Trip comes amid unprecedented regional tensions after attacks on tankers in the GulfDUBAI: Kuwait’s ruler will visit Iraq on Wednesday, state news agency KUNA reported, saying the trip comes amid unprecedented regional tensions after attacks on tankers in the Gulf. Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah’s visit will discuss bi-lateral relations and “comes amid unprecedented tensions and developments witnessed by the region”, the agency said, referring to attacks near the strategic Strait of Hormuz shipping lane, which Washington has blamed on Tehran. Iran has denied involvement in the attacks. Read full story
June 18, 2019 09:56 UTC
40-year-old has emerged as favourite to replace Maurizio Sarri at the Premier League clubLONDON: Derby County boss Frank Lampard would find it hard to say no to Chelsea if they offered him the manager’s job, his uncle Harry Redknapp has told the BBC. Lampard, who spent 13 trophy-laden years as a player at Chelsea, guided Derby to the Championship (second-tier) playoff final in his first season in management, where they lost out to Aston Villa. The 40-year-old has emerged as the favourite to replace Maurizio Sarri at the Premier League club after the Italian joined Serie A champions Juventus on Sunday. Sarri named new Juventus coach“In my personal opinion, he’ll be the manager of Chelsea. He’s a true legend at Chelsea, one of the greatest players in the club’s history.
June 18, 2019 09:54 UTC
Platini, 63, led UEFA until 2015 when he was banned from football for four years for ethics violationsPARIS: Ex-UEFA chief Michel Platini was arrested Tuesday in connection with a probe into the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar, a source close to the investigation said. The French football legend elected to lead European football’s governing body in 2007 was taken into custody by French anti-corruption police investigating the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to the gas-rich Gulf state. Qatar was named to host the World Cup in a decision that triggered controversy over its suitability amid allegations of corruption. Qatar has been accused of buying votes in its bid to stage the World Cup and a subsequent report by US independent investigator Michael Garcia unearthed an array of suspect financial dealings, many linked to Sandro Rosell, the ex-Barcelona president who served as a consultant for Qatar. Platini, a triple Ballon d’Or winner, was expected to succeed Blatter as FIFA president in 2016 before his fall from grace.
June 18, 2019 09:33 UTC
“It is a special place since my last achievement as an amateur boxer for Pakistan came here in 2014. I’m just thrilled that the Pakistani community and even some Scottish fans really remembered that fight too. Now they are all backing me in my professional fight. “I’m agile and everyone thought I’m resilient and I’m quick so they started to call me Falcon, and I accepted it,” said Waseem. He added that with a fight against Chuwa, who will be his second African opponent, his chances are good.
June 18, 2019 09:22 UTC
LAHORE: Pakistan’s population is expected to climb to 403 million by 2050, a United Nations (UN) report released Monday said. The earth’s population is expected to rise to 9.7 billion in 2050 from 7.7 billion today, according to the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs’ “World Population Prospects” report. Meanwhile the world’s most populous country China will see its population drop by 2.2 percent, or around 31.4 million, between 2019 and 2050. Global average life expectancy should reach 77.1 years in 2050 against 72.6 years currently, the report says. In 1990, the average life expectancy was 64.2 years.
June 18, 2019 09:11 UTC
Currency is backed by more than a dozen major companiesFacebook has partnered with ‘more than a dozen’ major companies before the announcement of its crypto-currency, Libra, next week. The companies, which Facebook took onboard, include Visa, MasterCard Uber and Booking.com among others. Facebook to unveil new versions of Portal video chat devicesAccording to the report published in The Wall Street Journal, Facebook requires at least $10 million from each of its partners to create Libra. But, neither Facebook nor the partners would directly control the crypto-currency. If it follows through, Facebook users would be able to use Libra for transactions on the social network.
June 18, 2019 08:48 UTC
ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday issued a seven-page detailed verdict on the dismissal of the bail pleas of former president Asif Ali Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur in the fake bank accounts case. The verdict announced that the Supreme Court, in the Avenfield reference against former ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, had set precedents for bail in cases under the jurisdiction of National Accountability Bureau (NAB). The court further observed that “white-collar crimes are not easy to deduct and trace” and therefore, the corruption watchdog “required custody of former president and his sister”. According to the court order, the argument that the NAB chief did not have the authority or jurisdiction in the matter was “without substance”. “Under Section 24(a) read with Section 24(c) of the National Accountability Ordinance (NAO) 1999, the chairman could issue arrest warrants even after a reference was filed,” the order read.
June 18, 2019 08:37 UTC
Boxer says he is ready to offer fitness and training advice to Sarfaraz Ahmed and coLAHORE: British boxer Amir Khan has offered to help the Pakistan cricket team in uplifting their fitness standards. “I will be happy to offer my advice to the Pakistan cricket team to become fitter and stronger,” he said. Why Pakistan lost to India, even before World Cup startedThe 32-year-old said he would tell the Pakistan cricket team what to eat, what their diet should be and how they should train. World-renown boxer was also of the opinion that the Pakistan cricket team has potential but they need to learn to adapt with changing situations. In pictures: Highlights of Pakistan’s rout by IndiaAmir also promised to avenge Pakistan’s 89-run defeat against India in the World Cup match by knocking out his next opponent, the Indian boxer Neeraj Goyat.
June 18, 2019 08:26 UTC
Noted public intellectual Ehsanullah Ehsan has declined an invitation by the prime minister to become a member of the upcoming Economic Security Council. “Though I am flattered to even be thought of, I would like to excuse myself,” Ehsan said, speaking to reporters over the phone from an undisclosed location. “I might not be a good fit there.”“This is more of [Dr Hafeez] Shaikh’s baby and I don’t want to step on his toes,” he said. “I myself am partial to Neo-Keynesian approaches to the macroeconomy while he’s more of a Neoclassical man.”“Nothing against the fellow, though,” he said. We even played tennis at the club the other day.”“All the best, though, to Shaikh Sb, the Finance Secretary, the PM and, of course, the Chief.”
June 18, 2019 08:20 UTC
ISLAMABAD: The Government of Pakistan and the World Bank signed three loan agreements worth US$ 918 million to help support revenue mobilisation and higher education development in the country on Tuesday. The World Bank will provide US$400 million for the programme ‘Pakistan Raises Revenue Program’ which is aimed at contributing to a sustainable increase in domestic revenue by broadening the tax base and facilitating compliance. The Higher Education Development in Pakistan worth US$400 million would support research excellence in strategic sectors of the economy, improve teaching and learning and strengthening governance in the higher education sector. The project would finance for nurturing academic excellence in strategic sectors; supporting decentralized higher education institutes for improved teaching and learning; equipping students and higher education institutions with modern technology; higher education management information system and data drive services; and capacity building, project management and monitoring and evaluation. Later, the World Bank country director held a meeting with the finance adviser where Shaikh thanked the World Bank team for extending continuous support to the Government of Pakistan in its efforts to achieve the sustainable economic development of the country.
by INP , (Last Updated about 1 hour ago)ISLAMABAD: Firdous Ashiq Awan, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting, on Tuesday mocked opposition parties for terming the federal budget as anti-public “before going through its details”. Taking to Twitter, Firdous defended the government over tabling of the federal budget for the fiscal year 2019-20. اپوزیشن اراکین نے نہ تو بجٹ سنا اور نہ ہی پڑھا،پھر کس بنیاد پر اسے عوام دشمن قرار دے رہے ہیں؟ملکی معیشت تباہی کے دہانے پر پہنچانے والے اب عوام کا مزید تیل کیوں نکالنا چاہتے ہیں؟ — Firdous Ashiq Awan (@Dr_FirdousPTI) June 18, 2019She reiterated her allegation on the opposition of trying to worsen the economic scenario prevailing currently in the country.
CHRISTCHURCH: A Christchurch businessman who shared a video of worshippers being slaughtered at a New Zealand mosque was sentenced on Tuesday to 21 months in prison. Christchurch District Court Judge Stephen O’Driscoll said that when questioned about the video, Arps had described it as “awesome” and had shown no empathy toward the victims. The judge said Arps had strong and unrepentant views about the Muslim community and had, in effect, committed a hate crime. In other cases, at least five other people were also charged with illegally sharing the shooting video. The teen is accused of sharing the video and an image of the Al Noor mosque with the words “target acquired”.
The loan will provide capital for development across various sectorsISLAMABAD : The World Bank and Pakistan on Tuesday signed three loan agreements providing capital for development across various sectors as part of the government’s plan to steer the nation out of the economic crisis. Adviser to the Prime Minister on Finance Dr Hafeez Sheikh oversaw the signing ceremony that granted a total of $918 million to Pakistan. Another $400m agreement is a higher education development programme pursuing to nurture academic excellence in strategic sectors of the country’s ailing economy. The third programme, worth $118m, is earmarked for revenue mobilisation and resource management project for the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P). Secretary Economic Affairs Division Noor Ahmed signed the financing agreements on behalf of Pakistan whereas Country Director WB Patchamuthu Illangovan represented the global funding body.
June 18, 2019 08:03 UTC
BEIJING: China dismissed US remarks on United Nations counter-terrorism chief Vladimir Ivanovich Voronkov’s trip to Xinjiang as “ridiculous,” saying it’s “futile” to level groundless accusations against China and the United Nations. The UN also made positive comments on the visit,” Lu said. In a phone call with the U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on last Friday, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan conveyed “deep concerns” about Voronkov’s visit. officials don’t want to hear and see the international community’s fair and objective voice on the situation in China’s Xinjiang. “The U.S. wanted China to explain the de-radicalization measures it has taken in Xinjiang, but when China opened its door and invited UN officials to visit Xinjiang, it accused the UN visit of being ‘inappropriate’.
June 18, 2019 08:02 UTC
The Arabs are not appreciating Hadid's not-so-funny moveOn Sunday, Palestinian-American supermodel Bella Hadid shared a picture of the sole of her shoes coincidentally pointing towards a Saudi Arabian and United Arab Emirates (UAE) plane on her Instagram account. And the tail is where you can see the flags of both Saudi Arabia and the UAE. STOP #Bella_hadid ❌❌❌❌ pic.twitter.com/VTNAFjKwXi — Drmk (@KhaldiMaha) June 17, 2019#بيلا_حديد @Dior The model Bella Hadid has posted a photo where she insulted Saudi Arabia, Emirates and Kuwait countries. After being accused of “disrespecting” the two nations and their culture, the 22-year-old came out and apologised on Monday. I am so sorry ..❤️ — Bella Hadid (@bellahadid) June 17, 2019In a statement posted to Instagram and Twitter, Hadid mentioned the Muslim and Arab side of her family and that she meant no disrespect.
June 18, 2019 07:41 UTC