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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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Indian citizen slams jeep in Wagah border gates

LAHORE: Indian citizen on Monday has slammed jeep in Wagah border gate destroying Indian side while Pakistani gate was partly affected. Pakistan Rangers stated that the incident took place at around 4 am today. An Indian national drove his four-wheel drive into the gates. Border Security Force (BSF) seized the vehicle and detained the violator. Due to the destruction at...

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Fawad Khan invites Shah Rukh Khan to visit Pakistan

MUMBAI: Pakistani actor Fawad Khan has invited Bollywood icon Shah Rukh Khan to visit Pakistan. Fawad Khan made the offer to King Khan while speaking at an event. Calling SRK a “good friend of his”, the Khoobsurat star mentioned that he has invited King Khan to visit the neighboring country. Shah Rukh Khan has not announced his decision yet. The...

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Flu risk cut by vigorous exercise

A new study suggests that doing at least two and a half hours of vigorous exercise each week cuts the chance of developing flu. Around four thousand eight hundred people took part in the Flu Survey, run by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. It said moderate exercise did not appear to have a protective effect. During the...

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Rangers arrest five suspected militants in Karachi

KARACHI: Rangers claimed to have arrested five militants from different areas of the metropolis on Sunday. According to the Rangers spokesman, the paramilitary forces conducted raids in Liaquatabad and Shah Faisal Colony areas of Karachi. He said that the accused are affiliated with a banned outfit and a gang war group. Weapons were also recovered from the possession of the...

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Navy test fires anti-ship guided missiles with pinpoint accuracy

KARACHI: In an impressive display of naval fire power, the front line combat units of Pakistan Navy Fleet successfully test fired anti-ship guided missiles in North Arabian Sea on Saturday. The Chief of Naval staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah along with senior naval officers witnessed the firings onboard PNS Alamgir, said a statement issued by Pakistan Navy. The missiles launched from...

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Syria’s Assad: Paris attacks result of French policy

DAMASCUS: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on Saturday that French policy had contributed to the “spread of terrorism” that culminated in attacks claimed by the Islamic State group which killed 128 people in Paris. In a meeting with a delegation of French lawmakers in Damascus, Assad said France’s “mistaken policies… had contributed to the spread of terrorism.” “The terrorist attacks...

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Eight militants killed in Paris attacks: Investigation source

PARIS: A total of eight militants were killed, including seven by their suicide belts, during Friday's attacks in Paris that left at least 120 dead, a source close to the investigation said. Four of the attackers were killed in the Bataclan concert hall, three by activating their suicide vests and one shot by police. Three more died near the national...

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Saudi man gets jail, 30 lashes for slapping and spitting on wife

A Saudi court of appeals has confirmed the sentencing of a man to 30 lashes for slapping his wife and spitting on her last week. The citizen, whose identity has not yet been revealed, was jailed for a week after assaulting his wife by slapping and spitting on her face in Saudi Arabia’s eastern province, according to Saudi online news...

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COAS lauds high standards of safeguarding nuclear assets

RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif on Friday expressed full confidence in Pakistan’s nuclear security regime and lauded high standards of professionalism and commitment to safeguarding the country’s strategic assets. The Army Chief visited Pakistan’s Centre of Excellence for Nuclear Security (PCENS) today and witnessed its state of the art facilities and ongoing training activities, said a...

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Suicide bombing at Shiite memorial service in Baghdad kills 17

BAGHDAD: Iraqi police officials say a suicide bomber killed 17 people at a Baghdad memorial service for a Shiite militia fighter killed in battle against the Islamic State group. The official says the bomber detonated his explosives' vest on Friday at the service in the southwestern Baghdad suburb of Hay al-Amal. At least 43 people were wounded. No one has...

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Kurdish Iraqis take center of Sinjar from Islamic State

SINJAR, Iraq: Iraqi Kurdish militia fighters fighting to take back Sinjar from Islamic State militants reached the town center on Friday, raising a Kurdish flag and firing off celebratory gunfire following a major offensive to retake the strategic Iraqi town. Associated Press journalists witnessed the celebrations, though a Kurdish officer cautioned that it was too soon to declare the town...

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PCB suspends Ajmal contract over bowler comments

LAHORE: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Thursday suspended former spinner Saeed Ajmal’s contract over television comments he made about the way bowlers with illegal action are dealt with. The 38-year-old had been Pakistan´s match-winner in the last five years until he was sidelined over his bowling action before being cleared in February. However a remodelled action rendered him ineffective and...

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Fawad is like family to me: Sonam Kapoor

MUMBAI: Bollywood actress Sonam Kapoor batted for her ‘Khoobsurat’ co-star Fawad Khan and said that Fawad Khan was like family to her. Sonam Kapoor and Fawad Khan made magic when the two of them starred together in their 2014 hit Khoobsurat. Ever since then, they have remained in touch and through plenty of candid, friendly pictures we get the idea...

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Appeal filed in LHC against dismissal of Ayyan’s acquittal plea

LAHORE: An appeal in Lahore High Court (LHC) was filed today (Thursday) against the dismissal of Ayyan Ali’s acquittal plea. The appeal states that custom authorities kept Ayyan in custody illegally for four months however she was not found guilty for any of the crime. The court has been requested in the appeal that Ayyan could not be indicted without...

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Moody’s ups Pakistan banking system outlook to stable

LIMASSOL: Moody’s Investors Service on Wednesday changed the outlook for the Pakistan banking system to stable from negative, reflecting the improvement in the country’s economic growth prospects, driven in turn by the government’s commitment to economic reforms under its IMF program. “We expect the strengthening economy, together with the central bank’s accommodative monetary policy, to stimulate lending growth and support...

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Oil prices resume decline in Asia

Singapore: Oil prices resumed their decline in Asia Wednesday, with global crude oversupply continuing to dampen investors´ sentiment despite occasional rallies. Prices had risen the previous day after a four-day losing streak, as traders weighed a bearish price outlook from the International Energy Agency (IEA) and a lowered US estimate for crude production. The oil market has collapsed by more...

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