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Congo election results delayed past Sunday deadline

KINSHASA: Preliminary results from Democratic Republic of Congo’s tumultuous presidential election will be delayed past Sunday’s deadline, the head of the election commission told Reuters. The commission, known as CENI, had received only 47 percent of vote tally sheets as of Saturday, said its president, Corneille Nangaa, and it was not yet clear when the results would be ready. The delay is the latest setback in a disorganized poll to pick a successor to President Joseph Kabila, who has ruled the country of 80 million…

Court seeks another extension to wind up Sharif’s corruption references

ISLAMABAD: An accountability court on Friday sought another extension from the Supreme Court to wrap-up the under trial two corruption references against Nawaz Sharif, ARY NEWS reported. Judge Arshad Malik in his letter to the registrar of the apex court stated, “the ongoing trial against Nawaz Sharif in Al-Azizia and Flagship Investment references is near to its end. It is not possible to complete the trial as per the deadline given by the top court thus more time should be granted.” "The suspect is recording his…

What is the ‘real’ Brexit deadline?

BRUSSELS: Next week’s EU summit has been billed as a last chance to negotiate an orderly Brexit, but is the cliff edge really that close? When is the true deadline? Officials from both London and Brussels say the draft of a Brexit deal must be reached by the summit dinner on October 17 — or at the very most by mid November. This is supposed to give Prime Minister Theresa May time to get a text approved by the British parliament in time for the March 29 divorce deadline. But some European officials hint privately…

Deadline to complete trial against Nawaz ends

ISLAMABAD: The fifth deadline to wind up trial against former premier Nawaz Sharif and members of his family in the Al-Azizia and Flagship corruption cases has ended. Accountability Judge Arshad Malik, who is currently hearing the cases against the Sharif family, will likely make a request to the apex court to grant further extension in the trial period of the former premier. On August 26, the top court directed the accountability court to decide the remaining two cases against Mr Sharif within six weeks. In the…

HEC given deadline to devise uniform education system plan

ISLAMABAD: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has been directed to finalize its recommendations within a month for a countrywide uniform higher education system in coordination with federal and provincial governments. The Council of Common Interests (CCI) issued directions to the HEC to formulate a strategy for the uplift of educational institutions as well as better coordination between the Center and provinces. The CCI directed the Planning Commission to review the projects of power distribution and transmission…

Last day to submit Presidential nomination papers

ISLAMABAD: Deadline to submit the nomination papers for the upcoming presidential elections falls today (Monday). The candidates were asked by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to file their nomination papers with presiding officers in Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar, and Quetta till 12 noon of 27th August.  A thorough scrutiny of the nomination papers will be conducted by the ECP on Wednesday in Islamabad.  The deadline to withdraw nomination papers is set for Thursday, August 30 after which the final…

ECP deadline for independent candidates to join any party ends

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan's (ECP) deadline for independent candidates who have been declared elected in the general election 2018 to join any political party as per the Election Act-2017 has expired.  The ECP had asked the elected independent candidates in the national and provincial assemblies to join any political party till August 9. As per the Election Act 2017, independent candidates had to join any political party within three days of issuance of official notification of the successful…

USTR sets 90-day deadline for China tariff exclusion requests

WASHINGTON: Companies seeking product exclusions from tariffs on Chinese goods imported into the United States will get 90 days to file such requests, until Oct 9, the U.S. Trade Representative’s office said on Friday. “In making its determination on each request, USTR may consider whether a product is available from a source outside of China, whether the additional duties would cause severe economic harm to the requestor or other U.S. interests and whether the particular product is strategically important or related to…