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Students storm BSEK office in last-gasp bid to submit exam forms but in vain

KARACHI – Hundreds of students stormed the Board of Secondary Education Karachi (BSEK) office on Saturday in a bid to submit their examination forms for the annual matriculation examination 2011.
On Friday, Governor Sindh Dr Ishratul Ebad – the controlling authority of examination boards in Sindh – had said that the students who failed to submit exam forms within the deadline will have no choice but to appear in the supplementary examinations.
Following the governor’s

‘Opposition to devolution storm in teacup’

ISLAMABAD – Senator Raza Rabbani has termed the opposition to the devolution of the Higher Education Commission ‘a storm in the teacup’ and ‘a furore by vested interests’. Speaking in the Senate on Friday, he said that those opposing the idea were politicising the issue.
“Those opposing the devolution of the HEC are trying to create an impression that it could affect the present scholarships and the foreign funding will stop”, he added. He said that there would be no adverse

Clinical Pakistan trounce Windies to storm into semis

DHAKA – Skipper Shahid Afridi led from the front as formidable Pakistan crushed the West Indies by 10 wickets to reach the World Cup semi-finals for the first time since 1999 on Wednesday.
Afridi spearheaded a spin assault on the flat-footed West Indies batsmen who crashed for 112 in 43.3 overs, a target Pakistan surpassed easily in the 21st over at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium.
The leg-spinner, already the tournament’s leading wicket-taker, took his tally to 21 as he finished

Firdous Ashiq announces compensation for storm victims

SIALKOT – Federal Information Minister Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan on Sunday visited the heirs of the five people who were killed during a windstorm in village Machchrala, Buhadarpura, Chakrala and Dera Bhattian near Head Marala, district Sialkot.
She consoled the grieved families and offered fateha for the departed souls. Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan announced Rs 500,000 and Rs 100,000 compensation for each dead and injured, respectively, on behalf of the prime minister.
Later, she

11 die in Sialkot storm

SIALKOT – A severe dust storm left at least 11 people dead and 50 others injured in Sialkot near the Pak-India border on Saturday afternoon.The storm, described by some people as a tornado, devastated Bahadarpura, Machchraala and Chakraala villages near Head Marala, as most of the houses collapsed amidst high-intensity wind while hundreds of cattle were also reportedly killed.
According to the locals, the strong winds sent the people, buffaloes, cars, motorcycles and tractor

Aisam, Bopanna storm into semis

LAHORE – The Indo-Pak Express of Aisam ul-Haq Qureshi and Rohan Bopanna forced their way into the semi-final of the doubles event at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California. Aisam and Bopanna won their quarter-final against the Serbian pairing of Novak Djokovic and Victor Troicki 6-1, 7-6.
The first set saw the Asians come out all guns blazing, catching the current Davis Cup champions unawares with a hail of powerful serves and ground strokes. The world no.3 and current

Storm may disrupt England, BD clash

CHITTAGONG – England’s World Cup showdown with Bangladesh on Friday could be disrupted by a huge tropical rain storm, forecasters say. “Storms accompanied by hail and rain could well hit any part of the country in the next 24 hours,” a weather bulletin issued by the Chittagong office of the Bangladesh Meteorological Department said on Thursday.
Both teams need victory to boost their hopes of reaching the quarter-finals.
The tropical storms of Bangladesh can be violent with

Australia braces for ‘worst ever storm’

INNISFAIL – A terrifying cyclone barrelling towards Australia strengthened to the most dangerous threat level on Wednesday, shaping up as one most lethal storms in the country’s history. As the winds whipped up by Severe Tropical Cyclone Yasi began wreaking havoc along Queensland coast, state Premier Anna Bligh warned the region’s one million residents it was too late to escape “the most catastrophic storm to ever hit our coast.”
Yasi, the worst storm in a century, was expected

In Syria, the silence before the storm?

DAMASCUS – On the surface all is calm in Syria, tightly ruled by the same authoritarian party for half a century, despite the upheaval in several of its Arab neighbours. Below, ordinary Syrians are quietly captivated by the tumult.
The government has barely commented on the six days of unprecedented protests against Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, and its control over the media has stifled public reaction in a country struggling with similar poverty and unemployment.

‘Thunder-snow’ storm buries US north-east

NEW YORK – New York shut down two airports and most city services Thursday in the wake of a rare thunder-snow storm that paralyzed air and ground travel everywhere from Washington to as far north as Boston. After building up early Wednesday with ice and freezing rain, the storm blindsided the US capital at the height of the evening rush hour, not even sparing President Barack Obama, who faced travel delays upon returning from a day trip to the US Midwest.
In New York, John F.

Indian pair storm into final

MELBOURNE – Reunited Indian stars Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes came through a tight Australian Open semi Thursday to set up a final with hattrick-chasing American twins Bob and Mike Bryan. The Indians, seeded third and making their Grand Slam comeback after splitting in 2002, beat Belarusian Max Mirnyi and Canadian Daniel Nestor 7-6 (7/5), 4-6, 6-3 to reach their second Australian Open final.
Bhupathi and Paes’s previous final appearance was way back in 1999, when they lost

Nadal, Clijsters storm into quarters

MELBOURNE – Rafael Nadal stormed past Croatia’s Marin Cilic into the Australian Open quarter-finals Monday in his bid to unite the Grand Slam titles, as Kim Clijsters and Andy Murray also went through. World number one Nadal was in devastating touch against the 15th seed, who struggled throughout and double-faulted on match-point to go down 6-2, 6-4, 6-3 after 2hr 31min on a cool evening at Rod Laver Arena. Nadal, who caught a virus this month and sweated buckets in Saturday night’s

Pakistan Today storm into quarters

LAHORE – Pakistan Today, ARY News, Express and Nawa-i-Waqt won their matches in the Khayaban-e-Amin Media Cup Cricket Tournament here on Sunday.
Pakistan Today maintained their winning spree by outplaying daily Pakistan by eight wickets in the third match of the day her at the Khayaban-e-Amin cricket ground. Although the day was sunny but the later half of the evening saw cold breeze making it difficult for the players to warm up to the conditions but still then the event

Pak Asia storm into LPL semis

LAHORE – Pak Asia reached the semi-finals of the Lahore Premier League Cricket Tournament, beating Mega Star by five wickets here on Thursday.
Bating first, Mega Star made 230 runs for the loss of five wickets. Saadulha Gori (102), Rizawn Ahmad (36), Haseeb Bhati and Hafiz Aamir (27 each) were the top scorers for Mega Star. Pak Asia’s Roni Gil took three wickets while conceding 25 runs. Shahbaz Khorsheed and Ghulam Rasool took one wicket each.
In reply, Pak Asia achieved the

It’s a lull after the storm

Absolute lull prevailed in the federal capital on Monday after the Supreme Court adjourned sine die the hearing into the matter that raised dust following media reports that the government was considering de-notifying the judges restored on March 16, 2009 through an executive order.
October 18 also passed like October 13. Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani’s address, apparently to the nation but actually to the judges, seems to have worked contrary to the expectations of many who

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