SHC accepts plea against Sindh excise minister for holding ‘fake degree’
KARACHI: The Sindh High Court on Wednesday accepted a petition for hearing against Sindh Excise and Taxation Minister Mukesh Kumar Chawla for allegedly holding a fake degree, ARY News reported.
While declaring the petition maintainable, the court issued notices to respondents and sought their replies.
The petitioner claimed in his plea that Chawla acquired educational degrees of Mukesh Kumar Bansari, hailing from Sajawal.
In 2010, the Hyderabad Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education had officially confirmed to the University of Sindh that no person by the name of Mukesh Kumar Chawla, who was also PPP’s provincial minister for excise and taxation at that time, has passed class X and XII examinations held by the board.
The board said in response to the university’s queries about Mr Chawla’s certificates that one Mukesh Kumar Bansari did appear in matriculation and intermediate examinations and Mr Chawla’s particulars sent for verification matched with his.
The verification was conducted after a man named Jai Kumar had challenged Mukesh Kumar Chawla’s election as member of provincial assembly and sent a formal complaint to the Supreme Court, requesting it to take suo motu action.
Mr Jai Kumar argued that Chawla’s matriculation, intermediate and BA degree certificates were fake, forged and tampered with. Mr Chawla was elected MPA on a reserved seat for minorities on a PPP ticket.
Tsonga walks down memory lane before facing Djokovic
MELBOURNE: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga says the good memories are flooding back as he prepares to take on Novak Djokovic Thursday in a blockbuster Australian Open second-round clash — a rematch of their 2008 final.
Eleven years on he recalls his breakthrough Grand Slam fondly — ranked 38 he beat ninth seed Andy Murray in the first round and romped past number two Rafael Nadal in straight sets in the semi-final, gaining a huge band of new fans along the way.
Djokovic won the decider for his maiden major title but it doesn’t detract from Tsonga’s memories.
“It was great. The stadium was full. A lot of Serbians of course, but also a lot of French and a lot of Australians,” Tsonga recalled.
“That was a good final, so I have good memories. Of course for me, it was disappointing to lose. But anyway, it was good memories.”
It is surprising that the Frenchman has never won a Grand Slam or even reached another major final, given a career that has gleaned 16 ATP Tour titles, a number five world ranking and more than $21 million in prize money.
“When you come from nowhere, nobody expects you to play that good and everybody’s cheering for you. You’re new,” he said on the ATP website of the 2008 clash, but added that expectations quickly changed.
“All the people say: ‘OK, now you’re the best or one of the best’, and you have to be the best all the time, which is not easy to deal with, of course.”
– ‘I’m back in 2008’ –
Tsonga is on the comeback trail after missing seven months of the 2018 seaso ...
‘Baptism by Fire’ ~
Beams of late afternoon sunlight breaking through the innumerable branches of Pine Valley in Tasmania. This image is a re-edit of the previous version that I did back in May, which I have grown quite a strong distaste for: I think it’s important to always critique your own work and see what you can do better, because in the end it means a higher quality end result. So consider this an update in my progress! Hope you all enjoy!
A beautiful early morning moment.
The Glen Innes Highlands.
Photo by @coloursongrey
Forecast for Thursday 17th January in the Glen Innes Highlands includes a maximum temperature of 35 and a minimum of 15. The day should be hot and sunny with a minimal chance of rain.
Clarence Valley country stretches from the rocky rolling hills of the hinterland, down through cattle and cane country, to the coast. 🏞️🌾 🌊
The traditional custodians of these lands are the Bundjalung, Gumbaingirr and Yaegl peoples. Their stories have flowed down the Clarence River for tens of thousands of years, and continue to do so. ❤️
Thanks @didgeridoodreaming and
@hayleytalbot for sharing these photos 🙌. #myclarencevalley#newsouthwales#seeaustralia
New Pro League designed to raise hockey’s profile
LAUSANNE: Hockey hopes to begin a new era on Saturday when Spain and Belgium kick off its ambitious annual Pro League, a new competition which aims to transform the sport and reduce its dependence on the Olympic Games for exposure.
The league will feature nine national teams in the men’s and women’s competitions, playing each other home and away over a six-month period followed by semi-finals and a final.
It is a bold move for an amateur sport but Thierry Weil, the International Hockey Federation (FIH) chief executive, told Reuters in an interview it would offer top-level international hockey outside the World Cup and Olympic years.
“There was a little bit of a wake-up call from the IOC in 2014 in relation to hockey, based on attendances and figures during the Olympic games,” said the Frenchman, who worked as marketing director at global soccer body FIFA for nine years.
“From then onwards, the FIH has been developing this hockey revolution.”
Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Germany, Britain, the Netherlands and New Zealand will play in the men’s and women’s leagues with Pakistan and Spain completing the lineup in the men’s and China and the U.S. in the women’s.
India, eight-times men’s Olympic champions, are not taking part, having pulled out 18 months ago as the federation did not believe it would benefit the women’s team and did not want only the men’s team to take part. Weil said they would join in 2021.
“We must continue to be a role model and a good federation within the Olympic movement,” he added. “But we also n ...
Common Starling (Sturnus Bulgaria). Not so common anymore except in country towns.
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Indian soldiers being duped by fake female accounts on social media
NEW DELHI: An Indian soldier was duped with a fake social media account, and made to release sensitive information to the Facebook account operator, which he believed was a female, CNN reported.
Sombir Singh, 22, was stationed near the India-Pakistan border when he struck up an intimate online relationship with an account he believed to be operated by an Indian army medical officer. Over the course of a year, the soldier revealed sensitive information, including troop and tank movements to his fake lover. “He was honey-trapped via Facebook from a lady,” Umesh Mishra, additional director general of police (intelligence) for the Rajasthan Police, told CNN.
The pair shared erotic and intimate messages, as well as explicit photographs, according to officials. The account, which still appears to be active, was created under the name Anika Chopra. The profile picture shows a woman wearing a green sari. The low-ranking soldier had received money via his brother’s account from his online lover, Rajesh Meena, superintendent of police, State Special Branch, Rajasthan Police, said while speaking to CNN.
“She started getting confidential information about the army in lieu of which he received money,” Mishra said. Singh was arrested Friday and, if convicted, faces up to three years in prison under the country’s Official Secrets Act.
Mishra said the Indian army was monitoring the online activities of soldiers, and that this surveillance had raised the red flag in the case of Singh. “ ...
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Chow down on a delicious burger and shake for only $10 every Thursday night! Bookings are essential.
Facing the ocean 🌊 - -
I thought this pic would be representative for the first one in Australia. Alone facing the fascinating sea. - -
I’m having the time of my life here. Everyone is so friendly, laid back and welcoming. It is that much relaxing that when you sit down for a minute, you don’t want to get up again and just chill where you are until you realise you have other things to do 😁
I’m trying to find a job and a house now but just been going to gym and the beach for the past 6 days 😂
The year (2018) was quite an adventurous year for me. The energy in me was just crazy. It was all about embracing nature and the outdoors while capturing memories and creating content through photography. As for this year (2019), it's all about taking it a notch higher by trying out new experiences and interests, from the mountains to the seas. I look forward to more travels and exciting adventures.
In all the seriousness that surrounds us. Just remember you're allowed to be stupid and laugh too 😝
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That light. Those dolphins. I see these beautiful creatures most days here in the Bay, yet I’m always as excited as the first time I saw them. Does anyone else feel this way? 🐬
Epic shot in Byron Bay by 📸 @aero.aus