Only tea and biscuits at government functions

The Punjab government has issued a new “austerity policy” for this financial year banning tours abroad by parliamentarians at government expense and the purchase of cars and other goods.

Exceptions to the policy can be authorised by Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, or in the case of small purchases, an austerity committee headed by the . . . → Read More: Only tea and biscuits at government functions

Butt’s visit to Lord’s futile?

The visit of the Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board Ijaz Butt to the famous Lord’s cricket ground for the 2000th Test match last week has apparently produced no results as far as discussions between the PCB and the International Cricket Council (ICC) over the report of the Pakistan Task Team (PTT) is concerned. Reports . . . → Read More: Butt’s visit to Lord’s futile?

Three more killed in Karachi firing incidents

Fresh incidents of firing in various areas of the city claimed three lives, Geo News reported.

According to the police, unidentified armed men opened fire at a car, resultantly one person was killed and a minor girl wounded.

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Karachi: 10-hour load shedding in various areas

KARACHI: Various areas of the city are still facing 10-hour load shedding despite the problem of reduced gas supply to KESC by SSGC has been resolved.

According to the sources, 8 to 10 hours load shedding is being carried out in various parts of the city causing business activities to suffer.

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Fat is more dangerous for South Asians

Weight gain can be more dangerous for South Asians than for Caucasians because the fat clings to organs like the liver instead of the skin, said a study published Thursday.

The main difference between Caucasians and South Asians comes down to how much space there is to store fat in the body and where it . . . → Read More: Fat is more dangerous for South Asians

Intel brings cloud promise to reality

PENANG, MALAYSIA: For a few years now, the debate about ‘cloud computing’ and its importance in the future of information technology (IT) has been heavily argued by IT fanatics.

Some believe that it is all hype, whereas, some believe that it will surpass the internet in importance. Intel Corporation, for one, believes that the promise of . . . → Read More: Intel brings cloud promise to reality

Pakistan ranks 5th in Asia in mobile phone users

Pakistan ranks 5th in Asia in mobile phone users as more than 100 million people are using mobile phones in the country.

The number of mobile phone users in the world has reached 5 billion. According to Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), 10 million new connections were issued domestically, a private tv news channel reported Wednesday.

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Much more needs to be done to improve rural livelihood

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has said that despite successes in flood rehabilitation efforts, a lot remains to be done to further restore rural livelihoods and to significantly reduce vulnerability, improve food production and income generation, and increase the resilience of rural communities to future shocks.

In an announcement on its . . . → Read More: Much more needs to be done to improve rural livelihood

The Pakistan-isation of lunacy

It is an odd thing to feel relief when 76 people have died. But then, being Pakistani has become an odd thing to be. When the news coverage of the grotesque terrorism in Oslo began, the world watched it unfold with a sense of sadness. In Pakistan, we watched it with gritted teeth and clenched expectations. We . . . → Read More: The Pakistan-isation of lunacy

Sarfraz Shah killing trial

Even though just one shot was fired, the Rangers men acted in unison when they encircled the unarmed Sarfraz Shah. They pointed their weapons at him and thus they were conjoined in the murder.

These were the answers the investigating officer in the case, DIG Sultan Khawaja gave to questions in the anti-terrorism court on Wednesday . . . → Read More: Sarfraz Shah killing trial