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2500 illegal shops reduced to rubble in Saddar thus far by KMC

KARACHI: The Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) on Saturday sent a report regarding the anti-encroachment operation in the metropolis’ Saddar area to the commissioner and stated that 2,500 shops were razed. In keeping with the Supreme Court’s directives, KMC prepared a report on the anti-encroachment operation in Karachi’s Saddar and surrounding areas which was conducted from November 5 to 15. Along...

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2500 illegal shops reduced to rubble in Saddar thus far by KMC

KARACHI: The Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) on Saturday sent a report regarding the anti-encroachment operation in the metropolis’ Saddar area to the commissioner and stated that 2,500 shops were razed. In keeping with the Supreme Court’s directives, KMC prepared a report on the anti-encroachment operation in Karachi’s Saddar and surrounding areas which was conducted from November 5 to 15. Along...

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Five factories sealed in Punjab for using textile dyes to make ketchup red

LAHORE: On Friday, the Punjab Food Authority has sealed a number of factories across the province for gross violations of hygiene and safety in preparation of food ingredients, local news channel reported.  According to Punjab Food Authority, out of 39 production units checked, five factories were sealed, seven were fined and 26 warned for manufacturing substandard ketchup, mayonnaise and other...

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Pakistan goes against the grain with coal power spree

In Pakistan´s bleak Thar desert, the roar of trucks is constant at a massive Chinese-backed coal power project the government sees as an answer to chronic energy shortages, but which activists warn is an environmental disaster. Machines are running round the clock to finish the mine and coal power plant, a flagship project of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) plan...

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CNN Sues White House Over Barring Of Reporter

WASHINGTON: CNN sued Donald Trump’s administration Tuesday, alleging the White House violated journalist Jim Acosta’s rights under the constitution by revoking his press credentials following a heated exchange with the US president. “The wrongful revocation of these credentials violates CNN and Acosta’s First Amendment rights of freedom of the press, and their Fifth Amendment rights to due process,” the news...

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Telephone Banking Fraud: FIA claims to arrest a Gang from Hafizabad

GUJRANWALA: On Monday late night, a key member of a group involved in telephone banking fraud was arrested from Hafizabad late Monday night. As per Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) officials, the group was involved in scamming people and withdrawing millions from over 60 bank accounts in Gujranwala region. The key group member, Shabbir, was arrested from Hafizabad on a tip-off...

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Anti-polio campaign begins nationwide

Web Desk: A nationwide anti-polio campaign of varied durations begins in selected parts of the country on Monday. In Punjab, more than seven million children will be administrated polio vaccine in twelve highly sensitive districts during the campaign. The districts include Lahore, Sheikhupura, Bahawalpur, Dera Ghazi Khan, Multan, Muzafargarh, Rajanpur, Rahim Yar Khan, Layyah, Faisalabad, Rawalpindi and Attock. In Khyber...

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UNHCR to halt repatriation of Afghan refugees for three months owing to cold weather

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) announced on Sunday that they will be suspending the repatriation of Afghan refugees in Pakistan for the next three months due to the cold weather. According to a spokesperson of the UNHCR, “The repatriation process will be halted from December 1st, 2018 till February 28th, 2019 due to the drop in temperature and...

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120 Zaireen stranded in Iraq’s Baghdad airport returns Pakistan

Pakistani Zaireen, who were stranded at the Baghdad International Airport in Iraq for the last two days — some even longer — have returned to Pakistan safely, Foreign Office (FO) Spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal shared on Twitter on Saturday. Welcoming the Zaireen back, Dr Faisal said that an inquiry was being initiated against the tour operator whose "inefficiency led to...

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US ‘war on terror’ killed 500,000 people: study

WASHINGTON: About half a million people have died violently in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan due to the US "war on terror" that was launched following the 9/11 attacks in 2001, according to a study released Thursday. The report by Brown University's Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs put the death toll at between 480,000 and 507,000 people — but...

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Delhi suffers toxic smog hangover after Diwali firework frenzy

NEW DELHI: Air pollution in New Delhi hit hazardous levels Thursday after a night of free-for-all Diwali fireworks, despite Supreme Court efforts to curb the smog-fuelling partying. Major monuments including the India Gate and Red Fort were hidden by a toxic haze. Commuters donned masks as visibility on major roads was reduced to barely 50 metres (160 feet). Diwali is...

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Pakistan, Afghanistan discuss ways to ensure dignified return of Afghan nationals

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Afghanistan on Wednesday deliberated on the ways to enhance mutual cooperation for a dignified, gradual, time-bound and complete return of the Afghan nationals to their country. The deliberations were held during the second meeting of the Refugee Working Group (WG) under the Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Stability (APAPPS) here at the Ministry of SAFRON. The...

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FIA cyber crime chief sends alarm bells by revealing that almost all banks data hacked in recent security breach

ISLAMABAD: In a shocking revelation, the head of the Federal Investigation Agency’s (FIA) cybercrime wing has said data from "almost all" Pakistani banks was stolen in a recent security breach. "According to a recent report we have received, data from almost all Pakistani banks has been reportedly hacked," FIA Cyber crimes Director retired Capt Mohammad Shoaib told local news channel....

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PM Imran meets Russian Prime Minister in China

SHANGHAI: Prime Minister Imran Khan met his Russian counterpart, Dmitry Medvedev, in Shanghai on Monday and invited him to visit Islamabad. Earlier today, PM Imran, who is on his first official visit to China since assuming charge as the country’s premier, addressed the opening ceremony of International Import Expo in Shanghai. According to sources, the premier met his Russian counterpart...

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Asia Bibi’s husband appeals to Donald Trump for refuge

ISLAMABAD: According to Reuters, the husband of Asia Bibi – a Christian woman acquitted by the Supreme Court of Pakistan after being on death row for eight years in a blasphemy case – appealed on Sunday to US President Donald Trump for refuge, citing danger to family members’ lives. The Supreme Court on October 31 ordered Bibi’s immediate release stating...

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Asia Bibi’s counsel leaves Pakistan claiming threats to his life

The lawyer who saved Asia Bibi, a Christian woman convicted of blasphemy, from the gallows left the country on Saturday, saying his life was under threat. Saiful Mulook's latest victory saw the freeing of Asia Bibi, who spent nearly a decade on death row, after the Supreme Court overturned her sentence on Wednesday. The decision sparked protests across the country,...

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PM Imran Khan in China for search of more bail out packages to tackle economic woes

BEIJING: New Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan is on official visit to China where he will meet President Xi Jinping, on a trip seen as vital to Islamabad’s efforts to obtain fresh loans to prop up the economy. Khan, accompanied by Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, is leading a delegation from Nov. 2-5 which will sign several agreements on “diverse...

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