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Salman Khan cancels US concert with Mika Singh over Pakistan trip – The News International


Salman Khan cancels US concert with Mika Singh over Pakistan trip

KARACHI: Bollywood superstar Salman Khan has reportedly cancelled US concert with Mika Singh over his trip to Pakistan for a live show at a wedding.

In a shocking move, Khan’s concert tour in the US featuring Mika that was to begin on August 25 has now been postponed to a later date. Apparently, the actor  has taken a stand not to perform with Mika due to concerns over singer’s Pakistan trip. 

The Federation of Western India Cine Employees association (FWICE) has already banned  Mika Singh for performing in  Karachi.

The singer thought apologising publicly before the FWICE would  solve his problems, and that he would be free to perform anywhere he wished all over again. But it does not seem easy for him.

The film body had earlier warned Salman Khan of working with singer ahead of their US gig, saying:  “If any artist works with Mika, then he or she too could face a similar ban.” 

The federation made the announcement in reference to an upcoming six-city gig in the US where Salman Khan and Mika are slated to perform.

A close friend of Dabangg star was reported to have said that  it’s imperative for the star to distance himself from the singer who performed in Pakistan ignoring the Modi govt’s aggression towards neighbour.

Mika Singh has sung Salman’s biggest chart-busters including ‘Jumme ki raat’ (Kick), ‘Aaj ki party’ (Bajrang Bhaijaan) and ‘440 volts’ (Sultan).


Three polio cases detected in KP, two in Sindh – Pakistan – ReliefWeb


Ikram Junaidi

ISLAMABAD: Five more children — three from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and two from Sindh — have tested positive for poliovirus, it emerged on Sunday.

With the latest addition, the number of polio cases in the country has climbed to 58 this year, indicating a sharp increase of 383.33 per cent from last year’s figure of 12. It may be recalled that only eight cases had been confirmed in 2017.

Of the 58 victims found this year, 44 belonged to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa alone, whereas Sindh and Punjab shared five cases each and Balochistan reported four cases.

All the five new victims are girls and four of them had not received a single dose of vaccine, according to an official of Polio Virology Laboratory at the National Institute of Health, Islamabad. Three cases of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa were reported from Bannu, Hangu and North Waziristan, while both cases of Sindh were reported from Hyderabad, he said while requesting anonymity.

Tally during the year surges to 58

Sharing details of the cases reported from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the official said: “Three girls were paralysed in KP.” They included an 18-month-old resident of Hangu’s tehsil Thal; a 30-month-old resident of North Waziristan’s tehsil Mirali; and another 18-month-old girl from Bannu’s tehsil Wazir. “All the three had not received a single dose of polio vaccine during routine immunisation,” he said.

About the cases from Hyderabad, the official said one of the girls had missed polio vaccine during routine immunisation. She was a resident of Quetta Town, Hala Nakka area. The other girl, a resident of Liaquat Colony area of Latifabad, had received three doses of polio vaccine during routine immunisation, the official confirmed. The victims were identified as 12-month-old Maimoona and 12-year-old Umme Rubab.

None of the victims from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was identified.

When contacted, Prime Minister’s Focal Person on Polio Eradication Babar Bin Atta confirmed to Dawn that five more children were infected with the virus of crippling disease.

Just over two week ago, five polio cases had been confirmed from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. So far this year, 44 cases have been reported from KP, five each from Punjab and Sindh while four cases have been reported from Balochistan. Last year when the country recorded a total of 12 polio cases, eight of them were reported from KP.

The latest cases have been confirmed only a day before the resumption of a province-wide vaccination campaign after four months. Earlier during a nationwide polio campaign in April, students of a school in Mashokhel were rushed to the Hayatabad Medical Complex, Peshawar, with complaints about drug reaction. However, initial probe indicated that a drama had been staged to spread propaganda against polio drives as all the children were found to be safe.

While some of the culprits were arrested and legal action was taken against them, resistance to polio vaccination has increased since then. To counter the propaganda against vaccine, the authorities have decided to launch the drive from the same village of Mashokhel.

Nearly two dozen cases have been reported from Bannu district, followed by North Waziristan and Torghar where at least eight and five cases have been detected, respectively. Lakki Marwat and Hangu have witnessed two cases each this year, while Shangla, Charsadda, Bajaur and Khyber districts have recorded at least one case each.

In the endemic areas, too, the government is struggling to counter the new challenge of fake markings of children by their parents amid reluctance shown against vaccination.

The province has been experiencing outbreaks since the environmental samples started testing positive in October 2018. The first outbreak was witnessed in Bajaur in November that lasted till January. The second outbreak initially recorded in March in Bannu division is still the focus of attention.

In Torghar, the district administration will spearhead the campaign under tight security because the vaccinators are gripped by fear in the areas known for opposition to vaccination. However, the authorities claimed that elaborate arrangements had been made to run the campaign after a break of several months to ensure that all the children are administered polio drops.

Polio is a highly infectious disease caused by virus mainly affecting children under the age of five. It invades the nervous system, and can cause paralysis or even death. While there is no cure for polio, vaccination is the most effective way to protect children from the crippling disease. Each time a child aged below five years is vaccinated, their protection against the virus is increased. Repeated immunizations have protected millions of children from polio, allowing almost all countries, except Pakistan and Afghanistan, to become polio free.

Published in Dawn, August 26th, 2019


Any Given Monday: Observations from one of the greatest test cricket matches – New Zealand Herald



Cricket really has been the winner this winter. Those who worried that a new era of civility would neuter cricket’s dramatic tension could not have been more wrong.

Here’s just a few thoughts from beyond the boundary as we revel in one of the great test matches of our or anybody else’s time.

In the space of 40 days two of the more extraordinary pieces of sporting theatre have been staged on green fields of England. Twice the central character has found himself facing odds more improbable than Jack Reacher, yet on both occasions Ben Stokes has




Several Godhra residents stuck in Pakistan – Times of India


VADODARA: Around 80 people from Godhra have been stranded in Pakistan after suspension of transport services between the two countries as tensions escalated in the wake of scrapping of J&K’s special status. Majority of them had gone to Karachi to meet relatives, but they have been forced to stay back as train and bus services stand suspended.
Locals in Godhra said many were not allowed to cross the Wagah border into India.
On Sunday, 15 persons whose relatives are stranded in Pakistan approached Panchmahal police for help.
Mehboob Shaburiya, who lives in Polan Bazaar, returned home before Thar Express was suspended till further orders on August 16. However, his 60-year-old mother Jamila was not that lucky.
“My mother was to return on August 12 through Wagah border. When she reached there, the Pakistani authorities did not allow her to cross over,” he said.

Shoalhaven Cricket announces changes ahead of new season – South Coast Register



Ashes 2019: Cricket world goes berserk as Ben Stokes gives England a win for the ages – The Cricket Times


On Sunday, Ben Stokes played a sensational knock as England recorded a win for the ages in the third Ashes Test against Australia at Headingley.

After being bowled out for a paltry 67 in their first innings, England looked dead and buried at 286-9 in its pursuit of an unlikely 359 on Day 4 in Leeds.

But Stokes hit 135 not out, channeled the spirit of Sir Ian Botham in 1981 and even eclipsed his match-winning knock in the ICC World Cup final, to lead England to their record chase in Test cricket.

And following the remarkable victory, which includes Stokes being dropped on 34 and 116 runs, cricket world couldn’t handle what had happened.

Here are some of the best tweets:


Jamaat advises govt against involving US in Kashmir issue – DAWN.com


PESHAWAR: Jamaat-i-Islami chief Senator Sirajul Haq has expressed reservations over the government’s stance on the India-held Kashmir, saying that Pakistan should not trust US President Donald Trump’s reconciliation offer.

Addressing a big rally titled “Kashmir Bachao Awami March” here on Sunday, he said that JI would not accept the government policy on Kashmir and it seemed that deal on occupied valley was finalised in advance. He said that India put political leadership of the held valley behind the bars while thousands of civilians had gone missing.

The JI chief said that people of Kashmir were looking towards Pakistan while the government was seeking mediation from Donald Trump. He advised the government against involving the US in the issue and urged it to take bold stance. He said that it was a serious matter that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s plane violated Pakistan’s airspace.

The rally was taken out from Grand Trunk Road that culminated at Khyber Bazaar after passing through different localities. The venue was decorated with banners inscribed with anti-India slogans and Kashmir flags.

“If Kashmir is lost, the entire Pakistan will be deserted,” said Siraj. He said that Prime Minister Imran Khan should clarify his statement regarding large scale massacre in the held valley. He criticised the ruler of United Arab Emirates for inviting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and giving him the country’s highest civilian award “Order of Zayed Medal.”

The JI chief said that the UAE ruler had shown disloyalty towards Muslim Ummah by giving his country’s highest award at a time when India had converted the entire valley into prison and Modi had started massacre of Muslims.

He urged Islamic countries not to remain silent over the situation in Kashmir and put pressure on India to stop atrocities in the occupied valley.

Mr Siraj said that JI would appear in the held valley if the government showed lethargy and leniency on Kashmir issue. He said that thousands of Kashmiris had laid down their lives during freedom struggle. He termed Kashmir a matter of life and death for Pakistan.

The JI chief said that educational institutions had been closed in Kashmir and continuous curfew had crippled life there. He said that if the government did not take practical steps for the liberation of Kashmir then JI would decide its future line of action.

Addressing the rally, JI provincial chief Senator Mushtaq Ahmad Khan said that the government’s so-called diplomatic efforts did not put any impact on the Kashmir issue.

He said that Pakistan had only expelled Indian high commissioner while its high commission was still functioning.

He said that JI strongly condemned the government’s ‘failed’ diplomacy regarding Kashmir.

He said that Modi’s plane was flying over Pakistan but Prime Minister Imran Khan was unaware of it. He said that Kashmir would never be liberated through tweets.

Published in Dawn, August 26th, 2019


Mehsud tribesmen announce boycott of anti-polio drive – Pakistan – ReliefWeb


LADHA: Shamankhel clan of Mehsud tribe from Bangiwala village in Sararogha tehsil of South Waziristan has announced to boycott the anti-polio vaccination campaign starting from Aug 26 in protest against the government’s failure to construct a bridge over a stream near their village.

Shamankhel tribesmen told Dawn on Friday that absence of bridge over the stream was causing them great distress as the locals, including children, had to cross the stream to reach markets and schools located on the other side. They said when it rained the stream overflowed, cutting them off from rest of the areas.

The tribesmen said they would boycott the anti-polio campaign due to government’s apathy towards their plight. They demanded that the government immediately construct a bridge over the stream.

Miraj Mehsud, 24, told Dawn that due to absence of a bridge over the stream their children could not attend school. He said some pregnant women died for want of medical treatment as crossing the stream was an uphill task for people, particularly for women.

Gul Badshah, another tribesman, said he had a job in Karachi, but fearing that his children might get drowned in the stream while crossing it, he had decided to stay at home.

Alauddin, another tribal, said they had to carry food items on their shoulders while crossing the stream, which became a bit tricky when it rained.

Published in Dawn, August 24th, 2019


Three more polio cases in KP as tally reaches 58 – Pakistan – ReliefWeb


F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: Three new cases of polio virus have been reported in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Waziristan and Hangu, an official said on Sunday.

With the new cases, the total number of polio-affected children rose to 44 in the current year.

According to reports, the total number of polio cases in Pakistan this year now stands at 58.

The confirmation of the new cases comes just a day before immunisation campaigns are to commence in K-P, Balochistan, Punjab and Sindh.

More than four million children below the age of five will be administered anti-polio drops during the campaign.

Earlier, Prime Minister Imran Khan had directed the relevant authorities in the federal and provincial governments to undertake effective immunization and awareness campaigns to check the incidence of polio.

He was chairing a high-level meeting in Islamabad which took stock of polio incidence in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and other parts of the country.

Imran Khan stated that polio eradication is the top-most priority of the government as it affects the future generation. He also expressed concerns over the recent spike in polio cases.

The PM’s Focal Person on Polio Eradication Babar Bin Atta had briefed the meeting about the report of International Monitoring Board for the year 2017-18 identifying loopholes in the strategy at that time which led to the recent spike of polio cases in some parts of the country, especially Bannu division.

He had also highlighted various measures being taken for perception management including engagement with social media platforms to counter anti-vaccine propaganda, involving mainstream media for a mass awareness campaign, establishment of round the clock call center.

Pakistan is among three countries in the world, including Afghanistan and Nigeria, where polio virus still exists and the country remains under a polio-linked travel restriction imposed by the World Health Organization (WHO).

In 2014, the WHO made it mandatory for all people travelling from Pakistan to carry a polio vaccination certificate.


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