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Referee banned by FA after rock, paper, scissors blunder

LONDON: Referee David McNamara has been handed a three-week ban by the English FA for asking two captains to play rock, paper, scissors to decide the kick-off before a Women’s Super League (WSL) match after forgetting his coin, British media reported on Tuesday. The incident took place ahead of Manchester City’s home game with Reading on Oct. 26 and involved their England skipper Steph Houghton and visiting captain Kirsty Pearce. A coin toss to decide who kicks off is a requirement under the Laws of the Game but…

Pillion riding banned for 10 days in Sindh

KARACHI: The Sindh government has imposed a ban on pillion riding for 10 days in view of the current law and order situation across the province. The reason for ban hasn’t been particularly specified by the government, but according to reports, the decision has been taken in the wake of protests and rioting fears after the Supreme Court verdict ordering acquittal of Asia Bibi, who was facing execution over blasphemy charges. The provincial government has also banned processions and rallies as well as carrying of arms.…

Pillion-riding banned in Islamabad for two months

ISLAMABAD: Islamabad District Administration has imposed a ban on pillion riding in the federal capital for two months. The ban has been imposed under Section 144. The step has been taken to ensure security during the month of Muharram-ul-Haram. The administration has also imposed ban on wall chalking, distribution of posters and pamphlets and hate speech for a period of two months. Read More: Govt places 3-day ban on pillion-riding in Sindh for Muharram Muharram-ul-Haram, the first month of the next Islamic lunar…

Pillion-riding banned in Karachi, Hyderabad on 21st Ramadan

KARACHI: The Sindh government has imposed ban on pillion-riding in Karachi and Hyderabad on 21st Ramazan, Youm-e-Ali, for security of the mourning processions. The ban has been imposed for 24 hours after applications were received by the Home Department from the high officials of Karachi Police and Hyderabad Police. Journalists, women and old people are exempted from this ban. Youm-e-Ali is the day of martyrdom of Hazrat Ali (RA). The day is observed every year on 21st of Ramazan with religious fervour amid tight…

Ban on ‘wrongly educated’ India-trained monks in China

BEIJING: A Chinese county has banned Tibetan Monks "wrongly educated" in India from teaching Buddhism, fearing that they may spread "separatist" content, according to a state-run media report. "Monks wrongly educated in India are banned from teaching Buddhism to residents of Litang county in Southwest China's Sichuan Province," state-run Global Times quoted an official as saying on Monday. The county conducts patriotic education classes every year for those educated and awarded Gexe Lharampa - the highest academic…

Anushka’s ‘Pari’ banned in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Screening of Anushka Sharma-starrer 'Pari-Not a Fairytale' has been banned in Pakistan for "innumerable unethical dialogues and scenes". Pari is an Indian supernatural horror film made by a new movie director Prosit Roy. The flick is third production venture for Anushka's company Clean Slate Films. The film was released on March 2. Chairman Central Board of Film Censors (CBFC) Pakistan Mobashir Hasan announced through his social media account that Pari was declared unfit for public exhibition by the CBFC…

Russia to create sports competition for banned Olympic athletes

MOSCOW: President Vladimir Putin has ordered the government to organise a sports competition for Russian athletes banned from the upcoming Winter Games in Pyeongchang over a doping scandal, his spokesman said on Wednesday. Putin "reminded the cabinet of the decision to organise a competition for those of our athletes who had not been allowed to take part in the Olympic Games," Russian news agencies quoted Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying. He added that winning athletes would receive compensation equal to what…

Things that you should avoid doing in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia, the custodian of the birthplace of Islam, has a constitution that embodies the religious values and teachings prescribed by the religious text – Quran – and Sunnah of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him). One has to be more careful about Muslim laws after touching down in the kingdom where it is down to the individual to interpret the laws in the absence of official written constitution and thus, people often find themselves in legal troubles and are unable to sort out the dos and do not.…

Russian TV will ‘not show Winter Olympics’ if team banned

MOSCOW: Russian state television said on Friday it would not broadcast the Winter Olympics from South Korea next year if the Russian team is banned from the games over doping. The International Olympic Committee's executive board is due to meet next month to consider whether Russia can compete in Pyeongchang in February, after evidence of widespread cheating emerged in 2015. "If our team is barred from participating in the Winter Olympics, our channels will not show the games," the press service of the All-Russia State…

Climbing Australia’s giant red rock Uluru banned

CANBERRA: Climbing the world's largest monolith Uluru was banned on Wednesday amid concerns it was becoming a "theme park", undermining the giant red rock's deep cultural significance. Scrambling up the symbol of the Outback, also known as Ayers Rock, is seen by many tourists as a must-do on their visit to Australia. But they do so against the wishes of the traditional Aboriginal owners, the Anangu, to whom the site is sacred. At a meeting of the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Board, made up of traditional…