“Talha has done brilliantly, there is no doubt he has made his mark among the top weightlifters in the continent,” Malik told The Express Tribune. On the other hand, Talha is the first Pakistani since 1976 Montreal Olympics qualifiers, when Muhammad Manzoor finished third but did not proceed to final rounds, to even be among the top weightlifters at the Olympic Games qualifiers. “We have never had a weightlifter top the group in qualification rounds, this is a first,” said Malik. “There are lots of incidents where weightlifters fail the test so we want to make sure both Talha and Nooh pass it. “Good results here will ensure better route for them in the next event, like Talha will be placed in Group A in the next event he competes in.
April 21, 2019 13:52 UTC
Spacious seats were only allocated on the basis of 'favouritism' in the past, says PIA spokespersonRAWALPINDI: The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has decided to charge an additional fare for its bulkhead and extra leg-space seats on all international and domestic flights. Relax away as you fly in our bulkhead seats and enjoy the extra legroom. For extra ordinary comfort, buy your seats now!⠀*Bulkhead seats are available on #PIA website and PIA Booking Office. Meanwhile, domestic travellers will be charged an additional Rs1,000 for the spacious seats. It is pertinent to mention that PIA’s Boeing 777 aircraft contain 40 bulkhead seats while A-320 airplanes have 12 such seats.
April 21, 2019 13:41 UTC
DHAKA: Bangladesh has ordered some 27,000 schools to set up committees to prevent sexual violence, an official said Sunday, after a teenager who accused a teacher of sexual harassment was burned to death. They will take steps to prevent sexual harassment and take up any complaints,” the director of the Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education, Shahedul Khabir Chowdhury, told AFP. “I joined the protest because Nusrat Rafi’s murder was a wake-up call for all our women,” Dhaka University student Antara Labiba told AFP. I think most women in Bangladesh face sexual harassment in their families, schools, markets and workplaces,” she said. Another eight have been subjected to sexual harassment, the group says.
April 21, 2019 13:07 UTC
Four heavily armed attackers were killed on Sunday in a “failed terrorist attack” on an interior ministry building in Saudi Arabia’s Zulfi, north of Riyadh, reported Arab media. A spokesperson from the Kingdom’s Presidency of State Security said that three government security personnel suffered minor injuries during the exchange of fire, Arab News said, quoting Saudi state news agency SPA. According to SPA, the identities of the four gunmen are still being determined by government authorities. The fourth attacker died as he tried to blow up an explosive belt, pan-Arab daily Asharq Al-Awsat reported. There was no indication as to who the suspects were and no group has claimed responsibility for the attempted attack as yet, reported The National.
April 21, 2019 13:07 UTC
DUBAI: Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have granted Sudan $3 billion in support, Saudi state news agency SPA said on Sunday. The grant includes a $500 million deposit into Sudan’s central bank, while the rest will be in the form of food, medicine, and petroleum products, SPA said.
April 21, 2019 12:45 UTC
Bomber waited patiently for breakfast buffet at Cinnamon Grand hotel before setting off explosivesCOLOMBO: The suicide bomber waited patiently in a queue for the Easter Sunday breakfast buffet at Sri Lanka’s Cinnamon Grand hotel before setting off explosives strapped to his back. The Taprobane restaurant at the hotel was having one of its busiest days of the year for the Easter holiday weekend. “One of our managers who was welcoming guests was among those killed instantly.” The bomber also died. Over 200 killed as eight blasts rock Sri Lanka during Easter celebrationsOther hotel officials told how the bomber, a Sri Lankan, checked in giving an address that turned out to be false, saying he was in the city for business. “About 20 people were seriously wounded and we sent them to the National Hospital.”The hotel is close to the Sri Lankan prime minister’s official residence and Special Task Force commandos were quickly at the scene.
April 21, 2019 12:33 UTC
CAIRO: Egyptians voted on Sunday for a second day on whether to back constitutional amendments that could see President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi stay in power until 2030. The three-day referendum was called last week, a day after Egypt’s 596-member parliament endorsed the draft amendments by 531 to 22. Sisi’s supporters say he has stabilized Egypt since becoming president in 2014 but needs more time to pursue development projects. Some 61 million of Egypt’s nearly 100 million population are eligible to vote. The result is expected within five days of the final day of voting.
April 21, 2019 12:22 UTC
Trump deleted the tweet minutes after it went viralUnited States President Donald Trump on Sunday erroneously misquoted the death toll to have risen to ‘138 million’ in the Sri Lanka terror bombings. After the count had soared to 160 in the Easter Sunday blasts, President Trump took to Twitter to condemn the series of dastardly explosions on churches and hotels in Colombo. However, the US president deleted the post minutes after it went viral. “Heartfelt condolences from the people of the United States to the people of Sri Lanka on the horrible terrorist attacks on churches and hotels that have killed at least 138 million people and badly injured 600 more. We stand ready to help!”, he tweeted.
April 21, 2019 11:26 UTC
BUREWALA: Two policemen were seriously injured in firing of an unidentified armed motorcyclist who sped the scene here on Sunday. According to details, two armed men riding a motorcycle sprayed bullets at police team while it was on routine patrolling near Haji Kot area of Burewala. The injured cops were shifted to Tehsil Headquarters (THQ) Hospital where one policeman was referred to Nishtar Hospital Multan due to critical condition. The police cordoned off the area after the attack and launched operation for unidentified assailants. A case was also registered against unknown culprits and investigation was underway.
BAGHDAD: An Iraqi court has sentenced four people to death by hanging for belonging to the Islamic State militant group and committing terrorist crimes in Iraq and Syria, a judiciary statement said on Sunday. The four men, wanted by Iraqi authorities, were handed to Iraq by the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the statement said. A Baghdad criminal court convicted them for joining IS and “carrying out criminal operations that targeted innocent civilians with the aim of undermining peace and stability in Iraq and Syria”. Thousands of foreigners have fought on behalf of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria since at least 2014. Iraqi courts are relying on counter-terrorism laws to prosecute thousands of suspects, including foreign fighters, for joining the ultra-hardline jihadist group.
CHINIOT: At least one person died and four others seriously injured when an over speeding oil tanker ran over pedestrians here on Sunday. Police said that the accident took place at Jhang Road in Chiniot where the driver of a speeding oil tanker lost control of the vehicle and it ran over pedestrians. One person died on the spot in the accident while four others were injured. The body and injured were shifted to District Headquarters (DHQ) Hospital where the condition of the wounded people was stated to be critical. The police impounded the oil tanker and after registering a case against the driver at largely started raids for his arrest.
Reinforcements sent to Nara sectorBAMAKO: At least 10 Malian soldiers died on Sunday in an attack by suspected militants in the centre of the African country, a security source told AFP. “Yes our camp at Guire was attacked on Sunday about five in the morning.”“The terrorists came out of the forest. They burnt vehicles and took away others,” said the source, who asked not to be named. The Mali armed forces confirmed the attack on Twitter and said reinforcements were being sent to the Nara sector, about 370 kilometres north of the capital Bamako. “I saw two militants put their motorcycles in an army vehicle and drive off with it,” he said.
April 21, 2019 11:03 UTC
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Sunday condemned India’s unilateral decision to suspend cross-Line of Control (LoC) trade and rejected the allegations regarding its misuse. According to the FO Spokesperson, cross-LoC trade between Pakistan and India has been one of the functional Confidence-Building Measures (CBMs) which required relentless, diplomatic efforts. “The unilateral suspension of this Kashmir-related CBM indicates that India is seeking to reverse even the modest gains made by the two countries in the diplomatic domain. “In our view, there are better ways of dealing with issues relating to implementation, if any, than resorting to unilateral suspension of important CBMs,” he added. It added that inquiries by the National Investigation Agency had shown a significant number of firms engaged in the cross-border trade were being operated by people with links to militant groups.
April 21, 2019 10:52 UTC
ISTANBUL: Istanbul’s new mayor on Sunday called for a rally to celebrate a ‘new beginning’ urging people to unite after he won a highly contested race against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling party. Imamoglu supporters were expected to pack the vast Maltepe shoreside area on the Asian side of Istanbul for the rally. The whole of Istanbul is meeting in Maltepe for a ‘new beginning’,” the new mayor announced on his official Twitter account on Saturday. A former mayor of Istanbul himself, Erdogan has often boasted of the ambitious projects under his rule including a new international airport and the third bridge in Istanbul — the country’s economic hub. Erdogan met with AKP’s municipal council members as well as district heads at his party’s Istanbul headquarters.
April 21, 2019 10:52 UTC
Urges people to unite after he wins highly contested race against President Erdogan's ruling partyISTANBUL: Istanbul’s new mayor on Sunday called for a rally to celebrate a ‘new beginning’ urging people to unite after he won a highly contested race against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling party. Erdogan sees ‘theft’ in Istanbul vote resultsImamoglu supporters were expected to pack the vast Maltepe shoreside area on the Asian side of Istanbul for the rally. The whole of Istanbul is meeting in Maltepe for a ‘new beginning’,” the new mayor announced on his official Twitter account on Saturday. “I want you to know that a new beginning is very valuable,” he said. A former mayor of Istanbul himself, Erdogan has often boasted of the ambitious projects under his rule including a new international airport and a third bridge in Istanbul — the country’s economic hub.
April 21, 2019 10:52 UTC