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General/Politics:

PML-N rubbishes rumours of Nawaz’s exile, ‘deal’ in Saudi Arabia:
LAHORE: Ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s daughter, Maryam Nawaz, has rubbished the rumors of her father’s self-exile, said the report is just a ‘self-created lie’. In her tweet on Sunday, Maryam stated that exile will be the fate of military dictators and non-democratic characters, not of representatives elected by the people.  (https://dailytimes.com.pk/171509/pml-n-rubbishes-rumours-nawazs-exile-deal-saudi-arabia/)

Nawaz to launch mass-contact drive by next Sunday:
ISLAMABAD – Adviser to Prime Minister on National History and Literary Heritage Irfan Siddiqui Sunday said President of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz Muhammad Nawaz Sharif is all set to launch a full-fledged mass-contact drive by next Sunday.  (https://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/lahore/2018-01-01/page-2/detail-4)

JI accuses PML-N of harming civil-military relations:
LAHORE: Jamaat-e-Islami’s secretary general Liaquat Baloch has said that Sharif brothers (Nawaz and Shahbaz Sharif) were responsible for the conspiracy on the issue of Khatam-e-Nabuwat and the Model Town killings. (http://epaper.brecorder.com/2018/01/01/12-page/691244-news.html)

Law & Order:

SC takes up today 13 pleas against Elections Act, 2017:
ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court will take up today (Monday) 13 almost identical petitions challenging the Elections Act, 2017, which allows a disqualified member of parliament to hold party office. (https://dailytimes.com.pk/171465/sc-takes-today-13-pleas-elections-act-2017/)

Economy:

How the GOP tax bill will wreck what’s left of Puerto Rico’s economy:
The tax bill due for final passage Wednesday could be as damaging to Puerto Rico’s economy as Hurricane Maria was. Provisions of the legislation aimed at bringing operations and jobs back to the United States from overseas would apply to Puerto Rico just as they would to India, Ireland or any other foreign jurisdiction. The result will be the loss of American jobs and investment on the US commonwealth. If President Trump signs it into law, it will be a hard blow at the worst possible time. (https://dailytimes.com.pk/171302/gop-tax-bill-will-wreck-whats-left-puerto-ricos-economy-2/)

Opinion/Editorial:

On cakes and ale:
Happy New Year, readers! It’s the first day of 2018, and let’s begin with one resolution: to stop being killjoys. It is a truth nationally acknowledged that the moment anyone does something different—not even breathtakingly shocking or deviant, just unusual—we will collectively set ourselves on fire, pushing and shoving in a stampede to crush the miscreants. (https://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/lahore/2018-01-01/page-6/detail-4)

Lesson from Palestine:
Those accused of terrorism by the international community cannot be allowed to address public gatherings in Pakistani cities. If internal security alone does not push the authorities to take a firm stance on the issue, Palestinian authority’s recent move to recall Ambassador Walid Abu Ali after the latter attended a Difa-e-Pakistan Council (DPC) rally in Rawalpindi should lead them to do so. (https://dailytimes.com.pk/171411/lesson-from-palestine/)

Sports:

New Zealand aim series sweep:
Mount Maunganui – New Zealand will aim for its third series win against the Windies as Kane Williamson makes a return to captaincy in the second Twenty20 International on Monday (January 1) in Mount Maunganui. (https://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/lahore/2018-01-01/page-17/detail-1)

Gayle and West Indies need to break out of the funk:
MOUNT MAUNGANUI: It may just be arbitrary – an illusion of time even – but a new year can have a remarkable effect. Ask West Indies. They ushered in 2017 with their trophy cabinet bursting at the seams. Then they were booted out of an ICC tournament. They will have to play fringe teams in international cricket to qualify for the next World Cup. And, on the basis of their performance on Friday, even their often infallible T20 game needs work. (https://dailytimes.com.pk/171484/gayle-west-indies-need-break-funk/)

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