Oct 132017
Gavrilova stutters into Hong Kong semi-finals

HONG KONG: Daria Gavrilova reached the semi-finals of the WTA Hong Kong Open for the second year in succession after a “silly” second-set meltdown and an error-strewn win against teenager Lizette Cabrera on Friday. The Australian world number 22 eventually came through 6-1, 3-6, 6-4, but only after an almighty struggle with her serve, a string of unforced errors and her own state of mind. She will play American Jennifer Brady on Saturday for a place in Sunday’s final. There was no sign of the drama to come when the 23-year-old raced through the first set 6-1 against her fellow Australian ranked 155. But the Russian-born seventh seed grew increasingly petulant in a second set where she committed 20 unforced errors. She took out her frustration on everyone including her father and coach Alexei Gavrilov at courtside, the crowd, the line judges and even a ball boy. “I lost my focus,” admitted the world number 22. “I said something silly to my dad. And I was just angry with myself.” And when, on losing the set, she threw her racquet at her chair it brought a chorus of boos from the normally respectful centre court crowd in Victoria Park. The third set was littered with double faults and unforced errors from both players. In the end Gavrilova sneaked over the line despite serving 16 double faults and having her serve broken five times. Her opponent on Saturday, Brady, reached a WTA Tour semi-final for the first time in her career [Read More…]

Oct 112017

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua has reiterated Pakistan’s call for making serious efforts for negociated settlement between the Afghan government and the Taliban for achieving lasting peace in the war-torn country. She remarked while participating in the meeting of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Contact Group on Afghanistan held at the deputy foreign minister-level in Moscow on Wednesday, a statement issued by the Foreign Office said. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov chaired the meeting while deputy foreign ministers of Afghanistan, China, India, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and representatives of SCO and its relevant bodies attended the meeting. Afghan peace: Kabul asks Islamabad to hand over five top imprisoned militants Addressing the meeting, Janjua underlined challenges faced by Afghanistan including deteriorating security situation marked by increasing ungoverned spaces being used to provide sanctuary to the terrorist groups like Da’esh, al Qaeda, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and Jamtul Ahrar (JuA) and increasing drug production which threatened Afghanistan’s neighbours. She stressed the need for making serious efforts for negotiated settlement between Afghan government and the Taliban for achieving lasting peace in Afghanistan. The foreign secretary also emphasised the importance of early return of Afghan refugees and combating drug production and human trafficking which continued to affect stability of Afghanistan and the region. Islamabad not to bow to ‘do more’ demands The members of SCO Contact Group exchanged views on ways and means to support peace and stability in Afghanistan through facilitating Afghan-led peace process, assisting the Afghan government in dealing with security and counter-terrorism challenges [Read More…]

Sep 222017
Pakistan stumble at first hurdle in men?s team Snooker

ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan: Pakistan on Friday exited at the first hurdle when they were humiliated by Myanmar 3-1 in their first-round fixture of the men’s team snooker competitions of the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games here at the well-equipped billiards hall of the Olympic Complex. Keeping in view the high stature of Pakistan in world snooker, it was a frustrating run from the national cueists, who have to their credit some remarkable experience of playing with great authority at the highest level. In the first match, Pakistan’s Asjad Iqbal went 52-62 down to Myanmar’s Htet Ko. It was a gripping encounter in which Asjad, who was playing for the first time in the event, made mistakes that gave his opponent an opportunity to prevail in the contest that lasted for only 32 minutes. Pakistan went 0-2 down when 31-year-old Mohammad Sajjad fell to Thu Moe Aung 72-28 in the second encounter that lasted for one hour and 25 minutes. Sajjad, also a runner-up at the world team championships, has shown no resolve in the entire event so far. He managed to win a bronze medal in the 6-Red snooker men’s singles meet when he was ousted by China’s Yan Bingtao in the semi-final the other day. Pakistan reduced their deficit when the pair of Mohammad Bilal and Asjad Iqbal defeated Myanmar’s duo of Aung Moe Thu and Htet Ko 89-5 in the doubles, making the highest break of 89 of the fixture. The game lasted for one hour and [Read More…]

Sep 182017

NEW YORK: US President Donald Trump criticized the United Nations for bloated bureaucracy and mismanagement on his first visit on Monday to UN headquarters, calling for “truly bold reforms” so it could be a greater force for world peace. Ahead of his maiden speech to the annual UN General Assembly on Tuesday, Trump hosted a short event to boost support for changes to the United Nations. “In recent years the United Nations has not reached its full potential because of bureaucracy and mismanagement, while the United Nations on a regular budget has increased by 140 percent and its staff has more than doubled since 2000,” Trump said. Trump pushes UN reform as world leaders gather for crisis talks “The United Nations must hold every level of management accountable, protect whistleblowers and focus on results rather than on process,” Trump said. “I am confident that if we work together and champion truly bold reforms the United Nations will emerge as a stronger, more effective, more just and greater force for peace and harmony in the world,” Trump said in his first remarks at the UN in New York since his inauguration as president in January. In a building where long statements are commonplace, Trump spoke for just four minutes. Some 128 countries were invited to attend Monday’s reform meeting after signing on to a US-drafted 10-point political declaration backing efforts by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres “to initiate effective, meaningful reform.” Trump says ‘bureaucracy’ holding UN back UN Security Council veto powers Russia [Read More…]

Sep 132017
First shipment of Orange Train wagons to reach Lahore next month

LAHORE: First shipment of rolling stock for Lahore Orange Line Metro Train will arrive Karachi tomorrow (Friday) from China and reach Lahore in the first week of October. This was revealed by… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Click for detailed story

Sep 112017

KARACHI: Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal said on Monday that China had not changed its policy towards Pakistan but had endorsed its viewpoint at a summit of five major emerging market nations where concern was expressed about militant groups allegedly based in the country. “We are also against militants and want to first put our house in order,” he said while talking to reporters after visiting the Quaid-i-Azam’s mausoleum. He said the declaration of the recent summit of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa was similar to that of the last Heart of Asia Conference about Afghanistan and it should not be taken out of context. Terror fight: China says world can’t shut eyes to Pakistan’s efforts He held the Western countries equally responsible for the wave of terrorism in the world and said that apparently they had ignored the genuine problems of Muslim states. Replying to a question, Iqbal said: “We have implemented the National Action Plan and that is why we have contained terrorism.” Paying tribute to Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah on his death anniversary, the minister said the country had seen many ups and downs in the last 70 years and it was high time to learn from past mistakes and follow his vision. “The Quaid told us that democracy and the rule of law are the solution to every problem,” he said. China urges world community to recognise Pakistan’s sacrifices in war on terror In reply to another question, Iqbal said: “The incumbent government will complete its [Read More…]

Sep 102017
Another milestone

The inauguration of Chashma Nuclear Power Plant Unit-4 is another milestone achieved by the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission in collaboration with China. China is assisting Pakistan in carrying out energy projects along with other economic ventures. CPEC is the biggest of all joint economic projects. Pakistan is a peaceful country and is utilising its nuclear technology for peaceful purposes and for the welfare of the people of Pakistan. Pakistan is an energy-deficient country and with a rising population of 200 million, its energy requirements are increasing every day. This fourth Chashma nuclear plant in continuation of previous three Chashma plants will add 340MW to the national grid. The other three plants C-1, C-2 and C-3 are working exceptionally well. They are also efficient and reliable source of energy. Pakistan needs more projects to cater growing energy needs. We expect that the government will continue this journey of developmentto give relief and comfort to the people. Nazia Jabeen (Lahore) Click for detailed story

Sep 092017
Pervaiz Ellahi criticises haphazard planning

The Punjab government was given a much better offer of national scale by China for construction of a countrywide railway track but Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif rejected that offer and insisted… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Click for detailed story

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