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Myanmar opens junta-dominated parliament

Myanmar opens junta-dominated parliament

NAYPYIDAW – Myanmar’s new junta-dominated parliament opened on Monday as lawmakers assembled in secrecy following a widely panned election for the country’s first legislative session since the late 1980s. No foreign media representatives were allowed to witness the event or even take photographs of the new parliament building where elected and designated lawmakers convened in the military regime’s purpose-built capital, Naypyidaw.
Police manned checkpoints and barricades leading

Karzai opens Afghanistan parliament

KABUL – President Hamid Karzai opened Afghanistan’s parliament on Wednesday, ending a week-long stand-off with lawmakers who had threatened to inaugurate the legislature with or without him.
The ceremony held in a national assembly compound comes four months after the country held its second post-Taliban parliamentary elections, the results of which have met with massive controversy over claims of widespread fraud. “Congratulations to all of you,” Karzai told the lawmakers after

Pakistan-Iran border opens for local trade

QUETTA – Iranian authorities opened the mutual trade gate Zero-Point situated at Pakistan-Iran border for trade on Wednesday after about six months. After a suicide attack on a mosque in Zahidan city that left dozens injured and killed, Iranian authorities closed the trade gate, Zero-Point, for all types of trades on July 15, 2010 that caused great problems for the people living on both sides of the border by suspending the supply of eatable items.
The closure not only affected

Davos opens with power shift to South, East in focus

DAVOS (SWITZERLAND) – The annual meeting of world elites at the Swiss ski resort of Davos opened Wednesday with executives highlighting a power shift from the advanced world to emerging market as recovery takes hold.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev confirmed that he would make his opening speech at the forum, despite cancelling most other Davos appointments after a deadly suicide bomb attack on a Moscow airport. Medvedev said in a newspaper interview that he would participate

Islamic calligraphy exhibition opens

LAHORE – Calligraphy exhibition of Jamshed Qaiser at Native Art Gallery in Defence Housing Authority was inaugurated by Director General of Iranian Cultural Center, Dr. Abbas Famurie on Monday.
More than 30 masterpieces of Islamic Calligraphy mesmerized the people who came to see the artistic work of Jamshed Qaiser. Calligraphy of “Surah Ikhlas”, verse of “Surah Rehman”, “Allah Ho” and other Islamic verses were hanged on the walls of Native Art Gallery. Poster Colours and ink was

KESC opens Pandora’s Box for government and consumers

KARACHI 0 By sacking a huge number of 4,000 of its employees, the Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) has opened a Pandora’s Box for the government as well as the consumers at a time when the mega city of Karachi is braving a fresh wave of targeted violence.
Thursday’s confrontation between the KESC, its employees and other stakeholders is not a new phenomenon: some cases of similar nature are currently being heard in the Sindh High Court. The forced retrenchment of a large

Digital door opens for wildlife department

KARACHI – The geographic information system (GIS) laboratory was inaugurated at the Sindh Wildlife Department (SWD) provincial conservator’s office on Thursday.
Pakistan Wetlands Programme national programme manager Dr Ghulam Akbar and Forests and Wildlife Secretary Mushtaq Ali Memon inaugurated the GIS laboratory, which would enable the SWD to identify new sites of natural resources, update existing sites and develop a complete atlas of almost every site, anywhere in the

Pre-budget debate opens – Opposition raps treasury for mismanagement

LAHORE – The government should not make false promises and fool the people through employing a jugglery of words, Punjab Assembly Opposition Leader Chaudhary Zaheer stated categorically while opening the pre-Budget General Discussion in the Punjab Assembly.
A discussion opened in the Punjab Assembly yesterday (Monday) calling house members to submit proposals for the fiscal budget 2011-12. The discussion is expected to continue for 4 consecutive days. Chaudhary Zaheer continuing

Williams injury opens door for Clijsters

MELBOURNE – Belgium’s Kim Clijsters is hot favourite to add the Australian Open to her US Open crown after five-time champion Serena Williams’ injury withdrawal opened the door to new contenders. Clijsters, 27, heads the list of challengers with compatriot Justine Henin returning from injury and question marks over world number one Caroline Wozniacki after a string of recent defeats.
Clijsters arrives in good form after reaching the Sydney International final, and will be

Iran opens atom sites to foreign envoys

TEHRAN – Iran opened the doors of its two atomic facilities to foreign diplomats Saturday, in a rare move to drum up support just days before talks with world powers about its sensitive nuclear programme.
The two-day tour to the heavy water installation in Arak and the main uranium enrichment facility at Natanz – both located in central Iran – was snubbed by Tehran’s key allies China and Russia, as well as the European Union.
Iran had invited several envoys to the

Furniture exhibition opens at Pearl Continental

Lahore – First Women Entrepreneurship Furniture Exhibition by Furniture Pakistan (FP) was inaugurated yesterday (Friday) in Pearl Continental, Lahore by US Consul General, Lahore, Carmela Conroy. The exhibition is scheduled from January 14th to 16th, 2011 in PC.
Women from different cities of Pakistan displayed their furniture stalls. Chairman PF Yasmeen Rehman briefed the Chief Guest about Furniture Pakistan and the exhibition. While speaking on the occasion Carmela Conroy

LG opens mobile care service center

LAHORE – LG Electronics, (LG), a global leader and technology innovator in mobile communications recently organised an entertaining and interactive activity for its trade partners and official GSM dealers at its LG Mobile Care and Delight service center in Karachi.
The core objective of this activity was to improve dealer’s confidence on LG GSM products and most importantly receive feedback from dealers for rapid resolution. The activity was aimed to boost up secondary sales

‘Passage across Pakistan’ opens today

LAHORE – Royaat Gallery is to open an art exhibition today, “Passage across Pakistan,” with over ten master painters depicting the beauty of Pakistan’s rich landscape. The show will continue to be on display for two weeks. Gallery timings are 3 pm to 7 pm or by appointment.
Royaat Gallery Director Faryal Arif Latif told Pakistan Today that the painters have used a number of techniques and color palettes to depict a variety of scenes from the austere beauty of Balochistan, to the

BOK opens FATA branch

PESHAWAR – Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Owais Ahmed Ghani Thursday urged all the commercial banks operating in FATA to extend loans and financing facility to their FATA clients adding that it was unfair to deprive clients despite reaping massive deposits from them. “When they are getting handsome deposits from their clients in FATA, they must provide them with loaning facility as well”, the governor stressed while addressing the ceremony of opening of first Islamic banking branch of

President opens Benazir Bhutto Mobile Banking

NAUDERO – President Asif Ali Zardari has said that Mobile Banking named after Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto is being started in Pakistan for the first time. The Mobile Banking will help promote E-banking, he further said.
Addressing a ceremony to inaugurate Benazir Bhutto Mobile Banking here on Sunday, a day prior to the third death anniversary of the martyred leader, the President said that the value of one card of Benazir Mobile Banking is equivalent to Rs 3,000.

COAS visits Swat, opens work on bridge

RAWALPINDI: The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani visited Swat on Tuesday, said a press release issued here. It said he attended the earth-breaking ceremony of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Bridge near Barikot.
The bridge is being constructed by Frontier Works Organisation with UAE funding as part of the Quick Impact Projects. A United Arab Emirates (UAE) delegation led by His Excellency Ali Saif Sultan Al Awani, Ambassador of UAE was also

Wen opens Pak-China Friendship Centre

ISLAMABAD – Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao inaugurated the Pak-China Friendship Centre at Shakarparian on Saturday.
Wen Jiabao, who is on a three-day official visit to Pakistan had also laid the foundation stone of the centre in 2005, inaugurated the centre along with Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilan and said that the centre would be a symbol of friendship between the two countries. He said Pak-China Friendship Association would organise 1000 free cataract operations of