Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Friday condemned the suicide terrorist attack on convoy of Senate Deputy Chairman Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri. Army Chief expressed great grief on the loss of innocent lives. According to ISPR, on directions of the COAS, many of the blast victims in Mastung were evacuated on Pakistan Army helicopters to Quetta CMH.
Notification regarding summer holidays was issued in Punjab on Friday. According to the details, schools all over the province will remain closed from May 25 to August 14. Punjab government made the announcement regarding summer vacations in educational institutes. As per the latest notification says, all private and public schools will remain closed during months of severe heat.
US: US President Donald Trump affirmed on Thursday that he always intended to fire FBI director James Comey, undercutting the initial White House explanation that he acted on the recommendation of top justice officials. Opponents have been quoted saying: Comey’s shock sacking was a bid to stall an FBI investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
Spokesperson for Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) announced in a social media post on Friday that all rest houses of the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) are now available for the public to use on “commercial basis.” He further said that Chief Minister House among other houses of the provincial government will now be available to the public.
Goods Transporters’ strike continues on 4th day, affecting economy severely as country’s trade is at a halt. Even transportation of essential daily life goods, fruits & vegetable is also troublesome. The protest came after a ban was imposed by Sindh Government on April 26, 2017 in the compliance of SC’s decision, on heavy transport to enter city limits of Karachi except 11.00 pm till 6 am.
KARACHI: The National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases has made first of its free mobile chest pain units operational at the busy thoroughfare of Gulshan Chowrangi on Friday. Functional under the Gulshan fly-over, the facility manned by trained paramedics and equipped with basic yet essential gadgets is meant to provide basic emergency medical care to people in need.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan, while addressing a rally in Sargodha, said on Friday that power outage has reached its peak and scarcity of water is being reported from all over the country. He said that we should name Shehbaz Sharif either Drama Sharif of Showbaz Sharif, referring to his earlier statement where CM said that his name should be changed if he fails to bring loadshedding to an end.
After putting up with hours of power suspension in scorching summer heat, Karachi citizens are now at ease as the K-Electric (KE) declared that electricity supply from a tripped unit at the Bin Qasim power plant has been restored, on Friday. “We are grateful to our valued customers for their cooperation and deeply regret the inconvenience caused,” the power supplier said.
Much awaited movie Project Ghazi releases its incredibly slick teaser on Friday. The teaser features main cast members Humayun Saeed, Sheharyar Munawar, Syra Shehroz and a masked villain, played by Adnan Jaffar. The teaser is well cut and boasts some very glossy cinematography. This sets high hopes for Project Ghazi, which is all set to hit cinemas later in the year.
ISLAMABAD: Iqbal Khan, father of Mashal Khan, the Mardan University student who was killed by a mob over blasphemy allegations, stated on Friday that he wants justice for all the Mashals in Pakistan, it will be good for our country and politicians. Slain student’s father said outside the SC that, “My son Mashal who was murdered cannot return, but there should be justice for others like him.”
KATHMANDU: On Friday, Nepal signed up to China´s new Silk Road drive, a huge project of infrastructure spanning around 65 countries at the centre of the Asian giant. “We believe China will bring more investment to Nepal, helping the country overcome its status as a landlocked and least developed nation,” said Nepal Foreign Minister Prakash Saran Mahat at the signing of the deal on Friday.
ROSEAU, Dominica: Energized batsmen Azhar Ali´s 14th Test century fastened Pakistan to a first innings total of 376 as the tourists batted with exaggerated care on the second day of the third and final Test against the West Indies on Thursday. Whereas, the West Indies reached 14 without loss in reply at Windsor Park in Dominica.
On Thursday, an employee of WAPDA attempted suicide in front the Supreme Court reportedly after he failed to get justice. In an application addressed to SC, he said that he was separated from his wife because of his job in Islamabad. On his request for transfer, his superiors demanded a bribe of Rs.150, 000 which he could not afford. Owing to this, he attempted suicide in front of the main gate of SC.
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif left for China on the invitation of Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday to attend the two day Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, opening in Beijing on Sunday. He was accompanied by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Railways Minister Khawaj Saad Rafique, Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal and others to pay the visit.
A sub-committee of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat, headed by Nafeesa Inayatullah, Rasheed Ahmad Khan, Seema Mohiuddin Jameeli, and Farhana Qamar met at CDA headquarters on Thursday to discuss the Islamabad nurseries issue. The panel urged the Capital Development Authority (CDA) to provide substitute land to the affected owners of nurseries and resolve other issues in consultation with representatives of the Islamabad Nurseries Welfare Association (INWA).
Famed Pashto poet, educationist and radio broadcaster Zeenat Anjum Khattak alias Fozia Anjum died of brain tumor on late Wednesday at her daughter’s residence in Chicago, the United States. She was laid to rest in a Chicago Muslim cemetery where her family members, close relatives and colleagues attended her funeral prayers. Literary circles have called her death an irreversible loss for Pashto.
The Private Power and Infrastructure Board (PPIB) said on Thursday that more than 7,500 megawatts of private power projects will be added to the national grid in 2017-18. The PPIB further said in a statement that it is currently facilitating a total of 31 independent power projects (IPPs) of more than 19,000MW based on hydro, R-LNG and coal fuels.
Khaleej Times quoted US media outlets to report that the power-couple of Hollywood is rumored to be on way to patch up several months after divorce. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt reportedly talk over the phone at least once a day and see each other several times a week. A source close to the couple told the media that it’s like they have started to date again.
JAIPUR: A wall smashed down on an Indian wedding ceremony during a storm on Thursday killed at least 24 people including four children. The scene was horrific, a rescuer claimed. Scores of others wounded when the 13 foot high concrete wall collapsed, having guests who had taken shelter from violent rain in a tin shack trapped on Wednesday night, police superintendent, Anil reported to the AFP.
Well known blonde beauty, Paris Hilton claims to have invented the selfie. The 36-year-old popular celebrity argued that she originated self-portrait photograph, claiming that she has been taking selfie-like photos since she was a small child. Paris further stated that: “the rise of social media websites, such as Facebook and Instagram, has made it easier for people to become famous.”
ISLAMABAD: Foreign Advisor, Sartaj Aziz told the standing committee of the parliament on national security that Afghan forces had attacked innocent Pakistani citizens and thus Bab-e-Azadi, the gateway between Pakistan and Afghanistan, could not be kept open, on Thursday. Dunya News reported that the next meeting of the committee will be held after Eid and it will observe the implementation of National Action Plan.
LOS ANGELES: Kristen Stewart is announced to be the new face of Chanel’s new fragrance Gabrielle Chanel, and will appear in the campaign, which will be unveiled in September this year. The 27 year old Twilight star was declared brand ambassador in 2013 and now she is chosen as the representative for the Gabrielle Chanel women’s perfume, which has been created by Olivier Polge.
After a probe conducted in Karachi board, shocking revelations have been made pertaining to the cheating scandal in board’s inter examinations. According to the information collected, Rs 15,000 per exam are received for having the exam center of choice. Rs 40,000 is paid for A and A-1 grades per exam. Moreover, the picture on the admit card is changed for Rs 5000.
Three suspected robbers were shot dead on late Thursday in an alleged encounter in Kasur, whereas two others managed to flee from the crime scene. According to District Police Officer, the encounter took place in Raja Jang area of Kasur, when the robbers were looting citizens in Orara village. The looters opened fire when they sighted the law enforcers. In retaliatory fire, three suspects were killed while two others escaped.
Israeli Police on Thursday freed a 14 year old boy who had been kept captovated at home by his parents ever since his birth. A neighbor of the family reported the case to the social services in the town of Hadera, who then informed police. Police arrested the parents who were around 60 years old and handed over the boy to social services for medical treatment.
Member Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, Dr. Shireen Mazari has said that India is giving out false information about the orders passed by International Court of Justice over Kulbhushan Jadhav. In a statement on Thursday, Mazari said that so far no order has been passed. “ICJ can question whether a consular visit would have altered the trial outcome but it cannot actually compel Pakistan to alter the court judgment,” she added.
LIMA: Kylie Jenner, famed fashion model and the younger half-sister of Kim Kardashian, was suffering breathing difficulty and was forced to use an oxygen mask during a trip to the Peruvian city of Cusco, high in the Andes. Kylie recently posted 19 pictures on snapchat that showed her treatment with an oxygen mask in her hotel room in the mountainous city.
On Thursday, two Italian climbers reached the top of Nepal’s Annapurna peak to set a record as the first couple to conquer the world’s 14 highest mountain peaks. Romano Benet and his wife Nives Meroi, both 55 year old, made it to the top of 8,091-metre Annapurna on Thursday morning, said the Italian daily, Corriere della Sera. Earlier, only 34 mountaineers have been able to conquer these 14 peaks.
Late Wednesday, heavy rain and stormy winds hit several cities of Punjab and Sindh, suspending power supply to various areas. Rainstorm thrashed Lahore, Gujranwala, Faisalabad, Mandi Bahauddin, Rajapur, Bahawalpur, Sukkur etc. In some cities light rain together with gusty winds was reported while others received heavy rainfall late this night. Providentially, no loss of life has been reported yet.
ISLAMABAD: Millions of Pakistanis have been receiving warning messages from the government against sharing “blasphemous” content online. The text message sent by Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to all mobile phone subscribers, read: “Uploading & sharing of blasphemous content on Internet is a punishable offense under the law. Such content should be reported on firstname.lastname@example.org for legal action.”
Scores of Jazz employees from across Pakistan will be on the streets today to meet their customers in person. According to Jazz, this activity aims to help every Jazz employee, even those from Finance, HR and other departments who usually don’t interact with end-users directly, to know the customer feedback and overall experience about the services they use.
The arrival of Windows 10S brings about a bad news for Google Chrome users as the Microsoft recently announced that the new Windows will not allow Chrome to run. Windows 10S mostly aims to issue licenses to IT administrators. According to the company, the new version will run only those applications that are distributed over Windows store, where chrome is unavailable.
Pakistan announced its ICC Champions Trophy Team 2017 which includes Shoaib Malik. With this, Shoaib Malik achieves landmark to become the first Pakistani cricketer to play the tournament six times. Other than Malik, only 7 others have this distinction including Ponting (Australia), Dravid (India), Vettori (New Zealand), Mark Boucher & Kallis (South Africa) and Sanath, Jayawardene & Sangakkara (Sri Lanka).
As many as 70 Pakistani nationals were deported from Saudi Arabia to fly back to their homeland here on Wednesday. According to sources, seventy Pakistanis who were deported by the Saudi authorities after expiry of their visas arrived at Lahore Allama Iqbal International Airport through a Saudi Airline. After some legal formalities, immigration officials allowed them to go home.
Home Box Office (HBO)’s famed series ‘Game of Thrones’ has its Arabic version ready to hit the screens this Ramadan, Alarabiya reported. The new version is titled as ‘Orchidea’ and is expected to air on Abu Dhabi TV from May 27. Directed by Syrian actor-director Hatem Ali, the series has similar characters to that of the US show.
Pakistan government’s chief economist said on Wednesday that Pakistan’s debt and other repayments on China’s “Belt and Road” proposal will soar up to $5 billion in 2022. China has assured to invest up to $57bn in Pakistan’s rail, road and energy infrastructure through the “Silk Road”. Officials said that when Gwadar port is functional, a huge uptick in trade is expected between the neighbors.
The Universal Service Fund Company (USF), with the consent of Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication, has framed a pilot project under which 18,000 smart phones will be distributed among the Benazir Income Support Program (BISP) beneficiaries. This was unveiled by ministry officials while briefing the National Assembly Standing committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication.
A local owner reportedly slashed off a teenagers hand as he refused to act in accordance with her orders at Wahiwala village, Sheikhupura. The 13-year-old boy, Irfan worked for Shafqat Bibi at a monthly wage of Rs. 3,000. Irfan’s mother said that he refused to feed animals as he himself was ravenous. On this, his master chopped his hand off using a food cutter machine on Monday.
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Zubair Mahmood Hayat called on Australian Chief of Defense Forces, Air Chief Marshall Mark Binskin in Australia on Tuesday, ISPR said. ISPR further said that during the meeting, matters of mutual professional interests with reference to global and regional security environment were discussed.
PUEBLA: At least 14 were killed, including 11 children whereas 22 people were left wounded, when an explosion struck a fireworks ware house in Mexico, authorities said on Tuesday. The blast hit Monday night in a rural area of central Puebla state, Diodoro Carrasco, a senior official in the state government, reported to radio station Cinco Radio.
Former President of US, Barack Obama on Tuesday revealed his relief at not being the leader of the Free World anymore, however now he is “captive to selfies,” he joked. While addressing to an audience of 3,000 who had paid $700-925 to see him and listen to him in Milan, Italy, he said that, “being the president of the US is unique in its isolation.”