Yousaf Breaks Viv Richard Record : Total Tally 1788 Runs in 1 year

Well u can say Pakistan has find another Inzamam just when the great man is aboout to finish his illustrous career.In Past 1 Year Yousaf has taken over the burden of responsibilty as his batting has tradition of 1 excellent middle order batsmen in pakistan continues after Javed Miandad,Inzamam and now  Yousaf.

“The year 2006 has been a spectacular one for Mohammad Yousuf. It started off with a 199-ball 173 against India at Lahore, and since that knock, he hasn’t looked back, finishing with an aggregate of 1788, beating Viv Richards’s tally of 1710 quite handily to wrest the record of most number of runs in a calendar year. “

Full Details Here & Here

Battle of Thermopylae

In the Battle of Thermopylae of 480 BC an alliance of Greek city-states fought the invading Persian army in the pass of Thermopylae. Vastly outnumbered, the Greeks delayed the enemy in one of the most famous last stands of history. A small force led by King Leonidas of Sparta blocked the only road through which the massive army of Xerxes I could pass. The Persians succeeded in defeating the Greeks but sustained heavy losses, disproportionate to those of the Greeks. A local resident named Ephialtes betrayed the Greeks, revealing a mountain path that led behind the Greek lines. Dismissing the rest of the army, King Leonidas stayed behind with 300 Spartans and 700 Thespian volunteers. Though they knew it meant their own deaths, they secured the retreat of the other Greek forces.

The losses of the Persian army alarmed Xerxes. When his navy was later defeated at Salamis he fled Greece leaving only part of his force to finish the conquest of Greece. It was defeated at the Battle of Plataea.

The performance of the defenders at the battle of Thermopylae is often used as an example of the advantages of training, equipment and good use of terrain to maximise an army’s potential, as well as a symbol of courage against overwhelming odds. The heroic sacrifice of the Spartans and the Thespians has captured the minds of many throughout the ages and has given birth to many cultural references as a result.

Source & Full Details at WikiPedia


There is presentyl a movie named “300” being made on this subject.Well truly the story line is a really epic one and if a good movie is made it will surely surpass Gladiator and troy.You can watch movie trailer on Yahoo Movies.

Great Fire of London

The Great Fire of London was a major fire that swept through the central parts of London, England, from Sunday, 2 September to Wednesday, 5 September  1666. The fire gutted the medieval City of London inside the old Roman City Wall. It threatened, but did not reach, the aristocratic district of Westminster (the modern West End), Charles II’s Palace of Whitehall, and most of the suburban slums. It consumed 13,200 houses, 87 parish churches, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and most of the buildings of the City authorities. It is estimated that it destroyed the homes of 70,000 of the City’s 80,000 inhabitants. The death toll from the fire is unknown and has traditionally been thought to have been small, as only a few verified deaths are recorded. This reasoning has recently been challenged on the ground that poor and middle-class people were not recorded anywhere, and that the heat of the fire would have cremated all victims, leaving no recognisable human remains.


Source & Full Deatils at Wikipedia

Stephen Hawkings to receive Copley Medal

Renowned physicist Stephen Hawking is being honored with the world’s oldest award for scientific achievement, with a special high-altitude assist from NASA.

The British Royal Society is awarding Professor Hawking its prestigious Copley Medal on Nov. 30 for his contributions to theoretical physics and theoretical cosmology. The silver gilt medal flew on space shuttle Discovery’s July 2006 mission to the International Space Station, at the initiative of crew member Piers Sellers, a native of Britain. NASA Administrator Michael Griffin will travel to London to help make the medal presentation.
“Stephen Hawking has become a household name, known as a brilliant physicist by people who have no other knowledge of physics,” Griffin said. “Through his contributions to the understanding of time and space, ranging from black holes to worm holes, he has earned a reputation as one of the most imaginatively perceptive scientists of all time. We at NASA are honored to have had a part in making Dr. Hawking’s receipt of the famed Copley Medal a truly special occasion, by presenting to him this medal, flown in space aboard Space Shuttle mission STS-121.”
The Copley Medal, which has never flown before in space, was first awarded 275 years ago. It is selected by Fellows of the Royal Society and alternates between the physical sciences and the biological sciences. Past recipients of the Copley Medal include such giants of science as Benjamin Franklin, Michael Faraday, Charles Darwin, Louis Pasteur, Albert Einstein, and Francis Crick.


Source : NASA

Zafrulla Khan : A Personality to be Admired

When you look at the list of Pakistanis who have achieved distinction globally then only few names come to mind but when u look in detail the achievements and grandeur that Sir.Zufrullah Khan achieved over the course of his life time can not be easily achieved. In fact he was person whose achievements stand out not only among Pakistani achievers but also among the world.

Just was reading about him in wikipedia. Here is a list of his achievements from wikipedia and I must say this is a long list to have in a single life time.

“In 1927, he acted successfully as representative counsel for the Muslims of the Punjab in the contempt of court case against the ‘Muslim Outlook’.He was elected a member of the Punjab Legislative Council in 1926 and presided at the Delhi Meeting of the All India Muslim League in 1931 he advocated the cause of the Indian Muslims through his presidential address. He participated in the Round Table Conferences held in the years 1930, 1931, and 1932, and he was member of the Executive Council of the Viceroy of India, during the years 1935 to 1941. Became the Minister of Railways in May, 1935. In 1939, represented India in the League of Nations. He was appointed the Agent General of India in China in the year 1942 and represented India as the Indian Government’s nominee in the Commonwealth Relations Conference in 1945, where courageously spoke for the cause of India’s freedom. Was appointed Judge of the Federal Court of India in September 1941, which he held until June 1947. At the request of Mr. Muhammad Ali Jinnah, known by the title Quaid-e-Azam (Pakistan’s founding father and first leader), represented the Muslim League in July 1947 before the Radcliffe Boundary Commission and presented the case of the Muslims in highly commendable manner. In October 1947, represented Pakistan in United Nations General Assembly as the head of the Pakistan delegation and advocated the stand of the Muslim world on the Palestinian issue. Was appointed as Pakistan’s (first) Foreign Minister a post he held for 7 years from 1947. In 1948 to 1954 he represented Pakistan at the Security Council (UN) and admirably advocated the case of liberation of the occupied Kashmir, Libya, North Ireland, Eritrea, Somalia, Sudan, Tunisia, Morocco, and Indonesia. In 1954 he became Judge of the International Court of Justice in The Hague, which he held until 1961. He became the Vice President of the International Court of Justice, the Hague, in 1958 until 1961. Then between 1961 unto 1964 he was Pakistan’s Permanent Representative at the UN and in 1962 for 2 years was President of the UN General Assembly. In March, 1958, he performed Umra and visited the shrine of Prophet Muhammad in Medina, Saudi Arabia. He also met Sultan Abdul Aziz Ibne Saud and stayed in the Royal Palace as the King’s personal guest. He performed Hajj in the year 1967 and produced a new English translation of the Holy Qur’an in 1970. The same year, he was elected President of the International Court of Justice, The Hague, a post he held until 1973. He lived in England for the period 1973 to 1983 and went back to Lahore, Pakistan in 1983 and died on September 1, 1985, after a protracted illness”

Well I was amazed when I read this Paragraph. Here is another Pakistani Son who lies forgotten by our people 

Khalid Hassan has written an excellent and a very interesting article about Sir.Zafrullah Khan in Friday times. He ends his article with these very interesting and thought provoking lines.

“What a shame that two of Pakistan’s greatest sons, Zafrulla Khan and Professor Abdul Salam, should have been denied the place of honor that they deserved more than anyone. Here is something General Pervez Musharraf can make amends for “

Complete Life details of Sir Zafrullah Khan

Article Remembering Zafrulla Khan by Khalid Hassan

Dr Abdus Salam : A Forgoten Hero

Recently Aleem(my brother) poseted two very interesting articles about Dr.Abdus Salam on his Blog.Both of them are worth reading.

One is Dr. Pervez Hoodbhoy on Life of Salam an other is about Dr.Salam speech at Nobel Prize winnign ceremony.

Really how can we forget the greatest Gem Pakistan has ever produced.There is no mention in electronic/Print media about Dr.Salam,atlest i havent seen one in my Life time.even in our physics text books there is only a 10 liner paragraph in a book of over 300 pages about Dr.Salam.So why conceal this great Hero from our public?


Tribute to Dr.Salam

Professor-Dr.Abdus Salam-The greatest mind Pakistan has ever produced

David Blain:Another Stunt

Illusionist David Blaine has begun his next stunt, spinning inside a gyroscope above the streets of New York.

Blaine will dangle near Times Square for almost three days before attempting to escape from some  shackles.

“This is more difficult than anything I’ve ever done,” Blaine said before he was loaded into the gyroscope, which was then hoisted up 50ft (15m).

The three spinning steel rings will flip Blaine in various directions up to eight times per minute.

The shackles will be added to Blaine on Thursday, giving him 16 hours to free himself.

The illusionist said his biggest concerns, besides not eating or drinking, were the freezing weather and dizziness.

Blaine’s previous stunts have included balancing on top of a 100 ft (30 metre) pole, spending 61 hours inside a block of ice and fasting for 44 days in a box over London’s River Thames.

Earlier this year, he spent a week in a water-filled globe in New York. He failed to break the world record  for holding his breath at the end of the challenge.

Source BBC

Einstein : behind The Genius

I was just browsing through when got a link to Time Magazine Site and there is very wonderful section of photo Essays there.

Here are some memorable pictures of Einstein from the site.  

For Full series and other picture essays visit TIME site

60 years Of Asian Heroes

Recently Times Magazine Asia Published A series named “60 years of Asian Heroes”.

The list contains Most Influential and successful people in the following categories.

  • Nation builders
  • Artist & Thinkers
  • Business Leaders
  • Athletes & Explorers
  • Inspirations

Pakistan Despite being a nation of 150 Million had only 3 names in the propsed 50+ names. Out of which the name of Muhammad Ali Jinnah as nation builder was stand out. Apart from him there was Nusrat Fateh Ali in Artist and Thinkers and Jahangir Khan in Athletes & Explorers.

Well I felt happy at first to see 3 names but later I felt disappointed to see only three names. The most disappointing thing was we didn’t have any names in the fields of  thinkers, Business Leaders and Inspirers. It has been now almost 60 years since Quaid laid the foundations of this nation and what have we repaid to him? The first 2 lines about his article in Magzine read

“Pakistan, the nation the Quaid-i-Azam founded, needs him and his values more than ever”

 It is heartening to read the closing lines of the article describing Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

If one believes in the rule of law, mistrusts religious zealotry and opposes tyrannies constructed in the name of majorities, one should find it easy to see oneself in Jinnah and to empathize with his struggle. Much of Asia could learn from his example, none more so than those of us who belong to the state he founded.”

For Detail visit Time Asia Site

Strong leonid Meteor Shower Expected this Weekend

The annual Leonid meteor shower could produce a strong outburst this weekend for residents of the North America and Western Europe.

A brief surge of activity is expected begin around 11:45 p.m. ET Saturday, Nov. 18. In Europe, that corresponds to early Sunday morning, Nov. 19 at 4:45 GMT. The outburst could last up to two hours.

At the peak, people in these favorable locations could see up to 150 shooting stars per hour, or more than two per minute.

“We expect an outburst of more than 100 Leonids per hour,” said Bill Cooke, the head of NASA‘s Meteoroid Environment Office. Cooke notes that the shooting stars during this peak period are likely to be faint, however, created by very small meteoroid grains.

Full Article HERE

Pitty we here in Pakistan will not be able to see this spectacle.