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PCB looses case to BCCI over damages sought for violating bilateral series contract

DUBAI: On Tuesday, the International Cricket Council’s Dispute Committee  dismissed the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) case against the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) over India’s refusal to play a bilateral cricket series. “The Dispute Panel formed under the Terms of Reference of the ICC Disputes Resolutions Committee (DRC), the International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced the outcome...

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US crude falls below $31 in Asian trade

SINGAPORE: US crude tumbled below $31 a barrel Tuesday, extending a sell-off that has sent the commodity to more than 12-year lows, hit by a global supply glut, a strong dollar and tepid demand. US benchmark West Texas Intermediate (WTI) for delivery in February slumped 45 cents, or 1.43 percent, to $30.96 per barrel and Brent tumbled 47 cents, 1.49...

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Lionel Messi wins Ballon d’Or for record fifth time

Lionel Messi has won the Ballon d’Or award for an unprecedented fifth time. The Barcelona forward reclaimed the biggest individual accolade in world football at a lavish ceremony in Zurich on Monday, beating Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, the three-time winner he has been runner-up behind for the last two years. He also finished ahead of fellow Barça frontman Neymar after...

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Pakistan Stock Exchange starts functioning

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) has formally started functioning in Karachi after the merger of the stock exchanges of Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad. Finance Minister Ishaq Dar inaugurated the Pakistan Stock Exchange at a ceremony in Islamabad on Monday. The index of the Pakistan Stock Exchange is 'PSX'. Addressing the launching ceremony, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar said a number of...

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Ibn-e-Insha remembered on 38th death anniversary

LAHORE: The 38th death anniversary of eminent Urdu poet, humorist and travelogue writer Sher Muhammad Khan, also known as, Ibn-e-Insha is being observed today (Monday). Ibne Insha was born in Jalandhar district of Indian Punjab in 1927. He later migrated to Pakistan. His poetry was simple but had depth. The real cause of his popularity was his humorous poetry and...

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NASA mission finds 100 new alien planets

WASHINGTON: NASA's revamped planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft has discovered more than 100 confirmed planets orbiting other stars. Kepler, which recently got crippled by a mechanical malfunction, discovered the alien planets during its second-chance K2 mission. The spacecraft finds planets by the "transit method," noting the tiny brightness dips caused when a planet crosses its host star's face from Kepler's perspective. This...

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Having more children can slow down rate of aging: Research

TORONTO: New research suggests that the number of children a woman could affect the rate at which her body ages, with more children leading to a slower rate of biological aging. A team of researchers from Simon Fraser University, Canada, looked at 75 indigenous Guatemalan women from two neighboring rural communities and collected data on the number of children the...

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Palm-sized computer targets emerging-nation needs

It is a spherical computer that costs $79, is packed with a fair amount of what the Internet has to offer - and fits in the palm of your hand. The computer startup Endless is out to bring the Internet to people without deep pockets or reliable online connectivity. “The idea is to make it useful with full Internet, limited...

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Sri Lanka merchant claims to have biggest star Blue Sapphire

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka: A Sri Lankan gem merchant claiming to have the world's biggest star blue sapphire is ready to sell the precious stone he says is worth at least $300 million. The Gemological Institute of Colombo certified the gem as weighing 1404.49 carats. The institute's chief gemologist Ashan Amarasinghe says according to the available data, the stone could be...

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Non-bailable arrest warrants issued for MS Dhoni

NEW DELHI: Non-bailable arrest warrants for Mahindra Sindh Dhoni the Indian cricket captain have been issued according to Indian media reports. The case relates to a picture on a magazine cover that portrayed MS Dhoni as the Hindu god Vishnu. The picture carried the subtitle “God of Big Deals” with the cricket star holding products of several brands including a...

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Blood-related ailments increasing in country: Expert

SUKKUR: Administrator Sukkur Blood Bank and hospitals, Dr Naeem said on Thursday that cases of blood-related ailments were increasing in the country. He was speaking as a chief guest at a ceremony hosted for the children suffering from thalassemia and hemophilia. Dr Naeem said there were germs of thalassemia and hemophilia in 7 percent of the population in the country....

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Don’t flirt or hold hands, top Turkey clerics tell soon-to-weds

ANKARA: Engaged couples should refrain from flirting, holding hands and “other behaviours that are not endorsed by Islam,” Turkey’s religious affairs agency declared Monday. Answering the question “is it appropriate for those who are engaged to be married to be able to see each other?”, the agency, known as Diyanet, set out where the limits lay for those who plan...

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Television giant Netflix comes to Pakistan

LAS VEGAS: Streaming pioneer Netflix said Wednesday it had significantly expanded its global footprint to 190 countries, making its Internet TV service available in 130 new markets including Pakistan and India — but not China. The Netflix Pakistan website says users can watch TV shows and movies for $7.99 a month, with a free month offer. California-based Netflix, which began...

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Casio launches Android Wear smartwatch that lasts a month per charge

Casio has launched the G-shock of smartwatches with its first Android Wear device that can last a month between charges. The Smart Outdoor Watch, which was launched at CES 2016 in Las Vegas, is the first true smartwatch aimed at the outdoors that can run apps but is waterproof and shockproof to US military MIL-STD-810 standards. That means the watch...

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Madonna’s Singapore concert is for adults only

SINGAPORE: The Singapore leg of pop superstar Madonna's global Rebel Heart Tour has been restricted to fans aged 18 and above, the concert's local coordinator said Wednesday. The one-night-only event on February 28, Madonna's first-ever concert in the city-state, will be held at the 55,000-seat National Stadium, entertainment firm MediaCorp Vizpro said. "Please note that this concert is rated 'R18'...

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Gayle’s sexism storm worsens with new allegations

SYDNEY: The storm surrounding star cricketer Chris Gayle over an attempt to flirt with an Australian presenter on live TV intensified Wednesday as new allegations about his behaviour towards women emerged. More female journalists aired complaints against the West Indian after he was fined US$7,000 on Tuesday for his approach to Network Ten reporter Mel McLaughlin. Gayle apologised and tried...

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I am unlikely to be fit for World Twenty20 event: Starc

SYDNEY: Injured Australian paceman Mitchell Starc isn't expecting to recover in time from ankle surgery to play in the Twenty20 World Cup in March. Starc sustained a stress fracture in his right foot on the opening day of the day-night test against New Zealand in Adelaide in November, and later elected to go ahead with previously delayed surgery on bone...

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