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Hajj mismanagement: Pilgrims allotted apartments far removed from Haram Sharif

ISLAMABAD:  As the government is about to start the 2013 Hajj operation, tens of thousands of pilgrims are quite worried because the hired lodgings are quite far from the Haram Sharif. In fact, they are so far away that each pilgrim will have to bear an extra expenditure of SR1,100-1,300 in fares, The Express Tribune has learnt. Of the total ...

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Blasphemous content: IT ministry upbeat to lift YouTube ban

ISLAMABAD:  The ministry of information technology was upbeat about lifting the ban on video sharing website YouTube after having finally acquired the ‘missing’ filters to block blasphemous content within days but it seems that the matter will consume more time. On August 22, State Minister for Information Technology Anusha Rehman revealed during a briefing that Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) ...

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Greener pastures: Exodus in progress

KARACHI:  With fear-mongers and terrorists on the loose, more and more Pakistanis consider heading out for safety, better education and promise of a better life. While the first to take these long-haul flights are usually the youth, Pakistan’s turbulent social climate is forcing people of all ages to consider leaving the comfort zone of their country. According to the Ministry ...

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China manufacturing at 16-month high

China’s manufacturing activity picks up speed in August, hitting a 16-month high, allaying some fears of a sharp slowdown in its economy.

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Upward revision: Opposition wants fuel price hike withdrawn

ISLAMABAD:  Major political parties on Sunday ratcheted up pressure on the federal government over the latest fuel price hike, calling for an immediate withdrawal of the move. These groupings have called upon the prime minister to roll back the upward revision, and instead offer subsidies in petroleum products. The government had issued a notification by increasing prices of petroleum products ...

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TTP raids house of sacked Punjabi Taliban chief

LAHORE:  Members of the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) allegedly raided the house of sacked Punjabi Taliban chief Asmatullah Muavia in the suburbs of Miramshah, North Waziristan Agency, officials told The Express Tribune.  The TTP removed Muavia from his position as ‘punishment’ for accepting the government’s recent offer to hold peace talks and hence, rejecting the decision of the umbrella organisation. Muavia ...

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India ponders fuel sale ban at night

India is considering a proposal to shut fuel pumps at night as it looks at ways to cut its oil import bill, oil minister Veerappa Moily says.

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Egypt’s Morsy to stand trial for inciting murder

Former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy will stand trial on charges of incitement to conduct murder and “thuggery” relating to clashes near the presidential palace in December, state-run MENA reported Sunday.

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Alarming situation: Swat in grip of dengue scare

MINGORA:  Over 2,000 cases of dengue virus infection have been confirmed in Swat on Sunday, as the virus claimed its first victim in the valley. A 16-year-old girl succumbed to dengue fever in a private hospital in Mingora on Sunday. Talking to reporters, the girl’s father, Sirajuddin, said he got her admitted to the hospital three days after she was ...

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Inspection team report: Contractors embezzle Rs80m in G-B funds

ISLAMABAD:  Contractors embezzled up to Rs80 million in funds in connivance with senior officers of Pakistan Works Department (PWD) without completing even a single project in a small tehsil of Ghizer district of Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B). This was revealed by an investigative report prepared recently by the head of the Inspection Team in G-B, which has commenced probing development projects across ...

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Koreas begin Kaesong committee talks

The two Koreas kick off the first meeting of a joint committee on the Kaesong Industrial Complex, aiming to agree a date for reopening the zone.

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