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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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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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Karachi the Metropolis ranked among least habitable cities of the world: Survey

KARACHI: The provincial capital of Sindh and Pakistan’s commercial hub, Karachi has been ranked among the world’s least livable cities by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), which is the research analysis unit of the Economist Group. The annual EIU rankings consider factors such as stability, healthcare, education, infrastructure, culture and environment. Karachi ranked near the bottom of this year’s list...

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SOS Pakistan, Pak Army plants 2 million trees in a day

RAWALPINDI: Pakistan Army on Monday simultaneously planted 2 million trees in a campaign named 'Sarsabz o Shadab Pakistan', according to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). Director General (DG) of ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor said that Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa and his wife initiated the National Tree Plantation Campaign, and appealed to all Pakistanis to participate in the...

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Commemorating the passing of ‘Pop Queen’ Nazia Hassan

Nazia Hassan, a phenomenal pop-singer who needs no introduction, left this world and her ardent fans in utter shock eighteen years ago but still reigning supreme in everyone’s heart. Born in 1965, Ms. Hassan embarked on her remarkable singing-journey at the early age of ten by appearing in Pakistan Television's (PTV) children’s programmes “Kaliyon ki Mala” and “Sung Sung”, within...

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Amid strained relations with US Pakistani military officers to get training in Russia

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani military officers will receive training in Russian Federation military institutes under a recent agreement signed between the two countries. The deal underscores Pakistan’s increasing reliance on Russia for its military needs amid strained relations with the US. It was signed earlier this week during a visit by Russian Deputy Defence Minister Col Gen Alexander Fomin. The agreement comes as local...

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First Death Anniversary of the selfless humanitarian Dr. Ruth Pfau

Web Desk: Pakistan is observing the first death anniversary of Dr Ruth Pfau, a German doctor and nun, who dedicated her life to eradicating leprosy in the country. Dr Ruth Katherina Martha Pfau HI, RM, HP, NQA, SQA (9 September 1929 – 10 August 2017) was a German-born Pakistani physician and nun of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of...

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CJP ensures trans-community’s rights protection

The Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) has given surety to the transgender community for protecting their rights in society, during a seminar on Transgender Rights on Thursday. While addressing the seminar, he deplored people who treated them unfairly and said that “ we need to educate people about transgender rights in the country.” “We want to secure the rights of...

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Racist attack on Pakistani student left with broken nose in Australia

A Pakistani student at the University of Newcastle was left with a broken nose after a group of six or seven people attacked him in the premises of the university’s Callaghan campus, Newcastle Herald reported. Abdullah Qaiser, who had come to Australia in what he expected to be a ‘secure environment’, was attacked on Saturday evening while going to the...

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NCA artist killed over rent dispute not blasphemy: Police

LAHORE: The motive behind the murder of Qutab Gul Rind, a student of National Arts Council (NCA) Lahore hailing from Jacobabad, was a dispute on payment of rent. The conflict was not incited by any religious or blasphemy issue at all, according to a media report. Police investigations and victim’s family have denied the claims of a social media campaign that the...

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Police Martyrdom Day: Salutations to the fallen heroes

Police Martyrs Day (Youm-e-Shuhada) celebrated across Pakistan on the 4th of August in remembrance of those brave sons and daughters of the soil who lost their lives in the line of duty and embraced martyrdom in the ongoing, exhaustive battle with terrorism. Terrorism has plagued the country for a better part of almost two decades now but due to the...

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UN human rights chief unapologetic over his remarks about discrimination

The UN human rights chief defended his outspoken criticism of abuses in dozens of countries from Myanmar and Hungary to the United States, insisting that his office doesn’t “bring shame on governments, they shame themselves”. Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein stressed at a farewell news conference at UN headquarters on Thursday that “silence does not earn you any respect — none”. Looking...

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