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Road mishaps: Four killed, 17 injured in separate incidents

BATTAGRAM / KOHISTAN:  Three people were burnt alive when an oil tanker caught fire in Komela, near the district headquarter of Kohistan, police and witnesses reported on Friday. According to Komela Police, an oil tanker was on its way to Gilgit from Rawalpindi when it skidded off the Karakoram Highway and plunged into River Abaseen. Residents recovered the charred bodies ...

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Reaction to bill: KU teachers reject amendments in universities law

KARACHI:  Teachers at the University of Karachi (KU) have rejected the newly enacted Sindh Universities Law (Amendment) Bill, 2013, terming it a ‘severe blow’ on academic and administrative autonomy of the universities. In an emergency general body meeting held at the university’s arts auditorium on Friday, the teaching fraternity announced they will observe a ‘black day’ on Monday. They vowed ...

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South Sudan leader names his deputy

South Sudan President Salva Kiir appoints James Wani Igga as his deputy to replaced Riek Machar, who he sacked last month, state radio announces.

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The best way to burn body fat?

“If you looked at a jockey without clothes on, there aren’t many who have an ounce of fat underneath the skin,” says coach Richard Perham.

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Rebuilding lives of child refugees

The UNHCR has announced that we have reached the one millionth Syrian child refugee mark. It is a terrifying statistic if you really digest it and don’t just read it as a sanitized account of a tragic war.

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Unilever profits grow slightly in challenging first half

KARACHI:  In a sign of slowdown in at least some areas of consumer spending, Unilever Pakistan’s revenues grew less than a tenth and profit showed slight growth in the financial results for first six months of 2013. The Anglo-Dutch foods and consumer goods giant earned Rs30 billion in revenues in the first half of 2013, an increase of 8.3% compared ...

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Legal workforce: K-P appoints additional advocate generals

PESHAWAR:  The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) government has appointed 10 additional advocate generals and eight deputy advocate generals in the Peshawar High Court (PHC) and its other benches in various districts of the province. The additional advocate generals are Waqar Ahmad, Syed Qaiser Ali Shah, Naveed Akhtar and Rab Nawaz Khan for Peshawar; Zahid Yousaf Qureshi for the Supreme Court; Saifur Rehman ...

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Changing trends: Edging out old-timers, female politicians take their seats

KARACHI:  The major-league of political parties today might paint a picture of male leadership but the by-elections in Sindh on Thursday, in which Pakistan Peoples Party’s Shazia Atta Marri and Shamsun Nisa Memon won from Sanghar and Thatta, proved that women in politics should not be undermined when it comes to defeating their male counterparts. The female candidates secured unprecedented ...

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“Cowards Have No Place To Hide”

In most countries, giant public billboards are used to advertise shopping malls, car dealerships or off-road fast food restaurants. But in Iraq, many billboards are used for public service announcements against terrorist organizations. Others promote cross-confessional entente. Check out these two interesting signs on the streets of Baghdad, snapped by CNN producer Jomana Karadsheh. “You cowards of Al-Qaeda terrorist organization. ...

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US ‘probes’ Microsoft business partners in Russia, Pakistan

WASHINGTON:  Microsoft business partners in Russia and Pakistan are being investigated by the US for paying bribes for winning contracts, cnet.com – a tech media website – quoted a news report as saying. US investigators in the Justice Department and Securities and Exchange Commission are said to be investigating Microsoft’s relationships with representatives and resellers who allegedly bribed foreign officials ...

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Roadside blast: Bomb jolts Frontier Corps vehicle

PESHAWAR:  A vehicle of the Frontier Corps (FC) was slightly damaged in a remote-controlled bomb attack on PAF Canal Road in Badhaber on Friday afternoon. An FC convoy was passing through the area when the tyre of one of the trucks burst as a result of the explosion’s impact. There was, however, no loss of life. FC personnel surrounded the ...

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Captaincy takes toll on Cook – Agnew

“Captaincy is very, very hard work both on and off the field and eventually it has to take its toll,” says Jonathan Agnew

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Budgetary support: ADB questions irregularities in BISP before fresh lending

ISLAMABAD:  Federal auditors unearthed financial irregularities worth Rs146.8 billion in the Benazir Income Support Programme – now known as the Pakistan Income Support Fund – irking the Asian Development Bank (ADB) as the Manila-based lending agency is considering approval of a 0 million loan for the social safety programme. According to an audit report for the financial year 2011-12, the ...

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