The Blues will be unable to sign any player until the end of January next yearPARIS: FIFA said Friday it was banning Premier League club Chelsea from signing new players in the next two transfer windows as punishment for breaking rules on registering under-age players. Sarri plays down Roma links, defends JorginhoIt means Chelsea will be unable to make signings until the end of January next year. “The Disciplinary Committee sanctioned Chelsea with a ban on registering new players at both national and international level for the next two complete and consecutive registration periods,” FIFA said in a statement. ‘I’m not worried’: Under-fire Sarri doesn’t fear the sackIn addition, Chelsea were fined 600,000 Swiss francs ($600,000, 530,000 euros) and given a period of 90 days to regularise the situation of the minor players concerned. Read full story
February 22, 2019 10:30 UTC
FATF says Islamabad failed to demonstrate a proper understanding of terror finance risks posed militant groupsPARIS: The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) said on Friday that Pakistan has taken steps towards improving its anti-money laundering and countering financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) regime and the body continues to work with the country to curb such activities. Pakistan had been hoping to get off a “grey list” of nations with inadequate controls over such activities. While there are no direct legal implications, it brings extra scrutiny from regulators and financial institutions that can chill trade and investment. The global body said that since June 2018, Pakistan had taken steps to improve its AML and CFT regime including operationalising the integrated database for its currency declaration regime. “Given the limited progress on action plan items due in January 2019, the FATF urges Pakistan to swiftly complete its action plan, particularly those with timelines of May 2019,” it concluded.
February 22, 2019 10:30 UTC
An anti-terrorism court on Friday acquitted fifteen accused in the murder of Ambreen Riasat, who was burnt to death for allegedly helping an eloping couple in May 2016 over a “lack of evidence”. A 15-member jirga called by the Makool village councilor Pervez had ordered for the deceased, Amber, to be set on fire. She had been tied to the seat of the vehicle parked at a bus stop in the village. Another vehicle parked near the van was also damaged. Police reports claimed that the jirga had ordered the murder to punish the girl for supporting an alleged affair of her friend with a boy.
February 22, 2019 10:18 UTC
During the proceedings, the opposition accused the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government of paralyzing the affairs of parliament. As former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi took the stage, he held out a gas bill and criticised the government for its “incompetence”. Abbasi demanded that the increase made in gas tariff be withdrawn immediately. Speaking on the increase in prices of natural gas, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader said: “The common man is suffering because of the government’s policies. The opposition is ready to work nights and weekends if that means the parliament would function smoothly, he said.
February 22, 2019 09:56 UTC
Faces charges under an export-import lawNAYPYIDAW, MYANMAR: A French tourist facing up to three years in prison for flying a drone near Myanmar’s parliament was remanded in custody on Friday after a first court appearance. Frenchman Arthur Desclaux, 27, was detained February 7 in Naypyitaw and faces charges under an export-import law. Myanmar has tight restrictions on drone usage in the country – especially at religious and government sites. “Today we regret that he is still in prison, we were hoping for a quick solution,” French embassy consul Frederic Inza said. Expecting to receive a fine, they confessed to flying the drone over parliament but were instead sentenced to two months in prison under Myanmar’s aircraft act.
February 22, 2019 09:47 UTC
That in a matter of few hours of the tragic incident, India bluntly alleged Pakistan of involvement, is itself a dubious move. As India halts a key bus service with Azad Kashmir, Samjhauta Express arrives at Delhi “under Pulwama shadow”, carrying 14 Pakistani nationals. India and Pakistan talk about war as if it is a child’s game. From water disputes to territorial disputes, tussles between India and Pakistan are plenty. From water disputes to territorial disputes, tussles between India and Pakistan are plenty.
February 22, 2019 09:45 UTC
According to Express News, former Sindh minister Jam Khan Shoro and ex-federal minister Aijaz Jakhrani have approached the Sindh High Court for pre-arrest bail. Submitting his application, Shoro said he was facing multiple NAB inquiries and had already acquired protective bail in some cases from the SHC. However, the PPP leader said he was apprehensive that the anti-graft body could soon move to arrest him in another case. Apart from Shoro, former federal minister Jakhrani also filed an application for protective bail. Pagara assured the chief minister that the GDA would support the ruling party’s resolution against the speaker’s arrest.
February 22, 2019 09:45 UTC
Those facing detention include three colonels, eight majors and 10 lieutenantsISTANBUL: Turkey ordered the arrest of 295 serving military personnel on Friday, the prosecutor’s office said, accusing them of links to the network of US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, who Ankara says orchestrated a 2016 attempted coup. Those facing detention included three colonels, eight majors and 10 lieutenants, with around half of the suspects being in the army and the remainder in other military forces including the navy and air force, the statement said. The prosecutor’s office said police launched simultaneous arrest operations at 1:00am (2200 GMT) under an investigation into pay phone calls between suspected Gulen operatives. Turkey orders dozens of colonels arrested in Gulen probeAbout 250 people were killed in the failed putsch, in which Gulen, a former ally of President Tayyip Erdogan, has denied involvement. Authorities have suspended or sacked 150,000 civil servants and military personnel.
February 22, 2019 09:33 UTC
There seems as a result an inescapable script which both the Indian and Pakistani sides seem condemned to follow. This idea has since been presented by many artists and thinkers in relation to mankind’s own search for the very meaning of existence. In the same speech he also reiterated Pakistan’s resolve to retaliate and defend itself should tensions escalate to the point of military conflict. This entire diplomatic exchange represents thus the same narrative that both sides have remained locked in as a result of Kashmir. Whether Imran Khan is successful in bridging this ever growing divide between the two countries remains to be seen.
February 22, 2019 09:20 UTC
Try drinking a big glass of water when you are craving junk food; wait for a few minutes and you will soon realise that the craving is gone. This trick will not make you crave junk food and will keep your stomach full until your next meal. An irregular sleeping pattern hampers these hormone levels which in turn lead to craving junk food. Stop watching food videosDo you feel the urge to reach out for a bag of chips while watching food videos? It is probably your favourite food show which is making you crave for the delicious food they make.
February 22, 2019 09:11 UTC
Throughout these past 40 years of reform and opening up, Communist Party of China (CPC) and its visionary leadership has proved to be the backbone of China’s rise, providing leadership and vision to the country’s march on the world horizon. As the CPC continues to lead China’s ascent, the influence of China and the CPC is deeply integrated and one cannot be separated from the other. China’s initiatives that have a global vision, such as the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and a community of shared future for mankind, also represent aspirations of the CPC. CPC urges party members to be role models for others as this is the development of the party with unique Chinese characteristics. In the year that marked the 40th anniversary of the reform and opening-up, China’s CPC resolved to further the reforms and raise the level of opening-up.
February 22, 2019 09:00 UTC
The National Assembly sitting on Thursday was adjourned after opposition members protesting the arrest of Sindh Assembly Speaker Agha Siraj Durrani raised a ruckus in the House. He pointed out that while there are many leaders facing references, it was only the Sindh Assembly Speaker who was arrested in a humiliating way. Uneasy questions are being raised on the way the accountability process is being conducted. On the accountability body’s backburner are enquiries about several PTI bigwigs that can be activated whenever a need is felt. This leads to the uneasy question whether there is a plan behind what is going on in the name accountability?
February 22, 2019 08:48 UTC
ISLAMABAD: Minister for Communications Murad Saeed, while addressing a National Assembly (NA) session on Friday, slammed the former prime minister Nawaz Sharif for his controversial interview which was used as evidence by Indian counsel in Kalbhushan Jadav case at the International Court of Justice (ICJ). Indian lawyer Harish Salve, while replying to Pakistan’s arguments, recalled an earlier interview by the former premier in which “Sharif had acknowledged Pakistan’s role in the 26/11 Mumbai attacks”. “[This] incident brought a negative impact to Pakistan and [it] portrayed the ousted Prime Minister as a traitor,” Saeed lamented. “Can anything be more unfortunate than this?” Saeed asked the house. Observing that India is issuing war threats to Pakistan, the ruling Member of the National Assembly (MNA) said that “Pakistan should send a strong message to them [India] that we will retaliate [if a war is imposed]”.
February 22, 2019 08:34 UTC
India’s Supreme Court on Friday ordered bolstered protection for Kashmiris who have faced discrimination and violent backlash from Indian citizens in the aftermath of the Pulwama suicide blast in which 40 Indian soldiers were killed in occupied Kashmir last week. The top court told state governments and police chiefs to ensure there are no “attacks, threats or social boycott” over the February 14 bombing, the worst in the territory in 30 years. Video footage of Kashmiris being taunted or beaten has been widely shared on social media, while right-wing Hindu groups and some TV news channel pundits have encouraged reprisals. Some Kashmiris have been suspended by Indian universities for their social media comments on the case. Mohammad Yasin Khan, president of Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation, told AFP that threats of violence were still being made.
February 22, 2019 08:26 UTC
LAHORE: Former Pakistan cricketer Javed Miandad has slammed Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for attempting to isolate Pakistan from this year’s World Cup and added ICC does not stand for “Indian Cricket Council” and that it represents all cricket playing nations. “ICC will not accept this foolish and childish move by BCCI, Miandad said while speaking to APP. “There is absolutely no chance of ICC listening to BCCI as its constitution allows members the right to participate in its events.”He added ICC knows what is best for the game. Miandad further said selectors must closely observe the ongoing tournament to pick consistent performers and potential new players for the World Cup. He added, the Pakistan Cricket Board must consider this proposal to bring more spectators as playing among huge crowd helps sustain pressure, most essential component to polish players.
February 22, 2019 08:26 UTC