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General/Politics:

ECP won’t work on delimitations sans legislation:
Islamabad – Election Commission of Pakistan Secretary Babar Yaqoob Tuesday said the poll body would not be able to start work on new delimitations without legislation. (http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/lahore/2017-11-01/page-1/detail-2)

Zardari won’t fly to London to meet Sharif: PPP:
ISLAMABAD – Former president Asif Ali Zardari will not fly to London to meet ousted premier Nawaz Sharif, the Pakistan People’s Party announced on Tuesday.( http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/lahore/2017-11-01/page-2/detail-5)

Sindh govt assures Faisal Edhi of support:
KARACHI: Sindh government has assured complete legal and moral support to the Edhi Foundation in pursuing court matters, was announced by Sindh Transport & Mass Transit, Labour, Human Resources and Information Minister Syed Nasir Hussain Shah. The minister visited the residence of renowned social worker late Abdul Sattar Edhi and met with his son, Edhi Foundation head Faisal Edhi.( https://dailytimes.com.pk/133203/sindh-govt-assures-faisal-edhi-support/)

Law & Order:

NAB summons Chaudhrys on Monday:
ISLAMABAD – The National Accountability Bureau has summoned former prime minister Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain and his cousin ex-Punjab chief minister Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi on November 6 (Monday) in a case of misuse of authority and having assets beyond known sources of income, The Nation has learnt reliably. (http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/lahore/2017-11-01/page-1/detail-5)

Economy:

KSE-100 Index sheds 737 points amid political turbulence:
KARACHI: The Pakistan equities experienced yet another trading session marked by selling pressure amid turbulence on political front as heavyweight sectors dragged KSE-100 Index to a 13-month low, near the 39,600 level. The benchmark KSE-100 Index dropped below 40,000 level after losing 707 points to close at 39,617 points. (https://dailytimes.com.pk/133052/kse-100-index-sheds-737-points-amid-political-turbulence/)

Date for filing income tax returns extended till 15th:
ISLAMABAD – The government has once again decided to extend the deadline of filing income tax returns till November 15, 2017. (http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/lahore/2017-11-01/page-8/detail-1)

Opinion/Editorial:

Was Plato thinking today’s Pakistan?:
When you can’t understand why people behave in a particular manner, the most natural thing to do is to convince yourself that people do not know what they are doing. At the same time, democracy in Pakistan is becoming increasingly dysfunctional by each passing day. Plato’s great worry about representative government was that leaders and ultimately citizens would “live from day to day, indulging in the pleasure of the moment.” He was right, at least in case of Pakistan, where we find democracies overspending with complete disregard to the long-term sustainability of the economy. The focus is either to pocket resources through non-transparent undertakings or indulges in fanciful projects to gain cheap popularity. Or to merely give colleagues what they perhaps want in the short run in shape of perks and enhanced entitlements (http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/lahore/2017-11-01/page-6/detail-5)

Ecological manifesto:
We live in a time when most of humanity has accumulated enough intellectual capital to realise that greed and boundaries between people are absolutely useless for its further development. Charitable initiatives are currently in place to help many people in need to achieve the minimum conditions for their survival and to contribute to their cultural, intellectual and technological development. Unfortunately, much more work is needed. It is extremely unfair for some to live in luxury, while others have no roof over their heads, drink dirty water, and eat scantily. We have been keeping our eyes closed for these people long enough and we continue to ignore their problems. The time has come for us to resolutely begin thinking and acting on all these issues. This means to self-educate ourselves, because such a way of thinking cannot come from the past, it is a product of the present. We should also educate our children in the same manner. (https://dailytimes.com.pk/132899/ecological-manifesto/)

Sports:

Sethi eyes hosting B’desh, South Africa:
LAHORE – Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Najam Sethi Tuesday said that after Sri Lanka’s successful visit to Lahore for a Twenty20 international match, the Board remains ‘hopeful’ that Bangladesh and South Africa will visit Pakistan next year. (http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/lahore/2017-11-01/page-17/detail-1)

Hong Kong to host 2022 Gay Games as LGBT acceptance grows in parts of Asia:
HONG KONG: Hong Kong will host the 2022 Gay Games, fighting off bids from cities in the United States and Mexico to become the first Asian city to stage the sports and cultural event. The win comes amid growing momentum for the gay rights movement in Asia, with Taiwan’s constitutional court this year declaring that same-sex couples have the right to marry, the region’s first such ruling. The games are expected to attract more than 15,000 participants and provide a HK$1-billion (£97.1 million) boost to the economy, the Hong Kong bid team said in a statement. Bid supporters called the decision a victory for the status of the city’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. “This is a big step forward for Hong Kong itself to be able to win this world game … and it is also a big step for diversity inclusion,” said Alfred Chan, chairman of Hong Kong’s Equal Opportunities Commission, which supported the bid. The Federation of Gay Games (FGG) chose Hong Kong over Guadalajara in Mexico and Washington D.C., in a vote in Paris on Monday. A record 17 cities had expressed interest in hosting the 2022 Gay Games, 13 in the United States. “The impact that the Gay Games has in host cities is incredible in terms of culture, sport, economic impact, history and most importantly, elevating all matters of LGBT+ equality,” the Federation of Gay Games said in a statement. (https://dailytimes.com.pk/133078/hong-kong-host-2022-gay-games-lgbt-acceptance-grows-parts-asia/)

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