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Access to Information Bill 2013: Record of govt bodies classified in draft bill

ISLAMABAD:  The information of certain ministries and government departments, including some financial institutions, would still remain classified even after the proposed Access to Information Bill 2013 becomes law. The bill will be tabled in the Senate’s next session. According to the draft of the bill made available to The Express Tribune, the information of certain organisations would still be classified. ...

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131,000 new IDPs since March, report reveals

ISLAMABAD: Terrorism and armed clashes continue to cause a huge number of innocent people to flee for their life. They are left homeless, uncared for and without basic facilities of life. A recent report of the Internal Displacement Monitoring Cell (IDMC) and the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) claims that as many as 131,000 persons have become internally displaced ...

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Kevin Rudd in gay marriage defence

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd delivers a staunch defence of gay marriage on television, days before Australia’s election.

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TDAP laundering case: FIA finds proof of money transfer to foreign accounts

KARACHI:  In a major breakthrough, the Federal Investigation Agency found evidence of billions of rupees being transferred to accounts abroad that could prove that Trade Development Authority of Pakistan officials laundered money. Farhan Jonejo, director to the former minister for industries and trade, allegedly transferred Rs250 million of corruption money through hawala and hundi, which are illegal methods of transferring ...

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In-camera session: Senators to be briefed today on foreign affairs

ISLAMABAD:  The ministry of foreign affairs will give an in-camera briefing today (Tuesday) to Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan. The committee will be briefed by Adviser to Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz on four issues: the Afghanistan problem, visit of the US Secretary of State John Kerry, Pakistan’s relations ...

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More than 2m have fled Syria – UN

The UN’s refugee agency says more than two million Syrians have fled, as the US and France push for intervention over chemical weapons claims.

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Volatile situation: Operations intensified in Balochistan, says Mengal

QUETTA:  Balochistan National Party-Mengal (BNP-M) President Sardar Akhtar Mengal has claimed that operations have been intensified in Balochistan to suppress the voice of Baloch people clamouring for their rights. Addressing a news conference here on Monday, Mengal described the action as ‘genocide’ of Baloch people. Meanwhile, he announced dissolving of all party organs, saying all previous party memberships stood cancelled. ...

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LoC violations: Indian army shells Nakyal sector

MUZAFFARABAD:  In the latest instance of LoC violation, Indian Army attacked Nakyal Sector of the de facto border between India and Pakistan. Indian troops fired mortar shells on Lanjot village and adjoining areas of District Kotli, some 200 kilometres from Muzaffarabad, Assistant Commissioner Nakyal, Chaudhry Ayub told The Express Tribune. Firing from the Indian troops created panic in the area, ...

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Violence in Karachi: Prime minister to listen to businessmen’s perspective

KARACHI:  In the special cabinet meeting now rescheduled for Wednesday, officials believe that the federal cabinet might give a nod to a ‘targeted or surgical operation’ in Karachi. The meeting will be chaired by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif who is to arrive in Karachi today (Tuesday) to have meetings with the business community and other stakeholders. Muhammad Haroon Agar, the ...

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New Zealand backs Pike River search

New Zealand’s government authorises search teams to enter the Pike River mine, where 29 miners were killed in a 2010 blast.

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Football match at Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace is to host its first official football match as part of the Football Association’s 150th anniversary celebrations.

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Federer knocked out of U.S. Open

Roger Federer will not feature in a Grand Slam final in the same calendar year for the first time since 2002, after he was knocked out of the U.S. Open by Spain’s Tommy Robredo.

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