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Poverty for women is more than just money

BY YUSRA JABEEN LAHORE: She cooks, she cleans, she performs all tedious household chores laboriously, yet she feels chained. If a woman has a supportive family, she might not have the financial means to afford the education. When she has all the money in the world, her family may not back her in following her dreams.  But despite…

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October 27, 2016

 

Horse carriage owner faces loss with influx of Rickshaws

Though rickshaws have become the most commonly used mode of public transport in recent times, there are a few folks left in Multan who prefer commuting via horse carriages. One of the horse carriage owners said customers wanting to ride the carriage have thinned over the years. But they are there. Watch this video to enjoy…

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October 4, 2016

 

Charlotte, N.C. in state of emergency after second night of violence

Residents of Charlotte, North Carolina, woke to a state of emergency on Thursday with National Guard troops deployed on the streets after a second night of violent protests over the fatal police shooting of a black man. One person was on life support after being shot by a civilian late Wednesday as riot police used…

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September 22, 2016

 

Duterte to extend drug war as ‘cannot kill them all’

DAVAO, PHILIPPINES: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has asked for a six-month-long extension for his war on drugs, saying there are too many people involved in the narcotics trade and he “cannot kill them all”. Some 3,000 people have been killed since Duterte won May elections in a landslide on a vow to kill tens of…

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September 19, 2016

 

Ukrainians take to Facebook, share details to break taboo over rape

KIEV, UKRAINE: It was yet another online discussion blaming a rape victim for provoking her attacker that prompted Ukrainian activist Anastasiya Melnychenko’s campaign to shatter taboos in her homeland and neighbouring Russia. In response, Melnychenko typed out an unflinching account of the string of sexual assaults she has suffered throughout her life. Then, she posted…

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July 19, 2016

 

Tennis champ Sania Mirza chooses ‘being number one’ over ‘motherhood’

International tennis star and all-round baller Sania Mirza shut down veteran journalist Rajdeep Sardesai on live Indian television when he asked her a sexist question he admitted he would not have asked a sportsperson of her opposite gender. The interview was a follow-up with Mirza after she released her autobiography Ace Against Odds (that Shah Rukh…

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July 15, 2016

 

Irrfan Khan should ‘keep his mouth shut’ about religion: Muslim clerics

Days ahead of release of his movie ‘Madaari’, actor Irrfan Khan stirred up controversy by making comments on his religion that did not fly well with public, especially Muslim clerics from his hometown Jaipur. During the promotion of his film in Jaipur, the actor questioned the need for fasting during the month of Ramzan, reported India…

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July 2, 2016

 

Pakistani media portrays women’s issues inaccurately: journalists

BY YUSRA JABEEN: Meet Safia Khurshid.  Safia was a menial wage-earner at a car showroom some 17 years ago. Now, this automobile-enthusiast is the CEO of her own car rental business in Islamabad and considers herself a successful businesswoman. However, the mainstream media hardly talks about women like Safia and/or honour their achievements, which it…

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June 29, 2016

 

Bridging the gap: KGS teachers train staff at schools for underprivileged

BY YUSRA JABEEN KARACHI: Aster Rehmat, a primary school teacher in Adam Goth, near New Sabzi Mandi in Karachi fights a battle every day to help children get off the streets, stop begging, come to school and start earning a sense of self-worth. She gathers children from the community every morning and takes them to…

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June 28, 2016

 

FIR lodge against MQM Media Cell in-charge

KARACHI: An FIR has been filed against Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s leader Amin-ul-Haq for spreading propaganda against Rangers on social media.

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June 15, 2016

 

Man stabs Paris police commander to death; Islamic State claims attack

PARIS: A knife-wielding attacker stabbed a French police chief to death in front of his home late on Monday and his partner’s body was found inside, officials said. Islamic State’s Amaq news agency said killings were carried out by a member of the group. The attacker repeatedly knifed the 42-year-old commander in the stomach before…

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June 14, 2016

 

FBI investigating role anti-gay bigotry played in Orlando shooting

ORLANDO, FLA: Orlando nightclub killer Omar Mateen had expressed sympathy for a variety of Islamist extremists, including groups in the Middle East that are sworn enemies, the FBI said on Monday, as a picture began to emerge of the angry, violent man who carried out America’s deadliest mass shooting. U.S. authorities said they had found…

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June 14, 2016

 

Transgender activist shot eight times, dies

BY: YUSRA JABEEN PESHAWAR: A transgender activist, who was shot multiple times in Peshawar earlier this week, succumbed to her injuries Wednesday morning. Alesha was the Peshawar district coordinator at TransAction Alliance Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, an initiative of Blue Veins working towards safeguarding rights of the transgender community. The activist had received eight bullet wounds and…

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May 25, 2016

 

Aksbandh: a good first attempt at found footage horror

BY: YUSRA JABEEN  Horror does not have to be in-your-face scary faces and bloodcurdling screams. It can be subtle, yet creepy at the same time – and that is what Aksbandh was – enough to frighten a child while give you moments to jump in your seat. Aksbandh is the first found footage film of…

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May 21, 2016

 

Aksbandh has no scripted dialogues: Ayaz Samoo

BY YUSRA JABEEN KARACHI: They went looking for someone. Instead, something found them. The shenanigans of these 20-somethings were caught on tape as they dealt with the unknown, and their act will be aired on silver screen nationwide on May 20 in the upcoming horror flick Aksbandh. Aksbandh is Pakistan’s first found footage film, making…

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May 19, 2016

 

Sadequain’s unseen artwork put on display

By Yusra Jabeen KARACHI: A few months and 29 years have passed since Pakistan lost one of its most decorated artists, the “painter of the dustbin, of the gutter”, in his own words. Sadequain, also known as an artist of the poor, was remembered in a private gathering of art and poetry enthusiasts at a…

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May 17, 2016

 

Meet brave Karachi girl who saved dozens of lives

KARACHI: It was a normal, uneventful Tuesday afternoon. Mahrukh Sohail, 18, was on her way back from her university after giving an exam. She was going in a bus and was sitting next to the driver. “The bus was packed. A lot of people were on board,” Mahrukh recalled. “However, the driver did not seem…

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May 7, 2016

 

Pakistanis react to London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s victory

Soon after he won, Sadiq Khan, the newly elected mayor of London, appreciated his voters for choosing “hope over fear.” Thank you. Today was an amazing victory for hope over fear and for unity over division.https://t.co/yFk1VPL3AA — Sadiq Khan MP (@SadiqKhan) May 7, 2016 And while it is true Pakistanis across the globe are rejoicing…

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May 7, 2016

 
 
 
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