Another Cricket Star bites the dust

On Monday night, the rollercoaster career of ‘BOOM BOOM AFRDI’ took a rather surprising turn when he announced his retirement from International Cricket in retaliation and protest to the treatment he had been subjected to by the Pakistan Cricket Board. Afridi while talking to the media stated that “There is nothing bigger than a man’s . . . → Read More: Another Cricket Star bites the dust

What Apple’s ‘iCloud’ Might Look Like

The rumor that Apple plans to launch a new streaming music service at the Worldwide Developers Conference in June has spurred a huge amount of speculation.

Apple is said to be planning a cloud-based music storage service that allows users to access their music collections from any device with Internet access and stream music from the . . . → Read More: What Apple’s ‘iCloud’ Might Look Like

Sony PlayStation Network to be fully restored by weekend

Sony plans to restore all its PlayStation Network services by this weekend in all regions except Japan, South Korea, and Hong Kong, the company said Tuesday.

Sony will also resume its Music Unlimited service on its Qriocity audio and video streaming service for the PlayStation3 (PS3) and PlayStation Portable (PSP) gaming platforms, Vaio laptops and . . . → Read More: Sony PlayStation Network to be fully restored by weekend

Salad Bans as Deadly E. coli Outbreak Spreads Through Germany

German authorities are urging consumers not to panic as an outbreak of a virulent strain of enterohemorrhagic E. coli known as EHEC has killed at least 14 people, with no sign of abating. The bacterial outbreak — which was first reported on May 20 in northern Germany — is believed to have infected around 1,200 . . . → Read More: Salad Bans as Deadly E. coli Outbreak Spreads Through Germany

Is Public Education Still Free If It Costs Money?

An Ohio school district is the latest to implement a controversial “pay to play” policy, reports The Wall Street Journal. Medina Senior High, faced with budget cuts and repeated rejection of proposals to increase taxes, has started charging students for, well, just about everything. After-school sports, clubs, electives and even required courses such as Spanish all . . . → Read More: Is Public Education Still Free If It Costs Money?

Anti-Smoking Day: ‘Care if I die?’

Eleven-year-old Ahmed coughs incessantly as his mother carries him out of Gulab Devi Chest Hospital. He looks pale and weak and each time he coughs, his face contorts in pain.

“At first we thought he had come down with tuberculosis. He couldn’t sleep all night and neither could we,” says Ahmed’s mother. “Later we . . . → Read More: Anti-Smoking Day: ‘Care if I die?’

Paintings exhibition highlight socio-political situation

Eleven art pieces, all miniature paintings or gouache on wasli (archival paper), by Beenish Usman are currently on display in Rohtas 2.

The exhibition, titled Sublime, is Usman’s first solo show, where she has related the absence of human figures in her paintings with the time when schools in Lahore were closed because of . . . → Read More: Paintings exhibition highlight socio-political situation

The OBL episode: An open letter to Jon Stewart

Dear Jon Stewart,

I used to think of you as one of the good guys. It always seemed that you were a one-man rallying cry for peace and understanding in the US media. You had taken it upon yourself to stand up to the right-wing bigots in your midst when it came to the New . . . → Read More: The OBL episode: An open letter to Jon Stewart

Lawyers continue to get treatment

Health Department has not withdrawn free treatment facility from lawyers and their families. In a statement issued here on Sunday, the spokesman of health department said that as per orders of Punjab Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif, free treatment facilities have been extended to all citizens including the lawyers in government hospitals.

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VIP security

A recent report in this paper revealed that there is about one policeman for approximately every 2,000 residents in Karachi. This presents a troubling scenario in a city, which has seen a considerable amount of violence over the past two decades, with the post 9/11 challenges just adding on to the ethnic violence and rampant street . . . → Read More: VIP security