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  1. [embed_video1 url= style=center] MARDAN: Jamiat Ulema-e Islam - F (JUI-F) leader Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehman on Thursday alleged that international powers want to destabilize the country. "International powers wan't to destablize Pakistan," Rehman stressed, adding that the country should take the path of national unity. "It is high time that we work our way towards national unity because without unity, this nation won't make it through to the elections in 2018," Rehman warned during an address in Mardan. He stated that [political parties] may disagree on strategic decisions but the quest of peace is a common wish. Discussing the US policy for the region, Rehman remarked that the country is 'habitual of talking about negotiations' after it 'wages war on Muslims.' "I fail to understand what is the US objection if we are standing with a law and our country," he said. "The only objection they [US] have is that we made their agenda unsuccessful." He also said that his party's participation in the upcoming general elections was being forcefully obstructed.
  2. Pakistan Rowing team brought laurel for the country during the Asian Indoor Rowing Championships 2017. Photo: Facebook/Pakistan Rowing Federation official JOHAR BAHARU: Pakistan Rowing team brought laurel for the country during the Asian Indoor Rowing Championships 2017, which was held in Johar Baharu, Malaysia. The team secured three medals, one gold, one silver and one bronze, at the international competition, according to a press statement. The athletes who secured a gold medal include Maqbool Ali, Rashid Hussain, Rabia Amjad and Naila Bano. Photo: Facebook/Pakistan Rowing Federation official Pakistan?s mixed four clinched the gold medal, which has been won by Pakistan after 14 years. The athletes who participated in the category include Maqbool Ali, Rashid Hussain, Rabia Amjad and Naila Bano. Moreover, the team from Pakistan clinched silver medal in the lightweight men pair category. The athletes who representated Pakistan in the event include Waliullah Khan and Muzammil Shehzad. Athletes who secured a bronze medal include Sohaib Ahmed, Muzammil Shehzad, Naila Bano and Nighat Kausar. Photo: Facebook/Pakistan Rowing Federation official Pakistan?s team secured a bronze medal in the lightweight mixed category. Those who represented Pakistan in the event include Sohaib Ahmed, Muzammil Shehzad, Naila Bano and Nighat Kausar. This have been the best performance of the Pakistan team at an Asian-level competition since the establishment of Pakistan Rowing Federation in Pakistan, the press statement added.
  3. Mohammad Hafeez - File Photo The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Thursday said that the bowling action of Mohammad Hafeez was found to be illegal through an independent assessment. The off-spinner has been suspended from bowling in international cricket with immediate effect. According to the assessment, the majority of Hafeez?s deliveries had exceeded the 15 degree level of tolerance which is permitted under regulations. The international suspension imposed on Hafeez will be applicable and enforced by all National Cricket Federations for domestic cricket events played in their own jurisdiction in accordance with Article 11.1 of the ICC Illegal Bowling Regulations. However, he will be permitted to bowl in domestic cricket with the consent of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) according to Article 11.5 of the Regulations. Mohammad Hafeez underwent an assessment on November 1 in England after his bowling action was reported during the third One-Day International against Sri Lanka on October 18. Hafeez can apply for a re-assessment after modifying his bowling action in accordance with clause 4.5 of the Regulations.
  4. Pakistan will play its first match of the International Festival of Hockey against the hosts Australia at Melbourne's State Netball Hockey Centre on Wednesday. The 4-Nation tournament also features New Zealand and Japan. After the single league, the top two teams would play the final, with the bottom two featuring in the third position game. Australia, the reigning world champions who are no 2 in the FIH rankings, are the favourites. Their trans-Tasman rivals New Zealand (ranked 8) are expected to offer the toughest competition. It will be a surprise if any of the Asia sides, Pakistan (ranked 13) and Japan (ranked 16), makes it to the final. Pakistan's Matches: Wednesday 8 November, vs Australia Thursday 9 November, vs New Zealand Saturday 11 November, vs Japan Final & 3rd Position match: Sunday, 12 November
  5. LAHORE: Ahead of the expected West Indies tour to home in coming days, Pakistan?s hope of maintaining the in-form bowling unit have dealt a major blow, as fast bowler Usman Shinwari is ruled out from playing international cricket for at least next six months, sources informed Geo News. Reportedly, the medical camp of Pakistan Cricket Board has informed the team management that Shinwari may take next four to six months to recover from the injury. The pacer is facing a serious stress fracture of the back. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is still waiting for a final word from Cricket West Indies (CWI) on the proposed tour of Pakistan by the West Indies team for a series of three T20Is. PCB awaits final word from West Indies on proposed tour CWI is looking for reciprocation from PCB for the tour and PCB has suggested two different options Meanwhile, a source in PCB has confirmed to that PCB has sent the proposed itinerary and the related plans to the CWI and the board is now waiting for the final approval. ?We are hoping for a reply from them by Wednesday,? said the source. A joint statement from PCB and CWI had stated that Cricket West Indies and Pakistan Cricket Board were advancing discussions that would see the West Indies team play three T20 matches against Pakistan in Lahore in late November.
  6. NEW YORK: Pakistan''s Ambassador to the United Nations Maleeha Lodhi said on Friday that the concept of building a community of shared future for mankind showcases China's vision to vigorously promote international cooperation in an interdependent world, Lodhi said in a session that the Chinese vision is the most important and ambitious concept for promoting international peace and sustainable development in the 21st century. She said that the One Belt One Road project offers an innovative thinking for the international community, that is, to establish a more equitable and reasonable international system through stronger integration of interests and deeper across-the-board cooperation. Lodhi said that without integration no country or a group of countries can resolve the security crisis prevailing in the world. She paid tribute to the Chinese President Xi Jinping and added that his vision will benefit not only one country or one community but also will positively impact entire nations of the world. "Terrorism and cybercrime cannot be resolved by any one country," she said. "China's One Belt One Road project will be expanded to 60 countries of three continents, and is for the prosperity of more than 4 billion people." China on Friday said that many members of the international community including Pakistan have appraised the incorporation of the concept of a community of shared future for mankind into the United Nations First Committee?s resolutions. ?We have noted that many members of the international community have appraised the incorporation of the concept of a community of shared future into the First Committee's resolutions,? Chinese Foreign Ministry?s Spokesperson, Hua Chunying said during the routine briefing.
  7. Indian bowler Ashish Nehra waves at supporters as he leaves the field with his team at the end of the first T20 cricket match between New Zealand and India at Feroz Shah Kotla Cricket Stadium in New Delhi, on November 1, 2017.?AFP photo NEW DELHI: World Cup winning fast bowler Ashish Nehra ended his career with India's Twenty20 win over New Zealand on Wednesday. Now 38, Nehra bid farewell at his home Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in New Delhi after not being part of the team for a T20 series against Australia last month. The left-arm quick had been in and out of skipper Virat Kohli's T20 plans in recent months. He last played a one day international in 2011 and a Test match in 2004. His career in the longer versions of the game was curtailed by the injuries. He went wicketless in Wednesday's match to return figures of 0-29 in his four overs but was carried by his teammates in a lap of honour. "I will once again repeat that it is always good to retire when people are asking why, rather than why not," he told reporters in a marathon press conference that lasted 30 minutes. "I consider myself lucky to sign off at my home-ground. I am emotional but happy to play for almost 19 years as a fast bowler for Team India," the lanky paceman added. Nehra bowled the first and the last over in the New Zealand chase as India won the match by 53 runs after posting a mammoth 202-3. Nehra collected 157 ODI wickets plus 44 Test and 34 T20 scalps during his 18-year career, since making his Test debut in 1999 against Sri Lanka in Colombo. He went under the knife 12 times during his career mainly because of the effects of his unwieldy action ? called "mechanically incorrect" by batting great VVS Laxman ? which added to his pace, accuracy and unpredictability. He could whip up speeds up to 140 kilometers (85 miles) per hour. His run-up and a near-tumbling follow through was a treat for fans along with his animated gestures on the cricket field. Nehra was a part of the Indian squad that won the 2011 World Cup in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. The Delhi native was also a vital part of India´s 2003 World Cup campaign in South Africa, where the team ended up as runners-up to Australia. Roller coaster ride At the peak of his powers, Nehra was often called upon to bowl the final over in a tense encounter. He is best remembered however for his career-best ODI figures of 6-23 against England at Durban during the 2003 tournament. Nehra performed brilliantly in India´s 2011 World Cup semi-final win over arch-rivals Pakistan, returning figures of 2-33 at the Mohali Cricket Ground. The paceman was unlucky to miss the final against Sri Lanka after he fractured his finger during an unsuccessful attempt to catch Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi. Nehra has also finished his Indian Premier League (IPL) playing career after successful stints with Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai, Pune and Hyderabad. "I am content with my career. As an optimist I will always look at the brighter side and look forward to the rest of my life which I believe would be better," he said. "Now I can pass my experience to upcoming fast bowlers. I have seen failure and maybe can help others to improve," he added. He has said he is weighing up coaching roles in domestic cricket and commentary stints as part of his retirement plans.
  8. Arguably one of the most popular and consistent cricketers in international cricket, Virat Kohli has taken huge strides both personally and professionally to help Indian cricket scale new heights in the modern era. Ever since taking over the reins from MS Dhoni as Team India skipper, Kohli has transformed from being a prolific batsman to becoming a great leader for his side. And the recent home series against Australia was surely a testimony to that. Hosting the Steve Smith brigade in five-match ODI series, Kohli-led India ran riot against the visitors to record an emphatic 4-1 series win. Even in the three-match T20I series, India dominated the proceedings and looked favourites to run away with top honours until the third T20I was called off. While Kohli clearly managed to pip his famous rival Smith in the home series, his Australian counterpart finally has something to cheer for. © BCCL According to a recent study, Smith has beaten the Indian captain to claim the title of the highest-earning captain in international cricket. One of the world's best batsmen, Smith bags a whopping $1.469 million an year, leaving behind Kohli who earns an approximate salary of $1 million. Though Kohli - with his earnings from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), brand endorsements and IPL fees - continues to be the richest cricketer on the planet, but when it comes to sheer wages, Smith leads the envious list. To put things in perspective, Smith's yearly salary is 20 times more than what Zimbabwe captain Graeme Cremer draws. © BCCL “At $23,380 per game, India's Test cricketers are the most well rewarded across the world, earning almost twice of what an Australian cricketer gets for a home Test (Australia has different fees for home and away Tests),” an ESPNCricinfo report said. “The figures are based on international cricket, and do not take into account player earnings from T20 leagues, other domestic engagements or endorsements,” the report added further. Highest-Paid Cricket Coach © BCCL While Kohli might have fallen behind Smith in the cricketers' list, Indian fans will be delighted to find out that Team India coach Ravi Shastri is currently the highest-paid cricket coach in international cricket. Shastri, who took over the reins from Anil Kumble as Team India coach, draws a staggering $1.17 million - only less than what the top cricketers from Australia, England and India earns a year. Australia's coach Darren Lehmann is placed second with a package of $0.55 million, followed by Trevor Bayliss - coach of the England cricket team - with an yearly package of $0.52 million. On the other hand, the cricket boards in Bangladesh and Zimbabwe are currently not in a position to pay their cricketers as much as other international sides. But, surprisingly, Bangladesh's head coach from Sri Lanka - Chandika Hathurasingha - is paid more than any of the country's top cricketers. When it comes to Pakistan, the cricket board is paying their coach Mickey Arthur three times more than any of what their top-most cricketers are earning. Worst Paid Cricketers © Reuters While the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is breaking the bank for Coach Mickey Arthur, their cricketers are sadly among the worst-paid cricketers in international circuit. A cricketer in Pakistan's top contract will be an annual retainer at an yearly package of $74,014 - which is marginally less than the top contract for an Ireland player who bags $75,000. “A player like Sarfraz Ahmed, Pakistan's captain, will end up earning more in a year, of course — and he quadruples his base salary in 2017 — because he plays more often and plays across three formats,” the study claims. While the absence of international fixtures at home has clearly hurt the Pakistani cricketers, the strained bilateral ties between India and Pakistan - which also led to exodus of their cricketers from the Indian Premier League (IPL) - has also led to a downfall in their yearly revenue.
  9. KABUL: The International Committee of the Red Cross will ?drastically? cut back its operations in Afghanistan following attacks that have killed seven of its staff this year, the aid group said on Monday. The announcement underlines the deteriorating security for aid groups in Afghanistan, where the ICRC has been operating for more than 30 years and has been running its fourth biggest humanitarian program. ?Exposure to risk has become our greatest challenge and concern,? Monica Zanarelli, head of the ICRC in Afghanistan, told a news conference in the capital, Kabul. ?We have no choice but to drastically reduce our presence in Afghanistan,? she said, adding that the decision would particularly affect operations in the north, where facilities in Kunduz, Faryab, and Balkh provinces would be closed or downsized. Red Cross officials said the assessments are ongoing and could not say how many of its 1,800 staff would be affected. The Red Cross had already warned of the threat to its operations following a series of attacks over the past year. In February, the organization put all of its operations on hold after six of its staff were killed in an attack on an aid convoy in the far north. Operations gradually resumed over the summer, but last month, a Spanish Red Cross physiotherapist working in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif was shot dead by one of her patients. In addition, four of its staff have been abducted over the past year. The spreading conflict has combined with an increase in criminality, making for more ?blurred lines? between the various armed groups which complicate efforts to safely provide aid, Zanarelli said. ?I would say there are more gray areas than there were in the past, and this is certainly what is affecting our capacity to assess our security,? she said. According to U.S. military estimates, the government controls no more than 60 percent of the country, with the rest either controlled or contested by the Taliban and other insurgent groups.
  10. MADRID: The leader of Catalonia called for international mediation on Monday to resolve a stand-off with Madrid, the day after hundreds were injured as police tried to forcibly disrupt a referendum on independence that had been ruled illegal. ?It is not a domestic matter,? Carles Puigdemont told a news conference on Monday. ?It?s obvious that we need mediation.? Sunday?s events in the autonomous region dramatically raised the temperature in a festering split between Madrid and Barcelona and made it harder for the two sides to sit down to try to find a political compromise. Images of riot police using rubber bullets and batons in a show of force to stop the vote shocked Spain and drew international condemnation. Authorities said almost 900 people had been injured. Puigdemont had gone ahead with the referendum in defiance of a court order. On Monday, he said the vote was valid and binding, and had to be applied. He urged Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy to say whether he was in favour of mediation in talks over the region?s future, which he said should be overseen by the European Union. He added that he had received no indication that the EU could sponsor this mediating role, and said Brussels had been timid and lacked courage on the matter. In a statement issued shortly before Puigdemont made his proposal, the European Commission said: ?We call on all relevant players to now move very swiftly from confrontation to dialogue. Violence can never be an instrument in politics.? The ballot, which asked voters if they wanted an independent republic, has no legal status as it was banned by Spain?s Constitutional Court for being at odds with the 1978 constitution, which states Spain cannot be broken up. The overwhelming ?Yes? vote among the 42 percent who authorities said had made it to the polls was not a surprise as those favoring continued union had been expected to stay at home en masse. Opinion polls in the run-up to the vote had put support for independence at only around 40 percent. On Monday, Justice Minister Rafael Catala said Spain could use its constitutional power to suspend Catalan?s existing autonomy if the regional parliament declared independence. ?We will use the entire force of the law. Our obligation is to resolve problems and we?ll do it, even though using certain measures might hurt,? he said in a television interview.
  11. Superstar DJ, Sahil Sharma knows how to dress like an internationally-acclaimed music artist. One because, he is one. Two, he has a karmic connection with sartorial brilliance. And three, he knows no other way. Even though there's a lot on his mind besides long line T-shirts, Yeezys and designer gear—he's Zaeden and he dresses like a maven anyway. But think everyday silhoettes and relatable styles...and that's his personal style. For a goddamn globally recognised DJ, his style is so easy and effortless, that it's hard to believe that it's easy to cop. So guess what? We learnt a big valuable lesson here. To get exclusive access into a dope music artist's personal style, you don't need to cry and yearn for it, you need to scroll through to hear it from the horse's mouth... Ready for the weekend! A post shared by Zaeden (@zaedenmusic) on Jan 10, 2017 at 11:06pm PST Describe your personal style, on and off duty? Well, I'd say—it's like Burgers and Fries. Quick, easy and most importantly, loved by all (lol). Classic, solid coloured T-shirts are your everyday uniform. What's a must-have casual wear piece for a DJ? A simple black T shirt with long sleeves! You can never go wrong with it! DJs tend to sweat a lot while performing, so black works as a great camouflage. That's probably one of the reasons why most of the music artists globally are seen in the colour black! ð· @denisbaam A post shared by Zaeden (@zaedenmusic) on Aug 2, 2017 at 2:33am PDT What bag are you carrying right now? I carry my Porsche design bag pack everywhere with me. DJs like me, need a lot of pockets to separate the gadgets we bring along. Just makes things neat, organised and hence, very convenient. And, what's on your feet? My Yeezy Boost Sply 350s! They're supremely comfortable and look stunning. And as opposed to what people say, Yeezys are not over rated at all—totally worth their price! Sunday ð´ A post shared by Zaeden (@zaedenmusic) on Apr 16, 2017 at 12:05am PDT Do you accessorise at all? To be honest, I'm not a big fan of accessories. But I recently bought myself a silver neck accesory and have been receiving a hell lot of compliments for it. Considering you're always travelling (with changing temperatures), what kind of fabrics do you lean towards? Cotton, especially if I'm in India. It's really hot here! Plus, it's very comfortable too. So yeah...I'm mostly in cotton and in varied colours! Day off at home and heading to Pune tomorrow. See you all at @1lounge. A post shared by Zaeden (@zaedenmusic) on Aug 10, 2017 at 2:39am PDT Superstar DJs wears jeans like they mix tunes. How do you like your denim? Grey, slightly ripped and faded. A pair of Levi's or Diesel jeans are just classic and evergreen. But I don't over style them! Besides that, I've recently started wearing a lot of linen trousers too. They pair well with T-shirts and shirts, both. Winter's almost here. How's Zaeden going to layer up? I've been obsessed with draped hoodies lately. My Bershka black draped hoodie, to be precise. Time to hop that on! Plus, they're easy to slip into and to carry around. And of course, very affordable too!
  12. WASHINGTON: Pakistan Ambassador to the United States Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry said on Thursday that Pakistan stands with United States and the international community against terrorism. The ambassador was addressing a ceremony at the Pakistani embassy in Washington. He said that Pakistan Army has not only faced hostility from its eastern neighbor, India, but also took adequate action against terrorists. Pakistan has enhanced its diplomatic efforts and reiterated its strong commitment towards establishment of longstanding peace in Afghanistan. [embed_video1 url= style=center] The efforts come as a backdrop of the announcement of US President Donald Trump?s strategy for the region in August, harshly criticising Pakistan for providing a safe haven to "agents of chaos". The US president cleared the way for the deployment of thousands more US troops to Afghanistan, backtracking from his promise to rapidly end America's longest war, while pillorying ally Pakistan. After the criticism, Pakistan proceeded to display its displeasure at Trump's remarks and postponed a visit by US acting Assistant Secretary of State Alice Wells. On August 24, in a meeting of the National Security Committee, the government strongly rejected certain allegations levelled against the country. A statement released also said that Pakistan has an interest in Afghanistan?s peace and stability and the country has dealt with the Afghan refugee problem after the withdrawal of Russia.
  13. The gold medalists include Erdemir Ali, Anael Ali, Khalid Aleem, Khadija Abdullah, and Muhammed Raid.Photo: Bushi Ban Pakistan Junior Karate Team KARACHI: A team from Pakistan secured five gold medals and overall third position in an international Karate competition held in Sri Lanka. The gold medalists include Erdemir Ali, Anael Ali, Khalid Aleem, Khadija Abdullah, and Muhammed Raid. The team, Bushi Ban Pakistan Junior Karate Team, along with teams from seven other countries participated in the 22nd Kensho International Open Karate Championship 2017. The participating teams hailed from Sri Lanka, India, Nepal, Maldives, Bhutan, Bangladesh, and Pakistan. "We are glad to announce the marvelous victory of our Karate team in international championship held in Sri Lanka," read a press statement issued by the Bushi Ban Pakistan Junior Karate Team on Wednesday.
  14. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi while speaking in his press conference at New York. Photo: Geo News NEW YORK: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said on Friday that he had 27 meetings on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) 72nd session in New York, where he presented detailed stance of Pakistan with clarity on various issues to the members of international community. Speaking in a press conference, along with Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif and Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York Maleeha Lodhi, PM Abbasi said that he also had an informal meeting with US President Donald Trump. PM Abbasi said that he informed the world that there are no terror safe havens in Pakistan, adding that in the entire world only Pakistan is engaged in the war against terrorism. The premier said that in his meeting with US Vice President Mike Pence, he informed him that Pakistan wants to see peace in Afghanistan. "We want Afghan leadership to settle their disputes," he said. He said Pakistan's viewpoint clearly and impactfully presented before the international community has been appreciated all across the board. Prime Minister Abbasi said that a dossier of 300 pages documenting human rights violations in Kashmir has been presented to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. Responding over a question he said that there will be no re-shuffle of portfolios of his cabinet members in coming days. PM's address in UNGA rime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi during his address to the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York on Thursday, highlighted the persistent human rights violations in Indian-occupied Kashmir (IoK), terming India's role in the region the "most intense example of foreign occupation". In what marked his debut at the highest international diplomacy ? after taking over the office last month following former prime minister Nawaz Sharif's ouster in July ? Abbasi delivered a crisp and concise speech that touched upon almost every key factor positive for or detrimental to Pakistan's growth and development. The premier made it clear that Pakistan "is not prepared to be anyone's scapegoat", noting that Pakistan has been consistently active in the war against terrorism and has lost more to the cause than any other nation. During his 20-minute speech, he said that while Daesh has been decimated in most Middle Eastern regions, including Yemen, the group's creeping global influence is evident through the recent events around the world. Abbasi mentioned to the attendees that the UN charter has over time been eroding slowly, with unresolved conflicts taking a much larger part of the headlines than before, the rampant Indian aggression in occupied Kashmir a stark example of that.
  15. Syed Murad Ali Shah talking to media in Sukkur SUKKUR: Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah has expressed resolve to bring international cricket to Karachi. Responding to a question during media talk here on Saturday, the chief minister said the Sindh government will approach the Pakistan Cricket Board for hosting of international cricket matches in major cities such as Karachi, Hyderabad and Sukkur. ?We are fully prepared. The security situation [in Karachi] is also much better,? he said, adding that he had approached the board ahead of the Pakistan Super League final in Lahore as well. On the matter of IG Sindh AD Khawaja, Shah expressed his reservations over the Sindh High Court?s ruling but said the order is being implemented. ?We have our reservations [on the ruling] but we are following the court?s orders,? he said. The chief minister said Imran Khan was politically immature and still had a lot to learn. ?He [Imran Khan] may be good at cricket but he has yet to learn politics. After winning a few seats in Sindh, he thinks the whole nation is with him,? Shah remarked.
  16. LAHORE: International Cricket Council (ICC) Chief Executive Officer, David Richardson announced the possibility of ICC tournaments being organised in Pakistan in the near future. Speaking at a press conference along with Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Najam Sethi, Richardson said: ?If things go like this then ICC events can be played in Pakistan.? He said that the ICC is doing what it can to assist Pakistan in these difficult times and help their cricket survive in these times. The ICC chief said security teams are satisfied with arrangements in Lahore, adding that the security situation in Pakistan has improved. ?PCB, Pakistan?s security agencies deserve praise,? he said. ?I think the next step is to grow and improve the capability in cities outside Lahore and build the confidence in teams like Australia and England to visit Pakistan, in fact, all the cricket teams.? the ICC CEO said. Responding to a question, Richardson said it is a wrong perception that ICC favours India more than Pakistan. "India is a very powerful cricketing country so it has a very strong voice at the ICC. But the fact remains that we have 12 members, and India doesn't have any more voice than any other member." He added that the current circumstances between India and Pakistan are more driven by the political circumstances. Meanwhile, Sethi said that the PCB officials had meetings with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) officials and now the board is consulting with lawyers and recording statements before taking the Indian board to court over violation of MoU for cricket series. "We've already written a letter to ICC for a 3-member board that'll look into the matter," he added.
  17. A scene of destruction from the war in Yemen. Photo: File/Reuters GENEVA: The time is not right for an independent international inquiry into human rights violations in Yemen, Saudi Arabia?s ambassador in Geneva said on Wednesday, responding to calls from the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Since 2015, Saudi Arabia and its allies have been bombing the Iran-aligned Houthi movement which controls most of northern Yemen, including the capital Sanaa, in a conflict that has killed more than 10,000 people. The Houthis have in turn fired rockets toward Saudi cities and villages. The Netherlands and Canada are backing a resolution at the UN Human Rights Council mandating an international inquiry, but Saudi Ambassador Abdulaziz Alwasil said a national Yemeni commission would be in a better position to investigate. ?We are working together to hopefully come to a compromise,? Alwasil told reporters. ?We have no objection to the inquiry itself, we just have a discussion about the timing, whether this is the right time to establish an international commission, with the difficulties on the ground,? Alwasil said. Saudi Arabia and its allies are waging their military campaign in support of the internationally recognized Yemeni government and they have the backing of the United States. UN human rights chief Zeid Ra?ad al-Hussein has long called for an independent international inquiry into the conflict and says Yemen?s National Commission is not up to the job of investigating the situation. Zeid said on Monday there had been only ?minimal? efforts at holding people to account in what the United Nations has branded the world?s worst humanitarian crisis. For the past two years, the 47-member Human Rights Council has rejected the Dutch demand for an international probe and backed the Saudi view that favours a Yemeni commission. Alwasil said he again expected the council to back its stance, adding that a locally formed commission would have better access and connections around the country. The Saudi envoy said the international community should focus its efforts on gaining access for humanitarian personnel. The Saudi-led coalition has also has set up a team to investigate civilian casualties. On Tuesday it said it had found a series of deadly airstrikes had been largely justified.
  18. Whatever Modi does, it trends. That's the rule of life. Or, at least, the internet. Last week, PM Narendra Modi was on a 3-day visit to Xiamen, China to attend the 9th BRICS Summit. He attended lots of meetings and listened to lots of speeches being given by the world leaders present there. © Reuters During one of the talks, Modi was photographed looking completely lost deep in thought. © Reuters Daydreaming during a boring meeting is probably the most relatable thing PM Modi has ever done, tbh. © Reuters The death stare you give when someone interrupts your daydreaming. Obviously, that picture caught the internet's attention quickly. While we don't know for sure what he was thinking about at that moment, people on Twitter have taken it upon themselves to fill in the blanks and have come up with some hilarious captions. Check ‘em out! Modi has caught the wanderlust bug. When you have taken so many flights that even in a room you feel you are taking off... — The-Lying-Lama (@KyaUkhaadLega) September 11, 2017 agla desh kaun sa? — capt. (@thephukdi) September 11, 2017 Waiting for the weekend like.. Mood on Friday Vs Monday — Gautam Trivedi (@Gotham3) September 12, 2017 What a pun! When you're in class but have many aadhaar things in mind. — Pranav (@pranavsapra) September 12, 2017 Not cool. When you note bandi but the bandi doesn't note you back. — Light-Say-Burr (@gotzerochill) September 11, 2017 We've all been there. Me: "Yaar there's only front row mein seats available" Friend: "Koi nahi, let's go it's a reeeeeally good movie" [10 minutes later]: — Akshar (@AksharPathak) September 11, 2017 You can do it, Modi. We believe in you. 5 saal me world tour karna tha, 2 saal bache hai aur 146 countries baaki hai — 007 (@James_Beyond) September 11, 2017 Such profound thoughts. Doosri chappal kahan chali gayi — Bakwas Rider (@BakwasRadio) September 11, 2017 Wait, come back! मà¥à¤à¥ लिठबिना हॠà¤à¤¡à¤¼ à¤à¤¯à¤¾ यà¥à¥¤ð — RoAdSiDe BaBa (@Roadside_Monk) September 11, 2017 Series of events ð — oPUNer ð®ð³ (@CA_Dhanesh) September 11, 2017 An abomination. When she orders Jain Chinese. — Godman Chikna (@Madan_Chikna) September 11, 2017 When you call her in the middle of the night & you hear "The number you are calling is on another call" — Engineeredð (@thebtechguy) September 11, 2017 Obviously, Kejriwal made an appearance. ð¹ð¹ð¹ — â Veer â (@ClawedHumor) September 11, 2017 I'm watching you ð — BRAHMeme (@effucktivehumor) September 11, 2017 It's okay, Modi. "Woh ladki bohot yaad aati hai ð¶ " — Pakchikpak Raja Babu (@HaramiParindey) September 11, 2017
  19. The second Test match between Sri Lanka and Pakistan in March, 2009 is not remembered for the cricket that was played. Not many remember that Thilan Samaraweera scored a remarkable second double-century in successive Tests, or that Umar Gul toiled for a day and a half to earn a six-wicket haul. All that we remember from that Test, and especially before the third day's play, is the act of cowardice by the terrorists who targeted a cricket team to disrupt normalcy. On 3 March, the Sri Lankan team was on its way to the iconic Gaddafi stadium in Lahore to resume third day's play in the second Test. But, as the team made its way towards the Liberty Square, 12 gunmen launched a multi-pronged attack on the Lankan convoy. © Reuters Using RPGs, hand grenades and guns, the attackers took aim at the bus carrying the cricketers. The Pakistani driver of the team's bus was shot, but in a remarkable feat of endurance and extraordinary presence of mind, he managed to drive the team away from the assault to relative safety. Tragically, eight people were killed and those injured included seven Lankan cricketers and staff members. The match was abandoned and the Lankan side was safely flown back home. A day that had begun with a promise of exciting cricket, sadly turned into one of the darkest hours in the history of the sport. It was the worst attack on an international sports team since the infamous Munich Olympics in 1972. Though all the terrorists were either killed or detained, the damage was already done. Pakistan lost its reputation of successfully hosting international cricket matches. The country became a no-go zone for most cricket-playing nations. And, an entire generation of Pakistani fans were robbed of the right to watch international cricket in their own country. © Reuters Fast forward to 12th September 2017, the Gaddafi stadium beckoned again, as a momentous path-breaker highlighting a country's show of defiance. Pakistani flags were held aloft and fans of all ages were making their way through the infamous Liberty Square, towards the stadium. International cricket had finally found its way back into country as the Faf du Plessis-led World XI side locked horns with the Pakistani side in the first of the three T20Is of the Independence Cup. But, this was not just a game of cricket, it was much more than that - a country was trying to shed the tag of being 'unsafe' in international cricket, a team of overseas players were helping a nation stand back on its feet and even the home fans maintained as much discipline as possible to portray a positive image of their country. © Reuters The fans almost brought down the roof of the stadium while responding to Fakhar Zaman's back-to-back boundaries early on. Their excitement grew stronger thanks to a 122-run partnership between Babar Azam (86) and Ahmed Shehzad (39) that powered Pakistan to a competitive 197-run total. With the World XI's weak bowling attack laid surgically bare, a clinical batting performance by Pakistan was not the only thing that got the fans on their feet. Rather, those glued to the game on TV sets (like me) must've been a bit confused to see the home fans cheering for the opposition bowlers. © Reuters On Tuesday, probably for the first time in a cricket match, an entire stadium was seen cheering for the likes of Morne Morkel, Ben Cutting and Thisara Perera despite playing for the World XI side. There was a genuine sense of gratitude from the fans for these players. After all, they were instrumental in bringing the country's most-loved sport back home. In their chase, the World XI side proved no match to the bowling prowess of Pakistan who managed to eke out a 20-run win and a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. But, none of the cricketers received the reception Darren Sammy did when he smashed sixes which were met with loud roars. Sammy has long been vocal about the need of bringing international cricket back to Pakistan. In fact, he was an influential player in the second edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) whose final was also held in Lahore. Such has been his passion for the Pakistani fans that he was even seen pushing an auto-rickshaw to help it start ahead of the match. Love this â¤ï¸, @darrensammy88 pushing rickshaw. #PAKvWXI #CricketComesHome — Junaid Afridi (@iamjafridi) September 12, 2017 All the cricketers playing for the World XI were treated like Pakistan's own. Their exploits were celebrated with the same vigour as the ones enticed by a Pakistani cricketer. It was a beautiful sight to see the home fans stuck in a dilemma of which team to support - on one side they had their own countrymen and on the other, they had players from different nations helping in bringing their favourite sport back home. © Reuters Sport is a means to bring strangers together, whether it's a local football team or an international cricket side, and despite being a victim of terror activities, a much-needed show of defiance by Pakistan has not only silenced their critics, but also proved a valid point to international cricketers who were sceptical about touring the country. So, on this monumental day in cricket history, let's not stand separated with varied nationalities and hold back credit where it's due. After all, it's not just a win for Pakistan, but also for every fan and every country that idolises cricket.
  20. ICC chairman Shashank Manohar International Cricket Council (ICC) chairman Shashank Manohar on Monday welcomed the return of international cricket to Pakistan, as the country prepares to host the World XI for the three-match T20 Independence Cup. ?This is a good day for world cricket as the PCB hosts a World XI in Lahore for three T20 International games. It has been a long and tough journey as the PCB, Pakistan players and fans have been starved of the opportunity to stage, play and watch international cricket in their own country. I am hopeful that today marks the start of the safe and steady return of international cricket to Pakistan,? the ICC website quoted Manohar as saying. ?The ability of Pakistan to play international cricket at home is crucial to the long term health of the game in Pakistan and one of the main reasons why the ICC established the Pakistan Task Force under the leadership of Giles Clarke, to explore, in partnership with the PCB, how we can get international cricket back to Pakistan safely and on a regular basis,? he said. ?I send both teams and the PCB the very best wishes from the whole cricket family for a competitive series that the passionate fans in Pakistan can enjoy. I sincerely hope that this week?s games mark the start of a steady flow of international cricket to this great cricket nation,? his statement added. Earlier today, ICC director Giles Clarke paid tribute to the efforts of the Pakistan Cricket Board and the passion of the cricket-loving nation in bringing international cricket back home. ICC?s Giles Clarke pays tribute to Pakistan for bringing international cricket back home ?It?s been a long road, I?m happy to see Pakistan hosting international cricket again? Addressing a joint press conference with PCB chairman Najam Sethi in Lahore, Clarke said he was happy to see international cricketing action return to Pakistan. ?It?s been a long road and I?m very happy to see international cricket finally return here,? the ICC director said, pointing out that Lahore?s successful hosting of the PSL final earlier this year was crucial in making the World XI tour possible.
  21. LAHORE: Jamiat Ulema-e Islam-F Chief Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman requested international organisations such as the United Nations and the Security Council to step in and stop violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, in a statement issued on Thursday. International organisations have not played their part in stopping the persecution of minority communities in Myanmar, he remarked, adding only stone-hearted people can remain quiet after seeing such violence against a minority community. He also announced that JUI-F will hold a protest to show solidarity with the Rohingya community. The government should take a stance and provide support to the marginalised community, he added. According to the United Nations says 164,000 refugees from Myanmar, comprising mostly members of Rohingya community, have so far fled to neighbouring Bangladesh. Speaking about the US President Donald Trump?s statements in which he alleged that Pakistan is supporting ?agents of chaos?, Fazl-ur-Rehman remarked that the statements have unveiled the US agenda. After the US threats, it is high time we correct our foreign policy, he added.
  22. Jazz is in the air, it literally is and Delhi's going to become a warmer shade of love, although it'll still be hot as hell! The 7th International Jazz Festival is coming back to the city with an ensemble of eclectic tunes and soulful saxophone sounds and we couldn't be happier! Usually, us Delhi folks relate a lot of things to the weather, and wait with bated breath for that nip in the air to plan our evenings out. Be it a walk in the park, play in the park, or some jazz in the park, we wait for the perfect weather! Although this time the air won't be that nippy at the International Jazz Festival, held on the lush green lawns of Nehru Park, Chanakya Puri but you could certainly look forward to some beautiful symphonies orchestrated by artists from all over the world. Since 2011, the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) has been hosting the festival, mostly during winter and has always managed a great opening befitting a world class event. This year too, jazz aficionados will be seen showcasing some beautiful rhythmic alternations and diatonic, leaving the crowd wanting more towards the end of each performance. (c) Flickr Delhi has earned its place as the international destination for many events in the recent years. After major cities of the world organised a jazz festival each year, Delhi too marked its spot on the world map as an ardent connoisseur of the genre. But the beauty of the situation lies in how Delhi, is bringing people together through music. And not just any music, music that originated in the late nineteenth century within the African-American communities and flourished for half its life in the United States of America. Due to its very enriching technique and unique style, it quickly gained popularity, as it crossed moved across regions and soon out to the world. In India, the jazz culture was introduced in the 1920's and since then, India, especially the capital, has been witness to numerous Jazz concerts and shows. This year, like last year, Jazz will be held in the park with all its glory on September 23-25. Although ICCR hasn't put forth a list of artists yet, we're sure as hell, it won't be anything short of glamorous and soulful and we can't wait to keep up with the annual jazz binging tradition. To know more, visit the event page here.
  23. Early morning on the 3rd of March 2009, the Sri Lankan cricket team was on its way to Lahore's Gaddafi stadium for third day's play of their second Test match against Pakistan. But, little did they know that a group of terrorists were on their way through Liberty Chowk with the sole intention of carrying out a multi-pronged attack on the Lankan convoy. Using RPGs, hand grenades and guns, the attackers took aim at the bus carrying the cricketers. The Pakistani driver of the team's bus was shot, but in a remarkable feat of endurance and extraordinary presence of mind, he managed to drive the team away from the assault straight to safety. © Reuters Tragically, seven people were killed - including six policemen - and another 20 injured in the attack. The injured include seven members of the Sri Lankan cricket team. While the visiting cricketers literally dodged a bullet, the incident undeniably turned out to be the worst-ever blow to Pakistani cricket. Since then, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has been trying to repair their reputation in international cricket. While the Pakistani cricket team was forced to play their so-called home fixtures in the UAE, an entire generation of their home fans were deprived of experiencing the game first-hand in a country where cricket is arguably the most-celebrated sport. © Reuters However, a successful edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) earlier this year which saw the final being held at the same Gaddafi stadium. It was a long-awaited show of defiance by Pakistan who didn't just silence their critics, but also proved a valid point to the international cricket teams who were earlier sceptical about sending their sides to the country on security concerns. Riding on the success of the PSL, PCB's bid to revive international cricket in Pakistan is on the verge of getting a major boost through the highly-anticipated World XI series. The Pakistani national team will be seen locking horns with the 15-man World XI squad comprised of players from all the top Test-playing countries in a three-match T20 series. It was special to play in Lahore infront of such passionate ppl. @PeshawarZalmi #Champions but Cricket was the winner #MoreThanJustAGame — Daren Sammy (@darensammy88) March 5, 2017 The World XI side, coached by Andy Flower, will undergo a seven-day training camp in Dubai before travelling to Lahore for three T20s, starting from 10 September. And, for the first time in nearly nine years, fans in Pakistan will have a season of cricket in their country to look forward to. However, no matter how enthusiastic the fans and the Pakistan cricket board continue to be, the hurdles for the sub-continent giants to bring international fixtures back to the country doesn't seem to end. The latest hiccup came to light after Pakistan-born South African cricketer Imran Tahir revealed his plight to obtain his visa in a bid to play the World XI series. Me with my family were humiliated & expelled from Pak High Commission earlier today when I went to get visa to play for WorldXI in Pakistan — Imran Tahir (@ImranTahirSA) September 4, 2017 The 38-year-old took to Twitter to express his displeasure after being humiliated and expelled by Pakistan Consulate in Birmingham. "Me with my family were humiliated & expelled from Pak High Commission earlier today when I went to get visa to play for World XI in Pakistan," he tweeted. "I have undergone a very unfortunate situation in the Pakistani Consulate Birmingham today. I had visited Consulate to secure our Pakistani visas with my family members. After going through the painful trauma of waiting for long 5 hours I was expelled by the staff explaining that the office hours are over and they are closing the Consulate. It was only after the intervention of High Commissioner Ibn-e-Abbas who instructed the staff that we were issued visas. It's an irony that being Pakistani origin South African Cricketer and intended to play in World XI was treated so miserably. Hats off to High Commissioner Ibn-e-Abbas who rescued me," wrote Tahir. Imran sorry to read your post. We will have this investigated and action will be taken against those responsible. — Ahsan Iqbal (@betterpakistan) September 5, 2017 Reacting to Tahir's account of the treatment meted out to him and his family, Pakistan's Minister for Interior Ahsan Iqbal promised a detailed investigation and adequate action against those responsible. The mistreatment of Tahir and his family was surely unfortunate and the so-called assurances from the concerned authorities seemed nothing more than damage control. But, the entire episode, once again highlighted the plight of a country that is currently fighting tooth and nail to bring international cricket back home. For a cricket giant that has been in exile and whose cricketers have been forced to call neutral venues their adopted homes (in international cricket), successfully hosting the World XI series is not just their top priority, but arguably the need of the hour.
  24. Bollywood?s ?Dhak Dhak Girl? Madhuri Dixit is all set to release her first-ever English language Extended Play (EP), The Film Star. The EP will be launched with the debut single, ?Tu Hai Mera.? The special ode ?Tu Hai Mera? is a special effort from the actress who ruled the hearts of fans across the world for all the love and support she?s received from them, Bollywood Hungama reported. A fusion of classical Indian folk music with western pop lyrics and beats, the play will bring together the East and the West to create an iconic global sound and vibe. President and Founder of A&R Worldwide Sat Bisla along with Dixit, and her husband Shriram Nene in a meeting last year decided to create the multilingual soundtrack. Talking about ?Tu Hai Mera? Dixit said, ?Music has been a part of my life from the very beginning. I was pretty clear that I wanted to kickstart this new chapter with a sense of celebration and gratitude for my fans who have offered their unrelenting support and all their love no matter what. So what better way to embark on this journey than by celebrating their appreciation?? She said it was a ?pleasure to work with a team of talented individuals? who understand and appreciate the beauty of ?the East and West.? ?We were able to create something that really speaks to your soul. Our hope is that the audience will appreciate all the hard work our team has put into the project and that it moves them as much as it has affected us,? Dixit said. It recently surfaced that ABC Television is working on an American comedy series based on the life of Dixit in the US, which is executive produced by Dixit herself and Priyanka Chopra.
  25. This picture was released by North Korea?s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on Sunday, purportedly showing leader Kim Jong-Un (centre) looking at a hydrogen bomb. Photo: AFP1 BEIJING: Countries around the world swiftly condemned North Korea´s announcement that it had tested a hydrogen bomb Sunday, with South Korea calling for the "strongest punishment" against Pyongyang while key ally China strongly condemned it. Tensions on the Korean peninsula have spiralled in recent weeks, with North Korea testing an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) and threatening to fire missiles towards the US Pacific island of Guam and President Donald Trump warning he would rain "fire and fury" on the country. Last week the North fired a missile over Japan and into the Pacific. South Korean President Moon Jae-In called for the "strongest punishment" against the North over its nuclear test, including new UN sanctions to "completely isolate" it. China, which is hosting a summit of the five BRICS nations, said it "expresses resolute opposition and strong condemnation" over Pyongyang´s sixth nuclear test, which was felt in Chinese cities hundreds of kilometres from North Korea´s borders. China, a key provider of aid and trade to the North, is seen as the only country holding any real influence over its truculent neighbour. But relations have become more strained in recent years, in part because of Pyongyang´s dogged pursuit of its nuclear programme in the face of international condemnation. The North should "stop taking mistaken actions which worsen the situation and are also not in line with its own interests, and effectively return to the track of solving the problem through dialogue," the Chinese foreign ministry said. President Xi Jinping and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin remained silent on the subject at the opening of the BRICS summit in Xiamen, which includes Brazil, India and South Africa. Trump condemns ?hostile? move US President Donald Trump, in a series of tweets, condemned North Korea testing hydrogen bomb. Photo: AFP/file Responding to the North Korean nuclear test, US President Donald Trump, in a series of tweets, condemned the it. He wrote, ?North Korea has conducted a major Nuclear Test. Their words and actions continue to be very hostile and dangerous to the United States.? ?..North Korea is a rogue nation which has become a great threat and embarrassment to China, which is trying to help but with little success,? he said. Trump further added, ?South Korea is finding, as I have told them, that their talk of appeasement with North Korea will not work, they only understand one thing!? After North Korea sent a missile over Japan last week, Trump tweeted that the time for talks was over. "The US has been talking to North Korea, and paying them extortion money, for 25 years. Talking is not the answer!" he wrote. Trump had previously pledged the North would not get an ICBM and has warned that Washington´s weapons are "locked and loaded". ?Creating serious threat? Russia´s foreign ministry however expressed "strongest condemnation" of Pyongyang´s actions, while adding "it is imperative to remain calm and to refrain from any actions that lead to a further escalation of tension". The ministry said it regretted that the leadership of North Korea was "creating a serious threat" for the region and warned that "the continuation of such a line is fraught with serious consequences" for Pyongyang. North Korea says conducts 'perfect' hydrogen bomb test An earthquake 5.6 was recorded near the country?s known nuclear test site Punggye-ri Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe slammed the test as "absolutely unacceptable" and said North Korea´s nuclear and missile programmes now pose a more "grave and urgent" threat to his country. "Whether we can stop North Korea´s reckless actions that threaten world peace depends on the cooperation and solidarity of the international community," he added. French President Emmanuel Macron also called for a "very firm" response by the international community and urged the UN Security Council to "quickly react". EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said she was looking forward "to the UN Security Council addressing the matter and taking a firm and effective stand". NATO secretary general Jens Stoltenberg condemned the test as "yet another flagrant violation" of multiple UN Security Council resolutions. "NATO is concerned by Pyongyang´s destabilising pattern of behaviour, which poses a threat to regional and international security," he said. Pyongyang, for its part, called the nuclear detonation "a perfect success". The test was substantially larger than previous ones, generating a 6.3 magnitude earth tremor according to US monitors.