Daily Archives: September 22, 2018

Fuel import bill surges 30pc


September 22, 2018

ISLAMABAD: The country’s oil import bill rose by 30.08 per cent year-on-year to $2.64 billion in the first two months of FY19 whereas machinery imports registered a 19.2pc decline to $1.6bn, showed data released by Pakistan Bureau of Statistics. Barring petroleum and agriculture products, almost all of the groups in the imports table posted negative growth. Consequently, total import bill …

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Hasan Ali, Afghanistan’s Asghar and Rashid fined for misconduct in Asia Cup match


September 22, 2018

Pakistan pacer Hasan Ali and Afghanistan’s Asghar Afghan and Rashid Khan were all fined 15 per cent of their match fees for violations of the ICC Code of Conduct, the International Cricket Council said on Saturday. All three players also received one demerit point each for breaching Level 1 of the code of conduct in separate incidents during last night’s Super-Four match …

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Former French president fuels Rafale fighter jet controversy in India


September 22, 2018

Former French president Francois Hollande has fuelled controversy over India’s multi-billion-dollar 2016 purchase of 36 Rafale fighter jets, saying that France was given no choice on the Indian partner for manufacturer Dassault. His comments on Friday stoked debate over a subject which has gained significant traction in India in recent weeks, since the opposition Congress party accused Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi …

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Vatican announces historic China accord to appoint bishops


September 22, 2018

The Vatican announced on Saturday it had reached an historic accord with China on the appointment of bishops in the Communist country which has so far named its own officials to a sole Beijing-recognised Catholic church. The agreement follows “a gradual and reciprocal rapprochement (and) has been agreed following a long process of careful negotiation and foresees the possibility of …

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Tanzania ferry disaster toll passes 200


September 22, 2018

The death toll from a crowded ferry capsizing in Lake Victoria rose to more than 200 Saturday, with scores of victims identified by grieving relatives, as rescuers found one lucky survivor from the disaster. Divers continued their grim search in the waters around the upturned hull watched by anxious crowds gathered just metres away on the shore of Ukara Island, …

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New bombshell revives debate on Trump fitness for office


September 22, 2018

Donald Trump faced a new challenge to his authority on Friday after US media reported that his deputy attorney general had discussed ways to force him from office on grounds of incompetence, just months into his presidency. In the latest bombshell to rock the troubled administration, The New York Times and The Washington Post reported that Rod Rosenstein in May 2017 had suggested secretly …

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We are ready for war, but choose to walk path of peace: Pakistan Army


September 22, 2018

Moments after Times of India reported inflammatory statements by Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat on Saturday, the Pakistan Army spokesperson responded by saying: “We [Pakistan Army] are ready for war but choose to walk the path of peace in the interest of the people of Pakistan, the neighbours and the region”. These remarks were made by Director General of Inter-Services Public Relations …

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Accountability court issues arrest warrants for MQM’s Babar Ghauri in KPT corruption case


September 22, 2018

An accountability court on Saturday issued non-bailable arrest warrants for Muttahida Qaumi Move­ment-Pakistan (MQM-P) leader Babar Ghauri in a reference pertaining to Rs2.8 billion corruption in the Karachi Port Trust (KPT). NAB has alleged in the reference — filed on the Sindh High Court’s orders — that eight men, including Ghouri, in connivance with each other had illegally regularised 940 …

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Karachi police to replace SMGs with revolvers for officials on patrol, escort and picket duty


September 22, 2018

Karachi police chief AIG Amir Ahmed Shaikh on Saturday conveyed the department’s decision to replace Kalashnikovs/sub-machine guns (SMG) with pistols and revolvers for officers performing patrol, escort or picket duties. The decision follows the death of 10-year-old Amal Umer in an encounter between police and robbers in Karachi’s Defence area last month causing outrage across the country. According to a notification issued …

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7 soldiers martyred in crossfire with militants in North Waziristan, says ISPR


September 22, 2018

The military’s media wing reported on Saturday that seven soldiers including a captain embraced martyrdom in an exchange of fire with militants during an intelligence-based operation in North Waziristan. A statement issued by the Inter-Services Public relations said that a group of “terrorists was reported to have infiltrated from across and was hiding in a compound” in Gharlamai area of North Waziristan. …

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