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Monthly Archives: December 2012

Malik directs not to suspend phones on New year

KARACHI: Interior Ministry has taken back the decision of mobile network suspension in Karachi on the eve of new year, reported Aaj News. In a statement Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik said that mobile phone networks will not be jammed in Karachi, however the pillion riding will be banned”. Earlier, it was reported that due [...]

Iran test-fires missiles near Strait of Hormuz

TEHRAN: Iran’s navy says it has test-fired a range of weapons during ongoing maneuvers near the Strait of Hormuz, the passageway for one-fifth of the world’s oil supply. The Monday report by the official IRNA news agency quotes exercise spokesman Admiral Amir Rastgari as saying the Iranian-made air defense system Raad, or Thunder, was among [...]

PM directs PIA to resume Glasgow-Lahore flights

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf Monday said thatthe government was committed to facilitate expatriate Pakistani community and directed the management of Pakistan International Airlines to resume flights from Glasgow to Lahore by this summer. He was talking to a delegation of expatriate Pakistanis living in Glasgow led by Ameen Mirza, an eminent businessman. During [...]

Man dies after toy plane crashes into him

A toy plane killed a 53-year-old man in a freak accident, police said Monday in the German city of Stuttgart. A tiny remote-controlled model aircraft collided at full speed with his head on Sunday. He died in hospital the same day. The model was being piloted by a 45-year-old man on the Gruener Heiner, a [...]

New Year gifts: Pillion riding banned, Phones likely to be suspended

KARACHI: On the eve of new year the provincial government has decided to impose a ban on pillion riding in Karachi from 5pm today until January 3, while mobile phones networks are likely to be suspended for 12 hours. A notification regarding the ban has been issued by the Sindh Home Department which also states [...]

American media group Tribune Co. to emerge from bankruptcy

The US media group Tribune Company, which owns the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune, is to emerge on Monday from a Chapter 11 bankruptcy restructuring, where it had been since December 2008. “The company will emerge with a portfolio of profitable assets, strong liquidity, and a new board of directors,” it said in [...]

Speeding train kills five elephants in India

A speeding passenger train killed five elephants when it ploughed into a herd crossing the track in eastern India, a railway spokesman said Monday. The train struck the animals on Sunday near the Khallikote forest range in  Orissa state’s Ganjam district, some 120 kilometres (74 miles) south of the state capital Bhubaneshwar. “The local forest [...]

Bangladesh unlikely to tour Pakistan in January: BCB

DHAKA: Bangladesh are unlikely to tour Pakistan next month due to security concerns, despite making a commitment to do so at an International Cricket Council (ICC) meeting in October. Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Zaka Ashraf said on December 21 the BCB had confirmed a visit in January, which would have made Bangladesh the first international [...]

National Bank holiday on January 1

The State Bank of Pakistan and all offices of SBP Banking Services Corporation, inclusive of Public Debt offices, will remain closed for public dealing on Tuesday, January 1, 2013, which has been declared as Bank Holiday. A statement here on Monday said that all Banks/DFIs shall, therefore, remain closed for public dealing on January 1. [...]

Petition filed against political activities of Dr.Qadri

LAHORE: A petition has been filed in Supreme Court Lahore Registry against the political activities of Dr. Tahir ul Qadri, Chief of Tehreek Minhaj ul Quran. The petition was filed by Watan party’s Barrister Zafarullah, pleaded the apex court that Tahir-ul-Qadri and Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) are hatching conspiracy to delay upcoming general elections. Petitioner [...]

Sindh: Neighbours kill each other over dog barking

Two persons were killed and three others sustained bullet injuries during a clash among two groups of people over barking of dog at village Lashari in the limits of Ratodero police station on Monday morning. The deceased include 29-year Yasin son of Haji Khan Junejo and 44-year Altaf Hussain Junejo son of Abdul Rasool Junejo. [...]

11 of a family killed in Khyber Agency bombing

PESHAWAR: Atleast 11 people of a family were killed in bombing on a house allegedly belonged to militants in Valley Tera in Khyber Agency, reported Aaj News Monday. The security forces quoted as saying that, the resident of the house were suspected in killing of levies forces in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. In the early hours of [...]

Matiullah Agha elected as Speaker Balochistan Assembly

QUETTA: Syed Matiullah Agha, Member of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) has been elected as the new speaker of Balochistan assembly, following the ousted of Aslam Bhootani, reported Aaj news Monday. Today’s session of the Balochistan Assembly began under the chairmanship of Dr Marri during which Agha had submitted his nomination papers for the position of assembly [...]

Car bombing kills two in south Baghdad

A car bombing outside provincial government offices south of Baghdad killed two people on Monday, the latest in a series of attacks targeting Iraqi officials nationwide. The blast at 8:30 am (0530 GMT) in the city of Hilla, 95 kilometres (60  miles) south of the capital, also wounded 17 people and badly damaged shops and  [...]

Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front to launch `jail bharo tehreek’ from Friday: Malik

ISLAMABAD, Dec 31 (APP): The Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Chairman in occupied Kashmir Muhammad Yasin Malik, has announced to launch 10-day “jail bharo tehreek” from Friday (January 4) as first-phase of the campaign to seek rollback of life-sentences awarded to Kashmiri detainees and press for release of all political prisoners languishing in different jails. [...]

UN chief slams killing of 19 pilgrims in Mastung

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon strongly condemned Sunday’s car bombing of bus in Mastung, Balochistan, that was carrying pilgrims to Iran, and called for bringing the perpetrators to justice. “The Secretary-General is appalled by the escalating terrorist violence in Pakistan,” his spokesman Martin Nesirky said in a statement issued Sunday night. “He condemns in particular the [...]

India’s trauma turns to anger at gang-rape killing

NEW DELHI, Dec 31, 2012 (AFP) – Horror at a deadly gang-rape that appalled the nation has turned to anger in New Delhi, where a leaden-footed government is accused of being out of touch and out of ideas in handling its latest crisis. On Sunday evening, as dusk descended on an area of the Indian capital where protesters [...]

China manufacturing activity hits 19-month high

China’s manufacturing activity surged to a 19-month high in December, British bank HSBC said Monday, adding to signs of recovery in the world’s second-largest economy. The year’s final purchasing managers’ index (PMI) from the lender hit 51.5, up from 50.5 in November when the figure returned to growth after 12 consecutive months of contraction. A [...]

Hillary Clinton in hospital with blood clot

NEW YORK, Dec 31, 2012 (AFP) – US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was at a New York hospital Monday, receiving treatment for a blood clot discovered in the aftermath of a concussion suffered earlier this month. The latest health scare for the globe-trotting Clinton will likely keep her out of the public eye a bit longer, just as [...]

Dried squash holds headless French king’s blood: study

PARIS, Dec 31, 2012 – Two centuries after the French people beheaded Louis XVI and dipped their handkerchiefs in his blood, scientists believe they have authenticated the remains of one such rag kept as a revolutionary souvenir. Researchers have been trying for years to verify a claim imprinted on an ornately decorated calabash that it contains a sample [...]

Scrapping France’s 75pc tax ‘changes nothing’: Depardieu

French film celebrity Gerard Depardieu said a decision by France’s highest court to strike down a 75 percent tax rate on millionaires would change nothing in his highly publicised decision to relocate to Belgium. “We should let them talk,” the usually outspoken Depardieu said of politicians who have helped turn the actor’s decision to flee [...]

Iran showcases special forces during naval drills

Iranian special forces and military diving units practiced defending their ports and coastline against attacks on Sunday, state-linked media reported during naval war games meant to warn off states threatening the Islamic republic. The highly-publicised “Velayat 91″ exercises are taking place across a wide area from the Strait of Hormuz, a vital oil and gas [...]

MFN status to India: Govt trying to ease farm, industrial sectors’ concerns

The government is actively working to resolve concerns of industrial and agriculture sectors on granting Most Favored Nation (MFN) status to India, federal Commerce Minister Makhdoom Amin Fahim said on Saturday. Acknowledging concerns of the two sectors, the minister said that he had discussed the issue with his Indian counterpart, Annad Sharma, and he “understands [...]

Pakistan beat India in first ODI

CHENNAI: Pakistan opener Nasir Jamshed guided green shirts with a much needed ton to win first One Day International (ODI) against arch-rival India by 6 wickets. Jamshed played a mature inning after Pakistan lost two quick wickets for just 17 runs on scoreboard. He made 101 not out inning while Younis Khan scored 58 runs. [...]

Five to hang for Saudi diplomat’s murder in Bangladesh

DHAKA: A Bangladeshi court Sunday sentenced five people to death for the murder of a Saudi diplomat in the capital Dhaka in March this year, a senior police official said. Khalaf al-Ali, 45, the head of Saudi citizen affairs at the embassy, was shot while taking a late-night walk near his home in the city’s [...]

IMF, EU push for less drastic deficit cuts

PARIS: The International Monetary Fund and European Commission officials have encouraged France and its eurozone partners not to fixate on deficit reduction targets if it would exacerbate the bloc’s debt crisis. The head of an IMF mission in France, Edward Gardner, urged officials in Paris last week to consider their 2013 budget targets “in a [...]



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