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NA rejects Opposition’s amendment in Election Act, 2017

ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly on Tuesday rejected the private member’s bill seeking amendment in Election Act, 2017 to bar disqualified person from heading a party or giving party office to disqualified member of the Parliament. The bill – the Election (Amendment) Bill, 2017- aimed to amend the Election Act, 2017- was tabled by PPPP Parliamentary…

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Beyonce is 2017’s highest-paid woman in music with $105 million

LOS ANGELES – Beyonce’s hit album “Lemonade” and world tour made her the highest-paid woman in music in 2017, according to an annual Forbes list on Monday, edging out Britain’s Adele and pop star Taylor Swift. The R&B singer earned some $105 million from record sales and from her “Formation” concert tour, according to Forbes….

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India defeat Pakistan 3-1 in Hockey Asia Cup

DHAKA: India defeated Pakistan 3-1 in the Hockey Asia Cup 2017 Pool A match on Sunday. For India, Chinglesana, Ramandeep and Harmanpreet got onto the scoresheet while Ali Shaan scored the lone goal for Pakistan. The last time India played Pakistan in a hockey match was at Hockey World League in England where the Roelant…

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President signs Election Reforms Bill, 2017 into law

ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain on Monday signed the Election Reforms Bill, 2017, into law, a press statement issued by the President’s Office here said. The Election Reforms Bill, 2017, has already been passed the National Assembly and Senate.

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Muslim pilgrims mark final Hajj rite with ‘Stoning of Devil’

In stifling heat, a Saudi security guard sprayed Muslim pilgrims with water as they advanced through Mina for the final rite of the hajj, the “Stoning of the Devil” that has proved lethal in past years. An estimated two million Muslims from across the globe were gathered in Mina on Friday for the final major…

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Three-day Eid holiday announced

ISLAMABAD: The federal government on Wednesday declared a three-day holiday on the festive occasion of Eid ul Fitr. According to a notification issued by the interior ministry, June 26, 27 and 28 shall be public holidays on the occasion of Eid ul Fitr 2017. The Eid, according to Met Office officials, is likely to fall…

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Population growth declining, reaches 1.86% in 2017

ISLAMABAD: The population growth which plays a determinant role in development process of a country, has been persistently declining and reached 1.86 per cent in 2017.   It was 1.92 per cent in 2015 and declined to 1.89 per cent in 2016, an official data issued here on Sunday said. It said increasing population growth…

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Let Ramadan Begin

 By: Zara Maqbool  One of the many things that start when the holy month commences is how most of the morning show hosts start covering their heads with a half hearted attempt to cover the head and show part of the blow dried hair also. They contain themselves for this entire month abstaining from dancing…

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Weather forecast for first day of Ramzan

KARACHI: A Met Office official said Saturday that the maximum temperature is expected to remain between 35 to 37 degrees Centigrade on Sunday- the first of Ramzan. The Met Office, however forecast fair/partly cloudy weather for Karachi during the next 24 hours. Visit for Ramzan timings 2017 He stated that the maximum temperature in the…

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Government arranges compulsory Hajj training

ISLAMABAD: Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony has been continuing its compulsory training for the successful Hajj applicants. According to ministry sources, the pilgrims are getting one day training held at tehsil level in all districts of Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh and Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). The training which started from May 16,…

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Draw for Hajj applications on Friday

ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony will hold a draw on Friday for selection of pilgrims for the Hajj 2017 under the government scheme. April 26 was the last day to submit Hajj applications to the ministry through designated banks across the country. According to official sources, so far the ministry has…

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IPL 2017: Sunrisers, RCB to clash in opening game

ISLAMABAD: Defending Champions Sunrisers Hyderabad will take on the runner-up Royals Challengers Banglaore in the first game of the 10th edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) at Hyderabad Deccan in India on Wednesday. The match will get under at 19:30pm. The two sides last played in the final of the 2016 edition with Sunrisers winning…

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Five billion mobile phone users in 2017: study

The number of mobile phone users globally will surpass five billion by the middle of this year, according to a study released Monday by GSMA, the association of mobile operators. With populations in Asia, and notably India, on the rise, the number, which stood at 4.8 billion a year ago, should mushroom to 5.7 billion,…

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Pak Navy to hold Multi National Exercise AMAN-2017 from Feb 10-14

KARACHI: Pakistan Navy with the motive to devise procedures and techniques against conventional and non conventional threats will hold fifth of its series of multi-national naval exercise AMAN 2017 from February 10 to 14. Vice Admiral Arifullah Hussaini, Commander of Pakistan Fleet in a media briefing here on Wednesday said the country exposed to series…

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Rain forces rescheduling of Karachi Eat Food Festival

KARACHI: Owing to incessant rain and flooded streets, Karachi Eat Food Festival 2017 was postponed until next week, organizers say. The three-day food festival got under way on Friday, but heavy showers forced the organizers to postpone the event until Sunday. But a few hours later, it was announced that the festival would now kick…

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WhatsApp to stop working on millions of smartphones in 2017

WhatsApp, with more than one billion monthly users, had earlier announced that it was phasing out compatibility with older phones in a technology upgrade. As an earlier statement said WhatsApp will stop working on certain phones by the end of 2016, many users of older versions of iPhones and Android handsets are about to find…

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Watch: New Year fireworks around the world

New Year’s Eve celebrations kicked off in various cities as midnight hit across time zones of the world. From New York to Sidney, millions turned out to welcome 2017.

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New Year 2017 celebration with enthusiasm in Pakistan

KARACHI: People of Pakistan celebrated New Year 2017 with full enthusiasm on Saturday night in different cities of the country.

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New Year without Resolutions

  Written by: Zia Ur Rahman I heard someone saying, ‘let’s make some new resolutions for the next year’. ‘New Year’ with new resolutions I murmured. What does it mean by having a new year in your pocket? (I raised a question in my mind) Around the world, 1st January is usually welcomed by a…

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Saudi Arabia projects $53 bn deficit in 2017

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia on Thursday projected a 2017 budget deficit of about $53 billion and a lower than expected shortfall for this year after government cost-cutting in response to lower oil prices. Expenses next year will reach 890 billion riyals ($237 billion) against revenues of 692 billion riyals ($184 billion), the cabinet said in a…

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Cricket: Pakistan’s Amir signs for Essex in 2017

Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir will continue his career rehabilitation with Essex in 2017 after the English county announced his signature for the second half of next season on Tuesday. The 24-year-old left-arm seamer, who completed a five-year ban for spot-fixing last year, will link up with Essex on June 19 after the Champions Trophy…

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