Oct 152018
 
Second Pak-Australia cricket Test starts at Abu Dhabi today: Upbeat Aussies eye rare series win in Asia

ABU DHABI: Australian skipper Tim Paine vowed his team would do its utmost to win the second Test against Pakistan starting in Abu Dhabi from Tuesday for a first series win in Asia since 2011.The trying conditions of the pitches and hot weather have stopped Australia from winning a series since they beat Sri Lanka 1-0 in 2011.Since then they have lost 4-0 in India (2013), 2-0 in United Arab Emirates to Pakistan (2014), 3-0 in Sri Lanka (2016), 2-1 in India (2017) and drew 1-1 in Bangladesh last year.But Paine’s side snatched a morale-boosting draw on the fifth and final day in the first Test in Dubai, the skipper and number 10 Nathan Lyon seeing out the final 12.2 overs after being set a daunting target of 462 runs. “We want to win every series we are involved in,“ Paine said Monday. “We are focusing on what we do and if we can do well for five days then we have a really good chance of winning it.“We are reasonably confident. After the last few days we got a little bit of relief and a little bit of mileage, so we know if we play our best cricket we have got a chance to win this Test match. “We are coming into this Test with a bit more momentum and guys know what to expect a bit more in these conditions,” said Paine, who announced paceman Mitchell Starc will play in Abu Dhabi. That is hint enough that Australia [Read More…]

Oct 132018
 
Asia’s most visited countries

Asia’s most visited countries 09:27 PM, October 13, 2018 DataLEADS, New Delhi China attracts the highest number of tourists in the region with a record number of inflow of… Asia’s most visited countries

Oct 072017
 
Life without health

Breast cancer is one of the common diseases in women. In Pakistan, 90,000 breast cancer cases are diagnosed every year and over 40,000 deaths are caused by it. Pakistan has the highest rate of breast cancer in Asia with almost one in every eight women suffering from this disease. Unfortunately in our country, the women literacy rate is unsatisfactory. Therefore, many women do not know about preventive measures they can take to reduce the chances of the disease. The alarming increase in the number of women suffering from breast cancer calls for awareness campaigns on a larger scale. Government healthcare institutions should conduct seminars in remote areas as well to educate the people. Wali Ejaz Nekokara Chiniot

Aug 262017
 
Eid security plan: LEAs ordered to keep animal markets free of criminals

LAHORE: Punjab Inspector General of Police Captain (retd) Arif Nawaz has directed police officials to set up pickets near permanent and temporary sacrificial animal markets across the province to protect citizens from swindlers and looters. He was speaking at a meeting held at the Central Police Office to devise a security plan for Eidul Azha on Saturday. Senior police officers, including RPOs and DPOSs also attended the meeting. Cattle market troubles: ‘Why should we pay to go to our own house?’ Nawaz directed the officers to make special parking arrangements at all the main congregations of Eidul Azha across the province and deploy policemen and Razakars for security. The IGP also directed officers to take stern action against those involved in aerial firing and display of arms. He added that such acts would not be tolerated. He directed officers to clamp down on those involved in producing and selling tainted liquor, besides conducting organised raids to round up proclaimed offenders. The officers have been directed to only allow those organisations which had received approval from the government to collect hides. Set-up of Asia’s biggest cattle market in Karachi under way “The RPOs and DPOs should take immediate action against defunct organisations involved in hide collection,” he added. The RPOs and DPOs should pay attention to security of recreational places and parks as a large number of people thronged to such places on Eidul Azha, he said. The IGP asked district and traffic policemen to set up joint teams and launch a [Read More…]

Aug 182017
 
A stark warning

There are countless benefits of trees. The trees that we see today are the product of the seeds that someone planted a couple of years ago. Trees play an important role in making the climate of any country moderate. The scarcity of trees poses a great threat to the climate of any country. Climate does not respect national borders and any threat to the climate is a global challenge. International standards suggest that 25 percent of the land of any country must be forested. Unfortunately, the total forest area in our country is only three percent of the total land. According to some media reports, deforestation in Pakistan stands at 2.4 percent per annum – the highest in Asia. This breakneck speed of deforestation in the country is leading to drastic changes in the region’s weather systems as well as its land and marine biodiversity. Some unpalatable truths have been discovered by the Ministry of Climate Change. At least 1.6 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide is caused by deforestation. This mainly includes the cutting and burning of forests. It is time we realised the importance of planting trees as it not only helps in curbing the menace of climate change in the country but also helps in reducing air and noise pollution. The following saying goes well in this situation: ‘The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now’. Engineer Izhar Hussain Solangi (Rawalpindi)

Jul 152017
 
Land issues

The famous Quaid-e-Azam University was established in July 13, 1967. It is one of the top universities of Asia. Since its inception, it has been making remarkable achievements in the field of research. The university has completed its fifteen years and has produced a large number of talented graduates. The graduates of this university are performing exceptionally well in their related fields. Unfortunately, this university is facing a few serious challenges, including inadequate funds, land mafia and insufficient facilities in hostels. The land mafia is one of the unavoidable issues of the university. Out of the 1709 acres allotted to the government, 207 acres are still under the possession of a few influential people. Students and professors raised their voice against the land mafia, but to no avail. The government must look into the matter and help the university get its land back. Wali Ejaz Nekokara Islamabad

Jun 292017
 

KARACHI: The rupee remained stable against the dollar at 104.75/104.95 in the inter-bank market on Thursday compared to previous Thursday’s close of 104.75/104.95. The currency market has fluctuated regularly in recent months with hefty rises and falls on some occasions. In the long run, however, the rupee has stood firm after experiencing extensive volatility, when it weakened from around Rs98 to a dollar to above Rs103 in the wake of political impasse over alleged election rigging. The central bank has imposed 100% cash margin on the import of certain consumer goods to restrict the demand for US dollars. The rupee has been one of the best performing currencies in Asia for over three years despite the dollar’s sharp appreciation against other currencies. However, the International Monetary Fund has repeatedly said that Pakistan’s rupee is overvalued by 5-20%. According to analysts, the artificial support for the rupee has adversely affected Pakistan’s exports. Published in The Express Tribune, June 30th, 2017. Like Business on Facebook, follow @TribuneBiz on Twitter to stay informed and join in the conversation. The post Currency: Rupee remains stable against dollar appeared first on The Express Tribune.

Jun 062017
 

KARACHI: The rupee remained stable against the dollar at 104.5/104.7 in the inter-bank market on Tuesday compared to Monday’s close of 104.5/104.7. Currency: Rupee stable against dollar The currency market has fluctuated regularly in recent months with hefty rises and falls on some occasions. In the long run, however, the rupee has stood firm after experiencing extensive volatility, when it weakened from around Rs98 to a dollar to above Rs103 in the wake of political impasse over alleged election rigging. Recently, the central bank has imposed 100% cash margin on the import of certain consumer goods to restrict the demand for US dollars. The rupee has been one of the best performing currencies in Asia for over three years despite the dollar’s sharp appreciation against other currencies. Currency: Rupee stable against dollar However, the International Monetary Fund has repeatedly said that Pakistan’s rupee is overvalued by 5-20%. According to analysts, the artificial support for the rupee has adversely affected Pakistan’s exports. Published in The Express Tribune, June 7th, 2017. Like Business on Facebook, follow @TribuneBiz on Twitter to stay informed and join in the conversation. The post Currency: Rupee stable against dollar appeared first on The Express Tribune.