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From The Asian Reporter, V29, #17 (September 2, 2019), page 2.

PCB’s new constitution has only six cricket associations

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has overhauled its constitution, reducing the number of cricket associations from 16 to six. The PCB said in a statement that the new constitution was approved by the government’s cabinet division. The six associations are Baluchistan, Central Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Northern, Sindh, and Southern Punjab. Prime minister Imran Khan, who led the country to victory in the 1992 World Cup, is the patron of the cricket board. He had asked PCB to reduce the number of teams competing in domestic cricket because he believed it could produce more quality players at the international level. The new PCB board of governors will have two members directly appointed by the patron; four independent members, including at least one female member; the chief executive of the PCB; a federal secretary with no voting rights; and three presidents of the cricket associations, who will be appointed on a rotation basis from the six presidents of the cricket associations. The post of PCB managing director is now being re-designated as chief executive. PCB has also given representation to the blind cricket council and deaf cricket association in the 11-member general body.

Real Madrid loans Japanese teen Kubo to Mallorca

MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid says it has loaned Japanese teenager Takefusa Kubo to Spanish league rival Mallorca for the season. Madrid signed the 18-year-old attacking midfielder in June from FC Tokyo with the intention of having him play on its reserve team. He played with the first team during the preseason. Kubo, who has spent time at Barcelona’s youth training academy, made his international debut this year. Mallorca earned promotion to the first division this season. It won its season opener 2-1 over Eibar, but was defeated by Real Sociedad, 0-1.

Rohingya refugees protest exodus, demand rights

COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh (AP) — Thousands of angry and frustrated Rohingya refugees marked the second anniversary of their exodus from Myanmar into Bangladesh by demanding their citizenship and other rights in the country from which they fled. The event came days after Bangladesh attempted to start the repatriation of 3,450 Rohingya Muslims, but none agreed to go back voluntarily. Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said her administration will not use force to send them back despite a huge burden on the South Asian country. More than 1 million Rohingya live in Bangladesh. In late August, more than 3,000 gathered at a playground in Kutupalong camp. Some carried placards and banners reading "Never Again! Rohingya Genocide Remembrance Day" and "Restore Our Citizenship." Myanmar has consistently denied human-rights violations and says military operations in Rakhine state were justified in response to attacks by Rohingya insurgents.

Malaysia bans Indian Muslim preacher from public activities

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian police say an Indian Muslim preacher, wanted in India for alleged money laundering and hate speech, has been banned from any public activities after racial slurs in his recent speeches sparked outrage in Malaysia. Zakir Naik was grilled a second time by police for 10 hours after they received more than 100 complaints over remarks he made questioning the loyalty of minority Hindus and saying that ethnic Chinese are guests in Malaysia. Police spokesman Asmawati Ahmad said all public activities involving Zakir are banned to "avoid any controversy and hostility, and the potential to cause a tense atmosphere" in the multiethnic country. The government has been reluctant to deport Zakir due to concerns for his safety but recently said he has overstepped his boundaries.

Police use tear gas, protesters cut down "smart lamppost"

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong protesters cut down a "smart lamppost" as they skirmished with police and officers fired tear gas at demonstrators, as chaotic scenes returned to the summer-long protests. Protesters used an electric saw to slice through the bottom of the lamppost, while others pulled ropes tied around it. The demonstrators, who were holding up umbrellas to hide their identities, cheered as it toppled over. They were part of a larger group marching to demand the removal of the lampposts over worries they could contain high-tech cameras and facial recognition software used for surveillance by Chinese authorities. The government in Hong Kong, which has been convulsed by more than two months of sometimes violent protests, said smart lampposts only collect data on traffic, weather, and air quality. The semiautonomous Chinese city has said it plans to install about 400 of the smart lampposts in four urban districts, starting with 50 this summer in the Kwun Tong and Kowloon Bay districts that were the scene of the recent protest march.

China lashes out at Taiwan over Hong Kong asylum offer

BEIJING (AP) — China is lashing out at Taiwan over its offer of political asylum to participants in the Hong Kong pro-democracy movement. The spokesman for the cabinet’s Taiwan Affairs Office, Ma Xiaoguang, said the offer would "cover up the crimes of a small group of violent militants" and encourage their "audacity in harming Hong Kong and turn Taiwan into a ‘heaven for ducking the law.’" The government of the self-ruled island China considers its own territory strongly supports the protests, and Hong Kong students in Taiwan held events expressing their backing. Taiwan’s president made the asylum offer in July, though it’s not clear if requests have been received. Ma demanded Taiwan’s government "cease undermining the rule of law" in Hong Kong, cease interfering in its affairs, and not "condone criminals."

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