DINA for the issue of October 16, 2014

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INTERNET NEWS ALERT

October 16, 2014 | Zilhaj 20, 1435
The DAWN Internet News Alert (DINA) is a free daily news service from Pakistan’s largest English language newspaper, the Daily DAWN.

Validity of ISPR tweet as proof questioned

Nasir Iqbal

ISLAMABAD: Hearing petitions asking for the disqualification of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for his ‘misstatement’ in the National Assembly, the Supreme Court asked on Wednesday whether a tweet from a military spokesperson — who was not present during the meeting between the army chief and the prime minister — could be considered an admissible evidence against the PM.
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It’s virtually PML-N vs PTI in Multan today

Shakeel Ahmad

MULTAN: With the focus of national politics suddenly shifting to a by-election in Multan being seen as the first electoral test between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s PML-N and Imran Khan’s PTI after the Islamabad sit-in and a large public gatherings hosted by the cricketer-turned politician, a controversy over airdropping of pamphlets seeking votes for government-backed Javed Hashmi on Wednesday after the end of campaigning added to the interest in the close contest.

According to sources, Regional Election Commissioner Ghulam Israr Khan took notice of the matter and brought it to the notice of the Provincial Election Commission. However, arrangements made by the PEC for today’s polling for NA-149 seat remained unaffected.

Bara suicide blast leaves seven dead

Ibrahim Shinwari

LANDI KOTAL: Seven members of a pro-government group were killed and 13 others injured in a suicide attack in a remote area of Bara in Khyber Agency on Wednesday, sources said.

They said that a young boy detonated his explosive vest in Pir Mela area where some activists of the Tauheedul Islam group had gathered. The attack was carried out at around 8am and it is pertinent to mention that a large number of shoppers visit the Pir Mela market in the morning.

Govt, opposition to seek time for CEC’s appointment

Amir Wasim

ISLAMABAD: The government and the main opposition PPP agreed on Wednesday to seek more time from the Supreme Court for nominating a permanent chief election commissioner (CEC).

The understanding was reached during a telephonic conversation between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly, Khurshid Ahmed Shah, a day after the apex court hearing a case about delay in the local government elections directed the government to fill the post by Oct 28.

Cabinet reshuffle on the cards?

Khawar Ghumman

ISLAMABAD: The Prime Minister’s Office is busy conducting a ministerial performance audit ahead of an expected reshuffle and possible expansion of the federal cabinet.

The buzz at the PM’s Office these days, according to a senior government functionary privy to the exercise, is the implementation of a specially-prepared template to evaluate ministers’ performance.

US informed about concerns over border tensions

Anwar Iqbal

WASHINGTON: Pakistan has informed the US administration about its concerns over current tensions along the Line of Control in Kashmir and on the working boundary with India, says the country’s ambassador.

“We have been unable to comprehend the Indian provocative strategy to generate tension on the LoC and the working boundary,” said Ambassador Jalil Abbas Jilani, while talking to Dawn.

US, allies step up air strikes to halt IS advance

Reuters

MURSITPINAR: The United States and its allies have dramatically stepped up air strikes in recent days near the Syrian town of Kobane, where Kurdish defenders say they have given Americans the target coordinates to try to halt an assault by Islamic State (IS) group.

The US-led military coalition said it had bombed IS targets in and around Kobane nearly 40 times in the space of 48 hours, around triple the pace of last week.

Ebola ‘most serious’ health emergency in years: world leaders

AFP

LONDON: The Ebola epidemic is “the most serious international public health emergency in recent years,” British, US, French, German and Italian leaders agreed in a conference call on Wednesday.

A 75-minute video conference call between British Prime Minister David Cameron, French President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and US President Barack Obama focused on cooperation to fight the outbreak, a spokesman for Mr Cameron said.

Australia’s Flanagan wins Man Booker prize

Reuters

LONDON: Australian novelist Richard Flanagan has said that before winning the prestigious Man Booker prize for literature on Tuesday he had considered becoming a miner because he found it difficult to make a living at his craft.

Mr Flanagan, 53, won the prestigious $79,530 prize for his novel ‘The Narrow Road to the Deep North’, set during the building of the Thailand-Burma ‘Death Railway’ in World War Two.

Exit polls indicate BJP victory in Haryana, Maharashtra elections

The Newspaper’s Correspondent

NEW DELHI: Two more Indian states — Haryana and Maharashtra, this time — went to polls on Wednesday and both, according to the standard analysis by the local media on such occasions, are a key test for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s popularity.

It is another matter that the country has had several state polls and by-elections since Mr Modi’s resounding victory in May and, as such, continued to replenish his jingoistic zeal. In both state polls where he campaigned hard, unlike the in-between ones in which he fared poorly, it was Pakistan, and not so much his domestic political opponents that was in Mr Modi’s crosshairs.

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