Monday, May29, 2017 6 The Country Life Dear Squabs Send us your articles, stories, poetries, paintings, pictures etc on the following email address firstname.lastname@example.org Story Time The Greedy Mouse For sports, for pageantries, and plays, Thou hast thy eves and holidays On which the young men and maids meet To exercise their dancing feet, Tripping the comely country-round, With daffodils and daisies crowned. Thy wakes, thy quintals, here thou hast, Thy May-poles, too, with garlands graced, Thy morris-dance, thy Whitsun-ale, Thy shearing-feast, which never fail, Thy harvest home, thy wassail-bowl, That's tossed up after fox-i'-th'-hole, Thy mummeries, thy Twelfthtide kings And queens, thy Christmas revellings, Thy nut-brown mirth, thy russet wit, And no man pays too dear for it. O happy life! if that their good The husbandmen but understood, Who all the day themselves do please And younglings with such sports as these, And, lying down, have naught t' affright Sweet sleep, that makes more short the night. The human eye can detect more shades of green that any other colour - Robert Herrick Agreedy mouse saw a basket full of corn. He wanted to eat it. So he made a small hole in the basket. He squeezed in through the hole. He ate a lot of corn. He felt full and was very happy. Now he wanted to come out. He tried to come out through the small hole. He could not. His belly was full. He tried again. But it was of no use. The mouse started crying. A rabbit was passing by. It heard the mouse’s cry and asked, “Why are you crying, my friend?” The mouse explained, “I made a small hole and came into the basket to eat the corn. Now I am not able to get out through that hole.” The rabbit said, “It is because you ate too much. Wait till your belly shrinks.” The rabbit laughed and went away. The mouse fell asleep in the basket. The next morning his belly had shrunk. But he wanted to eat some more corn. He forgot all about getting out of the basket. So he ate the corn and his belly was really big again. After eating, the mouse remembered that he had to escape. But obviously, he could not. So he thought, “Oh! Now I will go out tomorrow.” The cat was the next passerby. He smelt the mouse in the basket. He lifted its lid and ate the mouse. Colour me • 59% of people say that their average looking • 53% of women don't leave home without makeup on • 44% of people have broken a bone • 9% of people skip breakfast daily • Chocolate manufacturers use 40% of the world's almonds • 90% people depend on alarm clocks to wake up • 21% of people don't make their bed in the morning • 85% of women wear the wrong bra size • The number 1 reason why people purchase a mobile phone is for safety • Per person France consumes the most cheese • The Earth experiences over 50,000 earthquakes a year • 75% of people wouldn't give up their spouse for a night for a $1,000,000 • M*A*S*H stood for 'Mobile Army Surgical Hospital' • The TV sitcom Seinfeld was originally called 'The Seinfeld Chronicles' • The first James Bond movie was called 'Dr. No' • 'Fan' is short for 'fanatic' • Clinophobia is the fear of going to bed • A standard 747 jumbo jet has 420 seats • Police dogs are trained to respond to commands in foreign languages (usually German or Hungarian) • The makers of the board game Monopoly print over 50 billion dollars worth of Monopoly money every year • The 'black box' that houses an airplanes voice recorder is actually orange so it can be more easily detected amid the debris of a plane crash • The average ice berg weighs 20,000,000 tons • The blueprints for the Eiffel Tower covered more than 14,000 square feet of drafting paper • The Colgate toothpaste company started out making starch, soap, and candles • The first crossword puzzle appeared in 1913 • The human eye can detect more shades of green that any other colour Horse Fun Facts COMMON NAME............ Horse SCIENTIFIC NAME..........Equus ferus caballus TYPE..................................Mammals DIET...................................Herbivores SIZE...................................Height at the shoulders, 30 to 69 in WEIGHT............................120 to 2,200 lbs ABOUT THE HORSE Horses and humans have an ancient relationship. Asian nomads probably domesticated the first horses some 4,000 years ago, and the animals remained essential to many human societies until the advent of the engine. Horses still hold a place of honor in many cultures, often linked to heroic exploits in war. Wild and Domesticated There is only one species of domestic horse, but around 400 different breeds that specialize in everything from pulling wagons to racing. All horses are grazers. While most horses are domestic, others remain wild. Feral horses are the descendents of once-tame animals that have run free for generations. Groups of such horses can be found in many places around the world. Free-roaming North American mustangs, for example, are the descendents of horses brought by Europeans more than 400 years ago. Wild horses generally gather in groups of 3 to 20 animals. A stallion (mature male) leads the group, which consists of mares (females) and young foals. When young males become colts, at around two years of age, the stallion drives them away. The colts then roam with other young males until they can gather their own band of females. The Przewalski's horse is the only truly wild horse whose ancestors were never domesticated. Ironically, this stocky, sturdy animal exists today only in captivity. The last wild Przewalski's horse was seen in Mongolia in 1968.
Monday, May29, 2017 Sportlight 7 Champions Trophy: Junaid Khan looking Kohli wicket in upcoming clash KARACHI: LONDON: Pakistan fast bowler Junaid Khan has expressed confidence in his ability to restrict India captain Virat Kohli in the upcoming Champions Trophy citing his previous record against the batsman. Khan has dismissed Kohli three times in their four previous meetings and off the 22 balls that he has bowled to the right hander, he has conceded just 2 runs. “I have dismissed him in three out of the four matches we have faced each other. He is a brilliant batsman but he has failed against me,” Indian media quoted Khan as saying. India and Pakistan go face-to-face in their tournament opener on June 4 in Birmingham, in what could be an intense affair given the seasoned rivalry between the two nations and the occasion of an ICC event. The 27-year-old Pakistani believes that he holds a psychological advantage over the India captain, and although it has been four years since the two squared off on the field, Kohli would feel the pressure of the past record. “When I face him, I will consider him the same Kohli. I may be wrong but I think he will also think of me as the same Junaid that has taken his wicket before, which might make him go on the defensive a bit more and therefore lose his wicket,” said Khan. The ICC Champions Trophy 2017 would be an eight-team tournament, and it is being organized at Ramiz urges Sarfraz to be ‘flexible’ KARACHI: New captain Sarfraz Ahmed will face his stiffest test yet when he leads unfancied Pakistan in the Champion’s Trophy — starting with a highly-charged clash against India. After qualifying by the skin of their teeth, Pakistan will need to overcome serious batting deficiencies to be competitive following their struggles in the one-day format in recent years. Pakistan’s tournament in England starts with the toughest of games against arch-rivals India, the defending champions, in Birmingham on June 4. The wicketkeeper-batsman is credited with injecting new energy after winning three of his first four games, two against the West Indies and one against lowly Zimbabwe. But former captain Ramiz Raja believes the team lacks the skill-set needed to regularly beat top sides in modern limitedovers cricket, which tilts heavily towards batting. “They say a captain is as good as his team and this side lacks power-hitting skills,” Raja toldAFP. “Also, to win, he needs to find wickets with the new ball. He has to be in control of his emotions — he must have a flexible plan based on discipline to create a winning environment.” four-year intervals over the past three editions. There have been seven editions of the league since the first one in 1998 and India are the defending champions, having won the previous tournament in 2013. Owing to the constantly deteriorating diplomatic relations India-Pakistan cricket encounters have been limited to ICC tournaments and Asia Cups, especially since the Mumbai terrors attacks of 2008. However, Pakistan did visit India for a short limited-overs series in 2012-13. Khan feels that the experience of playing county cricket in England that he possesses would hold him in good stead. “I know how these wickets behave in this weather, so I know what kind of deliveries to bowl and how to bowl them.” Having full faith in his captain, Sarfraz Ahmed, Khan went on to say, “I have played two ODI matches under his captaincy against the West Indies and we won both matches, with me claiming three wickets. “He is a good leader and encourages the bowlers to bowl the way they want to, while also giving his own input.” Kumar Sangakkara makes history Sports Reporter KARACHI: Kumar Sangakkara might be just five months shy of his 40th birthday but the Sri Lankan's appetite for scoring runs is as strong as ever.in Essex, the Surrey signing, who this week announced this would be his final season of firstclass cricket, became just the eighth player in history to register five consecutive first-class centuries, having notched scores of 136, 105, 114 and 120 in his four previous trips to the middle in the County Championship. But Sangakkara saved his best for the clash with Essex at Chelmsford, rescuing his side from dire straits at 5-31 with a magnificent 177 not out, as the visitors went to the close on day one at 7-334. India must pay $70m if they don’t play us, says Sethi Clashes between Pakistan and India are the most watched games in cricket by a margin but political tension between the two neighbouring countries has meant matches between the two come few and far between. The lack of bilateral series between the two countries not only frustrates cricketing fans of the two countries but also the millions of neutrals who are missing out on a spectacle filled with passion, talent and pressure. While both boards have expressed eagerness to play against each other, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) keep insisting they are yet to receive the go-ahead from their government. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), however, is running out of patience and feels the BCCI is going back on an MoU signed by the two boards that stated Pakistan will host India in a bilateral series next. And PCB Executive Committee head Najam Sethi insists that the MoU, contrary to popular opinon, is legally binding. “We have discussed this with some of the leading legal minds around, both in Pakistan and abroad, and all of them agree we are in a position to take legal action against the BCCI if they do not play us in a series hosted by us,” said Sethi. However, the board will not be taking legal action immediately. “We have had two meetings with the BCCI. We will have a third meeting in which the International Cricket Council (ICC) will be involved,” he said. Al- Hamza cc Lifted Abdul Sattar Edhi Memorial T-20 Cricket title Dr M Arif Hafeez Sports Reporter KARACHI: Al Hamza Cricket Club lived up to their billing by lifting the First Abdul Sattar Edhi Memorial T20 Cricket Tournament 2017 as they thrashed Innovator CC by 31 runs in a one-sided final here at Nazeer Hussain Gulburg Gymkhan Ground. Batting duo Shahzar Hassan and Babar Hussain Agha along with spinners Saqib Khan,Moazzam Malik played pivotal role in their team’s victory. Electing to bat first, Al Hamza CC posted a healthy 201-10 in their 19 overs. Shahzar slammed 75 off 40 balls with seven boundaries and three sixes while Babar struck five fours besides hoisting two sixes in 49 off 27,Deedar Azeem contributed 23 off 10 balls including brace of fours and as many as sixes. Slow left armer Junaid Naeem was the pick of the bowler with 3-30. Agriculture sector’s allocation not likely to yield positive impact on growers: FPCCI ISLAMABAD: The Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industries has regretted the ignoring of horticulture sector in the federal budget and said that the allocation and incentives for the agriculture sector were not likely to yield positive impact on growers in the short term. Talking to media, FPCCI Regional Chairman on Horticulture Exports Committee Ahmad Jawad said more or less the same budget allocation was announced for the growers, even though the horticulture LAHORE: Punjab government’s thrifty Ramzan bazaars aimed at providing relief to people have opened here. According to spokesman of the provincial government high quality edibles including wheat sector expected some concrete relief. He said that no incentives were given on horticulture exports in the budget. The sector requires strong attention of the government as despite having huge potential Pakistan’s horticulture export share in the international market was only 0.3 percent. The government should understand that horticulture sector has the potential to increase exports and it should be facilitated. He said they were expecting announcement of incentives to establish cool chain flour, sugar, pulses, fruits, vegetables, and meat are available at these bazaars at Rs 8-10 lower price. Punjab government has established 31 such bazaars in Lahore while across the province it has established a total of 318 bazaars. Lahore: Punjab Govt’s thrifty Ramzan bazaars open LAHORE: People busy in purchasing daily commodities from Sasta Ramzan Bazaar at Shadman. Calling the establishing of thrifty Ramzan bazaars encouraging the people demand that the prices and quality of edibles should be checked on daily basis so the quality goods are made available to the people for the hole month of Ramzan. and value addition infrastructure to increase exports of fresh fruits and vegetables. The government has Rs 1 trillion PSDP, but surprisingly no horticulture project is considered worthy of getting financing. He said that they reject the proposal to increase the withholding tax rate on nonfilers, as this move would affect all the traders. Until and unless proper tax reforms with the objective of facilitating the tax payers are not under taken the tax compliance will not increase. However, Jawad appreciated the government decision to cut the markup rate at the rate of 9.9 pc up to 12.5 acres of land including revised the agriculture credit of Rs 1000 billion through ZTBL and NBP. He said the rates of Urea and DAP fertilizer were likely to remain unchanged as announced in last year budget. Even the tubewell tariff has been retained at Rs 5.35 per unit like last year budget. The reduction of sale tax on DAP from Rs 400 to Rs 100 is a welcome move. The zero percent duty on used imported agriculture Profiteers increase fruit prices with advent of Ramazan LAHORE: Profiteers in Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Peshawar have raised the fruits prices owing to its rising demand in Ramazan. All the fruits available in market have witnessed an increase landing the fast observing faithful into a worrisome state. Apples are being sold between Rs250- 300/ kg, mangoes Rs120- 150/ kg, bananas Rs150/ dozen, watermelon Rs40/ kg, melons Rs60/ kg, peaches Rs160/kg. The price list issued by the controlling authorities are not in effect in any of the shops. People have demanded the government to initiate action against profiteers and decrease prices of fruits. Fruit vendors and wholesalers increase prices every year and fleece customers without any fear of being penalized or caught by the toothless price regulation mechanism of district administration. machinery is a good step for the farmers who are interested to import that as well as agriculture diesel engines (from 3 to 36 HP) have also been given exemption from sales tax, he said. He also called for exempting all agriculture input from sales tax. It is sheer injustice that farmers have to pay huge amount of tax on basic function of farming. He said that no announcement was made in the budget to cover the import export gap, which seems that next year our export performance would be poor. NEW YORK: "Sell in May and go away" is perhaps the oldest saw on Wall Street, but it appears there's no shortage of U.S. mutual funds doing exactly that this year. After all, the S&P 500 .SPX has delivered a total return, including reinvested dividends, of 10.8 percent over the last six months, essentially capturing all of the average rolling 12- month total return on the index since 1990, so why not cash in? Indeed, political drama and high valuations are clearly driving some investors to take profits. American fund investors have yanked more than $17 billion from U.S. stocks so far this month, data from fund tracker Lipper shows, with some $10.1 billion in withdrawals in the latest week alone, the second biggest outflow for the year. Some hearty investors, ISLAMABAD: All the banks and financial institutions across the country will re-open for public dealing tomorrow on 30th May, i.e Tuesday, after the deduction of Zakat. The banks and financial institutions stayed closed for public dealing here on Saturday and Sunday, while it will also remain close today Monday due to deduction of Zakat in respect to Ramadan. The Bank and financial institutions will start it public dealing from tomorrow here on Tuesday. The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) announced that all the banks, development finance institutions and microfinance banks will remain open from 8am to 2:15pm (Monday to Thursday) during the holy month of Ramazan. Banks and financial institutions will continue to operate during these hours without any break, the SBP Biz Banks to re-open tomorrow after deduction of Zakat however, stand ready to bet against that flow - and history - and are advocating a buy-in-May approach this year. "If anything you might want to buy in May and sell in November," said Chris Zaccarelli, Chief Investment Officer at Cornerstone Financial Partners, in Huntersville, North Carolina, who bases his bullishness on the healthy outlook for the global economy rather than expectations for a policy boost from the Trump administration. While stocks appear to have priced in hope for a Trump stimulus this year, Zaccarelli says his expectations for progress on Trump's agenda in 2017 has recently tumbled to 40/60 from 80/20 because he doesn't see Trump gaining enough support from a severely divided said in a statement. However on Fridays, the timings will be from 8am to 1pm. The banking hours for public dealing will be from 8am to 1:45pm (Monday to Thursday), and 8am to 12:30pm on Fridays, specified the central bank. Switch it up this year: Buy in May, till November stay Republican party, which suggests to him that selling will be more opportune a few months down the road. "If we go the entire year and Washington does nothing, no tax reform, no repatriation, I think there will be a little disappointment," he said. "Ironically enough, the disappointment will be in November or December because people will realize they went the whole year and got nothing done."