Sunday, February 17, 2019

Saudi Crown Prince Arrives In Pakistan

Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman has just arrived in Pakistan on two days official visit. He was received by the Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan and the Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa.

Earlier upon entering Pakistan air space, the royal aircraft was escorted by Pakistan Air Force JF-17 Thunder and F-16 aircraft, which escorted the royal guest till Islamabad military air base..

The royal guest is likely to witness signing ceremonies of a number of MOUs which bring into Pakistan a huge investment in years to come.

It may be added that Saudi Arabia is keen in investing in petro-chemical related projects in the Gwader port area, which is witnessing huge investment attractions after the inititation of CPEC between China and Pakistan.

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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Indian Teacher to be Hanged for Raping Four Years Old Girl

A teacher in India has been sentenced to death by hanging for raping a four years old girl. The accused kidnapped his victim last June and left her body in the jungle after the assault, believing her to be dead. His act of raping was so savage that the girl remained in hospital needing her intestines realigned.

Teacher by the name of Mahendra Singh Gond is set to become the first person executed since a change in the law last year which introduced the death penalty for child rapists.

Confirming the death sentence, judges said: 'Courts cannot evade their duty to be tough with hard-core criminals so that there is some deterrent against indulging in such gruesome crimes.


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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Heatwave Set to Break Australia's 80 year Old Temperature Record

While the snow is falling more than what it did last year in the West, Australia braces itself for the worst heatwave that ever struck it in last 80 years.

As per meteorological estimates, the mercury in Adelaide could reach 45C - close to its 46.1C 80-year-old heat record In Tasmania emergency warnings were issued for six areas as almost 50 fires continued to burn across the state.

Severe weather warnings are also in place for extreme temperatures and high fire danger in Victoria and Tasmania on Friday, while in Western Australia a cyclone could develop off the north coast on Thursday.

Watch the video below for the weather update:

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Friday, January 18, 2019

Russia offers to invest $2 billion in Pakistan

Inter RAO Engineering, a Russian state-run, has offered to invest $2 billion in Pakistan’s water and power sector projects, including Mohmand dam.

Inter RAO Engineering, which is already building a dam in Afghanistan on the Kabul River,  wants a deal on government to government basis between Russia and Pakistan. 

The offer comes in the backdrop of already signed  governmental agreement between Pakistan and Russia to build the north-south LNG pipeline. The two countries also signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for an offshore gas pipeline project. 

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Friday, January 11, 2019

Spanish Expedition in Pakistan to summit K2 for first time in winter

K-2, the second highest mountain in the world after Mt. Everest has always been a challenge to the mountaineers as it is more deadlier than the Everest to limb. And that is the reason why no expedition has ever been able to scale it in winters.

These days a Spanish expedition is in Pakistan to attempt the winter accent to this huge pyramid shaped mountain with their base at Skardu in the Gilgit Baltistan province of Pakistan.

The 15 members Spanish team consists mountaineers from climbers, who are from Spain, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Poland.

As per the news available, the team has already left for the K2 base camp from Askole, Skardu. The first team is lead by Alex Txikon from Spain. They have a strong team of eight Sherpas with them.

In an interview with Spanish media Txikon said, they can reach Camp 4 on K2 but from there it’s an open question depending on weather and snow conditions.  Also, he wants to use igloos for shelter, instead the use of the usual tents. “Inside the igloos, we will be able to zero degrees and even positive with the help of a candle values.”

Read details about K2: Fascinating Pakistan: K-2, the Mountain of the Mountains

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Saturday, December 29, 2018

US Faces Taliban to End Afghan Game

After almost two decades of US troops battling the Taliban in Afghanistan, sanity seems to have prevailed upon the US administration that they are fighting a losing battle and have stuck into a quagmire. This realization brings them to negotiating table with once "Enemy" Taliban in UAE recently.

It has now been reported by Business News that United States diplomats and Taliban representatives met in the United Arab Emirates on Monday, 17 December 2018 for talks facilitated by Pakistan on finding a negotiated settlement of the war in Afghanistan.

The meeting in Abu Dhabi was also attended by officials from Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Pakistan had arranged the meeting after receiving a request from US President Donald Trump for help in the peace process a fortnight ago. 

Read details at Business News

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Saturday, November 24, 2018

Indian hand suspected in attack on Chinese Consulate

It is suspected by LEA (Law Enforcing Agencies) that the plot of the attack was prepared in India - an attempt to sabotage the CPEC land route from Pakistani port at Gwader to China.

Three BLA terrorists tried to storm into the Chinese Consulate in port city of Karachi, Pakistan yesterday but were gunned down by the LEA.

The sources have identified the mastermind of the attack as Aslam Achu, the commander of the banned terrorist group Baloch Liberation Army (BLA). The group claimed the responsibility for the Friday’s attack.

As per sources, Aslam Achu was injured during a face-off with security forces in Balochistan and is currently receiving medical care in New Delhi’s Max hospital.

It may be added that BLA has publicly invited Indian forces to intervene in Balochistan.


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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Asia Bibi Acquitted in Blasphemy Case

In a landmark decision, the Supreme Court of Pakistan has finally decided the long awaited case of blasphemy and has acquitted a Christian woman Asia Bibi today.

"Keeping in mind the evidence produced by the prosecution against the alleged blasphemy committed by the appellant, the prosecution has categorically failed to prove its case beyond reasonable doubt," concluded the chief justice.

A three bench panel further added that: "Tolerance is the basic principle of Islam and that Islam condemns injustice and oppression.

Asia Bibi was convicted for blasphemy under Section 295-C of the Pakistan Penal Code for allegedly defaming Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him). The offense carries the mandatory death penalty under Pakistani law.

"I can't believe what I am hearing, will I go out now? Will they let me out, really?" Bibi told AFP by phone from prison after the ruling. "I just don't know what to say, I am very happy, I can't believe it."

Commenting on the judgment Asia Bibi's lawyer Saiful Mulook told AFP: "The verdict has shown that the poor, the minorities and the lowest segments of society can get justice in this country despite its shortcomings. This is the biggest and happiest day of my life.

Asia Bibi's husband also hailed the verdict. "I am very happy. My children are very happy. We are grateful to God. We are grateful to the judges for giving us justice. We knew that she is innocent," said Ashiq Masih..

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Friday, October 26, 2018

Turkey to Upgrade Pakistan Navy's Agosta Attack Submarines

In a mutual defence agreement between Pakistan and Turkey, a Turkish defense contractor will upgrade the second of three Agosta 90B submarines in service with the Pakistan Navy.

As reported, Savunma Teknolojileri M├╝hendislik ve Ticaret A.┼×. (STM), a Turkish state-owned defense contractor,  has won a contract for the mid-life upgrade of the second of three Agosta 90B-class (aka Khalid-class) diesel-electric attack submarines equipped with air-independent propulsion systems, currently in service with the Pakistan Navy.

The upgrade also includes installation of a Sharp Eye low probability-of-intercept (LPI) radar system aboard the PNS Saad. Additionally, “under the project, STM will make modifications on the pressure hull, the most critical structure in a submarine.”

It may be added that the three Agosta 90B attack submarines were acquired by Pakistan Navy between 1999 and 2008 from France.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Saudis may admit journalist Jamal Khashoggi killed during interrogation

It has been reported, quoting government insiders, that Saudi Arabia is preparing to admit that journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed during interrogation inside Saudi consulate.

According to CNN, the Saudi Arabian government is preparing a report which will say Khashoggi died in an interrogation that was intended to end with his abduction from Turkey.

CNN says that "One source says the report will likely conclude that the operation was carried out without clearance and transparency and that those involved will be held responsible."

It may be added that The Washington Post columnist was last seen in public when he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in Turkey on October 2. Previously, Saudi authorities had maintained Khashoggi left the consulate the same afternoon of his visit, but provided no evidence to support the claim.

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Friday, October 12, 2018

McGregor and Khabib to be suspended following UFC 229 brawl

The ugly brawl that followed the Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov is likely to result into temporarily suspension by the Nevada State Athletic Commission pending a full inquiry.

The pair who were involved in a brawl following their lightweight title fight at UFC 229 on Saturday night will be given a 10-day suspension on October 15.

McGregor did receive his $3m after being initially cleared of wrongdoing, but could now be fined and banned after footage showed him throwing a punch.

ESPN reports that the NSAC will then vote on October 24 as to whether the rivals will be suspended indefinitely.

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US military grounds entire F-35 fleet

US military has temporarily grounded the entire fleet of its expensive state of the art F-35 fighter jets. Others using the jet have also suspended their flights.

The decision comes after a crash of F-35 in South Carolina last month. The crash in South Carolina involved an F-35B, which is able to land vertically and costs around $100m (£75m).

The F-35 is the largest and most expensive weapons programme of its type in the world and it is expected that the for many decades in future, F-35s would be the mainstay of the US and its export sales.

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Thursday, October 4, 2018

Britain bracing for Hurricane Leslie

Hurricane Leslie with winds up to 75 mph and lashing of rain is heading to wards Britain. It is likely to batter the islands next week.

Presently Tropical Storm Leslie which with its mighty force is in the middle of the Atlantic, has been upgraded to a hurricane as it gains speed.

But before it tastes the UK coast, it is projected to strike the US tomorrow before changing course and heading for Europe on Sunday. 

However, it is too early to predict what impact this will have on the UK but say the country should brace for rain and wind.  

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Pakistan Polls 2018: Imran Khan's Party in Majority to form Government in the Center

The general elections for Pakistan's national and provincial assemblies were held on 25th July simultaneously all over the country. As per the provisional results available, cricketer turned politician Imran Khan's party Pakistan Tehreek e  Insaf (TI, The Justice Party) is in lead with a vast margin, followed by PML (N), the party of deposed and jailed ex prime minister Nawaz Sharif.

The EU monitoring Committee in its initial report has showed its satisfaction over the conduct of elections and found the conduct better than what they observed in 2013 elections which were marred with allegations of rigging and misconduct.

Imran Khan's party has also showed a major presence in the province of Punjab, following very closely behind the PML(N). Imran's party has also obtained simple majority in the KPK province. In Sind province, former president Asif Zardari's party PPPP has had a dominating edge, though Imran's party has also shown a significant presence.

Detailed results are awaited.

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Friday, July 6, 2018

Former PM of Pakistan sentenced in Avenfield Properties Case

A National Accountability Court of Pakistan is Islamabad today sentenced former PM of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif to a 10 years term in jail, while his daughter Mrayam has been sentenced to seven years in Jail.

Both had been facing chances of corruption and money laundering since the publication of the Panama Papers and have failed to disclose the sources of their money trail from which they bought expensive Avenfield Flats in London and many off shore companies.

Both have also been fined to the tune of 8 (Rs. 1.3 billion) and 2 million (Rs. 335 million) pounds respectively beside order to confiscate their Avenfield flats.

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