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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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Saudi Arabia to launch first new cinema at private VIP event

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia is launching its first commercial movie theater on Wednesday as it ends a nearly 40-year ban on cinemas under a push by the crown prince to open up the deeply conservative Muslim kingdom. But ordinary Saudis must hold out a few more weeks before they can catch a film. Attendance to private…

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Pink leads People’s beautiful issue, Meghan Markle on the list

LOS ANGELES: Pop star Pink graced the cover of People magazine’s annual beautiful people issue on Wednesday, chosen for what the celebrity publication called “a role model who embodies honesty and confidence.” The Grammy-award winning singer, 38, was pictured with her two children, 15-month-old Jameson Moon and Willow Sage, 6, in an issue re-named “The…

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Trump says CIA chief met Kim in North Korea, as peace deal mooted

Washington: US President Donald Trump confirmed Wednesday that his CIA chief has held secret talks with North Korea’s leader in Pyongyang, as the South said it was exploring paths to a peace deal with the nuclear-armed North. Seoul’s push for discussions on formally declaring an end to inter-Korean hostilities was the latest in a series…

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India’s Kohli keen on county stint ahead of England tour

New Delhi: Virat Kohli says he is keen to play county cricket to get used to conditions on English soil ahead of India’s tour of the country later this year. The Indian skipper — the second-ranked Test batsman in the world and the best in one-day internationals — had an uncharacteristically ordinary spell during the…

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Not NAB’s job to stop Nawaz Sharif: Justice Javed

  ISLAMABAD: Chairman National Accountability Bureau, Justice (Retd) Javed Iqbal on Wednesday said there is no power which can pull strings of the bureau. “I would take my bag and quit the institution if a string is pulled,” he said while interacting with reporters after briefing the Public Accounts Committee of National Assembly in parliament…

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Hailstorm hits Nowshera – Watch

Nowshera on Wednesday received hailstorm coupled with heavy rain. The downpour broke the hot spell and turned weather pleasant. According to Met Office, the fresh wet spell is likely to persist till Friday.

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Heavy rain in KP, Balochistan, Azad Kashmir; more forecast

KARACHI: Different areas in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Azad Kashmir and Balochistan received heavy rain on Wednesday as Punjab and Sindh continued to experience hot weather. According to Pakistan Meteorological Department, the fresh wet spell is likely to persist till Friday. Peshawar received light to heavy showers while Nowshera city received hailstorm. In Balochistan, Chaman and adjoining…

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We will take action against Orangi protesters: Sindh home minister

KARACHI: Sindh Home Minister Suhail Anwar Khan Siyal said the government will take action against the protesters in Orangi Town. At least 15 people were arrested when a protest against the rape and murder of a six-year-old child in Orangi Town turned violent Tuesday. “They should not have protested as a case had been registered,” said the…

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Air-conditioned bus service hits Karachi roads

KARACHI: Sindh government has launched new transport service to facilitate commuters in Karachi on Wednesday. Initially, ten air-conditioned buses have been made part of ‘People’s Bus Service’, according to the provincial government. The buses will ply Shahra-e-Faisal, the main artery of the city, from Tower to Dawood Chowrangi, Landhi. Fare of the buses ranges between…

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Sports abayas turning into new normal for Saudi women

JEDDAH: Colourful and oozing defiance, a sports-friendly version of the abaya gown was once considered a symbol of cultural rebellion in conservative Saudi Arabia, but it is fast becoming the new normal. Pictures of female athletes running in the garb in the Red Sea city of Jeddah went viral last month, setting off a new…

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Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz depart for London

Former PM Nawaz Sharif and his daughter, Maryam Nawaz Sharif, departed Wednesday for London to visit Kulsoom Nawaz, who has been hospitalised again. The Sharif family is facing corruption references at an accountability court. Before leaving for London, Maryam told media that they will return a day before their next hearing if the court does…

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Former US first lady Barbara Bush dead at 92: family

WASHINGTON: Former US first lady Barbara Bush died Tuesday at the age of 92, triggering widespread tributes for the matriarch of a Republican family that served at the top of American politics. “A former First Lady of the United States of America and relentless proponent of family literacy, Barbara Pierce Bush passed away Tuesday, April…

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PM in London to attend Commonwealth Heads of Govt Meeting

LONDON: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has arrived in London to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting beginning today. At the airport, the prime minister was received by senior officials of the Britain government and Pakistan High Commissioner to United Kingdom Syed Ibne Abbas. The CHOGM-2018 will provide an opportunity to highlight the progress…

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US ambassador hits back over Russian sanctions ‘confusion’

UNITED NATIONS: US Ambassador Nikki Haley on Tuesday shot back at a White House aide who suggested that “confusion” had led her to mistakenly announce fresh sanctions on Russia. “With all due respect, I don’t get confused,” Haley said in a statement to Fox News that was confirmed by the US mission to the United…

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Pothas quits as Sri Lanka fielding coach

Colombo: South African Nic Pothas has ended his coaching contract with Sri Lanka to spend time with his young family, the island nation’s cricket board said Tuesday. The 44-year-old joined Sri Lanka in 2016 as fielding coach but was unexpectedly elevated to the top job after Graham Ford’s abrupt exit in June last year. Under his…

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IHC reserves judgement on Farooq Sattar’s plea

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) Tuesday reserved its judgement in a case pertaining to Muttahida Qaumi Movement Pakistan’s convenorship. The court has directed Dr Farooq Sattar and Khalid Maqbool Saddiqui to submit written arguments within two days. Justice Aamer Farooq of the IHC heard the case filed by Dr Farooq Sattar challenging the decision…

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Two killed in wedding party bus accident in Mastung

MASTUNG: At least two people died and 17 others were wounded on Tuesday when a bus carrying wedding party veered off the road in Mastung, medics said. The crash happened at Khad Kucha town of Mastung in Balochistan. According to paramilitary force Levies, an unidentified woman and her daughter were killed in the accident. “Fourteen…

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ECC allows PSO to import furnace oil for power sector

ISLAMABAD: The Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) has accorded its approval to Pakistan State Oil for import of furnace oil to be used by the struggling power sector. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi headed the ECC’s meeting on Tuesday. The decision has been made to cater for maintaining adequate fuel stock in the coming months. Transportation…

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NAB to hold ‘Khuli Kachehri’ in Hyderabad

KARACHI: The Director General of National Accountability Bureau (NAB), Karachi, will hold a ‘Khuli Kachehri’ in Hyderabad on April 20 (Friday). It will be held from 11am to 1pm. Officials said people of Hyderabad, Jamshoro and other districts can lodge their complaints in the open public forum of DG NAB Mohammad Altaf Bawany.

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