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Ruet-e-Hilal Committee says Pakistan to celebrate Eid on Thursday

ISLAMABAD: After what was a very long wait, the Ruet-e-Hilal Committee on Wednesday night announced Eid will be celebrated in Pakistan tomorrow (Thursday, May 13). A meeting of the committee took place under the chair of Chairman Maulana Abdul Khabir Azad in Islamabad. In a press conference, Azad said testimonies were received from Balochistan's Chaman, Killa Saifullah, and Pasni, Peshawar in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh's Mirpurkhas, among other areas. Azad wished everyone "Eid-ul-Fitr mubarak" and urged people to…

India coronavirus death toll passes 250,000, variant spreads

India's coronavirus death toll passed 250,000 on Wednesday as the World Health Organization said the variant fuelling the surge had been found in dozens of countries across the globe. While vaccinations have helped to ease the pandemic crisis in the United States and Europe, India is in the grip of a devastating wave. Another 4,205 deaths were on Wednesday confirmed over the previous 24 hours, a national record, taking total fatalities to 254,197. But many experts believe the official numbers of people dying in…

Indonesian Submarines & Pakistan

By Jawad Falak An Indonesian submarine that went missing has been found broken into at least three parts, deep in the Bali Sea and all 53 crew members inside the missing KRI Nanggala-402 submarine have died. Death of a human is a heart shattering event and the loss of so many precious lives in a world already beset by a pandemic is soul numbing to say the least. Indonesian President Joko Widodo has rightly described the sailors as Indonesia's "best patriots". Pakistan too is full of grief for this tragedy of a…

US State Department spokesman grilled by journalist on Palestine stance

US State Department Spokesperson Ned Price was visibly shaken when he was challenged by a journalist over his statement on the Israel aggression against unarmed Palestinian protesters. Price, in his opening statement, condemned "the barrage of rocket attacks fired into Israel in recent hours", adding that the US recognises Israel’s legitimate right to defend itself and to defend its people and its territory. "It is critical for all sides to ensure calm and de-escalate tensions and avoid violent confrontations, such as…

General Bajwa meets President Ghani, Dr Abdullah in Kabul

RAWALPINDI: General Qamar Jawed Bajwa, Chief of Army Staff (COAS), visited Kabul, Afghanistan for a day long official visit on Monday. He held meeting with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. General Sir Nicholas Patrick Carter, Chief of the Defence Staff UK was also present during the meeting. According to ISPR, matters of mutual interest, current developments in Afghan Peace Process, enhanced bilateral security & defence cooperation and need for effective border management between the two brotherly countries were…

UAE bans entry to travelers from Pakistan

The United Arab Emirates will bar entry to non-UAE resident travellers from Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka starting on Wednesday to try to contain the spread of the coronavirus, it said on Monday. The UAE last month banned entry to travellers from India to guard against the spread of the highly contagious Indian variant. "Flights between the four countries will continue to allow the transport of passengers from the UAE to Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka," the Gulf state's National Emergency Crisis…

Babar Azam voted ICC Player of the Month for April 2021

The International Cricket Council (ICC) today announced the winners of the ICC Player of the Month Awards for April which recognise and celebrate the best performances from both male and female cricketers across all forms of international cricket throughout the year. Pakistan’s Babar Azam won the ICC Men’s Player of the Month for April 2021, for his consistent and outstanding performances across all formats in the recently concluded series against South Africa and was chosen as the April winner by fans and the ICC voting…

Sadiq Khan: London’s mayor wins second term

London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who won re-election Saturday, has risen from humble roots to spar with prime ministers and presidents since taking charge of the British capital five years ago. The 50-year-old politician from the main opposition Labour party, a former human rights lawyer brought up on a London public housing complex, won a second stint at City Hall with victory over Conservative rival Shaun Bailey. This continues a remarkable journey for the Pakistani immigrant bus driver's son, who became the first Muslim…

Chinese rocket segment disintegrates over Indian Ocean

A large segment of a Chinese rocket re-entered the Earth's atmosphere and disintegrated over the Indian Ocean on Sunday, the Chinese space agency said, following fevered speculation over where the 18-tonne object would come down. Officials in Beijing had said there was little risk from the freefalling segment of the Long March-5B rocket, which had launched the first module of China's new space station into Earth orbit on April 29. "After monitoring and analysis, at 10:24 (0224 GMT) on May 9, 2021, the last-stage…

Scores more wounded in new Jerusalem clashes

Scores of people were injured Saturday as Israeli police fired water cannon and rubber bullets to disperse Palestinian protesters in annexed east Jerusalem, a day after fierce clashes at the city's Al-Aqsa mosque. The fresh violence, a day after more than 200 people were wounded at the mosque, prompted international calls for an end to the violence. Police said they dispersed the rally in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood where demonstrators had thrown stones at security forces. Officials said Sunday a rocket had been…

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