Sep 162017
President arrives in Ashgabat to attend opening ceremony of AIMAG

President Mamnoon Hussain arrived today on a three-day official visit to attend the opening ceremony of 5th Asian Indoor and Martial ArtsGames (AIMAG). The President, accompanied by First Lady Begum Mehmooda Mamnoon Hussain, was received by Turkeminstan’s Deputy Prime Minister Dadebay Amangeldiyev, here at the Ashgabat International Airport. Minister of State for Petroleum Jam Kamal was … Click for detailed story

Sep 122017
First pair of sperm whales spotted in Pakistani waters

Fishermen on Tuesday spotted a pair of sperm whales near Jiwani ─ the first such sighting in Pakistani waters, a press release issued by the World Wide Fund-Pakistan said. The fishermen, who saw the whales while navigating about 22 kilometers south of Gunz, followed them out of curiosity for nearly 1.5 hours after which the whales disappeared into the sea. In December 2005, the skeleton of a sperm whale was reported to be found on Sonara Beach near Karachi, whereas a few bones of another specimen were collected from Daran Beach near Jiwani. Sperm whales, scientifically known as Physeter Macrocephalus can be easily recognised by their massive heads and prominent rounded foreheads. It is a cosmopolitan species, which is globally found in all major oceans. These whales are considered the largest predators on earth and feed on a variety of fish and invertebrates.Sperm whales, it is believed, can dive as deep as 3,280 feet and can hold their breath for up to 90 minutes on such dives. Click for detailed story

Sep 102017

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Sunday issued a code of conduct for political parties and candidates taking part in NA-IV Peshawar by-poll. Under the ECP’s code of conduct, the executive authorities will not be allowed to use state resources during the campaign. Moreover, no transfers or postings will be made after the issuance of the election schedule. Published in The Express Tribune, September 11th, 2017. The post ECP issues code of conduct   appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

Sep 082017

RAWALPINDI: Five armed robbers took away gold ornaments worth millions, cash and other valuables in Cantonment area on Friday, police said. According to Civil Line Police Station report, the robbers barged into a home in Tali Mohri area at around midday and held the residents at gunpoint. They took away gold ornaments worth Rs15 million, cash and other valubales and left unchallenged. Civil Lines police officials confirmed the robbery and said a case has been registered and they were trying to track down the robbers. Published in The Express Tribune, September 9th, 2017. The post House in Pindi’s cantonment area looted in broad daylight appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

Sep 052017

LAHORE: Punjab Provincial Development Working Party (PDWP) approved five schemes of the road sector at an estimated cost of Rs8,660.384 million. FY 2017-18: RDA, WASA to present budgets today These schemes were approved in the 14th meeting of PDWP of the current Fiscal Year 2017-18. The moot was presided over by Punjab Planning and Development (P&D) Chairman Muhammad Jahanzeb Khan. The approved development schemes included improvement of the 54.10 kilometres Pattoki-Kanganpur Road in Kasur district at a cost of Rs 1131.2 million, the dualisation of Kasur-Depalpur Carriageway section at a cost of Rs 5961.8 million, construction and improvement of road from Chowk 177 Murad to Chunan Wala via Chak No 204/M, 203/M, 205/M, 206/M, 207/M and 209/M. Several other areas will also a marked improvement. Published in The Express Tribune, September 6th, 2017. The post Rs8b approved for road sector appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

Aug 302017

UNITED NATIONS – Pakistan has called for ensuring effective deployment of UN peacekeeping missions, their operations relevant to the realities on ground and well-resourced in order to carry out their tasks of maintaining peace and security in the world’s troubled regions. “When lives are at risk of peacekeepers as well as those they are responsible to protect actual requirements should drive … Click for detailed story

Aug 262017
Pakistan skipper Sana Mir named among 'Asia 21 Young Leaders'

The 2017 class of Asia 21 Young Leaders.— Photo courtesy: Sana Mir, captain of the Pakistan women cricket team, is among 30 remarkable professionals named “Asia 21 Young Leaders” by Asia Society, a non-profit organisation that focuses on educating the world about Asia.Mir was selected for the 2017 class of Asia 21, Asia-Pacific's foremost network of young leaders, with Asia Society noting that the cricket star had challenged attitudes about women's participation in Pakistan's male-dominated world of sport.Mir will travel to Melbourne, Australia in December for the Asia 21 annual summit, where she will meet members of the 2017 class from 20 other countries as well as Asia 21 alumni. The summit's goal is to explore opportunities for collaboration to create positive impact and change across the Asia-Pacific region.“To me, leadership is service,” Mir was quoted as saying. “It not only empowers individuals to be the change they wish to see, but also gives them a unique opportunity to positively impact the lives of others. I believe an able leader is one who can nurture and give others the confidence to come into their own. A leader is one who has the will and capacity to give back to society selflessly.” Other members of this year's class include Melissa Jardine, a former Australian police officer examining how law enforcement in Asia responds to drug use, economic crimes, and terrorism; Chenhui Liu, co-founder of a mobile health startup transforming China's healthcare system; “Krating” Poonpol, a venture fund manager ushering in [Read More…]

Aug 242017

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan men’s hockey team have become the latest team to qualify for the Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018. The Greenshirts, currently ranked 14th in the FIH Hero World Rankings, finished in seventh position in the Hero Hockey World League Semi-Final in London, meaning they faced an anxious wait to see if that was good enough to earn them qualification to the blue riband event that will take place in India next year from November 28 to December 16, said an official statement. Pakistan men have qualified for the #HWC2018 following confirmation of the Semi-Finals of the #EHC2017 Read more: — FIH (@FIH_Hockey) August 23, 2017 The results at the Rabobank EuroHockey Championships, which are currently taking place in Amsterdam, Netherlands have gone very much in favour of Pakistan, with all four of the semi-finalists having already qualified for the World Cup via the Hockey World League route. Under FIH regulations, the team that wins its continental qualifier automatically qualifies for the World Cup. However, the semi-finals of the European continental qualifier will be contested by Germany, England, Netherlands and Belgium, teams that have already achieved World Cup qualification thanks to top five finishes in the Hockey World League Semi-Finals. Former players lambast Greenshirts This means that the World Cup ticket goes to the highest placed finisher from the Hockey World League Semi-Finals that has not already achieved World Cup qualification. Pakistan are the higher ranked of the two seventh place finishers from the Hockey World League Semi-Final [Read More…]

Aug 212017
Bullish trend at cattle market as Eidul Azha approaches

PESHAWAR: With just a little over 10 days to go for the traditional festival of Eidul Azha, sale of sacrificial animals has picked up momentum in the city’s cattle markets where cows, buffalos, goats, sheep and camels are being herded in from Punjab, Sindh and different far flung districts of K-P in a bid to get maximum profit in the lucrative market of Peshawar. Livestock traders from Punjab and Sindh provinces besides local traders  have brought their animals in large numbers  to Peshawar’s to reap a windfall. A noteworthy feature of Peshawar being a focal trade point on the occasion is that  it not only attracts buyers from K-P and Fata only but buyers from neighbouring Afghanistan throng to the market to purchase animals for the festival. “I have so far brought six truckloads of cattle from Sahiwal and my brother will send another five more trucks shortly to Peshawar to get maximum profits ” Allah Bakhash, an inter-provincial exporter of Sahiwal told  the media. Another dealer at Lalla Kala market near Peshawar.said “I had refused an offer of Rs 120,000 for my ox ‘Janbaz’ last Sunday as I am demanding Rs.150,000 for it,” he added. People are seen to be visiting different localities for buying sacrificial animals in Lala Kala market, Pajagai road and Ring Road in Peshawar and the traders have also started roaming in streets with their animals to attract buyers. However, it has been observed that there are more visitors assessing prices at the moment than actual [Read More…]

Aug 212017

GILGIT: The first ever Sarfaranga Cold Desert Rally successfully concluded with Babar Khan emerging as winner in “A” category, completing the 30 kilometre trek in 18 minutes and 25.13 seconds. Qadir Nawaz Magsi stood second, with 18 minutes and 55:19 seconds and Mir Amer Magsi stood third (18:59.65) respectively. The defending champion, Nadir Magsi stood fourth with a time of 19: 10.11. As many as 73 four-wheelers and bikers competed in the rally amid applause by the spectators. The competition of crossing the Indus River on a “Zakh”, traditional river-crossing method, was also held. The Chief Minister Hafiz Hafeezur Rehman presented prizes and gifts to the winners and participants at the end of the rally.  He said the successful holding of Safaranga Cold Desert Rally has enhanced the image and prestige of GB being a tourists and sports friendly province of the country. Addressing the concluding ceremony of the first ever rally, the Chief Minister also announced to hold the rally every year with great pump and show. He said it was a unique recreational event, which would produce positive results and congratulated the organisers for its successful holding. The participation of a large number of people besides motorists and bikers in the rally would help improve the soft image of GB, he said. The CM said peace has returned to GB due to the government’s successful polices and the arrival of a large number of foreign and domestic tourists to the province was a testimony towards this fact. Published in [Read More…]

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