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Sunday, May 13th, 2018


In a First, a ‘Made in China’ Aircraft Carrier Heads Out For Sea Trials

*** Beijing has embarked on an extensive project to build a modern, “blue water” navy which could operate around the world, and modernize its two million-strong military, the world’s largest. *** A third home-made aircraft carrier was in the works, but the defense ministry has yet to confirm this; *** The New York Times reports the construction of a third carrier, with a different design, has already begun at the Jiangnan Shipyard in Shanghai. May 13, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — China’s first domestically manufactured aircraft carrier started sea trials Sunday, stateRead More

Autumn in Pak-US Relations: US Diplomat Stopped From Flying Out After Court Order

May 13, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — Pakistan on Saturday barred a senior US diplomat accused of killing a Pakistani youth and injuring another from leaving the country following a court order, according to officials and local media. A special C130 plane from Bagram airbase in Afghanistan landed at Nur Khan airbase in Rawalpindi on Saturday morning to carry Col. Joseph Emanuel Hall, the US Defense attache stationed in Islamabad, a senior Interior Ministry official told Anadolu Agency on condition of anonymity. The plane took off after the Interior Ministry informed WashingtonRead More

Supreme Court Slaps Fine on Airblue, Shaheen Air in Fake Degree Case; Orders Airblue to Compensate 2010 Crash Victims

May 13, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Saturday imposed fine of Rs50,000 on Airblue and Rs100,000 on Shaheen Air over delaying tactics used in submitting details of degrees of their staff. The chief justice observed that despite the passage of three to four months, Shaheen Air had done nothing. The airline sought further time for submitting details about degrees of its staff. A three-judge bench headed by chief justice Saqib Nisar was hearing case relating to allegations of fake degrees held by pilots of different airlinesRead More

Tendulkar Reveals How His First Innings Was Almost His Last, Facing These Two Lethal Pakistani Bowlers

May 13, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — In November 1989, a 16-year-old Indian batsman made his way nervously to the crease to face the might of the Pakistani bowling attack believing his first innings in Karachi would also be his last. Sachin Tendulkar, dubbed as the God of cricket in India, went on to have one of the greatest careers in the history of the sport, but in a recent interview he has spoken about the nightmarish experience of facing the devastating pace duo of Waqar Younis and Wasim Akram on hisRead More

Pakistan, Russia Sign ‘Defense Treaty’ –Salient Feature of South Asia’s Geopolitical Environment

May 12, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — Foreign Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan has revealed that Pakistan and Russia have signed a defense treaty. He however gave no further details of the pact while talking to a private news TV channel. The announcement comes as the bitter cold-war rivals recalibrate their ties against the backdrop of realignments in the region. Talking to the electronic media, Dastgir who also holds the portfolio of Defense, said relations between Pakistan and Russia are strengthening day by day — counterterrorism, trade and investment are already on theRead More

Arsenic In Pakistan’s Ground Water: Toxic Concerns In Region Infamous For Deformities

Arsenic in drinking water threatens up to 60 million in Pakistan; The WHO has established an Arsenic level of 10 micrograms per liter as the permissible concentration in drinking water. In Pakistan, the government says that 50 micrograms per liter is acceptable, according to a BBC Report. MASROOR GILANI; May 12, 2018 — Basharat Ali was 15 when his legs began to falter, a condition doctors have blamed on polluted water in a Pakistani region infamous for the deformities that afflict many of its people. Too weak to carry hisRead More

Trump Administration Cracks Down on Students Overstaying Visas

The majority of international students studying in the United States are originally from China and India, totaling 350,755 students and 186,267 students, respectively in the 2016/17 school year, followed by South Korea and Saudi Arabia, according to Statista chart May 12, 2018 (DESPARDES) — President Donald Trump’s administration posted a new policy memorandum to crack down on students and exchange visitors overstaying their visas– the US hosts about 1.1 million of the 4.6 million enrolled worldwide in 2017. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services memorandum says students and exchange visitors willRead More