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PM Khan highlights Kashmiris’ plight on day honouring victims of violence

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday called attention to the plight of the Kashmiri people living under the Indian occupation and suffering brutalities, on the occasion of the first International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence based on Religion or Belief. In a series of tweets, the premier urged the world to play its role in preventing...

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Software firm CEO forced to step down after pressuring female to resign over hijab

A Karachi-based software house that allegedly asked a young female employee to stop wearing Hijab at the office premises or resign from her position has taken back its decision following severe backlash on social media. The story surfaced on social media through a Facebook post which detailed how the female recruit, just a few days into her employment with Creative...

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CleanGreenPakistan: With smog season looming, govt shuts polluting brick kilns

ISLAMABAD: To combat worsening smog, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government has ordered all traditional brick kilns closed for 70 days starting Saturday, as it promotes new cleaner kilns that could cut pollution up to 70 percent. But the measure has produced an outcry both from kiln owners, who want incentives to make the switch, and from kiln workers who fear losing income....

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Crime Master Wasiullah caught with help of CCTV footage

KARACHI: Sindh Rangers on Friday announced the arrest of the head of a gang involved in street crime and robberies. A spokesman for the Rangers said the arrest took place when the paramilitary force carried out a raid in the Railway Society in the Gulshan-e-Iqbal area of the city. The arrested criminal has been identified as Wasiullah who is involved...

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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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