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Two dead, 17 injured in Lahore blast

LAHORE: At least two people died and scores of others were wounded when a blast hit Johar Town in Lahore on Wednesday. Police, rescue teams, and bomb disposal squads have…

Pakistan, Facebook join hands to stop Covid misinformation

The government of Pakistan has collaborated with Facebook to stop the spread of Covid related misinformation. Taking to Twitter, the official account of the government announced that it has "successfully partnered with Facebook to fight COVID-19 misinformation." Government of Pakistan has successfully partnered with Facebook to fight #COVID19 misinformation & created videos and messages to boost greater vaccine confidence amongst the nation that had reached over 32 Million people in Pakistan. #GetVaccinated…

Junkyard of empires: Afghans sift through leftovers of US occupation

Squatting in the dust by the main road to Afghanistan's biggest air base, Mir Salam sifts through a pile of broken electronics in front of him, salvaged from departing US troops. All around are heaps of junk and scrapped equipment -- ranging from telephones and thermos flasks to computer keyboards and printer cartridges. "This is what the Americans do," the 40-year-old told AFP. "They destroy absolutely everything." The Pentagon is vacating Bagram air base as part of its plan to withdraw all forces by this…

Global warming causing rise in sea levels, cyclones

The frequency of tropical cyclones and deep pressure systems in the Arabian sea has increased 10 times in the last 20 years because of continuous sea-surface temperature rise, and in the upcoming years, the occurrence of more tropical cyclones is feared as the temperatures keep rising. “In addition to the more frequent formation of intense tropical cyclones, the rise in seawater temperature is resulting in sea-level rise which can seriously affect coastal ecosystems, destruction of agricultural lands, along the coastal…

Two dead, 17 injured in Lahore blast

LAHORE: At least two people died and scores of others were wounded when a blast hit Johar Town in Lahore on Wednesday. Police, rescue teams, and bomb disposal squads have reached the incident site, while people around have said that the blast damaged the windows of houses and buildings nearby. Rescue officials say five people are in critical condition. The Jinnah Hospital management treating the injured has asked for blood donation. CCPO Lahore Ghulam Mehmood Dogar said the investigations were underway into the…

Promise of mainstreaming former FATA unfulfilled in 2020: HRCP

The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP)’s annual report on the state of human rights in 2020 details the devastating impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), which recorded 58,702 cases and 1,649 deaths. This was aggravated by low testing levels—less than half a million of KP’s 35 million residents had been tested by the end of the year. Freedom of movement and association were also affected significantly by Covid-related restrictions. Over 30 laws were passed by the KP Assembly, of which at…

England clinch top spot in Euro 2020 group, Croatia reach last 16

England clinched first place in Euro 2020 Group D with a 1-0 win against the Czech Republic, while Luka Modric's rocket propelled Croatia into the last 16 as their 3-1 victory over Scotland eliminated their Covid-hit opponents on Tuesday. Already assured of playing in the last 16, England made certain that the knockout tie will be played in front of their own fans at Wembley thanks to Raheem Sterling's first-half winner against the Czechs. England will face the second-placed team in Group F on June 29, with France,…

US seizes news websites of Iran’s Press TV, Al-Alam

US law enforcement seized the websites of two Iranian state-controlled news groups, Press TV and Al-Alam, and of the Al-Masirah TV channel of Yemen's Huthis, statements posted on the websites showed Tuesday. Each site displayed a single page with a statement that it "has been seized by the United States Government" and making reference to US sanctions laws, accompanied by the seal of the FBI and the US Department of Commerce. Press TV is Iran's main English language broadcaster, and Al-Alam its main Arabic-language…

Zazai, Wells power Zalmi to PSL final

Abu Dhabi, 22 June 2021: Hazratullah Zazai and Jonathan Wells hit quick half-centuries as Peshawar Zalmi qualified for their fourth Pakistan Super League final. Zalmi thrashed Islamabad United by eight wickets in Eliminator 2 of the 2021 edition at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium on Tuesday evening. In Thursday’s final, which will start at 2000 UAE time (2100 PKT time), the 2017 champions will meet first-timers Multan Sultan. Hazratullah, who came in one of the replacements for the Abu Dhabi-leg matches, belted his…

Sindh CNG stations to stay shut for a week

CNG stations across the province will remain closed for a week starting today, Tuesday, announced the Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC). They will open on Tuesday, 29 June, at 8 am. The reason behind this closure is the shortage in supply. Sameer Najam Al Hussain, the coordinator of the Sindh zone of the All Pakistan CNG Association, says the decision comes after they received a notification of gas supply closure for an indefinite period. The budget of 2021-22 gave rise to concerns over a price hike for CNG due to a…

Pakistan will not allow US military bases on its soil: PM

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is ready to be a partner for peace in Afghanistan with the United States, but will not allow US military bases on its soil, Prime Minister Imran Khan has said in an opinion piece published in a leading American newspaper on Tuesday. “We simply cannot afford this. We have already paid too heavy a price,” the Pakistani leader wrote in The Washington Post ahead of US President Joe Biden meeting with the top Afghan leaders at the White House later this week. “If Pakistan were to agree to host U.S.…

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