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April 20, 2018 12:00 AM ECB plans new 100-balls-a-side tournament

LONDON: The England and Wales Cricket Board has proposed a 100-balls-a-side format for a new domestic competition that will start in 2020. It had been thought that the eight team men’s and women’s competitions, due to involve city-based sides rather than the traditional 18 first-class counties, would have a standard 20-overs per side format.But English 5

April 17, 2018 12:00 AM Protest against SNGPL bifurcation plan

LAHORE: Employees of Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Ltd (SNGPL) on Monday observed pen-down strike and protested outside the head office of the company against the government's plan to bifurcate gas utility into two. Members of SNGPL Employees Union organised the protest, which held at Kashmir Road, outside head office of the company as well as regional 2

April 15, 2018 12:00 AM Over Rs59b proposed for Water Division in upcoming budget

ISLAMABAD: The government has proposed allocation of Rs 59.009 billion for Water Resource Division for upcoming budget 2018-19 including Rs 18 billion for construction of much awaited Diamer Basha Dam, The News has learnt. The government has created unique head, first time in recent history, and proposed allocation of Rs11.588 billion for priority projects 2

April 14, 2018 1:15 AM Iran eyes CPEC with growing interest after port visit

KARACHI: Iran’s Minister for Roads and Urbanisation Abbas Akhoundi expressed keen interest in exploring avenues available under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). The minister is leading a high level Iranian delegation which visited Karachi Port Trust (KPT) on Friday. Akhoundi also showed interest in transshipment cargo handling. He said that Iran is keen to work with Pakistan 1

April 14, 2018 12:00 AM Quetta-Kandahar railway service under consideration: Ahsan

BEIJING: Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms Ahsan Iqbal said on Thursday that Pakistan and Afghanistan are planning to start a railway service from Quetta to Kandahar with the cooperation of China, Geo news reported. “A plan to start fast train with a speed from 250km to 350km from Peshawar to Karachi via Lahore is in the near future,” he said in an exclusive 2

April 10, 2018 12:00 AM NAB closes 21 mega corruption cases in three years

ISLAMABAD: Out of 179 mega corruption cases of NAB, almost 21 inquiries and investigations have been closed and the beneficiaries amongst others include Nawaz Sharif, Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, Younis Babib, Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao and Husain Haqqani. Interestingly, the probe against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and others into alleged illegal appointments 2

April 10, 2018 12:00 AM Lufthansa cancels 800 flights

FRANKFURT: German airline giant Lufthansa said it will cancel "more than 800" flights on Tuesday as public-sector workers walk out on strike for more pay, hobbling major airports like Frankfurt. "Due to this strike tomorrow, Lufthansa will have to cancel 800 out of the 1,600 scheduled flights, including 58 long-haul flights," the group said in a statement 6

April 7, 2018 12:00 AM South African paceman Steyn joins Hampshire

LONDON: South African pace bowler Dale Steyn has signed for Hampshire as he bids to return to fitness following a heel injury that forced him to miss the recent Test series against Australia. The 34-year-old will join the county in June and train ahead of South Africa’s tour of Sri Lanka, which starts in July. The plan is that he will return as the county’s 6

April 6, 2018 4:28 AM First plane to land at new Islamabad airport tomorrow

RAWALPINDI: Pakistan International Airline (PIA) is all set to operate a first mock flight from the New Islamabad International Airport on Saturday. However, the airport will be inaugurated formally on April 20 for regular international and domestic flights. The old Benazir Bhutto International Airport will be transferred to the new airport between April 7

April 6, 2018 12:00 AM Saeed Hai urges players to show self-belief

KARACHI: Pakistan tennis legend Saeed Hai has urged his players to show self-belief in their tough Davis Cup Asia Oceania Group-1 tie against Uzbekistan which gets underway in Islamabad from Friday (today). “To win in any sport self belief is the most important quality,” Hai, one of the longest-serving Davis Cup captains of Pakistan, told ‘The News’ 5