ZURICH: Asylum requests in Switzerland fell to their lowest level in eight years in 2017, down by a third from the previous year, as arrivals from Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq tapered off, state migration authorities said on Monday. In total, 18,088 asylum requests were registered last year, down 9,119 from 2016 and less than half the 39,523 requests of 2015, Switzerland said. Not since 2010, when 15,567 applied for asylum in Switzerland, have numbers been below 20,000. “Secondly, the decline in migration across the central Mediterranean Sea from mid-July 2017 has led to a sharp decline in asylum applications from sub-Saharan African countries,” it added. Even as the flow of Middle Eastern and African asylum seekers slips, some European countries have seen a rise.
January 22, 2018 11:15 UTC
MELBOURNE: Ice-cool Roger Federer roared into Australian Open quarterfinals with Tomas Berdych Monday as former champion Angelique Kerber stuttered into an enticing clash with Madison Keys. The Swiss maestro, 36, has made at least the last eight every year since 2004, barring a hiccup in 2015. Of the 13 quarter-finals Federer has contested in Melbourne, he has won the lot. At one point Kerber was serving to stay in the match, but she bounced back to win 4-6, 7-5, 6-2. I was running everywhere,” said Kerber, who had a poor 2017 after starting the year as world number one.
January 22, 2018 08:48 UTC
He also urged Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ban the film. In a press conference on Saturday, Kalvi said the letter has been sent after the date of release of the film has been fixed. Karni Sena threatens mass suicide of Rajput women if ‘Padmaavat’ releasesThe letter reads that the Rajput community has been misled in this context. Akshay Kumar postpones film release for ‘Padmaavat’Padmaavat has had a long history of trouble. It stars Deepika Padukone as Rani Padmavati, Shahid Kapoor as Maharawal Ratan Singh and Ranveer Singh as Alauddin Khilji.
January 22, 2018 08:32 UTC
Gafsa recruitment results cause mass outrage among unemployed TunisiansTUNIS: Tunisia police fired tear gas to disperse demonstrators demanding jobs in the southern town of Metlaoui on Sunday, witnesses said, days after violent protests across the country against price hikes subsided. The protesters closed roads and burned tires to demand jobs after the state-owned phosphate company Gafsa-CPG released the results of a recruitment campaign. Tunisian schoolgirls rebel against having to wear uniform“Police are pursuing protesters and firing gas bombs, as youths closed the streets in Metlaoui,” Issam Chahbani, a resident, told Reuters. “There is feeling of injustice and marginalisation here … We’re only asking for jobs and development.”In Mdihla town in the same region, protesters clashed with police to press for jobs in CPG, witnesses told Reuters. Tunisian unemployment is running at 15.6 per cent, rising to about 30 per cent among the young.
January 22, 2018 08:26 UTC
ISLAMABAD: Three witnesses recorded their statements in the corruption case against former finance minister Senator Ishaq Dar on Monday. Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Dar is accused of possessing assets disproportionate to his declared sources of income. Dar has been a no-show in the proceedings after he departed for London in October last year seeking medical treatment. Shafique had informed the court that statements of 10 witnesses have been recorded so far from a total of 28. Dar in the application contended that the trust runs an orphanage, where 93 orphans reside.
January 22, 2018 08:15 UTC
DIG Khawaja says Rao Anwar refuses to cooperate with authoritiesRao Anwar on Monday failed to appear before the committee probing into extra judicial killing of Naqeebullah Mehsud. Anwar was summoned at 10:30am today with his team but he refused to listen to the orders of Inspector General Sindh. Addressing a media briefing in Karachi, DIG Khawaja said there was no evidence found that supports Naqeeb was a terrorist. “We want to know Rao Anwar and his team’s prerogative but his phone is turned off.”Further, DIG Khawaja raised questions over the suicide attack on Rao Anwar, stating that the situation looks questionable. Inquiry officials claim Anwar not cooperatingThe inquiry committee officials on Sunday accused SSP Rao Anwar of not cooperating with them, while the officer claimed that a conspiracy was being hatched against him.
January 22, 2018 08:05 UTC
A six-day polio eradication campaign has started in Karachi on Monday during which more than 2.2 million children will be administered anti-polio drops in 188 union councils. Some 9,000 polio workers will take part in the campaign, reported Radio Pakistan. Earlier this month, a polio team was fired upon by unidentified assailants in Quetta’s Shalkot area, leading to the death of two female polio workers. We will not be brought down by this,” The Washington Post quoted Pakistan Polio Plus Committee Chairperson Aziz Memon as saying in its report. Militants in Pakistan have repeatedly alleged that the immunisation campaigns are a cover for Western spies.
January 22, 2018 08:03 UTC
Weah, 51, put education, job creation and infrastructure at the centre of his policy platform to beat outgoing Vice President Joseph Boakai to the presidency, and expectations are sky-high he will deliver for the country’s youthful population. Weah becomes the 25th president of the West African nation, taking power from President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf after 12 years and completing its first democratic transition since 1944. “The expectation of the people and the country is all up to him (Weah). Weah has also fended off barbs over his vice presidential pick, Jewel Howard-Taylor, the ex-wife of jailed former president and warlord Charles Taylor. Weah is married to Clar Weah, and their son Timothy signed a professional football contract with Paris Saint-Germain in July 2017.
January 22, 2018 08:03 UTC
It is good to see that not only social sector ventures but also those from the corporate and the business sectors are promoting the cause of women’s empowerment. The company has set a precedent to follow for businesses that discriminate against female employees on the pretext of female workers being less efficient and incompetent than their male counterparts. Although the responses to the news on social media platforms have rather been disappointing, the initiative is a positive development that will likely lead to a change for the better. Women will be able to stand shoulder to shoulder with men. Like Opinion & Editorial on Facebook, follow @ETOpEd on Twitter to receive all updates on all our daily pieces.
January 22, 2018 06:56 UTC
BEIJING: The spill from a sunken Iranian tanker off China´s east coast has more than trebled in size, just over a week after the ship sank in a ball of flames. Three coast guard vessels were on the scene Sunday night assessing the spill, the oceanic administration said. In addition to the light crude oil, the Sanchi also carried a fuel tank able to accommodate some 1,000 tonnes of heavy diesel. If all of the Sanchi´s cargo spills into the sea, it would be one of the biggest oil slicks from a ship in decades. By comparison, in the eighth-worst oil spill since the 1960s, the Sea Star dumped 115,000 tonnes in the Gulf of Oman in 1972, according to figures from the International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation website.
January 22, 2018 06:56 UTC
In any case, it’s what we were missing in the sense that scoring seven goals at home this season, it’s hugely satisfying, and a relief,” said Zidane. The floodgates opened in the second half, with Bale adding his second from a towering header and Luka Modric expertly whipping home Real’s fourth. On the other hand, Barcelona still extended their lead to 11 points — and 19 ahead of Real — as Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez both hit a brace in a 5-0 romp at Real Betis. Faced with two defenders, Messi dummied to shoot, drifted past both and calmly slotted home past goalkeeper Antonio Adan. Earlier, Joseba Zaldua scored a last-minute equaliser as Leganes came back from two goals down to draw 2-2 at Alaves.
“People are worried that the digital revolution is leaving people behind and we want to make sure that we’re investing in digital skills to get people the skills they need to fully participate in the digital economy,” Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer, told Reuters. Zuckerberg makes ‘fixing’ Facebook a personal goalThe community hubs will offer training in digital skills, media literacy and online safety to groups with limited access to technology, including old people, the young and refugees. It said it would conduct in-person training for 100,000 small- and medium-sized businesses by 2020 and online training for 250,000 businesses. “What we’re finding is when small businesses use technology when small businesses use Facebook, they hire,” Sandberg said. The European Union’s executive has stressed the need to boost Europeans’ digital skills to help bring down unemployment and enable Europe to create its own digital giant.
The situation might worsen if immediate emergency measures are not takenLAHORE: It has taken only days for the swine flu virus to spread as a viral epidemic across Punjab — with as many as 131 cases in the province, 23 reported deaths and seven new cases emerging only during a 24-hour span. Although the disease is an epidemic which can be avoided with minor precautions, given the scale of the outbreak, the situation is apparently out of the health department’s control. Due to incompetence on the part of the authorities concerned to take timely measures, the virus is widespread now. Yet the provincial government has still not put forward any concrete measures to deal with the situation at hand. The situation might worsen if immediate emergency measures are not taken.
SAN FRANCISCO: Apple on Sunday announced it would make a significant investment in the Malala Fund, a charity that helps girls worldwide gain access to education. The fund was created by Nobel peace laureate Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by the Taliban when she was 15 for advocating education for girls in her native Pakistan. The ideology behind the fund is to provide every girl the right to have access to 12 years of free, safe and quality education. Apple will support the Fund with money, but more importantly its expertise in technology and education and its ability to scale small projects up, the company said. Cook will also join the Malala Fund leadership council.
January 22, 2018 06:22 UTC
PESHAWAR: Former ambassador to the United States (US) Hussain Haqqani was nominated in FIRs [First Information Report] lodged by three people in two police stations of Kohat on Sunday for delivering hate speeches and writing books and articles against armed forces and the sovereignty of Pakistan, according to a report by a private media outlet. The three FIRs were registered in Cantonment and Bilitang police stations in Momin, Muhammad Asghar and Shamsul Haq. Asghar further alleged that Haqqani maligned Pakistan in the books he wrote which proved that he was a traitor. In a reaction that was published in a section of the press, Haqqani stated that instead of such acts, the government needs to answer questions he raised in his books and articles. Senior most lawyer Latif Afridi when contacted told this scribe that all three FIR’s against Hussain Haqqani are of no any importance.
January 22, 2018 05:37 UTC