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Red Cross says Afghan conditions worst in 30 years

Red Cross says Afghan conditions worst in 30 years

KABUL: Spreading violence in Afghanistan is preventing aid organisations from providing help, with access to those in need at its worst level in three decades, the Red Cross said on Wednesday.
“The proliferation of armed groups threatens the ability of humanitarian organisations to access those in need. Access for the ICRC has over the last 30 years never been as poor,” said Reto Stocker, Afghanistan head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), which rarely makes

Senior defies years to win Australian PGA

BRISBANE: Peter Senior outlasted Geoff Ogilvy in a sudden-death play-off to seal his third Australian PGA Championship title in dramatic style Monday, 21 years after his first win. Senior, 51, won with a par on the second extra hole at the Coolum course after last week’s Australian Open winner Ogilvy missed his two-metre par putt.
It was Senior’s 28th career title, his 20th on the Australasian PGA Tour and he is the oldest winner of Australia’s oldest professional title. “What a

St Andrew’s Church celebrates 150 jubilee years

LAHORE: A large number of Christians celebrated the 150 years of service of the St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church Nabha Road on Friday. The church was built in 1860 during the British era. Since that time, St Andrew’s has been a witness to the Church at large by demonstrating that devotion in action is evangelical and lived faith brings grace to those in need. Thousands of people have worshipped at this church, and remark on the sense of family unity in the congregation.
The

Gunmen kidnap 18 Afghan deminers in southeast

GARDEZ: Unidentified gunmen kidnapped 18 Afghan deminers on Thursday in southeastern Khost province, the provincial police chief said, the second abduction of a mine clearing team this month.
The group from the Kabul-based Mine Detection Centre were travelling in Musa Khel district when they were stopped by a group of gunmen and then seized, said Abdul Hakim Ishaqzai. “They had gone to the area on the request of the elders to clear mines from their village,” Ishaqzai told

Juvenile rapist gets 10 years

KARACHI: More than three years after a case was lodged against 16-year-old Asif for raping his maternal uncle Raza Khan’s 18-year-old wife, and a little over two years after he murdered Khan, Asif was sentenced earlier this week to 10 years in prison for the rape, and ordered to pay a fine of Rs 10,000.
According to a press release issued by War Against Rape (WAR), which has been pursuing the case since the start, an FIR regarding the rape was lodged on July 27, 2007. The trial

QICT’s new terminal to be opened after a delay of 2 years

KARACHI: Inauguration of the second terminal of Qasim International Containers Terminal (QICT) is planned for next month after a delay of over 800 days. This impediment has caused a loss of Rs 30 million to Port Qasim Authority; however the authority is ignorant of the fact and will not hold the QICT for accountability.
The agreement of the said terminal was signed on August 14, 2006 and completion was expected on August 14, 2008. However, it has been delayed by around 27

Pakistan bring back hockey gold after 20 years

GUANGZHOU: Fired-up national hockey team annexed the Asian Games men’s hockey gold medal after 20 years with a convincing 2-0 win over Malaysia in the final on Thursday.
Veteran Sohail Abbas put Pakistan ahead with the team’s first penalty corner in the 26th minute, before striker Rehan Butt increased the margin three minutes after half-time.
It was Pakistan’s eighth Asia hockey gold, ending a drought that stretched back to Beijing in 1990, and handed them their first major

Pakistan win back hockey gold after 20 years

GUANGZHOU: Fired-up Pakistan annexed the Asian Games men’s hockey gold medal after 20 years with a convincing 2-0 win over Malaysia in the final on Thursday. Veteran Sohail Abbas put Pakistan ahead with his team’s first penalty corner in the 26th minute, before striker Rehan Butt increased the margin three minutes after half-time.
It was Pakistan’s eighth Asiad hockey gold, ending a drought that stretched back to Beijing in 1990, and handed them their first major title since

Pillion riding allowed in Karachi after two years

KARACHI: The Sindh government has lifted the ban on pillion riding in Karachi, a notification issued by the provincial Home Department said on Tuesday.
The ban was imposed in 2008, but the government made exception for the people on special occasions, such as eids. It is uncertain as to how long the government would stick to the decision, as it is likely to re-impose it during the upcoming month of Muharram.
The ban has not only remained a social and political issue in the

Power tariff doubled in 3 years; outages continue

LAHORE
The electricity prices have doubled and the television fees collected through electricity bills have increased by 50 percent since the menace of load shedding started in December 2007 and the present government assumed power in March 2008, while consumers have been warned of more tariff hikes, Pakistan Today has learnt.
When load shedding started, consumers were enjoying low prices of electricity and subsidies were also provided on certain tariffs. Commercial and

KU to run last year’s admission policy

KARACHI
The University of Karachi (KU) has not formulated a new admission policy for the new academic year and announced that it would continue last year’s policy.
A meeting of the KU Admission Committee was held on Monday that was decided that the admissions for the year 2011 will commence as per the policy of the previous year.
In order to make the procedure less complicated, it has been decided that applicants interested in applying for admission to the faculty of

‘Cleaning-up Streams’ project unsuccessful since 3 years

Only two steams cleaned so far
CDA unsuccessful in planning a pollution control strategy effectively
Water polluted by the disposal of household garbage, municipal and industrial waste and cow dung by residents of shanty housing areas.
ISLAMABAD
Due to the unconcerned attitude of capital city developers, the vital project to clean-up streams, started by the Capital Development Authority (CDA) years ago has hit great obstacles.
The Pakistan Environment

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