Face of Second Largest Hand Carved Buddha Statue to be reconstructed

By Sebastian Abbot

When the Taliban blew the face off a towering, 1,500-year-old rock carving of Buddha in northwest Pakistan almost five years ago, it fell to an intrepid Italian archaeologist to come to the rescue.

Thanks to the efforts of Luca Olivieri and his partners, the 6-meter (nearly 20-foot)-tall image near the town of . . . → Read More: Face of Second Largest Hand Carved Buddha Statue to be reconstructed

Selective Morality at every Level

By Salman Masood

The brouhaha over the Dunya News video leak has shifted the spotlight from the real issue of accountability to the dark underbelly of the television news networks. Though it fills me with a sense of gratification that within days of writing an article for this newspaper, (“Modern-day gladiators”, June 8), the thrust of . . . → Read More: Selective Morality at every Level

List of Pakistan’s Prime ministers so far

Pakistan’s National Assembly meets to vote for the 17th prime minister after Yousaf Raza Gilani was declared ineligible to hold office by the Supreme Court. Below is a list of previous prime ministers of Pakistan with the dates of their tenure and the political party they belonged to.

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The New Prime minister’s first few days

The temperature in Pakistan’s hyper-activist Supreme Court must have reached boiling point after Raja Pervez Ashraf was chosen on June 22nd as the candidate of the ruling Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) for prime minister. His predecessor, Yousaf Raza Gilani, was thrown out of the job this week by their Lordships.

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Smartphone services could make SMS obsolete

SINGAPORE: Text messaging, the simple telecoms service that turned into a global phenomenon, is under threat from free smartphone services and operators need to find alternative revenue streams, analysts say.

The short message service, or SMS, started as a way to use spare telecoms capacity but has become a key cash generator for operators, while . . . → Read More: Smartphone services could make SMS obsolete

A beautiful mind

By Farah Zahidi Moazzam

The show that was to make unparalleled history. The show of 20 questions that gained such mass appeal that it redefined the word Kasauti in the Urdu lughat (dictionary). The show that started off in the Radio Pakistan building with three friends with beautiful minds teeming with information quizzing each other with . . . → Read More: A beautiful mind

Zardari issues legal cover for all legislations passed by Gilani

ISLAMABAD – President Asif Ali Zardari on Sunday issued an ordinance to prevent actions taken in the past two months by former PM Yousaf Raza Gilani, recently ousted by judges, from being challenged in court.

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Cyber- ruption

By Arif Ansar

The media debacle that unfolded during the last couple of weeks is not unique to Pakistan; it has already rocked the West. Rupert Murdoch and his media empire are under the gun in UK for the phone hacking scandal and reporting practices. During the second Iraq war, the credibility of the . . . → Read More: Cyber- ruption