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Campaign against theft: Bakery found using ‘stolen’ gas, electricity for past several years

SUKKUR: A bakery in Qureshi Goth, Sukkur, was using allegedly stolen electricity and gas, a team of the gas utility and the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) found on Tuesday evening. A joint team of the FIA and Sui Southern Gas Company, led by FIA Circle Sukkur’s deputy director Abdul Hameed Bhutto, raided the bakery on a tip-off that it was stealing ...

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Berlusconi vows to keep fighting

Silvio Berlusconi says he will remain at the heart of Italian politics even if senators vote to throw the convicted fraudster out of parliament.

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Egypt arrests Muslim Brotherhood spokesman

Egyptian security forces have arrested a Muslim Brotherhood spokesman as they continue to round up high-profile members of the organization.

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PM’s visit to Turkey puts spotlight on Karkey dispute

ISLAMABAD:  Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif‘s visit to Turkey this week has once again brought to the fore a multi-million-dollar legal dispute between Pakistan and Turkish energy firm Karadeniz Holding’s subsidiary Karkey. According to a statement issued here by a public relations firm hired by Karkey, the long-running legal dispute involving Karkey and Pakistan authorities has undermined the prospect of enhanced ...

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Swat outbreak: Dengue claims two more lives

MINGORA: The unofficial death toll from dengue rose to 31 in Swat after two more patients lost their lives on Wednesday. The deceased were identified as 16-year-old Hussain Ali, a resident of Barama, and Mrs Ali Rehman, a resident of Chail Shagai. Both of them were reportedly being treated in Peshawar. Saidu Teaching Hospital (STH), however, did not confirm the casualties. ...

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Arshad Pappu murder case: Court reserves verdict on bail plea of PPP MNA

KARACHI: The Anti-Terrorism Court reserved its verdict on the bail application of Pakistan Peoples Party MNA, Shahjehan Baloch, who has been implicated in the Arshad Pappu murder case, till September 30. The court also issued notice to the medical superintendent of Lyari General Hospital (LGH) over his failure to shift a wounded suspect from LGH to the Civil hospital. The defence ...

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Bumpy start: Currency swap deals, forward contracts have flaws

ISLAMABAD:  The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has found fault with the State Bank of Pakistan’s policy of using bilateral currency swap agreements and forward contracts to shore up dwindling foreign currency reserves and has asked the central bank to scale back such arrangements. The IMF staff expressed concern over the SBP’s heavy reliance on short-term currency swap agreements and forward ...

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In limbo: Gwadar oil refinery future uncertain

ISLAMABAD:  A multi-billion-dollar oil refinery planned to be built by Iran at Gwadar port is facing an uncertain fate as Pakistan government has refused to grant the same incentive to the refinery that was offered to Pak Arab Refinery Limited (Parco). According to sources, the government had promised a 25% rate of return to Parco, jointly owned by the government ...

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Sarhad University convocation: Governor reminds students peace talks are not ‘child’s play’

PESHAWAR:  There was more talk about militancy than education at the Sarhad University’s convocation on Wednesday, where Governor Shaukatullah Khan took the opportunity to discuss peace talks with the Taliban. “Initiating peace talks with militants is not child’s play,” the governor said, adding it was in fact a sensitive issue. The government will negotiate for peace and will never allow ...

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The missing links: This is where our water goes

KARACHI:  The Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KWSB) has failed to chalk out an effective strategy to carry out a crackdown against the illegal water hydrants operational in the city. These illegal hydrants are allegedly protected by law enforcers, political parties and certain officials of the KWSB, The Express Tribune has learnt. Speaking to The Express Tribune, the board’s managing ...

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Politicians face arrest over riots

A court in India orders the arrest of 16 politicians and community leaders for inciting deadly religious violence in Uttar Pradesh state.

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Razzaq given glimmer of hope for South Africa series

KARACHI: Abdul Razzaq is back in contention and could be in line to make a comeback in the national team after the sidelined all-rounder was included in the preliminary squad for the home series in the UAE against South Africa. The Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) Selection Committee, following their meeting on Monday, handed a list of over 50 players to the ...

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