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Pakistan takes up issue of IoK supporters’ account suspension with Facebook, Twitter

Director General (DG) Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor, through his personal Twitter account, on Sunday said that Pakistani authorities have taken up with Twitter and Facebook the alleged suspension of Pakistani social media accounts posting in support of Kashmir. He also invited social media users to share information about accounts that have been suspended. https://twitter.com/peaceforchange/status/1162859253683695617 Maj Gen...

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Finance Minister Dar rejects OGRA’s fuel hike summary

ISLAMABAD: Fuel prices will not be increasing on June 1 as was being speculated. The confirmation came on Tuesday when Federal Finance Minister Ishaq Dar confirmed that prices will not be increased. Yesterday, the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) sent a summary to the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources suggesting an increase in prices of petroleum products for...

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“World No Tobacco Day” being observed today

ISLAMABAD: `World No Tobacco Day' is being observed on tuesday (today), to create awareness among public about health hazard of tobacco use. According to World Health Organization, tobacco kills nearly 6 million people each year and more than 5 million of those deaths are the result of direct tobacco use while more than 600,000 are the result of non-smokers being...

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OGRA proposes increase in POL prices

ISLAMABAD: Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) has dispatched a summary to the government, recommending to raise the prices of petroleum products for the month of June. According to sources, the OGRA has proposed increase of petrol price by Rs 0.85 per liter and high speed diesel by Rs 6.69 per liter. The summary also asked raise in price of...

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Richard Gasquet carrying French flag at Roland Garros

PARIS: Richard Gasquet salvaged French pride with his four sets win over Kei Nishikori in the fourth round of the French Open and now he wants to take it three steps further and end a 33-year long drought. The 29-year-old from the southern town of Beziers started the day as the sole French player male or female still standing after...

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Hamilton ends long wait with Monaco win

MONACO: Lewis Hamilton celebrated his first win of the Formula One season at the Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday after Mercedes told team mate Nico Rosberg to move aside and Red Bull wrecked Daniel Ricciardo’s chances. While fortune finally favoured the triple world champion after a run of bad luck, championship leader Rosberg finished seventh — 93.2 seconds behind —...

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Nepalese runner wins world’s highest marathon

KATHMANDU: Gasping for breath and clad in trekking boots, more than 150 local and foreign runners took part Sunday in the world’s highest marathon in the snow-covered foothills of Mount Everest. The annual Tenzing-Hillary Everest Marathon, which began in 2003, is meant to mark the anniversary of the first summit of the peak by Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary on...

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Serena into French Open last 16 after marathon tie-breaker

PARIS: Defending champion Serena Williams needed five match points before downing battling French hope Kristina Mladenovic 6-4, 7-6 (12/10) to reach the last 16 at Roland Garros on Saturday. The top seeded American, chasing a fourth Paris title and record-equalling Open era 22nd Grand Slam crown, goes on to face Ukraine's 18th seed Elina Svitolina for a place in the...

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Pakistan, Iran agree on revival of train service

QUETTA: Pakistan and Iran have agreed on revival of weekly train service between Taftan and Quetta to boost trade activities between both the countries. Iranian Railway company manager Syed Mustafa said this was decided during a joint expert committee meeting of both the countries in Quetta. The container service between Pakistan, Iran and Turkey was also considered in the meeting....

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NEPRA approves Rs3.94 per unit cut in power tariff

ISLAMABAD: The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra) on Thursday approved a reduction of Rs3.94 per unit in electricity fares for the month of April. According to Nepra, the rates have been decreased under monthly fuel adjustment. The public will be given relief in the bills of June. However, the price cut will not apply to domestic consumers using less...

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Shahid Afridi expresses availability for England series

KARACHI: Former Twenty20 captain Shahid Afridi on Thursday said that he will be available for Pakistan's tour of England this summer if required by his team. In an interview to British news channel, the star player Shahid Afridi said that he is staying away from the team for England series as selectors want to give chance to youngsters. "I m...

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PCB announces 21 names for camp ahead of England tour

LAHORE: Twenty one cricketers will take part in the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) skill camp for upcoming England tour, Chief Selector Inzamam-ul-Haq said on Wednesday. “I went to watch players train during the camp. They were going through some hard drills and all the players were really enjoying it,” Inzamam said while addressing a press conference at the Gaddafi Stadium...

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Early exposure to traffic pollution may affect lungs later

STOCKHOLM: Infants exposed to higher levels of vehicular air pollution more often have problems later on in the small airways near the edges of their lungs, according to a new study. The finding that early life exposure to air pollutants affects the so-called peripheral airways, “has not been reported before,” said lead author Dr. Erica S. Schultz of the Karolinska...

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ECC okays special Ramadan Package

ISLAMABAD: The Economic Coordination Committee of the Cabinet has approved special Ramadan Package worth 1.75 billion rupees for providing relief to consumers. The approval was granted in ECC meeting held in Islamabad with Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in the chair. The package will cover 22 essential items of use available at the Utility Store Corporation of Pakistan.

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K-electric reduces electricity fares

ISLAMABAD: In terms of fuel adjustment for the month of March, National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) has declared a reduction in electricity charges and has issued a notification in this regard. K-electric proposed to deduct Rs 0.3 per unit while NEPRA has directed K-electric to run its power plants to their maximum capacity and assured the company to provide...

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Iran and India sign port deal, other economic agreements

TEHRAN, Iran: India says it will invest up to $500 million in a deal to develop a strategic port in Iran and plan a number of projects they say are worth hundreds of millions of dollars in joint projects. The deal and plans were announced Monday during a visit by an Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the first such trip...

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Oil prices dip on strong dollar, firm global supplies

SINGAPORE: Oil prices slipped in Asian trade on Monday, hit by a strong dollar and signs that global crude supply is holding up even as unplanned outages rise to at least a five-year high. In a further sign of abundant supply the number of rigs operated by U.S. drillers was steady last week for the first time this year. Brent...

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