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Maryse Conde wins alternative literature prize in absence of Nobel

STOCKHOLM: Maryse Conde from the French Caribbean territory of Guadeloupe was awarded the New Academy Prize in Literature, created after the Swedish Academy postponed this year’s literary Nobel as it sought to deal with the aftermath of a rape scandal. The New Academy was founded by more than 100 Swedish cultural figures earlier this year as a response to the scandal and the postponement of the Nobel. “In her work she describes the ravages of colonialism, and the post-colonial chaos in a language which is both precise…

Pakistan Army team wins Pace Sticking Competition in UK

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Army team has won the drill competition commonly known as All Arms and International Pace Sticking Competition held at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, UK, on June 14. "With as little time as two months for learning the drill exercise, the team from Pakistan Military Academy high kicked its way to the surprise win at the 90th Competition at Sandhurst," says a press release received here on Tuesday. In his message of felicitation on the occasion, Syed Ibne Abbas, the Pakistani High…

Rabada wins South Africa’s top player prize

JOHANNESBURG: Kagiso Rabada, the world’s number one Test bowler, was on Saturday named South Africa’s Cricketer of the Year. The award came at the end of a 12-month period during which Rabada, 23, was a consistent match-winner -– and subject of disciplinary hearings. Rabada took 72 wickets at an average of 19.52 in 12 Tests going back to a series in England last July. He missed one Test in England because he was banned after reaching a demerit points threshold –- and would have missed the last two Tests against…

Shock victory: Malaysia’s Mahathir set to become world’s oldest PM at 92

KUALA LAMPUR: Malaysia's veteran ex-leader Mahathir Mohamad, 92, won a historic election victory Thursday, in a political earthquake that toppled the country's scandal-plagued premier and ousted a regime that had ruled for over six decades. When Mahathir takes power, he will be the oldest prime minister in the world. In a stunning political upset that took pundits by surprise, Mahathir's opposition alliance ended the long hold on power of the Barisan Nasional coalition, which has been in power in Malaysia since its…

Pakistani girl wins state department’s emerging young leaders award

ISLAMABAD: The US Department of State honored 10 outstanding young leaders from around the world, including Dania Hassan from Pakistan in recognition of her efforts to promote positive social change in the education sector of Pakistan. Dania Hassan, 18, after attending summer school at John’s Hopkins University through the US Summer Sisters Exchange Program, a program of US Pakistan Women Council, established an organization called 'Fun to Learn', through which teams of volunteers conduct extracurricular programs in…

Salah wins ‘footballer of the year’ award

LONDON: Mohamed Salah was Tuesday named as the Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year for 2017/18 after scoring 43 goals so far in an incredible debut season for Liverpool. The Egypt international narrowly topped the poll of the 400-strong FWA membership ahead of Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, the margin understood to be less than 20 votes. Tottenham striker Harry Kane was third. Between them, Salah, signed by the Reds from Roma last summer, and De Bruyne, who helped City claim the Premier…

Wrestler Muhammad Inam wins first gold medal for Pakistan in Commonwealth Games

Wrestler Muhammad Inam made his country proud by winning the first gold medal for Pakistan in 86kg category freestyle men’s wrestling in Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast, Australia, on Saturday. Inam defeated Nigeria’s Melvin Bibo who picked up the silver medal in the final game. Pakistani wrestler won the fight by 6-0. The 29-year-old wrestler played four fights and won all of them. He also won the fight against Indian wrestler Somveer. Athletes from Pakistan have also won four bronze during the games. The same day…

Sisi wins Egypt election with 97 percent of valid votes: official

CAIRO: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has been re-elected for a second term with 97.08 percent of valid votes cast in an election last week, the election authority said Monday. The head of the authority Lasheen Ibrahim said at a press conference that turnout was 41.05 percent of the almost 60 million registered voters. He said 92.73 percent of the votes were valid from the roughly 24 million cast, while almost two million ballots were spoiled. Sisi's sole rival and an erstwhile ardent supporter, Moussa…

Pakistani basketball team wins gold medal in Special Olympics

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani basketball team secured first position in the basketball event during the ongoing Special Olympics: Middle East North Africa (MENA) 9th Regional Games, being held in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates from 14-23 March 2018. Ambassador of Pakistan to the UAE Moazzam Ahmad Khan congratulated the team and officials for bringing laurels to the country. He also distributed the medals to the Pakistani team in a ceremony on Tuesday. He appreciated their resolve and commitment for exhibiting high…

PP-30 by-poll: PML-N-backed candidate wins

SARGODHA: In the by-election of PP-30 Sargodha, Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N)-backed Yasir Zafar Sindhu won the election securing 42,736 votes. According to unofficial and provisional result, the other candidate Rao Sajid Mehmood of Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf stood runner-up securing 23,586 votes.  The seat of provincial assembly fell vacant owing to the demise of former PML-N MPA Chauhdry Tahir Sindhu on January 8, 2018. It was being expected to be a tough contest between the ruling PML-N and the opposition PTI…