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Analysis: Deep repercussions of passing local govt bill in one sitting

KARACHI:  The local government law enacted by the Sindh legislature on August 19 in just one sitting bodes ill for the province’s fragile ethnic balance and peace in Karachi. The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) has claimed there are procedural irregularities in introducing the bill and adopting it without a reference to the standing committee of the house.  This is a ...

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‘No talks soon’ on Gibraltar future

The UK and Spanish foreign ministers indicate separately that there is no prospect of talks soon on the sovereignty of Gibraltar.

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Kerry: This isn’t Iraq, we have proof

U.S. intelligence proves “beyond any reasonable doubt” that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government was behind the August poison gas attack, says Secretary of State John Kerry.

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Still a sunrise industry?: FBR retains CNG sector’s special regime status

ISLAMABAD:  The special procedures established in the past in the name of ‘facilitation’ are becoming obstacles in the drive to expand the tax base and increase revenues, as the authorities have exempted the compressed natural gas (CNG) sector from the registration requirement and retained its special regime status. The government has also waived off penalties and additional taxes imposed against ...

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IED explodes near security forces convoy

MIRANSHAH: An improvised explosive device (IED) planted by unidentified militants went off near a security forces convoy on Datta Khel-Miranshah Road in North Waziristan Agency on Tuesday. No loss was reported in the blast. A security official said the convoy was heading towards Miranshah, agency headquarters, when a loud explosion was heard near one of the vehicles. Security forces launched an ...

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Health dept sacks nine doctors over ‘paid’ absence

KARACHI:  Nine doctors have been sacked, 11 have been sent show-cause notices while two are being investigated for involvement in corruption on the directives of Sindh Health Minister Owais Muzaffar. On the direction of the minister, Sindh Health Secretary Inamullah Dharejo terminated the services of the nine doctors who were reportedly not performing their duties for the last three to ...

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Politician confirms wife payments

The SDLP’s Conall McDevitt has confirmed that his wife has earned around £14,000 working for him as a researcher.

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I did not have Ancelotti’s trust at Real, says Ozil

MADRID: Mesut Ozil quit Real Madrid to join Arsenal because he realised he no longer had the confidence of Real coach Carlo Ancelotti, according to the Germany playmaker. The Premier League club smashed their transfer record to sign Ozil for £42.5 million on Monday, days after he said he would stay with the nine-time European champions for a fourth season. Ozil ...

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Oversight: Eight inspection teams formed to check police behaviour

PESHAWAR: Inspector General Police (IGP) Ihsan Ghani on Tuesday constituted eight inspection teams to pay surprise visits to police stations across the province. Inspection teams have been tasked to check staff behaviour towards the public, abusive interrogation techniques, illegal confinement without registering an FIR and timely filing of reports. “We had complaints that police torture people who are arrested on different ...

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Ruffled feathers: MQM turns down PM’s offer

KARACHI:  Disappointed in the federal government for taking back the invitation for the cabinet meeting to be held on Wednesday, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement has turned down Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s offer of a one-on-one meeting with the party’s parliamentarian Dr Farooq Sattar. “This step by the government is an embarrassment and unjust to the party,” said Sattar while talking ...

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Red Bull expect Ricciardo challenge

Daniel Ricciardo is expected to challenge Sebastian Vettel in 2014, says Red Bull team principal Christian Horner.

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Ali, Ajmal save struggling Pakistan

HARARE:  Zimbabwe’s unheralded bowling proved too much to handle and attack plunged Pakistan into deep trouble on the first day of the first Test at the Harare Sports Club yesterday. Pakistan were floundering at 182 for eight before tail-enders Saeed Ajmal and Junaid Khan added an aggressive 67 for the unbroken ninth wicket stand to enable the tourists to finish ...

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Irregular appointments: AWKUM at the centre of HED’s fact-finding probe

PESHAWAR: The first stop of a fact-finding committee constituted by the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) Higher Education Department (HED) will be the Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan (AWKUM). The inquiry is expected to be launched in the next couple of days and the mission’s first destination is Mardan because the number of complaints received against AWKUM is far greater than any other university, ...

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The gift of life: Newborn triplets mark the start of a new maternity ward at Memon hospital

KARACHI:  The cries of Nausheen’s newborn triplets rang through the maternity ward as the Memon Medical Institute (MMI) Hospital performed their first child delivery this July. The birth of the triplets was not only a source of joy for her family, but also brought relief to the doctors who feared for the health of the mother and unborn babies as ...

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