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Expo 2020 countdown starts on exotic note
Inayat-ur-Rahman Dubai: The UAE has officially begun the three-year countdown for Expo 2020 Dubai, the six-month-long mega event on Friday. As it stands, Dubai is getting ready to host the Expo 2020 and the Emirate is way ahead in terms of its readiness to host the mega show taking place in the Middle East for the first time in the event’s more than 150 years of history. A glittering ceremony on stage was marked at 20:20 or 8.
 
 
Mohammed wishes UAE residents Happy Diwali
DUBAI: Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum has greeted UAE residents a Happy Diwali on Friday. The Dubai Ruler took to Twitter and said, “Happy Diwali to everyone celebrating in the UAE and around the world; may the light shine on us all…” There is an extra glitter in the festivities for those celebrating Diwali in the UAE: the joy of revelling in
   
Sultan offers condolences
KALBA: His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, offered his condolences to the family of the Emirati martyr, First Lieutenant Pilot Badar Yahiya Mohammad Al Marashdeh, who fell while performing his national duty as part of the Saudi-led Arab coalition’s Operation Restoring Hope in Yemen. While visiting the mourning Majlis, in Kalba city in Sharjah, Sheikh Sultan offered
 
 
Sharjah Police cancel over 5.3m black points
SHARJAH: Within hours of the implementation of the 50 per cent reduction in the value of traffic fines, Sharjah Police have cancelled over five million black points and 760,000 traffic violations. According to Brigadier Seif Al Zarri Al Shamsi, Police in Chief of Sharjah Police, the black points cancelled were 5.3 million with a total of 760,000 violators. "The operation of cancelling the collected traffic points of motorists
   
World losing 9 million a year to pollution
NEW DELHI: Environmental pollution — from filthy air to contaminated water — is killing more people every year than all war and violence in the world. More than smoking, hunger or natural disasters. More than Aids, tuberculosis and malaria combined. One out of every six premature deaths in the world in 2015 — about 9 million — could be attributed to disease from toxic exposure, according to a major study released in the Lancet
 
 
Sharif indicted in another graft case
ISLAMABAD: An accountability court in Islamabad on Friday indicted ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif in another reference in his absence as he is in London due to his wife’s ailment. He is scheduled to fly back to Pakistan next week to face the court cases and has no plan to stay abroad. The reference filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on the Supreme Court of Pakistan’s orders relates to the Flagship
   
Iraqi forces control Kirkuk
KIRKUK: Iraqi forces took control on Friday of the last district in the oil-rich province of Kirkuk still in the hands of Kurdish Peshmerga fighters following a three-hour battle, security sources said. The district of Altun Kupri, or Perde in Kurdish, lies on the road between the city of Kirkuk — which fell to Iraqi forces on Monday — and Erbil, capital of the semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan in northern Iraq that voted in a
 
 
UAE reiterates support for ME Peace Process
NEW YORK: The UAE has reiterated its support for regional and international efforts to push the Middle East Peace Process forward, commending the adoption of Security Council resolution 2334 (2016), and the signing of the intra-Palestinian agreement on October 12 in Cairo as positives steps. At the United Nations Security Council’s Quarterly Open Debate on the Situation in the Middle East, the UAE also praised strongly the
   
Down Syndrome Association member floats project
DUBAI: Malik Sarhan, Member of the UAE Down Syndrome Association, has become the association’s first member to launch his own private project, which is considered a source of inspiration for “People with Determination.” The association stated that Sarhan has opened the door for many others to think in a positive and practical way with regards to lunching related projects, to ensure their effective integration into the labour
 
 
Sharjah action on black points hailed
SHARJAH: Within hours of the implementation of the 50 per cent reduction in the value of traffic fines, Sharjah Police have cancelled over five million black points and 760,000 traffic violations. According to Brigadier Seif Al Zarri Al Shamsi, Police in Chief of Sharjah Police, the black points cancelled were 5.3 million with a total of 760,000 violators. “The operation of cancelling the collected traffic points of motorists
   
Gong for a 20-year idea
US author George Saunders on Tuesday became only the second American writer to win Britain’s renowned Man Booker Prize, which was awarded for his first full-length novel “Lincoln in the Bardo.” Judges for the world’s most prestigious English-language literary award praised as “utterly original” the book that chronicles the death of Abraham Lincoln’s 11-year-old son Willie using the accounts of hundreds of narrators. “The form
 
 

 IN A LEAGUE OF HIS OWN 
Dr Abdullah Omran Taryam, who passed away in Sharjah on Thursday at 66, was a national symbol who played a key role in the formation of the United Arab Emirates. He was Minister for Education and Justice Minister in the Cabinet of the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Dr Abdullah as Chairman of Dar Al Khaleej revolutionised the dynamics of the media in the UAE.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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