Photo courtesy: Sri Lanka Navy TwitterSri Lanka’s navy said on Wednesday it had located 14 bodies inside a Chinese fishing boat that had capsized last week with 39 crew on board. The Philippine foreign ministry said the boat was located on May 18 about 1,000 kilometres south of Sri Lanka but that rescue efforts were hindered by bad weather. In a daring #SAR operation in Australian Search & Rescue Region, @srilanka_navy divers took on the challenge of exploring an overturned Chinese fishing vessel amidst treacherous conditions. The nationalities of the located bodies were not immediately known. Also read: Seven bodies recovered after Chinese vessel capsized in Indian OceanAustralia had sent three aeroplanes and four ships to help in the international search-and-rescue efforts.
May 24, 2023 16:10 UTC
Condemnation of Violence and Personal SacrificeLeader of the Tehreek e Insaf Shirin Mazari has sent shockwaves through the nation as she announced her resignation from the party and her retirement from politics. In a press conference held in Islamabad, a somber Mazari stood alongside her lawyers and her daughter Imaan Mazari, delivering a heartfelt statement that left the audience in awe. Recounting the harrowing days spent in custody, Mazari disclosed that her health had significantly deteriorated, and her daughter’s anxiety had reached distressing levels. The breaking point came when she witnessed her daughter’s tears through a video from Adiala Jail. With the recent loss of my husband five months ago, I am their sole pillar of support.”
May 24, 2023 14:26 UTC
By Crystal McGough, EditorTRUSSVILLE – Alabama Fallen Warriors Memorial Project founder Mark Davis was in attendance at the May 23 meeting of the Trussville City Council to give a presentation and thank the council for its support of the project. “December of 2021, I came before you to propose building the Alabama Fallen Warriors Monument at Trussville Veteran’s Park. These are the faces of freedom; this is why y’all built the monument.”Davis said that, unfortunately, the number of Alabama’s fallen warriors since Sept. 11, 2001, has now risen to 227. Davis also said he worked with Trussville Historical Society’s Jane Alexander to create a time capsule. “This project, really, was (Davis’) vision from day one,” Mayor Buddy Choat said.
May 24, 2023 12:51 UTC
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan will hold important meetings with lawyers and other personalities at his residence today (Wednesday). According to sources, former prime minister and PTI Chairman Imran Khan will evolve a new strategy on quitting of PTI by some leaders.Sources say that Imran Khan will decide the future course of action regarding those who left the party in difficult times. In the meeting, the PTI chairman will also hold legal consultations regarding the cases and release of party leaders and workers. According to sources, new appointments will be made on the vacant posts, for which additional secretary general Umar Ayub will issue a formal notification. Strict security arrangements have been made outside Imran Khan's residence at Zaman Park.
May 24, 2023 11:52 UTC
Actor Ushna Shah recently engaged in a thought-provoking Twitter exchange with a user who criticised the Pakistani drama industry for its lack of creativity and outdated storylines compared to international dramas. The conversation began when a Twitter user wrote, "Watching international dramas really brings into perspective how limited the Pakistani drama industry is in terms of stories. Watching international dramas really brings into perspective how limited the Pakistani drama industry is in terms of stories. "We are limited by budgets (you'd be shocked what we work with), a production monopoly and PEMRA," Shah explained. Nevertheless, Shah is optimistic about the future of Pakistani dramas with the young generation of filmmakers eager to break away from conventional narratives and explore fresh storylines.
May 24, 2023 11:04 UTC
Multiple extensions have been granted and deadlines have been missed, yet the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) appears to have shelved the intra-party polls case against the PML-N. As per reports, PML-N intra-party polls were due on March 22 last year, but the ECP extended the date on the party’s request and allowed it to hold polls latest by May 14, 2022, and submit the related certificate by May 21, 2022. Intra-party elections in most political parties in Pakistan are a mere formality and do not conform to the spirit of democracy. This is an obstacle to the development of political parties in general and for the induction of younger and more representative people in general. It is high time that parties introspect and improve their internal democracies with a special focus on the intra-party electoral system.
May 24, 2023 06:58 UTC
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May 24, 2023 05:51 UTC
LAHORE-The Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) has announced the integration of election physical scrutiny into the District Championships, a groundbreaking initiative endorsed by FIFA. PFF Normalisation Committee member Saud Hashimi emphasizes the significance, stating, “For the first time in Pakistan’s history, physical scrutiny will be conducted through competition. District Championships serve as a prerequisite for voting clubs, enabling on-ground assessment during the initial round matches. To accommodate over 140 districts and numerous teams, the PFF will organize a minimum of 140 District Championships in batches of 6-8 districts each weekend. The District Championships mark the beginning of a new era for Pakistan football, embracing proper, official FIFA football on our home soil.”
May 24, 2023 03:14 UTC
The meeting began amid clampdown in sensitive areas of the summer capital of Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK). In Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), meanwhile, protest rallies were brought out in various cities to denounce the Srinagar meeting. He termed the G20 gathering illegal, and an attempt by India to seek legitimacy over its control of the disputed region. “It is encouraging that the conscious countries are skipping the G20 summit in the disputed region,” she said. Mullick emphasised that the G20 event in Srinagar was an attempt by the Modi government to portray normalcy in IIOJK.
May 24, 2023 02:07 UTC
ISLAMABAD - Pakistani rupee witnessed 59 paisas devaluation against US Dollar (USD) in the interbank trading on Tuesday and closed at Rs 287.14 against the previous day’s closing of Rs 286.55. According to the Forex Association of Pakistan (FAP), the buying and selling rates of dollar in the open market were recorded at Rs302 and Rs305, respectively. The price of the Euro increased by 48 paisas to close at Rs 310.23 against the last day’s closing of Rs309.75, according to the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP). The Japanese Yen remained unchanged and closed at Rs 2.07, whereas a decrease of 27 paisas was witnessed in the exchange rate of the British Pound, which was traded at Rs 356.06 as compared to its last day’s closing of Rs 356.33. The exchange rate of the Emirates Dirham and the Saudi Riyal went up by 16 paisas each to close at Rs.78.19 and Rs.76.57, respectively.
May 24, 2023 00:10 UTC
From the Tribune staff reportsTRUSSVILLE – 4 people were charged with shoplifting between May 16 and May 22 in Trussville according to the Trussville police department. According to the report, those charged were Lee Everett of Leeds, Ladante Howard of Birmingham, Cierra Morris of Birmingham, and Alandria Ruffin of Lisman. Individuals charged with a crime are considered innocent until proven guilty.
May 23, 2023 19:44 UTC
The lower house of the parliament was told on Monday that seven aircraft of the national flag carrier have been grounded for repair while one airplane has been retired for good. Maulana Abdul Akbar Chitrali and Asiya Azim called attention to a widespread sale of ice and other narcotics in the country. Minister of State for Law Shahadat Awan said it was a provincial matter, adding that Sindh is getting 40% less water. He said Indus River System Authority (IRSA) member Punjab had given “an encouraging speech” in this regard. “All the provinces have got less water due to shortage of water,” he added.
May 23, 2023 19:36 UTC
Prof Dr Sardar Al-Farid Zafar was speaking at the inauguration of a free medical camp at Lahore Press Club here on Tuesday. On this occasion almost three hundred journalists and their families were checked and provided with free medical treatment. Specialist doctors including: Dr Umer Ejaz, Dr Ahmad Naeem, AP Dr Muzammil Azam, Dr Ahmad, Dr Dayan, Dr Sheeraz, Dr Sidra Hamid, Dr Sidra Sayyal and Dr Muhammad Amjad and other offered services at this frees medical camp. The free medical camp was arranged under the aegis of Lahore General Hospital and with the cooperation of General Cadre Doctors’ Association. He said that medical facilities in public sector hospitals can be improved with the cooperation and guidance of journalist.
May 23, 2023 16:55 UTC
In a gesture of reverence and gratitude towards the nation's fallen heroes, the government has announced its decision to hold the Martyrs Solidarity Day convention tomorrow (Wednesday). Families of the martyrs from across the country will participate in the programme, joining together to commemorate their loved ones' sacrifices. Prominent federal ministers, members of civil society, and ambassadors from various countries will also attend the convention, demonstrating their solidarity with the nation's fallen heroes. During the Martyrs' Solidarity Day Convention, speakers will shed light on the tragic events of May 9, emphasising the significance of honoring those who laid down their lives for the country. The Martyrs Solidarity Day serves as a poignant reminder of the selflessness and bravery exhibited by the nation's martyrs.
May 23, 2023 16:54 UTC
The 1971 fall of Dhaka in what was then East Pakistan and the birth of Bangladesh after defeat by arch-enemy India has been the lowest point for Pakistan's military since 1947. Populist civilian leader Zulfikar Ali Bhutto took charge after that debacle, holding sway over the army for five years. Khan was released by court order two days after his arrest, but Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) now faces the ire of the military. "Ultimate power in Pakistan flows through the barrel of the gun," said Shah, the academic. "The military's power comes from its ability to deploy force, not popularity - Pakistan's generals like being liked but they like being in control even more," he said.
May 23, 2023 14:33 UTC