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  1. ISLAMABAD: The country earned US$ 512.3 million by exporting different food commodities during the first two months of the current financial year as compared the earnings of the corresponding period of last year. During the period from July to August 2017, food group exports from the country increased by 30.6 percent as compared the exports of the same period of last year. According to the data of Pakistan Bureau of Statistics, since the last two months exports of rice grew by 40 percent as around 428,993 metric tons of rice worth US$ 223.97 million were exported. The rice exports, during first two months of last financial year, were recorded at 3810,861 metric tons, which were worth US$ 159.54 million, it added. Meanwhile, the exports of basmati rice grew by 10.35 percent and about 59,433 metric tons of basmati rice, worth US$ 62.741 million, were exported as compared the exports of 59,192 metric tons, valuing US$ 56.857 million, in the same period, last year. The exports of rice other than basmati also witnessed an increase of 58.98 percent, around 369.580 metric tons of rice costing US$ 161.198 million exported as compared to the exports of 251,669 metric tons worth US$ 102.888 million last year. From July-August, 2017-18, fruit and vegetable exports increased by 8.74 percent and reached at 56,280 metric tons worth of US$ 20.58 million against the exports of 73,751 metric tons of US$ 18.88 million of the same period last year, it added. The other commodities which witnessed an increase in their exports during the period under review include fish and fish production, which increased by 19.63 percent, wheat and sugar increased by 100 percent respectively. It may be recalled here that imports of the food commodities into the country also witnessed an increase of 27.18 percent and about US$ 1.123 billion was spent on the import of different food items to fulfil the domestic requirements.
  2. PESHAWAR: Two more people lost their lives to the dengue virus on Thursday, bringing the death toll from the outbreak in the city and surrounding areas to 30, the Department of Health said. The latest victims of the outbreak had been under treatment at Khyber Teaching Hospital in Peshawar. A total of 400 patients are under treatment at hospitals across the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, the Department of Health stated. The KP government has been struggling to overcome the dengue outbreak, as the number of victims in the province continues to rise. A World Health Organisation (WHO) mission visited the Khyber Teaching Hospital on Wednesday for assessment of the dengue outbreak, as the hospital in question caters to more than 90 percent of the patients. The WHO mission, which included Team Lead Health Emergencies WHO Country Office Dr. Michael Lukwaya, Manager Infectious Hazard Management Regional Office Dr. Sheikh Muhammad Mamunur Malik and Dr. Sardar Hayat Khan WHO KP Chapter, was briefed about the overall arrangements made by the institution for the special facilitation and arrangement of dengue patients during the outbreak. The visit was conducted on the request of the Health Department Khyber Pakthunkhwa. Dengue mosquito Meanwhile, in view of the outbreak in KP province, federal health authorities and the capital?s administration have decided to form a joint task force to keep an eye on the spread of dengue virus in Islamabad. Federal Health Minister Saira Afzal Tarar on Wednesday stressed the need for maintaining high level of vigilance to avoid any dengue outbreak situation in the federal capital. Chairing a high-level meeting in Islamabad, the minister directed that the case response be essentially undertaken to ensure there was proper surveillance, especially in areas from where dengue cases are reported. She urged senior officials from Islamabad to work in close coordination for common cause of preventing the residents of the city from the dengue virus. She also called for urgent steps by CDA to ensure safe management of solid waste and cleanliness in the city.
  3. Awami Muslim League Leader Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed. Photo: File ISLAMABAD: A three-member bench of Supreme Court on Thursday adjourned disqualification case against Awami Muslim League leader Sheikh Rasheed for two weeks. The Supreme Court bench headed by Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan heard the case on the petition of former Member National Assembly and local Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Malik Shakeel Awan. The court accepted the request of Rasheed's lawyer to adjourn the hearing. Shakeel Awan in his petition has maintained that the Awami Muslim League leader did not declare his complete financial assets in his nomination papers to the Election Commission of Pakistan. ECP had earlier rejected Shakil Awan?s petition on disqualifying Rasheed. Awan then submitted an appeal against ECP?s rejection in Supreme Court.
  4. Arguably one of the most popular and equally consistent batsman in the modern era, Virat Kohli continues to dominate the opposition bowlers with his majestic stroke-making abilities. His knack of pacing his innings to good effect has earned him accolades from every corner of the world. A typical modern-day cricketer, Virat Kohli plays his game aggressively, bares his emotions loudly in public, and yet retains the element of maturity that forms an integral part of the great players. For a cricketer who was stuck with monikers such as brash and arrogant, Kohli has clearly come a long way to be recognised for his growing maturity and artistry with the willow. Irrespective of the presence, or absence, of any prolific player at the other end, Kohli has arguably become one of the most dependable batsmen in the Indian middle-order. His defensive technique is organised, his stroke-play all round the wicket is silken and he relishes performing when the pressure is on. © Reuters Currently ranked No. 1 in the list of ODI batsmen in both ODIs and T20Is, the 28-year-old is undeniably an ideal batsman for any side in international cricket. But, despite all his abilities, Kohli just doesn't seem good enough to make the cut for Steve Smith's dream team. Asked to pick his favourite Indian cricketers for his dream team, the Australian skipper chose Sachin Tendulkar and Harbhajan Singh. But, to everyone's surprise, Smith ignored India's run-machine Kohli despite his ever-growing reputation as one of the world's best batsman in modern-day cricket. "I would have Sachin Tendulkar and Harbhajan Singh in my team," Smith told reporters ahead of the second One-day International at Eden Gardens in Kolkata. Quashing rumours of a personal battle between them, Smith said: "I think Virat is a terrific player and captain. What he has done with the Indian team has been exceptional. Personally I don't like battles with different players if that makes sense". © Reuters Talking about the India-Australia rivalry, Smith claimed that one of his aims is to win a Test series in India. "It is a massive rivalry and has been for so long. As a captain you would love to win a Test series here in India. It is one of the toughest places to come and play. The wicket is so different and there is always great cricket. This one-day and T20 series is no different," he said. Trailing 0-1 in the five-match ODI series, while Australia will be eager to bounce back when they lock horns with India in the second ODI at the Eden Gardens, Smith will be playing his 100th ODI today.
  5. Officers stand behind police cordon after an explosion on the London Underground/REUTERS LONDON: Two men were arrested on Wednesday over last week´s London Underground terror attack in which 30 people were injured, bringing the total number of people in custody to five, police said. The men, aged 48 and 30, were arrested under anti-terrorism legislation in Newport in Wales, police said in a statement, after a 25-year-old man was arrested in the same city on Tuesday. "This continues to be a fast-moving investigation," Dean Haydon, head of counter-terrorism at London´s Metropolitan Police, said in the statement. "We now have five men in custody and searches are continuing at four addresses," he said. "We anticipate that the searches will take some days to complete and may cause further disruption". Friday´s attack on a train at Parsons Green station in west London was claimed by the Daesh group. A bomb hidden in a large white bucket apparently failed to detonate fully when it went off during morning rush hour but instead released what witnesses described as a "fireball" into the air. Some commuters suffered burns, while others were injured in the stampede to the exit that ensued. The bombing was the fifth terror attack in Britain in six months, which combined have claimed 35 lives. London Tube attack suspect identified as Syrian refugee Farroukh was arrested on Saturday close to midnight in West London The terror alert in Britain was raised to its maximum "critical" level on Friday, meaning another attack was believed to be imminent. It was lowered back to "severe" on Sunday. An 18-year-old man, reportedly an Iraqi refugee, was arrested in the ferry departure terminal of the port of Dover on Saturday and a 21-year-old man was detained later the same day in west London. The 21-year-old was named by British media, who said he was originally from Syria and had been working at a fast food chicken restaurant. The police investigation has focused on a foster home in Sunbury-on-Thames, a suburb of London where the 18-year-old is believed to have lived. Police said searches were also continuing at another address near London and two properties in Newport.
  6. State Bank of Pakistan - File Photo KARACHI: Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) climbed by 155% in the first two months of the fiscal year, State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) said in a statement on Monday. During this period, FDI jumped to $457 million compared to $179 million. Net foreign investment rose by 37% to $301 million and the foreign outflow form the stock market amounts to nearly $150 million. According to the State Bank, investment from China was $258 million, US $202 million and $110 million from Malaysia.
  7. COLOMBO: Former Sri Lanka batsman Chamara Silva has been banned for two years from all cricket-related activities for misconduct and violating ´spirit of the game´ during a domestic match, the country´s cricket board said on Sunday. Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) had formed an enquiry committee to investigate potential fixing angle in a Tier B first class match between Silva-led Panadura Cricket Club and Kalutara Physical Culture Club which saw unusual scoring rate. "Two teams have been found guilty of misconduct and not playing to the spirit of the game, and NOT of match fixing," SLC said in a statement. While Silva and counterpart Manoj Deshapriya have been suspended for two years, all other players and coaches have been handed a one-year ban from cricket. The match has been declared null and void, while each club has been slapped with $3300 fine. Silva has played 11 Tests and 75 one-dayers for Sri Lanka, the 37-year-old´s last international outing being a T20 match against Pakistan in 2011.
  8. File photo of Multan police. MULTAN: Two suspected terrorists were killed in a raid by the Punjab Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) in Chak 23 of Jalalpur Pirwala Sunday night. According to CTD officials, information was received that a suspected terrorist, Ijaz Asghar, along with five associates, is hiding in the area. As the CTD officials reached the site to nab the suspects, an exchange of fire took place in which two suspected terrorists were killed, said officials. The remaining suspects, however, managed to escape. CTD officials said one of the deceased was the group?s leader, Asghar. They claimed to have recovered weapons, grenades and explosives from the possession of the deceased.
  9. Canadian writer Margaret Atwood speaks during an interview at a hotel in Havana, Cuba, February 8, 2017. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini/Files LOS ANGELES: The Handmaid?s Tale won the television Emmy award on Sunday night for best drama series. The show on the Hulu streaming service tells the story of a dark dystopian world, in which women are forced into sexual servitude as a misogynistic dictatorship prevails in New England. Elisabeth Moss ? who plays the central role of Offred in the series ? won the Emmy for best leading actress. The series was adapted from a 1985 book by Margaret Atwood.
  10. File Photo KARACHI: Two people were injured during firing incidents late Saturday night in different areas of the metropolis, Geo News reported. A stray bullet left a child wounded in Orangi Town No. 2 last night, police officials stated, adding that the bullet came from an unknown direction. Another person was injured in a firing incident, which occurred following resistance during a robbery attempt, in North Nazimabad's Block U, rescue sources said. Police raids Law enforcement agencies carried out a raid at a supermarket in Liaquatabad area here last night that led to the arrest of three members of a robbers' gang, police officials stated. The suspects ? identified as Rehan, Mukhtiar Ali, and Ali Murtaza ? hail from different areas, with the former a local resident and the latter two coming from some interior Sindh locality. Police said a car and a pistol were recovered from the detained suspects, who had arrived at the supermarket with the intention to rob it. An alleged street criminal was taken into custody during an operation conducted in Orangi Town's Pakistan Bazaar area, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP)-West said. The police officer explained that weapons and motorcycles were recovered from the arrestee. Combing operation A door-to-door search was carried out during a combing operation in Lines Area and A.B. Sina Line locale, wherein 15 suspects were detained for questioning, police sources revealed. In addition, a gang war leader ? identified as Nasir (alias Cablewala) ? was also detained during the operation, security officials said. The detained gang war leader was allegedly involved in setting up illegal power lines in the area, police added. Rangers raid Rangers conducted a search operation in the Risala area here last night, sources disclosed, adding that no arrests were made nor any suspects detained. A door-to-door search was carried out during the operation, the sources said.
  11. ISLAMABAD: The accountability court summoned on Thursday former prime minister Nawaz Sharif's family members on September 19 with regards to two corruption references filed against them by the National Accountability Burea (NAB). Sources said the former premier, his sons Hussain and Hasan have been summoned with regards to the Al Azizia Steel Mills reference whereas the former three, along with Nawaz's daughter Maryam and son-in-law MNA Capt(retd) Safdar have been summoned on the same date in light of the London flats reference. The court, on Wednesday, had already summoned Nawaz and his two sons on September 19 as well in light of the flagship companies reference. NAB, in total, has filed three references against the Sharif family and one against Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in the accountability court in light of the Supreme Court's orders in the Panama Papers case verdict of July 28. Accountability court summons Nawaz, sons on Sept 19 NAB submitted today the final reference regarding the flagship companies of Sharifs in the accountability court According to a copy of summons of the flagship companies case, acquired by Geo News, the former premier has been asked to appear in person at 9am on September 19. It says that Nawaz's presence is necessary to respond to the charges against him. Moreover, the summons has been sent to Nawaz Sharif's homes in Raiwind and Model Town. NAB had filed on September 8 three references against the Sharif family and one against Dar. Moreover, on Wednesday, NAB resubmitted all four references in the accountability court after the court registrar had raised objections over technical errors present in the references. The flagship companies' reference was resubmitted earlier, after which the summons was issued, and the remaining three references were resubmitted by NAB later in the day. After the submission of the flagship companies' reference, the registrar had sent for hearing the reference to the court of Judge Mohammad Bashir. Accountability Court directs NAB to resubmit all references against Sharifs, Dar The court's registrar raised objections over the references, saying there were several missing documents The references were filed in light of the Supreme Court's July 28 decision in the Panama Papers case. The bureau was given six weeks, from the date of the court's order, to file the reference in an accountability court while the court was granted six months to wrap up the proceedings. NAB's Rawalpindi branch prepared references regarding the Azizia Steel Mills and the nearly dozen companies owned by the Sharif family. The bureau's Lahore branch prepared a reference on the Sharif family's Avenfield apartments in London and another against Dar for owning assets beyond his known sources of income. If convicted, the accused can face up to 14 years imprisonment and lifelong disqualification from holding public office including the freezing of bank accounts and assets.
  12. One of the graves was discovered in the mountainous area of Koricanske Stijene in central Bosnia. SARAJEVO: The remains of about 20 victims from Bosnia´s 1990s civil war, most likely Bosnian Muslims, have been exhumed from two newly-discovered mass graves, the Missing Persons Institute said Wednesday. One of the graves was discovered in the mountainous area of Koricanske Stijene in central Bosnia, where more than 200 civilian men were executed by Serb forces in August 1992 following their eviction from a northwestern region. It marked one of the most brutal episodes in the inter-ethnic conflict, which lasted from 1992 to 1995 and left around 100,000 people dead. At the end of the war, 31,500 people were reported missing. Since then, the remains of 25,000 victims have been exhumed from hundreds of mass graves, according to the Bosnian Institute, leaving 6,500 unaccounted for. "Since the beginning of the exhumation at Koricanske Stijene on September 7, about 30 clusters of human bones have been exhumed, essentially incomplete skeletons," said Lejla Cengic, a spokeswoman for the institute. She said identities would be determined by DNA testing, adding that the 30 clusters did not necessarily correspond to the remains of the same number of people. Five previous exhumations in the same area, between 2003 and 2013, recovered the remains of 117 victims and the search is still ongoing for 98 others, Cengic said. The second mass grave was uncovered in the eastern region of Vlasenica. "Exhumation work began on Tuesday and so far we have discovered the complete skeletons of 10 people. We believe they´re Bosnian Muslim victims killed in 1992," she said. According to the country´s victims´ associations, 2,600 Bosnian Muslims from Vlasenica were killed during the conflict.
  13. PESHAWAR: Dengue claimed two more lives on Wednesday in Peshawar, taking the total tally of overall deaths due to the disease in the province to 23. According to hospital officials, one woman named Muslima, who was being treated at Khyber Teaching Hospital, and a man named Pervez, succumbed to dengue on Wednesday. Pervez was under treatment at the Hayyatabad Medical Complex. Both the deceased belonged to Peshawar?s Tehkal area, according to hospital officials. Earlier, it emerged that more than 6,000 people have tested positive for the virus in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Dengue epidemic: Over 6,000 people test positive in KP, death toll rises to 18 The virus has also spread to other towns and cities of the province, with areas including Buner, Swabi and Mardan reporting various cases Authorities found dengue larvae in water samples in various areas of the city, including Tehkal, Safaid Dheri, Shadi Peer and Palosi. The Peshawar district administration has said several teams were working towards eradicating the dengue virus and have fumigated over 15,000 houses so far in an attempt to kill dengue mosquitoes. Moreover, the local administration has decided to begin a dengue awareness campaign in all edcational institutes from tomorrow.
  14. At least two people were left critically injured when a car toppled over near Kot Lakhpat area of Lahore, in the wee hours of Wednesday, Geo News reported. According to sources, both the injured were reported to be in critical condition after the accident. They were quickly shifted to Jinnah Hospital for treatment. Earlier this week, in traffic accidents across the country, at least eight lives were lost. On Monday, six people were killed and five others ? including a child ? injured in a truck-van collision on the metropolis' Malir Link Road, rescue sources said. Authorities added that of the deceased, two expired after the accident, succumbing to their injuries on way to and after reaching the hospital, respectively. Two children and two women were among those who died. Other injured people are being transferred to nearby medical facilities, rescue officers added. At least two lost their lives in Mian Channu when a mini truck smashed into a motorcycle near the Toll Plaza Monday night, rescue officials explained. Two ? including a woman ? of those involved in the accident died on the spot, authorities added.
  15. Indian troops in action in occupied Kashmir. Photo: File SRINAGAR: Indian troops in an unabated act of state terrorism killed two more youth in Srinagar on Monday. The youth were martyred during a cordon and search operation, launched by Indian army in Khudwani area of Kulgam District, today, Geo News reported. The martyred youth have been identified as Sayar Ahmad Wani and Dawood Illahi Khan, according to the Kashmir Media Service. Indian army claimed that the youth were killed during an encounter with troops in the district. Complete shutdown as Indian home minister visits Srinagar Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh arrived in the Jammu capital on a four-day visit on Saturday The killings led to a spontaneous shutdown in the district. All shops and other commercial establishments are closed in Kulgam town and adjacent areas. The authorities have suspended mobile and Internet services in Kulgam and Islamabad districts immediately after the killing of youth by troops in Khudwani.
  16. RAHIM YAR KHAN/MANDI BAHAUDDIN: Traffic accidents across the country claimed at least two lives, while 25 were left injured in the wee hours of Monday. A collision between a van and oil tanker in Rahim Yar Khan killed at least two people, while 18 were left injured after the accident and shifted to Sheikh Zayed Hospital. Rescue sources feared casualties to rise, as several of those injured were in critical condition and had to be provided first aid on site of the accident. In Mandi Bahuddin, at least seven were left injured after a car fell into a ravine. The injured, including two women and three children, were shifted to nearby hospital for treatment.
  17. Switzerland?s Martina Hingis and Taiwan?s Chan Yung-Jan won the US Open women?s doubles title on Sunday when they rolled past the Czech partnership of Lucie Hradecka and Katerina Siniakova 6-3 6-2. It was the first grand slam title for Chan but the second in as many days for Hingis, who won the mixed doubles with Britain?s Jamie Murray on Saturday. The victory took Hingis?s career grand-slam tally to 25, including five singles titles, 13 doubles and seven mixed doubles. ?Two in two days; I was Michael Jordan?s number 23 when I started here and now 25 sounds even sweeter,? said Hingis, who played the U.S. Open singles final on the same Arthur Ashe Stadium court 20 years ago, beating Venus Williams. ?It was an amazing feeling to play here in the singles final against Venus Williams,? Hingis said. ?We were two teenagers making the finals playing here for the first time at Ashe Stadium and coming back 20 years later it is a wonderful journey.? Hingis and Chan stormed through the draw without dropping a set and in the final did not face a breakpoint as they simply overwhelmed Hradecka and Siniakova. Fittingly it was Hingis who sealed victory with a thundering forehand down the line. Hingis and Chan had met the Czech duo twice before this season, winning both meetings including the final in Indian Wells.
  18. KARACHI: Police on Thursday recovered an abductee following a shootout with suspected kidnappers in Karachi, which resulted in the killing of two suspects, DIG CIA Dr. Jamil Ahmed said at a press conference. He said the abductee, Masood Feroze, is a resident of Karachi and came from the United States two months ago to celebrate Eid with relatives. The kidnappers abducted him from Dhoraji area of the city on August 23 and demanded Rs150 million in ransom. A police team, headed by SSP Abdullah Ahmed, continued to conduct raids in Karachi and different districts of Sindh for 14 days, he said. The law enforcers faced off suspected kidnappers in Gulshan-e-Hadeed area of the city Thursday morning. In the ensuing exchange of fire, two suspected kidnappers were killed and two others were arrested, the DIG said. Police safely rescued the abducted man and seized two handguns, 12 rounds and cell phones from the suspects, he added. It has been learned that the arrested suspects are residents of Dera Murad Jamali, whom the Sindh and Balochistan police wanted in different cases. Further investigations regarding the suspects are underway.
  19. PARIS: France said two people had been killed on St Barts and St Martin after the two eastern Caribbean islands were hit by Hurricane Irma, and announced it would set up an emergency fund to help them rebuild. "At the present moment, there are reports of two dead and two seriously injured," the French minister for overseas affairs, Annick Girardin, told the news channel BFMTV. "But obviously, the situation can change very, very quickly." Separately, French President Emmanuel Macron, after chairing a crisis meeting at the interior ministry in Paris, warned that the toll would be "harsh and cruel" and that damage on the two islands was "considerable." "A national reconstruction plan will be implemented as soon as possible," Macron said, adding that an emergency fund to finance it would be set up. Girardin was to fly to the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe late Wednesday with emergency teams and supplies to assess the situation, the ministry said. St. Martin ("Sint Maarten" in Dutch), located south of the island of Anguilla, is divided between the Netherlands and France. St. Barts ("Saint Barthelemy" in French), which lies to the southeast of St. Martin, is administered with the status of a French collectivity, as is the French part of St. Martin.
  20. MOSCOW: Two Russian servicemen have been killed in Deir al-Zor province after Daesh militants shelled a convoy they were escorting, the Russian Defence Ministry was cited as saying on Monday by the Interfax news agency. The convoy was transporting Russian ceasefire monitoring military staff when it came under mortar attack, the ministry was quoted as saying. One soldier was killed on the spot and the other died in hospital after sustaining serious injuries. Both were awarded posthumous military awards, the ministry said. Russia said earlier on Monday that its air force was helping the Syrian army push ahead with an offensive on the Euphrates city of Deir al-Zor, where Islamic State has besieged 93,000 civilians and an army garrison for years.
  21. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/2c9abca2c133727f50b0119a503ac37f.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9OS80LzIwMTcgMTE6NDE6MzggQU0maGFzaF92YWx1ZT02aW5EWTdwT05UNmF1TkxXN3ZQUFR3PT0mdmFsaWRtaW51dGVzPTYwJmlkPTE= style=center] LAHORE: The partition of the sub-continent gave the people of the region two independent nations but also resulted in the loss of contact between many families for decades. Luckily for one such family, they were able to reunite with their loved ones after a period of 70 years. Sialkot's Sajida Bibi and Rafaqat Bibi finally met their relatives across the border ? thanks to social media. During the riots of 1947, a young man named Sundar Singh decided to stay in the newly-created state of Pakistan and not migrate to India, unlike his kin. Many families were ripped apart in the chaos of partition. Converting to Islam and changing his name to Deen Mohammad, he kept trying to establish contact with his family which had shifted to India. His search continued till he breathed his last in 1970. After his death, his daughters continued his quest to track his family, acting upon their father?s last wishes. His two daughters, fortunately, were able to identify and establish contact with their relatives in India through Facebook. The reunion, after 70 years, fulfilled Deen Mohammad?s life-long wish.
  22. NEW YORK - After two marathons, Roger Federer had the after-burners on, sprinting past Spaniard Feliciano Lopez 6-3 6-3 7-5 and into the fourth round of the US Open on Saturday. Chasing a sixth US. Open title, Federer needed just one hour and 46 minutes under a closed roof at Arthur Ashe Stadium to put away the 31st seed Lopez, leaving plenty in the tank after being forced to go the distance in his opening two matches. It has been a far different start to the US Open than Wimbledon where an economical Federer stormed to his 19th grand slam title without dropping a set. In his opening two matches at Flushing Meadows, a misfiring Federer had been forced to five sets, first by American young gun Frances Tiafoe then Russian veteran Mikhail Youzhny. After being broken eight times and committing a whopping 124 unforced errors in those first two contests, a focused Federer tightened up his game against Lopez, operating with his hallmark efficiency. ?I struggled the first couple of rounds but I think that had something to do with my opponents. They came out and played very well,? Federer said in his post-match interview on court. "Once I got off to a slow start and once my opponent fought back really hard and today it almost happened again in the third set but I think I played a very clean match. ?I couldn?t be happier to get a match in straight sets against Feliciano who has been a great competitor over the years.? A capacity crowd saw Federer try out everything in his tool bag. The timely big serve, the elegant backhand, laser forehands, hustle and defense were all on display. He committed just 16 unforced errors while firing 32 winners to run his record to 13-0 against the 35-year-old Spaniard. Federer started the match as if he had dinner reservations, breaking Lopez to go up 4-2 then holding serve to clinch the opening set in a snappy 25 minutes. He marched on, his focus only faltering slightly in the third set when he allowed Lopez to break back. But the 36-year-old Swiss just buckled down and broke Lopez again to close out the match and set up a fourth round meeting with German Philipp Kohlschreiber.
  23. KARACHI: Two suspected robbers were shot by a security guard in Karachi on Thursday evening, who later succumbed to their injuries at a hospital. The suspects looted a computer shop located in Zamzama, Clifton. They were getting away with cash, laptops and other valuables when the security guard opened fire on them. Consequently, the two suspected robbers were injured. Police arrested the suspects and shifted them to a hospital, however, they succumbed to their wounds during treatment. The deceased suspects were identified as Danish and Riaz.
  24. Two bodyguards of an Afghan MP were shot dead in firing outside his house, followed by a suicide bomb, Tolo News reported. A suicide bomber exploded himself outside MP Zahir Qadir ?s house in Jalalabad while a second suicide bomber was shot dead by Qadir?s bodyguards, Tolo News quoted to the provincial governor's spokesman as saying. Governor?s spokesman Attaullah Khoghyani confirms explosion in Jalalabad and said two bodyguards were shot dead. He said the situation is now under control but the area has been cordoned off. Suicide bomber kills five in Kabul bank blast Bomb went off outside the Kabul Bank, which usually pays the salaries of security forces personnel Over the last 10 days, over 10 people were killed and scored injured in suicide bombing in various parts of Afghanistan.
  25. Two soldiers were martyred during a search operation near Angoor Adda area of South Waziristan agency, informed ISPR. Sepoy Ataur Rehman and Sepoy Imran Ali lost their lives in an IED blast during a search operation under Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad. Meanwhile, Frontier Corps Balochistan destroyed four terrorists? camps in different intelligence-based operations on Sunday, according to Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR). Two terrorists were also killed during an exchange of fire in different areas including Kahan and Dera Bugti. In another IBO, FC Balochistan (South) successfully foiled a terror attack. In the last two days, FC Balochistan (South) has busted a network of terrorists and their facilitators.