Tag: Time

No respite from load shedding any time soon: Ashraf

ISLAMABAD - Federal Minister for Water and Power Raja Pervaiz Ashraf informed the National Assembly on Friday that there was no possibility for an end to load shedding in the country in the near future. During the NA question hour session on Friday, Ashraf said in response to a question raised by Parveen Masood Bhatti that all efforts were being made to control load shedding, but it would not be possible to completely bridge the gap between demand and supply in the near feature.

Sniffer dogs at KU… for the first time in its 60-year...

KARACHI - For the first time in the 60-year history of the University of Karachi (KU), the varsity's administration called in sniffer dogs at the campus for security, sources told Pakistan Today on Tuesday. KU high-ups arranged sniffer dogs to be at the campus for searching the gymnasium and parking lot opposite the sports centre, where two student programmes were scheduled to be held.
Earlier, officials of Sindh Police's Special Branch inspected both the locations. Rangers'

Exam time – 2.5 million students to sit exams with hectic...

LAHORE - Class five examinations under the Punjab Examination Commission (PEC) will kick-off today (Tuesday) in all districts of Punjab amid load shedding and a hectic date sheet. The class five examinations would continue until February 4. Students of class 8 have already started pulling-up their socks as their exams would commence from February 7 to February 12.
According to a PEC official, about 2.5 million students from all districts of Punjab would sit in the exams of class

Deviating from script big time

COMMENT - The Australian Open did not go according to the script most of us had written out. Not by a long shot. I watched Nadal's exit from the tournament at Melbourne airport, and landed almost 24 hours later in Lahore to see Djokovic meting out the same fate to Federer. The only finalist in either men's or women's singles who was a contender coming into the tournament was Kim Clijsters. In the men's doubles, what mattered to Pakistanis was that Aisam Qureshi wasn't there.

Tyson a dad for the eighth time

NEW YORK - Boxer Mike Tyson has become a dad for the eighth time. His third wife, Lakiha Spicer Tyson, gave birth to a boy on Tuesday. They have a two-year-old daughter, Milan, together.
It is the former world heavyweight champion's first child since his four-year-old daughter, Exodus, died in 2009 when her neck got caught in a cord on an exercise machine.
A source said, "Mike and Lakiha are very happy and everyone is doing great." The couple has not yet chosen a name for

Vettori calls time on captaincy

WELLINGTON - Daniel Vettori officially ended his tenure as New Zealand's test captain on Wednesday, though he will not relinquish the coin toss responsibilities completely until after the World Cup.
The 31-year-old Vettori had already said several times since he took on the captaincy from Stephen Fleming in Nov. 2007 that he would step down from the role after the 2011 World Cup, which runs from Feb. 19-April 2.
"I made that decision three-and-a-half years ago and that's

It’s payback time for sugar millers

KARACHI - The Sindh government has decided to recover outstanding dues of more than Rs 120 million from the influential sugar millers of Sindh and the recovered amount would be utilised for development of the respective districts.
Some 25 sugar mills owe more than Rs 120 million to the provincial government as development cess, and the mills have not paid since 2006, sources in the agriculture department revealed.
The district officers of the revenue department were recently

Kuwait PM visits Iraq for first time since war

BAGHDAD - Kuwait's prime minister arrived to a red carpet welcome in Baghdad on Wednesday in the first such visit since Saddam Hussein's forces invaded the oil-rich emirate in 1990. Television footage showed Sheikh Nasser Mohammad al-Ahmad al-Sabah being greeted at Baghdad airport by Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari and deputy foreign minister Labid Abbawi. The Kuwaiti national anthem played as Sheikh Nasser walked down a red carpet to the group of

Kharadar traders feel the wrath of parchis this time

KARACHI - The traders of the cloth market in Kharadar closed down their shops on Tuesday after a well-known trader was gunned down by unidentified culprits in the wee hours of the day over allegedly refusing to pay extortion money.
The Pakistan Memon Ittehad organised a demonstration, during which the traders of the cloth market burnt tyres at Chagla Street and Bakery Road in Kharadar and allegedly also torched a local office of the People's Amn Committee.
Abdul Ghaffar, 60,

Amir’s lawyer wanted tribunal to take more time

LAHORE - Fast bowler Mohammad Aamer's lawyer Shahid Karim had requested the International Cricket Council's three-man tribunal examining the charges of spot-fixing to take more time in studying the case before announcing its verdict, it was learnt on Tuesday.
The closing statements of the six-day hearing were presented on Tuesday morning in Doha and while the verdict is expected later in the day, Karim revealed that he has asked for a deferment. "We have requested the judges to

IG has no time to address public problems

LAHORE - Newly appointed Inspector General of Police (IGP) Punjab Javed Iqbal, despite assuming charge of his duties, has not got a chance to sit in his office and address the general public's problems, Pakistan Today learnt on Monday.
Well placed sources in Central Police Office (CPO) told Pakistan Today that IGP Javed Iqbal has assumed charge of his duties on Friday Jan 07. The day was marked with a ceremony called 'guard of honour' to welcome the new occupant of the coveted

IHC stops admitting petitions for the time being

ISLAMABAD - Delay in the oath-taking ceremony of Islamabad High Court's (IHC) newly-appointed chief justice and other seven judges is irking litigants as well as lawyers, as the IHC has stopped admitting cases and petitions for the time being.
On the other hand, the Rawalpindi Bench of the Lahore High Court has also declined to admit cases of the residents of the federal capital, which fall within the jurisdiction of the IHC. And lawyers and litigants in the federal capital have

China raises interest rates for a second time in three months

BEIJING - China's central bank on Saturday raised interest rates for the second time in three months as authorities ramped up efforts to curb borrowing, rein in property prices and tame inflation.
The People's Bank of China said in a brief one-line statement that it will increase the one-year lending and deposit rates by 25 basis points each. The move takes the rates to 5.81 percent and 2.75 percent respectively from Sunday.
In October, policymakers raised rates for the

Napoli strike in injury time, Juve stutter

ROME: Napoli further closed the gap on leaders AC Milan to just three points with a victory on Sunday but Juventus failed to keep pace as they were held to a 1-1 draw at Chievo.
Napoli looked to be heading for a frustrating stalemate until Edinson Cavani struck deep into injury time to thrash a stunning winner from 25 yards into the top corner. Juventus, on the other hand, were the victims of a late equaliser as Sergio Pellissier popped up at the back post to stroke home in time

Time running out for Ponting

PERTH: England turned the screws on Australia's embattled leadership on Thursday with Ricky Ponting's dismal run of form in the Ashes continuing on the opening day of the third Test in Perth.
The Australian captain and his deputy Michael Clarke both fell cheaply as England's pace attack capitalised on a grassy pitch to have the home side floundering at 36-4 before they fought back to 268 all-out.
Ponting, who had said on Wednesday it was time for him to lead the way with the

It’s high time for a revolution: Mir Rameez

CHICHAWATNI - Tehrik-e-Insaf Pakistan Chichawatni president said that the politicians were scared of independent judiciary, which was pivotal for the nation's progress.
Mir Rameez said the government was sipping the poor dry and had introduced the RGST, which they do not approve of. He said revolution lead by Imran Khan was knocking at Pakistan's doors and said that Pakistan should not be treated as a sacrificial animal.
He said that the media had raised the level of public

SC gives govt time to engage lawyer for NAB chairman

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Monday allowed time until the second week of January to the government to engage a lawyer to defend the appointment of Justice (r) Syed Deedar Hussain Shah as the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) chairman.
A five-member bench headed by Justice Javed Iqbal adjourned the hearing after the court was told that the federation had not yet engaged a lawyer to plead the case. Senior advocates Muhammad Akram Sheikh appeared for the petitioner - Leader