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Sunday, September 13th, 2020


Dozens arrested at Melbourne anti-lockdown protest


Authorities in Melbourne arrested more than 70 people for flouting stay-at-home orders to protest against lockdown restrictions Sunday, with some demonstrators clashing with riot police at a market in the city. About 250 people attended the illegal protest — the second in as many days in the city — promoted by coronavirus conspiracy groups on social media. The demonstrators ignored official warnings and public health orders to gather at the central Queen Victoria market, calling for an end to a weeks-long lockdown of Australia’s second-biggest city. They were met byRead More

Pakistan to announce relaxed-visa regime for Afghans: ambassador


ISLAMABAD, Sep 13 (DNA): Pakistan will announce a relaxed-visa policy for Afghan nationals particularly students, businessmen, investors and patients, Pakistan’s ambassador-designate to Afghanistan Mansoor Ahmad Khan has said. Khan said the new policy is aimed at facilitating Afghans as a large number of people in Afghanistan want to do business, study and seek treatment in Pakistan. “The government of Pakistan is committed to ensure more facilities for Afghan nationals. The main focus is on easing the visa system and facilitating businessmen,” he said. Khan, a senior Pakistani diplomat, has servedRead More

Mohammad Hafeez urges management to try youngsters in Zimbabwe series

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Pakistan’s veteran all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez believes that team management should give chance to youngsters in the upcoming series against Zimbabwe. The Chevrons are due to arrive in Pakistan for three T20I and three ODI series in October later this year. Hafeez expressed his opinion that the team management should rest seniors for the series and give chance to younger players. “I think the team management should give chance to youngsters in the upcoming series against Zimbabwe,” said Hafeez. “This kind of series is a perfect opportunity to test your benchRead More

Sunday Trekking team explore beauty of Rock Pool Valley

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DNA ISLAMABAD: The  Islamabad Sunday Trekking Team enjoyed to the fullest the  wild beauty of the Rock Pool Valley Trail in the gorgeous Margalla Hills with its remarkable streams flowing with powerful energy. Birds, butterflies, cute goats and donkeys were also present to celebrate the last trek of our friend Pietro Damiani before taking his new posting in Beijing. To celebrate this occasion, Algeria, Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Ethiopia, France,  Hungary, Italy, Jordan, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Palestine, USA were represented on the trail to bid farewell to our loyal trekking friendRead More

Turkmenistan remains an isolated and repressive country: HRW

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Report says government brutally punishes all unauthorized forms of religious and political expression DNA ASHGABAT: Human rights watch has released its report about Turkmenistan. The Turkmen government’s dire human rights record saw no improvements in 2019. Turkmenistan remains an isolated and repressive country under the authoritarian rule of President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov and his associates. Turkmenistan’s economic crisis continued in 2019. The government abandoned subsidies on water, gas, and electricity. Emigration from the regions most affected by the crisis continued, but authorities attempt to bar people from traveling abroad to seek work.Read More

Afghans rule out foreign assistance

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Afghan, Taliban delegation form joint committee to facilitate Intra-Afghan talks DNA/NEWS DESK DOHA:  The Afghan representatives and the Taliban delegation – who launched the intra-Afghan talks in Qatari capital Doha on Saturday – formed a joint committee of 10 members to facilitate the negotiations. The Chief Executive of Afghanistan who is heading the Afghan side said that there is no need to involve foreign powers as Afghan would themselves sort out this issue. He said at this point there was no need to ask foreign stakeholders to help us. In this committee, thereRead More