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As security situation improves, many UK firms eying Pakistan

As security situation improves, many UK firms eying Pakistan

KARACHI:The return of British Airways to Pakistan is the beginning of strengthening economic ties between the two countries as many more UK-based firms are considering entering ‘Naya Pakistan’ after improvement in the security situation.“We can’t ignore Pakistan…it is an essential destination,” British Deputy High Commissioner and Trade Director for Pakistan Elin Burns said while talking […]

Race to broker truce as Yemen talks enter final hours

Race to broker truce as Yemen talks enter final hours

RIMBO (AFP) – With just hours left before the close of negotiations, UN mediators rushed to broker a truce Wednesday between government representatives and rebels in Yemen, a country teetering on the brink of famine.The UN talks opened last week in Sweden, the first meeting in two years between Yemen s Huthi rebels and the government […]

Yemen govt wields Hodeida military threat as rebels stand firm in talks

Yemen govt wields Hodeida military threat as rebels stand firm in talks

RIMBO (AFP) – Yemen s government would not rule out an offensive on the key port of Hodeida if rebels refuse to withdraw, sparking an immediate rebuff by the Huthi insurgents as the warring sides met for UN-brokered talks on Friday.Nearly four years into a war that has pushed 14 million Yemenis to the brink of […]

PSX witnesses another slump as 100-index sheds 1002 points

PSX witnesses another slump as 100-index sheds 1002 points

KARACHI – The KSE-100 Index closed today (Thursday) at 38300.63 points as compared to 39303.11 points on the last working day with a negative change of 1002.48 points.The total turnover was 189,763,050 as compared to 138,104,150 on the last working day with Worldcall Telecom having the highest turnover of 20,670,500.The KMI 30 index declined by […]

Yemen war rivals double down as UN talks open

Yemen war rivals double down as UN talks open

RIMBO (AFP) – Yemen s government and rebels, locked in a devastating war, traded accusations Thursday as they sat down for hard-won talks the United Nations described as “difficult” but “critical”.The talks in Sweden are the first in two years, in a conflict between a pro-government military coalition, led by Saudi Arabia, and Iran-backed Huthi insurgents […]

Kohli falls as Australia quicks put India on ropes

Kohli falls as Australia quicks put India on ropes

ADELAIDE (AFP) – Australia grabbed four early wickets, including the prized scalp of star batsman Virat Kohli, to have India struggling at lunch on the opening day of the first Test in Adelaide on Thursday.Batting after Kohli won the toss, on a day when temperatures were creeping towards 39 Celsius (102 Fahrenheit), the visitors crumbled […]

Wounded rebels evacuated ahead of Yemen talks as UN envoy visits

Wounded rebels evacuated ahead of Yemen talks as UN envoy visits

SANAA (AFP) – The UN s Yemen envoy visited rebel-held Sanaa on Monday as wounded insurgents were flown out of the capital for medical treatment, a key step towards bringing warring parties to the negotiating table in Sweden.A UN source said efforts were being made to reopen Sanaa International Airport, closed for the past three years […]

UNESCO lists Kalash culture as ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage’

UNESCO lists Kalash culture as ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage’

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s first independent nomination, the age-old ‘Suri Jagek’ tradition practised by the indigenous Kalash people, has been approved by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) for inclusion in this year’s list of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH).The decision was made at the 13th Session of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Committee held in Mauritius on Wednesday, a […]

Orient meets Occident as Louvre Abu Dhabi rains light on art

Orient meets Occident as Louvre Abu Dhabi rains light on art

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: The Louvre Museum in Abu Dhabi celebrated a record debut year with much pomp and fanfare on November 11, as the ruling family of United Arab Emirates (UAE) reaffirmed a firm resolve to transform the country into the cultural hub of Middle East.According to reports, the museum authorities claimed that more […]

Not-so-Leaning Tower of Pisa as landmark straightens

Not-so-Leaning Tower of Pisa as landmark straightens

ROME: The Leaning Tower of Pisa is now stable and has even straightened slightly thanks to engineering work to save the world-renowned tourist attraction, experts said on Wednesday.The tower’s Surveillance Group — set up to monitor restoration progress— said in a statement that after 17 years of observation “the Tower of Pisa is stable and very slowly reducing […]

Pro-govt forces halt Yemen port offensive as UAE backs talks

Pro-govt forces halt Yemen port offensive as UAE backs talks

HODEIDA (AFP) – Forces loyal to Yemen s government on Wednesday halted an offensive on the lifeline port of Hodeida as the United Arab Emirates, a key member of the pro-government coalition, threw its weight behind “early” UN peace talks.Three military officials told AFP that pro-government forces were “ordered” to stop their assault against the Iran-linked […]

ECNEC approves mini-dam as part of Diamer-Bhasha

ECNEC approves mini-dam as part of Diamer-Bhasha

ISLAMABAD: The government on Wednesday changed the scope of Diamer-Bhasha dam project, just six months after its approval by the highest forum, and made a mini-dam part of the scheme, which would push its overall cost to Rs480 billion.The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec), the highest project approving authority, included the Tangir hydropower […]

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