Thursday, February 10, 2011

Charged Parking in Karachi: Rs.10 for Car, Rs.5 Motorcycle, Not to pay excess amount

Executive District Officer Local Taxes Jamil Ahmed has appealed to citizens to pay the parking fee of Rs.10/- for Car and Rs.5/- Motorcycle at the designated places and never pay excess amount for vehicle parking.

Chairing a departmental meeting he also directed officers to stop illegal charged parking and overcharging from the citizens. He also directed to boost up the recoveries and achieved the target well in time, adding that he will personally check and monitor the parking sites without prior intimation.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Jumbo Publishing joins hands with

Jumbo Publishing, the market leaders in sports publishing in the region, have recently joined hands with, an online books marketplace, having made great strides in a rather short span of time. has been founded by two highly talented young engineers, Usman Siddiqui and Jawad Yousuf, with a mission to connect booksellers/bookstores all over Pakistan with book lovers across the country.

Usman has a degree in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, with highest distinction, from Purdue University, Indiana, USA, while Jawad has a degree in Actuarial Sciences from Purdue University and a Masters degree in Statistics from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. is a centralized platform where individual sellers or bookstores can instantly make their inventory available online using our automated system and where buyers can browse for and purchase books put up by numerous booksellers all in one place.

Their overriding goal is to make access to books easier for readers across Pakistan. They have reckoned that the prices of new books are generally on the higher side, access to old books is limited since there are a limited number of old bookstores which are not always accessible to everyone and the old books that are available at these bookstores or weekly bazaars are poorly catalogued and hence difficult to find.

They have come up with the solution in the shape of where properly catalogued and searchable database of thousands of used/new books at deeply discounted prices are showcased, providing an opportunity for small bookstores/book sellers to make their inventory available to a potentially much larger audience than the traffic at their stores and anyone in Pakistan can be their customer.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

ICAP and RSRIR battle for Crystal Trophy

Team Institute of Chartered Accountants Pakistan (ICAP) and Rahman Sarfraz, Rahim ,Iqbal Rafiq (RSRIR) battling for the Crystal trophy at the Asghar Ali Shah Cricket Stadium under flood lights.

ICAP on winning the toss decided to bat first and test RSRIR bowlers. RSRIR struck early putting pressure on ICAP. However, the trusted Shoaib Ahmed being leading run scorer of the tournament and the new found talent Riaz Nawaz stood their ground and put on a 90 runs partnership for second wicket. The partnership was an interesting balance of moods with Riaz thoroughly entertaining the spectators with his delightful cover drives to reach his first 50 and a watchful Shoaib carefully ticking the scoreboard with ones and twos. The two led ICAP to the 100th mark in 14 over and looked set to pose a dangerous total. At this moment Muneeb the slow left-arm orthodox and Tahir Hanif (leg break) changed the direction of the game with their variation and immaculate line and length. Muneeb eventually made inroads in the ICAP batting line up by picking up 4 crucial wickets, while fast bowler Danish Waseem continued creating havoc with his pace and accuracy eventually being rewarded with 2 wickets for his excellent spell. The excellent fielding and the consistent breakthroughs by the bowlers restricted ICAP t o145 at the end of the 20th over. Riaz Nawaz and Shoaib Ahmed, Secretary ICAP topped the ICAP scoreboard with 52 and 44 respectively.

In reply RSRIR openers took full advantage of field restriction and blasted 60 runs in the first 6 over, after giving the flying start both openers shortly fell down. The duo Shahzad Suleman and Yasin, wicket keeper took charge and consolidated the position. Shahzad capitalizing on his good form made runs with ease with Yasin supporting him well. RSRIR managed to reach the target with 2 over to spare with Shahzad Suleman and Yasin both remaining unbeaten on 61 and 33 runs respectively. Hasan Jaffri, Member ICAP was the only successful bowler taking 2 wickets for 34. Shahzad Suleman was declared man of the match for his unbeaten match wining knock.

A sizeable crowd with banners and drums had gathered at Asghar Ali Shah Cricket Stadium, supporting their team and enjoying the flood light match. Prize distribution ceremony was attended by Senior Partners of RSRIR, Mr. Abdul Rahim Salim Bhai, Mohammad Waseem and Muhammad Iqbal Sumar. Mr. Mazhar Saleem, partner of KPMG announced the following awards to the exceptional players of the tournament:

Winner trophy received by Abdul Hakim, Captain, RSRIR

Runner trophy received by Shoaib Ahmed, Captain, ICAP

Man of Final, Shahzad Suleman, RSRIR

Best player of the tournament, Shoaib Ahmed, ICAP

Best Batsman of the tournament, Shoaib Ahmed, ICAP

Best Bowler of the tournament, Shahzad Suleman, RSRIR

Best Fielder of the tournament, Talal Rishi, EYFRSH

Best Wicketkeeper of the tournament, Asad Khan, KPMG

As an endeavor to encourage all the participating teams, the Participation awards were given to the representatives of teams present at the final match. The tournament was greatly appreciated by the participants and the crowd with ICAP being appreciated for its role in providing such healthy activity to its students and members. Mr. Shoaib Ahmed, Secretary ICAP announced that as a part of the Council initiative to celebrate the Golden Jubilee Celebrations the 4th ICAP T20 Cricket Tournament will take place in September this year.