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January 2, 2008

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January 2, 2008

Intellectuals pay tribute to Benazir

Islamabad

A meeting of writers and intellectuals was held at Pakistan Academy of Letters (PAL) in connection with the killing of Benazir Bhutto, a prominent national leader, former prime

minister and author of ‘Daughter of the East’ and many other books. Pakistan Academy of Letters Chairman Iftikhar Arif presided over the meeting, says a press release issued here on Tuesday. Expressing grief on the killing of Benazir Bhutto, the men of letters said that her death is a great national loss. They prayed for the salvation of Benazir Bhutto’s soul and patience for her family.



RCCI ‘to solve problems of traders’

Rawalpindi

President Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) Abdul Rauf Chudhry has said that promotion of trade and industrial activities in Rawalpindi was his top priority. He was talking to a delegation of traders, which called on him here on Tuesday. Abdul Rauf Chaudhry further said that it was his top priority to bring Pakistan at par with developed countries adding in this connection, the role of trader community was vital. Trader community plays the role of backbone in economic prosperity of any country, he added. He underlined the need to resolve the problems of traders on priority basis.



Obituary

Islamabad: Malik Mohammad Ali, father-in-law of Brigadier Naeem Sarwar, died here Tuesday. He was buried in his ancestral graveyard in Tatral (Chakwal) and a large number of people attended his funeral, says a press release. Defence Minister Syed Salim Abbas Gilani condoled the demise of the father-in-law of Brigadier Naeem Sarwar.



Account-holders asked to submit copies of CNICs

Islamabad

The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has directed all banks to get copies of computerised national identity cards (CNICs) from all account-holders by March 31, banks officials said. Earlier, December 31 was set as the

last date for receiving CNICs of account-holders to replace the old identity cards which has now been extended, said officials. Financial institutions have also been directed to send a fortnightly report in this regard to the State Bank of Pakistan.



Video games

Islamabad

The last 12 months have been one of the best years in video game history, both critically and commercially. Some video games crossed over into blockbuster entertainment territory. Halo 3, for example, earned $84 million in its first 24 hours on sale, Forbes reported. The stand out moments for many gamers include Master Chief delivering his “Wake me when you need me” line in Halo 3, to the nuclear bomb blast in Call of Duty 4, the arrival in Rapture in Bioshock, and the innovative gaming of Super Mario Galaxy.



Motorists asked to use standardised number plates

Islamabad: SSP (Traffic) Zubair Hashmi has asked motorists and public transporters to fix standardised number plates on their vehicles and warned them of stern action in case of violation. He said that the government has set a standardised design of number plates as per Motor Vehicle Ordinance, which must be obeyed by all citizens. He said that the Islamabad Traffic Police has launched a special campaign against non-standardised number plates. He said that during the campaign citizens are being educated on the procedure of getting standardised number plates in accordance with the ordinance.





Water being supplied ‘to all areas’

Rawalpindi: Chaklala Cantonment Board Assistant Secretary Nishan Ali Malik has said that all localities falling in the jurisdiction of Chaklala Cantonment, including Dheri Hassanabad and Tahli Mohri, were continuously receiving supply of water during three days of mourning for former prime minister and PPP chairperson Benazir Bhutto. According to him, all staff members of tubewells remained on their duty and water was supplied to all localities despite protests. Taking benefit of these protests, some miscreants tried to harm the peaceful environment of the twin cities and public property. These miscreants tried to damage some tubewells and offices in some localities, but they did not suffer any damage. Muhammad Farooq, a resident of Dheri Hassanabad, said that he received water during three days of mourning. They continuously get water on normal days and there is no shortage of water in the locality.



CII condoles

Islamabad

The Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) has expressed deep concern and grief over the killing of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto and declared it an irreparable national tragedy.



Prayer rally held in Islamabad

Islamabad

The World Minorities Alliance organised a prayer rally for the safety of the country here on Tuesday. More than two dozen children clad in white dresses inscribed with messages of ‘Love & Peace,’ participated in the rally, which was led by World Minorities Alliance Convenor Julius Salik. Speaking on occasion, Julius Salik said that this rally was arranged to pray to Allah Almighty to make this year more beneficial for Pakistani nation, which may bring pleasures for all of us. He prayed to Allah Almighty to protect Pakistan from natural calamities and give every Pakistani the courage to work for love, peace and unity. He asked all segments of society to forge unity among their ranks and promote love and peace and work for the betterment of the country.



Bosnian envoy calls on CJCSC

Rawalpindi

Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina Mir Damir Dzanke called on Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC) General Tariq Majid at Joint Staff Headquarters in Chaklala here on Tuesday, says a press release. The ambassador held talks with the CJCSC focusing on matters of mutual relations between the two countries. They also discussed ways to enhance relationship between both countries. Earlier on arrival at Joint Staff Headquarters, Damir Dzanke was warmly received by the CJCSC.



Installation of streetlights urged

Islamabad

The traders of Fruit and Vegetable Market in Sector I-11/4 have made an appeal to the Capital Development Authority (CDA) for provision of better streetlight facility in the bazaar. Traders said that darkness grips the market after sunset, as there are no proper streetlights.



Amir Hussain felicitates LHC CJ

Islamabad

National Assembly Speaker Chaudhry Amir Hussain has extended greetings to Justice Syed Zahid Hussain on his appointment as chief justice of the Lahore High Court (LHC).

In his message, the speaker said that appointment of Syed Zahid Hussain, as chief justice of the Lahore High Court would further give impetus to functioning of Lahore High Court and help in speedy disposal of the backlog.