The Ministry of Interior had cancelled these licences last yearISLAMABAD. : The government has reinstated all 90,000 licences of the prohibited bore. The ban has been lifted for the army generals and equivalent army officers while the ban of non-prohibited bore has been lifted for civil officers and common people. Pakistan biggest importer of Chinese arms: reportThe notification by the Interior Ministry said the prohibited bore arms licences were cancelled on December 26, 2017. Those who did not deposit it were bound to change them into non-prohibited bore arms.
December 15, 2018 04:07 UTC
Besides, the country is to repay $7-9 billion in debt servicing per year over the next three years. Stable outlook“The outlook is stable,” the rating agency added. “Better fiscal coordination between the federal and provincial governments is also planned through the Fiscal Coordination Committee,” it pointed out. “Fitch forecasts that the debt ratio will rise further to 75.6% of GDP in FY19 on additional rupee depreciation,” it said. “However, this remains above the current ‘B’ category median GDP growth of 3.5%.”Inflation has surged due to significant rupee depreciation and higher energy prices.
December 15, 2018 03:19 UTC
USOC has given the go-ahead call to bring the Games back to the city that hosted in 2002LOS ANGELES: Salt Lake City has been selected by the United States Olympic Committee for a potential bid to host the 2030 Winter Games. The USOC has expressed interest in bidding for a future Winter Olympics, but has not determined when a formal bid will take place, the organization said in a statement on Friday. However, at a board meeting in San Francisco it was determined that Salt Lake City — which hosted the Winter Games in 2002 — rather than rival Denver, Colorado, was the best fit for a possible bid. “This selection affords the USOC and Salt Lake City the opportunity to move forward with the International Olympic Committee’s ongoing dialogue phase,” the USOC said in a statement. “We are truly humbled and honored to be the USOC’s choice to bid for a future Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games,” Biskupski said.
December 15, 2018 01:52 UTC
ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Friday asked the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Friday to find a way to resolve the boundary dispute between Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and Gilgit-Baltistan (GB). The bench, headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, took up the two-year-old constitutional petition of KP for the settlement of boundary dispute. The chief justice noted that on August 15, the advocate generals of KP and GB sought time to resolve the matter. The boundary dispute at the site of Diamer-Bhasha dam between the residents of Diamer and has deepened with tribes on both sides refusing to budge from their positions. A three-member bench, headed by Supreme Court Chief Justice Nisar, conducted hearing of the case regarding the 18th amendment.
December 14, 2018 19:25 UTC
According to Malpass IMF loans tend to be shorter maturity loans and China's loans to Pakistan are longer-maturityA senior official of the US Treasury Department has said that the United States wanted to help Pakistan in reviving its economy so that it was not a failure in the future. Pakistan is seeking an $8 billion extended loan facility from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to bail itself out of a severe balance-of-payments crisis that threatens to cripple its economy. Malpass told the senators that the Trump administration also wanted to ensure that any IMF loan to Pakistan was not used to repay its Chinese debt. Pakistan will have to take tough decisions if US blocks bailout“With regard to Pakistan, Secretary Pompeo is exactly right. Malpass said that IMF loans tend to be shorter maturity loans and China’s loans to Pakistan have been longer-maturity loans.
December 14, 2018 19:18 UTC
The ISPR says four terrorists were also killed in exchange of fireSix security personnel were martyred as their convoy was targeted following an operation in Turbat, Balochistan on Friday. “An intelligence based operation was conducted on terrorists’ hideout in Wakai area near Buleda [area],” the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement. “Six security personnel embraced Shahadat. Sepoy Sajjad , SialkotFour ‘terrorists’ killed in Awaran anti-terror operationIn September, four terrorists were killed in a security operation in Jhao near Awaran district. Similarly, on July 3, six security personnel were martyred and two others injured in a rocket attack in Awaran.
December 14, 2018 18:51 UTC
Likewise, a three-member bench of the apex court also sought afresh the viewpoint of K-P Chief Minister Mehmood Khan about the adjudication of the boundary dispute between GB and K-P under Article 184(1) of the Constitution. The dispute resolution is very significant as it relates to the area where Diamer-Bhasha dam will be built. The bench, headed by Chief Justice Nisar, took up the two-year-old constitutional petition of K-P for the settlement of boundary dispute. Diamer-Bhasha boundary dispute: Gilgit rejects K-P’s claim to part of damThe chief justice noted that on August 15, the advocate generals of K-P and GB sought time to resolve the matter. The chief justice was giving priority to the construction of Diamer-Bhasha dam.
December 14, 2018 18:45 UTC
Cell-cultured meat takes tissues from living animals and turns it into food using scientific techniques and lab incubation, according to Daily Mail. Biotechnology firm Aleph Farms claims to have grown slaughter-free meat in its labs with the same texture and flavour as the real meat. This latest technology comes at a time when a growing number of people are waging an ethical war against the human consumption of meat. Technology for ‘cruelty-free meat’ is still evolving and the firm claims it would cost approximately $50 for a single piece of the thin steak. Development of the technology has been steadily progressing, with Just Food, a San Francisco-based firm, working on using plant protein to create meat replacements.
December 14, 2018 18:22 UTC
Also, a central Mutual Legal Assistance Authority will be established to end money laundering and to retrieve looted wealth from abroad while a Legal Aid and Justice Authority will also be formed, sources said. Members of the whistleblower commission will be appointed by the government. The lack of a central MLA authority is also one of the objections in FATF regime, it says. LEGAL AID AND JUSTICE AUTHORITY:A copy of the draft of Legal Aid and Justice Authority Bill 2018 says that its purpose is to establish the Legal Aid and Justice Authority to provide legal, financial or other assistance and access to justice to the poor and vulnerable segments of the society in criminal cases. The Aid and Justice Authority Bill 2018 also said that the authority will have a board to administer it with a representation of the federation and all the provinces.
December 14, 2018 18:11 UTC
Shehbaz alleges order not issued despite sending request to speaker in last sessionISLAMABAD: The opposition in the National Assembly on Friday staged a walkout from the proceedings over non-issuance of the production order of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz lawmaker Khawaja Saad Rafique. Opposition Leader Shehbaz Sharif told the house that Rafique’s production order was delayed despite their request to Speaker Asad Qaiser in last sitting of the house. He again requested the chair to issue the production order. Earlier, the Balochistan National Party (BNP) parliamentary leader Akhtar Mengal also staged walkout from the proceedings on the same issue. Speaker Asad Qaiser later said that legal opinion had been sought on the production order and adjourned the proceedings until Monday.
December 14, 2018 18:11 UTC
ISLAMABAD: A complete shutdown was observed in Sopore area of Baramulla district on the second successive day on Friday to mourn the killing of two youths by Indian troops. According to Kashmir Media Service (KMS), the troops martyred the youth, Owais Ahmad Butt and Tahir Ramzan Dar, during a cordon and search operation in Gund Brath area of the district, on Thursday. All shops and other business establishments were closed while very thin movement of traffic was witnessed in Sopore town and its adjoining areas. Meanwhile, people including men and women were seen visiting the families of the martyred youth to offer condolences. The occupation authorities had ordered the suspension of class work in all educational institutions in Sopore sub-division to prevent student protests against the killings.
December 14, 2018 17:48 UTC
ISLAMABAD: The Senate was informed on Friday that a proposal is under consideration to merge the Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority (ERRA) with the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) to effectively cope with natural disasters in future. During the question hour, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan told the house that a proposal to this effect has been put before the cabinet for approval. The state minister said that NDMA is currently working in liaison with provincial disaster management authorities to provide assistance to the people in drought-hit areas of Sindh and Balochistan. Law Minister Farogh Naseem told the house that civil procedure amendment bill has been prepared to ensure speedy trial of cases. He said the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government got an empty exchequer when it assumed the power about three months ago.
December 14, 2018 17:26 UTC
KARACHI: After a 30-year service at Oxford University Press (OUP) Pakistan, Managing Director Ameena Saiyid, recipient of Sitara-e-Imtiaz, Knight of the Order of Arts and Literature (Government of France), has announced her retirement. She wished her former colleagues well and thanked those who worked closely with her to help OUP Pakistan grow. “She will continue to work tirelessly as always to promote education, the culture of reading and writing in Pakistan as well as literature festivals,” said a statement issued to media.
December 14, 2018 17:15 UTC
NASA-led study predicts drier future for Pakistan, India and ChinaWASHINGTON: A NASA-led study has shown Asia’s high mountain glaciers are flowing more slowly in response to widespread ice loss, which may affect freshwater availability downstream in Pakistan, India and China. For more than a decade, satellite data have documented that the glaciers were thinning as the melt rates on their top surfaces increased. Pakistan’s glaciers face new threat: Highway’s black carbonAsia’s mountain glaciers flow from the cold heights of the world’s tallest mountains down to warmer climate zones, where they melt much faster, feeding major rivers such as the Indus and Yangtze. In the few locations where glaciers have been stable or thickening rather than thinning, the study found that flow speeds also have been increasing slightly. However, as the glacier thins and loses mass, both sliding and creeping become more difficult, so the glacier’s flow slows down.
December 14, 2018 17:15 UTC
“When I used to say this matter cannot be resolved without dialogue, [they] would term me ‘Taliban Khan’,” said the PM, revealing that Pakistan had arranged talks between the US and Afghan Taliban on Dec 17. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Afghan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani will lead their respective delegations. Trump sent Imran a personal letter asking for his help in pushing the Taliban into peace talks. The letter arrived as Zalmay Khalilzad, the Trump administration envoy overseeing talks with the Taliban, embarked on an 18-day trip to Pakistan, Afghanistan and six other countries in a bid to build consensus for regional peace talks. “Since Pakistan has always advocated a political settlement to end war in Afghanistan, US decision is welcomed.
December 14, 2018 17:03 UTC