Suprme Court accepts NAB officials? apology

IslamabadThe Supreme Court Wednesday pardoned two senior officials of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) who were earlier detained on th

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PCB chief off to US ?for a vacation?

KARACHI: Pakistan?s cricket chief Nasim Ashraf on Wednesday left for the United States ?for a vacation? at a time when the country is battling against

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India braced for spinners? pitch in Galle

GALLE, Sri Lanka: India?s batsmen have been warned to expect a ?spinner?s pitch? for the second Test in Galle starting on Thursday (today) as they aim

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World cricket can?t afford a split: Clarke

SYDNEY: Michael Clarke, the Australian vice-captain, has warned a split between the game?s administrators in Asian and Western nations might have disa

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Slash in OMC?s margins shakes off 269 points from KSE

KARACHI: The local capital market witnessed selling pressure following cut in oil marketing companies? margins besides offloading by foreign investors.The benchmark KSE-100 Index sliding 269 points pegged at 10,584.Today?s trade began with an upbeat mood and at one point the Index was seen crossing 10,900 level barrier. But the bulls failed to sustain the gains as selling at later stage plunged the market in the red zone, eroding 269 points at market close.Trade activity remained weak as only 115 million shares exchanged hands, showing a decline of 2 million shares compared to yesterday?s trade.Arif Habib Securities saw maximum activity which slashed Rs7.03 to close at 133.67.NIB bank closed lower by 87 paisas to Rs9.88 and National Bank lost Rs6.30 to Rs119.74.

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70 killed in Swat clashes, curfew imposed

PESHAWAR: Seventy people have been killed in the ongoing operation in Swat while more forces have been called in on the requisition of the provincial government as the curfew for an indefinite period has been imposed here on Friday. According to sources, 21 citizens were killed and more than 50 injured when mortar shells fell on houses. Those dead also included 5 women and 9 children.Ten Taliban have also been killed in the offensive launched by the security forces while more than 30 houses were damaged.Also, six of a family were killed in Derai Sakai area of Tehsil Kabal when a mortar fell at their house.Meanwhile, unidentified miscreants torched a girls school in Khawazakhel and two schools in Peshora area. A couple was injured when a mortar shell landed at their house in Nusrat Kalay area.Security forces targeted Taliban hideouts with mortar shells in Sarbanda, Barmaba Khela, Peochar, Numl and Gutshor areas in Tehsil Matta.Sources said that 10 Taliban were killed and several injured during the operation. Taliban attacked Kabal police station and Wanai check post. They managed to flee after joint retaliatory action by police and security forces. Fresh contingents of FC have reached Matta and Kabal areas. According to ISPR, curfew has been relaxed from 10:00 am to 12: noon in the district.

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Petroleum products? rate cut down by Rs4/litre

ISLAMABAD: The Economic Coordination Committee of the Federal Cabinet has approved reduction in petroleum products by Rs4 per litre.According to the sources, the ECC held its meeting here on Wednesday and decided to cut down the price of petroleum products by Rs4 per litre.

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?No bad blood between TCEB, Thar Coal Authority?

KarachiThe coal of Sindh is the property of the province and the government and the people of Sindh have the authority to use not only coal bu

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PM returns home; says Bush supports Pakistan?s sovereignty

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani returned here Thursday after completing his official visit to the United States. Minister for Kashmir and Northern Areas Qamar Zaman Kaira, Minister received the Prime Minister at the PAF Base Chaklala for Law Farooq H Naek, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Tariq Majeed, Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and senior officials. Earlier talking to reporters at Manchester Airport where he made a brief stopover on his way back home, the Prime Minister said ensuring Pakistan?s sovereignty was the major focus during his talks with the US leadership. ?Whether President Bush or (Barrack) Obama, everyone in meetings talked about respecting Pakistan?s sovereignty,? the Prime Minister said. Gilani termed the visit successful where the top US administration showed support for Pakistan?s democracy and sovereignty. He said the Capitol Hill had its role in resuming democracy in Pakistan as many US Senators remained actively vocal about ending dictatorship in the South Asian country. The Prime Minister mentioned his interaction with Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Senators, who he said greatly expressed their support for upholding Pakistan?s sovereignty. He said the government believed in the policy of trade rather than aid with United States, adding it would strengthen ties between the two countries.

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England?s batting collapses at Edgbaston

BIRMINGHAM: England slumped to 173 for six at tea against South Africa on the first day of the third Test on Wednesday as out-of-form batsmen Michael

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