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Railways minister asks contract officers getting high salaries to resign

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Railways Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad on Saturday asked the contract officers getting high salaries to leave their jobs within one week themselves. "We will find a middle way about 4,000 employees on contract," he said while talking to newsmen in Lahore. He said effective measures would be taken to improve the living standard of railway employees and new residences would be built for them. The minister said that work would be done in double shifts at the Railways Carriage Factory Islamabad and…

Contesting polls as independent candidate not tantamount to leaving PML-N: Nisar

RAWALPINDI: Clarifying his position on the row with the party leadership, disgruntled Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Tuesday said his contesting election as an independent candidate did not mean that he would leave the PML-N, ARY News reported. "I have always given Nawaz bitter advices. Did I say any wrong by asking him to not make everyone his nemesis? Nawaz is responsible for whatever has happened with him for he always had the final say, whenever it came to taking decision," he…

India’s pink-ball shyness leave Harbhajan perplexed

NEW DELHI: India’s reluctance to play a day-night test on their next tour of Australia has surprised spinner Harbhajan Singh, who remains convinced that Virat Kohli’s team are skilled enough to conquer the challenges of pink-ball cricket. India have shot down a proposal to play what could have been their maiden day-night test in Adelaide in December, worried that their inexperience in the conditions could hamper their bid for a rare series win in Australia. “I don’t know why they don’t want to play day-night test…

Pakistan cricket team leave for England tour

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan national cricket team comprising 16 players and 11 officials left for Ireland via Dubai from Allama Iqbal International Airport in the wee hours of Monday (today). The team will play one Test against Ireland, two Tests against England and two T20 against Scotland during the tour. The team will take on Ireland, who will be playing their first ever Test on May 11. The first Test against England will start on May 24 and the second Test will begin on June 1. Pakistan will also play two T20…

Low-caste groups’ protests across India leave at least four dead

NEW DELHI: At least four people died in street battles and widespread protests by Indian low-caste groups enraged by what they consider the undermining of a law protecting their safety, police said Monday. Clashes with police, attacks on buses and government buildings, and blocked trains and roads were reported across five Indian states. The four dead were in the central state of Madhya Pradesh, according to Rishi Kumar Shukla, director general of the state police. He insisted however that events had been brought…

Trump steel tariffs may leave these US steelworkers jobless

FARRELL, Penn: Mick Lang has been a steelworker for nearly 40 years and voted for businessman Donald Trump in the hopes he would bring about a renaissance for the long-suffering US steel industry. Now he worries President Trump’s tariffs on imports of the metal will cost him his job. “This is not what I voted for. I voted for Trump because I thought he’d straighten things out, not do something like this,” said Lang, 59, a third-generation steelworker, whose son also works at the same steel mill in Farrell in western…

‘Killer’ Indian soldier wanted to meet dying mother, but ‘could not get’ leave

FIROZABAD: Indian army soldier who gunned down four fellow troopers couple of days at a military camp wanted to meet his ailing mother but he could not get leaves for the visit. According to Times of India report citing family members of the soldier, Sanat Kumar wanted to see his septuagenarian mother, who asked him to meet her before she passed away. The 35-year-old, who joined the force in September 2001, was said to be of a peaceful nature but sometimes suffered mood swings after he sustained head injury in 2011…