KARACHI: A Rickshaw driver who had attempted self-immolation in a protest against alleged extortion by traffic police officers succumbed to his injuries on Sunday night. The rickshaw driver was admitted to the Burns Centre of Dr Ruth Pfau Civil Hospital for treatment. Earlier on Sunday, Additional Inspector General Police (IGP) Dr Amir Ahmed Shaikh had reached burns ward of Civil hospital to pay a visit to the rickshaw driver. In his statement being shared on social media, Shahid had alleged “ASI Mohammed Hanif had been extracting Rs100 from him on a daily basis. I gave the policeman Rs50 on Saturday, but he insisted on Rs100 and on refusal the ASI handed me a challan.”
October 22, 2018 04:18 UTC
There are reports that Saudi Arabia may provide $8 billion economic package, including oil on deferred payment. Those three countries are Saudi Arabia, China and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). If Saudi Arabia agrees it is safe to assume that the UAE would follow suit. Would the government commit troops for Yemen, a longstanding standing demand of Saudi Arabia? Imran has to decide whether it wants to meet hard IMF conditions or accepts the Saudi offer in return for compromising on certain strategic interests.
October 22, 2018 04:07 UTC
In FY17, Pakistan’s terms of trade stood at 57.17%, which suggests that Pakistan’s average export prices are nearly half the import prices. Hence, it has not been possible for Pakistan to compensate for low export prices by increasing export supplies. The fact that Pakistan has had favourable terms in case of primary products and adverse terms in case of value-added products seems to be a paradox. It only shows that primary products Pakistan exports on average carry a higher price than primary products it imports. In order to improve the terms, the country needs to move towards a high value-added and rich technology content export basket.
October 22, 2018 03:22 UTC
BASEL: Roger Federer has revealed that he has been suffering with a hand injury since the summer, but said the problem is no longer a worry as he heads into his home Swiss Open starting on Monday. The 20-time Grand Slam winner told Germany´s Sonntag Zeitung of the problem which began when he trained for the grasscourt season. “I hurt my hand training at the start of the grass season,” Federer told the newspaper. The 33rd-ranked Australian shocked Federer in the US Open fourth round in September. Marin Cilic, the Basel winner in 2016, takes the third spot and starts against Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov while Zverev plays Robin Haase in the opening round.
October 22, 2018 03:11 UTC
The IPPs claiming recovery of dues are: the Hub Power Company (Narowal), Sapphire Electric Company, Halmore Power Generation Company, Liberty Power Tech, Atlas Power, Nishat Chunian Power, Nishat Power, Orient Power and Saif Power. NTDC to hire consultant for technical studyThe NTDC had approached the London High Court against the international tribunal’s award regarding the payment of almost Rs11 billion to the IPPs. “In pursuant to the order dated 25 May 2018 of the London High Court, the court, inter alia, ordered NTDC to pay £400,000 to the IPPs on account of costs by June 29, 2018,” the court order read. Subsequently, the power purchaser approached the Court of Appeal, challenging the LCIA’s jurisdiction and the international arbitrator to award in favour of the IPPs. The Court of Appeal on October 4 held that the judge correctly decided that the seat of the arbitration was London because of final and binding determination to that effect by both — the LCIA court and arbitrator.
October 22, 2018 02:55 UTC
PM Imran orders inquiry into allegations against his aidesISLAMABAD: Three members of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s cabinet are facing graft charges and may be shown the door if the allegations proved true, The Express Tribune has learnt. The prime minister has ordered an inquiry into the corruption allegations levelled against his three aides, sources said, without naming the trio. Fake accounts case hearing postponed till November 13According to the sources, at the conclusion of the cabinet meeting, the PM asked all government officials to leave the meeting room. Participants of the meeting included federal ministers, ministers of state, advisers and special assistants to the prime minister. The shocking revelation came a day after the prime minister told a select group of television anchorpersons that his government had a policy of zero tolerance on corruption.
October 22, 2018 02:48 UTC
CHESTER, Pa. — Alejandro Romero Gamarra scored on a second-half penalty kick, Luis Robles had his 13th shutout and the New York Red Bulls beat the Philadelphia Union 1-0 on Sunday to stay in contention for the Supporters' Shield with one game to play. A Red Bulls corner kick resulted in a handball by Alejandro Bedoya after a video review, setting up Gamarra for his sixth goal. The Red Bulls (21-7-5), winners of four straight and unbeaten in five, go into the last game next weekend one point behind Atlanta for the best record in the regular season. Philadelphia (15-13-5), which had three wins during a four-match unbeaten streak, was hoping to clinch the No. Robels made two saves as the Union only put two of 14 shots on target.
October 21, 2018 21:45 UTC
ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain on Sunday said the victory of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) candidates in by-poll held in Karachi reflected the public trust in Prime Minister Imran Khan and his government. “People of Karachi have opted for national politics by rejecting the ethnic one,” he remarked in a tweet.
October 21, 2018 19:28 UTC
LAHORE: World Health Organisation (WHO) has offered technical support to Punjab Health Department for development of Human Resources for Health (HRH) and an expert of international repute Dr Mario Roberto Dal Paz would be assigned task to establish HRH observatory for Punjab. He would also help in finalizing the HRH profiling 2018 besides recommendations for provincial HRH strategic framework would be offered. This was discussed in a key meeting of WHO’s delegation with Punjab Minister for Health Dr Yasmin Rashid. She was presented with the Punjab Health Workforce Strategy draft after being technically vetted by Dr Mario Roberto Dal Poz, an internationally renowned expert on health workforce planning. Dr Yasmin Rashid thanked Dr Mario for his technical support to the PPHA team towards finalization of the health workforce strategy documents for Punjab.
October 21, 2018 18:56 UTC
The PPP co-chairman was accompanied by former Senate chairman Nayyar Bukhari, former prime minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf and Latif Khosa. “The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and other political parties benefited from the NRO,” he said, adding that it mainly helped former prime minister Nawaz Sharif. During our tenure, we devised future policies which were not acceptable to Sharif.”Earlier, during the Peoples Lawyers Forum, the PPP leaders reposed confidence in the leadership of PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto and Co-chairman Zardari. They paid tributes to Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Benazir Bhutto, Begum Nusrat Bhutto, Murtaza Bhutto and Shahnawaz Bhutto for struggling to uphold democracy and rendering unmatched sacrifices. The PPP leaders passed a resolution in which they paid rich tributes to the martyrs of the Pakistan Army.
October 21, 2018 15:26 UTC
Likewise, singer and music producer Anu Malik was also accused of sexual conduct by multiple women, reported Business Standard. I’ve stayed quiet for too long: Imran Khan on #MeToo in BollywoodAccording to an official statement released earlier today, Malik will no longer be part of the jury panel in season 10 of the singing-based reality show Indian Idol. Officials at Sony Entertainment Television said, “Anu Malik is no longer a part of the Indian Idol jury panel. However, Malik denied all allegations that said he sexually harassed Pandit. My client respects the #MeToo movement, but to use this movement to start a character assassination mission is obnoxious.”Have something to add to the story?
October 21, 2018 09:11 UTC
‘Aurangzeb’ rules as Ahad Raza Mir fails to impress with ‘Ko Ko Korina’KARACHI: While Coke Studio delivered a false climax to its journey last week, the grand finale offered the best and the worst of the season. Strings bid farewell to Coke Studio on a good note‘Ko Ko Korina’ by Ahad Raza Mir and Momina MustehsanOne wonders why they saved Mir’s singing debut for the last episode. Did Coke Studio intend on introducing a new star pair like they did with Daniyal Zafar and Mustehsan last year? If the pattern continues, we might see Sahir Lodhi and Shahroz Sabzwari croon Humpty Dumpty Sat On A Wall in their Coke Studio debut next season. ‘Coke Studio’ unveils Ali Hamza, Zohaib Kazi as producers for season 11Last week, Coke Studio had confirmed that the show has come to an end with episode eight.
October 21, 2018 08:37 UTC
Sindh High Court (SHC) directed the Sindh chief secretary to submit a report on the legislation for protection of housewives and devise a temporary rehabilitation program for their benefit. The SHC added that if there was no such reformative legislation, the relevant authorities were expected to initiate a process for proper legislation and also appoint two lawyers as amici curiae (friends of court). The court issued these orders while hearing the plea of a woman seeking custody of her four children after her husband divorced her. Headed by Justice Salahuddin Panhwar, the bench issued a copy of the order to Sindh advocate general and fixed the matter for October 31.
October 21, 2018 05:48 UTC
DUBAI: A Pakistani man stood trial at a Dubai court after he had his three compatriots molested and robbed his girlfriend for breaking up with him, Khaleej Times reported. According to the public prosecution records, two of them barged inside the Chinese woman’s flat, robbed Dh12,000 and kissed and groped her after removing her clothes against her will. The duo also molested and groped her after forcibly removing her clothes and gagging her with a duct tape. The complainant, a 25-year-old accountant, said the incident took place at 2am on August 25 when she was at her flat in the Chinese cluster in International City. They snatched my mobile phone after one of them grabbed me aggressively by the arms.
October 21, 2018 05:48 UTC
KARACHI: The voting for by-polls on National Assembly seat NA-247, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly seat PK-71, and Sindh Assembly seat PS-111 is underway on Sunday. Awami National Party candidate Salahuddin, PTI’s Zulfiqar Khan and independent candidates Fazale Haq Kohi Damani, Abdul Karim Khan, and Dildar Khan are contesting the PK-71 by-polls. In the by-polls on October 14, polling was held on 11 seats each for Punjab Assembly and National Assembly, nine of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and two each for Balochistan and Sindh assemblies. PTI and PML-N won four seats apiece, while Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) retained two seats vacated by Chaudhary Pervez Elahi, while Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) won NA-35 constituency in Bannu. PTI was unable to retain the two seats won by Prime Minister Imran Khan in the July 25 general election.
October 21, 2018 05:26 UTC