Daily Archives: January 24, 2011

Malangs flock to Data, ‘high’ on devotion

Malangs flock to Data, ‘high’ on devotion

LAHORE – Proudly courteous malangs, intoxicated in spirituality and unbothered by any terrorist threat, yesterday celebrated the first day of the 967th annual Urs at the shrine of Hazrat Ali Hajvery, popularly known as Data Ganj Baksh.
Diversified devotees, from across the country, in their traditional style, in groups, families and as individuals, kept coming at the shrine to offer ‘Fateha’ and pay their regards, while lights and flags adorned the roads adjacent to the

Corruption doing a thriving business at TDCP

LAHORE – The Tourism Development Corporation of Punjab (TDCP) has become a corruption hub for which credit goes to the Punjab tourism secretary and Finance general manager who have caused losses and administrative setbacks under supervision of close aides of the Punjab CM, Pakistan Today has learnt.
In an attempt to control the damage, the Punjab CM, who is also chairman of the TDCP, has approved merger of the TDCP in the Punjab Forest Department on February 1. But Punjab Tourism

‘Punjab govt abolishing 550 posts to reduce financial woes’

LAHORE – The Punjab government will abolish 550 posts including special secretaries and additional inspector generals to counter financial problems and strengthen governance in order to better serve the public, Senior Advisor to the Punjab CM Zulfiqar Khosa said on Sunday.
He was addressing a press conference after meeting of a government committee at the CM’s Secretariat. Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah and Punjab government spokesman Pervaiz Rashid were also present on the

Team probing stowaway’s death completes initial inquiry

LAHORE – A committee formed by Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani to probe into 15-year-old Qasim Siddique’s death, who tried to escape to Dubai, UAE by hiding in an airplane’s wheels but died after falling from the plane, and issue of his missing friend Ali Jamshaid has completed its initial inquiry, Pakistan Today has learnt.
According to details, a couple of days ago, Gilani had constituted a committee consisting of Civil Aviation Joint Secretary Arshad Farooq, Air

Paracha demands action against dance at GCU

LAHORE – Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Deputy Secretary General Farid Paracha on Sunday condemned a vulgar dance at the Government College University (GCU), Lahore under aegis of the varsity administration some days ago and asked the Lahore High Court (LHC) chief justice (CJ) to take suo moto action against those people who tarnished the image of the renowned educational institution to satisfy their lustful desires.
He said that the way in which GCU professors joined professional dancers

Tahir ul Qadri condemns governing setup

LAHORE – Tehreek-e-Minhaj ul Quran chief Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri has said that the present setup is geared to protect the vested interests of the powerful elite and no one is raising voice against corruption and oppression.
Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri expressed these views while delivering his keynote speech telephonically from Canada to a concluding session of a two-day meeting of MQI’s Majlis-e-Shura in the city here on Sunday. The meeting was attended by over 600 delegates from

Double salaries are not the limit for cash-starved policemen!

LAHORE – Although Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif doubled salaries of policemen, burdening the provincial exchequer to a great extent, in order to eliminate corruption from the police department, but the decision made no difference, as policemen leave no opportunity for looting the general public, Pakistan Today has learnt.
A large number of people have to face rude behaviour of policemen on a daily basis. From registration of cases to acquittal, at every step policemen

Boy arrested for accidentally coming in front of CM’s cavalcade

LAHORE – A boy was arrested by police for accidentally walking in front of the Chief Minister Punjab Mian Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif’s convoy on Sunday in Model Town.
The boy was subsequently released by police after confirming his residency in Model Town and the unintentional stepping onto the CM Punjab’s route. Adeel Qadir (19), a resident of the 21-B went to a shop for buying grocery. After buying grocery he came out from the shop and tried to cross the road without knowing that

Fruit, vegetable and chicken prices fall, sales rise

LAHORE – Sunday was a good for the citizens, because fruit and vegetable prices declined, and for the Sunday bazaars’ administrations, because public complaints reduced. The prices of onion, ginger, garlic, tomatoes and chicken decreased by around Rs 5 to 15 per Kg.
“Onion and garlic prices had gone out of control, making difficult for us to manage the budget. The price reduction shows that the government could control prices if and when it wanted to,” said a housewife, Rabia

Yousuf slapped with fine, ban in Quaid Trophy

LAHORE – There seems to be no end to the woes of Muhammad Yousuf as after suffering the ignominy of being rejected for the World Cup and the preparatory tour to New Zealand, the former Pakistan captain has now been slapped with fine and ban in the ongoing Quaid-e-Azam tournament.
Match referee Illyas Khan imposed penalties of Rs 15,000 fine and two-match ban on Yousuf after he violated the PCB code of conduct for wearing kits on the field and showing up late for a match in

South Africa clinch series as Pathan-led India fall short

CENTURION – Yusuf Pathan’s blistering century proved in vain for India as South Africa won the fifth and decisive one-day international by 33 runs on Sunday to take the series 3-2. Morne Morkel bagged four wickets and Dale Steyn and Lonwabo Tsotsobe two apiece for the hosts who dismissed India for 234.
India had been set a Duckworth/Lewis revised target of 268 to win in 46 overs following a rain delay. India were in desperate trouble at 119 for eight before Pathan resurrected

Hussey anchors Australia to 3-0 lead

SYDNEY – David Hussey steered Australia to a four-wicket win over England in the third one-day international at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday. Australia posted 215-6 to win with four overs to spare, after England scored just 214 from 48 overs — the third time in as many matches they have failed to last their full allotment of overs.
The home side take a 3-0 lead in the seven-match series, in which England are seeking a sixth consecutive ODI series win. The English total,

Suspended Salman joins Misbah’s captaincy supporters

LAHORE – Pakistan’s tainted former skipper Salman Butt has called on the Pakistan Cricket Board to appoint senior batsman Misbah-ul-Haq as captain for the World Cup to be held in the sub-continent next month.
Butt, who along with pace bowlers Muhammad Asif and Muhammad Aamer, will have to wait till February 5 to learn his fate in the spot-fixing row, also described flamboyant all-rounder Shahid Afridi as a “clueless” captain.
“This is more or less the same team that plays in

Federer labours, Schiavone wins longest match

MELBOURNE – Roger Federer made hard work of reaching his 27th consecutive grand slam quarter-final at the Australian Open on Sunday but it looked like a short shift after Francesca Schiavone’s titanic tussle with Svetlana Kuznetsova.
French Open champion Schiavone took a gruelling four hours and 44 minutes to edge her Russian friend 6-4 1-6 16-14 in a Hisense Arena thriller and claim a place in the last eight after the longest women’s grand slam singles match in the modern era.

Nadal tells Tomic to keep working hard

MELBOURNE – Rafael Nadal has some practical advice for rising Australian teen Bernard Tomic if he is to realise his enormous potential and become a future top-liner in men’s tennis.
The 18-year-old Tomic, ranked 198 places below the world number one, was far from overrun in a daunting night match on Rod Laver Arena, keeping the heavily perspiring Nadal on court for 2hr 30min before he went out fighting, 6-2, 7-5, 6-3.
Asked what Tomic had to do to take the next big step,

Federer’s backhander to greatness

MELBOURNE – It may bemuse those who have drooled over Roger Federer’s artistic tennis, but the Grand Slam champion says he once had a horrible backhand. The Swiss maestro owns perhaps the supreme backhand in the business as he aims for his record 17th Grand Slam at the current Australian Open in Melbourne.
The defending champion, 29, advanced to a record-equalling 27th consecutive Grand Slam quarter-final on Sunday with a four-set victory over Spain’s Tommy Robredo. “I used to

Kaymer set for third successive Abu Dhabi title

ABU DHABI – Germany’s Martin Kaymer looks set for an unprecedented third Abu Dhabi Golf Championship title as he opened up a five shot lead after the third round of the 2.7 million dollars European Tour event here on Saturday. The European No1 and US PGA Championship winner shot his second consecutive bogey-free round – this time a six-under par 66 – to open his formidable lead at 18-under 198.
Northern Ireland tyro Rory McIlroy tried to bridge the gap with a birdie-eagle finish