Budget of FY’18-19 ignores SME sector

Budget of FY’18-19 ignores SME sector

KARACHI: On Tuesday, SMEA President Zafar Iqbal claimed the small and medium enterprises (SMEs) have been totally ignored in the budget 2018-19. The sector’s genuine demands including the removal of conditions for getting bank loans and ease of doing business were not accepted, said Mr. Iqbal, the leader of Small...

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School Van in Indian Occupied Kashmir got pelted with stones injuring two students

School Van in Indian Occupied Kashmir got pelted with stones injuring two students

Two schoolchildren were injured when their school bus was pelted with stones in south Kashmir’s Shopian. Police sources said that a bus belonging to Rainbow International School came under attack in Zavoora area of Shopian on Wednesday morning. Some of the bus windows were damaged in the incident. The injured...

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Beverage firms granted with time-frame to swap their labels from ”energy” to ”stimulant

Beverage firms granted with time-frame to swap their labels from ”energy” to ”stimulant

LAHORE: The Punjab Food Authority (PFA) on Tuesday warned all energy drink manufacturers to use new labels for their product as per the authority’s directions. The authority has sent notices to the respective companies to rectify labelling of their products within eight months else strict action is likely to be...

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PSL fielding standards outrun T20 leagues, record-breaking!

PSL fielding standards outrun T20 leagues, record-breaking!

Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2018 has claimed the crown of being the best addition so far! Not only was the Karachi final a historic event, but the league has also beat other major T20 franchises in the best fielding category! PSL overtook IPL in the stats, according to a report drafted...

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Temperature Alert: Karachi heat-zoned

Temperature Alert: Karachi heat-zoned

Owing to the sweltering climatic conditions, a scorching heatwave has been prevailing across different cities of the country since April. According to the data compiled by the Pakistan Meteorological Department, the temperature recorded in Jacobabad and Benazirabad on April 30 was 50 degrees centigrade, smashing the latter’s own 18-year-old record...

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Shahid Khaqan in talks with President of Kenya to discuss trade ties and international state affairs

Shahid Khaqan in talks with President of Kenya to discuss trade ties and international state affairs

ISLAMABAD: On Monday, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi expressing delight over the prevailing cordial relations between Pakistan and Kenya emphasized on enhancing and diversifying bilateral trade ties. The Prime Minister expressed these concerns during a meeting with Foreign Minister of Kenya Ambassador Dr Monica Juma, who along with the High...

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Insights of Starcom’s CEO: Omar Abedin, in puruit of a different career path

Insights of Starcom’s CEO: Omar Abedin, in puruit of a different career path

After 16 months as CEO, Omar Abedin has now stepped down from his position at Starcom. Mr. Abedin, while giving an interview to Campaign Asia had said that he now wants to pursue a different path, which he will share with everyone very soon. “I’M LEAVING STARCOM TO PURSUE A...

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Hundreds of dead newborn girls have been found dumped in garbage piles in Pakistan over the last year as cultural preference for boys drives more parents to murder babies

Hundreds of dead newborn girls have been found dumped in garbage piles in Pakistan over the last year as cultural preference for boys drives more parents to murder babies

Hundreds of dead newborn girls have been found dumped in garbage piles in Pakistan over the last year amid a cultural preference for boys, it has emerged. A total of 345 babies have been found dead in refuse heaps in Karachi, Pakistan’s most populous city, since the beginning of 2017 with 99...

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Marsden Point Refinery’s maintenance shut down in full swing

Marsden Point Refinery’s maintenance shut down in full swing

The maintenance shutdown of the Marsden Point refinery is about to enter its busiest phase with work on refinery processing units and related utilities commencing from Monday 7 May onward. Scheduled for completion in mid-June, the shutdown will see staff and contractor numbers at the refinery soar from 500-plus to...

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New Zealand is weighing up playing cricket in Pakistan for the first time in 15 years

New Zealand is weighing up playing cricket in Pakistan for the first time in 15 years

WELLINGTON: New Zealand is weighing up playing cricket in Pakistan for the first time in 15 years after an invitation from the south Asian nation’s cricket board. New Zealand has not played in Pakistan since 2003 due to security concerns but had been asked to play Twenty20 matches in the...

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Hillary Clinton has a message for Shahid Afridi

Hillary Clinton has a message for Shahid Afridi

KARACHI: Shahid ‘Boom-Boom’ Afridi, one of Pakistan’s most-loved cricketers, tweeted Tuesday to thank former US state secretary Hillary Clinton over her support for the Shahid Afridi Foundation. “Thank you @HillaryClinton for supporting the cause of #Humanity and your best wishes,” Afridi wrote in his tweet that included a video of Clinton. Thank you...

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Deepika and Ranveer become bold and blatant about their relationship’s future

Deepika and Ranveer become bold and blatant about their relationship’s future

Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh have been in a relationship for more than five years, and there are rumors that the couple will solemnize their relationship at the end of the year. The two have never been vocal regarding their relationship but have always considered each other ‘special’. Unlike his...

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“Maybe if we die we can play”: the moving drawings of children affected by the war in Syria

“Maybe if we die we can play”: the moving drawings of children affected by the war in Syria

“Maybe if we die we can play.” It is a sentiment echoed by many children who suffer the war in Syria, said Dr. Mohammad Khalid Hamza. His team of doctors and psychologists from the Syrian American Medical Society (Sams) have been working with children affected by a conflict that has...

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Shahbaz Sharif apologizes for PML-N guttersnipes for the withering remarks that targeted women of the PTI rally

Shahbaz Sharif apologizes for PML-N guttersnipes for the withering remarks that targeted women of the PTI rally

LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) president and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Tuesday apologized for the withering remarks by Punjab Law Rana Sanaullah on women attending the rally of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf in Lahore. The PML-N president took it to Twitter, apologizing for any derogatory remarks made by THE...

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WHO: Seven million die a year from breathing contaminated air

WHO: Seven million die a year from breathing contaminated air

Nine out of ten people in the world breathe contaminated air, causing 7 million deaths annually from causes directly related to pollution, reported the World Health Organization Seven million people die every year in the world from breathing polluted air, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a new report...

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The timeline and other improvements to the new Windows 10 that will make your life easier

The timeline and other improvements to the new Windows 10 that will make your life easier

The new version of Windows 10 is now available and comes with some changes designed to improve task management, save time and, basically, make life easier for users. The update can be downloaded manually, free of charge. If you have not already done so, you can also wait until May 8,...

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3 steps to create healthy habits (and keep them)

3 steps to create healthy habits (and keep them)

How many times have you tried to include healthy habits in your life and you have not achieved it? Why does it cost so much? You want to lead a healthier life, start exercising, eat healthier, better control stress and stop doing things that do not benefit your body. How many...

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German schools need more Islamic religion classes in light of increased Islamophobia

German schools need more Islamic religion classes in light of increased Islamophobia

A new study revealed that 54,000 high school students in Germany receive Islamic religion classes. However, the number of interested parties could be 10 times higher. There are not enough German high school students who receive Islamic religion classes, according to a new study from the Mediendienst Integration information service. About 54,000...

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At least 23 dead in bombings in IS zone in northeastern Syria

At least 23 dead in bombings in IS zone in northeastern Syria

The Syrian official news agency Sana blamed the international coalition aircraft for being behind a “massacre” and put the dead at 25. At least 23 civilians, including 10 minors, were killed today (01.05.2018) by bombings of unidentified aircraft in a town controlled by the jihadist group Islamic State (IS) in...

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Morocco breaks relations with Iran

Morocco breaks relations with Iran

Morocco says that Iran supports the Polisario Front, which seeks the independence of Western Sahara. According to Rabat, the Lebanese militia Hezbollah, an ally of Iran, provides logistical support and training to the movement. Morocco will sever diplomatic relations with Iran, citing Tehran’s support for the Polisario Front, which seeks self-determination...

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5 key points of the nuclear agreement with Iran and why Donald Trump threatens to abandon it

5 key points of the nuclear agreement with Iran and why Donald Trump threatens to abandon it

The historic nuclear agreement concluded successfully between Iran and the then foreign ministers of six powers: USA, China, Russia, United Kingdom, France and Germany, in Vienna, Austria, on July 14, 2015. The momentous nuclear agreement of 2015 between Iran and six world powers – the United States, Russia, China, the...

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Army chief arrives in Quetta to address Hazara community grievances

Army chief arrives in Quetta to address Hazara community grievances

Army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa arrived in Quetta on Tuesday, days after two people belonging to the Hazara community were shot dead in the provincial capital. “COAS arrived at Quetta for an update on security situation and meeting with notables of Hazara Community,” said the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) DG Maj...

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5 things that could be affecting your weight that may surprise you

5 things that could be affecting your weight that may surprise you

Many people may think that the fight against obesity is a matter of willpower, but medical research indicates otherwise. The BBC program The Truth About Obesity discovered five factors that may be affecting your weight that may surprise you. 1. Intestinal microbes Gillian and Jackie are twins. But there is something that, at...

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Shutdown observed in Indian occupied Kashmir over martyrdom

Shutdown observed in Indian occupied Kashmir over martyrdom

ISLAMABAD: On Tuesday, a complete shutdown was observed in Indian-occupied Kashmir (IoK) against the killing of three Kashmiri youth, which included a cricket star, by Indian troops in Pulwama. According to Kashmir Media Service (KMS), call for the strike had been announced by the Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali...

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How a codeine cough syrup is creating a generation of addicts

How a codeine cough syrup is creating a generation of addicts

When the younger brother of BBC journalist Ruona Meyer became addicted to cough syrup, she began to investigate those who produce and sell these medicines on the streets of Lagos, Nigeria. Her research took her to the depths of the country’s criminal underworld, revealing an epidemic that is destroying scores of lives in West Africa. After the...

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Miftah advocates that PPP criticisms against petroleum prices are unjustified

Miftah advocates that PPP criticisms against petroleum prices are unjustified

ISLAMABAD: On Tuesday Minister for Finance Miftah Ismail advocated that criticisms by Pakistan People Party leadership on petroleum prices is baseless. He said that the prices of petroleum products, even after the recent upsurge, are still below than what was recorded during the PPP’s reign, and that the taxes levied...

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PTI spokesman Fawad reacts against Sharif’s conspiracies

PTI spokesman Fawad reacts against Sharif’s conspiracies

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) spokesman Fawad Chaudhry, while countering Nawaz Sharif’s address with a rally in Sahiwal, stated that the former premier has been giving his traditional narrative of a ‘conspiracy’ plotted against him. In his statement, Chaudhry said having Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah seated in the first row...

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Nawaz and Zardari get into a war of words

Nawaz and Zardari get into a war of words

ISLAMABAD: On Tuesday, Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari affirmed that he had not passed any remarks concerning the former prime minister Nawaz Sharif. On Monday, media reports had claimed that Zardari, in a meeting with party leaders, believed that Nawaz is “far more cunning and opportunistic than we thought”....

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