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Yemeni president sacks govt

Yemeni president sacks govt

SANAA – Yemen’s embattled President Ali Abdullah Saleh on Sunday sacked his government in the face of massive protests demanding his resignation, the state news agency Saba reported. “The president has dismissed the government but asked the cabinet to remain in a caretaker position until a new one is formed,” Saba said.
The announcement came as tens of thousands of people turned out in Sanaa earlier in the day for the funerals of many of the 52 people gunned down by Saleh

Russia, China, India, AL condemn air raids

MOSCOW/BEIJING – Russia, China and India called for an end to “indiscriminate use of force” by foreign states taking part in military operations in Libya. A statement by the Chinese Foreign Ministry said the country opposed the use of force in international relations.
“China has noted the latest developments in Libya and expresses regret over the military attacks on Libya,” the statement said. Russia also issued a similarly worded statement in which it called for a ceasefire as

Pakistan will face water shortage in coming years

ISLAMABAD – The World Bank and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) termed Pakistan as one of the most “water-stressed” countries in the world, likely to face an acute water shortage over the next five years because of a lack of water for irrigation, industry and domestic consumption.
Water supply in Pakistan fell from 5,000 cubic metres per capita to 1,000 cubic metres in 2010, and might further decrease to 800 cubic metres per capita by 2020, said the WB report. The Falkenmark

Saifullah opposes PML-Q boycott of presidential address

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan Muslim League (PML) Likeminded, the breakaway faction of the PML-Quaid (PML-Q), has opposed the PML-Q’s decision to boycott the presidential address to the joint session of parliament.
PML Likeminded President Senator Salim Saifullah called the PML-Q’s decision “inappropriate”. “If the opposition parties are really sincere in steering the country out of crises, they should develop mutual understanding and it will be their unity that can force the government

CDA begins work on Kashmir Highway without ECNEC’s approval

ISLAMABAD – The Capital Development Authority has started the construction work of Kashmir Highway without sending its fresh PC-1 worth over Rs 3 billion to National Economic Council (NEC).
“The old PC-1 of Kashmir Highway project is Rs 2.2 billion, which was approved by the NEC in 2007 but the CDA has not sent the new PC-1 of Kashmir Highway project of over Rs 3 billion under which they tendered and started the project,” a source in CDA finance wing told Pakistan Today.

FDE to be placed under ICT

ISLAMABAD – After the devolution of education ministry to provinces, government will place Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) under the administrative control of Islamabad Capital Territory, it has been learnt.
A source in Education Ministry told Pakistan Today that after the devolution of Education Ministry to provinces under 18th Constitutional Amendment, which is likely to be completed within a month, FDE which deals with 408 educational institutions will be given under

Wynne meets Turkish PM

ISLAMABAD – Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Chairman General Khalid Shameem Wynne met Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan at Canakklae Naval Victory and Martyrs Day ceremony while on an official visit to Turkey, said an official statement issued here on Sunday. The 96th anniversary of Canakkale battles, which took place on March 18, 1915 during World War I, was celebrated with traditional enthusiasm, said the statement.

‘Balochistan to face drought-like conditions’

KARACHI – Another devastating landslide on the pattern of Attabad is on the offing in Hunza Valley, while Balochistan may suffer from moderate to severe drought in coming years. Similarly, there is a visible earthquake fault line passing through the Chaman town of Balochistan but no building codes or other precautionary measures are being adopted to mitigate the effects in case of a jolt in future.
These revelations were made during the course of discussion at the 5th meeting of

SC resumes hearing on PCO judges today

ISLAMABAD – The Supreme Court will resume the hearing on intra-court appeals of the superior courts’ judges today (Monday), who had taken oath under the Provisional Constitutional Order (PCO) in violation of the apex court’s November 3, 2007 restraining order.
A seven-member special bench comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Javed Iqbal, Justice Mian Shakirullah Jan, Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani, Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, Justice Sarmad Jalal Osmany

TTP threatens to target those who let off Davis

LAHORE – The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has condemned the release of Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) contractor Raymond Davis under a “blood money” deal with relatives of the two men he killed, and threatened to target all those who aided the United States in securing his acquittal in court, Indian newspaper Hindustan Times reported on Sunday.
Taliban spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan had said the militant group’s central leadership had taken exception to the release of the

Shezan relaunches food products

KARACHI – Shezan International Limited, a well-known consumer brand having a good local and international market share in processed food items and beverages, has announced the complete range of jam, jelly and marmalade in newly-designed jars and packaging.
It was announced by the company’s Director Marketing Waseem Amjad Mehmood during a press conference at Avari Towers, Karachi. He said the products would have added chunks of fresh fruit giving extra nutritional value to the

Punjab govt plans to carry out digital mapping of 36 districts

FAISALABAD – The Punjab government has unveiled a plan to carry out digital mapping of 36 districts of the province for the accurate identification of particular areas in each district.
The process will help the government have a precise area-wise study and planning of the infrastructure of urban and rural development in addition to its primary function of identifying, in minute details, the residential and commercial areas of the districts.
These views were expressed by

Landlord grabs labourer’s inherited house

HAFIZABAD – A landlord of village Punj Garain near Hafizabad grabbed the house of a poor family.
According to details, a poor labourer, Khizar Hayat, had been living in his inherited house in the village since long. On the day of the incident, a landlord of the same village, Muhammad Ali, along with five armed accomplices, stormed into the house, threw his household items out of it and took illegal possession of it.
The poor family that was deprived of shelter went from

Firdous Ashiq announces compensation for storm victims

SIALKOT – Federal Information Minister Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan on Sunday visited the heirs of the five people who were killed during a windstorm in village Machchrala, Buhadarpura, Chakrala and Dera Bhattian near Head Marala, district Sialkot.
She consoled the grieved families and offered fateha for the departed souls. Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan announced Rs 500,000 and Rs 100,000 compensation for each dead and injured, respectively, on behalf of the prime minister.
Later, she

JI demonstrates against Davis’ release

SAHIWAL – Jamaat-e-Islami took out a rally against the release of US national Raymond Davis, the killer of two Pakistanis.
The JI rally passed through the city’s main bazaars, holding the banners inscribed with slogans against the federal and Punjab rulers. Addressing the protesters, the rally leaders said it was the outcome of a secret deal between Preasident Asif Ali Zardari and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and both of them compelled the heirs of the families of the

Two girls raped

KASUR – A 13-year-old daughter of Muhammad Rafiq was going home from school when Farooq and Irfan abducted her and raped her at village Gharri Singh in the precincts of Kanganpur Police Station.
In the fourth incident, Touseef and Noor Muhammad abducted Gulshan Bibi from village Mian Wala Ghat and raped her at gunpoint.

Gaddafi under attack, as US, Allies launch assault on Libya

WASHINGTON/BRASILIA/PARIS – A coalition of the United States and four other nations launched military action against Libya on Saturday, officials said, as the West tries to force Muammar Gaddafi from power.
A US official told reporters on condition of anonymity that a coalition including the United States, France, Britain, Canada and Italy had begun launching strikes on Libya designed to cripple Gaddafi’s air defenses. At least some Arab nations are expected to join the coalition