Overseas Pakistanis iVoting Could Herald Change in Polls Calculus

AUG 31, 2018: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Thursday okayed the use of i-voting system by overseas Pakistanis in the upcoming by-polls after the Supreme Court ruled that the system was ready for use. According to the ECP, the by-polls will be held on National Assembly’s 11 and provincial assemblies’ 26 constituencies. If […]

Indian Rupee Hits Record Low Vs. Dollar On Rising Oil Prices

A cheaper rupee could increase India’s crude oil bill by as much as US$26 billion in the financial year 2018/19, ending March 2019 AUG 31, 2018: India’s currency, the rupee, hit a new record low against the U.S. dollar on Thursday on the back of rising oil prices, end-month demand for dollars, and concerns about […]

Turkey Rushes to Buy Russia’s Highly-Sophisticated Air Defense System

AUG 31, 2018: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday said Turkey will buy some of Russia’s highly-sophisticated air defense systems “in the shortest time” – a purchase that has alarmed Ankara’s NATO partners — including the US. “Turkey needs S-400s and its deal has been done,” Erdogan said in the western city of Balikesir. “God […]

Held Kashmir Shuts Down Ahead of Indian Supreme Court Hearing on Region’s Autonomy

AUG 30, 2018: A general strike and curfew brought Indian-occupied Kashmir to a standstill Thursday ahead of a landmark Indian Supreme Court hearing centered on the region’s autonomy. Separatist leaders have threatened major protests if the Supreme Court annuls a constitutional provision that bars Indians from outside occupied-Kashmir from buying land or seeking government jobs […]

Russia to Supply Radar for Protecting Karachi Nuclear Plant

AUG 30, 2018: Russia will supply a civilian radar station to Pakistan to protect facilities of the nuclear power plant in Karachi, report TASS News Agency quoting the press office of RTI hi-tech company on Thursday. “A memorandum of cooperation in the field of organizing the delivery of the civilian radar Surok was signed at […]

President Mamnoon Hussain Says Can’t Provide Relief to Nawaz Sharif

AUG 30, 2018: President Mamnoon Hussain on Wednesday said he can’t provide the desired “relief” to former premier Nawaz Sharif and can only meet him in Adiala jail after retirement, reports Pakistan Defence website citing local TV outlet ARY News. Talking to reporters in London, the president said people can object if they want but […]

India’s Oil Appetite is Growing, And Its Refineries Can’t Keep Up

AUG 28, 2018 (BE2C2): India will pass China by the middle of the next decade as the country with the biggest appetite for oil and its refineries can’t keep up, Wood Mackenzie found. The world renowned energy consulting group expects India will pass China as the country with the largest demand for oil by 2024, […]

NAB Probing 70 Politicians For Alleged ‘Corruption, Misuse of Authority, Living Beyond Known Means’

AUG 28, 2018: The country’s premier investigation agency against corruption, misuse of authority and living beyond known means is currently holding inquiries and investigations against hundreds of people including 70 politicians, 121 businessmen and 210 government officers of grade-20 and above, the Senate was told on Tuesday. The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) is conducting the […]

Dr. Shireen Mazari Reminds Human Rights Watch Of Their ‘Selective’ Oversight

AUG 28, 2018: Minister for Human Rights Dr Shireen Mazari on Tuesday issued a strong rebuke to the Human Rights Watch (HRW) for writing to Prime Minister Imran Khan and asking him to address “serious human rights challenges” faced by Pakistan. In a letter made public on Monday, HRW Asia Director Brad Adams had asked […]

Rs35Bn Money Laundering Probe Yields 400 Beneficiaries From Fake Accounts Transactions

AUG 28, 2018: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) report on money laundering probe submitted to Supreme Court of Pakistan today lists over 400 individuals including politicians and bureaucrats having benefited from the the scam including former President and PPP Co-Chairperson Asif Ali Zardari and his siter Faryal Talpur. According to local media outlet Geo, the […]

Israel Developing Precision Missiles to Hit Anywhere in the Middle East

AUG 28, 2018: Israel is working on a new missile system capable of hitting targets anywhere in the Middle East, Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Monday. State-owned arms manufacturer Israel Military Industries (IMI) would deliver “within a few years” an advanced integrated system “allowing precise hits by remote launching”, he said in a statement. […]

Dubai Is Now Buyer’s and Tenant’s Market, Property Stats Show

AUG 28, 2018 (BE2C2 Report): Dubai has seen prices softening since 2015. As a result, we believe we must be close to the bottom of the market, therefore this is an excellent time to invest. What seems to have dragged down the property selling and renting prices are a mixed bag of local and international […]

Nepal Plane Crash That Killed 51 People Caused By ‘Emotionally Disturbed’ Captain

Abid Sultan was smoking, crying and talking continuously before crash that killed 51, leaked official report finds AUG 28, 2018: A plane crash at Nepal’s international airport that killed 51 people happened because the captain suffered an “emotional breakdown”, a leaked draft of the official investigation has found. Investigators said the captain, Abid Sultan, wept […]

11 Pakistani Companies Participating in Foodex Saudi 2018

AUG 27, 2018 (BE2C2): Jeddah will host on Nov. 12-15 the 6th edition of ‘Foodex Saudi’, in which 11 Pakistani companies will showcase their products among 600 international brands from more than 32 countries to attract influential Saudi food importers, distributors, and investors. Shahzad Ahmad Khan, commercial consul in Jeddah of the Republic of Pakistan, […]

Air Pollution Is ‘Reducing Life Expectancy In South Asia –By More Than 1.5 Yrs’

AUG 27, 2018 (BE2C2 Report): For the first time scientists have analyzed the effects of air pollution on life expectancy across Earth’s entire human population. The new research suggests particulate emissions shorten human lives by more than a year. The research on impact of air pollution — both outside and inside houses — on life […]

Austerity Drive Continues: No First-Class Air Travel Luxury For PM, President, Govt. Officials

AUG 26, 2018: The newly-elected PTI-led coalition government at the Center has banned the discretionary use of state funds and first-class air travel by officials and leaders, including the president and the prime minister. The decisions were taken at a Cabinet meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan. “It has been decided that all the […]

China, Russia to Hold Nuclear War Games For First Time

AUG 25, 2018: Russia and China will hold a large-scale military exercise next month that will include simulated nuclear weapons attacks, according to FreeBeacon citing American defense officials. Separately, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) is conducting a mega anti-terror drill in Russia aimed at expanding cooperation among the member countries to deal with the growing […]

Erdogan Calls For Turks to Unite Against Attacks on Economy

AUG 25, 2018: The commitment and determination of Turks is the guarantee needed to combat attacks on Turkey’s economy, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday, while casting the currency crisis as no different from attacks on Turkey’s flag or call to prayer. It was Erdogan’s first comments on the currency crisis in days. Turkey’s lira […]

Saudi Aramco IPO Plan Halted, Oil Giant Disbands Advisors

Saudi economy overall has turned a corner due to higher oil revenue and other reforms that involve boosting non-oil revenue AUG 24, 2018: Saudi Arabia has called off both the domestic and international stock listing of state oil giant Aramco, billed as the biggest such deal in history, four senior industry sources told Reuters. The […]