Unhygienic conditions: Sindh Food Authority seals famous bakery in Karachi

KARACHI: Sindh Food Authority (SFA) on Tuesday launched crackdown against restaurants and a bakery in Gurumandir area of the metropolis and sealed the 'Blue Ribbon' Bakery after having found unhygienic conditions and substandard food items, Newsone reported. The SFA conducted these raids as part of its drive for provision of quality food to the citizens of the metropolis. During the...

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ATC extends remand of MQM workers for five days

KARACHI: An Anti-terrorism court on Friday extended remand of Muttahaida Qaumi Movement (MQM) workers for five days in police custody. According to the latest details, the suspects are to be presented before the ATC again on Wednesday, August 31. Earlier, the ATC was unable to hand over a two-day remand to the MQM workers after a Rangers prosecutor expressed his...

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US aid to Pakistan shrinks amid mounting frustration over militants

WASHINGTON, DC: Pakistan’s continued support for resurgent militant groups hostile to the United States, coupled with warming US military and business relations with India, is sharply diminishing Islamabad’s strategic importance as an ally to Washington, US military, diplomatic, and intelligence officials and outside experts said. The United States has cut both military and economic aid to Pakistan sharply in recent...

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Governor Sindh contacts MQM Pakistan leader Farooq Sattar

KARACHI: Governor Sindh Dr Ishratul Ebad has contacted Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Pakistan leader Farooq Sattar and exchanged views on the prevailing situation in Karachi. According to the sources, Governor Ishratul Ebad and the MQM Pakistan leader agreed on continuing communication and extending cooperation for peace in Karachi.

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Several MQM offices demolished in Karachi

KARACHI: Five offices of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) have been demolished on Thursday in different areas of Karachi’s Malir. SSP Malir Rao Anwar said that the offices were constructed on land acquired illegally. An office of the party was also demolished in Ahsanabad. Many offices of the party have also been demolished in the city including unit offices near Mosmiyat...

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Cricketer Dwayne Bravo to sing peppy number for ‘Tum Bin 2’

MUMBAI: West Indies cricketer and singer Dwayne Bravo will lend his voice to a song in director Anubhav Sinha’s upcoming film 'Tum Bin 2'. Earlier, Anubhav had roped in American singer-rapper Akon to sing the “Chammak Challo” in song in his 2011 Shahrukh Khan-starrer film “Ra.One”. Anubhav was looking out for an international voice for one of the upbeat tracks...

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Turkey sends more tanks to Syria, demands Kurdish fighters retreat

KARKAMIS: Turkey sent more tanks into northern Syria on Thursday and demanded Kurdish militia fighters retreat within a week as it seeks to secure the border region and drive back Islamic State with its first major incursion into its neighbor. Syrian rebels backed by Turkish special forces, tanks and warplanes on Wednesday entered Jarablus, one of Islamic State's last strongholds...

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Pizza by drone: unmanned air delivery set to take off in New Zealand

WELLINGTON: A New Zealand pizza chain aims to become the world's first company to offer a commercial drone delivery service, a milestone in the once-unthinkable quest to save time and money with an air-borne supply chain dispensing with people. Some of the world's biggest companies including Inc and Google, or Alphabet Inc as it is known, have plans to...

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Pakistan to host first-ever day-night Test against West Indies

KARACHI: Pakistan on Thursday announced the schedule for their series against the West Indies in the United Arab Emirates beginning next month, including their first-ever day-night Test. The series, which runs from September 23 to November 3, includes three Twenty20 internationals and as many one-day and Tests, the highlight being the day-night Test in Dubai in October. Australia hosted the...

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France’s highest court mulls bid to reverse burkini ban

PARIS: France's highest administrative court will Thursday examine a request to overturn a ban on the burkini after photographs of police surrounding a woman on a beach fuelled the controversy over the Islamic swimsuit. France's Human Rights League is appealing a decision by the southern town of Villeneuve-Loubet, near Nice, which was one of the first of around 30 French...

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4.3-magnitude aftershock hits Italian town

ROME: A strong aftershock with a preliminary magnitude of 4.3 has hit an earthquake-struck area in Italy, causing more damage to buildings in a town nearly destroyed a day earlier. The aftershock caused one building to partially collapse, sending up plumes of smoke and panic in Amatrice. Wednesday's earthquake killed at least 241 people in Amatrice and other towns in...

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Indian submarine documents stolen, not leaked: French source

PARIS: Documents relating to Indian submarines were stolen from French naval contractor DCNS and not leaked, a French government source said on Thursday, adding that the information published so far showed only operational aspects of the submarines. India and France have opened investigations after The Australian newspaper published on Wednesday documents about its Scorpene submarines being built in India. "It...

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Dwayne Johnson dethrones Robert Downey Jr. as highest paid actor

LOS ANGELES: Wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne Johnson topped a Forbes magazine list of the world's highest paid actors on Thursday with an estimated 2016 payday of $64.5 million. Johnson, 44, knocked Robert Downey Jr. off the top spot and more than doubled his 2015 earnings, largely thanks to his action comedy "Central Intelligence." Johnson, known as "The Rock" during his wrestling career,...

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Leader of Sunni militant organization in Iran killed: Intelligence Minister

TEHRAN: The leader of a Sunni militant group in southeast Iran responsible for attacks against security forces and civilian targets has been killed, Iran's intelligence minister Mahmoud Alavi was quoted as saying on Thursday by state media. Hesham Azizi, also known as Abu Hafs al Baloushi, was the head of the Ansar al Furqan militant organization, according to the SITE...

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NAB detains chairman BSEK over corruption charges

KARACHI: National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has arrested Chairman Board of Secondary Education Karachi (BSEK) Anwar Ahmed Zai. According to the sources, Anwar Ahmed Zai was arrested on Thursday over charges of corruption and of illegal appointments. Chairman matric board is also accused of result tampering and misappropriation of funds.

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Olsen, General Nicholson call on Army Chief

RAWALPINDI: Richard Olson, Special Representative in Afghanistan and Pakistan and General John Nicholson, Commander Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan along with their delegation called on Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif on Thursday. According to a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) wing of the Pakistan Army, during the meeting, regional security issues and matters of mutual...

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Altaf Hussain’s photos and portraits removed from Mukka Chowk

KARACHI: Posters and portraits of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) founder, Altaf Hussain, were removed by ‘known persons’ from the city’s famous Mukka Chowk in stronghold of the party. It has been reported that unidentified people removed Altaf Hussain’s photos and portraits from the Chowk. “The law-enforcers have absolutely no clue about who are involved in damaging and removing MQM leader’s...

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