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Second ODI today – Pakistan batting holds the key

COMMENT – It was indeed a deplorable batting performance from Pakistan in the first ODI against New Zealand. On a pitch with bounce and offering movement, Pakistani batsmen looked perplexed and were bundled out for just 124 in just 37.3 overs a target which the hosts raced to in the 18th over.
After a more than reasonable batting effort in Tests, this poor show in the first game was pretty bad from Pakistan side.
Now for today’s game in Queenstown Pakistan batsmen need to

Fortified foods boost key vitamin in pregnant women

ISLAMABAD – The women of childbearing age who double the amount of folic acid in their blood require food fortification of flour and other grains with vitamin-B to help reduce birth defects, health officials say. Officials at the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention expect the payoff will be fewer spinal and brain defects. “We’re talking about a simple intervention here that can prevent up to half of those birth defects,” said Dr David Fleming, CDC deputy director for science

Scandal-weary Berlusconi clings to key allies

ROME – Religious leaders called on Silvio Berlusconi to clean up his act as the beleaguered Italian prime minister clung to the support on Friday of his key allies in the midst of a raging sex scandal.
As his lawyers submitted a petition challenging the competency of Milan magistrates who have accused him of paying for sex with an underage girl, pundits said he could yet defy the political obituary writers once again. But with even the pope taking an apparent dig at Berlusconi,

Tunisia unveils freedoms but regime retains key posts

TUNIS – Tunisia on Monday unveiled unprecedented new freedoms and announced the release of political prisoners after a popular revolt but the ousted president’s party held on to key posts in the new cabinet.
Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi will remain as head of the transitional government, which will prepare for presidential and parliamentary elections after former president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali resigned and fled on Friday. The ruling party also retained the key foreign,

Textile sector key employer of women

KARACHI – Despite the government’s efforts to improve the employment opportunities available to women, access to employment remains limited in most of the trades. Pakistan still remains lags in terms of gender gap and except for a few professions; women have very limited access to employment.
This was the consensus reached by participants of a seminar assessing gender inequality in the workforce. It was jointly organised by Sustainable Development Programme Institute (SDPI) and

Tolerance is the key to the future: Kasuri

LAHORE – Former Foreign Minister and senior leader of PML-Q Likeminded group Khurshid Mahmood Kasuri while condemning the assassination of Governor Salman Taseer said nation must work above the sectarian divide to save the country from extremism.
Recording his reaction over the killing of slain Governor Punjab with Pakistan today here Wednesday, he said that the brutal killing of Punjab Governor was a question mark over the changing mindset of fanatics and if it was not be

Losing captaincy key to Ashes win: Pietersen

SYDNEY – England’s Kevin Pietersen believes the rebellion that led to him losing the captaincy two years ago had been vindicated by the Ashes triumph in Australia.
Pietersen said the captain-and-coach partnership of Andrew Strauss and Andy Flower that replaced Pietersen and Peter Moores in early 2009 had played a key role in producing that triumph.
“You know what? I have never said this before – I lost the captaincy, I got rid of the captaincy for the good of English

Good governance – Sharifs likely to gift key post to loyal ex-LHC CJ

LAHORE – The Punjab government led by Shahbaz Sharif is likely to “gift” an important post to former Lahore High Court chief justice Khawaja Muhammad Sharif for his unshaken loyalty and time-tested friendship with the Sharifs.
PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif visited Justice (r) Sharif at his residence and discussed with him the basics of the new task and other related issues. A member of the PML-N Central Organising Committee told Pakistan Today that the parleys between Nawaz and

Key TAPI pipeline agreement signed

ASHGABAT: Pakistan on Saturday signed broad agreements with Afghanistan, India, and Turkmenistanat a summit on a transnational gas pipeline, though talks yielded few concrete details.
The 1,700-kilometre TAPI pipeline, Ashgabat’s dream project that first appeared in 1995, has been on hold for many years due to the Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan. The presidents of Turkmenistan, Pakistan, and Afghanistan met for the first time to discuss the project, while India was represented

Weather holds the key to SL-Windies Test

PALLEKELE: Sri Lanka and the West Indies hope for clear weather as they seek to clinch the series with a win in the third and final Test starting at a new venue on Wednesday.
The series is tied at 0-0 after rain-hit drawn matches in Colombo and Galle and the weather is likely to curtail play at the Pallekele International Stadium.
The West Indies, seeking their first Test victory in Sri Lanka, surprised the hosts with their impressive performance in Galle where they enforced

Disaster-ravaged Haiti begins voting in key elections

PORT-AU-PRINCE: Haitians early Sunday began voting for a new president and lawmakers in an election marred by violence and concerns about fraud, while a cholera epidemic eats away at the earthquake-ravaged country.
Voters will choose a successor to President Rene Preval, who is not running for re-election, as well as 11 of the country’s 30 senators and all 99 parliamentary deputies in the landmark vote.
Balloting began in most of the country shortly before 6:00 am (1100

‘BPW plays a key role in the empowerment of women’

KARACHI: The founder and President of Pakistan Federation of Business and Professional Women’s Organization Dr Salima R Ahmed also spoke to Pakistan Today.
She indicated that the BPW established itself in Pakistan in 1954, at the time there were very few a venues for professional growth for women, the situation has improved greatly, but there remains a lot of room for improvement in the local economy.
She revealed that some like-minded women in London banded together to

‘Cordial ties with India key to development’

LAHORE: Cordial ties between India and Pakistan are integral to the strength of South Asia as a whole and the promotion of economic development and trade. However, greater effort must be placed upon tackling disputes which have been at the root of the region’s poor economic performance for decades.
This was stated by SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI) former President Tariq Sayeed at the “Conference on Indo-Pakistan Economic Cooperation: Challenges and Prospects” held

Drag flickers hold key to hockey semi-finals

GUANGZHOU: Rivals are banking on their powerful penalty corner hitters to deliver when the Asian Games men’s field hockey semi-finals are played on Tuesday.
The strongly-built drag flickers, who take set-piece shots at the goal with lightening speed, have not disappointed so far in the 10-nation competition at the Aoti Hockey Centre.
Six of the top eight scorers in the preliminary league are penalty corner exponents with India’s Sandeep Singh leading the charge with 10

Profit outflows witnessed in key sectors

The telecommunications and thermal power companies have far outstripped other multinational companies (MNC) in the country in the repatriation of their profits to their home bases, in the first quarter of 2011.
Telecommunications companies, operating in Pakistan, transferred abroad 50 million dollars in profit and dividends, displaying a considerable rise in the repatriation of the profit of 34 percent compared to the same time in the previous year. Similarly, the

ISI played key role in Mumbai attacks: Guardian

LONDON: The Inter-Services Intelligence played a major role in helping prepare the 2008 Mumbai attacks, one of the planners of the bloodbath has told Indian interrogators, a report in British newspaper Guardian claimed on Tuesday.
David Headley, who confessed to surveying targets for the attacks that left 166 people dead in November 2008, made detailed claims about support from the ISI, said the Guardian. Headley described dozens of meetings between officers of the ISI and senior