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October 17, 2018 7:03 AM Saudi Arabia agrees to abolish Umrah tax on PM Imran Khan's request

ISLAMABAD: The Saudi government has agreed to waive 2,000 riyals tax imposed on Pakistanis performing Umrah every year on the request of Prime Minister Imran Khan. According to a media report, the PM, during his visit to the Kingdom, had requested Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud to abolish the fee. The development was shared by the Religious

October 13, 2018 12:00 AM Saad Rafique, Salman Rafique put on blacklist

ISLAMABAD: The Interior Ministry on the request of the National Accountability Bureau has placed the name of Ex-Federal Minister and senior leader of the PML-N Khawaja Saad Rafique and his brother Khawaja Salman Rafique on blacklist with regard to investigations carried out by the National Accountability Bureau in Paragon Housing scam. Besides Khawaja 3

October 10, 2018 4:00 PM PCB writes back to ICC over Pak-India cricket series

LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Wednesday sent its answer to International Cricket Council (ICC) over a miscarried cricket agreement on bilateral series between Pakistan and India. A three-day hearing before ICC regarding the botched cricket agreement on bilateral series between the two countries concluded on October 3. The ICC’s panel sought 4

October 10, 2018 2:57 PM Fact check: Letter requesting 2550 cars for military is fake

ISLAMABAD: Social media in Pakistan is never short of rumour mills and fake stories to create confusion in the minds of innocent people. A fake 'confidential' letter is doing the rounds on social media for 'provision of 2550 staff cars for Pakistan armed forces from Honda Atlas Cars Pakistan Limited'. The letter has been shared on social media by several

October 7, 2018 12:00 AM Church can no longer tolerate silence on sexual abuse: Pope

VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis said Saturday that silence on sexual abuse can "no longer be tolerated" as he ordered an investigation into Vatican archives concerning former archbishop of Washington Theodore McCarrick, who resigned in July. "Both abuse and its cover-up can no longer be tolerated," said Francis in a Vatican statement in which he declared 4

October 6, 2018 12:00 AM NAB launches probe into illegal appointments of 43 IOs

KARACHI: National Accountability Bureau (NAB) initiated inquiry regarding alleged illegal appointments of 43 grade-17 Information Officers (IOs) in Sindh Information and Archives Department in 2012. According to NAB official documents copies available with ‘The News’ inquiry has been initiated on the compliant of Kosar Noor Solangi, a post graduate of Mass Communication 1

October 1, 2018 12:00 AM JI expresses grief over deaths in Indonesia quake

LAHORE: Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer Senator Sirajul Haq has expressed deep grief over the loss of life in the devastating quake and floods in Indonesia. In a letter addressed to the Indonesian President, the JI chief said that the people of Pakistan and the workers and leaders of the JI shared the grief of their Indonesian brethren caused by the natural calamity 1

September 30, 2018 12:00 AM ‘Clean, Green Punjab drive from Oct 1’

FAISALABAD: Local Government Deputy Director Chaudhry Abdul Hameed Saturday said the Clean and Green Punjab programme would be launched in 189 rural union councils of the district from October 1, 2018. Addressing a session at Jinnah Hall of the District Council, Hameed said cleanliness of villages, tree plantation and anti encroachment drive would be the main features 1

September 30, 2018 12:00 AM WADA ready to intervene over India cricket doping row

LOS ANGELES, California: The World Anti-Doping Agency has warned the International Cricket Council it will intervene if it does not resolve a stand-off between Indian cricket chiefs and the country’s drug-testing body. A WADA spokesman confirmed that the ICC had been sent a letter in July urging it to settle the dispute between the Board of Control for Cricket 1

September 27, 2018 12:00 AM Bank accounts with Rs10mln monthly deposit on FBR radar

KARACHI: The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) nudged banks into furnishing details of accounts that are fed with Rs10 million or more in a month, aiming at to broaden the tax base, officials said on Wednesday. The tax officials said the FBR directed all the banks to provide details of accounts that were credited with Rs10 million or above in a month. They said the FBR, in an official 2