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Hundreds wounded as huge explosion rips through Lebanon’s Beirut

Beirut, Lebanon - Hundreds of people have been wounded in a powerful explosion that ripped through Lebanon's capital, Beirut, according to the country's health minister. The massive explosion on Tuesday at Beirut's port caused widespread damage to buildings, shattering windows in different parts of the city. It sent shockwaves across the capital. The cause of the explosion was not immediately clear. Hamad...

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Army Chief takes notice of ‘Colonal Ki Biwi’s’ misconduct video after it goes viral on social media

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen Qamar Bajwa has taken notice of the incident of misconduct by the wife of a serving army officer at a check post on Hazara Motorway after the video clips of the event went viral on social media. As being reported an immediate disciplinary action is initiated against the officer on COAS directive. According to...

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Laila-tul-Qadr being observed across the country tonight

Laila-tul-Qadr, a night considered to be equal to praying for 1000 months, would be observed on Saturday night (Ramzan-ul-Mubarak 27), May 20, 2020 with religious fervour and reverence. It merits mentioning here that the exact timings of Lailatul Qadr have not been revealed. According to majority of Islamic scholars, Lailatul Qadr falls on night of Ramzan-ul-Mubarak 27 but it is...

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Academy might postpone Oscars 2021 due to COVID-19 outbreak

Next year's Oscars could be postponed due to the disruption caused by the coronavirus in Hollywood, trade publication Variety reported Tuesday. The movie industry's biggest night is currently scheduled for February 28. But with theaters shuttered, blockbusters delayed and productions halted, the prize-giving Academy has already been forced to make significant rules changes. One of multiple anonymous sources told Variety...

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As Turkish TV show fascinates Pakistani audience, celebs lock horns in Ertugrul debate

Turkish series Dirilis: Ertugrul has gained popularity overnight in Pakistan. However, it has also triggered a debate on social media in Pakistan about whether or not foreign content will harm the local industry or no. A few celebrities extolled the series as an insightful peek into Islamic history while others called it a "threat to local culture". The big-budget series, that documents...

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Pakistani-American girl honored by Trump as one of the heroes of COVID-19

A Pakistani-American was honored by US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump for helping the people on the frontlines amid coronavirus pandemic. Laila Khan, 10, from Maryland was honored for helping medical workers and firefighters. She donated 100 boxes of cookies to the firefighters and medical workers as they battled the novel coronavirus. The US Embassy in Islamabad...

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China welcomes outstanding people from across the world: President Xi writes to Pakistani students

BEIJING: Chinese President Xi Jinping wrote back to Pakistani students studying in Beijing, telling them that the country welcomes "outstanding young people" from across the world. Xi wrote back to Pakistani students of the University of Science and Technology in Beijing who had earlier thanked him for the support and help they received from the university. The students had expressed their...

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‘Ertugrul’ star Esra Bilgic eager to meet fans in Pakistan

Turkish actress Esra Bilgic has thanked her Pakistani fans for their love and said that she was waiting excitedly to meet them in Pakistan. Esra essays the lead role of Halime Sultan, the wife of Ertugrul in the historic drama Diriliş: Ertuğrul or Ertugrul Ghazi that has won the hearts of millions of Pakistani fans with her outstanding performance. She turned to Instagram and...

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30 migrant workers killed in India lockdown truck crash

At least 30 Indian migrant workers were killed on Saturday in road accidents as they tried to return to their home villages during a nationwide coronavirus lockdown, officials said. The accidents, in central and northern India, were the latest involving some of the millions of labourers left stranded and jobless by the seven-week shutdown. Scores have died in road and...

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SBP slashes interest rate by 100 basis points to 8 per cent

KARACHI: The State Bank of Pakistan on Friday announced that it is slashing the policy rate by 100 basis points to 8%, the fourth cut by the bank within two months. The SBP in a statement said that the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) in its meeting on 15th May 2020 decided to reduce the policy rate by 100 basis points...

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Youm-e-Ali: Procession takes place amid coronavirus lockdown

Despite of ban on processions & religious gatherings, streets are being blocked with containers to provide the security to the attendees. A complete lockdown will be imposed in Sindh today from 6 am to 3 pm on the account of Youm-e-Ali. The federal government has imposed a ban on holding processions. All markets in the province will remain closed during...

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Pakistan among countries predicted with rise in child mortality due to coronavirus outbreak

A United Nations report has named Pakistan among 10 countries where deaths from preventable diseases in children under five could rise by almost 45% over the next six months as the coronavirus pandemic could divert scarce health resources. Poorer nations in Africa, Asia and Latin America could see an additional 1.2 million infants die over the period, according to the...

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India, China engage in military clash as tensions escalate in eastern Ladakh

India and China locked horns in a military skirmish in the eastern Ladakh near Tibet, which reportedly began last week. The situation seems quite tense presently as well due to the presence of People’s Liberation Army of China holding ground near Pangng Tso Lake, reported Indian media. On May 6, the troops from both sides clashed and hurled stones at each...

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Babar Azam appointed new ODI captain

LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) named batsman Babar Azam the new one day international (ODI) cricket captain of the national team on Wednesday. The PCB made the disclosure while announcing its list of centrally contracted players. In its press release, the PCB confirmed that the Test and T20I captaincy will continue to be held by Azhar Ali and Azam...

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Newborns among 13 dead in Kabul hospital attack; 24 killed in funeral bombing

KABUL: Gunmen attacked a hospital in the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Tuesday where the international humanitarian organisation Doctors Without Borders runs a maternity clinic, killing 13 people, including two newborn babies, officials said. In a separate attack the same day, a suicide bomber struck the funeral of a police commander, attended by government officials and a member of parliament, in...

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BF Biosciences in talks to manufacture, sell coronavirus drug in Pakistan

KARACHI: Ferozsons Laboratories have announced that its listed subsidiary BF Biosciences Limited (BFBL) has been negotiating for a non-exclusive license agreement with Gilead Sciences to manufacture and sell remdesivir to supply in Pakistan and 126 other countries. A statement issued by Ferozsons Laboratories said BFBL had been negotiating but there has been no obligation at this time for any part...

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Coronavirus deals US job losses of 20.5 million, historic unemployment rate in April

The US economy lost a staggering 20.5 million jobs in April, the steepest plunge in payrolls since the Great Depression and the starkest sign yet of how the novel coronavirus pandemic is battering the world’s biggest economy. The Labor Department’s closely watched monthly employment report on Friday also showed the unemployment rate surging to 14.7% last month, shattering the post-World...

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