LAHORE: The Pakistan National U-15 Team have left for Nepal to participate in the SAFF U-15 Championship. The event is going to be held from October 25 to November 3 at Kathmandu, Nepal.The team: Muhammed Awais, Afnan Shahid, Muhammed Hamza Naseem, Haseeb Ahmed Khan (Captain), Mohibullah, Najeebullah, Junaid Aahmed Shah, Jawad Bashir, Khushal Khan, Asif Ali, Muhammed Kashif, Shahzaib Jawed, Wasif, Adnan Justin, Syed Ali Shah, Osama, Saad Khan, Mudassar Nazar, Hassan Shereen, Iftikhar Ahmed, Moin Ahmed, Muhammed Amir Khan.Jose Roberto Portella(Head Coach) Asghar Khan Anjum (Asst.Coach/Asst Manager) Sheikh Zahid Niaz (Assistant Coach), Ghulam Shabir (Assistan Coach) Choudary Noman Ibrahim (Goalkeeper Coach), Muhammed Adnan (Physio).
Nepal has begun remeasuring Mount Everest to check if the height of the world’s tallest peak was altered by a powerful earthquake that struck the nation in 2015, the government said yesterday. The official height of Mount Everest — which lies in the Himalayan range, straddling the border between Nepal and China — is 8,848 metres (29,029 feet), first recorded by an Indian survey in …
Every year May 31 is observed as the ‘World No Tobacco Day’ with a view to create awareness among the public against the hazards of tobacco smoking. Apart from adults, schoolchildren have also taken to the menace of smoking. In my opinion, besides the children’s family and the school administration, the Ministry of Health (MOH) has to be held responsible for this as it has failed to ensure strict implementation of the anti-smoking laws . Despite the fact that the sale of cigarettes to those under 18 years is prohibited by the law, shopkeepers – some near the schools – continue to defy the rules and openly sell cigarettes to under-age youths. Keeping the health hazards of smoking in view, a number of countries, including Nepal, Thailand, Singapore and India have adopted stringent anti-smoking laws and taken solid steps to curb the tendency of smoking in their countries. We also have the Prohibition of Smoking and Protection of Non-Smokers Health Ordinance 2002 but it lacks strict implementation. Smoking in offices, public transport and public places goes on with flagrant disregard to the health of non-smokers. To assist the implementation of the law, a specific mobile number on which all violations of the anti-smoking laws could be reported can be initiated. Group Captain (r) Saeed Nawaz Khan Rawalpindi
The Foreign Office said on Thursday that the role of foreign intelligence agencies cannot be ruled out in the disappearance of retired Lt Col Habib Zahir, a former Pakistan Army officer who mysteriously went missing in Nepal earlier this month. Addressing a weekly press briefing in Islamabad, FO spokesman Nafees Zakaria said Zahir had been trapped in Nepal "after being lured into a job offer". Retired Lt Col Mohammad Habib. ─Photo courtesy Baqir Sajjad Syed He said Pakistani authorities are in touch with the Nepali government to trace the missing ex-army man and Nepal is cooperating in this regard. Zakaria, however, warned against linking Zahir's disappearance with the case of Kulbhushan Jadhav, the Indian spy sentenced to death by a Pakistani tribunal earlier this week on charges of espionage and sabotage earlier this month. "It is unreasonable on India's part to link the Jadhav case with Habib Zahir," he said, reminding that Zahir had retired from the army a long time before Jadhav's arrest. Zakaria seemed to be responding to a startling allegation published by an Indian news outlet quoting unnamed Indian security sources, who claimed that Zahir was part of the team that had picked up convicted spy Kulbhushan Jadhav. “Zahir was at the Indo-Nepal border last week. He was in the team that had trailed Jadhav. There is definitely a connection between the two cases,” The Indian Express quoted an Indian officer as saying on Wednesday. Editorial: Reducing Pak-India tensions in a time of spy wars Col Zahir, [Read More…]
Nepalese authorities have said they have not been able to make any headway in the case of Colonel Habib Zahir – a former officer of the Pakistan Army who had gone missing in Nepal last week. BBC Urdu quoted SSP Tipak Thapa of the Nepalese police who said the CCTV footage available with the authorities showed an unknown person receiving Col Zahir at Bhairahawa Airport near Lumbini. He confirmed that Zahir flew to Bhairahawa from Kathmandu. “The police are trying to ascertain the identity of the person who received him,” he said. According to the officer, Habib came down from the aircraft with his hand baggage and backpack. The footage showed that he spoke to an unknown man at the exit gate and then they both left for some unknown place. Police said the photograph of Col Zahir and the video footage were shown to the taxi drivers and other transport operators at the airport. Retired army officer goes missing in Nepal Nepal foreign office spokesperson Bharat Raj on Sunday said Pakistan had formally informed his country about the disappearance of the former officer of the Pakistan Army on Sunday after which their interior ministry and police were issued orders to investigate. Spokesperson of Nepal’s interior ministry, Krishna Panthi, said the special bureau of Nepalese police could not find any clue so far. “We are not aware as to why Col Zahir went to Lumbini and what his purpose of visit to Nepal was. There was no room booked in [Read More…]
KARACHI: Nepal on Sunday comprehensively defeated Iraq 13-3 in their Group A last round fixture of the West Asian Baseball Cup to stay alive in the event. In their second game of the five-nation event at the Pakistan Sports Complex in Islamabad, Nepal’s batters did a fine job to outshine weak Iraq who would face holders Pakistan in their do-or-die clash on Monday (today). Nepal on Saturday had tasted a 1-16 defeat at the hands of hosts Pakistan. For Nepal, Anil Pariyar scored three runs while Milan Thapa, Neewan Nath and Achit Karki scored two each as Iraqi pitchers had to toil hard to prevent their rivals’ batters from managing big shots. Rajesh Basnet and Binod Koirala made one run each. Jaffar Hussain, Mustafa Layth and Marjatha Sultan scored one run each for Iraq. Meanwhile in a Group B game, Sri Lanka whipped Iran 22-0. Both teams have already qualified for Tuesday’s semi-finals after the third side of the group India failed to arrive due to visa issue. It means that Sri Lanka topped the group. Sandun and Asanka were the top performers with four runs each. Naween and Iresh made three each. The final will be held on March 1. Pakistan had also hosted the previous edition last year at the same venue.
NEW DELHI: Pakistan bulldozed Nepal in T20 Blind Cricket World Cup, recording an immaculate ten-wicket triumph here at Dawarka Sports Complex. Pakistan won the toss and asked Nepal to bat first. Nepal put on board 116-8 in allotted 20 overs. Sunil Rana was the top scorer with 40 runs. Sanaullah took two wickets, while Riasat Khan and Muhammad Ayyaz claimed one each. Pakistan reached the target in just 7.5 overs without losing a wicket. Riasat and Matiullah remained unbeaten on 56 and 50 runs, respectively. Unbeaten Pakistan will play their next league match against South Africa on February 6 in Bangalore.
KATHMANDU: Climbers on Mount Everest are on the brink of the first attempts in three years to make the final ascent to the world’s tallest peak, after fatal avalanches cut short the 2014 and 2015 campaigns. Teams at forward camps are looking for a weather “window” to open in the next few days, clearing the way to the 8,850 metre (29,035 foot summit) along the Southeast Ridge first climbed by New Zealand’s Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay in 1953. Nepal’s ‘ice doctors’ return to Everest after avalanche The southern route, on the Nepali side of the mountain, has suffered tragedy over the past two years, with 16 sherpa guides killed by an avalanche in the treacherous Khumbu Icefall in 2014. Last year, an earthquake that killed 9,000 people across Nepal sent a massive snowslide crashing into Base Camp, killing at least 18 climbers and guides and putting an end to that year’s campaign. At least 289 climbers and their guides are in different high camps waiting for a weather window and jostling to become the first to scale the peak. Nearly 700 people summitted in 2013. Tourism Department official Gyanendra Shrestha said climbers had fixed ropes up to the South Col, the final camp, at about 8,000 metres (26,246 feet), and were stocking it with supplies. “Climbers have begun to move from the base camp to higher camps for the summit,” Shrestha told Reuters from Base Camp. Nepal’s female climbers blaze trails for their gender Ang Tshering Sherpa, chief [Read More…]
Nepalese Hindu devotees took part in rituals to mark the Mother’s Day Festival on the outskirts of Kathmandu, Nepal, on May 6. Devotees come from across the country to bathe, offer prayers and leave offerings at the Matathirtha Temple during the event, which honours mothers who have passed away. Here we look at 11 touching pictures of Nepalese Hindu devotees participating in special rituals. Nepalese Hindu devotees take a holy bath as they mark the Mother’s Day Festival at Matathirtha on the outskirts of Kathmandu on May 6, 2016. PHOTO: AFP A Nepalese Hindu devotee takes a holy bath as they mark the Mother’s Day Festival at Matathirtha on the outskirts of Kathmandu. PHOTO: AFP Nepalese Hindu devotees take a holy bath as they mark the Mother’s Day Festival at Matathirtha on the outskirts of Kathmand. PHOTO: AFP A Nepalese youth looks out of the window of a building during events to mark the Mother’s Day Festival at Matathirtha on the outskirts of Kathmandu on May 6, 2016. PHOTO: AFP Nepalese Hindu devotees take a holy bath as they mark the Mother’s Day Festival at Matathirtha on the outskirts of Kathmandu on May 6, 2016. PHOTO: AFP Nepalese Hindu devotees take a holy bath as they mark the Mother’s Day Festival at Matathirtha on the outskirts of Kathmandu on May 6, 2016. PHOTO: AFP A devotee offers prayers at Matathirtha to commemorate her departed mother during Mother’s Day in Kathmandu, Nepal, May 6. PHOTO: REUTERS A devotee takes a holy bath on [Read More…]
The Independent's Asia Correspondent Andrew Buncombe is based in Delhi. His dominion ranges over India, Pakistan, Burma, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, occasionally parts of South East Asia and …