India’s Sharma out of first Test against New Zealand

India’s Sharma out of first Test against New Zealand

India’s Sharma out of first Test against New Zealand


Indian pacer Ishant Sharma was on Tuesday ruled out of the first Test against New Zealand after contracting the mosquito-borne disease chikungunya.

“Ishant Sharma is recovering from chikungunya and will not be available for the first Test match,” Coach Anil Kumble told reporters in Kanpur, where the opening Test starts on Thursday.

Kumble said a replacement has not been sought for Sharma in the 15-member squad that includes three other fast bowlers — Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav.

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28-year-old Sharma has taken 209 wickets from 72 Tests, with seven five-wicket hauls.

Some 14,600 cases of the illness that causes high fever and joint pain have been recorded across the country so far this year.

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The numbers are not higher than in previous years, but hospitals in New Delhi have been struggling to cope, sparking a political row over who is to blame for failing to properly prepare for the outbreak.

The Aedes aegypti mosquito, which can carry the Zika, dengue and chikungunya viruses, is prevalent in India, and is most active during the monsoon season from June to September.


US carrier Verizon starts taking orders for new Samsung Note 7 phones

US carrier Verizon starts taking orders for new Samsung Note 7 phones

US carrier Verizon starts taking orders for new Samsung Note 7 phones

US carrier Verizon Communications has begun taking orders for Samsung ‘s new Galaxy Note 7 smartphones, after having stopped sales of the device earlier due to fire-prone batteries. Samsung has recalled about 1 million Note 7 smartphones in the United States, offering to replace or refund the flagship phones. Their susceptibility to catching fire – with more than 100 cases reported across the globe – has damaged the image of the South Korean company.

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Globally, the world’s top smartphone maker has recalled at least 2.5 million handsets, in a major setback for the company that is looking to claw back market share from rivals, including Apple that recently released its latest iPhones. Samsung halted new sales ahead of the recall as it prepared replacement Note 7 devices with safe batteries.

The new Note 7 phones have been approved by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission for all purchases and exchanges, Verizon said on its website, adding it has the Samsung device available for sale starting Wednesday. The largest US wireless carrier warned that initial quantities could be limited. Samsung said in a statement on Tuesday that it had shipped more than 500,000 new Note 7s to US carriers and retailers and that affected users will be able to exchange their recalled phones starting by Wednesday at the latest. The statement did not specify when new sales would start.

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Rival carrier Sprint Corp’s website also showed the Note 7 available for order, providing a list of stores where customers can pick up a new handset by appointment. The firm previously said it will resume new sales in South Korea starting Sept 28 and that sales in Australia and Singapore would resume sometime in October.

source Tribune

Pakistanis can now make money on YouTube

Pakistanis can now make money on YouTube

Pakistanis can now make money on YouTube

YouTube content creators in Pakistan can now monetise their videos.

Ahead of YouTube’s planned launch event in Pakistan it has been announced that content creators in the country can now make money on the video-sharing website. YouTube doesn’t allow monetisation in all markets making this is a significant development towards Pakistan’s market.

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However, only original videos can be monetised. Any violations, such as blatant copying of videos, may get your Adsense account banned as YouTube runs an algorithm that detects for any copyrighted videos/music.

In order to monetise your account, follow the following steps:

1) Visit after logging in to your account.

2) Press the icon which says Enable “Monetization”.

3) Accept the terms and conditions and connect your adsense account with YouTube.

Note: this is only available for users with an Adsense account.

source The nation

At least 13 dead after Bangladesh ferry capsizes

At least 13 dead after Bangladesh ferry capsizes

At least 13 dead after Bangladesh ferry capsizes


At least 13 people died when an overcrowded ferry capsized and sank in southern Bangladesh Wednesday and around a dozen more remain missing in the country’s latest river accident.

Some passengers managed to swim to shore when the ferry sank shortly after setting off from the Barisal district carrying an estimated 70 to 80 people.

“So far we have recovered 13 bodies including three women and a child. Around a dozen people are still missing,” said Barisal police chief Mohammad Akhteruzzaman.

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He said divers had located the sunken vessel which will be dragged to shore.

“Another salvage vessel is coming to the scene to help the rescue effort,” he added.

Hundreds of people die every year while travelling on Bangladesh’s ferries due to overcrowding or poor maintenance.

An accident in February last year left 69 people dead in central Bangladesh, just a fortnight after five others were killed when an overloaded ferry sank.

The initial figures for those missing in Bangladeshi boat disasters are often revised downwards as details emerge of passengers who manage to swim to shore.

Source The nation

Turkish, Italian defence chiefs meet COAS

Turkish, Italian defence chiefs meet COAS

Turkish, Italian defence chiefs meet COAS


ISLAMABAD – Commander of the Turkish Land Forces General Salih Zeki Colak and Minister for Defence of Italy Senator Roberta Pinotti yesterday met separately with Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif and discussed efforts to enhance defence cooperation.
According to ISPR, Commander of the Turkish Land Forces visited General Headquarters today and called on Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif.

During the meetings, wide range of issues of mutual interest, including defence, security cooperation, training and measures contributing towards regional stability came under discussion.
General Salih Zeki Colak was given detailed briefing on operational, intelligence and training aspects of Pakistan Army.
The visiting dignitary lauded the unparalleled achievements of Pakistan Army and sacrifices made in fight against terrorism.
Earlier on arrival at General headquarters, Commander of the Turkish Land Forces laid a floral wreath at Yadgar-e-Shuhada.

A smartly turned out contingent of Pakistan Army presented the guard of honour to the visiting dignitary.
The delegation is scheduled to visit training institutions, including recently established state-of-the-art National Counter Terrorism Centre at Pabbi.
Meanwhile, Senator Roberta Pinotti, Minister for Defence of Italy also called on General Raheel Sharif.
According to ISPR, matters of mutual interest, including defence collaboration and regional security were discussed during the meeting.

The visiting dignitary lauded successes and achievements of operation Zarb-e-Azb and acknowledged the resolve and sacrifices of Pakistani nation and armed forces in fight against terrorism.
Source The nation

Pakistan to act as bridge between Asia, Europe, says Pervaiz

Pakistan to act as bridge between Asia, Europe, says Pervaiz

Pakistan to act as bridge between Asia, Europe, says Pervaiz

DUNHUANG (Gansu) – Federal Minister for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Senator Pervaiz Rashid has said that Pakistan would be able to act as a bridge between the Asian, European and African continents.

The Minister who is currently in China said this while addressing the inaugural session of the Silk Road International Cultural Expo here on Tuesday.

The linkage between South Asia, Central Asia, North Africa and Gulf states would further strengthen the economic and cultural ties leading to peace, stability and prosperity along the Silk Road, he added.

Development and prosperity require peaceful coexistence among people from different nations, ethnic groups, diverse cultural backgrounds and faiths, ,therefore, nations need more cultural interactions to facilitate economic development driven by cultural exchange, he remarked.

Senator Pervaiz Rashid commended the People’s Republic of China for taking the initiative of hosting the first International Silk Road Cultural Expo when peace, harmony and prosperity was the need of the time.

The gathering of representatives of 85 countries at the Expo has sent a message to focus on inclusiveness and to encourage economic and cultural exchanges among the Silk Road nations, he said.

Appreciating the vision of Chinese leadership for iniating a historic project China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), he said that the corridor would transform communication, economic and cultural landscape besides promoting shared progress and development for both the neigbouring countries, region and beyond.

He also expressed his gratitude to the Peoples Republic of China for hosting the event and extending warm hospitality to the Pakistani delegation.
At the conclusion of the Expo at Dunhuang, a declaration was issued whereby the member countries pledged to realise the cultural mission of the Silk Road (Dunhuang) International Cultural Expo and to advance global peace and development.

Pakistan cannot limit its nuclear programme unilaterally: Maleeha Lodhi

Pakistan cannot limit its nuclear programme unilaterally: Maleeha Lodhi

NEW YORK: Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Maleeha Lodhi has said that Pakistan cannot limit its nuclear programme unilaterally.

“Pakistan s nuclear programme cannot be limited,” she said while addressing a joint press conference with Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry in New York yesterday, “the world should first put an end to nuclear activities undertaken by India,” she added.

She said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif made it clear to Secretary John Kerry that India should also be asked to take same measures as those demanded of Pakistan.

Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry said that India should be pressured into understanding how to maintain good ties with its neighbours. He said the PM’s speech includes a mention of Indian interference in different areas of Pakistan.

He also said that they will also work out some solution to end Turkey’s reservations on Pak-Turkish schools being run in the country.

Aizaz Chaudhry said that the world acknowledges efforts and sacrifices rendered by Pakistan in its fight against terrorism and that no other state had acted against terrorism the way Pakistan had.

PM Nawaz Sharif has been in New York to address the 71st session of United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

The premier has also been holding meetings with world leaders in a bid to garner support for the Kashmir issue and to bring India to the negotiations table in order to resolve the longstanding dispute.

Source The nation

Three women die on eating contaminated food

Three women die on eating contaminated food

Three women die on eating contaminated food

MALAKAND AGENCY: At least three women died and three children were affected by eating contaminated food today.

Levies sources said that a family ate food which turned toxic due to unknown reasons in Jalal Kot area of Malakand Agency. Three women of family died due to eating poisonous food while three children were affected.

The affected children were shifted to Batkhela Hospital for treatment and their condition was also stated to be critical.

Samples of the food were collected and sent for laboratory test to find out the reason of contamination.

Source The nation news

Pakistan raises Kashmir issue with EU

Pakistan raises Kashmir issue with EU

Pakistan raises Kashmir issue with EU

NEW YORK: Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry raised Pakistan’s serious concerns over the situation in Jammu & Kashmir with EU Secretary General for External Affairs Ms. Helga Schmid. The two met today on the sidelines of the 71st UNGA session in New York.

The Foreign Secretary briefed his EU counterpart on the gross human rights violations committed by India against innocent Kashmiris, which has resulted in the deaths of over 100 and injuries to 8,000 civilians.

The EU side noted Pakistan’s concerns and inquired about the current state of Pakistan-India relations.

Afghanistan was also discussed during the meeting. EU appreciated Pakistan’s role in facilitating peace efforts in Afghanistan.  EU Secretary General also briefed the Foreign Secretary on preparations for the upcoming Brussels Ministerial Conference on Afghanistan to be held in Brussels in October.