Chief Editor: Ansar Mahmood Bhatti

SEPT – 2019

IMF SOS mission to arrive in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, SEPT 15 (DNA) – International Monetary Fund (IMF) is sending its SOS (Save Our Soul) mission to Pakistan for suggesting ways to the cash-strapped government to curtail the budget deficit being faced by the country.The IMF expressed concern over Pakistan’s economic performance in the first two months and is sending its SOS mission to Islamabad.The mission will be vising Pakistan to discuss fiscal issues with special focus to restrict target of primary deficit within the desired limits.

Sargodha University makes its entry into Times Higher Education rankings

SARGODHA, SEPT 15 (DNA) – The University of Sargodha has for the first time made its entry into the Time Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2020 and has been ranked 1,276 in the world.The THE World University Rankings 2020 included 1,400 universities from 92 countriesthat qualified its ranking criteria out of nearly 60,000 universities in the world. The ranking criteria is based on 13 performance indicators concerning teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.From Pakistan, 14 universities qualified for THE World University Rankings 2020. The Quaid-i-Azam University came at top, placed at number 401-500. Sargodha Universities and six other universities were placed in the 1,000+ category of universities.

Young social activist Bilal Sethi awarded by rotary international

PESHAWAR, SEPT 15 (DNA) – Young educational activist and philanthropist, Bilal Sethi has been crowned with Outstanding Services Award by Rotary International, Pakistan.Bilal Sethi is the founder and Chairman of Pakistan Development Foundation – PDF which has educated 15000 students from primary to secondary levels and has sponsored higher education of 385 underpriceded and talented students.Under his patronage, the foundation has initiated numerous projects benefitting thousands of people of Khyber Pakhtunkhawa.

Protesters call on UK to protect Hong Kongers from China

HONG KONG, SEPT 15 (DNA) – Pro-democracy protesters rallied outside Britain’s consulate in Hong Kong on Sunday, demanding London do more to protect its former colonial subjects and ramp up pressure on Beijing over sliding freedoms.The protest came as another large rally made its way through the city streets on Sunday afternoon in defiance of a ban by police, who warned the gathering was illegal.”We have a right to go to protests, to the streets, and we have to voice our demands to the government,” a secondary school student at the rally who gave his name as Alvin, told.The once-stable international hub has been convulsed by weeks of huge, sometimes violent rallies calling for greater democratic freedoms and police accountability.

Ponting eyes batting shake-up for Australia Tests against Pakistan

SYDNEY, SEPT 15 (DNA) – Only three Australian batsmen are certain to start the summer Test series against Pakistan, according to former skipper Ricky Ponting, with David Warner among them. Ponting, who has been a sounding board for coach Justin Langer in recent months, unsurprisingly nominated the in-form Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne as the other two. That leaves holes to fill and Australia’s greatest run scorer said he would like to see young prospect Will Pucovski, who has battled mental health issues, given a debut in the first Test at the Gabba on November 12.

Pro-Khalistan Sikhs and Pakistanis hold protest against India over human rights’ violations

NEW YORK (DNA) – Pro-Khalistan Sikhs joined by Pakistani community members held a protest in Houston, United States, demanding resolution of Kashmir dispute and against Modi-led Hindu nationalist Indian government for committing gross violations of human rights in occupied Kashmir.To express support for the cause of Kashmir and demanding a separate land for Sikhs, the Sikh community members and Pakistanis, in a form of carcade with Kashmir and Khalistan flags mounted on their cars, moved through the roads and streets while chanting full-throat slogans against the Modi regime.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation urged to rescind its award decision for Modi

WASHINGTON, SEPT 14 (DNA) – Three Nobel Prize Laureates have demanded of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to rescind its award to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for blatant basic human rights violations in occupied Kashmiri, attacks on minorities in India and his role in horrific massacre of Gujarat.In their joint letter addressed to Foundation, Mairead Maguire, Tawakkol Abdel-Salam Karman, and Shirin Ebadi expressed their serious reservations.They said under Prime Minister Modi’s leadership, India has descended into dangerous and deadly chaos that has consistently undermined human rights, democracy.