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Illegal arms: Big cache of arms seized in two raids

ISLAMABAD:  The police seized two large caches of illegal weapons in separate raids and arrested two arms dealers on Tuesday evening. Both raids were conducted on Lehtrar Road in the Khanna Dak area, in the jurisdiction of the Koral Police Station. In the first case, Koral Police personnel acted on a tip-off to raid Niazi Enterprises and Arms Dealers. They ...

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Info on servants, guards hard to come by

ISLAMABAD:  The National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) is facing problems in collecting data of domestic servants and private security guards due to the non-cooperation of the capital’s residents.       NADRA started compiling the data on the directive of the interior minister in June, said an official on Wednesday. He said the authority in its door-to-door campaign had ...

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U-turn on legal aid competition plan

Plans to cut the legal aid bill by awarding contracts to the lowest bidder have been dropped, Justice Secretary Chris Grayling announces.

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MoU signed: HEC, Australian varsity look to strengthen educational ties

ISLAMABAD:  The Higher Education Commission (HEC) on Wednesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Australia at the commission’s headquarters in a bid to strengthen educational ties. Australian High Commissioner Peter Heyward, who was the chief guest at the ceremony, termed the MoU a key milestone in strengthening ties between the two countries. ...

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Belated effort: Pioneering PFUJ leaders remembered

ISLAMABAD:  The Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) has a long history of struggle against oppression and autocratic rule in the country. Young Pakistani journalists must keep the struggle for guaranteeing freedom of expression alive while collaborating with workers movements. This was the message relayed by veteran journalists at as they paid rich tributes to three of the most iconic ...

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‘Quarter of UK’ put up with coldness

A quarter of people have put up with “unacceptably cold” homes in the past year as they struggle to pay bills, a BBC Radio 5 live survey suggests.

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Wheels of justice: Cop killer gets death sentence

RAWALPINDI:  Rawalpindi’s Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) on Wednesday awarded two death sentences to a man for murdering a police constable during a raid on a drug den in Jhanda Chichi in 2012. The court also sentenced another person to 10 years in prison and acquitted two others including a woman. ATC Special Judge Rana Masood Akhter presided over the trial of ...

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Hajj Medical Mission: Doctors, paramedics selected in violation of criteria

ISLAMABAD:  Keeping in line with official instructions regarding Hajj pilgrims from Saudi Arabia, the government is making all-out efforts to avoid an outbreak of the MERS coronavirus during the upcoming pilgrimage. However, the health officials selected to provide medical cover to Pakistani pilgrims by the capital’s second largest government hospital, Polyclinic, are alleged to be lacking adequate professional experience. According ...

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US trade deficit widens in July

The US trade deficit widened in July from June due to a fall in exports and growing imports of cars, trucks and motoring parts.

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Judge issues fine for n-word rant

A federal jury in New York ruled Tuesday that a Hispanic-American man and the nonprofit he founded must pay punitive damages to an African-American employee after a previous ruling that the use of the “n-word” is inappropriate among minorities in a workplace.

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Workers’ rights: Protest against privatisation, price hike

RAWALPINDI:  Workers belonging to government and private institutions on Wednesday held a demonstration at Benazir Bhutto Road and blocked the bustling nerve centre for an hour. Hundreds of protesters assembled under the banner of Pakistan Workers Confederation (PWC) and observed a ‘protest day’ against rising poverty, unemployment and the continuous increase of petroleum prices. They urged the government to take ...

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BB murder case: PPP lawyers file another application

RAWALPINDI:  An application was filed at a Rawalpindi Anti Terrorism Court on Wednesday by lawyers of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Secretary General Latif Khosa. The application urged the court to continue the trial of former premier Benazir Bhutto’s murder case in light of the recorded witness statements and reports from the United Nations and Scotland Yard. The applicant urged the ...

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Ohio captor ‘needed suicide watch’

A lawyer for Ariel Castro, who kept women captive in Cleveland, Ohio, criticises prison authorities for taking his client off suicide watch.

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Hunt for killer ‘Diana’ in Mexico

She calls herself “Diana, the Hunter.” Authorities say the elusive woman has killed at least two bus drivers in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Media report that they have received e-mails from the suspect, claiming the killings were to avenge women who have been raped by bus drivers.

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