Israeli Firms Seek Hi-Tech Help — In Gaza

When Dan Leubitz needed a contractor for a project with his Israeli tech firm, one address in the list of tenders caught his eye: Gaza. It was 2015, only a year after Israel fought a brutal war with Gaza’s Islamist rulers Hamas, leaving 2,251 Palestinians killed and 74 dead on the Israeli side. Leubitz’s rapidly […]

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Facebook Is ‘Silencing’ Rohingya Muslim Reports of ‘Ethnic Cleansing’

Activists documenting the alleged ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims in Burma are reportedly having their Facebook posts removed and their accounts suspended. Rohingya people who use Facebook to share information about attacks have called on the company to stop silencing them, the Daily Beast reports. A mass exodus of Rohingya Muslims has sparked allegations of […]

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Bohra Community Members From 40 Countries To Attend Ashra In Karachi

Around 40,000 individuals from over 40 countries have registered themselves to attend Ashra Mubaraka to be conducted by the Dawoodi Bohra community head this year in Karachi. Head of the Dawoodi Bohra community, Dr Syedna Mufaddal Saifud­din, arrived here on Sept 14 to conduct a series of sermons exploring the themes of justice, sacrifice, brotherhood, […]

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Rooney Receives Two-Year Driving Ban For Drunk-Driving

Former England football captain Wayne Rooney was banned on Monday from driving for two years and ordered to perform 100 hours of unpaid community work after pleading guilty to drink-driving. The Everton striker apologised for an “unforgivable lack of judgement” following his sentencing by a court in northern England for being nearly three times over […]

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Two Religious Parties Candidates Bag 11pc of Vote In NA-120

Results of Sunday’s by-election in the National Assembly constituency NA-120 (Lahore-III) have sprung up some surprises, with two candidates backed by religious parties finishing third and forth and winning together about 11 per cent of the vote cast. Many people had been expecting a better turnout in view of the vigorous campaigns run by almost […]

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Snapchat Blocks Al Jazeera In Saudi Arabia On Govt’s Request

Global image messaging service Snapchat has blocked Qatari broadcaster Al Jazeera from its app in Saudi Arabia at the request of Saudi authorities, the company said on Monday. “We make an effort to comply with local laws in the countries where we operate,” a spokesman for parent company Snap Inc said. The request to block […]

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Indian Students Forced To Say ‘Jai Hind’ Instead of ‘Present, Sir’ To Mark Attendance

After the compulsory flag hoisting was introduced in Madhya Pradesh schools in January, the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government will make “Jai Hind” mandatory for all students from November as a marker of their attendance, reported Hindustan Times. The first district to adopt this practice shall be Satna, from October 1 – a month before the rule […]

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Saudi Arabia To Lift Ban on WhatsApp, Skype Calling

Saudi Arabia announced, on Wednesday, that they are lifting the ban Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) voice and video calling services including Skype, WhatsApp and Viber effective from next week. Abdullah Al Sawaha, Minister for communications and information technology and the chairman of the Kingdom’s telecom regulator, said the decision is taken to enable customers, […]

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Da’ish Recruits US-Returned IT Grad From Peshawar

Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa has already lost hundreds of youngsters to the ‘charm’ of the various Taliban groups and factions. Now, it appears the Khorasan franchise of the ultra-extremist group Islamic State (IS) has moved in to tap into this recruitment pool, security officials told Daily Express. Muhammad is 22. He went to the country’s most prestigious boys’ […]

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British Teen Hangs Himself After He Was Bullied For Being Good Looking

A teenager committed suicide after he was bullied for being too good looking, said his parents following an investigation. Fifteen-year-old Brandon Rayat hanged himself in his bedroom after being harassed by other teenagers who called him a ‘paedophile’, sent him messages from a social media account in the name of Jimmy Savile, and threatened to […]

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Singapore Formally Elects First Female Malay-Muslim President

Halimah Yacob,was named Singapore’s first female Malay-Muslim president on Wednesday but the milestone was overshadowed by criticism her selection was undemocratic after she was handed the job without a vote. An establishment stalwart, the former speaker of parliament from the Muslim Malay minority, did not have to face an election for the largely ceremonial post […]

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Man Shoots Estranged Wife And Seven of Her Friends In Texas

A man killed his estranged wife and seven of her friends who were attending a party at her home, reported The Independent. Spencer Hight brought “multiple firearms of different types” to the house in a suburb in Dallas, Texas, the police said. After he confronted his wife Meredith, the 32-year-old killed her, Plano police chief […]

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Sitting Most of The Day May Lead To An Early Grave: Study

Adults who are inactive much of the day may be more likely to die prematurely than people who don’t sit around a lot, regardless of their exercise habits, a US study suggests. People may also be less likely to die young if they break up sedentary time by moving around every half hour than if […]

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13-Year-Old Rape Victim’s Baby In India Dies Two Days After Birth

The baby of a 13-year-old Indian rape victim, who made headlines after her pregnancy was allowed to be terminated by the country’s top court, died just two days after he was born.  The baby had been in neonatal intensive care in Mumbai but died on September 10. The Indian girl, who was 32 weeks pregnant, […]

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Dalai Lama Says Buddha Would Have Helped Myanmar’s Muslims

The Dalai Lama has spoken out for the first time about the Rohingya refugee crisis, saying Buddha would have helped Muslims fleeing violence in Buddhist-majority Myanmar. Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya have arrived in Bangladesh in recent weeks after violence flared in neighbouring Myanmar, where the stateless Muslim minority has endured decades of persecution. The […]

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Production of Cigarettes Plunged 35.8pc In 2016-17

Cigarette production dropped 35 per cent in 2016-17 to 34 billion sticks from 53bn sticks a year ago. Pakistan has been one of the top producers of cigarettes due to vast availability of tobacco in the country particularly in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The cigarette and tobacco industry was so attractive at one time that it ranked […]

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5 Children Drown As Rohingya Boats Sink Off Bangladesh

At least five children drowned when boats carrying Rohingya refugees fleeing violence in Myanmar sank early on Wednesday, Bangladesh border guards told AFP. Authorities said three to four boats had sunk at the mouth of the Naf river, which divides Bangladesh and Myanmar’s violence-wracked Rakhine state, raising fears there could be many more casualties. Scores […]

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Dilip Kumar Visits Madina And Shares His Spiritual Experience

Legendary Bollywood actor Dilip Kumar recently paid a visit to the holy cities of Madina and took to Twitter to share his spiritual experience. “Saab at the Prophet’s Mosque, Madina. What a wonderful journey and experience we all had,” reads his recent Twitter update. Saab at the Prophet's Mosque, Madinah. What a wonderful journey and […]

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UK Seeks Pakistan’s Help In Altaf Hate Speech Probe

Britain’s Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has asked for Pakistan’s help to bring charges against MQM-London leader Altaf Hussain, according to documents obtained by Dawn. The British authorities are focu­sing on violence associated with speeches given by Mr Hussain on March 11, 2015 and Aug 22, 2016. The charges being considered by the British range from […]

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Universities Move To Counter Trends of Extremism, Militancy In Students

Alarmed over reports of a university student’s involvement in the attack on the leader of the opposition in Sindh Assembly on Eid day, two major public sector varsities in the city held meetings on Tuesday to brainstorm ideas on how to check trends of extremism and militancy in students. All deans of Karachi University as […]

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Myanmar’s Suu Kyi Slams ‘Misinformation’ Over Rohingya Crisis

Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Wednesday alleged a “huge iceberg of misinformation” was distorting the picture of the Rohingya crisis, which has forced 125,000 of the Muslim minority to flee to Bangladesh. In her first comments since Rohingya militant attacks sparked unrest on August 25, Suu Kyi said fake news was […]

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Imran Tahir Allegedly Humiliated By Pakistani Consulate In Birmingham

South African cricketer and World XI squad member Imran Tahir ─ who is due to play the Independence Cup series in Lahore this month ─ accused the Pakistani consulate in Birmingham of “humiliating” him and his family when they attempted to apply for a visa to travel here. “Me and my family were humiliated and […]

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India Arrests British Man For Alleged Sexual Abuse of Blind Boys

A 54-year-old British man has been arrested for allegedly sexually abusing three blind students at a school in the Indian capital, police said on Tuesday. Murray Dennis Ward had been associated with the New Delhi school, run by the National Association for the Blind, for nine years — initially as a donor and later, as […]

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Pakistan climbs 14 spots on World Giving Index 2017

Pakistan climbed up 14 places in the World Giving Index 2017, making it to the top 10 generous countries despite a declining trend across continents in global giving. The eighth edition, released by the Charities Aid Foundation and based on a global poll of 146, 000 respondents of the survey by Gallup, ranked the country at 78 […]

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PPP involved in Benazir Bhutto murder, claims senator Mushahid Ullah

Benazir Bhutto’s Party Remained ‘Disinterested’ In Murder Trial

For all their protestations against the verdict announced by a Rawalpindi anti-terrorism court (ATC), the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) did not seem to take the slightest interest in the Benazir Bhutto murder trial, and no one from the party turned up to hear the judgment on Thursday. Benazir Bhutto, who was twice elected prime minister […]

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US Attaches New Conditions To Pledged Military Aid

The Trump administration has held back previously promised military aid of $255 million to Pakistan by attaching new conditions which, the State Department says, will allow it to review the level of its cooperation with Islamabad before making new commitments. “The Department notified Congress on August 30 of our intent to obligate $255 million in […]

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Transgender People Having No Information About Their Parents Can Now Obtain CNICs: Nadra

ISLAMABAD: The National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) has upgraded its policy for registration of transgender people and now even those who do not have information about their parents can also obtain CNICs (Computer­ised National Identity Cards). Earlier Nadra allowed only those transgender people who had documents of their parents duly attested by a social […]

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Chinese National, Six Others Indicted In Donkey Hides’ Case

A Customs court indicted on Tuesday a Chinese national and six others in a case pertaining to illegal trade of donkey hides. Tu Zhong Xiao, Ihtisham Ahmed, his wife Afshan, Daniyal, Jumman, Faisal and Zeeshan Patras were arrested in April this year in Gulistan-i-Jauhar and police had allegedly seized over 4,700 hides worth Rs118 million […]

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For First Time, Saudi Women Step Into Haj Emergency Role

MAKKAH: Seven women sit in front of computer screens fielding distress calls from across Mecca ahead of the annual Haj pilgrimage this week, in a first for Saudi Arabia as it tries to expand participation in the workforce. The seven, almost all wearing the black niqab over their faces, form the first women’s section of […]

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LUMS Orientation Week 2017 Concluded

Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) conducted its Orientation Week for the batch of 2021 last week. This year, O-Week included various seminars by faculty and staff to help freshmen understand the life at LUMS. The event also featured a host of exciting activities such as a batch photo, icebreaking sessions, focus groups, a food […]

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Pakistani Nationals Emerge As Third Largest Investors In Dubai’s Real Estate Market

Pakistan has emerged as the third largest real estate investor in Dubai, reveals Dubai Land Department (DLD), citing data spanning 18 months — from January 2016 to June 2017. According to the details, shared by DLD on social media, Pakistani nationals have made 5,398 real estate transactions pumping about AED7 billion in Dubai’s real estate […]

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Mark Zuckerberg, Priscilla Chan Blessed With Second Daughter

Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife welcomed their second daughter – August – to the world on Monday (Aug 28) with a post on the leading social network. As they did with after the birth of their first daughter, Maxima, in late 2015, the couple wrote the girl a letter, but this one spoke […]

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India’s Top Court Rules Instant ‘Triple Talaq’ Divorce Unconstitutional

India’s top court on Tuesday struck down Islamic practice that allows men to divorce their wives instantly by a 3:2 majority, deeming it “unconstitutional”. The Supreme Court (SC) ruled that the practice of “triple talaq”, whereby Muslim men can divorce their wives by reciting the word talaq (divorce) three times, was both unconstitutional and un-Islamic. […]

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Traffic Jam In Rawalpindi Helps Boy Escape Captors

A boy abducted a few days ago, managed to escape from the custody of kidnappers in Rawalpindi when they were stuck in a traffic jam.  Abdul Basit Shah, a 12-year-old student went missing on August 15 on the way back home from school. The devastated family reported the incident to the police on the same […]

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YouTube Adds ‘Breaking News’ Section For Homepage And Mobile Apps

For many, YouTube is the go-to place for footage of any major event that takes place as the video-streaming website is often credited with finding videos that are covering the most significant of news in real time. Most of them are shot through individual mobile phones.  Now, Google has finally made this task easier by […]

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Three Kashmiri Students Booked For Not Standing Up During National Anthem In India

Three engineering students, originally hailing from Kashmir, have been booked for not standing up during the national anthem which was being played in a cinema hall in Hyderabad, India, on Saturday. The incident took place when the students, studying at a private college, went to a cinema hall under Rajendra Nagar Police Station. The students […]

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Makkah Hotel Evacuated After Fire

A hotel in the Saudi Arabia’s city Makkah, where around two million Muslims have gathered to perform the annual Haj pilgrimage, was evacuated on Monday after a fire broke out, the civil defence service said. Civil defence spokesman Major Nayef Al-Sharif said no casualties were reported following the fire, which was sparked by a faulty […]

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Bangladesh Sends Back Rohingya Boat Carrying Injured

Bangladesh coastguards on Saturday turned back a boat carrying 31 Rohingya Muslim refugees escaping renewed army activity in their neighbouring Myanmar homeland, an official said. The push-back came after at least 500 Rohingya fled their villages in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, crossing the border to take shelter in refugee camps and hills in Bangladesh’s southeastern Cox’s […]

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Zaid Ali Ties The Knot

A few weeks ago, Zaid Ali T excitedly shared a countdown to his big day, now the star is officially married! The Pakistani-Canadian couldn’t help but share his happiness with his fans. He took to Twitter to announce the news post nikkah and wrote: “Nikkah is complete. I am officially married.” Nikkah is completed. I […]

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PTI Launches ‘Aap Ko Kyun Nikala’ Campaign

In response to former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s ‘mujhe kyun nikala [why was I removed]’ statement made during a public gathering, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) Sindh chapter launched on Friday an ‘Aap Ko Kyun Nikala [Why they removed you]’ drive. The party hung posters and banners and distributed pamphlets in this regard. PTI leader Haleem Adil […]

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Madhuri Thinks Priyanka Is The Perfect Choice For Her Biographical Series

Madhuri Dixit is looking forward to the ABC series based on her life. According to Times of India, the Bollywood diva was actually surprised when she heard about the development of the program. Madhuri had tweeted about the the series, which is based on her bi-cultural family settled in the suburbs of America. Talent knows […]

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Atif Aslam’s Next Song Is Going To Be In Bengali

It’s no secret that Pakistani singer Atif Aslam has quite a fanbase in India. And the ex-Jal lead singer does not shy away from bringing something new to the table for his audience there. The vocalist has achieved another feat in his music career as he took on singing in Bengali for an upcoming production […]

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Denmark Charges Imam For Comparing Gays To Paedophiles

Danish prosecutors have charged a 49-year-old imam for making public remarks against homosexuals, whom he compared to paedophiles. Prosecutor Jan Reckendorff says the unidentified imam violated Denmark’s penal code in interviews in June 2016 following the attack at Orlando’s Pulse gay nightclub, where 49 people were shot dead. Reckendorff said Friday the remarks “were so […]

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Obama’s Anti-Racism Tweet Becomes Most Liked In History of Twitter

Barack Obama’s anti-racism tweet, in response to the far right rally in Charlottesville has become the most liked tweet in the history of Twitter. “No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin or his background or his religion,” said Obama while tweeting a quote from Nelson Mandela’s 1994 autobiography. […]

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‘I Love Pakistan’s People More Than Its Mountains’

American-British mountaineer, Vanessa O’Brien, who recently scaled K2, said on Tuesday that the warmth and love she received in Pakistan was matchless. “I love Pakistan’s people more than its mountains,” she said. O’Brien told media in a news conference at a local hotel here that she had found Pakistani people loving and caring. “I love […]

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PTI Fails To Upstage Ruling Party’s ‘Unimpressive’ Show In Pindi

Following the “poor showing” by the ruling PML-N during Nawaz Sharif’s GT Road rally from Islamabad to Lahore, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf’s (PTI) public meeting at Liaquat Bagh was supposed to be an impressive show of power. But the gathering attracted a much smaller number of people as compared to Imran Khan’s previous outings, even though the […]

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Five Of A Family Drown At Hawkesbay

Five people, belonging to the same family, drowned off Hawkesbay beach on Monday, police and medical officials said. City SSP Adeel Hussain Chandio told Dawn that the five persons had drowned near Nasir restaurant. Initially, two teenaged girls, Dua Fatima, 16, and Hamna Imran, 14, were swept to dangerous waters by strong waves, where they […]

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Sri Lanka To Play T20I In Pakistan

Sri Lanka’s cricket board has approved a tour to Pakistan, eight years after a deadly militant attack against the team brought top international games there to a standstill, officials said Monday. Sri Lanka Cricket chief Thilanga Sumathipala said after a security assessment, the team had been cleared to play three T20Is including one in Lahore, […]

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Solo Turk And Saudi Hawks Participate in PAF’s Aug 14 Air show

Aerobatic teams from Turkey and Saudi Arabia will be performing in the biggest show by the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) in the country’s history to mark its 70th anniversary on Monday. The special appearance of “Solo Turk”, the famous Turkish aerobatic team of the Turkish Air Force and the internationally acclaimed “Saudi Hawks” of the […]

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India Issues Visa To Pakistani Woman Seeking Cancer Treatment

India on Sunday decided to grant visa to a 25-year-old Pakistani cancer patient who is due to travel across the border for treatment. “Thanks for your greetings on India’s Independence day. We are giving you the visa for your treatment in India,” Indian Mini­ster for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj wrote on Twitter in response to […]

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