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France to deploy 110,000 police during World Cup weekend

Authorities will deploy 110,000 police and security forces across France this weekend to secure the huge street parties if “Les Bleus” win the World Cup on Sunday, after years of attacks targeting crowds and other so-called “soft” targets. The massive security effort has been complicated by France’s national day, Bastille Day, which falls on Saturday….

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ECP to allot symbols to candidates for 2018 polls

Candidates contesting the 2018 general elections will be allotted election symbols on Saturday. The Election Commission of Pakistan will issue the final list of candidates today as well. Candidates who have not submitted their party tickets to the commission will be declared independent candidates. Yesterday was the final day for candidates to withdraw their nomination papers….

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Facebook, Google ‘manipulate’ users to share data despite EU law

Facebook and Google are pushing users to share private information by offering “invasive” and limited default options despite new EU data protection laws aimed at giving users more control and choice, a government study said Wednesday. The Norwegian Consumer Council found that the US tech giants’ privacy updates clash with the new General Data Protection…

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Third NSC meeting in one month

The third meeting of National Security Committee (NSC) in one month will happen on Tuesday. PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will chair the session, in which the authorities will discuss internal and external security matters. The top civilian and military leadership will also discuss the implementation of FATA reforms.

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General election to cost Rs20b: ECP

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Tuesday released estimates of the various costs of the 2018 general elections. Out of the total Rs20 billion that the ECP estimates will be spent on the election, an estimated Rs6 to 7 billion will be spent on the salaries of election officers, while Rs1 billion has been…

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Army chief congratulates PCB for hosting PSL, Windies series

Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa felicitated Pakistan Cricket Board on hosting PSL and West Indies series in the country. Two eliminators and the final of Pakistan Super League 2018 along with a three-match Twenty20 series against West Indies were played in the country this year. “I wish to express my hearty felicitation…

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France to step up security before next protests after May Day violence: minister

France will increase police numbers for the next round of protests over economic reforms after violent clashes marred the annual May Day rally in Paris, interior minister Gerard Collomb said on Wednesday. Police said 109 people had been held in custody after Tuesday’s clashes, when masked and hooded anarchists hijacked the traditional May 1 rally…

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Three-layered security for PTI’s Lahore rally

LAHORE: About 2,000 policemen, under the supervision of SPs, are providing foolproof security cover Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf public meeting at Greater Iqbal Park here Sunday. Also, 700 traffic wardens, 12 traffic DSPs and two SPs had been assigned the task of regulating traffic flow on all important roads in the city. A spokesman for police said…

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Facebook unveils appeal process for when it removes posts

Facebook said Tuesday it will give users the right to appeal decisions if the social network decides to remove photos, videos or written posts deemed to violate community standards. Plans to roll out an appeals process globally in coming months came as Facebook provided a first-ever look at internal standards used to decide what posts…

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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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UN in security talks with Syria after chemical probe put on hold

UN security experts have said they were negotiating with Syrian and Russian authorities for international chemical inspectors to deploy to the site of an alleged toxic gas attack near Damascus, after a reconnaissance mission came under fire, reported AFP. The team from the world’s chemical arms watchdog has not yet been able to begin its…

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Do this now to protect your Facebook account

Even Zuckerberg has validated that Facebook can have an effect on the electoral campaigns of several countries. Does this not speak words about the security of Facebook? The social media site has more than 2 billion users along with access to all your pictures, videos, comments, what you share, what you like, your location and…

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New Islamabad airport starts working

The new Islamabad international airport became operational on Saturday. A PIA flight will depart from Benazir Bhutto International Airport at Rawalpindi at 12:30 pm. The mock flight will land at the new airport at 1:00 pm.   The president of the national airliner, Musharraf Rasool, will be on the aircraft. The newly constructed airport is…

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In Pictures: Christians celebrate Easter across Pakistan

The Christian community across the world, including Pakistan, celebrated Easter on Sunday to mark the resurrection of Jesus Christ (Prophet Issa A.S) with religious devotion and fervor. Special prayers and ceremonies held in churches across the country. It is typically the well-attended Sunday service of the year for Christian churches on Easter Sunday. The government…

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Heroin found on British-Pakistani man at Islamabad airport

Security personnel caught a British-Pakistani man carrying 1kg of heroin at the Benazir Bhutto International Airport Sunday According to the Airport Security Force, the man, identified as Assif Khan, had hidden the drugs in the soles of his shoes. He was travelling to London.

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T20 kicks off today. Karachiites, here’s everything you MUST know

International cricket has returned to Karachi. While it is undoubtedly the most exciting event, there’s also the increased chance that you might get stuck in traffic due to road closures. And there’s the frustration of security checks, too, if you have the tickets to the National Stadium.. The match begins 8pm today. For the average…

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Cricket: Pakistan touts PSL final in pitch to host foreign teams

The trouble-free Pakistan Super League (PSL) cricket final, held in Karachi on Sunday amid a festival atmosphere, has reignited calls for foreign national teams to look past security concerns and play regular cricket in Pakistan. The South Asian nation has largely been starved of international cricket since the 2009 attack on a bus ferrying Sri…

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Pakistan to become South Asia’s industrial hub after CPEC completion: Ahsan

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Interior Ahsan Iqbal on Sunday said Pakistan would become an industrial hub of South Asia after the completion of CPEC. Talking to State-TV, the minister said the mega project is a game changer for Pakistan as it would bring improvement in social infrastructure, energy, industrial cooperation, agriculture and many other sectors, besides…

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Know your routes: Road closures, security for PSL

Reporting by Shahnawaz Ali Qadri and Shahbaz Khan Four major roads of Karachi have been closed for traffic as part of the PSL security plan The port city is hosting the finale of PSL III. It was nine years ago that a cricket match was held at the National Stadium. You might want to take…

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Tight security measures in place for PSL 2018 final

KARACHI: The Pakistan Super League 2018 final between Islamabad United and Peshawar Zalmi on Sunday will be contested under tight security arrangement. The roads leading to Karachi’s National Stadium will be closed for all kinds of traffic on Saturday evening. The shops and market will be sealed as well. The citizens living near the cricket…

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Islamabad United reach Karachi for PSL 2018 final

KARACHI: Islamabad United team reached Karachi on Friday night to play the final of Pakistan Super League 2018 against Peshawar Zalmi. Six international cricketers namely skipper Jean Paul Duminy (South Africa), Steve Finn (England), Luke Ronchi (Australia/New Zealand), Samit Patel, Samuel Badree (West Indies) and Chadwick Walton (West Indies) were among the players who reached…

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