Punjab Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) officials on late Saturday night killed two persons during a shootout in Gujranwala. According to details, the alleged terrorists were identified as Abdul Rehman and Kashif. Those killed were involved in the murder of Justice (r) Tassaduq Hussain Jillani’s nephew, the CTD said, adding that they were wearing suicide vests at the time of shootout. As per the CTD statement, suspects identified as Shahid Jabbar and Abdul Rehman were travelling towards Sahiwal and were reportedly in possession of arms and explosives. The counter-terrorism officials claimed that the operation was conducted to capture an ‘Islamic State (IS) commander’ on a tip off by an intelligence agency.

January 19, 2019 19:30 UTC

Chairm­an Senate Standi­ng Commit­tee on Interi­or orders FIA, Sindh Police to probe incide­ntKARACHI : A young man died on Thursday after his head got stuck in an automatic door at the entrance of five-star hotel in Karachi. The victim, Sirajuddin’s head got stuck in an automatic door at the entrance of the Mövenpick Hotel. The young man received critical injuries to his head and face while trying to pass through the door. Chairman Senate Standing Committee on Interior Senator Rehman Malik has taken notice of the incident. Malik has directed inspector general of Police, Sindh and Federal Investigation Agency to probe how a substandard and technically faulty automatic door was installed at the main entrance.

January 19, 2019 19:06 UTC

As Manchester United continued their stirring revival under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who enjoyed a record seventh straight win at the start of his caretaker reign with a 2-1 win over Brighton & Hove Albion, Palace were threatening the shock of the day. Andros Townsend, who had also struck a glorious goal in their startling win at Manchester City in December, had given the Eagles a first-half lead, offering them the prospect of their fourth win in five visits to Anfield. The hard-earned victory had a potentially pivotal feel, leaving Juergen Klopp’s side on 60 points from 23 games, seven clear of Manchester City, who had lost 3-2 at home to Palace. Pep Guardiola’s champions must now play catch-up again by winning at bottom club Huddersfield Town on Sunday. It put United in a provisional fifth place before sixth-placed Arsenal hosted fourth-placed Chelsea in the day’s late match at the Emirates Stadium.

January 19, 2019 17:48 UTC

As in earlier years, women were expected to join demonstrations in cities across the United States, and around the world. Among the protesters was Nydia Leaf, an energetic, pink-hatted 86-year-old taking part in her third women’s march. The original march helped spark a rise in women’s political activism, with a record 131 women now serving in the new US Congress. One Jewish march organizer split off and founded a parallel organization, March On, which held a separate rally in New York. Democratic New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who was part of the women’s wave elected to Congress in November, attended both rallies.

January 19, 2019 17:37 UTC

This PhD from Oxford wasn’t merely the finance minister who executed Rao’s plans but he was also instrumental in designing them. It is this Manmohan Singh who is the subject of a new film titled The Accidental Prime Minister, which is also a book of the same name. Anupam Kher, a respected Indian character actor, is essaying the former prime minister in the movie. ———————————-This lack of subtlety certainly cannot be expected when it comes to those military films that show the forces in a good light. As mentioned earlier, all states lie, but between India and Pakistan, the latter lies more when it comes to wars.

January 19, 2019 17:26 UTC

Malaysian Ministry of Primary Industries Deputy Minister Shamsul Iskandar bin Mohammad stated this at a press conference on Saturday. Later, it invested in a refinery, named Mapak Edible Oils, to process crude palm oil and produce downstream products, he said. After a controversy emerged about nutritional properties in the saturated fat, Malaysia introduced the Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) in 2013. “MSPO is at final stages this year,” the deputy minister shared. “With this standard, Malaysia pledges that every drop of our palm oil is produced in a sustainable manner.”Read full story

January 19, 2019 17:26 UTC

KARACHI: Omni Group tycoon Anwar Majeed and his son Abdul Ghani Majeed have approached a banking court seeking post-arrest bail in the fake bank accounts and money laundering case. The banking court issued a notice to the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on the application in this regard on Saturday. The FIA was ordered to submit its response to the bail plea on next hearing to be held on Jan 23. In July, Lawai was arrested in connection with the probe along with Anwar Majeed, and his son, Abdul Ghani Majeed, were also arrested by the FIA. Lawai, Majeed and his son remain under custody for interrogation.

January 19, 2019 17:26 UTC

Sharif’s daughter spoke out on Twitter, saying the medical boards formed by the federal government had examined him on January 16. Yet, she said, the only information the Sharif family received was from media reports, which she deemed as “alarming”. “We’re still in the dark as to what his actual condition is. Access to official reports still awaited,” she tweeted. Access to official reports still awaited.

January 19, 2019 17:15 UTC

Oscars strugg­le to overco­me steady declin­e in viewer­ship, many say failur­e to find a host is actual­ly good newsLOS ANGELES: Hollywood’s biggest night — the Oscars — is set to take place next month without a host for the first time in 30 years, after comedian Kevin Hart pulled out of the gig and no suitable replacement was found. As gala organizers struggle to overcome a steady decline in viewership, many say the failure to find a host is actually good news. So personally, I think it’s a great idea not to have a host.”Hart, who is currently starring opposite Bryan Cranston in “The Upside,” was named to host the Oscars in early December. Opportunity of a lifetime: Kevin Hart to host Oscars 2019But the backlash was swift — homophobic tweets he made several years ago reemerged, prompting an outcry on social media, and he withdrew just a few days later. “I think a lot of people, especially when it comes to hosting the Oscars … think nowadays it’s not worth accepting (to host) because of the scrutiny,” Gray said.

January 19, 2019 16:52 UTC

PARIS: France’s “yellow vests” took to the streets on Saturday for a 10th straight weekend of anti-government protests, defying attempts by President Emmanuel Macron to channel their anger into a series of town hall debates. Last week’s turnout confirmed that, after a lull at the end of the year, the protesters behind the biggest crisis in Macron’s presidency remain fully mobilised. The centrist leader is hoping that the launch this week of a “grand national debate” on policy will mark a turning point. One of the yellow vests’ top demands is that ordinary citizens be given a greater say in policy-making. WARNING AGAINST DEBATE ‘BLUFF’:Macron is pinning his hopes on the debate to quash the image of a leader out-of-touch with the concerns of people in rural France.

January 19, 2019 16:30 UTC

LAHORE: Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain said on Saturday the unwarranted demand of an NRO [National Reconciliation Ordinance] was an “apple of discord” between the government and the two main opposition parties. The minister said there was no crisis-like situation in the country at present and all was in order. “The country would traverse on the road to progress under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan,” he said. He said PML-Q leader and Punjab Assembly Speaker Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi had also held a meeting with Prime Minister Imran Khan and Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar. To a question, the information minister said the military courts were constituted under the National Action Plan.

January 19, 2019 16:18 UTC

Incide­nt genera­tes outrag­e in occupi­ed valley; politi­cians seek action agains­t perpet­rators­A woman in occupied Kashmir, who was denied admission into a hospital in Srinagar, gave birth to a stillborn on Thursday. The hospital has since removed the doctor, and an investigation into the incident has been ordered. Mehbooba Mufti, leader of the People’s Democratic Party said that it was heart wrenching that a pregnant woman was turned away from a hospital. “She later gave birth to a stillborn in frigid temperatures. She later gave birth to a still born in frigid temperatures.

January 19, 2019 16:18 UTC

–FPSC submits annual report to parliament, conveys examiners’ demand to hold preliminary screening test–Report highlights insufficient pass percentage, persistent failure in English, vacant posts, expansion of universitiesISLAMABAD: The Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC) has proposed to hold a screening test or preliminary examination prior to the written exam of Central Service Services (CSS). NEED FOR PRELIMINARY SCREENING TEST:The number of applicants for the competitive examinations is continuously on the rise. There has been a persistent demand from all quarters, including the examiners, to hold a preliminary screening test. India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka among other SAARC countries are already holding screening tests before the main examination. Irrespective of the number of those who failed the exam, the commission does not comprise on quality and standards.

January 19, 2019 16:07 UTC

The victims which included two women were killed by Punjab’s counter-terrorism police on a highway in Qadirabad. The police first identified the victims as “kidnappers” and then as “terrorists from a proscribed group” raising doubts about the “encounter”. Now #Sahiwal incident. The #Sahiwal incident shows reforms are needed across Pakistan. These kids narrate the horror of their parents being killed, while CTD claims these were kidnapperspic.twitter.com/hf2TM6qERK — Naila Inayat नायला इनायत (@nailainayat) January 19, 2019In sahiwal CTD killed 4 people publicly……………………now CM should resign or not ?

January 19, 2019 15:53 UTC

He said that the devolution of the health sector to the provincial government was done in the best interest of the masses. On Wednesday, the Supreme Court dismissed a plea by the Sindh government regarding ownership dispute with the federal government over the three hospitals in Karachi. However, the Sindh government had contended that the healthcare centres should be devolved to the provincial government in accordance with the 18th Amendment. ‘EXEMPLARY SERVICES’:The adviser said that the Sindh government has been providing exemplary services to the masses through these three health units. The adviser said that the Sindh government, in line with the vision of PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, believes in quality healthcare services.

January 19, 2019 15:22 UTC