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COAS calls for public-private partnership in Pakistan’s defence industry

Web Desk - (Syed Ahad Hussain) RAWALPINDI: Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Friday stressed on the need for enhanced cooperation between the public and private sectors to transform Pakistan's defence industry into a vibrant, self-reliant and self-sustained entity. The Army Chief, while addressing the two-day national seminar "Defence Production – Security through Self Reliance"...

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Pakistan Post launches export parcel service ‘EMS Plus’

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Post on Saturday launched an export parcel service ‘EMS Plus’ for small traders to deliver their consignments in foreign countries within 72 hours at minimum rates. Minister for Communications and Postal Services Murad Saeed formally inaugurated the service in a ceremony at the Pakistan Post head office. Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Media Affairs Iftikhar...

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In search of Oil and Gas: Offshore drilling begins in Karachi’s ultra-deep waters

KARACHI:  According to an official of Ministry of Petroleum, after a gap of nine years,  offshore drilling began a day earlier with estimation of huge oil and gas deposits in ultra-deep waters at an estimated cost of over $100 million. The US firm ExxonMobil, one of the world’s largest oil and gas firms, in collaboration with Italian firm Eni Pakistan...

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New app gives throat cancer patients their voice back

Vlastimil Gular´s life took an unwelcome turn a year ago: minor surgery on his vocal cords revealed throat cancer, which led to the loss of his larynx and with it, his voice. But the 51-year-old father of four is still chatting away using his own voice rather than the tinny timbre of a robot, thanks to an innovative app developed...

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Mark your calendars: Interior ministry announces public holidays for 2019

ISLAMABAD: The interior ministry on Wednesday has announced a total of 14 public holidays for year 2019. The interior ministry issued a notification of the public holidays for Kashmir Day, Pakistan Day, Labour Day, Eidul Fitr, Eidul Azha, Independence Day, Ashura, Eid Miladun Nabi and Quaid-e-Azam Day. According to the notification, the Muslim festivals will be observed as per the...

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Saudi Arabia offers fully-funded 583 scholarships to Pakistani students

Web Desk: Saudi government in collaboration with Higher Education Commission will provide fully-funded scholarships to 583 Pakistani students this year. According to APP the Commission has invited applications from talented students of Pakistan and Azad Jammun and Kashmir for studying opportunities in Saudi Arabia. Under these Scholarship opportunities, three major levels of programmes have been announced, including Bachelor's, Master's and...

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Sadaf Jaffer, first Pakistani-American woman elected as Mayor of US city

American activist of Pakistani lineage, Sadaf Jaffer, was sworn in as the Mayor of Montgomery on January 3, becoming the first Pakistani-American woman mayor in the U.S. She has also become the first South Asian woman mayor in New Jersey. Originally hailing from Karachi, Sadaf’s family migrated to the US in the 70s. Mayor Jaffer is ready to engage Montgomery...

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Symbol of pride: Fifth martyrdom anniversary of Aitzaz Hassan observed today

Web Desk: The fifth martyrdom anniversary of Aitzaz Hassan was observed today, who was martyred while preventing a suicide bomber from entering his school in Hangu in 2014.      Born in Hangu, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in 1998, Aitzaz not only saved hundreds of his school fellows, teachers and staff but also won the hearts of people across the country. Aitzaz Hassan was...

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91st Birthday of PPP founder Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto

Today 5th January marks the 91st birthday of assassinated ex- prime minister of Pakistan, ‘Quaid-e-Awam’ Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto. On 4th April, 1979 Bhutto was hanged into gallows which turned out to be the ‘judicial murder’ later confessed by the head judge. Bhutto rose to the prominence in Military Dictator General Ayub Khan’s rule, as the former resigned from his kitchen...

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Social media linked to higher risk of depression in teen girls

Teenage girls are twice as likely as boys to show depressive symptoms linked to social media use — mainly due to online harassment and disturbed sleep, as well as poor body image and lower self-esteem, researchers said on Friday. In a study analyzing data from nearly 11,000 young people in Britain, researchers found that 14-year-old girls were heavier users of...

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Indian father and son battle for billion-dollar empire

Vijaypat Singhania thought he was keeping his billion-dollar Indian textile empire in the family when he gifted control of the Raymond Group to his son Gautam three years ago. But their relationship has disintegrated spectacularly since, with the father accusing the son of cheating him out of a exclusive apartment and of unceremoniously kicking him out of the company offices....

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New Year’s Eve: Police unveils detailed traffic plan

KARACHI: The traffic plan for New Year' eve has been released by Sindh police as Karachi is just few hours away to enter in 2019. A statement issued from Traffic DIG Javed Ali Mehar’s office on Sunday has provided the public and DHA residents the routes and diversions to use for the night. There will be 4,000 police officers on...

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New York City street to be named after Quaid-e-Azam

NEW YORK: A section of a Brooklyn Avenue, a borough of New York City has been named after the founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, the Pakistani-American Youth Organization (PAYO) said. A resolution was adopted on December 26 by the New York City Council, designating a part of the Coney Island Avenue where the Pakistani-American community is concentrated as...

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Gone but not forgotten

Notable Personalities who left us in 2018 [gallery ids="426849,426850,426851,426852,426853,426854,426855,426856,426857,426858,426859,426860,426861,426862,426863,426864,426865,426866,426867,426868,426869,426870,426876"] January 4 – Zubaida Tariq, 72, chef January 14 - Dr Hasan Arif, prominent politician, educationist January 5 – Asghar Khan, 96, politician and military officer, Commander-in-Chief of the Air Force (1957–1965). January 5 – Rasa Chughtai, 89, Urdu poet. January 5 – Sardar Ahmed Ali Khan Pitafi, 74, politician, cancer....

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Forbes enlists Pakistan among 10 cool tourist destinations

Forbes has named Pakistan among 10 cool places to visit in 2019 as part of their annual list. Compiled by travel blogger Ann Abel, the list names must visit places from around the world after speaking to leading travel agents. According to Sara Barbieri a specialist with GeoEx, Explore the valleys of Hunza, Shigar and Khaplu via the renowned Karakoram...

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Christmas celebrations all around the world today

ISLAMABAD: Christmas on Tuesday is being celebrated all around the world. In Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan extended greetings to the Christian community on Christmas Day. "Wishing all our Christian citizens a happy and peaceful Christmas," the prime minister said in a tweet as the Christian community celebrates the festive occasion. President Dr Arif Alvi extended his warmest greetings to...

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Fake accounts case: Read complete Text of JIT report

A joint investigation team (JIT) report submitted in the Supreme Court has held former president Asif Zardari and Omni Group responsible in the mega money laundering and fake accounts case. A two-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar heard the suo motu case at the SC’s Lahore registry on Monday.On December 19, the JIT probing...

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