Thar Coal Project Sino Sindh takes off

With the advent of CPEC, the Chinese Premier said that reviving the silk route to newer and more destinations linking almost every conceivable country and city would be the beginning of the new world order. The news was published then on China's official website prior to Li Jinping making a world tour. Pakistan was one of the first countries to...

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US athlete Carl Lewis says aspiring Pakistani long jumper has ‘perfect mindset’

Multiple Olympic award-winning athlete Carl Lewis, on Monday lauded an aspiring Pakistani long jumper whose video went viral on social media after he jumped over 12 parked motorcycles. Lewis — who has nine gold and one silver Olympic medals, as well as 10 World Championships medals, to his name — tweeted about the young man, praising him for "his lack of fear".

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SC allows govt to suspend mobile phone services under special circumstances

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan Tuesday ruled that the government can suspend cellular services under "special circumstances". A hearing of the Ministry of Information and the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority's (PTA) petitions against mobile phone companies was held at the court today. The apex court decided that the government can suspend cellular services under special circumstances and ordered the PTA...

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PM Imran and Ashraf Ghani discuss progress in Afghan peace process

ISLAMABAD: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani called Prime Minister Imran Khan and extended felicitations on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha. The prime minister reciprocated the Eid greetings and observed that this year, Eid-ul-Azha came when the international community was facing a number of challenges, including COVID-19. He commiserated with President Ghani on the loss of lives in Afghanistan due to COVID-19 and...

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COAS Gen Bajwa discusses security matters with serving, retired military officers

LAHORE: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa met senior serving and retired military officers to discuss security and other professional matters, on Tuesday. "The COAS had an interactive session on wide ranging issues including professional matters, security situation in the region, measures to optimise dividends of peace and stability and also the challenges and opportunities," read a statement...

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NCC to decide on reopening marriage halls, tourism, parks etc within few days, says Hammad Azhar

ISLAMABAD: Government has started consultations with provinces over reopening marriage halls, tourism, restaurants, parks etc, said Federal Minister of Industries and Production, Hammad Azhar on Tuesday. The government had prepared the Negative List, in which those businesses were included that were not allowed to operate during the coronavirus lockdown. In his tweet, the minister pointed out that the Centre has...

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NDMA boosts scope of cleaning operations in Karachi

KARACHI: A day after it focused on cleaning the Gujjar Nullah in the city, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Tuesday enhanced its scope of operations to other parts of the city as it seeks to unclog the city's nullahs and drains before the fourth spell of rain wreaks havoc in the city. The local government, in coordination with the...

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‘Churails’ becomes an internet sensation as the first Pakistani show on an Indian streaming service

Pakistani director Asim Abbasi’s freshly-released trailer of the new series Churailshas become an instant hit, leaving anticipated viewers with chills, as they count down days for its release. The fresh storyline of the show getting released on OTT platform ZEE5 introduces four headstrong women—a wedding planner, a lawyer, a boxer and an ex-convict—who join forces to spy on cheating husbands.

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Kuwait bans flight to Pakistan, other high risk countries amid coronavirus outbreak

Kuwait's Directorate General of Civil Aviation on Saturday said that commercial flights to some 31 countries were now banned as they pose a high risk to the spread of the novel coronavirus. The countries include India, Pakistan, Egypt, the Philippines, Lebanon and Sri Lanka, which all have large numbers of expatriates in Kuwait. The list also includes China, Iran, Brazil, Mexico,...

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President Erdogan discusses ‘important issues’ in call with PM Khan

ISLAMABAD: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan telephoned Prime Minister Imran Khan and exchanged views on a range of “important issues”, a statement from the PM Office said on Saturday. Both the leaders exchanged Eid greetings and best wishes for the two countries and peoples on the auspicious occasion of Eid ul Azha, the statement added. PM Imran congratulated President Erdogan...

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Pakistan Army releases new song to mark Kashmir’s ‘Youm-e-Istehsal’

RAWALPINDI: Pakistan Army's media wing, the Inter-Services Public Relations, released "a tribute to the brave people of Kashmir and their relentless struggle for freedom" on Sunday, a few days ahead of August 5, 2020, which would mark a year of suppression and brutal curfew imposed by India in the Muslim-majority valley. Titled "Ja Chor Day Meri Waadi" — Leave My...

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Sindh govt extends Eidul Adha holidays till Monday Aug 3

The Sindh government on Friday announced it is extending public holidays for Eid ul Adha by a day, till Monday. The federal government had announced a three-day holiday from Friday, July 31, to Sunday, August 2. According to a notification by the services department, across Sindh, Monday, August 3, will also be observed as a holiday. It comes after Chairman...

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Indian man battered with hammer over suspicion of smuggling cow meat

NEW DELHI: An unarmed man was kicked and battered with a hammer near the Indian capital over suspicion of smuggling cow meat, NDTV reported on Saturday. The suspects beat the man, identified as Lukman, with "impunity", the publication said, adding that it gives "chilling echoes of the 2015 Dadri mob lynching in Noida" —  a place also very close to New Delhi....

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NDMA, Army to assist Sindh govt in removing encroachments and clearing drains

KARACHI: The Sindh government, Corps Headquarters, and the National Disaster Management Authority have decided to remove encroachments from the major nullahs in the city that caused inconvenience to the public during the recent rains. The Frontier Works Organisation has been tasked to clear the sludge from the three main storm drains of the metropolis. The decisions were taken at a...

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Trump says will ban TikTok in US through executive order

United States President Donald Trump said he would sign an executive order as soon as Saturday to impose a ban on TikTok in the country, ratcheting up the pressure on the popular short-video app’s Chinese owner to sell it. The move would be the culmination of US national security concerns over the safety of the personal data that TikTok handles....

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Muslims around the world celebrate Eid-ul-Adha amid pandemic

Masked and socially distanced to fight the coronavirus, Muslims around the world held prayers on Friday to mark the festival of Eid al-Adha, with mosques at reduced capacity and some praying in the open air. Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz, 84, whose country is home to two of Islam’s holiest sites, tweeted holiday congratulations a day after leaving hospital...

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Pandemic not over yet: Cricketers urge Pakistan to stay cautious on Eid

Members of Pakistan's male and female cricket teams have delivered an important message on Eid-ul-Adha, urging the nation to also sacrifice their traditional mingling and wear masks in order to curb the threat of Covid-19. In a video released by the Pakistan Cricket Board, names such as Sarfaraz Ahmed, Babar Azam, Bismah Maroof, Naseem Shah and more teamed up to...

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