According to Federal Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal, agreements for the construction of an international airport and expressway in Gwadar and upgradations of railway track ML-1 are on the agenda of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif during his week-long visit to China. Ahsan said that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is world’s biggest ever project of regional connectivity.
The Standing Committee of the National Assembly on Interior and Narcotics Control unanimously approved the National Counter-Terrorism Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2017. The committee was chaired by Rana Shamim Ahmad Khan and attended by members including Syed Javed Ali Shah, Ghalib Khan, Shahid Hussain Bhatti, Ehsan-ur-Rehman Mazari, Nawab Muhammad Yousuf Talpur, Khial Zaman Orakzai and Dr. Arif Alvi.
Shakib Al Hasan has said that the Bangladeshi players will improve the longer the Tri-Series in Ireland goes on. Bangladesh lost their first four wickets inside 15 overs in their opening game. Later on an unbroken stand of 87 between Tamim Iqbal and Mahmudullah put them back in control before rain ended the game after 31 overs. Shakib said that the conditions were different to what they are used to.
White House visitors can visit a movie theatre just completed. The decision to open up the private presidential theatre was made by Melania Trump, the president´s wife. “The White House belongs to the people of this country,” the first lady said. The first movie ever screened in the White House was “Birth of a Nation,” a 1915 movie about the Civil War while Barrack Obama screened “To Kill a Mocking Bird”.
A wave of fast-moving cyber attacks hit the globe on Friday, said to have exploited a flaw in a document from the US National Security Agency. These attacks affected dozens of countries and used a technique known as ransomware that locks users´ files unless they pay the attackers a designated sum in the virtual currency Bitcoin. British Prime Minister Theresa May called it an international attack.
Nepal is all set to hold its first election in two decades this Sunday and hopes to successfully transfer back to democracy. The last local representatives were elected in 1997. “If there were elected representatives at the local level, the civil servants wouldn´t dare to ask for bribes from us,” said a Nepal citizen. The country of Nepal is ranked as one of the most corrupt countries in South Asia.
Law Enforcement and Intelligence agencies arrested a facilitator of the Sehwan shrine bombing from Uthal area of Balochistan. It is suggested that he worked for Abdul Hafeez Pandrani, a leader of the Hafeez Brohi group affiliated with the banned Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) who now is reported to have joined ISIS. The suspect identified as Tahir is accused of transporting the suicide bomber and facilitators.
Chief Justice of Pakistan, Justice Mian Saqib Nisar took suo moto notice of the Bahria Enclave incident on evening April 28. The incident took place at the recording of “Eidi sab kay Liye” as an artificial stadium collapsed which took two lives and left dozens paralysed. Mian Saqib Nisar directed the Islamabad Chief commissioner and IGP to submit an inquiry report into the incident within 48 hours.
Four men drowned in the Indus River when a chairlift cable broke in Samar Nullah area of Diamer district. As reported by the DPO Abdul Aziz Afridi these four men were going back to their houses after offering Jumma prayers in Tangir area of Gilgit-Baltistan. The drowned people belonged to Tangir and have been identified as Sher Azam, Raaj Gul, Roop Khan and Asil Khan while bodies are yet to be reovered.
According to Karachi-West SSP Nasir Aftab, a man allegedly killed his wife, two children, and his brother-in-law following a family dispute in Orangi Town. The suspect has been arrested and also suffered injuries. Reportedly, an argument broke out between the suspect and his wife over some domestic issue. The man attacked his family members with an axe, killing his wife, son and daughter and brother in law.
Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Friday condemned the suicide terrorist attack on convoy of Senate Deputy Chairman Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri. Army Chief expressed great grief on the loss of innocent lives. According to ISPR, on directions of the COAS, many of the blast victims in Mastung were evacuated on Pakistan Army helicopters to Quetta CMH.
Notification regarding summer holidays was issued in Punjab on Friday. According to the details, schools all over the province will remain closed from May 25 to August 14. Punjab government made the announcement regarding summer vacations in educational institutes. As per the latest notification says, all private and public schools will remain closed during months of severe heat.
US: US President Donald Trump affirmed on Thursday that he always intended to fire FBI director James Comey, undercutting the initial White House explanation that he acted on the recommendation of top justice officials. Opponents have been quoted saying: Comey’s shock sacking was a bid to stall an FBI investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
Spokesperson for Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) announced in a social media post on Friday that all rest houses of the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) are now available for the public to use on “commercial basis.” He further said that Chief Minister House among other houses of the provincial government will now be available to the public.
Goods Transporters’ strike continues on 4th day, affecting economy severely as country’s trade is at a halt. Even transportation of essential daily life goods, fruits & vegetable is also troublesome. The protest came after a ban was imposed by Sindh Government on April 26, 2017 in the compliance of SC’s decision, on heavy transport to enter city limits of Karachi except 11.00 pm till 6 am.
KARACHI: The National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases has made first of its free mobile chest pain units operational at the busy thoroughfare of Gulshan Chowrangi on Friday. Functional under the Gulshan fly-over, the facility manned by trained paramedics and equipped with basic yet essential gadgets is meant to provide basic emergency medical care to people in need.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan, while addressing a rally in Sargodha, said on Friday that power outage has reached its peak and scarcity of water is being reported from all over the country. He said that we should name Shehbaz Sharif either Drama Sharif of Showbaz Sharif, referring to his earlier statement where CM said that his name should be changed if he fails to bring loadshedding to an end.
After putting up with hours of power suspension in scorching summer heat, Karachi citizens are now at ease as the K-Electric (KE) declared that electricity supply from a tripped unit at the Bin Qasim power plant has been restored, on Friday. “We are grateful to our valued customers for their cooperation and deeply regret the inconvenience caused,” the power supplier said.
A Two Star level security meeting was held among delegates from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Resolute Support Mission at General Headquarters Rawalpindi. During the trilateral meeting, the senior delegates stressed upon the need to defeat Daesh through complementary efforts in respective areas of operations. Chaman incident, border control and measures to curb cross-border fire violations were also discussed.
LONDON: On Friday, Britain´s National Health Service has said that it was responding to a cyber-attack, which hospitals across the country said had caused them to cancel appointments and divert patients. A spokesman for NHS Digital has said, “We are aware of a cyber security incident and we are working on a response.”
On Friday, a statement issued by Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) has carried a warning for all TV channels against airing unverified news or analysis themed around the Pakistan Army or its relationship with the civilian government. Those found in violation of the new Pemra guideline would be charged under Section 27 of the Pemra Ordinance 2002.
On Friday, a case has been registered and a committee formed to probe into the alleged incident of harassment at the Karachi airport. Ruqqaya Soomro, who works as Pakistan International Airline’s Assistant Manager, was caught on camera as she slapped security officials after she alleged that she was physically harassed by a plain-clothed official.
LOS ANGELES: On Thursday, fringed capes, pleated skirts, and bolero hats graced the runway at the Dior Cruise 2018 collection as the luxury Parisian label spun its own twist on music festival fashion. “Dior Sauvage” drew inspiration from the scenic landscapes of Los Angeles and the show took place outdoors against the backdrop of the Santa Monica mountains at sunset.
DUBAI: On Thursday, Fujairah, Ras Al Khaimah and various other areas of the eastern coast of the United Arab Emirates were hit by moderate to heavy rain with hail. The UAE does not usually experience rain or hail so the weather came as a surprise for its residents. Police patrols have been deployed on the roads to regulate traffic as rainwater filled many interior roads and highways.
ISLAMABAD: On Friday, the Islamabad High Court has accepted the IMC’s application and allowed a private news channel, the Geo News TV to broadcast Ehsanhullah Ehsan’s interview. The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) had issued the order against airing of Ehsan’s interview last month after promo of the interview was aired on Geo News, with which GEO had complied.
According to the police, a rare Harry Potter prequel which was handwritten by author J.K. Rowling on a postcard has been stolen during a burglary in central England. The police has now appealed for help from fans of the wizard across the world. The 800-word story, set three years before Harry Potter is born and which sold for 25,000 pounds ($32,152) at a charity auction in 2008.
South Korea has accepted an invitation from China to a conference on a new Silk Road. The acceptance came days after a new president took office on Seoul who pledges to engage in discussions with Beijing to ease tension over a U.S. anti-missile system. Ties between S.Korea and China have been strained by Seoul’s decision to host a US Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system.
A 75-year-old woman, Awal Jan Bibi, was suffering from a hernia and was operated in a private clinic in Peshawar around 15 months ago. The operation had left her with severe pain when a doctor, in a display of sheer negligence, left a scissor in her stomach during a botched operation. Health Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Shehram Tarkai has ordered an investigation into the matter.
Much awaited movie Project Ghazi releases its incredibly slick teaser on Friday. The teaser features main cast members Humayun Saeed, Sheharyar Munawar, Syra Shehroz and a masked villain, played by Adnan Jaffar. The teaser is well cut and boasts some very glossy cinematography. This sets high hopes for Project Ghazi, which is all set to hit cinemas later in the year.
ISLAMABAD: Iqbal Khan, father of Mashal Khan, the Mardan University student who was killed by a mob over blasphemy allegations, stated on Friday that he wants justice for all the Mashals in Pakistan, it will be good for our country and politicians. Slain student’s father said outside the SC that, “My son Mashal who was murdered cannot return, but there should be justice for others like him.”
KATHMANDU: On Friday, Nepal signed up to China´s new Silk Road drive, a huge project of infrastructure spanning around 65 countries at the centre of the Asian giant. “We believe China will bring more investment to Nepal, helping the country overcome its status as a landlocked and least developed nation,” said Nepal Foreign Minister Prakash Saran Mahat at the signing of the deal on Friday.
ROSEAU, Dominica: Energized batsmen Azhar Ali´s 14th Test century fastened Pakistan to a first innings total of 376 as the tourists batted with exaggerated care on the second day of the third and final Test against the West Indies on Thursday. Whereas, the West Indies reached 14 without loss in reply at Windsor Park in Dominica.
On Thursday, an employee of WAPDA attempted suicide in front the Supreme Court reportedly after he failed to get justice. In an application addressed to SC, he said that he was separated from his wife because of his job in Islamabad. On his request for transfer, his superiors demanded a bribe of Rs.150, 000 which he could not afford. Owing to this, he attempted suicide in front of the main gate of SC.
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif left for China on the invitation of Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday to attend the two day Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, opening in Beijing on Sunday. He was accompanied by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Railways Minister Khawaj Saad Rafique, Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal and others to pay the visit.
A sub-committee of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat, headed by Nafeesa Inayatullah, Rasheed Ahmad Khan, Seema Mohiuddin Jameeli, and Farhana Qamar met at CDA headquarters on Thursday to discuss the Islamabad nurseries issue. The panel urged the Capital Development Authority (CDA) to provide substitute land to the affected owners of nurseries and resolve other issues in consultation with representatives of the Islamabad Nurseries Welfare Association (INWA).
Famed Pashto poet, educationist and radio broadcaster Zeenat Anjum Khattak alias Fozia Anjum died of brain tumor on late Wednesday at her daughter’s residence in Chicago, the United States. She was laid to rest in a Chicago Muslim cemetery where her family members, close relatives and colleagues attended her funeral prayers. Literary circles have called her death an irreversible loss for Pashto.
The Private Power and Infrastructure Board (PPIB) said on Thursday that more than 7,500 megawatts of private power projects will be added to the national grid in 2017-18. The PPIB further said in a statement that it is currently facilitating a total of 31 independent power projects (IPPs) of more than 19,000MW based on hydro, R-LNG and coal fuels.
Khaleej Times quoted US media outlets to report that the power-couple of Hollywood is rumored to be on way to patch up several months after divorce. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt reportedly talk over the phone at least once a day and see each other several times a week. A source close to the couple told the media that it’s like they have started to date again.
Pakistan Ambassador to US Aizaz Chaudhry has said that Pakistan has made amazing progress on both security and economic fronts and is on the path of a sustainable economic development. He said Pakistan is committed to eliminating terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. “Pakistan will actively take part along with other partners in finding out a political solution to the Afghan issue,” he said.
Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah has said that the next conflict with Israel could take place in Israeli territory. Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said that the group had dismantled all its military positions along Lebanon’s eastern border with Syria while also stating that Israelis scared and worried of any future confrontation and knows that it could be inside the occupied Palestinian territories.
The United States Navy’s Naval Research Lab (NRL) has now designed a safer and rechargeable battery that may power the vehicles of the future. According to the head of advanced electrochemical materials section at NRL, Debra Rolison, military platforms have suffered many losses at the hand of the traditional Lithium-ion batteries in the past and it’s time to move towards a more reliable technology.
The Senators have urged the parliament to play its due role against misuse of the blasphemy law. Senator Farhatullah Babar of PPP said that the mob violence was increasingly becoming a routine in the society. Senator Nihal Hashmi of PML-N said that blasphemy law prevents people from taking law in hands as the state is there to check any blasphemous act. The Senate discussed the Mashal case as well.
Two Italian climbers became the first to reach the top of the world’s 14 highest mountains. Romano Benet and his wife Nives Meroi, both 55, reached the 8,091-metre Annapurna summit in Nepal on Thursday without using oxygen or porters. Only 34 mountain climbers had been able to conquer the Earth’s 14 highest summits, before the Italian couple, out of which only half of them were able to do it without oxygen.