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  1. 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.
  2. Cricket - Sri Lanka v India - Fifth One Day International Match - Colombo, Sri Lanka - September 3, 2017 - Sri Lanka's Angelo Mathews plays a shot. Photo: Reuters Sri Lanka all-rounder and former skipper Angelo Mathews has been ruled out of the first test against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi next week with a calf injury, but the uncapped Sadeera Samarawickrama, Roshen Silva and Lahiru Gamage are in the squad. Middle-order batsman Silva could be given the chance to make a late test debut for his country at the age of 28, along with fast bowler Gamage, who is a year older. Silva was called up by Sri Lanka last year but did not play. At 22, wicketkeeper-batsman Samarawickrama is the youngest of the trio but has represented his country at the under-19 level. Opener Kaushal Silva is back in the squad for the first time since January. The 31-year-old has not been called up since his first-ball duck against South Africa at the Wanderers on Jan. 14. Lahiru Thirimanne will add experience to Sri Lanka?s batting lineup in the absence of the injured Mathews after being given the nod for the first time since the tour of England in June last year. There was also a recall for seamer Suranga Lakmal, who missed the second and third tests against India last month with a back injury. Sri Lanka will be hoping for a better showing in the two-test series with Pakistan after being whitewashed 3-0 by India at home last month, in what was one of the most one-sided test series of recent times. The first test against Pakistan begins on Sept. 28. The second starts on Oct. 6 in Dubai and will be played in the new day-night format. Squad: Dinesh Chandimal (captain), Lahiru Thirimanne, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kaushal Silva, Kusal Mendis, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Roshen Silva, Niroshan Dickwella, Rangana Herath, Lakshan Sandakan, Dilruwan Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Pradeep, Vishva Fernando, Lahiru Gamage.
  3. ISLAMABAD: The Federal Investigation Agency arrested on Thursday three members of an Afghan ring, which was involved in human trafficking. According to the FIA, the five-member group?s details are being obtained from the Afghan embassy. The group?s two members, Ali Istanbul and Hakim, are in Kabul. The Afghan group smuggled a man named Mohammed Rizwan through Iran to Turkey, said the FIA officials. The group has asked for 20,000 Euros from Rizwan?s family as ransom, the FIA added.
  4. The attacker detonated the bomb after he was stopped at a security checkpoint by suspicious police as he walked towards the Alokozay Kabul International Cricket Ground where a match was under way. Photo: AFP KABUL: A suicide bomber blew himself up near a cricket stadium in the Afghan capital Kabul on Wednesday, killing three people including a policeman and wounding five others, police said. The attacker detonated the bomb after he was stopped at a security checkpoint by suspicious police as he walked towards the Alokozay Kabul International Cricket Ground where a match was under way. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, the latest in a series of deadly assaults in the city. "The security forces by sacrificing themselves have prevented the attacker from reaching the crowd (inside the stadium) and creating a catastrophe," police spokesman Basir Mujahid told AFP. Two of the wounded were police officers. Several ambulances were seen speeding away from the scene, apparently taking the injured to hospital, an AFP reporter said. Scores of police blocked the road leading to the stadium where the sixth match of the Shpageeza Cricket League season between the Boost Defenders and Mis Ainak Knights was under way. The competition started Monday. Hundreds of spectators could be heard from outside the stadium as firefighters washed down the area where the bomber had blown himself to bits. Afghanistan Cricket Board spokesman Farid Hotak told AFP the match was briefly interrupted and "all players and cricket board officials are safe". The last major attack in Kabul happened on August 29 when a suicide bomber blew himself up outside a bank days before the Eid festival, killing five people and injuring several others. Wednesday´s assault came hours after eight Afghans expelled from Germany arrived in Kabul after Berlin resumed deportations of Afghan asylum-seekers. It had suspended the process when a huge truck bomb tore through the city´s highly fortified diplomatic quarter on May 31, killing around 150 people and wounding hundreds more. The latest group represented the sixth wave of repatriations of Afghans from Germany since December under a disputed Afghan-European Union deal aimed at curbing the influx of migrants. Berlin has argued that it can safely repatriate people to Kabul and other parts of Afghanistan, even as Taliban and Islamic State militants terrorise much of the country. "They told me that there is no problem in your country and you can live there so you can´t stay here (Germany) anymore," Mohammad Jamshidi, one of the deportees, told AFP.
  5. PCB chairman Najam Sethi shares a light moment with World XI captain Faf du Plessis in Lahore Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Najam Sethi has said the World XI will tour Pakistan every year for the next three years, as the country took a giant step towards reviving international cricket at home with a 20-run victory over the World XI in the first of three T20 matches before excited crowds at the Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore. ?The World XI series is now planned for every year for the three years. This is first of the three series and there will be two more in the next years,? he told The Guardian in Lahore, adding that many more teams could be touring Pakistan in the coming years if all goes well. ?Once this [World XI tour] is done the Sri Lankans have committed to play one or two matches in Lahore next month and then the West Indies have committed to me that they will come for three matches in November,? he said. ?If there is no untoward incident that mars any of these events then I?d imagine by next year at least one or two big teams will come to Pakistan,? he added. The PCB and PSL chairman said that two years ago, the board did not want to ?risk anything that might endanger the guests even if they were prepared to come?. ?Now we can say with assurance that the war against terrorism has been taken to its logical conclusion and that 90-95% of terrorism has abated in this country. ?A sufficient condition was to convince the international community in general and the ICC in particular that the situation was safe to play cricket. ?First step in that direction was to at least try and play at least one match in Pakistan, which is why I fought tooth and nail to have the PSL final in Lahore. ?Security experts affiliated with various boards and also with the ICC came to the Lahore final and saw for themselves the excellent security arrangements that were in place, and then they went back and gave their reports. All this formed the basis for a World XI tour,? he explained. Pakistan, sent in to bat by World XI skipper Faf du Plessis in the first T20, notched 197-5 with Babar Azam hitting a rapid 52-ball 86 ? his career best T20 score. Babar Azam stars as Pakistan beat WXI in first T20 Lahore?s Gaddafi Stadium lights up tonight as cricket comes home The World XI started off well with Tamim Iqbal hitting 18 with three boundaries and Hashim Amla smashing three boundaries and a six in his 17-ball 26 but left-arm pacer Rumman Raees dismissed both in the same over to put the brakes on their innings. Skipper Faf du Plessis hit four boundaries and a six while Darren Sammy smashed three sixes -- both scoring 29 -- but were unable to see their team through. Tuesday marked the first time that five of Pakistan players -- Ashraf, Zaman, Shadab, Raees and Hasan Ali -- played an international match on home soil.
  6. Apple CEO Tim Cook announces the new iPhone X during an Apple special event at the Steve Jobs Theatre on the Apple Park campus on September 12, 2017 in Cupertino, California. ? AFP CUPERTINO, United States: Apple unveiled three new iPhone models on Monday, including a top-of-line handset described as "the biggest leap forward" since the original iPhone 10 years ago. Apple chief executive Tim Cook announced the premium iPhone X -- pronounced 10 -- as well as a new iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. Cook, speaking at the first event at the new campus theater named for the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, said the latest flagship handset is a milestone for the company a decade after the first iPhone release. "Ten years later it is only fitting that we are here in this place, on this day to reveal a product that will set the path for technology for the next decade," Cook said, calling the iPhone X "the biggest leap forward since the original iPhone." Apple senior vice president of worldwide marketing Phil Schiller speaks during an Apple special event at the Steve Jobs Theatre on the Apple Park campus on September 12. ? AFP The iPhone X has an edge-to-edge screen and uses facial recognition to unlock the device, and improved "super retina" display with improved graphics and resolution. Apple senior vice president, Phil Schiller, said the glass-body iPhone 8 and 8 Plus handsets were the first smartphones "really created for augmented reality," with improved power and graphics over their predecessors. Apple also unveiled an updated smartwatch and an upgraded streaming video system for 4K high-definition television.
  7. Alexander Misurkin of the Russian space agency, NASA first-time flyer Mark Vande Hei and veteran colleague Joe Acaba prepared to set off for a mission of more than five months aboard the ISS at 2117 GMT. BAIKONUR: Two US astronauts and a Russian cosmonaut were set to blast off for the International Space Station Tuesday in a late-night launch from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Alexander Misurkin of the Russian space agency, NASA first-time flyer Mark Vande Hei and veteran colleague Joe Acaba prepared to set off for a mission of more than five months aboard the ISS at 2117 GMT. The Soyuz spacecraft is expected to dock at around 0300 GMT on Wednesday. As NASA beefs up its crew in space, the launch will mark the first occasion two US astronauts have blasted off together on a mission to the ISS from Russia´s Baikonur since June 2010. The American space agency stopped its own manned launches to the ISS in 2011 but recently moved to increase its crew complement aboard the orbital lab as the Russians cut theirs in a cost-saving measure announced last year. Acaba, 50, has spent nearly 138 days in space over two missions. Rookie Vande Hei, 50, served with the US army in Iraq prior to training as an astronaut. Misurkin, 39, who is beginning his second mission aboard the ISS, also has a military background. Speaking at the prelaunch news conference on Monday, Acaba, who is of Puerto Rican heritage, said he would be taking some "musica Latina" on board to lift his crewmates´ spirits. "I can guarantee my crewmates they will not fall asleep during that music and if you want to dance at about 3 am tuned into our Soyuz capsule I think you´ll enjoy it," he told journalists. ´Praying for people´ The launch has been overshadowed by deadly storms that have battered the Caribbean and the southern half of the United States. External cameras on the ISS captured footage of Hurricane Irma last week brewing over the Atlantic as it prepared to wreak deadly havoc. NASA´s Johnson Space Center in Houston said earlier this month it suffered "significant" damage during Hurricane Harvey, although Mission Control remained operational. Vande Hei struck a sombre note in his pre-launch tweet on Monday. "L-2 days. Sunrise over Baikonur, Kazakhstan. Praying for the people of Florida as well as the continued recovery of the Texas Gulf Coast," he said. Space is one of the few areas of international cooperation between Russia and the US that has not been wrecked by tensions over the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria. The ISS orbits the Earth at a height of about 250 miles (400 kilometres), circling the planet every 90 minutes at a speed of about 17,500 miles (28,000 kilometres) per hour.
  8. LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) declared illegal on Monday the shifting of three sugar mills owned by the Sharif family. The bench, headed by LHC Chief Justice Mansoor Ali Shah, ordered that the Ittefaq, Haseeb Waqas and Chaudhry sugar mills be moved back within three months. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader and JDW Sugar Mills owner Jahangir Tareen had challenged the shifting of the sugar mills. Tareen had said the mills, located in the South Punjab region, were shifted in violation of earlier court orders and the government?s own relocation policy of 2015. The LHC had reserved its verdict in the case in May this year after all concerned parties had concluded their arguments.
  9. KASUR: A man axed to death his wife and three daughters in Kasur's Sabria area and then presented himself for arrest at a nearby police station. A man named Hanif,who worked as a gardener in a government school, took this extreme measure , however, the real reason behind the killings is yet to be known. The suspect locked his wife and daughters in a room and then hacked them to death. Police has sent the bodies for post-mortem and started investigation from all angles. The suspect has not given his statement to police as yet, therefore, the real motive is not known. It was reported that the suspect had disagreements with family members due to bad financial condition.
  10. China?s services sector expanded at a faster clip in August as new business orders picked up, a private business survey showed on Tuesday, pointing to renewed strength in a key part of the world?s second-largest economy. The findings were in line with an official gauge of the non-manufacturing sector published last week which also showed growth in the services sector accelerated, bolstering views that China?s economy remains on solid footing. The Caixin/Markit services purchasing managers? index (PMI) rose to 52.7 in August - the highest reading in three months - from 51.5 in July. New business expanded at the fastest pace in three months with a reading of 53.1 in August, while companies also hired the most workers in four months. A reading above 50 indicates growth, and any lower than that signals contraction. The Caixin index for factory activity in August was 51.6, the highest in six months. China is counting on services, particularly high value-added services in finance and technology, to lessen the economy?s traditional reliance on heavy industry and investment. Government statistics show the services sector, accounting for just over one-half of China?s economy in the first half of 2017, grew 7.7 percent in that period from a year earlier, easily outpacing overall GDP growth of 6.9 percent. But in a sign of a potential price squeeze on service companies, prices charged fell for the first time since March 2016 while input price inflation picked up in August from July as companies said competition intensified. Caixin?s composite manufacturing and services PMI, also released on Tuesday, rose to 52.4 in August from 51.9 in July and was the highest in six months. ?The recovery in both manufacturing and services has led the economic outlook to continue to improve,? Zhengsheng Zhong, director of macroeconomic analysis at CEBM Group, said in a note accompanying the data release. ?But we need to closely watch whether the recent rises in input costs will weigh on corporate profits and fuel inflation,? Zhong added. The uptick in China?s economy over the past few months bodes well for the country?s leadership ahead of a once-every-five-years congress of the Communist Party, which will open on Oct. 18. Economic data to be released over the next few weeks is expected to show momentum will largely hold up through to the end of the year, despite tighter monetary policy.
  11. QUETTA: Three Frontier Corps personnel were martyred while three others were injured in an attack in Balochistan's Panjgur on Monday, security sources said. According to security sources, armed men attacked an FC convoy in the Murghab area of Panjgur district. Subsequently, three soldiers were martyred while three others got injured. The injured were shifted to the hospital for medical treatment, reported Radio Pakistan. The attack was condemned by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi. In a statement, he expressed profound grief over the loss of precious lives and has directed that best medical assistance is provided to the injured. In July, unidentified persons attacked the convoy of Balochistan Health Minister Rehmat Saleh Baloch near Prom area of Panjgur. However, the minister and his aides remained unhurt. The minister's convoy was en route to Prom area when it was targetted.
  12. SAN FRANCISCO: Russian diplomats vacated three properties in the United States on Saturday including the six-story consulate in San Francisco, complying with a US order issued in retaliation for Moscow cutting the American diplomatic presence in Russia. Staff at the San Francisco consulate were seen moving equipment, furniture and small items from the building into minivans and driving away, before coming back for more 20 to 30 minutes later. A group of men in plainclothes and suits were seen on the roof of the consulate looking around, some wearing rubber gloves. The closure ordered by the Trump administration of the consulate in San Francisco and two buildings housing Russian trade missions in Washington and New York was the latest in tit-for-tat measures between the two countries that have helped plunge relations to a new post-Cold War low. ?Accusations made by the Russian government, including that U.S. officials threatened to break down doors in the relevant properties or that the FBI is clearing the premises, are untrue,? a senior US State Department official said in a statement. The State Department said the Russian government had complied with the order to shutter those operations by Saturday and said no diplomats were being expelled as result of the closures. ?Russia will no longer be permitted to use these facilities for diplomatic or consular purposes,? the department official said. In July, the Kremlin ordered the United States to cut its diplomatic and technical staff in Russia by more than half, to 455 people, to match the number of Russian diplomats in the United States, after the U.S. Congress overwhelmingly approved new sanctions against Russia. Those US sanctions were imposed as punishment for what U.S. intelligence agencies concluded was Moscow?s interference in the 2016 US presidential election as well as Russia?s annexation of the Crimea region of Ukraine. As of early Saturday afternoon, the Russian flag was still seen atop the consulate in San Francisco. Someone opened a window above the main entrance and wedged a small Russian flag there. A small contingent of news media and curious passersby gathered below the building. Images posted on social media on Friday showed black smoke billowing from a chimney of the consulate on the hottest day in San Francisco?s recorded history. The smoke prompted speculation that diplomatic staff inside the consulate were burning sensitive documents. Maria Zakharova, the spokeswoman for the Russian foreign ministry, said the fire was part of a ?mothballing.? Russia?s foreign ministry said on Saturday it had summoned a U.S. diplomat in Moscow to protest what it called plans to conduct searches in Russia?s trade mission complex in Washington, another of the buildings ordered closed. Images posted on social media on Friday showed smoke and flames visible outside the trade mission building in Washington.
  13. Three tornadoes vs a plane. Who would win? Surprisingly, it was the plane! A video of a plane navigating through three tornadoes in its path, avoiding the danger right in front of it is going viral, and rightfully so. A post shared by ÐлекÑей ÐоÑонÑов (@alvrnc) on Aug 29, 2017 at 5:35am PDT In the video, which was filmed in Sochi, Russia, the witnesses spotted the plane attempting to land, while weaving through these tornadoes in its way. Reportedly, 12 waterspouts were spotted over the Black Sea that same day. Even though, it's not clear where the plane was coming from, but according to Sochi Express, there were at least nine other flights that had to be diverted from the airport as a result of the menacing weather. Due to the weather, these flights were forced to land in nearby Anapa and Krasnodar airports. © Ruptly It is highly likely that the passengers on that particular plane experienced some severe turbulence while landing, but it was also apparent that the plane made it to ground safely, with no one being harmed during this almost fatal incident. © Ruptly But, one thing is for sure – that pilot is honestly so badass for being able to navigate through those tornadoes like that, and making sure everyone reaches the land safely.
  14. Image shows revellers at Notting Hill Carnival. ? The Independent LONDON: At least three people received minor injuries in the wake of a suspected acid attack on revellers at Notting Hill Carnival in London, according to British media outlets. The Metropolitan Police said a ?mild acidic liquid? was thrown over a number of people in Ladbroke Grove, west London, during the carnival. ?Three people have also reported skin irritation injuries, although these are not thought to be serious,? a spokesman said. There have been no arrests, and police are working to identify who was responsible. Notting Hill Carnival, Europe´s biggest street festival, came to a standstill Monday in the shadow of the charred Grenfell Tower to remember the victims of the deadly fire disaster. The carnival procession halted and the blaring sound systems fell silent in memory of those killed -- at least 80 people -- in the June 14 inferno. "It was a sad moment. We took our time. It was very, very painful," said Odella, a teacher in her 50s, her voice breaking with emotion. "But we remembered the people that died, and so we´re here together in a community spirit. It was wonderful," she told AFP. The west London carnival traces its roots back to Caribbean music festivals in the 1950s after the first surge in arrivals from former British colonies after World War II. Feathered dancers, steel bands and earth-shaking sound systems featured in the vibrant celebration of British Caribbean culture. But the two-day festival has been careful to remember the victims of a tragedy which stunned Britain, and took place just a stone´s throw away. The estate where the tower stands was fenced off from the main carnival procession, out of respect for mourners. The release of dozens of white doves marked the start of the festivities on Sunday, followed by a minute´s silence.
  15. The SH-60J anti-submarine warfare helicopter TOKYO: Japan?s Defence Ministry on Sunday said it was searching for three crew members of a Maritime Self-Defense Force (MSDF) helicopter in the Sea of Japan after contact was lost with the chopper. One crew member had been rescued uninjured. The ministry said the SH-60J anti-submarine warfare helicopter lost contact around 90 km (56 miles) off the coast of Aomori Prefecture late on Saturday. It said the flight data recorder had been located, but did not say what had actually happened to the helicopter, whether it crashed or ditched into the sea. The MSDF has launched an investigation into the incident. Earlier this month, four Japanese crew members were injured after their CH-101 chopper crashed on land during a training exercise at Iwakuni Air Base in Yamaguchi Prefecture in western Japan.
  16. Palestinians attend the screening of '10 Years' at Samer Cinema in Gaza City on August 26, 2017. AFP/Mahmud Hams GAZA CITY: Several hundred Gazans went to the cinema on Saturday for the first time in more than 30 years, albeit for one night only. The long-abandoned Samer Cinema in Gaza City, the oldest in the strip but closed for decades, hosted a special screening of a film about Palestinians in Israeli prisons. About 300 people of both sexes attended, with men and women not segregated by gender and despite the lack of air conditioning on a hot and humid evening. There are currently no functioning cinemas in the Palestinian territory where two million people live in cramped conditions under an Israeli blockade. Ghada Salmi, an organiser, told AFP the one-night showing was "symbolic" of wider efforts "to bring back the idea of cinema to Gaza". Jawdat abu Ramadan, a member of the audience, said he wanted to see a permanent cinema in Gaza. "We need to live like humans, with cinemas, public spaces and parks," he said. The Samer Cinema was built in 1944 but shut in the 1960s. The enclave's remaining cinemas closed in the late 1980s during the first Palestinian intifada or uprising. There was a fire at one cinema in 1987 that was widely thought to have been the work of extremists who consider cinema ungodly. "The rest of the cinemas were scared to show films after that," Salmi said. Ironically, according to French historian Jean-Pierre Filiu's 2012 history of Gaza, the Muslim Brotherhood's Gaza branch ? from which Hamas sprang ? held its founding conference at the Samer on the Islamic new year in 1946. Ten Years, the feature-length film screened on Saturday, was made in Gaza with volunteer actors and tells the story of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails. Salmi said it does not focus on the wider politics of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, telling a human story instead. Saturday's showing went ahead with the approval of Hamas. Nermin Ziara, who appeared in the film, said she wanted to see a cinema open as "society needs to develop through films and documentaries". Ziara said she did not think the extremist rulers should or would block such moves. "I don't think there is a problem with opening a cinema with Hamas as it is a place of art," she told AFP. "We as Palestinians need to have a large space for art." In May, a rare festival showcased films focusing on human rights issues, with outdoor screenings at Gaza City's port. Other films have occasionally been shown in rented halls. Gaza is still recovering from the last of three wars with Israel in 2014 when more than 2,000 Palestinians were killed and much of the strip was devastated. Seventy-four people died on the Israeli side, most of them soldiers.
  17. A military personnel on patrol in Afghanistan WELLINGTON: Just days after the United States said it would increase troop numbers in Afghanistan and ask its allies to do the same, New Zealand on Friday announced an extra three non-combat military personnel, boosting its military commitment to 13. US President Donald Trump on Monday unveiled his strategy to end the conflict in Afghanistan, committing the United States to an open-ended conflict and signaling he would dispatch more troops to America?s longest war. US officials have said Trump had signed off on plans to send about 4,000 more US troops to add to the roughly 8,400 now deployed in Afghanistan. US Defense Secretary James Mattis has since said exact troop numbers are yet to be decided. Trump said he would ask coalition allies to support his new strategy, with additional troops and funding, to end the 16-year conflict. New Zealand Defence Minister Mark Mitchell?s announcement boosting the country?s Kabul-based troops to 13 follows a request for NATO (National Atlantic Treaty Organization) to send more troops to Afghanistan earlier this year. New Zealand has had troops in Afghanistan since 2001. Its presence has been decreasing since 2013 but it has kept some personnel on the ground to train local officers. ?New Zealand will continue to stand alongside our partners in supporting stability in Afghanistan and countering the threat of international terrorism,? said Mitchell. Prime Minister Bill English said the government has ruled out making a decision on sending combat troops to Afghanistan before New Zealand's election on Sept. 23. Opposition leader Jacinda Ardern told local media this week she would not back sending troops to Afghanistan at the moment but was not privy to intelligence such decisions were based on.
  18. KARACHI: Three suspects were shot dead during a police encounter at Super Highway Industrial Area, security officials said. Police explained that the deceased suspects were in the process of looting citizens. Hand grenade attack On the other hand, the number of people injured in a hand grenade attack in Lyari's Sango Lane has risen to five, police sources said. A 10-year-old boy was killed in the attack, Geo News reported earlier, while Hammad ? one of the wounded ? was moved to a private hospital, police sources stated.
  19. KARACHI: Three people lost their lives late Friday night in separate incidents in the metropolis. 19 people were injured in a traffic accident at Korangi Crossing, all of whom were shifted to the hospital, rescue sources revealed. However, one of the wounded succumbed to their injuries, Dr. Seemi Jamali stated. One person drowned at Gadani Beach on Friday night. The man ? a resident of Lyari's Nayabad locale ? had gone on a picnic with his friends, the deceased's family said. In addition, no one came to search despite calls made to the rescue officials and police, the family claimed. Firing claimed the life of one man in Gulshan-e-Maymar, rescue officials stated. The deceased has been identified as Waheed Gabol, police sources revealed, adding that the incident seems to have been related to some personal dispute.
  20. Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif MULTAN/LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Wednesday suspended three employees of the Buildings Department for neglecting duties, during his unannounced visit to the Kidney Center in Multan. "I pointed out some tasks during my last visit in March, which remain incomplete to date," he said. Sharif ordered an inquiry into the absence of medicines for patients and unavailability of water in the bathrooms of the medical facility. In a separate visit to Muzzafargarh, the Punjab CM visited the Recep Tayyip Erdogan Hospital's extension project and observed the progress in the construction work at the medical facility. Sharif was briefed about the addition of 250 beds in the hospitals, and a tentative completion date of December 25, 2017. A total budget of over Rs 2,360 billion has been approved for the project.
  21. JEDDAH: A fire broke out in Jeddah's historic Al Balad district, engulfing at least three buildings in the wee hours of Wednesday. According to sources, up to ten rescue teams were employed to douse the fire, while the rescue workers were evacuating the occupants of the buildings and clearing the area. While talking to the media, district official of Al Balad mentioned that the affected buildings were the Al-Qumsani, Al-Ashmawi and Abdel-Aal, adding that Civil Defense firefighters contained 80 percent of the fire at around 10 pm, while the Al-Qumsani building might collapse due to excessive damage from the fire. Al-Balad is the historic centre of Jeddah, the primary gateway to the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah. No casualties were reported, while the authorities start looking to determine the cause of the fire.
  22. ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday filed three appeals in the Supreme Court of Pakistan to review the Panama Papers verdict which resulted in Nawaz's disqualification. The appeals pleaded the apex court to dismiss petitions filed by Sheikh Rasheed, Imran Khan and Siraj-ul-Haq. Nawaz was disqualified under Article 62 (1)(f) of the Constitution. Announcing its verdict, the five-member bench unanimously disqualified Nawaz Sharif for failing to disclose his un-withdrawn receivables constituting assets from UAE-based Capital FZE in his nominations papers for the 2013 General Election, stating that this meant he was not ?honest? and ?truthful?, as per the Constitution. In the verdict, all five judges ruled to send references against Nawaz Sharif, his children Maryam, Hussain and Hasan, son-in-law Captain (retd) Safdar and Ishaq Dar to an accountability court. The court also ordered the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to file a reference against the accused in an accountability court in six weeks and directed for the trial to be wrapped up within six months.
  23. People walk by New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in the financial district in New York, US, August 10, 2017. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz NEW YORK: US stocks ended higher on Friday, snapping three days of losses, as investors bet on a slower US rate hikes, but gains were muted by increasingly aggressive exchanges between the United States and North Korea. Based on the latest available data, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 14.31 points (or 0.07 percent) to 21,858.32, the S&P 500 gained 3.11 points (or 0.13 percent) to 2,441.32, and the Nasdaq Composite added 39.68 points (or 0.64 percent) to 6,256.56.
  24. A few reports that were published recently indicates a strong July sales for many component suppliers in the iPhone supply chain which can mean only one thing. Production of 2017 iPhones is in full swing and it looks like Apple is going to be ready for the smartphones to be released on time, contrary to previously reported. DigiTimes, reports that all three of the new iPhones i.e. "iPhone 8," "iPhone 7s," and "iPhone 7s Plus” have entered volume production (read mass production). According to the supply chain sources, there will be no shortages when it comes to LCD panels that are going to be used in the two iPhone 7s/7s Plus models, however, supply for the OLED panels “could fall short”. © Twitter The iPhone 8 has suffered a series of leaks which revealed key component parts of the upcoming device due to which it created “high expectations” and demand. This is also cited as one of the main reasons behind the shortage related to OLED panels and is expected to keep suppliers on their toes. The iPhone 8 is expected to lead record-breaking monthly and quarterly sale volumes and the high demand for the device simply means there won't be enough for everyone at the initial launch. Apple uses three main suppliers for their products i.e. Foxconn, Wistron and Pegatron, who are believed to hit sales high in the September to November period of 2017. Production output of these three iPhone models is expected to gain momentum as soon as this month, to meet the high demand at launch. Samsung is one of the key main suppliers for OLED panels and the company has planned to operate at least seven OLED panel lines at full capacity. © Sonny Dickson - Twitter Sonny Dickson also revealed a few images via 9to5Mac which have all three models side by side. The image shows that all three devices have an all-glass rear design, which will allow the devices to be charged wirelessly, similar to Apple Watch's inductive charging feature. The images show the large 5.5-inch iPhone 7s Plus, 4.7-inch iPhone7s and the highly anticipated iPhone 8, which looks like it has a similar body to the 5.5-inch variant. According to the picture, the iPhone 8 also has a vertically aligned dual lens rear camera which is reported to aid in augmented reality features. Source: Macrumours
  25. Iranian president Hassan Rouhani brought three women into the government on Wednesday, one day after being criticised on social media for submitting an all-male list of cabinet members to parliament for approval. Massoumeh Ebtekar, head of Iran's Department of Environment in Rouhani's first term, was appointed vice president for women and family affairs. Laya Joneidi was named vice president for legal affairs while Shahindokht Molaverdi was made the president's assistant for civil rights. Rouhani had mentioned the importance of women's rights in campaign speeches before the presidential election in May when he was re-elected. The appointments are likely to tamp down some of the criticism that Rouhani faced from supporters on Tuesday when he failed to announce any female ministers in his cabinet. One widely-circulated post on social media showed Rouhani with his new all-male cabinet cast in a photo in front of a government building - with a huge moustache photo-shopped onto the building. "I won't forget how people rallied votes for Rouhani," one critic posted on Twitter in Farsi. "What's happened with this reformist government that we now have to beg just to get one woman in the cabinet?" Rouhani's hardline predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, had just one female minister in his cabinet, though this was opposed by some clerics.