Holding PSL final in Lahore to boost economic activities: ICCI

ISLAMABAD: Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry(ICCI) President Khalid Iqbal Malik has said that business community fully supported the hosting of Pakistan Super League (PSL) final in Lahore as holding of this mega event in Pakistan would help grow business activities. The ICCI president said that the medium of sport has now emerged as an effective instrument to promote business and investment activities as mega sports events were generating business worth billions of dollars. He stressed that the government should create a conducive environment for sporting activities in the country…

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PM Nawaz urges Kuwait to avail economic opportunities in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has urged Kuwaiti investors to take advantage of the immense economic opportunities available in Pakistan He said this during a meeting with Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah in Kuwait City, on Tuesday. The two leaders discussed matters of mutual interest. The prime minister underlined the need for enhancing economic cooperation between Pakistan and Kuwait in industrial, agriculture, energy and defence sectors.

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Peru hit by flash floods

LIMA: Torrential rains triggered flash floods in the Peruvian capital Lima, stranding thousands of people and forcing rescuers to find ways to evacuate them across roads turned to raging rivers. The inundation came as the National Emergency Operations Center said at least 65 people have been killed in Peru this year in natural disasters, the latest being three deaths in a flood in the La Libertad region of northern Peru. Two people were missing. After weeks of heavy rain, some residents on the outskirts of the capital of 10 million…

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Shakib and Mosaddek put Bangladesh on top in final Test

COLOMBO: Shakib Al Hasan struck his fifth Test century and Mosaddek Hossain scored a fifty on his debut to put Bangladesh in control of the second Test against Sri Lanka in Colombo Friday. The visitors were all out for 467 runs to establish a 129-run lead in the first innings over their Sri Lankan hosts, who were bowled out for 338 on the previous day at the P. Sara Oval. Sri Lanka reached 54-0 at stumps on the third day with both openers Dimuth Karunaratne and Upul Tharanga unbeaten on…

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More than 40 Somali refugees killed in helicopter attack off Yemen coast

At least 42 Somali refugees were killed off the coast of Yemen late on Thursday when a helicopter reportedly attacked the boat they were travelling in. Coastguard Mohamed al-Alay said the refugees, carrying official UN refugee agency (UNHCR) documents, were travelling from Yemen to Sudan when they were attacked by an Apache helicopter near the Bab el-Mandeb strait. A senior official with the UN’s migration agency confirmed later that 42 bodies had been recovered after the military attack on a boat carrying refugees off the Yemeni coast. Mohammed Abdiker, emergencies…

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Two injured in separate accidents

KARACHI: Two people were injured in different road accidents in the metropolis in on Friday. According to rescue sources, 45-year-old Iqbal, son of Altaf, was injured when a speeding vehicle hit his bike in Numaish Chowrangi. He was rushed to Civil Hospital Karachi for treatment. Separately, an unknown man, aged 20, was hit by a fast-moving vehicle while crossing the road in Liquatabad. As a result, he sustained severe head injuries. He was moved to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for treatment.

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White House-GCHQ row reveals a leader willing to alienate allies to save face

Spencer Ackerman in New York Friday 17 March 2017 16.58 GMT Last modified on Friday 17 March 2017 18.00 GMT The extraordinary public rebuke by the United States’ closest surveillance partner has revealed an emerging characteristic of Donald Trump’s White House: a willingness to antagonize even its allies instead of admitting error. GCHQ, the UK surveillance mammoth intimately linked to the National Security Agency (NSA), has taken public exception to an allegation repeated from the White House podium that, if true, would probably shatter the Five Eyes intelligence alliance so dear to…

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Get Out star Daniel Kaluuya: ‘This is 12 Years a Slave: The Horror Movie’

Jordan Peele’s comedy-horror hybrid Get Out has struck a raw nerve with US moviegoers. Made on a slim budget of $4.5m, the film took in $33.3m on its opening weekend in late February, charging to the top of the box-office charts and making Peele the first black director to have a debut movie earn $100m. At a time when unabashed racism is rearing its head in various grotesque shapes – from “alt-right” trolls to the KKK’s fanatical support of Donald Trump’s discriminatory proclamations and executive orders – its success suggests…

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Granit Xhaka will not be cut any slack until he refines scissor-style tackle

It is rare to hear Arsène Wenger criticise one of his players in public but, on this occasion, the Arsenal manager could not help himself. Granit Xhaka had contrived to get himself sent off against Burnley in January for a two-footed tackle on Steven Defour and a comfortable-looking afternoon for his team would be overtaken by angst. In the end, there was relief when Alexis Sánchez snatched a 2-1 victory with a 98th-minute penalty but it did not spare Xhaka. According to Wenger, the midfielder had “to control his game…

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Theresa May echoes Ed Miliband with promise to reform energy market

Anushka Asthana Political editor, and Adam Vaughan Friday 17 March 2017 16.53 GMT Last modified on Friday 17 March 2017 22.00 GMT Theresa May’s government is preparing to intervene in Britain’s energy market to weaken the influence of the big six providers and stop the poorest families being forced on to the most expensive tariffs. In a speech that had echoes of the previous Labour leader, Ed Miliband, who promised to introduce an energy price freeze, the prime minister argued that the market was “manifestly not working for all consumers”. Addressing the…

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