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Legendary Mehdi Hassan seventh death anniversary being observed

Seven death anniversary of legendary singer Mehdi Hassan is being observed on Tuesday. Born in Rajasthan in 1927 Mehdi Hassan belonged to traditional family of musicians. He got his early music education from his father and uncle and began performing at a very young age. In 1957, Mehdi Hassan started professional singing from Radio Pakistan primarily as a thumri singer....

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Iran tensions overshadow Makkah summits to be held on May 31st

Regional heavyweight Saudi Arabia hosts Islamic, Arab and Gulf summits this week as tensions between Iran and the US raise fears of military escalation. The three summits in Makkah allow US ally Riyadh the chance to present unified Islamic, Arab and Gulf fronts against its arch-rival Tehran. Iran itself has not yet confirmed whether it will attend the meeting of...

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PM Imran Khan not invited for Modi’s swearing-in ceremony

NEW DELHI: India will not invite Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan to the swearing-in ceremony of Narendra Modi, on Thursday who starts his second term as India’s prime minister, according to two sources in New Delhi's foreign ministry. Any early warming in ties between the Hindu-majority India and Pakistan now seems unlikely in light of how the nuclear-armed neighbours came...

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Youm-e-Ali: security alert nation-wide, cellular service suspended

KARACHI: Roadblocks and containers have been set up on Karachi’s MA Jinnah Road, Empress Market, Saddar and Preedy Street ahead of the Youm-e-Ali procession. A search operation was also conducted by police and Rangers at Cantt Station, Rizvia Society, Jamshed Quarters, Lasbela and Patel Para neighbourhoods of the metropolis. Youm-e-Ali, observed on the 21st of Ramzan, sees large processions across...

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PM Khan telephones Modi to congratulate him on poll victory

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday telephoned his re-elected Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on his Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) electoral victory in the Indian election, Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal said. Dr Faisal said Prime Minister Imran expressed his desire for both countries to work together for the betterment of their people. https://twitter.com/DrMFaisal/status/1132598331316822016 The premier, reiterating his vision for...

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Mexican military helicopter crashes, killing six

MEXICO CITY: A Mexican military helicopter engaged in firefighting operations crashed in central Mexico on Friday, killing five members of the Navy crew and an inspector with the national forestry commission, the Navy said on Saturday. The MI-17 helicopter came down about 55 miles (89 km) north of the town of Jalpan de Sierra in the central state of Queretaro,...

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Iran says US troop boost ‘threat to international peace’

TEHRAN: Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Saturday a US decision to deploy 1,500 additional troops to the Middle East is a "threat to international peace", state media reported. "Increased US presence in our region is very dangerous and a threat to international peace and security and must be confronted," Zarif told the official IRNA news agency before heading...

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British PM Theresa May to step down as prime minister on June 7

LONDON: Prime Minister Theresa May said on Friday she would step down on June 7, succumbing to calls in her governing Conservative Party to make way for a new leader to try to break an impasse over Britain’s departure from the European Union. “It is now clear to me that it is in the best interests of the country for...

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KSE-100 gains 750 points reaching 35,379 points

On Thursday the stock market continued its bullish run as the investors remain optimistic after the approval for an equity bailout fund for the Pakistan Stock Exchange and news of Saudi Arabia activating the deferred oil payment for Pakistan. The KSE-100 index jumped 750 points to reach 35,379 points, registering an increase of 2.18%. The market capitalization has also increased...

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Naveed Kamran Baloch appointed as finance secretary

ISLAMABAD: On Thursday Mohammad Younus Dagha was removed as the secretary finance, said a notification issued by the Cabinet Secretariat/Establishment Division. A separate notification announced the transfer of Naveed Kamran Baloch, who was posted as cabinet division secretary, to the role of finance secretary. Naveed Kamran Baloch has previously served as Khyber Pakhtunkhawa Chief Secretary. He joined the civil services...

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Rahul Gandhi terms Indian exit polls predicting Modi victory ‘fake’

NEW DELHI: Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday dismissed "fake" Indian exit polls predicting a clear election victory for his opponent, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a day before the scheduled release of results. A slew of exit polls released after the world's largest election ended on Sunday projected that Modi and his allies would return to power with between 282 and 313...

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Pakistani Rupee gains slightest edge against US dollars

KARACHI: Pakistan’s rupee registered slight gains against the US dollar on Wednesday. The price of the dollar decreased by Rs0.32 to Rs151.60 in the interbank market, while in the open market it decreased by Rs0.50 to trade at Rs153.50. The rupee reached a record low of Rs151.92 in the interbank market a day earlier to continue a slide that saw...

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Iran’s Rouhani rejects talks with Washington

DUBAI/LONDON: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani rejected talks with the United States on Tuesday, after President Donald Trump said Iran would call and ask for negotiations “if and when they are ever ready”. Tehran and Washington have escalated rhetoric against each other in recent weeks as the United States has tightened sanctions with what it says is the goal of pushing...

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Google suspends some business with Huawei after Donald Trump blacklist

NEW YORK: Alphabet Inc's Google has suspended business with Huawei that requires the transfer of hardware, software and technical services except those publicly available via open source licensing, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters on Sunday, in a blow to the Chinese technology company that the US government has sought to blacklist around the world. Holders of current...

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Christchurch mosque attacker charged with terrorism

WELLINGTON: New Zealand police said on Tuesday they were charging the man accused of murder in shootings at two Christchurch mosques in March with engaging in a terrorist act. Tuesday’s charge under terrorism suppression legislation was filed against Brenton Tarrant, police said. “The charge will allege that a terrorist act was carried out in Christchurch on 15 March 2019,” Commissioner...

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Exit Polls: Narendra Modi’s party confident of new India election victory

Exit polls from India's marathon election showed an "overwhelming" vote in favour of a new term for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, his party said on Monday as shares and the Indian currency surged on expectations of a new term. While opposition parties refused to give in and the country faces a nerve-jangling three day wait until the official count begins,...

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If Tehran attacks, it will be ‘official end of Iran’: Donald Trump

RIYADH: US President Donald Trump issued a new threat to Tehran on Sunday, tweeting that a conflict would be the “official end” of Iran, as Saudi Arabia warned it stood ready to respond with “all strength” and said it was up to Iran to avoid war. The heightened rhetoric follows last week’s attacks on Saudi oil assets and the firing...

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