National pride: Two Karachi students make it to international leadership camp

KARACHI:  Two students from different universities have made it to the Novartis International Biotechnology Leadership Camp (BioCamp) to be held in Switzerland from August 25 to August 28. Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology’s (Szabist) student council president, Govinda Hira, participated in the third national BioCamp and secured 6:0 votes from the panel of judges. The first ...

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Purposeful climb: ‘Peace Expedition’ to attempt Rupal Peak

ISLAMABAD:  Two young boys are part of a 16-member team that is attempting to scale the Rupal Peak near Nanga Parbat. The Islamabad Alpine Association in collaboration with the Alpine Club of Pakistan (ACP) has launched “Peace Expedition 2013” to ascend the 5,642-metre peak. Muzaffar Faizi Awan, an instructor at ACP who is leading the expedition, said the mission is ...

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Roundtable recommendations: Call for youth’s role in universities’ administrative affairs

ISLAMABAD:  With a majority of its population currently under the age of 25, Pakistan — already one of the world’s most populous countries — is facing a profound demographic change. The consequences of having a majority of young people in a country can be both transformative and disastrous. These were among the findings of a report titled “Apolitical or depoliticised ...

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England struggle for runs in Ashes finale

LONDON:  Runs dried up for England as Australia dismissed their top-order in an attritional second session on the third day of the fifth and final Ashes Test at The Oval yesterday. England, who at 3-0 up have already won the five-match series, were 181 for three at tea, 311 runs behind Australia’s first innings 492 for nine declared and still ...

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Is Manning entitled to gender change?

Danny Cevallos says the test used by courts is whether denying medical care amounts to “cruel and unusual punishment.”

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Islamic finance: SECP constitutes Shariah Advisory Board

ISLAMABAD:  The Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP), on Friday, announced the formation of the Shariah Advisory Board (SAB), which will be responsible for harmonising Shariah interpretations and strengthening the regulatory and supervisory oversight of Islamic financial institutions (IFIs) and Islamic capital markets (ICMs) in Pakistan. The board will also advise the SECP on the Shariah-compliance aspects of various ...

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Fun, frolic and education: Children of Lyari let loose at summer camp

Traditionally, libraries are strictly a silence zone but on Friday, the defunct hall of the Old Vision Library in Kalakot was abuzz with excitement as children of the neighbourhood let loose at the five-day summer camp organised by the NGO Right to Play. Singing, dancing and learning were the themes of the event whose participants included over 70 children of ...

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Smart cards: NADRA to facilitate AIOU in registration, financial transactions

ISLAMABAD:  National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) will facilitate about 1.3 million Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) students in their financial transactions and data management using smart cards. An understanding was reached during a meeting held on Friday between NADRA Chairman Muhammad Tariq Malik and AIOU Vice Chancellor (VC) Dr Nazir Ahmed Sangi where both sides agreed that the process ...

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Family planning: ‘Women forced to seek abortions from amateur doctors’

ISLAMABAD:  Lack of post-abortion care facilities, untrained medical staff, stigma of contraceptives and financial constraints pose inherent barriers for efficient service delivery which ultimately put women’s lives at stake. This was the crux of a report on  ‘Post-Abortion Care in Pakistan’ launched by the Population Council in collaboration with the Guttmacher Institute and the National Committee for Maternal and Neonatal ...

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Baltacha and Ward out of US Open

Elena Baltacha and James Ward miss out on the US Open after losing in the final qualifying round at Flushing Meadows.

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Are you fit enough to be a jockey?

Being a jockey is a demanding job. Alex Thomas finds out just how tough it is at the British Racing School in Newmarket.

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Olmert Bombshell: Give Back 67 Land For Peace

The outgoing Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert may be on his way out, but he seems determined not to leave quietly. In an interview in daily newspaper Yediot Aharanot, Olmert says Israel should exchange most of the West Bank the Golan Heights in any peace deal with the Arabs. “The decision we are going to have to make is a ...

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UBL earnings fall with drop in core income

KARACHI:  The after-tax profit of United Bank for the first half of 2013 declined 10.7% to Rs8.2 billion, according to an unconsolidated profit and loss statement sent to the Karachi Stock Exchange (KSE) on Friday. Earnings per share (EPS) decreased from Rs7.56 in June 2012 to Rs6.75 in June 2013, showing a decline of 12% year-on-year. Speaking to The Express ...

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A grave encroachment: Historical graveyard may turn into shopping mall, warns petitioner

KARACHI:  The historical graveyard on the outskirts of Karachi may turn into a shopping mall if authorities failed to put an end to encroachment, warned a petitioner. In a petition filed to Sindh High Court, Agha Syed Attallah Shah – an NGO representative – informed the court that the precious stones and carvings on the graves are being removed and ...

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