Production falls: Energy import critical for Pakistan’s economy, says ADB

ISLAMABAD:  For achieving even a low growth rate of 3.4% over the next two decades, securing foreign energy supplies will be critical for Pakistan amid a volatile security situation in Afghanistan, as the country’s domestic supplies gradually dry up, according to an Asian Development Bank (ADB) study. In its Energy Outlook for Asia and Pacific report, the Manila-based lending agency ...

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Corporal punishment: Student hospitalised after teacher’s assault

HARIPUR: A student was hospitalised after being bruised and injured by a short-tempered teacher at a private educational institute, police and family members said. Hospital officials confirmed the use of violence against the boy. Hamza Kiyani, a student of grade nine at Waqas Academy Khanpur, said he was chatting with his classmates during a free period when the teacher, Waqar, entered ...

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Israel warns over Iran before talks

It would be a “historic mistake” to ease pressure on Iran right now, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu tells parliament ahead of key nuclear talks.

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1st Test: Babar contains South Africa on debut

ABU DHABI:  Hashim Amla notched his 20th Test century but three wickets for 34-year-old debutant Zulfiqar Babar allowed Pakistan to restrict South Africa to 245 for eight on the opening day of the first Test in Abu Dhabi yesterday. Amla, ranked the world’s best batsman, provided another innovative display to hit 118 not out while most of his teammates showed ...

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India temple stampede toll hits 112

The death toll in a weekend stampede outside a temple in central India has risen to 112, and more than 100 others are injured, authorities said.

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A divided affair: Many in Mohmand Agency to celebrate Eidul Azha today

GHALLANAI:  Though Eidul Azha will be celebrated across the country on Wednesday (tomorrow), some people in Mohmand Agency have decided to ignore the call and observe Eid today as per the advice of local clerics. Some are observing Eid a day earlier as a symbol of Muslim unity since Saudi Arabia will also observe it on Tuesday. On the other ...

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Search for Colombia collapse missing

The search continues for nine people missing after a block of apartments collapsed in the Colombian city of Medellin on Saturday night.

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Mohammad Amir hopes for leniency in five-year ban

KARACHI: With bated breath, banned fast-bowler Mohammad Amir is keenly following the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Caretaker Chairman Najam Sethi’s efforts for his case at the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Board meeting this week. Sethi, along with PCB Chief Operating Officer Subhan Ahmed, will leave for London today for the meeting to be held from October 17 to 19. The PCB ...

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Black sheep: Locals accuse police of abetting cattle smuggling

PESHAWAR:  The smuggling of cattle to Afghanistan is ongoing for the past two months via Khyber and Mohmand agencies without any disruption from law enforcers, claim locals reeling under the exorbitant prices of sacrificial animals ahead of Eidul Azha. Most of the trucks smuggling cattle are crossing into Khyber Agency via Warsak, Bara and Jamrud roads. Locals said around 95% ...

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Brazil plans secure email service

Brazil’s president announces plans to create a secure email service to protect its citizens and businesses against foreign espionage.

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Supply chain of militancy

The times we are passing through form a defining moment for Jinnah’s Pakistan. Despite the TTP’s continued belligerence and rhetoric, calling for the imposition of sharia and even terming the church attack in Peshawar to be in line with what they believe to be sharia, the most worrying aspect is not these inchoate voices coming from the tribal belt, because ...

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Darfur peacekeepers ambushed

Three Senegalese peacekeeping officers were killed in an attack on a convoy in Darfur on Sunday, the United Nations said.

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Coercion tactics: Extortionists using Taliban’s name for cover, says PHC CJ

PESHAWAR:  Peshawar High Court (PHC) Chief Justice Dost Muhammad Khan on Monday said many criminal gangs were involved in extortion and were using the name of Taliban for cover. During the hearing of a bail application of a man accused of extorting money from a doctor, Justice Khan said the gangs were sending letters to people using Taliban’s name and ...

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Louboutin wins anti-Islam ad case

Luxury women’s shoe designer Christian Louboutin wins a legal battle to stop his shoes appearing in an anti-Islam campaign in Belgium.

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