PCB decides to warn Akmal, Junaid

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PCB decides to warn Akmal, Junaid LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided to warn both middle-order batsman Umar Akmal and left-arm quick Junaid Khan that they will be suspended for four to six weeks if they do not improve their conduct. The two had got into arguments when Akmal, while leading the Punjab team against Sindh at the Pakistan Cup in Rawalpindi, had commented on his team combination before the match in these words, “I am just told that Junaid is absent. I am surprised. The manager and the…

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Former players pay rich tributes to duo

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Former players pay rich tributes to duo KARACHI: Former cricketers and noted critics from all over the world paid rich tributes to departing Pakistan cricket greats Misbah-ul Haq and Younis Khan on Monday, lauding their invaluable services for the country and the game during the past decade and a half. Former skipper Imran Khan, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Dean Jones, Matthew Hayden, Waqar Younis, Michael Vaughan, Russell Arnold, Sanjay Manjrekar and others tweeted congratulatory messages to the two, praising them for their tremendous achievements and wishing them well for the future. “Congratulations to Misbah…

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PIA suspends two officers in Rs19m scam

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PIA suspends two officers in Rs19m scam RAHIM YAR KHAN: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) authorities suspended two officers of the finance department and transferred seven others from marketing and counter ticketing departments of the local office here after serving show-cause notices on all of them in the first week of May on charges of financial embezzlement worth Rs19.2 million. According to sources in the PIA, this irregularity was disclosed by a director of a Sadiqabad-based travel agency to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) after he developed…

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PML-N ally Fazl opposes Fata reforms in NA

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PML-N ally Fazl opposes Fata reforms in NA ISLAMABAD: Cracks emer­ged within the ruling coalition on Monday when Maulana Fazlur Rehman, one of the main allies of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), opposed the Fata reforms package in the National Assembly. The assembly session, which was called specifically to take up the draft laws aimed at mainstreaming the tribal areas, also witnessed unsavoury exchanges between the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief and Fata lawmakers. This prompted Shah Mehmood Qureshi of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) to observe that while the opposition was on…

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Payments released for adding 6,020MW

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Payments released for adding 6,020MW ISLAMABAD: The government is making expedited full payments to the power projects to deliver about 6,020 megawatts of additional power generation capacity to the national grid by December to announce zero loadshedding before it goes to polls next year. The prime minister himself was keeping track of progress on about 25 small-to-large power units that authorities concerned have presented to him with timelines for completion latest by December 2017, a senior official at the PM Office told Dawn. Mainly because of this reason, the government has…

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KP local govts get less than pledged funds

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KP local govts get less than pledged funds ISLAMABAD: For the second consecutive year, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa finance department has released less development funds for local governments than the amount it is legally bound to give under the Local Government Act 2013. The LGA 2013 dictates transfer of 30pc of the provincial development budget to the 25 districts. “They are rolling back fiscal decentralisation,” an official of the KP finance department said, mentioning the amendments to LGA 2013 which allow cuts from resource allocation for local governments. The move has sparked…

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World needs to talk to N. Korea: Putin

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World needs to talk to N. Korea: Putin BEIJING: Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday that Moscow was opposed to any new countries acquiring nuclear weapons, but that the world should talk to North Korea rather than threaten it. Putin, speaking in Beijing, said nuclear tests of the type that Pyongyang had been carrying out in recent weeks were unacceptable, but that a peaceful solution to rising tensions on the Korean peninsula was needed. “I want to confirm that we are categorically against the expansion of the club of nuclear…

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Jawad Ahmed is launching a political party

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Jawad Ahmed is launching a political party Vocalist Jawad Ahmad on Monday applied for registration of his political party to formally enter the electoral politics. The ‘Gori Karat Singhaar’ fame singer told the media that his party “Political Front” would endevour to win for people their due rights. Also read: Ali Azmat, Jawad Ahmed share their fondest memories of Junaid Jamshed Following in the footsteps of folk singers Abrarul Haq and Attaullah Esakhelvi, who both joined the Imran Khan-led Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) before 2013 polls, Ahmad has been planning his entry…

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Replacements of Misbah, Younis will emerge

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Replacements of Misbah, Younis will emerge  LAHORE: While congratulating the Pakistan team for their history-making series victory in the West Indies, chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq on Monday said the replacements of both Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan would emerge in the future. Talking to reporters here at the LCCA ground after the prize distribution ceremony of the first Hamza Shahbaz Gold Cup, Inzamam said, “The national team really fought well during the West Indies tour. Therefore, their efforts should be appreciated.” To a question about the chances of Pakistan team after the…

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Alibaba Group set to enter Pakistan

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Alibaba Group set to enter Pakistan Pakistan on Tuesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Alibaba Group Holdings Limited to promote Pakistan’s worldwide exports by Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) through e-commerce. Alibaba Group’s Executive Chairman, Jack Ma and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif witnessed the signing ceremony. Speaking at the headquarters of the e-commerce giant, the prime minister appreciated the success and performance of the Alibaba group. “I am glad my meeting with Jack Ma at the World Economic Forum in January has come to fruition in the shape of the…

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