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Friday, December 18th, 2015


State Minister on Interior presents list of banned orgs before Senate

ISLAMABAD, 18 DEC (DNA) –    The Interior Minister on Friday presented a list of banned organisations before the Senate of Pakistan. State Minister for Interior, Balighur Rehman informed the Senate that banned organisations are watched to prevent them from resurfacing under different names. In the written reply the interior ministry told the Senate that in the current year 1,113 incidents of terrorism took place in the country while 637 terrorists were killed and 710 were arrested.  The ministry also presented a list of banned organisations in before the Senate. TheRead More

Six injured as bombs thrown at Bangladesh navy mosque

CHITTAGONG: Two bombs exploded at a mosque inside a navy base in the Bangladesh port city of Chittagong on Friday, injuring six, police said, adding that two people have been arrested.Police said the mosque inside the Isha Khan naval base in the southeastern city was packed with worshippers attending Friday prayers when several bombs were thrown.“Of the five bombs thrown at the mosque, two exploded. They looked like small grenades. Six people were injured,” Deputy Commissioner of the Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) Harun Ur Rashid Hazari told .

Amir on brink of Pakistan comeback after being included in PCB camp

LAHORE: Mohammad Amir’s bid to make a comeback to the national side was given a major boost after the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) inducted the fast bowler in a fitness training camp for 26 players which also includes T20 captain Shahid Afridi. The 26 players, picked by the selection committee and approved by Shaharyar Khan, are likely to form the core of Pakistan’s squad for next year’s World Twenty20 and the latest development suggests Amir could well be part of that group. “The main objective of the camp is toRead More

ECC approves equity share of Pakistan in TAPI

ISLAMABAD, DEC 18 (DNA) – The ECC of the Cabinet, chaired by Finance Minister, Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar on Friday, accorded approval to a proposal of the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources for US$ 200 million equity share of Pakistan in the TAPI Gas Pipeline Project Company. The ECC also approved release of US$ 12 million out of this share for the preliminary works in four equal tranches starting from January 2016 as per the disbursement plan. Approval for draft shareholders agreement, investment agreements and authorization for ISGS toRead More

US Consulate donates computer systems to Karachi Press Club

KARACHI, 18 DEC (DNA) – US Consulate General Karachi donated three computer, network and printer systems and software to the Karachi Press Club. The Consulate gave the equipment to the Club to support Karachi-based journalists in their day-to-day reporting.  “The media plays a very important role in a free society,” said U.S. Consul General Brian Heath.  “Journalists in Pakistan face challenging and dangerous conditions. That is why I wanted to come here today to express my gratitude and appreciation for all of your hard work and dedication.” The U.S. government,Read More

U.S. Defense Secretary, in Afghanistan, warns of IS threat

KABUL: US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter arrived in Afghanistan Friday on an unannounced visit, officials said, with media reporting his trip was aimed at assessing the deteriorating security situation in the country. His visit comes amid an surge in Taliban attacks across Afghanistan and mounting concerns that loyalists of the militant Islamic State group are making steady inroads in the country. “(Carter) has landed” in Afghanistan, the Pentagon said in a brief statement. The US embassy in Kabul also confirmed his arrival, but shared no details on the purpose ofRead More