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July 28, 2018 6:52 AM Taliban say they spoke with a US official for peace negotiations

A senior Taliban official says the insurgent group has held the first direct talks with a U.S. official in a preliminary discussion about future plans for peace negotiations. This week's meeting with Alice Wells, the U.S.'s top diplomat for South Asia, was an attempt to jump-start talks on ending Washington's longest military engagement, a senior Taliban 7

July 20, 2018 12:00 AM GE’s power unit faces threat in Saudi Arabia

NEW YORK/ABU DHABI: One of General Electric Co´s largest and most valuable customers, Saudi Arabia, is lining up competitors to bid against GE for lucrative power plant work, according to five people familiar with the situation. State-controlled Saudi Electricity Co (SEC) has qualified at least two companies - Power Systems Mfg LLC and Combustion Parts 4

July 20, 2018 12:00 AM Instability leads to $11.8m decrease in FDI

KARACHI: Amid the uncertainty prevailing in the country, there has been a decline in foreign direct investment (FDI), which has severely damaged the national economy. According to the figures released by the State Bank, the FDI witnessed a decrease of $11.8 million in the last financial year ending on June 30. The last few years saw a constant trend 9

July 17, 2018 12:00 AM Judge can recuse hearing case: Aitzaz

RAWALPINDI:Renowned lawyer and PPP leader Aitzaz Ahsan has said that there is no problem for judge to hear another case against party in which he passes verdict against it in earlier case and he can also recuse the hearing of same case. Aitzaz Ahsan was expressing these views while replying a question during Geo’s programme ‘Election Debate 2018’ on Monday

July 6, 2018 12:00 AM MMA fields 13 female candidates on direct NA seats

ISLAMABAD: The religious parties under the umbrella of Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) has fielded 13 woman candidates on general seats of National Assembly and 20 constituencies of four provincial assemblies. As per requirement as given in the Election Act, 2017, every party is needed to give 5% of its total candidates to women. As many as 191 MMA candidates

July 5, 2018 12:00 AM NZ urged to lift ban on foreign home buyers

WELLINGTON: The International Monetary Fund called on New Zealand to reconsider a controversial plan to ban foreigners from buying residential property, warning the move could discourage foreign direct investment necessary to build new homes. The IMF offered an upbeat view on New Zealand´s economic outlook despite a recent slew of soft data, and said the housing 3

June 26, 2018 12:00 AM Suarez inspires Uruguay to win over 10-man Russia

SAMARA, Russia: Luis Suarez helped fire Uruguay into the last 16 of the World Cup as Group A winners on Monday after opening the scoring in their 3-0 win over host nation Russia, who had a man sent off. A pinpoint free-kick from the Barcelona star and an own goal from Denis Cheryshev put Uruguay 2-0 up inside 23 minutes in Samara before Edinson Cavani 5

June 16, 2018 12:00 AM Policy flaws forcing consumers to foot inflated bills for wheat, sugar

LAHORE: Consumers in the country have to pay far higher prices for domestically produced wheat and sugar because the rates of these two commodities are much higher compared to the international market. Massive devaluation has further highlighted the inefficiencies of our agricultural production as even after rupee lost Rs18 against the US dollar, since 8

June 13, 2018 12:00 AM Al-Futtaim Renault acquires land to set up plant

KARACHI: Al-Futtaim Renault Pakistan, an automotive joint-venture of French and Dubai-based firms, has acquired an industrial land in Faisalabad to set up a factory for manufacturing and assembling of vehicles in the country. “We, together with Groupe Renault, are delighted to have completed the land acquisition, which is an important milestone in the project 13

June 2, 2018 12:00 AM Google’s ‘Reserve’ tool winning converts, taking search to next level

SAN FRANCISCO: Alphabet Inc´s Google is drawing thousands of new customers to gyms and salons each month through an appointment-booking tool released last year, Reuters has learned, a quiet step in the company´s transition to the next generation of search. The service, known as Reserve with Google, spares users the phone calls, online searching and form filling 5