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Taking Out of ‘Mullah Radio’ By U.S. With Drone Strike: It Took Two To Tango

IRSHAD SALIM (JUN 15, 2018): Media reports say a US drone targeted and killed the outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) leader Mullah Fazlullah in the Afghan province of Kunar straddling Pakistan’s western border. Fazlullah and his commanders were having an Iftar party at a compound when a remotely piloted US aircraft targeted them, The Express Tribune has reported citing sources. Four other TTP commanders who have been identified as Abu Bakar, Umar, Imran and Sajid were killed, it said. The report comes amid a seven-day ceasefire between the Afghan Taliban andRead More


Former FBI Director Comey Broke Protocol In Clinton Emails Probe: IG Report

JUN 14, 2018: Former FBI Director James Comey broke from usual procedures in his handling of an investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails, but his actions weren’t politically motivated, the Justice Department’s Inspector General said in a long-awaited report Thursday. The 500-page report details ways in which Comey broke with protocol in the Clinton investigation and messages from FBI personnel opposed to President Donald Trump. According to the report, Comey used a personal Gmail account for official government business while FBI director, after leading the investigation intoRead More


Abraaj Facing BCCI Scenario, Files For Provisional Liquidation in Cayman Islands

JUN 14, 2018 — Abraaj, the Middle East’s biggest private equity firm which made its mark investing in high risk regions including Iran and Pakistan, has filed a petition in the Cayman Islands, asking the court to appoint PwC as provisional liquidators for the embattled company. “The appointment of provisional liquidators imposes a moratorium on the enforcement of all unsecured claims against the company, allowing time for a proposal to be put to creditors for the orderly restructuring of the company,” it said in a statement. The move is toRead More


World Bank Funding $125M For Morocco’s 800MW Solar (PV, CSP Combination) Project

Solar Projects Are Providing Opportunities for Women in Morocco JUN 14, 2018 — The World Bank announced on Monday that it had approved $125 million in additional financing for the development and construction of the Noor-Midelt I and II solar power plants in Morocco, a combination solar concentrated solar power (CSP) and Photovoltaic (PV) project which will have a total capacity of between 600 to 800 megawatts (MW). The financial support is designed to aid Morocco’s adoption of innovative solar technology such as concentrated solar power (CSP) technology. Morocco alreadyRead More


Shiv Sena Activists Tell ‘Traitor’ Priyanka Chopra to ‘Go to Pakistan’

JUN 14, 2018 — Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra has recently been a victim of the outrage of Indian extremists. She has been doing a TV show series in America for quite a long time now, and has earned a lot of appreciation for it as well. Recently, an episode of Quantico was aired, in which a group of Indians can be seen plotting a terrorist attack in New York City, just before an Indo-Pak Summit. The twist here is that the attack which is being plotted by Indians is goingRead More


Elections 2018: Caretaker Govt to Deploy Army For July 25 Polls Security

JUN 14, 2018 — The caretaker government on Thursday decided to deploy army troops for security during the planned July 25 parliamentary elections. The Election Commission of Pakistan in a high level meeting in capital Islamabad approved army personnel deployment both inside and outside polling stations to ensure security during general elections. Chief Election Commissioner Sardar Muhammad Raza Khan had called the meeting to review security arrangements for the elections of the National Assembly and four provincial assemblies, a spokesman for the commission said. It was also decided that securityRead More


Rising Kashmir Editor Shujaat Bukhari Known as ‘Voice of Sanity’ Gunned Down in Srinagar

Indian Army Chief says peace should be given a chance, stresses on talks JUN 14, 2018 — In a major blow to freedom of press in occupied Kashmir, unidentified attackers on Thursday gunned down senior journalist and Rising Kashmir Editor-in-chief Shujaat Bukhari in Srinagar. It was not immediately clear as to how many gunmen attacked Bukhari, who earlier worked with The Hindu newspaper as its Kashmir correspondent. Bukhari was instrumental in organizing several conferences for peace in the Kashmir Valley and was known as ‘voice of sanity’ in the occupiedRead More


2018 Elections: Nomination Paper Disclosures, Defaulters, Etc.

JUN 14, 2018 — Former federal railways minister and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) stalwart Saad Rafique on Thursday disclosed his second marriage with PTV news anchor Dr Shafaq Hira, after keeping it a secret for over two years. According to reports, Rafique mentioned news anchor Dr Shafaq Hira as his second wife, along with mentioning his first wife Ghazala in the nomination papers submitted before the returning officer for elections 2018. The reports about the secret marriage of Saad and Hira emerged in 2016 following which his first wife hadRead More


Putin Tells Russian Women They Can Date World Cup Tourists

JUN 14, 2018: Russian president Vladimir Putin has dismissed calls for Russian women to refrain from sleeping with World Cup tourists. Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters: ‘As for Russian women, they can, perhaps, decide it on their own. They are the best women in whole world.’ He was responding to a sex ban call by Communist MP Tamara Pletnyova, 70, who said she hoped women would not date visiting fans and get pregnant. But as controversy raged over Pletnyova’s remarks, the deputy prime minister in Kaliningrad – where EnglandRead More


Nepal PM Visiting China For BRI Projects As Beijing Proposes India-Nepal-China Corridor Through Himalayas

IRSHAD SALIM (Jun 14, 2018): Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli is embarking on a five-day official visit to China on June 19 as Beijing looks to deepening ties with Nepal with deals under its flagship Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and ‘trilateral connectivity” with India eventually. The geme-changing visit is taking place at the invitation of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and less than two months after Nepalese Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali held talks with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in Beijing. “Let me say China and Nepal have agreedRead More


Musharraf Placed In Catch 22, Ordered to Appear in Supreme Court By Noon Today

JUN 14, 2018: Former president Pervez Musharraf has submitted nomination papers from three constituencies to contest elections on July 25 for a National Assembly seat. However, the former military ruler has decided not to appear before the Supreme Court, a private news channel reported citing sources. The apex court has made his physical appearance in court to defend himself against treason charges condition precedent for filing nomination papers. The former military ruler’s papers were submitted on Monday for NA-1 (Chitral), NA-188 (Layyah) and NA-247 (Karachi), according to an All PakistanRead More


Eight-in-Ten U.S. Muslims Say They Fast During Ramadan (17 To 18 Hrs In Summer)

AYSHA HUSAIN (JUN 13, 2018): Muslims around the world are marking the holy month of Ramadan by fasting from sunrise to sunset in order to focus on their spiritual life and get closer to God. In the United States, the vast majority of Muslims are also observing Ramadan, with eight-in-ten saying they fast during the holy month — in summer fasting could be as long as 16 to 17 hours. This Ramadan, the average daily fasting duration in New York city, is 16.5 hours with less or more similar durationRead More


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


Kim Flew In For Summit With Trump On Chinese Plane, in Victory For Xi

JUN 12, 2018 — Two days after arriving in Singapore, North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un shook hands on Tuesday with US President Donald Trump at the start of their momentous US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Singapore’s Sentosa island — both leaders made history as the world waits for the their meet that could determine historic peace or raise the specter of a growing nuclear threat. Trump had said the two would have a “great discussion” and Kim saying they had overcome “obstacles” to get to thisRead More