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Canadian High Commissioner, Aleem Khan discuss elections in Pakistan

LAHORE   -  Canadian High Commissioner to Pakistan Leslie Scanlon met with President of Istehkam-e-Pakistan Party (IPP), Abdul Aleem Khan here Monday as both discussed the upcoming general elections in Pakistan and the current domestic and political landscape of the country. Aleem Khan expressed the view that the nation was once again heading towards the elector­al

Pakistan, Iran hold talks on combating terror groups

ISLAMABAD  -  Pakistan and Iran yester­day held extensive parleys on how to combat and pre­vent terrorism emanating from Afghanistan and af­fecting both the countries.  Ambassador Hasan Ka­zmi Qomi, heading a del­egation, held talks with Pakistan’s Special Repre­sentative on Afghanistan Asif Durrani on the situ­ation in Afghanistan and the regional processes for peace and dialogue, For­eign

China bids to woo back global elites at Davos forum – World

DAVOS: China will put on a show of force Tuesday with a large delegation represented by Prime Minister Li Qiang at the annual meeting of global elites in Davos, despite shadows cast by wars raging in Ukraine and Gaza. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is also attending the World Economic Forum in person for the first

China and HK stocks fall as investors await China GDP data – Markets

BR100 6,535 Decreased By -69.6 (-1.05%) BR30 23,595 Decreased By -402.4 (-1.68%) KSE100 63,644 Decreased By -625 (-0.97%) KSE30 21,340 Decreased By -208.1 (-0.97%)

India to allow edible oil imports at lower duty until March 2025 – Markets

MUMBAI: India will extend the import of edible oil at a lower duty by another year until March 2025, the government said in a notification issued late on Monday as the world’s biggest importer of vegetable oil moves to limit local prices. The lower import duty structure on crude palm oil, crude sunflower oil and

Health ministry ‘fully alert’ as 15 cases of JN.1 Covid variant confirmed countrywide – Pakistan

The National Institute of Health’s (NIH) National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC) has confirmed 15 cases of Covid-19’s JN.1 variant, the health ministry said on Tuesday. Sajid Shah, the health ministry’s spokesperson, quoted caretaker Health Minister Dr Nadeem Jan as saying that the situation was “being monitored strictly, with border health services, national and provincial

China condemns US statement on election in China’s Taiwan

The Foreign Ministry on Sunday strongly deplored and firmly opposed the United States State Department’s statement on the election in China’s Taiwan region, saying that the statement goes against the US’ own political commitment of maintaining only cultural, commercial and other unofficial relations with the Taiwan region.“We have made serious representations to the US side,”

Ukraine launches drone attack on Russia’s Voronezh – World

Russia’s air defence systems destroyed three Ukraine-launched drones over the southwestern region of Voronezh that borders Ukraine, the Russian defence ministry said on Tuesday on its Telegram messaging channel. The governor of the region, Alexander Gusev, said on his Telegram channel that according to preliminary checks there were no casualties or wounded, but windows were

Iran says Revolutionary Guards attack Israel’s ‘spy HQ’ in Iraq, vow more revenge – World

DUBAI/BAGHDAD: Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said they attacked the “spy headquarters” of Israel in Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region, state media reported late on Monday, while the elite force said they also struck in Syria against the Islamic State. The strikes come amid concerns about the escalation of a conflict that has spread through the Middle East

Ukraine foreign minister muses about ‘punching’ Russia’s Lavrov – World

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, in an interview made public on Monday, said there had been times when he had felt the urge to “punch in the face” his Russian opposite number Sergei Lavrov in talks during the early stage of Moscow’s invasion. Kuleba’s brief remarks were part of an hour-long informal interview with a

Indian air traffic disrupted on third day of dense fog – World

Dense fog swathed large parts of northern India on Tuesday for the third straight day of an intense cold wave, reducing visibility to disrupt more than 160 flights. As many as 128 flights from the international airport in New Delhi, the capital, were delayed, with 33 cancelled, aviation site Flightradar24 showed, an effect that cascaded

Country Garden expects China property market to remain weak in 2024 – Business & Finance

HONG KONG: China’s largest private property developer, Country Garden, expects the property market will remain weak in 2024 and the company could face more, “severe” challenges, its top management said. Country Garden, which defaulted on its $11 billion worth of offshore bonds in October and extended repayments on its onshore notes last year, is among

China’s yuan hits lowest since mid-December on policy easing bets – Markets

SHANGHAI: China’s yuan hit its lowest in more than a month against the dollar on Tuesday, reflecting broad strength in the US currency and persistent expectations of monetary easing in the world’s second-largest economy to aid the recovery. But trading was tepid ahead of China’s fourth-quarter and full-year gross domestic product data on Wednesday, when

Late-night attack on Lakki Marwat police station repulsed – Pakistan

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police thwarted a late-night attack on the Pezu police station in Lakki Marwat district, an official said on Tuesday. According to District Police Officer (DPO) Tariq Habib, policemen at the Gandi Chowk checkpost suspected the “presence and movement of six terrorists” around midnight and confronted them. The DPO said that the policemen were

Imran, Bushra to be indicted in Iddat case today – Pakistan

RAWALPINDI: A trial court deferred the indictment of former prime minister Imran Khan and his wife Bushra Bibi till Tuesday (today) in the Iddat case while the Islamabad High Court (IHC) reserved its order on a petition seeking to stay trial proceedings in the case. Senior civil judge Qudratullah was expected to indict the couple

Ex-MNAs’ schemes consume major chunk of Public Sector Development Programme – Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Although the caretakers have been in the saddle for five months, the development schemes of former members of the National Assembly (MNAs) belonging to the PDM-led coalition continued to overshadow the federal Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) during the first half (July-December) of the current fiscal year. The expenditure on MNAs schemes in the

PMD suggests dams in catchment areas to conserve rainwater – Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has suggested building large and small dams in catchment areas, especially to conserve the rainfall water during the monsoon period in order to cope with the floods and droughts in the country. The Drought Bulletin of Pakistan prepared by the National Drought Monitoring Centre (NDMC) of PMD says Pakistan’s

PML-N, National Party leaders discuss polls alliance – Pakistan

QUETTA: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and National Party leaders agreed on Monday to cooperate with each other in the upcoming general elections. Sources said the two parties discussed electoral alliance and seat adjustment in Makran and other constituencies of Balochistan. They decided to remain in close contact with each other in future for strengthening democracy and

Training centre for polling staff attacked in Balochistan’s Kharan – Pakistan

QUETTA: The premises of Government Model High School in Kharan was targeted by unknown men during a training session for polling staff on Monday. According to officials, the assailants launched the attack on the school building while officers from various government departments were undergoing training inside. A hand-grenade was thrown into the school premises, detonating

Mengal urges voters to assess candidates’ past performance – Pakistan

QUETTA: Sardar Akhtar Mengal, President of Balochistan National Party-Mengal (BNP-M), has asserted that candidates relying on weak foundations and changing electoral symbols lack ideological commitment. Addressing public gatherings in Khuzdar district, he, as the joint candidate of BNP-M and Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (JUI-F) in NA-256, along with Mir Younas Aziz Zehri of JUI-F, urged people to

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