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Winter returns to northern areas with rain, snowfall

KARACHI: The hot weather took a U-turn as northern areas of the country received snowfall, and different cities in Punjab received heavy rain on Friday. The Neelum valley of Azad Kashmir, Kalam valley of Swat and parts of FATA received snowfall, according to Met Office. Mardan, Bannu, Malakand and other parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa received…

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Career will be over if fail to beat Phil Lo Greco, admits Amir Khan

LONDON: Amir Khan is looking forward to riding the wave of interest in British boxing generated by the likes of world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua when he fights in the UK for the first time in five years. Khan faces Phil Lo Greco of Canada in Liverpool on Saturday 23 months after he was beaten…

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The star-studded premiere of #MotorcycleGirl, was held in Lahore and Karachi

Featuring Sohai Ali Abro in the lead role with Ali Kazmi, Sarmad Khoosat, Samina Peerzada and Shamim Hilali, Motorcycle girl is written and directed by Adnan Sarwar who gained a lot of praises for his earlier biopic Shah based on the life of the famous Pakistani boxer Hussain Shah, who won the bronze medal at…

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Assad still has ‘limited’ chemical capability: Pentagon

WASHINGTON: The Syrian regime remains able to conduct chemical attacks, though only at a limited level, the Pentagon said Thursday following last week’s international cruise missile strikes on chemical weapons-related targets. General Kenneth McKenzie, director of the US military’s Joint Staff, said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime retains a “residual” chemical capability at a variety…

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English cricket plans new 100 balls a side tournament

London: The England and Wales Cricket Board have proposed a 100-balls-a-side format for a new domestic competition that will start in 2020. It had been thought that the eight team men’s and women’s competitions, due to involve city-based sides rather than the traditional 18 first-class counties, would have a standard 20-overs per side format. But…

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Muslim woman who refused handshake denied French citizenship

Paris: France’s highest administrative court has upheld a decision to deny a French passport to an Algerian Muslim who refused to shake hands with officials during her citizenship ceremony, according to a ruling seen by AFP Thursday. The woman argued that her “religious beliefs” prevented her from shaking hands with a senior official presiding over…

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Nepra hints at taking over administrative control of KE

Report by: Faizan Khan ISLAMABAD: National Electric Power Regulatory Authority has recommended heavy fine on K-Electric over unscheduled loadshedding in Karachi. Holding KE responsible for prolonged power outages in Karachi, NEPRA authorities have advised National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat to impose a heavy fine on the power utility. People of Karachi pay electricity…

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NAB initiates action against Eden Housing project

LAHORE: Director General National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Lahore Shehzad Saleem has taken cognizance of Eden Housing Projects scam affectees. According to NAB spokesman, DG NAB Lahore vowed that only merit would prevail and all affectees would be provided justice. He ordered for initiating full-fledged criminal proceedings against the Eden administration, followed by publishing of ads…

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Dubai scraps 2018 film festival

Dubai: The Dubai International Film Festival, the top cinematic event in the Arab world, has been cancelled for 2018 but will be staged from 2019 every two years, organisers said Thursday. The announcement came a day after neighbouring Saudi Arabia, a close ally of the United Arab Emirates, unveiled its first cinema after a decades-long…

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6 dead, 2 injured in M-9 motorway accident

Reported by: Faqir Saleem HYDERABAD: Six persons died and two were injured as three vehicles collided at the M-9 Motorway on Thursday.  The accident occurred near Loni Kot on the M-9 Motorway. Three vehicles headed from Karachi to Hyderabad collided with each other resulting in the deaths of six persons. A car collided with a…

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Check out how much tax elite politicians paid last year

Have a look at the tax payment of some prominent politicians, including Nawaz Sharif, Shehbaz Sharif and Imran Khan, who undoubtedly own assets of billions of rupees. They pretend that they are worried about tax evasion in the country, but do their tax payments reflect it?

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North Korea seeks ‘complete denuclearisation’, says Moon, as U.S. vows continued pressure

SEOUL/GENEVA – North Korea has expressed its commitment to “complete denuclearisation” of the Korean peninsula and is not seeking conditions, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Thursday, as the United States vowed to maintain “maximum pressure” on Pyongyang. Moon said big-picture agreements about denuclearisation, establishing a peace regime and normalisation of relations between the…

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MNA, MPA granted bail after ‘anti-judiciary’ speech arrest

By Mehar Shafique A Kasur court has ordered the release of PML-N MNA Waseem Akhtar Sheikh, MPA Naeem Safdar and other workers of the ruling party on bail, a day after their arrest on charges of making derogatory speeches against judiciary. The PML-N lawmakers led a protest demonstration in Kasur yesterday, using expletives against judiciary,…

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Assad steps up efforts to crush last besieged enclaves

BEIRUT – The Syrian government on Thursday stepped up its efforts to retake the opposition’s last besieged enclaves, as rebels prepared to withdraw from one and a newspaper reported an ultimatum against another. President Bashar al-Assad scored a major victory this month by retaking eastern Ghouta, the biggest rebel stronghold near Damascus, putting his forces…

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3 dead, 15 injured in Khairpur as gas cylinder of van explodes

Reported by: Sahil Jogi KHAIRPUR: Three persons died and 15 got injured when a gas cylinder inside a van exploded in Khairpur, on Thursday.  The injured were shifted to Civil Hospital for treatment. The three persons who died were family members. District Chairman Shaharyar Wassan’s protocol created difficulties for the injured at Civil Hospital. As…

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Erdogan sends Turkey to snap polls on June 24

ANKARA: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday called snap elections for June 24, bringing the polls forward by a year-and-a-half to accelerate the transition to a new system critics fear will lead to one-man rule. The announcement by the strongman leader, who has ruled his country since 2003, upended the political timetable in Turkey…

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Britain accuses ‘reckless Russia’ of breaking chemical arms ban

THE HAGUE: Britain accused Russia on Wednesday of breaking the two-decade international ban on chemical weapons, at emergency talks on last month’s poisoning with a nerve agent of a former Russian spy. The accusations came as diplomats from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons met behind closed-doors in The Hague to discuss the…

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NA-56: A victim of Imran Khan’s neglect

Report by: Sadaqat Ali Rawalpindi’s NA-56 is the National Assembly constituency where Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan beat PML-N’s Hanif Abbasi in general elections of 2013. But since then, the PTI chief has never bothered to pay heed to public issues in the area. Watch this report…

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Post-mortem: Shehbaz Sharif’s constituency deprived of basic facilities

Report by: Zarmeena Khan In the tenure of Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif, Lahore has improved considerably, but there are still areas which paint a horrible picture. Shehbaz Sharif’s home constituency PP-159 is among those areas which were badly ignored over past five years. The residents are still deprived of basic facilities like drinking water,…

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Post-mortem: Rupee devaluation, trade deficit hit economy hard

Contrary to government’s claim, all is not well in Pakistan. The devaluation dragged Pakistani rupee to bottom of currencies during PML-N government’s tenure, while the trade deficit swelled to $27 billion in nine months of the current fiscal year. Watch Samaa’s exclusive report…

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Modi faces protests over £1bn deal in UK

London: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was on Wednesday set to sign £1 billion ($1.42 billion, 1.14 billion euros) of investment deals with Britain during a visit to London, where he was met by hundreds of religious protesters. Modi, in Britain for the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting, was also expected to confirm the new India-UK…

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