Dr Mukhtar Ahmed urged government to raise budget for higher education so that shortage of PhDs and any such challenges could be met. He was on a visit to the Government College University when he said that the role of provincial higher education commissions required to be defined. Previously, universities were seeking benefits from both provincial and federal higher education commissions.
Imran Khan claimed that the government offered him Rs10 billion to settle down in the panama case. Rana Sanaullah, Punjab Law Minister, lambasted PTI chairman on Friday by saying that he is not even worth Rs10, “Imran Khan is not worth spending Rs10 on, let alone Rs10 billion.” Rana was of the view that Imran kept on saying that he’ll accept the verdict of top court but now he is holding rallies.
Pakistan has made a claim that 13 Indian RAW agents got killed in Afghanistan during US military bombing targeted at IS regional affiliate. US dropped ‘Mother of All Bombs (MOAB)’ on 13th April at IS cave-tunnel complex known as Da’ish. India media reports also suggest that there were some Indian nationals in the fatalities; it has been declared that those were Da’ish militants.
Omar Bin Sadat PIA Finance Manager told the Nation Assembly Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat that Rs341 billion liabilities – local and foreign – has incurred on Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), on Thursday. Foreign liabilities account for Rs71 billion whereas local liabilities account for Rs270 billion as of June 30, 2016. Committee met to ask for corruption allegations on FIA officials.
Sajjan Jandal is a close buddy of PM Modi and sources disclosed that Pakistan had no plans to seek such a meeting but considered because of the request made by New Delhi. Jandal is the Chairman & Managing Director of JSW Group of Companies, which is India’s second largest steel producing private company. Also, he is the immediate ex-president of Associated Chamber of Commerce and Industry of India.
Around 100,000 cars would be provided to the unemployed youth of the Punjab province. Chief Minister Punjab, Shahbaz Sharif quoted ‘the Orange Cap scheme will be launched this year’. Framework of this scheme would be developed electronically so that mismanagement and corruption issues could be prevented. Previously, through ‘Apna Rozgar’ scheme Punjab government distributed 50,000 cars.
To lead military alliance of 41-nations, retired army chief Raheel Sharif departs for Saudia Arabia, confirmed by Defence Minister Khawaja Asif. He has been granted approval by General Headquarters Rawalpindi to serve the military alliance, media reports. Raheel departed earlier today along with his wife & mother via special aircraft. It hasn’t cleared if government has discussed decision with opposition.
Earlier, Saba Qamar via her Instagram revealed that a Pakistani heartthrob singer did the title song ‘Hoor’ for her movie ‘Hindi Medium’. Now, the song is finally released showing beautiful chemistry of Saba Qamar & Irrfan Khan. This song might be very like Atif’s previous romantic numbers for the movies like Phata Poster Nikla Hero and Rustom, but, it’s worth seeing Pakistani duo together across the border
Juergen Mossack partner of Mossack Fonseca declared on Thursday that tax shelters in Panama have decreased to 30% following the boom of their creation in the United States. “However, jurisdictions such as Delaware, Nevada & others located in the United States, where virtually no due diligence is required… incorporations are thriving!” said Mossack. Last year, there was a leak of more than 11 million docs.
Anti-Corruption Tribunal (ACT) charged Shahzaib Hasan with PCB’s Anti-Corruption Code breach on Friday in Lahore. In a preliminary hearing related to spot-fixing allegations, breaching articles stated are 2.1.4, 2.4.4 & 2.4.5. PCB has to submit a detailed opening brief with claims and evidence by 4th May, 2017. After which, Hasan would be given an opportunity to respond till 18th May 2017.
Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla Inc. is on a mission to connect human brain with computers in coming 4 years using micron-sized devices. Neuralink Corp would bring such product to market which would help in severe brain injuries caused due to stroke, Cancer etc. said Elon in an interview. Artificial intelligence is godlike and humans will eventually need to have ‘neural laces’ implanted in their brains.
An Argentinian 34 year old woman went into comma after car accident. Amelia Bannan gave birth to a baby boy in state of coma, she met with her son when regained consciousness after 4 months. On 1st November 2016, Amelia along with her husband crashed into an accident while in the service vehicle. Santino, her son, was born by C-section and is in good health.
Imran Khan has made an announcement that his party would be holding a rally against PM Nawaz Sharif in Islamabad this upcoming week i.e. on 28th April. Sole purpose of protest rally is a demand from PM to resign. He asked from the PMLN supporters why they were distributing sweets? And they should have read the Supreme Court’s complete judegment. ‘Resign while you are being investigated’, said Imran.
Mashal Khan hometown Zaida residents apologized to the family of Mashal for not standing with them in time of crisis on Thursday. They showed indifference when Abdul Wali Khan University student was lynched by the mob over blasphemy allegations just lately. They laid floral wreath at the Mashal’s grave & offered fateha. Later, they demonstrated & demanded justice for the deceased family.
Pakistan’s test series with West Indies starting from today is an ideal time for Misbahul Haq and Younus Khan to end their careers on a high note. They announced their retirement from test cricket recently. Misbah has an opportunity to win test series in WI & become 1st Pakistani captain to have this honour whereas Younis Khan if crosses 10,000 runs then he would be the 1st Pak player to reach this mark.
Time Magazine has released an annual list of world’s influential people on Thursday and named Brazilian footballer Neymar, Tom Brady of New England Patriots, LeBron James of Cleveland Cavalier and 7 others in the list. England iconic celebrity David Beckham appreciated Neymar by saying, ‘a once in a generation type of footballer’. He joined Barcelona team from Santos in 2013 who also taken the fame of Messi.
On Thursday, Justice Asif Saeed Khosa stated that Nawaz Sharif ‘is not honest with the Supreme Court and nation’. He was heading the five-judge members’ bench over the Panama case. His 192 page judgment in which he disqualified PM Nawaz doesn’t hold any binding effect as he was amongst the minority of the bench. Justice Khosa thinks relevant facts suppressed deliberately by Nawaz Sharif.
Supreme Court cleared Maryam Nawaz from allegations leveled by PTI and other parties on Thursday. It was alleged that she was the beneficiary of London properties and her brothers jointly own the properties too. According to the judgment, receiving a gift from father doesn’t make her dependent on Nawaz Sharif. It was asserted before that Mayfair properties should be counted in Nawaz’s wealth.
Imran Khan asked PM Nawaz Sharif for, “what moral right does Nawaz have to remain premier when a criminal investigation is being launched,” demanding his resignation. He compared his situation with Uzair Baloch and said Nawaz can return to his PM seat once he cleared the JIT’s investigation. PTI chairman also paid tribute to SC judges for the verdict as sitting PM never investigated before.
Abdullah, one of Mashal’s friends has refused allegations of spreading blasphemous content leveled by the lynching mob in a sad turn of events at the Mardan university. While recording a statement to judicial magistrate, he named Muhammad Abbas, Mudassir Bashir (the class representative) and other students who forced him to testify against Mashal that he had committed blasphemy.
Lux Style Awards 2017 will be giving Tina Sani a Lifetime Achievement Award for her magnificent music career. She has been named and would be the special guest of the evening at the LSA Awards. Tina Sani is famous for her Faiz Ahmed Faiz ghazals but she stays humble by saying, “every time you get something like this you wonder if you’ve come to that point in life where you get such an award,” she said.
Abhay Deol posted series of sarcastic posts on Facebook and questioned famous Bollywood celebs for keeping up with the idea of fair skin and their product ads. Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone, John Abraham and Sonam Kapoor are the names he mentioned in his posts while narrating his stance. Sonam lashed back by tweeting picture of his cousin Esha Deol promoting fairness cream.
Social media sparks an outrage over the video going viral. In the video, a young man is tied to the bonnet of an Indian Army Jeep. Once again, this has raised concerns after the highly controversial human rights violation over pellet guns. Former CM of Jammu & Kashmir tweeted, ‘A warning can be heard saying that stone pelters will meet this fate. This requires an urgent inquiry & follow up now.”
After Nasir Jamshed had been arrested in PSL spot fixing scandal along with the bookie in UK, media circulated reports of him being missing. “Neither have I changed my home nor am I hiding from someone,” further Jamshed cleared that he is cooperating with PCB and waiting for the investigation to be completed by the National Crime Agency. PCB is in contact with NCA already.
The couple announced their separation in 2015 but they planned to make their relation work which unfortunately didn’t. So, they filed for divorce officially, disclosed by media sources. Both will seek joint legal & physical custody of 3 children, nothing has been specified about spousal support for that matter. They didn’t sign prenuptial agreement which indicates earnings split would be 50/50.
Pakistani actress has been nominated for 3 different plays in the Lux Style Awards but she won’t be participating in the LSA as a protest. She thinks LSA management never bothered to honor her in the last 12 years and now she has got Bollywood stamp, so everyone giving her the due credit all of a sudden. Recently, Saba has come into the spotlight after the release of ‘Hindi Medium’ movie trailer.
In a confessional statement, Lyari gangster Uzair Baloch admitted his relations with famous political figures like Zulfiqar Mirza, Yusuf Baloch, & Qadir Patel; also he was associated with different foreign agencies like he knew the Iranian spy agent Haji Nasir. Further, he revealed that he had a contact with Indian spy agent Kulbhushan Jadhav. Uzair was arrested on 24th April last year.
Abdul Basit defended Pakistan’s take on death sentence of Indian spy agent Kulbhushan Jadhav. He gave interview to an Indian new media in which he said Jadhav ‘not an ordinary man. He was a serving (Indian navy’s) officer’. Basit considers the trial as fair, details for which cannot be disclosed in public. Indian government knows why Pakistan announced death sentence for Kulbhushan, Basit asserted.
Black US jurist Sheila Abdus-Salaam found dead near New York’s Hudson River, she was the first Muslim Judge in United States, it was reported on Wednesday. At 1:45 pm EDT Sheila was found floating over the west side of the river. Autopsy would determine the real cause of her death, told the spokesperson. She was the native of Washington DC and was the 1st African-American woman in NY’s highest court.
US, Mexico and Canada have announced a joint bid for FIFA 2026 World Cup for hosting and this would produce ‘biggest financial boon ever for FIFA’ said the US soccer chief. World cup of 2018 will be hosted by Russia, Qatar would host 2022 World Cup and for 2026 bidding is expected later this year which will continue till 2020. This bidding would bring the World Cup back to US, Canada and Mexico.
Remaining warplanes of fifth Syrian air base of Damascus regime have been destroyed by US strikes, claimed Jim Mattis, Pentagon Chief on Monday. In order to deliver ‘clear and coordinated’ message to Russia, G7 ministers had met in Italy. Near Homs at Shayrat air base 59 missiles were blasted on Friday by US, which were used for a chemical attack by Assad’s jets on Idlib province.
A day after the release of an Indian movie ‘Naam Shabana’, Pakistan censor board banned this movie because it went ‘uncut’. Film screened without removal of objectionable content especially scenes with terrorism highlight. Initially, the movie was allowed to screen but cinema in Islamabad screened this movie without censoring any controversial scenes so it prompted the board to take this decision.
On Sunday, United Airlines security officers dragged off the passenger from overly booked flight in Chicago. The airline asked passengers to volunteer their seats, one passenger refused for which police were called and he was dragged off. Social media video showing 3 aviation officers dragging one middle aged man off the flight and this incident ignited social media outrage.
Federal Investigation Agency has arrested 4 individuals who used to spread blasphemous content on social media but their details haven’t been disclosed in front of the parliamentary panel. They have launched a probe against all non-governmental, local and international organizations for spreading blasphemous content. FIA came into action after Islamabad High Court orders to inquire such NGOs.
Tensions between Pippa Middleton and Megan Markle are making rounds and it’s quite possible that Megan might not be invited to Pippa’s wedding. Media sources state that “it’s clear Pippa doesn’t want to be outshone by any TV babes on her big day.” Pippa thinks of the Vogue relationship of still new and it won’t be right enough to bring her to wedding as Matthews dating Megan for last few months.
Retired Pakistan Army officier went missing in Nepal yesterday soon after landing for a job interview, reported a news agency. His family thinks Indian agencies are behind this act and they have abducted Rtd Col. Habib Zubair. Col. Zubair son told that he received last phone call on 6th April from Kathmandu & Javaid Ansari picked his father from the airport. ‘My father went missing after that’ his son said.
Provincial and city authorities are making all efforts to prevent citizens from grating effects of heatstroke due to rise in Karachi temperature i.e. 40.5 degrees Celsius and such hot temperature would persist for next 3 days. On Monday, Nawabshah and Mithi, located in Sindh were recorded with maximum temperature of 43 degrees Celsius; Hyderabad had 42 whereas Sukkur recorded with 40.5 degrees centigrade.
On Monday, AD Khawaja, Sindh Inspector General Police ordered for an inquiry regarding demolition of Jufelhurst School which is located in Karachi’s Soldier Bazaar. Citizens and social activists are up against the move and that is the reason why AD Khawaja took the notice of suspected police officials’ involvement in partial demolition of school, declared to be part of cultural heritage.
Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk blessed with a baby two weeks before but they stayed mum. Despite, Shayk is active on Instagram but she didn’t disclose baby’s news. Irina is with Cooper from 2015 and they share a very good chemistry. Also, representatives of Cooper and Shayk didn’t comment related to the first baby birth news of this couple. Additionally, media source caught Shayk with an engagement ring.
Family of Amjad Sabri has finally decided to leave Pakistan over security reasons. Brother of Amjad Sabri, Azmat Sabri shared that they are shifting in London so that they could feel secure. “Although, we have spent all our lives in Karachi, but we’re now scare. Our lives are at stake in Liaquatabad since Amjad’s murder,” he said. Sabri was shot dead in targeted attack on June 2016.
Most patients stop taking drugs half-way of the treatment due to the side effects they go through like rashes, jaundice, vomiting, nerve damage and more. It has been explored by doctors that TB treatment has become drug resistant and the reason cited is the patient’s half-way treatment. Also to check TB resistant drugs, Gene-Xpert machine will be delivered to every district headquarter hospital in Punjab.
In alleged billions of rupees embezzlement, Federal Investigation Agency has started an investigation against senior officials’ role. Around 40 companies are involved in Rs86 billion of scam. Audit reports state that, “nine companies sold oil worth billions of rupees in connivance with officers/officials of the petroleum ministry after misappropriating the same from 34 oil wells.”
With cost estimation of Rs4.25 billion, 28-storeys twin towers would be constructed in Lahore on Jail road which will offer panoramic view of the city, declared Lahore Development Authority (LDA). This project falls under Development Authorities Act, 2014, so it will be executed and managed as according. LDA will provide the land for the project as equity; however, private partner will design these towers.
Chairman PPP Asif Ali Zardari had convinced Nawaz Sharif in 2014 to not resign as PTI Dharna heated up the political atmosphere. PM Nawaz Sharif was resigning & it was PPP which stopped him from doing so by saying ‘this is the Parliament’s war’. Khursheed Shah claimed while talking to media in Karachi, “Asif Zardari went to Raiwind & showed the world that he had accepted Nawaz Sharif as the prime minister.”
Sindh Police made an announcement on Friday that rs 0.5 million would be rewarded to those who will help in the arrest of Sehwan blast facilitators. Through close circuit television installed at the shrine, police managed to identify facilitators; data sent to NADRA for further info. They are of the view that facilitators visited the shrine a day before the blast along with the bomber i.e. 15th February.
According to the latest FIFA rankings issued on Thursday, Pakistan’s football team is the worst as it stands on all time low position of 201. This month’s list of April shows Pakistani team drop by 3 positions when compared with March’s list. Pakistan’s team was standing at 198th position for the month of February and March whereas in January our team was on 197th rank.