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Police arrests 16 suspects in Hafizabad raid

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HAFIZABAD: Police arrested 16 suspected persons in a late Sunday night operations conducted in different parts of Hafizabad.

Police sources said that during the search operations 16 suspected persons were arrested including wanted criminal. The operations were conducted in Pindi Bhattian, Jalalpur, and Sukheki areas of Hafizabad.

Police added that weapons and contraband were recovered from the arrestees and cases were registered against the arrested persons.

 

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Lodhran by-election: PTI’s Ali Tareen summoned on Jan 4 for scrutiny of papers

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LODHRAN: The returning officer (RO) has called the candidates of the NA-154 by-polls on Feb 12 for scrutiny of their nomination papers.

A total of 14 candidates submitted the nomination papers for the by-polls after the Supreme Court-ordered disqualification of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) Jahangir Tareen.

As per the ECP officials, Shafique Arain, Sajid Inam, Nafeez Ahmed and Mirza Ali Beg’s nomination papers have already been approved.

The RO has summoned the PML-N candidate Ameer Baloch on January 3 and PTI’s Ali Tareen was ordered to appear before the RO on Jan 4.

Ali, the son of Jahangir Tareen, submitted his nomination papers on Thursday.

Interestingly, Ali’s main contender will be Ameer, whose father, Siddique Baloch, is Jahangir Tareen’s main rival in the constituency.

In the May 2013 general elections, Siddique defeated Jahangir in NA-154 by a margin of 10,000 votes.

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Sharif brothers likely to meet Saudi crown prince, other officials in Riyadh today

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RIYADH: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif arrived in Saudi Arabia and he is likely to meet crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman and other officials today.

Sources told that former premier would return to Pakistan on January 2, 2018 for the next hearing in corruption reference against him and children.

Pakistan’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Khan welcomed the former premier at Riyadh airport. Nawaz is the third leader of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) visit to Kingdom as CM Shahbaz Sharif and Railway Minister Saad Rafique is already in the Saudi Arabia.

Nawaz and Shahbaz are expected to meet the Saudi crown prince and other senior officials of the Kingdom today. Shehbaz performed Umrah on Saturday and is expected to join his brother in Riyadh today.

Reports, based on PML-N sources, had stated earlier that the Sharif brothers are also expected to tour London after concluding their trip to the Kingdom.

 

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CM Punjab directs officials to take appropriate steps for prevention of Influenza in Punjab

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MULTAN: Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif on Sunday directed the authorities concerned to take all possible measures for the prevention of influenza after four people died of the viral illness in Multan.

CM Shahbaz advised the authorities to organize awareness campaign regarding the illness as the disease was spreading very fast in the province and people have knowledge regarding it.

Moreover, the Punjab health department informed that as many as 18 people have been diagnosed with influenza in Punjab. Influenza has claimed eight lives so far, it added.

On Saturday, four people in Multan died after contracting seasonal influenza.

Health Department for the month of December state that over 35 patients at the Nishtar Hospital were diagnosed with symptoms that include influenza, cough, joint pain, running nose, vomiting, and fever.

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Pak-India NSAs held secret meeting on Dec 26 in Bangkok: report

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NEW DELHI: National Security Adviser, Lt Gen (retd) Nasser Khan Janjua held a secret meeting with the Indian National Security Adviser, Ajit Doval on December 26 in Bangkok.

The leading Indian media outlet Sunday Express reported that the NSA of both the neighboring countries held a secret meeting on December 26 meeting at a ‘neutral venue’ in Bangkok.

The report added that the date and time of the meeting were pre-planned.

Pakistani officials have not commented on the report officially or anonymously, regarding the NSA meeting with Indian counterpart.

The last time the two NSAs met, in December 2015 in Bangkok, the incident was followed by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s surprise stop-over in Lahore to attend then-prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s granddaughter’s wedding.

On December 28, Janjua held a five-hour long meeting with former prime minister Nawaz Sharif at his Jati Umra residence.

 

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Tamil superstar Rajinikanth announces to launch political party

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NEW DELHI: A mega star of Tamil-language movies, Rajinikanth has announced on Sunday that he is launching a political party in the better interest of the masses.

, adding drama to a heated political scene in a state with a history of film stars becoming chief ministers.

The announcement of Rajnikanth entering into politics added more drama to a heated politics of Tamil Nadu.

Tamil Nadu state of India has been in political limbo since the death of Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa in December 2016. Jayalalithaa was a popular actress before joining politics.

While talking to media persons Rajnikanth said that is he comes into power and was not able to deliver in the first three years than he will resign and adding that he announce to join politics because democracy is in a state of distress in the Tamil Nadu state of India.

In Tamil cinema, Rajinikanth often plays larger-than-life characters that project him as a saviour of the masses.

Tamil Nadu, a state of more than 70 million people, is sometimes called the “Detroit of Asia”. It is home to factories of companies including BMW, Daimler, Hyundai, Ford, Nissan and Renault.

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Tiger Zinda Hai crosses Rs 200 crore business in first week

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MUMBAI: Tiger Zinda Hai is roaring loud at the box-office and it earned Rs 206.04 in the first weeks of its release.

Director Ali Abbass Zafar movie has broken all the records this year and entered the 200 crore club by earning massive Rs 206.04 crore at the box-office in first week. Tiger Zinda Hai has become the second highest grosser of the year after Baahubali 2.

Tiger Zinda Hai also performed in the international market and earned Rs 54.79 crore in the first weekend. As per the trade gurus, the film has proved as one of the most successful films of all time.

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At least 11 injured in Mazar explosion

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BALKH: As many as 11 persons were injured in an explosion in Mazar-e-Sharif city of Balkh province.

The local official said that the blast occurred on Saturday evening after magnetic mine was placed in a police Ranger and detonated in a result nine civilians and two military officials were injured.

Police told local Afghan media that injured were in out of danger.

No group including the Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack.

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Power shutdown notified

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PESHAWAR: Due to maintenance work,  power supply will remain suspended from 132 KV Kohat Town KDA Grid Station on January 2 from 9AM to 4PM, resultantly consumers of 11 KV KDA, Shekhan City-1, feeders will face inconvenience.

According to a press release issued here on Saturday, the power supply will remain suspended from 132 KV D I Khan Grid Station on January  2 from 9AM to 4PM resultantly consumers of 11 KV Dobara, Nawal,Gul Amam, Mulazai-1, Tank City, Sabirbaba, KotAzam, Umar Ada, Mulazai-2, Tank City-2 feeders will face inconvenience while power Supply will remain suspended from

132 KV D I Khan Grid Station from 9AM to 3PM, resultantly consumers of 11 KV Baranabad, Sagu,ShikhYousaf, Daman, Kotla Habib feeders will face inconvenience.

Similarly Power Supply will remain suspended from 132 KV Tajazai Grid Station from 9AM to 3PM, resultantly consumers of 11 KV Ghundi, Tajuri-1,2, Tajazai, Gazi Khel feeders will face inconvenience.

Similarly, power supply will remain suspended from 132 KV Shahi Bagh Grid Station from 9AM to 3PM, resultantly consumers of 11 KV Daudzai-1,2, Industrial, KSM, Haryana-1, Old Naguman, SarbilandPura, Latifabad, EidGhah, Faqirabad, Delazakfeeders will face inconvenience.

Power supply will remain suspended from 132 KV Peshawar University Grid Station from 9AM to 3PM, resultantly consumers of 11 KV Circular Road, Achini,Academy Town, feeders will face inconvenience.

Meanwhile, Power Supply will remain suspended from 132 KV Peshawar City Grid Station from 9AM to 3PM, resultantly consumers of 11 KV Nishtarabad, Zaryab, Sikandar Pura, Islamabad, Faqirabad-2 feeders will face inconvenience.

Power Supply will remain suspended from 132/66 KV Chakdar Grid Station from 9AM to 3PM, resultantly consumers of 11 KV Badwan, Oach, Thana, Batkhela, Ietemad flour mills, Jalala, Hisarbaba, Express, KhanPur, Kalash, Yarsteel, AlaDhand, Chakdara, PDC, Perviz Rashid feeders will face inconvenience.

Power Supply will remain suspended from 132 KV Rehman Baba Grid Station from 9AM to 3PM, resultantly consumers of 11 KV Akhunabad feeders will face inconvenience.

Power Supply will remain suspended from 132 KV Mardan Grid Station from 9AM to 3PM, resultantly consumers of 11 KV Shahdand, Malakand Road, Zandu feeders will face inconvenience. Similarly, power supply will remain suspended from 132 KV Tajazai Grid Station from 9AM to 3PM, resultantly consumers of 11 KV  City-1,2, Apukhel 1,2, Bang Khel, Shahed Khel, Ghazni Khel-3 feeders will face inconvenience.