Getting married on August 20, hope this ends speculations: Hasan Ali

first_img Press Trust of India KarachiAugust 2, 2019UPDATED: August 2, 2019 18:42 IST Hasan Ali is getting married on August 20, 2019 in Dubai. (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSHasan Ali has confirmed he is marrying Shamia Arzoo in Dubai on August 20Hasan Ali said that the couple’s families wanted their marriage to be a low key affairHasan will be the 4th Pakistan cricketer to marry an Indian girlEnding speculations surrounding his marriage with an Indian national, Pakistan pacer Hasan Ali on Friday said that he is tying the knot with Shamia Arzoo in Dubai on August 20.The Dubai-based woman is a flight engineer with Emirates Airlines, while her family members are settled in New Delhi.”Our families wanted to keep this a low key affair but since the matter has come out in the media I have decided to make an official announcement to ensure they are no speculations surrounding my marriage,” Hasan told a news conference in his hometown, Gujranwala, where Shamia will reside post marriage.”Our nikah will be solemnized on 20th August while the Rukhsati will take place three months later and we plan to stay in Gujranwala after marriage,” he said.Shamia holds a degree in Aeronautics from Manav Rachna University and has also studied in England.”I will be wearing a black and red sherwani suit while she will be dressed in Indian style,” he added.Hasan said he had met with Shamia one year ago in Dubai and their friendship had grown since that meeting.”I was the one who first expressed my love for her and proposed to her and then our families took over,” he said with a smile.Hasan is the fourth Pakistani cricketer to get hitched with an Indian girl, after Zaheer Abbas, Mohsin Khan and Shoaib Malik.Malik married Indian tennis star Sania Mirza in April 2010 and the couple has a son. Former captain Zaheer Abbas was the first Pakistani player to marry an Indian woman.advertisementAlso Read | ‘Nothing confirmed yet’: Hasan Ali on marriage news with Indian girlAlso Read | Hasan Ali set to marry Indian girl in DubaiFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Hasan AliFollow Pakistan cricketFollow Shoaib Malik Getting married on August 20, hope this ends speculations: Hasan AliPakistan speedster Hasan Ali has ended all speculations regarding his marriage by declaring that he is marrying Shamia Arzoo in Dubai on August 20.advertisementlast_img read more

Luxury sales down in formerly hot housing markets, but up in Montreal

Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.Aleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Press Luxury home sales fell in the two formerly hot housing markets of Vancouver and Toronto, as well as Calgary, in the first couple months of the new year, according to data released Wednesday by Sotheby’s International Realty Canada.That downward trend, however, stopped at Montreal, a new real estate darling that’s likely to set new records this year.“All markets in Canada have faced the same headwinds from interest rates and stress testing,” said CEO Brad Henderson, citing the new stress test, which requires borrowers to prove that they can service their uninsured mortgage if lending rates rise above a certain threshold, that came into effect January 2018.However, Vancouver and other parts of British Columbia have faced additional policy measures, he said, listing off a five per cent hike in the foreign buyers’ tax, as well as a speculation and vacancy tax, and an additional school tax on properties valued at more than $3 million.“It is a considerable amount of taxation on real estate all designed to try and affect a soft landing,” said Henderson.“Well, I don’t think it was completely a soft landing, but it was certainly not a catastrophic landing.”Real estate figures have shown a downward trend in prices and sales activity in Vancouver recently that many have attributed to the new measures.In January and February, 279 properties sold with a price tag of over $1 million, according to Sotheby’s data. That’s down 52 per cent compared to the same two months in 2018 when 576 such properties sold.Vancouver’s “previously resilient condo market” experienced the greatest decline in sales activity of properties over $1 million with 86 units sold — down 66 per cent from 254 units sold in January and February 2018.The city continues to be entrenched in a buyer’s market, the real estate brand said in its report.However, Henderson said Sotheby’s staff have noted more buyer interest at open houses, and there’s strong signals that buyers and sellers who have been waiting on the sidelines will re-enter the market in the spring contingent on whether prices decline to match current buyers’ market realities.“We believe that there’s a closer alignment between buyers and sellers in terms of what prices are,” he said, noting prices in Vancouver have already fallen to more attractive levels.“Hopefully the governments are going to resist the temptation to add additional policy measures,” he said, “because they could bring about the exact thing they’re trying to avoid, which is a significant correction in the marketplace.”The Toronto market, he said, seems to have adjusted to new interest rates and tax measures that include it.The market there is reacting in a more normal fashion, he said, though he noted the city’s severe winter likely kept many potential househunters away from open houses.In the Greater Toronto Area, luxury sales dipped two per cent year-over-year to 1,497 units sold. Sales of properties with a price tag of more than $4 million dropped the most — 38 per cent to 20 units sold — partly due to a lack of supply and partly because privacy-conscious homeowners shifted to exclusive and off-market transactions in light of a recent ruling permitting broader real estate sales data disclosures.Sotheby’s expects the top-tier market to remain sound in the area through the spring.Luxury sales continued to fall in Calgary, where 62 properties over $1 million dollars sold in the first two months of 2019. That’s down 33 per cent from the previous year when 92 units sold in that timeframe.The condo market continues to see oversupply, Sotheby’s said, and it projects that segment will experience challenges into the spring. It expects the conventional real estate market to stabilize this year, but said the transition will likely take most of 2019.Montreal, on the other hand, is on pace to set new record in the spring, Sotheby’s said.Sales of luxury properties rose six per cent year-over-year for January and February, with 111 units sold in 2019. Sotheby’s anticipates bidding wars, sales above asking price and shorter days on market will persist through the spring. read more