US senators seek to regulate Saudi war in Yemen

US senators seek to regulate Saudi war

WASHINGTON: US lawmakers have moved a joint resolution in the Senate seeking to regulate Saudi Arabia’s military operations in Yemen. Through this resolution, Senators Rand Paul, a Republican, and Chris Murphy, a Democrat, want to amend the National Defence Authorisation Act to link the provision of US weapons and ammunitions to Saudi Arabia to a presidential certification. The president’s certification would consider how Saudi Arabia has used US weapons in attacks against civilians, how it affects US credibility in the region and how defence sales to the kingdom enhance US…

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BISP can never alleviate poverty: expert

BISP can never alleviate poverty

ISLAMABAD: The government has been providing Rs100 billion assistance every year to the beneficiaries of Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) but this amount will never bring any change in their lives. This was stated by Shoaib Sultan Khan, the head of Rural Support Programme (RSP), at an event “Guftagu” organised by Oaj-i-Kamal Forum at a local hotel on Monday. He said poverty was at the household level and we have to reach them and support them to come out of it. There are around 18 million households in the country…

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Arrest warrants for PML-N MNA in hit-and-run case

Arrest warrants for PML-N MNA in hit

ISLAMABAD: A local court on Monday issued arrest warrants for the PML-N MNA Sheikh Rohail Asghar in a hit-and-run case registered against him with the Kohsar police. Civil Judge cum Judicial Magistrate Hamayun Dilawar while issuing the warrants, ordered the police to produce the MNA on next date of hearing. The directions came in response to an application filed by the victim’s wife in which she told the court that despite a court order the police had not registered an FIR against the MNA. The Additional District & Session Judge-west,…

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Miandad slams selection committee

Miandad slams selection committee

KARACHI: Former Pakistani skipper and cricket legend Javed Miandad on Monday described Inzamam-ul-Haq-led selection committee of the PCB as “one-man show.” Inzamam heads a panel that includes former opening batsman Wajahatullah Wasti, Tauseef Ahmed, an offspinner who played 34 Tests and 70 ODIs, and seam-bowling all-rounder Wasim Haider, who played three ODIs and over 100 first-class and List A matches. “Inzamam-ul-Haq has got all the yes men in his committee,” Miandad told the media persons here. The former skipper said that selection committee should not destroy the cricket of Ahmed…

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India army ammunition depot catches fire, 17 killed: reports

India army ammunition depot catches fire

MUMBAI: A fire at a massive military ammunition depot in central India on Tuesday has killed at least 17 people and left many more injured, according to media reports. The Press Trust of India news agency said two officers were among the 17 soldiers to have died in the blaze at the depot in Pulgaon, near the city of Nagpur in the state of Maharashtra. The NDTV network also reported that 17 people had been killed in the huge blaze which it said had broken out after an explosion at…

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Hardliner Lieberman sworn in as Israel defence minister

Hardliner Lieberman Israel defence minister

JERUSALEM: Israeli ultra-nationalist Avigdor Lieberman assured Monday he supported the creation of a Palestinian state after being sworn in as defence minister despite outrage over his appointment to the powerful post. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s choice of the hardline Lieberman to head the defence ministry has caused alarm among moderates in Israel and has been openly questioned by the United States. His nomination was approved by the 120-seat Knesset, or parliament, by a vote of 55-43 with one abstention. 21 lawmakers were absent for the ballot. In a speech after…

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Islamabad ATC issues arrest warrants for Imran Khan, Tahirul Qadri

Islamabad ATC issues arrest warrants

ISLAMABAD: An Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) in Islamabad issued arrest warrants for Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan, Pakistan Awami Tehreek chief Tahirul Qadri and others on Tuesday in a case relating to the attack on Senior Superintendent Police (SSP) Asmatullah Junejo. SSP Junejo was wounded on Sep 1, 2014, in a clash with PTI and PAT protesters when they stormed the Pakistan Television (PTV) headquarters and the precincts of the Parliament. A case was registered against Imran Khan, Tahirul Qadri and others for torturing SSP Junejo and five other police official…

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Pakistan may not vote for World T20 in 2018: PCB Chairman Shaharyar Khan

Pakistan may not vote for World T20 in 2018

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Shaharyar Khan on Monday hinted at the possibility that Pakistan may not vote for the staging of the World T20 in 2018, two years before the planned World T20 in 2020, The Indian Express reported. The International Cricket Council (ICC) along with its member boards was to hold the next edition of the World T20 in 2020 as the 50-over World Cup is set to be held in 2019 and the Champions Trophy in 2017. However, according to recent media reports, the ICC has been…

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Windies batsman Chris Gayle wishes Nawaz Sharif well for surgery

Chris Gayle wishes Nawaz Sharif for surgery

Big-hitting West Indies left-hander Chris Gayle on Monday wished Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif a successful surgery in a video circulating on social media. The video shared by Pakistani batsman Ahmed Shahzad on his Twitter account features Gayle sending his prayers to the premier and his family as Nawaz is scheduled to undergo open-heart surgery in London on Tuesday (today). “My thoughts and prayers go to the PM in London. I wish him a successful surgery and I hope all goes according to plan,” said Gayle says in the video. “Mr…

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India set to retain fastest growing economy tag

India set to retain growing economy tag

NEW DELHI: India probably gathered momentum to hold its ranking as the world’s fastest growing large economy in the quarter through March, giving Prime Minister Narendra Modi more to celebrate after completing two years in office last week. Modi swept to power promising to revitalise Asia’s third-largest economy and, despite a dearth of private investment and shrinking exports, his policies are having some success as cooling inflation and lower interest rates have boosted consumer demand. A Reuters survey of economists expected data out on Tuesday will show India’s gross domestic…

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