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their own region, many are deterred from doing so because of inter-state tariffs and conflicting regulations.

NEW DELHI: India, in a move to improve livelihood of its struggling growers and boosting the rural economy, launched its first electronic trading portal to allow farmers to sell their goods across the country. The portal named ‘The National Agriculture Market’ (eNAM) would allow farmers to monitor the cost of commodities, gauge demand and gain easier access to markets in …

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K-P invites Iran to invest in power, marble sectors

PESHAWAR: In a bid to strengthen relationship with the Iranian business community, Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) Vice President Riaz Khattak has emphasised the need for Pakistan and Iran to transform their ties into a successful economic partnership. In a meeting with Iranian Commercial Counsellor Mostafa Razavi Zadeh, Khattak said Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) was rich in hydroelectric …

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Pakistan’s future when, and if, oil prices increase

KARACHI:Contrary to the forecasts of a lot of analysts who predicted global oil prices would go down as low as $10 a barrel, Brent crude has made a rebound by hitting the highest level since the beginning of 2016. The international benchmark for oil prices touched $44.68 per barrel on April 12, up 60.60% from $27.82 per barrel recorded on …

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In London digs, Zardari calls Nawaz

Former president and PPP Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari called Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday evening and inquired after his health with the two leaders staying in close proximity in London. Zardari, who arrived in London earlier on Friday, is staying at Grosvenor House which is located just a few blocks down Park Lane to where Nawaz is staying. Zardari …

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Nisar gives PTI go-ahead for foundation day rally

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has given a green signal to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) for holding a political gathering on its foundation day in Islamabad on April 24. The security czar ordered on Saturday the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) administration to settle all matters in this context with the local leadership of the party. Nisar also asked the …

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Ayyan Ali to approach SC against non-removal of name from ECL

ISLAMABAD: Model Ayyan Ali has decided to approach the Supreme Court against the federal government for not removing her name from the Exit Control List (ECL). Ali’s counsel Chaudhry Akhtar Ali told The Express Tribune on Saturday that he is likely to move a contempt petition in the apex court on Monday against non-removal of her client’s name from ECL …

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UN rights chief to Trump: ‘Bigotry is not strong leadership’

UNITED NATIONS: The UN rights chief took a swipe at US Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump Friday, accusing him of exploiting fear and resorting to bigotry in campaigning that he warned was a “road to violence.” Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein delivered the blunt criticism in a speech at a university in Cleveland, Ohio, where Republicans will gather in July to choose …

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Gulf-backed Yemeni forces seize city from al Qaeda

led coalition wrested the city of Houta from al Qaeda fighters after a gun battle on Friday morning, a local military official said. Hours later, a car bomb detonated outside the foreign ministry in the southern Yemeni city of Aden, causing no casualties, another local official said. Islamic State claimed responsibility in a posting on its al-Amaq news agency website. …

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Mars Food tells customers to go easy on the pasta sauce

LONDON: Mars Food plans to label some of its Dolmio pasta sauces, macaroni cheese and other products as fit for consumption only once a week due to high levels of salt, sugar or fat. The scheme is part of a larger initiative by the privately held US food company to encourage healthier eating at a time when large food multinationals, …

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Taliban launch major push to retake northern Afghan city

KUNDUZ, AFGHANISTAN: Hundreds of Taliban insurgents have launched an offensive to seize the northern Afghan city of Kunduz, which they captured and held for several days last year, provincial officials said on Friday. The offensive around Kunduz began only days after the Islamist group announced their annual spring offensive, vowing to launch large-scale attacks using suicide bombers and guerilla fighters …

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