Oct 102017
 
FATA Football Super League from Friday

PESHAWAR: FATA Football Super League 2017, featuring three foreign players, will kick-off here at Qayyum Sports Complex on Friday, writes Alam Zeb Safi. Shahid Shinwari, chief organiser and FATA Olympic Association’s president, told ‘The News’ here on Tuesday that one player each from Indonesia, Malaysia and Afghanistan would be seen in action in the competitions. He added that these players would reach Peshawar on Wednesday (today). In the competitions as many as 12 outfits will vie for the top honour. Koza Hanipi Mochamad of Indonesia and Ahmad Nazim Bin Ahmad Nazrin of Malaysia will arrive in Islamabad, while the Afghan player, whose name Shahid did not disclose, will arrive directly in Peshawar. Pakistan’s current and former players, including Yasir Afridi, Mohammad Rasool, Mohammad Riaz, Mehmood Khan and Jadeed Pathan, will also be seen in action. “All the participating clubs are hiring the services of departmental players and we hope it will be a competitive event,” Shahid said. The 12 outfits have been bracketed in four groups. The Group A comprises Young Jamrud United, Khyber Eagles and Shinwari Football Club. Khyber Greens, Darra Eagles and Ghazi Ajab Khan form the Group B.  Faqir EP North Waziristan Agency, Shams FC Landi Kotal and Al-Haaj Group have been bracketed in the Group C. Bajaur Stars, Malik Saad Falcons and Kurram Shaheen have been clubbed in the Group D. The leading two sides from each group will qualify for the quarter-finals, which will be held on October 19 to 20. The semi-finals will take [Read More…]

Sep 272017
 

KARANGASEM, INDONESIA: Indonesian authorities are on standby to divert flights destined for the holiday island of Bali as increasingly frequent tremors from a rumbling volcano stoke fears an eruption could be imminent. Mount Agung, about 75 kilometres (47 miles) from the tourist hub of Kuta, has been shaking since August, threatening to erupt for the first time in more than 50 years and forcing more than 80,000 people to flee their homes. Bali attracts millions of foreign visitors every year to its palm-fringed beaches and an eruption would be a major blow to its tourism-dependent economy. The airport in Bali’s capital Denpasar has not been affected but several countries including Australia and Singapore have issued travel advisories warning travelers to exercise caution. Bali’s menacing volcano puts some tourists’ plans on back burner In anticipation of an eruption, Indonesia plans to divert flights headed for Bali to ten other airports, including on nearby Lombok and to the capital Jakarta. “The planes will be diverted to their nearest location or where it originally took off from,” transport minister Budi Karya Sumadi said. Airlines are watching the situation closely and 100 buses have been prepared to evacuate tourists. Virgin Australia said it would be making an extra fuel stop in Darwin for some of its flights between Australia and Bali in case it is forced to turn back. Singapore Airlines said customers travelling between September 23 and October 2 could rebook flights or ask for a refund. Thousands evacuated from Vanuatu island as volcano [Read More…]

Jul 032017
 
Pak volleyball team to tour Qatar

KARACHI: Pakistan volleyball team will tour Qatar for a few practice matches ahead of the Asian Championship to be held in Indonesia from July 24 to August 1. “Yes, we have arranged a tour for our side. Our team will move to Qatar on July 16 for four to five nights. It will play at least four matches in Doha,” Pakistan Volleyball Federation’s (PVF) chairman Chaudhry Mohammad Yaqoob told ‘The News’ on Monday. “We had requested Qatar and they cooperated. They also invited Iraq and now a small tournament among the three nations will also be held in Doha,” Yaqoob said. “From there the team will move to Indonesia on July 20 or 21,” the official said. “You know such training tours are very important ahead of any international event. It will help the boys ahead of the tough assignment in Indonesia,” Yaqoob added. Pakistan have been bracketed in Group B with the last edition’s runners-up Iran, Chinese Taipei and Iraq. Yaqoob said that the 14-member team would be announced soon. “The selectors will soon sit with the coach for this purpose,” he added.Iranian coach Hamid Movahedi is supervising the camp at the Pakistan Sports Complex in Islamabad. The coach will be accompanied on the tour by two assistant caches, a manager and an analyst, who also belongs to Iran. The same analyst served Pakistan at the Islamic Games held in Baku from May 12-22. After Pakistan put up an impressive show in the Islamic Games and then the World [Read More…]

May 022017
 
Voiceless brides

Child marriage is very common in Muslim-majority countries. Young girls are married before they hit the age of 16. This orthodox practice is robbing girls of their childhood. Recently, in Indonesia, a three- day conference of women clerics was held. The clerics called for introducing a legal age of marriage. It was proposed that a girl shouldn’t be allowed to get married is she is under 18. Early marriages wreak havoc on the lives of young girls. Pregnancy at an early age puts their health at risk. According to Unicef, every one out of the four girls under the age of 18 is married in Muslim-majority countries. The situation is the same in Pakistan. Laws should be implemented to prevent the marriage of a minor girl. Focus should be on the education of young girls so that they can get a decent job that can help them alleviate their household’s sufferings – one of the biggest reasons of early marriages is poverty, parents can’t afford to feed a big family so they marry off their daughters. The suggestion of the female clerics in Indonesia is a saner one. Pakistan should follow suit. Ali Jan Maqsood Turbat Click for detailed story

Feb 132017
 
Forbidden Love: Valentine’s Day Banned for Some in Asia

JAKARTA/ISLAMABAD � Valentine’s Day celebrations on Tuesday were banned by authorities in parts of Indonesia and Pakistan, home to Asia’s largest Muslim populations, saying the romantic tradition encouraged casual sex and ran counter to cultural norms.In Indonesia, officials from … Click for detailed story

Dec 152016
 
Governments pledge $75 billion to World Bank’s poorest countries fund

WASHINGTON: 48 governments have ratcheted up the fight against extreme poverty by committing $75 billion in new funds to the International Development Association, the bank’s fund for the poorest countries, said the World Bank on Thursday. The replenishment will enable IDA to scale up development interventions to tackle conflict, fragility and violence, forced displacement, climate change and gender inequality, the World Bank said. It also will help promote better governance and institution building and economic development, areas that the World Bank has targeted for the next three years. “This is a pivotal step in the movement to end extreme poverty,” World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim said in a statement. “The commitments made by our partners, combined with IDA’s innovations to crowd in the private sector and raise funds from capital markets, will transform the development trajectory of the world’s poorest countries.” The World Bank said the latest replenishment, which runs from July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2020, will support health and nutrition services for up to 400 million people, water improvements for up to 45 million people and safe childbirth for up to 11 million women. It also will provide immunisations for 130 million to 180 million children, increased access to financial services and an additional 5 giga watts of renewable energy generation capacity, the bank said. To finance the ground-breaking package, IDA for the first time is seeking to raise funds through debt markets alongside donor contributions with internal resources and donor contributions. A total of 48 [Read More…]

Sep 152016
 

JAKARTA: Indonesia is blocking three gay networking apps after linking the popular service Grindr to a paedophile ring, an official said on Thursday, accusing them of promoting “sexual deviancy”. It was the latest move by the Muslim-majority country against homosexuals, who have faced a sudden backlash this year, with the government recently declaring there is “no room” in the country for the gay community in response to criticism from activists. Indonesia says ‘no room’ for gay community The government had decided to block Grindr, Blued and BoyAhoy in the country, communications ministry spokesman Noor Iza said, adding that they were the apps most clearly promoting gay lifestyles. It followed a request from police to block gay networking services after they busted an online paedophile ring this month that they alleged used Grindr to pimp teenage boys out to adult men. “We are starting to block LGBT applications,” Iza said, referring to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Bali tourist speedboat blast kills foreigner, injures 19 He added that authorities were targeting services which promote “sexual deviancy”. The ministry on Thursday sent letters to internet providers requesting them to block the apps, and it would likely take a few days for the order to take effect, said the spokesman. Prominent Indonesian gay rights activist Dede Oetomo accused the government of seeking to “create fear in society”, and added that authorities were “experiencing a moral panic”. At the height of the backlash against the gay community in February, the government had also demanded [Read More…]

Jun 172016
 

JAKARTA: Indonesian authorities have stopped 44 migrants believed to be from Sri Lanka from disembarking from their boat and said on Friday the vessel had to head back out to sea after being supplied with food and fuel and repaired. Indonesia has for years been a stepping stone for refugees and migrants from the Middle East and South Asia hoping to reach Australia. Australia has been urging it to act to stop the flow of people, often travelling in unseaworthy boats. Indonesia arrests 18 migrants bound for Australia The boat carrying the 44 people, including several women and children, was found stranded off the coast of the northern Indonesian province of Aceh last week. “We fixed their boat and gave them the food and fuel they asked for. We also did health checks and we see their condition is good,” provincial governor Zaini Abdullah told media. “They can be on their way. We are waiting for high tide … Don’t look at it as if we are pushing them out or ejecting them. We have fulfilled the humanitarian obligations.” Indonesia in talks with Australia about migrant island It was not clear if the people on board the boat wanted to land in Indonesia or sail on but activists said they should have been given access to the U.N. refugee agency. Even though Indonesia is seen as a transit country on the way to Australia, many migrants end up staying there for years. More than 1,000 migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh landed [Read More…]

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