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Venezuela government, opposition conclude talks without agreement

FILE PHOTO: Former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, Dominican Republic’s President Danilo Medina and Chancellor Miguel Vargas attend Venezuelan government and opposition meeting in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic December 2, 2017. REUTERS/Ricardo Rojas SANTO DOMINGO: Members of Venezuela’s leftist government and opposition leaders concluded a round of talks in the Dominican Republic on…

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#JusticeForZainab: Is Protest the Answer?

By: Muhammad Raza Haidery There are no words to describe the horrific rape and killing of seven-year old Zainab Ansari in Kasur, the burial place of renowned Sufi poet Hazrat Baba Bulleh Shah. But the city has earned a notorious reputation for one of the most horrendous crimes on earth – child  abuse. In 2015,…

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PM arrives in Quetta to save Zehri government

QUETTA: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi arrived in Quetta on Monday evening in a bid to defeat an anti-trust motion tabled against Chief Minister Nawaz Sanaullah Zehri in Balochistan Assembly.  The voting for the no-trust motion will take place in the provincial assembly on Tuesday. According to reports, the prime minister will try to address…

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State funeral to be accorded to Air Marshal (retd) Ashgar Khan

ISLAMABAD: The government announced on Friday to accord state funeral to Air Marshall (retd) Asghar Khan who expired here today. “In pursuance of announcement by the Prime Minister of Pakistan, State Funeral shall be accorded to Air Marshall (retd) Asghar Khan, who expired on Friday,” said a notification issued here today. The national flag of…

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Web giants in UK could be hit with major new tax

NEWS DESK: Web giants that are failing to adequately help the UK Government fight terrorism could be hit with a major new tax, a security minister has warned, reported The Independent. Ben Wallace said the Government’s “patience is running out fast” with internet companies who are too slow to act against extremist content. He struck…

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Iran said protesters should pay a high price if they break the law

People protest near the university of Tehran, Iran December 30, 2017 in this picture obtained from social media. TWITTER/@kasra_nouri/via REUTERS LONDON: Protesters in Iran who have staged three days of demonstrations over economic hardship and alleged corruption should pay a high price if they break the law, the government said on Sunday, reported Reuters. The…

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PPP to form next govt in centre, provinces: Asif Zardari

ISLAMABAD: President Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarian (PPPP) Asif Ali Zardari Wednesday said that PPP would form the next government in centre and provinces. The party public gathering at Parade Ground in the federal capital has proved that the party was major political force in the country, he said this while talking to a delegation of…

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US provides six armored personnel vehicles to Balochistan govt

Karachi: On December 6, Consul General Grace Shelton officially handed over six armored personnel vehicles (APVs) worth 150 million rupee ($1.5 million USD) to the Balochistan police officials at an event in Karachi.  The vehicles were built by the American company Lenco and were designed specifically for the rough terrain of Balochistan and easy maintenance…

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IHC seeks report over legal status of agreement with TLYR’s protesters

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) Monday granted time to Attorney General for Pakistan (AGP) till January 12 to submit a detailed report over legal status of the agreement between the state and the protesters of Tehreek e Labaik Ya Rasool (TLYR), who had paralyzed the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi for around three…

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COMMENT: Less an agreement, more a ‘terms of surrender’ of the state

By Shahjahan Khurram  ISLAMABAD: A protest movement that lasted 21 days defied the state and paralyzed the federal capital. However, at the end of it all, when the entire nation was expecting the state to enforce its writ, the denouement to the episode turned out to be quite disturbing. The government buckled under pressure and…

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In Lahore, Smog Has Become a ‘Fifth Season’

LAHORE: For nearly two weeks, Lahore, Pakistan’s second-largest city, has been like one huge airport smokers’ lounge. But Abid Omar’s jaw still dropped on Wednesday, when he checked the air-quality monitor he had installed to track the city’s appalling pollution, reported New York Times. It said that levels of the dangerous particulates known as PM2.5,…

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Shahbaz Sharif’s weird caps catches Imran Khan’s attention

CHITRAL: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan claimed that Chief Minister of Punjab Shahbaz Sharif goes to London ‘wearing weird caps on his head’, Samaa reported. He made the remark while talking to media on Thursday. Khan said that CM Punjab told current chief of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Nawaz Sharif to let him take…

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PML-N ready to sign charter of economy with opposition parties: SAPM

ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on Economic Affairs Dr Miftah Ismail has said the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is much better as compared to past due to the PML-N government economic prudent policies. Talking to PTV, he said PML-N is ready to sign Charter of Economy with opposition parties as like…

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Transition to e-Governance is not a hefty process as it seems

By Shehroz Kaleem ICT helps governments to deliver services to the citizens with greater accountability responsiveness and sensitivity. Using ICT we could eliminate the classic hierarchical bureaucratic system, as information can be simultaneously shared across different levels and people. As volumes of transactions and information can be electronically handled and delivered over a wider area…

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NP leader Jan Buledi escapes assassination bid

Senior National Party leader and former spokesperson for the Balochistan government, Jan Buledi, narrowly escaped an attempt on his life as unidentified gunmen attacked his convoy in Kech district of Balochistan province on Wednesday, security officials said. Levies officials said that Buledi’s son and two security guards were injured when the gunmen opened indiscriminate fire…

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Govt, opposition agree to restore finality of Prophethood clause

ISLAMABAD: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq on Wednesday said that omission of a provision regarding finality of the Prophethood from Election Bill 2017 was a ‘clerical mistake’. The issue came on the spotlight after opposition’s protest. The opposition lawmakers highlighted that the government has deleted a paragraph of oath regarding Prophethood of Muhammad (Peace…

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WhatsApp is a shelter for paedophiles and gangsters, says UK home secretary

NEWS DESK: WhatsApp is a shelter for paedophiles and gangsters and needs to make messages available to the government, the home secretary has said, reported The Independent. Amber Rudd has complained that apps like WhatsApp are not doing enough to help the government catch offenders. They must do more to allow the government to break…

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Humbled Merkel vows to win back hard-right voters

Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday she would talk with all mainstream parties about trying to form a “good, stable” government after Germany’s watershed election, and vowed to try to win back voters who supported an upstart nationalist force. Sunday’s election saw the right-wing populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) party poach one million votes from Merkel’s…

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Video: Tomatoes out of access of general public

Vegetable vendors are selling tomatoes for Rs.200/- per kilogram in violation of the prices fixed by the federal government.

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Video: PTI’s Asad Umar demands appointment of new finance minister

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Asad Umar has said that the federal government should appoint such a finance minister which makes decisions about the economic situation and sets the country on a new path of development.

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Decline of Sports in Pakistan Badly Affects Our Youth

By Gulrukh Tausif Recently I came across a blog written by an Australian cricket journalist Dennis Freedman. In the blog he said, “We all saw the large crowd outside of Sarfraz Ahmed’s home when he returned victorious with the Champions Trophy. If roles were reversed and that was Steve Smith, the only thing outside his…

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