KARACHI: An anti-terrorism court (ATC) on Saturday directed the Sindh Home Department to submit a complete report joint investigation team (JIT) report in a case regarding the sheltering and treating of suspected militants. The order was passed by ATC-II judge who was hearing the case. Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) leader Anees Kaimkhani, Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Rauf Siddiqui and Usman Muazzam appeared before the court. Accused Dr Asim Hussain’s counsel informed the court that he is out of the country for treatment with the court’s approval, adding that Karachi Mayor Waseem Akhtar had immunity in the case. The court also granted one-day immunity to Abdul Qadir Patel in addition to granting bails to all the accused in the case.
Pictures on social media showed flames and plumes of smoke emerging from Chester Zoo which said it was now closed. “Visitors have been evacuated and asked to leave the zoo as teams work to bring the situation under control,” the zoo said on Twitter. Visitors have been evacuated and asked to leave the zoo as teams work to bring the situation under control. — Chester Zoo (@chesterzoo) December 15, 2018Chester Zoo is home to 21,000 animals across 125 acres, attracting 1.9 million visitors a year, its website said. The 40 million pound ($50.3 million) sub-tropical Monsoon Forest section is home to animals including Sumatran orangutans, macaques, snakes and crocodiles.
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December 15, 2018 13:30 UTC
In fact, the new government had already made contacts with the lending agency even before Nawaz Sharif had taken oath as prime minister. The latest denouement of the international rating agency Moody’s should be an eye opener for our policy makers. The prime minister while addressing an economic forum has finally admitted that wealth creation by itself is not a bad thing. The prime minister down, his team and government agencies working under him have vitiated the investment climate to no end. Translating into the numbers game in the parliament it is axiomatic adopting a modus vivendi with the opposition.
LAHORE: Airport Security Force (ASF) on Saturday foiled money laundering bids by arresting two passengers, including a woman, with foreign currency worth millions of rupees at the Lahore airport. Rs5.4 million) were recovered while searching the baggage of a passenger leaving for Bangkok through an international airline flight. Another woman, Li Zen, also leaving for Bangkok, was held after $22,505 (approx. The ASF confiscated the recovered foreign currency worth over Rs8.5 million and arrested the culprits, who were later handed over to customs officials for further investigation. As per the revised rules of the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) regarding foreign exchange, a passenger can carry up to $10,000 or equivalent notes of another currency while going abroad.
MADRID: Wales forward Gareth Bale will miss Real Madrid’s Liga match against Rayo Vallecano on Saturday because of an ongoing ankle problem. Bale took a painful blow to the right ankle during Madrid’s 3-0 defeat by CSKA Moscow in midweek and was visibly struggling at the end of the game. He didn’t train on Friday when coach Santiago Solari intimated that Bale would miss the match against their Madrid neighbours. “We will see how ankle improves from yesterday to today and from today to tomorrow,” said Solari. “We will speak to the medical team and with him (Bale).”Solari’s decision to rest Bale means the Welshman has more time to recover ahead of the Wednesday’s semi-final in the Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi.
December 15, 2018 12:45 UTC
DOHA: Turkey’s foreign minister said Saturday his country would “not give up” on finding out the truth about the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul. “We haven’t received any new information or outcome of the investigation from the Saudi side,” Mevlut Cavusoglu said on the sidelines of a conference in Turkish ally Qatar. “Turkey will not give up on this, we will go to the end.”Earlier this month, the minister said Turkey was in talks over a possible United Nations investigation into the October 2 murder, which has provoked global outrage. The 59-year-old Khashoggi, a palace insider turned critic of the Saudi regime, was strangled and his body cut into pieces by a 15-strong Saudi hit squad, according to Turkish officials. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that the killing was ordered at the highest levels of the Saudi government, although he has repeatedly absolved the ageing King Salman.
December 15, 2018 12:22 UTC
COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s embattled Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa resigned on Saturday, only a month and a half after taking office and giving the country’s president political space to prevent an imminent government shutdown. “We will bring the forces opposed to the country down to their knees by organizing the people,” Rajapaksa said. Wickremesinghe’s office on Friday said that Sirisena had called the former prime minister by telephone to invite him to be sworn back into office on Sunday. Sirisena had previously said he would not appoint Wickremesinghe “even if he has the backing of all 225 lawmakers in parliament”. Credit rating agencies Fitch and Standard & Poor’s have downgraded Sri Lanka, citing refinancing risks and an uncertain policy outlook.
December 15, 2018 11:50 UTC
LAHORE: The Supreme Court (SC) on Saturday directed Lahore Development Authority (LDA) former director general Ahad Cheema to return the money he had accumulated beyond his known sources of income. The directives were given as Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar heard a case about LDA City Housing scheme at the Lahore Registry of the apex court. “First Orange Line Train was ruined and now LDA City,” the CJP asked Cheema as proceedings began. In response, the former LDA director general informed the court that he drew a salary of Rs1.4 million after he was appointed at the post. The incumbent LDA director general was also directed to provide recommendations on LDA City.
December 15, 2018 11:48 UTC
KARACHI: The police on Saturday arrested a man, who is part of a gang involved in child abductions and sexual abuse, from Quaidabad area of the port city. The arrested suspect Murad confessed that he and his gang members used to kidnap children and then hand them over to Sohail and Kamran for sexual exploitationHe also told the police that each child was sold to the two sexual predators for a sum of Rs1,500 to Rs2,000. Speaking to the media, the police revealed that they had raided Murad’s house and recovered a seven-year-old child he had kidnapped recently, adding that law enforcers were on the hunt for Sohail and Kamran all over the city. Non-governmental organisation (NGO) Sahil, in its Cruel Numbers Report, states that a total 2,322 cases of child abuse were reported in media in the first half of 2018 alone, a 32 per cent increase from last years statistics.
December 15, 2018 11:37 UTC
Problems all aroundFitch Ratings could have picked a better moment, from PTI’s point of view at least, for downgrading Pakistan’s long term debt rating. Moody’s was not much more flattering a few days earlier; they did not downgrade the rating but expressed similar concerns about the debt. Sure, the market picked up 500-plus points on Friday because the second tranche of the Saudi bailout package was received at the central bank. But it is more likely to react to the downgrade when it opens next week, not the least because the Saudi help was already priced into the market. Clearly international agencies, which provide the proverbial cue to foreign investors, are not impressed by the foreign help so far.
December 15, 2018 11:37 UTC
The Lahore Development Authority (LDA) and Punjab Police were also ordered to investigate complaints against the two brothers, compile a report over the issue and recover the land. In addition, Afzal and Mulook were ordered to submit details of assets registered under their own and the names of their families. While the directive to place the names on the ECL was made verbally, they were not mentioned in the formal orders. “It’s better that you relinquish the estate of widows and overseas Pakistanis you have seized,” CJP Nisar warned. “We have not grabbed anyone’s land,” Saiful Mulook informed the bench in response.
December 15, 2018 11:18 UTC
LONDON: Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri is likely to assess the attacking talent on offer in the January transfer window after Alvaro Morata suffered an injury this week. Morata has outscored his rival for the centre-forward role with five Premier League goals to Giroud’s one but has again proved inconsistent, mirroring last season’s form when he was bought as a replacement for Diego Costa. Recurring injuries and difficulty adapting to the physical demands of the Premier League have taken their toll, however, and Morata has rarely looked entirely comfortable since. Reports this week that Barcelona could make Morata a target in January suggest he could leave sooner rather than later. However, Sarri could not allow Morata to go without lining up a replacement — furthermore, Morata’s injury this week has highlighted the risk of relying on just two principal strikers.
December 15, 2018 11:15 UTC
“Brexit is in danger of getting stuck – and that is something that should worry us all,” pensions minister Amber Rudd wrote in Saturday’s Daily Mail newspaper. Some were reluctantly leaning towards a second referendum, others favored a closer, Norway-style relationship and a number, including Hunt, were willing to leave with no deal, the paper said. One senior minister told Reuters on Friday that the risk of a “managed” no-deal Brexit was rising as was the likelihood of a second vote on EU membership. “We are not ready for no deal, the public is not ready for no deal,” said the minister, who spoke on condition of anonymity. “We’re actually becoming more divided on this subject than perhaps we were two-and-a-half years ago and that’s why I think a second referendum gets closer,” Farage told BBC TV.
December 15, 2018 10:52 UTC
BEIJING: The 8th meeting of the Joint Coordination Committee (JCC) on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will be held in the Chinese capital on Dec 20. The JCC is the most important official forum for discussing CPEC-related projects and issues through mutual consultation and consensus. According to the sources, Pakistan has decided to place several key projects before the JCC during its upcoming meeting. These projects include $2 billion Karachi Circular Railway (KCR), socio-economic development projects from all provinces and Gwadar infrastructure projects. The 7th meeting JCC was held Islamabad that had reviewed and approved various development projects under the CPEC.
December 15, 2018 10:30 UTC
PARIS: Thousands of protesters took to the streets of French cities on Saturday in the fifth weekend of nationwide demonstrations against Emmanuel Macron’s government, despite calls to hold off after a shooting in Strasbourg earlier this week. On Friday, President Macron called for a return to calm in France after nearly a month of protests by the so-called ‘yellow vest’ movement against his government’s policies. “France needs calm, order and a return to normal,” Macron said, after a meeting of European Union leaders in Brussels. The ‘yellow vest’ movement started in mid-November with protests at junctions and roundabouts against fuel tax increases, but quickly became a wider mobilisation against Macron’s economic policies. Successive weekends of protests in Paris have lead to vandalism and violent clashes with security forces.
December 15, 2018 10:30 UTC