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PM Khan, Malala named among most influential Muslims

Prime Minister Imran Khan, Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai, prominent religious scholar Maulana Tariq Jamil and Dr Umar Saif have been named among the World’s 500 Most Influential Muslims. The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre in Jordan has compiled the annual publication which highlights people who are influential as Muslims. This year’s list features some of the most prominent Muslims including...

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Ibn-e-Safi remembered on his death anniversary

KARACHI: Renowned prolific fiction writer, novelist and poet of Urdu Ibn-e-Safi was remembered on his death anniversary on Tuesday (today). His real name was Asrar Ahmad while, Ibn-e-Safi was his pen name. Ibn-e-Safi was born on July 26, 1928 in the town ‘Nara’ of district Allahabad, India. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Aligarh Muslim University. In 1948,...

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Fire kills 38 in Madagascar, including 16 children

ANTANANARIVO: A fire during a house-warming party in central Madagascar on Saturday night killed 38 people including 16 children as the blaze ripped through a thatched roof, police said Monday. The victims were trapped inside the house in Ambalavato village of Ikalamavony district in the rural centre of the Indian Ocean island. The party-goers, including several relatives of the house...

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Air strikes, rebel fire kill 19 in Syria’s Aleppo

BEIRUT: Air strikes and barrel bomb attacks killed 16 civilians in rebel-held parts of Aleppo province on Monday, with rebel rocket fire onto government areas killing three more, a monitor said. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 10 civilians had been killed in multiple air strikes on the town of rebel-held Atareb in Aleppo province. The group said...

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Two dead, 14-16 wounded in shooting at Florida nightclub: Police

FLORIDA: At least two people were killed and 14 to 16 wounded in a shooting at a nightclub in Fort Myers, Florida early on Monday, police said. The shooting took place in the parking lot of Club Blu just after 12:30 a.m. ET and police found "several victims suffering from gunshot wounds," the Fort Myers Police Department said in a...

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Salman Khan acquitted in blackbuck poaching case

MUMBAI: The Rajasthan High Court on Monday acquitted Bollywood actor Salman Khan in the 18-year-old blackbuck and chinkara poaching cases. Salman had appealed before the Jodhpur bench of the high court challenging a lower court verdict handing him a one and five-years term in the two separate cases of poaching. The hearing was completed in the last week of May...

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PPP leadership decides to extension of Rangers’ stay in Sindh

DUBAI: The Rangers are here to stay in Karachi. The decision came during a top Pakistan People’s Party leadership meeting held on Sunday in Dubai. Former president and co-chairperson Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Asif Ali Zardari gave approval for the long overdue decision of extension of the Rangers’ stay in Sindh, sources said. The meeting in Dubai was jointly chaired...

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Sindh schools reopen after summer vacations today

KARACHI: Academic activities resume in Sindh as educational institutions across the province reopened on Monday (today) after summer vacations. Sindh Government had announced holidays from May 25 till July 24. Low attendance witnessed in majority of the schools across the province on the opening day.

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Russian balloonist sets world record for circumnavigation

RUSSIAN adventurer Fedor Konyukhov has landed safely in a field on a private property in West Australia on Saturday after setting a world record for circumnavigating the world solo in a hot air balloon. The 64-year-old Konyukhov emerged from the balloon’s gondola after more than 11 days aloft expressing his appreciation for the smell of the earth, and “how wonderful...

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Facebook accused of censoring posts on Indian held Kashmir

SAN FRANCISCO: Academics and activists accused Facebook Friday of censoring posts about Indian-administered Kashmir as a curfew in the region extended into its 14th day following unrest that has left 48 protesters dead. Facebook users posting on the violence in Kashmir in Britain, the US, India and Pakistan told AFP their posts had been removed or their profiles permanently deleted...

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Connected, self-drive cars pose serious new security challenges

DETROIT: In a world where motor vehicles can be weapons and cars increasingly depend on internal computers and Internet connections, automakers are under increasing pressure to find ways to guard against cyber attacks. Auto industry chiefs, security experts and government officials warned at an auto industry conference here Friday that hackers can threaten to do everything against cars that they...

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Two Earthlike exoplanets might have evidence to support life

PARIS: Astronomers may have taken one step closer to discovering exoplanets with conditions favorable to life, after the May discovery of two rocky exoplanets without wispy, hydrogen-dominated atmospheres. The two exoplanets are located just 40 light years away, orbiting an ultracool red dwarf star called TRAPPIST-1 in the constellation Aquarius. These planets are some of the first examples that scientists...

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Sri Lanka’s cash-strapped airline may lease four planes to Pakistan

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s cash-strapped national airline is in talks to lease four of its Airbus A330 planes to Pakistan International Airlines Corp, a government minister said on Thursday, months after cancelling an order for four Airbus A350 aircraft. State-owned SriLankan Airlines aims to reduce its debt and is looking for an international partner to help reverse years of losses. "A...

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US warns against devaluation ahead of G20 finance meeting

ATHENS: US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew on Thursday said top economies should refrain from competitive currency devaluations — a message likely directed at China, which hosts a G20 finance ministers meeting this weekend. “The global outlook... underscores our focus on the commitment made at the last G20 in Shanghai to consult closely with one another on exchange rate policy, and...

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Working with Deepika would be exciting: Fawad Khan

MUMBAI: Pakistani actor Fawad Khan has expressed his desire to work in a film opposite Deepika Padukone as he feels it would be an “exciting” collaboration. Fawad, 34, made his Bollywood debut with 2014 film Khoobsurat in which he was paired opposite Sonam Kapoor. He starred in this year’s hit Kapoor & Sons. The actor is currently shooting Karan Johar’s...

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Saqlain called up by England as hosts look to end spin woes at Manchester

MANCHESTER: England are in a spin in more ways than one as they head into the second Test against Pakistan at Old Trafford on Friday looking to level the four-match series at 1-1. Alastair Cook's men suffered a 75-run defeat inside four days in last week's first Test at Lord's, with Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah taking 10 wickets. Now England...

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Yasir Shah is best leg-spinner since Shane Warne: Stokes

MANCHESTER: England all-rounder Ben Stokes hailed Pakistan´s Yasir Shah on Wednesday as the best leg-spinner since Australia great Shane Warne. Shah bowled Pakistan to a 75-run win over England in the first Test at Lord´s last week with a brilliant match-haul of 10 for 141. His return left Shah atop the International Cricket Council (ICC) Test bowler rankings and was...

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