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January 22, 2018 12:00 AM Ethiopia leader rejects call for WB arbitration in dam dispute

ADDIS ABABA: Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has rejected a call by Egypt for World Bank arbitration in a dispute over a hydroelectric dam Addis Ababa is building along its share of the Nile. The two countries are at odds over the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, with Cairo fearing the project would restrict waters

January 21, 2018 12:00 AM Pieters, Fisher share Abu Dhabi C’ship lead

ABU DHABI: Thomas Pieters and Ross Fisher are joint leaders going into the final day of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, while a rejuvenated Rory McIlroy is snapping at their heels. Pieters, of Belgium, shot a five-under par round of 67, while England’s Fisher shot a 65 to share pole position at 17-under par after 54 holes. McIlroy, returning to professional 1

January 18, 2018 12:00 AM PJF picks Shah, Qaiser for training in Hungary

KARACHI: Pakistan Judo Federation (PJF) has finalised Japan-based Olympian Shah Hussain and Qaiser Khan Afridi for the Hungary training tour, a senior official of the federation said on Wednesday. “Yes, we have finalised Shah and Qaiser for the tour,” PJF vice-president Masood Ahmed told ‘The News’. “The third judoka will be decided in a couple of days,” he added 4

January 16, 2018 12:00 AM Countrywide anti-polio drive begins

Islamabad: Three-day nationwide anti-polio campaign kicked-off throughout the country on Monday. National Coordinator Pakistan Polio Eradication Programme Rana Muhammad Safdar said that 38 million children below the age of five years will be administered anti-polio drops during the campaign, a radio reported. He said that 19.15 million children will be vaccinated 8

January 15, 2018 12:00 AM Pakistan to play in 3-nation event in Oman in February

KARACHI: Pakistan senior hockey team will participate in a three-nation tournament in Oman, Masqat, from February 13-20. The other two teams will be hosts Oman and Japan, ‘The News’ has learnt. Informed sources in PHF said that the three-nation event would be the starting point of Pakistan’s preparation for important international competitions this year such as Asian 2

January 15, 2018 12:00 AM Lakmal named SL vice-captain for Test squad

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka have named Suranga Lakmal vice-captain for the upcoming two-match Test series in Bangladesh, the island’s cricket board said on Sunday. Lakmal, 30, replaces Lahiru Thirimanne, who was dropped from the squad after Chandika Hathurusingha took over as head coach last month.Dinesh Chandimal remains captain for the Test series, which follows 1

January 14, 2018 12:00 AM Money-laundering probe opens into AC Milan sale

ROME: Italian prosecutors have opened an investigation into whether the deal to sell AC Milan to Chinese investors last year was inflated for money-laundering purposes, La Stampa reported on Saturday. Milan prosecutors want to know if the 740 million euros ($786 million) paid to Silvio Berlusconi to buy out the seven-time European champions was overvalued 2

January 13, 2018 12:00 AM NAB chairman for strict action against illegal housing societies

Islamabad: National Accountability Bureau (NAB), as part of its special initiative, has nabbed 15 corrupt proclaimed offenders (POs) during last three months. National Accountability Bureau Chairman Justice (r) Javed Iqbal, besides issuing directions to arrest corrupt elements, also ordered arrest of POs to curb corruption, a statement Friday said. He directed 3

January 13, 2018 12:00 AM Imran Butt banned for three months over anti-doping violations

KARACHI: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Friday officially announced that a three-month period of ineligibility has been imposed on cricketer Imran Butt in a doping matter. “Under the PCB Anti-Doping Rules 2016 (‘PCB Rules’), a three (03) month period of ineligibility has been imposed on cricketer Imran Butt pursuant to his request for an ‘Agreed Sanction’ 2

January 13, 2018 12:00 AM Ministry asked to ensure low-cost broadband connectivity

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Friday asked the ministry of information technology to ensure reliable and cheap broadband connectivity across the country, particularly in the remote areas. The Prime Minister was addressing a ceremony for the contract signing of broadband for sustainable development projects in federally-administered 9