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Vintage Vespa fans cling to the past in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: As cheap motorbikes flood Pakistan’s roads, fans of vintage Vespa scooters are scrambling to find spare parts and preserve models that hark back to a bygone era. Piaggio’s Italian two-wheeler was the ultimate status symbol for Pakistani bike aficionados in the 1960s and 70s, when bicycles outstripped motorbikes on the roads and only a handful of people could afford to import luxury items from Europe. Over the past two decades, motorbike ownership rates have skyrocketed in Pakistan, with locally assembled…

Motorbike crash casualty Gerard Butler on a year of pain

LOS ANGELES: He has cultivated an image as a tough guy over two decades of starring in action thrillers but no role could have prepared Gerard Butler for his excruciating motorbike crash. The 48-year-old Scot -- best known as hard-as-nails Spartan leader Leonidas in 2006 action fantasy "300" -- was riding in Los Angeles in October when his motorbike and a car collided, sending him somersaulting into the air. "I fractured five bones in my right foot and had a microfracture in each foot and a pinched nerve and a bruised…

Punjab govt starting ‘motorbike ambulance service’ in nine cities: Shehbaz

LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif has said the Punjab government was starting motorbike ambulance service in nine cities of the province in collaboration with the Turkish health ministry. Talking to Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Rajab Akdghan during a meeting in Istanbul, he said new opportunities and avenues had been opened for investment and entrepreneurship due to the enhancement of cooperation between the two countries. Turkish Deputy Prime Minister said, “it is our responsibility to help our…