Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Eid Milad-un-Nabi rallies and meetings across the country

ISLAMABAD: The Eid Milad-un-Nabi (PBUH) being celebrated today across the country with religious enthusiasm and solemnity. A two-day International Seerat Conference is being organized on this auspicious event on April 11-12 at Jinnah Convention Centre in Islamabad. Prominent Ulema and scholars from all over the country and abroad will attend the conference and present their papers on the Seerat of the Holy Prophet (PBUH). Special Seerat banners and illumination of buildings throughout the country have also been arranged. Important government and private buildings, mosques and streets across the country have been decorated with lights, green flags, colourful buntings and banners. Religious, social and political organizations are holding rallies and Na'at gatherings on Eid Milad-un-Nabi.

Saturday, April 08, 2006

PTCL sell-off: Etisalat deposits $623 mln

ISLAMABAD: The UAE-based Etisalat, which purchased 26 per cent shares of Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL), has paid $623 million of the highest bid.
The Per share bid price however was $1.96. According to officials of Pakistan Privatisation Commission, it is second installment paid by Etisalat in connection with PTCL’s sell-off to it. Earlier, Etisalat had deposited $260 million guarantee and first installment of $500 million. However, Etisalat has deposited total $1.39 billion for acquiring the control of PTCL. Etisalat offered on June 19, 2005 the highest bid of $2.59896 billion to acquire 26 per cent shares and management control of the PTCL.
Etisalat has to pay remaining $210 million to acquire the control of PTCL.

Boot Camp

More and more people are buying and loving Macs. To make this choice simply irresistible, Apple will include technology in the next major release of Mac OS X, Leopard, that lets you install and run the Windows XP operating system on your Mac. Called Boot Camp (for now), you can download a public beta today.
As elegant as it gets
Boot Camp lets you install Windows XP without moving your Mac data, though you will need to bring your own copy to the table, as Apple Computer does not sell or support Microsoft Windows.(1) Boot Camp will burn a CD of all the required drivers for Windows so you don't have to scrounge around the Internet looking for them.

Monday, April 03, 2006

Wasim Akram

Former Pakistan cricket captain Wasim Akram visited his ancestral village near Amritsar, Punjab on Tuesday. He took his father Chaudhary Muhammed Akram on a sentimental visit to Jawandiko Devi, the birth place and hometown of Muhhamed.
"My father is very excited about the visit because, since migrating to Pakistan during independence, he has never been to his village. But now, with relations improving between the two countries, I thought this is the best time to take him here," Wasim said.
Muhammed had to flee as a 14-year-old during the traumatic Partition days. He spent over three hours in the village and met residents who were known to him before 1947.
He enquired about known landmarks. Pain was palpable on his face when told that they had been rooted out in the aftermath of Partition. The father-son duo was accorded a warm welcome by hundreds of villagers who showered them with rose petals. Children of a private school put up a special function in their honour. "I still remember the bloody days during 1947, it was blood all around and infants were crying sitting by dead bodies of their mothers. No one had the courage to come to extend help to the crying infants. I was hardly 14-years-old and trembling," Muhhamed said.