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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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Nearly 100 elephants killed for ivory in Botswana

GABORONE: Ninety elephant carcasses have been discovered in Botswana with their tusks hacked off, a charity said Tuesday, in what is believed to be one of Africa’s worst mass poaching sprees. Most of the animals killed were large bulls carrying heavy tusks, Elephants Without Borders said. The grim discovery was made over several weeks during an aerial survey by Elephants...

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Lahore Sialkot Motorway to be extended by NHA

ISLAMABAD: National Highway Authority (NHA) is planning to extend the Lahore-Sialkot Motorway (LSM) up to Kharian by the construction of a new motorway from Sialkot to Kharian under the Build Operator and Transfer (BOT) model. An official of the National Highway Authority informed that the new motorway would be beginning from the end-point of the Lahore to Sialkot Motorway at...

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PM Imran Khan gives direction to provide protection, relief to pilgrims of Iraq and Iran

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan, on Sunday, while presiding an important high level meeting directed officials to devise strategy to give relief to pilgrims (Zaireen) for Iraq and Iran. According to Newsone, Imran directed the concerned departments to formulate action plan related to Ziarat policy within 48 hours. The premier added that the protection of pilgrims is mandatory upon the...

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Countrywide plantation drive to begin on Sept 2 on ‘Green Day’

ISLAMABAD - The massive plantation drive proposed by Advisor to Prime Minister Amin Aslam to plant 1.5 million saplings per day countrywide and 10 billion in the next five years will launch on September 2. The prime minister will launch the drive by planting a sapling in Islamabad. Mr. Aslam announced the "Plant for Pakistan" drive after Prime Minister Imran Khan approved...

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Chohan, back at it again with his potty-mouth

LAHORE: The bold, brazen and often emotional Punjab’s Minister for Information and Culture Fayyaz ul Hassan Chohan left the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf supporters red-faced as a video of him unleashing his infamous 'tongue tornadoes' at a public gathering in Lahore surfaced on social media. The PTI’s provincial minister issued irresponsible comments in his usual carefree style while advocating for a ban...

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Michael Jackson 60th Birthday being celebrated by ‘Michael Maniacs’

There's good reason Michael Jackson was crowned the King of Pop. For at least a decade-and-a-half, he was near-untouchable. His commercial success was wholly dominant: the albums he released from 1979 to 1995 — starting with the disco-tinged masterpiece of Off The Wall and ending with the 30-song behemoth HIStory — are all among the highest-selling albums of all time....

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German city takes down golden Erdogan statue after outcry

The German city of Wiesbaden removed Wednesday a temporary statue of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan set up in a town square by artists, after it sparked confrontations between his supporters and opponents. "In agreement with state police, Mayor Sven Gerich decided to have the statue removed as security could no longer be guaranteed," the city's government said on Twitter....

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WWII bomb defused in Germany after 18,500 evacuated

A German bomb disposal team on Sunday successfully defused an unexploded World War II bomb that had forced the evacuation of 18,500 people in the city of Ludwigshafen. The 500-kilogramme (1,100-pound) aerial bomb, thought to have been dropped by American forces, was discovered during construction work earlier in the week. “Good news: the bomb has been defused! Citizens may return...

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Rohingya’s protest for ‘justice’ on crackdown anniversary

Cox's Bazar (Bangladesh) - Thousands of Rohingya refugees staged protests for "justice" Saturday on the first anniversary of a Myanmar military crackdown that forced them to flee to camps in Bangladesh. About 700,000 of the Muslim minority poured across the border after attacks by the Myanmar military and Buddhist groups that the United Nations has likened to ethnic cleansing. Thousands...

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Seasoned Indian journalist Kuldip Nayar dies, Modi commemorates passing

Veteran Indian journalist Kuldip Nayar passed away on Wednesday night in a hospital in New Delhi. He was 95. Nayar, who penned 15 books, was appointed as high commissioner of India to the UK in 1990. He was also nominated as a member of the Upper House of Indian Parliament in 1997 and started his career with an Urdu newspaper....

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ICJ sets February 2019 as hearing date for Kulbhushan Jadhav case: sources

HAGUE: The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has set February 2019 as the window for hearing case of convicted Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav. The world court will hear the case daily for a week in February next year, the sources said. India had moved the ICJ against the case, after Jadhav — an on-duty Indian navy officer — was arrested...

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Day of Remembrance and Tribute to Victims of Terrorism, Imran Khan seeks collaboration

Web Desk: Terrorism is, in the broadest sense, the use of intentionally indiscriminate violence as a means to create terror among masses of people; or fear to achieve a financial, political, religious or ideological aim. It is used in this regard primarily to refer to violence against peacetime targets or in war against non-combatants. The terms "terrorist" and "terrorism" originated...

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Imran ordered his children not to attend his oath taking ceremony

Jemima Goldsmith, current Prime Minister's first wife took to twitter and answered questions regarding the couple's children not being there for their father's biggest moment, she said her and Prime Minister Imran Khan's sons are not attending their father's oath-taking ceremony as he was 'adamant' they do not attend. Responding to a tweet thanking Jemima for being there when Imran...

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Trans-person shot dead in Peshawar

PESHAWAR: A transgender person was shot dead near Bara Gate vicinity on Thursday. According to the police, the trans-person, identified as Sajid aka 'Nazo' , was shot dead by unidentified persons at her residence on Thursday morning. "We found her mutilated body in a sack later in the day", police added. FIR was registered against the case; police has started an...

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Pilgrims descend on Makkah for ‘smart Hajj’

MAKKAH: Two million Muslims gather in Saudi Arabia this week for the hajj as the annual pilgrimage becomes increasingly hi-tech with apps to help the faithful navigate Islam´s holiest sites. This year the hajj comes with the ultra-conservative kingdom witnessing an unprecedented pace of change, finally ending a ban on women driving while remaining firm in the face of any...

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Fitch ratings: External finance risks constrain PTI government to follow its manifesto

ISLAMABAD: According to the Fitch Rating, Pakistan’s next coming coalition government led by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), which is expected to take office today, would be be under immediate pressure to take steps in accordance with the deterioration   in external finances and address fiscal challenges, as well as to attract the foreign fundings necessary to meet its financing gap. “PTI leader, Imran Khan,...

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