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Cop killed, SHO injured in Karachi shooting

By Shah Nawaz Ali KARACHI: A cop was killed and a police officer was injured during a suspected encounter in Karachi on Saturday evening, officials said. The shootout took place in Clifton. According to sources, unidentified gunmen riding a motorcycle opened straight fire on a police team and managed to escape from the scene unscathed….

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4,610 cops withdrawn from security of non-entitled persons in Punjab

LAHORE: The Supreme Court was told on Saturday that 4,610 police officials had been withdrawn from security duty of non-entitled individuals. Inspector General of Police (IGP) Punjab Arif Nawaz Khan made the statement before a two-member bench, comprising Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar and Justice Ijazul Ahsan, which was hearing a notice over provision of…

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Admiral Zafar Abbasi visits Shanghai naval base in China

ISLAMABAD: Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi is on an official visit to China. During the visit, the Naval Chief visited Shanghai Naval Base and called on Commander Shanghai Naval Base, Rear Admiral Wang Jianxun. Upon arrival, Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi was received by Commander Shanghai Naval Base, Rear Admiral Wang Jianxun….

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Heatwave risk looms despite unseasonable snowfall

KARACHI: The Met Office says there is still the risk of heatwave in different parts of the country during May despite unseasonable snowfall in northern areas. On Friday, Neelum valley of Azad Kashmir, Kalam valley of Swat, parts of FATA, Chitral, KP and upper Punjab received moderate snowfall in an otherwise warm April. Forecasting expert…

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Wide waist with ‘normal weight’ bigger risk than obesity

Paris: People of “normal” weight who sport a wide waist are more at risk of heart problems than obese people, said researchers Friday, urging a rethink of healthy weight guidelines. How fat is distributed on a person’s frame determined disease risk as much as how much fat they had overall, according to an investigation of…

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Sarfraz has high hopes for young Pakistan in England Tests

Lahore: Pakistan cricket captain Sarfraz Ahmed said Saturday he had high hopes for his young and inexperienced side on their tough twin tours of Ireland and England starting this month. The 16-member squad fly early Monday and after two side games against county teams in England will play a one-off Test against Ireland at Dublin…

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PM Abbasi, Nawaz Sharif discuss key political matter in London

LONDON: Key political affairs were discussed by Prime Minister Abbasi and PML-N leader Nawaz Sharif in London on Saturday. According to our correspondent, the meeting was also joined by former finance minister Ishaq Dar, who is in London nowadays and facing corruption cases at home. Cases against the Sharif family and some important party matters…

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UN Security Council meets over Syria in remote Swedish farmhouse

Backåkra, Sweden: The UN Security Council met in a secluded farmhouse on the southern tip of Sweden on Saturday in a bid to overcome deep divisions over how to end the war in Syria. In a first for the Council, which normally holds its annual brainstorming session in upstate New York, the 15 ambassadors and Secretary-General…

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N.Korea’s Kim promises no more nuclear or missile tests

SEOUL: North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un has announced Pyongyang will carry out no more nuclear or intercontinental ballistic missile tests and will shut down its atomic test site, the North’s state media reported Saturday. The declaration, long sought by the US, will be seen as a crucial step in the fast diplomatic dance on…

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Syria regime bombards IS at camp near Damascus: monitor

BEIRUT: Syrian regime forces Friday intensified their bombardment of the Yarmuk Palestinian refugee camp on the edge of Damascus for a second successive day in a bid to dislodge Islamic State jihadists, a monitor said. The UN Palestinian refugee agency UNRWA said it was “deeply concerned about the fate of civilians” and thousands of refugees…

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PM takes notice of Karachi’s power crisis

Report by: Usman Khan ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has taken notice of the prevailing power crisis in Karachi, Samaa reported. According to our correspondent, the PM has called a meeting of Cabinet Committee on Energy on April 23. The meeting will be held in Karachi. Sources said the meeting will take up the one…

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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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