Survivors and relatives of the dead placed wreaths at a concrete hammer and sickle memorial while labour groups marked the anniversary by making new demands for justice. About 3,500 workers were inside the complex making clothes for top western brands when tragedy struck. But a murder trial in the case has been repeatedly delayed and no one has so far been convicted. Workers holding black flags placed wreaths and silently prayed at the graves. Union leaders and survivors have expressed anger at the slow pace of the trial of Sohel Rana, whose family owned the complex which collapsed after it was illegally extended.
April 24, 2018 09:45 UTC
We didn't purchase the London flats from the national treasury, claims NawazDeposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday launched another round of criticism at the chief justice and said the judiciary has always provided relief from restrictions put in place by dictators, however, the current judiciary places ‘unprecedented’ restrictions. LHC order allowing Dar to contest Senate election challenged in SCSpeaking informally with the media in the accountability court, Nawaz said the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) should stop behaving as if a martial law is in place. The court also ordered an accountability court to open references against Nawaz and his family, and other respondents. The trial against the Sharif family commenced on September 14, 2017. The corruption references filed against the Sharif family pertain to Al-Azizia Steel Mills and Hills Metal Establishment, offshore companies including Flagship Investment Ltd and London’s Avenfield properties.
April 24, 2018 09:42 UTC
TORONTO: Canadian police sought a motive Tuesday for a van attack on a bustling downtown Toronto street that left at least 10 pedestrians dead. The driver of the van, who was arrested, was to appear in court Tuesday at 10am (1400 GMT), Canadian media said. “The actions definitely looked deliberate,” Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders told journalists. Two South Koreans were among the dead, a Seoul foreign ministry official told AFP, with another of its citizens seriously injured. This is a very sad day for the people of Toronto and the people of Canada,” she said.
April 24, 2018 09:33 UTC
Dar was declared an absconder by the accountability court last year for his failure to appear in court since he has been in London allegedly receiving medical treatment. The lawyer, Salman Akram Raja, told the court his client has “a medical issue”. He then told Raja to find out when Dar would return, and to inform the court. “Find out and tell us.”“Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi met Ishaq Dar, an absconder, in London,” the CJP observed. “Ishaq Dar is indisposed, his doctors have prescribed six to eight weeks of bed rest for him,” Raja told the court.
April 24, 2018 09:13 UTC
The Belt and Road is Chinese President Xi Jinping’s landmark scheme to build infrastructure to connect China to the rest of Asia and beyond, a giant reworking of its old Silk Road. But India’s foreign minister did not express support for Belt and Road in the communique released after foreign ministers of the China and Russia-led Shanghai Cooperation Organisation met in Beijing. All the other foreign ministers – from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan – “reaffirmed support for China’s Belt and Road proposal”, the statement read. China rejects Modi’s remarks, urges world to support Pakistan in tackling terrorThe confrontation between the nuclear-armed powers in the Himalayas underscored Indian alarm at China’s expanding security and economic links in South Asia. China on Monday reassured Pakistan that relations between the two countries were as firm as ever and would “never rust”.
April 24, 2018 09:11 UTC
LAHORE: Singer-cum-actress Meesha Shafi on Tuesday hired Muhammad Ahmad Pansota and Nighat Dad as her legal team to oversee issue related to her sexual harassment claim against pop star Ali Zafar. On her Twitter handle, Shafi wrote: “I have appointed Barrister @pansota1 and @nighatdad as my legal counsels to look after all issues pertaining to my sexual harassment claim against Ali Zafar. The announcement comes after a day when Ali Zafar sent a legal notice of Rs 100 million to singer Meesha Shafi after the latter leveled allegations of sexual harassment against her colleague. Advocate Ali Sibtain Fazli, counsel of Ali Zafar, said the media would be informed about the proceedings of this case. Ali Zafar had broken his silence earlier this week on the matter when he had categorically denied all claims of harassment leveled against him by Meesha.
April 24, 2018 09:11 UTC
BEIJING: China failed to get India’s support for its ambitious Belt and Road infrastructure project at the end of a foreign ministers’ meeting of a major security bloc on Tuesday, ahead of an ice-breaking trip to China this week by India’s prime minister. The Belt and Road is Chinese President Xi Jinping’s landmark scheme to build infrastructure to connect China to the rest of Asia and beyond, a giant reworking of its old Silk Road. But India’s foreign minister did not express support for Belt and Road in the communique released after foreign ministers of the China and Russia-led Shanghai Cooperation Organisation met in Beijing. All the other foreign ministers – from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan – “reaffirmed support for China’s Belt and Road proposal”, the statement read. China on Monday reassured Pakistan that relations between the two countries were as firm as ever and would “never rust”.
April 24, 2018 09:11 UTC
In some cases, entire profiles, pages, or groups were taken down for violating Facebook policies, making all included content unavailable. “We’ve made significant strides finding and removing their propaganda quickly and at scale,” Bickert and Fishman said. “It’s about whether they use violence to pursue those goals,” Bickert and Fishman said. So far this year, the median time it took for new detection tools to uncover freshly uploaded terror content was less than a minute, according to the executives. “Terrorist groups are always trying to circumvent our systems, so we must constantly improve,” Bickert and Fishman said.
April 24, 2018 08:48 UTC
CJP refuses to take salary until PWD salaries are releasedISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday gave the Islamabad High Court (IHC) one week to decide whether the Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) decision of banning recruitment in government institutions is legal. The ECP, on April 11, issued a statement regarding a ban on hiring made by federal, provincial and local governments to ensure transparency in the upcoming general elections. Justice Aamer Farooq will head the bench and conduct proceedings daily, it stated further, adding that until then, the ECP decision will remain in place. The court also ruled that any province which wants to challenge the decision may file a writ in the IHC. ‘CJP REFUSES TO TAKE SALARY’:Hearing a separate case, CJP announced not to take his salary till the salaries of the Public Works Department (PWD) employees were released.
April 24, 2018 08:48 UTC
“If anyone betrays the deal, they should know that they would face severe consequences,” RouhaniLONDON: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday to stay in the nuclear deal Tehran signed with world powers in 2015, or face ‘severe consequences’, as other signatories stepped up efforts to save the agreement. U.S. allies press Trump to keep Iran nuclear deal alive“I am telling those in the White House that if they do not live up to their commitments, the Iranian government will firmly react,” Rouhani said in a speech broadcast live on state television. “If anyone betrays the deal, they should know that they would face severe consequences,” he told a cheering crowd of thousands gathered in the city of Tabriz. France’s Macron visits Trump as Iran nuclear deal hangs in balanceRussian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday he had agreed with his Chinese counterpart that Moscow and Beijing would try to block any U.S. attempt to sabotage the nuclear deal. Iran has warned that it will ramp up its nuclear programme if the deal collapses.
April 24, 2018 08:37 UTC
American allies who buy weapons and equipment from Russia could suffer as well from latest US sanctions against RussiaNEW DELHI: U.S. sanctions on Russian military exports have put the brakes on a $6 billion deal with India and may derail the arms purchases of other U.S. allies around Asia, experts say. But American allies who buy weapons and equipment from Russia, the world’s second-largest arms exporter, could suffer as well. Indonesian defense officials declined to describe what, if anything, they might do to tackle the fallout of the sanctions imposed on Russian arms sales. The issue is crucial to the Indian military, because without Russian parts, supplies and maintenance help, “our ships won’t sail, our planes won’t fly,” the official said. The U.S. administration could also declare that imposing sanctions on India, a major defense partner, would hurt U.S. national security interests.
April 24, 2018 08:15 UTC
LOS ANGELES: “Avengers: Infinity War” boasts more than 20 superheroes and expects to storm the box office, but even its A-list cast doesn’t know quite what to expect when the film gets its world premiere on Monday night. The cast will not see the finished product until the world premiere in Los Angeles on Monday night. “Infinity War,” directed by brothers Joe and Anthony Russo, sees despot Thanos (Josh Brolin) fight the Avengers and their allies for all six of the legendary Infinity Stones that give the user-specific powers to manipulate other people, objects or forms of energy. “Thanos is a very interesting character because his agenda is to save the universe by destroying the universe,” said Tom Holland, who plays Spider-Man. “Avengers: Infinity War” starts its international rollout on Wednesday and arrives in U.S. movie theaters on Friday.
April 24, 2018 08:15 UTC
The tweet received thousands of likes and retweets but has since been deletedLONDON: The English Football Association (FA) has apologised to Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur for sending a tweet which mocked Spurs striker Harry Kane during Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final. Mourinho spat over, United favourites ahead of FA Cup final: ConteThe FA Cup’s official Twitter account sent a tweet with United defender Chris Smalling being asked “What’s in your pocket?” and included a short, unrelated clip of the centre-back saying “Harry Kane”. The tweet received thousands of likes and retweets but has since been deleted. “We have written to both clubs to apologise for any offence caused,” an FA spokesperson told British media. United will face Chelsea, who beat Southampton 2-0 on Sunday, in the FA Cup final on May 19.
April 24, 2018 07:52 UTC
The Frenchmen announced on Friday he would leave Arsenal at the end of the season after serving for 22-yearsLONDON: Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker says the players are focused on winning the Europa League as well as their four remaining Premier League games to give manager Arsene Wenger the perfect send-off. Wenger announced on Friday he would leave Arsenal at the end of the season, bringing an end to his near 22-year reign during which they won three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups. Wenger to leave Arsenal at the end of the seasonEuropean success eluded Arsenal under Wenger but they take on Atletico Madrid in the first leg of the Europa League semi-finals on Thursday. “He made it very clear to us that this is his clear target now, to win the Europa League and every match we are going to face now. Now we can come together and let him leave in style…,” Mertesacker told reporters.
April 24, 2018 07:48 UTC
LAHORE: Pakistan will not have to wait long to be reunited with Mohammad Amir after the fast bowler’s UK visa was issued on Tuesday. The PCB confirmed that Amir will fly out to join the rest of the squad – who flew earlier this week – on Wednesday morning. It is not clear why Amir’s visa was issued later than the rest of the squad’s. Speculation centred on an application he has made for a longer-term UK visa, on the basis that he is married to a British citizen, but that was denied by the PCB. It could be linked to the time Amir spent in jail in the UK after he admitted his guilt in the spot-fixing scandal on the 2010 tour.
April 24, 2018 07:41 UTC