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Pakistan calls back high commissioner from India

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Monday called back its high commissioner appointed in India for consultations in the aftermath of the Pulwama attack. Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal tweeted, "We have called back our high commissioner in India for consultations." "He left New Delhi this morning," Dr Faisal added. We have called back our HIgh Commissioner in India for consultations. He...

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ICC bans leg-spinner Yasir Shah for three months

LAHORE: ICC placed three months ban on Pakistani leg-spinner Yasir Shah, after testing positive for a banned substance earlier in December. The 29-year-old will be available to play again on March 27. Shah was provisionally suspended on December 27 after his “A” sample contained a banned substance - chlortalidone - which is on the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) prohibited list....

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Twitter blocks over 125,000 accounts for ‘promoting terrorist acts’

WASHINGTON: Twitter Inc has shut down more than 125,000 terrorism-related accounts since the middle of 2015, most of them linked to the Islamic State group, the company said in a blog post on Friday. Twitter has said it only takes down accounts when they are reported by other users, but said that it has increased the size of teams monitoring...

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Gold price slips after mixed US jobs data

LONDON: The price of gold slipped after a mixed U.S. jobs report on Friday, but was still on track for its biggest weekly gain in a month on doubts about whether the Federal Reserve can keep raising interest rates. U.S. non-farm payrolls increased by 151,000 in January, well below a Reuters poll forecast for a rise of 190,000 and down...

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PSL begins with breathtaking performances in Dubai

DUBAI: Spectacular light shows and pyrotechnics ruled the night as the inaugural season of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) kicked off with a glitzy opening ceremony held at the Dubai Sports City Stadium. The players from the five teams from Islamabad, Peshawar, Quetta, Karachi and Lahore strode out to the stadium in limos to the tune of their teams' anthems....

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Pakistan Super League begins in Dubai today

DUBAI: Pakistan Super League (PSL) begins in Dubai on Thursday. The opening ceremony will be held at 6 on Thursday evening. In an inaugural match, Islamabad United led by Misbah-ul Haq will take on Quetta Gladiators. Sarfraz Ahmed will lead Quetta Gladiators. The fixture will commence at 9 pm Pakistan Standard Time. A total of 24 matches will be played...

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APS students fly to Dubai for PSL

PESHAWAR: More than 150 students and staff members of Army Public School Peshawar left for Dubai on Thursday to attend the inauguration ceremony of Pakistan Super League (PSL). On January 26, Pakistan T-20 skipper Shahid Afridi had visited the army-run school and announced that they will fly out 150 students to watch the inauguration ceremony of PSL in Dubai on...

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Pakistan launches high-octane Super League in UAE

DUBAI: Pakistan is set to launch its first franchise-based Twenty20 league in the UAE on Thursday as its cash-strapped cricket board seeks to boost revenues and reverse the national team's slide in the game's shortest format. The long-awaited first edition of the Pakistan Super League follows two previous attempts that fell through over a lack of sponsorship and the suspension...

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New Zealand routs Australia by 159 runs

AUCKLAND, New Zealand: Trent Boult and Matt Henry shared six wickets to destroy Australia's top order and steer New Zealand to a 159-run win on Wednesday, taking a measure of revenge for defeat by its trans-Tasman rival in last year's World Cup final. In the opening game of the Chappell-Hadlee series, and the teams' first meeting since the World Cup,...

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Thailand confirms first domestic case of Zika virus

BANGKOK: A man has contracted the Zika virus in Thailand, officials said Tuesday, as a global alert intensifies over the mosquito-borne infection blamed for a surge in serious birth defects in South America. Authorities said the 22-year-old Thai man is likely to have caught the same strain of the virus that has caused panic in countries such as Brazil and...

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Facebook tweaks your News Feed to show more relevant stories

Facebook's News Feed has for years been showing posts that are supposed to be the most meaningful to users. The News Feed is said to show the most relevant story at the top which is determined by several factors (called signals by Facebook) including past user actions, such as liking, clicking, commenting, or sharing a post. Unfortunately, this also means...

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Train runs over teenager taking selfie in India

CHENNAI: An Indian teenager was struck and killed after he tried to take a photo of himself in front of an oncoming train, police said Monday, in the latest deadly accident involving selfies. The passenger train ran over the boy shortly after he stepped onto railway tracks to snap the picture in the southern city of Chennai, while walking home...

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Youngest ever conjoined twins separated in Switzerland

Geneva: Swiss doctors have separated eight-day-old conjoined twin sisters fused at the liver and chest - the youngest ever successfully separated, a Swiss paper reported Sunday. Five surgeons, assisted by two nurses and six anaesthesiologists, carried out the successful, five-hour operation last month to separate the tiny identical twins, the Le Matin Dimanche weekly reported. Maya and Lydia were born...

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Djokovic beats Andy Murray to win sixth Australian Open title

MELBOURNE: Novak Djokovic crushed Andy Murray 6-1 7-5 7-6(3) on Sunday to match Roy Emerson's record of six Australian Open titles and leave the Briton heartbroken again at Melbourne Park. The defending champion was at his ruthless best under the lights at Rod Laver Arena, mauling Murray in the baseline duels and closing out the match in two hours and...

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3rd ODI: New Zealand beat Pakistan to win series

AUCKLAND: New Zealand beat Pakistan by three wickets in the third and last One-Day International (ODI) match on Sunday, with a score of 265/7 at 42.4 overs. Pakistan in the first innings scored 290 for all out, led by the 134-run third wicket partnership of Babar Azam who made 83 and Muhammad Hafeez with 76. Play was disrupted during the...

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Petroleum prices slashed by Rs 5/litre

LAHORE: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif announced on Saturday that petrol and diesel prices have been reduced by Rs5 per litre. “It is my pleasure to announce that petrol and diesel prices have been further reduced by Rs5 per litre,” the premier said while addressing the media. “Inflation rate has also fallen below two per cent,” he added. The government was...

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Ali Zafar, Sean Paul to lead PSL celebrations in UAE

DUBAI: Pakistani singer Ali Zafar and global hip-hop sensation Sean Paul will set the stage alight at the opening ceremony of HBL Pakistan Super League. The T20 tournament from Pakistan will bring top international cricketers to Dubai and Sharjah. The opening game between Islamabad United and Quetta Gladiators will be preceded by a star-studded opening ceremony at the Dubai Cricket...

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