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FIFA mission to Pakistan postponed till May


April 11, 2019

KARACHI: The April talks have now been delayed till May, and they will only prolong the football crisis in Pakistan. The joint FIFA/AFC fact-finding mission to Pakistan, that was due to come later this month to meet with the stakeholders and decide on a way forward to extricate the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) out of the situation it finds itself …

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Prince Harry and Oprah Winfrey are making a documentary series about mental health


April 11, 2019

Oprah Winfrey and Britain’s Prince Harry have teamed up to produce an Apple documentary next year aimed at raising awareness of mental health. Harry, who revealed he had come very close to a breakdown after the death of his mother Princess Diana when he was 12, has made mental health campaigning one of his priorities. Also read: Prince Harry ‘really regrets’ …

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How Narendra Modi tapped into Bollywood’s star power for his re-election campaign


April 11, 2019

Early this year, a dozen of Bollywood’s biggest names took a private jet from India’s film capital of Mumbai to New Delhi for a private audience with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Subsequently, actor Ranveer Singh, who has nearly 22 million followers on Instagram, posted a smiling picture of himself hugging Modi, with a caption expressing his “joy” at the encounter, …

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FPCCI slams govt mismanagement, demands restraints on FIA, NAB


April 11, 2019

KARACHI: The Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) has asked the government to check the highhandedness of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) acting against businesses. The apex trade body also demanded a reduction of sales tax from the current 17 per cent to 13pc in the next fiscal year’s budget to …

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Meltdown continues as KSE-Index sinks to three-year low


April 11, 2019

KARACHI: The stock market is in the third year of losses as the prices of shares all across the board fall like ninepins. On Wednesday, the meltdown continued with the KSE-Index sinking by 550 points, dragging the index to settle at the end of day’s trading at three-year low 36,579 points. From its peak on May 25, 2017 at 53,124 …

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Asad meets World Bank president, US treasury secretary


April 11, 2019

WASHINGTON: Finance Minister Asad Umar on Wednesday met the World Bank Group President David R Malpass and senior officials of the Inter­national Monetary Fund on Wednesday as part of an effort to seek a three-year bailout package. The finance minister, who reached Washington on Tuesday, said at a news briefing in Islamabad last week that he hopes to finalise the …

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Foreign journalists given access to madressah near site of Balakot strike


April 11, 2019

A group of international journalists, mostly based in India, as well as the ambassadors and defence attachés of various countries on Wednesday visited the impact site of the Feb 26 Indian airspace violation near Jabba, Balakot, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the media wing of the Pakistani military, announced late evening. Director General (DG) ISPR Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor briefed the delegation on …

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Sudan rally organisers urge Khartoum residents to throng protest


April 11, 2019

  Organisers of nationwide protests against Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir called on Khartoum residents on Thursday to mass at army headquarters as state media said the army would make an “important statement”. “We call on our people from across the Khartoum capital and the region around to immediately go to the sit-in area and not leave from there until our …

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EU gives Britain six-month delay to Brexit date


April 11, 2019

European leaders agreed with Britain on Thursday to delay Brexit by up to six months, saving the continent from what could have been a chaotic no-deal departure at the end of the week. The deal struck during late night talks in Brussels means that, if London remains in the EU after May 22, British voters will have to take part in European …

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