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American Business Council delegation calls on PM Abbasi

A delegation of American Business Council called on Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi at Prime Minister’s Office today. Mr. Kamran Nishat, President American Business Council, briefed the Prime Minister about the Council and its contribution towards promoting businesses and investment in Pakistan. The delegation appreciated the steps taken by the present government towards improving law & order and putting in …

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Putin admits he does not have a smartphone

MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that he still does not have a smartphone, after revealing last year that he has no interest in joining any social media networks. At a meeting with scientists and academics, Putin made the admission in response to a speech by Mikhail Kovalchuk, head of the Kurchatov nuclear research institute, while travelling in Siberia …

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Vaping may boost pneumonia risk: study

PARIS: Vaping may help pneumonia-causing bacteria stick to cells lining the airways, likely boosting disease risk, researchers said Thursday. A study published in the European Respiratory Journal did not directly compare vaping´s effect to that of smoking tobacco cigarettes. But the findings did suggest that users of electronic cigarettes may be at higher risk of lung infection than people who …

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Twitter delivers boost to shares in first-ever quarterly profit

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Twitter on Thursday reported its first-ever quarterly profit, delivering a boost to shares of the social network which has been lagging for years against fast-growing rivals. The San Francisco-based messaging service said it earned $91 million in the fourth quarter, the first positive net income since going public in 2013. Revenue was up two percent from a …

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Samsung chairman named as suspect in $7.5 million tax evasion case

SEOUL (Reuters) – Samsung Electronics’ ailing chairman, Lee Kun-hee, was named by South Korean police on Thursday as a suspect in an 8.2 billion won ($7.5 million) tax evasion case that involved the use of bank accounts held by employees. A series of scandals have dogged the family of Samsung, the country’s biggest business empire. The chairman’s son Jay Y. …

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Russian watchdog says to examine Facebook in second half

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian communications watchdog Roskomnadzor said on Thursday it would carry out an audit into Facebook’s compliance with Russian legislation in the second half of the year. Alexander Zharov, head of Roskomnadzor, met Facebook executives in Moscow on Thursday to discuss the company’s compliance with Russian law, the watchdog said in a statement.

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Robin Williams’ death linked to rise in copycat suicides

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Suicide rates in the United States spiked almost 10 percent following the death in 2014 of actor Robin Williams, and spiked even more among men and those who ended their lives, like Williams, by suffocation, according to a study published on Wednesday. The study, published in the scientific journal PLOS One, found that in the five …

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David Beckham stars in short film to tell world “Malaria must die”

(Thomson Reuters Foundation) – British soccer legend David Beckham put his star-power to use on Wednesday in a bid to reinvigorate the fight against malaria under the slogan “Malaria must die – so millions can live”. The retired athlete joined ranks in a campaign by Malaria No More UK, a British charity, to star in a short film in which …

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After Padmaavat, film made on Queen of Jhansi’s life faces opposition in India

Another Bollywood film seems to have fallen prey to the wrath of extremist Hindu groups in India after the Padmavat fiasco. Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi, starring Kangana Ranaut as the queen, is facing allegations of “distorting” history and having objectionable scenes involving Kangana, India Today reported. The film is based on the life of Rani Laxmibai and shows the …

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Virat Kohli, Ranveer Singh react to Anushka’s horror ‘Pari’ teaser

After an agonising wait, the makers of Anushka Sharma-starrer ‘Pari’ have released a spooky teaser of the film, and it’s enough to chill your bones. The horror teaser also scared fellow Bollywood star Ranveer Singh out of his wits, as seen from his comments on Anushka’s Instagram post. Pari is Anushka Sharma’s third production with her company Clean Slate Films. …

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