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Hafeez refuses to play in Amir’s team

Sat, 11/21/2015 - 09:24

DUBAI: Senior Pakistan batsman Mohammad Hafeez on Saturday became the first cricketer to refuse to play alongside Mohammad Amir.

The tainted but cleared paceman will feature for Chittagong Vikings in the Bangladesh premier league starting from Wednesday — a team Hafeez said also asked him to join.

“I was approached by my agent to play for the Chittagong team but when I knew that Amir was also in that team so I refused it point blank,” Hafeez told AFP.

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“I have no personal issues with Amir or Chittagong, it’s my personal opinion that I can’t share the dressing room with someone who hurt my country’s integrity.”

Hafeez added: “If any other team makes me an offer then I will play the league and I have no problems facing Amir as I have played against him in the domestic matches but can’t be in the same team,” said Hafeez, a former Pakistan Twenty20 captain.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan had admitted some senior players were against Amir and other two — Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif.

The trio was caught in a spot-fixing scandal on Pakistan’s tour of England in 2010 and were subsequently banned for five years.

They were also jailed in Britain.

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Their sanctions were lifted in September, but the PCB directed Butt and Asif to complete a roadmap only after which they will be allowed to play for Pakistan.

But there was worldwide sympathy for Amir because of his age — 18 at the time of the scandal — and for the fact that he pleaded guilty.

But Hafeez is not ready to give his countryman any sympathy.

“I had a lot of respect for all three before the incident as they were all talented but after the sordid episode I lost all respect because of their acts,” said Hafeez.

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“They damaged the hopes and respect of the fans,” said Hafeez. “They were just banned and went away from the fields, it was us who had to bear the brunt.

“We had to restore Pakistan team’s integrity, restore the confidence of the world because in 2010 there were talks of banning our team from international cricket.

“We had to suffer the taunts of the fans and after 2010 every act, every defeat and every mistake of ours was seen as suspicious, so we overcame that tough time and will not allow it to happen again.”

Asked what if Amir is included in the Pakistan team again, Hafeez said: “We will look at it when it happens, its premature to say anything now.”

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Status quo: SBP keeps policy rate unchanged at 6%

Sat, 11/21/2015 - 09:21

KARACHI: In line with market expectations, the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) on Saturday decided to keep the policy rate unchanged at 6% for the next two months.

Policy rate is the benchmark interest rate that helps determine the overall cost of funds in an economy.

The central bank adjusts the benchmark interest rate every two months mainly to address price stability and economic growth targets.

The SBP’s decision to keep the rate unchanged is based on its expectation that there will be reversal in the declining momentum of headline inflation in coming months.

Inflation, as measured by the consumer price index (CPI), clocked in at 1.7% in Jul-Oct, which is notably lower than 7.1% recorded in the comparable period of 2014-15.

Majority of analysts expected the SBP to maintain the policy rate at 6%. As many as nine out of the 10 research houses polled by The Express Tribune on November 19 had expected the status quo to prevail in the SBP’s monetary policy.

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Putin says wants global anti-terrorism fight after 19 killed in Mali attack

Sat, 11/21/2015 - 09:17

BAMAKO: Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday global cooperation was needed to confront terrorism in the wake of a militant attack targeting foreigners in a luxury hotel in Mali that killed 19 people.

Friday’s assault on the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako came a week after militants killed 130 people in a spate of gun and bomb attacks in Paris claimed by Islamic State. France on Friday extended a state of emergency until February as police pursued raids and investigations, with over 250 people detained.

The bloodshed in Mali, a former French colony, was the latest sign of the problems faced by French troops and UN peacekeepers in restoring security in a West African state that has battled rebels and militants in its desert north for years.

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The assault on the Radisson Blu hotel, claimed by extremist groups Al Mourabitoun and al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), ended when Malian commandos stormed the building and rescued 170 people, many of them foreigners.

President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita said two militants were killed in the commando operation.

His government increased security at strategic points around Bamako at the start of a declared 10-day state of emergency.

Chinese President Xi Jinping condemned the “cruel and savage” attack, whose dead included three Chinese executives of a state-run railway firm.

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The head of a Bamako hospital told Russian television channel LifeNews that at least two Russian citizens were killed. RIA news agency said Russians were among the dead, citing Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova.

Putin sent a telegram of condolences to Keita and said “the widest international cooperation” was needed to confront global terrorism, according to a statement by the Kremlin.

On Tuesday, Putin promised to hunt down militants responsible for blowing up a Russian airliner over Egypt on Oct. 31 as well as intensified air strikes against militants in Syria, after the Kremlin concluded a bomb had destroyed the plane, killing 224 people.

Putin and French President Francois Hollande also spoke by phone on Tuesday and agreed to boost coordination of their military actions in fighting jihadist militants in Syria.

One American and a deputy from a regional parliament in Belgium were also killed in the Bamako hotel attack, though French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said he was not aware of any French nationals killed.

Fleeing in terror

The attack began at 7 am on Friday when gunmen killed guards at the entrance of the hotel and barged inside.

Malian commandos subsequently stormed the hotel and rescued around 170 people, many of whom had been hiding under beds or in side-rooms and rushed terrified from the building to safety as shooting continued inside.

By around 4 p.m. the hotel was secured but Malians woke on Saturday to a sense of shock at the latest high-profile raid by extremists this year.

“I feel bruised by this atrocious act, which cannot be justified. No nation, no human life deserves such criminal barbarity,” said Oumar Fomba, a teacher. “I urge the Malian government to fight more fiercely against terrorism.”

In a speech on the sidelines of a summit with Asian nations in Malaysia, US President Barack Obama described the raid in Mali as “another awful reminder of the scourge of terrorism”.

“Once again, this barbarity only stiffens our resolve to meet this challenge. We will stand with the people of Mali as they work to rid their country of terrorists and strengthen their democracy. With allies and partners, the United States will be relentless.”

Setback for France

The attack was another jolting blow to France after the shock of the Paris carnage. France has stationed 3,500 troops in northern Mali to try to restore stability after a rebellion in 2012 by ethnic Tuaregs that was later hijacked by extremists linked to al Qaeda.

“We (France) have proved to be as blind as the Malian elite. Nothing changes in Mali. The elite continues to act like it always has as does the international community,” said Laurent Bigot, former undersecretary in charge of West Africa at France’s foreign ministry, alluding to UN peacekeepers.

“People have been ringing the alarm bell for a long time, but it doesn’t do any good,” Bigot, who now works as a consultant, told Reuters.

The attack also cast a spotlight on a veteran leader of Al Mourabitoun, Mokhtar Belmokhtar, a few months after reports, never confirmed, that he was killed in an air strike.

Northern Mali was occupied by extremist fighters, some with links to al Qaeda, for most of 2012. They were driven out by a French-led military operation, but violence has continued.

Al Mourabitoun has claimed responsibility for a number of attacks, including an assault on a hotel in the town of Sevare, 600 km (375 miles) northeast of Bamako, in August in which 17 people including five UN staff were killed.

One of its leaders is Belmokhtar, blamed for a large-scale assault on an Algerian gas field in 2013 and a major figure in insurgencies across North Africa.

In the wake of the Paris attacks, an Islamic State militant in Syria told Reuters the organisation viewed France’s military intervention in Mali as another reason to target France and French interests.

“This is just the beginning. We also haven’t forgotten what happened in Mali,” said the non-Syrian fighter, who was contacted online by Reuters. “The bitterness from Mali, the arrogance of the French, will not be forgotten at all.”

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China offers funds in search for missing MH370 plane

Sat, 11/21/2015 - 09:16

SHANGHAI: China on Saturday pledged Aus$20 million ($14.5 million) to help fund the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, the government said in a statement, after the plane vanished in 2014.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, who is visiting Malaysia, made the offer in a meeting with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, according to the statement posted on the central government website.

Australia is leading the difficult search in the southern Indian Ocean for the plane which mysteriously diverted off course on March 8 last year and disappeared with 239 people on board — the majority Malaysians and Chinese.

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Li was quoted as saying that he hoped Malaysia and Australia would continue the search and maintain “effective communication” with China.

In September, French officials confirmed that a wing part found on a remote Indian Ocean island was from the ill-fated plane, a month after tests on the flaperon began.

Based on satellite analysis of the plane’s likely trajectory, searchers are scouring the seabed off Australia’s west coast, so far covering some 60,000 square kilometres (24,000 square miles).

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The search area is scheduled to have been completely combed by the end of June 2016.

“There’s still a lot of territory to cover and still a very high prospect that we will find the aircraft there,” Martin Dolan, chief commissioner of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, said last month.

“If the aircraft is in the (search) area, which we think highly likely, then we will find it.”

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Zimbabwe’s Mr Ugly pageant turns ugly

Sat, 11/21/2015 - 09:02

HARARE: A 42-year-old unemployed man was crowned Zimbabwe’s ugliest man at a pub pageant in Harare — but the contest turned ugly when the runner-up accused judges of bias.

Maison Sere, who was missing several teeth and dressed in torn overalls, beat off five other contestants for the $500 Mr Ugly prize — a large sum in a country facing massive unemploment.

“I want to thank God for winning this title, last time I came fourth. I just want to thank the judges for recognising me as the winner,” Sere told journalists during a night of festivities Friday attended by 200 revellers.

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But William Masvinu, a three-time Mr Ugly winner who walked off with a $100 second prize this year, cried foul.

“The judges were not fair, the organisers must look for new judges to start the contest afresh. I did not lose today,” Masvinu said.

Show organiser David Machowa said he created the pageant in 2012 to celebrate “beauty in ugliness”.

“The show last night was very successful, and I still have plans to host Mr Ugly world,” he said.

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Ethiopian Airlines makes history with all-female flight crew

Sat, 11/21/2015 - 08:24

Ethiopian Airlines dispatched its first-ever flight operated by a crew that is all female to Bangkok on Thursday.

Women filled every role on the flight from the pilots and cabin crew to in flight ramp operations as well as flight dispatchers on ground, the company revealed in a press release.

The airline says it wants to promote women’s empowerment and encourage more African women to pursue aviation careers.

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In an earlier statement, Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde Gebremariam said attracting more women to jobs in aviation is one of the reasons for hosting the all-female flight, together with empowering women.

“It’s going to be very inspiring for all the women all over the world, aviation women and particularly the African woman. Because, as you know, here in the continent of Africa, we are lagging behind in women empowerment. So this is going to inspire all the school girls in Africa that they have a very bright future in the 21st century,” he said.

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Although one-third of its employees are women, the figure is smaller when it comes to positions such as pilots and technicians, says Ethiopian Airlines.

Haymanot Endale, a 22-year-old cabin maintenance technician who has been working at Ethiopian Airlines for two years, said even though there are many girls working as flight attendants, as a technician, she mostly works with men.

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“I think that outside of the Ethiopian Airlines, girls think that the work is very difficult, so they did not enter [come work for] this company. But we enter and we see that it is very easy,” Endale said.

This article originally appeared on Onlineethiopia

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Iranian border guards fire four mortar shells into Pakistani territory

Sat, 11/21/2015 - 08:18

QUETTA: Iranian border guards fired four mortar shells into Pakistani territory in Chedgi area of Balochistan on Saturday.

A senior official of Balochistan government confirmed that Iranian border guards violated the Pakistani frontiers. However, no loss of life was reported in the attack.

Iranian border guards fired eight mortar shells in the same area on October 17. Similarly, a few months ago, mortar shelling from the border killed two people inside the territory.

Border violations: Iranian border guards fires eight mortar shells

Areas like Panjgur, Mand, Washuk and Chagai on several instances have constantly witnessed mortar shelling by Iranian security forces.

Pakistan has raised the issue with the Iranian government but Tehran categorically stated that it would target ‘terrorists’ trying to disturb peace in Iran whether they are in Iran or Pakistan.

Separately, on Saturday, two security personnel were injured when their convoy came under attack in Proom area of Panjgur.

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Vietnamese man posts passport on Facebook to prove his ‘weird’ name is real

Sat, 11/21/2015 - 08:12

A Vietnamese man has been forced to take the unusual step of posting a screenshot of his passport on Facebook after his account was blocked thrice for using a ‘misleading title.’

The unfortunately named ‘Phuc Dat Bitch’, whose name is actually pronounced Phoo Da Bic, has been greatly perturbed by his Facebook account being blocked multiple times.

“I find it highly irritating the fact that nobody seems to believe me when I say that my full legal name is how you see it,” he said, days after he was banned from the social media site.

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“I’ve been accused of using a false and misleading name of which I find very offensive,” he added.

Bich links his frustration to the Westerners’ lack of understanding on Asian names that often appear amusing to them.

“Is it because I’m Asian? Is it?” he asked in a Facebook post.

Bich is not the first user to have his Facebook blocked for having a weird name.

A few days ago, a woman named Isis Anchalee said that Facebook deleted her profile as they thought she was a terrorist.

Responding to the increasing complaints, Facebook Chief Product Officer Chris Cox issued an apology for the hardships people have to go through owing to the real-name policy of the tech giant.

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“In the two weeks since the real-name policy issues surfaced, we’ve had the chance to hear from many of you in these communities and understand the policy more clearly as you experience it. We’ve also come to understand how painful this has been,” Cox said.

The article originally appeared in The Independent.

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Vatican charges five over leaks scandal: report

Sat, 11/21/2015 - 08:02

VATICAN CITY: The Vatican has charged five people over a damning leaks scandal at the heart of the Catholic Church, with a preliminary hearing set for November 24, Italian media reported Saturday.

Vatican deputy spokesperson Ciro Benedettini confirmed to AFP that “summons are being served”, adding that an official statement would be made later.

“Vatican magistrates have charged five people at the end of an investigation into the stealing and publishing of confidential Holy See documents,” the Repubblica daily said.

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Spanish priest Lucio Angel Vallejo Balda and Italian PR expert Francesca Chaouqui were arrested early this month on suspicion of stealing and leaking classified documents to the media.

Journalists Gianluigi Nuzzi and Emiliano Fittipaldi were questioned after they published books containing leaked information.

Vallejo Balda and Chaouqui were both members of a special commission set up by Pope Francis to advise him on economic reform within the Vatican. The fifth person, Nicola Maio, also worked with the now defunct commission.

Fittipaldi told Italy’s ANSA news agency he was stunned by the Vatican’s move.

“Maybe I’m naive but I believed they would investigate those I denounced for criminal activity, not the person that revealed the crimes,” he said.

The journalist said that under a law introduced in 2013 on the pope’s bidding, he and the others risk up to eight years in jail.

Chaouqui was released shortly after her arrest, pledging to cooperate with the authorities, but Vallejo Balda is still in a Vatican jail.

The scandal, which has revealed uncontrolled spending by the Vatican as well as accusations of corruption and theft, has awoken painful memories of the last time employees aired the centuries-old institution’s dirty laundry.

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In 2012, Pope Benedict XVI’s butler engineered a series of leaks that revealed fierce infighting in the highest echelons of the Catholic Church and allegations of serious fraud in the running of the city state.

He was sentenced to 18 months in prison, before being pardoned by the pope but banished from the Vatican forever.

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Categories: Pakistan & World News editor-in-chief tweets ‘puke’ and calls other speakers ‘dull’ at Karachi Grammar School annual career fair

Sat, 11/21/2015 - 07:51

It is considered an honour to be invited to visit your alma mater to speak to idealistic students about your career choice. However, that wasn’t the case for’s editor-in-chief Jahanzaib Haque who spent an entire ceremony at Karachi Grammar School making fun of the other invited guests and the school itself.

Haque has since deleted his tweets after the organisers were forced to complain. But The Express Tribune managed to get a copy for your amusement and disgust.

Moral of the story: Some people have no manners. We don’t think he’s going to be called back next year!

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Save the birds: Protesters seek end to ban on houbara bustard hunting

Sun, 11/15/2015 - 20:51

Scores of people rallied in Liaqatpur on Sunday demanding an immediate end to the ban on houbara bustard hunting in Cholistan.

The rally started at Qayyum Petroleum Company and ended at Ghanta Ghar Chowk.

The participants raised slogans in support of allowing licensed hunting of the birds and of enduring relations between Pakistan and the UAE. Anjuman-i-Tajiraan president Rashid Rafique Chaudhry said scores of UAE citizens had been visiting Cholistan every year for several years to hunt houbara bustards. He said the ban could endanger jobs of Pakistanis working in the UAE. He said completion of several development projects underway in Rahim Yar Khan with support from the UAE government could also be jeopardised if the ban was not lifted. Chaudhry, a former city nazim, said the two countries had enjoyed a friendly relationship.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 16th, 2015.

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Key problems: Chiniot lacks much that a district needs

Sun, 11/15/2015 - 20:50

Chiniot district lies on the flood belt. The residents complain of a lack of basic infrastructure required to handle the yearly travails. “Chiniot, being a new district, lacks basic amenities,” Shaikh Muhammad Azam of Chiniot City says.   

He says there is no university in the district and colleges do not offer postgraduate courses. “There are no educational institutes here that offer postgraduate degrees in IT or business.” He says the educational facilities offered here are not in proportion with the population.

Jamil Akhtar, another resident, says the district does not have proper water drainage facilities or a reliable sewerage system.

Muhammad Ahsan, a resident of Shahi Masjid, says a vast population of Chiniot district does not have adequate healthcare facilities. “We also do not have a sports stadium or centre.”

Muhammad Amin, a candidate of UC-13, points at a lacks of storage facilities for agricultural products. “Our district is one of the main centres of vegetable production, however, due to a lack of storage facilities vegetable growers end up suffering irreparable losses.”

Other residents bemoan the city’s narrow roads, lack of sanitation, traffic jams and potholes on roads left by water standing for long.

Mian Shaukat Thaheem of the PTI says Chiniot lacks all the facilities necessary for a district.

“It is the hub of the furniture manufacturing…furniture produced here is sold all over the country and abroad, however, furniture makers do not have social protection, labour rights, or government patronage.”

The PTI leader says sugarcane growers here face immense difficulties because most sugar mills delay payments for their produce, “in case of mills owned by the Sharif family, do not pay them at all”.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 16th, 2015.

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Six aiming for district council chair

Sun, 11/15/2015 - 20:49

Leaders of all three major groups – Qazi, Maulvi and Syed – claim they will win most of the seats in municipal committees and the district council. 

PML-N’s Aftab Harl says candidates supported by the PML-N will sweep the election. However, party high-ups will decide who gets the top-slot on the Chiniot Municipal Committee.

“I cannot disclose the names of candidates we will support for municipal committee chairmanship… there are several candidates aspiring for the slot.”

PTI’s Mian Shaukat Thaheem, too, says they are most likely to win elections in Chiniot City. “We will announce our candidate for chairmanship from among the winning panels.”

Qazi Ali Hassan of PPP says most of the candidates he had fielded had massive support.

Kaleem Ameer of Syed Group too is optimistic and says his group is gunning for district council chairmanship.

Word on the ground is that six candidates, contesting elections in union councils, are gunning for district council chairmanship. These are Mumtaz Hussain Nekokara, who is contesting the elections from Hirsa Sheikh (UC-14) against Syed Nasir Hussain Shah, PTI’s Syed Muhammad Afzaal Shah who is running from UC-15 against Faraz Ahmad Kamoke and Syed Abbas Shah of Rajoa Syedan, son of former MNA Syed Tahir Ali Shah, from Rajoa (UC-21).  Shah’s rival candidate from UC-21 is Syed Sardar Zulfiqar Haidar Shah who is also aiming for district council chairmanship. From Kandiwal (UC-1), Kamran Nassoana, who is contesting the election against Irfan Abbas, and Syed Group candidate Syed Fakhar Ameer, and son-in-law of former PPP MNA Syed Ameer Hussain, who is contesting the election in Hast Khewa (UC-4) have an eye out for chairmanship too.

The district has four municipal committees in the urban area and 39 union councils in rural areas where 178 candidates are contesting the local government elections.

In the rural areas, 661 candidates are contesting the election for 234 councillor seats and 650 candidates for general councillor seats.

For a municipal committee in every ward, there is one councillor seat. Union councils have a chairman and vice chairman panel and every union council has six wards. There are 48 union councils in Chiniot tehsil, 12 in Chenab Nagar tehsil, 11 in Bhowana tehsil and 11 union councils in Lalian tehsil.

There are 308 candidates for the Chiniot Municipal Committee’s 48 wards. There are 53 candidates in the field for the Bhowana Municipal Committee’s 11 wards and 72 candidates for the 11 wards in Lalian Municipal Committee. There are 41 candidates contesting the election in 12 wards of the Chenab Nagar Municipal Committee.

There are 48 wards in Chiniot Municipal Committee where 268 candidates are contesting the election. In the rural areas, there are 13 union councils and 52 panels of chairmen and vice chairmen 156 candidates for the councillor seat.

In Bhowana, the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) and the Pakistan Awami Tehreek have fielded candidates for most of the panels.

The majority of candidates for union councils are independents. However, Bibi Bharwana, Maulana Rehmat Ullah and Saqlain Sipra have been working hard on their candidates’ campaigns.

There are 44 candidates for Lalian Municipal Committee’s 11 wards and 26 candidates for Chenab Nagar Municipal Committee’s 12 wards.

Chiniot district has 650,835 voters. The Election Commission of Pakistan has appointed 12 returning officers and Planning and Development Secretary Lieutenant (r) Iftikhar Ali Saho has been appointed district returning officer.

The ECP has set up 571 polling stations with 1,575 polling booths; 571 presiding officers; 1,688 male assistant presiding officers and 1,413 female assistant presiding officers; and 97 male polling officers and 817 female polling officers.

The local administration, in collaboration with the ECP, has finalised a security and administrative plan for the elections.

The police have declared 172 polling stations sensitive and have decided to depute additional force and members of the Elite Force there.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 16th, 2015.

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Jeep accident: Two killed, 9 injured

Sun, 11/15/2015 - 20:36

At least two passengers were killed while nine others were wounded when a jeep plunged into a roadside gorge in a village near Balakot Saturday evening. Eyewitnesses and police told The Express Tribune the vehicle was en route from Balakot to Hangrai village in Kaghan Valley when it developed a mechanical fault and skidded off the road. “The driver lost control while negotiating a turn,” a police official said. “As a result, Hameedullah and Haleem died on the spot while nine others, including a minor were injured.”

Published in The Express Tribune, November 16th, 2015.

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Explosion: House destroyed

Sun, 11/15/2015 - 20:36

CHARASADDA: A house was destroyed when unidentified militants detonated a bomb on its premises in the jurisdiction of Saro police station on Saturday night. Muhammad Jamil, a resident of Rashakai, told the police he was at his niece’s wedding in a nearby village when his relatives informed him that his house had been destroyed in a bomb blast. “When I reached the house, I saw two rooms and a veranda had collapsed as a result of the explosion,” Jamil said. He added no one was at the house at the time of the blast.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 16th, 2015.

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Drug abuse? Man found dead

Sun, 11/15/2015 - 20:35

BATKHELA: A man was found dead in Thana area of Batkhela tehsil on Sunday. The police said they received information about discovery of the remains of a man in Sheikh Inayat Baba graveyard. They reached the site and recovered the body. The deceased was identified as Ghulam Nabi, 50, a resident of Garhi Hazratkhel. After completing legal formalities, the body was handed over to his relatives. Locals told the police the deceased was a heroin addict.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 16th, 2015.

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A marriage called off: Woman shot dead in city

Sun, 11/15/2015 - 20:35

PESHAWAR: A woman was gunned down at her house within the jurisdiction of Banamarhi police station on Sunday. According to a police official, the deceased has been identified as Kianat Bibi, daughter of Aziz Khan. “Rehmat and his brother Zafar entered Aziz Khan’s house and opened fire at Kainat,” he said. “She died on the spot while the assailants managed to escape.” According to the police official, Kainat was betrothed to Zafar. “However, the family soon discovered he was already married and broke off the engagement,” he said. “This is believed to be the main cause of Kainat’s death.” An FIR was registered.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 16th, 2015.

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Bangladesh stunned: Zimbabwe pull off smash and grab in nail-biting win

Sun, 11/15/2015 - 20:33

DHAKA: Zimbabwe pulled off a nail-biting three-wicket win against Bangladesh in the second T20I to level the two-match series 1-1 in Dhaka on Sunday.

The visitors needed 18 runs off five balls when man of the match Neville Madziva smashed Nasir Hossain for 6, 2, 4 before finishing off the game with another maximum to give Zimbabwe the win with a ball to spare.

The win not only gives Zimbabwe a share of the spoils in the series but also halts a miserable run of 13 consecutive losses against the hosts across all three formats of the game.

The Zimbabwe bowlers had done well to restrict Bangladesh to just 135-9 earlier in the day, with Tinashe Panyangara claiming 3-30 in his four overs. Graeme Cremer and Madziva also impressed with figures of 2-21 and 2-25 respectively.

Bangladesh would be disappointed with the way their batsmen played, with Anamul Haque being the only batsmen to provide any form of resistance to the bowlers in his 51-ball 47.

However, wickets kept falling just when they looked like accelerating towards the end.

In reply, Zimbabwe were in real trouble after losing their top five for just 39 by the ninth over. alAmin Hossain was the chief destroyer for Bangladesh, claiming an impressive 3-20 in his four overs, while Mustafizur Rahman also gave nothing away in his four-over spell that yielded miserly figures of 1-12.

However, Zimbabwe steadied the ship in the second half of their innings before Malcolm Waller, who was named the man of the series, and Madziva provided the necessary explosion at the end to snatch an unlikely win out of the jaws of defeat for the visitors.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 16th, 2015.

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Broberg wins dramatic BMW Masters

Sun, 11/15/2015 - 20:29

SHANGHAI: Kristoffer Broberg sank a knee-knocking downhill 12-foot birdie putt at the first playoff hole to win the BMW Masters and his first European Tour title in Shanghai Sunday.

The Swede carded a four-under final round of 68 to finish level on 17-under par 271 with American Patrick Reed who shot a 67, forcing the pair to go head-to-head back down the 18th at Lake Malaren.

Reed found the greenside bunker with his second to the long par four while Broberg carved a nine-iron perfectly to the right of the flag and saw it run down a slope to four paces from the hole.

Although Reed splashed out close, the stage was set for the 29-year-old from Stockholm who had won thrice previously on the second-tier Challenge Tour but never among the top pros.

He had been faced with an almost identical putt minutes earlier on 18 to win outright but left it short.

This time he made no mistake, firmly rolling the ball down the slope and into the heart of the cup to roars from the packed galleries as he held both arms aloft in triumph.

Fighting back tears, Broberg was almost lost for words after picking up the biggest payday of his career — $1,166,000 — and shooting up the Race to Dubai rankings from 61st to 12th.

“That’s a dream come true. I’ve worked so hard all my life for this. I have no words,” said the tearful Swede, who started the week ranked 149th in the world but looks certain break the top 100 when the new rankings are released Monday. 

Published in The Express Tribune, November 16th, 2015.

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A treasure trove in a trash can

Sun, 11/15/2015 - 20:27

SUKKUR: Instead of being given to the ailing poor, medicines worth millions of rupees were allowed to expire and were subsequently dumped outside the district health office at the Civil Hospital in Shikarpur on Friday.

Shikarpur-based journalists arrived at the scene and caught the store incharge, Abdul Rehman Shar, red-handed as he dumped the medicine in the garbage and tried to hide the evidence by covering it with bushes. Despite his attempt to conceal his activities, the journalists removed the bushes and discovered vast amounts of medicines, including tablets, syrups, suspensions, ampules and syringes. One such disposed of drug was Ethambutol, which is used to treat tuberculosis.

According to a Shikarpur-based journalist, the store incharge claimed that the medicines were provided by the UNICEF and, as they had expired, he had to throw them away, as directed by his superiors. While rummaging through the dumped medicine, the journalists found that some of them had expired in 2014 and some in October 2015.

When contacted, the district health officer Shikarpur, Dr Imtiaz Farooqui, expressed ignorance about the matter and said he had been in Karachi since Friday and could not comment. “Since my posting in Shikarpur more than two months ago, I have not purchased any medicine,” he claimed. However, Dr Farooqui admitted that some medicines provided by UNICEF were lying in their store, but said he had no knowledge about their dates of expiration. He claimed the health secretary has appointed the Larkana health director as an inquiry officer, who will investigate the matter and submit a report.

The Shikarpur deputy commissioner, Abid Saleem Qureshi, talking to The Express Tribune, expressed shock at the news, of which he was informed by some media personnel. “Throwing away medicines instead of giving it to the poor and needy is an act of criminal negligence and the responsible persons will be taken to task,” he said. Qureshi said that during the recent floods, they had received some food items, which were distributed among the affected people. Some bags of dry rations were lying in my office, which have been distributed among the poor and needy, otherwise they would have gone to waste, he recalled. “This action [allowing the medicine to expire] is simply intolerable and painful, because those medicines were meant for the poor and needy,” he lamented.

Pakistan Muslim League – Functional MPA from Shikarpur and advisor to the Prime Minister Imtiaz Shaikh strongly criticised this negligence and said he has informed the Sindh health minister and secretary about the matter. It is quite unfortunate that on one hand, the poor and needy are longing for medicines, while on the other truck loads of medicines have been dumped in the garbage, said Shaikh.

He accused Shar of being ‘corrupt to the core’. There are many corruption cases against him, but the man is so powerful that even the minister could not remove him, he claimed. “I will follow this case and with the help of the media, ensure that the culprits are punished accordingly,” Shaikh vowed.

Despite repeated attempts, the Sindh health secretary, Dr Saeed Mangenjo, could not be reached for comments.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 16th, 2015.

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