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'Agitation in Karachi, Punjab to affect nation'

By Shahid Rind KARACHI: Leader of the Awami Muslim League (AML) Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed has appealed to the President and Prime Minister of Pakistan to summon an all parties' conference to solve the situation in Balochistan. He also said that religious leaders and Baloch leadership should be invited to the conference. Addressing a press conference…

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Pakistan wins first ODI with Afridi's 6-38

DUBAI: Shahid Afridi claimed a six-wicket haul as Pakistan skittled out Australia for a paltry 168 in the first one-dayer in Dubai Wednesday. Afridi broke through the Australian defense by sending back opener Brad Haddin (40) and then ran through their brittle middle order to finish with a career-best six for 38. Afridi found able…

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The world to celebrate Earth Day today

The world to celebrate Earth Day today

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Public response waning for 'Open Kacheri' system

Public response waning for 'Open Kacheri' system

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Ejaz Ahmed's bail application rejected

LAHORE: The Additional Sessions judge has rejected the bail application of former Test cricketer Ejaz Ahmed in the cheque fraud case. His lawyer requested the court to send the accused on judicial remand as opposed to a physical one. However, the police found no evidence during the investigations. He said the police has also requested…

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Javed Hashmi acquitted in illegal assets case

Javed Hashmi acquitted in illegal assets case

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Sindh Assembly approves Land Protection Act resolution including three others

Sindh Assembly approves Land Protection Act resolution including three others

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PALPA-PIA stalemate costs airlines Rs.40MN in losses

Staff Report KARACHI: The stalemate between PALPA and PIA has cost the latter almost Rs.40 million in losses. According to sources in the PIA, the “Go by Book” protest by PALPA is costing the national airlines a hefty sum not to mention the difficulties faced by the passengers in flight delays. More than 40 pilots…

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Status of judges appointed after Nov 3 shaky, if court gives ruling

Staff Report KARACHI: The full bench of the Sindh High Court (SHC) Wednesday summoned a record from the Attorney General by April 27 in connection with an appeal against making one judge permanent and extension of tenures of two additional judges. “If the court gives a ruling that former Chief Justice of Pakistan Abdul Hameed…

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Punjab to play its part to save nation from Taliban, says Altaf

Staff Report KARACHI: Leader of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Altaf Hussain has said that Punjab has to stand up to save the nation from Talibanisation. In a telephonic interview to the Defence and Clifton Residence Committee and the Youth Advisory Council here Wednesday he further said that articles in international newsprint are suggesting that…

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7,700 schools closed in Sindh

By Arbab Chandio KARACHI: Much media focus has been on the 200 schools that were bombed in Swat, but as Sindh education chief Pir Mazharul Haq has revealed, matters are much worse in the south. Seven thousand and seven hundred (7,700) government schools are closed in the province, he told the Sindh Assembly Tuesday. “Also,…

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PM asks people to wait for Nizam-e Adl to show results

PM asks people to wait for Nizam-e Adl to show results

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Taliban move to expand control in NW Pakistan

PESHAWAR: Taliban militants in Pakistan's Swat valley have moved into another district in a bid to broaden their control despite a peace deal, officials said. Hundreds of armed Taliban from the scenic northwestern valley have entered Buner district, only 110 kilometres (68 miles) from the capital Islamabad. They have set up checkpoints, occupied mosques and…

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Ahmadinejad criticises Israel after UN walk-out

TEHRAN: Iran's president accused Israel on Wednesday of “brutal acts” and “ethnic cleansing” against the Palestinians, two days after his denunciation of the Jewish state as racist prompted a walk-out from a U.N. meeting on race. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told a conference in Tehran on Israel's “genocide and war crimes” in Gaza that Israeli “criminals” should…

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US wants broader Pakistan military ties

WASHINGTON: The Obama administration wants to pursue broader military ties with Pakistan to help Islamabad combat a growing threat from militant groups including the Taliban, a Pentagon official said on Tuesday. Michele Flournoy, U.S. under secretary of defense for policy, said Washington wants to provide the Pakistani army with training and advice on counterinsurgency tactics…

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India Maoists hijack train ahead of poll day

RANCHI: Maoist rebels hijacked a train carrying around 500 passengers in eastern India on Wednesday in a show of strength on the eve of the second stage of India's general election, police and officials said. About 200 Maoists boarded the passenger train and forced the driver to take it to Latehar station in a remote…

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Director defends 'Angels & Demons'

LOS ANGELES: Director Ron Howard on Tuesday defended his film adaptation of “The Da Vinci Code” author Dan Brown's “Angels & Demons” from criticism that it smears the Roman Catholic Church, heightening an ongoing battle over fictional depictions of the Vatican. Howard, who also directed the 2006 movie adaptation of “The Da Vinci Code,” posted…

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First Pakistan-Australia ODI today

DUBAI: The first One-day International between Pakistan and Australia kicks off at the $100 million 25,000 seat multipurpose Dubai Sports City today. Australia and Pakistan will play five One-day Internationals -two in Dubai and three in Abu Dhabi – between April 22 and May 3 and one Twenty20 international in Dubai on May 7. The…

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Young Rising Club to explain women football team's US visit

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) has demanded an explanantion from Young Rising Club for sending a women's team to the US. The club also took along with them an Afghan female who was deported for not possessing a valid visa. SAMAA

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Training camp for Asia Cup Hockey begins

LAHORE: Training camp of the Pakistan hockey team for preparations of the 8th Asia Cup began at the National Hockey Stadium here Tuesday. The focus of attention among the 22 players was ace penalty corner shooter Sohail Abbas who vowed to inspire the team to success. Sohail is among a group of senior players to…

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Kolkata Knight Riders beat Kings XI Punjab by 11 runs

DURBAN: Kolkata Knight Riders beat Kings XI Punjab by 11 runs under the Duckworth Lewis method, as rain played spoilsport in South Africa yet again. Chasing a victory target of 159, Kolkata Knight Riders were 79/1 in 9.2 overs, when rain stopped play. It could have been of anybody's game, but Kolkata Knight Riders had…

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