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  • Farman says tribal districts to get all facilities

    January 15, 2019 12:00 AM

    PESHAWAR: Governor Shah Farman said on Monday that people of the merged districts would get all facilities like other developed areas. He expressed these views while talking to a 100-member tribal jirga belonging to erstwhile Frontier Region Peshawar at the Governor's House, said an official handout. The jirga informed the governor about their problems

  • Buzdar’s adviser for early payment to sugarcane growers

    January 15, 2019 12:00 AM

    JHANG: Adviser to Punjab Chief Minister for Livestock and Dairy Development Faisal Hayat has said that early payment to sugarcane growers will be ensured. He said this during his visits to sugar mills of the district here on Monday. Faisal Hayat said that deduction in weight of sugarcane would not be allowed at any cost. He said that the district administration

  • Haripur district nazim removed through no-trust vote

    January 15, 2019 12:00 AM

    HARIPUR: District Nazim Adil Islam was removed through a no-confidence vote by members of Haripur District Council here on Monday. Majority of the members of the district council, including PTIf and PML-N members, had formally submitted no-trust resolution against Adil Islam a few days ago. After mandatory debate on the motion on Friday, the convener

  • Pakistani diplomat visits Xinjiang

    January 15, 2019 12:00 AM

    BEIJING: Diplomats from Pakistan and other regional countries visited Xinjiang region last week, and got highly impressed by the recent measures taken by the Chinese government for ensuring peace and prosperity for their people. The regional government of the region has invited diplomatic envoys and representatives from Pakistan, Russia, Kazakhstan

  • Cargo plane crashes in Iran, killing 15

    January 15, 2019 12:00 AM

    TEHRAN: A military cargo plane overshot a runway, crashed and caught fire during a botched landing near the Iranian capital Tehran, killing 15 people, the army said Monday. The plane was carrying meat from Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan when it crashed near the capital Tehran, an army spokesman told state TV, adding that only the flight engineer survived. "The plane

  • Spanish police arrest 182 over cockfight

    January 15, 2019 12:00 AM

    MADRID: Spanish police said Monday they had arrested 182 people who took part in a “national” cockfighting competition, an ancient sport that continues in some regions despite being banned. Officers seized around 300,000 euros ($344,000) during Saturday’s raid in the southern town of Sangonera La Verde, police said in a statement. In 2011, police arrested

  • Italian ex-militant extradited, jailed

    January 15, 2019 12:00 AM

    ROME: Former communist militant Cesare Battisti, wanted in Italy for four murders in the 1970s, arrived in Rome on Monday after an international police squad tracked him down and arrested him in Bolivia. Jailed in 1979 for belonging to an armed revolutionary group outlawed in Italy, Battisti escaped from prison two years later, and has spent nearly four decades

  • Brazil minister blasts supermodel, invites her to be environment envoy

    January 15, 2019 12:00 AM

    BRASILIA: Brazil’s agriculture minister on Monday criticized supermodel Gisele Bundchen for saying Brazil is a deforester and said she will invite the supermodel to be an ambassador for the country’s efforts to supply the world with food while preserving nature. Minister Tereza Cristina Dias said on Twitter that Bundchen would receive the invitation

  • Paris Opera drops star dancer after homophobic rant

    January 15, 2019 12:00 AM

    PARIS: The Paris Opera Ballet has dropped controversial Ukrainian-born dance star Sergei Polunin from a production of "Swan Lake" after he made a homophobic and sexist rant on social media. The mercurial "bad boy of ballet", who was compared to Rudolf Nureyev earlier in his career, blasted gay dancers in an Instagram post last month in which he urged

  • Qatar rejects normalising ties with ‘criminal’ Assad

    January 15, 2019 12:00 AM

    DOHA: Qatar’s foreign minister ruled out on Monday the possibility of re-opening an embassy in Damascus, in line with some other Gulf countries, calling Syrian President Bashar al-Assad a war criminal. "Normalisation (of relations) with the Syrian regime at this stage is the normalisation of a person involved in war crimes, and this should not be acceptable