Trauma and violence: Experts identify reasons behind rising rape incidents in the society

KARACHI:  Rape incidents against children is the worst form of collateral damage of the menace of extremism and the lack of proper education, said human rights’ activists, artists and doctors at Karachi Press Club on Saturday. They demanded immediate educational reforms to eliminate the patriarchal mindset and mullahism in the society. Addressing a press conference, Aurat foundation Resident Director Mehnaz ...

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Key U.S. tourist sites to reopen

The Statue of Liberty, the Grand Canyon and Mount Rushmore have found a way around the government shutdown for now and will reopen with the help of state funding.

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Rehabilitation & integration: 47 ex-militants freed after receiving vocational training

KHAR:  At least 47 ex-militants were freed after completing vocational training from Navi Sahar, an internment centre established by the Pakistan Army in Bajaur Agency. A ceremony in this regard was arranged at the premises of the institute where Bajaur Political Agent (PA) Syed Abdul Jabar Shah, Pakistan Army North Sector Commander Brigadier Haider, Bajaur Scouts Commandant Colonel Ayub and ...

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Still unidentified: Rickshaw driver booked in 15-year-old’s rape case

KARACHI:  In an abduction and rape case of a 15-year-old girl, Z*, an unidentified rickshaw driver was nominated as the suspect in the FIR registered at the Shahrah-e-Noor Jahan police station on Saturday. On Friday evening, Z was found unconscious near a shopping centre in Phase I of Defence Housing Authority. She was brought to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre ...

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Capacity constraints: Garment makers unenthusiastic about GSP Plus

LAHORE:  Pakistan Readymade Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association (PRGMEA) on Saturday said that the local garment industry is not fully prepared to take advantage of duty-free access to the EU (European Union) market under Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) Plus status mainly due to shortage of raw material, said PRGMEA (North Zone) Senior Vice Chairman, Jawwad A Chaudhry. This statement ...

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Pakistan tries to attract American private sector

WASHINGTON:  Finance Minister Ishaq Dar Friday invited American entrepreneurs to make use of lucrative investment opportunities existing in Pakistan, as he assured businessmen of Islamabad’s commitment to good governance and transparency to facilitate business and economic activity, while visiting the United States (US). The finance minister is trying to meet with as many world leaders as possible, to attract investment ...

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New district: Divided in two, Thatta makes room for Sujawal

HYDERABAD / KARACHI:  The decision to divide Thatta in two districts by the Pakistan Peoples Party-led Sindh government has not gone well with the local political opponents of party. A cross-section of the political and civil society representatives, however, have hailed the announcement of making Sujawal a separate district from Thatta. The historical city of Thatta, which was once the ...

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Dar briefs US treasury adviser on macroeconomic stabilisation plans

WASHINGTON:  On Saturday, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar briefed the US Under Secretary of Treasury for International Affairs Lael Brainard about the country’s efforts towards macroeconomic stabilisation. The Under Secretary leads the development and implementation of policies in the areas of international finance, trade in financial services, investment, economic development and international debt. Dar, who is in Washington to spearhead a ...

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Millers ask government to clear tax rebates

FAISALABAD:  On Saturday, the textile industry of the country asked the government to expedite the process of payment of tax refunds to allow the millers to achieve maximum efficiency and boost exports significantly. Conveying the demand, Pakistan Textile Exporters Association Chairman Sheikh Ilyas Mehmood said that huge amounts of cash of the textile industry was stuck in sales tax, local ...

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Hard work is the key, says Strachan

Scotland boss Gordon Strachan tells the nation’s footballers to “stop moaning and groaning” and practise harder.

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Del Potro beats Nadal in Shanghai semi

SHANGHAI:  World number one Rafael Nadal was dumped out of the Shanghai Masters yesterday by inspired Argentine Juan Martin del Potro, who blew the Spaniard away with a relentless display of brutal hitting to set up a final against Novak Djokovic. The giant Del Potro, fresh from winning the Japan Open, went into the semi-final at the Qizhong Tennis Center ...

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