Chief Editor: Ansar Mahmood Bhatti

Thursday, July 9th, 2020


Strong regional and international cooperation vital to combating Desert Locust in Pakistan and beyond

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    At a briefing to the diplomatic community by the National Locust Control Centre (NLCC), today, in Islamabad, Pakistan underlined that strong regional and international cooperative mechanisms are vital to addressing the serious threat posed by Desert Locusts to the food security of Pakistan and the region. The gathering was informed that the current outbreak is the worst in over 25 years and that the pest is migrating towards Pakistan from countries in the region as well as from the Horn of Africa and the Red Sea area.  Read More

SC directs govt to take immediate steps to ensure travelling by train becomes safe


ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Thursday ordered the railways ministry to work on making travelling by train safer, after a series of train accidents in the country for the last two years prompted serious questions over the performance of the ministry. The remarks were made by a two-member bench that was hearing a suo motu case about losses incurred by the Pakistan Railways. Pointing out towards the frequent train accidents taking place across the country, the chief justice said, “The way railways is being run, this cannot go on.” TheRead More

State Bank announces new bank timings


KARACHI: All banks across the country will stay open from 9am to 5:30pm Monday to Friday, the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) announced on Thursday. According to a circular put out by the central bank, the new timings will be effective from July 13 till further orders. There will be prayer and lunch break from 1:30pm to 2 pm Monday to Thursday and 1pm to 2:30 pm on Fridays, it said, adding the banking hours for public dealings will remain the same as notified on April 23. Earlier, the SBPRead More

Un tournage multicaméras et multiculturel


There are destinations that make you dream. Those who evoke adventure, discovery, exoticism. In my mind, Pakistan was in this category This country particularly attracted me for its size, with its mountains among the highest on the planet, but also for its culture and the guarantee of a true experience, far from the tourist flows. So when Brice Lequertier, of Elite Ski Travel, offered to accompany him to Pakistan to film a big heli-skiing operation, I did not hesitate for a second to embark on this exciting project. The initiativeRead More

SCO Varsity an important platform: Norov


Ansar M Bhatti   ISLAMABAD: — SCO Secretary General Vladimir Norov during an interview with daily Islamabad Post, DNA News Agency and CENTRELINE magazine said  given the difficult current situation in the world due to the pandemic of coronavirus infection, all activities within the SCO on education have either been postponed or translated into an online format. He said under the chairmanship of the Russian side, the first organizational meeting of the Coordinating Council of the University of the SCO (CC USCO) was held in the mode of videoconference, which wasRead More

FO dismisses rumours about foreign minister’s health


ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office on Thursday strongly condemned attempts to hack Wikipedia page of Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and spread rumours about his health. Spokesperson Aisha Farooqui in a Twitter statement said: “We strongly condemn attempts by mischievous elements to hack Wikipedia page of FM @SMQureshiPTI & spread rumours on social media about his health & well-being. “By grace of Almighty Allah, FM is recovering fast. Everyone’s prayers, from 🇵🇰 & abroad, are deeply appreciated.” On July 3, FM Shah Mahmood Qureshi had revealed that he had tested positiveRead More