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June 24, 2017 9:10 AM As Modi prepares for Trump meeting, US expected to OK India drone purchase

The United States is expected to authorise India's purchase of a naval variant of the Predator drone, two sources familiar with the situation said, ahead of a visit next week by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to try to revitalise ties in his first meeting with President Donald Trump. Securing agreement on the purchase of 22 unarmed drones, worth 2

June 23, 2017 9:55 PM What's on the agenda (and what might be avoided) when Trump meets India's prime minister

When President Trump hosts Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the White House on Monday, the two leaders will share much in common. Both are political outsiders who champion a muscular, country-first nationalism. They enjoy feverish support from their vote bases while their governments assail critics and ignore — or encourage — hostility toward minority 4

June 23, 2017 8:30 PM Why Saudi Arabia hates Al Jazeera so much

If you want to understand why many Arab world leaders hate Al Jazeera, consider "Sharia and Life." For years, the call-in show was one of the network's most popular, reaching tens of millions. Viewers would call in and pose their faith questions to Yusuf al-Qaradawi, an Egyptian cleric and a spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood. People would ask all kinds 1

June 22, 2017 9:28 PM Pakistan Cricket: back to its roaring best

The Pakistani team seems to have finally discovered a combination that should fetch more victories in months and years to come What an eventful week it has been for Pakistan. Roads, avenues, markets, offices, the rustic rural, and the plushy upscale urban; the entire country and all its ‘galimuhallahs’ are a scatter of celebrations. All major tabloids 5

June 22, 2017 2:32 PM Heir liftedUnderstanding Saudi Arabia’s new crown prince

Muhammad bin Salman is a shocking yet predictable choice FROM the moment he was named deputy crown prince in April 2015, Muhammad bin Salman seemed destined for the throne. The favourite son of King Salman, aged only 29 at the time, was handed control of the kingdom’s economy and made responsible for its defence. His youthful face was plastered on billboards 2

June 21, 2017 1:50 PM Queen's Speech: Grammar school expansion abandoned

The creation of a new wave of grammar schools in England has been ditched from the government's plans. The Queen's Speech says the government will "look at all options" for opening new schools, but that will not include removing the current ban on expanding selection. The controversial plan to stop free lunches for all infants is also absent. This takes 7

June 20, 2017 11:22 PM ‘Pakistan can earn billions of dollars from furniture export’

LAHORE: Federation of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) Regional Chairman and Vice-President Mazoorul Haq Malik on Tuesday said that Pakistan could earn billions of dollars annually from furniture export. Talking to a delegation of Pakistan Furniture Council (PFC) headed by its Chief Executive Mian Kashif Ashfaq here, Malik said that local 2

June 20, 2017 7:44 AM India to become trade, transit hub in bid to counter China’s OBOR

NEW DELHI: India, on Monday, became the 71st country to join the United Nations TIR Convention to position itself as a regional trading and transit hub, the Times of India (TOI) reported. The TIR system is a global customs transit system with the widest geographical coverage. As other customs transit procedures, the TIR procedure enables goods to move under 2

June 20, 2017 12:07 AM Rs27 billion KMC budget unveiled for next fiscal year

Mayor Waseem Akhtar unveiled the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation’s (KMC) Rs27.14 billion budget for the financial year 2017-18 during the City Council’s session on Monday. Total receipts in the budget for the next fiscal year are Rs26.84 billion, including Rs18.02 billion as current receipts and Rs1.8 billion as capital receipts. Funds for the provincial 4

June 20, 2017 12:07 AM Nawaz, Zardari can’t curb corruption even if they lead ‘angels’

Imran harps on corruption-mafia mantra KARACHI - Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan has said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and former president Asif Ali Zardari cannot curb corruption even if they lead ‘angels’. The countries with corruption-free institutions are on the path of progress while Pakistan is being plagued by the curse, he told the media 2