by Web Desk , (Last Updated about 1 hour ago)Sri Lanka’s ousted Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has been sworn into office again, two months after being removed by the president, reported BBC. His surprise sacking by President Maithripala Sirisena plunged Sri Lanka into a political crisis. But in 2015, he teamed up with Ranil Wickremesinghe to defeat him in an election and the pair went on to form a coalition government. However the relationship turned sour and Sirisena in October turned on Wickremesinghe, sacking him in favour of Rajapaksa. On Thursday, Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court ruled that President Sirisena had acted illegally in November by dissolving parliament and calling snap polls.
December 16, 2018 07:52 UTC
KARACHI: Compressed natural gas (CNG) stations will be closed by 8pm on Sunday and will be reopened by Tuesday 8am, according to Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC). Gas stations in the provincial capital reopened on Saturday night after remaining closed for six days due to a crippling supply shortage in the province. On Saturday, Federal Petroleum Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan along with Sindh Governor Imran Ismail addressed a press conference and announced the resumption of supply of gas to Karachi’s CNG sector. Subsequently, Karachiites had suffered a serious transport crisis when a majority of the public transport vehicles stayed off the roads because of suspension of gas supply to CNG stations by SSGC. “The SSGC move is against Article 158-B of the Constitution,” Sindh Transport Minister Syed Owais Qadir Shah had said in a statement.
December 16, 2018 07:30 UTC
He was speaking on the fourth anniversary of the terrorist attack on Army Public School Peshawar which is being observed today. The prime minister added that education is the best tool to defeat extremism and terrorism for good. Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi also said that the barbaric attack on Army Public School Peshawar remains a “scar on the collective memory of Pakistan”. The foreign minister added that even after four years, the pain and sorrow of this “senseless and heinous act remains fresh”. He said that the students and teachers of the Army Public School sacrificed their lives for the attainment of a noble cause.
December 16, 2018 06:13 UTC
PERTH: Australia held a 43-run first innings lead after bowling India out for 283 on the third day of the second Test in Perth on Sunday. Kohli became the second-fastest player to reach 25 Test centuries in terms of innings, behind only Don Bradman, in making 123. He also joined Sachin Tendulkar as the only Indian batsmen to have scored six Test centuries in Australia. His innings came to a controversial end when he was caught at second slip by a diving Peter Handscomb from the bowling of Pat Cummins. His dismissal triggered a late collapse, despite some aggressive blows by Rishabh Pant, who made 36.
December 16, 2018 06:11 UTC
IGP says committees will help in installing security cameras in markets and resolution of tenancy problemsISLAMABAD: Business community of Islamabad and the police will work together for crime control, resolving the traffic issue and enhancing security of the capital city. The committees, IGP Zulfiqar said, would help installing security cameras in the markets and also provide their services for drug control, he told. The IGP said since the Islamabad police were facing financial constraints, the business community should arrange security cameras while the police would identify spots for their installation in the markets. He said security situation could be made more effective with the cooperation of community. The Islamabad Police would adopt an inclusive approach and develop close liaison with the business community for resolving their issues, he added.
December 16, 2018 06:11 UTC
RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Qamar Javed Bajwa on Sunday confirmed the death sentences of 15 terrorists, according to a statement by the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR). The 15 terrorists were involved in attacks against Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs), educational institutes and an attack in Peshawar against Christians. The combined death toll from the aforementioned attacks resulted in the deaths of 21 security personnel, nine FC troops, two civilians and two police officers in addition to injuring another 19. In addition to the death sentences, 20 convicts have been imprisoned as well by special military courts. Following terrorists were awarded the death sentence:Ibrar S/O Abdul Rahim, Said Ali S/O Munawar Khan, Hameedur Rehman S/O Moazmin Mullah, Fida Hussain S/O Muhammad Hussain, Raza Ullah S/O Ikram Ullah, Rahim Ullah S/O Fateh Khan, Umar Zada S/O Bashar, Amjad Ali S/O Muhammad Ajan, Abdur Rahman S/O Abdul Wahab, Ghulam Rahim S/O Munjra Khan, Muhammad Khan S/O Ghulam Haider and Rahim Ullah S/O Noorani Gul, Rashid Iqbal S/O Hameed Iqbal, Muhammad Ghafar S/O Qari Muhammad Zarif and Rehman Ali S/O Muhammad Aziz
December 16, 2018 05:48 UTC
Wars were fought between many nationsForty-seven years ago on this day (16 Dec 1971), the instrument of surrender was signed in Dhaka which ended up making East Pakistan as a new nation called Bangladesh. Adherence to this principle had achieved for military commanders some of the most brilliant military successes and the neglect of the same had terminated into great military reverses. There was an Indian naval blockade and the only functional airfield in Dhaka was destroyed on December 6, 1971. The most important question to be asked is not who won and lost the 1971 war and why. The 1971 war and many other wars that have been fought tell us a great deal about actions and actors and how soldiers won or lost on battlefields.
December 16, 2018 04:07 UTC
Today it is preferable to be on the same page and less preferable to turn a new page. This hope, perhaps, was an amalgam of a kaleidoscope of emotions, visible in the form of a collective yearning. “For those few hours, I felt my ethnic, provincial, and even professional identity being subsumed by my national one. “…All Imran Khan can do is channel this emotion. Can you smell the change whose fragrance emanated like a cloud from that beautiful rally at Minar-e-Pakistan seven years ago?
December 16, 2018 03:56 UTC
Besides, the state-owned Pakistan State Oil (PSO) and furnace oil-based power producers have also been asked to store excess refineries’ oil at their reservoirs, he said. The gas crisis emerged following a drop in gas production by 80mmcfd in two fields of the province. CNG fuel stations would be supplied gas three days a week, while, gas volumes for captive power plants would remain low at 50% during three months of winter. “Sunday would remain a gas holiday for captive power plants (in Sindh),” he said. Hydrocarbons: PPL finds new oil, gas deposits in SindhEnergy policyThe minister said they would never restore load-shedding of gas, power and other utilities at the five zero-rated export-based industries as they remain engine of growth in exports.
December 16, 2018 03:11 UTC
Fall of Dhaka: How Mukti Bahini ‘cleansed’ Santahar town of non-Bengalis“Qawals, riding these elephants, played harmoniums and recited devotional verses. Outside these temporary havens, non-Bengalis were being plundered, killed and raped and their houses and properties were being torched and looted by the Mukti Bahini. Both of them requested these Mukti Bahini men to also spare the people taking refuge under their roofs. ‘Mukti Bahini men must not get a single penny from this place,’ the Tari-wala had said,” said another survivor, Syed Pervez Afsar. Haleem winemaker, he said, emerged as a symbol of valour and loyalty in those times of crisis.
December 16, 2018 03:00 UTC
KATOWICE: Nearly 200 countries overcame political divisions late on Saturday to agree on rules for implementing a landmark global climate deal, but critics say it is not ambitious enough to prevent the dangerous effects of global warming. The unity which underpinned the Paris talks has fragmented, and US President Donald Trump intends to pull his country – one of the world’s biggest emitters – out of the pact. “While some rulebook elements still need to be fleshed out, it is a foundation for strengthening the Paris Agreement and could help facilitate US re-entry into the Paris Agreement by a future presidential administration,” said Alden Meyer of the Union of Concerned Scientists. AMBITION, AMBITION, AMBITIONSome countries and green groups criticized the outcome for failing to urge increased ambitions on emissions cuts sufficiently to curb rising temperatures. “From now on, my five priorities will be: ambition, ambition, ambition, ambition and ambition,” it said.
December 15, 2018 22:30 UTC
WASHINGTON: The US-led coalition in Syria destroyed on Saturday a mosque in the town of Hajin which had been used as an Islamic State command and control center, the US military said. Hajin is the last big town that the Islamic State holds in its remaining enclave east of the Euphrates River. The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, spearheaded by the Kurdish militia, have battled to eliminate the jihadists there for several months. The U.S. coalition said that 16 heavily armed IS fighters were using the mosque as a base to attack. “This strike killed these terrorists who presented an imminent threat, and eliminated another deadly ISIS (Islamic State) operational capability from the battlefield,” the US military said in a statement.
December 15, 2018 20:03 UTC
However, four years on, the wounds inflicted by the deadly attack on Army Public School (APS) have not healed. Social media users took to Twitter before midnight to recall the tragedy and within minutes #From APStoHeaven and #APShum nahinhoolay became top trends on the popular microblogging site. Four years to APS Peshawar massacre, nearly 150 school children, teachers and staff martyred. The souls of massacred children of APS will keep haunting the murderers unless their parents see justice and we see a long lasting peace on our land. The souls of massacred children of #APS will keep haunting the murderers unless their parents see justice and we see a long lasting peace on our land.
December 15, 2018 18:22 UTC
PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Frontier Corps (FC) IG Major General Rahat Naseem, his wife and Aide-De-Camp (ADC) Captain Saad Saleem were injured in a road accident on Saturday. As per the details, Maj Gen Naseem, along with his family and ADC, was travelling via the M1 motorway when his vehicle skidded off the highway near Swabi. All three injured were rushed to CMH Peshawar, where they are stated to be in a stable condition.
December 15, 2018 18:22 UTC
BHUBANESWAR: Goalkeeper Pirmin Blaak helped the Netherlands set up a title clash with Belgium in the field hockey World Cup after edging out Australia 4-3 on penalties in Bhubaneswar on Saturday. The match was level at 2-2 after world number one Australia claimed an equaliser 26 seconds from full time at the Kalinga Stadium in the east Indian state of Odisha. It will be the Netherlands record seventh final and they have the chance to claim their fourth World Cup title. In the first semifinal, Belgium thrashed England 6-0, with Simon Gougnard scoring a goal after his father died on the eve of the crucial clash. We just have to put another great performance and hope we can win.”For England, their semis jinx continued as they lost their third successive last-four clash in the World Cup.
December 15, 2018 18:22 UTC