Pakistan all out for 262 in second Test

Dubai: Pakistan were bowled out for 262 in their first innings on the third day of the second day-night Test in Dubai on Sunday, a deficit of 220 runs to Sri Lanka´s 482. Azhar Ali (59) and Haris Sohail (56) were the leading scorers as Pakistan fell 21 runs short of the follow-on mark, although Sri Lanka decided not to enforce it. Left-arm spinner Rangana Herath and off-spinner Dilruwan Perera both claimed three wickets for Sri Lanka, who lead the two-match series 1-0.

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South Africa close in on big victory over Bangladesh

BLOEMFONTEIN: South African paceman Kagiso Rabada continued to make inroads into the Bangladesh batting order with two wickets before lunch on the third day as the visitors battled to stave off defeat in the second test. Bangladesh were 92 for four at lunch at the Mangaung Oval in their follow-on, still trailing South Africa by 334 runs, with captain Mushfiqur Rahim out the last ball before the interval for 26 as he was trapped leg before wicket by Wayne Parnell. Rabada had snagged Soumya Sarkar and Mominul Haque in the…

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How to embrace unexpected silences

We all know what silence means. Yet how many of us have experienced it? Since pure silence is an ideal, we tend to use the term to mean something a bit less exact. We could say that a “working silence” is a relational state: we consider our surroundings to be silent if they are significantly quieter than what we are used to. Most people aren’t hankering after actual silence – that is, the complete absence of sound – but something a little more complex and subtle. We want to capture…

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Nation marks Defence Day

ISLAMABAD: The nation and the country’s armed forces are observing the Defence Day today with a renewed pledge to continue safeguarding the geographical, ideological boundaries and territorial integrity of the motherland. The day dawned with special prayers in mosques for the well-being and prosperity of the country. ‘Fateha’ and Quran Khwani was held for those who laid their lives to serve the nation, opting to embrace the supreme sacrifice. Wreath-laying ceremonies were held at the mausoleums of the recipients of Nishan-e-Haider (the highest gallantry award), which were attended by senior…

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Ask Alys: can I grow blueberries without peat?

I grow fruit and vegetables organically in my front garden in boarded raised beds. I would love to grow blueberries, but I know they need an acidic soil. How can I create a bed for them without using any peat-based products? Peat-free soil for acid-loving plants does exist, but you might not be able to get it from every garden centre you visit. The best one I’ve tried is made by Melcourt and is called SylvaGrow ericaceous compost – this is the bee’s knees, although I’d say that about all of this company’s composts. You can get hold…

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Foreign investment reaches $222.6 mln

ISLAMABAD:  Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) surged by 162.8 per cent to $222.6 million in July 2017 as compared to the investment of $84.7 million during same month of previous year. According to data released by State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) here on Wednesday, net FDI in food sector during July 2017, stood at $0.7 million while FDI in tobacco and cigarettes sectors, decreased to $1.8 million from $1.9 million in July, 2016. Similarly, the FDI in textile sector also reduced to $1.4 million in July 2017 from $4.2 million in…

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Apple´s deep pockets could take on Hollywood, Netflix

SAN FRANCISCO: The potential move of Apple into streaming video could reshape an industry which is already feeling the impact from new players like Netflix. While Apple has not revealed any plans publicly, a report that the iPhone maker could spend a billion dollars on its own shows suggested more disruption for a sector seeing rapid changes. The move by deep-pocketed Apple would challenge entrenched services such as Netflix, YouTube, and Amazon Prime, which have been increasingly challenging the established media-entertainment world of Hollywood. Apple declined to comment on a…

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S Arabia keen to invest in CPEC, Gwadar projects: Envoy

ISLAMABAD: Ambassador of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) to Pakistan Nawaf Ahmad Al Malkiy on Wednesday said his country is mulling to invest in China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and Gwadar port projects. While talking to state media, the ambassador said that the CPEC is a huge project, which would create many investment opportunities. He further said that Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are fully engaged to strengthen and enhance their cooperation in military, economic and other sectors to benefit the people of both countries as they enjoy brotherly relations. While…

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Zil Haj moon not sighted, Eid ul Azha to be celebrated on Sep 2

The Zil-Haj crescent was not sighted on Tuesday  in Pakistan, which means Eid-ul-zha will be on September 2 (Saturday) this year, according to Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee which met  Mufti Munibur Rehman in the chair for sighting of Zil-Haj moon. Eid ul Azha is  one of the two most important festivals of the Islamic calendar. Marking the willingness of  Hazrat Ibrahim (A.S) to sacrifice his son on God’s command, Muslims mark the holiday by slaughtering animals such as sheep and goats. The meat is shared among family and friends and also…

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