PM tasked to forge consensus on Fata reforms bill

PM tasked to forge consensus on Fata reforms bill

LAHORE: A day after ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif nominated his brother Punjab Cheif Minister Shahbaz Sharif as the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PML-N) candidate for prime minister  in the upcoming general election, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi visited the former PM at his Jati Umra residence on Thursday and discussed the...

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Catalan separatists win absolute parliamentary majority

Catalan separatists win absolute parliamentary majority

Catalan separatists won a crucial snap poll Thursday, plunging their region into further uncertainty after a failed independence bid rattled Europe and triggered Spain’s worst political crisis in decades. With turnout at a record high and 99.9 per cent of the ballots counted, the election handed a mandate back to...

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India’s visa politics

India’s visa politics

THE faux magnanimity that Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj exudes on Twitter in responses to request from pakistan for visas suggests that there is more to the picture than meets the eye. In reply to a parliamentary question, Indian Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju has confirmed what many...

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Four ‘terrorists’ killed in Balochistan sanitisation operations: ISPR

Four ‘terrorists’ killed in Balochistan sanitisation operations: ISPR

The Frontier Corps (FC) on Friday conducted a sanitisation operation in Balochistan’s Sibbi area, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a press release.The operation was conducted to cleanse the mountainous region of the presence of terrorists. According to the ISPR, two terrorists who were involved in threatening locals, were...

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Nine foreigners among Melbourne car attack injured

Nine foreigners among Melbourne car attack injured

A man who mowed down pedestrians with his car in Melbourne attributed his actions to “perceived mistreatment of Muslims”, Australia said on Friday, with nine foreigners among the injured. Nineteen people were rushed to hospital, and three remain critical, after the Australian-Afghan driver ploughed through a busy downtown intersection on...

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In surprise visit to Kabul, Pence warns Pakistan against offering safe havens to terrorists

In surprise visit to Kabul, Pence warns Pakistan against offering safe havens to terrorists

United States Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday arrived in Afghanistan on a surprise visit during which he met with Afghan leaders in Kabul and addressed US troops at the Bagram airfield, becoming the most senior Trump administration official to visit the men and women fighting America’s longest-ever war. Addressing...

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Top 5 breakthrough in science and technology in 2017

Top 5 breakthrough in science and technology in 2017

The technologies making waves in 2017 include brain implants and quantum computers. Here is  the list of top 5 technologies: Self-driving trucks      We’ve heard lots about self-driving cars – but trucks? One idea is for these future trucks to drive autonomously on long highway stretches when drivers might...

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Modi Ji, thank you for ending my has-been status

Modi Ji, thank you for ending my has-been status

Spokespersons for the Bhara­tiya Janata Party have been asserting on TV screens that I should have taken the government’s permission before hosting an old Pakistani friend of mine to dinner. Why should I seek anyone’s permission to host a dinner party — even if that friend is a Pakistani? Why...

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Sattar seeks compensation for properties razed by KDA on court orders

Sattar seeks compensation for properties razed by KDA on court orders

KARACHI: As the Karachi Development Authority (KDA) continued its anti-encroachment operation and demolition of multistorey structures in line with Supreme Court orders, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement Pakistan (MQM-P) on Thursday came up with its reaction and called the civic body’s action “politically motivated”, demanding the government compensate those “affectees” who...

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NAB summons invites wrath of Kamal

NAB summons invites wrath of Kamal

KARACHI: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Thursday summoned Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) chief Mustafa Kamal for allegedly selling plots of land illegally during his tenure as the city mayor. However, the move elicited a furious reaction from the tough-talking politician. Talking to reporters after meeting NAB officials, he said...

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International Urdu Conference begins

International Urdu Conference begins

KARACHI: In the 10 years of its existence, the International Urdu Conference organised by the Arts Council of Pakistan Karachi has seldom begun on a murky day. On Thursday, as the 10th edition of the five-day conference started, the weather conditions were slightly overcast and the air was a little...

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Chinese firm blacklisted for making false claims

Chinese firm blacklisted for making false claims

LAHORE: The China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) on Thursday blacklisted Chinese company Jiangsu Yabaite Co Ltd and fined it 900,000 yuan for alleged forgery and fraud. According to a press release, Yabait had claimed that it had earned Rs2.5bn from the Multan Metro Bus project and sent it to China....

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‘Illegal construction’ on Grand Hyatt land may be regularized

‘Illegal construction’ on Grand Hyatt land may be regularized

ISLAMABAD: A high-level committee constituted to compensate the owners of luxury apartments in the controversial Grand Hyatt is considering various options, such as regularising the project or paying compensation to the affected buyers. Headed by Attorney General Ashatar Ausaf Ali, the body has sought input from the Capital Development Authority...

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Senate body for resolution of issues surrounding HEC’s devolution

Senate body for resolution of issues surrounding HEC’s devolution

ISLAMABAD: The Senate Functional Committee on Devolution on Thursday recommended that the issues surrounding Higher Education Commission’s (HEC) devolution in light of the 18th Amendment be resolved as soon as possible. The committee met at Parliament House and discussed a public petition filed by the Federation of All Pakistan Universities...

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‘People-to-people contacts to cement Pak-Afghan ties’

‘People-to-people contacts to cement Pak-Afghan ties’

PESHAWAR: Instead of relying on governments, people-to-people contact at different levels should be developed to build trust and cement bilateral relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan, said Afghan Counsel General Mohammad Moeen Mrastyaal. He was speaking at a discussion held in University of Peshawar on Thursday. The in-house discussion on the...

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Judge in AT&T, Time Warner merger trial to deny data protection order

Judge in AT&T, Time Warner merger trial to deny data protection order

WASHINGTON  – The judge overseeing the Justice Department’s bid to stop AT&T (T.N) from buying Time Warner (TWX.N) said Thursday that he would deny a request to tighten protections on confidential data. Walt Disney Co (DIS.N) and Twenty-First Century Fox Inc (FOXA.O) had requested that a protective order on sensitive...

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In Silicon Valley, much-feared tax bill pays dividends for workers

In Silicon Valley, much-feared tax bill pays dividends for workers

SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. tax overhaul is a boon to Silicon Valley technology companies like Apple Inc (AAPL.O) and Alphabet Inc (GOOGL.O), which will enjoy big tax cuts and the chance to bring back billions of dollars from overseas at a reduced rate. And contrary to the dire warnings...

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EASA orders airlines to replace some Rolls-Royce engines

EASA orders airlines to replace some Rolls-Royce engines

FRANKFURT  – The European aviation safety regulator ordered airlines to replace some Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines on their aircraft as some components are suspected of having corroded. The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) said, to reduce the risk of both engines shutting down in flight, a new life cycle limit...

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Alphabet’s Eric Schmidt to step down as executive chairman

Alphabet’s Eric Schmidt to step down as executive chairman

SAN FRANCISCO – Alphabet Inc (GOOGL.O) said on Thursday its Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt will step down in January, ending a 17-year-run in which he played a central role in building a promising startup called Google into a global technology powerhouse. He will continue to serve on the Alphabet’s board...

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