International medal winners to be given pension for life

ISLAMABAD: Federal minister for sports Najmuddin Khan said that five sports academies would be established in all the four provinces and Azad Kashmir to promote sports at grass-root level.Giving briefing to media along with representatives of all the four provinces, Azad Kashmir and FATA after the meeting of the inter-province sports committee in Islamabad, the federal minister for sports told that the provincial governments would provide land for these academies.Najmuddin Khan said that in future, the players winning medals in the Olympics, the Commonwealth Games, the Asian Games, the Islamic Games and the South Asian Games would be given pension for the life.

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Pakistan Says Army to Be Used Against Militants as Last Option (Bloomberg.com)

July 1 (Bloomberg) — Pakistan will use its army to combat militants in tribal areas as a last option and will let local authorities lead efforts to tackle extremism in the region bordering Afghanistan, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said.

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Spain gives ecstatic welcome to Euro Cup winner team

MADRID: Tens of thousands of ecstatic Spaniards lined the streets of Madrid to cheer home their soccer heroes, after Spain”s Euro 2008 final victory in Vienna on Sunday.Traffic on motorways was stopped as an open-top bus carrying the team crawled past crowds lining the road for most of the 15- km route from Barajas airport to Colon Square in central Madrid in the hot summer evening.Fans draped in red and yellow Spanish flags thronged the streets and chanted “Viva Espana” as the bus swept past flanked by police and trailed by a phalanx of horn-beeping motorbikes.Spain”s 1-0 victory over Germany was the first time the country has won a major soccer tournament in 44 years.

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Pakistan’s poor hit as food prices soar (BBC News)

This week Pakistan’s government marks 100 days in power. Up until six months ago, the country’s economy was growing rapidly but now it’s been hit by rising food and fuel prices. It’s also entered the most politically uncertain period in the last decade. The government’s recent budget tried to tackle the country’s economic problems but many ordinary Pakistanis say they’re yet to feel the benefits.

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Blast Kills 8 in Northwest Pakistan (Washington Post)

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, June 30 — A powerful explosion ripped through a compound used by an armed Islamist group in Pakistan’s volatile tribal areas Monday, killing eight people, as the country’s paramilitary forces pushed forward with their offensive against insurgents.

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Polio campaign in Sindh begins today

KARACHI: Three-day polio campaign will begin today during which more than 65,000 children of below five years will be provided drops.Project director EPI Dr Mazhar Khamisani told Geo News that in all 19,433 teams have been formed for the campaign and 3,748 in charges and 716 zonal supervisors would supervise the campaignThe campaign will be inaugurated by provincial minister for health Dr Sagheer Ahmed.Dr Khamisanai told that the HO has been directed to ensure the finger marking of the children, taking polio drops otherwise action would be taken against the staff.

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Pakistan prepares to end fuel subsidy (Financial Times)

Pakistan plans to phase out politically sensitive fuel subsidies during the new financial year that starts today as it tries to bring a ballooning budget deficit under control, according to senior Pakistani officials.

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Secret US military plan for Pakistan on hold: report

WASHINGTON: Top Bush administration officials drafted a secret plan late last year to make it easier for the US Special Operations forces to operate i

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KSE 64 points down in lowest trade in a decade

KARACHI: A decade low turnover was the day feature at Karachi stocks market that declined further down with 11 dozen stocks closing at their lower loc

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PML-N kept in the dark about military action: Nisar

LAHORE: PML-N central parliamentary leader Ch Nisar Ali Khan claimed on Monday his party had not been taken into confidence by the PPP leadership on t

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