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Updated 25 June 2019


Cricket World Cup: Faf du Plessis 'embarrassed' by South Africa exit South Africa captain Faf du Plessis admitted being "embarrassed" by his country's early World Cup exit but is determined to fight on in the role.


Istanbul mayoral re-run: Erdogan's ruling AKP loses again Turkey's ruling party has lost control of Istanbul after a re-run of the city's mayoral election, latest results show.


Ethiopian army chief shot dead in Ethiopia attacks The chief of staff of the Ethiopian army, Gen Seare Mekonnen, has been shot dead in the capital, Addis Ababa, state media confirm.


Muslim ‘triple talaq’ divorce bill sparks fierce debate in India. The party of Indian PM Narendra Modi faced tough opposition as it made another attempt to push through a bill that would criminalize divorcing a woman by saying the word ‘talaq’ three times.


England's Chris Woakes on the art of death bowling It is limited-overs cricket at its most dramatic: the outcome of an entire match boiled down to the final six deliveries.


US Senate votes to block Trump's $8bn Saudi arms sale The US Senate has voted to block the sale of billions of dollars' worth of weapons to Saudi Arabia, striking a blow to President Donald Trump.


Xi Jinping visits N Korea to boost China's ties with Kim

China's President Xi Jinping is in North Korea for a meeting with Kim Jong-un, in the first Chinese state visit to the North since 2005.


India announces retaliatory trade tariffs against the US India has said that, from Sunday, it will impose tariffs on 28 US products, including almonds and apples.


PM Imran holds 'informal discussion' with Russian President Vladmir Putin Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday had an 'informal' talk with Russian President Vladmir Putin after reaching Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan to represent Pakistan at the 19th Meeting of the Council of the Heads of State of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation.


Pakistan MQM founder Altaf Hussain arrested in UK. Altaf Hussain, the self-exiled founder of one of Pakistan's biggest political parties, has been arrested in the UK, his spokesman has said.


Is India's Bangalore doomed to be the next Cape Town?  A recent report has said the south Indian city of Bangalore could be doomed, like Cape Town in South Africa, to face the threat of running out of drinking water.


US gives Turkey ultimatum on Russian missiles Turkey has been given a deadline of the end of July to choose between buying US fighter jets and Russian anti-aircraft missile systems.


Russia to start sending missile systems to Turkey in 2 months – and has ALREADY trained crews

S-400 anti-air missile systems will begin to arrive in Turkey in two months, says the head of Russian state defense corporation Rostec, despite Washington warning Ankara that the deal could threaten their partnership.


Defence budget to remain unchanged Defence budget during the next fiscal year will remain unchanged as compared to the outgoing fiscal year in rupee terms due to the country’s dire economic condition.


Amazon to deliver by drone 'within months'. Amazon has said it will use drones to deliver packages to customers “within months”. It unveiled its latest iteration at a conference in Las Vegas, touting the machine's ability to spot obstacles such as people, dogs, and clotheslines.


Dubai-based Indian builds water hand pumps in Pakistan Touched at the plight of starving children in Pakistan's Tharparkar district, Dubai-based Indian businessman and social entrepreneur Joginder Singh Salaria decided to cross a 'controversial' border and lend a helping to the community. Salaria, who launched Pehal Charitable Trust in 2012 in New Delhi, India, has set up nearly 62 water hand pumps in Tharparkar through a social worker in the Pakistani district.


Japan's Abe may walk a tightrope between Trump and Tehran Abe, who has sought to deflect United States President Donald Trump's protectionist and isolationist instincts, is expected to make a rare trip to Iran.


Afghan president says he'll visit Pakistan to improve ties Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday said he will visit Pakistan on June 27 to open a new chapter in his country's uneasy relationship with its neighbor and mend ties that are often characterized by mistrust and tit-for-tat accusations.


A bitter blow for the Cup favourites It was a bitter blow for England after they made a flying start by crushing South Africa in their opening game.


Kohli gave millions of fans a major scare ahead of India’s ICC World Cup 2019 opening match. Kohli hurt his finger during India’s training session at Southampton on Saturday, four days prior to the South Africa match on June 5.


Donald Trump's UK visit: Middle East and China top diplomatic agenda Donald Trump is making a much-delayed state visit to Britain. Over three days the US president will be hosted by royalty and politicians. He will also take part in commemorations to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings.


5G: EE launches UK's next-generation mobile network EE has launched the UK's first next-generation 5G mobile network, with a concert by rapper Stormzy live-streamed from a boat on the River Thames.


World Bank to provide $465m for education, power projects The World Bank has announced app­roval of two loans amounting $465 million to support higher education in Pakistan and expand sustainable electricity trade between Central Asia and South Asia.


5 Most iconic women athletes of all times. All have one thing in common, they dominated their sport.


PM Imran discusses regional issues with Afghan, Egyptian presidents on sidelines of OIC summit The premier and Ghani exchanged views on bilateral relations, regional issues and the Afghan peace and reconciliation process, a statement issued by the Prime Minister's Office said.


I am a big fan of Pakistani bowlers, Malala Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai was left a little confused when asked to name her favorite player from the ICC World Cup 2019 that kicked off Wednesday.


Cricket World Cup: Five batsmen to watch Cricketers and pundits have predicted that the World Cup in England and Wales will be a high-scoring affair.

Why England are favourites for the Cricket World Cup "Hosts England go into the World Cup as favourites" - just how many times have you heard that sentence, or something very similar, in the past few weeks?


Pervez Musharraf admitted in Dubai hospital in critical condition. Pakistan's former military ruler is admitted in a hospital in Dubai and reported for critical condition


Imran, Modi may meet on June 13-14 in Kyrgyzstan Prime Minister Imran Khan and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi are likely to meet on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan on June 13-14, Indian media reported on Tuesday.

India establishes Indo-Pacific Desk at Foreign Ministry The division, headed by Joint Secretary Vikram Doraiswami, will “integrate the Indian Ocean Rim Association, ASEAN Region, and the Quad” under its purview.

Fakhar Zaman: Pakistan's World Cup weapon Fakhar Zaman was still establishing himself in the Pakistan team when Jasprit Bumrah's no-ball in the Champions Trophy final triggered his unlikely rise from navy sailor to World Cup talisman.


US at risk of a Chinese dollar dump? At last count, China held slightly more than $1 trillion in U.S. Treasury securities. One fear has been that, should China and the United States engage in an economic war — as they clearly are now — those dollars could become a weapon against us.


At $2M, priciest ever medicine treats fatal genetic disease U.S. regulators have approved the most expensive medicine ever, for a rare disorder that destroys a baby's muscle control and kills nearly all of those with the most common type of the disease within a couple of years.


Crisis to be over in two months: Imran. Prime Minister Imran Khan has said two more months will be difficult while assuring that afterwards things will phenomenally improve that the whole world will cite our country's successful model.


British Airways to resume Pakistan flights next week after a decade British Airways will resume flights to Pakistan next week a decade after it suspended operations following a major hotel bombing, becoming the first Western airline to restart flights to the South Asian country.


Theresa May to resign as prime minister Theresa May has said she will quit as Conservative leader on 7 June, paving the way for a contest to decide a new prime minister.


Zakir Musa: India's 'most wanted' killed in Kashmir Zakir Musa, whose real name is Zakir Rashid Bhat, was a close aide of Burhan Wani, a charismatic Kashmiri militant leader, whose killing by security forces in 2016 sparked widespread protests.


NAB allowed to grill Nawaz inside jail in vehicles case An accountability court has allowed the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to interrogate former prime minister Nawaz Sharif in jail for alleged misuse of vehicles purchased for a South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) conference.


World Cup 2019 Bangladesh Cricket Team Seventh in the rankings they may be, but the 2015 World Cup quarter-finalists and Champions Trophy semi-finalists of 2017 are bristling with bottle and bravura.


Google deals Huawei major blow by cutting Android licence Google is set to revoke access to its Android mobile operating system from Huawei, dealing the Chinese company a major blow in accordance with US sanctions.


No oil, gas reserves found at Kekra-1: Petroleum Division Offshore drilling at the Kekra-1 site near Karachi has found no reserves of oil and gas, according to an official of the Petroleum Division.


Irfan Pathan becomes 1st Indian to be part of CPL Irfan Pathan created history after becoming the first Indian cricketer to be included in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) players' draft.

Dollar hits historical high of Rs148 The value of the US dollar against the rupee touched another all-time high for the second consecutive day, reaching approximately Rs148 in the interbank market.

PIA loses continue to rise. Minister for Aviation Division Ghulam Sarwar Khan on Friday informed the Senate that Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) losses have surged to Rs 416 billion


Bhutan has continually been ranked as the happiest country in all of Asia. Bhutan had the second fastest growing GDP in the world, at the same time as maintaining their environment and cultural identity


FIR registered against 12 PTM members, including MNA Ali Wazir An FIR has been registered against 12 members of Pashtun Tahafuz Movement including MNA Ali Wazir in Shewa police station of North Waziristan district, Radio Pakistan reported Monday.


IPL 2019, Qualifier 1 Preview: CSK and MI face off in battle of heavy weights. Both sides have won the title three times each.

Sri Lanka expels 200 Islamic clerics after Easter attacks Sri Lanka has expelled over 600 foreign nationals, including around 200 Islamic clerics, since the Easter suicide bombings blamed on a local jihadi group, a minister told AFP Sunday.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is engaged New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is engaged to her long-term partner, television presenter Clarke Gayford, a spokesman has confirmed. News of the couple's engagement emerged after Ms Ardern was seen at a ceremony on Friday wearing a diamond ring on the middle finger of her left hand.


Pakistan on top in ICC’s 80-team T20 rankings The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Friday unveiled an expanded ICC Men’s Twenty 20 International Team Rankings table with 80 teams.


Babar Azam: Pakistan batsman joins Somerset for T20 Blast Somerset have signed Pakistan batsman Babar Azam for the majority of this season's T20 Blast competition.


Qandeel Baloch’s brother arrested from Saudi Arabia by Interpol The brother of Qandeel Baloch has been arrested from Saudi Arabia with the help of Interpol last night, lawyer Nighat Dad said Friday.


Meesha suing Ali Zafar for Rs 2 billion for defamation The notice states that Shafi and the other women accusing Zafar of harassment have not spoken before the court or ombudsperson yet.


Countries where Hijab is ban for Muslim women. A ban on face coverings in public has come into effect in Sri Lanka, following a series of suicide attacks on Easter Sunday, in which at least 250 people were killed.


Sri Lanka great Kumar Sangakkara named new MCC president Ex-Sri Lanka batsman Kumar Sangakkara has been named as the next president of Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC).


Masood Azhar: Jaish-e-Mohammed leader listed as terrorist by UN The UN has designated the leader of a militant group behind a deadly bomb attack that brought India and Pakistan to the brink of war as a terrorist.


Pakistan plans to bring 30,000 madrasas under government control Pakistan plans to take control of a network of over 30,000 madrasas as part of a drive to "mainstream" the Islamic schools by bringing them under state control, the military's spokesman said.


Political reasons behind Asad’s ouster A number of officials in the finance ministry and some top members of the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) believe that reasons behind the removal of Asad Umar as finance minister were “political” rather than economic policies.


US places visa sanctions on Pakistan The United States has placed Pakistan in the list of countries facing sanctions within the framework of a law under which countries refusing to take back deportees and visa over-stayers will be denied American visas.


No sedentary screen time for babies, WHO says Babies and toddlers should not be left to passively watch TV or other screens, according to new World Health Organization guidelines.


Putin mulls easing Russian passport rules for whole Ukraine Russian President Vladimir Putin says he is considering extending a scheme that makes it easier for Ukrainians to obtain Russian citizenship.


The Met Office issues a heat wave alert for Karachi According to a statement by the Met Office, a heatwave alert has been issued for the Karachi metropolis between May 1st and 3rd.


PM Imran, Wasim Akram headline Cricinfo's all-time World Cup XI With the 2019 Cricket World Cup a little over a month away, cricket publication ESPNcricinfo conducted a staff survey to find out its consensus all-time World Cup XI.


Pakistan to work with Iran on gas project Foreign Ministry spokesperson Dr. Mohammad Faisal said in his weekly press briefing in Islamabad on Thursday that the IP gas pipeline project was also discussed during Prime Minster Imran Khan’s visit to Iran, IRNA reported.


BNP-M may part ways with PTI in August: Mengal  The Balochistan Natio­nal Party-Mengal (BNP-M) President, Sardar Akhtar Mengal, has made it clear that his party’s alliance with the government will terminate in August as it will be free to parts ways with it since the agreement inked for the period is ending.


Crawford knocks Amir Khan down. WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford beats Amir Khan by technical knockout


Pakistan to fence border with Iran, says FM Qureshi The minister said Pakistan has located and identified the locations of terrorists based on Iranian territory.


Pakistan lodges protest over Iran's inaction against terrorists behind Ormara incident Pakistan has lodged protest with Iran for its inaction not taking action against the group behind the killing of 14 passengers who were forcibly offloaded them from their bus on the Makran Coastal Highway in Ormara,


Israelis prepare to go to the polls: here's what we know. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing party would win 31 seats if elections were held today, the online survey of 583 respondents found. Blue and White, led by ex-army chief Benny Gantz, would win 30 seats, according to the poll.


Two inmates die in Adiala Jail. Two prisoners were found dead on Saturday morning in Adiala Jail.


Govt's debt surges to Rs27.6tr by Feb-end. The Rs9.23-trillion external debt does not include loans of $9.2 billion obtained from China, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Those loans are the responsibility of the central bank.

AI Bias. Google bans ethics board. Google confirmed that it has disbanded a recently assembled artificial intelligence ethics advisory panel in the face of controversy over its membership.

Rising inflation, high fiscal deficit biggest challenges: Umar The minister said the finance committee should play a proactive role and prepare a document for the government, suggesting framework on growth model.


Turkish-Chinese Tensions Escalate Over Uighurs Analysts expect Beijing to impose further economic sanctions on Ankara, meaning the price Turkey will pay for standing up for the Uighurs in China could be considerable.

Captain Marvel records a big debut. It was easily the best opening of any movie thus far in 2019.


Iran's Rouhani urges Pakistan not to jeopardize relations with neighbours. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday called for "decisive" action by Pakistan against a militant group behind a deadly suicide attack in a border area, and said inaction by Islamabad could jeopardize relations between the neighbors.


Popular support for militants complicates Pakistan crackdown Under pressure to rein in the militants, Pakistan took over mosques and religious schools belonging to Jaish-e-Mohammad.


CAA closes Pakistan's airspace for transit flights till tomorrow Transit flights will be diverted in Pakistan as the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has announced on Friday to close Pakistan’s airspace till tomorrow.

Afzal Kohistani: another whistle blower killed in Pakistan. Afzal Kohistani, was shot dead on Wednesday evening in the densely populated area of Sarban Chowk at around 8:10pm by unidentified gunmen who managed to flee afterwards.

LOC calm, fresh crackdown on Kashmiris starts The government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also come down hard on separatist groups operating in Kashmir, including by banning the Jamaat-e-Islami party, two of whose clerics were detained in raids on Saturday night.

Build relations with Israel to counter India: Musharraf During a press conference here Friday, Musharraf hinted at making relations with Israel to counter India. This leaves an impression that military is not in mood to work for peace with India even in distant future.


Saudi Arabia reduces visit visa fees for Pakistanis. Indian nationals favoured by Saudia as Pakistanis still have to pay SR 355 as compared to SR 305 for neighbouring Indians.


Lahore High Court orders judicial inquiry into Sahiwal incident. The ordered were given by LHC Chief Justice Sardar Shamim during hearing on petitions seeking judicial inquiry.


S&P cuts Pakistan's credit rating to 'B-' from 'B'; keeps stable outlook S&P Global Ratings on Monday lowered Pakistan's sovereign credit rating one notch to 'B-' from 'B', citing diminished growth prospects and elevated external and fiscal stresses.


PCB chief questions why ICC punished Sarfraz despite reconciliation over racist remarks. Pakistan has objected to the disciplinary action against Sarfraz over racist remarks.


Aasia Bibi free to go wherever she wants, says information minister A day after the Supreme Court rejected a review petition against Aasia Bibi’s acquittal in a blasphemy case, the government on Wednesday said she was free to go wherever she wanted.


China summons US ambassador over Huawei arrest The arrest of Meng Wanzhou, who faces US fraud charges related to sanctions-breaking dealings with Iran, has infuriated Beijing, threatening to disrupt a trade war truce between China and the United States.


Lawyers' body announces countrywide strike. The All Pakistan Bar Councils Inter-Provincial Committee has announced the holding of a countrywide strike on Dec 17 to support the demand of the Punjab Bar Council for the establishment of the Lahore High Court benches in five more cities of the province.


Chinese Troops Land in Pakistan. A special forces contingent of the People Liberation Army of China Saturday arrived in Pakistan to participate in the joint military exercise 'Warrior-VI 2018'


CPEC size to stay at $50 billion for now. Size of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will remain unchanged at $50 billion, for now, as both the countries have decided to consolidate the already approved projects amid a hope to also achieve the financial close of $1.7 billion transmission line project.


Actress Mahira Khan among top five on Eastern Eye’s ‘Asian Woman’ list. One of the superstars of Pakistan’s entertainment industry, Mahira Khan, is among the top five on Eastern Eye’s “50 Sexiest Asian Women” list for the fourth year in a row.


Nigerian President Buhari denies death and body double rumours. Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has denied rumours that he has died and been replaced by a lookalike.


Why India is furious about a set of stamps. The foreign ministers of India and Pakistan were supposed to meet this week on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York.


US 'ready to restart negotiations' with North Korea. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he is ready to restart negotiations with Pyongyang, with the aim of denuclearising North Korea "by 2021".

Good News for CSS A single bench of IHC comprising Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui conducted hearing of the petition and issued notices to the Secretaries Ministry of Defense, Establishment Division and Federal Public Service Commission (FPC).

Renowned Bangladeshi writer Shahzahan Bachchu shot dead  Bachchu, the owner of a publishing house 'Bishaka Prokashoni', had received multiple death threats for his outspoken support to secularism. His publishing house is located in Dhaka's Banglabazar area.

Why is Pakistan afraid of happy women? While the stoically suffering woman is embraced, the happy woman can’t even get a foot in the door.

Koreas Talk Peace The recent summit held between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean Chairman Kim Jong Un appears to have done all. (Jahangir World Time June 2018)

A new start or rerun in Korean Peninsula The highly choreographed meeting was performed by the two lead actors almost exactly as scripted.But many impromptu moments of congeniality, which drew laughs from the audience as well as from the actors themselves, highlighted the two sides’ eagerness to make the summit a success. (Jahangir World Time June 2018)

US approaches Moscow for truce? The summit would aim at resolving longstanding differences between the U.S. and Russia on issues including Syria, Ukraine, and nuclear arms control.


US at War with EU over Trade EU, Canada and other traditional allies are upset over America First Tariffs


Merck Pharma puts humans on trial. Ebola outbreak in DRC. Is it justified to put humans on trial of a vaccine?


China May Get World's Largest Gas Field Because of U.S. Sanctions Against Iran Iran has threatened to give petroleum giant Total's stake in the South Pars gas fields to China if the French company could not secure protection from U.S. nuclear-related sanctions.


Iraq Election Results Shock US and Iran. Result is blow to US, but Iran will also lose out after Iraq’s protest against rule by proxy


Punish a Muslim Day' Game Spreads Across U.K. Ominous letters are being sent anonymously around the U.K. urging people to participate in a macabre game called “Punish a Muslim,” which awards points for doing things like burning down a mosque or throwing acid on a Muslim person.

Hundreds of Muslim Uighurs Flee China for Fears of Persecution Those who escaped on Monday had no documents and their nationality could not be determined, a Thai immigration official told Khaosod newspaper.

Donald Trump Reminds Pakistan of “Tremendous Advantages” US administration had extended support to successive dictators in Pakistan over the years. The incumbent President just have something in mind.

Privacy of Mobile users in Pakistan threatened VEON holds the power to radically alter consumer privacy vis-à-vis mobile communication.

How Saudi Arabia balances India Pakistan Relations? Disenchanted from Pakistan, Saudi Arabia is now leaning towards India, reports Current Affairs Digest. 


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