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August 22, 2017 2:35 AM India vs China: clash of the titans

A border dispute high in the Himalayas puts the decades long "cold peace" between India and China under severe strain “IT is true that we have a border dispute with China. But in the last 40 years, not a single bullet has been fired because of it", exclaimed Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to Russia in June. He hailed the 21st century 1

August 18, 2017 12:00 AM Rs2.97 bn Shangla budget approved

SHANGLA: The district council on Thursday approved Rs2.97 billion development budget for the fiscal year 2017-18.The budget was approved by majority. Heads of the line government departments attended the budget session of the council. District Nazim Niaz Ahmad Khan had presented a total of Rs3.1 billion development and non-development budget. The council 2

August 15, 2017 11:54 PM CM calls for census of industrial units operational across city

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah on Tuesday directed the Industries Department to conduct a census of all industrial units working in the city so as to ensure implementation of environmental laws. The directives were issued by the CM while presiding over a meeting regarding installation of effluent treatment plants in Karachi and Kotri. A budget 2

August 14, 2017 9:05 PM Irish Consumer Sentiment Strongest In 17 Months

Ireland’s consumer sentiment strongest in 17 months in July, survey data from the Economic and Social Research Institute and KBC Bank Ireland, showed Monday. The consumer confidence index rose slightly to 105.1 in July from 105.0 in June. This was the highest since February 2016. The score was broadly stable as an improved buying climate, likely boosted 2

August 14, 2017 7:42 AM 70 years of independence for Pakistan, zero years of independence for its women

Seventy years of independence today. I’m sitting here, trying to sum up what that means for me. There are too many things that encompass this day. There are too many ways to go about it. It’s 1947. Your grandfather is fighting for his life on a train that has no food. He is holding your father tight in his arms. Your great grandmother is leaving behind 11

August 13, 2017 9:00 PM Pakistan's new PM hits the ground running

Veteran politician has made clear that he is no mere placeholder The initial reaction of experts to Pakistan's new Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi was that he will be little more than a placeholder for his mentor, the ousted Mr Nawaz Sharif. After all, the new leader left no question about his loyalty when the military overthrew Mr Sharif's publicly 1

August 11, 2017 6:11 AM Top NAB officials, accountability judges to retire in few months

ISLAMABAD: The tenure of some top officials of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) will end in the next two months, raising doubts whether an apparently dysfunctional corruption watchdog would be able to prosecute former premier Nawaz Sharif and his family within six months as per the apex court's order in the Panama Papers case. NAB Chairman Qamar 6

August 9, 2017 3:37 PM Skydiving PM Abbasi seen soothing energy fears

ISLAMABAD: A cabinet stint championing the use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) will probably help new prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi curb rolling blackouts. How Abbasi, the co-founder of a budget airline and a skydiving fan, tackles those two issues may define his tenure as he seeks to tilt the next general election, due in mid-2018, toward the ruling 4

August 4, 2017 4:43 AM Hospitals remain hostage to YDA medics

LAHORE: Hospitals around Punjab remained handicapped on Thursday as young doctors continued to try and force the government’s hand to accept their demands. Through the help of senior professors and medics, authorities tried their best to make hospitals operational. However, the three-day long YDA strike was a huge blow as conditions of ailing patients 5

August 3, 2017 11:22 AM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi may stay put amid doubts over Shahbaz Sharif

LAHORE: Shahid Khaqan Abbasi took control of prime ministerial duties on Thursday after a guard of honour amid growing uncertainty that Shahbaz Sharif will eventually take over the job as planned. Nawaz Sharif, disqualified by the Supreme Court last week, named Abbasi as temporary prime minister and outlined plans for brother Shahbaz Sharif to take over once he contests