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New Govt formed in Lebanon

BEIRUT: Lebanon on Saturday formed a compromise government after a 10-month stalemate in the country, which has seen the war in neighbouring Syria exacerbate longstanding political divisions. “After 10 months of efforts, of patience, a government protecting the national interest is born,” said Tammam Salam, Lebanon’s new prime minister. “It is a unifying government and the best formula to allow …

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Moin Khan Pakistan contract ‘a joke’ , Wasim Akram

DUBAI: Legendary former pace bowler Wasim Akram has branded the award of a two-month contract to Moin Khan as new head coach of Pakistan “a joke”. Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) chief operating officer Subhan Ahmad told reporters on Friday that Khan would coach the team for this month’s Asia Cup and next month’s World Twenty20 — both to be held …

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Dehli CM Kejriwal quits

DEHLI:Delhi’s firebrand Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced his resignation Friday to protest the blocking of an anti-corruption bill, fewer than 50 days after taking power in the Indian capital. “My cabinet has decided that we are quitting. Here is my resignation letter,” Kejriwal told supporters of his fledgling Aam Aadmi (“Common Man”) Party in the capital, brandishing a white sheet …

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Non-democratic process reproducing oppression and dictatorship in country,Bahrainian opposition

MANAMA:The National Democratic Opposition parties in Bahrain said that the injustice of a discriminatory election system is a form of political persecution, which has been used against the Bahraini people to deprive them of their will. They added that unfair electoral districts lead to unsuccessful elections, as well as reproducing oppression and dictatorship in the country. On 11th February 2014 …

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Blast near Rangers’ vehicle in Karachi injures two

KARACHI: An explosion near a Rangers’ vehicle in Karachi’s Qayyumabad area injured two personnel on Friday, DawnNews reported. A rescue source said one of the wounded men was wearing the Rangers’ uniform whereas the other was dressed in plain clothes. The wounded were shifted to PNS Shifa hospital for treatment. A Rangers’ spokesman said the explosion had targeted a wing …

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Modi will break the country:Lalu Prasad

DEHLI:With a plea, a stern put-down, a reminder of old loyalties and reassurance of friendship, Bihar’s former CM and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad told potential electoral partners Congress and Ram Vilas Paswan to be pragmatic and work together to ‘stop Narendra Modi’. His message comes at a time when seat-sharing talks between the three parties have hit …

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‘Letter bombs’ sent to British military recruiters

LONDON: The British government held an emergency meeting on Thursday after a string of crude but potentially viable explosive devices were mailed to armed forces recruitment offices. The devices, sent to seven offices in southeast England, bore the hallmarks of Northern Irish terror attacks, Downing Street said. Counter-terrorism police are investigating and army bomb disposal crews were sent to assist. …

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Troubled transition

By Dr Maleeha Lodhi President Hamid Karzai’s mercurial behaviour and exit antics have thrown Afghanistan’s looming transitions into confusion even as the presidential election campaign has got underway in his country. The Afghan leader has refused to sign the bilateral security agreement (BSA) that the US has long sought to allow a residual Nato presence after December 2014. Karzai has …

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Decisive action agreed on illegal wildlife trade

LONDON:The Illegal Wildlife Conference has agreed key actions to stamp out the illegal wildlife trade. During the conference, chaired by Foreign Secretary William Hague and attended by the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry, world leaders from over forty nations vowed to help save iconic species from the brink of extinction. The London Declaration contains commitments …

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Punjab Assembly delegation visits PHC London

LONDON:A four-member cross-party delegation of the Punjab Assembly was hosted by the Pakistan High Commissioner Mr. Wajid Shamsul Hasan at the High Commission. The High Commissioner briefed the delegates on various aspects of Pakistan-UK bilateral relations. Deputy High Commissioner Muhammad Imran Mirza updated the members of the delegation about the recent improvements in consular services to facilitate the Pakistani community …

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