Irfan Hussain gets top prize for book: Renowned columnist and writer Irfan Husain has been awarded the top prize in the annual Benjamin Franklin Awards for his book Fatal Faultlines: Pakistan Islam and the West.
Haqqani sought US help against army: The Supreme Court ordered former ambassador Husain Haqqani to appear before it to answer findings of the Memo Commission that he was originator of the memorandum which sought American help to avert a possible military coup in the aftermath of Osama bin Laden’s death in a US raid on his Abbottabad’s compound in May last year.
Govt told to act with ‘full force of the law’: The Supreme Court asked the government’s chief law officer to handle the controversy revolving around allegations of a business deal between real estate tycoon Malik Riaz and the chief justice’s son Dr Arsalan Iftikhar, which has rocked the country for the past few days.
14-06-2012 The News
Pak-Iran trade gate closed: The Trade gate (Zero Point) at the Pak-Iran border has been closed for an indefinite period.
NBP launches solar ATM: National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) took lead by introducing the first solar-powered ATM in the country. The solar-powered ATM has been installed at NBP’s Defence Housing Society Branch, Karachi.
15-06-2012 The News
EU parliament accords GSP status to Pakistan: In a landmark decision, the European Parliament (EP) has voted to approve draft legislation for the new EU scheme for Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) under which Pakistan will be joining the countries that will be entitled to receive duty free treatment from 2014.
Prime minister is sent packing: Finally, the government was sent packing. The Supreme Court declared Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani disqualified from holding a seat in the parliament from the date of his conviction on April 26 by a seven-member bench for contempt of court.
President enhances status of Levies Force: President Asif Ali Zardari has signed a bill enhancing the status of Levies Force and bringing it on a par with those of Police and the Frontier Constabulary (FC). Levies Force will now have all the facilities enjoyed by the FC and will be equipped with latest weapons.
19-06-2012 Daily Times
Pakistan ranks 13th in failed states index: Pakistan has been placed 13th in the latest ranking of failed states. This ranking has been compiled by the Foreign Policy magazine. African countries Somalia, Congo, Sudan, Chad and Zimbabwe top of the list, while Afghanistan with 106 points is ranked at number six, followed by Haiti, Yemen, Iraq and Central African Republic. Pakistan with 101.6 points, the magazine said, is ranked 13th, a slight improvement from the previous two years. In 2011, it was ranked 12th in the list of failed states, while in 2010 and 2009 it was ranked 10th.
Missing persons: SC orders action against agencies: The Supreme Court ordered recovery of 93 people still missing in Balochistan and action against law enforcement agencies involved in enforced disappearances in the province.
20-06-2012 Pakistan Today
Pakistan, Iran host the largest number of refugees: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on World Refugee Day, June 20, said the Islamic republics of Pakistan and Iran host the largest number of refugees.
According to the United Nations Information Centre in Tehran, the message reads More than 42 million people around the world have been forcibly displaced from their homes and communities. More than a million fled their countries in the last 18-months alone due to a wave of conflicts, in Cote d’Ivoire, Libya, Mali, Somalia, Sudan and Syria.
Raja elected PM; opposition sneers at olive branch: Propelled by a dramatic turn of events, the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) candidate Raja Pervaiz Asharaf was elected as the 25th prime minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan by a big majority of the National Assembly to oversee a daunting last phase of the PPP-led government.
22-06-2012 The News
World Bank agrees to provide funds for 4,320MW Dasu project: The World Bank has agreed to provide financial assistance for 4,320MW Dasu hydropower project, following the signing of an agreement with the government of Pakistan to provide $840 million for 1,410MW Tarbela 4th extension project.
It has also been agreed that the project will be constructed in phases after the initiation and finalisation plan of the 4,500MW Diamer-Bhasha dam project.
Blanket legal cover for Gilani actions: A presidential ordinance was issued to give constitutional protection to all legislative and administrative measures taken by Yousuf Raza Gilani as the prime minister between April 26 and June 19.
It restrains the courts, including the Supreme Court, from entertaining any challenge to them. The federal budget approved by parliament and transfers, postings and promotions of officials made under executive orders and protocols signed with foreign countries are among major steps taken by the government which if left unprotected would create serious problems for the government of Raja Pervez Ashraf.
PML-Q gets all that it wanted; deputy PM, 15 ministers: Three days after his election, Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf fulfilled a major demand of the PPP’s main ally, PML-Q, and designated Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi as his deputy.
The Cabinet Division issued a notification announcing creation of the new office of deputy prime minister. The notification stressed that he would have no powers of the prime minister whatsoever.
With the induction of eight federal ministers and seven ministers of state, the cabinet`s strength has now reached 53 just 10 short of the Gilani cabinet.
Pak-Afghan soil not to be used: Pakistan’s military establishment and the International Security Assistance Force (Isaf) have resolved that territories of Pakistan and Afghanistan will no longer be used as safe havens for cross border attacks.
The commitment was made at a meeting of top military officers of the two sides.
Nato supply routes reopened: The Defence Committee of the Cabinet allowed reopening of Nato ground supply routes for the sake of Afghan peace and stability and facilitating drawdown of coalition forces from Afghanistan after the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said ‘sorry’ over the deaths of 24 Pakistani troops in the Salala border post attack.
The defence committee serves as the highest national security policy coordination forum in Pakistan.
04-07-2012 The News
Nato supplies rumble through Pak soil: Following the federal government’s decision to restore the Nato supplies to Afghanistan through Pakistan, the transportation of goods resumed as dozens of containers and oil tankers crossed into the neighbouring country through the Chaman border.
France agrees to finance hydropower project: France has agreed to finance the Jaggran-II hydropower project which will produce 48MW of electricity.
An agreement to this effect was signed by Country Director of the Agence Francaise de Developpement (AFD) Nicolas Fornage and Additional Secretary of the Economic Affairs division Iftikhar Ahmad Rao in the presence of French Ambassador to Pakistan Philippe Thiebaud.
06-07-2012 Daily Times
President approves four NEC members: President Asif Ali Zardari, on the advice of Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf, approved nominations of four federal government members of the National Economic Council (NEC).
The members approved from the federal government for the NEC are Minister for Communications (MNA from Khyber Pakhtunkhawa) Dr Arbab Alamgir Khan, Minister for Water and Power (MNA from Punjab) Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar, Minister for Finance, Revenue, Planning and Development, Economic Affairs and Statistics (Senator from Sindh) Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh, and Minister for Science and Technology (MNA from Balochistan) Mir Changez Khan Jamali. The president also approved the nomination of Hasnain Mirza (MPA from Sindh) as the member of NEC from Sindh.
07-07-2012 The News
Pakistan third-largest country with most CNG vehicles: Pakistan has become the third country in the list of countries with the most natural gas vehicles, as over 26 per cent of the vehicles on the roads consume natural gas, suggests the data of Natural Gas Vehicles (NGV) Europe.
Contempt of court bill rushed through National Assembly: Having lost one prime minister and seeking to protect another, the government rushed through the National Assembly a new contempt of court law as a possible shield against zealous judicial forays.
09-07-2012 The News
Fakhruddin endorsed as new CEC: Finally, the government and opposition have reached consensus on the name of Justice (retd) Fakhruddin G. Ebrahim as new chief election commissioner (CEC).
11-06-2012 The New York Times
Strike on Taliban in homes restricted: The senior allied commander in Afghanistan has ordered new restrictions on airstrikes against Taliban fighters who hide in residential homes, according to coalition officials, a move in response to a NATO attack in the eastern part of the country last week that Afghan officials say killed 18 civilians.
After a meeting involving Mr. Karzai, General Allen and Ambassador Ryan C. Crocker of the United States to discuss the issue, aides to Mr. Karzai released a statement saying that General Allen had pledged to halt attacks altogether on residential areas and homes.
12-06-2012 Burma Digest
Rohingya: stateless and ‘friendless’ in Myanmar: Decades of discrimination have left the Muslim Rohingya stateless, scattered around the globe and viewed by the United Nations as among the most persecuted minorities on the planet.
About 800,000 Rohingya live in Myanmar, according to the UN, mostly in western Rakhine state, which has been swept by fierce sectarian violence in recent days.
Tokyo world’s costliest city, Karachi cheapest: Tokyo has regained the unenviable title of the world’s most expensive city for expatriates, while the eurozone crisis has made many European cities cheaper according to a survey published.
At the other end of the scale, the survey by the Mercer group named Karachi as the least expensive city, with living costs around three times cheaper than in the Japanese capital.
WHO declaration links diesel fumes to lung cancer: Diesel fumes cause lung cancer, the World Health Organisation declared, and experts say they are more carcinogenic than second-hand cigarette smoke.
The WHO decision, the first to elevate diesel to the ‘known carcinogen’ level, is particularly relevant to poor countries, where trucks, generators, and farm and factory machinery routinely belch clouds of sooty smoke and fill the air with sulphurous particulates.
14-06-2012 The Gulf Today
‘Heart of Asia’ states meet on Afghan issue: Afghanistan’s neighbours and regional heavyweights met in Kabul to do something they rarely do ‘try to tackle common threats and problems together.
With Nato’s combat mission ending in 2014, the region’s countries are being called on to help stabilise Afghanistan by joining forces to resolve regional problems such as extremism, drug-trafficking, poor coordination on economic issues and, most importantly, terrorism.
Australia creates largest network of marine reserves: Australia has created the world’s largest network of marine reserves and will restrict fishing as well as oil and gas exploration in a major step to safeguard the environment and access to food.
With the expansion announced, Australia will protect 3.1 million square kilometres of ocean. The reserves will encompass a third of the island continent’s territorial waters, which sustain more than 4,000 species of fish. Previously only 800,000 square kilometres of Australian waters were protected.
14-06-2012 The News
Chavez shows off first Venezuelan drone: Venezuela has developed its own unarmed aerial drone with help from Iran, China and Russia, according to President Hugo Chavez, saying the drones had military and civilian uses. It is â€œone of three aircraft that we have made here, and we will continue to manufacture them,â€ Chavez said.
15-06-2012 Times of India
India’s ruling coalition nominates Mukherjee for president: Indian Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, under fire for his handling of the faltering economy, is to step down after being named as the ruling coalition’s candidate for president.
The United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government, led by Mukherjee’s Congress Party, announced that the 77-year-old would be its nominee for the largely ceremonial post, which falls vacant in July.
15-06-2012 Japan Today
Saudi, Japan deals drive record US arms sales: Boosted by massive fighter jet deals with Saudi Arabia and Japan, US foreign military sales have shot past $50 billion in a record-breaking year, a senior US official said.
This figure already represents a 70 per cent increase over government-to-government sales by the United States in 2011, itself a record-setting year at just over $30 billion.
16-06-2012 The China Post
China, Denmark sign deals: Chinese President, Hu Jintao signed deals worth billions of euros with Denmark and got words of encouragement on his country’s bid to expand its influence in the oil-rich Arctic.
Hu wrapped up his landmark three-day state visit to Denmark — the first ever by a Chinese head of the state ‘meeting with Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt and signing a raft of partnerships that included agreements on tariffs, environmental protection, cultural exchanges and agriculture.
16-06-2012 The China Post
China sends first woman into space: China launched its most ambitious space mission to date, carrying its first female astronaut Liu Yang and two male colleagues in an attempt to dock with an orbiting module and work on board for more than a week.
The Shenzhou 9 capsule lifted off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre on the edge of the Gobi Desert.
Suu Kyi accepts Nobel Peace Prize after 21 years: Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi finally accepted her 1991 Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo after spending a total of 15 years under house arrest and said full political freedom in her country was still a long way off.
Gary Powers given posthumous award: American U2 spy plane pilot Francis Gary Powers, who was shot down in 1960 over the Soviet Union, was posthumously awarded a high honour for his ‘exceptional loyalty’ while in captivity.
It took more than 50 years for the US Air Force to award the Silver Star to Powers, who was sharply criticised after his release in 1962. The medal was given to his two grandchildren at a Pentagon ceremony.
Wallenda walks on tightrope over Niagar Falls: Cheered on by thousands of spectators, US tightrope walker Nik Wallenda fulfilled his childhood dream of walking over the Niagara Falls and into the history books.
Crowds packed the US and Canadian sides of the border to watch the 33-year-old brave strong winds and heavy spray to walk on a cable suspended around 200 feet above North America’s biggest waterfall.
French socialists take parliament with sweeping win: France’s Socialists won control of parliament in a run-off vote, handing President Francois Hollande the convincing majority needed to push through his tax-and-spend agenda.
The Socialists’ bloc obtained between 308 and 320 seats â€” an absolute majority in the 577-seat National Assembly and so will not need to rely on the Greens or the far left, polling institutes CSA, Ispsos and Sofres said.
18-06-2012 Gulf News
King Abdullah names Salman as Crown Prince: Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah issued a royal decree naming his half-brother Prince Salman as heir to the throne following the death of Crown Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz.
Prince Salman, 76, became defence minister in October following the death of Prince Sultan, the then crown prince and long-serving defence and aviation minister, while Prince Nayef was named heir to the throne.
18-06-2012 The News
Firm unveils ‘smart’ power storage system: Israeli firm Nation-E unveiled a new battery system that stores, manages and distributes energy, potentially cutting consumers’ electricity costs and allowing solar and wind power to be used more effectively. The battery functions like a self-contained ‘smart grid’ that knows how to store energy when electricity is cheap and demand is low and then gives it back during peak hours when tariffs are high.
18-06-2012 Daily Times
Hitler ‘has most recognisable face’: Simon Cowell and Adolf Hitler might not seem to have much in common but the unlikely duo have topped a poll to find the most recognisable faces in history, MSN News reports. A survey of 1,000 adults found 943 could identify the ‘X Factor’ supremo, one less than the 944 who named Hitler from his picture. The poll, commissioned by television channel ‘Yesterday’ to mark the launch of their series Museum Secrets, was less kind to Lady Gaga who was recognised by 705 people.
Narrow margin for conservatives forestalls euro exit: In a vote that was widely seen as a last chance for Greece to remain in the euro zone, voters have given a narrow victory in parliamentary elections to a party that had supported a bailout for the country’s failed economy.
Greece’s choice was welcomed by the finance ministers of the euro zone countries, who said in a statement in Brussels that the outcome of the vote ‘should allow for the formation of a government that will carry the support of the electorate to bring Greece back on a path of sustainable growth.’
US, Russia agree to seek joint solutions to missile defence row: US President Barack Obama and Russian leader Vladimir Putin said they agreed to seek joint solutions to resolve their row over US plans to deploy a missile defence shield in Europe.
Meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Mexico, the two leaders said they would continue to seek agreement on an issue that has fed deep tensions between Russia and the United States in recent years.
US, Russia join hands on Pakistan, Afghanistan: In their first meeting since Vladimir Putin returned to the presidency, US President Barack Obama and the Russian leader identified Pakistan and Afghanistan as one of the issues on which they needed to work together.
The two leaders also noted that ‘both our nations face persistent and evolving domestic and transnational terrorist threats, including from terrorists based in … Afghanistan, and Pakistan.’
18-06-2012 The News
US regains top spot for fastest supercomputer: An IBM supercomputer developed for US government nuclear simulations and to study climate change and the human genome has been recognised as the world’s fastest. The announcement at the 2012 International Supercomputing Conference in Hamburg, Germany recognised Sequoia, an IBM BlueGene/Q system installed at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. The machine delivered an impressive 16.32 petaflops ‘a petaflop equating to a thousand trillion operations ‘per second.
19-06-2012 Daily Times
Wingsuit jumper breaks 4 Guinness records in one leap: Jhonathan Florez leapt from a plane cruising at 37,265ft over Colombia then flew like a ‘human bird’reaching speeds of up to 100mph, to break four world records. Footage shows the moment a daredevil broke four Guinness World Records in one death defying jump as he flew in a wingsuit ‘for almost ten minutes, The Telegraph reports.
Smallest, fastest gigapixel camera: Engineers in the United States have built a prototype gigapixel camera the size of a bedside cabinet that can capture an image in a single snapshot with 1,000 times more detail than today’s devices.
It is not the world’s first gigapixel camera, but it is the smallest and fastest and opens up prospects for improving airport security, military surveillance and even online sports coverage, its developers say.
20-06-2012 The News
Romanian ex-PM’s jail sentence upheld in landmark verdict: Romania’s Supreme Court threw out an appeal by former prime minister, Adrian Nastase, against a two-year jail sentence in a graft trial closely monitored by the European Union.
Nastase, 61, who headed a Social Democrat government between 2000 and 2004, was convicted for siphoning off funds totalling about 1.5 million euros ($1.8 million) for his 2004 re-election campaign
NZ, US sign defence accord: New Zealand and the US have signed a new defence agreement, underscoring a new era of military cooperation.
US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta and New Zealand Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman signed the ‘Washington Declaration’ at the Pentagon.
The agreement focuses on building maritime security in the Asia-Pacific region, establishing regular policy dialogue, and working together to counter threats.
20-06-2012 The News
Natural gas discoveries put East Africa on world energy map: Massive offshore gas discoveries in East Africa are catapulting the region into a major player in the global energy arena, bringing billions in investment that could transform entire economies.
East Africa’s coastal region, stretching out to Seychelles holds 441.1 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, according to the US Geological Survey. That’s about 50 per cent more than in Saudi Arabia.
21-06-2012 Daily Times
Suu Kyi in historic speech to British Parliament: Aung San Suu Kyi urged the world to help Myanmar complete its journey towards democracy as she became the first foreign woman to address both houses of Britain’s parliament.
The Nobel Peace Prize laureate said it was an ‘extraordinary honour’ to speak in parliament’s Westminster Hall in London, a rare privilege few foreign dignitaries are afforded.
Since World War II, US President Barack Obama, Pope Benedict XVI, South African president Nelson Mandela and French president Charles de Gaulle are the only other foreigners to have addressed both houses in the 11th-century hall.
11-06-2012 The Telegraph
Nadal crushes Djokovic to lift French Open trophy: Rafael Nadal clinched a record seventh French Open title, defeating world No 1 Novak Djokovic 6-4, 6-3, 26, 7-5 and shattering the Serb’s dream of Grand Slam history.
Nadal, playing in his 16th Grand Slam final, also took his Paris record to a staggering 52 wins against just one loss.
17-06-2012 The News
Aisam, Rojer annex tennis title: Pakistan’s tennis ace Aisamul Haq Qureshi and his partner Jean Julien Rojer clinched the doubles title at the Gerry Webber Open.
17-06-2012 The Jakarta Globe
Saina Nehwal wins Indonesia Open Super Series: Indian badminton ace Saina Nehwal defeated China’s Li Xuerui to win the Indonesia Open Super Series in Jakarta. The world number five took the women’s singles crown and $48,750 in prize money by beating world number four Li.
In the men’s singles, Indonesia’s ace shuttler Simon Santoso defeated China’s Du Pengyu in three sets to win the title.
18-06-2012 Boston Herald
Simpson upsets giants to grab US Open: Webb Simpson of the United States came from four shots back to win the US Open at San Francisco’s Olympic Club, overtaking a bunch of big names to win his first major title.
21-06-2012 Daily Times
Asjad downs Shehrama in final to lift crown: Asjad Iqbal of Punjab defeated Shehram Changezi of Islamabad 7-2 in the final to win the Jubilee Insurance Ranking Snooker Championship at Karachi Gymkhana Billiards Hall.
23-06-2012 The Statesman
Karachi-born Azeem Rafiq makes Yorkshire history: Azeem Rafiq became the first cricketer of Asian origin, and the youngest player in the county’s history, to captain Yorkshire in a senior match when he led them to victory in a Twenty20 match at Durham.
The 21-year-old Karachi-born off-spinner was deputising for Andrew Gale after Yorkshire’s regular captain was ruled out with a hip-muscle injury.
24-06-2012 Khaleej Times
More celebration for Spain as Alonso wins European GP: Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso won a thrilling European Grand Prix, the Spanish driver becoming the first repeat winner of a wide-open season.
Less than 24 hours after Spain had secured their place in the semi-finals at Euro 2012, the two-time drivers’ champion gave his home fans in Valencia more reason to celebrate.
24-06-2012 Herald Sun
Zimbabwe shock SA again to win T20 event: Zimbabwe crushed favourites South Africa by nine wickets as the non-cap triangular Twenty20 tournament at Harare Sports Club reached a stunning climax.
Taylor was voted Man-of-the-Match and the four half-centuries of opener Masakadza during the eight-day tournament earned him the Man-of-the-Series award.
25-06-2012 Herald Sun
Sri Lanka chalk up record win over Pakistan: Nuwan Kulasekara and Suraj Randiv combined to vanquish Pakistan as Sri Lanka won the first Test of the Mobilink Jazz Cup series by a massive 209 runs, their biggest win over their Asian rivals.
28-06-2012 The Guardian
Farah retains 5000m title at Euro Athletics: Britain’s Mohamed Farah became the first man to defend his 5,000 metres title on the opening day of the European Athletics Championships.
The London Olympic hope and reigning world 5,000m champion comfortably took gold for the second successive European championships in a time of 13min 29.91sec.
Khurram grabs his third Olympic ticket: Pakistan’s ace skeet shooter Khurram Inam bagged a unique honour when he earned the right to represent the country in the London Olympics after winning the shooting trials at the Naval International Shooting Range.
Khurram, who has also featured in the 2000 Sydney and 2004 Athens Olympic Games, qualified for the Olympics by securing an overall total of 340/375 after an extensive three-round trials.
28-06-2012 The Times of India
Isaac elected new ICC president: Former chairman of New Zealand Cricket Alan Isaac was elected as new president of International Cricket Council (ICC) during the annual conference.
Isaac replaced India’s Sharad Pawar for a two-year term. South Africa’s former Test wicket-keeper Dave Richardson was also confirmed as the new ICC chief executive replacing his countryman Haroon Lorgat.
Aleem Dar honoured for officiating 150 ODIs: Pakistan’s Aleem Dar, rated as the world’s best umpire in international cricket, has been honoured for becoming only the seventh umpire in history of the game to officiate in 150 ODIs when he took the field for the five-ODI series opener between England and Australia at Lord’s.
07-07-2012 The Independent
Serena crowned Wimbledon queen for fifth time: Serena Williams was crowned Wimbledon champion for the fifth time as the American subdued a brave fight back from Polish third seed Agnieszka Radwanska to win 6-1, 5-7, 6-2 in a dramatic final.
Serena, who pockets a cheque for #1.15 million ($1.78 million), is the first woman over 30 to win Wimbledon since Martina Navratilova in 1990 and she needed all the experience gathered over her illustrious career to survive a remarkable revival from Radwanska.
08-07-2012 The Seattle Times
Serena, Venus win fifth Wimbledon doubles: Serena Williams teamed up with sister Venus to win a fifth Wimbledon women’s doubles title, ending a perfect day after she had also claimed a fifth singles crown.
08-07-2012 The Guardian
Triumphant Federer leaves Murray in tears: Roger Federer won a record-equalling seventh Wimbledon title and 17th Grand Slam crown, shattering tearful Andy Murray’s dream of ending Britain’s 76-year wait for an All England Club men’s champion.
The Swiss great, who has also regained the world number one ranking, is just the third man over 30 to win Wimbledon following Rod Laver in 1969 and Arthur Ashe in 1975.
09-07-2012 The Guardian
Poland take maiden world volleyball title: Poland clinched their maiden World League title after a straight sets win over Olympic champions the United States in the final of the competition at the Armeets Arena.
Ghazal maestro Mehdi Hassan is no more: Iconic vocalist and a legend in ghazal singing Mehdi Hassan breathed his last. He was 85.
Mehdi Hassan was born in Luna village in Rajasthan in 1927. His father Ustad Azeem Khan and uncle Ustad Ismail Khan were renowned classical musicians. Mehdi Hassan acquired early training in music from them. After his family migrated to Pakistan he tried his hand at a few professions but once he started getting acknowledged as a singer, he decided to adopt it as a career.
Star athlete Mobeen Akhtar dies: National champion in 100, 200 and 400 metres relay races Mobeen Akhtar died.
Athlete Mobeen was 21 and wasnoticed by athletics circles after she claimed three gold medals while representing Wapda for the first time in the last national championship held in Islamabad.
Poet Afaq Siddiqui passes away: Noted scholar, poet and researcher Prof Afaq Siddiqui passed. He was 84.
He was known for his encyclopaedic knowledge of Urdu and Sindhi literatures and for his heartfelt efforts in bringing the Sindhi and Urdu languages closer to each other.
The government conferred on him the President’s Pride of Performance Award. Besides, he won over three dozen other awards, including Shah Latif Excellence Award. His autobiography, Subh karna shaam ka, earned him laurels from literary circles.
Fauzia Wahab passes away: Fauzia Wahab, a central leader of Pakistan People’s Party, who had been fighting for the past three weeks against complications arising out of successive surgeries, passed away. She was 56.
17-06-2012 Express Tribune
Poet Bashir Hussain Nazim dead at 75: Eminent poet and Naatkhwan Bashir Hussain Nazim passed away at the age of 75.
Bashir was conferred with the Pride of Performance award in 1995 for his Na’at recitations.
Singer, father gunned down in Peshawar: Prominent Pashto singer Ghazala Javed and her father were gunned down by unidentified persons at Dabgari area.
Kasauti-fame scholar Obaidullah Baig dies: Distinguished scholar, documentary filmmaker, media person and novelist Obaidullah Baig died of cancer. He was 75.
In the 1960s Baig produced and presented on Pakistan Television a series of documentaries titled Sailani Ke Saath. It was one of the most watched and critically acclaimed programmes on television at the time. He would visit far-off and culturally rich areas of the country and introduce them to TV viewers.
12-06-2012 USA Today
First woman winner of Nobel economic prize is dead: Elinor Ostrom, an Indiana University professor of political science and the first woman to win a Nobel Prize in economics, died at age 78.
Ostrom shared the 2009 Nobel Prize for economics with Oliver Williamson from the University of California, Berkeley. They were honoured for analysing the rules by which people exercise authority in companies and economic systems.
12-06-2012 The Washington Post
Gone With the Wind actress Ann Rutherford dies: Ann Rutherford, the demure brunette actress who played the sweetheart in the long-running Andy Hardy series and Scarlett O’Hara’s youngest sister in ‘Gone With the Wind’, has died. She was 94.
16-06-2012 Khaleej Times
Saudi Crown Prince Nayef passes away: Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz, the 79-year-old crown prince of Saudi Arabia, died in Geneva.
20-06-2012 The Daily Telegraph
Mother of first test-tube baby dies: The British woman who gave birth to the world’s first test-tube baby has died aged 64, her family said.
Lesley Brown made history on July 22, 1978 when her daughter Louise was born following pioneering in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment.
21-06-2012 The New York Times
Andrew Sarris, 83, critic and champion of film art: Andrew Sarris, one of the United States, most influential film critics and a champion of the auteur theory, which holds that a director’s voice is central to great filmmaking, died in New York. He was 83.
22-06-2012 The Guardian
Georgia’s striker Shengelia dies: Former Georgian football star Ramaz Shengelia, famed for the goals he scored for the Soviet Union and Dinamo Tbilisi, died aged 55, the country’s football federation said.
30-06-2012 The Independent
Israel’s ex-PM Shamir dies: Former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir, who clung throughout his life to the belief that Israel should hang on to territory and never trust an Arab regime, has died. He was 96 years old.
Shamir served as prime minister for seven years, from 1983-84 and 1986-92.
04-07-2012 The Guardian
British comic actor Eric Sykes dies aged 89: Eric Sykes, one of Britain’s best-loved comedians who forged a career in entertainment by writing for others, has died. He was 89.
08-07-2012 The New York Times
Legendary race car designer, Serigo Pininfarina, known for Ferrari work: Sergio Pininfarina, whose design firm created the rakish and elegant auto bodies of some of the most popular, and fastest, cars ever made by Ferrari ‘Alfa Romeo, Maserati and Fiat ‘died at his home in Turin, Italy. He was 85.
09-07-2012 The New York Times
Oscar-winning actor Ernest Borgnine dead: Veteran actor Ernest Borgnine, the star of dozens of films and television shows who won an Oscar for his portrayal of a shy butcher in love in ‘Marty’ died, his manager said. He was 95.