(Cricket) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa fined for maintaining slow over-rate

KARACHI:Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have been fined PKR25,000 for maintaining a slow over-rate during their Tuesday’s National T20 Cup fixture against Sindh.

In the stipulated time, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa were two overs short of their target after taking into account time allowances and, as such, were charged under Article 2.22 of the PCB’s Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel that deals with minimum over-rate offences.

The charge was leveled by on-field umpires Imran Jawed and Rashid Riaz, third umpire Ahsan Raza and fourth umpire Saqib Khan.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa captain Mohammad Rizwan pleaded guilty and accepted the sanction proposed by match referee Mohammad Javed.

Four gunned down near Larkana

LARKANA:Four people were gunned down and one other injured in village Yaqoob Jalbani located within the limits of Waris Dino Machi police station, locals said on Tuesday.

According to locals, two persons Punhal Katohar and Mashooque Umrani were killed late last night allegedly by two armed motorcyclists and allegation of their murder was levelled on the members of Jalbani community.

To take revenge, members of Katohar community attacked village Yaqoob Jalbani with sophisticated weapons in which two people Himath Ali, son of Muhammad Laique, and Fazal Muhammad, son of Shams Jalbani, were killed and another Rabail, son of Himath Jalbani, was injured, police said.

On receipt of information, police reached the spot due to which the attackers escaped. Reports further claimed that the attackers also opened fire on police mobile, but fortunately no loss was reported.

Due to heavy firing, fear gripped the entire area and villagers of other villages confined themselves to their homes. Police established a picket to prevent further escalation of the deadly dispute.

The bodies were shifted to Taluka Hospital by police for postmortem and fulfillment of other legal formalities and then handed over to the heirs. The injured was referred to Chandka Medical College Hospital for further treatment and management as no emergency treatment facilities were available at the THQ. Neither any FIR was lodged nor any arrest was made by the cops till filing of this report. Police are probing the matter further.

Danish helps Sindh record victory after a nail-biting finish

KARACHI:Facing a daunting task of fifteen runs required off the last three balls but Sindh’s Danish Aziz was undeterred and put a brilliant effort to help his side eventually record a two-wicket win over Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the National T20 Cup in Rawalpindi on Tuesday.

Sindh required 19 off the last over when Khyber Pakhtunkhwa captain Mohammad Rizwan handed the ball to Iftikhar Ahmed to bowl right-arm medium fast.

Danish dispatched Iftikhar for a four on the first delivery before the equation reduced to 15 off the last three balls as the second and third ball turned out to be dots.

Danish then struck two towering sixes down the ground with a four on the long-off sandwiched between them.

But the last three-ball cameo was not the only thing Danish did in the match. Chasing a modest 139-run target, Sindh was reduced to 34-6 in eight over with 105 more runs needed for a victory.

The 24-year-old Karachi-born took his team over the line with a six on the last ball after brilliantly anchoring the inning with teammate Anwar Ali.

Speaking about his man-of-the-match performance, Danish said: “It looked a bit difficult when the match came down to the last three balls. I was anticipating fuller deliveries so I decided to hit the ball down the ground.

“My plan was to bat until the end of the innings. When Anwar Ali walked into bat with me, we decided to rotate the strike initially before punishing bad balls.”

Danish spanked eight fours and four sixes and his 47-ball stay at the crease included a match-defining 77-run alliance with Anwar Ali, who made 33 off 32.

The two had come together after Hassan Khan was run out without facing a delivery on the last ball of the eighth over.

Sindh were dealt with an early blow as Shaheen Afridi, the highest wicket-taker in the tournament with 16 scalps at 11.25, accounted for Sharjeel Khan on the second ball.

His new-ball partner Imran Khan dismissed Asad Shafiq and Azam Khan in back-to-back overs – the second and fourth of the innings.

That the match had to be decided on the last ball was because Usman Shinwari who after recording his best score accounted for Khurram Manzoor (13 off 11), Sarfaraz Ahmed (13 off 13) and Sohail Khan (0 off two) as Sindh slipped from 32 for three to 34 for six.

Earlier, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, after being asked to bat, were driven to a respectable total of 138 for nine by Usman who made an unbeaten 15-ball 36 with the help of three sixes and two fours.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa were struggling at 87 for seven before Usman stitched a 29-run partnership – the best of the innings – with Shaheen. He followed it up with a 20-run stand with Imran Khan, contributing all 20 runs in it accumulated over just six balls.

Musadiq Ahmed, who batted at seven, was the other notable run-getter with a 14-ball 25 (two fours and two sixes) in an innings in which Sohail, Hassan and Mohammad Hasnain took two wickets apiece.

COVID claims six more lives in Sindh, tells CM

KARACHI:Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that six more patients of coronavirus died overnight, lifting the death toll to 2,562 while 222 new cases emerged when 8448 samples were tested.

In a statement issued here from the CM House on Tuesday, Shah said that six more patients lost their lives while struggling against the virus, lifting the death toll to 2,562 that constituted 1.8 percent death rate.,

The CM said that 8,448 tests were conducted against which 222 new cases were detected. He added that so far 1,491,784 samples had been tested all over Sindh which diagnosed 140,756 cases, of them 95 percent or 133,474 patients had recovered, including 282 overnight.

According to the chief minister, currently, 4,720 patients are under treatment, of them 4,380 are in home isolation, six at isolation centers and 334 at different hospitals. The condition of 188 patients was stated to be critical, including 25 shifted to ventilators.

Shah said that out of 222 new cases, 136 have been detected from Karachi, including 56 from East, 45 South, 13 Malir, 12 Central, 10 Korangi. Thatta and Hyderabad have seven cases each, Jamshoro and Sukkur six each, Naushehro Feroze five, Kashmore and Tando Allahyar four each, Dadu three, Jacobabad and Matiari two each, Kambar, Khairpur, Larkana, Mirpurkhas, Sanghar and Shaheed Benazirabad one each. The chief minister urged people of Sindh to follow SOP to stay safe.

Court: (ATC sends prime suspect in motorway case on 14-day judicial remand)

ISLAMABAD:An Anti-Terrorism Court in Lahore on Tuesday sent the prime suspect in the motorway rape case, Abid Malhi to the jail on fourteen days’ remand for identification parade.

Earlier, Abid Malhi was presented before the court by Police who demanded his remand for further investigation.

Woman gunned down over Karo-Kari

LARKANA:Husband gunned down his wife over the notorious pretext of Karo-Kari in Javed Colony located within the limits of Kanga police station near here in the wee hours of Tuesday.

Accused Mir Hassan Umrani escaped after the incident. Ghulam Ali Umrani, brother of the deceased woman, told newsmen that his sister was mother of six children and her husband killed her on the allegation of honour-killing.

He appealed to IGP, DIGP and SSP Larkana to take notice of the murder, arrest accused and award him exemplary punishment. After the postmortem, body was taken by her heirs. Neither FIR was lodged till filing of this report nor any arrest was made by the police.

Atta prices to come down by Rs9.13 per kg: Sindh Cabinet told

KARACHI:The Sindh cabinet, after thorough discussion and deliberations, has approved fixation of the issue price of wheat at Rs3687.50 per 100 kg bag so that ex-mill atta price could be brought down by Rs9.13 per kg.

The meeting was under the chairmanship of Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah here at CM House on Tuesday. The meeting was attended by all provincial ministers, advisors, chief secretary Mumtaz Shah, Advocate General Salman Talibddin, Chairman P and D M. Waseem and concerned secretaries.

Secretary Food giving a presentation to the cabinet said that at present a wheat stock of 1.262 MMT was available in six divisions of the province. He added that the atta prices were stable in the market which has been recorded at Rs57 per kg.

The chief minister said that the atta price has to be brought down because wheat was available in the market, therefore prices must come down. On the recommendation of Minister for Food Hari Ram approved releasing of wheat to flour mills from October 16.

The issue price after thorough discussion was approved at Rs3687.50 per 100 kg with bardana. With the new issue price of wheat that atta prices would come down by Rs9.13 and the new price of atta would come to Rs47.87 per kg.

The chief minister directed the food department to ensure reduction of atta price at ex-mill level and keep informing the district minister so that they could control at retail level. The chief minister directed the chief secretary to mobilise the district administration and pass on the benefit of reduction of atta price by Rs9.13 per kg to the people of the province.

Islands Issue: At the outset of the cabinet meeting the issue of Island came under discussion. The cabinet members, once again, called upon the federal government to withdraw controversial ordinance promulgated to establish Islands authority. The cabinet members said that no talks on the island would be held with the federal government until and unless the controversial ordinance was withdrawn.

The cabinet termed the ordinance an attempt to grab provincial government lands by trampling the rights of local fishermen. “We will not accept the ordinance as it is against the provincial autonomy and against the interest of local people,” the cabinet members said unanimously.

Infrastructure Cess: Minister Energy Imtiaz Shaikh said that the Excise and Taxation Department had granted exemption from Infrastructure Cess on imports of coal mining and coal-based electricity generation companies in Thar Coal Filed. He added that it was time bound and expired on June 30, 2020.

It was also pointed out that the Economic Coordination Committee had also announced an Incentive package to accelerate development in Thar. The ECC incentives include zero percent custom duty, exemption from special excise duty, federal excise duty, workers welfare and participation funds, withholding tax on procurement of goods and services and other levies for 30 years.

The cabinet was informed that SECM was producing 3.8 mtpa coal in phase-I and catering power generation of 660 MW. Financial close for its phase-II has been achieved to double the production, 7.8mtpa. It would cater further power generation of two 330 MW power plants.

A Chinese company SSRL has obtained financial close for development of a 7.8 mtpa mine at Block-1 of Thar Coalfield. This would cater to power generation of 1320 MW. Similarly, other local companies would generate 660 MW electricity.

Keeping in view the development potential in Thar Coalfield, the cabinet approved exemption of Infrastructure Development Cess (IDC) on imports for a period of 30 years as per ECC 30-year incentive package.

The provincial cabinet also approved enhancement of Sindh Sales Tax on Services of transportation or carriage of petroleum oils through oil tankers from 13 percent to 15 percent to maintain uniformity with other provinces. It would not create any burden on the consumers and would not develop any impact on the petroleum prices.

The cabinet approved a draft bill of “The IBA Sukkur University Sukkur (Amendment) Act, 2020 just to maintain uniformity in the organization, management and control of public sector universities and degree awarding institutes by amending certain laws. The approved amendments were referred to the assembly.

The cabinet approved the appointment of Mr Abdul rauf Chandio as Chief Executive Officer 9CEO) of the Sindh Modaraba management Ltd for a period of three years being the first priority candidate as suggested by the Board of Directors of the company.