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Wednesday, June 13th, 2018

 

Iconic Taj Mahal Gate Vandalized by Radical Hindu Group; Rise in Religion-Based Hate Crime

Indian govt admits rise in religion-based hate crime JUN 13, 2018 — Members of a radical Hindu group vandalized gates of the iconic Taj Mahal on Sunday arguing that the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) was blocking entry to a 400-year-old Shiva temple. The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) activists were seen carrying hammers and iron rods to target the western entrance to the UNESCO World Heritage site, a video footage that went viral on social media showed. VHP aactivists chanted slogans against the authorities and were dissatisfied with the police’sRead More


Tired of Unemployment, Kashmiri Women Decide to Open Their Online Business

JUN 13, 2018 — The campaign for self-determination in Indian-administered Kashmir broke out into major violence in 1989. More than 90,000 people are estimated to have died and 20,000 to have disappeared in the disputed Himalayan region. That has pushed their families into poverty. Today, Kashmir lies in the bottom third of Indian states on the basis of per capita income, the education and health systems are also falling to an ever lower standard. For the region’s youth, earning a living has been a challenge, especially educated young women. However,Read More


2 Million Olive Plants To Be Distributed in Punjab in Next 5 Years

JUN 13, 2018 — A plan has been prepared to increase olive production and make Pakistan one of top ten Olive-producing countries. The spokesman of Punjab Agriculture Department said, this project will help in ending the Olive imports. He said the department has decided to convert Chakwal valley into an Olive valley by promoting the Olive cultivation there. He said that two million Olive plants will be distributed in Punjab during next five years free of cost, Radio Pakistan reported. A plantation takes between five to seven years to becomeRead More


Nawaz Trial: Justice Be Done, But Should Also Be Seen Being Done

“Truth is about perception and what we believe shapes what we perceive” ― Alan B Jones JUN 13, 2018 — The Supreme Court has extended the deadline given to the accountability court of Islamabad for the completion of trial in corruption references against ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter and son-in-law. A two-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar, on Sunday while taking up an application moved by judge Mohammad Bashir of the accountability court, granted one-month extension to the trial court. The previous deadlineRead More


US Approves $930 Million Sale To India of Apache Attack Helicopters

JUN 13, 2018 — The United States government has approved a deal to sell the Indian military six AH-64E Apache attack helicopters manufactured by Boeing for $930 million, the State Department said Tuesday. The agreement has been passed to the US Congress for approval, but if no US lawmaker raises an objection the contract is expected to go ahead. Boeing and Indian partner Tata have begun to produce Apache fuselages at a plant in India, but Tuesday’s approval concerns a direct sale of finished products from US manufacturers. The leadRead More


UPDATE: Asghar Khan Case Verdict On 1990 Polls Rigging: GHQ Willing to Prosecute Named Officers

JUN 13, 2018 — The defense ministry has expressed willingness to prosecute several former army officers for distributing millions of rupees to anti-PPP politicians in the general elections of 1990. The political engineering had led to PML-N Supremo Mian Nawaz Sharif’s obtaining his first victory toward getting elected as the country’s Prime Minister. The military officers at that time who were involved in the manipulation were former army chief General (retd) Mirza Aslam Beg, former Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief Lieutenant General (retd) Asad Durrani, Brig (retd) Hameed Saeed Akhtar, andRead More


1200 Corruption Cases: Chairman NAB Directs Officials to Pursue All References in Accountability Courts

The anti-graft body has established 55 thousands Character Building Societies of students throughout the country JUN 12, 2018 — Pursuing policy of zero tolerance for corruption and misuse of authority, Chairman National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Justice (Retd) Javed Iqbal has directed officials to diligently pursue the 1200 corruption references currently under trial in respective Accountability Courts across the country. The 72-year-old former judge of Supreme Court has also directed NAB Lahore to complete 155 inquiries, 49 investigations, Karachi to complete 160 inquiries, 123 investigations, NAB Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to complete 79Read More