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Transformation plays key role in one’s life: Nosheen

Transformation plays key role in one’s life: Nosheen

KARACHI – “Transformation plays a key role in one’s life. We transform physically and pass through a lot of changes, and along with that our personalities change with time,” artist Nosheen Iqbal said.
Iqbal said that we learn from the changes around us as we are a part of a certain system that we live in. The system changes and so do we by transforming with it, and acquiring and adapting according to these changes, she added. “Nature does it all the time. It adapts to the changes

Rebels seize key Libyan towns

BENGHAZI – Forces loyal to Libyan leader Moamer Gaddafi were retreating on Saturday after rebels recaptured the key eastern town of Ajdabiya in their first significant victory since the launch of the Western-led airstrikes a week ago. US President Barack Obama said the international mission had saved countless innocents from a “bloodbath” threatened by Gaddafi, and the rebels thanked France for its role in the military blitz but said “outside forces” could now leave the country.

Attack the key at Mohali, says Latif

KARACHI – Former captain Rashid Latif Saturday tagged India “favourites” for World Cup semi-final against arch-rivals Pakistan but said an attacking team stood more chance of victory at Mohali. India, winners of the World Cup in 1983, meet the 1992 champions Pakistan in the semi-final on March 30, a match which has already left millions of fans across the border in a frenzy. Latif said India on their home ground will be favourites. “India in India are favourites, there is no doubt,”

Indian govt introduces key tax reform bill

NEW DELHI – India’s government introduced a wide-ranging tax bill into parliament on Tuesday, but opposition to the move threatened to derail one what is one of the coalition’s most ambitious reforms of its second term. In a sign of how corruption scandals are hindering the government, opposition lawmakers immediately forced an adjournment by demanding a debate on accusations Prime Minister Manmohan Singh lied to parliament about a cash-for-votes scandal. The Hindu nationalist

Portugal to hold key vote today, govt on ropes

LISBON – Portugal’s parliament will vote on the government’s latest austerity measures on Wednesday, setting the stage for a potential collapse of the minority Socialist administration a day before a European summit. Prime Minister Jose Socrates has threatened to resign if the opposition fails to approve the measures. The main opposition Social Democrats (PSD) are refusing to back them and have begun to talk about snap elections, complicating the country’s drive to avoid following

‘Economic reforms key to sustainable growth’

ISLAMABAD – Bringing about economic reforms to overhaul the existing system is the way forward to ensure sustainable economic growth in the country, the economic managers believe.
There is need to bring about changes at many levels if the country has to grow on sustainable grounds, they said. They added that the first step towards this direction could be the change in mindset for accepting innovations and giving up illogical reasoning for accepting or rejecting ideas.

Bahrain protesters block key thoroughfare

MANAMA – Protesters blocked off a main thoroughfare to the Bahrain Financial Harbour, a key business district in the Gulf Arab banking centre, overwhelming riot police who fired thick clouds of tear gas and water cannon.
Thousands of youths ran across the King Faisal Highway as police backed away in the face of hundreds of protesters who had gathered near the Pearl roundabout, the focal point of weeks of demonstrations on the small Gulf island. The government said in a statement

Spinners hold the key, says Qadir

LAHORE – Former spin greats have advised the Pakistan team to rely more on the slow bowlers in the remaining matches of the World Cup. Qadir, the master leg-spinner, also supported a bigger role for spinners but felt that no one should fall into the spin trap.
“Take a decision after looking at the pitch on a particular match day. Pitches in Sri Lanka tend to support the pace bowlers early on,” he said.
The former chief selector, however, agreed that the role of spinners

Key ally leaves Manmohan govt

NEW DELHI – A key regional party from south India said Saturday it had withdrawn from the ruling national coalition, dealing a new blow to the embattled government but still leaving it with a sturdy majority. The Dravida Munnettra Kazhagam (DMK) said it had been unable to come to an agreement with the Congress party for elections in the state of Tamil Nadu, leading it to withdraw from the embattled federal coalition and offer issue-based support.
The move is the latest challenge

Key tribes abandon Yemeni president

SANAA – Pressure on Ali Abdullah Saleh to resign intensified on Saturday when the leaders of two of Yemen’s most important tribes abandoned the president and joined the anti-regime movement. The news came as an official denied reports that police killed four people on Friday in an assault on an anti-government protest in Aden, blaming a southern secessionist group for the attack.
Powerful tribal leaders, including those of the Hashid and Baqil, pledged to join protests against

US military pulls out of key eastern Afghan valley

WASHINGTON – The US military has begun pulling soldiers out of the Pech valley in eastern Afghanistan, a location once said to be vital to the war effort in the region, the Pentagon said on Friday.
The commander of US-led forces in eastern Afghanistan, Major General John Campbell, is “repositioning” forces “within the province to achieve greater effect and allow for more flexibility,” said Lieutenant Colonel Elizabeth Robbins, a Pentagon spokesperson.
Campbell, “is moving

Punjab abolishes key local government posts

LAHORE – The Punjab government has abolished the posts of four executive district officers (EDOs) and three deputy district officers (DDOs) from the district administration, Pakistan Today has learnt. The move is a part of the review and rationalisation of departments initiated by the Punjab government. Punjab chief minister constituted a cabinet committee, headed by Sardar Zulfiquar Khosa to spearhead the rationalisation process, and abolished a total of 234 posts of EDOs and DDOs on

Experienced players hold the key: Imran

LAHORE – The current Pakistan cricket team has had the “worst” possible preparation for the World Cup but is still capable of lifting the trophy if it manages to stay united through the mega event, says the country’s 1992 World Cup winning captain Imran Khan.
“The team had the worst preparation for the World Cup but it is all a matter of some players putting up their hands and performing consistently in the tournament and the team clicking and gelling together after a good start

LDA makes key decisions

LAHORE – The Lahore Development Authority (LDA) has approved independent building regulations for katchi abadies, project of improvement and rehabilitation work of Ferozepur Road and installation of warning signs displaying height restriction messages at underpasses at Canal Bank Road from Dharampura underpass to Tokhar Niaz Baig.
This decision was taken during a meeting of the LDA governing body, chaired by District Coordination Officer and LDA Chairman Ahad Khan Cheema. The

Guest in Town – Early detection is key to fighting breast cancer

LAHORE – Every year 40,000 people die of breast cancer in Pakistan, mostly due to late diagnosis and the “stigma” attached to the fatal disease, the US National Institute of Health MD Jo Anne Zujewski said in an exclusive interview with Pakistan Today.
Zujewski, who heads the breast cancer therapeutics clinical investigation branch in Washington, visited Pakistan to increase awareness about breast cancer. She visited different public and private health facilities in Lahore,

‘HR reforms key to HBFCL rejuvenation’

LAHORE – House Building Finance Corporation Limited (HBFCL), the country’s leading housing finance institution is successfully enacting a voluntary separation scheme (VSS) as a key component of its transformation strategy aimed at turning HBFCL into an efficient, customer focused and profitable entity.
The continued right-sizing will result in a significant reduction in administrative expenses and an increase in consistent profitability. HBFCL engaged a leading auditing firm for