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Stan Lee, father of superheroes, dies at 95

LOS ANGELES: Marvel legend Stan Lee, who revolutionized pop culture as the co-creator of iconic superheroes like Spider-Man and The Hulk who now dominate the world´s movie screens, has died. He was 95 years old. Lee, the face of comic book culture in the United States, died early Monday in Los Angeles after suffering a number of illnesses in recent...

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World’s first 50 mega pixel digital camera Launched

LAHORE: Canon has launched the world’s first full-frame 35mm sensor digital camera with 50MP resolution – 5DSR. Canon’s latest camera was unveiled at a ceremony held in Lahore which saw presence of numerous prestigious Photographers and Dealers from all over the country. Canon EOS 5DSR, was unveiled with a bang as fashion models sported the camera while walking on the...

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Shankar Mahadevan suffers two back-to-back heart attacks

One of Bollywood’s top singers, Shankar Mahadevan, reportedly suffered a heart attack and was admitted to a hospital in Delhi on December 6. Shankar was rushed to the hospital after he complained about chest pains. He is currently recovering after undergoing angioplasty. Without delving into details, his son Siddharth told the media, “It was mainly due to exhaustion. Dad underwent...

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Rangers file Rs. 500 mln legal notice against Waseem Akhtar

KARACHI: Sindh Rangers Thursday filed a damages notice of Rs.500 million against Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) senior leader Waseem Akhtar. According to our correspondent, Rangers counsel filed the damages suit in Sindh High Court, stating that Waseem Akhtar had ‘falsely’ accused the paramilitary troops of snatching and stealing hides of sacrificial animals in Karachi. The Rangers, in the notice, asked...

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No decision yet on India-Pakistan series

The fate of the planned series between Pakistan and India appears to have taken a turn for the worst after Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan revealed that India's Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj did not discuss the resumption of cricketing ties with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on her visit to the country. PCB was hoping Swaraj, who arrived in...

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‘Freedom fighters’ fighting in Kashmir, not terrorists: Musharraf

KARACHI: Former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf on Tuesday said those fighting in Indian-held Kashmir (IHK) were 'mujahideen' and 'freedom fighters' and not terrorists, BBC Urdu reported.. “Considering the atrocities and the treatment meted out to the Muslim majority in IHK, several groups such as Lashkar-i-Taiba and Jaish-i-Muhammad emerged. They were ready to lay down their lives for their Kashmiri...

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Pak-India series may be reduced to two ODIs

ISLAMABAD: A Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) official on Tuesday said if Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) confirmed the Indo-Pak series at the eleventh hour then there is a possibility to reduce the ODIs or Twenty-20s. It may be added that the PCB Chairman had said that the fate of the planned series between arch-rivals Pakistan and India...

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Android users now benefit from Google’s Safe Browsing service

SAN FRANCISCO: Google announced yesterday that its Safe Browsing protection service was now available to Android users. Now enabled by default on Android, Google’s Safe Browsing technology will no longer entail turning on Google’s optional data compression service. The protective service is used in Google Chrome as well as in other web browsers like Firefox and Safari and protects mobile...

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Taxes imposed on import of luxury items not to affect common man: Dar

ISLAMABAD: Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has said recent taxes have been imposed on import of luxury and non-essential items and therefore would not affect the common man. Giving a policy statement in the National Assembly this evening, he said recent revenue generation measures have been announced strictly under various acts of Parliament to bridge forty billion rupee shortfall in revenue...

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Japan to provide $254,889 for social sector development

ISLAMABAD: Japan will provide financial aid of 254,889 US dollars for social sector development in Pakistan. The agreements for the three projects were signed between Ambassador of Japan to Pakistan, Hiroshi Inomata and the heads of the concerned organizations in Islamabad. The aid will be spent on water filtration plants in rural areas of District Rajanpur, improvement of health services...

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Pakistan should be more transparent on $46 bn China deal: Governor SBP

KARACHI: Pakistan needs to be more transparent about the details of energy and infrastructure deals worth $46 billion signed with China earlier this year, the governor of the State Bank of Pakistan told Reuters on Friday. The deals, called the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, should help shore up Pakistan‘s crumbling infrastructure and reduce its electricity shortages by building more power plants....

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LG polls: Situation critical in Landhi and Lyari after violence

KARACHI: Activists of rival political parties came face-to-face in Karachi's Landhi area on Saturday as polling was underway in the metropolis for the third phase of the local bodies' elections. Reports of clashes, scuffles and electoral irregularities were reported from different parts of the city as citizens exercised their right to franchise to elect local government representatives. Unknown men torched...

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LG Polls: Polling for 3rd phase under way

KARACHI: The third and final phase of local government elections in twelve districts of Punjab and six of Sindh is being held today. The polling process which started at 7:30 am will continue till 5:30 pm without any break. In Punjab, polling will be held in Layyah, Rajanpur, D G Khan, Muzaffargarh, Rawalpindi, Jhang, Khushab, Multan, Sialkot, Narowal, Rahim Yar...

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Opec ‘decides against output cut’

Opec has decided to stick by its previously-stated output policy, according to a report, in a move that was widely predicted amid a glut of global supply and low oil prices. The Vienna-headquartered cartel has, however, raised its output ceiling to reflect the fact that its members have for some time been exceeding a previous ceiling imposed earlier this year,...

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Islamic State adds smartphone app to its communications arsenal

In addition to using Facebook, Twitter, and messaging apps such as Telegram, Islamic State is also distributing custom communications software to spread its message of radical Islam. The militants have developed a smartphone app designed to run on Android phones that is available to download in private channels on Telegram, an encrypted smartphone chat program. According to security experts tracking...

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McLaren builds a faster convertible

It is the British carmaker's fifth new model this year, and in the US, it will set its happy buyer back a cool $372,600. For this sum, that lucky he or she will take the wheel of the fastest open-top production car in the company's history — and let's be honest, that's saying something. Like its fixed-head stablemate (a limited-production...

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Mark Zuckerberg and the Rise of Philanthrocapitalism

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg celebrated the birth of his daughter Max by pledging to donate 99 per cent of his company’s shares – estimated at around $45 billion - to “advancing human potential and promoting equality” through a new organization called the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. His commitment puts him at the forefront of an elite list of philanthropists who made...

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