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New Zealand strengthens border security with new travel requirements

New Zealand has announced new travel requirements to better screen those visiting the country. NZ’s immigration bureau will implement a new tourism entry approval process that involves an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) form as well as a new tax named the International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL).
According to the New Zealand Immigration website, ETA aims to “improve the way travellers are assessed before they arrive in New Zealand.” The new regulation also aims to hasten border clearance and strengthen border security.
Meanwhile, the IVL is “a way for travellers to contribute directly to the tourism infrastructure they use and to help protect and enhance the natural environment they will enjoy during their stay in New Zealand,” according to the website.The following types of visitors must now request an ETA before traveling to New Zealand:Those visiting or in transit from a visa waiver country — that is, a country whose passport holders do not need to get a visa before they arrive in New Zealand If you’re traveling on a passport from a visa waiver country or a transit visa waiver country and you will be in transit through Auckland International Airport Cruise ship passengers, regardless of your nationality Permanent residents of Australia.However, there are people that no longer need to apply for this type of visa, which are:

Travellers who already hold a valid New Zealand visa,Those who are New Zealand citizens traveling on a New Zealand passport, or a foreign passport with an endorsement — for example, to say you are a permanent resident or citizen of New Zealand Australian citizens traveling on an Australian passport.This new requirements take effect on October 1. The government recommends requesting an ETA well in advance of a trip to New Zealand, as it can take up to 72 hours to approve applications.

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FM Qureshi arrives in China on three-day visit

ISLAMABAD : Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi reached China on a three-day visit on Monday. The foreign minister will attend the first Pakistan-China Foreign Ministers’ Strategic Dialogue during his visit, Radio Pakistan reported.
The foreign minister will attend the first Pakistan-China Foreign Ministers’ Strategic Dialogue during his visit, Radio Pakistan reported.Chinese envoy Mr. Yao Jing, Ambassador to China Masood Khalid and other embassy officials welcomed FM Qureshi upon his arrival.A Foreign Office (FO) statement said both sides will hold comprehensive discussions on the entire range of bilateral relations, including China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and also discuss regional situation and cooperation at multilateral forums.During the visit, FM Qureshi will address the Political Parties Forum on CPEC and participate in the ruling parties’ dialogue between Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and the Communist Party of China.The foreign minister will also call on the Chinese leadership.In a video message, the Qureshi said that China is a time tested friend of Pakistan and supported Islamabad at every critical time.‘NZ attack grim reminder of Islamophobia sweeping the world’Time has come to hold consultations with China and make a joint strategy for the future, the foreign minister went on to add.FM Qureshis visit is of high importance in the current political scenario.

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New gun laws will make New Zealand safer after mosque massacre, says PM Ardern

CHRISTCHURCH: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday she would announce new gun laws within days, after 50 people were killed in mass shootings at two mosques in the city of Christchurch.

Tarrant was remanded without a plea and is due back in court on April 5 where police said he was likely to face more charges.Fifty people were killed and dozens wounded at two mosques in Christchurch on Friday.Gun City owner David Tipple said the alleged gunman bought four weapons and ammunition between December 2017 and March 2018.“The MSSA, military-style automatic, reportedly used by the alleged gunman was not purchased from Gun City.Gun City did not sell him an MSSA, only A-category firearms,” Tipple told a new conference in Christchurch.Under New Zealand gun laws, A-category weapons can be semi-automatic but limited to seven shots.
Video of a gunman in one mosque showed a semi-automatic with a large magazine round.Tipple said the online purchases followed a police-verified online mail-order process and A-category firearms were bought in three or four purchases.“We detected nothing extraordinary about the license holder. He was a brand new purchaser, with a brand new license,” he said.Tightening New Zealand’s gun laws was at the top of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s agenda as she met with her cabinet on Monday for the first time since the massacre.The shock of the attacks has led to calls for an immediate tightening of laws to restrict access to some firearms, particularly semi-automatic weapons.“What the public rightly are asking right now is why is it and how is it that you are currently able to buy military style semi-automatic weapons in New Zealand, and that’s the right question to ask,” Ardern told TVNZ earlier on Monday.“There are ways we can bring in affective regulation of firearms that actually target those we need to target and that is our focus.”Gun City owner Tipple said he supported Ardern’s call for gun law reforms as the Christchurch shootings had raised legitimate concerns.New Zealand, a country of only 5 million people, has an estimated 1.5 million firearms. The minimum age for a gun license is 16, and 18 to own a semi-automatic weapon.A Radio New Zealand report, based on police data secured through an Official Information Act request, said more than 99 percent of people who applied for a firearms license in 2017 were successful.A New Zealand standard A-category firearm license is issued after a police and background check.No license is required to buy a large round magazine, which can be illegally modified for use in such a weapon.Only firearm owners are licensed, not weapons, so there is no monitoring of how many weapons a person may possess.
New Zealand’s top online marketplace Trade Me Group said it was halting the sale of semi-automatic weapons in the wake of Friday’s attack.BURIAL Frustration was the first signatory of a national condolence book for the country’s worst mass killing that she opened in the capital Wellington on Monday.
“On behalf of all New Zealanders, we grieve together.
They are us,” she wrote in the book.Deputy Police Commissioner Wally Haumaha said the first body was approved for release on Sunday night, but the family was yet to take the body because another relative was also killed and they wanted to collect them together. He said there would be no burials on Monday.
‘NZ attack grim reminder of Islamophobia sweeping the world’“We’ve been working fairly hard through the night to ensure the process of returning the deceased to their loved ones is taking place expediently,” he said.The burial process, which usually involves washing with three kinds of water, salving wounds and scrubbing skin, would be complicated, volunteers in Christchurch said.
Mo, a volunteer who had flown in from Brisbane to wash the bodies, said the people who died in the mosques were classified as martyrs. That meant there were different views as to whether they would be washed or not because he said Islamic jurisprudence said martyrs are not to be washed as their blood was witness to their martyrdom.“But some people have said because it was not a battlefield it is okay to wash the body. But it is at the discretion of the family,” said Mo.
He asked to be identified by just one name.Death toll of Pakistanis martyred in NZ mosques massacre rises to nineThe two mosques involved in the shootings have been closed since the massacre, but are expected to reopen by Friday prayers after cleansing blessings were carried out, said Haumaha.“This morning we conducted two important blessings at the Deans Avenue mosques and the Linwood mosque,” he said.“This blessing this morning gave them (the Muslim community) huge confidence.We hope to have those premises in place by the end of the week to allow our Muslim community to go back and undertake prayer.

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Scope Real Estate to pump LE150M investments

CAIRO – 17 March 2019: Scope Real Estate Company plans to pump investments worth LE 150 million during the coming period, an official at Scope,The company also signed partnership contracts with Director of Contracting at Al Ahli Club Adly el-Kea’y to become deputy chairman of the company.The contracts were signed by Chairman of Scope Company Mohamed Salama Ghabashi and now-Deputy Chairman of Scope Adly el-Kea’y.
According to the official statement, the company intends to launch new investments in New Cairo and the New Administrative Capital as part of its investment plan.
Chairman of Scope Company Ghabashi said that his company is seeking to implement residential projects that are the first of their kind in terms of spaces and designs as part of its expansion plan in the real estate field.He added that the company owns a number of residential projects (Florence, Acacia, Lagoya, Scala, Maxi, Rosella, Fiori, Mini Compound, Galeria, etc.) with a total number of about 300 units sold at competitive prices and facilities up to 7 years to suit all needs.Ghabashi explained that 2019 is the golden year in the real estate market and the first winner is the buyer, clarifying that this is because many developers and investors have to sell at prices close to the cost price or with a small profit margin to provide investment liquidity.
The chairman of Scope expected the prices of real estate units to increase starting from the beginning of the second half of the year in conjunction with the increase in fuel prices as a result of the cut of fuel subsidies, which mainly causes a rise in the prices of basic building materials.He added that as a result of all these expectations and factors, 2019 is the golden year of residential investment and safe investments, especially after the decline of the dollar and the fall of gold prices.He also stressed that the company’s investment plan includes doubling the current number of its units to hit 600 residential units, in addition to owning a real estate portfolio to help the customers and gain their confidence.

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Veteran cricket coach Altaf Hossain dies

Veteran cricket coach Syed Altaf Hossain breathed his last at his residence in Dhaka on Tuesday evening at the age of 81. Late Altaf was a pioneer of cricket coaching in independent Bangladesh and a recipient of the National Sports Award.
He had been suffering from meningitis.Born in 1938 at Hooghly district of West Bengal, Altaf was a bowling all-rounder in his playing days. He was the first cricketer from erstwhile East Pakistan to be called up for Pakistan national cricket team in 1965, though he did not get a chance to play any match.Late Altaf was a pioneer of cricket coaching in independent Bangladesh and was involved with the national cricket team in many capacities from 1976 to 2001.He retired as cricket coach from National Sports Council in 2006.
Altaf was awarded National Sports Award in 1999 for his contribution in cricket. His first Namaz-e-Janaza will be held at the Hussaini Dalan Mosque, Nazimuddin Road after Zohr prayers today.His second Namaz-e-Janaza will be held at the National Sports Council at 3:30 pm.The Bangladesh Cricket Board expressed its condolence at the death of Syed Altaf Hossain and extended deepest sympathies to his bereaved family.
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Shammi Silva elected president of Sri Lanka Cricket

Shammi Silva has been elected president of Sri Lanka Cricket. Drawing in 83 out of a possible 142 votes Silva, a candidate backed by former president Thilanga Sumathipala, beat Jayantha Dharmadasa, who received 56 votes.
Alongside Silva, other members of the previous executive committee in Mohan de Silva and Ravin Wickremaratne have been voted in again, this time as secretary and vice-president respectively.K Mathivanan also returns as vice president, the only member of the Dharmadasa faction to be elected.The results translate to yet another unhappy election outcome for the brothers Ranatunga.Former World Cup winning captain Arjuna lost out narrowly in the race for vice-president, racking up 72 votes to Wickremaratne’s 82 and Mathivanan’s 80, while the younger Ranatunga, Nishantha, running for the post of secretary, picked up just 43 votes to de Silva’s 96.The end result is a mere shuffling of the same people, with Sumathipala and Dharmadasa the only major players missing out among the office bearers voted in during SLC’s last elections in 2016.
In the race for other positions, Lasantha Wickremasinghe (100 votes) beat Eastman Narangoda (37) to the post of treasurer, while Lalith Rambukwella (92) was voted in ahead of Sanjaya Senarath (42) for assistant treasurer. Chrishantha Kapuwatha (94) was voted in assistant secretary ahead of Hirantha Perera (44).
In the preceding weeks both de Silva, who was set to run for president, and Wickremaratne, who was up for the post of secretary, had been banned by an election appeals committee after being adjudged to have violated Sri Lanka’s Sports Law, which as per a 2016 amendment prevents any previous office bearer of a national sports body which had been dissolved by government from contesting in any future elections. The pair had been part of ousted committees in 2001 and 2005.
In response, de Silva and Wickremaratne challenged the ruling in an appeals court, which was where a loophole was discovered. As it transpired, while de Silva and Wickramaratne had put their names in the hat for multiple positions, the objections filed against them had only referenced some of those posts.
Essentially, this allowed the pair to contest on the condition that it wasn’t for the posts they were banned from.It is unclear who is at fault for these clerical errors, but in any event it left the legal counsel representing the Sports Ministry no choice but to let de Silva and Wickremaratne contest for the posts of secretary and vice president.
The writ petition hearings though are set to continue on 21 March.This turn of events is thought to have swayed voter sentiment.
Until then Silva, a backup candidate to de Silva, was to run for president against Dharmadasa, while the coveted posts of vice president and secretary were set to be run virtually uncontested by those in the Dharmadasa camp – a situation that, had it prevailed, would almost certainly have seen Dharmadasa come out victorious in the presidential stakes.That events panned out in this manner, while unexpected, was not wholly surprising.Thilanga Sumathipala has long been identified as the most powerful force in Sri Lanka Cricket, and despite not contesting this time around, he has continued to cast a wide shadow. Most notably in the strong voting bloc he possesses, which is likely what eventually won Silva the presidential race.
One of the primary election strategies for Dharmadasa and his camp had been to neutralise this threat. Nishantha Ranatunga’s court case against Sumathipala, which eventually led to the latter withdrawing his candidacy, and Dharmadasa’s objection to Mohan de Silva’s candidacy had seemingly achieved this goal successfully.So much so that Dharmadasa had been favourite to take the post right up until the eve of the elections. But that late compromise between Sri Lanka’s Sports Ministry and the previously disqualified pair of de Silva and Wickremaratne reinstating them in the race, gave the Sumathipala-backed faction the numbers they needed.

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Babar continues to top batsmen’s list

DUBAI: India spinner Kuldeep Yadav has moved up one place to take a career-best second position in the ICC Men’s T20I Player Rankings after grabbing 2-26 in the final match against New Zealand which his side lost by four runs to go 2-1 down in the …
The 24-year-old left-arm wrist-spinner accounted for well-set openers Tim Seifert and Colin Munro in the only match he played during the series and reaped immediate dividends.
He is now only behind Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan in the table.Spinners Imad Wasim of Pakistan (up five places to fourth position) and Mitchell Santner of New Zealand (up four places to 10th) have also moved up in the latest rankings update that includes two other series which saw South Africa beat Pakistan and Nepal beat the United Arab Emirates by identical 2-1 margins.Left-arm spinner Krunal Pandya was another spinner to move up as he advanced 39 places to a career-best 58th while India openers Rohit Sharma (up three places to seventh) and Shikhar Dhawan (up one place to 11th) have made progress with some useful knocks.For New Zealand, Kane Williamson (up one place to 12th), Ross Taylor (up seven places to 51st) and Tim Seifert (up 87 places to a career-best 83rd) among batsmen and Tim Southee (up seven places to 30th) among bowlers are some notable gainers.
For South Africa, left-arm fast bowler Beuran Hendricks’s eight wickets against Pakistan have helped him re-enter the rankings at a career-best 81st position while his compatriot Chris Morris has gained seven slots to reach a career-best 21st position after finishing with six wickets. Andile Phehlukwayo has also advanced 15 places to a career-best 23rd position with five wickets.Among their batsmen, Faf du Plessis (up from 20th to 17th) and Reeza Hendricks (up from 73rd to 42nd) have been the main gainers.Pakistan’s Babar Azam continues at the top of the batsmen’s list after scoring 151 runs in the series while Hussain Talat has gained 19 places to reach 56th position after aggregating 98 runs.Shaheen Afridi has moved up 28 places to a career-best 48th position among bowlers.The UAE’s Shaiman Anwar has risen to 15th among batsmen with a gain of two slots while Mohammad Naveed has gained three places to reach 12th position among bowlers.
Nepal’s Paras Khadka has gained five places to reach 90th position while Basant Regmi (up four places) and Sompal Kami (up 22 places) are in joint 70th position among bowlers.In the ICC Men’s T20I Team Rankings, South Africa have overtaken Australia and England to third place while Nepal have overtaken the UAE marginally to be in 14th position even as they come onto the table within a week of similarly crossing the threshold of eight matches and gaining entry in the ODI table.
ICC T20I Team Rankings (as of February 11):-

1. Pakistan 135,

2..India 124,

3. South Africa 118,

4. England 118,

5. Australia 117,

6. New Zealand 116,

7. Windies 101,

8.Afghanistan 92,

9. Sri Lanka 86,

10. Bangladesh 77,

11. Scotland 62,

12.Zimbabwe 55,

13. Netherlands 50,

14. Nepal 43,

15. UAE 43,

16.Hong Kong 42,

17. Oman 39,

18. Ireland 34.

Batsmen (top 10):

1.Babar Azam (Pak) 885,

2. Colin Munro (NZ) 825,

3. Aaron Finch (Aus) 806,

4. Evin Lewis (Win) 751,

5.Glenn Maxwell (Aus) 745,

6. Fakhar Zaman (Pak) 700,

7.Rohit Sharma (Ind) 698,

8. Alex Hales (Eng) 697,

9.Jason Roy (Eng) 688,

10. Lokesh Rahul (Ind) 677.

Bowlers (top 10):

1. Rashid Khan (Afg) 793,

2. Kuldeep Yadav (Ind) 728,

3. Shadab Khan (Pak) 720,

4.Imad Wasim (Pak) 705,

5. Adil Rashid (Eng) 676,

6. Adam Zampa (Aus) 670,

7. S.Al Hasan (Ban) 658,

8. Ish Sodhi (NZ) 657,

9.Faheem Ashraf (Pak) 655,

10. Santner (NZ) 638.

All-rounders (top five):

1. Glenn Maxwell (Aus) 362,

2.S. Al Hasan (Ban) 338,

3. Mohammad Nabi (Afg) 313,

4. Mahmudullah (Ban) 240,

5.Thisara Perera (SL) 219.

DUBAI: India spinner Kuldeep Yadav has moved up one place to take a career-best second position in the ICC Men’s T20I Player Rankings after grabbing 2-26 in the final match against New Zealand which his side lost by four runs to go 2-1 down in the series, says a press release.The 24-year-old left-arm wrist-spinner accounted for well-set openers Tim Seifert and Colin Munro in the only match he played during the series and reaped immediate dividends. He is now only behind Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan in the table.
Spinners Imad Wasim of Pakistan (up five places to fourth position) and Mitchell Santner of New Zealand (up four places to 10th) have also moved up in the latest rankings update that includes two other series which saw South Africa beat Pakistan and Nepal beat the United Arab Emirates by identical 2-1 margins.Left-arm spinner Krunal Pandya was another spinner to move up as he advanced 39 places to a career-best 58th while India openers Rohit Sharma (up three places to seventh) and Shikhar Dhawan (up one place to 11th) have made progress with some useful knocks.
For New Zealand, Kane Williamson (up one place to 12th), Ross Taylor (up seven places to 51st) and Tim Seifert (up 87 places to a career-best 83rd) among batsmen and Tim Southee (up seven places to 30th) among bowlers are some notable gainers.For South Africa, left-arm fast bowler Beuran Hendricks’s eight wickets against Pakistan have helped him re-enter the rankings at a career-best 81st position while his compatriot Chris Morris has gained seven slots to reach a career-best 21st position after finishing with six wickets

. Andile Phehlukwayo has also advanced 15 places to a career-best 23rd position with five wickets.Among their batsmen, Faf du Plessis (up from 20th to 17th) and Reeza Hendricks (up from 73rd to 42nd) have been the main gainers.
.Pakistan’s Babar Azam continues at the top of the batsmen’s list after scoring 151 runs in the series while Hussain Talat has gained 19 places to reach 56th position after aggregating 98 runs. Shaheen Afridi has moved up 28 places to a career-best 48th position among bowlers.The UAE’s Shaiman Anwar has risen to 15th among batsmen with a gain of two slots while Mohammad Naveed has gained three places to reach 12th position among bowlers. Nepal’s Paras Khadka has gained five places to reach 90th position while Basant Regmi (up four places) and Sompal Kami (up 22 places) are in joint 70th position among bowlers.
In the ICC Men’s T20I Team Rankings, South Africa have overtaken Australia and England to third place while Nepal have overtaken the UAE marginally to be in 14th position even as they come onto the table within a week of similarly crossing the threshold of eight matches and gaining entry in the ODI table

.ICC T20I Team Rankings (as of February 11):-

1. Pakistan 135,

2. India 124,

3.South Africa 118,

4. England 118,

5.Australia 117,

6. New Zealand 116,

7.Windies 101,

8. Afghanistan 92,

9.Sri Lanka 86,

10. Bangladesh 77,

11.Scotland 62,

12. Zimbabwe 55,

13.Netherlands 50,

14. Nepal 43,

15.UAE 43,

16. Hong Kong 42,

17.Oman 39,

18. Ireland 34.

Batsmen (top 10):

1. Babar Azam (Pak) 885,

2.Colin Munro (NZ) 825,

3. Aaron Finch (Aus) 806,

4. Evin Lewis (Win) 751,

5. Glenn Maxwell (Aus) 745,

6.Fakhar Zaman (Pak) 700,

7. Rohit Sharma (Ind) 698,

8.Alex Hales (Eng) 697,

9. Jason Roy (Eng) 688,

10. Lokesh Rahul (Ind) 677

Bowlers (top 10):

1. Rashid Khan (Afg) 793,

2. Kuldeep Yadav (Ind) 728,

3.Shadab Khan (Pak) 720,

4. Imad Wasim (Pak) 705,

5.Adil Rashid (Eng) 676,

6. Adam Zampa (Aus) 670,

7.S. Al Hasan (Ban) 658,

8.Ish Sodhi (NZ) 657,

9. Faheem Ashraf (Pak) 655,

10. Santner (NZ) 638

All-rounders (top five):

1.Glenn Maxwell (Aus) 362,

2. S.Al Hasan (Ban) 338,

3. Mohammad Nabi (Afg) 313,

4.Mahmudullah (Ban) 240,

5. Thisara Perera (SL) 219.

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