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Three-day holiday for educational institutions in Karachi

  KARACHI: Sindh education department has announced three-day holiday of education institutions on account of Chehlum of Hazrat Imam Hussain (R.A) and local government elections in Karachi, Samaa reported. According to officials, the government-run schools and colleges in Karachi will remain closed from December 3 to 5 (Thursday to Saturday). The Chehlum will be observed…

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Sindh govt announces holiday on Bhittai’s Urs

KARACHI: The Sindh Government has announced a holiday on account of Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai’s annual Urs . According to a notification issued on Tuesday, educational institutes and offices of provincial government would remain closed on Friday. Bhittai was a noted Sufi, scholar, saint, and poet, widely considered to be greatest Muslim poet of Sindhi…

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Popcorn at the cemetery on All Saints’ Day in Poland

WARSAW: Popcorn at the cemetery, anyone? How about a Mickey Mouse balloon? Or socks, perfume, cotton candy, maybe kielbasa sausage straight from the grill? Poles are visiting family graves en masse this weekend for All Saints’ Day, which falls on Sunday, leaving flowers and lanterns for their dear departed while taking time to reflect. But…

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KP Govt announces 1st Muharram public holiday

PESHAWAR: The government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has announced a public holiday across the province on the occasion of 1st Muharram. In a notified issued here the provincial government has announced public holiday for Friday (today). Muharram is the first month of the Islamic calendar. On the first day of Muharram, the Islamic New Year is…

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KP govt announces holiday to mark Chehlum of APS martyrs

PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government announced Monday that there would be a public holiday tomorrow (Tuesday) across the province to mark the Chehlum of martyrs of Army Public School. Information Minister Mushtaq Ghani said that all government's offices and educational institutions would remain closed in the province. Quran Khawani would be held in all districts…

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Public holiday proposed in Karachi on Dec. 12

KARACHI: Law enforcing agencies have suggested to the Sindh government to announce a public holiday on the day of PTI’s planned shutdown in Karachi on Dec. 12. Our correspondent reported quoting sources that the Sindh government is mulling over the suggestion to announce a public holiday on Friday this week. The proposal for announcing a…

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Sindh govt announces public holiday Saturday

KARACHI: Sindh government Friday announced public holiday across the province on Saturday in wake of Urs of Abdullah Shah Ghazi.It is pertinent to mention here that Pakistan People’s Party rally will be also held in Karachi near Quaid-e-Azam Mausoleum. -Samaa

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'X-Men' set to soar at US holiday box office

LOS ANGELES: The latest “X-Men” blockbuster is expected to take North America's box office by storm this weekend, as the mutant superhero gang reunites for one of the biggest US film-going holidays of the year. “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” a time-bending movie that is already a hit with critics, could make up to $110…

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Asian shares mixed in holiday-thinned trade

HONG KONG: Asian markets were mixed in Easter holiday-hit trade Monday, with Japan's Nikkei rallying on the back of a weaker yen as data showed the country's trade deficit quadrupled in March. Tokyo rose 0.83 percent and Singapore added 0.24 percent, while Shanghai was 0.53 percent lower and Seoul eased 0.25 percent. Hong Kong, Sydney…

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Apple set to report record holiday, but China doubts stay

CALIFORNIA: Apple Inc may notch its most successful holiday shopping season yet when it reports quarterly results on Monday, setting records for sales of its gift-friendly iPhones and iPads.It will, however, continue to draw investor scrutiny over sales in ultra-competitive China, its No. 2 market but a drag on revenue and margins in recent quarters….

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Eid Milad-un-Nabi: Preparations in full swing as Sindh observes holiday today

Web DeskKARACHI: Holiday is being observed today (Monday) in Sindh on the account of Eid Milad un Nabi (S.A.W) which will be celebrated tomorrow across the country as preparations are in full swing, SAMAA reported.The day will be celebrate with religious enthusiasm and solemnity to mark birthday of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)….

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'Frozen' ices competition to win post-holiday box office race

LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK: Walt Disney Co's animated fairy tale “Frozen” took hold of first place on movie charts in the United States and Canada for the first weekend of 2014, knocking three-time champion “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” down to the No.3 spot.Second place went to new horror movie “Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones”,…

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No holiday at schools in Karachi today: Khuhro

Staff Report KARACHI: Senior Minister for Education Nisar Ahmed Khuhro said there no holiday will be observed today in all government institutions in the metropolis, SAMAA reported Wednesday.All government and private schools will open today to follow their normal routine. The provincial education minister’s statement came at a time when several educational institutions announced to…

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'The Best Man Holiday' probes marriage, friendship in sequel

LOS ANGELES: Waiting 14 years to deliver the sequel to wedding film “The Best Man” gave director Malcolm D. Lee an advantage few sequels in franchise-happy Hollywood enjoy: time to let his characters mature and grow before thrusting them back onto the big screen.Now Lee is back with “The Best Man Holiday,” a Christmas-themed comedy-drama…

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Weeklong holiday inflicts huge losses

Karachi: Muhammad Shehryar tells viewers how much a holiday costs Pakistan economically.

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By-polls: Public holiday on August 22 in 33 districts

Staff ReportISLAMABAD: Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has readied a security plan in connection with the by-elections with public holiday announced for August 22 in 33 districts to make way for voting in 41 constituencies of national and provincial assemblies, SAMAA reported Wednesday.As many as 5 million people will vote in 15 National Assembly constituencies…

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Uneasy Eid holiday keeps Egyptian factions apart

CAIRO: Supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi defied government warnings to end their protests on Friday, heightening international concern that a violent confrontation was imminent. Hundreds gathered for Friday prayers at the Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque in northeast Cairo, which has become a virtual fortress surrounded by barricades of sandbags and bricks. “Kill as you…

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Queen Elizabeth hopes baby comes soon as she's off on holiday

LONDON: Queen Elizabeth joined the band of increasingly impatient royal baby watchers hoping Prince William and his wife Kate's first child arrives soon, saying she is due to go on holiday.With the future heir to the British throne due any day, the queen, on a series of engagements in the Lake District in northern England,…

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Disney's 'Lone Ranger' off to a slow gallop at holiday box office

LOS ANGELES: “The Lone Ranger,” Walt Disney Co's big-budget Western starring Johnny Depp, wrangled just $19.5 million in ticket sales in its first two full days at U.S. and Canadian movie theaters, trailing far behind the $59.5 million racked up by animated sequel “Despicable Me 2.”The tally for “Lone Ranger,” which included receipts starting on…

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Families enjoy summer holiday at Water Park

Mohsin Ahmed compiles a package on families’ choice for picnic amid severe hot weather in Karachi.

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Saudi king ends holiday in Morocco

RABAT: Saudi Arabia's elderly King Abdullah flew out of Morocco on Friday at the end a holiday in the north African country, Morocco's state news agency MAP reported.Moroccan newspapers had earlier said the king was staying until at least the weekend, but it was not clear if his visit had been cut short, or whether…

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