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Trolls attacking Varun Dhawan’s girlfriend Natasha Dalal hurt him the most


April 9, 2019

Bollywood actors despite hailing from a picture perfect world with glamour and fame, have to deal with their fair share of problems convoying as well that come as part of the package. Megastar Varun Dhawan stepped forward voicing his concerns against the lines that most of his fans unconcernedly cross adding that the remarks that hurt him the most were …

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Alia Bhatt breaks silence over criticism on pairing with Salman Khan


April 9, 2019

Famed Indian actress Alia Bhatt has responded to critics slamming her over pairing with Salman Khan who is 27 years senior to her. Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s upcoming project ‘Inshaallah’ since its announcement has received mixed responses over Alia’s pairing with Salman Khan. While some fans have expressed happiness, others have criticised them Alia and Salman’s age gap. A user wrote …

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Islamic banking profit soars 48pc


April 9, 2019

KARACHI: Profits of the Islamic banking industry increased by 48 per cent during the quarter Oct-Dec 2018, a report issued by the State Bank said on Monday. “Profit before tax of Islamic banking industry was recorded at Rs34 billion by end December, 2018 compared to Rs23bn in the same quarter last year,” according to SBP’s Islamic Banking Bulletin. The report …

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Sindh, Punjab yet to submit wheat procurement targets


April 9, 2019

ISLAMABAD: The Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of the Cabinet on Monday directed the Ministry of National Food Security to take practical measures to arrest the current spike in food inflation. With a view to fixing the wheat procurement targets and financial requirements to this effect, the food ministry had convened a meeting of the Wheat Review Committee in February, which …

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Trade deficit dips 14pc to $23.4bn in nine months


April 9, 2019

ISLAMABAD: The government’s battle against bloated trade deficit is finally bearing fruit as it shrank by 14 per cent to $23.45 billion in the first nine months of the current fiscal year from $27.29bn in the corresponding period last year. The decline in deficit — down $3.84bn in the July-March period — is estimated to be in the range of …

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PBS updates method to calculate inflation


April 9, 2019

ISLAMABAD: The Governing Council of Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) on Monday approved the much-awaited new inflation rebasing mechanism for mapping the consumption of arrival of new products in urban and rural areas of the country. Currently, the PBS measures prices of 487 items collected from 76 markets in 40 cities across Pakistan, representing only the urban consumption basket at …

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In last round with IMF, Asad sees growth, stability


April 9, 2019

ISLAMABAD: Finance Minister Asad Umar on Monday announced the government’s strategy to deliver on Medium Term Economic Framework (MTEF 2019-2023) targets to be finalised by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) later this month. Read: Editorial: Asad Umar must ensure that revenue measures don’t put brakes on economy The “economic growth rate would be the highest in 2023 compared to last 15 …

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Chappell rates Australia among joint-favourites


April 9, 2019

MUMBAI: Former Australian captain Ian Chappell believes his country’s recent revival and the impending return of Steve Smith and David Warner ensures they are ‘joint-favourites’ to win this summer’s World Cup. Australia endured a dismal year on and off the field following the ball-tampering scandal that resulted in 12-month bans for former captain Smith and opening batsman Warner. But Aaron …

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Hot English summer to help Asian teams: Pietersen


April 9, 2019

MUMBAI: The English weather will play a major role during the World Cup and teams from the Indian subcontinent stand to gain if hot and dry conditions prevail during the May 30-July 14 tournament, former captain Kevin Pietersen has said. England, which last hosted the quadrennial showpiece in 1999, has witnessed more batsmen-friendly conditions in recent past with scores of …

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City, Liverpool look to balance CL aspirations with EPL title race


April 9, 2019

PARIS: Just like last season, Manchester City come up against a Premier League rival in the Champions League quarter-finals. Different this time are not only the opponents Tottenham Hotspur rather than Liverpool but also the surroundings. City will be Tottenham’s second opponents in their new 62,000-capacity stadium in north London for the first leg on Tuesday. “I don’t care about …

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