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‘Sesame Street’ comes to Pakistan

‘Sesame Street’ comes to Pakistan

LAHORE – There’s no Cookie Monster, no Big Bird and no Count von Count. But Pakistani children will soon start experiencing what millions in the west have done for more than four decades – the joys of Sesame Street.
In a $20m (£12m) remake of the classic American children’s programme, the setting for the show has moved from the streets of New York to a lively village in Pakistan with a roadside tea and snacks stall, known as a dhaba, some fancy houses with overhanging balconies

Boom Boom Afridi comes home to boisterous fans and unruly media

KARACHI – Bereft of heroes in our age and time, eager fans (relatives and children of ministers and bureaucrats) and an unruly media turned the congratulatory reception of the Green Shirts at the Chief Minister’s (CM) House on Friday into real hell for our cricketing heroes.
The event was condemned to mismanagement soon after the Pakistan team arrived in the lawn of the CM House, with security personnel desperately trying to catch relatives and children of ministers and

Brand comes of age in ‘Arthur’ remake

Thirty years after Dudley Moore brought the world ‘Arthur,’ Russell Brand breathes new life into the drunken playboy, in what could be called a coming of age for the recently-married British actor. The original ‘Arthur’ took nearly $100 million at the US box office and won two Oscars in 1981: best supporting role for John Gielgud and best song for the Burt Bacharach theme tune ‘Best That You Can Do.’ With the remake, out Friday in the United States before its release in Europe and

Disney’s Magic Kingdom comes to the Middle Kingdom

SHANGHAI – Walt Disney Co broke ground on its long-awaited Shanghai Disneyland theme park on Friday, banking on its global brand and fairytale attractions to draw millions of visitors and boost its profits in the region.
Mickey and Minnie Mouse, dressed in traditional Chinese garb, took to the stage with Cinderella and Snow White to launch a Magic Kingdom-styled park tailored specifically to China.
Disney’s first theme park in mainland China and its third in Asia will cost

Green silenced – a festive day comes to a gloomy end

LAHORE – It was comparatively a dull sight in the city after Pakistan lost the World Cup semi-final to India on Wednesday.
“We missed out on all the crucial catches. Had we cashed in all such moments we would have been in a better position,” said Arkam Chaudry, while Aasia Afzal said, “I think it was a good cricket match and Pakistan did work hard and that is what counts.”
“It brought the nation together and the Pakistani team did well in the tournament,” said Shaukat and

MEGATECH-2011 comes to Lahore

LAHORE – After the success of eight consecutive exhibitions, the 9th edition of the International Machinery Exhibition of Garment & Textile Technology – MEGATECH Pakistan 2011, is all set to kick off the textile exhibition season of 2011. The exhibition will showcase the state-of-the-art machinery and technology related to textile, garment, embroidery and leather sectors from 3rd – 5th March, 2011 at the Expo Centre Lahore. The exhibition will also provide investors and decision

40-year-long wait finally comes to an end

KARACHI – After a 40-year-long wait, the ashes of 130 Sindhi Hindus, Japanese, Chinese and Buddhists have finally reached their eternal destination – the Ganges River in India, which holds a very sacred position in Hinduism. Ashes stored in earthen pots, and plastic and steel jars were lying at a local cremation ground in Karachi since 1970 because the Indian government had been refusing to issue visas to the loved ones of the deceased people.
Though the relatives of 130 people

Wasim hopes Aamir comes back strongly

KARACHI – Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram admitted that the lengthy bans handed out to Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer for corruption on Saturday represented a new low for the besieged sport in the country. “I feel sad for all three of these kids, two just over 20 and one just 18,” Wasim told AFP.
“I feel for their families because they are key players. This is a low for Pakistan cricket.” Wasim said he hopes the punishments will serve as a lesson. “Not only

Islamic wealth management comes of age

The Global Islamic Finance Report 2010 estimates that by the end of 2009, assets under the management of institutions offering Islamic financial services reached the $1.0 trillion benchmark. Islamic wealth management is a growing field within Islamic banking and finance. It refers to the phenomenon of managing wealth by adhering to Islamic principles of investment and preservation of wealth and transferring it to the next generation. The third of the five most widely known higher

And the sun comes out!

LAHORE – Citizens witnessed a sunset after a longtime, whereas sun exposed itself for a longer period of time after quite a few days on Sunday. People suffering gas load shedding in intense cold considered it the best opportunity and came out for a sun bath.
They cheered that sun made their day, whereas minimum temperature recorded on Sunday did not rise and remained at 2 Celsius. According to the Met Office, weather remained cold and dry in most parts of the country. Foggy

Clarke quits, White comes as T20 skipper

SYDNEY – Cameron White was named as skipper of Australia’s team on Friday for next week’s two Twenty20 internationals with England after the sudden retirement of Michael Clarke.
Clarke announced he was quitting international T20 cricket immediately after Australia’s humiliating Ashes series loss to England on Friday, saying he wanted to improve his Test form.
Brad Haddin, Clarke’s vice-captain in the Sydney Test, was left out of the T20 team for younger wicketkeeper rival

‘Q’ comes to PPP’s rescue

ISLAMABAD – With a tacit message of cooperation to the Pakistan People’s Party in case the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) also quitted the government, the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) on Tuesday extended full support to Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, pledging that it would not let “a unanimous leader of the House down”.
Speaking on a point of order in the National Assembly, PML-Q’s Riaz Hussain Pirzada took exception to what he called the prime minister’s character

Glory comes only by hardwork

LAHORE – The Pakistan Squash Federation has selected five-member squad for the Junior World Team Championship and Asian Championship scheduled for next year, newly-appointed national coach Jansher Khan said.
In a meet-the-press talk with media at the Lahore Press Club, Jansher said Pakistan players will have to do a lot of hard work if they are to regain their status as a top squash nation in the world. Jansher bemoaned that youngsters were not willing to work hard.
He said

Convention against abductions comes into force

GENEVA – An international accord aimed at preventing abductions – a fate affecting tens of thousands of people throughout the world – came into force Thursday, the United Nations said.
The International Convention for the Protection of all Persons from Enforced Disappearance, which was launched by the UN General Assembly in 2006, became law following its ratification last month by Iraq and Brazil. This took the number of ratifications past the required 20 countries, the United

British parliament deputy speaker comes out

LONDON – A deputy speaker in Britain’s parliament outed himself as gay on Sunday, claiming a former lawmaker was threatening to make his sexuality public.
Conservative lawmaker Nigel Evans, one of three who deputises for speaker John Bercow in the lower House of Commons, declined to name the Labour ex-member of parliament behind his decision.
“The MP was saying to anyone who would listen: ‘Why is it that Nigel Evans leads a life whereby he is gay to some people and not

Hiraj’s illegal land allotment comes under SC scrutiny

ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Friday issued notice to the chairman of the Capital Development Authority (CDA) to appear in court on Monday to explain the allotment of a 26.5-kanal plot in the Diplomatic Enclave to Hamid Yar Hiraj in violation of rules in December 2007.
Hiraj is a member of the parliamentary accountability committee and the chairman of the Earthquake Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Authority. Hirraj was also issued

Like a cunning lover, winter comes teasing you…

LAHORE: Like a cunning lover, the winter comes teasing you,” quotes Saeed Ahmed, a veteran journalist and playwright, from his recently written piece on the season describing it as a beloved
who does not appear at the time that she is supposed to; sometimes it is early, sometimes it is late. On a different level he draws a parallel between the winters and their effect upon the local ‘lunda market’. He mentions two of the most significant and well known Urdu short stories ‘Over