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  1. Today
  2. Left-arm pacer Usman Khan Shinwari tore apart Sri Lanka top and middle order in the fifth and final ODI of the series at Sharjah today. He struck in the very first over of the match to remove both Samarawickrama and Chandimal off consecutive balls. The fast bowler then struck again in his next over to dismiss skipper Tharanga and Dickwella, reducing Sri Lanka to 8-4 after Sri Lanka won the toss earlier and decided to bat against Pakistan, who already lead the series by 4-0. He then removed Siriwardana for an astonishing five-wicket haul in return for just 12 runs, as Sri Lanka crumbled to 20-5. All-rounder Fahim Ashraf is in for fast bowler Junaid Khan. Coach Mickey Arthur made no secret of his intention of inflicting a clean sweep on Sri Lanka when the teams meet today. Since their ICC Champions Trophy 2017 triumph in June, Pakistan have won eight straight games and have been unstoppable in limited overs, having overcome the disappointment of losing the preceding Test series to Sri Lanka 2-0 to open up a 4-0 lead in this series. Arthur believes his team has shown the hunger to keep winning. ?I will be disappointed if we didn?t make it 5-0,? he said ahead of the match. ?The guys are hungry and they definitely want to do that. The key for us is to maintain our hunger and ruthlessness so we need to keep that momentum and put this series to bed.? Pakistan have previously achieved five clean sweeps, all in series involving five games. They blanked Zimbabwe in 2002-03, Bangladesh in 2003, New Zealand in 2003-04 and Zimbabwe and Bangladesh in the 2008 season. Rumman Raees is out of the last match as well as the T20 series, Arthur said. The left-arm quick has injured his left elbow, Haris didn?t pass a fitness test in Abu Dhabi after he was pretty close to playing, Babar Azam has pulled a groin, the coach added. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka will look to avoid 11th straight loss, three short of their worst ever run of 14 defeats in 1987. Nic Pothas, the Sri Lanka coach, urged the batsmen to start delivering. ?It is pretty obvious. It is not rocket science,? he said, not for the first time during this series. ?We just want the batters to be a little more positive about the way they go about things. We also understand we need to be in the right frame of mind to be there. So our job is to try and give the players the freedom to be able to play their way. It is going to be a very good wicket again and it is not the biggest boundary in the world.? The ODIs will be followed by a three-match T20 series with the last of those games to be played in Lahore on October 29.
  3. WASHINGTON: Senator John McCain has taken a barely-veiled jab at President Donald Trump´s avoidance of military service, sharply escalating their war of words. Republican McCain was interviewed by broadcaster CSPAN on the 50th anniversary of his being shot down over Vietnam, which led to his five-year stay as a prisoner in the infamous "Hanoi Hilton" prison. "One aspect of the conflict, by the way, that I will never ever countenance is that we drafted the lowest-income level of America, and the highest-income level found a doctor that would say that they had a bone spur," McCain said, apparently singling out a diagnosis that allowed Trump to be medically disqualified for service in 1968. "That is wrong. That is wrong. If we are going to ask every American to serve, every American should serve," said McCain, himself an admiral´s son who refused an offer of early release by his captors after being tortured. As a presidential candidate in 2015, Trump said McCain was a war hero only "because he was captured." "I like people that weren´t captured," Trump said. During the Vietnam War, Trump won four educational deferments before graduating from university. After receiving his diploma, he was again eligible for the draft. But a subsequent armed forces physical examination in 1968 found him medically unfit. The relationship between the pair -- one a veteran lawmaker and war hero, the other a real estate tycoon and political neophyte before he assumed the presidency -- has long been testy. But the acrimony has risen to a new degree of bitterness. Last week, McCain railed against the "America First" approach espoused by the Trump administration. "To refuse the obligations of international leadership...for the sake of some half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems is as unpatriotic as an attachment to any other tired dogma of the past," said the 81-year-old, who was diagnosed with brain cancer in July. Trump lashed out Tuesday, telling conservative radio host Chris Plante: "People have to be careful because at some point I fight back. "I´m being very nice. I´m being very, very nice. But at some point I fight back, and it won´t be pretty." McCain has proved a thorn in Trump´s side in recent months, twice helping to scupper Republican attempts to repeal a healthcare law that was a signature accomplishment of former president Barack Obama.
  4. KATHMANDU: A Turkish Airlines plane that crash landed at Kathmandu airport two years ago will be welcoming ticket holders on board again -- not for a flight but as the Nepali capital´s first aviation museum. The Airbus A330 was carrying 224 passengers when it skidded off the runway at Kathmandu´s airport in March 2015, coming to a stop with its nose buried in the grassy verge on the edge of the tarmac. No one was hurt, but the crash shut Nepal´s only international airport for four days as technicians struggled to move the plane. It was eventually dragged to a disused corner of the airport where it sat rusting for two years -- until pilot Bed Upreti had an idea. "It is unfortunate that the aircraft (had) an accident and was grounded, but I saw a perfect opportunity," Upreti told AFP. He bought the metal carcass and has invested $600,000 to turn it into an aviation museum. Upreti´s first task was moving the 63-metre plane across the road from the airport to the museum´s lot -- which proved harder than expected. He previously brought an abandoned Fokker 100 -- which is about half the size of an Airbus A330 -- and transported it 500 kilometres to Dhangadi in Nepal´s far west where he also set up a museum, though on a smaller scale that this one. "Transporting that plane across districts was much easier than relocating the Airbus metres away from the airport," Upreti said. Working only at night when the airport was closed, it took a team of engineers from Turkey six weeks to dismantle the plane into 10 pieces, before loading them onto trucks for the 500 metre journey across the road. It took another two months to put all the pieces back together. With all the seat stripped out of the belly of the plane, the new museum feels surprisingly spacious. The business class section of the plane will feature a model of the Wright Brothers´ first aircraft -- the first machine to successfully take to the sky -- and in the tail there will be a cafe. More than 150 miniature display planes will chart the history of aviation as well as the story of Nepal´s flying industry. Himalayan Nepal is heavily reliant on a network of domestic air routes to compensate for its limited road network, though the country´s airlines have a poor safety record. For many in the impoverished country, the airfares are also beyond their means. "It (the museum) will give a chance to some Nepalis who might never fly to step into a plane," said engineering student Shyam Rauniyar, 22, who was part of the team that put together the replica of the Wright Brother´s plane. Upreti hopes that the museum will inspire young minds to become pilots and engineers, and is confident that it will be a hit with visitors. "Passers by are already peeking to get a glimpse," he said.
  5. LONDON: A military option must remain on the table in dealing with North Korea?s nuclear program, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said on Monday, adding that nobody wants tensions in the Korean peninsula to be resolved in such a way. ?I don?t think anybody could conceivably want a military solution to this problem,? Johnson said at a speech in London. ?And yet clearly... the possibility of some kind of military option... that possibility must at least theoretically be maintained on the table.?
  6. ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination Riaz Hussain Pirzada reiterated on Monday that Shehbaz Sharif, former prime minister Nawaz Sharif?s brother and Chief Minister Punjab, should take over party control. The PML-N leader while speaking to media in his chambers said that he says simple things but everyone gets cross over them. ?Shehbaz Sharif is an obedient brother and that?s why said that he should take over the party and I still adhere to my statements,? said Pirzada. He said that there is no double meaning or conspiracy behind his words. ?We don?t object to Nawaz?s leadership but we are concerned how the party will win during the next elections,? said Pirzada. Pirzada says Shehbaz should lead PML-N Federal minister says Shehbaz Sharif should be made president of the party until Nawaz comes out of all the problems Earlier in an apparent sign of a revolt, Pirzada suggested that the Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz would be the best choice to lead the party. He said that there will be a vacuum in the party if Shehbaz Sharif was not made the president. Shehbaz Sharif?s advice to the party should be accepted, as he was dealing with the public opinion in a better way, he added.
  7. Maryam Nawaz during a visit to NA-120 Oct 23, 2017. Photo: Geo News LAHORE: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif's daughter, Maryam Nawaz, said on Monday that she has no differences with Hamza, her first cousin, and son of Nawaz's brother Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif. Denying reports of any rifts in the Sharif family, she said, "Hamza is [like] my younger brother". She made the remarks while touring Lahore's NA-120 constituency, which was won by her mother last month after a hectic campaign from Maryam. "God forbid if we have any differences," she said on reports of rifts in the ruling family. Maryam claimed she has been hearing stories of disagreements within the Sharif family since 30 years but there is no truth in these reports. "Those hoping for differences to erupt in the Sharif family will be disappointed," she said, adding that, "we are all united under Nawaz Sharif?s leadership". There have been reports of rifts within the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leadership as well as calls by some party officials of handing over the party's leadership to Shehbaz until Nawaz's corruption cases are settled. Earlier, Maryam visited a hospital and a school in Mazang area of Lahore and listened to people's complaints. The NA-120 constituency was left vacant after Nawaz was disqualified as prime minister by the Supreme Court in its July 28 judgment in the Panama Papers case. The seat was bagged by Nawaz's wife, Kulsoom, even though she was unable to campaign as she is undergoing treatment for lymphoma in London.
  8. Hanif Abbasi (left) and Fawad Chaudhry. Photo: File ISLAMABAD: The case against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leaders Imran Khan and Jahangir Tareen is all but over, claimed PTI spokesperson Fawad Chaudhry on Monday. Speaking outside the Supreme Court, Chaudhry said Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Hanif Abbasi's counsel Akram Sheikh tried to provoke the judges today but they did not react and showed restraint. "Sheikh has now asked for two more days to respond," said Chaudhry, adding that it is a delaying tactic on the part of the PML-N as the case is now over. He also claimed that Abbasi can be arrested for submitting a false affidavit in court. In response to a question, the PTI spokesperson said Imran is not scared of disqualification. Hanif Abbasi addresses media Meanwhile, speaking to the media from the same podium later, Abbasi said Imran and Tareen keep changing their stance in the case. He criticised the practice of submitting documents despite the case having been wrapped up [but not concluded]. "We are asking for accountability of money stolen from charity," he said further. Later, Privatisation Minister Daniyal Aziz said Imran knows he is a thief. He added that Tahirul Qadri raised the "save the state not politics" slogan and since then the government has not been allowed to function properly.
  9. George Young was best known for his behind-the-scenes work helping create one of the biggest rock acts in the world, AC/DC. Photo: AFP SYDNEY: Australian music pioneer George Young, a driving force behind AC/DC which was fronted by his brothers Angus and Malcolm, has died aged 70, the band and his publishing house said Monday. Young shot to fame in the 1960s as a member of Sydney-based The Easybeats and became an established songwriter, penning classics like "Love is in the Air" and "Friday on my Mind" with long-time collaborator Harry Vanda. But he was best known for his behind-the-scenes work helping create one of the biggest rock acts in the world, co-producing many AC/DC albums including "Let There Be Rock", "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap", and "High Voltage". "It is with pain in our heart that we have to announce the passing of our beloved brother and mentor George Young," the band said in a statement. "Without his help and guidance there would not have been an AC/DC. "As a musician, songwriter, producer, advisor and much, much more, you could not ask for a more dedicated and professional man." George was a teenager when he emigrated from Scotland to Australia with his brothers and was the first to win acclaim as a guitarist for the extremely popular The Easybeats. After the band broke up, Young and Vanda concentrated on writing and producing pop and rock songs for other artists under the umbrella of Albert Productions. "George was a pioneer who, with close friends Harry Vanda and Ted Albert, created a new sound for the Australian music industry," said Albert chief executive David Albert. "He will be missed." Fellow Glaswegian and Cold Chisel frontman Jimmy Barnes also paid tribute, tweeting: "George Young RIP. What a huge loss for music. A great songwriter, producer and a great human being."
  10. Grammy Award-winning pop singer Justin Timberlake will headline the Super Bowl halftime show in February, 14 years after a ?wardrobe malfunction? overshadowed his last gig at the championship game, the NFL said on Sunday. This will mark Timberlake?s third time on the halftime stage, giving the ?Can?t Stop The Feeling? singer the distinction of having the most appearances by an individual entertainer, the National Football League said in a statement. The 10-times Grammy winner last performed at the Super Bowl in 2004 when he infamously ripped off part of Janet Jackson?s garment during their halftime show in Houston. The incident coined the phrase ?wardrobe malfunction?. The Super Bowl is the most-watched event on US television, drawing more than 100 million viewers. Previous halftime headliners include Lady Gaga, Coldplay, Beyonce, Katy Perry, Bruno Mars and Madonna.
  11. AUSTIN: Lewis Hamilton moved a step closer to his fourth world championship on Sunday when he won the United States Grand Prix, coming home ahead of his nearest title rival Sebastian Vettel. The 32-year-old Briton, who started from a record 72nd pole position, recovered after losing his advantage at the start to regain the lead and steer his Mercedes to his ninth win this year, his fifth in Texas and the 62nd of his career. Four-time champion German Vettel came home second for Ferrari and with three races remaining trails Hamilton by 66 points in the drivers´ title race. If Hamilton wins, or finishes anywhere in the top five, in Mexico City next weekend, he will be champion. Hamilton´s victory, with Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas finishing fifth, confirmed the team as constructors champions for 2017 and for the fourth consecutive season. "What a beautiful day," said Hamilton, interviewed on the podium by multiple Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt. "I love this track and I think it is now my favourite." Vettel said: "It was looking good at the start, but we had to realize we couldn´t go at that pace -- we were in no-man´s land and there was no secret to it. It´s not strategy. They were quicker than us -- so congratulations to Lewis." Dutchman Max Verstappen crossed the line in third place after a controversial final corner passing move that saw his Red Bull car run off track as he swept beyond Kimi Raikkonen in the second Ferrari. The move was investigated immediately by the stewards who gave Verstappen, who had already gone to the podium ceremony waiting room, a five seconds penalty that cost him third and lifted Raikkonen back to third for Ferrari. All this meant that Verstappen finished fourth ahead of Bottas, Frenchman Esteban Ocon of Force India and Spaniard Carlos Sainz who finished seventh on his debut with Renault following his move from Toro Rosso. Brazilian Felipe Massa finished ninth for Williams and Russian Daniil Kvyat 10th in the second Toro Rosso. After a savage overnight rainstorm, the race began in dry and warm conditions with an air temperature of 24 degrees Celsius and the track at 33, near perfect for a big crowd that included former American president Bill Clinton. When the lights went out, it was Vettel who had the best getaway and he held off Hamilton, who had been on pole, as he tried to respond into Turn One. The Ferrari soon pulled clear to lead by 0.8 seconds and increased it to a second by the end of lap two with Bottas scrapping hard to resist a determined Daniel Ricciardo to retain third. After a few laps reassessing his position, Hamilton picked up his pace and clocked fastest laps before regaining the lead on lap six with a move that appeared to catch Vettel by surprise. He surged into position and then with the aid of his Drag Reduction System (DRS) outpaced him at the end of the back straight. Further back in the field, Verstappen, who started 16th, rose to eighth and was carving through the traffic, soon reaching sixth place by lap ten. Red Bull teamate Ricciardo suffered an engine failure which ended his race after 16 laps.
  12. ISLAMABAD: The hearing of the reference against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan and Secretary General Jahangir Tareen resumed on Monday in the Supreme Court on the basis of the petition seeking the two?s disqualification. A three-member bench of the Supreme Court, headed by Chief Justice Saqib Nisar, began hearing the case on the petition filed by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Hanif Abbasi. During the hearing, the PTI chairman's council Naeem Bukhari presented his arguments. He stated that the impression persists that Imran has taken a u-turn on questions pertaining to the case by the court, but he hasn?t. The chief justice, in his remarks, said that the apex court wants the parties to get a proper chance in the case to present arguments and seeks to uncover the truth of the case. Justice Saqib Nisar observed that the petitioner has objected to the change in stance of Imran during the proceedings. ?Mr Bukhari, you present arguments in haste,? he remarked, adding that the bench needs time to process the arguments. SC adjourns Jehangir Tareen disqualification case till October 23 'Court will hear miscellaneous application filed by PTI chairman regarding money trial on Monday' At the last hearing, a notice was issued to the Additional Attorney General to seek an opinion on Sections 15-A and 15-B of the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan Act. Chief Justice Nisar had said that the court would hear the miscellaneous application filed by the PTI chairman regarding the money trail on Oct 23 (today). The petition seeks the disqualification of PTI Chairman Imran Khan and the party?s Secretary General Jahangir Tareen from holding public office, over non-disclosure of assets, owning offshore companies, and receiving funds for the party from prohibited sources.
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  14. TOKYO: Shinzo Abe may have seized a "super-majority" in Japan´s parliament but he has failed to win the hearts and minds of voters suspicious of his nationalist instincts and who do not share his fixation on changing the country´s pacifist constitution. Having trounced a disorganised opposition to secure two-thirds of seats, Abe has the parliamentary numbers to start a process that would bolster the role of the military -- an ambition he has long cherished. But the victory was far from a ringing endorsement of the 63-year-old veteran, more a win by default. The election confirmed Abe´s "difficult relations with the Japanese people," said Tobias Harris, Japanese politics expert at the Washington-based Teneo Intelligence consultancy. "There is a certain amount of appreciation for certain aspects of what he has done." But, said Harris: "He is not loved." An exit poll conducted by Kyodo News showed more than half of voters (51 percent) do not trust their prime minister, while a survey by the liberal Asahi Shimbun found 47 percent of those questioned would like to see someone else in charge of Japan. Party of (no) Hope Only a few months ago, that was starting to look like a possibility. Abe was fighting for his own political survival, embroiled in scandal and smarting from an embarrassing defeat in Tokyo municipal elections. When he suddenly announced snap polls last month, critics saw it as an opportunistic manoeuvre to take advantage of a weak opposition and divert attention from his own woes, including allegations of favouritism to a friend in a business deal -- which the premier strongly denies. For a short moment, it looked as if Abe´s gambit could backfire spectacularly. The media-savvy and charismatic Governor of Tokyo, Yuriko Koike, unveiled a new party in a blaze of publicity and dominated TV broadcasts and the front pages for days. The creation of her Party of Hope sparked an unprecedented transformation in the lethargic world of Japanese politics. The main opposition Democratic Party (DP) effectively disbanded as scores of lawmakers jumped aboard Koike´s bandwagon, which, while ideologically similar to Abe´s, at least had the whiff of a fresh coat of paint. Meanwhile, left-leaning DP members banded together to form a new progressive party, the Constitutional Democrats. In the event, neither party was able to organise a nationwide campaign in the short time available, and both fizzled. "As it turned out, the Party of Hope is hopeless," said Michael Cucek from Temple University. It could be ten years before there is an effective opposition capable of forming a government, said Teneo´s Harris. Constitutional battle Having seen off all-comers and secured a two-thirds majority in the lower house, Abe now has effective control of the executive and the legislature. He will likely use the victory to start the lengthy process of amending the constitution, a personal passion for Abe and a select band of fellow right-wingers, but largely an anathema for most Japanese. The hawkish premier wants to change the US-imposed document, seen by conservatives as an outdated legacy of wartime defeat, so Japan can formally transform its well-equipped and well-trained "Self Defense Force" into a full-fledged army. The trouble for the PM is that many Japanese feel deep affection for, and pride in, the constitution´s peace provisions, which they believe have served them well over the last seven decades. China and the two Koreas -- both victims of Japan´s 20th century adventurism -- are also deeply hostile to anything that could be seen as re-militarisation. Despite his personal ambitions, Abe is sensitive to public antipathy on the issue. He knows he cannot railroad the constitutional change, said Naoto Nonaka of Gakushuin University. Immediately after his victory, he pledged to "deepen" parliamentary debate, and vowed not to use his super-majority to ram changes through. In any case, there are brakes on his ambitions -- any changes need to be put to a referendum. Polls continually show that voters are far more concerned about Japan´s flaccid economy than about Abe´s pet projects. The prime minister would be unwise to take his thumping electoral win for endorsement of his nationalist views, said Mikitaka Masuyama, professor at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies. He won Sunday´s election because the opposition "could not put up a united front" against him. "But this doesn´t mean that the Japanese voters are leaning towards conservative causes," he said.
  15. Philippine military airstrikes aimed at militants battling soldiers in a southern city instead killed 10 troops and injured seven others (AFP Photo) CLARK, PHILIPPINES: A five-month battle against Daesh supporters in the southern Philippines that claimed more than 1,000 lives has ended, the nation´s defence secretary said on Monday. "We now announce the termination of all combat operations in Marawi," Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana told reporters on the sidelines of a regional security meeting in Clark, a northern Philippine city. Lorenzana said there were no more militants, known locally as coming from the Maute group, providing resistance following an intense final battle after which 42 bodies were recovered. "Those are the last group of stragglers of Mautes and they were caught in one building and so there was a firefight so they were finished," he said "All terrorists, fighting troops. All hostages have been recovered." Hundreds of gunmen who had pledged allegiance to Daesh rampaged through Marawi, the Islamic capital of the mainly Catholic Philippines, on May 23, then took over parts of the city using civilians as human shields. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and security analysts said the militants were trying to establish a Southeast Asian caliphate in Marawi. The ensuing US-backed military campaign to evict the militants claimed more than 1,000 lives, displaced 400,000 residents and left large parts of Marawi in ruins. Duterte travelled to Marawi on Tuesday last week and declared the city had been "liberated", shortly after the Southeast Asian leader for Daesh, a Filipino militant named Isnilon Hapilon, was shot dead there. However the continued fighting raised questions over whether the city was indeed free of the militants. US Defence Secretary James Mattis on Monday praised the Philippines for its success in Marawi. "One of the first things I´m going to do when I get there is commend the Philippine military for liberating Marawi from the terrorists," Mattis told reporters on board a flight to the Philippines to attend the security meeting in Clark. "It was a very tough fight as you know in southern Mindanao (the local region). And I think the Philippine military sends a very strong message to the terrorists." Hapilon, who was on the US government´s list of most-wanted terrorists, was killed along with one of group´s other leaders, Omarkhayam Maute, according to the military. Hapilon and Maute, along with hundreds of other militants, had been able to defy near daily bombing raids that left much of the city in ruins by sheltering in basements and travelling through tunnels, according to the military. The impoverished southern Philippines, home to many of the nation´s Muslim minority, has for decades endured conflict. The nation´s biggest Muslim rebel group is in talks with the government to end a rebellion that began in the 1970s and has claimed more than 120,00 lives. But more extreme groups have emerged have emerged with no interest in forging a peace. Some of those, including those led by Hapilon and Maute, had in recent years declared allegiance to Daesh.
  16. PESHAWAR: At least seven people were killed and six others injured when a roof caved in at a house in Bajaur Agency on Monday, Geo News reported. According to Levies force personnel, the incident took place early morning when the high wall of a house in Khar collapsed onto the roof of surrounding houses, killing seven and injuring six others, including women and children. Locals came to the rescue of the injured and moved them to Khar Headquarter Hospital.
  17. SEHWAN: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan lamented on Monday that the entire government machinery is busy saving ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif. Speaking to reporters in Sehwan, where he held a rally a day earlier, the PTI chief said, "it is a sad state of affairs when the elected prime minister (Shahid Khaqan Abbasi) considers Nawaz the real premier". Answering a question about the party's call for early elections, he said this not a personal demand of the PTI but "a need of the hour". Imran said the people will not accept any NRO this time around. "We will take out the entire country to the streets otherwise," he said, adding that they want the Hudaibiya Paper Mills case started fortwith. Earlier, the PTI chief regretted being denied entry to the Lal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine in Sehwan yesterday. He said the administration made scores of "lame excuses", saying we had armed guards with us but "footage shows that that is not true". Nawaz Sharif is deceiving people, says Imran Imran launches fresh series of verbal assaults against political opponents; Nawaz Sharif and Asif Ali Zardari He also thanked PTI's local leader, Sardar Rind, for the successful rally. Talking about the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), which rules Sindh, Imran said, "God willing the PPP will be defeated in Sindh for the first time in the next general elections". Standing alongside PTI leader Jahangir Tareen, Imran said the heads of institutions such as the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), Security and Exchange Commission of Pakistan and Federal Board of Revenue are appointed by the ruling party. "There?s a difference between them and the Supreme Court, which is an independent institution," he added. The PTI chief claimed further that criticising the ECP is his democratic right. He also criticised the issuance of his warrants by an anti-terrorism court (ATC) over a "peaceful protest". Imran is facing arrest warrants from the ECP for criticising it and also for the ATC case into the destruction of state property and assault on a senior police officer during the 2014 protest sit-in of the party. In response to a question, he said the future of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement lies in its complete disassociation from the party?s London-based founder.
  18. Today
  19. US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis. Photo: Reuters PHILIPPINES: US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said he would talk with Asian allies about North Korea and the crisis caused by Pyongyang?s ?reckless? provocations, as he kicked off a week-long trip to the region on Monday to meet defenCe chiefs in the Philippines. Mattis? trip to Asia, which will also include stops in Thailand and South Korea, comes just weeks before President Donald Trump?s first visit to Asia. Trump has been locked in a war of words with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, calling him a ?rocket man? on a suicide mission for openly pursuing a nuclear-tipped missile capable of hitting the United States. Trump, in a speech last month at the United Nations, threatened to destroy North Korea if necessary to defend the United States and its allies. Kim has blasted Trump as ?mentally deranged.? Mattis, who has emphasised diplomacy, was expected to meet both his Japanese and South Korean counterparts on Monday before meeting with all three of them together. He will attend a meeting from Monday to Wednesday of defence ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, known as ASEAN, in the Philippines. He will go to Seoul later in the week for more defense talks. ?I will talk with my counterparts, discussing the regional security crisis caused by the reckless DPRK North Korea provocations but also discuss our respect for shared values like sovereignty of the states, their territorial integrity, freedom of navigation through historically international waters, and fair and reciprocal trade,? Mattis told reporters. A US Navy destroyer sailed near islands claimed by China in the South China Sea last week, seeking to promote freedom of navigation. The maneuver prompted anger in Beijing. Trump?s trip next month will include a visit to China, which he has been pressuring to do more to rein in North Korea?s missile and nuclear programs. China is North Korea?s neighbour and biggest trading partner. Mattis, while in the Philippines, said he would commend the military for defeating insurgents in Marawi City on the island of Mindanao. Some experts see the siege as a prelude to a more ambitious bid by Daesh loyalists to exploit Mindanao?s poverty and use its jungles and mountains as a base to train, recruit and launch attacks in the region. ?It was a tough fight,? Mattis said, adding he thought the Philippines had sent ?a very necessary message to the terrorists.? On Thursday, Mattis will lead the US delegation in Thailand for the cremation rites for the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
  20. ISLAMABAD: The educational sessions will resume on Monday in the Quaid-e-Azam University, ending the three-week break which came during the student?s protest against fees hike. Late on Thursday night, the university administration and the protesting students held negotiations, following which the decision to increase the fees was taken back after passing of 16 days. The issue of 45 students detained during the clashes still remains unsolved. The syndicate session made a three-member committee to review the sentences given to the students. At the beginning of October, students started protesting for better facilities in the hostel and for the cancellation of the recent hike in fees. A heavy contingent of police arrived to control the unrest, firing tear-gas shells to disperse raged students. QAU remains shut as students' protest enters sixth day Students claim to be protesting for better facilities and against hike in fees Authorities also called in Rangers to control the situation at that time. The injured students were shifted to a hospital. A few of them were also said to have received gunshot wounds. Police also arrested a few students involved in the clash from the scene. The students were accused of possession of illegal weapons, wreaking havoc and attempted murder.
  21. Every guy in the world, every single minute of his life, thinks about what to wear next. Some guys might not care as much, but the truth remains—every well-dressed guy that walked the face of earth put effort, thought and time into his upcoming outfit. That's how they roll and that's how they look better than us lesser mortals. Having said that, everyone's version of a good outfit is very different. For men like Shahid Kapoor, it means a well-cut suit/ripped jeans with a T-shirt. For a certain Rajkummar Rao, a bowler hat means a terrific outfit. And for Rana Daggubati, just a crisp white shirt does the trick. But well, for movie stars like Varun Dhawan, who're goof balls first before anything else, simplicity comes first. And that for them defines a visually well put-together outfit. Take his recent outfit for instance! © Viral Bhayani To be frank, this combo is of a raglan T-shirt + Jeans + Asics Trainers is a very cozy one. But most primarily, very easy to slip into too. The fit is almost reaching pyjama dressing degree, but all without making the outfit look too baggy. In fact, the fit is relaxed in it's own small way, but very flattering for the actor's body type too. Plus, it's supremely casual but also polished enough to step out in public with. Boys and men, this is what a movie star level style move looks like, and considering it features some really easy casuals, it's hard to believe that's it's even easy to cop. © Viral Bhayani And whether you have money in your bank or maybe even not, these pieces can be picked off any nearby mall. Pair them with your existing pair of jeans (slim them down if they're too baggy), any pair of kicks that you already own (however, know your colour ways) and throw in tinted sunnies (preferably wayfarers) to show off your mettle in the Game of Fashion. Point being—this outfit's so easy, that you can hop this on while being in the comfort of your bed.
  22. Sarfraz and his teammates celebrate a wicket against Sri Lanka Pakistan will look to extend their winning streak when they take on Sri Lanka in the fifth and final ODI today at Sharjah. Coach Mickey Arthur made no secret of his intention of inflicting a clean sweep on Sri Lanka when the teams meet today. Since their ICC Champions Trophy 2017 triumph in June, Pakistan have won eight straight games and have been unstoppable in limited overs, having overcome the disappointment of losing the preceding Test series to Sri Lanka 2-0 to open up a 4-0 lead in this series. Arthur believes his team has shown the hunger to keep winning. ?I will be disappointed if we didn?t make it 5-0,? he said ahead of the match. ?The guys are hungry and they definitely want to do that. The key for us is to maintain our hunger and ruthlessness so we need to keep that momentum and put this series to bed.? Pakistan have previously achieved five clean sweeps, all in series involving five games. They blanked Zimbabwe in 2002-03, Bangladesh in 2003, New Zealand in 2003-04 and Zimbabwe and Bangladesh in the 2008 season. Sarfraz XI will look to try out more players with Haris Sohail the only one from the squad who has not featured in this series. But Arthur revealed that a spate of injuries was currently haunting the team. ?It?s a pity that we have picked up a couple of injuries,? he remarked. ?I thought Fahim Ashraf bowled great lengths. I would have loved to see him play but he had a calf muscle [issue].? Rumman Raees is out of the last match as well as the T20 series, Arthur said. The left-arm quick has injured his left elbow, Haris didn?t pass a fitness test in Abu Dhabi after he was pretty close to playing, Babar Azam has pulled a groin, the coach added. He expressed hoped Fakhar Zaman would learn from his failures. ?I would be lying if I say it is not a little worrying,? conceded the coach. ?Fakhar is a really good player. What we need is to learn and we continue talking to him. He played in England during the Champions Trophy on really good wickets. The other wickets have been a lot slower and haven?t allowed him to play strokes as much as he would like,? said Arthur of the left-handed batsman who has scores of 43, 11, 29 and 17. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka will look to avoid 11th straight loss, three short of their worst ever run of 14 defeats in 1987. Nic Pothas, the Sri Lanka coach, urged the batsmen to start delivering. ?It is pretty obvious. It is not rocket science,? he said, not for the first time during this series. ?We just want the batters to be a little more positive about the way they go about things. We also understand we need to be in the right frame of mind to be there. So our job is to try and give the players the freedom to be able to play their way. It is going to be a very good wicket again and it is not the biggest boundary in the world.? The ODIs will be followed by a three-match T20 series with the last of those games to be played in Lahore on October 29.
  23. Tom Latham struck his maiden ODI hundred in Asia/BCCI MUMBAI: Kane Williamson hailed century-maker Tom Latham and Ross Taylor for inspiring "one of the greatest chases ever" after New Zealand stunned India by six wickets in the first ODI Sunday. Latham scored 103 and Taylor made 95 as the batsmen put on a massive 200-run partnership to win a thrilling contest at Mumbai´s Wankhede Stadium with six balls to spare. The fourth-wicket partnership, which lasted 187 balls, propelled the Kiwis to 284-4 after home captain Virat Kohli´s delightful century saw India record an opening innings total of 280-8. "It was a brilliant performance from Virat, happening every time he walks out to the crease. But we stuck at it and it was one of the greatest chases I´ve seen, certainly in my time as a Black Cap," New Zealand captain Williamson said afterwards. Left-hander Latham´s 102-ball knock included eight fours and two sixes. Batting veteran Taylor´s 95 came off 99 deliveries and included eight fours. The visitors´ run chase got off to a poor start with opener Colin Munro falling for 28 before Williamson walked shortly afterwards on a paltry six. When Martin Guptill was sent packing by Hardik Pandya in the 18th over for 32 New Zealand were at 80-3 and looking like they were heading for a heavy defeat. But 25-year-old Latham and Taylor, 33, had other ideas and easily batted away everything that India´s newest spin attack of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal could throw at them. "I have to go back to that partnership -- Tom and Ross controlled the innings perfectly through the middle overs," beamed Williamson. MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli make minor tweaks to the field simultaneously/BCCI Latham, who was named man of the match, said it had been difficult to keep wicket for 50 overs and then bat for so long in Mumbai´s humidity of 70 percent plus. "It was tough. The conditions are completely different to back home," he explained, lavishing praise on Taylor for helping him get to his century. "The biggest thing in a partnership is communication. We were talking every over. Hats off to him for playing such a great innings. He was a calming influence on me," said Latham. Taylor was dismissed in the penultimate over, caught by Chahal off Bhuvneshwar Kumar, with New Zealand needing just one run to win. Henry Nicholls then came in and smashed a four to secure the tourists´ victory with Latham finishing the game unbeaten. "I´ll take the win anytime. I think that was one of his (Latham´s) best innings ever," Taylor enthused. Earlier, Kohli scored his 31st ODI century in his 200th match as India set New Zealand a target of 281 after winning the toss and opting to bat first. The Indian captain fired 121 off 125 balls including nine fours and two sixes. "We thought (we had) a good total. But Ross and Tom were fantastic. And when you get a 200 partnership, you deserve to win," said Kohli. The win sees New Zealand take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. The second ODI takes place in Pune on Wednesday, with the third in Kanpur on October 29.
  24. Current regulations forbid a single foreign investor from owning 10 percent or more of the shares of a listed Saudi company-Reuters DUBAI: Saudi Arabia will let foreign investors take strategic stakes of 10 percent or more in stock exchange-listed companies, the securities regulator said on Sunday, expanding an effort to attract foreign capital and technology to the kingdom. The Capital Market Authority said it was working with the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority, the state investment agency, to prepare rules under which foreign investors with appropriate experience and expertise could own such stakes. Current regulations forbid a single foreign investor from owning 10 percent or more of the shares of a listed Saudi company. Strategic investors in Saudi companies will retain voting rights attached to their shares, the CMA said. Foreign investment in some parts of the economy will remain restricted or prohibited, it added without elaborating.
  25. Ishaq Dar reaches the court, Oct 23, 2017. Photo: Geo News ISLAMABAD: The accountability court hearing a corruption case against Finance Minister Ishaq Dar resumed proceedings today in the assets reference case. This is the finance minister's seventh appearance in the court of Accountability Judge Mohammad Bashir. At the last hearing, the court had adjourned proceedings until October 23 owing to the absence of Khawaja Harris, Dar's lead counsel. Dar's legal team pleaded the judge to adjourn the hearing until October 25 as Harris is out of the country but Judge Mohammad Bashir adjourned the proceedings until today. The court is expected to record the statements of two more prosecution witnesses today ? Masood Ghani of Habib Bank and Abdul Rahman Gondal of Allied Bank. The two were present in court at the last hearing as well but their statements could not be recorded. Ishaq Dar corruption hearing adjourned after lead counsel?s absence Two prosecution witnesses had been summoned by the court today to record their statements To-date, the court has recorded the statements of Ishtiaq Ali of Bank Alfalah, Shahid Aziz National Investment Trust and Tariq Javed of Al Baraka Bank. The minister is accused of possessing assets beyond his declared sources of income in the reference filed against him by NAB on the directions of the Supreme Court in the Panama Papers case judgment. 'Appearance is must' At an earlier hearing on October 16, the court rejected Dar's plea to be exempted from appearance, observing that the accused needs to be present when the witnesses record their statements and are cross-examined. The NAB has submitted a list of 28 witnesses with the accountability court, which is hearing the Supreme Court-directed case against Dar and former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his family. Assets reference: Court rejects Dar's exemption plea, adjourns hearing till Wed The accountability court has summoned two more witnesses, officials of two private banks, at the next hearing Dar ? who was indicted on September 27 for owning assets beyond his known sources of income ? has denied all charges and vowed to prove his innocence in court. The minister also challenged his indictment and trial in the Islamabad High Court but the pleas were dismissed with directions to take them to Justice Ijazul Ahsan ? the Supreme Court judge monitoring the corruption references. The reference The corruption reference pertaining to Dar's owning assets disproportionate to his known sources of income was filed by the NAB in light of the Supreme Court's July 28 judgment in the Panama Papers case. Ishaq Dar indicted in assets reference case; hearing adjourned until Oct 4 The finance minister denied the charges and vowed to prove his innocence in court After skipping his first hearing ? for which a summons had been issued ?Dar appeared in court later after bailable warrants for his arrest were been issued to ensure his presence. The judge then directed Dar to deposit a Rs5 million surety bond to ensure his appearance at the hearings.
  26. Traffic passes the Houses of Parliament in London, Britain November 30, 2015. REUTERS/Neil Hall/Files LONDON: London introduced a charge on the oldest and most polluting vehicles on Monday to try to improve air quality in the British capital, Mayor Sadiq Khan said. Called the T-charge, the 10-pound daily tax applies to diesel and petrol vehicles typically registered before 2006 that do not meet the so-called ?Euro 4? 2005 European directive to regulate vehicle emissions. The new charge ? applied during the same 7 AM-6 PM weekday hours as the existing 11.5-pound congestion tax ? could mean some owners paying a combined 21.50 pounds a day to drive in central London. ?As mayor, I am determined to take urgent action to help clean up London?s lethal air. The shameful scale of the public health crisis London faces, with thousands of premature deaths caused by air pollution, must be addressed,? Khan said in a statement. ?Today marks a major milestone in this journey with the introduction of the T-Charge to encourage motorists to ditch polluting, harmful vehicles.? The measures come after Britain?s High Court ruled that UK government measures to combat air pollution were failing to comply with European Union rules on nitrogen dioxide limits. The new measure is part of an 875 million pound effort by the mayor?s office to address air pollution in London, with the introduction of an Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) slated for 2019. Nearly 9,500 Londoners die prematurely every year as a result of long-term exposure to air pollution, according to a 2015 study by researchers at King?s College London.
  27. Boo 2! A Madea Halloween. Image Courtesy: EW via Lionsgate/Chip Bergman WASHINGTON: It was a dismal weekend for North American cinemas ? but Liongates' Boo 2! A Madea Halloween managed to scare some life back into the box office, bagging the top spot, according to industry estimates Sunday. Starring Tyler Perry ? who also wrote, directed and produced the comedy horror sequel ? Boo 2! sees Madea (Perry) and the gang head to a haunted campground, only to then have to escape monsters lurking there. With takings of $21.7 million, Boo 2! is the tenth Perry title to snatch the top spot on its opening weekend, Deadline reports. Geostorm ? another new release ? took second place, but it was a disappointing opening for Warner Bros' latest offering, with earnings of $13.3 million. The sci-fi disaster thriller follows Gerard Butler as a satellite designer tasked with saving the world from an apocalyptic storm ? caused by climate-controlling satellites attacking the planet. Meanwhile, Happy Death Day dropped to third place from last week's top spot ? with takings plummeting from $26 million to $9.3 million. Starring Jessica Rothe, the comedy horror slasher follows a college student who repeatedly relives the day she was murdered until she discovers who killed her. Sitting in fourth was Warner Bros' Blade Runner: 2049, which halved its earnings for the second weekend running, taking $7.1 million. The sci-fi reboot features Ryan Gosling as a new Los Angeles Police Department "blade runner" charged with killing bioengineered androids known as "replicants". After uncovering a secret that threatens society, he embarks on a search for Harrison Ford's character, a former blade runner who disappeared 30 years ago. In at fifth was Sony's new release Only The Brave, starring Josh Brolin, with earnings of $6 million. Based on a true story, the drama tells the tale of the Granite Mountain Hotshots ? a group of firefighters in Arizona ? who battle to protect a town from a historic wildfire. Rounding out the top 10 were: The Foreigner ($5.4 million) It ($3.5 million) The Snowman ($3.4 million) American Made ($3.1 million) Kingsman: The Golden Circle ($3 million)
  28. Photographers watch a TV report about exit poll results after Japan's lower house election at the LDP headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, October 22, 2017. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon TOKYO: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe?s ruling bloc scored a big win in Sunday?s election, bolstering his chance of becoming the nation?s longest-serving premier and re-energizing his push to revise the pacifist constitution. Abe?s Liberal Democratic Party-led (LDP) coalition won a combined 312 seats, keeping its two-thirds ?super majority? in the 465-member lower house, local media said. A hefty win raises the likelihood that Abe ? who took office in December 2012 ? will secure a third three-year term as LDP leader next September and go on to become Japan?s longest-serving premier. It also means his ?Abenomics? growth strategy centred on the hyper-easy monetary policy will likely continue. Final official results from the election, which coincided with an approaching typhoon, are expected early on Monday. The US-drafted constitution?s Article 9, if taken literally, bans the maintenance of armed forces. But Japanese governments have interpreted it to allow a military exclusively for self-defence. Backers of Abe?s proposal to clarify the military?s ambiguous status say it would codify the status quo. Critics fear it would allow an expanded role overseas for the military. Abe said he would not stick to a target he had floated of making the changes by 2020. ?First, I want to deepen debate and have as many people as possible agree,? he told a TV broadcaster. ?We should put priority on that.? The Komeito ? the LDP?s junior partner ? is cautious about changing the constitution, drawn up after Japan?s defeat in World War Two. Several opposition parties favour changes but do not necessarily agree on details. Referendums risky Amendments must be approved by two-thirds of each chamber of parliament and then by a majority in a public referendum. ?Now that pro-constitutional change parties occupy more than two-thirds of the parliament, the constitution will be the most important political issue next year,? Hidenori Suezawa ? a financial market and fiscal analyst at SMBC Nikko Securities ? said. ?And as we saw in the UK? a referendum could be tricky. So while Abe is likely to be prime minister, for the time being, it is too early to say whether he can stay in power until 2021.? Abe declined to say if he would run for a third term. Abe had said he needed a new mandate to tackle a "national crisis" from North Korea's missile and nuclear threats and a fast-ageing population and to approve his idea of diverting revenue from a planned sales tax hike to education and child care from public debt repayment. He called the poll amid confusion in the opposition camp and an uptick in his ratings, dented earlier in the year by scandals over suspected cronyism and a perception he had grown arrogant after nearly five years in office. Abe has backed US President Donald Trump?s tough stance towards North Korea, which has test-fired missiles over Japan, that all options, including military action, are on the table. Trump is to visit Japan November 5-7 to reaffirm the leaders? tight ties. Abe's gamble pays off Abe?s snap poll gamble had seemed risky ? some early forecasts saw the LDP losing a significant chunk of seats ? after Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike, often floated as possibly Japan?s first female premier, launched her conservative Party of Hope. That party absorbed a big chunk of the failed main opposition Democratic Party, which abruptly decided to run no candidates of its own. But voter enthusiasm soon waned despite its calls for popular policies such as an exit from nuclear power and a freeze on the planned sales tax rise. Koike did not run for a lower house seat herself ? she was in Paris for a climate change event on Sunday ? and failed to say whom her party would back for prime minister. ?We had sought to put policies first. But we ended up with a very tough outcome, so I deeply apologize for that,? Koike told NHK. A new Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ), formed by liberal former DP members, got 54 seats, beating the 49 seats of Koike?s party to become the biggest opposition group, although both have just a fraction of the LDP?s presence. ?Day by day, we felt we were getting more voter support for our call to revive more decent politics, and not fret about whether it?s right or left wing,? CDPJ lawmaker Tetsuro Fukuyama said. Several experts noted the ruling bloc?s win was less a victory for the conservative, long-ruling LDP than a defeat for a divided opposition. ?Simply put, this was the self-destruction of the opposition,? Zentaro Kamei ? a senior research fellow at think tank PHP Institute and former LDP lawmaker ? said. Shinjiro Koizumi ? the LDP lawmaker son of popular former Premier Junichiro Koizumi ? warned against LDP complacency. ?It?s not just that our party has become arrogant and complacent. People are also getting increasingly fed up with us,? he told NHK. Abe, 63, has already led the LDP and its partner, the Komeito, to four landslide wins since he took the helm of the party. But turnout has been low and the LDP has typically won with about 25 percent of eligible votes. Others either stayed home or backed opposition parties. Kyodo news agency estimated turnout on Sunday ? when heavy rain from powerful Typhoon Lan lashed much of Japan ? at 53.7 percent, 1 point above the record low in the last lower house election in 2014.
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