Samsung to launch India-first smartphones to counter Chinese rivals

Samsung plans to launch a budget smartphone series in India ahead of a global release, aiming to regain ground ceded to Chinese rivals such as Xiaomi (1810.HK) in the world’s second-biggest mobile phone market. The South Korean company’s Indian market share by shipments has lagged Xiaomi’s in two of the three 2018 quarters for which data is available, according to...

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Afghan talent show singer finds fame as Justin Trudeau’s double

An Afghan talent show contestant’s striking resemblance to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has turned him into an unlikely celebrity in the war-torn country -- and potentially given him the winning edge. Abdul Salam Maftoon, a wedding singer from a village in the remote and impoverished northeastern province of Badakhshan, had never even heard of his more famous until a...

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Pakistani journalist Asad Hashim wins AFP’s Kate Webb Prize

ISLAMABAD: Freelance reporter Asad Hashim was named as winner of the 2018 Agence France-Presse Kate Webb Prize on Monday for his coverage of the plight of ethnic Pashtuns and blasphemy issues in his native Pakistan. The award, named after one of AFP’s finest correspondents, recognises journalism by locally-hired reporters in Asia operating in risky or difficult conditions. Hashim, 33, was...

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NAB’s appeal against Sharif family’s suspension dismissed by SC

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Monday dismissed the National Accountability Bureau’s appeal against the suspension of the Sharif family’s sentences in the Avenfield reference. A five-member bench led by Chief Justice Saqib Nisar and comprising Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, Justice Gulzar Ahmed, Justice Mushir Alam and Justice Mazhar Alam Miankhel heard the appeal. NAB had approached the apex...

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Trump under fresh scrutiny over relationship with Putin

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump faced uncomfortable new questions Sunday about his relationship with Vladimir Putin despite his angry dismissal of a report that he has kept top aides in the dark about his private conversations with the Russian leader. Republican lawmakers generally defended the president, saying he had been tougher on Russia than his Democratic predecessor Barack Obama, but...

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Remembering Arfa Karim Randhawa on 7th Death Anniversary

LAHORE: The seventh death anniversary of the youngest Pakistani computer prodigy, Arfa Abdul Karim Randhawa is being observed today (Monday). The young computer prodigy became the youngest Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) at the age of nine. Karim was born in a small village near Faisalabad on Feburary 2, 1995. At the age of nine, she became MCP after passing its...

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Police baton charge Job hopefuls at Karachi’s Civil Hospital

KARACHI: A pandemonium broke out at the metropolis' Civil Hospital Sunday night as police baton-charged candidates who had come for job interviews at the medical facility. According to the medical superintendent of the hospital, Sabir Memon, they had expected 8,000-10,000 candidates to appear for the interviews but more than that number turned up instead. On the other hand, some of...

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AB DeVilliers Mr.360 is coming to Pakistan

LAHORE: With just one month to go for the start of the Pakistan Super League 2019, South African star and former captain AB de Villiers has confirmed he will tour Pakistan for the Lahore Qalandars’ matches scheduled in the cricket-loving nation. The flamboyant batsman, who will be making his PSL debut for Lahore Qalandars, announced he will feature in back-to-back...

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SC finishes up suo motu notice hearing on APS tragedy

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Monday disposed of the Army Public School carnage suo motu case after being briefed on the progress made by a judicial commission probing the matter. On December 16, 2014, terrorists stormed the army-run school in Peshawar and martyred around 150 people, including more than 130 schoolchildren, in the deadliest terrorist attack in the country’s history....

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