Pakistani girl sets world records in fastest chess setup

Lahore: A Pakistani girl on Sunday set a new world record in fastest chess setup during the Punjab Youth Festival 2012.
Mehar Gul, the 12-year-old girl, has setup a complete chess in 45 seconds to set a world record. The adjudicators of Guinness World Records (GWR), who were also present during the event, have also confirmed the record.
Earlier, Taekwondo Black Belt holder Ahmad Amin Bodla also broke the world record for the most number of martial arts kicks by hitting 616 kicks in three minutes while  another youngster Noman Anjum set a new world record in plug wiring by compling his task of plug wring in 35 seconds.
On Saturday, thousands of Pakistanis sang their way into the GWR by singing their national anthem in unison at the festival.

Pakistanis break world record of most-people singing national anthem !

Peshawar boy kicks his way into Guinness World Records

LAHORE: Ahmed Bodla set a new world record on Sunday for kicking 617 times in three minutes, Express News reported.
Hailing from Peshawar, 19-year-old Bodla kicked a punching bag 617 times and was observed by the Guinness World Record team, which declared him successful.
The victorious record breaker, while speaking to the media revealed that his knee was injured and bandaged but despite the injury, he wanted to compete for the title.
“India keeps challenging us on social media websites like Facebook and it’s a good thing that are competing with them,” said Bodla.
He dedicated his victory was one for all Pakistanis.
He said, “I guarantee that the next time I will make a better record.”
Athletes and participants from different cities have gathered at Lahore Expo Centre today in order to attempt breaking 13 records, followed by Saturday’s triumph of setting a world record of singing the national anthem simultaneously.
As many as 44,200 Pakistanis sang the national anthem together at the National Hockey Stadium in Lahore, breaking India’s record.

Pakistanis break world record of most-people singing national anthem !

Pakistanis break world record of most-people singing national anthem !

Photo: Get ready to be part of Official Attempt for National Anthem. on 20th Oct,2012 in Hockey Stadium.
Note: Special Transport pick n drop facility will be provided for the participants from P.U Old Campus. 
Route plan will be shared soon.
Lahore: The opening ceremony of the Punjab Youth Festival 2012 saw thousands of students as well as audience created a world record of singing the Pakistan national anthem during the event on Saturday.
The formal record beating singing started after the arrival of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and officials of Guinness World Records.
Two-member team of the Guinness World Records was also present in the National Hockey Stadium to witness the expected record-breaking number of athletes, volunteers, students and guests.
The crowd kept chanting slogans of Pakistan Zindabad and Allaho Akbar.
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif was also present in the stadium. Earlier on Thursday night, a complete dress rehearsal of the opening ceremony was held at the venue. “This is not Punjab Festival, it is Pakistan Festival,” said Shahbaz Sharif as he sang “Akailay Na Jana Humen Chor K. Pakistani actor Ali Zafar and Sahir Lodhi were also among
Eariler, The Sports Board Punjab claimed that at least 24,000 students and athletes as well as 60,000 audience will sing at the National Hockey Stadium on Saturday night.

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Pakistan test fires Cruise Missile Hatf-VII Babur

RAWALPINDI: Pakistan today conducted a successful test fire of the multi tube, indigenously developed Cruise Missile Hatf-VII (Babur) having a range of 700 kms.
Babur Cruise Missile is a low flying, terrain hugging missile with high maneuverability, pin point accuracy and radar avoidance features. It can carry both nuclear and conventional warheads and has stealth capabilities.
It also incorporates the most modern cruise missile technology of Terrain Contour Matching (TERCOM) and Digital Scene Matching and Area Co-relation (DSMAC), which enhances its precision and effectiveness manifolds.
The missile was launched from a state of the art multi tube Missile Launch Vehicle (MLV) which significantly enhances the targeting and employment options of Babur Weapon System in both the conventional and nuclear modes.

Pakistani cotton scientist declared the world’s best in 2012 !

Dr Yusuf Zafar – cotton scientist – has been awarded the 'Scientist of the Year award 2012' .
Dr Yusuf Zafar, who is the director general agriculture and biotechnology at the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission was declared ‘Scientist of the Year-2012’ for his pioneering work in the cotton biotechnology sector.
Zafar has over 110 scientific papers (published in national and international journals) to his name. According to ICAC, “in cotton virology his group covers nearly 90 per cent of the global published literature.”
The Faisalabad-based scientist played a key role in bringing together the world’s major cotton groups, including Australia, China, UK and USA, for the purpose of conducting joint research.
Heading the National Institute of Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering in Faisalabad, Zafar and his team have contributed helped produce nearly 100 M. Phil and 30 Ph. D Pakistan-based students, focussing on various aspects of research and development in cotton. He has, meanwhile, remained in the front line to establish Biosafety Protocols, Plant Breeder Rights, Intellectual Property Rights/Patents and ISO certification in Pakistan.
In 2001, the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission awarded him Best Scientist of the Year Award. The President of Pakistan awarded him ‘Tamgha-e-Imtiaz (Medal of Distinction) in 2004, the highest recognition for a researcher.
In other honours, Zafar has also won the Rockefeller Foundation and UNESCO Research Awards on Agri-Biotechnology, and is member of the USDA Cochran Fellow on Agriculture Biotechnology.
Apart from leading the Faisalabad institute, he is on the Board of Governors of the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology-ICGEB (Italy), FAO country focal person on agriculture biotechnology and member of the Cotton Policy Committee of the government.
The ‘Scientist of the year -2012’ award was announced by ICAC late Wednesday. ICAC is an intergovernmental body with 54 members and provides services to Common Funds for Commodity (CFC), an organisation of UNCTAD-UN family.
Applications for the award are invited each year by the Washington DC-based institute and the selection committee comprises five anonymous judges outside the ICAC Secretariat.

US military aircraft forced to land in Pakistan !

Karachi: A US military cargo  aircraft was forced to land in Karachi at the Jinnah International Airport on the orders of the Pakistan Air Force, sources said on Wednesday.
According to the sources, the Russian-made plane was forced to land in Karachi on the basis of intelligence information provided by the Air Intelligence.
Geo TV reported that the plane is used for Nato supplies. The plane took off from Bagram Airbase in Afghanistan and was flying towards Al-Makhtum Airport in Dubai.
The crew of the aircraft was being interrogated till the filing of this report.
Pakistan suspended Nato supplies after a cross border US raid on its check-posts in Mohmand Agency November last year that killed two dozen Pakistani troops.
Islamabad had linked the resumption of Nato supplies with unconditional US public apology over the raid. The unpopular government in Islamabad seems reluctant to reopen Nato supply routes amid anti-American sentiments prevailing in the country ahead of next general election.
In the meantime, President Obama is also facing the same process this November and  doesn’t want to tender an apology after he tendered one over the desecration of the Holy Quran at the hands of US soldiers in Afghanistan.

Pakistan successfully test fires Hatf IV ballistic missile !

Pakistan today successfully conducted the launch of the intermediate Range Ballistic Missile Hatf IV Shaheen-1A Weapon System. The missile is an improved version of Shaheen-1 with improvements in range and technical parameters. It is capable of carrying nuclear and conventional warheads. 

Pemra issues notices to TV channels over unethical coverage of Bhoja Plane Crash

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) has served show cause notices to 17 TV channels for airing unedited live footage of blood, gore, dead and mutilated bodies amid a private plane crash.
According to a press release issued here Wednesday, the authority has also issued notices to other 24 entertainment TV channels on account of airing “indecent, vulgar and unethical programs, advertisements, shows, excessive foreign content and intruding into personal and family life of people”.
In the warnings issued to the TV channels, the coverage was termed extremely unethical and irresponsible.
There is no harm in taking edge over other channels in dissemination of timely and accurate news but the quest must not be to take lead in indecency or irregularity, said the press release.
The channels have also been summoned to show cause under section 20 (c) & (f) of the Pemra Ordinance and Rule 15 (1) of Pemra Rules.

Statue of Jinnah unveiled at York University

From left, graduate student sculptor David Mcdougall; Mike Colle,
Ontario minister of citizenship & immigration; Ghalib Iqbal,
consul general of Pakistan; Babar Qureshi, president of the Pakistan
Student Association at York; and Lorna R. Marsden, York president &
vice-chancellor, at the unveiling of the Jinnah statue.
TORONTO, Canada: There’s a new face on campus, standing on the north side of the Curtis Lecture Hall on Campus Walk at York’s Keele campus – and he could be a world first for York. A sculpture of Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, founder of Pakistan and the country’s first governor general, was unveiled Tuesday, Jan. 30, to commemorate the creation of a scholarship that bears his name.
After conducting a survey among other student associations around the globe, Babar Qureshi, president of the Pakistan Student Association at York, believes it is the first monument to a Pakistani leader at a university campus anywhere in the world.

Child Refused to take Polio drops from Prime Minister of Pakistan Syed Yousuf Raza Gillani

Islamabad: Political reason or not, a child at an official polio launching event refused to drink Polio drops by Prime Minister of Pakistan Syed Yousuf Raza Gillani.
Despite repeated efforts by the country’s executive, the child remained adamant not to drink the polio drops. The premier kept on trying to give the child, whose name was not confirmed, polio drops.
Later on with help of mother of the kid and official of National Polio Program of Pakistan, he managed to give the kid essential drops to develop immunity against deadly polio virus

Pakistan Naval Chief Meets 5 Thalassemia Children at Naval headquarter on Friday

Islamabad - In a praiseworthy human act Pakistan Navy hosted five children suffering from Thalassemia at it’s headquarter on Friday. The children have been receiving treatment for the awful disease expressed desire to wear Naval uniform and visit the Naval headquarters.

Acceding to the wish of the children, Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS) Admiral Muhammad Asif Sandheela invited them at Naval Headquarters Islamabad. The CNS had friendly chat with them and talked of pleasant things. Wife of the Naval chief also came to see the children. The two had frank discussion about light things and they too mixed up with the Naval chief and his wife.

The occasion brought a pleasant change in the ambiance of the headquarters where everybody was impressed by the gesture of the CNS. Admiral Sandheela and his wife took interest in the activities of the children and asked them about the atmosphere where they live and study. The children looked elegant in white Naval outfit with ranks on their shoulders. The two inquired about their health and wished them a prosperous and healthy life ahead. The two prayed for their early recovery from the ailment.

The Naval Chief presented five infusion pumps, one each that is essential and precious medical equipment for the Thalassemic patients. The equipment would enable them to get treatment at home instead of taking trouble to visit hospital frequently.

Pakistan Navy also presented the children cheques as a token of financial support. They were very happy about the hospitality offered to them at the naval headquarters. The children had a photographic session with the Naval Chief and his wife before leaving the rendezvous. 

(The News)

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Afghanistan : Taliban spring offence begins !

“These attacks are the beginning of the spring offensive and we had planned them for months.” 
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid.
He went on to add that the onslaught was a revenge for a series of incidents involving American troops in Afghanistan – including the burning of the Holy Quran at a Nato base and the massacre of 17 civilians by a US soldier – and vowed that there would be more such attacks.
A group of US soldiers at their village in Kandahar’s Panjwayi district at 2am enter homes and open fire. However, the Nato-led International Security Assistance Force called it an individual act and said it had arrested the suspected soldier.
“After the Mujahideen offered to take revenge, our military commanders in four provinces – Kabul, Nangarhar, Paktiya and Lugar – coordinated major attacks simultaneously. The attacks were launched in four provinces in an hour.” Mujahid said.

Young gem from Pakistan Army shines abroad | Talha Zahid awarded with “Sword of Honour” at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst

A young Pakistani cadet won the prestigious “Sword of Honour” for overseas cadets at the annual Sovereign’s Parade at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst here.

Officer Cadet Muhammad Talha Zahid from Pakistan Army attended the academy during 2011/12 along with cadets from well over 30 countries.

“I am the 5th Pakistani cadet to have achieved this honour since Pakistan Military Academy started sending its graduates here. I am thankful to my trainers and my family for all the encouragement they have provided. I am honoured that I was able to win this for Pakistan.” 

Not only this, Talha Zahid also became the first ever cadet here for a single year to have also won awards in the categories of :
  1. The Best Student (Best in Over all Academics)
  2. The Best in Defence Studies T
  3. he Best in International Affairs Studies.

The second Pakistani Officer Cadet was Waleed Bashir whose Regiment was declared the best.  
“I am honoured that I was able to attend the prestigious Sandhurst Academy. The experience was brilliant and we were able to meet cadets from all over the world. Every cadet seemed very impressed with the professionalism Pakistan army exhibits. Pakistan’s recognition this year is testimony to the fact that Pakistan Army is one of the best armies in the world.”
Waleed Bashir’s parents travelled from Bagh Azad Kashmir especially for this occasion said;   “We are overjoyed that Pakistan has won the Sword of Honour this year.”

Be-aware : Smuggled Mobile Guns in Pakistan priced 30,000 only !

Karachi: Pakistan’s premier intelligence agency has disclosed selling of  .22 caliber guns disguised as cell phones at a weapon market in Peshawar.
“The MOBILE GUN could be used to assassinate key politicians and other figures,” quoted a local newspaper citing the agency.
The gun is capable of firing four rounds in a quick succession are made of Europe and being sold unabated at a local market in provincial capital of KhyberPukhtoonKhwa. The gun price is about Rs. 30,000.
A letter from the agency alerts security agencies that terrorists, killers and criminals could easily buy and use the cell phone guns.
“Strict surveillance must be commenced to stop smuggling of the guns,” the letter recommended.
Security agencies including Airport Security Force, Federal Investigation Agency and Customs have been asked to provide special training to their staff to identify cell phone guns besides taking special measure to avoid any untoward incident.
“Awareness campaign through media should also be run so that common people, public servants and private security agencies could have a keen eye on cell phone disguised guns."

USA: Last year, over 110,000 active-duty US Army troops were taking prescribed antidepressants, narcotics, sedatives, antipsychotics and anti-anxiety drugs

Air Force pilot
Patrick Burke with his wife, Elise, and their son, Jackson. In a drunk driving and auto theft case last year,
the Air Force pilot was found not guilty "by reason of lack
of mental responsibility" -- a result of the prescription drugs he'd taken. 
(Burke Family Photo, Burke Family Photo. / January 21, 2012)
With suicide, homicide and stress levels soaring in a military stretched to breaking by multiple deployments, the L.A. Times takes a scary in-depth look at soldiers who are increasingly medicated, zoned out and hyped up on prescription psychotropics - drugs that before Iraq would have kept them out of combat, or even the military. 
Last year, over 110,000 active-duty Army troops were taking prescribed antidepressants, narcotics, sedatives, antipsychotics and anti-anxiety drugs - an eightfold increase since 2005 - with many sent out carting 180 days' worth of medications, allowing them to trade with friends or grab a fistful of pills when stress calls.

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General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani visited Siachen Gayari Sector, today ( Pictures )

Chief of Army Staff, General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani visited Siachen, today, to personally see the rescue operation launched to recover 139 soldiers and civilians trapped under the avalanche. COAS was accompanied by Corps Commander Lieutenant General Khalid Nawaz Khan.