PARIS – The IAAF on Tuesday announced the introduction of new eligibility rules for female athletes triggered by the controversy surrounding South Africa’s 800metre runner Caster Semenya. Athletics’ governing body, in a landmark ruling, became the first sports federation to adopt a policy governing women athletes with excessive male hormones, a medical condition known as hyperandrogenism. An IAAF statement announced: “A female with hyperandrogenism who is recognised as a female in law
ISLAMABAD – Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Thursday observed that there was no need to make new rules to facilitate the companies involved in the Reko Diq project when rules of mining and exploration were already in place.
The CJP said this while heading a three-member bench, which also includes Justice Muhammad Sair Ali and Justice Ghulam Rabbani, which was hearing the case against the lease of Reko Diq gold and copper reserves to Tethyan
ISLAMABAD – The Sui Northern Gas Pipeline Company Limited (SNGPL), for the last 45 years, has flagrantly violated recruitment rules, laid down in the official policy.
This was disclosed, on Saturday, in a meeting of the Special Committee of Senate, which was convened to consider recruitments, appointments and inductions in SNGPL between 2007 and January, 2011. SNGPL MD Rashid Lone stunned everybody in the meeting after he unveiled that the quota system has never been observed in
LOS ANGELES – Family comedy “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules” outmuscled adventure “Sucker Punch” to claim the North American weekend box office title with $24.4 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates on Sunday. “Wimpy Kid,” based on the successful books about a boy in middle school, easily toppled “Sucker Punch,” a fantasy tale of young women who can escape their dark lives by retreating into a dreamworld where they battle rivals. It claimed the No. 2 spot on
ISLAMABAD – President Asif Ali Zardari expressed concern about political unrest in Gulf nations on Friday but ruled out the possibility of such a situation emerging in Pakistan.
“I don’t think such political unrest can reach Pakistan, as it is a different country that has a strong parliament and a stable democracy,” the president said in an interview with Al-Arabia news channel. Zardari said the restive nations could not be compared with Pakistan because the country was created
Simon Cowell has been forced to rule Mariah Carey out of his ‘The X Factor’ judging panel because the pregnant singer will be too busy with her twins when the TV talent show begins. The music mogul has been desperate to recruit Carey for the upcoming American version of his hit TV talent show, which launched the career of Leona Lewis. But Cowell will have to find another star for the job because the ‘Hero’ hitmaker will need plenty of time off after she gives birth to her babies this
DHAKA – South African captain Graeme Smith does not expect another shock World Cup loss at Bangladesh’s hands when the two sides meet in their last league match on Saturday. The Proteas’ lone defeat in 13 one-day internationals against Bangladesh came during the 2007 World Cup in the Caribbean when the Tigers secured a 67-run win on a turning track in Providence, Guyana. After Mohammad Ashraful scored 87 to lift Bangladesh to 251-8, South Africa were shot out for 184 with left-arm
GUJRANWALA – Former federal information minister Qamar Zaman Kaira has said that the protest against the removal of the National Accountability Bureau chairman is an issue of PPP Sindh and the federal government has nothing to do with it. Talking to newsmen during his visit to the GEPCO headquarters, he said the masses in Sindh were furious over his removal and agitation was their democratic right. He ruled out midterm elections in the country and added that Pakistan could not afford
LAHORE – The Executive Board of the International Hockey Federation has taken a number of key decisions in its recent meeting. A decision has been taken to replace penalty strokes with penalty shoot-outs. The Pakistan Hockey Federation has already implemented and is working since the last two years on the change since that was finalised by the FIH.
According to the rules, one member of the playing eleven and/or on the bench will be allowed to take one penalty, while the goalpost
LAHORE – The Defense Housing Authority (DHA) has long been considered a bastion of liberalism, but it is now being claimed that its management is under the sway of a particular ideology. Sectarian trouble is brewing in DHA as the hard-line Sunni Tehreek (ST) is actively pursuing the interests of the “disgruntled” Barelvi community against alleged disparities in the recruitment of mosque khateebs, khadims and moazzins in the area. Pointing a finger at the Religious Affairs Department
KARACHI – Fauji Fertilizer Bin Qasim (FFBL) has awarded a contract of independent 7MGD water line commissioning to a highest bidder in violation of Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA) rules. It has been learnt that a letter of intimation over this violation of rules by the FFBL was written to Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani by a local construction company seeking his intervention over the violation of public procurement rules by FFBL in the said project.
ISLAMABAD – Expressing serious concerns over non-production of record by Frontier Works Organization (FWO) before federal audit authorities, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC)’s special team on Thursday said all the public sector entities must be audited under the government’s rules of business.
Zahid Hamid chaired the committee meeting. The audit accounts of the Ministry of Defence and Defence Productions for the year 1992-93 and 2001-02 were reviewed. The auditor general of
KARACHI – A former employee of the Karachi Public Transport Society (KPTS) has landed the post of the society’s administrator, replacing the provincial transport minister’s close aide, on recommendation of the Sindh chief minister, it has been reliably learnt.
Earlier, ignoring the Sindh High Court (SHC) order, Sindh Transport Minister Akhtar Jadoon had appointed his close friend Sarwar Khan as the KPTS administrator by replacing the senior-most KPTS employee Shamsuddin Abro.
ISLAMABAD – Federal Law Minister Dr Babar Awan on Wednesday ruled out any possibility of mid-term or short term elections saying that the democratically elected government of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) will complete its tenure.
He said the government will not give up even one day of its term. Speaking at an oath taking ceremony of newly elected office bearers of the Press Association of Supreme Court (PAS) he said those who are aspirants of mid and short term elections should
KARACHI – The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has agreed to amend rules and regulations pertaining to the filing of Capital Gains Tax (CGT) at the country’s stock exchanges. According to sources, officials of FBR and the Taxation Committee of the Board of Karachi Stock Exchange (KSE) reached a consensus during a meeting held here at KSE on Monday.
FBR was led by Revenue Division Additional Secretary Asrar Raouf, while investors were represented by Taxation Committee Head Abdul
ISLAMABAD – The federal government has accorded its approval for promulgation of the Securities (Leveraged Markets and Pledging) Rules, 2011, which have been notified by the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) in the official gazette.
While realising the significance of liquidity in trading for a vibrant stock market, last year the SECP had drafted these rules after detailed consultations with the relevant stakeholders, including the State Bank of Pakistan,
ISLAMABAD – Federal Minister for Information Firdous Ashiq Awan on Thursday ruled out any facilitation by the federal government in clinching a covert deal between the families of the two Pakistani youths killed by Raymond Davis under Qisas and Diyat laws.
“The Punjab government can facilitate both the parties for an out-of-court settlement (under Qasis and Diyat provisos), not the PPP. Moreover, we don’t have a culture of handing over Pakistani nationals to US authorities. We