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April 21, 2019 | 10:17:52 PM

Sri Lanka attacks: churches, hotels targeted

Death toll from Easter Sunday blasts in Sri Lanka rises to 207; 450 injured

The death toll from a devastating series of eight bomb blasts that ripped through high-end hotels and churches holding Easter services in Sri Lanka on Sunday has risen to 207, police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera said. At least 450 people were injured in the attacks.

April 20, 2019 | 04:50:18 PM

PM meets finance adviser Hafeez Sheikh

PM Imran meets finance adviser Dr Abdul Hafeez Sheikh

Saturday Apr 20, 2019 ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan met newly-appointed finance adviser Dr Abdul Hafeez Sheikh on Saturday. Dr Sheikh apprised the premier regarding talks with officials of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Speaking to the media ahead of his meeting with PM Imran, Dr Sheikh said, "I have issued directives to prepare for the budget and a medium-term strategy paper for the budget."

April 20, 2019 | 03:53:49 PM

Lady cop helps woman deliver baby at airport

Emirati lady cop helps Indian woman deliver baby at Dubai airport

The woman inspector at the airport used her presence of mind to handle the emergency situation. An Indian woman went into throes of labour at Terminal 2 of Dubai airport. The helpless people were reduced to mute spectators.

April 20, 2019 | 03:52:50 PM

World's smallest baby boy

'World's smallest baby boy' set to go home in Japan

The survival rate for tiny babies is substantially lower for boys than for girls. TOKYO (AFP) - The world's smallest baby boy, who was born in October in Japan weighing as much as an apple, is now ready for the outside world, his doctor said Friday.

April 20, 2019 | 03:51:59 PM

Loves with Black Holes

Why Everyone Loves Black Holes

Everybody loves black holes. They're kind of scary. They do weird things to the fabric of space-time. They will completely and totally obliterate you should you happen to fall into one. And they have a really awesome name that's also intimidating.

April 20, 2019 | 03:50:34 PM

Indus Motor jacks up prices

Indus Motor increases vehicle prices | The Express Tribune

KARACHI: Indus Motor Company, the makers of Toyota cars, has raised vehicle prices by up to Rs307,000 in a bid to recuperate its contracting margins due to constant depreciation of the rupee against the US dollar. Indus Motor CEO Ali Asghar Jamali told The Express Tribune "other players have already increased prices, but we waited a while for improvement in the situation.

April 20, 2019 | 03:49:48 PM

ML-N MPAs asked to resign from parliamentary committees

PML-N MPAs asked to resign from parliamentary committees

Meeting of PML-N's parliamentary party has been convened on Saturday LAHORE (Dunya News) - Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has asked its lawmakers to resign from all parliamentary committees of Punjab assembly. The decision came following the government's denial to make opposition leader in Punjab assembly Hamza Shehbaz chairman of Public Accounts Committee (PAC).

April 20, 2019 | 03:48:52 PM

Disqualification sword hangs over three female PTI MNAs

Disqualification sword hangs over three female PTI MNAs

The counsel accused three female PTI MNAs of having dual nationality ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) - Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Thursday issued notices to three female Members National Assembly (MNA) of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) in case pertaining to dual nationality. The IHC took up the plea of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) MNAs.

April 20, 2019 | 03:47:27 PM

Silk Road not a debt crisis for anyone

China says Silk Road not a debt crisis for participating nations | The Express Tribune

BEIJING: China's Belt and Road project is not a "geopolitical tool" or a debt crisis for participating nations, but Beijing welcomes constructive suggestions on how to address concerns over the initiative, the government's top diplomat said on Friday.

April 20, 2019 | 03:46:43 PM

Computerization land records after 62 years

KDA without computerised land records after 62 years | Samaa Digital

It creates problems for the allottees as most of the land files have been allotted to more than one person. In January, KDA made an attempt to computerise its land record, but the process has since made matters worse for both, the public and KDA employees.

April 20, 2019 | 03:45:16 PM

Cousin marriage is good but after blood test

Want to marry your cousin? Take a blood test first | Samaa Digital

Cousin marriages can be risky for your health as they may come with a lot of diseases. Dr Sughra Parveen told SAMAA TV on its show Naya Din that these diseases can be prevented by taking a blood test before marriage.

April 20, 2019 | 03:44:06 PM

Whatsapp feature to block users from taking chat screenshots

New Whatsapp feature to block users from taking chat screenshots

Whatsapp is reported to have rolled out a new beta version that blocks users from taking screenshot of conversations. According to reports, the Facebook-owned messaging app has been working on implementing biometric authentication for Android phones. WhatsApp beta update on Google Play Store shows a new development for biometric authentication.

April 20, 2019 | 03:43:06 PM

Presidential system will be better for the country?

Presidential system will be better for the country: KP governor

Saturday Apr 20, 2019 Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Shah Farman on Friday said he believes the presidential system will be better for the country. Speaking on Geo News programme Jirga, the KP governor said, "As per my culture and with amendment, I think presidential system will be better here and more efficient, corruption will be reduced, there will be no blackmailing, federating units will be protected and [there will be] equal opportunities for all."

April 20, 2019 | 03:42:24 PM

Oil discovered in Punjab

Mari Petroleum discovers oil in Punjab | Samaa Digital

Mari Petroleum Company Limited, a company managed by the Fauji Foundation Group, has discovered oil in Punjab, Radio Pakistan reported. According to the spokesperson for the petroleum division, the oil was discovered from a well in Gujar Khan in Rawalpindi district. The discovery was made at Dharian-l in Ghauri block, he said.

April 20, 2019 | 03:41:38 PM

Feared spymaster to security czar

Brigadier Shah: from feared spymaster to security czar | The Express Tribune

There is a new security czar in Pakistan. Brigadier (retd) Ijaz Shah took oath as minister for interior on Friday, three weeks after securing a place in Prime Minister Imran Khan's federal cabinet. On March 29, the man whom former prime minister Benazir Bhutto accused of planning her assassination was sworn in as minister for parliamentary affairs.

April 20, 2019 | 03:40:59 PM

India's top judge faces sexual harassment storm

India's top judge faces sexual harassment storm

India's top judge fought off a sexual harassment storm on Saturday after a former Supreme Court staff member accused him of making unwanted advances and hounding her. Chief justice Ranjan Gogoi said the accusations made by a 35-year-old former court assistant were "unbelievable" and an attempt to stop him hearing important cases.

April 20, 2019 | 03:40:07 PM

$1.3tr in BRI states by 2027

China to invest $1.3tr in BRI states by 2027 - Profit by Pakistan Today

'China has entered into an era of geo-economic relationship with Pakistan and it plans to boost two-way trade from $12bn to $20bn' ISLAMABAD: Chinese scholar Dr Zhang Yifeng on Friday said that China aims at investing $1.3 trillion in Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) member states by the year 2027 which would become the single-largest investment ...

April 20, 2019 | 03:39:29 PM

A 'devolved' ministry got minister

Shehryar Afridi to head 'devolved' ministry

ISLAMABAD: Despite announcing devolution of the Ministry of States and Frontier Regions (Safron) in the very second cabinet meeting, the government has appointed Shehryar Afridi as minister of state for Safron. The appointment of Mr Afridi, who was earlier minister of state for interior, as Safron minister was notified by the Prime Minister Office on Friday.

April 20, 2019 | 03:37:42 PM

So far $19b in CPEC projects

China has invested $19b in CPEC projects: Yao Jing | The Express Tribune

ISLAMABAD: An investment worth $19 billion has been made in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects, said Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Yao Jing. Addressing a seminar on 'CPEC 2015-2019: Achievements, Challenges and the Way Forward', he said that the past four years had been vital for the mega project, which progressed at a fast pace.

April 20, 2019 | 03:35:54 PM

Feel more youthful when feel in control

Older people feel more youthful when they also feel in control

(Reuters Health) - Older adults may feel younger than their age on days when they feel most in control of their lives, a small study suggests.

April 20, 2019 | 03:34:46 PM

Pakistan cricket team meets PM

Pakistan cricket team meets PM Imran Khan | Samaa Digital

Pakistan's 17-man squad that will feature against England is in Bani Gala to meet Prime Minister Imran Khan before they leave for the tour. Most of the players in the side grew up idolising Imran, World Cup winning captain of 1992 and the patron-in-chief of the Pakistan Cricket Board, and will get a chance to discuss cricket with him before leaving for the series that will be followed by the World Cup.

April 20, 2019 | 03:33:49 PM

How film can change minds

TED2019: Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy talks about how film can change minds

Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker and journalist Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy was one of the speakers at the TED2019 conference that was held from April 15 to 19, 2019 in Vancouver, Canada. The theme for this year's TED, which stands for Technology,...

April 20, 2019 | 03:33:13 PM

Marriage, love, trust and consent

Iqra Aziz talks about marriage, love, trust and consent - Daily Times

Ranjha Ranjha Kardi has touched on a very sensitive issue of marital abuse, while keeping its viewers on edge on whether Bhola and Noori will make it or break up as a couple with Sahir in the picture. Iqra Aziz has shed some light on this topic, while sharing her thoughts on the most critical ...

April 20, 2019 | 03:32:36 PM

China may become the concept laboratory

Coming soon to China: the car of the future

Friday Apr 19, 2019 SHANGHAI: Global automakers are positioning for a brave new world of on-demand transport that will require a car of the future -- hyper-connected, autonomous, and shared -- and China may become the concept's laboratory.

April 20, 2019 | 03:31:19 PM

US blocked British UN ceasefire resolution for Libya

Donald Trump spoke to General Haftar before US blocked British UN ceasefire resolution for Libya

The White House said on Friday that President Donald Trump spoke by phone to Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar and discussed "ongoing counterterrorism efforts" by the leader of a military assault on the capital of Libya in opposition to the country's internationally recognised government.

April 20, 2019 | 03:30:31 PM

Eight centuries of turbulent history

The story of Notre-Dame

The grief caused by the near-destruction of Notre-Dame may seem puzzling for a country as resistant to religion as France. But the mass devotion the cathedral attracts is not a spiritual one. It is rooted in the building's location at the heart of the nation's intellectual life.

April 20, 2019 | 03:29:46 PM

Referendum to give Sisi's rule to 2030

Egypt votes in referendum aimed at extending Sisi's rule to 2030

Egyptians have begun voting in a referendum on proposed constitutional amendments that could see President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi's rule extended to 2030. State television on Saturday showed images of el-Sisi casting his ballot at a polling station in the eastern suburb of Heliopolis.

April 20, 2019 | 03:28:28 PM

Attempt to influence Indian election with 'reverse swing'

Imran Khan attempted to influence Indian election with 'reverse swing': Modi | The Express Tribune

Reacting on Prime Minister Imran Khan's recent remarks that the Narendra Modi-led party's victory in the ongoing election will boost chances of peace talks between the two countries, his Indian counterpart said it was an attempt by the former cricketer to influence the polls with his 'reverse swing'.

April 20, 2019 | 03:27:38 PM

A welfare state is my dream

Transforming Pakistan into a welfare state is my dream: PM Imran

In the first phase, 150000 residential units will be constructed ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) - Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday while laying foundation stone of Naya Pakistan Housing Scheme in Islamabad said that it is beginning of our journey towards Naya Pakistan.

April 20, 2019 | 03:27:05 PM

One year with the PTI

One year with the PTI

Last year in the same month, I joined the PTI. My joint press conference with Imran Khan was live broadcasted by almost all news channels. A large number of leading Hindu business personalities including former presidents of the Pakistan Hindu Council were also present on the occasion.

April 20, 2019 | 03:25:52 PM

Maiden visit to Iran tomorrow

PM Imran to embark on maiden visit to Iran tomorrow

Saturday Apr 20, 2019 ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan will pay a two-day official visit to Iran from Sunday to further strengthen bilateral ties in diverse fields, the Foreign Office said on Saturday. The premier will visit the country from April 21-22 on the invitation of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

April 20, 2019 | 03:24:59 PM

PTCL 2006 $2.6 billion deal settled

Pakistan, UAE reach understanding over $800mln row

Etisalat acquired 26 percent shares of Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) along with the management control in a privatisation deal of $2.6 billion back in 2006 when the newly-appointed Adviser to the Prime Minister Imran Khan on Finance Hafeez Sheikh was the privatisation minister.

April 20, 2019 | 03:22:50 PM

Ormara massacre

Ormara massacre: Pakistan lodges protest with Iran on 'inaction' against terrorist groups

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) lodged a strong protest with Iran regarding its inaction against terror groups believed to be involved in the Ormara massacre early on Thursday. In a letter written to the Iranian embassy on Friday, the MoFA stated: "Killing of 14 innocent Pakistanis by terrorist groups based in Iran is a very serious incident that Pakistan protests strongly."

April 20, 2019 | 03:22:13 PM

Fencing 950km-long border with Iran

Pakistan to fence border with Iran: foreign minister | Samaa Digital

Pakistan will be fencing its 950 kilometre-long border with Iran to maintain security and peace, says Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi. An alliance has come forward by the name of BRA, said Qureshi.

April 20, 2019 | 03:21:32 PM

PIA reaches at break-even

PIA reaches break-even in operating profit | The Express Tribune

KARACHI: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has claimed that it has come out of losses at the operational level after quite a long time as its revenues slightly exceeded the operating cost in the quarter ended March 31, 2019. "PIA has achieved breakeven at the operational level," Adviser to PIA CEO Air Vice Marshal Noor Abbas told The Express Tribune.

April 20, 2019 | 03:20:33 PM

Right decisions or the popular one?

Imran Khan's 8-month conundrum: Taking the right decision or the popular one?

Ever since Imran Khan has been sworn in as the prime minister of Pakistan, somehow his administration has never failed to supply flabbergasting news every now and then. His right-hand man on the economy and star finance minister, Asad Umar, has stepped down, followed by a major reshuffle in the cabinet in which various cabinet members saw their portfolios changed.

April 20, 2019 | 03:19:37 PM

Unceremonious exit of Asad Umar

The events that led to Asad Umar's unceremonious exit

Saturday Apr 20, 2019 It was no secret that Pakistan's finance minister, Asad Umar, was not preforming up to the mark. The opposition was salivating at the prospects of his failure. Even members of the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) were grumbling.

April 20, 2019 | 03:18:29 PM

Do your work or Go home

Ministers of 'no use' will be removed: PM Imran

PESHAWAR: Referring to Thursday's federal cabinet reshuffle, Prime Minis≠ter Imran Khan said on Friday that a good captain constantly kept an eye on his team and sometimes had to change the batting order - replace a player with a new one - to win the match.

April 16, 2019 | 11:11:20 PM

Al-Aqsa mosque catches fire same time as Notre Dame cathedral

Fire broke out simultaneously at Notre Dame Cathedral and Al-Aqsa Mosque: report

Only a handful of people know that a fire also broke at the Al-Aqsa Mosque as the flames devoured centuries old Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris as world watched in horror.

April 14, 2019 | 12:12:36 PM

Pakistan-America diaspora to invest in Pakistan

Asad urges Pakistan-America diaspora to invest in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Finance Minister Asad Umar, Friday encouraged Pakistani-American diaspora to take advantage of the new business opportunities and make massive investment in Pakistan. The Minister was addressing a large group of Pakistani American businessmen and professionals at the Embassy of Pakistan, Washington DC.

April 13, 2019 | 10:57:06 AM

Over the pressure of civilians military ruler of Sudan quits

Sudan's coup leader quits amid protesters' calls for civilian rule

KHARTOUM: Sudan's Defence Minister Awad Ibn Auf said on Friday that he had decided to step down as head of the country's transitional military council, a day after former president Omar al Bashir was overthrown in a coup.

April 13, 2019 | 10:29:54 AM

Rahul Gandhi waiting to meet PM Imran

Factcheck: No, this is not a real photo of India's Rahul Gandhi waiting to meet PM Imran

Multiple Facebook and Twitter posts contain a photo which they claim shows Indian opposition politicians, including Indian National Congress party president Rahul Gandhi, waiting to meet Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan at his official residence in Islamabad.

April 13, 2019 | 10:29:06 AM

Naeem Bukhari to oversee cases against Shehbaz

NAB hires Naeem Bukhari to oversee cases against Shehbaz, others | The Express Tribune

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has named Naeem Bukhari, a prominent lawyer who represented the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) in several high-profile cases, as lead counsel to oversee all sub-judice matters against Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif in the Supreme Court.

April 13, 2019 | 10:28:18 AM

Modi TV channel clampdown

India poll body watchdog orders Modi TV channel clampdown

The producers had insisted they have no links to the BJP. NEW DELHI April 12, 2019 (AFP) - Indian election officials have ordered a clampdown on a television channel devoted to Prime Minister Narendra Modi which they say breaches campaign rules.

April 13, 2019 | 10:27:13 AM

Abraaj chief Arif Naqvi arrested

Scotland Yard confirms Abraaj chief Arif Naqvi arrested on US request

LONDON: Scotland Yard has confirmed that Pakistani emerging markets business magnate Arif Naqvi was arrested at Heathrow airport on request of American authorities with "alleged fraud" on recommendations by the US Securities and Exchange Commission.

April 11, 2019 | 06:43:45 PM

Indian elections begin

As Indian elections begin, Pakistan fears tensions could worsen with its nuclear rival

April 10 at 7:31 PM The rocky trail to the spot where war almost broke out between Pakistan and India winds upward through alpine meadows dotted with grazing cows. In one pasture is a huge bomb crater, filled with broken boulders. Further above, almost hidden behind the ridge crest, sits a low cinder-block building.

April 10, 2019 | 09:45:04 PM

This isn't goodbye, promises German Ambassador Martin Kobler

This isn't goodbye, promises German Ambassador Martin Kobler as he packs up his life in Pakistan

German ambassador (and Twitter celebrity) Martin Kobler bid adieu to Pakistan today. Kobler arrived in Pakistan as German ambassador in August 2017 and announced his retirement in early March this year. The ambassador racked up quite a following on Twitter (over 200K followers) with his enthusiastic documentation of his nearly two-year stay in the country.

April 10, 2019 | 09:43:26 PM

Kashmir, one of the most militarized frontiers

Fear stalks ordinary Kashmiris as Indian election approaches

If it wasn't for the military installations that dot the mountain passes, the endless coils of barbed wire, or the armed soldiers around every corner, this small border town in Indian controlled Kashmir might be mistaken for a tranquil mountain paradise.

April 10, 2019 | 09:42:13 PM

Growth rate at 2.5%

IMF puts country's growth rate at 2.5% | The Express Tribune

ISLAMABAD: Just a day after Finance Minister Asad Umar claimed that the economy is out of the woods, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has said Pakistan's economy will grow at an average rate of just 2.5% during the next five years and its external imbalance will remain elevated.

April 10, 2019 | 09:41:09 PM

Not conflict management but conflict resolution

'Pakistan doesn't want conflict management, it wants conflict resolution with India'

The Pulwama attack has brought the Kashmir conflict "to centre stage", Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari noted during a conversation with Strategic Studies Institute, Islamabad (SSII). The minister focused on Pakistan-India relations, especially in the aftermath of the Pulwama attack - in which more than 40 Indian soldiers were killed - and Islamabad's approach to dealing with the conflict.

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