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Atherton ‘highly sceptical’ of spot-fixing claims

LONDON: Former England captain Michael Atherton is “highly sceptical” of claims made in a television programme that players for England and Australia may have been involved in ‘spot-fixing’ activities during test matches in South Asia. The Al Jazeera programme “Cricket’s Match Fixers”, broadcast on Sunday, alleged incidents of spot-fixing in a Chennai match between England and India in December 2016 and the Australia-India test in Ranchi in March 2017. Match-fixing has become a major concern for the sport in recent…

Murad urges center to delink disputed claims of different entities from gas supply to KE

KARACHI: In a reply to the letter of Federal Energy Minister Awais Leghari, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah on Saturday said the Karachi Water & Sewerage Board (KW&SB) has a claim of about Rs18 billion against various federal government entities operating in Karachi, which should be delinked from the additional gas supply to the K-Electric (KE). The CM expressed remorse over non-payment of dues by the federal government entities despite several notices. The Sindh chief minister, referring to Awais…

Najam Sethi says half of PSL 4 matches will be played in Pakistan

KARACHI: Najam Sethi, on his tour to National Stadium Karachi on Friday, announced that half of Pakistan Super League’s (PSL) fourth edition will be played in Pakistan with Peshawar and Islamabad hosting the matches as well. The chairman PCB visited the stadium in Karachi two days before the final of PSL 3 to inspect the arrangements for the mega event. While talking to media, Sethi asked everyone to trust him as he does what he says. “You should trust me,” he stated. After Paksitan Super League's (PSL), Indian…

PTI leaders protecting killers in KP, alleges Bilawal

ISLAMABAD: Slamming the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government for allegedly going soft on criminals, Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Bilawal Zardari on Tuesday accused the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leaders of protecting killers in the province, ARY News reported. Expressing concern over alleged negligence of the KP government and its police in ferreting the culprits behind medical student Asma’s murder and other cases of heinous nature, he said, “It appears that PTI has become a party of several 'Ladlas' ganged up…

Pakistan fastest growing economy, claims Sartaj Aziz

ISLAMABAD: Deputy Chairman Planning Commission Sartaj Aziz on Tuesday said Pakistan’s economy had seen noticeable turnaround in the past four years as a result of macroeconomic and structural reform program. "International rating agencies are predicting Pakistan to emerge as one of the fastest growing economies in the world in upcoming years," he said while addressing a conference in Islamabad. Sartaj Aziz said the real GDP growth was 5.3 percent in 2016-17, the highest in the last nine years due to improvements in…

Franken announces to resign from US Senate after sexual misconduct claims

WASHINGTON: US Senator Al Franken said Thursday he will resign in the face of multiple accusations of sexual misconduct against him, becoming the second prominent Democrat to be forced out in a week over the snowballing harassment allegations convulsing the country. Franken -- a former comedian who made his name on the popular late-night show "Saturday Night Live" -- announced his decision in an emotional yet somewhat defiant address from the floor of the Senate, where dozens of his colleagues had demanded he step down.…

EU pushes for tax blacklist after Paradise Papers leak

PARIS: The EU pushed on Tuesday for Europe to draw up a blacklist of tax havens after the "Paradise Papers" revealed loopholes used by Apple and Nike as well as celebrities including Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton. While seeking to minimise taxes is not necessarily illegal, revelations from the 13.4 million leaked documents have already proved embarrassing to figures as diverse as U2 singer Bono and Queen Elizabeth II. Apple is the latest company to become caught up in the leaks, which show how the technology…

Rana Sanaullah claims Maryam has seen volume 10 of JIT report

KARACHI: Law Minister Punjab Rana Sanaullah on Friday claimed that Maryam Nawaz has seen volume 10 of the report of Panama Leaks Joint Investigation Team (JIT), ARY News reported. Rana Sanaullah was talking to ARY News program Sawal Ye Hai host Maria Memon when he confirmed that daughter of the ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif had seen a copy of the JIT report’s volume 10. Maryam has said that the volume 10 of JIT report contains no significant information. This should be noted that the volume 10 of Panama Leaks…

Aussie skipper Smith fumes over ‘mates pick’ claims

SYDNEY: Australia skipper Steve Smith on Friday rubbished claims he favours his "mates" as selection looms for the highly anticipated Ashes Test series with England. Smith is not part of Australia's three-man selection panel, but he has been assailed by former players who believe he gets too much say in Australia's lineups. The captain hit back strongly at a media conference in Sydney, calling suggestions of favouritism "absolute garbage". "I'm not a selector, but I certainly speak to the selectors a lot and express…

US destroyer challenges China’s claims in South China Sea

WASHINGTON: A US Navy destroyer carried out a "freedom of navigation operation" on Thursday, coming within 12 nautical miles of an artificial island built up by China in the South China Sea, US officials told Reuters. The operation came as President Donald Trump's administration seeks Chinese cooperation in dealing with North Korea's missile and nuclear programs and could complicate efforts to secure a common stance. The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the USS John S. McCain traveled close to…