Saif Ali Khan: Sacred Games is going to be the best show coming out of India

Saif Ali Khan: Sacred Games is going to be the best show coming out of India

Sail Ali Khan, who will be next seen in Netflix’s show Sacred Games, said he felt liberated as a performer while working on the web series which also stars Radhika Apte and Nawazuddin Siddiqui. He is one of the first mainstream actors to dabble into the digital platform and Saif Ali...

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Chris Evans feels Robert Downey Jr is irreplaceable as Iron Man

Chris Evans feels Robert Downey Jr is irreplaceable as Iron Man

Chris Evans says unlike characters like Batman and Superman, there can be only one Iron Man, and that is Robert Downey Jr. The two will next be seen together in Avengers: Infinity War. Iron Man and Captain America may be at loggerheads with each other right now, in real life...

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Ashley Judd praises James Franco for response to sexual misconduct claims

Ashley Judd praises James Franco for response to sexual misconduct claims

James Franco has been accused of sexual misconduct by five women after Golden Globe Awards. He has however denied the allegations, saying he is someone who always takes responsibility for his actions. Ashley Judd has praised James Franco for being accountable for his actions in the wake of sexual allegations...

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Aziz Ansari on sexual misconduct allegations: I took her words to heart and responded privately

Aziz Ansari on sexual misconduct allegations: I took her words to heart and responded privately

Comedian Aziz Ansari has said that he had indeed gone out on a date with the said woman, but whatever had transpired between them was consensual. Comedian Aziz Ansari has responded to allegations of sexual misconduct by a woman he dated last year. Ansari said in a statement Sunday that...

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Kaalakaandi box office collection day 3: Saif Ali Khan film collects Rs 3.85 crore in opening weekend

Kaalakaandi box office collection day 3: Saif Ali Khan film collects Rs 3.85 crore in opening weekend

Kaalakaandi box office collection day 3: The Akshat Verma directorial stars Saif Ali Khan and Sobhita Dhulipala in the lead alongside Akshay Oberoi, Isha Talwar, Kunaal Roy Kapur among others. With Delhi Belly’s writer Akshat Verma coming on board for Saif Ali Khan’s Kaalakaandi, one had expected the same sort of...

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Saudi Arabia begins screening films after decades-long ban lifted

Saudi Arabia begins screening films after decades-long ban lifted

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia began screening feature-length animated children’s films this weekend in a makeshift theatre, after a 35-year-old ban on cinemas was lifted in the conservative Islamic kingdom. The first permanent theatres could open as early as March, part of a liberalising reform drive that has already opened the door to...

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After youth shot dead in Karachi’s DHA, detained ACLC officials record statements before police

After youth shot dead in Karachi’s DHA, detained ACLC officials record statements before police

Six Anti-Car Lifting Cell (ACLC) officials detained for their suspected involvement in the fatal shooting of a teenager in Karachi’s Defence Housing Authority (DHA) on Saturday night recorded their statements before police on Monday morning, police sources told DawnNews. Two inspectors, two head constables and two officers were among those taken...

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Preferential trade deal with Saudi Arabia

Preferential trade deal with Saudi Arabia

PAKISTAN has evolved a comprehensive package in line with Saudi Vision-2030 to promote bilateral trade and investment between the two countries. The package envisages measures to ease procedures for business visa, remove non-tariff barriers and initiate talks on a preferential trade agreement (PTA). The package will be discussed at a...

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Everything comes at a price, even a stable rupee

Everything comes at a price, even a stable rupee

The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) is fire-fighting on the forex front knowing well that it is now paying the price for keeping the rupee overvalued in the past. The tragedy is that the decision to let the rupee put on extra weight was not entirely the central bank’s. In...

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Oil on the boil is bad news for govt

Oil on the boil is bad news for govt

THE recent sharp rebound in global oil prices on the back of supply cuts by the 14-nation Opec oil cartel and other producers led by Russia does not augur well for Pakistan’s economy, industry, exports and households. With around two dozen oil exporters agreeing to extend their deal to limit...

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Karachi Circular Railway faces derailment — again

Karachi Circular Railway faces derailment — again

GETTING around is going to get tougher with time for Karachiites as the Karachi Circular Railway (KCR) has hit snags — yet again. The mass transit project can potentially serve millions of distressed daily commuters and decongest roads of the megalopolis. > Sindh’s leadership accuses the federal government of deliberately...

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Cleric arrested for allegedly raping 14-year-old student in Karachi

Cleric arrested for allegedly raping 14-year-old student in Karachi

A cleric was arrested in Karachi on Sunday over allegations of raping his 14-year-old student, said Senior Superintendent Police (SSP) East Dr Samiullah Soomro. A student of Madressahtul Uloom on Sunday informed Gulistan-i-Jauhar police that his teacher had sexually abused him on Friday night inside the madressah, following which a...

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4 Chinese nationals arrested in another ATM skimming incident in Karachi

4 Chinese nationals arrested in another ATM skimming incident in Karachi

Karachi police have arrested four Chinese nationals suspected of ATM skimming fraud and have recovered Rs2.3 million and 350 ATM cards from their possession, Clifton Superintendent Police (SP) Dr Asad Malhi said on Sunday. Dr Malhi said that the police acted on information regarding suspicious activities of a group of...

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ISPR warns against ‘fake’ telephone calls by impersonators seeking personal information

ISPR warns against ‘fake’ telephone calls by impersonators seeking personal information

The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) on Sunday warned the general public against telephone calls by impersonators pretending to be army officers. “There are reports of fake telephone calls being made to the general public by individuals impersonating as Pakistan Armed Forces officials,” read a message issued by the military’s media...

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Sonam Kapoor hopes no film faces the same fate as Padmaavat

Sonam Kapoor hopes no film faces the same fate as Padmaavat

Padmaavat‘s been in the midst of a whirlwind since the last few months and Sonam Kapoor knows how ugly it got. The Bollywood actor, whose film Padman is clashing with the Sanjay Leela Bhansali directorial, wished the director luck and hopes that no film faces the same issues Padmaavat did. “I haven’t worked with him (Bhansali)...

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Body of MQM leader Dr Hasan Arif found in a car in Karachi

Body of MQM leader Dr Hasan Arif found in a car in Karachi

Professor Dr Hasan Zafar Arif, MQM-London’s deputy convener, was found dead in a car in Karachi’s Ilyas Goth area on Sunday, police said. “The body of Hassan Zafar Arif, son of Maqbool Hassan, 70-72-years-old, was found from car number ANC-016, Lancer silver at Ilyas Goth,” station house officer at Ibrahim...

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Kohli stands defiant after India’s top order fails

Kohli stands defiant after India’s top order fails

CENTURION: Indian captain Virat Kohli stood firm against a relentless South African bowling attack on an attritional second day of the second Test at SuperSport Park on Sunday. Kohli made 85 not out as India reached 183 for five at the close in reply to South Africa’s first-innings total of...

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PHF plans three-nation tournament to prepare for packed 2018

PHF plans three-nation tournament to prepare for packed 2018

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) plans to kick-off 2018 with hosting a three-nation tournament in Oman next month to prepare the national side for this year’s packed up calendar which is set to witness the Commonwealth Games, Asian Games, Champions Trophy and the World Cup. PHF secretary Shahbaz Senior...

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Pakistan thump Australia to reach Blind World Cup semis

Pakistan thump Australia to reach Blind World Cup semis

AJMAN: Pakistan created history in the Blind Cricket World Cup here on Sunday when they posted the highest ever total of 563 in all international cricket for blind while batting against Australia and then crushed the opposition by a massive margin of 394 runs to enter the semi-finals of the...

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Inzamam disappointed over ODI series defeat in NZ

Inzamam disappointed over ODI series defeat in NZ

KARACHI: Chairman of PCB’s national selection committee Inzamam-ul-Haq on Sunday expressed his disappointment at Pakistan’s failure to match New Zealand in the ongoing One-day International series. Talking to reporters a day after New Zealand had routed Sarfraz Ahmed’s tourists by 183 runs in Dunedin to take a 3-0 unassailable lead...

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Qatari sheikh says he’s under ‘detention’ in UAE

Qatari sheikh says he’s under ‘detention’ in UAE

DUBAI: An exiled Qatari royal family member once promoted by Saudi Arabia amid its ongoing dispute with Doha appeared in an online video on Sunday claiming he’s being held against his will in the United Arab Emirates, an allegation denied by an Abu Dhabi official. The video of Sheikh Abdullah...

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Former top judges join criticism of India’s chief justice

Former top judges join criticism of India’s chief justice

NEW DELHI: Four former senior Indian judges on Sunday released a letter in support of a group of Supreme Court judges who on Friday openly criticised the way the top court was functioning. The retired judges including a former Supreme Court judge and a chief justice of the Delhi High...

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Trump says immigration deal ‘probably dead’

Trump says immigration deal ‘probably dead’

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump said on Sunday a deal to resolve the status of hundreds of thousands of immigrants who entered the United States illegally as children is “probably dead,” blaming it on Democrats. Trump came back on the issue in a pair of early morning tweets three days...

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Turkey and the EU: time for plan B?

Turkey and the EU: time for plan B?

ISTANBUL: After an over half century accession bid, Turkey and the European Union are moving into a new period of relations where tighter cooperation in specific areas will be prioritised over Ankara’s drive for full membership, analysts say. Ties between Turkey and the EU reached a low point in 2017...

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Bill Gates announces aid bump for Pakistan

Bill Gates announces aid bump for Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Days after the Trump administration announced it was suspending security assistance to the country, a billionaire philanthropist has committed that his Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will increase financial aid for Pakistan. In a letter to Minister for National Health Services (NHS) Saira Afzal Tarar – a copy of...

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Service banned in unauthorised churches

Service banned in unauthorised churches

PESHAWAR: The police have stopped Christian community members from holding service in churches set up in residential quarters in Abbottabad city over security reasons. Officials said the religious service was banned in six unauthorised residential compounds, which were used as churches. They said the decision was taken in the wake...

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NA’s Fata move raises doubts about govt intentions

NA’s Fata move raises doubts about govt intentions

PESHAWAR: The much-publicised adoption of the bill proposing extension of jurisdiction of superior courts to the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) by the National Assembly has raised many eyebrows, with legal experts expressing scepticism about the government’s intentions. The bill titled “The Supreme Court and High Court (Extension of Jurisdiction...

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Mark Wahlberg donates $1.5 million after pay gap controversy

Mark Wahlberg donates $1.5 million after pay gap controversy

American actor Mark Wahlberg announced Saturday he would donate $1.5 million (1.2 million euros) to a legal fund for victims of sexual harassment following a controversy over the massive pay gap between him and a female co-star. Ridley Scott partially re-shot his latest movie, “All the Money in the World,”...

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Lobbying for opposition leader’s post begins in Balochistan Assembly

Lobbying for opposition leader’s post begins in Balochistan Assembly

QUETTA: Lobbying for the post of the leader of the opposition in the Balo­chistan Assembly has begun as Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party has emerged as the largest opposition party in the house with 13 seats after the election of the new chief minister. The PkMAP decided to sit in opposition...

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Bizenjo vows to address problems with opposition’s help

Bizenjo vows to address problems with opposition’s help

QUETTA: Newly elected Chief Minister Mir Abdul Qudoos Bizenjo met Balochistan National Party-Mengal (BNP-M) president Akhtar Jan Mengal on Sunday and assured the latter that he would take opposition parties on board on important issues facing the province. Accompanied by former chief minister Jan Mohammad Jamali, Mr Bizenjo went to...

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Some forces trying to sabotage Senate elections: Ahsan

Some forces trying to sabotage Senate elections: Ahsan

LAHORE: The ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) seems to be upset over losing its government in Balochistan and has expressed doubts over the holding of Senate elections according to schedule in March. On Sunday, a senior cabinet member of Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi’s government said no one was sure...

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Strange bedfellows to share stage at PAT’s Jan 17 rally

Strange bedfellows to share stage at PAT’s Jan 17 rally

ISLAMABAD: The two main opposition parties — Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) — seem set to become ‘strange bedfollows’ when their top leaderships will share the stage at the public meeting, convened by the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT), as there seems to be no agreement between the...

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Lahore stands to gain five more provincial assembly seats

Lahore stands to gain five more provincial assembly seats

ISLAMABAD: Lahore, the capital of the largest province in the country, will get five more provincial assembly seats after the fresh demarcation of constituencies, raising its rally from 20 to 25, an analysis of census data reveals. This is in addition to an extra National Assembly seat, which the provincial...

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Hamid Mir Opposes Pardon For Rangers Men Who Killed Youth In Karachi

Hamid Mir Opposes Pardon For Rangers Men Who Killed Youth In Karachi

The Senate Human Rights Committee which also opposed a presidential pardon for the convicted Rangers personnel who killed a young man in Karachi in 2011. Sarfaraz Shah, 22, was killed by the Rangers personnel at point-blank range in June 2011, in an incident caught on camera outside a public park...

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Zainab’s Murder Is A Collective Failure

Zainab’s Murder Is A Collective Failure

The rape and murder of six-year-old Zainab in Kasur, and ensuing events and conversations in its aftermath, provide yet another exemplary display of what all is broken in Pakistan’s political system. Firstly, as the 12th such case reported over a couple of years in a two-kilometre radius, it tells us...

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