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Saturday, June 30th, 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