6 Friday, February 2, 2018 Biz Policy on anvil to encourage people bring capital back to country: PM ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Thursday said that the government was considering the formulation of a policy to encourage people bring their capital back to country and invest in productive sectors of economy. The prime minister said this in a meeting with a delegation of Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry headed by its president Ghazanfar Bilour which called on him at Prime ISLAMABAD: Senate Standing Committee on Finance and Revenue Thursday was informed that no discrimination was made against any company regarding rescheduling of loans and that State Bank of Pakistan was not dictating Creating business friendly atmosphere is government priority banks in this regard. Discussing the agenda on discriminatory treatment being meted out with some private companies namely Omni Group, Pale etc, Deputy Governor, Jameel Ahmed told the committee that it was the matter between banks and the borrowers, and the banks were strictly fallowing rules and regulations set by the SBP regarding rescheduling of loans and classification of the borrowers. “We are national institution and so far as rescheduling of loans, I am publicly Minister’s Office. Minister for Commerce and Textile Muhammad Pervez Malik was also present during the meeting, said a PM Office press release. The meeting discussed the Issues relating to various sectors of the economy, ease of doing business, enhancement of country’s export, input costs and taxation. The delegation appreciated the steps taken by the present government especially addressing the law and order, energy crisis and taking the business community and other stakeholders onboard in putting in place a business-friendly environment in the country. Highlighting certain issues faced by the business community, the delegation members presented various proposals aimed at further facilitation of the business community, reducing input costs and taking other necessary measures for boosting confidence of the business community and capitalizing trade potential of the country announcing that the SBP is not dictating any bank against any company,” Jameel added. Representative of Omni Group infomred the committee that there were around 26 companies to which the government was giving extra favor. However, the SBP deputy governor said that he would look into the matter, and if any such extra favor was found he would take action. Chairman of the committee, Senator Saleem H Mandviwala expressing concerns over the matter especially enhancement of trade with international trade partners and organizations. The prime minister welcomed the delegation and congratulated the newly elected office-bearers of the FPCCI. Recounting various measures that have been taken by the government for facilitation of the business community, the prime minister said that the government was actively working on improving ease of doing business in the country. No discrimination against companies regarding rescheduling of loans: SBP FBR collects more than Rs 2 trillion revenues in 7 months ISLAMABAD: Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has collected revenues of over Rs 2 trillion in first seven months of current fiscal year as compared to Rs 1699 billion collected during same period of the previous fiscal year, recording an increase of more than Rs 300 billion. It may be recalled that when the present government took over in 2013, the net revenue collection for the entire year was less than 1.95 trillion, said a statement issued here on Wednesday. According to provisional data, revenue collection during month of January 2018 was also increased by 19 per cent from Rs 228 billion in January 2017 to Rs 272 billion. The increase is despite issuing Rs 3 billion more tax refunds in January, 2018 as compared to refunds issued during the corresponding period of previous fiscal year. Moreover, figures of collection received in the treasuries of the remote areas may further swell the revenue figures. The target for the year has been fixed with an annual increase of around 19% over the previous year. Oil rises as OPEC compliance eclipses boom in US output LONDON: Oil rose on Thursday after a survey showed OPEC’s commitment to its supply cuts remains in place, even as U.S. production topped 10 million barrels per day for the first time since 1970. Brent April crude futures rose 59 cents to $69.48 a barrel by 1438, while NYMEX crude for March delivery also rose 59 cents to $65.32. Brent crude rose by 3.3 percent in January, its strongest start to the year for five years, in line with a broad rise in other risklinked assets such as U.S. equities, which hit record highs last month and marked their biggest January increase since 1997. With investors now pondering which of oil’s current key driving forces will prove dominant -- rising U.S. crude output or OPEC’s adherence to its supply cuts - - the relationship with equities and even the dollar is likely to erode. “I don’t think it’s durable, that suddenly we see oil and the S&P attached at the hip. They have coincidentally done well and it’s profit-taking. But I think their fortunes are going to diverge and this correlation won’t survive the test of time,” said London Capital Group head of research Jasper Lawler. “The other factor is that big $70 level in Brent. That is pretty much the top of the range for most forecasts out there. So again, that’s a price level that gives some pause for thought. I don’t think we should go back to $60 but I think probably $65 seems like a logical area to ... start refocusing on the fundamentals of the market versus general sentiment.” Goldman Sachs raised its three-month forecast for Brent to $75 from $62 and its six-month forecast to $82.50 from $75. OPEC oil output rose in January from eight-month lows as higher output from Nigeria and Saudi Arabia offset declines in Venezuela and strong compliance with the OPEC-led supply pact, according to a Reuters survey. said that if such discrimination continued, then the business of the companies would be closed. Deputy Governor SBP explained that if no interest was being paid by the company within 90 days, then the company was classified as sub standard, whereas if it did not pay the interest in one year then it is classified as loss. Saleem Mandviwala said that there was need to review the rules and regulations of SBP in this regard to further facilitate the businessmen. Egypt keen to promote trade with Pakistan: Envoy ISLAMABAD: Ahmed Fadel Yakoub, Ambassador of Egypt to Pakistan said that his country was keen to promote trade relations with Pakistan as both countries have good potential to do trade in many items with each other. He said given the size of economies of both countries, bilateral trade of around $200 million between Egypt and Pakistan was not reflective of their actual potential and serious efforts from both sides were needed to improve trade volume. Prime Minister Abbasi said that a proposal for reduction of taxes was also under consideration to facilitate the documentation of economy and broadening of the tax base. He said that private sector should play a leading role towards enhancement of the country’s exports. The government would welcome the proposals from the private sector and continue to facilitate the business community in every possible manner, he added. Abdul Basit Abdul Razzak assumes charge as Acting President KCCI KARACHI: Abdul Basit Abdul Razzak, Senior Vice President KCCI has assumed charge as Acting President of the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) during the absence of President KCCI Muffasar Atta Malik who is travelling abroad. Abdul Basit Abdul Razzak has remained associated with the Karachi Chamber since past many years and has dedicatedly served the business and industrial community of Karachi by discharging his services for numerous subcommittees of Karachi Chamber as well prior to becoming the Senior Vice President. While assuming charge as Acting President, Abdul Basit vowed to make all out efforts to resolve the issues being faced by the business community under Businessmen Group’s Policy of ‘Public Service’. Alibaba net profit soars 35pc as Singles Day pays off BEIJING: Chinese e- commerce giant Alibaba Thursday posted a 35 percent surge in net profit in the third quarter, fuelled by a recordbreaking sales bonanza during its annual Singles Day shopping festival. The company said profit jumped to 24.1 billion yuan ($3.7 billion) between October and December, compared to 17.9 billion yuan in the same quarter in 2016.Alibaba runs an annual promotion on November 11 that draws the country's growing consumer class which can buy an array of products at the click of a button on their smartphones. Last year's event recorded 168.2 billion yuan ($25.9 billion) in payments, a 39 percent increase from the 2016 festival. Rivals such as JD.com had also reported brisk business on November 11. "Alibaba had another great quarter driven by the continued strength of the Chinese consumer and the wide and innovative range of services we provide for merchants and consumers," Alibaba chief executive Daniel Zhang said in an earnings report. "We are excited by the continued momentum in new retail, which came to life during another recordbreaking 11.11 Global Shopping Festival," Zhang said. Alibaba, which has made billionaire founder Jack Ma one of China's richest men and a global e-commerce icon, has been on a roll, regularly beating revenue estimates. CORPORATE CORNER PTCL partners with Virtual University for Ignite’s DigiSkills Initiative KARACHI: Dr. Naveed Malik, Rector, Virtual University of Pakistan and Adil Rashid, Chief Digital Services Officer, PTCL signing Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the PM Secretariat today. Honorable Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mr. Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Minister of State for IT & Telecom, Ms Anusha Rehman, President & CEO PTCL Dr. Daniel Ritz and CEO lgnite Mr. Yusuf Hussain also graced the occasion. KARACHI: Ignite, Ministry of IT & Telecom has launched DigiSkills program to impart training of one million workforce comprising of youth, skilled professionals and freelancers. Ignite has awarded DigiSkills training project to Virtual University of Pakistan and PTCL has been selected as partner for this strategic project. DigiSkills program will impart training to one million knowledge resources like youth, freelancers, students, and professionals, who would deliver professionally across the globe and contribute in country’s economic growth. The program aims at, not only developing key specialized skills, but also imparting knowledge about various freelancing and other employment & entrepreneurial opportunities available internationally and locally. Due to limited employment opportunities, it is essential for upcoming workforce to have necessary knowledge and abilities to seize such opportunities to become influential participants in global competitive market for capturing international opportunities across multiple industry segments. Dr Naveed Malik, Rector, Virtual University of Pakistan and Adil Rashid, Chief Digital Services Officer, PTCL signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the PM House today. Dr Naveed Malik, Rector, Virtual University of Pakistan and Adil Rashid, Chief Digital Services Officer, PTCL signing Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the PM Secretariat today. Honorable Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mr. Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Minister of State for IT & Telecom, Ms. Anusha Rahman, President & CEO PTCL Dr. Daniel Ritz and CEO Ignite Mr. Yusuf Hussain also graced the occasion. HBL appoints M Aurangzeb as President and CEO M Aurangzeb is a respected and seasoned banker with more than 30 years of diverse experience with leading global banks in Pakistan and overseas KARACHI: The Board of the Habib Bank Limited (HBL) has approved the appointment of Muhammad Aurangzeb as the President and CEO of HBL, according to a stock exchange filing on Thursday. The letter, however, adds that the appointment is “subject to approval of the Fit and Proper Test by the State Bank of Pakistan.” Aurangzeb is a "respected and seasoned banker with more than 30 years of diverse experience with leading global banks in Pakistan and overseas. " Aurangzeb started his career with Citibank, first in Pakistan and later in New York. He then joined ABN AMRO Bank is a senior leadership role, rising to the position of the Country Manager in Pakistan. He has since held senior level regional and global positions in ABN AMRO Amsterdam, RBS Singapore and since 2011, with JP Morgan, according to HBL. The bank's former president and CEO Nauman Dar retired on December 31. The bank did not specify any reason for his exit. Dar's term at the helm of the country’s largest bankwas marred by a penalty of $225 million that the New York State Department of Financial Services recently imposed on HBL for its non-compliance with risk management and anti-money laundering rules. Pak Qatar Takaful awards first-ever Scholarship to IBA-CEIF student KARACHI: The Managing Director of Pak-Qatar Takaful Group – Mr. Said Gul awarded a Scholarship to AmmarAwais – a student of IBA - Centre of Excellence in Islamic Finance (IBA-CEIF) in Karachi. The Chairman of IBA-CEIF - Dr. Ishrat Husain and other senior management team also graced the ceremony. SEPA gives exemption to 9 types of selected projects KARACHI: As a part of the Government of Sindh’s current focus on moving aggressively to transform the regulatory environment of the province, the SEPA has de-notified the requirement for environmental approval for nine types of projects. These projects are lowimpact environmentally and can now be started without applying for the SEPA’s approval by submitting an Environmental Checklist. KARACHI: Pak - Russia Friendship Society & Whistle Blowers Celebrate an Evening Dedicated to Anton P.Chekhow at Russian Centre for Science and Culture Kaukab Iqbal Chairman Consumers Association of Pakistan was invited as Chief Guest, Renowned TV Artist Shakeel Ahmed, Noor Ul Huda, Nasir R Zaidi, Syed Tariq Shah, Sameer Shamsi was the Guests of Honor. KARACHI: Pak-Qatar Takaful Group (PQTG), Pakistan’s pioneer and largest Takaful Group, recently held a special ceremony to award the first-ever Scholarship to Ammar Awais – highest meritorious student at the Institute of Business Administration -Centre of Excellence in Islamic Finance (IBA-CEIF), Karachi. The Scholarship Cheque was awarded by Managing Director of PQTG - Mr. Said Gul. The Chairman of IBA-CEIF - Dr. Ishrat Husain and other senior management team were also present at the occasion. Pak Qatar Takaful Group is a strategic partner of IBA-CEIF and has collaborated with the institute, nationwide, to support valuable initiatives and academic programmes for nurturing qualified professionals with specialized skills in managing Shari’ah-Compliant financial business models. This Scholarship-awarding ceremony was graced by prominent personalities including: Dr. Ishrat Husain - Former Governor State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) & Chairman of CEIF- IBA. They were also accompanied by the Founding Director of IBA-CEIF - Ahmed Ali Siddiqui, board members of CEIF-IBA and senior management of PQTG. Addressing the graceful ceremony, Dr. Ishrat Husain stated that; “It is always delightful to see the corporate sector supporting the academic programmes and professional training of business managers, with the vision to nurture a highly competitive workforce for a brighter future. Islamic Finance is a promising field that offers a myriad of career opportunities for youth. I would like to congratulate our brilliant student Mr. Ammar Awais for being rewarded with this valuable financial assistance for his specialized training.”
Pakistan clinch third place in Under-19 World Cup C H R I S T C H U R C H : Pakistan secured third place in the ICC Under-19 World Cup after the encounter for the third place against Afghanistan was washed out without a ball being bowled. Pakistan secured the third place as they topped Group D with a better netrun-rate of Afghanistan. Pakistan lost their first game to Afghanistan by five wickets but went on to beat Ireland by nine wickets and Sri Lanka by three wickets. In the quarter final stage, Pakistan beat South Karachi Whites, Lahore blues, Rawalpindi and Peshawar win in National One-Day Cup Dr M. Arif Hafeez Sports Reporter KARACHI: Rawalpindi thrash Lahore Region Whites by 8 wickets to win the BRIGHTO PAINTS PRESENT COOL & COOL National One-Day Cup for Regions 2017-18 third round match played here at Pindi Stadium. Rawalpindi skipper Sohail Tanveer won the toss and opted to field first.Lahore Whites were cleaned up for 190 in 48.1 overs. M Mohsin was top scorer with 37 while Rizwan Ahmed and Umaid Asif contributed 24 runs each and M Irfan 22.Parttimer Umer Amin , who destroyed Whites batting with his right-arm medium pace bowling.He returned with figure of 3-31 while Yasir Ali captured 3-22 and Sohail Tanveer 2-46. In reply, Rawalpindi achieved the target in 35.2 overs. It was Umer Amin’s day, Umer scored matchwinning unbeaten 84 off 100 balls with the help of 14 boundaries while Iftikhar Ahmed slammed unbeaten 59. M Aftab took 1-14. At the Diamond Ground, Islamabad had to taste third defeat of the tournament, as Lahore Blues hammered them by 7 wickets. Skipper Shan Masood hammered unbeaten 128 off 137 balls, studded with 11 fours and 1 six to help Islamabad post 254- 5 on the board. Besides skipper, Shahid Yousaf made 44 and Faizan Riaz 43. Aizaz Cheema took 2- 58. Lahore Blues replied strongly and achieved the target in 48.5 overs losing 3 wickets. Skipper M Saad batted brilliantly and gathered unbeaten 100 runs smashing 7 fours and 1 six while Waqas Saleem contributed 62. At National Ground, Karachi Whites taught a KARACHI: Chief Guest Asif Azeem gave Award to Sameer Ahmed on the occasion of Billal Bhaty inter school and College cricket tournament, Shahid Nawab also present. No Federer, no Nadal, no Djokovic but plenty at stake in Davis Cup PARIS: Just five days after the conclusion of the Australian Open, tennis shifted its attention to the Davis Cup this weekend. France is the defending champions and started their campaign at home to the Netherlands while the United States, the record 32-time champions, traveled to Serbia. AFP Sports looks at five key aspects of the first round ties which take place from Friday to Sunday: The sport’s ‘big five’ are all missing from this week’s first round. Australian Open champion Roger Federer and injured compatriot Stan Wawrinka, key men in Switzerland’s 2014 title success, miss the trip to Kazakhstan. Also nursing injuries are Novak Djokovic, who sits out Serbia’s home tie with the US while Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray miss the clash between Spain and Britain. However, world number three Marin Cilic, the runner-up to Federer in Melbourne, leads Croatia’s challenge at home to Canada. Cilic can equal Ivan Ljubicic’s record for most Davis Cup matchwins by a Croatian player if he wins three rubbers this weekend. He has a 33- 16 win-loss record in doubles and singles. Hungary face 2017 runners-up Belgium looking to reach the World Group quarter-finals for the first time and record their best Davis Cup result. The Hungarians have won nine of their last 10 ties with successive promotions in 2014-15, rising from Europe/Africa Zone Group III to Group I by 2016, before winning promotion to the World Group last year. Russell to return after doping ban CAPE TOWN: West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell already has a pretty full dance card despite spending the last year on the sidelines. Russell was hit with a one-year ban in 2017 for multiple incidents of failing to make his whereabouts known to anti-doping officials. He will turn out for Jamaica in the West Indies Cricket Board's Regional Super50 competition which is their List A competition. First on the agenda will be a match against the Leeward Islands on Friday in Antigua. Despite his ban Russell was retained by the IPL franchise the Kolkata Knight Riders along with his compatriot Sunil Narine. The Knight Riders forked out over a million dollars in order to retain the man who made headlines when he used a black bat in Big Bash 6. Russell has committed to completing the Regional Super50 competition before heading to the UAE to turn out in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) for Islamabad United. The all-rounder made himself unavailable for the West Indies Cricket World Cup qualifier campaign in Zimbabwe which clashes with the PSL. It is understood that the selectors support Russell's decision and will consider him for ODI and T20I selection once he proves his match fitness. Russell has not played an ODI since 2015 but is a sought after talent in T20 leagues around the world. The 29-year-old has turned out in the IPL, PSL, BBL, the Bangladesh Premier League and England's T20 Blast during his career. cricketing lesson to Fata, as they crushed them by massive 10 wickets. Batting first, Fata were bundled out for 120 in 34 overs. At Arbab Niaz Satdium, Peshawar, Faisalabad suffered their first defeat at the hands of Peshawar Region. Faisalabad were all out for 248. In reply , helped by Sahibzada Farhan, who scored matchwinning 72, Peshawar Region achieved the target in 49.1 overs losing 6 wickets. Adil Amin scored 53 not out and skipper M Rizwan 49. Asad Raza took 2-61. Tottenham stun United as Chelsea crash to Bournemouth LONDON: Tottenham´s Christian Eriksen scored within 11 seconds to overshadow Alexis Sanchez´s Premier League debut for Manchester United, while Chelsea crashed to a 3-0 defeat by Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge. Manchester City ignored the carnage around them to march serenely on, widening their lead to an enormous 15 points with a 3-0 victory at home to West Brom with just 13 games still to play. The build-up to Wednesday´s matches was dominated by late moves in the transfer window but Spurs ensured the focus switched back to the pitch immediately, stunning Jose Mourinho´s men with a performance full of attacking verve in a 2-0 win. Chelsea, who earlier announced the signing of Olivier Giroud from Arsenal, conceded three second-half goals while Theo Walcott scored twice for his new club Everton in a 2-1 win against Leicester. Sports Reporter K A R A C H I : Mohammad Irfan scored five goals in two Metroville Star FC matches – once braced and then scored a hat-trick as the team registered two victories against Young Muslim Football Club in the fifth round of the ongoing Leisure Leagues Karachi Youth Initiative Football Tournament here at Khyber-Muslim Football Ground. In the first match of the two-match tie, Metroville Star recorded 2-0 victory thanks to Irfan, who scored both the goals. In the second match, Irfan recorded a brilliant hat-trick to help his team record a 4-0 victory. Zainul Abideen scored the fourth goal for the winners. Metroville Star was also Africa by three wickets. The green shirts were knocked out of the running for the finals as they were beaten by India in the semifinal by 203 runs. Meanwhile, Afghanistan started their campaign on a winning note by beating Pakistan by five wickets. They defeated Sri Lanka by 32 runs under the duckworth-lewis method and suffered a four-wicket loss to Ireland. Afghanistan knocked out the hosts in the quarter finals after winning by 202 runs but lost the semifinals to Australia by six wickets. SJAL officebearers elected unopposed Sports Reporter KARACHI: The Sports Journalists Association of Lahore (SJAL) general council meeting was held yesterday in which all the officebearers of the body were elected unopposed for the next one-year term. Aqeel Ahmad and Chaudhry M Ashraf were elected president and secretary while the body unanimously elected Ehtesham-ul-Haq as treasurer. SJAL election commissioners Sarfraz Ahmad and Farrukh Atta Butt uttered all the office-bearers names during the general council meeting, and the entire house approved the same body for the next tenure. Other elected office-bearers were Zahid Maqsood (chairman), Shahzad Malik (senior vice president, Afzaal Ch and Ijaz Sheikh (vice presidents), Hafiz Shahbaz (joint secretary), Sana Ullah Khan (associate secretary) and Azhar Masood (information secretary). Sports Reporter KARACHI: Qatar’s preparations for the 2022 soccer World Cup are fully on track after a boycott by its Gulf neighbours briefly disrupted fixed supply lines last year, HE the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of the State of Qatar Sheikh Mohamed Bin Abdulrahman Al Thani said in an interview during the World Economic Forum in Davos. Sheikh Mohamed Said Qatar’s economy was now growing much faster than anticipated and the huge gas exporter was well prepared to withstand the crisis in relations with its neighbours. He also said Qatar was still counting on strong support from US President Donald Trump to help solve adjudged last week’s best team of the group. M e a n w h i l e , Mohammad Hakeem scored two goals for his team Hazara United’s 2-0 triumph against Ghousia Football Club here at 16- Star Football Ground. DUBAI: Former Pakistani cricket team captain Shoaib Malik is celebrating his 36th birthday today and wife Sania Mirza has a perfect wish for him. Shoaib and Sania’s marriage was the most talked about affair of 2010 as the tennis player belonged to India and Shoaib belonged to Pakistan. However, the couple tied the knot in 2010 and still is going strong and is one of the most followed and loved sports couple of Asia. Sania took twitter to wish her husband with the sweetest message along with the most adoring picture of the couple together all dressed in white. Shoaib also received greetings from his fellow team members and his juniors from the Pakistan cricket team. Suresh Raina, an Indian cricketer and a close friend of Sania and Shoaib and Indian filmmaker Farah Khan also wished the cricketer. Friday, February 2, 2018 Sportlight 7 Sania Mirza posts sweetest birthday wish for hubby Shoaib Malik IOC Statement on CAS decision the crisis and had filed legal complaints with Western regulators against the currency and market manipulations by its neighbours. “We are confident we will host the best World Cup in theArab world.It will represent the whole Arab region” His Excellency said. “The Government has already overcome the disruptions which happened to supplies at the beginning of the crisis and we have introduced alternative routes.There is no disruption at the moment” he said, adding he had heard no signals from FIFA that it was planning to change thevenue of the World Cup. Sheikh Mohammed Said the crisis was negatively affecting security coordination across the entire Gulf Sports Reporter KARACHI: The IOC has taken note of the CAS decision, with satisfaction on the one hand and disappointment on the other. On the one hand, the confirmation of the Anti- Doping Rule Violations for 11 athletes because of the manipulation of their samples clearly demonstrates once more the existence of the systemic manipulation of the anti-doping system at the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014. On the other hand, the IOC regrets very much that according to the CAS press release the panels did not take this proven existence of the systemic manipulation of the anti-doping system into consideration for the other 28 cases. The CAS required an even higher threshold on the necessary level of evidence than the Oswald Commission and former CAS decisions. This may have a serious impact on the future fight against doping. Therefore, the IOC will analyse the reasoned decisions very carefully once they are available and consider consequences, including an appeal to the Swiss Federal Tribunal. With regard to the participation of athletes from Russia at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, the decision of the IOC region. “This undermines our collective effort in combating terrorism.Our officers are not allowed to go to the (US) Fifth Fleet, their (Saudi and UAE) officers’ seats are vacant in Doha while their flags are there” he said referring to the US Navy in the Gulf and the US base near Doha. “When President (Donald Trump) spoke to the Emir (His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani) last week he stressed this point and he said that he wants to help in solving the crisis”. But when one of the parties is unwilling to engage then it will be difficult We don’t see yet a willingness from their side as we are seeing the escalation and the provocation from time to Later in the second tie between the two sides, Hazara United registered their second win against Ghousia FC by 1-0 score with Abbas Ali being the scorer this time. The four matches played were among the one hundred matches played at five different venues namely Gabol Park (South District), 16-Star Football Ground (District Central), Ansar Union Football Stadium (District East), Mohammadi Stadium (District Malir) and Executive Board (EB) of 5 December 2017 remains in place. It makes it clear that, since the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) is suspended, Russian athletes can participate in PyeongChang only on invitation by the IOC. The result of the CAS decision does not mean that athletes from the group of 28 will be invited to the Games. Not being sanctioned does not automatically confer the privilege of an invitation. In this context, it is also important to note that, in his press conference, the CAS Secretary General insisted that the CAS decision "does not mean that these 28 athletes are declared innocent”. Qatar World Cup on Track despite boycott time is ongoing” said Sheikh Mohammed. Qatar filed a complaint to the United Nations about violation of its airspace in December by and Emirati military aircraft and Qatar’s central bank had also filed legal complaints with Western regulators regarding manipulations of its currency, Sheikh Mohammed Said. “The information we had that there is something wrong being committed within our financial markets and these complaints are taking their due process and there are legal steps Qatar is taking” he said. HE the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister said one of his main worries was a direct conflict between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Irfan scores five in Metroville Star FC two triumphs in Leisure Leagues Karachi Youth Initiative Football Khyber-Muslim Football Stadium (District West) on Saturday and Sunday. At Lyari’s Gabol Park, Lyari Academy’s Mohammad Noman scored one goal in the first match and two goals in the second match to give his team 1-0 and 2-0 victory against Mushtaq Academy. Twenty teams are equally divided into two groups – Group A and Group B and are playing two matches against one another on home and away basis against other teams in their respective groups. According to Leisure Leagues rule book, a league cannot have more than ten teams. Therefore, the twenty teams playing at one venue have been divided into two groups of ten teams each.