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CTD Punjab ‘breaks’ TTP, Hizbul Ahrar network


September 18, 2018

LAHORE: The Counter Terrorism Department, Punjab, claimed to have neutralised a network of Tehrik Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and Hizbul Ahrar (HuA) which had carried out terror attacks in various provinces of the country. The law-enforcement agencies (LEAs) saved Rawalpindi from a tragedy by arresting the suspected terrorists who were set to launch a suicide attack on the bus of an …

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Contempt plea filed against Iesco for providing connections without NOC


September 18, 2018

ISLAMABAD: The Capital Development Authority (CDA) has filed a contempt petition against the Islamabad Electric Supply Company (Iesco) for violating court orders and providing new connections without the mandatory no-objection certificate (NOC) from the civic agency. Last year, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) while deciding on 14 identical petitions had made the NOC from the CDA mandatory for new utility …

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PTI nominates Dr Shahzad Waseem for Senate seat in Punjab


September 18, 2018

ISLAMABAD: PTI on Monday issued its party ticket to former minister of state Dr Shahzad Waseem for contesting the upcoming by-election on a vacant Senate seat from Punjab. The seat became vacant last week when PTI’s Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar resigned before taking charge as governor Punjab. The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) is yet to announce the schedule for the …

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Law enforcement agencies failed to take action against drug dealers, senators allege


September 18, 2018

ISLAMABAD: Senators from the Balochistan National Party-Mengal (BNP-M) and Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) have alleged that law enforcement organisations do not act against notorious drug dealers and that drug money “was used in the elections”. The senators made the allegations during Monday’s meeting of the Senate Functional Committee on Human Rights, which was chaired by PPP Senator Mustafa Nawaz …

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IHC to take up PTI foreign funding case today


September 18, 2018

ISLAMABAD: As the Islamabad High Court (IHC) takes up the PTI foreign funding case today (Tuesday), the Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) scrutiny committee has yet to finalise the examination of PTI’s bank statements and submit its findings to the commission. The committee was formed on March 27 this year to examine the PTI’s foreign funding accounts and submit its …

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Govt to conduct heritage audit, uplift sites


September 18, 2018

ISLAMABAD: The government is planning on doing a heritage audit and analysis of all the national heritage sites and buildings in the country to assess their condition. Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood, who holds additional charge as heritage minister, told a Chinese delegation on Monday that the government will also be investing in these sites in order to make them tourist …

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PHC suspends conviction by military court


September 18, 2018

PESHAWAR: A Peshawar High Court bench on Monday stayed execution of an alleged militant and suspended the sentence of death awarded to him by a military court on account of his involvement in multiple acts of terrorism. Justice Ikramullah Khan and Justice Ayub Khan issued notices to the respondents including the interior secretary and head of Kohat internment centre seeking …

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UK PM tells rebels: It’s my Brexit deal or no deal


September 18, 2018

LONDON: Prime Minister Theresa May told rebels in her divided party that if they torpedoed her Brexit deal then the United Kingdom would leave the EU without any agreement, a scenario the IMF said would make the country much poorer. The United Kingdom is due to leave the EU on March 29 and yet little is clear. So far, no …

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Melting permafrost threatens climate rescue plan, new research shows


September 18, 2018

PARIS: Global targets aimed at warding off runaway planetary warming could be breached sooner than expected, experts warned on Monday, as gases released by melting permafrost threaten to undermine human efforts to avert climate disaster. Under the current rescue plan, outlined in the 2015 Paris climate treaty, countries have agreed to limit global temperature rises to “well below” two degrees …

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Tech talk: Giving life to textbooks, with Augmented Reality


September 16, 2018

If textbooks walked and talked with 3D video and a voice accompaniment, might they hold your attention better? That’s the bet the founders of Orbit-ed are making, by bringing Augmented Reality (AR) tools into the classroom. Orbit-ed is an Islamabad-based educational technology (ed-tech) startup trying to re-imagine class lectures the way we know them. How? It uses AR to recreate …

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