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Thursday, June 21st, 2018


Saudi King Sends 150 Tons of Dates As ‘Gift’ To Pakistanis, Backs Ceasefire in Afghanistan

JUN 21, 2018: Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz has sent a gift of 150 tons of dates to the people of Pakistan. Saudi Ambassador Nawaf Saeed bin Al-Malkiy handed over the gift to Pakistani officials, Radio Pakistan reported. The dates would be distributed among deserving people of Pakistan, said Joint Secretary Cabinet Division. Saudi Arabia backs cease-fire in Afghanistan, suggesting new role in quest for peace The Kingdom has thrown its weight behind the Afghan government’s attempts to kindle a peace process with the Taliban, reflecting growing international pressure toRead More

Turkish Pop Singer Hacer Tulu Shot Dead At Aegean Resort Nightclub

JUN 21, 2018: Turkish pop singer Hacer Tulu and a businessman were shot dead at a nightclub in the popular Aegean resort of Bodrum early on Thursday, reports said. An assailant or assailants opened fire on businessman Mehmet Ali Surensoy, who runs nightclubs in Bodrum and Istanbul, outside the Medusa club in the Gumbet district west of the town center, the Dogan news agency said. The club is popular with Western tourists. Tulu, 40, who was at the nightclub at the time of the shooting just before dawn, was alsoRead More

First Lady Melania Trump Makes Surprise Visit to US-Mexico Border

Trump backtracks and signs executive order to stop separating families JUN 21, 2018: First lady Melania Trump touched down in McAllen, Texas, Thursday, making an unannounced trip to get a first-hand look at the crisis affecting immigrant families at the US border. Ms. Trump’s dash comes as President Trump, facing an avalanche of outrage, on Wednesday signed an executive order to stop more migrant children from being separated from their parents at the southern border. “We’re signing an executive order. I consider it to be a very important executive order.Read More

PIA Selects All-Women Crew for ‘Difficult’ Flight to Gilgit, Made a Smooth Take-Off, Flight And Landing

“My daughter flew with this Captain and was full of praise for the smooth take-off, flight and landing” JUN 21, 2018 (Updated): Social media on Thursday hit a new chatter level in Pakistan with a picture of two female pilots, Captain Maryam Masood and First Officer Shumaila Mazhar, taken before the duo flew the national carrier all the way to Gilgit – the capital city of Gilgit-Baltistan located in a broad valley near the confluence of Gilgit River and Hunza River. According to Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), the flight toRead More

Trump, Putin Historic Summit In The Works: Won’t Be a “Nixon to China” Moment

JUN 21, 2018: President Trump seems to be gearing up for a major summit with Russian president Vladimir Putin amid fraying ties with America’s traditional allies and has apparently worried European leaders. Two dates are said to be under consideration: either before the Nato summit beginning on 11 July in Brussels, or after the president’s UK visit two days later. One of the more likely locations is Vienna. On Thursday, the Kremlin said it was “aware” of a forthcoming Moscow visit by the White House’s national security adviser, John Bolton.Read More

Adding Dollars And Sense To Narratives On Pak Economy’s Fundamentals

IRSHAD SALIM (JUN 21, 2018): Three major concurring events over the past several months in a cause-and-effect relationship are simultaneously touching the economic fundamentals of the country: A) Sharp increase in import bills; B) Slowdown in overseas Pakistanis remittances; and C) Payback of loans and interest payments to IMF. Pakistan relies heavily on imported fuel oil, which comes to almost one-fourth of annual imports; there has been insignificant increase in workers’ remittances; non-oil import bills have risen sharply while export revenue has not met the target — meanwhile,  mandatory externalRead More