Jan 162017

WELLINGTON: Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim has been cleared of any serious injury after he was felled by a bouncer on the final morning of the first Test in Wellington on Monday.

A team spokesman said Mushfiqur had an X-ray in hospital and there was no evidence of significant harm from the Tim Southee delivery.

There had been anxious moments as Mushiqur lay prone on the pitch for several minutes after sustaining a blow to the back of the head.

He was tended to by medical staff from both teams before an ambulance arrived in the middle and he was taken him to hospital.

With Mushfiqur unable to continue having reached 13, the Bangladesh second innings ended at 160-9 leaving New Zealand a 217-run target to win.

Short-pitched deliveries have been a feature of the Test with New Zealand batsman Mitchell Santner taking a fierce blow to the head from Taskin Ahmed in the first innings while Neil Wagner was hit three times by Kamrul Islam drawing blood from his chin.

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Jan 162017

DUBAI: The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Sunday announced the introduction of new helmet regulations during men’s and women’s international matches.

The new regulations, although they do not make it compulsory for batsmen to wear helmets, require that the helmets adhere to the new British Standard BS7928:2013.

The new regulations, which have been incorporated in the ICC Clothing and Equipment Regulations, will be enforced in international cricket from February 1, 2017. Sanctions will be applied to batsmen who wear non-compliant helmets after February 1.

An official warning will be issued after each of the first two matches in which a non-compliant helmet is worn, and if there is a third breach of the regulations the player will be suspended for one match.

The ICC’s General Manager Cricket Geoff Allardice said that the aim is to get all players to wear the safest helmets available. “Our number one priority is to have all batsmen wearing the safest helmets available rather than to see players sanctioned. It has been pleasing to see that the vast majority of international players have been wearing compliant helmets since January 1. but some teams have requested more time to assist them in implementing the new regulation before the sanctioning process commences.

“As such, the extension was granted to enable all teams and players to comply and after this time the regulations will be strictly enforced,” Allardice added.

The regulations were introduced following a strong recommendation by the ICC Cricket Committee from their most recent meeting in June 2016.

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Jan 152017

Senior members of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Inspection and Monitoring Team have been directed by the body’s chief to review the progress of each regional bureau during the ongoing annual inspection. Meanwhile, all regional bureaus of NAB have been directed by the body’s chairman to implement the monitoring and evaluation system (MES). The directions came as the body’s chief, Qamar Zaman Chaudhry, chaired a meeting to review progress made on the MES. During the meeting, the advisor to chairman on Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) gave a detailed presentation on progress made by the MES in the accountability body and its efficacy in future. The advisor said that following directions from Chaudhry, NAB had developed the MES which helps maintain data at each stage of investigation including complaint entry, complaint verification, inquiry, investigation and prosecution stage. Moreover, the MES records the proceedings of regional board meetings and executive board meetings including case brief, decisions made. The system also has the ability to analyse data in qualitative and quantitative terms with due warning and alarms system for violators. The advisor informed the meeting that the MES was a web-based application which was user-friendly and interactive, developed to enhance the operational, monitoring and evaluation capabilities of NAB. The NAB chief said that the purpose of the system was to track implementation and outputs systematically and measure the effectiveness of performance which help in enhancing the operational, monitoring and evaluation capabilities of NAB. Chaudhry said that MES now forms the basis of the [Read More…]

Jan 152017
District bar elections: Lack of qualified candidates leaves eight IBA executive seats empty

ISLAMABAD/RAWALPINDI: Owing to stringent new requirements for executive member seat, only two candidates competed for 10 Islamabad Bar Association (IBA) executive member seats. Both, unsurprisingly, were elected unanimously. The IBA Elections, held on Saturday, saw groups backed by the Pakistan People Party and Jamaat-e- Islami winning heavily. Naveed Malik won the election to become the IBA’s new president with 846 votes, beating Chaudhry Fayyaz Padana who secured only 579 votes. The panel backed by the PPP and JI won the seats of president, vice-president and general secretary while group supported by PML-N won the election for joint secretary. Malik was also backed by PPP stalwarts Babar Awan and Wajid Gilani, while Padana was backed by Ashraf Gujjar of the PML-N. Muhammad Nasir beat Chaudhry Talat to secure the general secretary seat after polling 799 votes. His competitor could only secure  632 votes. Shakil Awan won the seat of vice-president with 892 votes while his opponent, Murtaza Wattoo could only muster 387 votes. Rafeeq Sanjrani could only manage 126 votes. PML-N’s Dilawar Khan won the joint secretary seat with 742 votes, beating Khurram Bashir, who managed 640 votes. During Saturday’s election, a total of 1,454 votes were cast out of the 2,294 registered votes. The 17-member ruling body of IBA comprises president, general secretary, vice-president, joint secretary in addition to 10 executive members, a library member, a finance member and an auditor. Of the 10 executive member seats, only two candidates were declared successful – Raja Sheraz Janjua and Matloob Hussain Malik [Read More…]

Jan 152017

This refers to the alarming issue of desertification. The probable reasons can be drought, deforestation and faulty agricultural practices. There is a dire need to store rain water throughout the country as water level is depleting fast – the water level at some places has gone down to 1000 feet. The UNDP’s role is commendable as they have undertaken to convert 800,000 hectares of barren land into a fertile land under the Land Management Programme (SLMP). The Ministry of Climate Change can further boost this programme with the coordination of the Ministry Of Agriculture and Food Security in lessening desertification. In order to promote forestation, ‘drip irrigation’ method can be adopted. Furthermore each district of Pakistan can also be assigned to plant saplings so that green belts can be established all over the country. Pakistan being agro-based country is dependent on agriculture so culture of growing maximum trees must be promoted in order to save maximum trees from extinction. Combating desertification will help curb poverty, ensure better livelihood, food security and better ecosystem in the country. This will also help in minimising emission of greenhouse gases. It is hoped the government and the local community will contribute with full zeal and dedication to solve the serious issue. Engr Riaz Akbar Wah Cantt Click for detailed story

Jan 152017
Road to prosperity

In order to lure foreign investors; sustainable energy projects, fool-proof security, political stability and good governance are the prime factors. The investors invest only to reap some profit and they invest generously in such conducive set up. It is encouraging that we are on the upward trajectory on all these fronts. There was a time when whole the country was in the grip of terror. Terrorists were active all over the country and they would turn each and every political rallies, religious gatherings and cultural festivals into a gloomy and tragic affair. In the same way, we were facing a debilitating economic nosedive and a nagging energy crisis. Long-hours loadshedding amid excruciating heat made the people’s life miserable. One shudders even at the thought of that hard and challenging time. Energy crisis resulted in economic depression. Our industries received a severe blow and came to a sudden halt. Then it was our agriculture system which touched the dead level. Our agrarian economy faced a morbid bad patch owing to unabated energy crisis. The National Action Plan was initiated to identify and proscribe the organisations which were directly or indirectly involved in spreading violence and extremism in the country. Undoubtedly, it was instrumental in rounding off the facilitators as well as financiers of militant group. According to the Pakistan Institute for Conflict and Security Studies (PICSS), there was a 30 percent decrease in militant attacks and 28 percent reduction in resultant deaths. Furthermore, these attacks fell to 42 from 60 per [Read More…]

Jan 152017
After the rain

The recent spell of rain in Karachi has wreaked devastation. Several parts of the city were submerged in rainwater and there were reports of traffic congestion on roads that were inundated. A large number of commuters were inconvenienced as bumper-to-bumper traffic remained the order of the day. Karachi does not receive rain on a regular basis and residents are not prepared to deal with the consequences of an incessant downpour. Power outages, massive traffic gridlocks and inundated roads serve as major impediments to the lives of citizens and add to their woes. Citizens also put themselves in jeopardy when they fail to take precautions.   At this stage, locals must act prudently and avoid any situations that could put their lives at risk. Furthermore, the relevant authorities must take a series of steps to improve the drainage system in the city. No matter how much money is invested into rehabilitating the city’s infrastructure, the situation is unlikely to improve until drains are established along all major roads of the metropolis. Sania Gul Karachi Click for detailed story

Jan 152017
Tax amnesty

Schemes like tax amnesty are very common in the country. Individuals pay a small fraction of their illicit gains and come clean and free. On the other hand, honest taxpayers are given no incentives. Taxpayers pay high rates of taxes without a word while those who are involved in tax evasion come up with different means to evade tax. They do not document their transactions in order to escape the tax net. Do tax pundits have any solution to overcome this situation? How long will this go on? If the FBR is not able to bring all traders and businessmen in the tax net, why does it punish those who pay their taxes regularly? M Haroon Lahore Click for detailed story

Jan 152017
Hepatitis Free Rawalpindi: A dream that can be fulfilled if stakeholders are sincere

MKRMS organises awareness seminar Rawalpindi: Making Rawalpindi free of hepatitis is a dream that can be fulfilled if all the stakeholders both in public and private sectors along with population… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Click for detailed story

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