Chief Editor: Ansar Mahmood Bhatti

APR – 2019

World leaders react to deadly Sri Lanka blasts

COLOMBO, (DNA) – World leaders have condemned a series of blasts in Sri Lanka that killed more than 160 people on Sunday, including dozens of foreigners – with British, Dutch and American citizens believed to be among them.Hospital sources also said Japanese citizens were among those injured by the bombs which ripped through high-end hotels and churches holding Easter services.Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe condemned the string of blasts as “cowardly” and said the government was working to “contain the situation.”

At least 129 killed, hundreds more injured in Colombo Easter Sunday blasts

COLOMBO: (DNA) – Easter Day bomb blasts at three Sri Lankan churches and three luxury hotels killed about 129 people and wounded more than 400, a hospital director and police officials said, following a lull in major attacks since the end of the civil war 10 years ago.In just one church, St. Sebastian’s in Katuwapitiya, north of Colombo, more than 50 people had been killed, a police official told Reuters, with pictures showing bodies on the ground, blood on the pews and a destroyed roof.

Nisar may become next Punjab CM if Buzdar is shown the door: report

LAHORE:  (DNA) – Senior politician Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan is expected to  take oath as member of Punjab Assembly next week months after winning the seat in July 2018 election.It would be the first time  the Chaudhry from Chakri would be taking oath as the  Member of Punjab Assembly.Previously he had retained  National Assembly seat despite winning  from  Punjab Assembly seat in 2013 .

Nepal envoy opens Pet show at Rawal Expo

RAWALPINDI, APR 21 (DNA) – The Ambassadors of Nepal and Tunisia paid a visit to the International Rawal Expo 2019 being organised by Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) at Ayub National Park Rawalpindi.Sewa Lamsel Adhikari, Ambassador of Nepal inaugurated the Pet show at Rawal Expo 2018. She inquired about the different breeds of dogs, Cats and birds and enjoyed the show. She appreciated RCCI for organizing such a healthy activity for the visitors and families.

Pakistan deplores India’s unilateral suspension of cross-LoC Trade

ISLAMABAD, APR 21 (DNA) – Pakistan deplores the unilateral Indian decision to suspend cross-LoC trade and rejects the allegations regarding its misuse.The Indian action is based on groundless accusations that this mechanism is being used for smuggling, narcotics, fake currency and ‘terrorism’.This litany is all too familiar and in line with India’s frequent attempts to portray legitimate activities of the people in Occupied Jammu & Kashmir as linked to so-called “terrorism”.Cross-LoC trade has been one of the functional Confidence-Building Measures (CBMs) between the two countries, which came about after arduous diplomatic efforts.

PM Imran Khan to inaugurate Naya Pakistan Housing Scheme in Quetta

ISLAMABAD (DNA) – Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan on Sunday will inaugurate the Naya Pakistan Housing Scheme projects during his visit to Quetta before leaving for a two-day maiden visit to Iran.Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal and other senior officials will receive the PM at the airport.The premier will also meet the bereaved Hazara families and offer his condolences on the deaths of their loved ones in last week’s Hazarganji blast that claimed 22 lives.Later, PM Khan will preside over important meetings scheduled to analyse peace and security situation in the province, and development projects.

Cricket – Australia’s Smith says two weeks away from full recovery

MUMBAI, (DNA) – Steve Smith has laid to rest concerns about his fitness and form ahead of Australia’s Cricket World Cup title defence and said he is two weeks away from completely recovering from the elbow surgery he underwent earlier this year.The 29-year-old scored a match-winning unbeaten 59 on Saturday, hours after being named the captain of the Rajasthan Royals, replacing Ajinkya Rahane at the helm for the remainder of the 2019 edition of the Indian Premier League.