LONDON: Former Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has been fined and suspended for six weeks for breaching betting rules, the Football Association announced on Thursday. The commission suspended Sturridge from participating in any domestic football for six weeks, with a further four weeks suspended, and fined him £75,000 ($94,000). Nine of the 11 charges against the striker were dismissed and Sturridge is free to resume his career on July 31, just before the English season starts. London, July 18, 2019 (AFP) – Former Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has been fined and suspended for six weeks for breaching betting rules, the Football Association announced on Thursday. The commission suspended Sturridge from participating in any domestic football for six weeks, with a further four weeks suspended, and fined him £75,000 ($94,000).

July 19, 2019 08:15 UTC

Fundin­g will help upgrad­e genera­tion capaci­ty of the two hydrop­ower plantsISLAMABAD: The government of France has provided a soft loan of €50 million (Rs9 billion) and a grant of €0.2 million (Rs36 million) for the rehabilitation of Chitral and Dargai hydropower plants. Secretary of Economic Affairs Division (EAD) Noor Ahmed, French Ambassador Marc Baréty and Country Director of the French Agency for Development (AFD) Jacky Amprou signed the Credit Facility Agreement worth €50 million and the Grant Agreement worth €0.2 million. The main objective of the project is to provide adequate facilities for the generation, transmission, and distribution of energy to meet current and future needs of Chitral and Malakand regions. It will also result in industrial, agricultural and economic development of the regions. France, through the French Agency for Development, is providing technical and financial support in the energy and urban development sectors of Pakistan, where €610 million financial support has been committed since 2016.

July 19, 2019 08:15 UTC

The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) senior vice president was presented before Accountability Judge Bashir Ahmed, where the bureau requested for a 14-day remand. As the hearing went underway, Abbasi, while pointing towards the NAB officials, said: “They are seeking remand. It is the first NAB case against Abbasi, who had served as prime minister for almost a year after the disqualification of Nawaz Sharif by the Supreme Court on July 28, 2017. The NAB inquiry found that the SSGCL signed a 15-year contract with a subsidiary company of Engro for re-gasification of LNG at fixed daily processing charges. In April, the government imposed a travel ban on Abbasi, former finance minister Miftah Ismail, and five other persons in the same case.

July 19, 2019 08:03 UTC

— Over 2.8M voters in northwestern tribal region to elect 16 provincial representatives first timePESHAWAR: Over 2.8 million voters from Pakistan’s northwestern tribal region will go to the landmark polls on Saturday to elect their representatives for the provincial assembly — the first time in the region’s history. Together with North Waziristan, Khyber was one of the tribal areas where the army had launched a large-scale onslaught in 2014 to eliminate TTP and its affiliates. Hafizullah Wazir, a local journalist from Wana — the capital of South Waziristan district — shares a similar view. The army had also launched an operation in South Waziristan against the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in 2009, which pushed the militants towards North Waziristan and other tribal regions. The series of military operations had displaced over 1.5 million tribesmen, mainly from North Waziristan, South Waziristan, and Khyber.

July 19, 2019 07:41 UTC

Alex Acosta resign­s amidst contro­versy with TrumpWASHINGTON DC: Donald Trump announced Thursday he will nominate the son of late United States (US) Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia for Labor Secretary after Alex Acosta resigned in controversy from the post last week. Acosta became the latest of several Trump cabinet members to leave in the midst of scandal or disagreement with the president. “I am pleased to announce that it is my intention to nominate Gene Scalia as the new Secretary of Labor,” Trump tweeted. But business leaders felt Acosta didn’t move fast enough on rolling back labor rules, The Washington Post has reported. Eugene Scalia’s late father, conservative justice Antonin Scalia, served on the US Supreme Court for 30 years, from 1986 until his death in 2016.

July 19, 2019 06:33 UTC

ISLAMABAD: An accountability court in Islamabad on Friday dismissed the National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) plea for trial against Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Vice President Maryam Nawaz in the Avenfield properties reference. PML-N vice president appeared before the court over the use of a bogus trust deed in the said case. Earlier in the day, a large number of PML-N supporters gathered in Islamabad to welcome the PML-N vice president. A number of PML-N workers were also arrested by the police for protesting outside the accountability court. PML-N stalwarts Ahsan Iqbal and Murtaza Javed Abbasi were also stopped at the checkpoint and kept from entering the accountability court premises.

July 19, 2019 06:22 UTC

111 people have died in 21,000 traffi­c accide­nts in the provin­cial capita­l this year, so farLAHORE: Typically considered to be the most convenient mode of transportation, motorcycles have slowly garnered a reputation of being a moving death trap. The number of motorcycles registered in Lahore is close three million, according to statistics by the excise department. But there are at least 0.5 million motorcycles, which are registered in other cities, that are currently traveling on the roads of the provincial metropolis. He explained that traffic wardens have been directed to not chase motorcyclists over traffic violations as they resort to speeding in an effort to escape. In addition to head injuries, motorcyclists also sustain leg injuries.

July 19, 2019 06:22 UTC

Film sees the return of Cruise more than 30 years after the origin­al movie launch­ed his career as a global action starTop Gun roared back on Thursday when Tom Cruise made a surprise appearance at Comic-Con to show the first trailer for the long-awaited sequel to his military action movie. Top Gun: Maverick, due for release in June 2020, sees the return of Cruise’s cocky fighter pilot more than 30 years after the original movie launched his career as a global action star. “I was always asked ‘When are you going to do another one?’ Well, you’ve been very patient with me. The trailer shows Cruise wearing Pete “Maverick” Mitchell’s famous leather jacket, racing on a motorcycle and flying a fighter jet through a narrow snow-filled canyon. Top Gun: Maverick also stars Jon Hamm, Ed Harris and Val Kilmer, who reprises his rule as Maverick’s rival Iceman.

July 19, 2019 06:00 UTC

Camps will provid­e free screen­ing facili­ties of hepati­tis B and C to the local people­Punjab Minister for Health Dr Yasmin Rashid has inaugurated a free three-day anti-hepatitis screening camp set up in Government Mozang Hospital on Thursday. While highlighting the importance of free screening camps, Dr Rashid said 10% of people were affected by this disease in Pakistan. The minister said instructions have been issued to the departments concerned to launch a comprehensive awareness campaign throughout Punjab regarding hepatitis B and C.Govt accelerates key education, health projectsShe appealed to the philanthropists to support the government’s mission to eradicate fatal diseases like hepatitis. “The government is taking effective measures to save the lives of mother and child.”These camps will provide free screening facilities of hepatitis B and C to the local people. “We are determined to eradicate hepatitis from PPublished in The Express Tribune, July 19th, 2019.

July 19, 2019 05:48 UTC

CM says simila­rly-design­ed kiosks will be establ­ished to do away with handca­rtsLAHORE: The Punjab government has decided to establish special bazaars in different cities to promote local produce and support indigenous industries, apart from providing employment opportunities for the youth. Presiding over a meeting of the provincial Industries Department on Thursday, Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar directed officials concerned to establish special bazaars in various cities across Punjab. He instructed that similarly-designed kiosks would be set up in special bazaars with an aim to do away with handcarts. The chief minister highlighted that the new industrial policy would prove to be a game-changing initiative to promote industries. The CM said that the establishment of special economic zones would also help promote the local industry.

July 19, 2019 05:48 UTC

System will help electr­onic tracki­ng of filesISLAMABAD: The Federal Directorate of Education has shifted to E-office system. The system will help electronic movement and the tracking of files, and the archival and retrieval of data. FDE has decided to link all area education officers (AEOs) with the system in the first phase while some 423 educational institutions would be linked with it in next phase. FDE plans teachers training programme in summerFurther, the Director Human Resource (HR) Saqib Shahab inaugurated the system by sending a file to education ministry. He said that in first phase, all AEOs were being shifted to the system while there would be phase-wise shifting of all 423 educational institutions under FDE.

July 19, 2019 05:37 UTC

Collap­se due to heavy rainfa­ll during a marria­ge ceremo­nyORAKZAI: At least eight people were killed and 25 injured when roof of their house collapsed in Lerra area of Orakzai district on Thursday. According to police, a marriage ceremony was going on when roof of a house collapsed due to heavy rainfall. Soon after the incident, area people rushed to the site and started rescue operation to pull out those buried under the rubble. Later, Rescue 1122 teams also reached and participate in the rescue operation. He received heavy shock and was rushed to Pakistan Ordnance Factories (POF) Burn Centre, Wah in critical condition.

July 19, 2019 05:15 UTC

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Friday granted seven-day protective bail to the former finance minister and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Miftah Ismail, a day after National Accountability Bureau (NAB) arrested former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in the Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) scam. Earlier in the day, Ismail submitted a bail application at the SHC seeking protective bail. The former minister maintained that the case was based in Islamabad and requested protective bail so that he could contact the relevant court. While accepting his application for bail, the SHC also asked the PML-N stalwart to submit surety of Rs500,000. Ismail further asserted that whenever the corruption watchdog had summoned him, he had “appeared before it”.

July 19, 2019 05:15 UTC

Liberalism and populism are opposing forces operating in divergent directions. Despite these opposing traits, however, neither populism nor liberalism offers much hope to ordinary citizens. Marine Le Pen in France or Viktor Orbán in Hungary, amongst others, are trying to combine populism with anti-immigrant sentiments and authoritarian ambitions. Cultural theorist Stuart Hall had coined the term ‘authoritarian populism’ to refer to a specific form of conservative politics. Authoritarian populism, he argued, was characterised by the construction of a contradiction between the common people and elites, which is then used to justify the imposition of repressive measures by the state.

July 19, 2019 05:15 UTC

He told interrogators that he had a collection of personal and unethical videos of judges and government officials. Tariq had blackmailed Judge Malik on more than one occasion using the latter’s unethical videos and extorted large sums of money from him. Videogate: Judge Arshad Malik calls for ‘criminal proceedings against Mian Tariq, others’The investigation so far has revealed that Mian Tariq sold Judge Malik’s video for Rs110 million and a V8 jeep. However, Tariq’s son Faisal has told interrogators that the video was sold for Rs70 million and a jeep. Besides, it has also seized a V8 jeep that was handed over to Tariq as part of video scandal deal.

July 19, 2019 04:41 UTC