Land-grabbers illegally capture Hindu temple in Karachi

Pakistan KarachiKarachi, Feb. 18 : A historical temple of `Lord Shiva' has been illegally captured by some builders in the Jamshed Town area of Karachi.

According to The Daily Times, the temple which was built in the late 1930's, was spread over two acres of land. Now, only a small piece of land is with the temple trust, while the rest has been captured.

Several attempts have been made to take the temple's property back from the land grabbers, but without success.

Qadir wants Shoaib to give proof of fitness

Qadir wants Shoaib to give proof of fitnessKarachi, Feb 17 : Pakistan's chief selector Abdul Qadir has said that he will give Shoaib Akhtar a fair hearing before taking a decision on whether the fast bowler is ready for a return to international cricket during next month's one-day series in Bangladesh.

Qadir said that he is not fully aware of Shoaib's form and fitness and will like to meet the pacer soon to hear him out before a decision is made to recall the player.

Nandita’s ‘Firaaq’ Bags Best Film award At Pakistani Film Festival

Nandita DasAt the 7th Kara Film Festival in Karachi, two Indian movies including Nandita Das’s directorial debut ‘Firaaq’ and a documentary Superman of Malegaon have won the Ciepie awards.

Bollywood, which has been an important part of ‘KaraFilm Festival’ each year since its beginning, did not attend this year’s celebrations because of Mumbai attacks. But, Nandita Das, who is famous in Pakistan for her character in ‘Ramchand Pakistani’, along with ace film maker Mahesh Bhatt, attended the festival.

Pak, Lanka players and officials briefed on new ICC Anti-Doping Code

ICC LogoDubai/Karachi, Feb. 16 : The ICC has briefed the Pakistan and Sri Lanka players, backroom staff and officials on the new ICC Anti-Doping Code (2009) which came into effect on January 1,2009.

The code has several changes from the ICC's previous anti-doping regulations, including the adoption of the International Registered Testing Pool (IRTP), made up of the leading players (according to the Reliance Mobile ICC Player Rankings) from each of the top eight ranked ODI teams.

Dubai tri-series cancelled due to Sri Lanka’s unavailability

PCB LogoKarachi, Feb 13 : Pakistan cricket received a further blow on Friday with the cancellation of a tri-series in Dubai scheduled for late March due to the unavailability of Sri Lankan team.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chief Operating Officer Salim Altaf said that the event would be scrapped.

"We have been told by organisers that the tri-series has been cancelled because, I believe, the Sri Lankan team is unavailable," said Altaf.

The third team was to be Bangladesh, the Dawn reported.

Altaf said he did not know why Sri Lanka could not participate.

Ghazal maestro Mehdi Hassan hospitalised in Karachi

Ghazal maestro Mehdi Hassan hospitalised in KarachiKarachi, Feb. 13 : Legendry ghazal singer Mehdi Hassan has been hospitalized after he reported uneasiness and difficulty in breathing.

Hassan has been admitted to the Agha Khan Hospital here.

He has been kept in an intensive care unit (ICU) of the hospital, where doctors are treating him for chest and lung infections.

"Not only is he unable to speak, but he is also unable to recognise his family members," The News quoted Hassan's son, Arif Mehdi, as saying.