Pakistan’s new federal cabinet sworn in

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President Mamnoon Hussain administering the oath of the office to Federal Cabinet at President House on August 20, 2018. (Photo by PID)
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Prime Minister Imran Ahmed Khan Niazi was also present when President Mamnoon Hussain was administering the oath of the office to Federal Cabinet at President House on August 20, 2018. (Photo by PID)
Updated 21 August 2018
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Pakistan’s new federal cabinet sworn in

  • President Mamnoon Hussain administered oath to 16 of the 21 members in the new cabinet on Monday
  • Prime Minister Imran Khan’s federal cabinet comprises of 21 ministers and five advisers to guide him in his endeavor to bring sweeping reforms

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s newly instated federal cabinet was sworn in on Monday in a simple, yet elegant ceremony at President House in Islamabad.
President Mamnoon Hussain administered oath to 16 of the 21 members of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s new federal cabinet.
The newly elected premier, Imran Khan, Speaker of the National Assembly Asad Qaiser, other leaders of the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI), and notable political and social personalities also attended.
In addition to the 21 ministers, Khan’s federal cabinet includes five advisers selected to guide him as he attempts to bring sweeping reforms across the country and build a welfare state.
Key advisory body figures are Muhammad Shehzad Arbab, adviser on Establishment; Abdul Razak Dawood, Commerce, Textile and Industry; Dr. Ishrat Hussain, Institutional Reforms and Austerity; Malik Amin Aslam, Climate Change; and Babar Awan, Parliamentary Affairs.
The PM has retained several key ministerial portfolios to ensure his commitments made to the nation in his inaugural speech on Sunday bears fruit.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) vice chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi will head the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, a position he also held during the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) administration.
The Finance Ministry portfolio has been entrusted to Asad Umar, a highly successful business executive, while the ruling party’s spokesman Fawad Chaudhry will head the ministry of information and broadcasting.
The Human Rights portfolio has been given to Khan’s staunch loyalist Dr. Shireen Mazari, Ministry of Petroleum to Ghulam Sarwar Khan, and Ministry of Defense to former Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Chief Minister Pervez Khattak.
Harvard graduate and veteran politician Shafqat Mehmood will spearhead federal education and professional training in addition to the national history and literary heritage division portfolio.
Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtiar is minister of water resources, Amir Mehmood Kiyani has been given national health services, regulations and coordination.
Coalition partners have also been given ministerial positions. Ministry for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony went to Noorul Haq Qadri, inter-provincial coordination to Dr. Fehmida Mirza, railways to Sheikh Rashid, law and justice to Farogh Naseem, states and frontier to Chaudhry Tariq Bashir Cheema, information technology and telecommunication to Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, and defense production to Zubaida Jalal.
The new Prime Minister Imran Khan chaired his first federal cabinet meeting at midday after the ceremony.


More than 20 injured in Rome escalator collapse

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More than 20 injured in Rome escalator collapse

  • Media reports said witnesses spoke of football fans, seemingly drunk, jumping and dancing on the escalator just before its collapse
  • Rome’s public transport is often criticized as running on obsolete equipment
ROME: More than 20 people, mainly Russian football fans, were injured Tuesday when an escalator in a metro station in central Rome collapsed, firefighters said.
Most of those hurt, one seriously, suffered leg injuries after getting entangled in the escalator’s mangled mechanics, Italian media added.
A video of the drama shows the descending escalator at Repubblica station suddenly and dramatically pick up speed with dozens of people on it, many screaming as they piled on top of one another at the foot of the moving stairway.
Media reports said witnesses spoke of football fans, seemingly drunk, jumping and dancing on the escalator just before its collapse, but supporters denied this ever happened.
“In any event, we are here to understand what happened and to offer our support to the wounded and their families,” Rome mayor Virginia Raggi told journalists at the scene.
Some of the victims were seen wrapped in blankets and some wore neck braces as they were taken away from the scene on stretchers by emergency crews.
Several investigations have been opened, and the metro station near Rome’s Termini train station was closed.
The horrific events took place around 1730 GMT, just over an hour before the kickoff of a Champions League match between Italy’s Roma and Russian club CSKA Moscow.
The Russian fans were headed for the metro that would have linked them to the train to the stadium.
There was heightened security in Rome for some 1,500 Russian supporters, notoriously rowdy, expected to watch the game.
One Russian supporter, the subject of a stadium ban, had already been stopped at the airport as he tried to enter.
But according to Italian media, this did not prevent an assortment of incidents around the stadium hosting the match. One Russian fan was stabbed with a knife, and two others were hurt in clashes with other supporters.
Roma won the group stage match 3-0, tweeting after the match that: “The thoughts of everyone at #ASRoma are with the supporters injured prior to tonight’s game. The club will do everything it can to provide the right support and assistance to those in need.”
Red-Blue World, a CSKA fan group, set up a collection fund for those injured, as well as fans hurt in violence near the stadium.
Rome’s public transport is often criticized as running on obsolete equipment.
In recent years, more than a dozen municipal buses have caught fire while in service, with several reports of metro passengers injured by malfunctioning hardware.
And a massive bridge collapse in Genoa in August — which killed 43 people — also raised safety questions about transport infrastructure in Italy.
Incidents on escalators have caused injuries, and even deaths, around the world.
In 2015, a woman was killed after she plunged through flooring over an escalator in a Chinese department store.
Security camera footage showed a panel in the floor giving way as the woman stepped off the escalator. As she fell half-way through she pushed her son forward, and a nearby shop assistant dragged him to safety.
And in March 2017, around 20 people were injured at a Hong Kong shopping center when an escalator suddenly changed direction, sending people hurtling toward its base.