Daily Archives: September 18, 2018

Cake will be submitted for Oscar consideration


September 18, 2018

Arguably one of the best Pakistani movies of recent times, it’s no surprise that Cake may find itself in the running for an Oscar. The Pakistani Academy Selection Committee, chaired by two-time Academy Award and Emmy winning documentary filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, has selected Cake to be submitted for Oscar consideration in the ‘Foreign Language Film Award’ category at the 91st Academy Awards. The committee …

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Girl killed in crossfire during Karachi ‘encounter’ died due to shot fired by police, admits DIG South


September 18, 2018

Karachi Police on Saturday admitted that the 10-year old girl who was shot dead during a police encounter with robbers in Defence on August 13, was killed by police fire. Speaking at a press conference, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) South Javed Alam Odho confirmed that it was a bullet fired by a policeman that led to the unintentional death of 10-year-old Amal …

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CJP takes notice of 10-year-old girl’s death in Karachi police ‘encounter’


September 18, 2018

Chief Justice Saqib Nisar on Tuesday took notice of the death of 10-year-old girl Amal Umer, who had reportedly been shot by policemen during an alleged encounter in Karachi last month. The CJP’s notice comes days after Amal’s mother Beenish Umer’s account of the incident . The suo motu notice concerns the “irresponsible firing” by the police as well as the “failure …

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ension of aid not a ‘life or death situation’ for Pakistan, says navy chief in Washington


September 18, 2018

Pakistan Navy Chief Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi on Monday said that India’s sea-based nuclear weapon initiative had compelled Pakistan to take steps for maintaining strategic balance in the region. Talking to media persons at the Pakistan Embassy in Washington, Admiral Abbasi, who is visiting US to attend an international sea-powers symposium, rejected the “myth” that Pakistan was seeking strategic depth …

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Murad Ali Shah advises federal govt to come out from its ‘jalsa mode’


September 18, 2018

Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah on Tuesday said that the federal government was in dire need of “switching from the present jalsa mode to government mode”, as decisions such as awarding citizenship and undertaking garbage disposal work cannot be announced in public gatherings. The chief minister’s remarks came during a post-budget press conference held in Karachi, a day after …

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2 Levies personnel martyred in Balochistan’s Killa Saifullah district


September 18, 2018

Two Levies personnel were martyred and another injured when unidentified armed men opened fire at the security officials in Balochistan’s Killa Saifullah district on Tuesday evening, According to the Levies officials, the incident occurred at Junction Chowk area of Killa Saifullah. The martyred soldiers, identified as Munir and Akram, died on the spot and their bodies were shifted to District …

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Hong Kong fall short of victory, put up brave fight against India


September 18, 2018

Hong Kong fell short of a victory it came close to tasting in their Asia Cup Group A match against India in Dubai on Tuesday. India survived the scare against Hong Kong after Shikhar Dhawan’s hundred as they battled their way to a 26-run win over the minnows. Chasing a big 286-run target, Hong Kong gave their illustrious opponents a …

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Wapda, Chinese firm to refurbish Mangla with Rs1.68bn


September 18, 2018

LAHORE: A Chinese company has been awarded Rs1.68 billion for Mangla Refurbishment Project (Package-9) by Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda) on Monday. A contract was signed between the two companies. Wapda is implementing Mangla Refurbishment Project with an approved PC-I cost of Rs52.224bn. The project, on its completion, will enhance generation capacity of the existing Mangla Hydel Power Station …

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Emerging market currency crisis could cause recession


September 18, 2018

LONDON: Emerging market investors are trying to gauge whether a currency crisis and the steep interest rate hikes being used to fight it could turn into a broader slowdown and even recession. On Thursday, Turkey’s central bank attempted to draw a line under a lira collapse of almost 40 per cent this year by hiking interest rates more than 6 …

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Saudi sovereign fund invests $1bn in US electric car firm


September 18, 2018

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund invested over $1 billion Monday in an American electric car manufacturer just weeks after Tesla CEO Elon Musk earlier claimed the kingdom would help his own firm go private. Tesla stock dropped Monday on reaction to the news, the same day that the Saudi fund announced it had taken its first loan, an $11bn …

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