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  1. SITTWE: Twenty homes caught fire and a bomb was detonated near a mosque in Myanmar´s Rakhine state, the government said Friday, the latest unrest in a region that has seen hundreds of thousands of Rohinyga Muslims flee in under a month. The violence comes days after Myanmar's civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi declared that the military had ceased its "clearance operations" in the border area. The army claims it is trying to flush out Rohingya militants who attacked police posts on August 25. But civilian refugees streaming into Bangladesh say they were terrorised by soldiers and vigilante Buddhist mobs who torched their villages to the ground. The testimony, alongside satellite images of some 200 villages reduced to ash, has fuelled accusations that Myanmar's army is systematically purging a Muslim minority haunted by years of persecution. The UN has described the military campaign as "ethnic cleansing". The latest violence saw 20 homes catch fire in Maungdaw´s Kyain Chaung village on Thursday night, according to a statement posted by the government´s Information Committee. "Security members went and checked the fire and are investigating its cause," said the statement, adding that the flames burned through a community previously hit by fire. The following morning a bomb detonated outside of a mosque in Mi Chaung Zay village in nearby Buthidaung township, according to the government. The statement said "terrorists" were to blame for the blast, without specifying if they were linked to the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) - the Rohingya militant group behind the ambushes on police posts. No deaths or injuries were reported in either incident. Myanmar's government admits that scores of villages have been burned down over the past month. But it has previously accused Rohingya militants of setting the fires and driving the communal violence that has also displaced some 30,000 Buddhists and Hindus. Those refugees have largely fled south, with some cramming into temples and even a derelict football stadium outside the state capital of Sittwe. The government has blocked independent media access to the conflict zone in northern Rakhine, making it difficult to verify the swirl of claims and counterclaims that have amplified Myanmar's already bitter ethnic divides. Suu Kyi, who lacks control over the army in a delicate power-sharing agreement, broke her silence on the crisis Tuesday in a televised address pitched to an international community baffled by her failure to speak up for the Rohingya. The Muslim minority is denied citizenship by the state and has been the target of festering Islamaophobia in mainly Buddhist Myanmar for years. The Nobel laureate expressed sympathy for the "suffering of all people" swept up in the violence. But she also tried to paint a glass-half-full picture of the situation in Rakhine, announcing that "more than 50 percent of the villages of Muslims are intact." She said armed clashes and clearance operations had ceased since September 5th, even though AFP reporters have seen homes on fire in the weeks since.
  2. SRINAGAR: In occupied Kashmir, three civilians including a woman, Pinki were killed and thirty others were injured in a blast in Tral town, today. According to the Kashmir Media Service, the blast took place near a bus stand in the town when an official cavalcade was passing through the area. Indian troops and police personnel, who were part of the cavalcade, resorted to indiscriminate firing after the blast. Three civilians, identified as Ghulam Nabi Trag, Muhammad Iqbal Khan and Pinky Kaur, were killed while more than thirty others were injured during the blast. Indian troops and police personnel have cordoned off the area and launched a massive siege and search operation. Soon after the incident, people took to the streets and staged massive anti-India demonstrations. The protesters said that the civilians were killed in the firing of Indian troops. Meanwhile, Indian forces? personnel also launched door-to-door searches in Banihal town after the killing of an Indian soldier and injuring of several others including an officer in an attack near Jawahar tunnel in Banihal, last night. The attackers also snatched away an INSAS Rifle and an AR-41 Rifle from the soldiers.
  3. KARACHI: A cosmetic factory situated in a residential area on Wednesday caught fire after a blast near Nursery, informed police. According to the fire brigade personnel, as many as three fire tenders have reached the spot to douse the flames. Earlier, on September 1, high flames at the shoe factory in Karachi's SITE area were doused after 17 hours, firefighting officials said. Fire had broken out and engulfed the building. A few workers in the factory had allegedly set fire to a chemical drum? leading to the blaze?following an altercation with the accounts department overpayment of salary, Chief Fire Officer Tehseen Siddiqui claimed. Twelve fire tenders and two water bowsers were deployed at the site to help douse the fire.
  4. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/337d45bd4d6e162685b79fd86aa17a24.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9OS8xOC8yMDE3IDI6MDM6NTEgUE0maGFzaF92YWx1ZT1hQ3duMjY2c0w5d3ZtU3NoblFxUE5RPT0mdmFsaWRtaW51dGVzPTYwJmlkPTE= style=center] CHAMAN: At least one person was killed and 17 including security personnel injured in a blast near the Pak-Afghan border in Chaman on Monday. According to reports, the blast targeted a vehicle of security forces near the border taxi stand. The Pakistan-Afghan border was closed and the area was sealed by security forces soon after the incident took place. The injured have been shifted to District Headquarter Hospital Chaman. Chief Minister (CM) Balochistan Nawab Sanaullah Zehri issued a statement condemning the blast. He expressed regret at the loss of live and issues orders to provide best-in-class medical care to the injured. "Those involved in planning and executing the explosion must be immediately arrested and brought to justice," the CM said. This is a developing story and will be updated as further details are available.
  5. General view of the Barclays Premier League badge on a Chelsea fans shirt, August 23, 2015. Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine/Files LONDON: Chelsea have released a statement urging fans travelling to Stamford Bridge for their Premier League match against Arsenal on Sunday to take extra precautions in the aftermath of Friday?s terrorism incident in London, as Parsons Green is near the club?s stadium. A home-made bomb on a packed rush-hour commuter train engulfed a carriage in flames and injured at least 22 people, despite apparently failing to fully explode. The statement seeks to reassure worried supporters, with the club insisting safety is of ?paramount importance?. ?On Sunday, we urge supporters to arrive at least one hour before kick-off to allow for extra security measures,? it said. ?We also request that supporters do not bring bags as this will delay your entry to the stadium.? Chelsea ? the league champions ? also urged fans to remain vigilant and if they see anything they are ?unhappy with? then they should report it to a steward or member of staff as quickly as possible.
  6. Photo: File (Reuters) A blast on a London underground train left some passengers with facial burns, London?s Metro newspaper reported on its website. Police said they are aware of an incident at Parsons Green station in West London and that officers are in attendance.
  7. The aftermath of a bombing. Photo: File NORTH WAZIRISTAN: One person was killed and four injured when an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blew up in the Darpa Khel area of North Waziristan on Tuesday, sources told Geo News. According to sources, the IED exploded near a school, killing one person identified as Irfanullah. Student injured in South Waziristan explosion A landmine detonated in Ladha area of the agency The army launched Operation Zarb-e-Azb in June 2014, entering for the first time the militant safe-haven of North Waziristan. After the army cleared the region, the displaced population is now returning to the conflict-hit zone.
  8. Sliding into someone's DMs almost never works, and if try to ever do that with Mia Khalifa, just be ready to get trolled by her. Chicago Cubs catcher Wilson Contreras tried to slyly strike up a conversation with her, and it completely backfired for him. But, it seems like he was way too dedicated to get her attention, that he relentlessly kept sending her messages, even after not getting any reply from her ever. © NBC Chicago “Hi, how are you?” Wilson wrote. “I'm sure you get this a lot but I'm big fan of you. It will be great if you say hi.” After a point, Mia was so fed up with him, that she just responded with a simple “bye”, hoping he would stop. But, no, Wilson, for some reason, still wasn't discouraged and continued sending her messages. So, Mia was done with him, and decided to try another way to get him to stop. Cubbies, your man's is wandering around left field. Can you come get him? @Cubs pic.twitter.com/7kdtGGb5jR — Mia Khalifa (@miakhalifa) September 5, 2017 She put him on blast on Twitter by posting screenshots of the conversation, with the caption, “Cubbies, your man's is wandering around in left field. Can you come get him?” Well, it was then time for Wilson's agency to do some damage control and said that the catcher's account was “hacked” when the messages were sent. True or not, Wilson is still getting trolled on social media for the whole thing. © Twitter But, it's okay Wilson, you're not alone. Mia also previously called out Drake for doing exactly the same thing. Back in 2015, during an interview, Mia revealed that a celebrity whose name rhymes with “rake” hit her up on Instagram. “His intentions were obviously clear,” she giggled. “It was so cringeworthy. The whole thing was cringeworthy.” Warning: Trespassers in my DM's will be shot and hung out to dry in public. pic.twitter.com/aPUGkmooat — Mia Khalifa (@miakhalifa) July 12, 2015 About 6 months after that, she slammed NFL star Duke Williams, as well. Doing what she did to Wilson, she posted screenshots of his messages on Twitter and captioned the tweet, “Warning: Trespassers in my DMs will be shot and hung out to dry in public.” Maybe, guys, just don't slide into Mia's DMs, she will definitely put you on blast.
  9. File photo/Reuters KABUL: An explosion hit a bank in an area of the Afghan capital Kabul on Tuesday close to the heavily protected US embassy compound, officials said. Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish said the blast occured at the entrance to a Kabul Bank branch, not far from the embassy. There was no immediate word on casualties.
  10. A car belonging to the Catalan Mossos d'Esquadra is parked next to a house, which was razed by an explosion when suspected radicals used gas canisters shortly before midnight on Wednesday in Alcanar, Barcelona, Spain, August 18, 2017. REUTERS/Andres Gonzalez ALCANAR: It looks like the site of an earthquake - a heap of rubble and tangled wreckage that marks the spot where a two-storey home was destroyed by a massive gas explosion just before midnight on Wednesday. Spanish police said they initially thought the blast in the small coastal town of Alcanar, which killed at least one person and injured seven, was connected to a clandestine drugs laboratory. Now they are linking it to the deadly attack that took place less than 24 hours later, when a white van swerved at speed down Barcelona's most famous boulevard and mowed down people at random, killing 13. Josep Lluis Trapero, police chief for the region of Catalonia, said on Friday that investigators believed the authors of the van attack had originally planned to trigger a bomb using gas canisters, of which about 20 were discovered in the ruins of the collapsed building. The people there were 'manipulating' the propane and butane canisters at the time of the accidental explosion, he said. This had forced the conspirators to scale down their plans and to hurriedly carry out more "rudimentary" attacks in Barcelona and the resort of Cambrils, where a group of men drove a car at pedestrians and police before being shot dead. One woman was killed in the Cambrils incident. "The Alcanar blast triggered the attacks? It's not what they had in mind initially," Trapero said. "Our hypothesis is that an attack was being prepared for some time from this Alcanar house," he added. "The blast has prevented a larger bombing from happening." Unknown neighbours It is still unclear who lived in the two-storey foreclosed house in the small Montecarlo neighbourhood, a rundown area between a cement factory and the sea. After thriving during Spain's boom years before the financial crash, it is now occupied mostly in summer, by just a handful of tourists and locals. Neighbors told Reuters the place had been illegally occupied for months but nobody had ever seen any of those who lived there. "A friend of mine owns the house on the other side of the street but we've never seen anything," said Marc Esteban Carmona, a 22-year-old university student. "Initially we were joking about it. OK, a drug laboratory exploded, but that's it. But now I'm a bit more freaked out." At least two men were in the house when it was wiped out by the blast on Wednesday night and at least one was killed by the explosion, the police said. They said they found biological traces that could be from a second body, though it was too early to confirm. A man who survived the blast is now under arrest in the city of Tortosa after being treated for his injuries at the local hospital. His identity was not revealed. According to local emergency services, the seven injured people were four French, an Italian, a Moroccan and a Spaniard. Nuria Gil, a 50-year-old entrepreneur who lives in Montecarlo all year long, said she was aware the house had been occupied for several months but was not sure whether it was by the same people or by different groups. "I never bumped into anybody (?) It's a very quiet area. I thought I lived in paradise," she said.
  11. QUETTA: An explosion targeting a security forces vehicle in Balochistan's Harnai district martyred four security personnel and injured four on Monday. The explosion destroyed the vehicle and martyred four security personnel, said Tehsildar Mank Khan. He added that the explosion was done via remote control. The injured were transferred to Civil Hospital Khost, added the tehsildar. The area was cordoned off after the explosion by security forces and a search operation was launched. Chief Minister Balochistan Nawab Sanaullah Zehri condemned the blast and instructed authorities to bring the perpetrators to book. The blast came two days after an Army truck was targeted in Quetta?s Pishin Stop area. The attack had martyred at least 15 people, including security personnel.
  12. BAJAUR AGENCY: At least two people were killed and 25 injured in a remote-controlled bomb blast which hit the town of Nawagai in Bajaur Agency of FATA on Friday, Geo News reported. The blast occurred in Chahrmang area of Nawagai, sources said. The injured were being taken to Agency Headquarter Hospital at the time of filing of this report. Security forces cordoned off the site of the incident and started a search operation in the area, sources added. This is a developing story
  13. MOSCOW: Several people were injured on Wednesday as an explosion tore through a munitions plant in the Moscow-backed breakaway Abkhazia region of Georgia, Russian news agencies reported. "According to preliminary information, 27 people were admitted to hospital? including 19 Russians on holiday in Abkhazia," the region's health minister Tamaz Tsakhnakia told TASS news agency. Tsakhnakia said the injuries mainly consisted of light shrapnel wounds and that several people may need to undergo operations. The separatist province's interior minister Aslan Kobakhia was quoted by Interfax as saying that no one had died in the blast, but that emergency workers were still trying to get to the epicentre. The blast reportedly tore through a munitions store belonging to the separatist authorities on the shore of the Black Sea. Abkhazia is internationally recognised as part of the tiny ex-Soviet nation of Georgia but has claimed independence since a conflict in the wake of the collapse of the USSR. Russia recognised the subtropical region ? along with another province South Ossetia ? as separate countries after a brief 2008 war with Georgia. Moscow has thousands of troops stationed in the regions in what Georgia calls a military "occupation", and supports the two provinces financially.
  14. Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed with the Champions Trophy The Yorkshire County Cricket Club has confirmed a short-term deal with Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed, who will be replacing the outgoing Australian batsman Peter Handscomb in the NatWest T20 Blast. Sarfraz is due to arrive in the UK before the end of the month, subject to obtaining a visa. He is expected to play the final five qualifying T20 Blast fixtures for Yorkshire Vikings, as well as any potential knockout stages of the competition. Handscomb will leave the UK after the Vikings? trip to Trent Bridge on Sunday, July 30 in order to join a week-long training camp ahead of Australia?s tour of Bangladesh. ?I?ve always wanted to play county cricket so this is an exciting opportunity for me,? Sarfraz told yorkshireccc.com. ?Yorkshire are a big club with a rich history and huge reputation and I?m proud to be following in the footsteps of other Pakistanis who have played at Headingley like Younis Khan and Inzamam-ul Haq. It?s a dream come true for me and hopefully it can help me become an even better professional.? ?I hope I can contribute towards some victories while I?m there and provide the crowd the sort of entertainment they?re looking for. I look forward to having a taste of the T20 Blast,? the skipper added. Sarfraz looking forward to dream T20 stint with Yorkshire Sarfraz, who led Pakistan to a historic victory in the Champions Trophy 2017, has scored 359 runs in 29 T20Is, at a strike rate of 118.48. The 30-year-old averages 28.03 in domestic T20 cricket, including eight half-centuries. ?Through trying to keep the consistency and balance of the team as it is currently, Sarfraz was the perfect choice for that role,? said Yorkshire Club?s Director of Cricket Martyn Moxon. ?With his recent success in the Champions Trophy, we asked a few people about him as far as his cricketing prowess and all the reports coming back are that he?s an outstanding cricketer both as a keeper and batsman. I believe he?ll fit in well to our structures and will be a success.? ?When we knew that Pete was going to Bangladesh, we started to think about what we could do. ?Do we go with our own players? Do we try and bring someone else in?? We were quite prepared to go with our own players if need be but when we looked at it and enquired about the availability of Sarfraz, it seemed to make sense that we would make him an offer and fortunately he?s agreed to join us,? the director added.
  15. Pakistani mourners carry the coffins of blast victims during their funeral a day after a suicide bomb attack in Lahore on July 25, 2017 - AFP LAHORE: Anger was growing in Pakistan Tuesday as the grief-stricken relatives of 26 people martyred by a suicide bomber in Lahore a day earlier buried their loved ones and demanded the government publicly hang the masterminds of the attack. Families and residents in the bustling eastern city demanded action as they attended funeral prayers, and as the chief minister of Punjab province Shehbaz Sharif -- brother of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif -- visited survivors in hospital. "We demand from the Government of Pakistan that those who are involved in this incident and those who are the facilitators should be hanged in public," Hafiz Naseer ul Din, uncle of a policeman martyred in the blast, told AFP. "We came here in great grief," added Shaikh Rizwan, a local resident who attended the funeral prayers for some of the victims. "Twenty-six people were martyred here yesterday, I request my government that please uproot these terrorists fully so our country can progress," he said. Pakistani police officers stand next to coffins of their colleagues who were martyred in 24 July suicide bomb attack in Lahore on July 25, 2017- AFP The powerful blast Monday hit a busy vegetable market on a bustling main road in the southern part of Lahore, blowing out the windows in nearby buildings. Many of those martyred in the attack were police who were clearing shopping stalls that had illegally encroached on to the road. On Tuesday distraught relatives carried the coffins of two policemen, brothers who were martyred in the attack, to a petrol pump which had been turned into a makeshift prayer ground. Pakistani policemen and area residents gather around the coffins policemen who were martyred in 24 July suicide bomb attack in Lahore on July 25, 2017 - AFP Floral wreaths from local police chiefs were placed on the wooden coffins as family members wept. Police have said their initial investigations show the attack, claimed by the Pakistani Taliban, was carried out by a suicide bomber. Forensic experts were collecting evidence from the site of the blast Tuesday, an AFP video reporter saw. Lahore has been hit by significant militant attacks in Pakistan's more than decade-long war on extremism, but they have been less frequent in recent years.
  16. Site of the explosion which martyred 26 people, including 9 policemen, in Lahore LAHORE: The city woke up in mourning a day after a suicide blast claimed 26 lives and injured at least 57 in Ferozepur area late Monday afternoon, in a renewed wave of terror targeting policemen across the country. Speaking to Geo News, DIG Operations Dr Haider Ashraf confirmed nine policemen were among the martyred when a suicide bomber, on a motorcycle, rammed into a crowd of people gathered in the area. The site of the tragedy was cordoned off by a heavy contingent of security forces in the aftermath of the attack, and the section of the road leading towards Lahore was sealed. Forensic experts continue to gather evidence from the scene, while police has been patrolling the area as the city remains on high alert. Security officials have also placed blockades in various places surrounding the site; however, the Ferozepur road has now been opened to traffic. At least 26 people, including 9 policemen martyred in Lahore attack Provincial government confirms that 58 people were injured in the explosion Funeral prayers of the martyred policemen have been offered, and the bodies of the deceased have been sent to their heirs. A case has been registered under Section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act and 302, 324, 148/149, 4/5 and 109 of the Pakistan Penal Code against four people, including the suicide bomber. Authorities are utilising the CCTV camera footages of the blast in efforts to identify the suicide bomber. CM Punjab visits the injured Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif visited the injured under treatment at Lahore's Ittefaq Hospital and offered his condolences to the distraught families of the victims. The minister expressed solidarity with the victims and directed the medical staff to ensure best treatment for the injured. CM Punjab Shehbaz Sharif visiting the injured of the blast In a series of tweets following the blast, Shehbaz Sharif condemned the tragedy and vowed not to give in to the terrorists? heinous plots. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif expressed sorrow over the loss of precious lives in the blast and directed authorities to provide all possible medical assistance to the wounded. Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa also condemned the blast and directed the Army to provide immediate relief and rescue. Ferozepur road links Lahore to Kasur and is a busy thoroughfare. Lahore's Metro Bus also passes through this route. Earlier in April, six people were martyred and 15 others wounded when a suicide bomber targeted a population census team in Lahore's Bedian Road. In February, a suicide bomber martyred 14 people, including senior police officers, when a suicide bomber hit close to the Punjab Assembly in Lahore when hundreds of demonstrators had gathered for a protest.
  17. LAHORE: The top civilian and military leadership has denounced the suicide blast in Lahore and extended their heartfelt condolences to the bereaved relatives. The suspected suicide attack on Lahore's Ferozepur Road resulted in martyrdom of at least 26 people on Monday afternoon, according DCO Lahore Sameer Ahmed. The martyrs also included nine policemen. The explosion left 57 other people injured, out of which, 11 were said to be in precarious condition. At least 26 people, including 8 policemen martyred in Lahore blast Rescue sources said 57 people were injured in the explosion Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has expressed sorrow over the loss of precious lives in the blast. He directed authorities to provide all possible medical assistance to wounded of the suicide attack. Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa expressed grief over the incident and said that he was equally grieved over the loss as that of victims' families. CM Punjab Shahbaz Sharif, Home Minister Balochistan Sarfraz Bugti, Opposition Leader Khursheed Shah, Governor Balochistan Muhammad Khan Achakzai and former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani were also among the ones denouncing the cowardly act. They extended condolences to the families of martyrs and prayed for speedy recovery of injured people. PTI chairman Imran Khan condemned the cowardly attack in Lahore. He prayed for the victims' families and injured of the incident. Maryam Nawaz expressed sorrow over the heart-wrenching incident and prayed to Allah Almighty to protect Pakistan.
  18. LAHORE: At least 22 people have been martyred in a blast in the Ferozepur area of the provincial capital on Monday afternoon, confirmed DCO Lahore Sameer Ahmed. Sources confirmed to Geo News that eight policeman are among those martyred in the blast. Ahmed said 32 people were also injured in the explosion. At least 11 of the injured are said to be in critical condition. DIG Operations Dr Haider Ashraf said a police picket was targeted in the attack. ?We are collecting evidence and this could be a suicide bombing. The death toll includes police and civilians.? Police sources said a suicide attacker targetted police personnel deployed at the site, Geo News reported. The explosion took place near the Arfa Karim IT Tower. Several motorcycles and at least one vehicle has been reported damage in the explosion. Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah, addressing a press conference, said terrorism can not be ruled out as the motive behind the explosion. He added that security forces are conducting their investigations. Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan confirmed that an anti-encroachment drive was being conducted at the time explosion. The area has been cordoned off by a heavy contingent of security forces and the section of the road has been sealed. Investigation in to the attack has been started. The injured have been shifted to Jinnah Hospital and other nearby hospitals. Several of the injured are in critical condition, Geo News reported. Police personnel are among those injured. An emergency has also been imposed in the city's hospitals. Identity of those killed in the explosion has not yet been ascertained as of yet. Chief Minister Punjab has condemned the attack and has expressed sympathies with injured and the families of those killed. Ferozepur road links Lahore to Kasur and is a busy thoroughfare. Lahore's Metro Bus also passes through this route. Earlier in April, six people were martyred and 15 others wounded when a suicide bomber targeted a population census team in Lahore's Bedian Road. In February, a suicide bomber martyred 14 people, including senior police officers, when a suicide bomber hit close to the Punjab Assembly in Lahore when hundreds of demonstrators had gathered for a protest This is a developing story and will be updated as further details become available.
  19. At least nine people were killed and 10 others seriously injured Sunday when a gas tank exploded at a fuel complex in southeastern Nigeria, state police said. There was no immediate explanation for the blast at a facility belonging to Nigerian firm Linc Oil and Gas at Calabar, said Hafiz Inuwa, in charge of the Cross River State Police Command. The police chief, speaking at the scene, said the facility´s manager had not yet explained "what led to the explosion". "For now, nine people are confirmed dead and many others who sustained different burns are currently receiving treatment" in a local hospital, he added. "The figure could be more than nine, while at least 10 persons sustained various degrees of life-threatening injuries," a worker at the facility told AFP on condition of anonymity, after the early morning blast. Fuel explosions are common in Nigeria, Africa´s biggest oil producer and the continent´s most populous country, where it is transported on badly-maintained roads by trucks in a poor state of repair. Accidents occur regularly when pipelines are damaged by looters stealing crude oil.
  20. Sarfraz Ahmed pictured during the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed will feature for Yorkshire county in England?s domestic cricket competition NatWest T20 Blast next month. Champions Trophy-winning captain Sarfraz, who was also handed the Test reins a week ago, has signed up to play five matches for Yorkshire Vikings in the ongoing T20 Blast, subject to him being granted the visa. Teammate Azhar Ali congratulated the skipper on Twitter about his upcoming stint in the T20 Blast. Earlier this week, all-rounder Imad Wasim signed up for Durham county in the same tournament. Imad Wasim to play for Durham county in England?s T20 Blast World's #1 T20I bowler waiting for visa to fly to England to represent Durham Jets Fast bowler Mohammad Amir is already representing Essex in the T20 Blast, while former captain Shahid Afridi is playing for Hampshire. Pacer Junaid Khan left for UK earlier this week to feature for Lancashire in the T20 competition.
  21. Imad Wasim Pakistan all-rounder Imad Wasim will feature for Durham county in England?s popular domestic cricket competition NatWest T20 Blast this summer. Imad, who is the world?s number one ranked T20I bowler, will fly to England to represent Durham Jets in the ongoing T20 Blast, subject to him being granted the visa. The 28-year-old told local media that the stint would be a great opportunity and he is waiting for his visa. Imad displaced South African spinner Imran Tahir to claim the top spot in ICC T20I bowlers rankings last month. Amir, Hasan Ali, Imad Wasim promoted in new PCB central contracts Umar Akmal was not offered the central contract by the PCB On Wednesday, he was promoted to Category B of the Pakistan Cricket Board?s new central contract list, from Category C. Fast bowler Mohammad Amir is already representing Essex in the T20 Blast while former captain Shahid Afridi is playing for Hampshire. Pacer Junaid Khan left for UK earlier this week to feature for Lancashire in the T20 competition.
  22. Well, whatever Katrina Kaif does becomes news. It's fact! From her personal style to her latest film, she is all over social media making headlines. However, this time it's a strange situation from her past that is taking the Internet by storm. It's a throwback photo that is creating all the wrong kinds of buzz on social media. The ‘EK Tha Tiger' actress is seen seated with infamous Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi. Before Katrina made it big the Bollywood, she tried her hand in modelling. The picture that is going around the internet was taken 15 years ago when Katrina visited Libya for a private fashion show. The snap also features other Indian models and actresses like Neha Dhupia and Aditi Gowitrikar. Model Shamita Singha was the one who shared this photo and wrote, “Almost 15 years ago when we all were in Libya for a fashion show and had the privilege of meeting the man Mr. Gaddafi himself! Girls! Remember this trip??” فلاش باك:التقطت هذه الصورة، قبل 15 عاما ، في ليبيا. كانت #كاترينا_كيف تحضر عرضا للأزياء هناك، مع #نيها_دوبيا، و #اديتي_غوفيتريكار والسياسي الثوري الليبي #معمر_القذافي. :) Flash back:Check out this picture, clicked 15 years back, in Libya. #KatrinaKaif was attending a fashion show there, and she is seen here posing with #NehaDhupia, #AditiGovitrikar and Libyan revolutionary politician #MuammarGaddafi. A post shared by Bollywood News (@bollywoodmore) on Jul 9, 2017 at 4:38pm PDT When this picture was taken, Gaddafi was literally feared as a dictator. He was also known to be surrounded by his female bodyguards. Yeah, the man had a crew of females who were called the Amazonians. We got to say even then Katrina and Neha looked great. However, now the photo has been removed by Shamita and we wonder why? On the work front, Katrina is busy promoting her upcoming film ‘Jagga Jasoos' and has also started shooting for her next flick ‘Tiger Zinda Hai' with Salman Khan.
  23. We?ve all seen tons of throwback pictures of famous people on social media but have you ever seen one where you couldn?t even recognize the person? Well, this Bollywood actress recently posted a picture of herself on Instagram from the bygone years, sending the internet into meltdown as people tried to make sense of it all. The photo is from the only play the actress, now 38, ever performed in. It was also her first ever role. "My 1st role ever...in the only stage play I have ever done called Dhungpatpatadhundipokoruppopotorpo," reads the caption (can you even begin to pronounce it?!) Long, flowing beard, even longer, silvery hair, moustache and half-moon spectacles? Who is this, after all? Vidya Balan (who could ever know?) In not so unrelated news, Vidya will next be in action in a film titled ?Tumhari Sulu?, in which she plays the role of a radio jockey.
  24. Bangladeshi firefighters take part in a search and rescue operation at a destroyed garment factory in Gazipur on July 4, 2017, after a boiler explosion at the complex on the outskirts of Dhaka. AFP/Munir uz Zaman DHAKA: Bangladesh on Tuesday called off a search for survivors after an explosion at a garment factory killed at least 13 workers and injured scores, the latest disaster to hit the multi-billion dollar industry. Dozens of workers were inside the factory on the outskirts of Dhaka when the boiler exploded on Monday evening, causing a section of the six-storey building to collapse. It was unclear what caused the explosion, which occurred during maintenance work on the boiler at a time when most of the factory's 5,000 workers were off for the Eid holidays. Authorities called off the nearly 22-hour-long search after rescuers found two more bodies in a toilet next to the destroyed boiler room, bringing the death toll to 13. "Our firefighters have completed searching the entire section of the debris," local administrator Mahmud Hasan told AFP. The government said it had formed a committee to investigate the explosion, the latest disaster to strike the country's $30-billion garment industry. The plant in the Gazipur industrial district is owned by manufacturer Multifabs, which makes clothing for brands including Littlewoods and Aldi according to its website. The collapse of the nine-storey Rana Plaza factory complex in April 2013, in which more than 1,100 people were killed, was seen as a wake-up call for the industry, which supplies clothing for major brands all over the world. In the wake of the disaster, authorities pledged to improve working conditions at factories but accidents are still commonplace. Only a few hundred of the country's 4,500 textile factories have been certified as safe, while, a fire last year at a factory just miles from Rana Plaza claimed 34 lives. A survey this year by global charity Action Aid of more than 1,400 Rana Plana survivors found nearly half were still jobless, while roughly 31 percent were too traumatised to work. There have also been demands for an increase in the basic monthly wage of $68 for the country's four million garment workers, most of whom are young women. One of the injured workers receiving treatment at nearby hospitals blamed the factory authorities for not replacing the boiler despite the fact that it was allegedly "beeping danger signals continuously". Worker Harunur Rashid told Bangla daily, Prothom Alo, that the boiler's safety bulb was beeping danger lights but the device's operators assured them there was nothing to worry about. "Within ten minutes after we returned to work, the boiler exploded. It's absolutely the authorities' negligence," he said. Mesba Faruqui, the operations director of the factory, said the operators were doing maintenance duty as the factory was meant to open on Tuesday after the long Eid holidays. "If the accident had happened today, God forbid, there might have been many more casualties," he told AFP.
  25. At least eight people died and another 35 were injured in a natural gas pipeline explosion in south-west China's Guizhou Province on Sunday, Xinhua news agency reported. The explosion occurred at around 10 a.m. local time (0300 GMT) in Qinglong County at a pipeline operated by China National Petroleum Corp, triggered by a landslide after days of heavy rain. Xinhua said earlier that the gas line was an extension of a pipeline that pumped gas from neighbouring Myanmar to southwest China and that the fire was put out in the afternoon. Four of the injured are in critical condition, it said.