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Peshawar High Court orders NAB to investigate ‘shady’ BRT project

The Peshawar High Court has ordered that the National Accountability Bureau investigate the construction of a BRT system in the city. In its order, the judges said they feel it is “appropriate to refer the matter to the NAB authorities” to conduct a proper investigation. The order stated that only 50% of the work has…

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Two injured in ‘minor’ explosion at London underground station

A “minor” explosion at an underground train station in London late Tuesday left five people injured, none seriously, British police said, adding that the incident did not appear to be terror related. The London police said they were alerted by a phone call that an explosion had taken place at Southgate station in North London….

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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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2 dead as trains collide in Germany

At least two people were killed and several others were hurt when two trains collided late Monday in Germany, the national rail company said. The Deutsche Bahn network operator said that a commuter service hit a freight train between Ingolstadt and Augsburg in Germany’s southern Bavaria region. “There are some seriously injured and others only…

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Van plows into Toronto crowd, killing nine

TORONTO: A man plowed a white rental van into a crowd of pedestrians in Canada’s biggest city Toronto on Monday, killing at least nine people and wounding 16, police said. The incident took place in broad daylight around 10 miles (16 kilometers) from a conference center hosting a meeting of G7 ministers, but officials said…

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Will Karachi Green Line Project be completed in 2018?

Sanjay Sadhwani Will people of Karachi not be able to travel on board Green Line Bus even in 2018? Citizens of Karachi continue to suffer the most as a result of tug-of-war between federal and Sindh governments over the mass transport project. The corridor stands unfinished even two months after Nawaz Sharif gave good news…

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Lost In Lahore

By Zara Maqbool There is no doubt that the Sharif brothers have played a huge role in building and improving the transportation system in Lahore. With the Metro buses, Orange line, bridges and underpasses and what not, they have undoubtedly put their heart and soul in improving the commuting for the Lahoris. There are definitely…

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Pakistan, Russia agree to forge long term partnership

SOCHI: Pakistan and Russian Federation Thursday agreed to forge a long term and multidimensional partnership between the two countries. It was agreed during a bilateral meeting between Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Prime Minister of Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev. Both the leaders expressed satisfaction at the positive trajectory of bilateral relations and agreed to…

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Hackers stole data from 57 million Uber riders, drivers: CEO

SAN FRANCISCO: Uber said Tuesday hackers compromised personal data from some 57 million riders and drivers in a breach kept hidden for a year. “None of this should have happened, and I will not make excuses for it,” said a statement from chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi, who took over at the ridesharing giant in August….

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PM Abbasi representing Pakistan at D-8 Summit in Istanbul

ISTANBUL: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will be representing in the D-8 Summit which is being held in Istanbul on Friday (today).  The Istanbul Summit is expected to adopt a Declaration and a Plan of Action. Major areas of cooperation in D-8 Charter are Industry, Agriculture and Food Security, Energy, Trade, Transportation and Tourism. The…

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Karachi Green Line project to complete in five months

Authorities have assured that Rs24.6 billion federally-funded Green Line Bus service in Karachi will be completed by December this year. Route of the buses will be from Guru Mandir to Tower. Watch this report…

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Video: A look at world’s fastest ‘Skytrain’

The ‘Skytrain’ in China underwent a successful test run and will provide better means of transport. The train has a top speed of 70 kilometres per hour and 510 passengers can travel on it.

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Close your legs please: Madrid bus manspreading ban starts

MADRID: Commuters on Madrid’s buses have long been banned from putting their feet on seats or smoking, but from this week a new prohibition is in place, targeting male passengers: no “manspreading”. The practice of men sitting in public transport with their legs wide apart, taking up more than one seat, has long been an…

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Drivers bewildered by twisting Chinese interchange

CHONGQING: Five suspended levels and cars going in all directions: a new highway interchange is driving motorists to tears, as they find themselves lost in a concrete maze resembling a plate of spaghetti. After eight years of construction, the Huangjuewan interchange was completed last week on the outskirts of Chongqing, a sprawling metropolis in southwest…

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Czech ‘GyroDrive’ beats flying cars for hybrid licence

BOCHOR: As global automakers compete to bring the first flying car to market, Czech pilot Pavel Brezina is trying a different tack: instead of creating a car that flies, he has made a “GyroDrive” — a mini helicopter you can drive. The engineer and owner of Nirvana Systems, a company producing motors for small flying…

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Sindh mass transit schemes hit a snag

Sindh government could not let loose even a penny for the pledged transport schemes for the province and all the tall claims to make 2017 an year of transport fell miserably flat. Watch video report by Waqas Baqir.

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Pressure mounts on Uber and CEO after missteps

Washington: After a series of embarrassing revelations, ridesharing giant Uber faces challenges in keeping growth on track, with top executive Travis Kalanick likely to face pressure to give up some control. Analysts say Uber’s rocky past month — marred by disclosures about a culture of sexism and its covert use of law enforcement-evading software —…

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NAVYA Self-driving shuttle goes to work in Las Vegas

SAN FRANCISCO: A self-driving electric shuttle built by French firm NAVYA began a one-week stint in Las Vegas on Tuesday, in a US first. Arma shuttles began providing free rides along a three-block stretch of Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas, a vintage part of Sin City that is a tourist attraction away from the…

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Women at wheel of ‘pink taxis’ challenge Jordan norms

AMMAN: Nisrin Akoubeh checks the oil and water before getting into her taxi and pulling into Amman’s heavy traffic for another day of shuttling fellow women across the Jordanian capital. The red-haired mother of three works a gruelling 10-hour shift in her taxi — a rare occupation for a woman in this conservative Muslim society….

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Five dead, many injured as train slams into bus near Tunis

TUNISIS: At least five people were killed and more than 50 injured on Wednesday when a train slammed into a public bus before dawn near Tunis, the Tunisian interior ministry said. The articulated bus was torn in two when it was struck on the tracks at around 6:00 am (0500 GMT) near Sidi Fathallah, about…

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Scotland bans smoking in cars with children

LONDON: A new law comes into force in Scotland on Monday banning smoking in cars when children are present, as part of the government’s plans for a “tobacco-free generation”. Under the law smokers face a £100 ($127, 119 euros) on-the-spot fine if caught lighting up in a private vehicle where under-18s are present. The penalty…

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