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For Trump, it was the lost art of the deal

For Trump, it was the lost art of the deal

Web Desk WASHINGTON: In the end, the Closer couldn’t close the deal. For President Donald Trump, the collapse on Friday of his first legislative priority, a healthcare reform bill, was an embarrassing loss of face after he and his administration insisted up until the time of the vote by the US House of Representatives that […]

Civil society wants judicial probe into KE ‘overbilling’

Civil society wants judicial probe into KE ‘overbilling’

THE NEWSPAPER’S STAFF REPORTER KARACHI: As street protests broke out against excessive billing by K-Electric (KE) in different parts of the city, civil society organisations, labour and human rights activists on Saturday asked the Sindh High Court to appoint an independent judicial commission to investigate ‘overbilling’ and other issues related to the private power utility. […]

Enumerator speaks: people are rude sleepy busy welcoming

Enumerator speaks: people are rude sleepy busy welcoming

LAHORE: Census enumerators have occasionally been facing rude citizens, who instead of providing them information, ask weird questions or refuse to share data. Bushra Bibi, who is a lady health worker, has been facing such people since the inception of census on March 15. Just on Friday, a man refused to provide her information and […]

Smokers’ corner: The Invisible Scholar

Smokers’ corner: The Invisible Scholar

On March 17, the Express Tribune reported that books authored by Islamic scholar, Javed Ahmad Ghamidi, were barred from being displayed at a book fair held at the Peshawar University. Initial reports suggested that this had been done at the behest of the Islami Jamiat Taleba (IJT), the student-wing of the politico-religious party, Jamaat-i-Islami (JI). […]

PSX stages recovery amid lack of triggers

PSX stages recovery amid lack of triggers

OUR EQUITIES CORRESPONDENT KARACHI: The five-day trading week was cut short by a holiday on Thursday. Despite sharp drop in international oil prices, the KSE-100 index managed to break its two-week losing streak and recover 562 points (1.2 per cent) to settle at 48,971 points on Friday. In the absence of triggers and no noticeable […]

US air strike in Afghanistan killed senior Qaeda leader: official

US air strike in Afghanistan killed senior Qaeda leader: official

AFP A US drone strike in eastern Afghanistan on March 19 killed the senior Al-Qaeda military commander Qari Yasin, who has been linked to numerous attacks in Pakistan, the US military confirmed on Saturday. “The death of Qari Yasin is evidence that terrorists who defame Islam and deliberately target innocent people will not escape justice,” […]

Sonam Kapoor is auctioning vintage dresses and designer bags for charity

Sonam Kapoor is auctioning vintage dresses and designer bags for charity

DESK REPORT Would you buy a couture gown from Sonam’s collection? Bollywood actor Sonam Kapoor is known for her (mostly) impeccably fashion sense. And she’s about to give away some of the coveted pieces from her wardrobe. The Khoobsurat star is putting on auction a dozen pieces from her wardrobe for a cause close to […]

Power Rangers make their cinematic return with reboot

Power Rangers make their cinematic return with reboot

The latest reboot of the 1990s Power Rangers children’s television series held its world premiere in Los Angeles on Wednesday night. Directed by Dean Israelite, the film tells the backstories of the five teenage characters – a misfit, a loner, a school bully, an intellectual and a drop-out – and their transformation into action heroes. […]

On the hunt for the lost city of Z

On the hunt for the lost city of Z

In 1925 explorer Percy Fawcett disappeared in the Amazon looking for evidence of a lost civilization. What followed was a 90-year mystery and a deadly search for answers. The New Yorker writer had entered the jungle on the same route taken by missing explorer Lt. Col. Percy Fawcett in 1925, hoping to discover the late […]

Where are the world’s happiest countries?

Where are the world’s happiest countries?

      9. Sweden — The World Happiness Report for 2017 ranked countries on seven main factors that support happiness: caring, freedom, generosity, good governance, honesty, health and income. Sweden came in ninth place, tying with another country on the list. 9. Australia — This island nation had to share ninth place with Sweden […]

Deepika’s not leaving Bollywood for Hollywood, says she’s ‘aware of her roots’

Deepika’s not leaving Bollywood for Hollywood, says she’s ‘aware of her roots’

DESK REPORT “I am very well aware of my home and my roots, so that’s never going to change,” said the actor. Deepika Padukone’s successful Hollywood debut with xXx: Return of Xander Cage was enough for speculations to arise that the Bollywood beauty might just be heading off to Hollywood, permanently. But how much truth […]

Russia underplayed losses in recapture of Syria’s Palmyra

Russia underplayed losses in recapture of Syria’s Palmyra

Russia’s force in Syria has suffered losses since late January more than three times higher than the official toll, according to evidence gathered by Reuters, a tally that shows the fight in Syria is tougher and more costly than the Kremlin has disclosed. Eighteen Russian citizens fighting alongside Moscow’s allies, the Syrian government forces, have […]

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