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June, 2018

 

Can India and Bhutan’s Success With ‘Plastic Roads’ Be Emulated By Pakistan?

IRSHAD SALIM (JUN 30, 2018): More than 34,000km of plastic roads have been built in India, mostly in rural areas, according to World Economic Forum report. A new report, however, states that the actual length of such roads using the innovative, home-grown technique runs for more than 100,000km as of October. The new road building technique for the 21st century has proved to be a durable solution, winning support among scientists and policymakers as well as neighboring countries like Bhutan. According to WEF, more than half of the roads inRead More


Trump’s Immigration Gambit: Is It Trick Or Treat?

SALAHUDDIN HAIDER (Washington): Difficult to analyze. Opinion varies from people to people. Some believe Donald Trump has been doing it deliberately to dilate or swing to favoritism wave of mounting criticism against his policies on children immigration, and the boost he got from the Supreme Court upholding his travel ban on select Muslim countries’ citizen. Others think he is out to see his harsh policies as permanent measure to firm up America’s internal strength, to enable his nationals have greater role on domestic front. But then media has different perceptionsRead More


US Calls Off Key Talks With India Amid Tensions Over Trade Tariffs, Iran Oil

JUN 30, 2018: Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj and Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman were to hold talks with their American counterparts Mike Pompeo and James Mattis next week on economic, trade and defense issues. But with trade tensions escalating between India and United States, the high-level 2+2 dialogue between the two countries has been called off by the US citing “unavoidable reasons.” The cancellation comes at a time when US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley is on a visit to India and met with Prime Minister Modi onRead More


Over a Dozen Pak Ambassadors Considered ‘Political Appointees’ Likely to Be Called Back

JUN 29, 2018: More than a dozen ambassadors appointed by previous PML(N)-led government at key positions across the globe are likely to be called back by the caretaker government. Currently, in 14 different countries PM-N-appointed envoys (political appointees) are heading the missions. Some of those countries include China, United Arab Emirates (UAE), United Kingdom (UK), Sri Lanka, Maldives, Bulgaria, Havana, Serbia, Jordan, the United Nations and the United States, among others. The PML-N appointed envoy to U.S. Ali J. Siddiqui took charge of the embassy in Washington on May 30Read More


China Defends Pakistan After It Was Put On FATF ‘Grey List’

JUN 30, 2018: China on Friday defended Pakistan saying it must not be vilified and pressured on the front of terror, after global watchdog FATF/APG put the country on “grey list” of countries that have not met its standards against money-laundering and terror finance. The Chinese foreign ministry said it won’t comment on the Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF) decision to put Pakistan on the “grey list” and counseled the world to see the efforts made by Islamabad in an “objective” way. “We will not make comment on the decisionRead More


Elections 2018 Update: Lahore Court Allows Ex-PM Abbasi To Contest; MQM’s Sattar Says Won’t Contest

JUN 29, 2018: : The Lahore High Court on Friday allowed former premier Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to contest the upcoming elections from NA-57 in Murree — his hometown. A two-member bench, headed by Justice Mazahir Ali Naqvi, suspended the appellate tribunal’s judgment and allowed Abbasi’s candidature. Yesterday, the bench heard Abbasi’s appeal against the election tribunal’s decision of disqualifying the former premier for life for “concealing facts and withholding information”. Abbasi’s appeal, against the verdict asserted that the appellate tribunal’s jurisdiction only extended to approving or rejecting returning officer’s stance.Read More


U.S. Air Force Procures New And Improved Bunker Buster Bombs

JUN 29, 2018: The U.S. Air Force has awarded nearly $900 million to two companies for new bunker buster bombs that will be less likely to fail to explode than those currently being used in Iraq and Syria. The new 2,000-pound class bombs are built around an improved warhead called the BLU-137/B, which will replace existing weapons that have already been a key element in the fight against ISIS. The BLU-137/B will be used to defeat hardened targets, such as secure command-and-control bunkers and other protected facilities. The U.S. AirRead More


Security Camera Captures Plane Crashing Into Mumbai Construction Site (Video)

JUN 30, 2018: On Friday, a day after a chartered plane crashed in Mumbai, surveillance camera footage surfaced showing the aircraft smashing into a busy construction site. The footage was recorded by a camera on a building across the street from the construction site. The video shows the King Air C90 plane crashing into the site’s steel girders and bursting into flames. A teenager who lived nearby told Indian TV channel NDTV that “there was a big explosion sound and then we saw the fire.” According to the media outlet,Read More


3 Babies Among 100 Dead After Migrant Ship Sinks Off Libya Coast

JUN 29, 2018: Libya’s coast guard rescued more than a dozen survivors from a capsized migrant boat, which officials say left at least 100 people, including three babies, dead. The lifeless bodies of three babies, dressed in brightly colored clothing and looking almost as if they were sleeping, were carried carefully ashore Friday in Libya. The migrants departed Libya on a rubber dingy, though it’s unclear when. Survivors estimated there were 120 people on board the vessel, which capsized off the coast of Tripoli. The coast guard returned the survivorsRead More


Muslim Community in Florida Offers To Host All Separated Migrant Children At No Cost to Govt

JUN 29, 2018: The Muslim community in Tampa, Florida has offered to take care of all the 2300 plus migrant babies and children (8 months and older) separated from their families residing at various detention centers. The group announced the offer at a news conference on Tuesday at noon. (Watch video below) The formal announcement by Islamic Society of Tampa Bay on Friday comes amid reports that seventeen US states and Washington DC are suing Trump’s administration over its family separation policy at the US border. “This immoral policy ofRead More


Top Court To Conduct Hearings On Karachi Population Count After Elections 2018

JUN 29, 2018: The Chief Justice of Pakistan Saqib Nisar on Friday approved Pak Sarzameen Party’s (PSP) appeal against the registrar’s dismissal of its petition pertaining to the recent population census conducted in Karachi. The appeal was heard by the Chief Justice in his chambers where the PSP Chief and former Karachi mayor Mustafa Kamal was present. In his decision, Chief Justice Nisar observed that the hearing on the petition will be held after the general election, due on July 25, as any proceedings prior to that could impact theRead More


Elections 2018: ECP Extends Polling Time By One Hour

JUN 29, 2018: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Friday extended polling timings by one hour for the general elections scheduled to be held on July 25. The new timings, as per the ECP press release, will be from 8am to till 6pm. The polling will be held for 10 hours without any interval. The timings have been extended to facilitate the voters and to ensure maximum voters participate in the election process, as it would be difficult for voters to go out in hot weather to cast theirRead More


Find Out Why These Three Pakistanis Received Queen’s Young Leaders Awards

JUN 29, 2018 (BEE2C2): Three young Pakistanis received the prestigious Queen’s Young Leaders Awards at Buckingham Palace in London on Tuesday. Mahnoor Syed, Haroon Yasin and Hassan Mujtaba Zaidi were presented with medals by Queen Elizabeth II for their outstanding contributions to their community with their high impact cost-effective initiatives in learning, literacy growth and social development. The Queen’s Young Leaders Award celebrates exceptional people aged 18-29 from across the Commonwealth for “making lasting change in their community and beyond.” The three Pakistani winners leading innovative projects in the educationRead More


‘Indiana Jones 5’ With Harrison Ford And Steven Spielberg Delayed (Again)

JUN 29, 2018: A fifth entry in the Indiana Jones series that is reuniting star Harrison Ford with director Steven Spielberg has been delayed. The film will be missing its previously announced July 10, 2020 release date. Filming was supposed to commence in April 2019 in the U.K. with production being pushed back months, if not a year, Variety reported. Screenwriter Jonathan Kasdan has also yet to officially sign onto the project, where he is expected to craft a new draft from David Koepp’s original screenplay , Deadline reported. KasdanRead More


Pakistan Put On Money-Laundering, Terror Finance Watch List For Lack Of ‘Adequate Measures’

Pakistan placed on FATF ‘grey list’ despite diplomatic efforts to avert decision; “We were told in February that we will be placed on the grey-list” – FO Spokesman JUN 28, 2018 (BE2C2): Late Wednesday night, Pakistan was officially placed on the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) ‘grey list’, despite the country’s diplomatic efforts to avoid the designation. As the FATF plenary began its proceedings in Paris, the Pakistani delegation apprised the watchdog of steps Islamabad had taken to weed out money laundering and terror financing. The steps taken so farRead More


Top Court Allows Bahria Town To Continue In Larger Public Interest With Caveats

Real Estate Tycoon Malik Riaz was present at the hearings, along with many overseas Pakistanis and investors in Bahria projects. JUN 28, 2018: Bahria Town has been ordered to deposit Rs5 billion (US$42 million) as surety within two weeks before the Supreme Court, and 20% from the total amounts collected every month by the real estate firm on its ongoing projects shall be deposited in the specified account set up by the top court which will be held in escrow. Bahria Town Chairman Malik Riaz has also been ordered toRead More


Paris Fashion Week Men’s 2019 PICS: Suits With Sneakers..Street Style As Outfit of Choice

JUN 28, 2018 (BE2C2): Suits with sneakers was the outfit of choice at Paris Fashion Week Men’s 2019. It’s an interesting juxtaposition — tailored-meets-sport — that displays exactly where menswear is at the moment. And what better place to showcase that than a major fashion capital like Paris. One of the most prominent micro trends in Paris was for suits worn with little or nothing beneath them, a look that felt easy and understated….street style. Celebrities like A$AP Rocky, Naomi Campbell, Robert Pattinson and Lenny Kravitz were in attendance atRead More


Election Tribunals Disqualify Former PM Abbasi, Sindh PPP President Khuhro, PTI Spokesperson Fawad

JUN 27, 2018: The Election Tribunal has rejected nomination papers of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Sindh President Nisar Khuhro for concealing 166 acres of land, and not declaring a wife and daughter. The nomination papers of Khuhro were rejected from PS-11 Larkana 2 for forging and concealing information. Khurhro, in his nomination papers, had declared two wives instead of three and four children. The PPP Sindh president was disqualified for contesting elections for concealing 166 acres of land, a wife and a daughter. Meanwhile, Nisar Khuhro has said that heRead More


National Security Adviser Janjua Resigns; Former Defense Secretary Lodhi Joins Caretaker Cabinet

JUN 27, 2018: National Security Adviser retired Lt Gen Nasser Janjua resigned from the post on Wednesday. A notification issued by the Cabinet Division confirmed his departure saying Janjua’s resignation was accepted by Caretaker Prime Minister Nasirul Mulk. A statement released by Janjua’s office stated that his resignation “is to morally coincide and principally support the process of democracy upon completion of the tenure of the previous government”. Lt Gen (r) Janjua, who had replaced Sartaj Aziz on Oct 23, 2015, was accorded the status of minister of state. HisRead More


NAB To Use Interpol To Bring Back Former Ehtesab Chief Saifur Rehman

JUN 27, 2018 (BE2C2): The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has decided to bring back to Pakistan Saifur Rehman, a close confidant of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and former chief of the now defunct Ehtesab Bureau, through Interpol. Back in July 2012, the Interior Ministry had written a letter to the Qatar government, seeking extradition of Rehman. The Dawn had reported then that the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) had issued red warrants for Mr Rehman after he claimed he possessed evidence of President Asif Ali Zardari’s Swiss accounts and GenRead More