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Saudi Arabia suspends entry for Umrah amid Coronavirus fright

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs have stated that the country has temporarily suspended entry to the country for the purpose of Umrah and visiting the Prophet’s (SAWW) mosque as a precautionary measure. The suspension comes as new cases of the Coronavirus continue to be detected around the world. Here’s the full press release which was posted on the Saudi...

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Gen Bipin Rawat appointed as India’s first Chief of Defence Staff

India on Tuesday appointed outgoing army chief General Bipin Rawat as the country’s first Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), reported Economic Times.  The CDS will be a four-star general who will serve as the Indian government’s principal military adviser to the defence minister. The officer will also head the new Department of Military Affairs to ensure "jointness in training, logistics and...

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Google Doodle honours Iqbal Bano on her 81st birthday

Google honoured acclaimed singer Iqbal Bano with her very own Google Doodle on what would have been her 81st birthday. The illustration, designed by Karachi-based guest artist Samya Arif, celebrates the classical singer famous for her renditions of ghazal, nazm and other classical forms, as well as music for film and patriotic songs. She passed away in 2009 in Lahore....

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Former Premier Benazir Bhutto’s 12th death anniversary today

The 12th death anniversary of Pakistan’s iconic former prime minister Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto is being observed today. Benazir was born on 21st June 1953 in Karachi to Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Nusrat Bhutto. She belonged to an influential political family which became a dynasty in Pakistan. She left for the esteemed Harvard University at the age of 16 to pursue...

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Ring of fire: Annular solar eclipse dims skies across Pakistan

KARACHI: Thursday will be the darkest day of the year across Asia as the annular solar eclipse returned to the region for the first time in 20 years. The 'Ring of Fire' solar eclipse caused the day to turn dark in many Asian countries including Pakistan. The eclipse which started at 7:35am (Pakistan Standard Time), turned into a total eclipse...

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Merry Christmas: Christmas celebrations in Pakistan spreads love, prayer for peace

ISLAMABAD: Like other parts of the world, the Christian community living in Pakistan has been celebrating Christmas with zeal and fervour. In Pakistan, the Christian community celebrates its religious festival with traditional enthusiasm. Special services were helded in churches across the country on Wednesday and prayers were offered for peace, progress and prosperity of Pakistan. Residential colonies have been decorated...

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PAF showcases conceptual design for ‘Project Azm’: Fifth Gen Stealth Fighter Jet Programme

Pakistan Air Force showcased the conceptual design of its future stealth aircraft on the tail of the PAF C-130 at the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) 2019. As per the yearbook of the Pakistan Ministry of Defence Production (MoDP) for the year 2017-2018, the Aviation Research, Innovation and Development (AvRID) Secretariat has finalized the first of the four conceptual design...

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At least seven Afghan troops killed in Taliban attack

Seven Afghan soldiers were killed in a Taliban attack on a base in northern Afghanistan on Tuesday, officials said, as local and international forces brace for another deadly winter. According to the Afghan defence ministry, "terrorists" attacked a joint military base in Dawlat Abad district of Balkh province near the Uzbekistan border. The base was shared between the army and...

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Saudi sentences 5 to death for Jamal Khashoggi’s killing

A court in Saudi Arabia on Monday sentenced five people to death for the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, who was murdered in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul last year by a team of Saudi agents. Saudi Arabia’s state-run Al-Ekhbariya TV channel reported that three others were sentenced to prison. All can appeal the verdicts. According to a statement issued by the Saudi public...

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13 wounded in shooting at Chicago memorial for slain person

One person has been charged in connection with a shooting early on Sunday at a house party that left 13 people wounded, four of them critically, Chicago police said. The shooting stemmed from a dispute at the memorial party, Chief of Patrol Fred Waller said at a news conference. He said shots were first fired just after 12:30am. The party...

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Afghanistan’s Ashraf Ghani wins majority in presidential poll: preliminary results

Kabul: Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani was on track to win a second term on Sunday, after election officials announced he had scored a majority in the presidential polls. But despite Ghani's apparent clean win, the fallout from the bitterly contested September 28 election looked set to continue, with top rival Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah saying he would contest the result....

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Saudi Arabia denies pressurising Pakistan to withdraw from Malaysia summit

The Saudi embassy in Islamabad on Saturday denied "information and fake news" broadcast by some media outlets that Saudi Arabia "pressurised and threatened" Pakistan to refrain from participating in the Kuala Lampur Summit. The statement comes a day after Turkish newspaper Daily Sabah quoted Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as saying Pakistan had decided to stay away from the recently concluded summit because of Saudi...

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Trump impeached for abuse of power in historic vote

President Donald Trump was impeached for abuse of power in a historic vote in the House of Representatives on Wednesday, setting up a Senate trial on removing him from office after three turbulent years. By a 230 to 197 vote in the Democratic-majority House, the 45th US president becomes just the third occupant of the White House in American history...

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Indian Supreme Court refuses to halt implementation of citizenship law

NEW DELHI: India’s Supreme Court turned down a plea on Wednesday to stop the implementation of a new citizenship law based on religion that has set off violent protests in the country, but said it would hold hearings next month on the sweeping measure. The Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) makes it easier for non-Muslims from the neighbouring countries of Afghanistan,...

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Malala Yousafzai featured on Teen Vogue’s last cover of the decade

Malala Yousufzai is featured on the last TeenVogue cover of 2019, which highlights “brilliant, world-changing demands of teens across the world” in a decade defined by “the rise of youth activism” and protest. In an interview with the magazine, Malala reveals how education came to be her top priority and stressed, “Education is the best investment that you can make.” And not...

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Lt Gen Manoj Mukund Naravane appointed as Indian army chief

The Indian government on Monday approved the appointment of Lieutenant General Manoj Mukund Naravane as the next chief of army staff (COAS), reported the The Hindu. Lt Gen Naravane, who is currently the vice chief of Indian army, will take over as India’s 28th COAS from incumbent General Bipin Rawat whose term ends on December 31. Army officials, told The Hindu that Lt...

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Nation observes fifth anniversary of APS martyrs

PESHAWAR: The fifth anniversary of the brutal attack on Army Public School Peshawar is being observed in every nook and cranny of the country today with the firm resolve to completely root out terrorism. All the federal educational institutions are observing Martyrs of Army Public School Day. Various organizations are holding functions including rallies, seminars, and symposia to pay homage...

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