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Cricket commentator Michael Slater charged over alleged domestic violence

Former Australian cricketer and commentator Michael Slater has been arrested over an alleged domestic violence incident. The 51-year-old was arrested at his Sydney home on Wednesday and taken to a police station, local media reported. New South Wales Police confirmed an alleged incident happened last week. “Officers attached to the Eastern Suburbs Police Area Command commenced an investigation yesterday after receiving reports of a domestic violence incident alleged to have occurred on Tuesday 12 October 2021,” NSW…

Biden nominates Donald Blome as new US ambassador to Pakistan

US President Joe Biden picked career diplomat Donald Blome as his top diplomat in Pakistan, as the volatile situation in Afghanistan escalates following the withdrawal of US troops from the country. Blome is currently serving as the ambassador of the US in Tunisia. He is a career Foreign Service diplomat with long experience in the region who once worked in the Kabul embassy, shuttered earlier this year during the US military withdrawal from Afghanistan. Pakistan is playing a major role in diplomacy with its…

Floods, landslides kill 116 in India and Nepal

More than 100 people have died in several days of massive flooding and devastating landslides that swept away roads and houses in India and Nepal, officials said Wednesday, with scores more missing. In Uttarakhand in northern India, officials said that 46 people had died in recent days with 11 missing. In Kerala in the south chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that the death toll had hit 39 there. At least 30 of those in Uttarakhand were killed in seven separate incidents in the Nainital region early Tuesday, after…

Popular Nathiagali trail closed off by barbed wire over VVIP security

ISLAMABAD: The fencing of popular walk in scenic Nathiagali with barbed wire has caused an uproar on social media in Pakistan. The steel fence is being installed near the governor house. The fence crosses, and blocks, a nature trail from Green Spot Road (near PAF base) towards the governor house, people have complained. The fence will not only close off the path for tourists but will also disrupt the wildlife’s natural path, they say. According to reports, the government is extending the fence due to security…

Pakistan, India need to create a cricket bond: Ramiz Raja

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ramiz Raja today said the 2023 ACC Cup in Pakistan will be a 50-over competition. He was talking to PCB digital following his return from Dubai, where he also met the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) officials. “The ACC has agreed and approved that the 2023 event in Pakistan will be a 50-over competition and will be held in September. This aligns very nicely with the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023, which will be held in October and November. “We are looking…

First Black US secretary of state Colin Powell dies aged 84

Colin Powell, a US war hero and the first Black secretary of state who saw his trailblazing legacy tarnished when he made the case for war in Iraq in 2003, died Monday from complications from Covid-19. The 84-year-old retired four-star general was fully vaccinated, his family said in a statement, making him one of the most high-profile US public figures to die of a breakthrough infection. President Joe Biden led an outpouring of tributes from home and abroad, describing the officer-turned-statesman as a breaker of…

PM, COAS briefed on COVID-19 situation

Prime Minister Imran Khan and Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa visited the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) on Monday. DG NCOC Major General Asif Mahmood Goraya apprised the forum on latest Covid-19 situation, measures in place to contain the spread of disease, vaccine administration including future Covid-19 management strategy, says a press release of NCOC. The Prime Minister appreciated efforts of NCOC and all federating units for synergised response during pandemic for ensuring the…

Shaukat Tarin appointed as PM’s finance adviser

The government on Monday issued a notification confirming Shaukat Tarin's appointment as adviser to the prime minister on finance and revenue. "The president, on the advice of the prime minister, has been pleased to appoint, with immediate effect, Shaukat Fayyaz Ahmed Tarin as Adviser to the Prime Minister on Finance and Revenue, with the status of federal minister," read the notification issued by the Cabinet Division. Tarin was appointed as the finance minister on April 17 and his constitutional tenure ended on Oct…

Facebook announces 10,000 EU jobs to build ‘metaverse’

Facebook on Monday announced plans to hire 10,000 people in the European Union to build the "metaverse", a virtual reality version of the internet that the tech giant sees as the future. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been a leading voice in Silicon Valley hype around the idea of the metaverse, which would blur the lines between the physical world and the digital one. The technology might, for example, allow someone to don virtual reality glasses that make it feel as if they're face-to-face with a friend -- when in…

Puppet PM Imran Khan conspiring to convert media, institutions into his Tiger Force: Bilawal

KARACHI: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has said that every Pakistani is aware that the next government will be formed by the PPP. “I promise that we will increase salaries and pensions, and provide employment to the youth of this country on the very first day we assume power,” he added. While addressing a mammoth public meeting on the occasion of 14th anniversary of the Karsaz carnage, Chairman PPP paid glowing tribute to the martyrs. The tragedy took place in 2007, when Pakistan’s most…

Covid vaccine is safe for school children: NCOC

ISLAMABAD: National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) Sunday rebuffed a fake video, claiming that the Covid Vaccination was not safe for school children. NCOC In a Tweet, NCOC said that the video clip is three years old. Covid Vaccines are completely safe and can be administered to children as per Ministry of Health (MoH) guidelines, it added.

Greaves stars as Scotland stun Bangladesh in T20 World Cup

Chris Greaves starred with bat and ball as Scotland shocked Bangladesh with a six-run win on Sunday's opening day of the Twenty20 World Cup. Greaves' 28-ball 45 guided Scotland to 140-9 and he then took two key wickets with his leg spin to keep down Bangladesh to 134-7 in the second first-round match of the day in Muscat. Greaves, who had earlier rescued Scotland from 53-6 with his batting, sent back Shakib Al Hasan, for 20, and Mushfiqur Rahim, for 38 to dent Bangladesh's chase. Pace bowler Brad Wheal returned…

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