Imran says ‘Lanat’ mild word to curse Parliament

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan began his much-awaited presser that he earlier described would be ‘explosive’, in which he repeated diatribe against Nawaz Sharif saying the wealth of former prime minister expanded ‘manifold’ after 1992.

Khan was shortly questioned by journalists to explain his statement he made a day earlier cursing Parliament. The PTI chairman said the word [Lanat] he used was very mild. “I still reserved what could have been the strongest word,” he replied.

He said the law minister spoke a lie in the Parliament couple of times about Khatam-e-Nabuwat ordinance and its amendment. “Nawaz Sharif told a lie on the Assembly floor.” These people are risks to the Parliament, he added.

“Sharif brothers have been indulged in money laundering worth Rs1.74 billion through FZE Capital, Hills Metal and other foreign companies,” he alleged.

He claimed that ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif adopted various ways to transfer his money abroad. “Sharif laundered his money of up to Rs800 million through his daughter Maryam Nawaz and around Rs240 million through thee employees of Punjab Police and family members to evade being caught in money laundering,” Khan said.

Woman hangs herself after husband ‘delays shopping trip by a day due to office work’

LUCKNOW: An Indian woman died after she hanged herself as husband delayed a planned shopping trip by a day.

Deepak Dwivedi says he told his 23-year-old wife Deepika on Saturday that he would not be able to go shopping then but would have to do the trip the next day instead.

According to report, she was so annoyed that she locked him out of her room at their home in the city of Lucknow, and he was forced to sleep elsewhere. The husband reportedly said: ‘Deepika’s cousin was going to get married the next month and she wanted to go shopping for the wedding.

‘On Saturday, Deepika asked me to take her shopping but seeing I had too much work in the office, I postponed the shopping for the next day. She became upset at this.

52 people killed in Kazakhstan bus fire

ASTANA: Fifty-two people were killed Thursday when the Russia-bound bus they were travelling on caught fire in Kazakhstan, the central Asian nation’s emergency services ministry said.

“On January 18 at 10:30 am (0430 GMT), a bus caught fire … 55 passengers and two drivers were on board. Five people who managed to escape are receiving medical assistance. The rest died on the spot,” the ministry said, without elaborating on the cause of the blaze.

All those who died are believed to be Uzbek nationals, an interior ministry official told Interfax-Kazakhstan news agency. Kazakh media reported they were migrant workers travelling to Russia.

Uzbekistan’s emergency services ministry said it had opened a hotline.

The vehicle was registered in Kazakhstan, emergency services ministry official Ruslan Imankulov told AFP. He said the fire spread very quickly.

One dead, five injured in Karachi grenade attack

KARACHI: One person was killed and five others were injured on Thursday when unidentified men hurled a grenade in Kharadar area

The incident occurred in the Cochinwala cloth market, and is said to carried out by extortionists. Police and Rangers reached the site of the incident while the injured have shifted to Civil Hospital.

Many traders protested against the attack and said that the presidents of all markets in the Old City area pay extortion amounts. They said the grenade attack occurred when the president of the Cochinwala market refused to pay extortion.

They said that every shopkeeper in the area pays a daily extortion of fifty to hundred rupees, while the Old City area witnesses business activity worth billions of rupees every day.

The identity of the dead aged around fifty has not yet been ascertained.

Sindh Home Minister Sohail Anwar Siyal took notice of the incident and asked for a detailed inquiry report from the deputy inspector general (DIG) South.

4-year-old girl ‘raped’, murdered in Mardan

MARDAN: As the country is still reeling over brutal rape and murder of little girl Zainab in Kasur, another horrific case has come to light of an underage girl from Mardan who was sexually assaulted by an unidentified culprit before being murdered.

Four-year-old Asma was murdered in Jandarpar Gujjar Garhi area of Mardan. The girl was playing outside her home when she went missing and later her body with torture-marks was found from the fields.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa IGP Salahuddin Mehsud says rape could not be confirmed as yet and the things would be clear only after receiving report from the forensic lab in Lahore.

Trump is fit for duty, but should lose weight: White House doctor

WASHINGTON: U.S. President Donald Trump passed a test for signs of dementia and is in overall excellent health, but needs to shed weight by cutting calories, fats and carbohydrates and starting a daily exercise routine, the White House physician said on Tuesday.

Trump, who was coy about sharing medical information during his unconventional 2016 run for office, used his first presidential medical exam – conducted on Friday at Walter Reed National Medical Center – to try to put to rest lingering questions about his mental fitness for office.

Trump asked his physician, Dr. Ronny Jackson, to add a cognitive screening test to the exam, and authorized him to release a battery of data from the tests.

Trump, 71, is known to enjoy high-fat foods like fried chicken, hamburgers and steak – and, while he plays golf, he does not have a daily exercise routine.

Opposition parties gear up for grand protest in Lahore

LAHORE: The top leadership of all mainstream opposition parties will board Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) leader Dr Tahirul Qadri’s bandwagon today (Wednesday) in Lahore to begin an agitation for justice to victims of the Model Town tragedy, ARY News reported.

A showdown between a PAT-led alliance and the Punjab government looms large amidst protests against police shooting on PAT activists back in 2014.

All preparations have been finalised for a mass protest movement, while a stage has also been established in front of the Punjab Assembly building.

The movement is aimed at mounting pressure on Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and Law Minister Rana Sanaullah to resign for their alleged role in the incident.

“Mr President, can you identify this animal?” – Here is the ‘cognitive test’ that Trump passed

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump recently underwent the cognitive assessment test before he had to go through physical examination, and he sailed through both the assessments, as expected. The former was not necessary, but the President insisted for it, anyway. But do you know what questions Mr. Trump was supposed to answer? That’s quite interesting in itself.

Identifying animals and reciting a list of words are among the type of challenges contained in the cognitive fitness test taken by US President Donald Trump.

According to White House doctor Ronny Jackson, Trump scored “exceedingly well” (30 out of 30) on the Montreal Cognitive Assessment and has “no cognitive issues whatsoever.”

Jackson said Trump himself had requested to sit the test after questions about his mental health.

“I think he saw doing the physical as an opportunity to put some of that to rest,” Jackson said. “And I think he wasn’t the least bit concerned that he had anything to hide.”

But what is this test, first created in 2005, and how does it work?

Chairman NADRA Usman Mobin has appointed Mr. Ahmerin as Director General Networks & Information Security

Chairman NADRA Usman Mobin has appointed Mr. Ahmerin as Director General Networks & Information Security

He succeeded in obtaining this appointment being brother-in-law of Usman Mobin Chairman NADRA, despite being dual-national.

Blast injures several in Belgium, terrorism ruled out: police

BRUSSELS: An explosion injured several people and brought down a residential building in the Belgian city of Antwerp on Monday evening, police said, stressing the incident was not related to terrorism.

Belgian news agency Belga reported five people had been injured. Antwerp police said two adjacent buildings might have also been damaged in what state broadcaster RTBF said was a gas explosion.

Belgium has been on high alert since deadly suicide bombings in 2016 and a wave of Islamist attacks across Europe.