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Zimbabwean cricket team depart for Pakistan

HARARE: Zimbabwe have left Harare for a high-stakes tour of Pakistan, national cricket association spokesman Lovemore Banda said. “The team has left [Harare)],” Banda said. “They are going [to Pakistan] via Dubai.” There were doubts whether the five-match tour would go ahead after the massacre of 45 Shias in an attack on a bus in Karachi last week. It is the first tour of Pakistan by a Test-level team since seven Sri Lankan cricketers were wounded during a 2009 attack by militants in Lahore. Zimbabwe are scheduled to arrive inRead More

Sorry state of governance in Turkmenistan

Often people who have lived or live in Turkmenistan are surprised by what western experts say about this country. They allegedly reiterate commonly known facts and are surprised to notice things, which are obvious even to blind men in Turkmenistan and are limited to publicly available facts. Well, if the country were more open, the observers would have more food for thought and speculation. However, after WikiLeaks publications it became obvious that western diplomats based in Ashgabat are nevertheless much more aware of the situation than it seemed. In particular,Read More

Legal, financial complications confront LNG sale

ISLAMABAD: Serious legal and financial complications continue to confront marketing, sales and billing of imported liquefied natural gas (LNG), although the commodity hit the market about 50 days ago. Informed sources told media that public sector companies in the supply chain — Pakistan State Oil, SSGCL and SNGPL — were purchasing and importing and supplying LNG to a select group of bulk consumers under ad hoc arrangements but without any legal cover. As a consequence, the bulk consumers like fertiliser units and independent power plants were baffled as to how toRead More