Without cash in their wallets, drivers often hand gas station attendants a bag of rice, cooking oil or whatever is within reach. “Heck, it’s no secret to anyone that it goes for nothing.”Gas is so dirt-cheap that station attendants don’t even know the price. Venezuela dropped five zeros from its currency last year in a futile attempt to keep up with inflation. Venezuela, which sits atop the world’s largest oil reserves, was once rich. Most drivers would gladly pay the true price of gas if the government would use the proceeds to invest in services, she said.
October 22, 2019 03:56 UTC
Four persons arrested for selling the fake eggs to unwitting customersKARACHI: Why did the chicken cross the road? He was making plastic eggs now. On Sunday night, Darakshan Police apprehended a local shopkeeper and eggs supplier for selling eggs made of a ‘plastic-like’ material. During the hearing, the investigation officer maintained that the suspect was taken into custody on the recovery of ‘plastic’ eggs from his shop. On the other hand, the yoke and white of fake eggs get mixed together the moment they are broken.
October 22, 2019 03:11 UTC
According to Express News, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif and Nawaz Sharif’s son-in-law Captain (retd) Muhammad Safdar also reached the Services Hospital on Monday night. Earlier, former prime minister’s personal physician Dr Adnan Malik tweeted that Sharif’s platelet count was critically low that could be due to multiple pathologies, and added that he required immediate hospital care. — Dr. Adnan Khan (@Dr_Khan) October 21, 2019“Today met former PM Nawaz Sharif for consultation & evaluation. Former PM #NawazSharif is detected to have critically low Platelet Count (16*10^9/L) that could be due to multiple pathologies & requires immediate in-hospital care. pic.twitter.com/hnaYHEAxkF — Dr. Adnan Khan (@Dr_Khan) October 21, 2019“Former PM Nawaz Sharif is detected to have critically low Platelet Count (16*10^9/L) that could be due to multiple pathologies & requires immediate in-hospital care.
October 21, 2019 19:44 UTC
Rashid maintained if there was a war between Pakistan and India, it would not be limited to bullets and cannons but will be a nuclear one. Sheikh Rashid observed that it was for the first time in the history of the country that a free track policy was designed. He said that private trains could be run as railways was not in a position to carry more passengers and freight. Rashid said that the private trains would only pay rent of the track. “Steps, in accordance with the law, will be taken to maintain law and order situation,” Faraz said.
October 21, 2019 19:30 UTC
PPP chief says his party to give moral, political support to JUI-F’s anti-govt rallyISLAMABAD: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said on Monday that the PPP agrees with Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) on the one-point agenda that Prime Minister Imran Khan must go. “As far as [JUI-F’s anti-government] Azadi march is concerned the position of PPP is very clear. We support [JUI-F chief] Maulana Fazlur Rehman’s march politically and morally,” Bilawal said on Monday while talking to reporters after meeting the PPP’s jailed supreme leader, Asif Ali Zardari, at Adiala Jail. He said: “The PPP has always struggled for democracy and agrees on one-point agenda with Maulana Fazl that this government of Imran Khan must go so that we can save democracy.”The PPP chief said unfortunately the government has locked up the parliament. Talking with reference to the PPP’s level of support to Fazl, he said ‘for now’ it is his and his party’s programme to support Maulana.
October 21, 2019 19:18 UTC
LAHORE: Former premier and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supreme leader Nawaz Sharif was shifted to the Services Hospital on Monday night after his health worsened. At the hospital, the PML-N supremo was tested for dengue fever but the test returned negative. Nawaz’s physician Dr Adnan Malik also said that his platelet count was critically low which could be due to multiple pathologies. “Former PM #NawazSharif is detected to have critically low Platelet Count (16*10^9/L) that could be due to multiple pathologies & requires immediate in-hospital care. This is not the first time Nawaz has been shifted to the hospital.
October 21, 2019 19:07 UTC
“However, threats and intimidation cannot prevent us from a peaceful and democratic struggle,” Fazl said on Monday while addressing the JUI-F’s provincial Majlis Shura meeting in Peshawar. “After fooling the nation, the ruling party is trying to obstruct the national protest through threats and coercion. “The unity of the opposition has shaken the government and threats by the government are a proof of their incompetence. Fazl announced that the decision to hold talks with the government will be taken by the Rahbar committee and the JUI-F has not shut the doors to talks. Mufti Naeem opposes participation of madrassa students in ‘Azadi March’“It does not suit the government to talk about state of Madina.
October 21, 2019 19:07 UTC
“Keeping in view its recent statements and initiatives, the government does not appear to be serious in negotiations,” said Durrani while addressing the media-persons after hosting the Rahbar Committee meeting at his residence on Monday. The meeting was attended by leaders and representatives of nine opposition parties, including the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, the Pakistan Peoples Party, the Awami National Party and others. PML-N in doldrums about ‘Azadi march’Durrani warned against creating obstacles in the Azadi march, expressing conditional willingness in holding negotiations. “The government can contact the Rahbar Committee, but if even one member of the committee is absent, negotiations will not be held,” he added. To a question, Dr Firdous said Fazl remained the Kashmir Committee chairman for 10 years but did nothing for its cause.
October 21, 2019 19:00 UTC
Minister says the move will help both ministries share their expertise in field of science, technologyISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry has said that China has agreed to set up a commission for the formation of a high-powered technology industry in Pakistan. Both the ministers exchanged views for setting up nano technology and science and technology park in Pakistan. Minister for Science and Technology Wang Zhigang, while appreciating Fawad’s efforts in advancing science and technology, assured of his full cooperation in completion of the ongoing science and technology projects in Pakistan. Fawad invited Chinese companies to take advantage of incentives offered by the government for investment and set up solar panels and lithium battery manufacturing units in Pakistan. He said his company would also ensure the transfer of technology to Pakistan and help increase local manufacturing and enhance exports.
October 21, 2019 18:45 UTC
It’s a passion and a bit of a fixation, says 22-year-old Roman sculptorROME: Andrea Gandini, a 22-year-old Roman sculptor, is making a growing name for himself by turning the Eternal City’s dead tree stumps into much-admired pieces of art. That is how I chose to start carving stumps in Rome,” he said, as he worked on his latest creation. Although there is no law that forbids people from carving dead tree stumps, police have threatened to ban him from historic areas using tough new rules drawn up in recent years to maintain decorum. “If nothing changes in 10 years there will be hardly any trees left,” Gandini said. Andrea Gandini, 22, is turning dead tree stumps in Rome into artwork.
October 21, 2019 18:45 UTC
–Akram Durrani says government isn’t serious about holding talks with oppositionISLAMABAD: Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) leader Akram Durrani on Monday said that the opposition will not hold any dialogue with the government unless they are allowed to take out their peaceful Azadi March on October 27. Addressing a press conference after the meeting of opposition’s Rahbar Committee, the JUI-F leader said that it was decided in the meeting that the option of talks with the government would remain open only if the latter allows them to take out a peaceful Azadi March on October 27. The JUI-F leader denied reports that the opposition would step back from its decision of holding the march on October 27. “There would be no compromise on the march and it will be taken out as per schedule on October 27. The meeting of the Rahbar Committee was attended by the representatives of nine opposition parties, including the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the Awami National Party (ANP).
October 21, 2019 18:45 UTC
The court has issued orders for the release of prisoners in detention centres within seven days. The court has ordered the home secretary to declare all detention centres sub-jails within three days and present the under-trial prisoners before courts. The verdict stated that the ordinance was against all basic human rights envisaged in the Constitution. The court issued orders to the K-P inspector general of police to take control of the internment centres and obtain the record of the prisoners. It is pertinent to mention that last week the PHC had declared the ordinance unlawful and unconstitutional and issued orders to the police to take control of all detention centres.
Facebook said it had suspended the accounts on Monday, as well as three separate networks operated from IranLONDON/WASHINGTON: A network of Instagram accounts operated from Russia has targeted Americans with divisive political messages ahead of next year’s presidential election and posed as local people in US states including Virginia and Florida, Facebook said. Facebook said it had suspended the accounts on Monday, as well as three separate networks operated from Iran. Facebook’s Instagram launches Snap chat-like ‘Threads’ app“Whenever you do that, a piece of what you engage on is topics that are going to matter for the election. Gleicher said the IRA-linked network used 50 Instagram accounts and one Facebook account to gather 246,000 followers, about 60 per cent of which were in the United States. The earliest accounts dated back to January this year and the operation appeared to be “fairly immature in its development,” he said.
Development comes in line with a number of other reforms made in the Hajj and Umrah sector recentlyThe Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is mulling possibility of allowing women to perform Hajj without a male guardian. According to Arab News, the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah is conducting researches to issue visit visas for both tourism and Umrah purposes, and this process is expected to pave the way for allowing women to come without the need for a mahram (male guardian). Saudi Arabia plans more service to improve ‘Smart Hajj’ initiativeIn order to perform pilgrimage, women are currently required to travel with a male guardian or be met by him on arrival in the kingdom, however, women over the age of 45 may travel without a mahram if they are in an organised tour group. This development comes in the line with a number of other reforms made in the Hajj and Umrah sector recently. Moreover, the ministry was urged to intervene in the sector to save business, Arab News learned.
Minister of State for Narcotics Control Shehryar Afridi’s tall claims regarding the recovery of heroin from Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Punjab President Rana Sanaullah Khan’s possession seem to have put the PTI lawmaker in a tight spot as the Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) has denied that it made videos or took photographs at the time of the raid, according to a media report. The ANF’s denial has made all other claims made by Afridi during pressers and in TV interviews dubious while he continues to insist that Sanaullah was monitored for three weeks and all the video evidence is available. “The video of heroin recovery from Rana Sanaullah was also shown to the prime minister,” Afridi claimed in a recent interview on Geo News, adding that the evidence will be produced before the court once the trial begins. He has also claimed that four judges have refused to hear the case against Sanaullah as “he is El Chapo of Pakistan and threatens people”. Interestingly, the anti-narcotics judge hearing the case was repatriated to the Lahore High Court in the midst of the proceedings against Sanaullah and the duty judge has refused to conduct the indictment proceedings against the PML-N leader till the appointment of a regular judge.
October 21, 2019 18:00 UTC