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Despite Donald Trump’s stand, some leaders now support NFL players kneeling during national anthem


June 15, 2020

In 2016, former quarterback Colin Kaepernick started sitting and then kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality against African Americans. It cost him his NFL career. In his 2018 Senate campaign against Republican incumbent Ted Cruz, former Rep. Beto O’Rourke, the El Paso Democrat, said there “was nothing more American” than the right of NFL players to protest against inequities …

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Punjab govt urged to enhance social media presence


June 15, 2020

LAHORE: The Punjab University Institute of Administrative Sciences has carried out a research stressing the government to increase its social media presence for citizens’ online participation in its various programmes. The research titled “Can government’s presence on social media stimulate citizens’ online political participation — investigating the influence of transparency, trust, and responsiveness — was conducted by collecting feedback from …

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Crunched in the middle


June 15, 2020

  The distressed people of Pakistan will need to act smartly, learn to live with less, find constructive channels to vent their frustrations and revive family/community bonds to save and sustain their households. The PTI’s budget announced on June 12 did little to provide financial relief or instil hope in ordinary families. Many Pakistanis find the stress to provide for …

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Uncertainties and aspirations


June 15, 2020

“Uncertainty” was perhaps the best description by Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh of the next year’s federal budget. He had valid reasons. But this corresponded well with the usual criticism of an “unrealistic” budget with “ambitious” targets. To begin with, the budget seeks to increase the Federal Board of Revenue’s (FBR) tax collection by almost Rs1.06 trillion or 27 per cent …

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KP politicians, traders flay govt over ‘anti-people’ budget


June 15, 2020

PESHAWAR: The traders and politicians claimed on Sunday that federal budget disappointed people, who were already battered by price hike. Awami National Party central general secretary Mian Iftikhar Hussain, Qaumi Watan Party provincial chairman Sikandar Hayat Khan Sherpao and Markazi Tanzeem Tajiran president Malik Meher Ilahi in their separate statements said that government did not announce any relief for the …

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Bureaucracy blamed for petrol shortage


June 15, 2020

ISLAMABAD: Oil companies and refineries have blamed the bureaucracy for current petrol shortage in the country, saying the indecision regarding import as well as enhancing local petrol production led to the current situation. The Oil Companies Advisory Council (OCAC) on Sunday said that a “disinformation campaign and maligning of refineries and oil marketing companies (OMCs)” was a matter of serious …

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Gavaskar believes September IPL in Sri Lanka viable option


June 15, 2020

NEW DELHI: Batting legend Sunil Gavaskar said the Indian Premier League (IPL) could be staged in Sri Lanka in September with Australia’s chances of hosting the ICC Twenty20 World Cup in October looking bright. The Twenty20 International showpiece is scheduled to take place from Oct 18 to Nov 19 but had been under threat because of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) …

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Simmons puts his faith in domino theory to build WI morale


June 15, 2020

LONDON: Dominoes may be an unusual way to get ready for cricket but West Indies head coach Phil Simmons believes the traditional Caribbean past time will help his squad’s morale ahead of their behind-closed-doors Test series with England. The West Indies arrived in Manchester last Tuesday and will now spend several weeks at Old Trafford ahead of the first Test …

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Inzamam queries wisdom of naming big squad for England tour


June 15, 2020

LAHORE: Former captain Inzamam-ul-Haq has expressed surprise at the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) selection committee’s decision to pick a big squad for the England tour, fearing that instead of doing good it may backfire. Pakistan chief selector-cum-head coach Misbah-ul-Haq on Friday announced a 29-member playing squad for the three Tests and three T20 Internationals for the tour that officially starts …

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Sohail Tanvir warns players of likely approaches from corrupt elements


June 15, 2020

KARACHI: All-rounder Sohail Tanvir has warned his fellow Pakistan players to watch out for bookies and corrupt elements approaching them in the present circumstances due to the excessive use of social media. Talking to a group of journalists in a video conference, the left-arm seamer, however, categorically denied receiving any such offers in his career spanning over a decade. “I …

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