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DG ISPR slams Shahrukh Khan over Netflix production “Bard and Blood”

By Syed Tazmeen Javed Web-Desk: Director-General of Inter-Service Public Relations Major General Asif Ghafoor slammed Bollywood King Shahrukh Khan for his jingoistic approach as the latter releases promo off his upcoming Netflix production"Bard and Blood" revolving around a story of four Research Analysis & Wing m(RAW) officials entering into Balochistan (Pakistan). The description that Shahrukh gave to his Netflix venture...

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Govt taking measures to control congo virus: Saira

Minister of State for National Health Services Saira Afzal Tarar says the government is taking measures to control Congo virus. In an interview, she said taking cognizance of reports of Congo fever in Bahawalpur, she had directed the National Institute of Health to provide full support to Punjab Health Department in meeting the challenges. Saira Afzal said, she had directed...

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Harry Potter magic hits Asia

SINGAPORE: Harry Potter magic hit Asia on Sunday morning, as aspiring witches and wizards crowded into bookstores to get their hands on the first copies of a new play that imagines the hero as an adult. Launch parties for “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” were held hours after the play’s premiere in London, setting the stage for a return...

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Cricket legend Hanif Mohammad hospitalised: Shoaib

KARACHI: Former Pakistan cricket great Hanif Mohammad who was diagnosed with lung cancer three years ago was hospitalised early Sunday, son Shoaib Mohammad said. Hanif, 81, was shifted to a hospital after a two-week-long struggle with breathing problems and congestion. Hanif, after being diagnosed with the disease, underwent surgery in London which helped bring it under control, Shoaib said. "But...

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Birth anniversary of Fatima Jinnah today

The 124th birth anniversary of Madar-e-Millat Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah will be observed on July 30 (Saturday) across the country. In connection with her birth anniversary, a special ceremony will be held on July 31 at the Aiwan-e-Karkunan-e-Tehreek-e-Pakistan in Lahore jointly organised by the Nazaria-e-Pakistan Trust and the Pakistan Movement Workers Trust. A cake will also be cut in the ceremony....

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Five Turkish soldiers killed in PKK ambush

ANKARA: Militants from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) killed five Turkish soldiers in an ambush in the troubled southeast of the country, local media reported on Friday. The soldiers were attacked while on patrol in Hakkari province on the road between Hakkari city and the town of Cukurca, Dogan news agency reported. Eight soldiers were also wounded in the...

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IS executes 24 civilians after seizing Syria village

BEIRUT: The Islamic State jihadist group has executed at least 24 civilians after seizing a village in northern Syria from a US-backed Kurdish-Arab alliance, a monitor said Friday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said IS executed 24 civilians "in the last 24 hours" after taking Buyir from the Syrian Democratic Forces. The village is located some 10 kilometres (6...

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Young Pakistani cricketers shine in India, beat 11 indian state teams

KARACHI: Just when Misbah-led Pakistan was being criticised for their "press-up celebrations" at Lord's after a massive thrashing of 330 runs by Alastair Cook-led England later in the tour, country's young talent emulated their heroes to celebrate Rajiv Gandhi Under-15 tournament victory in Chennai. Customs Cricket Academy (CCA) U-15 cricket team recorded a convincing 42-run victory against a strong Tamilnadu...

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Amjad Sabri’s Chehlum today

KARACHI: It has been forty days since the world lost renowned Qawwal Amjad Sabri in a murder which shocked the nation. For the chehlum, Sabri’s family has arranged a Quran Khwani and Fateha Khwani at his residence. Before Isha prayers a formal ceremony will be held for the ‘dastarbandi’ of the son of the late Amjad Sabri. A qawwali session...

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Guns cheaper than smartphones in Pakistani tribal town

DARRA ADAMKHEL: Gunfire echoes through a dusty northwest tribal town, the soundtrack to Pakistan's biggest arms black market, where Kalashnikovs welded from scrap metal are cheaper than smartphones and sold on an industrial scale. Darra Adamkhel, a town surrounded by hills some 35 kilometres (20 miles) south of the city of Peshawar, was a hub of criminal activity for decades....

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World Hepatitis Day being observed today

KARACHI: With the theme “Prevent Hepatitis: It’s up to you,” the World Hepatitis Day 2016 is being marked here on Thursday (today) to create public awareness about the disease and prevent a possible outbreak. To mark the day, walks, seminars, workshops, scientific sessions and medical camps will be arranged. As per statistics, hepatitis affects hundreds of millions of people world-wide,...

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At least 120 cases of sexual violence in South Sudan capital: UN

UNITED NATIONS: The United Nations said on Wednesday there has been at least 120 cases of sexual violence and rape against civilians in South Sudan's capital Juba since fighting erupted three weeks ago between troops loyal to the country's rival leaders. Heavy fighting involving tanks and helicopters raged in Juba for several days between troops loyal to President Salva Kiir...

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‘Explosion’ in Germany near migration office

A suitcase exploded outside a migrant reception centre in southern Germany Wednesday, police said, adding there was “no indication” there was a bomb inside. No one was hurt. The blast occurred about 200 metres (yards) from the centre in the Bavarian town of Zirndorf, where police were on the scene. “There is no indication at the moment that a bomb...

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Two Muslim women beaten over beef rumour in India

MADHYA PRADESH: Two Muslim women were severely tortured by a mob led by cow vigilantes at a railway station in Madhya Pradesh on Tuesday. In a mobile phone video recorded by one of the many spectators Mandsaur, around 350 km from state capital Bhopal, policemen are seen making half-hearted attempts to control the crowd, Indian media reported. The police were...

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Two attackers killed, one hostage dead in French church attack

PARIS: Two attackers killed a priest with a blade and seriously wounded another hostage in a church in northern France on Tuesday before being shot dead by French police. There were no immediate details on the identity or motives of the two assailants but the investigation was handed to the anti-terrorist unit of the Paris prosecutor's office. A police source...

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Ibn-e-Safi remembered on his death anniversary

KARACHI: Renowned prolific fiction writer, novelist and poet of Urdu Ibn-e-Safi was remembered on his death anniversary on Tuesday (today). His real name was Asrar Ahmad while, Ibn-e-Safi was his pen name. Ibn-e-Safi was born on July 26, 1928 in the town ‘Nara’ of district Allahabad, India. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Aligarh Muslim University. In 1948,...

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Fire kills 38 in Madagascar, including 16 children

ANTANANARIVO: A fire during a house-warming party in central Madagascar on Saturday night killed 38 people including 16 children as the blaze ripped through a thatched roof, police said Monday. The victims were trapped inside the house in Ambalavato village of Ikalamavony district in the rural centre of the Indian Ocean island. The party-goers, including several relatives of the house...

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