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Nusrat Sehar Abbasi condemns ‘Black Friday’ term

KARACHI: PML-F MPA Nusrat Sehar Abbasi said on Monday that using the term ‘Black Friday’ should be condemned since Friday was an auspicious and revered day for Muslims around the globe. The PML-F leader gave a speech on Monday during a session of the provincial assembly during which she denounced the ‘Black Friday’ title. “Why…

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Friday to be observed as public holiday

RAWALPINDI: Deputy Commissioner (DC) Talat Mehmood Gondal on Thursday declared Friday as public holiday due to Chelum of Hazrat Imam Hussain (AS). In this regard, all educational institutions will remain closed, a notification issued here said. Strict security measures have been put in place in the garrison city on the occasion of Chehlum. Thousands of police…

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Juma-tul-Wida being observed with religious fervor

The last Friday of the holy month of Ramzan also known as Juma-tul-Wida is being observed across the country with religious fervor. Special prayers will be offered for progress and prosperity of the country and unity of Muslims the world over.

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Hajj applicants to receive SMS after balloting

ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Religious Affairs has announced that it will send a mobile phone message to all the applicants of the Hajj shortly after balloting today (Friday). “Once the balloting is done, an SMS will be sent to the applicants to share the result,” a message by the ministry says. “The ballot result shall…

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DHA schools to remain shut on Friday

LAHORE: The Defence Housing Authority (DHA) administration on Thursday announced the closure of all its educational institutions located in the society for Friday (February 24) to beef up the security arrangements at the institutions. Parents of students have been asked through text messages of phones not to send their children to the schools on Friday….

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Met office predicts new spell of rain from Friday

ISLAMABAD: Met office has predicted that an active westerly wave is likely to enter in the country through Balochistan from Friday. According to a private news channel, it will grip the southern as well as central and upper parts of the country from weekend. Rainfall would occur in Sindh between Friday and Saturday while it…

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Rain forecast for Karachi finally

KARACHI: The Met Office on Thursday forecast that cloudy weather with light rain is expected in the metropolis during the next 24 hours. The minimum temperature is expected to remain in the range between 12 to 14 degrees centigrade with 80 to 90 per cent humidity. Dry weather with cold night and misty or foggy…

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MQM lawmakers to attend NA session Friday

ISLAMABAD: Three days after their return to Senate, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) lawmakers on Thursday filed applications in the National Assembly to rejoin Parliament’s lower house, Samaa reported. According to our correspondent, 22 out of 24 MQM MNAs filed applications today, seeking withdrawal of their resignations they tendered in August for reservations over Rangers…

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Rain, light snowfall in northern areas from Friday

ISLAMABAD: The Met Office has predicted rains coupled with gusty winds and thunderstorm at scattered places of upper and some central parts of the country from Friday to Sunday. According to Met Office spokesman, another weather system of westerly wave is likely to approach upper parts of the country on Friday evening/night. He said the…

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Eid-ul-Fitr being celebrated in Saudi Arabia today

RIYADH: Shawwal moon has been sighted in Saudi Arabia, therefore Eid-ul-Fitr in the kingdom is being celebrated on Friday (today), Samaa reported quoting Arab TV. The Majlis-e-Shura formally announced the sighting of the crescent. Eid is also being celebrated in Gulf states, Turkey, Malaysia and Indonesia. Muslims in Australia are also celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr today. –Samaa

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Shawwal crescent sighting on Friday

ISLAMABAD: The Central Ruet e Hilal Committee would meet on Friday, 29 Ramazan-ul-Mubarak for sighting of the crescent of Shawwal-ul-Mukarram, 1436 AH. Chairman of the Committee Mufti Muneeb-ur-Rehman would chair the meeting of Sindh Zonal Ruet-e-Hilal Committee at Pakistan Meteorological Department building, Main University Road, Gulistan e Jauhar, Karachi. Other members of the committee would…

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Special transmission of Iftar Ka Samaa on Friday

SAMAA’s popular transmission Iftaar Ka Samaa is persistently on upward projectile of garnering widespread public admiration. Khurram Fahad reports from Karachi.

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CNG stations in Sindh would remain close Friday

KARACHI: Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) announced has that all CNG stations in entire Sindh would remain close on Friday from 8 am for next 24 hours and would open on Saturday.            The decision was taken due to sudden short supply of gas in the system, a press release of…

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Khawaja Asif apologizes for Friday power breakdown

KARACHI: Federal Water and Power Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif today apologized to the nation for electricity blackout across the country on the first day of Ramazan. “The power demand surged to 21, 000 megawatts on the first day of Ramazan, causing a shortfall of 6000 megawatts,” Asif told SAMAA's senior anchorperson Nadeem Malik in his…

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Punjab to unveil budget on Friday

LAHORE: The Punjab government will present nearly Rs1.2 trillion budget for the financial year 2015-16 on Friday (tomorrow), Samaa reported. This is eighth consecutive budget of the Pakistan Muslims League-Nawaz’s provincial government. According to Samaa correspondent, over Rs.400 billion will be spent on the development projects while 36 percent of the developmental budget has been…

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Over Rs 4 trillion federal budget on Friday

ISLAMABAD: The democratic government of PML-N is all set to present its third Federal Budget with an outlay of over Rs 4 trillion for Fiscal Year 2015-16 before the Parliament on June 5. A special budget session of the parliament (National Assembly and Senate) has already been summoned by the President of Pakistan. Finance Minister,…

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High-level meeting in Karachi Friday

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif have been scheduled to arrive in Karachi on Friday (Feb 13) to chair a meeting on law-and-order situation of the city, Samaa reported Monday. According to Samaa correspondent, the two high-ups will review implementation of National Action Plan (NAP) and progress…

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Imran, Zardari, others to attend Friday’s APC

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s political leadership will meet on Friday to discuss national issues in an All Parties Conference (APC) to be held here at the Prime Minister's House, Samaa reported. Among others, the chief ministers from all the provinces and important cabinet members will also take part in the national moot that zooms in on counterterrorism measures.      …

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PM calls heads of parliamentary parties on Friday

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has invited heads of all parliamentary parties for a review meeting at the PM House on Friday. “The moot will review the progress so far made in the implementation of the National Action Plan,” a statement from the PM House said. It said the PM will consult the heads of…

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NZ, S.Lanka Test series starts Friday

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand: New Zealand and Sri Lanka are expecting a paceman's paradise when their two-Test series starts in Christchurch on Friday. Aside from the prestige of a Test match, the first in eight years in the earthquake-ravaged city, it also serves also as an opportunity for both sides to fine tune ahead of the…

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Dar confirms PTI-govt talks Friday

ISLAMABAD: The representatives of ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) will try to set their stalled talks into motion here on Friday, Samaa reported Thursday. Earlier, while talking exclusively to Samaa TV, Vice Chairman PTI, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, had dropped clues of a possible meeting with the senior ministers Friday. The news that…

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