Nov 152017

The federal government is spending more than five hundred million rupees on the improvement of electricity system in district Swabi.A spokesman of Peshawar Electric Supply Company told Radio Pakistan Peshawar correspondent that government has initiated several projects in the area including lying of new transmission lines and replacement of old cables and electric poles.Similarly, several Grid Stations have been upgraded and new power transformers have been installed to improve power distribution system.Source: Radio Pakistan Click for detailed story

Nov 142017

President Mamnoon Hussain says challenges and threats in South Asia can be addressed through regional cooperation and resolution of longstanding disputes. He was addressing a seminar ‘Peace in South Asia, organized by Pakistan Institute of International Affairs in Karachi on Wednesday.The President said Jammu and Kashmir dispute and unresolved issues of Sir Creek and Siachin is major hurdle to peace and stability of South Asia.He said deteriorating situation in Occupied Kashmir has badly impacted the regional peace as India is trying to suppress the legitimate struggle of Kashmiris for self-determination, dubbing it as terrorism.He said Kashmiris are fighting for their right of self-determination, which has been pledged to them by UN Security Council.The President said the US strategy to pamper India as a big regional power could also negatively impact the regional situation. He said such an attitude could propel an arms race among countries of the region at the cost of socio-economic development.Source: Radio Pakistan Click for detailed story

Nov 132017

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif chaired a high level meeting in Lahore on Saturday to review expansion of Recep Tayyip Erdogan Hospital in Muzaffargarh .Speaking on the occasion, he said the government is adding two hundred and fifty beds in the hospital to provide the best treatment facilities to the people of South Punjab. He directed to concerned officials to recruit doctors, nurses and other staff in stipulated period of time.Shahbaz Sharif also directed to make a plan for expansion of Lahore Hepatitis Filter Clinic for one thousand patients.Source: Radio Pakistan Click for detailed story

Nov 062017

Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Khursheed Shah said on Monday that former PM Nawaz Sharif’s close aides were conspiring against him. Speaking to reporters in Islamabad, the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader said the people close to the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief were working against him and Sharif was aware of this fact, Express News reported. Will not save Nawaz under any condition, says Khursheed Shah Shah said the PPP was not in favour of holding early general elections and they should take place by July or August next year. He added that there was no need for fresh delimitation of constituencies to hold the polls as questions had been raised over the accuracy of the latest census results. “The PML-N shouldn’t have any problem with that because it had won in the last elections with the same constituencies.” The PPP leader maintained that Sindh’s population figures in the new census results were inaccurate. “If the results showed the true figures of Sindh’s population increase, the province’s seats would have increased by 10 or 12,” he remarked. The post Nawaz Sharif’s close aides conspiring against him, claims Khursheed Shah appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

Nov 062017
After Malala, another Swat student nominated for International Children’s Peace Prize

SWAT: Fourteen-year-old Hira Akbar has become the second student from Swat district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa after Malala Yousafzai to be nominated for the International Children’s Peace Prize. She is among six students shortlisted out of 200 across the world for the award. “I’ll continue my struggle for the rights of my fellow students in Swat,” Hira told The Express Tribune at her home in Saidu Sharif, the main town in the picturesque district. Malala awarded International Children’s Peace Prize “The [award] nomination has motivated me to strive for children’s rights across the province,” she added. Hira Akbar at her home in Saidu Sharif. PHOTO: Express Hira, the speaker of the Child Rights Committee’s parliament, has been nominated for the award for her efforts for children’s rights in Swat. Malala, who was shot by Taliban militants after campaigning for girls’ right to education, had won the prestigious International Children’s Peace Prize in 2013. The International Children’s Peace Prize, an initiative of the Dutch based KidsRights Foundation, was launched in 2005 by former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, when he chaired the Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in Rome. Malala later became the youngest Nobel Prize laureate. International Children’s Peace Prize carries a cash value of 100,000 euros ($133,000) that is invested in projects relating to the winner’s cause. The post After Malala, another Swat student nominated for International Children’s Peace Prize appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

Nov 062017

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah has announced an immediate release of Rs3.5 million grants for Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) to help them rise from the slump that the national sport is facing. A PHF delegation, which included President Brigadier (Retd) Khalid Sajjad Khokhar, Vice President Tariq Huda and Secretary Shahbaz Ahmed Senior, met Murad on Monday to discuss plans for the improvement of hockey in Sindh and ultimately in the country. Aside from the immediate grants, Murad also promised Rs100 million annually for the PHF. Meanwhile, he also promised to help renovate the Abdul Sattar Edhi Hockey Stadium. PHF receives NOC for Pakistan Hockey League “The Sindh government will bear all the expenses for the renovation work of Abdul Sattar Edhi Hockey Stadium,” said Murad. “I will my best to bring back the lost glory of hockey in Sindh and Pakistan.” Sectary PHF Shahbaz praised Murad for stepping up to help them. “We are really thankful to the Sindh CM for stepping forward to help us in the revival of national game throughout the country,” Shahbaz told The Express Tribune. “The initial grant of 3.5m will be released this week, while the yearly grant of 100m will be released within this month.” When asked where the money will be invested, Shahbaz said: “We have to revive the passion of the national game among the youngsters first by organising championships for every age group.” Shahbaz also unearthed the details of the renovation of the hockey stadium. “They have agreed to [Read More…]

Nov 062017

ADELAIDE: Veteran pace spearhead James Anderson said Monday he was open to replacing suspended Ben Stokes as England vice-captain for the coming Ashes Test series. Joe Root’s squad left home without their usual deputy skipper, who is awaiting the outcome of a police probe into his involvement in a brawl outside a Bristol nightclub on September 25. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have not yet ruled him out of the series, which starts with the first Test in Brisbane on November 23. ‘Root must convince players they can win Ashes’ Anderson told reporters assuming the vice-captaincy was “not something I have really thought about to be honest”. But when questioned on whether he would decline if asked to fill the role, he replied: “Of course not, I wouldn’t. Certainly over the past few years I have seen my role in the team as being a leader, especially with the young bowlers coming in, I try and help out where I can.” The 35-year-old, who is England’s all-time leading wicket-taker with 506 in 129 Tests, said he already fulfils a leadership role in the team with support from former skipper Alastair Cook and fast bowler Stuart Broad. “War” of words begins ahead of Ashes “That is part and parcel as a senior player who has played over 100 Tests, to be a leader,” he said. “Myself and Stuart try and lead the bowling attack, Alastair has been captain. We have a nice leadership group. My experience as a senior player [Read More…]

Nov 052017

LONDON: Millions of pounds from the private estate of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II have been invested in offshore tax haven funds, a huge new leak of financial documents revealed on Sunday. Around £10 million ($13 million, EUR11.3 million) of the Queen’s private money was placed in funds held in the Cayman Islands and Bermuda, according to the leaked papers, which were first reported in Britain by the BBC and the Guardian newspaper. They reported the funds reinvested the money in an array of businesses, including controversial rent-to-buy retailer, BrightHouse, which has been accused of exploiting the poor, and a chain of alcohol stores which later went bankrupt. Former PM Shaukat Aziz, ex-NICL chief Ayaz Khan Niazi named in Paradise Papers The investments, which were entirely legal, were made through the Duchy of Lancaster, which provides the monarch with an income and handles investments of her vast estate and remain current, the media outlets said. There is no suggestion that the Queen’s private estate acted illegally or failed to pay any taxes due. But the leaks may raise questions over whether it is appropriate for the British head of state to invest in offshore tax havens. A spokeswoman for the Duchy of Lancaster said: “All of our investments are fully audited and legitimate.” “We operate a number of investments and a few of these are with overseas funds.” The spokeswoman added that one of the fund investments represents only 0.3 percent of the total value of the Duchy. Meanwhile the money put [Read More…]

Nov 052017

WASHINGTON: At least 20 people are dead after a shooting at a Texas church on Sunday, US media reported. ABC News cited a law enforcement official as saying 20 were killed and 30 wounded in the shooting. Other media outlets were citing unnamed officials who gave death tolls as high as 27. The shooting took place at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, a small community about 30 miles southeast of San Antonio, reports said. They said the shooter walked into the church shortly before noon — at a morning service that witnesses said was normally attended by some 50 people — and opened fire. A two-year-old was among the wounded, the Dallas Morning News website reported. There were “multiple fatalities and multiple wounded,” according to Wilson County Commissioner Albert Gamez Jr, NBC News reported. A spokeswoman for Connally Memorial Medical Center in nearby Floresville told Fox News that “we have accepted a number of patients from the shooting.” She gave no number. New timeline in Vegas shooting raises questions on police response Helicopters and emergency personnel were arriving at the scene, and agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were heading to the scene, the bureau said. The shooting comes just over a month after a gunman in Las Vegas, firing down from a hotel room, killed 58 people and wounded hundreds attending an outdoor concert. And it came just over two years after a white supremacist, Dylann Roof, entered a historically black church in Charleston, [Read More…]

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