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  1. source: NBC News NEW DELHI: Ten people were killed and dozens injured when an express train derailed in north India on Saturday, an official said. Emergency workers were pulling people out of mangled, upended carriages and rushing the wounded to hospital after five coaches derailed early on Saturday evening. "Ten people have died and dozens have been injured. Most of the injured have been taken to the hospital," said P S Mishra, chief medical officer for the area, by phone. Police said the casualties were being rushed to hospital, but they were unable to give numbers. "There are certainly casualties but right now the focus is on evacuation," senior police officer Jitender Kumar told AFP by phone from the accident site. "We are shifting everyone to the hospital. We are trying to take out those trapped inside the coaches." Photographs from the scene in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh showed people climbing onto upended carriages to try to pull passengers out. The accident is the latest disaster to hit India´s most populous state. It comes just a week after dozens of children died at a hospital that had run out of oxygen there. India´s railway network is still the main form of long-distance travel in the vast country, but it is poorly funded and deadly accidents often occur. Less than a year ago 146 people died in a similar disaster in Uttar Pradesh. A 2012 government report said almost 15,000 people were killed every year on India´s railways and described the loss of life as an annual "massacre". Prime Minister Narendra Modi´s government has pledged to invest $137 billion over five years to modernise the crumbling railways, making them safer, faster and more efficient.
  2. RAWALPINDI: A delegation from the United States, led by Commander Central Command (US CENTCOM) General Joseph L. Votel visited North Waziristan Agency on Saturday and appreciated the efforts and sacrifices of Pakistan Army for re-establishing peace in the area, said a statement from the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). The CENTCOM commander also realized the importance of Pak-Afghan bilateral border security cooperation. The delegation was briefed on the Army?s operations in the agency and the security mechanism on the Pak-Afghan border, added ISPR. Votel and his delegation were also apprised of efforts on the socio-economic developments, including the return of Temporarily Displaced Persons (TDPs). The delegation also visited APS Miranshah and interacted with students. Earlier, upon arrival at North Waziristan Agency, the delegation was received by Commander Peshawar Corps, Lieutenant General Nazir Ahmad Butt. Lt Gen Bilal Akbar, Chief of General Staff accompanied the delegation.
  3. Dr Pfau, Pakistan?s ?Mother Teresa?, dedicated a lifetime to fighting leprosy in the country KARACHI: Sindh government has issued a notification renaming Civil Hospital to Dr. Ruth K.M. Pfau ?in recognition of [her] services in medical field rendered". The hospital will be renamed with immediate effect. Dr Pfau, Pakistan?s ?Mother Teresa?, who dedicated a lifetime to fighting leprosy in the country, was laid to rest at Karachi's Gora Qabristan with full state honours on Saturday. Dr Ruth Pfau laid to rest with full state honours in Karachi COAS Gen Qamar Bajwa among dignitaries present at the burial ceremony of Pakistan's 'Mother Teresa' Among the dignitaries who attended the burial of Pakistan's humanitarian hero were President Mamnoon Hussain, Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman, IG Sindh, Corps Commander Karachi, DG Rangers, Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa and Governor Sindh Muhammad Zubair. German-Pakistani national Dr Ruth breathed her last after prolonged illness on August 10, 2017 at a private hospital in Karachi. She was 87. She is only the second person to be accorded a state funeral in 29 years, with the last one offered for late philanthropist Abdul Sattar Edhi in 2016. Dr Ruth visited Pakistan in the 1960s and ended up staying, adopting Pakistan as her new home as she dedicated her life to taking care of leprosy patients. It was due to her endless struggle that Pakistan defeated the disease and became leprosy-free in 1996. She was granted Pakistani citizenship in 1988 and received numerous accolades for her services, including the country's top civilian awards Hilal-i-Imtiaz and Hilal-i-Pakistan.
  4. DHAKA: Bangladesh coastguards Saturday turned back a boat carrying 31 Rohingya Muslim refugees escaping renewed army activity in their neighbouring Myanmar homeland, an official said. The push-back came after at least 500 Rohingya fled their villages in Myanmar´s Rakhine state, crossing the border to take shelter in refugee camps and hills in Bangladesh´s southeastern Cox´s Bazar district. A coastguard patrol boat found the boat on the Naf river, which acts as a border between Bangladesh and Myanmar, as it tried to enter Cox´s Bazar early in the morning. The refugees included women and children who said they were victims of violence, coast guard spokesman Sheikh Fakhr Uddin said quoting the escapees. "We found two injured among 18 men, along with nine women and four children. But we had to send them back," Uddin told AFP. The latest influx follows a months-long bloody military crackdown on the mainly Muslim minority in Myanmar that led tens of thousands to flee across the border. The United Nations has said the violence may amount to ethnic cleansing. "We have beefed up our patrol on the Naf as (Myanmar) army is gathering in the bordering villages, which may prompt them (Rohingya) to try coming to Bangladesh," Uddin said. Dhaka estimates that nearly 400,000 Rohingya refugees are living in squalid refugee camps and makeshift settlements in Cox´s Bazar, which borders Rakhine. Their numbers swelled last October when more than 70,000 Rohingya villagers began arriving, bringing stories of systematic rape, murder and arson at the hands of Myanmar soldiers. Last week, the UN special rapporteur Yanghee Lee voiced alarm at reports that a Myanmar army battalion had flown into Rakhine to help local authorities boost security in the region. Buddhist-majority Myanmar has long faced criticism for its treatment of the more than one million Rohingya who live in Rakhine, who are seen as interlopers from Bangladesh, denied citizenship and access to basic rights. But they are also increasingly unwelcome in Muslim-majority Bangladesh, where police often blame them for crimes such as drug trafficking. Dhaka has floated the idea of relocating tens of thousands of Rohingya refugees to a remote, flood-prone island off its coast, despite opposition from rights groups.
  5. source: AFP NEW DELHI: Nearly 600 people have died and millions have been affected by monsoon floods in South Asia, officials said Saturday, as relief and rescue operations continued. The latest floods and landslides in the subcontinent began in the second week of August, as the annual monsoon strengthened its grip over the northern and eastern parts of the region. Indian authorities sought military help in two districts of northern Uttar Pradesh state after fresh heavy rains left hundreds of villages marooned. As many as 33 out of 75 districts in the most populated Indian state are reeling from floods that have left 55 people dead. "We have sought army´s help to reach out to the affected people," T P Gupta, a senior official from the state´s disaster management authority, told AFP. Nearly 100,000 people have moved to shelters, with authorities estimating another two million have been hit by the deluge. In India´s worst hit Bihar state the death toll reached 153 following one of the deadliest floods to hit the region since 2008. Nearly 400,000 people have sought shelter in relief camps and an estimated 10 million have been affected by the flood. Anirudh Kumar, a top disaster management agency official in the state, said more than 5,000 emergency workers including 2,000 soldiers were supporting relief and rescue operations. "Nearly 1,300 shelters have been opened to accommodate the affected people," Kumar told AFP. Both Bihar and Uttar Pradesh border Nepal, which was hit by floods at the weekend and where the death toll is 123. At least 20 per cent of the 28 million population is affected in what the United Nations has called the worst flood to hit the country in 15 years. Further east in India, at least 60 people have died in floods that hit Assam state a second time in less than four months and nearly 425,000 remain in relief camps. Railway connectivity between the remote region and mainland remained suspended for the sixth consecutive day following large scale damage to the tracks. Authorities in West Bengal state said the flood waters were receding after a lull in the rains but 52 so far deaths were reported. More than a million people have been affected. ´Humanitarian crisis´ At least a hundred people have died in neighbouring Bangladesh with close to six million affected by the floods. The government has opened nearly a thousand shelters in schools and colleges where nearly 300,000 people have taken shelter, the country´s disaster management department said. But there are still pockets of the country where help has yet to reach. Poresh Mondol, a farmer in the northern district of Kurigram, one of the worst hit areas, has been camping with his family on the roof of his tin-shed house, most of which was submerged. "No one has come to us with any help. We are left with the last fist-full of dry goods," he told AFP by phone. The International Red Cross called it a humanitarian crisis and said urgent action was needed. "Millions of people across Nepal, Bangladesh and India face severe food shortages and disease caused by polluted flood waters," said Martin Faller, deputy regional director for Asia Pacific, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. Every year hundreds die in landslides and floods during the monsoon season that hits India´s southern tip in early June and sweeps across the South Asia region for four months. A massive landslide in India´s Himachal Pradesh state swept two passenger buses off a hillside, killing 46 people on Sunday. Eight others, including two soldiers, were killed in Uttarakhand state in landslides on Monday. Nearly 350 people died in the first wave of floods that began mid-July in India´s western Gujarat state and several remote northeastern states.
  6. LAHORE: Pervaiz Malik will lead the election campaign as the president of PML-N's Lahore chapter, said the party's spokesperson on Saturday. ?Maryam and Hamza will work alongside Pervaiz Malik, who will lead the election campaign as PML-N Lahore president,? said the spokesperson. The statement from PML-N added that the oppositions' wish of differences within the Sharif family will never be fulfilled. Maryam Nawaz, daughter of Nawaz Sharif, also rubbished rumours of any rift in the Sharif family and said those hoping for a rift will "bite the dust". Earlier it was reported that PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif has removed his nephew, Hamza Shehbaz, as in-charge of NA-120 election campaign, informed sources told Geo News on Saturday. According to sources, Nawaz had called a meeting on Thursday in Jati Umrah where he asked federal minister Pervaiz Malik to take over as in-charge of the election campaign for his wife, Begum Kulsoom Nawaz. Reportedly, Malik had asked Nawaz to let Hamza run the election campaign but his request was denied by the former prime minister. Sources added that, after his removal, Hamza said that he is a political worker and would continue his political activities. However, later Hamza expressed his displeasure and signaled to his close confidantes that he would leave the country during the election campaign. Earlier today, in what appeared to be a sign of apparent rifts within the Sharif family, Punjab CM Shehbaz Sharif asked PML-N leaders to refrain from making statements against state institutions. Sources have claimed that the decision by the Punjab chief minister was taken unilaterally and Nawaz's approval was not sought in this regard. Earlier this week, the returning officer approved nomination papers of Pakistan Muslim League ? Nawaz (PML-N) candidate Begum Kulsoom Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) candidate Yasmin Rashid, and Pakistan People?s Party (PPP) candidate Faisal Mir for the NA-120 (Lahore-III) by-election. The NA-120 seat fell vacant after the Supreme Court disqualified Nawaz Sharif as prime minister in Panama Papers case. In the 2013 General Elections, Nawaz had won the seat by a substantial margin, defeating PTI?s Yasmin Rashid ? who will be contesting for the seat this time around too. By-election on the seat is scheduled for Sunday, September 17, 2017.
  7. KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) leader Abdul Rashid Godil has decided to "maintain distance" from politics and will not contest next elections owing to security concerns. According to sources, Godil has decided to quit politics after family pressure. MQM leader Abdul Rashid Godil shot in Karachi MQM leader Abdul Rashid Godil shot in Karachi Godil was shot in the Bahadurabad area of the city in 2015. He was shot six times in the chest, jaw and neck. The MQM leader underwent surgery and was placed on a ventilator. Godil?s wife was in the car at the time of the attack but remained unhurt, while his driver who was injured in the attack succumbed to injuries at the hospital.
  8. QUETTA: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Saturday said that there is no clash between the institutions and the government. "There is no clash between the institutions and the government, this news only exists in the media," said the prime minister while addressing the media during his visit to Quetta. The prime minister was on his first visit to Balochistan after assuming office. Referring to earlier statements made by PPP Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari, the premier said political parties always maintain dialogue with all political forces in the country. He added that Zardari would be included in dialogue as "dialogues are politics". "This is election year, it is expected all politicians would give more political statements," said Abbasi. 'Solve Balochistan's problems' The prime minister said the incumbent government's objective is to solve the problems of Balochistan and bring it on par to other provinces. "Our objective is to solve Balochistan's problems and remove the feeling of helplessness in the province's population," said the prime minister. Abbasi added that he has had detailed discussions with Chief Minister Sanaullah Zehri. "When the government came to power in 2013, we all know what the security situation in the province was and we have worked towards making the situation better," said the premier. Abbasi said as part of development schemes in the province, gas facilities would be built in all districts of the province for the provision of gas to the people. "Another request we received was for solar powered tube wells. The project will be completed in three phases and will ensure the betterment of agricultural facilities in the province," added Abbasi. In regards to provision of water to the people, the prime minister said the water resources ministry will work with the provincial government for building as many water reservoirs in the province as possible. The premier also said that the health card scheme introduced by Nawaz Sharif in six districts of the province will be expanded across Balochistan and similarly, Benazir Income Support Program would also be expanded in the province. Touching upon the topic of exploration activities in the province, Abbasi said that law and order had to be improved first before initiation of such activities. "As the situation has improved, more gas blocks are being explored and the remaining will be explored soon." The prime minister had arrived earlier today in Quetta and was received by the chief minister.
  9. LAHORE: Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif on Saturday directed party leaders and officials to refrain from making comments against the country's institutions. In a statement, the chief minister said that the party officials should not engage in speculations which could harm the honour of national institutions. LHC dismisses contempt of court petition against Nawaz A lawyer representing the federal government during the hearing maintained that only the court who has been supposedly targeted can take action on the contempt of court Pakistan cannot afford a clash between institutions, said Sharif.
  10. LAHORE: The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman (PTI) on Saturday raised reservations over the upcoming NA-120 by-polls and said the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) is not independent and works under the incumbent government. PTI's candidate for NA-120, Yasmin Rashid, said the party has not been provided with updated voter lists and the lists provided are missing 35 blocks. She also said that the PTI has submitted five petitions in ECP, but have yet to receive a reply after a passage of 10 days. Rashid that the list earlier provided by the ECP had 330,000 voters and a later list had 324,000 voters. "ECP claimed that 6,000 voters had died," said Rashid. PTI leaders also said that they have asked the election commission for an updated voter list and they have yet to receive it. She also said that Kulsoom Nawaz is the deputy chairman of the same company that her husband Nawaz Sharif was and was disqualified from office due to the same reason. "Same clause is applicable Kulsoom Nawaz as it was to her husband," added Rashid.
  11. The incident took place in a city some 2,100 kilometres northeast of Moscow in the oil-rich Khanty-Mansi region. Photo: Reuters MOSCOW: Russian police said Saturday that "terrorism" was not the main angle of the investigation after identifying the attacker who stabbed eight people on the streets of a far northern city of Surgut. A knife attacker stabbed eight people on the street in Russia?s far northern city of Surgut before being shot by police, investigators said today. The male attacker ?carried out attacks on passers-by, causing stab wounds to eight? while ?moving along central streets of the city? at around 11:20am (local time) said Russia?s Investigative Committee, which probes major crimes. It said that armed police then arrived and used their weapons on the attacker and ?liquidated? him. The incident took place in a city some 2,100 kilometres northeast of Moscow in the oil-rich Khanty-Mansi region. Two of those stabbed are in a serious condition while five more are in a stable condition, the government of the Khanty-Mansi region said in a statement, calling the attacker so far ?unidentified.? It called for calm over the incident, saying that ?in the interests of public calm and also of the investigation, citizens and media are recommended to use reliable information in assessing the situation until all the circumstances are established. "The version that the attack was a terrorist one is not the main one," the interior ministry´s press service in the Khanty-Mansi region told the Interfax news agency, saying that the attacker had been identified and may have suffered from psychiatric disorders. The attacker "carried out attacks on passersby, causing stab wounds to eight," Russia´s Investigative Committee, which probes major crimes said, adding that armed police then "liquidated" the attacker.
  12. ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Saturday issued a show cause notice to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairperson Imran Khan. The notice was issued to initiate contempt of court proceedings against the PTI chairman. Imran has till August 23 to reply to the notice and the ECP has said that it has jurisdiction to hear contempt proceedings. At the last hearing on July 25, Khan's counsel Babar Awan had argued that only the high court and Supreme Court can take up proceedings for contempt as per the Constitution. He said a legal framework needs to be put in place in order for the ECP to take up contempt proceedings, as the 1976 Contempt of Court ceases to exist. The ECP had issued the contempt notice to Khan on January 24 over his ?scandalous remarks? about the commission.
  13. ISLAMABAD: Former Minister of Interior Chaudhry Nisar will hold a press conference on Sunday. Nisar, on Saturday, announced that he will talk to the media at 5pm at Punjab House tomorrow. Speculation runs rife that the former interior minister will discuss internal issues of his party, the Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz (PML-N) in tommorow's press conference. Sources close to the former minister and senior PML-N leader told Geo News that Nisar is likely to speak about the country's political situation at large and PML-N's internal party matters. Had decided to resign, but changed mind after consultations with friends: Nisar Interior ministry clarifies that Nisar's statement regarding resignation was about his earlier decision On July 27, Nisar held a much-awaited news conference that created confusion regarding his resignation following the Supreme Court verdict in the Panama Papers implementation case. During the presser, Nisar stressed that he was adamant on taking an extreme step last night up till this morning. Nisar said that after meeting friends in a meeting that lasted four-and-a-half hours yesterday, he was left with one solution, not to take that extreme measure. ?I know that taking a decision at this time could hurt the party leadership and government. But the day the decision comes whether it is in favour or against, I will resign from the ministry and membership of the National Assembly," Nisar told reporters. This statement by Nisar created confusion and later, required a clarification.
  14. Alastair Cook walks off to an ovation after making 243/Getty Images BIRMINGHAM: Alastair Cook´s double century put England in a commanding position against the West Indies before James Anderson struck in the inaugural day/night Test in Britain at Edgbaston on Friday. West Indies were 44 for one in reply to England´s imposing 514 for eight declared, a deficit of 470 runs, when rain ended the second day´s play early in the third session. Cook´s 243, his fourth Test double century, was the cornerstone of England´s total and the former captain´s dismissal prompted current skipper Joe Root to declare. That left the West Indies with a tricky nine overs to bat in twilight before the tea interval. That was time enough for opener Kraigg Brathwaite to be caught behind for a duck off Anderson. Kieran Powell had made just two when the normally reliable Ben Stokes dropped him in the gully off Stuart Broad. But come the close, Powell was 18 not out while Kyle Hope, in at nought for one on Test debut, had made a heartening 25 not out for the tourists. But by that stage both Cook and Anderson, England´s leading Test run-scorer and wicket-taker respectively, had made telling contributions. England resumed in a strong position of 348 for three in the first of this three-match series and the 50th Test at Edgbaston. Cook was 153 not out, an innings that had already seen him extend his record tally of England Test centuries to 31. Significantly it was also Cook´s first Test hundred in 17 innings and the 32-year-old left-handed opener´s tenth score of 150 or more at this level. Together with Root, who made 136 after winning the toss, he´d put on 248 for the third wicket. Batting masterclass Cook was then joined by Dawid Malan, who extended his overnight 28 not out to 65 -- a maiden Test fifty -- in a fourth-wicket partnership of 162 that strengthened England´s grip on the game. "He gave me a batting masterclass," Malan told reporters of his stand with Cook. "It was the best seat in the house." He added: "To watch how a master goes at his work, to watch him be as disciplined as he can be shows you what you need to do to be successful at this level." James Anderson removed Kraigg Brathwaite early in West Indies' reply/Getty Images Both Malan and Cook were dismissed by off-spinner Roston Chase, whose return of four wickets for 113 runs in 26.2 overs made him the most succesful member of an otherwise seam-dominated West Indies attack. "It´s always good getting wickets," said Chase. "I was lucky enough to get four today but I thought I was a little bit too expensive. My length was a little bit too short to Cooky." Malan´s pull off Miguel Cummins saw the Middlesex left-hander to a 112 ball-fifty in his fifth Test innings. Cook then went to his 200 when a misfield by Kyle Hope on the third man rope allowed the ball to trickle through for the opener´s 30th four in 339 balls. But West Indies did have a success on the stroke of lunch when Chase had Malan caught at slip. Cook was 213 not out at lunch. But his chances of surpassing his highest Test score of 294, made against India at Edgbaston six years ago, were not helped by a rush of wickets at the other end, with Chase the main beneficiary. Cook, with tailender Toby Roland-Jones for company, was lbw on review to Chase when he missed an onside flick as a marathon effort of more than nine hours finally came to an end.
  15. KARACHI: Pakistan?s ?Mother Teresa? Dr Ruth Pfau, who dedicated a lifetime to fighting leprosy in the country, was laid to rest at Karachi's Gora Qabristan with full state honours on Saturday. Her state funeral and burial rites, as captured on camera: geo_embedgallery
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