Sep 222018
 
LAHORE: Pakistan deaf cricket team won the Tri-Nation Tournament in Dhaka beating host Bangladesh in the final.Bangladesh won the toss and put Pakistan in to bat first. Pakistan scored 129 runs in 20 overs for the loss of 7 wickets. Ijaz Ahmed hammered unbeaten 59, Naeem Arshad 21 not out and Waleed Aslam hit 12. Deep took 2 wickets and Aksar and Akib took one each.In reply, Bangladesh scored only 104 runs in 20 overs for the loss of 5 wickets. Sohail scored 25, Imran 24 and Akib 16 runs. Muhammad Waqas took 2 wickets while Qamar and Bilal had one each. The award of Man of the Match went to Pakistan’s Ijaz Ahmed and the title of Man of the Tournament was awarded to Pakistan captain Qamar Naveed.

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Sep 222018
 
MILAN: Former Arsenal winger Gervinho scored a stunning goal as Parma beat Cagliari 2-0 in Serie A on Saturday to secure back-to-back wins after they shocked Inter Milan at the San Siro last weekend.Ivory Coast international Gervinho scored the second goal two minutes after the break, picking up the ball just outside his own penalty area, and making a spectacular 50-metre dash, zigzagging past three Cagliari defenders and unleashing a shot that bounced off the post and into the net for his second Serie A goal this season.The 31-year-old former Arsenal and Roma player returned to Serie A last month after leaving the Italian capital for Chinese club Hebei China Fortune in January 2016.Roberto Inglese scored the opener after 20 minutes as the ball bounced off Cagliari goalkeeper Alessio Cragno’s chest and Inglese’s face before landing in the net, after the on-loan Napoli player had an earlier effort ruled offside.Gervinho was substituted five minutes from time to a standing ovation at the Stadio Tardini, as Parma move up to seventh following their first Serie A win at home since 2015.Two-time UEFA Cup winners Parma were declared bankrupt and demoted to the amateur leagues in 2015, before back-to-back promotions saw them return to Serie A.

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Sep 222018
 
We were shaken, admits Sarfraz

DUBAI: Afghanistan stunned Sri Lanka earlier in the Asia Cup and came dangerously close to meting out a similar treatment to Pakistan in Abu Dhabi on Friday night.But Pakistan managed a close three-wicket win thanks to Shoaib Malik’s last minute heroics. Later, Sarfraz Ahmed, the Pakistan captain, admitted that the Afghan onslaught in the thrilling Super Fours match left his team “shaken”. “We were shaken today,” Sarfraz said after the match. “The way Imam, Babar and Shoaib played towards the end was fantastic, but to chase 250 in these conditions against the Afghanistan spinners who I think are the best in the world, you have to bat really well.” Meanwhile, Malik who is enjoying a purple patch in the Asia Cup, said that he knew that he had to finish the job. “Being a senior player, when you’ve played enough cricket, you know when you already have a start, the goal is to bat till the 50th over,” Malik said. “At one point the required rate was almost 10 but I kept telling myself to bat till the end because we had batsmen to hit the big shots later.”The pressure, he added, was going to be on the bowlers. “Even the good bowlers, when they’re bowling in the middle overs, they are confident and want to get you out. But in the end, even they are on the back foot. As a batsman, you can show authority on them.” On the day, the fielding of both sides left much to [Read More…]

Sep 222018
 
India invites Pak kabaddi players for GKL: Rana Sarwar

LAHORE: The chances of Pakistan players’ participation in India’s upcoming Global Kabaddi League (GKL) are quite bright and we hope that Pakistan kabaddi players will exhibit their kabaddi skills on Indian soil in the coming weeks; this was stated by Secretary General Pakistan Kabaddi Federation (PKF) Rana Muhammad Sarwar in an exclusive telephonic conversation with ‘The News’ on Saturday.Rana Sarwar informed that International Coordinator of GKL Santokh Singh Mander approached PKF and invited Pakistan players to feature in circle style Global Kabaddi League scheduled to be held in three cities of Indian Punjab – Jalandhar, Mohali and Ludhiana from Oct 14 to Nov 3, 2018.‘Receiving an invitation from Global Kabaddi League official is definitely a major development and obviously this kind of developments are imperative for the true growth of this game in the subcontinent’, he added.Rana Sarwar said Santokh Singh has termed Pakistan players as big attraction in the 2018 edition of Global Kabaddi League. “We have sent data of our 20 top players to GKL, however, the participation of our players in this global event is subject to clearance from government,” he informed. Rana Sarwar, a retired lieutenant from Pakistan Navy, expressed his hope that both Pakistan and Indian govts will play their due role for the restoration of kabaddi and other sporting ties between the two countries. “Our kabaddi players will get valuable professional experience and huge financial benefit by playing in the GKL. The international events like GKL can play major role in further popularsing the [Read More…]

Sep 222018
 
Team Europe dominate first day of Laver Cup

CHICAGO: Kevin Anderson and Jack Sock spoiled the doubles debut of Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic but Team Europe still led Team World 3-1 after the first day of the 2018 Laver Cup.Grigor Dimitrov, David Goffin and Kyle Edmund all won their opening singles matches Friday to give Team Europe a commanding 3-0 lead going into the evening’s final doubles match.Team World’s Jack Sock and Kevin Anderson needed a tiebreaker to defeat the doubles dream team of Federer and Djokovic 6-7, 6-3, 10-6.Sock and Anderson won the tiebreaker after Federer double faulted to give Team World a key 5-4 lead.Earlier in the day, Europe’s Dimitrov cruised past Frances Tiafoe 6-1, 6-4, Goffin saved two match points to outlast Diego Schwartzman 6-4, 4-6, 11-9 and Edmund toppled World’s Sock 6-4, 5-7, 10-6.This is the second instalment of the Laver Cup which has been dubbed the Ryder Cup of tennis — although it lacks the tradition of golf’s premier team event. The exhibition is taking place on US soil for the first time and features 12 of the world’s top players squaring off against each other in a three-day showcase which wraps up Sunday in Chicago.The format calls for shorter matches. If the players split sets, they go straight to a 10-point tiebreaker. On Saturday, wins will be worth two points each instead of one.Dimitrov used his precision backhand to keep Tiafoe off balance as he closed out the match with his 10th and final ace. The Bulgarian hammered 27 winners to [Read More…]

Sep 222018
 
Where?s merit?

The recent appointment of Zulfi Bukhari has met with severe criticism. However, several PTI leaders can be seen defending the appointment. PTI MNA Ali Muhammad Khan defended Bukhari’s appointment and said that since he was an overseas Pakistani, he has been appointed as the PM’s special assistant on overseas Pakistanis. However, he couldn’t justify whether or not the appointment was made on merit.He is the same person about whom the prime minister had previously said that he is a British citizen and that Pakistani laws do not apply to him. It is disappointing to see that the PTI who was supposed to bring Tabdeeli to Pakistan would appoint a person who has NAB references filed against him.Aqsa Sohail ( Rawalpindi ) Click for detailed story

Sep 222018
 
Looking for jobs

The rate of unemployment is increasing at an alarming rate. Highly-qualified people are running from pillar to post in search of a job. But there are simply no jobs available. Many people travel to other countries to find a job. Some stay behind and work at more than one place to earn a decent amount of income.According to a survey, in 2017, at least thirty thousand people moved to Saudi Arabia to find employment opportunities. It is unfortunate that no government has taken any step to create job opportunities for people. Before coming into power, the PTI promised to create jobs for the unemployed youth. It is hoped that the party will deliver on its promises.Muna Manzoor (Turbat ) Click for detailed story

Sep 222018
 
Weddings and simplicity

Prime Minister Imran Khan has taken a step in the right direction by initiating a plantation campaign across the country. In addition, his austerity drive which included the auction of luxurious motor vehicles and his proposal of converting the PM House into a university are impressive initiatives. The PM is requested to take serious measures and prohibit ostentatious wedding celebrations. Currently, people are spending at least a million on marriage functions.Some poor parents have to apply for bank loan for their daughter’s marriage. A majority of girls seldom have to listen to their in-laws’ taunts if they fail to bring expensive dowry items. The authorities concerned must take strict action in this regard. There should be a complete ban on ostentatious wedding functions.Suhail Ahmed Shaikh ( Larkana ) Click for detailed story

Sep 222018
 
The PTI?s budget

During its campaign for Election 2018, the PTI maintained that it would bring a much-needed change to the country. The party pledged to introduce people-friendly policies and take steps to alleviate poverty. When he was in the opposition, the now Minister for Finance Asad Umar fiercely opposed policies that either directly or indirectly increased the prices of essential commodities. While it is much easier for a party to be in the opposition and criticise those in power, the real test is when it is in power. The mini-budget presented by the PTI clearly indicates that the party is in no mood to provide relief to people. The newly-elected government didn’t consider increasing the pension amount for EOBI pensioners who have been receiving a meagre amount of Rs5,250 per month for a long time. This mini-budget will add a financial burden on the people who are already grappling with rising rates of inflation.Zahid Ali Khan ( Rawalpindi ) Click for detailed story

Sep 222018
 
Relaxed rules

The PTI’s mini-budget has raised a network of concerns. The move to reverse the PML-N’s decision to place restrictions on non-filers to purchase property and new cars in their name is particularly contentious. The PTI had promised to take steps to widen the tax net by levying direct taxes on those who earn a large sum of money and own assets but have never filed tax returns. It is being feared that the decision to lift restrictions on non-filers will encourage tax evasion. The rationale that this decision will facilitate overseas Pakistanis to buy property also doesn’t bear scrutiny.Overseas Pakistanis who hold NICOPs could have been facilitated if the authorities had asked them to send their savings through the state-owned State Bank or National Bank at prevailing open market exchange rate to buy property or cars. This could have helped boost the depleting foreign exchange reserve. To ensure that such remittances are expeditiously credited in overseas Pakistanis’ accounts, administrative measures should have been taken to do away with red tape. The PTI government must focus its energies to recover money from loan defaulters in Pakistan.Ali Malik Tariq ( Lahore ) Click for detailed story