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India-China standoff deepens at eastern Laddakh with troop accumulation

The standoff between India and China at the disputed eastern Laddakh border area intensified with Indian media reports claiming both sides are increasing their troops in the area. As per a report by ThePrint, Beijing has also beefed up its security on its side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC)by locating an estimated 1,200 to 1,300 troops near the Pangong Lake....

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Judges are bound by law to make independent decisions: CJP Saqib Nisar

LAHORE: Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar on Saturday said an honest leadership can change the fate of the people. He added that the country needed an honest leadership, education and a strong judicial system. Addressing a seminar in Lahore, he said that the judiciary in the country is completely independent and the nation should be proud of it....

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Chinese county bars school children from mosques

Authorities in a Muslim-majority county in northwest China have banned schoolchildren from going to mosques during their winter holidays, a state-run daily reported Friday, the latest tightening of regulations on religious freedoms. The decision was outlined in a notice sent to all high schools, primary schools and kindergartens in Gansu province’s Guanghe county, according to the Global Times. “Schools should...

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Donald Trump unveils ‘fake news’ award list

WASHINGTON: Donald Trump unveiled the winners of his much-touted "Fake News Awards" late Wednesday, hours after a maverick senator from the president's own Republican party accused him of employing Stalinist language to "slur" and undermine the free press. Arizona lawmaker Jeff Flake levelled the broadside in an address from the Senate floor earlier in the day, delivering a one-two punch...

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Exclusive: Trump accuses Russia of helping North Korea evade sanctions; says U.S. needs more missile defense

WASHINGTON- U.S. President Donald Trump complained on Wednesday that Russia was helping North Korea to evade international sanctions, signaling frustration with a country he had hoped to forge friendly relations with after his 2016 election win. “Russia is not helping us at all with North Korea,” Trump said during an Oval office interview with Reuters. “What China is helping us with,...

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NAB summons Shehbaz Sharif on Ashiana-e-Iqbal housing scheme

LAHORE: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Lahore has summoned Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif with regard to an inquiry into Ashiana-e-Iqbal housing scheme, according to a spokesman for the anti-graft body. The Punjab chief minister is called upon to appear before a combined investigation team at the NAB complex in Lahore on January 22, read a notification issued by NAB...

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Pakistan welcomes talks between South and North Korea

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has welcomed the recent talks held between the Republic of Korea (RoK) and Democratic Peoples' Republic of Korea (DPRK), and said these would lead to lasting peace, prosperity, stability, reconciliation and cooperation in the region The Foreign Office in a statement said that Pakistan hopes that this new phase of talks between the two sides would help to...

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Pakistan should not be made scapegoat for US failure in Afghanistan: Dastgir

ISLAMABAD: Defence Minister Khurram Dastgir said on Monday that Pakistan should not be made scapegoat for United States' failure in Afghanistan, where the coalition forces have been fighting for the last 16 years. Giving a policy statement in the National Assembly, the minister said the way forward for Pakistan-US relations should not be through threats, notices and suspension of support....

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CPEC, a win-win project for partners: Chinese envoy

ISLAMABAD: Chinese ambassador Yao Jing on Monday urged Pakistan to make China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) a part of its national strategy as the project was bound to become a launch pad for long-term development of the South Asian country. “The CPEC creates a win-win situation for both countries and it will strengthen the bilateral relations even further,” Jing said at...

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Banks start receiving Hajj applications from today

ISLAMABAD: The designated branches of thirteen scheduled banks have started receiving Government Scheme Hajj applications from Monday (today) to choose 120,000 successful pilgrims out of a total of 179,210 Pakistani pilgrims for the upcoming Hajj 2018. According to new Hajj Policy announced last month, the Hajj applications would be received till January 24 and balloting would be conducted on January...

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Remembering youngest IT professional Arfa Karim on her 6th death anniversary

LAHORE: Today is the sixth death anniversary of the world’s youngest Microsoft Certified Professional Arfa Karim Randhawa. People from all walks of life paid rich tribute to tech prodigy Arfa Karim on her death anniversary. Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) Chairman Dr Umar Saif paid tribute to World's youngest Microsoft Certified Professional Arfa Karim. “Arfa will be remembered as a...

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Death toll rises to 19, five still missing in California mudslides

LOS ANGELES: The death toll from mudslides that devastated parts of California’s scenic Santa Barbara County rose to 19 on Saturday amid a massive influx of emergency crews searching for five people still missing. One missing person was found alive on Saturday but chances were dwindling fast that more survivors could still be located from the torrent of mud and...

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Canada schoolgirl attacked over hijab

OTTAWA: An 11-year-old girl was assaulted in Toronto by a man who twice tried to cut off her hijab with scissors and then fled, police said. Khawlah Noman told reporters that she was walking to school with her younger brother when the man came at her with scissors. "He tried cutting (off) my hijab two times," she said. "I felt...

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South Korea and North Korea to hold working-level talks on January 15: Yonhap

SEOUL: North Korea and South Korea have agreed to have working-level talks on Jan. 15 at the Tongil Pavilion on the North Korean side of the truce village of Panmunjom, news agency Yonhap reported. South Korea’s unification ministry said earlier on Saturday that North Korea had proposed holding talks on the prospects of sending its performance art group to the...

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Killer(s) of Zainab still not apprehended amid protest by all walks of society

KASUR: Three days have passed as the Punjab government could not place its hand over the culprits(s) behind the brutal murder of a 7 year old girl Zainab; however making huge claims of finding leads in this horrific case that sent shock waves in the entire country. Protests have out broken in Kasur as the news of this brutal murder...

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Perfectionist Williamson wary of Pakistan’s deep batting

New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson has called on his bowlers to be more accurate in the final overs as they look to take an unbeatable lead over Pakistan in the third one-day international in Dunedin on Saturday. New Zealand are already 2-0 up in the five-match series but Williamson is not completely happy, especially with the bowling to lower-order batsmen....

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Two Palestinians shoot dead by Israeli forces during Jerusalem protest

GAZA CITY, PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES: Two Palestinian teenagers were shot dead in clashes with Israel’s military Thursday, Palestinian officials said, amid tensions over US President Donald Trump’s recent Jerusalem declaration and a deadly gun attack. Amir Abu Musaid, 16, was shot in the chest near the border fence east of Al-Bureij camp in central Gaza, the health ministry in the strip...

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