Rs 20 billion contract awarded to blacklisted company for project at new Islamabad airport

The government awarded a contract of over Rs20 billion to a blacklisted firm for a project at a new airport in Islamabad, according to an audit report (2011-12), which also found irregularities worth billions of rupees in Civil Aviation Authority accounts.

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Hypocrisy for Iftaar this Year

Pakistan’s media this year pulled all stops, falling short of being an Indian soap opera in its own right. What with talk show hosts and political analysts abandoning all pretense of dignity and composure, TV channels baring the darker side of the screen, videos leaking , clerics swearing and Veena Malik showing Rakhi Sawant how . . . → Read More: Hypocrisy for Iftaar this Year

Could Rajesh Khanna handle stardom?

By Vivek Kaul 

Sometime in March this year I was taking a Tamil aunt of mine around Mumbai.  As we went around on the Carter Road in Bandra I showed her Rajesh Khanna’s bungalow, Aashirward. “My sister even named her son after him,” she told me. “Such was his craze”.

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PAKISTAN MILITARY’S SACRIFICES

Microsoft records its first loss in 26 years

The computing giant Microsoft has made its first-ever quarterly loss after it wrote off some of the value of its online advertising business.

The loss came after it wrote down the value of Aquantive by $6.2bn (£3.94bn, 5bn euros), which failed to bring the profits expected by Microsoft.

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Downton Abbey and Mad Men fight for Emmy’s best drama award

ITV1′s wartime drama Downton Abbey is up for the main prize at the 2012 Primetime Emmys.

The show is nominated for best drama, alongside Mad Men, Homeland, Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad and Boardwalk Empire.

Downton stars Hugh Bonneville and Michelle Dockery are also up for best actor and best actress in a drama.

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