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Friday, December 23rd, 2016


How India lobbied Moody’s for ratings upgrade, but failed


DEC 23, (DNA) – India criticised Moody’s ratings methods and pushed aggressively for an upgrade, but the US-based agency declined to budge citing concerns over the country’s debt levels and fragile banks. Winning a better credit rating on India’s sovereign debt would have been a much-needed endorsement of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s economic stewardship, helping to attract foreign investment and accelerate growth. Since storming to power in 2014, Modi has unveiled measures to boost investment, cool inflation and narrow the fiscal and current account deficits, but his policies have not been rewardedRead More

Italy confirms Berlin truck attack suspect shot dead in Milan

Italy confirms Berlin truck attack suspect shot dead in Milan

ROME, 23 DEC (DNA) – The Tunisian man suspected of carrying out the deadly Berlin truck attack at the Christmas market was shot dead by police in Milan on Friday, Italy’s interior minister Marco Minniti said. The minister told a press conference in Rome that Anis Amri had been fatally shot after firing at two police officers who had stopped his car for a routine identity check around 3:00 am (0200 GMT). Identity checks had established “without a shadow of doubt” that the dead man was Amri, the minister said.Read More

Pakistan keen to further expand ties with Uzbekistan in diverse fields: PM


ISLAMABAD, 23 DEC (DNA) – Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said Pakistan is keen to further expand ties in economic and energy cooperation, connectivity and human resource development fields with Uzbekistan. He said this while talking to Deputy Prime Minister of Uzbekistan Ulugbek Rozikuloy in Islamabad Friday. Welcoming the visiting delegation to Pakistan, the Prime Minister expressed the confidence that the visit will contribute towards enhancing the bilateral relations between Pakistan and Uzbekistan. Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif said that Pakistan cherishes its close, friendly and fraternal relations with UzbekistanRead More

COAS, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, visits ISPR


DEC 23, (DNA) – General Qamar Javed Bajwa, COAS visted ISPR today and interacted with Officers and staff. Lt Gen Asim Saleem Bajwa, outgoing DG ISPR briefed COAS about role and functions of ISPR. COAS appreciated the role of ISPR as an institution. Lt Gen Bilal Akbar, CGS, Maj Gen Azhar Saleh , VCGS, Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor, DG ISPR designate were also present.=DNA ============

Brain-dead Muslim saves Hindu patient’s life by donating heart

Brain-dead Muslim saves Hindu patient's life by donating heart

RAJKOT, DEC 23, (DNA) – In a heartwarming tale of humanity from India, brain-dead Muslim Asif Juneja saved the life of Sod Vadla native Hindu Ambalya, after the former’s family opted to donate his heart to the latter, who was suffering from histamine cardiac disorder. Juneja had been involved in a car accident on December 17, and was immediately moved to a local hospital. However, doctors pronounced him brain-dead, and a neurosurgeon recommended his family to consider donating his vital organs to other needy patients. Histamine cardiac disorder – a severeRead More

Zardari begins his journey home, after 18 months

Zardari begins his journey home, after 18 months

KARACHI, DEC 23, (DNA) – Former president and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari is going to arrived home to Karachi today (Friday) ending an 18-month long stay in Dubai. PPP Patron in Chief, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari tweeted a picture of his father as he departed for the airport from his Dubai residence. News of Zardari’s return has rattled some cages and made some waves on the country’s political horizon. It appears that opposition parties have certain expectations associated with Zardari’s arrival, although the question remains whether he would beRead More