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France’s far-right leader Marine Le Pen to visit Chad


MAR 21, (DNA) -French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, the leader of the far-right Front National (FN) party, is to make a rare visit to Africa, a party official said. She is travelling to Chad to meet French soldiers based there as part of the Barkhane anti-terrorism force. Chadian opposition parties say she should be banned from visiting describing her as a champion of “fascist” policies. It is the first time Ms Le Pen is in Africa in an official capacity. The plane carrying Ms Le Pen to Chad departedRead More

Brexit: EU summit on 29 April to discuss way ahead

Brexit: EU summit on 29 April to discuss way ahead

MAR 21, (DNA) – A summit of EU member states to discuss Brexit is be held on 29 April, a month after the UK triggers Article 50. The meeting will be used to agree the guidelines for the EU’s negotiating team headed by Michel Barnier. European Council president Donald Tusk said the priority would be giving “clarity” to EU residents, business and member states about the talks ahead. Prime Minister Theresa May will officially notify the EU of the UK’s intention to leave on 29 March. She told her cabinetRead More

India could launch nuclear attack on Pakistan if threatened: Hindustan Times


LAHORE, MAR 21, (DNA) – India could launch a preemptive first strike against Pakistan if in case if it feared that the nuclear attack was imminent. The daily cited a leading Indian nuclear strategist Vipin Narang, a nuclear strategist from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “There is increasing evidence that India will not allow Pakistan to go first,” said Vipin Narang at a conference on nuclear policy. The nuclear strategist from MIT however professed that the strike will not target urban centres and conventional targets, but instead against the nuclear arsenalRead More

Britain understands Pakistan’s concerns over MQM founder’s issue: British Interior Minister


ISLAMABAD, MAR 21, (DNA) – British Secretary of the Interior, Amber Rudd has said on Tuesday that the British government understands Pakistan’s concerns over issue regarding MQM and the decision would be made as per the law. Rudd convened a meeting with Minister for the Interior, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan in the federal capital. During the sitting, she said that no one is above the law in Britain. The two leaders discussed several matters of mutual importance including anti-terrorism, immigration, stability and bilateral terms. While addressing a joint press conference afterRead More

French presidential debate lifts euro to six-week highs


MAR 21, (DNA) -The euro climbed to six-week highs and French bonds and stocks rallied on Tuesday after centrist Emmanuel Macron’s performance in a television debate raised expectations he would win France’s presidential election over the far-right’s Marine Le Pen. The dollar was also held back by doubts about how fast U.S. interest rate would rise. Oil prices rallied almost 1 percent on talk that OPEC could extend supply cuts. European stock markets opened higher .FTEU3, after a rally in Asia, where MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside JapanRead More

Japan extends grant for medical equipment

  ISLAMABAD, MAR 22 (DNA) – The Government of Japan has extended a grant of US $ 83,230 to Al Mustafa Trust for installing new medical equipment at its medical center in Chaklala, Rawalpindi to better serve the underprivileged communities in surrounding areas. The Government of Japan has extended this grant under its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) Programme to implement the social development project for the betterment of the disadvantaged communities of Pakistan. The agreement for the project was signed on 21 March 2017 at the Al MustafaRead More