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Djokovic beats Federer to keep Dubai title

Djokovic beats Federer to keep Dubai title

DUBAI – Defending champion Novak Djokovic won his third consecutive title at the Dubai championships when he defeated top seed Roger Federer 6-3 6-3 in just 71 minutes on Saturday. It is the 20th title of his career and his second of the year after the Australian Open in January.
The second seeded Serbian is the only player apart from four-time champion Federer to have won the title three times, following Federer victories in 2003-5 and 2007. He has now won 15 straight matches

Federer meets Djokovic in Dubai final

Dubai – Roger Federer earned a chance of regaining one of his titles, and an early revenge upon Novak Djokovic, by reaching the final of the Dubai Open on Friday.
Federer, without a Grand Slam title for the first time in eight years, overcame Richard Gasquet, the gifted Frenchman who once beat him as a teenager, by 6-2, 7-5 to earn a second meeting with Djokovic inside four weeks. It was the Serbian who beat the Swiss maestro last month in Melbourne before making off with his

Pak expects huge rice export orders at Dubai expo

KARACHI -Rice exporters from Pakistan have been invited to participate in a big way in the first ever international rice exhibition, “Rice International Conference and Exhibition (RICE) Dubai 2011”, which will be held from May 9 to 11 at Madinatul Jumeirah, United Arab Emirates.
FAM Holding (a conglomerate in the UAE) Chairman Dr Faisal Ali Mousa, while addressing a press conference along with his representative from Pakistan, Asad Sajjad, said that the event would provide an

Federer reaches Dubai semis

DUBAI – Roger Federer remains on course for a fifth title at the Dubai Championships after he downed a battling Sergiy Stakhovsky 6-3 6-4 in the quarter-finals. The Swiss player was broken for the first time this week in the opening game of the match, but broke back immediately. He never looked back as his court coverage and precision proved too much for his Ukrainian opponent, who came into the match ranked at 43 in the world and without a win against a player in the top 10. Djokovic

Dubai executes child’s killer, first in 10 years

DUBAI – Dubai carried out a death sentence for the first time in 10 years on Thursday, executing an Emirati man found guilty of raping and murdering a Pakistani child, official media reported. Rashid Rabia al-Rashidi, who had been found guilty of the rape and pre-meditated murder of a four-year-old Pakistani boy in a Dubai mosque, had exhausted all legal avenues, the official WAM news agency said.
The 30-year-old Emirati was sentenced to death in January 2010, after he confessed

Main accused of ex-AG’s murder held in Dubai, SC told

ISLAMABAD – The Supreme Court on Monday disposed of the murder case of former attorney general for Pakistan, Muhammad Sardar Khan after it was informed that the main accused had been taken into custody in Dubai on the request of the Islamabad police and legal process was underway for his extradition.
Appearing on notice before a four-member bench comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Muhammad Sair Ali, Justice Ghulam Rabbani and Justice Khalilur Rehman

Bond heads to Dubai in new novel

DUBAI – British super spy James Bond will head to the glitzy Gulf emirate of Dubai, itself no stranger to real-life espionage and assassination, in a new book titled “Carte Blanche,” its author said Tuesday. “This place is so culturally vibrant, so picturesque, so full of fascinating, multicultural individuals,” Jeffery Deaver said during a talk in Dubai.
“This is an exotic city that is worthy of James Bond.” While in Dubai about a year ago, “I became enamored of the city. I

BHC stays lease of Lasbela land to Dubai royals

QUETTA – The Balochistan High Court on Friday stayed the leasing out of hundreds of acres of land in Lasbela district to members of Dubai’s royal family for hunting purpose and issued pre-admission notices to both the federal and provincial governments.
The stay order from the court was obtained by no other than the Balochistan Assembly Speaker Muhammad Aslam Bhootani.
The court restrained both the federal and provincial governments from taking further action regarding the

SRK’s New Year bash in Dubai!

Shah Rukh Khan has reason enough to celebrate. 2010 wasn’t such a bad year for the man whose film My Name Is Khan – hailed India’s first global film – hit the theatres.
Then there was the shooting of his ambitious ‘Ra.One’ that kept him busy all year. SRK, now has a host of new things to look forward to as well – his small screen reality show ‘Zor ka Jhatka’ and the release of ‘Ra.One’. And so, our dear Khan is celebrating, the end of good things and the begining of better ones,

Dubai movie fest opens with Firth film

DUBAI: The seventh Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) opened on Sunday with the Tom Hooper-directed “The King’s Speech” starring Colin Firth, which movie pundits say is Oscar-bound.
Firth plays the leading role as Britain’s King George VI in the historical comedy set in a time of fading empire. A total of 157 films from 57 countries are taking part in this year’s DIFF, where new Arab talent is also on show, particularly from Egypt.
“The seventh edition of the Dubai

Parker leads in Dubai Masters

DUBAI: An early birdie blitz from Florentyana Parker lifted her into the lead after the opening day of the 500,000-euro Dubai Ladies Masters, the season-ending event of the Ladies European Tour, here on Wednesday.
The 21-year-old from England made five birdies in her first seven holes, but a bogey on her penultimate hole saw her finish at five-under par 67, one ahead of Russia’s Maria Verchenova, who is playing on a sponsors’ invitation.
American superstar Michelle Wie, who

CM to attend trade conference in Dubai

LAHORE: Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif will participate in the Pakistan Business and Investment Conference which will be hosted by the International Business Forum Dubai in collaboration with the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Punjab Board of Investment and Trade in Dubai on December 13. The conference will also be attended by a delegation comprising of more than 100 Pakistani businessmen.
Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif will preside over the inaugural

Spot-fixing hearing – Dubious duo vows to clear names in Dubai

LAHORE: Pakistani batsman Salman Butt and bowler Mohammad Aamer vowed Friday to prove their innocence as they left for Dubai to appeal against their suspension over a spot-fixing scandal. The International Cricket Council provisionally suspended Salman, who was Pakistan’s Test captain, Aamer and bowler Mohammad Asif after they were charged with offences under the anti-corruption code of conduct last month.
They all appealed, although Asif later withdrew his application. An ICC

Dubai World’s restructuring officer steps down

DUBAI: The Chief Restructuring Officer of Dubai World, Aidan Birkett, is stepping down after the debt-laden group reached a deal to restructure its debt, stated an official statement released on Wednesday.
“Birkett has now successfully completed his work at Dubai World and will be stepping down on 14th October 2010,” said the Dubai government statement.
The group, which announced last month reaching an agreement with 99 percent of its creditor banks on its proposal to

Emirates denies receiving Dubai subsidies

DUBAI: Dubai’s Emirates airlines, the Middle East’s largest carrier, denied on Tuesday receiving government subsidies, hitting back at European claims that it was competing on the back of state aid.
“We have grown without subsidy through the success of our commercially driven business model and see no reason to apologise for what we have achieved,” president Tim Clark said in a statement.
“When so many entities and economies around the world are being shored up by

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