Thursday, July 8, 2010
| Updated at: 1835 PST, Thursday, July 08, 2010|
LAHORE: Pakistan Power Electric Company (Pepco) has fixed separate rates for day and night, Geo News reported Thursday.
According to a decision made by the Pepco 'Peak Hours', from 06:00pm to 11:00pm, rates were fixed at Rs 11.77 per unit, while, 'Off Peak Hours', 11:00pm to 06:00pm, rates were fixed at Rs 07.18 per unit.
According to Geo News correspondent, new meters would be installed for the purpose at the consumer's cost.
The decision has been taken to discourage the power demend, according to Pepco.
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Meanwhile, RA.One, whose shooting is on in full swing, has been purchased by Eros International for Rs 175 crore. Rumours claim it is more of a funding deal than an outright buy. RA.One also stars Kareena Kapoor, while Don 2 stars Priyanka Chopra. , still sells. The buzz in the industry is that two of his upcoming solo hero films have been sold for astronomical amounts. If rumours are to be believed, then
| Updated at: 1704 PST, Thursday, July 08, 2010|
LAHORE: Dangerous for human consumption, liquid cat food is being sold as juice in Lahore, an investigation revealed Thursday. The said juice is very popular among the kids, report added.
The product was tempered with to look like a fruit juice.
Western scientists have declared this unfit for cats as well. Whiskas is a famous international cat food brand.
Renowned veterinary surgeon Prof Athar Khan told Geo News that the said food was given to animals with medicine.
Lahoriites have shown great concerned over the issue, saying sale of animal food as human food in the country’s one of biggest cities has put the question mark on government's efficiency.
| Updated at: 1423 PST, Thursday, July 08, 2010|
JOHANNESBURG: Shakira will be performing at the closing ceremony for the FIFA 2010 World Cup Football on July 11. Colombian star Shakira will perform the official tournament anthem 'Waka Waka (This Time for Africa).'
The 30-minute long closing ceremony of World Cup Football 2010 will start at 6.30pm at Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg. The closing ceremony would be broadcast live in 215 countries to more than 500 million viewers will watch the show. World Cup Football is one of the most watched TV program in worldwide.
According music company official, Shakira featuring Waka Waka (This Time for Africa), the Official tournament anthem of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, has reached one million singles sold since it became available May 11. "Waka Waka" is the fastest-selling single and the biggest-selling World Cup single of the digital age. The song was written and co-produced by Shakira itself.
| Updated at: 1345 PST, Thursday, July 08, 2010|
ISLAMABAD: The increase in power tariffs is not final as the difference between power generation and tariffs is still exists, said World Bank.
World Bank’s head in Pakistan John Wall in an exclusive chat in Geo News program ‘Aik say Du’ said the recent hike in tariff is not the final one because the difference between power tariffs and production cost is still in hundreds of billions rupees.
He said now its upto government of Pakistan whether it will end the difference through increase in power tariff or budget.
Replying to a question about privatization of Karachi Electric Supply Corporation (KESC), John Wall said it was not a wise decision particularly in a scenario where 72 companies including Faisalabad and Islamabad Electric Supply still not privatized.
KARACHI: The hot summer season augments intakes of energy drinks including locally produced ones, soft drinks and fresh fruit juices.
Likewise, a local-made most popular energy drink for ridding intensity of hot weather and its negative effects in human body is dubbed as ‘Thadal’.
Thadal energizes human body against scorching heat and keeps one fresh, which is very much seen available at roadside stalls in almost every locality in Karachi.
Thadal is more popular drink among rickshaw, taxi and bus drivers and conductors.
A latest medical report based on a research states that it is better refreshment in hot weather in comparison with soft drinks.
There are many refreshing ingredients used to make Thadal including black peeper, rose petals, almonds, cumin seeds, khashkhash, and cardamom.
Its rising demand is also a great source of generating income for poor people.
| Updated at: 1129 PST, Thursday, July 08, 2010|
LONDON: Home to the largest secondhand bookstore in the world, Hay-on-Wye is more than just a little town on the border between England and Wales, it’s book heaven on Earth.
The history of Hay-on-Wye as the “town of books” began on Fools’ Day of 1977, when during a bold publicity stunt, bibliophile Richard Booth announced the independence of Hay-on-Wye as a kingdom of books, with him as the monarch.
Ambassadors were sent to the International Court of Justice, in Hague, and a rowing gunboat started patrolling on the river Wye. Since then, he managed to establish a healthy tourism industry based on books, and thousands of visitors come to Hay-on-Wye every year, to look for whatever books they need.
Before Booth’s daring scheme, Hay-on-Wye was a slowly dying town of under 2,000 people, with no real economy or notable local businesses. The King of Hay-on-Wye opened his first bookstore in 1961, and in few-years-time he filled every available building with books, including the old workhouse, a chapel and even Hay Castle.
Hay-on-Wye has an annual turnover of over 1 million books, and unlike other book dealers, Richard Booth doesn’t focus on any one topic. He buys any type of books in the belief that every book is valuable and someone in the world wants it. Bibliophiles from all over the world come to Hay on-Wye because of the large number of books found here and the low prices.
Hay-on-Wye is now booming tourist town, with ten percent of its population working in the book business, and local businesses benefiting from the waves of tourists coming here in search of reading material.
In an attack launched by Pakistani rivals, some 130 Pakistani websites were successfully accessed by a group called “ICA”.
Reportedly this hack was launched yesterday when one server hosted at Brain Net premises (220.127.116.11) got compromised by alleged hackers.
When tried to contact Brain Net at numbers given on its website, but phone said “Ap ka Matlooba Number Tabdeel Ho giya hay”
Hackers didn’t deface these websites, instead just inserted one file “ICA.html” into root folders, just to show that security level of sever was not up to the mark.
There was no major website in the list – while most of the websites belong to local colleges, Universities and businesses.
List of hacked website can be seen here
We are yet to determine type and size of exploit that was used to root the server.
This is one of many hacking activities reported in past few months, which means it is extremely important for local hosting companies to realize the importance of web server security.
These companies are charging nominal prices (less than Rs. 1,000) for yearly hosting plans and don’t bother at all for securing customers’ assets.
According to reports, Amandeep Mann (24), resident of Hoshiarpur, is medicine at Minsk, the capital of Belarus. Sources said Mann?s marital status is not clear.
While flying to Amritsar on board Turkmenistan Airlines flight number T5551 on Wednesday, she delivered the male child, but refused to accept it. The child was said to be in a critical condition and was admitted in the ICU. . She was caught by police on being alerted by the airline?s staff. Both mother and child have been admitted in a private hospital. A case has been registered against the girl.
| Updated at: 0150 PST, Thursday, July 08, 2010|
DURBAN: Carles Puyol scored the only goal of the game to send Spain into the World Cup final against Holland following a 1-0 victory against Germany on Wednesday.
The Barcelona centre-back powered home a header from 10 yards from Xavi's corner 17 minutes from time to send the reigning European champions into their first ever World Cup final.
Holland reached the title game by beating Uruguay 3-2 in Cape Town on Tuesday.
It means there will be a new name on the trophy for the first time since France claimed victory on home soil in 1998.
Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque had sprung a surprise before kick-off by dropping out-of-form Liverpool forward Fernando Torres and replacing him with Barcelona youngster Pedro.
That move allowed tournament top scorer David Villa to play through the middle and the switch almost paid dividends six minutes into the game.
Pedro came in off his wing and slipped a delightful ball in behind the Germany defence which Villa ran on to but he had to slide in to shoot before Manuel Neuer arrived and he succeeded only in prodding the ball into the goalkeeper's chest.
Spain should have gone ahead on 14 minutes after a cleverly-worked corner routine left Andres Iniesta free to cross from the right, but Puyol got too much purchase on his diving header and sent the ball over the bar.
Germany were stretched again on 19 minutes as a great crossfield ball from Xabi Alonso found the marauding Sergio Ramos but after an exquisite piece of control his shot was wild and high.
Germany finally threatened on 32 minutes when Piotr Trochowski, in for the suspended Thomas Mueller, shot from distance and forced Iker Casillas into a sprawling save low to his left.
Mesut Ozil thought he should have had a penalty on the stroke of half-time when he went down under a challenge from Ramos but his appeals were waved away by referee Viktor Kassai.
For all their pretty approach play, Spain were struggling to get into the box and started hitting pot shots from distance with Alonso, twice, and Villa shooting wide.
Neuer then saved from Pedro, who moments later shot wide while Villa was inches away from a tap-in after Iniesta jinked into the box and squared the ball across goal.
Up the other end substitute Marcell Jansen's cross was flicked on by a Spanish head, but on the turn Miroslav Klose could only volley high.
And on 69 minutes Germany created possibly their best chance of the match as substitute Toni Kroos arrived unmarked at the back post onto Lukas Podolski's cross but his finish was weak and straight at Casillas.
But then came Puyol's great leap to propel Spain into the final.
Spain had several chances on the counter attack late on but Pedro wasted the best of those as he tried to turn Arne Friedrich once too often instead of squaring to the unmarked substitute Torres.
LOS ANGELES: She sobbed and pleaded in court not to be thrown in jail, but troubled Hollywood starlet Lindsay Lohan had another, far less plaintive message for the judge, written on the fingernail of her middle finger.
Photographers using telephoto lenses captured photos showing that Lohan, hand pressed against her mouth, had the words "f...(expletive) u" carefully written over a multicolored pastiche of pastel nail polish.
The judge ordered Lohan, 24, to spend 90 days in jail for violating probation in two 2007 drunken driving cases. She also was ordered to take part in a 90-day in-patient substance abuse program.
Lohan was ordered not to drink alcohol, drive a vehicle with any drugs or alcohol in her system, drive without a valid driver's license and insurance, or deny any field sobriety tests.
The judge ordered Lohan to begin serving her jail term July 20