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November 14, 2022: National / International Current Affairs
1. England triumph as final turns on Shaheen`s injury
• THE fairytale of Pakistan winning a second world title in Australia evaporated into the drizzle of a Melbourne night. Instead, England are now double world champions, holding both 50-over and 20-over titles, and Ben Stokes again delivered when it mattered.
• Pakistan were never ahead in the game, and struggled to a sub-par total of 137, with Shan Masood the only batsman to score enough runs at a reasonable rate. But just as the bowlers had brilliantly got Pakistan back into the game, a recurrence of Shaheen Shah Afridi`s knee injury settled a contest of small margins.
• Ironically, England`s players of Pakistani origin, Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali, made decisive contributions in support of Stokes and Sam Curran, who surprisingly won player of the match and player of the tournament. But perhaps it was Jos Buttler who made the biggest difference. England`s captain won an important toss, masterminded an exceptional bowling and fielding effort, and forced early momentum that was hard for Pakistan to stop.
2. Four corridors being added to CPEC, says Chinese diplomat
• Chinese Consul General in Lahore Zhao Shiren has said four corridors are being added to the flagship China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), as both Islamabad and Beijing have agreed to it during Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif`s recent visit to the country.
• Speaking at a seminar here on Sunday on impacts of the policies adopted at the 20th congress of the Communist Party of China that elected President Xi Jinping as its secretary general for another five-year term, he termed Shehbaz Sharif`s maiden visit as premier `unprecedentedly constructive and successful` as both sides agreed to adding four new corridors digital, industrial, green and health to the CPEC project.
• Replying to questions about the `slowed down` pace of work on the CPEC in the recent past, the diplomat said he would not blame anyone, in China or Pakistan, for it, but could assure [Pakistanis] that from now on things would speed up
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• Refuting news reports carried by the sections of Pakistani media in recent days claiming that journalist Arshad Sharif was tortured for two to three hours and then killed, a Kenyan newspaper cited an expert who analysed postmortem examination findings and discredited this account of Mr Sharif`s death.
• `The reporting by sections of Pakistan media sought to cast doubt on the official account by Kenyan authorities that the prominent journalist was shot dead [last month in Kenya] by police at a roadblock in a case of mistaken identity,` Kenya`s Nation newspaper said in a report published on Friday.
• The `torture before death` account first came to the fore when a Pakistani journalist gave what he described as `shocking details of the cold-blooded` killing of Arshad Sharif. That journalist claimed that Mr Sharif was `brutally tortured for over three hours and his nails were pulled from fingers before being martyred, while his fingers and ribs were also broken due to severe torture`.
4. G20 ministers launch $1.4bn pandemic fund
• G20 health and finance ministers launched a $1.4-billion fund on November 13, 2022 to tackle the next global pandemic ahead of the bloc`s leaders gathering for a summit on the Indonesian resort island of Bali but the host`s president said it was not enough.
• The 24-nation fund is viewed as one of the early global outcomes of the summit next week where little progress is expected on the Ukraine crisis with Russian President Vladimir Putin not in attendance.
• It was launched at a news conference on Sunday opened by Indonesian President Joko Widodo and addressed by World Health Organisation chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and World Bank President David Malpass
5. Bomb attack kills six in heart of Istanbul
• Six people were killed and 81 others wounded on November 13, 2022 when an explosion rocked a busy pedestrian street in central Istanbul in what Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan called a bomb attack that `smells like terrorism`.
• Pakistan strongly condemned the heinous `terrorist attack` and said it firmly stood by the people of Turkiye in the fight against the scourge of terrorism.
• Ambulances raced to the scene on the packed Istiklal Avenue, which police had quickly cordoned off. The area, in the Beyoglu district of Turkiye`s largest city, had been crowded as usual at the weekend with shoppers, tourists and families.
• The blast sent debris into the air and left several people lying on the ground, while others fled