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Geoffrey Rush tells court he was ‘numb’ after misconduct allegation published

SYDNEY: Australian actor Geoffrey Rush said on Monday he was distraught when he read newspaper articles accusing him of inappropriate conduct, as a court began a hearing into his lawsuit against the publisher. In the first such case in Australia of the #MeToo era, Rush is suing News’s Corporation’s Australian arm over a series of articles saying he was the subject of a complaint to the Sydney Theatre Company in relation to its 2015 production of King Lear. Under the headline “KING LEER,” and in later articles, Sydney’s…

Nadra denies PTI’s allegation of sharing data with PML-N

ISLAMABAD: The National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) on Sunday denied the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) allegation that “sensitive information” was shared with the Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N). Terming the allegations as fabricated and baseless, the Nadra spokesman said no data was provided to any political party. The authority has a limited role in conducting elections, it added. “Nadra has not given data to any political party, whatsoever. The organisation is only providing technical assistance to…

Pakistan rejects Indian allegation of not letting Indian high commissioner meet Sikh pilgrims

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal on Sunday rejected Indian allegation that the High Commissioner of India was "prevented" from meeting the visiting Sikh pilgrims. "Indian allegations regarding prevention of meeting of the Indian High Commissioner with Sikh Yatrees are reprehensible attempts to try to mutate the truth. Indian HC agreed to cancel the visit due to Sikh protests against India for screening of controversial movie in India," he said responding to a question regarding the press release…

Shahid Masood made baseless allegations: Punjab govt spokesman

LAHORE: The Punjab government on Friday said that allegations by anchor Dr. Shahid Masood were completely baseless, and a mischievous attempt to detrack from the original investigation. Punjab government spokesman Malik Ahmed Khan addressing a press conference said that the anchor made certain revelations in the Zainab rape-murder case, and subsequently an investigation team was formed to probe them. He said that it was alleged that the main suspect, Imran Ali, had several bank accounts including foreign currency…

Hamza serves Rs10bn notice on Imran over bribe allegations

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) leader Hamza Shahbaz Sharif on Friday served a legal notice of Rs10 billion fine to Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan over defaming the government through allegation that he was offered bribe to keep mum on the Panam Leaks case. Hamza Sharif said that the PTI chief lied about a bribe offered to him to remain silent on the Panama Leaks case. "Khan should validate his claim or apologise publicly within 14 days, else he should be ready for legal proceedings…

Sourav Ganguly faces allegations of ticket scam in England-India ODI

MUMBAI: Former Indian cricketer Sourav Ganguly has been accused of ‘evading transparency’ in the distribution of complimentary tickets for the India-England One-day International played at the Eden Gardens on January 22. Former Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) treasurer Biswarup Dey, who had to step down from CAB having completed nine years in office, alleged the former India skipper and Gautam Dasgupta, the association’s trustee board chairman, and his team had “unethically” denied him the “allotted quota of…