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Fake polio markers highlight risks to Pakistan vaccination drive

Pakistan’s polio eradication campaign has hit serious problems with an alarming spike in reported cases that have raised doubts over the quality of vaccination reporting and prompted officials to review their approach to stopping the crippling disease. The country is one of only three in the world where polio is endemic, along with neighboring Afghanistan and Nigeria, but vaccination campaigns...

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Abraaj Founder Arif Naqvi Slams Report Over Securing Ex-PM Nawaz’s Support for sale of private power distribution firm

ISLAMABAD: A story published in the Wall Street Journal(WSJ) earlier this week reported that Naqvi offered a $20 million payment to a Pakistani businessman to secure the cooperation of then Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in the sale of Abraajs sale of its stake in Karachi's private power distribution firm, which supplies electricity to Karachi and is also partly owned by...

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Sharmeen Obaid crowned with another first, becomes first Pakistani to win coveted Eliasson Leadership Prize

Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy a name synonymous with excellence and Pakistan, yet again wins laurels for the nation for 200 million plus when she was bestowed with the coveted Eliasson Leadership Prize 2018. The Eliasson Global Leadership Prize, named in honor of Jan Eliasson one of the most accomplished global diplomats of our era, is given annually to outstanding leaders from...

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Saudi authorities abolish Umrah Tax over Pakistanis on request of PM Imran Khan

ISLAMABAD: The Saudi government, on Wednesday agreed to waive 2,000 riyals tax imposed on Pakistanis performing Umrah every year on the request of Prime Minister Imran Khan. This development came as PM, during his visit to the Kingdom, requested the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud to abolish the fee, according to media reports. Senator Maulana Abdul Ghafoor...

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#CleanGreenPakistan: Cycle rally held in Karachi to create awareness about importance of trees

By: |Waqas Jawaid| A cycle rally was held in Karachi on Sunday in connection with Prime Minister’s clean and green Pakistan drive. The rally was started from Metropole and concluded at Fawara Chowk. Over two hundred cyclists including women and children participated in the rally to create awareness about importance of trees and the campaign. Sindh Governor Imran Ismail also...

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NSA to encourage whistleblowers to come forward

The US National Security Agency’s top oversight official, Robert Storch, is working to repair the spy agency’s reputation with whistleblowers in an effort to encourage staff to report wrongdoing internally, rather than go public. “It’s really important we encourage whistleblowers to come forward and that they feel comfortable doing so and, if there are allegations of reprisal, then we take...

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International Day of Daughters

International Day of the Girl Child is an international observance day declared by the United Nations; it is also called the Day of Girls and the International Day of the Girl. October 11, 2012, was the first Day of the Girl Child. The observation supports more opportunity for girls and increases awareness of gender inequality faced by girls worldwide based...

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Pakistan among economies facing greatest funding risks: Moody’s

LONDON: Sri Lanka, Armenia and Pakistan top the list of smaller emerging economies most vulnerable to refinancing risks, because they face a combination of large upcoming repayments and low foreign currency reserves, ratings agency Moody's said on Wednesday. Emerging-market governments embarked on an issuance spree in recent years, taking advantage of record-low interest rates and major central banks that were...

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Indian schoolgirls beaten with sticks for protesting against sexual harassment

NEW DELHI: Thirty-four Indian schoolgirls aged between 12 and 16 were taken to hospital after being beaten with sticks by a group of boys, along with the boys’ mothers and neighbours, who had harassed them earlier in the day, authorities said. The assault happened on Saturday outside a government-run boarding school in the eastern state of Bihar, police told Reuters,...

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The national tragedy: 2005 Kashmir Earthquake

The tragedy which is still afresh in our minds, a test of mental and physical fortitude which the nation suffered and then rose from. The 2005 Kashmir earthquake occurred at 08:50:39 Pakistan Standard Time on 8 October in Pakistan-administered areas of Kashmir. It was centered near the city of Muzaffarabad, and also affected Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province and Indian-occupied Kashmir....

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Harassment subject to be introduced in curriculum: Sindh Education Minister

Web-Desk: According to local news channel, the Sindh Education and Literacy Department is mulling to introduce a subject on harassment in school curriculum in an effort o counter the rising number of child abuse cases. Sardar Shah, the Sindh Education Minister, said that educating children on harassment and sexual abuse is the need of the hour. He said children should...

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Iraq’s Murad, Congolese Mukwege win 2018 Nobel Peace Prize

OSLO: Denis Mukwege, a gynecologist treating victims of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Nadia Murad, a Yazidi human rights activist and survivor of sexual slavery by Islamic State in Iraq, won the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday. The Norwegian Nobel Committee said it had awarded them the prize for their efforts to end the use...

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Only bilateral agreements, S. Arabia not to be made part of CPEC

ISLAMABAD: On Tuesday, Pakistan said that Saudi Arabia would not be made part of the $50 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) framework and the kingdom’s proposed investments would fall under a separate bilateral arrangement. Minister for Planning and Development Khusro Bakhtiar said there was no decision to bring a third country, like Saudi Arabia, under the framework of the CPEC...

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Malala Yousafzai’s portrait unveiled at London portrait gallery

London: Portrait of Nobel Prize Laureate Malala Yousufzai has been disclosed at the National Portrait Gallery in London. Malala’s father, Ziauddin Yousafzai announced the new on his twitter account. He shared the portrait of his daughter which was made by Shirin Neshat and has a poem carved on it which was written by a well known Pushto poet Rehmat Shah...

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Officer Zarrar Haider Khan suspended over caught stealing Kuwaiti’s wallet

After caught stealing, and facing embarrassment, Zarrar Haider Khan, joint secretary of the Ministry of Industries and Production and a BS-20 officer of the state bureaucracy's elite Pakistan Administrative Service cadre, has been suspended from service on disciplinary grounds. he disgraced officer had caused embarrassment to the country after being caught on closed-circuit TV (CCTV) camera stealing a foreign dignitary's...

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‘I’m a slumdog’, says ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson on India trip

Former boxing champion Mike Tyson declared himself a "slumdog" Friday as he made his first trip to India. The 52-year-old was in Mumbai, home to the slums that inspired Danny Boyle´s 2008 hit movie Slumdog Millionaire. "The most successful fighters have come from slums. All the current top fighters are from the slums," the controversial heavyweight great told reporters. "I...

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India’s top court decriminalises adultery in landmark judgement

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India’s top court on Thursday decriminalised adultery in a landmark judgement aimed at upholding the right to equality and freedom, scrapping a law first brought in under British colonial rule in 1860. In a unanimous judgement, the five-member bench of the top court struck down a law that meant a man who had sex with a...

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