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England captain ready for Ashes without Ben Stokes

LONDON: England captain Joe Root said Friday his side were prepared to be without star all-rounder Ben Stokes for the whole of their upcoming Ashes tour of Australia. Stokes, England s vice-captain, will not fly out with the rest of the squad on Saturday, having been suspended from international duty following an incident outside a Bristol nightclub in September. The Durham ace remains under investigation after being arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm. Read More: England plot revenge in women’s Ashes…

Rajput group threatens to burn cinemas if Padmavati released without their consent

Jai Rajputana Sangh, a fringe Rajput group has threatened that if they are not shown Padmavati movie before its release, they will burn the cinemas that screen the flick based on a true story of a Rajput queen and a Muslim king. Founder of Jai Rajputana Sangh, Bhanwar Singh Reta warned that they would not tolerate any ‘distortion of history’ and if any romance is shown between queen Padmavati and Alauddin Khilji, they would burn cinema halls screening the film. “Our members are trained in handling a large array of…

Development not possible without democracy, says PM Abbasi

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Friday said development in the country was only possible when there was democracy. “No force other than democracy can deliver in the country and we will have to work hard to strengthen democracy in the country,” he said speaking after inauguration of oil and gas well project Jhandial-one at Jhandial in Attock on Friday. He said development projects had been completed in all sectors including economy, infrastructure and energy in all parts of the country. The prime…

SBP clarifies authenticity of Rs500 banknotes without OVI feature

KARACHI: The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has clarified that Rs500 notes with and without Optical Variable Ink (OVI) flag both are authentic. The clarification came against the rumors circulating on social media regarding authenticity of Rs500 banknotes. It may be recalled that the SBP had introduced new design banknotes of Rs 500 in 2006. These banknotes carry state of the art security features, besides, change in size, design and color scheme. Later on another security feature, the color shifting flag made of OVI…

G7 powers meet without Russia in summit snub over Ukraine

BRUSSELS: The world's leading industrialized nations meet without Russia for the first time in 17 years on Wednesday, leaving President Vladimir Putin out of the talks in retaliation for his seizure of Crimea and Russia's part in destabilizing eastern Ukraine. The two-day Group of Seven summit, taking place in Brussels rather than the previously planned Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi, will cover foreign policy, economics, trade and energy security. The latter is an issue of particularly high sensitivity to Europe after…