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Pakistan Navy seizes large hoard of liquor near Ormara

ISLAMABAD: ​Pakistan Navy conducted an intelligence based operation near Ormara and seized 4800 cans of beer and 2460 bottles of liquor worth Rs 20.0 million which were being smuggled to Pakistan through sea. The cache was subsequently handed over to Pakistan Customs for disposal. ​The operation was executed with meticulous planning, consistent surveillance and obtaining precise intelligence, which demonstrates Pakistan...

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Pakistan successfully conducts launch of short range surface to surface ballistic missile ‘Nasr’

RAWALPINDI: Pakistan on Thursday successfully conducted the training launch of short range surface to surface ballistic missile “Nasr”, ISPR reported. According to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the exercise was carried out to enhance the operational efficiency of Army Strategic Forces Command besides re-validating the desired technical parameters. This training exercise involved launching of quad salvo for desired effects. “Nasr is...

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World’s 26 richest own same as poorest half of humanity: Oxfam

The world´s 26 richest people own the same wealth as the poorest half of humanity, Oxfam said Monday, urging governments to hike taxes on the wealthy to fight soaring inequality. A new report from the charity, published ahead of the World Economic Forum in Davos, also found that billionaires around the world saw their combined fortunes grow by $2.5 billion...

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From pariah to demi-god: transgender leader a star at massive Indian festival

PRAYAGRAJ, India - In a desert tent guarded by armed police and a thick-set bouncer, Laxmi Narayan Tripathi is blessing a constant stream of pilgrims, who garland her with marigolds and kneel to touch her feet. Tripathi, a tattooed transgender leader and a former reality TV star, has become an unlikely icon at India’s Kumbh Mela, a huge religious festival...

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Female SP Investigation declared Lahore’s best crime fighter for 2018

A female police officer, Model Town SP (Investigation) Dr Anoosh Masood Chaudhry, has beaten every other cop in the city to be declared as the best crime fighter for the year 2018. According to the annual performance report of Lahore police’s investigation wing, Dr Anoosh has been ranked the top crime investigator as, under her supervision, the investigation wing of...

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Cargill vows to bring $200m investment in Pakistan

Global food and agriculture producer Cargill on Thursday renewed its long standing commitment to Pakistan by announcing plans to invest more than $200 million in Pakistan in the next three to five years. The announcement was made after a meeting between Prime Minister Imran Khan and other senior government officials, and Cargill's global executive team at PM Office. Cargill's team...

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‘Thousands’ more children separated from parents at US border in 2017-18

Thousands more children were forcibly separated from their parents after illegally crossing the US-Mexico border from 2017-2018 than originally admitted by President Donald Trump´s administration, an official report said Thursday. The inspector general of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which was given responsibility for the children, said the total number separated under the administration´s "zero-tolerance policy" toward...

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Pak implements IMF enhanced General Data Dissemination System to monitor macro economic data

Pakistan has implemented the recommendations of the IMF’s Enhanced General Data Dissemination System (e-GDDS) by publishing critical data through the National Summary Data Page (NSDP). The e-GDDS was established by the IMF in 2015 to support improved data transparency, encourage statistical development, and help create synergies between data dissemination and surveillance. The NSDP is a national “data portal” that serves...

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Hong Kong scientists claim ‘broad-spectrum’ antiviral breakthrough

Hong Kong scientists claim they have made a potential breakthrough discovery in the fight against infectious diseases — a chemical that could slow the spread of deadly viral illnesses. A team from the University of Hong Kong described the newly discovered chemical as "highly potent in interrupting the life cycle of diverse viruses" in a study published this month in...

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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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21% girls in Pakistan get married before age 18: WHO

A recent report issued by the World Health Organization states that more than 140 million underage girls are likely to get married between the years 2011-2020. Titled, “Demographics of child marriages in Pakistan”, the report states that child marriage remains a serious concern in Pakistan, with 21 per cent of the girls getting married before reaching the age of 18...

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Two terrorists killed during IBOs in Balochistan: ISPR

RAWALPINDI: On Friday,  according to the Inter-Services Public Relations,  FC Balochistan conducted intelligence-based operations (IBOs) at suspected terrorist hideouts in Kalat, Kharan, Maiwand areas of Balochistan. During the IBOs, two terrorists were killed , which were conducted as part of Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad, said the military media wing. Weapons and ammunition including sub-machine guns, IEDs, grenades, mines, RPG-7 rockets and communication equipment were...

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Two Pakistanis and as many US militants captured in Syria: SDF

The Kurdish-led force battling the remnants of the militant Islamic State group in eastern Syria said on Monday it captured five foreign fighters, including two US and as many Pakistani citizens. The two Americans, two Pakistanis and an Irishman were part of a cell planning an attack on civilians fleeing the militant group's last bastion, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF)...

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Pakistan, Saudi Arabia to sign MoU of multi-billion Dollar Oil Refinery

According to Saudi English Daily Arab News, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are set to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the construction of a multi-billion dollar Saudi Aramco oil refinery in Gwadar. A cabinet member confirmed that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman would arrive in the country in the first week of February and an MoU for establishing a...

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Arrival of Abu Dhabi Crown Prince to Pakistan may likely bring oil worth $3.2 billion on deferred payments

ISLAMABAD: According to sources, Pakistan is likely to get oil worth $3.2 billion on deferred payments from United Arab Emirates this month. Sources within the Petroleum Division said Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan is expected to announce the facility for Pakistan during his visit to the country starting January 6. They said Pakistan is...

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Maulana Tariq Jameel undergoes successful angioplasty in Lahore after chest pain

LAHORE: Renowned religious cleric Maulana Tariq Jameel was shifted to a private hospital in Lahore after he complained of chest pain on Tuesday. As per details, Maulana Jameel's angioplasty had been completed at the hospital. His arteries had been blocked as a result of which one stent was inserted. Maulana Jameel will be kept at the hospital for the next...

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Imtiaz Faran elected president as ‘The Democrats’ clean sweep KPC elections

KARACHI: Imtiaz Khan Faran was elected President and Arman Sabir Secretary as The Democrats panel clean swept the annual elections of the Karachi Press Club on Saturday. According to election results, Imtiaz Khan Faran bagged 671 votes against Progressive Panel's presidential candidate Ahmed Khan Malik who got 530 votes. While The Democrats' Arman Sabir secured 925 votes against Progressive Panel's...

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