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Pakistan receives $240 million loan for energy project

ISLAMABAD, APR 7: The Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) on Friday signed a $240 million loan agreement to support Pakistan’s energy transition via Mohmand Multipurpose Dam Project. The project — which is co-financed by the SFD, OPEC, Islamic Development Bank, and the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development — is expected to contribute to Pakistan’s energy security, increase sustainable water supply for agriculture and human consumption, and improve resilience to floods. The agreement was signed by SFD CEO Mr Sultan Abdulrahman Al-Marshad and Federal Secretary for Ministry of Economic AffairsRead More

Aleem Dar receives grand farewell from ICC Elite Panel

Mirpur, APR 7: After officiating in his last Test match as an ICC Elite Panel umpire during the fixture between Bangladesh and Ireland in Mirpur on Friday, renowned Pakistani umpire Aleem Dar received a guard of honour. During the last match officiated by Dar, Bangladesh won the match on the final day by seven wickets after successfully chasing down a target of 138 runs. Dar’s exit from the elite panel after 19 years was confirmed by the ICC on March 16 in a press release. “Dar has had a longRead More

The fallacy of a US withdrawal from the Middle East

America is in decline. Eclipsed by China’s rise, it is shifting attention from the Middle East to the Indo-Pacific. That is one refrain in the analysis of three seemingly paradigm-challenging developments in the past month: a Chinese-mediated restoration of diplomatic relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran, the kingdom’s association with the China-led, security-focused Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, and a possible Russian-facilitated revival of diplomatic ties between Saudi Arabia and Syria. The geopolitical importance of these developments is too early to tell. While significant in and of themselves, they raise as manyRead More

PM Shehbaz launches mental health app on World Health Day

ISLAMABAD, APR 07 (DNA) — In celebration of World Health Day, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif announced the launch of the Pakistan government’s first dedicated mental health app and helpline. “On this World Health Day today, I am pleased to announce the launch of Government’s first dedicated mental health App Humraaz and helpline,” he said in a tweet. The prime minister said citizens’ well-being and especially mental health was paramount for the society’s improvement. “We need to remove taboo around mental health,” he added. The app, called Humraaz, was part of the government’sRead More

Nation remembers martyrs of Gayari tragedy on 11th anniversary

ISLAMABAD, APR 07 (DNA) — Pakistan is observing 11th anniversary of Gayari tragedy to pay tribute to Pakistan Army officers and soldiers besides civilians who were martyred in a fatal avalanche in Siachen which is described as “highest battlefield between Pakistan and India”.   On April 7, 2012, an avalanche hit a military camp in Gayari burying 129 soldiers and 11 civilians under 70 feet snow. After a long operation, all of them were declared dead by the authorities, making it one of the most tragic incidents.   Today, people took toRead More

Afghan wheelchair-bound cricket team to visit Pakistan 

By Our correspondent ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Wheelchair Cricket Council (PWCC) on Friday announced that Afghanistan’s wheelchair-bound cricket team will visit Pakistan on next month to play three T20Is and two ODIs against Pakistan. Rookhsana Rajpoot, President of Pakistan Wheelchair Cricket Council said that it will be a momentous event as it will be for the first time in the history that an international wheelchair cricket team will travel to Pakistan for a series. She said it would also be for the first time in the history of wheelchair cricket that anRead More