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2 Minute Interview With
Danish Naeem Abbasi Ali Noor
by AYSHA MANAHIL

Ali Noor is the founder, lead guitarist and songwriter of the band named Noori. He and his band members are pioneers of the mainstream Pakistani rock music. Recently MAG caught up with him for a 2 minute chit chat. Excerpts:

AM: How would you describe Ali Noor?
AN:
Ali Noor is a very inquisitive person, who always seek new, different and exciting things to do.

What is music for you?
Music allows me to understand life in a better way. It allows me to be more sensitive and positive.

What is the best complement you have ever received?
When someone told me that I am not a Bohemian.

What is love for you?
Love is an essentially beautiful feeling. You can forget about yourself and always think of your loved ones, still feel good about it.

What is your favorite holiday destination?
Life has always been a holiday for me, my home sweet home is my preference for all the holidays. But I can enjoy and make myself comfortable anywhere.

What is your favorite cuisine?
Chinese

What is your all-time favorite movie and sound track?
My all-time favorite movie is 'Judgment at Nurembug' and soundtrack of the movie 'Singles'.

What are your upcoming projects?
Well we are working on redefining our approach towards music and completing Noori's third album.

Any message you would like to give to your fans?
Well, my message is for all the Pakistanis, especially for youth. It is high time now we should start Faiz Ahmed Faizpaying serious attention towards our country and unite as a nation.

Controversy
Veena Poses Nude For Indian Magazine Cover?
Queen of controversies Veena Malik may or not have done a nude shoot for an Indian magazine but this time she has created a stir in the news world.
Veena Malik, who last ran into trouble for not playing miss-goodie-two-shoes on Indian reality show 'Bigg Boss IV' earlier this year, is back in the spotlight Faiz Ahmed Faizfor allegedly posing nude for the cover of FHM India magazine.
But Veena has denied posing nude and has threatened to sue the magazine, whose editor Kabeer Sharma insists that he has a video and an email from Veena that prove the authenticity of the photo.
Interior Minister Rahman Malik has said that he had not seen the pictures but contended that if Veena had done a nude shoot, "strict action" would be taken against her.
Women have come out in hordes in the virtual world, at least, to support Veena Malik.

Profile
Olympics: Sport In Oil-rich Qatar - A Ruling Family Affair
Qatar's booming sports industry is run by a handful of men and women from the Gulf state's ruling Al-Thani family, the success of which is fuelled by an eye for recruiting foreign talent. The crown prince and Olympics: Sport In Oil-rich Qatar - A Ruling Family Affairson of the current Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, is the driving force behind the transformation of the sandy and barren country with a population of just over 1.7 million into a world-class hub for major sports events.
The sports' ambitious Sheikh was appointed in 2001 to head Qatar's Olympic Committee (QOC), a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and holds the top position on several sports committees and federations in Qatar. The 31-year-old is also the chairman of the organising committee for 2022 World Cup, the head of the 2020 Olympic Games bid committee, and founding director of Qatar Sports Investment (QSI), a company created to finance investment in sports in Qatar and abroad, which last summer became majority shareholder in Olympics: Sport In Oil-rich Qatar - A Ruling Family AffairFrench club Paris Saint-Germain.
Al-Thani's older brother, Jassim, is one of his closest advisors. His mother, Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, heads the Qatar Foundation, which became the first ever kit sponsor of FC Barcelona and recently won a five-and-a-half year shirt sponsorship deal worth 171 million euros ($227m), touted as the largest in football history. Al-Thani is known for recruiting western-educated and multilingual managers to lead the various sports entities hepresides over, including Hassan Al-Thawadi, Secretary General of the Supreme Committee of Qatar 2022, businesswoman Noora Al Mannai, CEO of Qatar's 2020 Olympic bid committee, and Sheikh Saoud Bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, QOC Secretary General. To head QSI, Al-Thani chose National Tennis Federation president and Al-Jazeera's sport Chief Nasser Al-Khelaifi, who has subsequently become
President of PSG. Qatar's Olympic committee serves as the country's sports hub. The local sports Olympics: Sport In Oil-rich Qatar - A Ruling Family Affairfederations depend on it, as do football clubs and national teams. The sports institutions are chaired by locals, but daily operations are left primarily to the more qualified expatriates. "The Qataris are wise enough to realise that they do not have the know-how, so they buy it," said Djamel Belmadi, head coach of the Lekhwiya football club. Qatar's football league, under pressure to perform in light of the country's successful bid to host the 2022 World Cup, is coached almost entirely by foreigners, with Brazilian Sebastiao Lazaroni in charge of the national side. Thirteen of the 14 first division teams have foreign coaches, including Frenchmen Belmadi, Alain Perrin, Bruno Metsu and Bernard Simondi. All of Qatar's sports federations look beyond the Gulf state's borders for the expertise that this young nation is lacking within.
At Aspire, Sheikh Tamim Al-Thani is proving to be a great sports leader, empowering the youthful Qatari sporting stars of tomorrow putting them through their paces amid world-class facilities, but training under coaches who are all foreign nationals and best.

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platitude
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