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Thursday, December 3rd, 2015


FIFA to consider expanding World Cup to 40 teams

ZURICH: FIFA is considering expanding the World Cup from 32 teams to 40 in 2026 and will discuss the proposal at a future meeting, with support particularly strong among Asian and African representatives. No formal agreement on the matter was reached at FIFA’s Executive Committee meeting on Thursday, but ExCo member Wolfgang Niersbach said it will be discussed at a later date. “No decision was taken on expanding the World Cup to 40 teams from 2026,” Niersbach said in a written statement. “The Asian and African representatives on the executiveRead More

California killing: Female assailant was Pakistani, CAIR claims

SAN BERNARDINO: The female assailant gunned down following the shooting rampage in a banquet at a social services centre for the disabled in San Bernardino, California, was of Pakistani origin, claimed Hussam Ayloush, executive director of the Los Angeles chapter of CAIR (Council of American Islamic Relations). The couple were married for two years and have a six-month-old baby girl, claimed Ayloush. On Wednesday morning, Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and Tashfeen Malik, 27, dropped off their six-month-old baby with Farook’s mother, saying they were going to a doctor’s appointment. ByRead More

Petition filed in LHC asking British queen to return Koh-i-Noor

LAHORE: An attorney on Thursday announced that he has filed a petition with the Lahore High Court seeking the return of the famed Koh-i-Noor diamond which Britain forced India to hand over in colonial times. Once the largest known diamond in the world, the 105-carat Koh-i-Noor is one of the Crown Jewels. It is set in a crown last worn by the late mother of Queen Elizabeth II during her coronation. Attorney Jawaid Iqbal Jafree filed the court petition naming Queen Elizabeth II as a respondent. The application asks thatRead More

Paris attacks: what can be the sensible response? By Ansar Mahmood Bhatti

The deadly Paris attacks that claimed over 130 lives have sent shock waves throughout the world. The whole world has extended support to France at this critical time. This is not for the first time that that France has been hit hard by terrorists, even in January this year some miscreants attacked office of French newspaper Charlie Hebdo, which had published blasphemous materials. 11 people were killed in that January 7 attack. This time tally is huge and perhaps unprecedented in the recent French history.

Ambassador David Hale presents credentials

ISLAMABAD, DEC 3 (DNA) – American Ambassador David Hale presented his credentials to President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Mamnoon Hussain, on Thursday, December 3, 2015, in Islamabad.Ambassador Hale thanked President Mamnoon for today’s ceremony and said, “I am honored to present my credentials as Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.” He expressed his desire to work with President Mamnoon, Pakistani counterparts, and the Pakistani people to further strengthen American-Pakistani relations, increase trade and people-to-people ties between the two countries, further enhance our security partnership, and advance the broadRead More

Japan provides assistance worth US$ 254,889 to three Pakistani NGOs

ISLAMABAD, DEC 03 (DNA) – The Government of Japan has decided to extend financial support totalling US $ 254,889 to three Pakistani NGOs, Sangtani Women Rural Development Organization, Saint Raphael’s Hospital and Learning Awareness and Motivation Programme (LAMP) for the implementation of social development projects for disadvantaged communities of the country,. The agreements for the three projects were signed on 3rd December 2015, at the Japanese Ambassador’s residence in Islamabad, between Ambassador of Japan to Pakistan H.E. Mr. Hiroshi Inomata and the heads of the three organizations.