens and had become a serious issue for Pakistan, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif told office-bearers of the Chinese Communist Party on Monday, adding that mistakes of former rulers had turned Pakistan from a land of peace into a hotbed of terrorism. Addressing the event, Shahbaz said every drone attack bred a new batch of terrorists.
Earlier, Shahbaz was accorded a warm welcome by the senior leadership

Ouattara takes charge after Ivory Coast victory

ABIDJAN – President Alassane Ouattara stamped his new authority on Ivory Coast on Thursday, as troops formerly loyal to his ousted rival Laurent Gbagbo flocked to his banner despite ongoing violence.
United Nations peacekeeping chief Alain Le Roy told reporters in New York there was however still fighting and “quite a lot of looting” despite Ouattara’s victory over Gbagbo’s attempt to cling to power. “There are still people with arms, it is still dangerous but there are no more

‘Scream 4’ takes a stab at relaunching the franchise

LOS ANGELES – Nearly six years ago, ‘Scream’ horror director Wes Craven said he didn’t think it wise to make a fourth movie in the blockbuster franchise because all the stories that could be told, had been. But as the new ‘Scream 4’ opens in theaters today, Craven says that with all the key characters back – including Courteney Cox, David Arquette and Neve Campbell in the lead role of hunted woman Sidney Prescott – fans will be pleased.
The ‘Scream’ movies became part of

SC takes up presidential reference today

ISLAMABAD – The Supreme Court will today (Wednesday) take up for preliminary hearing the presidential reference seeking a review of the Zulfikar Ali Bhutto hanging case. A three-member bench of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Muhammad Sair Ali and Justice Ghulam Rabbani will conduct the hearing and will be assisted by the attorney general.
The reference was filed by President Asif Ali Zardari under his advisory jurisdiction to seek an opinion on revisiting the

SC takes up pleas against HEC dissolution, NRO verdict today

ISLAMABAD – The Supreme Court will today (Monday) start hearing a petition against the dissolution of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) to the provinces and the government’s petition seeking a review of the court’s verdict on the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO).
The petition against the HEC dissolution will be heard by a three-member bench of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Muhammad Sair Ali and Justice Ghulam Rabbani. Senior advocate Anwar Mansoor

KRL coach Lutfi takes nothing for granted

LAHORE – New head coach of Khan Research Laboratories (KRL) football team Tariq Lutfi has played down his team’s ‘favorites’ tag, insisting he will only be able to assess his side’s chances after their opener in Group B of the 21st NBP Football Cup.
KRL will be aiming to compete a hat-trick of triumphs after golds at Hyderabad 2009 and Multan 2010. The NBP Cup will run from April 14 to27 at Faisalabad’s Bohranwali Ground and PMC Ground.Pakistan’s No 2 team KRL are placed in a

Hastings takes hat-trick in Aussie win

DHAKA – Paceman John Hastings grabbed four wickets, including a hat-trick, as Australia opened their tour of Bangladesh with a 90-run victory in a practice match on Thursday. Australia scored 308-6 against a Bangladesh Cricket Board team, with new skipper Michael Clarke, Michael Hussey, former captain Ricky Ponting and Brad Haddin all scoring half-centuries. Hastings finished with 4-15 as the hosts were restricted to 218-7. Australia will play three one-day internationals on their

Bowler in NZ takes 5 wickets in over

WELLINGTON – A New Zealand-based fast bowler rewrote the country’s first-class record books Wednesday by taking five wickets in a single over, all without conceding a run. South African-born quick Neil Wagner, playing for Otago, tore through the Wellington batting line up in the last over before lunch during a four-day fixture in Queenstown. Wellington began the over on 136/4 chasing Otago’s first innings of 441 and they it at 136/9.
Wagner, 25, has Stewart Rhodes caught in the

Syria takes the initiative ahead of protests

DAMASCUS – A new governor has been appointed to the southern town of Daraa, the unexpected hub of the Syrian protest movement, the official SANA news agency reported on Monday, while a Facebook group urged rallies in honour of those killed in the unrest. President Bashar al-Assad, who is facing unprecedented domestic pressure as protesters demand greater freedoms and test his family’s four-decade grip on power, has made a string of gestures hinting at change. He appointed Mohammad