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Sunny Leone’s wax figure coming to Madame Tussauds Museum  

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NEW DELHI: Bold actress of Bollywood, Sunny Leone will soon be getting her wax figure at the Madame Tussauds museum in New Delhi.

The Indian media reported that Sunny Leone wax figure will be on show alongside statues of other prominent celebrities’ of film industry.

A team of expert arrives in Mumbai to meet Bollywood actress where over 200 specific measurements were taken of Sunny to create a perfect figure and statue.

While talking to media, Sunny Leone has said that she is thrilled and grateful to Madame Tussauds for creating my figure.

The other wax figures at the venue include those of Katrina Kaif, Madhuri Dixit, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Salman Khan, Will Smith, David Beckham, Kim Kardashian, Justin Bieber, Beyonce Knowles, Asha Bhosle, Sachin Tendulkar, Kapil Sharma, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam and Ranbir Kapoor.

 

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Kajol to start shooting of ‘Ela’ from January 24

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MUMBAI: Bollywood actress, Kajol is all set to start shooting of her upcoming movie with the title of ‘Ela’ and if to be going on floors on January 24.

The film is about singer called ‘Ela’ which is co-produced by hubby Ajay Devgn, Kajol stars as an aspiring singer. It’s said that her character wants to become a singer since she was a child but an early marriage thwarts those dreams. When she gets divorced, she rediscovers her passion while she raises her son on her own.

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Pakistan junior hockey team holds World XI to a 3-3 draw

F.P. Report

LAHORE: Pakistan junior hockey team hit back twice to hold fancied World XI to a 3-3 draw in the second and last match of the series here on Sunday at the National Hockey Stadium.

For the entertainment of a handful holiday crowd, the green shirts roared back with determination to first level at 2-2 then finally wrapping up the match at 3-3. It was a remarkable performance on part of Pak junior players who were beaten by 5-1 by the star studded World XI, a mixture of sixteen top notch players from six countries.

Federal Minister for Inter Provincial Coordination, Riaz Hussain Pirzada was the chief guest on the occasion and both the teams were introduced to him before the start of the match. Also present on the occasion were President Pakistan Hockey Federation, Brig (retd) Khalid Sajjad Khokhar Secretary, Shahbaz Ahmad Senior and a number of former hockey Olympians and sponsors of the series.

Pak junior side struck brilliance to deny a win to the experienced World XI which mounted persistent pressure in the fourth quarter to restore edge and the home side foiled all such efforts with superb attacking skills and counter attacks. In a match, experience versus Youth, the world XI drew the lead with the 28th minute goal when Roderick Weusthof, who struck twice in the match , found with the net with a calculated shot ,two minutes before the half time before Pakistan juniors wasted as many as four shorts corners , out of total eight of the play, in direct and indirect conversion drills.

World XI forward line Roderick Weusthof, Nahuel Salis, John Escarre, Rob Reckersw and Diego Paz created a number of scoring sitter in the first half but Pakistani defence denied them any goal. Pakistani keeper Adil Rao also stood under the bar and saved scoring sitters. The main weakness of the Pak juniors was lack of coordination and planning and poor finish inside the striking circle and they wasted ideal sitters in the first half by fumbling the ball besides failure to apply proper force on the ball and timely shooting in open goal scoring chances.

On the other hand, Pakistani goalkeeper Adl Rao demonstrated agility and prowess under the bar and thwarted numerous scoring sitters of the world XI with greater anticipation. World XI tightened its grip on the match by adding their second goal, six minute into the second half when Nahuel Salis found the goalpost with an angular shot which left the goalkeeper guessing.

Two goals down, Pak junior side, made their presence felt in the ground by converting their fifth penalty corner into a goal through Rizwan Ali, one minute after World XI made it 2-2. In the 42nd minute, in a lovely right side move, Adeel Latif attempted on the goal with a forceful shot and the ball sailed into the post after a deflection of the goalkeeper.

After being 2-2 the game turned into a battle with both sides using every tactics to re-establish supremacy. It was once again the World XI which took the lead. Off their second short corner of the play in the 52nd minute, Roderick gave no time to Pakistani goalkeepers and a host of defenders to make any move with a superb push as the ball swiftly landed inside the post.

Six minutes later, engineered a fine field move and Naveed Alam stood firm after rival goalkeeper defied his first attempt and with his second resolute effort he put the goal in to lock the score at 3-3 amid applause from the crowd and the team mater.

Later, the chief guest, Federal Minister for Inter Provincial Coordination Riaz Hussain Pirzada along with and sponsors of the two match series distributed prizes among the players. He gave the winning trophy to the World IX captain Roderick.

 

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Nadal fights off gutsy Schwartzman to reach quarters

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MELBOURNE: Spain’s Rafael Nadal fought off tenacious Argentine Diego Schwartzman to win through to the quarter-finals of the Australian Open on Sunday, ensuring he remains world number one after the tournament ends.

Nadal was taken to four gruelling sets in almost four hours before winning 6-3, 6-7 (4/7), 6-3, 6-3 on Rod Laver Arena. It will be his 10th Australian Open quarter-final appearance, second only to Roger Federer, and he will face Croatia´s sixth seed Marin Cilic. Nadal leads 5-1 in their previous meetings. It was the Spaniard´s fourth win over the Argentine but his toughest after beating him in straight sets in the second round at the 2015 US Open.

By winning Nadal ensured that he will remain No.1 when the new rankings are released the day after the Open ends. “Of course, I feel little bit tired, but yeah good. I was able to keep fighting until the end,” he said. “It is the first big match I played in 2018. I started later than usual so a match like this probably helps because you know that helps confidence in myself. “That´s confidence knowing that I can resist almost four hours on court playing at a good intensity.”

Nadal broke in the eighth game on the way to taking the opening set, but he encountered stiff resistance in the second set. There was six service breaks as Nadal could not shake off the tigerish Argentine, who levelled the match by winning the tiebreaker when the top seed´s forehand was long.

There was a magical moment when Schwartzman ran down a drop shot and won the point with an angled volley across the net to break back at 4-4. Nadal took control in the third set with a break in the fourth game, but he had to fight off five break points before holding serve in a titanic 13-minute second game in the final set.

He broke in the third game of the fourth set, but had to make some monumental holds of service to keep Schwartzman at bay, winning on his third match point with a return winner. Diminutive Schwartzman, a quarter-finalist at last year´s US Open, was bidding to reach the last eight for the first time in Melbourne. He endeared the crowd with the scampering around the court and his astonishingly powerful ground strokes for one so small in stature.

 

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Morgan beats Ponting record

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SYDNEY: Eoin Morgan is officially the most prolific batsman in the history of one-day international matches between England and Australia. The touring skipper usurped Ricky Ponting at the top of the list of run scorers in this fixture during the third ODI of the current series in Sydney on Sunday.

Going into the game at the SCG on 1,587 runs, Morgan hit the No 1 spot when he reached 12 during his innings of 41 off 50 balls. His overall haul of 1,628 runs has come from 45 matches against the Aussies and Morgan  is one of just seven players to have made more than 1,000 runs in encounters between the two rivals. Michael Clarke (1,430), Graham Gooch (1,395), Shane Watson (1,306), Allan Border (1,302), Ian Bell (1,148) and Adam Gilchrist (1,087) have also hit four figures. Morgan’s day of milestones continued when he moved past Paul Collingwood into second place in England’s all-time run scorers list in ODI cricket. He now has a total of 5,120 runs in the format, and trails record-holder Bell by 296.

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Gladiators, Zalmi not among defaulters

F.P. Report

KARACHI: Quetta Gladiators, the finalist team of both previous Pakistan Super League (PSL) editions and defending champions Peshawar Zalmi have said that they were not the franchises which have been defaulting.

“All of our accounts are clear with the board. We are not the ones that are defaulting,” a source in Quetta Gladiators told PPI, requesting anonymity.

Meanwhile, a section of media has also quoted a PCB source that Quetta Gladiators, owned by business tycoon Nadeem Omar, have all of its accounts cleared with PCB.

Earlier, according to media reports, five out of the six franchises have not been paying their dues to Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) despite PSL season three is just around the corner. But two of the franchises – Gladiators and Zalmi have said that they were not the defaulting ones.

Another source said that sponsors have been irked by the news that franchises were defaulting. “Which sponsor would strike a deal with a franchise that might lose its franchise rights?” questioned the source.

Despite Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Najam Sethi has tweeted on Saturday that PSL 3 is firmly on track there has been several reports that the board and PSL franchises have been on a collision course for some time that may prove dangerous for Pakistan’s biggest sports event. Some franchises have criticized PCB for supporting T10 league in UAE as it posed a potential threat for franchises of losing its sponsors, who may have switched to new ten-over league.

Moreover, franchises have also criticized PCB for keeping everything for itself, even better part of the branding of the ground during PSL match. According to a source, the ground branding is generally distributed equally between the playing teams in PSL type leagues. Peshawar Zalmi officially announced that it has also cleared all of its payments with PCB within time and at the moment all of their energies are focused towards defending the title.

“We at Peshawar Zalmi firmly believe that Pakistan Super League is the country’s biggest sports brand. We will continue with our efforts in not only supporting this mega event but also bringing back cricket to Pakistan,” Zalmi announced.

 

 

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Buttler century leads tourists to series win

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SYDNEY: England’s Jos Buttler struck a belligerent unbeaten 100 to set up a 16-run win over Australia in the third one-day international on Sunday, as the touring side took an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series.

The right-handed batsman produced late fireworks to complete his fifth ODI hundred on the last ball of England’s innings, helping them reach an unlikely 302-6 in their 50 overs after Australia won the toss and put them in. The hosts, who won the Ashes series 4-0, lost wickets at crucial junctures in reply and fell short in their chase, reaching 286 for six in their 50 overs. ”So proud of the guys today,“ England captain Eoin Morgan said at the presentation.

”I thought Jos was probably the difference in the sides, certainly with the bat. “He paced his innings to perfection. He took the responsibility on his shoulders and … played anchor in one way, until the last five or six overs.”

Australian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis scored 56 in 43 balls and added 74 in a sixth-wicket stand with wicketkeeper Tim Paine, who made 31 in 35 balls, to give the hosts hope of victory, but the target proved beyond their reach. Aaron Finch continued his strong run with the bat with a 62 in 53 balls after back-to-back centuries in the first two ODIs but the opener’s dismissal in the 21st over to leg-spinner Adil Rashid severely hampered the hosts’ progress.

Finch reviewed the umpire’s lbw decision but replays showed the ball was clipping the leg stump and the on-field decision was upheld. Australia captain Steve Smith and Mitchell Marsh were going along nicely in a fourth-wicket stand of 68 before the former was given out caught behind off fast bowler Mark Wood with wicketkeeper Buttler clinging on to a low, one-handed grab. The umpires went to the television room to check the catch but there was no conclusive evidence to rule it out, much to the disappointment of Smith and the Sydney crowd. Wood was England’s best bowler with 2-46 in his 10 overs while Rashid also dismissed Marsh for 55 for his second wicket for the touring side, who lost Liam Plunkett to a left hamstring injury when the paceman was in his second over.

Earlier, Buttler and Chris Woakes propped up England’s innings after they had been reduced to 189 for six. The duo added 113 in their unbroken partnership, with 102 of those runs coming in the last 10 overs. Buttler smashed six fours and four sixes in his knock and was ably supported by Woakes, who scored 53 in 36 balls. Australia’s first-choice quicks Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood returned to side in four changes and the bowling kept England in check for a considerable period before Buttler and Woakes began their assault.

“I thought the way we bowled the first 45 overs was pretty good and obviously Jos played exceptionally well and Woakes played well at the end,” Smith said. “I don’t think we bowled as well as we could have. We bowled in areas they could hit and you don’t do that to a quality player like Jos. I thought we were probably chasing 30 too many.” The Adelaide Oval will host the fourth ODI on Friday.

 

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Meeting held at MMC to avoid unnecessary referral of patient

F.P. Report

PESHAWAR: A meeting was held under the chairmanship of Director General Health Dr. Ayub Rose here at Mardan Medical Complex to further strengthen the DHQs hospitals and not referred the patients to THQs hospitals.

In the meeting Board of Governor of MMC Mardan, Medical Director MMC , MS DHQ Mardan, HD of MMC , MS DHQs Swabi, DMS Batkhela,MS THQ Takht bhai and other health officials were present.

In the meeting the health officials were informed that the DHQs hospital across the province was referred the patients to other teaching hospital including Lady Reading Hospital Peshawar, Khyber Teaching Hospital and Hayatabad Medical Complex Peshawar.

The officials were further informed that Mardan Medical Complex were referred the patients to the teaching hospital without any reason and the doctors were not take any serious case although all the facilities were available in DHQs hospital including MMC.

On the occasion DG health Dr. Ayub Rose said that the health department first priority is to provide all the facilities to DHQs hospitals across the province, adding that the government was provide record recruitment of doctors for DHQs hospitals.

He further added that the department has increased the health allocation from 18 billion rupees in 2014 but now it was reach to 67 billion in 2017-18 while doctors, nurses and paramedics were also recruited with record number across the province.

DG health strictly advice the health officials of all DHQs hospital to not referred any patients to THQs hospital as already LRH, HMC and KTH were burden of patients.

 

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PML-N to come up with majority of votes in 2018: Amir Muqam

F.P. Report

PESHAWAR: Adviser to the Prime Minister and President Pakistan Muslim League-N Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Engr. Aamir Muqan Sunday said that the people of Lahore have categorical rejected Imran Khan and his dearth politics and hopefully the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa would reject him and his party in the forthcoming general election in 2018.

This he said while addressing a big joining meeting in Tarat and Madyan, District Swat, Malakand Division. On this occasion, member of the Union Council Mian Shujat Ali, former candidate PK-85 Mian Shahid Ali Khan, former member of the National Assembly Mian Sardar Ali, Dr. Shahbir Mian, Faramosh, Tehsil Councilor Tirat Haji Shahbir Ahmad and Village Councilor Shahgai Shahgram Farid Ullah along with his relatives and hundreds and thousands of supporters joined Pakistan Muslim League-N by reposing full confidence on the leadership of former Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and Engr. Amir Muqam.

Engr. Amir Muqam said that now days have gone when the leadership of PTI and ANP befooling innocent people by committing false promises instead of solving the problems was being confronted by the people of Swat.

He said the politics of dishonesty and lying have rejected by the people of Malakand Dvision. He said in 2008 people of Swat voted Awami National Party and in 2013 they voted Imran Khan but none of them could come and rescued them in the hour of need. Both the leadership of ANP and PTI were just confined to bogus slogans instead of addressing people’s problems.

He said only PML-N have taken practical steps by launching mega projects and helped the people of Malakand Division to come up from dark age. He said, normalcy has been restored to Swat and the rest of Malakand Division as a result of wide-ranging policies implemented by PML-N only to serve the people without any discrimination.

He said the masses have given matchless response to the call of the former Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif in District Haripur as hundreds and thousands of people turned up in the public meeting and with the grace of Almighty Allah people would welcome former Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif during his address in Peshawar on February 4, 2018.

Engr. Amir Muqam said that the people of Malakand Division have always supported the cause of PML-N and hopefully they would continue supporting the party. He also congratulated those joined the party and expressed the hope that after their join the PML-N would further be strengthen in NA-30 and PK-85.

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22 people arrested by district admin

F.P. Report

PESHAWAR: District administration Peshawar arrested 22 people who were selling vehicles on Ring Road Peshawar on Sunday.

On the recommendation of Deputy Commissioner Peshawar Islam Zaib , Additional deputy commissioner Shaid Ali Khan and ADC Irfan Ali along with traffic police SHO Pishtakhara Police Station raid on Ring Road Peshawar and arrested 22 people who were selling vehicle.

The official said that because of the illegal purchasing and selling on Ring Road on Sunday Bazar increase the traffic rush on Ring Road Peshawar.

They further added that DC Peshawar has strickly said that anyone who were involve in enchroachment should be deal strickly, adding that last week around 71 people were arrested who were involve in selling of vehicle on Ring Road Peshawar.

They added that as BRT project is under process in Peshawar as most of the traffic is converted to Ring Road Peshawar but because of the Sunday Bazar where people were standing their vehicles for selling increase the traffic rush.