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Twitter, Facebook briefly suspend Trump accounts in response to storming of US Capitol


January 7, 2021

Twitter Inc, Facebook Inc and Snap Inc temporarily locked the accounts of United States President Donald Trump on Wednesday, as tech giants scrambled to crack down on his baseless claims about the US presidential election amid riots in the capital. Twitter hid and mandated the removal of three of Trump’s tweets “as a result of the unprecedented and ongoing violent situation …

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‘Pakistan failed to learn from first Test defeat’


January 7, 2021

LAHORE: Former Test captain Intikhab Alam says the Pakistan batsmen again failed to cope with the pressure of New Zealand’s bowling in the second Test as the tourists suffered a massive loss in Christchurch on Wednesday. After their 101-run defeat in the first Test at Mount Maunganui, Pakistan lost the second Test by a whopping margin of an innings and …

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Brisbane boycott reports raise tensions ahead of third Test


January 7, 2021

SYDNEY: Reports of Indian discontent at the prospect of being forced into strict quarantine for the fourth Test against Australia in Brisbane could raise tensions on the field in the series’ third match, the home side’s captain Tim Paine said on Wednesday. Paine said the reports at the weekend that India might refuse to play at the Gabba had started …

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Rise of Black Caps began with calamity in South Africa


January 7, 2021

CHRISTCHURCH: Captain Kane Williamson had no trouble on Wednesday pinpointing the moment that laid the foundation for New Zealand to become the world’s number one ranked Test cricket team for the first time. The Black Caps were confirmed in the top spot after a comprehensive victory over Pakistan by an innings and 176 runs in the second Test in Christchurch …

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Joyriders Misbah, Waqar continue to pull off the coaching bluff


January 7, 2021

AS Pakistan stared down the barrel at Christchurch, with yet another series loss looming large, head coach Misbah-ul-Haq sat comfortably in the cosy environs of the team’s dressing room sipping hot coffee. The bearded two-in-one official along with bowling coach Waqar Younis — who is taking a break from the challenging tour to have a family outing — knew well …

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Virgin Islands court resumes hearing on Reko Diq award today


January 7, 2021

ISLAMABAD: As the High Court of Justice in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) resumes on Thursday (today) hearing of a case relating to enforcement of a $5.97 billion award against Pakistan, Islamabad is hopeful that its legal team will ensure that no further adverse effect takes place against the country. “The government of Pakistan has engaged a team of lawyers …

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Call for exploiting agriculture potential under CPEC


January 7, 2021

ISLAMABAD: The Par­lia­­mentary Committee on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) on Wed­nesday called for strengthening the agriculture sector under the CPEC framework by observing that this diminishing sector has the potential source of employment for the people of the country. The committee, chaired by Sher Ali Arbab, emphasised that Pakistan needs not to rely on China for technological transfer rather boost …

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State Bank alarmed by pension bill


January 7, 2021

KARACHI: Public sector pension expenditure has risen sharply over the past decade and the unfunded nature of pension payments in the country is making the current structure unsustainable, the State Bank of Pakistan said in its first quarterly report of FY21. The overall pension spending as a share of tax revenue has reached 18.7 per cent as of FY20, almost …

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‘Manipulated’ supply chain behind sugar price volatility


January 7, 2021

LAHORE: The government’s ‘lopsided’ surveillance mechanism, the alleged sugar cartel and above all hoarding have caused around Rs20 per kilo increase in the price of the sweetener in the last 15 days alone, leaving the inflation-stricken people with no option but to buy the commodity at higher rates. “Two or three weeks back, the price of sugar (powdered form) imported …

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