Massive fire engulfs three points in Karachi’s industrial area

Massive fire engulfs three points Karachi

KARACHI: Massive fire engulfed three points in Karachi’s industrial area Friday, DawnNews reported. Firefighters were busy controlling the fire that broke out in a chemical factory in the city’s Site Area and in a tyre factory near Gulbai. Fire officials declared it a third-degree fire. However, no loss of human life was reported. Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah took notice of the incident and directed Karachi’s commissioner to utilise all available resources at hand to control the fire. According to DawnNews, firefighting department officials have asked for all…

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Three killed in Quetta market explosion

Three killed in Quetta market explosion

QUETTA: Three people were killed and 28 more injured, including women and children, in a loud explosion at Almo Chowk here on Friday afternoon, police said. The dead and injured, all passersby and shopkeepers in the area, were taken to Civil Hospital Quetta. At least three of the injured were in critical condition. According to Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Police Quetta Chaudhary Manzoor, around 5 kilograms of explosives were used in the blast. The blast went off outside a shop in the crowded Almo Chowk market as locals were busy…

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Coach Kumble focused on making India better

Coach Kumble focused on making India better

MUMBAI: A force to be reckoned with at home, India’s Test side have struggled away from the subcontinent in recent years and new skipper Anil Kumble has put top priority on building a team that can travel with confidence. Kumble, India’s most successful bowler, was given a one-year term as head coach on Thursday with the country’s cricket board (BCCI) putting their faith in the 45-year-old despite his lack of coaching experience. The BCCI received 57 applications for the job, which were then made available to an advisory panel that…

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Tears, fears and a resignation as Britain exits EU

Supporters of the 'Stronger In' Campaign react as results of the EU referendum are announced at a results party at the Royal Festival Hall in London on June 23, 2016.
Bookmakers dramatically reversed the odds on Britain leaving the European Union on Friday as early results from a historic referendum pointed to strong support for a Brexit. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / ROB STOTHARD

As over 52 per cent of Britons voted on Thursday to leave the European Union on Thursday. British Prime Minister David Cameron, who had campaigned against the Brexit, announced his resignation on Friday following the ‘Leave’ vote even as he promised to try to “steady the ship” before he formally steps down in October. Following the vote, the Pound sterling crashed to a 31-year low as the KSE-100 index fell 2 per cent on the back of volatility in international currency markets. The UK now has two years to negotiate…

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Anatomy of Brexit: A divided kingdom

Anatomy of Brexit A divided kingdom

LONDON: Britain’s shock vote to leave the European Union has divided the country geographically, as well as between generations, between cities and rural areas and between Britons with and without a university education, analysts said. “This is a referendum in which a cosmopolitan socially liberal Britain was outvoted by a more socially conservative part of the country that is deeply concerned by immigration,” polling expert John Curtice told the BBC. Here are the key trends: Not a United Kingdom London, Scotland and Northern Ireland voted to stay but Wales and…

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Brexit poll: a sobering lesson for Asia

Brexit poll a sobering lesson for Asia

LONDON (The Straits Times/ANN): Politics let loose can be a dangerous thing; this region needs to resist a tide of xenophobia and isolationism. A young British MP is brutally murdered in her constituency by a neo-Nazi type because she spoke up for immigrants and favoured her nation staying in the European Union (EU). Days later, in Miri, Sarawak, a prominent opposition politician is gunned down in broad daylight as he waits in his car at a traffic intersection, a new edge added to Malaysia’s troubled politics. In the United States,…

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kudos nothing if Spain don’t beat Italy

kudos nothing if Spain don't beat Italy

MONTPELLIER: Alvaro Morata is joint top scorer at Euro 2016 but doesn’t care who hits the net if Spain beat a familiar Italy side to a coveted quarter-final place in their last 16 clash on Monday. “I couldn’t care less about the top scorer’s chart if we lose,” Morata said after the defending champions’ shock 2-1 defeat to Croatia left them second in Group D and facing a nightmare draw as they bid to retain their title. Against all hopes and expectations, Spain’s second-place finish means they now face what…

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Djokovic, Federer drawn for Wimbledon semi-final clash

Djokovic, Federer Wimbledon semi-final

LONDON: Defending champion Novak Djokovic and seven-time winner Roger Federer are drawn to meet in the semi-finals of this year’s Wimbledon which starts on Monday. World number one Djokovic, who is bidding to take another step closer to the first calendar Grand Slam, has defeated Federer in the last two finals at the All England Club. Djokovic won last year’s Wimbledon championship after winning the final in five sets, taking him to his third Wimbledon title and ninth grand slam. Veteran Federer, who was defeated by Djokovic last year, is…

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Trump hails Brexit vote on visit to Scotland

Trump hails Brexit vote on visit Scotland

TURNBERRY: Donald Trump hailed Britain’s vote to leave the EU as “fantastic” shortly after arriving in Scotland on Friday for his first international trip since becoming the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. “I think it’s a great thing. I think it’s a fantastic thing,” he told reporters. Ahead of his visit, Trump had told Fox News that he felt Britain should “go it alone” and leave the 28-member EU in a move that could shape the continent. Trump swooped down by helicopter into his Trump Turnberry golf course, where a large…

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IPL bosses looking at holding a mini edition in US: report

IPL bosses looking a mini edition in US

KOLKATA: The world’s richest cricket league could see an offspring being launched in the US to tap the Indian expat community, The Indian Express newspaper reported on Friday. The US chapter of the Indian Premier League (IPL) will be a miniature version spread over three weeks – as compared to the two months taken for it to play out in its current format, it said. The paper quoted an Indian cricket official as saying that “space” could be created on the international cricket calendar as the T20 Champions League had…

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