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UN estimates Pakistan’s population to be 403 MN by 2050

Pakistan’s population is expected to climb to 403 million by 2050, a United Nations (UN) report released Monday said. The earth's population is expected to rise to 9.7 billion in 2050 from 7.7 billion today, according to the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs' "World Population Prospects" report. The study paints a picture of a future in which...

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UAE’s tolerance embraces faiths, runs up against politics

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has branded a bridge, a new ministry, a family day at the park and even the entire year of 2019 under the banner theme of "tolerance", an elaborate effort that's in overdrive as the country prepares to host Pope Francis starting on Sunday in the first-ever papal visit to the Arabian Peninsula. The state's tolerance-themed...

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Saudi crown prince receives UN secretary general call, discusses Yemen

CAIRO: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman received a telephone call from UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday to discuss progress on resolving the war in Yemen and other regional issues, Saudi Press Agency reported. The four-year war in Yemen pits the Iranian-aligned Houthi movement against the Saudi-backed government of Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, a conflict that has killed tens of...

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No Equivalency certificate required for Cambridge students: LHC told

Lahore High Court was informed by  Higher Education Commission (HEC) h about the change in rules for students of O and A-Levels. Cambridge students previously  were required to get an equivalency certificate from the Inter-Board Committee Chairman (IBCC) of Education Boards. A student, Romana Malik had challenged the requirement in a petition to challenge the conditions required to obtain one. HEC was...

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Work on 900km Pak-Afghan border fence completed: ISPR

GHULAM KHAN: The army has said that work on a 900-kilometre-long portion of fence along the Pak-Afghan border has been completed. Briefing journalists and anchorpersons on Sunday at Ghulam Khan, a border village in North Waziristan tribal district, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor said work on about 1,200km chunk — the most sensitive portion out...

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Experts, images suggest a Saudi ballistic missile program

A military base deep inside Saudi Arabia appears to be testing and possibly manufacturing ballistic missiles, experts and satellite images suggest, evidence of the type of weapons programme it has long criticised its arch-rival Iran for possessing. Further raising the stakes for any such programme are comments by Saudi Arabia's powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who said last year...

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PSL 4: Haier Pakistan becomes Peshawar Zalmi’s main title sponsor

Web Desk: Haier Pakistan joins the Yellow Storm (Peshawar Zalmi) once again as the Main Title Sponsor for HBL PSL Season 4. According to the press release, Peshawar Zalmi and Haier Pakistan have once again decided to take their winning partnership to the next level and signed an MOU for Main Title Sponsorship for Pakistan Super League Season 4. Haier...

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Algerian TV producer dies after setting himself on fire over unpaid wages

ALGIERS: An Algerian television producer died from severe burns Thursday more than two weeks after setting himself on fire over unpaid wages, his son told AFP. Youcef Goucem, 61, doused himself in flammable liquid and lit it in the offices of private channel Dzair TV on January 7 after claiming he had not been paid for work on a soap...

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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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