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BCCI has banned me without any evidence: Asad Rauf
ISLAMABAD, Feb 12 (APP): Pakistan umpire Asad Rauf Friday hit out at the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for imposing a five-year ban on him for corruption, saying that the Indian Board did not have any evidence to pronounce him guilty. "What authority does the BCCI or IPL have to ban me when the court in Mumbai told the police they had no evidence against me," Rauf asked.

 
World Champion Asif gearing up to regain National Snooker crown
KARACHI, Feb. 12 (APP)- Former IBSF World Amateur Snooker Champion Muhammad Asif was gearing-up to regain his crown in the 41st edition of National Snooker Championship which break-off here from February 15. "Yes I am fully ready to regain my crown after last winning it in 2012," country's premier cueist told APP in an interview on Friday as he prepared to travel to Karachi from Faisalabad to figure in prestigious national event.

 
Zeeshan/Saif steers Pakistan 5th spot in ICC U19 CWC
KARACHI, Feb. 12 (APP)- Pakistan ended its campaign in the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup on a winning note, defeating England by seven wickets in Fatullah on Friday to finish fifth in the 16-nation tournament. Batting duo of opener Zeeshan  Malik and Saif Badar starred in their team's triumph with sizzling batting.

 
TDCP Cholistan Jeep Rally starts
BAHAWALPUR, Feb 12 (APP): Tourism Development Corporation of Punjab (TDCP) 11th Cholistan jeep rally has started here Friday. A total of 80 vehicles have got registered in 8 different categories. Two female drivers are also participating in the event. Qualifying round of the rally will be held on Saturday.

 
2nd National Twenty20 Blind Cricket from Feb 15: Secretary PCoBC
PESHAWAR, Feb 12 (APP): To express solidarity with the martyred of Army Public School, the Peshawar Club of Blind Cricket has decided to hold the second edition of the National Twenty20 Cricket Championship to be played from February 15-18, 2016 here at Arbab Niaz Cricket Stadium. This was stated by Habib Ullah Khan, Secretary General Peshawar Club of Blind Cricket while talking to APP here on Friday. He said all arrangements in this connection have already been finalized. He said team from Peshawar, Abbottabad, Okara and Islamabad will take part in the three-day event with the aim to pay rich tribute to the martyrs of APS.

 
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Establishing Palestinian State next to Israel long overdue: UN chief PDF Print E-mail
UNITED NATIONS, Nov 30 (APP): Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has led a chorus of UN officials in stressing the need for a just and lasting solution to the question of Palestine and achieving a comprehensive peace in the Middle East. “The establishment of a Palestinian State, living in peace next to a secure Israel, is long overdue,” Mr. Ban said, in a message marking the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, which is observed annually on 29 November. “The need to resolve this conflict has taken on greater urgency with the historic transformations taking place across the region,” he added.
“I call on the Israeli and Palestinian leadership to show courage and determination to seek an agreement for a two-State solution that can open up a brighter future for Palestinian and Israeli children.”
The need to resolve this conflict has taken on greater urgency with the historic transformations taking place across the region.
Two months ago Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas submitted Palestine’s application for UN membership.
Mr. Ban noted that while this is a matter for Member States to decide, it is vital to not lose sight of the ultimate goal of reaching a negotiated peace agreement on all final status issues, including borders, security, Jerusalem and refugees.
Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro called for translating solidarity into positive action as she addressed UN Headquarters’ observance of the Day, which also featured remarks by a number of senior UN officials.
“The international community must help steer the situation towards a historic peace agreement,” she told the meeting.
“Failing to overcome mistrust will only condemn further generations of Palestinians and Israelis to conflict and suffering.”
General Assembly President Nasser Abdulaziz Al-Nasser told the gathering that everything must be done to alleviate the daily suffering of the Palestinian people.
“The situation on the ground is a source of great concern,” he said.
Israeli construction of settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory has continued, especially in and around East Jerusalem and in Area C of the West Bank, he noted.
Area C refers to the over 60 per cent of the West Bank where Israel retains control over security, planning and building.
“Properties continue to be demolished, land continues to be confiscated and Palestinians continue to be evicted from their homes, in violation of international law and in defiance of international efforts to revive negotiations between the two sides,” said Mr. Al-Nasser, stressing the need to work collectively to attain a just and comprehensive settlement in the Middle East.
The Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories, Richard Falk, used the occasion of the Day to call urgent attention to the plight of the Palestinian Bedouin people of the West Bank.
“The recent unprecedented pressure by Israeli authorities and settlers to expel Palestinian Bedouin communities from Area C is deplorable, illegal and must cease,” Mr. Falk said in a news release.
In recent months, approximately 2,300 Bedouins who reside in 20 impoverished communities in the hills east of Jerusalem have been informed by the Israeli authorities that they must leave the area, as part of a plan to expel Bedouin communities living in Area C.
“The proposed transfer of Bedouin communities raises a number of concerns under human rights law, especially with respect to forced eviction and forced displacement,” noted the rapporteur.
In connection with the Day, a photo exhibit entitled “Palestinian Vista” will be open today at UN Headquarters in New York, featuring paintings by Ibrahim Shalaby, a Canadian-Palestinian architect and artist born in Jordan.
The exhibit will also feature ceramics and textiles presented by Farah and Hanan Munayyer, the co-founders of the Palestinian Heritage Foundation - a cultural and educational organization aimed at promoting awareness and understanding of Arab and Palestinian culture and traditions.
Also today, the Assembly began its annual debate on the question of Palestine, during which Al-Nasser stated that the 193-member body has a “special responsibility” to renew and reaffirm its commitment to finding a just and lasting solution to the question of Palestine.
“It is my conviction that the General Assembly has a role to play,” he stated, citing the need to work together to achieve a peace settlement that results in two viable, sovereign and independent States, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security within recognized pre-1967 borders.
“Therefore, we should all work together to be able to receive, as soon as possible, Palestine as a new member of our Organization. I will not spare any effort in this direction.”
 
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