The Pak Banker : 2020-09-24

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Markets/Sports France supports Lebanese pla to end cabinet logjam PARIS France backed on Wednesday a proposal made by Lebanon's leading Sunni Muslim politician to end a deadlock preventing the formation of a cabinet to lead the nation out of its worst crisis since the 1975-1990 civil war. Paris has been pressing Lebanese politician­s to form a government quickly but the process hit a logjam over a demand by Lebanon's two main Shi'ite parties that they name several ministers, including the finance minister. Former Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri proposed in a statement on Tuesday that Prime Minister-designate Mustapha Adib, a Sunni under Lebanon's sectarian system of power sharing, name an "independen­t" Shi'ite candidate to the finance portfolio. It was not immediatel­y clear whether the two main Shi'ite groups, Iran-backed Hezbollah and its ally the Amal Movement, would back the idea. ProHezboll­ah newspaper AlAkhbar was critical of the proposal. German app Upload your coronaviru­s test results BERLIN Germany's health minister on Wednesday urged users of a smartphone app to help trace coronaviru­s infections to upload positive test results into the system, so that others at risk get a timely warning. The Corona Warn App, launched 100 days ago, has been downloaded more than 18 million times - more than all other similar apps across Europe combined that use Bluetooth technology to assess an individual's risk of catching COVID-19. Yet only 5,000 app users who have tested positive - or half the total - have actually taken the steps needed to trigger exposure notificati­ons to their contacts, Health Minister Jens Spahn told a news conference. Most are calling a hotline, while few are directly uploading their results via their phone reflecting lingering fears that people's identity will be revealed despite the app's privacy protection­s. -REUTERS SPORTS Djokovic back on track with 5th Rome title ROME Novak Djokovic picked up where he left off before his US Open default two weeks ago, winning a fifth Italian Open title, days before the start of Roland Garros. The world number one lifted a record 36th Masters crown, one more than great rival Rafael Nadal, after beating Diego Schwartzma­n 7-5, 6-3 in the final at the Foro Italico in Rome. "Turning to Paris, I couldn't ask for a better tournament here in Rome. Another big title and I'm super pleased," said Djokovic. "I don't think I played my best tennis throughout the entire week, but I think I found my best tennis when I needed it in the decisive moments." Djokovic extended his record to 31 wins from 32 matches this year, with his only loss the US Open disqualifi­cation for accidently hitting a line judge with a ball. Schwartzma­n had shocked nine-time tournament winner Rafael Nadal in the quarter-finals. But he ran out of steam in a final played under light drizzle, having also spent more than three hours on the court in Sunday's semi-finals. Despite a great start, with two breaks to lead 3-0, Schwartzma­n could not keep the momentum going against the 17-time Grand Slam winner, who notched up his fifth win over the Argentinia­n. For Djokovic it was a fifth victory in 10 finals in Rome, but the first since 2015, having finished runner-up three times since including last year to Nadal. "It's been a good week, even if I haven't played my best tennis. I'm satisfied," said Djokovic. Top women's seed Simona Halep lifted her first trophy in Rome, a confidence booster ahead of the French Open, after defending champion Karolina Pliskova retired injured while trailing 6-0, 2-1 in the final. World number two Halep was competing in her third Rome WTA final, having finished runner-up in 2017 and 2018. -REUTERS -AFP

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