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Death anniversary of famous playback singer Masood Rana being observed today

The 26th death anniversary of famous playback singer Masood Rana is being observed on Monday. He was born in Mirpur Khas, Sindh in 1938. Masood Rana started his singing career on Radio Pakistan Hyderabad in 1955, while in films in 1962 by singin in film Inqalab. Masood Rana remained one of the top male singers in Urdu and Punjabi films...

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Iran, world powers to hold virtual meeting to discuss nuclear deal

Five world powers and Iran will hold videoconference today to discuss possible return of the United States to the nuclear deal. Representatives of China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom and Iran will attend meeting. Meanwhile, talking to media, the US State Department spokesman Ned Price said that Washington welcomes this move as a positive step.

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Country’s exports reached over $18b in last nine months: Razak

Adviser to Prime Minister for Commerce and Investment Abdul Razak Dawood has said the country's exports have reached over 18 billion dollars in the last nine months. In a tweet on Thursday, he said for the 9-month period of July-March of the current Financial Year, our exports increased by 7 percent as compared to the same period of previous year.

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Taliban signal they have already won, peace deal or not: NY Times

The Taliban are promoting a “bold message” that they have already won the war in Afghanistan, with little apparent interest in making concessions in negotiating a peace deal, The New York Times said in a report from Kabul. The militant group doesn’t hide its pride at having compelled its principal adversary for 20 years, the United States, to negotiate with...

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UN urges ‘decisive action’ to provide debt relief to developing world

The United Nations has called for ‘decisive action’ to provide debt relief to developing countries that have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. According to a policy brief, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the steps taken so far to prevent debt crises across the world have not been sufficient to restore economic stability. He urged governments to provide fresh...

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Shab-e-Barat to be observed tonight

Shab-e-Bara't will be observed tonight to seek forgiveness from Allah Almighty. On this night, Muslims offer special prayers for the security and prosperity of Ummah. Chairman Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee Maulana Abdul Khabir Azad in a statement has appealed the people to seek forgiveness from Allah Almighty on Shab-e-Barat as the Coronavirus pandemic seems to be spreading far and wide. He...

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US troops may miss Afghanistan withdrawal deadline, Biden Says

US President Joe Biden says it will be hard to meet the May 1 deadline for troops withdrawal from Afghanistan as was agreed upon in the deal with Taliban in February last year. Addressing a press conference in Washington, he also stressed that US troops cannot stay in Afghanistan for longer time but US has to weigh the circumstances for...

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Palm oil imports increase 34pc to $1.585 bln in 8 months

The palm oil imports into the country increased by 34.03 percent during the first eight months of the current fiscal year against the imports of the same period of last year. The palm oil imports during July-February (2020-21) were recorded at $1585.381 million against the imports of $1182.899 million during July-February (2019-20), showing increase of 34.03 percent, according to latest...

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Indian troops martyr four Kashmiri youth in Shopian

Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism martyred four Kashmiri youth in Shopian district, in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir on Monday (today). The youth were killed by Indian troops in a fake encounter during violent cordon and search operation at Manihal area of the district, KMS reported. The identity of the martyred youth s is yet...

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International Day of Happiness being observed on Saturday

International Day of Happiness is being observed on Saturday. The purpose of the day is to recognize the relevance of happiness in the lives of human beings around the world. According to the World Happiness Report 2021 Finland is ranked as the happiest country in the world.

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Domestic pilgrims up to age of 70 allowed to perform Umrah

Saudi Arabian Ministry of Hajj has announced that domestic pilgrims between the ages of eighteen and seventy will be allowed to perform Umrah with preventive protocols of coronavirus. The ministry said both foreign pilgrims and domestic are allowed to perform the Umrah ritual as well as visit the Prophet’s Mosque and the Rawdah Sharif from the beginning of third phase...

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North Korea says it won’t restart nuclear discussions until US drops its ‘hostile policies’

North Korea has announced it will not hold talks and contacts of any kind with the United States until it rolls back its hostile policy towards their country. In a statement, First Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui said the United States has tried to contact North Korea since mid-February through several channels but we don't think there is need...

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Eight killed in US shootings

In the United States, at least eight people have been killed and one other injured in a series of shootings at three spas in the Atlanta state of Georgia. The authorities say that they do not know yet whether the killings are racially motivated, but the shootings have raised the concerns among advocacy groups, who have called attention to a...

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LESCO win All WAPDA Inter Unit Football Tournament

Lahore Electric Supply Company (LESCO) has won 49th All WAPDA Inter Unit Football Tournament played at University of Agriculture Faisalabad. LESCO beat NTDC with 2-0 goals in final while Gujranwala Electric Power Company scored third position.

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UN Chief urges world to continue to reach all Syrians in need of humanitarian assistance

The UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has urged international community to reach all Syrians in need of humanitarian assistance. Speaking at a press encounter at UN headquarters in New York, he said UN will continue for a negotiated political settlement in line with Security Council resolution. He urged parties to demonstrate a willingness and move beyond a perpetual state of conflict.

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India to buy U.S. Armed Drones to boost defence

India is planning to buy 30 armed drones from the United States to boost its defence, according to an American media report. Citing unnamed officials, Bloomberg, a New York-based international news agency, said India will approve in April the $3 billion purchase of 30 MQ-9B Predator drones manufactured by San Diego-based General Atomics. Currently, India’s drones can only be used...

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US to provide defence support to KSA amid threats from Yemen’s Houthis

The United States has expressed alarm at the security threats to Saudi Arabia from Yemen’s Houthis after the militia's attacks targeting Saudi oil industry. White House press secretary Jen Psaki told a news briefing in Washington that the United States understands the genuine security threats to Saudi Arabia from Yemen and will improve support for the kingdom’s ability to defend...

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