Public Opinion

7 reasons Pakistanis should be happy about India’s defeat

KARACHI: Defending champions India lost to Australia at the World Cup semi-final in Sydney on Thursday after an impressive campaign earlier in the tournament. As M S Dhoni’s team walked off the field for the last time this tournament, some Pakistanis couldn’t help but rejoice. After all, a little friendly rivalry on the field doesn’t hurt.     Here are seven ...

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Tragedy in Khairpur: Reckless driving claims 14 lives

SUKKUR: Fourteen people were killed and 20 injured in a head-on collision between a passenger coach and a truck on Mehran National Highway in Khairpur district in early morning hours of Wednesday. According to reports, the passenger coach was en route to Karachi from Rawalpindi. While trying to overtake a camel cart near Setharja area, it rammed into a truck coming ...

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26 months on: IHC orders health secretary to release salaries

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court directed the federal secretary health to release the salaries of 17 employees — which have been withheld for over the past 26 months — by March 31. In case of failure to comply, he will have to appear before the court on the same date. Heading the bench, Justice Noorul Haq N Qureshi ordered National Health ...

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Broken promises: Another day, another deadline

RAWALPINDI:  Contractors working on the Islamabad-Rawalpindi metro bus have assured the authorities on Wednesday that they would complete pending work on the project by April 15. In a review meeting at the Rawalpindi commissioner’s office, headed by Metro Bus Scheme (MBS) Chairperson Muhammad Hanif Abbasi, contractors working on package-II of Rawalpindi promised to complete pending work by April 10, while ...

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People urged to donate zakat to govt’s fund

LAHORE: Zakat and Ushr minister Malik Nadeem Kamran on Wednesday urged the public to contribute their zakat to the department’s fund. He said with the adoption of the new distribution and monitoring system, the donors could rest assured that their funds would go only to the needy. “The department will share complete information of the recipients with the donors,” he said. ...

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Energy solution: In ambitious move, new plant to turn solid waste into electricity

PESHAWAR: The first-ever power plant which uses solid waste to generate electricity has been introduced in the provincial capital. The project is a joint venture of Directorate of Science and Technology (DoST) and CECOS University. It was inaugurated during a ceremony in Hayatabad on Wednesday where a practical demonstration of the plant’s operations was conducted. Speaking to The Express Tribune, Associate ...

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Chinese firms show interest in PIA

ISLAMABAD: A number of leading Chinese firms have shown interest in investing in Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) and airport facilities in a bid to improve passenger services and increase the number of flights. “Pakistan needs some improvement in its transportation facilities,” said Qiao Song, Managing Director of Sibol China Limited, a leading Chinese company. “The reservation system along with airport facilities ...

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Currency: Rupee strengthens against dollar

KARACHI: The rupee strengthened to 101.5/101.7 against the dollar in the inter-bank market on Wednesday compared to Tuesday’s close of 101.6/101.8. The currency market has stabilised over the past few months after experiencing extensive volatility, when the rupee weakened from around Rs98 to a dollar to above Rs103 in the wake of political impasse over alleged election rigging. Earlier, the rupee ...

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Path for progress

When we look around the world today, we find stark disparities in the economic and political set-up of various countries and the resultant levels of prosperity or impoverishment. What are the reasons behind some countries prospering greatly while others remaining mired in poverty? The answers are multi-dimensional and complex. The main determinants seem to be the level of political freedom ...

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Disappointed: MQM expresses concerns over ongoing ‘media trial’

KARACHI: The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) said that a ‘media trial’ of the party was going on and the matter will be taken to court. Speaking outside the Sindh Assembly on Wednesday, MQM MPA Faisal Subzwari asked why the media was terming party workers ‘criminals’. “Aren’t there courts in the country?” he questioned. “Why is the media calling our workers criminals ...

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