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IHC declares arbitration council’s permission mandatory for second marriage

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court declared on Sunday the permission from the arbitration council mandatory for second marriage, regardless of the husband having prior permission from the first wife. In a 12-page statement issued today by IHC’s Chief Justice Athar Minallah, the court declared mandatory to take the arbitration council’s permission prior to the second marriage. The court ruled, "a...

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Karl Marx grave memorial in London damaged in hammer attack

LONDON: A memorial to German philosopher Karl Marx at Highgate Cemetery in north London has been vandalized, the Friends of Highgate Cemetery Trust said on Tuesday. The Grade-I listed monument appears to have been attacked by a hammer, the Trust added on Twitter. Images of the defaced memorial, which attracts tens of thousands of visitors each year, show what appears...

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World Cancer Day observed

The World Cancer Day was observed today (Monday). The theme of the day this year is “ “I can, we can”. Cancer Day is the one singular initiative under which the entire world can unite together in the fight against the global cancer epidemic. It takes place every year on 4 February. The Day aims to save millions of preventable...

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Iranian refugee wins top Australian prize for book written on his phone

SYDNEY: A refugee held in a remote Pacific detention center has won Australia’s top literature prize with his debut book, which he wrote on his mobile phone and delivered one chapter at a time via WhatsApp. Behrouz Boochani, an Iranian held in an Australian-run camp on a Papua New Guinea island, won the A$100,000 ($72,390) Victorian Prize for literature on...

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Biryani gets an entire festival, Governor Sindh makes official announcement

KARACHI: Sindh Governor Imran Ismail on Thursday announced a “biryani festival” will be held in the metropolis annually. Addressing a lunch organised by the Rice Exporters Association of Pakistan (REAP), the Sindh governor accepted a request to host a biryani festival and said, “We will be hosting a biryani festival soon and it will become an annual tradition.” Ismail vowed...

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PM Khan pays rich tribute to polio workers performing duty in harsh weather

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday met and paid rich tribute to the polio workers who braved harsh snowy weather to perform their duties, vaccinating children against the crippling disease in the remote northern areas. The premier hosted the heroic polio workers at the Prime Minister House including Irfan, after a video went viral showing him making his way through...

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First hindu woman Suman Kumari appointed civil Judge

HYDERABAD: In Country's history,  first Hindu woman, Suman Kumari  have been appointed a civil judge after passing an examination for induction of judicial officers. Hailing from Qambar-Shahdadkot, Ms Kumari will serve in her native district. She has  worked for Advocate Rasheed A. Razvi’s firm after passing her LL.B. examination from Hyderabad followed by Masters degree in law from Szabist University....

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Trevor ‘world´s loneliest duck’dies on tiny Niue

SYDNEY: A lone duck named Trevor that lived on the tiny Pacific island nation of Niue has died, officials say, sparking an outpouring of grief from as far away as New Zealand. The celebrity mallard found fame last year after a visiting journalist from New Zealand discovered that his makeshift home, near a puddle, was used for directions. But his...

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Pakistan Navy to host Maritime Exercise ‘Aman-2019’ in Feb

Web Desk: Naval Chief Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi said that Maritime Exercise 'Aman-2019' will be hosted by Pakistan Navy next month. Naval chief announced the decision during his meetings in Jordan with the heads of Royal Naval and Royal Air Forces of that country. According to Spokesperson of Pakistan Navy, matters of mutual interests including defence and naval partnerships were...

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World’s first International Day of Education being observed today

United Nations General Assembly on December 3 adopted a resolution with full consensus declaring January 24 as 'International Day of Education.' The proclamation of January 24 as the International Day of Education is an important step to promote education as a critical aspect of sustainable development. The UN resolution also mentioned every member states, organizations of the UN system, and...

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Anti-polio campaign begins nationwide

Web Desk: A week-long anti-polio campaign begins across the country on Monday. Around thirty nine million children under the age of five will be administered anti-polio drops. Two hundred and sixty thousand polio workers are participating in the drive which will go door to door to administer anti-polio drops to the children. PM’s Focal Person for Polio eradication Babar Bin...

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Luxury Bus service from Karachi to Quetta inaugurated  

KARACHI: The 'Super International' sleeper Bus Service has been launched for passengers travelling from Karachi to Quetta. The luxury bus service provides passengers with facilities to ensure comfortable travel from Karachi to Quetta. At a price of Rs3,000 per ticket, the bus will leave from Saddar to the provincial capital on alternate days and finish the ten-hour trip in seven...

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10 years after Obama, race still agitating US politics

Barack Obama´s trailblazing presidency, a first for an African-American, began 10 years ago Sunday, a historic moment that some believed ushered in a post-racial America. But given the racial politics amplified in the era of successor Donald Trump, the hope and change of 2009 has led to mixed results. Advances in gender and racial equality have been unmistakeable over the...

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Babies wanted: Nordic countries crying for kids

"Norway needs more children! I don´t think I need to tell anyone how this is done," Norway´s prime minister said cheekily, but she was raising a real concern. Too few babies are being born in the Nordic region. The Nordic countries were long a bastion of strong fertility rates on an Old Continent that is rapidly getting older. But they...

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SC orders authorities to register christian marriages

ISLAMABAD: On Wednesday,  the Supreme Court of Pakistan ordered the relevant authorities to register Christian marriages in the country. Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar while heading a three member bench passed the order while hearing a case earlier today. The apex court directed all the Union Councils to ensure registration of marriages in the Christian community. It also ordered the...

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One egg to rule them all, Kylie Jenner’s Instagram record scrambled

NEW YORK: US social media star and makeup mogul Kylie Jenner has had her world record for the most-liked image on Instagram swiped — by a photo of an ordinary brown egg. Jenner's birth announcement of daughter Stormi Webster on February 6 last year was the most popular post on the photo-sharing platform with 18.3 million likes but the egg,...

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Remembering Arfa Karim Randhawa on 7th Death Anniversary

LAHORE: The seventh death anniversary of the youngest Pakistani computer prodigy, Arfa Abdul Karim Randhawa is being observed today (Monday). The young computer prodigy became the youngest Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) at the age of nine. Karim was born in a small village near Faisalabad on Feburary 2, 1995. At the age of nine, she became MCP after passing its...

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