CM Shehbaz pays surprise visit to Gaddafi Stadium, inpects security measures

LAHORE – Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Sunday made a surprise visit to Qaddafi Stadium and its surrounding areas in order to check security measures. Provincial Law Minister Rana Sanaullah and PSL Chairman, Najam Sethi also accompanied the Chief Minister. Officials said the CM visited the venue and reviewed arrangements. He was briefed over security plan and other arrangements. Over 10,000 security personnel, including army men, will provide unprecedented protection for the final of the Pakistan Super League in Lahore, Punjab chief minister Shahbaz Sharif announced on the eve…

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West Indies cricket aims to be more inclusive as hopes grow for new dawn

It is at the Coolidge Cricket Ground in Antigua, the former playground of the now disgraced and jailed financier, Allen Stanford, where something resembling a new dawn is occurring for cricket in the Caribbean. Once the scene of the unedifying Twenty20 for $20m match in 2008 before running into disrepair, the refurbished ground is soon to become the home of the West Indies Cricket Board and on Tuesday evening England were visitors there once more. This time, thankfully, it was for a genteel drinks reception to toast the upcoming one-day…

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Patrick Stewart to apply for US citizenship to ‘fight’ Trump

Logan actor Patrick Stewart says that he plans to apply for US citizenship to “fight” President Donald Trump and his administration. Speaking on The View, Stewart said that his citizenship application “might be the only good thing as the result of this election”. Asked why, he said: “Because I want to be an American, too. All of my friends in Washington said: ‘There is one thing you can do. Fight, fight; oppose, oppose.’ But I can’t do it because I’m not a citizen.”

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Facing the music: Francesca Dego

Vinyl or digital? I’m addicted to the limitless access that online streaming and download platforms provide, but nothing gives me goosebumps like witnessing the actual moment music happens. What was the last piece of music you bought? I’ve just bought the score of the Busoni violin concerto. It’s a spectacular piece of music, sadly neglected, and I’d be delighted to learn it and reintroduce it to today’s audiences. What’s your musical guilty pleasure? My guilty pleasures are usually not musical! Does not practising count? I’ve gone on holiday a couple…

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Gustav Metzger: a true art revolutionary and a wonderful human being

The term “artists’ artist” is used a lot. My friend Gustav Metzger was more than that – he was a role model. In 1991, I found myself in the UK, giving a lecture tour for the Henry Moore Sculpture Trust. I’d never given a lecture in my life – at this point, I’d only organised an art exhibition in my kitchen. The first lecture happened in London and I remember visiting Norman Rosenthal at the Royal Academy who told me I needed to know about Gustav. After giving talks in…

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Can I forgive the man who raped me?

Thordis Elva is from Iceland and known to Icelanders as a writer, playwright, journalist and public speaker. She was voted Woman of the Year 2015 by the Federation of Icelandic Women’s Societies in Reykjavik for her work on gender equality, and has written a celebrated book on gender-based violence, 2009’s Á mannamáli (“The Plain Truth”). She currently resides in Stockholm, Sweden with her partner Vidir and their son. Tom Stranger is Australian. He met Elva when he was 18 and on a student exchange programme in Iceland, and the pair…

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Pakistan’s foreign reserves decline by $177 million

KARACHI – The total liquid foreign reserves held by the country stood at $21,822.6 million on February 24, 2017 after decreasing by $177 million, a statement issued by the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) said here on Thursday. According the statement, foreign reserves held by SBP stood at $16,850.8 million and net foreign reserves held by commercial banks recorded at $4,971.8 million, while total liquid foreign reserves stood at $21,822.6 million. During the week ending February 24, the SBP’s reserves decreased by $177 million to $16,851 million, the statement further…

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Pakistani students develop mini car that runs 180 km in 1 litre

PESHAWAR – A group of students of Sarhad University in Peshawar have developed a special tiny car, aimed to deal with fuel shortages and rising motor costs in the country. The car, which covers 180 kilometre in 1 litre fuel will be showcased at an auto exhibition scheduled in Singapore. The car is highly efficient as it runs on cutting-edge electronic fuel injection system used in cars and motorcycles.

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