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Pakistan refuses to accept IMF’s demand of increase tax rate

ISLAMABAD: According to sources, Pakistan refused to accept demands of an increase in tax rate and electricity prices by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in the first round of talks for a financial bailout that ended today, Finance Minister Asad Umar said. Umar said that disagreements with the IMF continue on certain issues, which include an increase in electricity prices...

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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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International Day of Persons with Disabilities being observed today

An International Day of persons with disabilities is being observed all across the world today (Thursday). December 3 was declared by the United Nations in 1992 as a day for persons with disabilities to promote awareness and mobilise support for critical issues relating to the inclusion of persons with disabilities in society and development. In 2006, the UN General Assembly...

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Intolerance row: Anupam Kher still loves Shah Rukh, Aamir

Bollywood actor Anupam Kher held a Q&A on Twitter with his fans on Tuesday and his answers revealed he still loves megastars Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan, despite their differing views on intolerance in India. Anupam previously claimed that “nobody has the right to call our country intolerant. We are secular people and don’t believe in selective outrage.” However,...

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King Khan defends Aamir, says no need for anyone to prove his patriotism

A week after Aamir Khan spoke about growing intolerance in the country, Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan has said that one does not need to prove his patriotism, according to Indian news channel. Extending a hand of support to Aamir, he also said that he will now be addressing only those issues on which he has detailed knowledge. "You don't...

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World AIDS Day being observed today

Tuesday is World AIDS Day, a day to remember those lost to the disease and call attention to the fact that the epidemic is not over, with an estimated 36.9 million people living with HIV or AIDS worldwide. In their messages on the occasion, President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif have said the government is taking concrete steps...

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